Monthly Archives: January 2015

Moroccan Meteorite May Be a 4.4-Billion-Year-Old Chunk of Martian Crust

Mars is often referred to as the Red Planet, but its signature color is only skin-deep. Beneath its rusty regolith, Mars has many other hues, including large dark regions formed by ancient lava flows. Now, researchers believe they may have found a pi… Continue reading

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How to Watch Superbowl XLIX Online 

Superbowl XLIX is tomorrow. Cord-cutting SportsHeads need not fret: If you don’t have a TV, it’s pretty easy to watch it online this year. NBC is streaming it for free on its website, and even if you don’t have cable, you’ll be able to watch from with… Continue reading

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Read Roald Dahl’s Heartbreaking Pro-Vaccination Letter (From 1988)

Read Roald Dahl's Heartbreaking Pro-Vaccination Letter (From 1988)

Roald Dahl – the author of such books as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda – lost his eldest daughter, Olivia, to measles in 1962. Twenty-six years later, he penned a cogent and gut-wrenching plea to parents, urging them have their children vaccinated against the disease.

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What’s the Weirdest Thing You’ve Ordered Online? 

You can buy almost anything online. There are lots of normal options, like shoes or groceries. But you can also order a ton of whacky shit, like a life-size statue of obese Arnold Schwarzenegger or a TaskRabbit to come stand motionless and unblinking… Continue reading

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Timex’s Popular “Weekender” Watches Are In Impulse Buy Range Today

Timex’s Weekender Watches are the most popular we’ve ever listed in our Commerce segments. They’re extremely versatile and come in a variety of colors, and today they’re marked down to the $30 range, plus an additional 30% off with code WEEKEND30. [A… Continue reading

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Google Earth Pro Is Now Available for Free

Google Earth Pro, the premium version of Google’s popular Google Earth service, is now free. Google sliced the price from $400 a year, so this is a pretty solid deal. If you like to make 3D measurements or create HD videos of virtual trips around the … Continue reading

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‘We’re not elitist – or racist’ says Bafta boss after Selma snub claim

Film industry is open to all, insists group as honours look set to go to public school actors Continue reading… Continue reading

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A Friendly Reminder: Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous 

Hello my cryptocurrency-lovin’ friends. I just want to have a casual chat, but not that casual, because I’m worried about some of you. Some of you who may be operating under the assumption that Bitcoin is anonymous. It is not. Read more… Continue reading

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The Tobacco Smoke Enema: A Dubious 18C Method For Reviving The Drowned

The Tobacco Smoke Enema: A Dubious 18C Method For Reviving The Drowned

Via “A new method of relieving such persons as are thought to be suffocated, or drowned,” a hopefully titled document published in 1748 by French physician Jean-Jacques Bruhier, comes what today seems a pretty hopeless method of relieving such persons as are thought to be suffocated, or drowned, namely: the tobacco smoke enema.

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Val Kilmer undergoing tests for possible tumour, says representative

  • Star of Top Gun and Heat, 55, is at Los Angeles hospital
  • Representative says doctors ‘encouraged by his progress’

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12 Monkeys’ Heroes Both Do The Unforgivable, But We Still Root For Them

Last night’s episode of 12 Monkeys went to an incredibly dark place, showing both Cole and Cassandra Railly doing things that are basically unforgivable. It’s actually hard to say whose transgression was worse. And yet, we still manage to sympathize … Continue reading

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Review: Snapchat’s Literally Can’t Even Sip & Surf Pool Party XXX

Review: Snapchat's Literally Can't Even Sip & Surf Pool Party XXX

Snapchat has unleashed its first ephemeral scripted webseries, Literally Can’t Even. The first five-minute episode, “Sip & Surf Party XXX,” is available today on the Snap Channel in the app’s new Discover platform.

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Shaun Of The Dead Outtake Features Simon Pegg As John Lennon

This is so silly I can hardly stand it: An outtake from Shaun of the Dead, in which Simon Pegg and Peter Serafinowicz pretend to be John Lennon and Paul McCartney (instead of Shaun and Pete). This may be old footage, but it’s new to me – and really, who can’t get on board with Simon Pegg corpsing all over the place?

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This Is The Clearest, Sharpest Video Of Lightning Seen From Space

This lightning storm is an eerie, glowing spider in a web of clouds when seen from above. Video footage of this unusual perspective was captured from the International Space Station using a specialized camera to minimize motion blur.Read more… Continue reading

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Texas will honour American sniper by celebrating ‘Chris Kyle Day’

Governor announces 2 February as day to commemorate Navy Seal and ‘national hero’ as film continues to stoke fierce partisan debate

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Planet Earth In Infrared, At 4k Resolution

Here’s something you don’t see every day: An ultra-HD time-lapse of Earth, as seen in infrared.Read more… Continue reading

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The Pirate Bay Is Back 

Popular torrenting site The Pirate Bay is back after it was shut down by Swedish police late last year. While tons of copies popped up after the original disappeared, the swift resurrection of thepiratebay.se makes it clear that it’s damn near impos… Continue reading

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If You Want a 100% Sunny Wedding Day You Can Pay $150k to Explode Clouds

This sounds fake as hell but it does have some scientific backup: A luxury travel company is offering a $150,000 cloud-killing package to guarantee sunny wedding days in the south of France. Pilots will consult with meteorologists to fly planes near t… Continue reading

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Google’s 3D-Scanning Project Tango Just Got a Little More Real

Google's 3D-Scanning Project Tango Just Got a Little More Real

Google ATAP (that’s Advanced Technology and Projects) is where wonderful things are born. Things like the animated magic of Glen Keane’s Duet or the modular Project Ara smartphone. It’s all great stuff, but it’s also all experimental—if a project doesn’t make enough progress in two years, it’s dead. But Google’s Project Tango is alive and well: it just graduated from ATAP.

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The Case Against DRM Needs to Be Made Now

DRM, or digital rights management, is a digital lock placed on media content and devices. Supporters say DRM protects businesses and artists from piracy and theft. Sounds good, right? Opponents say it kills innovation, doesn’t stop piracy, and helps m… Continue reading

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