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Your Rented Computer Can No Longer Legally Spy On You

According to a settlement that went into action yesterday (April 15), rent-to-own stores will no longer be allowed to peek at what their customers do. Previously, at least one piece of software allowed rent-to-own computer busi...
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Twitter Is The New Police Scanner

Since the mid-1970s, police scanners have been the only way for civilians to access real-time updates from police departments. Scanners work by flipping through multiple open radio conversations on emergency channels, providing...
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Ale Yeast Running For Official State Microbe Of Oregon

Oregon lawmakers in the House just voted 58-0 to approve its new state microbe. If the state Senate also approves, Oregon will boast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the humble ale yeast, as its unicellular avatar. It makes sense: acc...
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The 3 People Who Love The Facebook Phone

Professional reviewers have been positive about Facebook Home, the Android skin/launcher that turns your phone’s homescreen into a sort of portal for Facebook photos and messages. The reviews almost exclusively come to th...
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New Surgical Tape Works Like A Parasitic Worm

Scientists have built a better bandage that’ll stick to you like a leech. Literally. The new prototype adhesive bandage sticks even to wet skin, using a technique inspired by a parasitic worm that attaches itself to the i...
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You Can Hear When Trees Are Thirsty

Imagine you’re just polishing off a glass of soda. Whatever liquid left in the straw makes that gurgling sound indicative that there’s just nothing left in the glass to drink. Turns out, trees under drought stress m...
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Now Live: The May 2013 Issue Of Popular Science Magazine

In 2007, my first year of working at Popular Science, we launched the Invention Awards, a celebration of dogged innovators everywhere, and gave one of the first to Leonard Duffy. His success until then had been limited to a coo...
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Mice Skin Cells Transformed Into Brain Cells

In what one researcher called “cellular alchemy,” two different teams of scientists have reported transforming mouse and rat skin cells into brain cells of the type that’s destroyed during multiple sclerosis, ...
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How Marathons Have Been Attacked [Infographic]

An attack on the Boston Marathon has left at least two dead, according to reports. The Global Terrorism Database catalogues events like this, and has a record of eight other attacks or attempted attacks on or involving marathon...
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