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GE calls its new focus on crowdsourcing “accessing the global brain.”

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Now that we've had World War Z, four grueling seasons of The Walking Dead, and Warm Bodies, the pendulum is about to swing all over again. Here come the vampires.

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After many critics (including us) derided his announcement late last year that his company was testing delivery drones, Jeff Bezos says Amazon is doubling down on this wildly ambitious project. Not only is the delivery drone program happening, but according to the CEO, it’s well underway.

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Your culinary creativity knows no bounds, but your chef-fu is only half-baked. Here are some smartphone tools sure to spice up your next epicurean endeavor.

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In the video above, you'll find Steve Ballmer holed up in a secret lair somewhere in the desert, wearing a white collarless jacket, stroking a hairless cat, and eagerly explaining how he will soon achieve world domination. "Ladies and gentlemen, I have a plan," he howls. "If this global reinvention is to work, there may be a few competitors that are unfortunately eliminated."

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New parents aren't burying you in an avalanche of supercute pictures. You're just falling victim to a frequency illusions.

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President Obama's recent attempts to narrow the country's gender wage gap have been at the center of the public debate this week. But in tech, there's another, even more fundamental discussion going on about women in the workplace. It's not just about pay; it's about presence.

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The leading digital comics platform, responsible for the sale of more than four billion pages of comics in 2013 alone, is part of Jeff Bezos' empire now.

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You’re looking at a neutrino named Big Bird. This particle, which has an energy 1,000 times that of the protons smashed together at the LHC, traveled across the universe before hitting an atom at the South Pole and being recorded at an enormous underground observatory named IceCube. Neutrinos are tiny ghostly particles. Billions of them […]

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Amid the shiny, happy announcements of new features and new apps this week, file-sharing startup Dropbox quietly revealed another piece of news. Condoleezza Rice -- Stanford professor, Iraq War architect, alleged warrantless wiretap supporter -- is joining the board at the rising tech startup.

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Researchers have recorded a remarkable flight behavior in the fruit fly species Drosophila hydei, they report today in Science. When threatened by a predator, the spry critters can change course in just one one-hundredth of a second, rolling on their sides and banking hard. Normally flapping their wings 200 times a second, the flies accomplish this in almost a single wing beat.

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First of all, congratulations to Colbert. Second of all, this is not gonna go well.

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If you do any kind of challenging travel — adventure travel, backpacking, even just going to less-developed parts of the world — you’ve probably evolved some sort of protective routine. You get shots, take your malaria medication, wash raw things before eating them and take a water filter for the bad places. (Please tell me […]

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Harvestmen (also known as daddy long legs) aren’t spiders, and if you could (or wanted to) lean close enough, you’d be able to see one of the few physical features that distinguish them from their arachnid cousins. It’s in the eyes: Spiders usually have 6 or more, but the harvestman has only one set, tightly […]

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Of all the birds on Earth, perhaps none is more unique than the South American oilbird, which 90 million years ago hopped onto its own branch of the evolutionary tree and has been on it ever since. The oilbird perches atop a new analysis of avian distinctiveness: how old each species is, and whether they […]

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I’m not really a product review kind of blogger (maybe you already know that). However, when I got an email asking if I wanted to review a quiet lawn mower I said “yes”. Why this product? Well, I thought to myself “they won’t really ship me a lawn mower, will they?” They did. That’s fine […]

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Big fierce animals are rare...unless they are GIANT ANTS.

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We're fans of Sonos' smart, wireless home audio equipment. They integrate with a host of streaming music services, like Pandora, Spotify, and Beats Music, and now Sonos can check off one more: Google Play Music.

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Parking your motorcycle on the street can be a risky proposition, with inattentive parkers and industrious thieves constantly threatening your two-wheeled pride and joy. That's why a new system from Scorpio sounds so enticing.

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The MIDI Fighter Twister controller has 16 knobs that let you crank, bend, and manipulate any noise you can load onto a computer.

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Cinematique takes on the challenge of turning web video into a truly interactive medium.

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Once Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD revealed that the terrorist organization was hidden in plain sight, the internet found it everywhere.

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The Heartbleed bug is unusually worrisome because it could possibly be used by the NSA or other spy agencies to steal your usernames and passwords — for sensitive services like banking, ecommerce, and web-based email — as well as the private keys that vulnerable web sites use to encrypt your traffic to them.

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Ed Lu wants to nudge killer space rocks out of their near-earth trajectories.

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With Cuban Fury Nick Frost finally takes center stage in a big screen flick. It's about damn time.

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