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Peanut Butter M&M'S are larger and more irregular than standard M&M'S.

Why A Pack Of Peanut Butter M&M'S Weighs A Tiny Bit Less Than A Regular Pack

The other day I went down to the little shop in the lobby of our building for a snack. I couldn't decide whether I wanted regular M&M'S or Peanut Butter M&M'S so I bought them both. On the way back upstairs to the office, I noticed something strange on the labels. Each had cost $1, but the pack of Peanut Butter M&M'S was a very tiny bit lighter: 0.06 ounces lighter!

I wanted to know why so I called a couple experts and asked for their theories:

Theory #1: Peanut Butter M&M'S are more expensive to make.

A Pakistani man reads a newspaper at a closed market in Karachi on Wednesday following the arrest of Altaf Hussain. For more than two decades, Hussain has wielded control over his party — and, by extension, parts of the city — from half a world away in London.

How One Man's Arrest In London Shut Down Pakistan's Megacity

The city of Karachi, on the edge of the Arabian Sea, has fizzed with life since Alexander the Great was strutting around Asia's deserts on his horse.

This chaotic and ruthless trading metropolis of more than 20 million is the giant turbine that drives Pakistan's creaking economy, providing the largest part of the national revenues.

Yet by midafternoon Thursday, Karachi's shopkeepers began hastily hauling down their steel shutters and heading home, suffering for a third consecutive day from an acute case of the jitters.

Edward Snowden didn't trust <em>The New York Times</em><em> </em>with his revelations about the National Security Agency because the newspaper had delayed publishing a story about NSA secrets a decade earlier.

'New York Times' Editor: Losing Snowden Scoop 'Really Painful'

When former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden made the fateful decision to share sensitive documents with reporters revealing secret and mass gathering of the metadata associated with the phone calls made by tens of millions of Americans, he had to figure out which news outfit to trust.

Doctors used a rapid DNA test to identify a Wisconsin teen's unusual infection with <em>Leptospira</em> bacteria (yellow), which are common in the tropics.

Quick DNA Tests Crack Medical Mysteries Otherwise Missed

Researchers are developing a radical way to diagnose infectious diseases. Instead of guessing what a patient might have, and ordering one test after another, this new technology starts with no assumptions.

The technology starts with a sample of blood or spinal fluid from an infected person and searches through all the DNA in it, looking for sequences that came from a virus, a bacterium, a fungus or even a parasite.

Fla. Man Impersonating Police Officer Pulls Over Unmarked Car

Not the wisest of moves: A man impersonating a police officer in Florida signals a real sheriff's detective driving an unmarked car to pull over.

WESH in Orlando reports that the suspect, 20-year-old Matthew Lee McMahon, "activated a red and blue light Monday while driving behind an unmarked county sheriff's car."

Judge Sums Phone-Hacking Details, As Jury Prepares To Decide Case

Internal Probe Decries GM's 'Incompetence And Neglect'

One Year Later, Snowden Still Evades U.S. Charges

Mike Janke is the chief executive officer of Silent Circle, a company that sells privacy devices and apps.

A Privacy Capitalist Wins Big After Snowden

A year ago this week, the NSA electronic spying revelations by Edward Snowden began to shake the high-tech industry in a big way. The scandal has hurt some companies but there are also some tech winners, including an American who has been cashing in on the political hype.

Meet Mike Janke: privacy capitalist.

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