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A 900-pound elephant seal shut down Highway 37 because she could

As soon as I heard about her, I was in love: the 900-pound elephant seal who shut down Highway 37 in Sonoma County, northeast of San Francisco. Elephant seals have no natural predators; they pretty much do what they want. She wanted to cross the road, and she was up on the highway divider before …

NASA Mars Mission Receives $55 Million To Build Deep Space Habitat

NASA has been given the all clear to power ahead with further preparation for deep space exploration.<p>In other words, our mission to Mars has become a …

Pixel, See? Why Google's latest tablet is (mostly) all it's cracked up to be

Since it was first announced in September, the Pixel C has confounded customers, if not the industry-at-large. Why isn’t Google releasing a new Nexus tablet, yet <i>is</i> releasing a Pixel tablet? The former goes hand in hand with Android, the latter with Chrome OS. To this day there exists confusion …

Leonardo DiCaprio could have been Anakin Skywalker, Spider-Man and Robin

Leonardo DiCaprio had the chance to star in three major film franchises, but shot them all down for more or less the same reason: he didn't think he was ready.<p>Talking to ShortList, DiCaprio admitted that he had the chance to play Anakin Skywalker in George Lucas' Star Wars prequel trilogy, Robin in …

Star Wars

Porn Stars, Muhammad, and a Frozen 4-Year-Old: The Best Articles Wikipedia Deleted This Week

For the second week in a row, we’re sifting through Wikipedia’s deleted detritus to bring you those few, nearly lost-forever encyclopedic gems. This …

Save on the coolest gadgets you may have missed in 2015

2015 was an exciting year for consumer tech and gadgets. More DIY entrepreneurs launched innovative new products thanks to 3D printing and the increased popularity of crowdfunding platforms, while consumers enjoyed easier access to gadgets and tech that were once only available to those in …

Virtual Reality

Gaming Deals: $23 Need for Speed XB1, $15 Dark Souls 2 PS4, $7.50 Alien Isolation XB1

The big Xbox holiday sale's latest batch of deals are now available, with Xbox Live Gold members getting bigger discounts. Among the current deals for Gold members are Life Is Strange for $10, Alien Isolation for $7.50, Velocity 2X for $10, and Rise of the Tomb Raider for $40.<p>The fourth week of …

Here’s the viral video showing what happens when you mix Coke and bleach

The <i>CrazyRussianHacker</i> YouTube channel that taught us how to hack band-aids returned this week with a new viral video that shows what happens when you …

The overlooked games of 2015: Mad Max

You’re driving along, looking for scrap to build that one cool part you need to really complete your car, and off on the horizon, you spot a rooster-tail of dust, a sure sign of another vehicle. Your most recent meal was a can of dog food, but that’s preferable to the maggots you fished out of a …

How Apple, Google, and Microsoft used each others’ app stores in 2015

Apple, Google, and Microsoft have very different app development strategies, in alignment with their respective business models. Last year, we took a look at the trio’s app stores to see how the three develop for each others’ competing platforms. We’re doing it again this year to see what, if …

How Netflix and Amazon have changed the rules of TV

From Mindy Project to Master of None, Netflix and Hulu had better lineups in 2015 than some traditional TV channels<p><i>This year, in lieu of the traditional Best Of Lists, we thought it would be fun to throw our writers into a draft together and have a conversation. This time, Ross Miller and Lizzie</i> …

Weirdest of 2015: The year’s biggest ‘whoops’ moments

We aren’t going to pretend we’re perfect, but that doesn’t mean we have no appreciation for the mistakes of others. They make us feel better about our own glaring flaws, and they also make for some good fodder for “weirdest of 2015” news roundups.<p>This year, we saw some really impressive corporate …

Jeb Bush

Smash Bros. Director Talks Fan Criticism Using George Lucas as Example

"It's like building a house, but people focus on a single painting that's hung up on a wall in one room, and fixate on it, and keep listing off their complaints of that painting."<p>That's a quote from Super Smash Bros. series director Masahiro Sakurai, who talked more about fan feedback in his latest</i> …

The biggest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ plot holes explained

Like just about every major sci-fi movie that’s been released since the dawn of time, <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> has a significant share of plot …

See Justin Bieber's dick pics immortalized with Barbie dolls

You remember where you were the moment you found out there were pictures of Justin Bieber's penis on the Internet, and now there's a more SFW way to …

Ariana Grande

Carrie Fisher fires back at body shamers: 'Blow us'

After being attacked on Twitter by various people for her appearance in <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>, Carrie Fisher has responded.<p>The actress, who plays General Leia Organa in the film, has never been someone to shy away from criticism or a fight in the past, and this time around, used a few biting …

Harrison Ford

Ocado shares plunge as Amazon Pantry leaves supermarkets anxious

Shares in Ocado dived more than 3% after fears that the online grocer faces increased competition from Amazon and is struggling to sign up an international partner.<p>The British retailer took a hit on Wednesday after Amazon said this week it would rapidly expand its grocery delivery service in the …

eCommerce

El Niño: why predictable climate event still has the scientists guessing

El Niño is one of the most predictable climate events on the planet, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, but it also has a way of keeping climate scientists guessing.<p>In March the oceanographers predicted the current event could be the weakest on record, but in …

Climate Change

The Internet is really confused about this dog with ham on his face

If there is one cardinal rule of the Internet, it's "look before you share."<p>Some people learned this rule the hard way over the last week when they …

10 Potentially Awesome Science Fiction Movies That Never Got Made

Just think what might have been.<p>Yes, we finally got our <i>Star Wars: Episode VII</i>, but these other potential sci-fi films haven't been so lucky.

Comic Books

A British Couple Cloned Their Dead Dog Twice

The boxer puppy was an exact replica of its "father."<p>Two weeks after their beloved boxer Dylan died, British couple Laura Jacques and Richard Remde turned to SooAm Biotech for a radical solution to their heartbreak: they wanted the dog cloned so they could have that same pup again. That exact clone …

Pets

Scientists have developed a super-fast water purification method that’s inspired by Febreze

Water purification can be performed in a number of different ways. You can vapor distill it, treat it with chemicals, or even pump it through an …

Air Purifiers

Corpse comes back to life at Russian morgue, then goes to drink vodka

<i>UPDATE: Dec. 31, 2015, 6:58 a.m EST: Khasanskiye Vesti, the newspaper that first reported this story, has updated its own, saying it was a gag by</i> …

The 12 hottest tech products expected in 2016

But 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for tech launches too. Virtual reality, drone and robotic technology, and new smartphone innovations are all under development at big players like Apple and Google, as well as at smaller startup companies.<p>Here are some of the top products on our radar for …

Augmented Reality

8 Phrases You Really Need to Stop Saying in 2016

Want to upgrade your communication skills for the New Year? Then stop using these sloppy, dull, or simply played-out words and phrases.<p>Right around now, many people aim to improve their health or their career in the coming year, but if you're looking for a more unusual (and possibly more …

Samsung gives a peek at its weird devices from the future

Samsung has a special internal division called the Creative Lab that’s tasked with dreaming up crazy devices that might not ever sell, or have a real purpose, just to see what it’s able to do.<p>Today it’s taken the wraps off three devices it plans to demonstrate in person at Consumer Electronics Show …

What's inside a black hole?

Thanks to German astronomers, we now have the most accurate measurements yet of the giant black hole that sits at the centre of our galaxy.<p>And what a beast it is: as wide as Earth's orbit around the sun and 4.3 million times more massive than our home star. Lucky, then, that it is 27,000 light …

The 15 Most Anticipated Games of 2016

2016's Most Exciting Games

Mobile Devices