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Tech startups are taking on the oil business

Silicon Valley is a long way from Houston. Hackathon denizens seem to exist in a different universe than rough-and-ready oilfield crews. But tech startups are invading the oil business. Not only that, they’re succeeding despite the price rout.<p>Oil prices plunged in 2014 because of a supply glut …

Pictures of the Week 7.16.15

Ramadan

Underwater graveyard full of WWII planes is otherworldly

Underwater Plane Graveyard<p>For 70 years, World War II planes have been resting in peace at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.<p>Although divers have …

20 Places Every American Should See Before They Die

From sea to shining sea.<p>Looking for an epic summer road trip idea? Whether you crave culture and history, spectacular natural landscapes, or serious adventure, look to these national parks and small towns.

MLB Power Rankings: An Updated Look at Where All 30 Teams Stand

With the All-Star break behind us and the trade deadline rapidly approaching, it figures to be a busy couple of weeks around the baseball landscape.<p>This week's power rankings reflect just one series' worth of games, as the All-Star festivities made it an abridged week, so there was not as much …

Boston Red Sox

The Fascinating Histories Behind 9 of Your Favorite Foods

The “pye”—as it used to be spelled—is a venerable dish, which can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece and Rome. But those pastry-based …

Food

Scenes from Inside Aleppo: How Life Has Been Transformed by Rebel Rule

A Syrian writer revisits the city he attended college in, with sketches by Molly Crabapple.<p>I first moved to Aleppo 10 years ago. At that time, the city was the world for me: the glorious past and the present, the bitter and the sweet. I attended university in mid-Aleppo’s wealthy neighborhoods. To …

Gregg Popovich praises Becky Hammon, says role not a 'gimmick'

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich opened up about assistant coach Becky Hammon's leadership in the team's Las Vegas Summer League title, …

Aljamain Sterling recounts the time Floyd Mayweather tried to steal his girlfriend

Just a day after UFC 187 went down in Las Vegas, middleweight champion Chris Weidman found himself at the same pool party attended by pound-for-pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather.<p>The two champions actually got the chance to meet that day and have a conversation about the fight business and …

Bryce Dallas Howard deserves more kudos for Jurassic World

Every summer, the same complaint is levelled at Hollywood, and it’s a sound one: the blockbusters lack strong female lead characters.<p>This year’s season started on a hopeful note, with Charlize Theron eclipsing Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road, and becoming the film’s true action hero. What followed …

Here's Half-Life Being Played on a Smartwatch

Wearable Half-Life.<p>We recently heard HTC is bringing the Half-Life franchise to virtual reality headset Vive, and now you can play the Valve’s …

Exiled Chinese dissident who led Tiananmen Square protests to stand as Taiwan MP

Wu'er Kaixi, who fled China after the Tiananmen Square massacre, has announced plans to run for a seat in the Taiwanese parliament<p>Twenty six years ago he took on the might of China’s communist government in Tiananmen Square.<p>His key role in the infamous 1989 protests put him on China's most wanted …

This is why Rocket League is so much damn fun to play ... and watch

Soccer with cars doesn't sound like the sort of game that would attract the attention that the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC game <i>Rocket League</i> is getting.<p>I even thought it sounded a bit boring. But then I played it.<p>There's something about the game — some crazy mix of competition, trying to do the …

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night: ‘the first Iranian vampire western’

For an emerging film-maker, breaking new ground can be a poisoned chalice. A few years ago, the gentle childhood drama Wadjda became the first feature-length film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, a landmark achievement that inevitably dwarfed the impact of the film itself (a decidedly low-key affair …

Filmmaking

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here's what's happening:<p><b>1. Palantir just disclosed in an SEC form that it has closed a huge round of investment, issuing $500 million in stock, $450 million of which has already been sold.</b> This confirms last month's report that it was raising up to $500 million at a $20 billion …