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New York State has released a first draft of its much-anticipated plan to regulate bitcoin and other virtual currencies, and at first blush, they look like they were written for the 19th century banking industry, not the modern fast-changing world of crypto currencies.

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Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" was only just ousted from the Billboard Hot 100's No. 1 spot after seven weeks of Song of Summer dominance, but that beat is still just so hot! Sitting at No. 2 on the charts hardly means a song has gone stale, but with Weird Al Yankovic on the mic we can keep that Invisible Men/Arcade production fresh with some new-god-level flow in the form of "Handy," which marks the halfway point in his eight-video offload.

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"It’s not normal to get your testicles bitten off, of course, but it can happen.”

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Though we often think of the earth beneath our feet as static, we also know that our planet is a dynamic object. In this image, we can see how geologic processes—namely a glacial outburst flood known as a jökulhlaup—can cause major changes to an area. But in time, even these huge alterations are eroded away […]

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The news that Microsoft would be laying off up to 18,000 people this year - enough to populate a small town - came painfully swiftly.

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As the father of 12-week-old twins, I was intrigued to see a new paper has been published looking at the brain changes associated with fatherhood. Before now, nearly all human research on the neural effects of parenting has been focused on mothers. When you become a dad, it’s like a plate has been set spinning […]

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It’s hard enough to find a mate when you’re able to get up and move around. But just imagine the difficulties the poor barnacle faces, permanently glued to an underwater rock or hull. Most sessile animals (organisms that spend their lives anchored to something else) simply shoot their sperm and eggs into the water and […]

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Suppose you want to learn upper level physics. Do you have to use a physics textbook or a lecture? Is that the only way to learn? What Is Upper Level Physics? Traditionally, there are three big things in the physics curriculum: Classical Mechanics Electricity and Magnetism Quantum Mechanics At the introductory level, student typically study […]

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Aaron Schildkrout and I were sitting in the bar of the Gansevoort Hotel in New York City when I asked him whether he planned on selling his dating site, HowAboutWe, to the giant of the online match-making business, InterActiveCorp, aka IAC. A deal would make good sense, after all. IAC runs a near monopoly in […]

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You plugged in your phone or tablet hours ago, and the battery has recharged about 10 percent. What the hell went wrong?

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The upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake is completely unnecessary. Instead of fixing flicks that ain't broke, why not reboot the films that can actually be improved upon? Angry Nerd has some pitches for you, Hollywood.

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It’s hard to know what’s real and what’s fake inside the worlds Justin Plunkett creates.

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Sometimes you can't decide if you're having one of those take-on-the world weeks, or if you're in more of a burn-it-all-to-the-ground headspace. Fortunately, the past week in movie trailer releases has both states of mind covered.

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The Corkscrew, the iconic eighth turn at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, is a monster. In just 450 feet, the quick left-right combo drops you the equivalent of 5 1/2 stories, a drop so steep you can’t see the second apex from the first. It is as close to driving off a cliff as you can […]

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Little Windows Tablets like these are proving themselves to be quite the capable on-the-go productivity devices. They're rapidly becoming the netbooks of the '10s, only considerably more worthwhile.

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Google is the default search engine in Chrome's "Omnibox," but you can add a limitless number of other, site-specific search engines to it as well.

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No one does hotrodding quite like the Americans, who pretty much invented it. But Ériver Hijano's photos show the Australians come damn close.

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Whether you find it exhilarating or terrifying (or both), progress in robotics and related fields like AI is raising new ethical quandaries and challenging legal codes that were created for a world in which a sharp line separates man from machine. Last week, roboticists, legal scholars, and other experts met at the University of California, Berkeley law school to talk through some of the social, moral, and legal hazards that are likely to arise as that line starts to blur.

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Shenzhen is the Silicon Valley of mainland China. Situated about 50 minutes north of Hong Kong, the modern city is home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and numerous high-tech giants and startups. So naturally, the city’s five-star hotels regularly host wealthy moguls in their luxury rooms. Last year, one of those hotels also hosted a […]

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Find out why 15 million people follow this 24-year-old biology grad's Facebook page.

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“What really has happened to kitchen pans in the last several years?” asks Oxford turbomechanics professor Dr. Thomas Povey. “Non-stick coating, that’s about it.”

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I was away reporting most of today, and while I was out, a few federal emails landed in my mail with what probably sounded like a  thud. One was an official announcement from the Food and Drug Administration; the others were copies of FDA and NIH emails that people there though I should see. They […]

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While so many typefaces have been designed to render beautifully, very few have been designed to perform beautifully.

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Airbnb overhauled its logo, its website, and its mobile app this morning. But there’s something deeper going on with the sharing economy’s most popular travel site. Under the covers, Airbnb has quietly begun an ambitious effort to painstakingly mine the treasure trove of data contained in the site’s customer reviews and host descriptions to create […]

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Today, Airbnb is pulling the wrapper off of a redesign that encompasses everything the consumer touches.

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