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Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook, Likes ‘The Theory of Everything’



Stephen Hawking has spent a lifetime getting his head around concepts in astrophysics most of us will never comprehend, but the 72-year-old never got around to the social-media thing — until Friday.

The renowned theorist, cosmologist and author joined Facebook, kicking things off with a message in support of The Theory of Everything, the Focus Features biopic that became an instant Oscar contender when it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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What Do Baseball Players Feel When They Hit a Home Run?



Major League Baseball athletes play it pretty cool and collected. They stroll up to home plate with a wedge of gum between their teeth. They ritually tap the bat a couple of times, sinking down to stare at the pitcher. It’s a dance, methodical and focused.

That is, until the crack of his bat hurls a ball high into the air, toward the outfield bleachers, farther and farther. The batter is already rounding first, a surprised and hopeful wince on his face. He appears to be praying for a couple…

Animals Can Experience the Uncanny Valley



In 2009, researchers at Princeton University showed macaque monkeys three images of their species: a real photograph, an unrealistic computer rendering and a detailed digital caricature.

The monkeys, which normally coo and smack their lips when they interact in real life, looked inquisitively at the photographs and renderings for extended periods of time. But when they saw the last type of image — lifelike but not quite realistic enough — they quickly averted their eyes, frightened.


5 Unbelievable Ocean Mysteries We Still Haven’t Solved



Mermaids may not exist, but the ocean is still full of mysteries

Those large, beautiful bodies of water are home to an infinite number of strange creatures and bewildering phenomena. The average ocean depth is 14,000 feet deep — that leaves a lot of room for the mysterious, the mythical and everything in between.

“The ocean is 95% unexplored, unknown, unseen by human eyes,” Fred Gorell, the head of public affairs at the National Oceanic…

The Nostalgic Evolution of the Nokia Phone



The indestructible Nokia phone is no more

Microsoft, which bought the company’s mobile division this past April, has announced it will no longer use the name for future devices. Instead, its Nokia Lumia smartphones will simply be called Microsoft Lumia moving forward.

Nokia, best known for its sturdy hardware and early innovation in the mobile market, has had a long history in the cellular spotlight. From dominating the mobile market in the late ’90s to partnering with Microsoft in 2011 for…

Google Inbox Hands On: An App With an Identity Crisis



Google announced a brand new app for Gmail Wednesday morning, called Inbox. No, you’re not imagining things; there is a Gmail app already. No, Inbox doesn’t replace it; it’s just another option for how to view your Gmail on your smartphone.

So what problem — and there are, of course, many problems with email — does Inbox solve? Google answered that, albeit not very successfully, with one of those product launch videos that is practically a parody of itself. We see people skateboarding,…

The Evolution of Women’s Workwear Through the Decades



Clothes say a lot about women’s evolving roles in the workplace. A history of 20th century office fashion in photos. Read more…

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Why You’re Crazy Addicted to ‘Hocus Pocus’



Something wicked this way comes

Since 1993, the Disney film Hocus Pocus has been a perennial Halloween favorite, scaring up a new batch of children every year. Starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as a trio of evil witches known as the Sanderson sisters, the film is a kitschy gem. Through countless showings on TV, and soaring DVD sales (which peak every October), it has become the cult favorite scary movie for a generation of kids

But how did a film, which flopped at…

14 Things Thicker Than the iPad Air 2



Apple’s done it again

The mammoth tech company unveiled the new iPad Air 2 on Oct. 16. At just 6.1 millimeters, or 0.24 of an inch, it’s the thinnest tablet yet.

Want to put that size in perspective? In Apple’s demonstration, they laser-cut a pencil in half lengthways to illustrate iPad’s insanely small dimensions

We decided to kick that up a notch and see just how thin the new device is when compared to everyday objects. From slices of Kraft cheese to slender magazines to Big Mac burger…

Tinder Users to Soon ‘Swipe Right’ for More Than Just Dates



Tinder users will soon be able to pay for extra features that may not be related to dating.

The company is slated to roll out an update in November that adds extra paid features, CEO Sean Rad said in an interview with Forbes.

Rad did not elaborate on what the app’s upcoming changes would be, but he said the current service, which matches users based on who’s nearby, would not change

“Our core offering that you have right now is always…