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LinkedIn-esque app for doctors helped save lives after Nepal earthquake

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When you’re sick, you can choose the doctor who treats you. If that doctor can’t handle your case, he or she refers you to another doctor. On what basis does the former recommend the latter? Is it word-of-mouth, friendship, or former acquaintance? Generally, doctors rely on their ad hoc professional network based on friendship and goodwill, rather than experience and professional acumen, for patient referrals.

Imagine a doctor having access to an extensive and refined network of medical…

We might be getting bacon emoji (and more!) in 2016

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If you have a smartphone, chances are you’ve desired an emoji that doesn’t exist. Now the emoji powers that be are listening.

Unicode, the nonprofit organization the governs the Unicode Standard, is recommending 38 new emoji to be included in version 9.0, which will eventually makes it way to iOS, Android and other mail and messaging platforms.

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Although it’s uncertain which of the 38 — if any — will…

The ultimate American BBQ road trip

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In just 3,478 miles, you can taste test the best barbecue the United States has to offer.

Or at least, the best it has to offer according to TripAdvisor, which released its list of the top-rated BBQ joints on Wednesday.

The travel website compiled the rankings based on several criteria. First, restaurants had to have at least 100 reviews. Then those reviews were ranked by quantity and quality, with recent reviews — those…

‘Mad Men’ ends, and Don Draper begins: Life is OK

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LOS ANGELES — “Advertising is based on one thing: happiness. And you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car … It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of the road that screams with reassurance that whatever you’re doing is OK.”

Then, almost to himself: “You are OK.”

SEE ALSO: ‘Mad Men’ finale: Where our favorites ended up

Don Draper, a prodigious ad man, spent seven seasons of AMC’s Mad Men freeing others from fear, broadcasting happiness on the pages of…

Celebrating McDonaldland: McDonald’s weird, burger-filled ’70s hellscape

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Come one, come all, to the terrifying world of dark magic and hamburgers: McDonaldland.

As McDonald’s turns 75 on May 15, we felt it fitting to look back on one of the oddest, creepiest and, frankly, most illegal periods of the fast-food franchise’s storied history.

Beginning in the early 1970s, McDonald’s rolled out an advertising campaign based around McDonaldland, a magical town filled with anthropomorphic hamburgers and…

The Netflix Tax: How to avoid the government’s tax on fun

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Do not be fooled by the name — the so-called “Netflix Tax” proposed by the Australian government in its 2015 Federal Budget does not tax Netflix. It taxes people who watch Netflix.

From July 1, 2017, foreign businesses that sell digital goods and services to Australians — from streaming platforms and music downloads to e-books — will have to charge a 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST)

In his budget speech on Tuesday…

Amazing: Solar road set up in Netherlands



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A Dutch bike path designed to produce solar energy produces more energy than expected in its first six months.

SolaRoad generated more than 3,000 hours of kilowatt hours of electricity from the band of 70 meters long was officially opened in November 2014, in Krommenie, a village northwest of Amsterdam, the project announced last week. He said that was enough to feed a household of one person for one year.

“We did not expect such a high and fast performance,” Sten de Wit, a spokesman…

Scientists photograph thunder using a rocket and microphones

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During a thunderstorm, launching a rocket with copper wire attached to it is pretty much the exact opposite of what any sane person would do.

But when it’s the only way to answer one of the mysteries of science, even scientists, usually the most rational of people, are willing to make an exception.

Last July, researchers from the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI) based in San Antonio, Texas, made the trip to Florida to do…

What would make you buy a Tesla?

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Tesla cars receive a lot of media buzz, but it seems the average American still does not consider the car to be a viable option.

In our recent series, we looked at some of Tesla’s earliest adopters and their motivations for purchasing the car — from its luxury status to its fuel efficiency to its speed.

So while it’s clear Silicon Valley-based techies aren’t the only people purchasing Teslas, we’re still curious…

Is it worth it to save on airfare with an illicit ‘hidden-city ticket’?

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A judge has thrown out United Airline’s lawsuit against Skiplagged.com, a site created by Aktarer Zaman that helps travelers find cheaper airfare with “hidden-city ticketing.” But Zaman’s win doesn’t mean the practice is now approved.

Hidden-city ticketing involves booking a connecting flight, with the intention of staying in the layover city. Depending on the route, airfares that pass through a city can be significantly lower than airfares directly to the city.

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