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Flickr's new image compression was almost invisible, until it wasn't

Ugh, it's all pixelated. Ugh, artifacts. Compression is otherwise a pretty useful trick for squeezing more stuff (photos, video and more) into less space, but something typically gets lost in the process. Sometimes it's indistinguishable, other times it screams at your eyes, offending your gentle …

'Dust Lady,' immortalized in 9/11 photo, dies

The "Dust Lady," the September 11th survivor whose photograph became one of the most iconic images of the 2001 World Trade Center terror attacks, has died.<p>Marcy Borders, a 42-year-old mother of two from Bayonne, N.J, had been battling stomach cancer.<p>Borders was 28 on Sept. 11, 2001, when …

This 1990 Mercedes 190E Cosworth Evo 2 is Ripe For the Picking

After a 25-year lockout, American roads will very soon become subjected to a new level of Euro-racing terror. This 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth Evo 2 has just passed the magic 25-year-old mark, meaning it may be the first of its kind to legally be imported into the United States.<p>While the 190E …

Confederate Flag Rally Tests a Diminished Ku Klux Klan

The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan calls itself the largest Klan group in America. But it doesn't take much these days to claim that mark.<p>The Knights, who on Saturday will rally at the steps of the South Carolina Capitol to protest the removal of the Confederate battle flag, claims a few …

German-Led Eurozone Launching Coup Against Greek Government

After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, Francis Fukuyama famously declared an end to history. Things, of course, would continue to happen, he said, but the clash of rival ideologies was over with the "unabashed victory of economic and political liberalism."<p>It was …

Here's some incredible pro-independence propaganda from the American Revolution

These intricate pieces of propaganda were printed in papers and pamphlets, and delivered throughout the colonies. These images were a patriotic call to arms and the sentiments conveyed in them inspired other wartime art generations later.<p><i>This post is originally by Laura Stampler</i>

Inspectah Deck Discusses Importance of Wu-Tang Logo

Inspectah Deck says that the Wu-Tang Clan purposefully wanted to create an iconic logo.<p>“The Wu-Tang logo is definitely up there with Batman, man, or …

4 galaxies huddle close together in new Hubble Space Telescope photo

A group of four galaxies — including a galactic cannibal — are glowing brightly in deep space.<p>The Hubble Space Telescope snapped an image (above) of …

Universe

5 Family-Friendly Dinners You Need to Try

Is it time to branch out from the same few meals you make over and over again? <i>Everyone</i> in my family gave these recipes an enthusiastic thumbs-up.<p><b>1. Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli</b><p>This delicious pasta dish is adapted from <i>Lidia's Italian Table</i> by Lidia Bastianich. Not only is it quick and easy …

The 10 Most Tremendous Barbecue Recipes of Cyberspace

My original magnum opus was going to be a 1,000-page epic poem about the Kansas City Royals' journey to the 2014 World Series, but I couldn't find enough good rhymes for Moustakas, so this barbecue season primer and recipe listicle will have to do.<p>Go to your grill. Put a little shoulder into your …

Shocking Photos of Chile's Calbuco Volcano Eruption

One of Earth's most destructive events is a sight to see.<p>For the first time in 43 years, Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted. Twice. In 24 hours. The rupture spewed huge amounts of rock, gas, and ash into the sky. Local leaders issued a red alert for the towns of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas in …

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1.</b> Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew died at age 91 after he was hospitalised in early February with severe pneumonia. He transformed the port city into one of the wealthiest countries in the world.<p><b>2.</b> Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the country's …

Barack Obama

This is the heavy military hardware that the Middle East is buying up to fight ISIS

In fact, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), military exports to the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), several of which are engaged in fighting Islamic State, have <i>surged 71% in the last four years</i>.<p>Here's some of the heavy weaponry being bought up …

Marvel is killing 33 comics to end the universe

To hasten the death of the entire universe, Marvel Comics will end 33 comic books, according to David Gabriel, Marvel's SVP of sales and marketing.<p>The casualties will amass as a result of the Secret Wars storyline, which will begin in May. By the time Secret Wars wraps up, the Marvel Universe and …

