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16 Easter Candies Dissected for Sweet Science

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Easter is hopping its way into our candy-shaped hearts this weekend. Kids may be scrambling to grab as many confection-filled plastic eggs they can handle, but us responsible, mature adults can celebrate with a bag of Reese’s eggs all to ourselves

When you’re chomping down your sixth or seventh peanut butter-filled confection, you can’t help but wonder what’s inside that makes them so much better than the rest of the year’s plain-ole peanut butter cups

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From Selfies to Thunderclaps: 7 Ways to Pump Up Your Earth Day Celebrations

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The latest report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that a changing climate will cause an array of new environmental problems — and there’s no better day to respond than on Earth Day

Over a billion people in 190 countries celebrate Earth Day each year with a variety of outdoor activities or action events, according to the Earth Day Network. The annual event, which began in 1970 and is celebrated on April 22, this year’s global focus is on green cities and…

Samsung to Launch Android Wear Device, Tizen Phone This Year

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Samsung plans to launch an Android Wear device as well as a Tizen smartphone in 2014, Reuters reports

The first Tizen phone from Samsung will be a high-end model, and should launch around the end of Q2 2014, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, told Reuters in an interview. It will be followed by a mid-range device, which will launch at an unspecified date

Samsung was slated to launch a Tizen-based phone as…

Scientists Identify When Innocent Bacteria Became Flesh-Eating Horror

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Bacterial diseases cause millions of deaths every year. Most of these bacteria were benign at some point in their evolutionary past, and we don’t always understand what turned them into disease-causing pathogens. In a new study, researchers have tracked down when this switch happened in a flesh-eating bacteria. They think the knowledge might help predict future epidemics.

The flesh-eating culprit in question is called GAS, or Group A β-hemolytic streptococcus, a highly infective bacteria….

Courage and Compassion: 24 Photos That Show What Boston Strong Is All About

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BOSTON, Mass. — One year after the deadly bombings took place at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the people of Boston appeared stronger than ever. The well-known saying ‘Boston Strong’ could be seen everywhere, from banners and signs to t-shirts and storefronts. The anniversary drew a stream of onlookers, from tourists who wanted to lend their support, to last year’s runners who had returned to remember, some wearing the bright blue and yellow marathon jackets that became a symbol of…

Suspicious Bags Prompt Evacuation at Boston Marathon Finish Line

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Tuesday, the one year anniversary of the deadly bombings at last year’s Boston Marathon, was supposed to be a day of healing and triumph

It mostly was.

But Tuesday evening the area near the marathon’s finish line was evacuated after two suspicious packages were spotted sitting on the ground in much the same manner as the makeshift bombs that killed three people, inured more than 200 others and sparked a massive manhunt at the…

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Your Calendar Looks Perfect for Palindrome Week

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This particular week of April is very special. For this year only, the dates read the same backward or forward from April 14 to 19.

Mind blowing, right?

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If you think we’re just being palindromatic, consider how rare this calendar phenomenon is. This special week will happen once a year for the next decade and a half. Then it’s just regular, boring, random-number weeks for the rest of the century. How…

Twitter Hires Google Maps Director to Serve as Product VP

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Can Google Maps help Twitter find its way to designing a more mainstream product?

Twitter confirmed Tuesday that it has hired Daniel Graf to serve as its new VP of consumer product. Graf had previously worked at Google since 2011, initially overseeing the company’s mobile apps lab before eventually taking over as a director for Google Maps. In the latter role, he led the team that developed the new Google Maps app for iOS last year

Graf announced the…

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Now You Can Buy Microsoft Office 365 for $6.99 a Month

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Microsoft began selling Office 365 Personal on Tuesday, a variant of its productivity suite that delivers all the apps for only $6.99 per month. (The full Home version sells for $9.99 per month.)

The tradeoff is in the number of your devices that can be running Office. The Personal version allows you to install Office on only a single PC or Mac, plus one tablet. So if, like many households, that combo constitutes the entirety of your large-screen computing devices, Office 365 Personal makes…

Now You Can Buy Microsoft Office 365 for $6.99 a Month

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Microsoft began selling Office 365 Personal on Tuesday, a variant of its productivity suite that delivers all the apps for only $6.99 per month. (The full Home version sells for $9.99 per month.)

The tradeoff is in the number of your devices that can be running Office. The Personal version allows you to install Office on only a single PC or Mac, plus one tablet. So if, like many households, that combo constitutes the entirety of your large-screen computing devices, Office 365 Personal makes…

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