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06.21.16 | 3:11 pm

At-home sperm test will hit the market this fall 

A DIY sperm test will hit the market this fall, according to a report from Stat News. 

The device is developed by Bay Area startup Sandstone Diagnostics, and is slated to cost $159.99. The company claims its test can diagnose a man's sperm count from the comfort of their own home. 

The test isn't designed to replace a visit to the doctor's office for those who are having fertility issues. But it might prove useful for people who don't have easy access to a fertility center.

09.27.16 | 3 minutes ago

Trump claims he was given a “defective mic,” wonders if it was “on purpose”

In a visit to the media spin room after Monday night's presidential debate, Donald Trump claimed that he was given a "defective mic" and he wondered if that was "on purpose," according to the Associated Press.

09.26.16 | an hour ago

Here’s the most-retweeted tweet during tonight’s presidential debate (plus some other stats)

Trump denied being a climate change denier during the debate. Soon an old tweet from November 2012 that contradicted that claim started circulating very quickly in the Twittersphere. Twitter also released some interesting stats on the most tweeted-about topics and moments of the debate. 

A flash CNN poll after the debate said Hillary Clinton won by a 62% to 28% margin over Donald Trump

However, Trump won by another measurement that might be even more important to him in the long run: 62% of the conversation on Twitter during the debate was about him, while only 28% concerned his opponent. 

09.26.16 | 2 hours ago

Who won the first presidential debate? Hillary Clinton has edge over Donald Trump in early polls

No sooner did the Clinton/Trump debate end that the polls started rolling in. So far, the former secretary of state has the edge, with viewers saying Clinton seemed more "prepared" and "measured" than her GOP opponent.

It's not a slam dunk yet, but here are some early results:

A CNN/ORC poll of debate viewers found: Clinton 62% / Trump 27%

A Public Policy Polling survey, sponsored by VoteVets Action Fund, found: Clinton 51% / Trump 40% 

A 22-person focus group from Frank Luntz, a GOP pollster, found: Clinton 16 / Trump 6

A CNN panel of undecided voters found: Clinton 18 / Trump 2

But an NBC Nightly News poll found different results: Trump 51% / Clinton 49 %

More to come. 

09.26.16 | 2 hours ago

Trump denies calling pregnancy an “inconvenience” to business, though he said it in 2004

During Monday night's presidential debate, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton accused Republican nominee Donald Trump of sexism: "This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs," Clinton said, adding that Trump had previously referred to pregnancy as an "inconvenience" for employers—a claim that Trump immediately denied on stage.

However, a video clip from an October 2004 interview on NBC's Dateline shows that Trump described pregnancy as "a wonderful thing for the woman, it's a wonderful thing for the husband, it's certainly an inconvenience for a business. And whether people want to say that or not, the fact is it is an inconvenience for a person that is running a business."

The two candidates have put forth different plans for supporting working parents. Trump's child care proposal would offer six weeks of paid leave for new mothers (but not fathers), while Clinton's plan would offer 12 weeks of paid time off for new parents. Trump says he would pay for his program by reducing unemployment fraud, while Clinton says she would increase taxes on wealthy people to pay for her plan. 

09.26.16 | 3 hours ago

Howard Dean has a theory about why Trump has been sniffling all night

Donald Trump has been sniffling during the debate and Howard Dean thinks he might know the reason why:

09.26.16 | 3 hours ago

Trump calls Clinton out for “super predators”; Clinton fails to pounce with Central Park Five

Race has become a core issue in tonight's presidential debate, with moderator Lester Holt pressing both candidates on police brutality. The conversation took a somewhat surprising turn, however, when Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton out for her infamous, racially tinged "super predators" comment she made in '90s.

While she later brought up early lawsuits against Trump for refusing to rent to black people, the truly missed opportunity was her the chance to hit Trump on his 1989 campaign against the Central Park Five in New York City, in which five young black teens were wrongly convicted of beating and raping a woman while jogging in the park at night. Trump took out a full-page ad in The New York Daily News calling for the death penalty for the five teens. After DNA evidence freed them, Trump refused to offer an apology.

09.26.16 | 4 hours ago

Did Trump just confirm that he didn’t pay any federal taxes in some years?

During tonight's debate, Hillary Clinton suggested that Donald Trump hasn't paid his fair share of taxes. He has yet to release his tax returns, and Lester Holt asked him why. Trump evaded.

But during a face-off, Clinton pressed that Trump flat-out doesn't pay federal taxes. His response: "It would be squandered."

09.26.16 | 4 hours ago

Trump insists he never said global warming was invented by China (though he tweeted it in 2012)

During tonight's presidential debate, Hillary Clinton said that Trump believes global warming was invented by China. To which he responded, "I did not."

Though he sure seemed to believe it back in 2012:

09.26.16 | 4 hours ago

FWIW, Ford says not one American job will be lost in Mexico small-car move

It's a bit of a contrast from Donald Trump's characterization of the auto giant's decision to shift its American small-car production to Mexico over the next few years. 

Trump at the presidential debate against Hillary Clinton on Monday painted a different picture, saying "thousands" of jobs will be lost when Ford Motor Co. makes the move. 

Ford has repeatedly insisted this is not true. The Week has more. Decide for yourself what you want to believe. 

09.26.16 | 8:16 pm

Ready to live on Mars? Elon Musk is set to unveil a road map to the Red Planet

Sure, we haven't even been to the moon in more than 40 years, but Elon Musk is ready for the Red Planet. And tomorrow, the tech billionaire and SpaceX CEO is expected to unveil a plan for getting us there, Ars Technica reports. Musk is set to talk about his "Interplanetary Transport System," an ambitious spacecraft architecture that he says will be able to carry loads of cargo—or people—on the 33.9 million-mile trek to Mars. 

According to Ars Technica, Musk will make his speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. ET.

[Photo: TriStar Pictures]

09.26.16 | 8:15 pm

Drug maker Mylan underplayed its profits to Congress 

After months of public criticism, Mylan CEO was asked by Congress to justify the price hike for its potentially life-saving allergen treatment. CEO Heather Bresch responded that Mylan's profit was $100 for a two-pack of the injectors, which seemed odd to many given the $608 list price. 

The Wall Street Journal had a few questions for Mylan. The company admitted that the number it initially shared included U.S corporate tax rates. Those are five times higher than Mylan's overall tax rate last year.

A filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission today shows that without the tax reduction, the company's profit is $83 per pen. Or $166 total. And that's a difference of millions. 

09.26.16 | 7:44 pm

Siri doesn’t seem to know there’s a debate tonight

I asked the same question Walt asked of Siri, and got a different answer. She helpfully provided me with the time of day here on the West Coast. Siri doesn't appear to know much about the candidates either: