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We take a look at how times have changed for smoking, both pot and cigarettes, over the decades.

We take a look at how times have changed for smoking, both pot and cigarettes, over the decades.

Google enters the home: It announced today it’s buying Nest Labs Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash.

We’re very curious to see what this will bring.

Google enters the home: It announced today it’s buying Nest Labs Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash.

We’re very curious to see what this will bring.

Do you feel red-faced when you’re angry or embarrassed? Tight in the chest when you’re anxious? Butterflies in your stomach when you’re in love? (Yep, yep and yep!)

It turns out our emotions are directly linked to sensations in specific parts of our bodies, according to a recent study by a team of Finnish researchers.

In five experiments, 700 online participants from Finland, Sweden and Taiwan were given outlines of a body and asked to color in the regions where they felt warmer or cooler in certain body parts in response to 13 emotions, including anger, fear, surprise, happiness and depression.

Read more: http://usat.ly/1eTrNfF

You can take the test yourself, here.

Do you feel red-faced when you’re angry or embarrassed? Tight in the chest when you’re anxious? Butterflies in your stomach when you’re in love? (Yep, yep and yep!)

It turns out our emotions are directly linked to sensations in specific parts of our bodies, according to a recent study by a team of Finnish researchers.

In five experiments, 700 online participants from Finland, Sweden and Taiwan were given outlines of a body and asked to color in the regions where they felt warmer or cooler in certain body parts in response to 13 emotions, including anger, fear, surprise, happiness and depression.

Read more: http://usat.ly/1eTrNfF

You can take the test yourself, here.

A cache of 98-year-old celluloid negatives has been discovered in the field darkroom of expedition photographer Herbert Ponting, a member of an expedition sent to resupply Sir Ernest Shackleton.
These photos — still largely intact — provide a unique look into the conditions the Antarctic explorers faced.
(via Nearly Intact Century-Old Negatives Found in Antarctica - Reviewed.com Cameras)

A cache of 98-year-old celluloid negatives has been discovered in the field darkroom of expedition photographer Herbert Ponting, a member of an expedition sent to resupply Sir Ernest Shackleton.

These photos — still largely intact — provide a unique look into the conditions the Antarctic explorers faced.

(via Nearly Intact Century-Old Negatives Found in Antarctica - Reviewed.com Cameras)

FAA names 6 commercial drone test sites

And they are:

• University of Alaska, which has diverse climate and a variety of test sites, including in Hawaii and Oregon. The university plans to work on state monitoring, navigation and safety standards.

• State of Nevada, which plans to study standards for operators and certification requirements. The state will also study how air-traffic control procedures will evolve to handle drones.

• New York’s Griffiss International Airport near Utica, which plans to research how drones and passenger aircraft will sense and avoid each other, to prevent collisions, particularly in the congested Northeast airspace.

• North Dakota Department of Commerce, which plans to develop airworthiness data and validate the reliability of links between pilots and unmanned aircraft.

• Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, which plans to develop safety systems for drones.

• Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, which has test locations in Virginia and New Jersey, plans to test failure modes and technical risks for drones, to ensure they land safely if they lose connection with a pilot.

His code-breaking prowess helped the Allies outfox the Nazis, his theories laid the foundation for the computer age, and his work on artificial intelligence still informs the debate over whether machines can think. But Alan Turing was gay, and 1950s Britain punished the mathematician’s sexuality with a criminal conviction, intrusive surveillance and hormone treatment meant to extinguish his sex drive. Now, nearly half a century after the war hero’s suicide, Queen Elizabeth II has finally granted Turing a pardon. "Turing was an exceptional man with a brilliant mind," Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said in a statement. Describing Turing’s treatment as unjust, Grayling said the code breaker "deserves to be remembered and recognized for his fantastic contribution to the war effort and his legacy to science." More: Gay, code-breaking WWII hero pardoned by U.K.
(1928 photo via AFP/Getty Images)

His code-breaking prowess helped the Allies outfox the Nazis, his theories laid the foundation for the computer age, and his work on artificial intelligence still informs the debate over whether machines can think.

But Alan Turing was gay, and 1950s Britain punished the mathematician’s sexuality with a criminal conviction, intrusive surveillance and hormone treatment meant to extinguish his sex drive.

Now, nearly half a century after the war hero’s suicide, Queen Elizabeth II has finally granted Turing a pardon.

"Turing was an exceptional man with a brilliant mind," Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said in a statement. Describing Turing’s treatment as unjust, Grayling said the code breaker "deserves to be remembered and recognized for his fantastic contribution to the war effort and his legacy to science."

More: Gay, code-breaking WWII hero pardoned by U.K.

(1928 photo via AFP/Getty Images)

Since 2006, there have been more than 200 mass killings in the United States.

Well-known images from Newtown, Aurora and Virginia Tech capture the nation’s attention, but similar bloody scenes happen with alarming frequency and much less scrutiny.

We examined FBI data — which defines a mass killing as four or more victims — as well as local police records and media reports to understand mass killings in America. They happen far more often than the government reports, and the circumstances of those killings — the people who commit them, the weapons they use and the forces that motivate them — are far more predictable than many might think.

Yet no one is keeping track.

A USA TODAY special report — learn more: http://usat.ly/1kiRW4F

I had realized, as a white South African, there’s a choice to be made about which side you are on — whether you continue to bury your head and continue to enjoy the privileges of being white, or you whether you take the step against injustice.
He probably will be remembered both inside and outside South Africa as a political saint. He had flaws that he had to overcome. He had a temper he had to deal with. He had to deal with what was going to be life imprisonment. Not all his decisions were great decisions, but what political leader’s are?
Michael Parks, the former editor of the Los Angeles Times who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for his coverage of Mandela and South Africa’s struggles.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.