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“You’re a tyrant to the Constitution!” How gun nuts are threatening politicians

<b>A gun rights supporter openly carries two pistols strapped to his leg during a rally in support of the Michigan Open Carry gun law in Romulus, Michigan April 27, 2014. (Reuters/Rebecca Cook)</b><p>Armed men are confronting legislators in their offices, demanding more rights. Here’s the pols’ desperate …

Russell Brand went on a truly epic rant against Fox News and Rupert Murdoch

<b>Russell Brand (Russell Brand)</b><p>The comedian slammed Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro for her response to the Paris attacks<p>Sarah Gray<p>January 16, 2015 4:22pm (UTC)<p>Russell Brand unleashed an earful in the direction of Fox News, Rupert Murdoch and those who are spewing hateful speech in the wake of the attacks in …

Glitterbombs Are Back

As the 2016 election cycle begins, a favorite tactic of the 2012 race makes a return.<p>Matthew Carpenter was already hard at work at 4:30 this morning, at his home in Australia, filling the orders pouring in at ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com. “The house looks like it’s 1975 and Donna Summer has just hit …

Same-sex Marriage

Cancer Patient Dies After Medical Marijuana Conviction

A cancer patient from Iowa whose conviction for growing medical marijuana made national headlines died from the disease on Monday.<p>Benton Mackenzie, 49, was sentenced to probation in September following his conviction, but his health had rapidly deteriorated during his trial.<p>"I've got a big empty …

6 worst right-wing moments of the week — Rupert Murdoch says every single Muslim “responsible” for terrorism | Salon.com

<b>Rupert Murdoch (Reuters/Jason Reed)</b><p>6 worst right-wing moments of the week — Rupert Murdoch says every single Muslim “responsible” for terrorism<p>The News Corp. chief gets racist on Twitter, while Bill Cosby makes a rape joke<p>Janet Allon<p>January 12, 2015 1:36pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on …

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The new clash over cannabis

Rising tensions between states over pot put pressure on Obama to act.<p>The Obama administration and many congressional Republicans have been loath to go anywhere near the experiment with marijuana legalization in Colorado and other states. But pressure is mounting on Washington to take a stand on …

How campaigns are courting 16-year-olds

Parents ask if kids are mature enough to handle the hard sell.<p>Coming soon to a battleground state near you: White House campaigns combining census reports with Instagram and Twitter posts to target teenagers who aren’t yet 18 but will be by Election Day 2016.<p>It’s an aggressive strategy with an …

Congress Is Up to Something

<i>by guest blogger Diana Zuckerman, PhD,</i> <i>National Center for Health Research</i><p>If you think health insurance should be affordable and you didn't get a 65 percent raise over the last two years, keep reading!<p>Congress is up to something, and only you can prevent it from happening. Even though the upcoming …

Look Out, This Poker-Playing Computer Is Unbeatable

Researchers have developed a computer program they say can beat any human on the planet at a particular variant of Texas Hold'em poker.<p>The scientists aren't planning to clean up with their powerful poker bot. Instead, they hope it can help computers become better decision-makers in the face of …

EA to Finally Face Lawsuit From Former NFL Players

A federal appeals court gave the go-ahead on Tuesday.<p>Back in 2010, a class action lawsuit was filed against EA by approximately 6,000 retired …

The Open Bay helps launch 372 ‘copies’ of The Pirate Bay in a week, becomes GitHub’s most popular project

isoHunt, the group now best known for launching The Old Pirate Bay, has shared an update a week after debuting The Open Bay. The Pirate Bay, the most popular file sharing website on the planet, still isn’t back following police raids on its data center in Sweden, but its “cause” is very much …

Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated …

Microsoft is giving away 100 free albums as MP3s, including one from U2

Microsoft’s Music Deals app launched in October and it has been a rather impressive way of obtaining music ever since. 101 albums were priced at $1.99 or less initially, and Taylor Swift’s new <i>1989</i> release debuted for just $0.99 in a brief promotional period. Now Microsoft is literally giving music …

British Spy Agency GCHQ Launches Cryptography App

British intelligence agency GCHQ has today launched an app called Cryptoy that is aimed at teaching secondary school-age children (and their teachers) about cryptography.<p>While it’s available freely for anyone with an Android tablet to download (no Android phones or iOS devices supported at the …

Robotic Experiment Recreates Evolution In Oil And Water

Evolution in the absence of biological molecules<p>We've seen evolution enacted with early-Earth chemicals, with hermaphroditic robots, and even entirely virtually, using mathematical models. In each, scientists or engineers give the experiment some starting conditions, let it run… then see what …

Biology

Elegy for a Dead World offers inspiration for writing but isn’t much of a game (review)

I have no doubt that Elegy for a Dead World (available Dec. 10 on Steam for Windows PCs) will spark further debate over what constitutes a video game. This release from Dejobann Games (previously known for the obnoxiously titled AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! — A Reckless Disregard for Gravity), …

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What Other Games Should Learn From The Universal Appeal Of 'No Man's Sky'

No Man’s Sky is a rare case of an indie game being treated like a fully fledged triple A title, and it doesn’t even have a famous developer behind it. While Hello Games’ last project, Joe Danger, was received well, it certainly didn’t make them a household name. Rather, No Man’s Sky has attracted …

Street Fighter V will support cross-platform play between PC and PS4

Surprise! <i>Street Fighter V</i> is coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 and PC (which is to say, it's not coming to Xbox). That news leaked yesterday, ahead of Sony's PlayStation Experience keynote. Capcom made light of the leak while revealing a new detail — that <i>Street Fighter V</i> will support …

It's official: Benedict Cumberbatch is Strange

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Hackers leak Sony passwords, social security numbers and salaries

The cyber attack against Sony Pictures continues to be a major problem for the company. For one, it looks like the hackers used malware called Destover (which security firms believe could have been created in Korea) that can completely disable hard drives, rendering computers useless. Worse, the …

iOS 'Masque Attack' could allow hackers to replace iPhone apps with malware

Security researchers at FireEye revealed a vulnerability in iOS on Monday that could allow malware to be installed over legitimate iOS apps.<p>The …

Kano is an easy-to-use $150 computer for kids and parents to explore technology together

When it launched its Kickstarter campaign last November, Kano, a $150 computer comprised of a Raspberry Pi, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a speaker, was …

GitHub's free student bundle gets you started on writing code

It's harder to score student discounts on programming tools now that many of them are subscription services, but GitHub has just launched a bundle that could make it far less expensive to get cracking. Its new Student Developer Pack gives you free access to the kind of tools you'd typically need to …

The Best Android Apps From September 2014

From vertical video-killers to location-based tweeting, we covered a lot of ground with new Android apps in September. Here, we sift through the rubble to present you with our selection of the best Google Play newcomers from the past month.<p>Horizon<p>Horizon lets you shoot horizontal videos …

Dear Samsung, Thanks For Bringing The World The iPhone 6 Plus

Before most of us had gotten up close and personal with Apple’s new iPhones, the website <i>BGR</i> ran a post provocatively titled: “The truth hurts, Apple fans: You can thank Samsung for your big new iPhone displays.” Samsung liked it so much, it was featured in its new Apple-mocking ad, which reminds …

There Are Now Over 1 Billion Websites On The Internet

Tim Berners-Lee, considered the father of the World Wide Web, touted the milestone on Twitter -- one of the most prominent websites in the mushrooming but sometimes murky Internet world.<p>It comes as the agency responsible for managing addresses on the Internet expands choices far beyond ".com" and …