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Gentex Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

 Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

iPad 2 has 'em sleuthing and guessing

Cupertino, Calif. -- U.S. technology giant Apple's second generation iPad will likely include video chatting capability, two cameras and a mini USB port, industry analysts said.

It takes some sleuthing and some guesswork to figure out Apple's next move. The company is known for its tight-lipped policy regarding research and development.

But PCWorld reported Friday the sleuthing has been brisk.

Intuitive Hunch No. 1: As Apple put mobile video chat programing called FaceTime on the iPhone 4 and then on the iPad Touch in September, it was a good bet it would be included on the second generation iPad.
Intuitive Hunch No. 2: It would follow the next iPad has a front-facing camera.

Cameras study the secret life of crickets

Exeter, England -- Female crickets preferred big males over smaller males in a British study that filmed 152 field crickets for 250,000 hours, scientists said.

Scientists from the University of Exeter used 96 video cameras to record field crickets -- Gryllus campestris -- during a breeding season in a meadow in Asturias in northern Spain, The Times of London reported Friday.

The footage showed females chose big males over smaller males, with some pairs of crickets often having sex as much as 40 times before parting ways.

Females also slipped away from their regular partners to find other males and had more more offspring when they were promiscuous, the researchers said in a recent issue of the journal Science.

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon get married, again!

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon took their wedding vows for the third time in two years. In celebration of their second wedding anniversary, the couple replenished their married lives with a third marriage ceremony.

5 Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Cameras

Looking out for professional, mid-range or a budget camera? Here’s a quick read for those looking for the best value for money in their camera.