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And the Brand Played Out
Mass individualism is making life tough for consumer product giants
NYC Questions Legality of New Rideshare Company Lyft
New York gets another ride-share company. But are they as safe as they say?
Doctors Have Ethical Duty to Protect Athletes from Concussions: Paper
Even if athletes insist on getting back into the game
Every Breath You Take: IBM Developing Project to Map and Control Beijing Air Pollution
The corporation aims to help China reduce its toxic air quality while furthering its sustainable growth
Neuroscientists Rally Against Plan to Map Human Brain
An open letter calls for the European Commission to re-examine attempts to map the human brain onto supercomputers
'Coal Rollers' Revel in Clouds of Black Smoke
Thumbing their noses at environmentalists, some Americans are modifying their trucks to emit even more pollution
Nicaragua Plots a Rival for the Panama Canal
The route for a rival to the Panama Canal rival has been approved by Nicaragua's government, but many still doubt it will ever be built
3-D Printing Enables Visually Impaired Children to Experience the World of Literary Classics
The Tactile Picture Book Project is developing tactile books allowing blind children to follow along text with raised images
The World's Biggest Flying Bird
Scientists have identified an ancient flying seabird with a 21-foot wingspan.
Is That a Superconductor in Your Kitchen?
Developments in quantum physics are about to transform our daily lives.
Syrian Hackers Target Israel Defense Forces
Posing as @IDFSpokesperson, the Syrian Electronic Army claimed the nuclear research facility at Dimona had been hit by rockets, causing a nuclear leak
Review Board Says PRISM Is 'Valuable and Effective'
The same board that said the NSA's telephone metadata collection was illegal now gives PRISM the green light
Lenovo Tries Yoga to Relax Your Tablet Stress
Lenovo’s Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ not only boasts an 18-hour battery life but stands up proudly on a sleekly concealed kickstand
A Break on Breaks
Melatonin can knock you out—and strengthen your bones
Like Ghost Ships in the Night
Are unmanned vessels the future for the ocean, or just easy booty for pirates?
World Cup Fans Flock to Pirated Streaming Sites
As many as half a million users illegally tune in for each World Cup match, with the most pirated game so far being Belgium vs. Russia
Forget Me Net, Not
Inside the struggle to preserve the world's data
The Death of the Oceans
One third of man-made CO2 emissions are absorbed by the oceans, causing the fastest change in their chemistry in 300m years.
Facebook Performed a Psychology Experiment on Thousands of Users Without Telling Them
Nearly 700,000 Facebook users became guinea pigs for a study on "emotional contagion"
NSA Targeted the Phone Records of 248 Americans in 2013
A transparency report from the NSA sheds light on the agency's controversial telephone metadata collection program.
If You’re HIV-Positive, You’re Less Likely to Get Cancer Treatment
A new study helps explain why HIV-positive cancer patients have shorter life expectancy rates
NASA's New Satellite Will Watch the Earth 'Breathe' CO2
The spacecraft will be able to see the light emitted from plants as they grow.
The $8.5M Race to Protect Planes From Cosmic Rays
Neutrons from outer space are hitting aircraft, voting machines and supercomputers—and we need to stop them
Activists Fly Airship over the NSA's Data Center
In protest of the NSA's massive spying operations, three activist groups flew an airship over the agency's new data center.
New Generation of Bio-Hackers Make DNA Misbehave
They gather in a handful of public labs across the U.S. to play with organisms’ source codes
Schizophrenia Doesn’t Care if You’re Loaded
“Education and money may once have served as buffers against distress, but that is no longer the case.”
Baseball Had Radio; In the U.S., Soccer Has Twitter
In the same way radio revolutionized baseball's fan base, Twitter is transforming how people consume soccer.
There’s Money in Pollution
The maker of a Yankee Stadium deodorant hopes to save the world one spray at a time
Leaving Science Cold
What do Fox and CNN have in common? Both cover climate change poorly
The Bespoke Lawn Mower
3-D printing will make it possible to have nothing like what anybody else has, and just the way you want it
Google Unveils Android 'Smartwatch'
“It is finally possible” said Singleton, to make a powerful computer you can “wear on your body all the time.”
Gmail's Privacy Gains Help Google
New encryption will protect the privacy of your Gmails from everyone but Google
How Anti-Gay Laws Worsen Diseases Like AIDS and TB
The very communities that most need outreach in countries facing epidemics may be forced underground, an epidemiologist warns
What Has Curiosity Rover Accomplished After One (Martian) Year on Mars?
The mission has found evidence of water and concluded that the Red Planet could have supported life
Your Face Could Replace Your Password
Facial recognition technology could put an end to pesky passwords
Mayday PAC: The Super PAC Built to Destroy Super PACs
Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig’s political money machine looks to Silicon Valley to save American politics
Russia Asks Twitter to Block a Dozen 'Extremist' Accounts
Among those websites blocked under the new rules were those of Kremlin critics Alexei Navalny and Garry Kasparov because they "contained calls for illegal activity"
Supremes’ Back Rules to Counter Climate Change
Despite Scalia’s rhetoric, the justice hands the government a victory on greenhouse gases
New Eavesdropping Equipment Sucks All Data Off Your Phone
On the streets of D.C., foreign agents and U.S. counterspies wage a new kind of spy war
Sewer Sludge Can Reveal Which Drugs a Community Is On, and When
Wastewater reveals much higher drug levels than measured before
Quora Question: What Will it Take for Supersonic Jets to Be a Mainstream Form of Travel?
Paul Cox, an air traffic controller, explains why supersonic isn't practical, for now
Yo App Got Hacked. So?
The weirdly popular app has been the target of a somewhat successful hacking attempt by “a few guys”
Is Apple Producing a Smartwatch? Should Maxwell Smart Be Afraid?
A source said Apple expects to ship 50 million units within the first year of the product's release
Human and Neanderthal Evolution Like ‘Game of Thrones,’ Scientists Say
Recent research into Spanish skulls suggests that Neanderthals evolved gradually
Magnetic Cooling Will Put Your Refrigerator to Shame
A greener method of cooling is about to get very hot
A Fruit Billionaire Tries to Rewrite the Textbook on Medicine
“It has potential to improve the health of everyone. Not just in this community, but everywhere.”
Gadget Lust: Amazon Fire is TV on Amazon's Terms Only
The latest entry into the streaming TV world, stings a little but does not leave you feeling burned
It Can Kill You: The Scary Facts People Don’t Know About Alzheimer’s Disease
135.5 million could have Alzheimer's disease by the year 2050
Fish-Eating Spiders Are Everywhere
Scientists have found that arachnids across the globe have pescetarian predilections
Scratching Out a Living
In a series of letters to a trusted mentor, James Agee removed the romance from writing
Amazon's new smartphone engineered to sell products
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos debuted the company’s new smartphone in Seattle.
Amazon Shows Off Its First Smartphone
The company's only hint about what the phone may feature was a children's book, mailed to attendees of today's event
Indoor GPS Is the Final Frontier of Personalized Navigation
That drone meant for a cave in Pakistan might show up at Buckingham Palace
From Accused Terrorist to Medical Adventurer
More than 10 years after being falsely accused of being a bioterrorist, Steven Hatfill is betting his hard-won fortune on a research vessel that will search for medical cures
Match.com's New Partner Will Set You Up With Someone Who Looks Like Your Ex for $5,000
The asking price is steep, but it covers a six-month membership as well as “a dating coach"
Can MRIs Diagnose ADHD?
Research suggests that the imaging technique could help put an end to rampant over-medication