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Posts from January, 2014

Study: Some Antioxidants Could Increase Cancer Rates

Jan 31

sciencehabit writes “Many people take vitamins such as A, E, and C thinking that their antioxidant properties will ward off cancer. But some clinical trials have suggested that such antioxidants, which sop up DNA-damaging molecules called free radicals, have the opposite effect and raise cancer risk in certain people. Now, in a provocative study that raises unsettling questions about the widespread use of vitamin supplements, Swedish researchers have showed that moderate doses of two widely used antioxidants spur the growth of early lung tumors in mice.”

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How the Web Makes a Real-Life Breaking Bad</em> Possible

Jan 31

gallifreyan99 writes “The real revolution in drugs isn’t Silk Road—it’s the open web. Thanks to the net, almost anyone with a basic handle on chemistry can design, manufacture and sell their own narcotics, and in most cases the cops are utterly unable to stop them. This piece is kind of crazy: the writer actually creates a new powerful-but-legal stimulant based on a banned substance, and gets a Chinese lab to manufacture it.”

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Yahoo Confirms Hackers Swiped Yahoo Mail Users’ Passwords

Jan 31

1936mu0hnimoejpgYahoo certainly had some fun kicking Gmail while it was down last week—a particularly bold move considering its own recent share of missteps. But in a bit of an uncomfortable karmic twist (at least from Yahoo’s point of view), the company has taken to Tumblr to acknowledge a recent mass of security attacks with the […]

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Microsoft’s board is reportedly preparing to name Satya Nadella as the new CEO.

Jan 31

microsoftlogonewMicrosoft’s board is reportedly preparing to name Satya Nadella as the new CEO. Nadella is an internal candidate most recently in charge of the company’s enterprise and cloud endeavors. The company is also reportedly considering replacing Bill Gates as chairman. [Bloomberg]

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20 Awesome Stickers From When Your Suitcase Told Stories

Jan 31

19dy9hiwhsnjtjpgThere was a time when well-traveled luggage looked like the suitcase above: covered with travel stickers, trophies of every adventurous explorer. My father, who spent his youth traveling across Europe in the 60s and 70s kept his weary suitcase for a long time; as a child, I admired all those well-aged little pictures of remote […]

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The Brutally Beautiful Wastelands of Outer Moscow

Jan 31

ku-xlarge (1)The seam where a city meets the country is an uncanny place. It’s not rural, yet not exactly urban, either, a non-place often full of half-finished streets and isolated developments. Most of us only see these environments through the windows of our cars, but photographer Alexander Gronsky has spent the last four years in Moscow’s […]

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This Genius App Would Turn Your Smartphone Pics Into Prints, For Free

Jan 31

ku-xlargeWhere are the dozens of pictures on your smartphone or tablet going? Nowhere, probably. Printing them at home looks chintzy, and getting professional prints is expensive. Flag wants to change that, with an app that would give you high quality prints and mail them wherever you want, all for free. Cool! While we normally wouldn’t give […]

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How Bioelectronics Will Cure Cancer

Jan 31

ku-xlargeWhen you think of cyborgs becoming a reality, you probably picture Arnold Schwarzenegger’s glowing red eye from Terminator or the steely, tight-lipped stare of Robocop. But the future where man and machine converge won’t just be built with nuts and bolts. It will be built with biology. Self avowed cyborg expert Tim Maly said as […]

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The World’s Largest Toy Car Collection Has Over 30,000 Tiny Vehicles

Jan 31

carsThe fact that Hot Wheels and Matchbox toys are so cheap means that countless kids have giant collections of tiny cars. But the world’s largest? With over 30,000 scale vehicles in his collection, Beirut’s Billy Karam has a legitimate claim to that title, and Cool Hunting had a chance to tour his showroom. An actual […]

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Twitter Shut Me Down

Jan 31

19e4fdrf7ajs9jpgAt 25, I found myself running a very profitable black hat advertising platform. The platform was called Followgen, and I was its sole creator; a self-identified ‘hacker’ and reluctant resident of New York City. At the time, Followgen was just six months old, and I believed its days were numbered. The problem was that Followgen […]

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