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E-Cigarette Liquid Nicotine: Toxic, Unregulated and Overhyped



E-cigarettes are a hot topic this year. One minute they’re public nuisances; the next they’re helpful tools for quitting smoking. Other times they make users look like Boba Fett

People just can’t seem to agree on them.

The latest alleged danger is the liquid form of nicotine, called “e-liquid,” which is used in both e-cigarettes and customizable mods. See a March New York Times article called “Selling Poison by the Barrel: Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes.” The piece references several…

Acompli Launches App to Simplify Mobile Email



Email apps like Mailbox have gotten a lot of attention for features like gesture-based controls and and their ability to help you reach Inbox Zero

But Acompli, an email app that rolled out to the public Thursday, aims to simplify email by making it easier for users to use email while on the go.

The app, which currently supports Gmail and Microsoft Exchange email accounts, includes features for faster search and file discovery and a built-in calendar…

On the Greatest Day Ever, America’s First Cat Cafe Opens in NYC



Toss your toy mice in the air: North America has its first cat cafe.

The Cat Cafe by Purina One opens its kitty door (and its human-size doors) to New Yorkers on April 24, and will remain open for four days. Curious cat lovers will have the chance to sip complimentary “cat’achinos” with 16 adoptable and adorable cats. And, no, visitors don’t need to use a box as a toilet.

Feline coffeehouses already exist in other areas of the world,…

What Makes the Wolverine Unbreakable?



When you’re a superhero, your wardrobe matters; you can’t just roll out of bed and throw on the first shirt that isn’t flagrantly wrinkled.

On the contrary, paladins like the Wolverine need to have their outfits in tip-top shape when they rush out the door to tangle with foes like Sabretooth

They say that it’s what’s on the inside the matters most — and this is probably true for Wolverine, as his adamantium-fused skeleton makes him impenetrable to…

30 Years After the Discovery of HIV, a Timeline of AIDS Milestones



April 23 marks 30 years since the U.S. announced the discovery of what causes AIDS: a retrovirus called HTLV-III, later renamed HIV. At their 1984 press conference, in the face of one of the world’s most terrifying medical epidemics, Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler and virologist Dr. Robert Gallo of the National Cancer Institute projected scientists would be able to produce an AIDS vaccine within two years

“That turned out to be totally incorrect,” Heckler told PBS in…

Beyonce Sings Surprise Backup on Slow-Jam for Charity



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Earth Day Google Doodle Shows a Different Animal Each Time You Click



In honor of Earth Day on Tuesday, Google has a special, animated doodle on its homepage, which shows you a different animal species each time you click on it.

Some of the animals featured are the Japanese macaque, rufous hummingbird, moon jellyfish and the veiled chameleon. You can also share it on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

Google Doodle Earth Day

Earth Day Google Doodle features several animal species, which change each time you click on the…

Average U.S. Office Worker Uses 10,000 Sheets of Paper Per Year



While digital media theoretically lessens the need for paper — everything from e-readers to online shopping has the potential to cut down on paper usage — data shows that the average American still uses the equivalent of a 100-foot Douglas fir tree each year.

For Earth Day on Tuesday, Catalog Spree and PaperKarma gathered information on the serious paper waste situation in the U.S. The data comes from the Clean Air Council and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal…

9 Simple Tips for Making Your Website Disability-Friendly



The Internet isn’t always “one size fits all.” Every day, inaccessible web design prevents billions of people in the disabled community from an easy online experience.

For those with visual impairments, learning difficulties, hearing loss and more, there are dozens of unique challenges waiting behind every URL. But building a disability-friendly site is a lot simpler than you might think.

Laurence Berry, a designer for UK-based…

6 Easy Changes to Make Any Office Greener




Image: Mashable, MJ Franklin

Earth Day is coming up. Have you been doing your part?

If your home’s already as green as can be, it’s time to make your workplace eco-friendly. There are plenty of simple changes you can make to create a greener office space.

We put together a short list of tips, and also spoke to the folks at the Earth Day Network, who shared a few ways for how to make any office more environmentally conscious.

1. Recycle.