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The most memorable comedy moments of the Obama presidency

By Elahe Izadi<p>, Staff writer<p>Is there a more perfect expression of the First Amendment than roasting the head of state?<p>Comedy greatly shapes the public’s perception of a president. Recall Will Ferrell’s “Saturday Night Live” impersonation of George W. Bush, which arguably made the president more …

Italian police hold mafia boss after 20 years on run

Ernesto Fazzalari of Calabrian ’Ndrangheta faces life sentence having been found guilty of murder and drug trafficking<p>Italy’s second most wanted mafia boss, Ernesto Fazzalari, was arrested on Sunday after almost two decades on the run, apprehended by the paramilitary carabinieri police.<p>Fazzalari, …

Britain confronts a wave of racist incidents after the Brexit vote

By Max Bearak<p>, Bureau chief<p>After last week's referendum on a "Brexit," a wave of racist incidents have been reported to British police and documented in widely shared social media posts. Since the referendum, the hashtag #Postrefracism has been trending, and its contents provide a disheartening …

Great Britain

Navy fires 2nd officer in Iran captured ship incident

<b>(CNN) —</b> A U.S. Navy officer who helped oversee the 10 sailors who were captured by Iran earlier this year -- which created an uproar in the U.S. when video was released showing them on their knees with their hands behind their heads -- has been relieved of his duties, the Navy announced …

Middle East

A California club bans DJs who use laptops … but why?

When DJs started to use CDs, purists were up in arms – and now an even more recent piece of kit has been declared verboten. Yet, like dance music itself, technology moves on – so why not embrace it?<p>Outrage among dance music fans on the internet this week – I know, newsflash! – as a club in …

Barack Obama pays tribute to Muhammad Ali

In a heartfelt tribute, Barack Obama revealed he keeps a pair of Ali’s gloves in his private study at the White House, and said we are fortunate that “the Greatest chose to grace our time”.<p><b>The full statement from Obama and his wife, Michelle, reads:</b><p>“Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period. If you …

Jay Z, Damn Daniel and hip-hop's love affair with memes

Jay Z repurposes the ubiquitous meme in Pusha T’s new single – joining Drake, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj to inextricably fuse rap and internet pop culture<p>On 16 February, Joshua Holz posted a video on Twitter of his friend Daniel Lara. Filmed around a typical US high school, the video is literally …

Luxe, a startup that valet parks your car when you can’t find a spot, just raised $50 million from Hertz

That's why rental-car company Hertz just made a $50 million strategic investment in Luxe, a San Francisco-based startup that makes it its job to handle the parking for you.<p>Luxe works as a valet on-demand. In a way similar to Uber, you tap on an app when you need your car parked, and it tracks you …

Startups

What Not Sleeping For A Week Does To Your Brain And Body

Sleep deprivation can be torture -- and that's why it's been used as an interrogation technique.<p>We know that sleep deprivation isn't good for our health. But taken to the extreme, sleep deprivation completely erodes the mind and body, and could eventually lead to death. For this reason, it's been …

Sleep

This Brain-Reading Tool Can Teach You A New Skill In No Time

By measuring how hard the brain is working, the BACh system knows when to give a learner new information.<p>Beste Yuksel could soon put a lot of piano teachers out of work.<p>The Ph.D candidate at Tufts University in Massachusetts has created a tool that helps students learn the instrument faster and …

PlayStation can be the clear leader in virtual reality if it does one thing right

The three biggest VR headsets are getting ready to launch. Facebook-owned Oculus VR will release its Rift headset at the end of March, and HTC/Valve will release their superb Vive headset in April.<p>But it's the third VR platform, Sony's PlayStation VR, that has the chance to make the biggest impact …

Virtual Reality

Scientists say people can accurately judge how trustworthy you are just by looking at your face

The question is: When it comes to judging people by their looks, are those assumptions accurate?<p>A number of researchers have looked at how we determine people's trustworthiness based only on their face, and come up with different verdicts. Some scientists say it's possible to draw accurate …

Psychology

New research points to the unexpected and dangerous nature of Jupiter

That it has used its massive gravitational pull to divert asteroids and comets from a collision course with Earth.<p>Maybe Jupiter even felt bad when one got through, and doomed the dinosaurs to extinction. But a new study has cast this idea into doubt.<p>The idea of Jupiter as a protector has been …

Dear Phil: About That Joke, Bro

The first time I consciously got myself ready to be assaulted I was 21 years old at a metal show. The bands weren't great, it was a $5 show serving $1.75 beers before hipsters decided that drinking cheap piss beer is cool. It was that kind of show, and I was having a great time with my friends. …