Comics

Hands-on: Nvidia Shield console looks to sidestep the console wars

At this week's GDC, Nvidia held an event where CEO Jen-Hsun Huang presented the hardware maker's newest attempt to move beyond its GPU bread and butter. This time, Nvidia has its sights set on the living room with a set top box simply called Shield.<p>Powered by a 256-core Tegra chip dubbed X1, and …

Set-Top Boxes

Why you really do get that from your father

We may look like our mothers but our genes have more in common with the paternal line, study finds<p>It is good news for put-upon husbands who fear their wife will turn out like their mother-in-law: scientists say that, genetically, we are more like our fathers.<p>A study has found that although we might …

Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was gunned down within sight of the Kremlin's own security cameras

Nemtsov, a former first deputy prime minister in the 1990s under Boris Yeltsin, was shot four times in the back by an unidentified gunman as he walked across Moscow's Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge with his girlfriend of three years, the Ukrainian model Anna Duritskaya. His murder shocked Russia's …

This is how much NATO member states spend on their military

The chart below shows how much some of NATO member states spent on their military last year, according to a report published by the European Military Network (ELN).<p>United States' share is huge. In 2014, the US spent about $582 billion (£400 billion), almost three times more than all the other NATO …

This RPG plays itself, so you don't have to bother

Say hello to <i>Dreeps</i>, a role-playing game, of sorts, for mobile phones.<p>Like many RPGs, it features a cute character exploring an alien world, interacting with objects, talking to people, getting into battles. The only major departure from standard norms is that, in this game, the player is not …

Everything We Know About Mortal Kombat X's New Modes

Constant, persistent conflict.<p>In a rare opportunity to sit down and play Mortal Kombat X, I got a glimpse of two interesting new modes coming for the …

How extreme fear shapes what we remember

Many of us will experience a significant trauma in our lives, says Lesley Evans Ogden. Yet could there be ways to avoid reliving the memories?<p>It was no ordinary honeymoon. After boarding their flight in Canada on the evening of 23 August 2001, newlyweds Margaret McKinnon and her husband were …

The Brain

The Best of 48 Super Bowls

Rutgers Is Among The Schools With The Most Players In This Year's Super Bowl

Recruiting in college football is a lot easier if a school can show kids that they produce NFL players and surprisingly, Rutgers is among the schools with the most players on the rosters of the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots for this week's Super Bowl.<p>Other schools with four players in …

Daily Deals: PS4 With Dying Light and the Last of Us, a Year of Xbox Live for $40, Far Cry 4 for $40

Bank a year of Live and save $20<p>Want more deals? Join the IGN Deals Newsletter.<p>Today's Big Deals<p><b>A PS4 with The Last of Us and Dying Light</b><p>$430 gets …

Here's the luckiest basket you'll ever see in NBA 2K15

Last week, when an NBA basketball player hit this shot — the clock started with 0.2 seconds on it — I said there's no way we'd ever see that kind of thing in a video game. Now I think we've seen a video game shot that won't be seen in real life, courtesy of <i>NBA 2K15</i>'s MyCareer.<p>Plenty of own-goals …

Basketball

Ready For The iPhone 7? Get This Smartphone Designed To Last A Decade And Forget All About It

Do we really need all that wasteful consumerism that comes with the 18-month device upgrade cycle?<p>Worldwide, more than 1.8 billion mobile phones were sold last year–most replacing devices that were less than two years old. The average smartphone owner upgrades every 18 months.<p>Is it possible to …

11 Movies to Watch Out for in 2015

The non-blockbuster must-see features of the year.<p><b>Hey, did you know that a brand-new Star Wars film</b> is coming out in December? And an <i>Avengers</i> sequel is on the way in May? And yet another <i>Jurassic Park</i> adventure arrives in June? Oh, wait—of course you did, because even at this early stage of 2015, …

Research supports theory that drought and climate conditions reduced Mayans from a regional power to survivors abandoning cities to virtual extinction<p>A massive underwater sinkhole surrounded by reefs, caves and sharks has provided archaeologists with clues in the mystery of the fall of the Mayan …

Archaeology

Who has won the most national titles in college football? Depends on who does the counting

Quick, name the college football team that has won the most national championships. Alabama? Notre Dame? Princeton?<p>If you gave any of those answers, and maybe a few others, you might be right. Because over the years there have been a lot of organizations using different methods to determine who …