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It's National TRUST YOURSELF Week!

This week, oh aspiring innovators, it's time to trust yourself. That's right. Trust. For the moment, forget about the business cases, spread sheets, best practices, data points, decisio...




Fewer than 10% of UK families opt into "parental" filters

But they're going to be on-by-default, opt-out-only in the near future anyway, because the Great Firewall of Cameron is based on lazy populism, not evidence. Read the rest


BabyHawk Mei Tai Baby Carrier Giveaway

BabyHawk Mei Tai carriers are Chinese inspired with four long straps and can comfortably carry newborns and toddlers from 8-40 pounds. The three inch wide padded straps and head rest for ...


Minimizing the number of terms of the square of a polynomial

Suppose a, b, c, and d  belong to the set of nonzero integers.   Let  P(x)  =  (x4 + ax3 + bx2 + cx + d)2.     Determine one of...


How does a brain-eating amoeba eat brains?

Is "brain eating" a metaphor or exaggeration of how the amoeba works? No, actually. It really does literally eat brains. Here's how.


This is a 19th-century breastpump

From the Wellcome Image Collection, this is how you pumped your breasts 150 years ago. Via the fantastic Twitter feed of Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris.


If correlation doesn't imply causation, what does?

Open science advocate Michael Nielson writes about how scientists can infer causation in situations where it's not possible to a randomized controlled trial.


The Apollo program was not always popular

It holds a singular place in the American imagination today, but there was a lot of opposition to the Apollo program as it was happening.


How sandstone arches form

It's not caused by erosion. Instead, the rock, itself, forms the arch and the erosion just washes away everything else around it. Read the rest


Giving up on saving the world

Grist has an interview with activist and writer Paul Kingsnorth, a former environmentalist who has decided that the right way to deal with the end of the world is to just accept its inev...




Amazon Fire Phone Review: Ambitious and Inventive, But a Version 1.0 Product

Even a company like Amazon can't build a fully competitive phone on its first tryIt's 2014. The dynamics of the smartphone business seem pretty well settled. The iPhone and handsets based...


What’s The Difference Between 2 Cats And Too Many Cats?

There are a few different routes you can take when trying to educate the public about how to help control the overpopulation of the kitty community. There's the classic “please rescue the...


Furious Press Corps reporters file formal complaint; we don’t buy Obama’s ‘busy schedule’ excuse

The continued refusal of the White House to allow camera coverage of Obama events took another step backwards Tuesday, when TV coverage of the president's meeting with the remaining Apoll...


The cloud is Microsoft’s biggest money maker as it reconsiders hardware and content

We always want to know how Microsoft is doing, but today we're paying especially close attention: The company just released its earnings for its fourth fiscal quarter, the first full qua...


Digital NFC tattoo turns your body into a passcode to quickly unlock Moto X

<!-- google_ad_section_start --> If you're the type that foregoes passcodes on your phone in favor of the convenience of quickly turning on the device and getting to what you need ...


Comcast says rep from hell was just doing “what we trained him to do”

The internet provider's COO admits the rep's retention attempts were “painful to listen to,” but that he “did a lot of what we trained him...to do.” Read the rest


The clearest image of our nearest planet: Mercury as you've never seen it

This NASA image of Mercury has been making the internet rounds anew this week, but has been widely reposted with some not-entirely-accurate information. Read the rest


Space aliens walk among us? Indeed, claims retired Temple prof.

Well, I can agree they 'at times' may walk among us(visibly). But in my opinion that rarely happens. I do not associate abductions with ETs...


Strange New Humanoid Presence on the Beaches of Necochea, Argentina

Seems like Argentina gets more humanoid reports lately. Image:...


'What is Fashion,' awesomely dorky 1984 high school student video project

<!--http://youtu.be/Xo4jmc4iymM--> My friend Clayton Cubitt describes this wonderful documentary by a mid-1980s high school student as a "real life Breakfast Club." Read the rest


Women in Black: Lock the Doors!

I will not lock my door. All are invited and that goes for the WIB as well as the MIBs. Image:...