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June 2015

4. Motorcycling Captain America

Steve Rogers has not been served well by his movie adaptations. Sure, The First Avengers and Winter Soldier are amongst the best MCU movies so far, …

George Clooney teams up with Disney for futuristic 'Tomorrowland'

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Reuters) - George Clooney teams up with Disney for the expected summer box office hit “Tomorrowland”, a futuristic adventure which the Hollywood actor says he was drawn to because of its hopeful message.<p>Clooney, known for his roles in “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Syriana”, plays the jaded …

George Clooney

Home-Cooked Meals, Comfy Chairs and Netflix on Mars? It Could Happen

There is no Ikea on Mars. There are no takeout joints or Internet cafes either. Getting to the Red Planet might be half the battle, but staying happy and comfortable there is also a serious challenge.<p>Earlier this week, NASA announced it was offering $5,000 for the best ideas on how to improve …

Diets

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Meditation

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Baltimore Is Just the Beginning

The curfew has been lifted in Baltimore, and now all of God’s children are once again tucked back in the snug routine of their daily lives. The black …

Will the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout affect future of boxing in the U.S.?

The attention and big money surrounding Saturday's megabout between<p>Floyd Mayweather Jr.andManny Pacquiaohas masked the fact that boxing is struggling to become more than a niche sport in the United States.<p>As a result, many boxing officials are hoping the record pay-per-view numbers and a …

Mayweather-Pacquiao referee will earn $25,000, judges $20,000 apiece

In the ring,<p>Floyd Mayweather Jr.andManny Pacquiaowill find themselves alone with one other man: referee Kenny Bayless.<p>While Mayweather has said he expects to earn more than $200 million for his Saturday night bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena and Pacquiao will get somewhere near $100 million, Bayless …

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Captain America actually says “shit.” You heard me. “Language,” scolds Iron Man, who can’t hide his glee at seeing the Cap, a flag-wearing Greatest …

Stephen Hawking Has a Message for Zayn Malik's One Direction Fans

What is the cosmological effect of singer Zayn Malik leaving the best-selling boy band One Direction and consequently disappointing millions of teenage girls around the world?<p>The advice of British cosmologist Stephen Hawking to heartbroken fans is to follow theoretical physics, because Malik may …

Cavs' Kevin Love dislocates shoulder, calls foul 'bush league'

BOSTON -- Cavaliers forward Kevin Love dislocated his left shoulder in the first quarter of Game 4 against the Celtics on Sunday and was ruled out …

Mario Kart 8's super-fast 200cc class almost made me puke

It could've been the latent heatstroke setting in from the three days I spent tut-tutting millennials under my breath at Coachella, or the five coffees I'd drunk to sustain some form of consciousness. But when I finished playing a demo of the new 200cc level in <i>Mario Kart 8</i> with some folks from …

Wiz Khalifa Recalls Trying To Make A Classic With “Kush & Orange Juice”

Exactly five years after Wiz Khalifa released his <i>Kush & Orange Juice</i> mixtape, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania rapper spoke with MTV News about the …

Snoop Dogg has invested in an Uber-style weed delivery app

The rapper/ reggae artist/ full-time weed smoker Snoop Dogg has invested millions of cash in a marijuana delivery service called Eaze. Snoop is edging away from the rap game (see: Snoop Lion) and is no doubt considering how best to spend all that dosh he's accumulated over a long career spent as a …

Snoop Dogg

Latin America-fuelled Furious 7 set to become 2015's first $1bn hit

The winner<p>Far from assured when Furious 7 was on the starting grid two weekends ago, $1bn global box office for Universal’s delayed tentpole now looks all sewn up – which will make it the first film through that gate in 2015. A $59.6m second frame for Vin Diesel and co in the US means a 59% drop – …

Heath Ledger's sister praises Michelle Williams

It's not easy for kids to grow up in the spotlight.<p>More than seven years ago, Michelle Williams became a single parent when her ex, Heath Ledger, passed away. Now, Michelle is receiving some parenting praise for how she's raising the former couple's 9-year-old daughter Matilda.<p>In an interview with …

Why are so many Americans criminals?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Criminal justice reform is rapidly becoming one of the few bipartisan issues of our time. It's about time.<p>America has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with 5% of the world's population and 25% of its prisoners. Nearly 2½ million Americans are in prison. Over 65 million people, …

Civil Rights

Beyoncé has an Apple Watch Edition with extra gold

How can you improve the bling factor of a $10,000+ gold Apple Watch Edition? Beyoncé has a pretty good idea.<p>In a photo recently posted on her …

Scientists Target New Painkillers From Spider Venom

Ingredients in venom could lead to new, nonaddictive treatments for chronic pain<p>Scientists in Australia, home to some of the most poisonous creatures on Earth, have made an important discovery about spider venom that eventually could lead to a new class of painkillers.<p>Spiders use their venom to …

Painkillers

Why Gucci Mane Is the Most Influential Rapper of the Last Decade

With his vast and complex discography, there's no easy Gucci Mane story, but that's proof of his place in history, not a reason to write him out of it.<p><i>Image by Alex Cook</i><p>Though he sits behind bars, Gucci Mane is all around us. He is the most influential underground rapper of the past decade, if not …

Doc Rivers on verbal sparring: 'I hate when stuff goes unsaid'

PHOENIX -- The growth of a team can show itself in many different ways, and in Doc Rivers' eyes, watching Chris Paul and Blake Griffin argue on the …

Three of the best Sega Genesis games ever are coming to Nintendo 3DS in 3D

I can't wait to see Gunstar Heroes' fake 3D in actual 3D<p>Sega and M2's meticulous 3D remasters of retro classics are some of the best things about the Nintendo 3DS, and the company has just announced three more entries from its Genesis days that might be the most exciting yet.<p>First up is <i>Streets of</i> …

Anthony Davis Is Pushing Basketball; Now Basketball Will Push Back

Well, that was not how the regular season was supposed to end. For the Spurs to secure a 2-seed and the Thunder to make the playoffs, San Antonio …

ESPN Releases Animated Version of the NBA's Top Plays of the 2014-15 Season

With the end of the 2014-15 NBA regular season, ESPN ranked its top 10 plays of the year but added a unique twist: some hand-drawn (we think) animations.<p>Regardless of how you feel about the network's ranking of the top plays, the animation included here is pretty incredible.<p>[ESPN, h/t Uproxx]

Triangle All-Stars: The Return of the People’s Dream Team

It’s that time of year again: Time to look back at the season that was and take stock of the players who were exceptional. Who captured our …

NBA Playoffs 2015: Complete Predictions Through the Finals

At long last, it's time to bid farewell to the NBA season's 82-game slog and scrub our brains of all those wacky, end-of-season playoff scenarios and the mass confusion they inspired. Playoff basketball is here, and the race for the Larry O'Brien trophy is as wide-open as it's been in a long …