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    Proof That Chickens Give the Best Hugs

    15th April 2014 21:40

    Have you hugged a farm animal today? If you haven't yet, we can't promise your embrace will be nearly as YouTube-worthy as this one from J.R. Finch. The adorable clip shows a little boy sharing a gentle hug with a soft, white chicken See also: 8 Inspiring Animals That Never Gave Up Chickens aren't known for lovable personalities, but this one appears to friendlier than most farm creatures. Watch this chicken waddle his way into the little boy's arms before…

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    If George R.R. Martin Wrote 'Mad Men'

    15th April 2014 21:05

    Mad Men returned to television this week, joining Game of Thrones in a powerhouse Sunday night lineup So it only feels natural for Nitrozac and Snaggy of The Joy of Tech to wonder what Mad Men would look like if George R.R. Martin penned that show as well See also: If Other TV Shows Adopted the 'Mad Men' Opening Turns out, it would be pretty seamless — cutthroat men and women climbing their way to the top through deceit and…

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    Amazon Unintentionally Created a Shopping List for Drug Dealers

    15th April 2014 20:40

    One day, some drug dealer bought a particular digital scale — the AWS-100 — on the retail site, Amazon.com. And then another drug dealer bought the same scale. Then another. Then another. Amazon's data-tracking software watched what else these people purchased, and now, if you buy the AWS-100 scale, Amazon serves up a quickstart kit for selling drugs. Along with various scale-related paraphernalia, we find: Many "spice" grinders Pipe screens A rolling paper and tray bundle Bulk pure caffeine powder…

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    Colbert to Drop by 'Late Show With David Letterman' Next Week

    15th April 2014 20:27

    Is he going to measure the curtains? Stephen Colbert — or will it be "Stephen Colbert"? — will stop by Late Show With David Letterman on Tuesday, April 22, CBS announced Tuesday. Though Colbert has been on many times before, it's the first time he'll be on since the network named the Colbert Report host as Letterman's successor last week. SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert's Replacement: A Question Even Bigger Than Letterman's Colbert has said he's dropping the pseudo-conservative persona he…

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    James Dyson's Barge Concept Will Vacuum Trash Out of Rivers

    15th April 2014 20:23

    James Dyson, best known as the founder of his eponymous vacuum cleaner company, is known for less-than-conventional ideas. From robot vacuums to a sink/hand dryer combination, the inventor has a reputation for thinking outside the box. His newest concept applies this signature approach to a problem much bigger than cleaning our rugs or washing our hands: pollution. Dyson's idea for a vacuum-equipped barge would troll rivers sucking plastic debris and other pollution out of the water. See also: Dyson's Vision:…

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    Show Off Your Writing Chops for B.J. Novak in Our Twitter Fiction Contest

    15th April 2014 20:15

    Forget about the Great American Novel. Nowadays, people are arguably more focused on composing the Great Global Tweet, which is not something to be taken lightly. In just 140 characters, you have to communicate intelligence, humor, wit or, ideally, some combination. Some take the next step and compose entire stories in under 140 characters. It's a challenge, but one we think the Mashable community is up for: This month's Twitter Fiction Contest will give you a chance to prove yourself.…

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    Why There Isn't a Vaccine for Ebola

    15th April 2014 20:15

    As a virologist, I am often asked when science will come up with a solution to stop deadly viruses, such as the current Ebola outbreak in Guinea. With collaborators, I've helped design and test over a hundred potentially life-saving antiviral drugs. These have led to patents and publications, which are the hallmarks of success in my profession - yet not one of these drugs has ever made it from the lab to market. Pharmaceutical companies are businesses — they last…

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    NBCU Joins Online Shows Bandwagon, Invents 'Twain and Tesla'

    15th April 2014 20:04

    The entertainment industry needs a new word — one that combines TV and online programming — because it's really starting to all run together. (We can't just settle on “content.”) On Tuesday, NBCUniversal became the latest traditional media giant to jump in the online original programming pool, announcing a slew of digital-first shows including Tesla and Twain, a comedic series that imagines what would happen if Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla (who were real-life friends in their time) were suddenly…

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    Strategies To Get Funded From Angel Investors

    15th April 2014 19:45

     Strategies To Get Funded From Angel Investors The biggest challenge for a new company is to attract funding. Most banks will not make business loans to a business that doesn’t have a long history of making money. Your friends and family may not want to loan you money without a guarantee of seeing that money back. If you own a startup company, could angel investing be for you? How do you attract angel investors? read more

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    Philip Seymour Hoffman Appears in 2 Posthumous Movie Trailers

    15th April 2014 19:41

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, the celebrated actor who died of a drug overdose in February, is set to appear in two forthcoming films. He plays a man trying to hide the truth behind his stepson's accidental death in the forthcoming God's Pocket, and he appears in A Most Wanted Man, a spy thriller based on a John le Carre novel. A trailer for God's Pocket, set in the late 1970s and based on Pete Dexter's novel of the same name, was…