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You Won't Believe These 17 Photos Are Real (But They Are)

At Oyster, we're known for our honest, undoctored hotel photography, and in our Photo Fakeout series we've shown just how different from reality some marketing images can be. But we've also encountered plenty of hotels that were truly as beautiful as advertised. These photos we took at various …

Aegean Sea

Bionic reconstruction gives men first prosthetic hands controlled by mind

Austrians have injured limbs amputated, then nerves and muscles transplanted from leg to arm are used to control prosthetic hands<p>Three Austrians have had their injured hands replaced with bionic ones that they can control using nerves and muscles transplanted into their arms from their legs.<p>The …

Prosthetics

A Disturbance in the Force: The Status of 'Star Wars'

We're not two months into 2015 and the excitement for "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens," which doesn't hit theaters until December 18, is …

Star Wars

Mystery tunnel near Pan Am games site stumps Canadian authorities

<b>(CNN) —</b> A big hole in the ground discovered near a venue for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto has stumped authorities looking into it.<p>The mysterious tunnel measured more than 6 feet in height, nearly 3 feet in width and about 33 feet in length, Toronto Police Deputy Chief Mark Saunders told …

Toronto

Disney debuts Frozen sequel trailer: short film centres on Elsa catching a cold

Your first look at Frozen Fever, the bite-sized followup to the smash hit animation, which has previewed online<p>This might come as cruel news to any parent with young Frozen-adoring children but the daily routine of watching and singing along to Disney’s monster hit is set to be extended as a new …

Walt Disney Company

Google Taps Starchitects Thomas Heatherwick And Bjarke Ingels For New Headquarters

The Googleplex is about to get an upgrade.<p>Google’s Mountain View-based Googleplex is a whopping 3.1 million square feet–that’s almost half the size of the Pentagon, and enough space for 53 football fields, side by side. But its architecture is uninspired, consisting of the anonymously functional …

Bjarke Ingels

Japanese Games Never Died, They Have Just Been Ignored

About ten years ago a curious change occurred in the Western gaming press, it seemed that anything Japanese was a byword for bad. This also had the effect of silencing the history of gaming that pre-dated it. Allowing for, among other things, derivative games to be heralded as innovative. Much of …

Retrogaming

Bank of America is predicting a massive Tesla collapse

He also cut his price target to $65 from $70.<p>Tesla is trading at about $203 per share, a significant decline from its 2014 peak of $291, but a huge increase from the 2010 IPO price of $17.<p>For some time, Lovallo has been on the low end of analysts who cover Tesla. He's the biggest Tesla bear on Wall …

Tesla

Arkham Knight's 'M' Rating Shows That 'Teen' Games Are An Endangered Species

The ESRB has rated Batman: Arkham Knight ahead of its June release, and the result has surprised even the developer itself. After Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and even Arkham Origins all received “T for Teen” tatings, it seems Arkham Knight has gone a bit darker, and is now branded with an “M for …

Comic Books

Hilarious Photos Offer a Fun Look into Secret Lives of Superhero Toys

Photographer Edy Hardjo humanizes superhero toys in his hilarious, on-going series of images. Using high-quality action figures, the Indonesian creative poses characters from the Marvel and DC-comic universes into picture-perfect situations. The Hulk, Thor, Spiderman, and many more are seen playing …

Photography

California train crash: officials 'very concerned' about pickup truck

Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, 54, left his pickup truck on the rail tracks at the crash site in Oxnard, leaving three cars derailed and dozens injured<p>Federal investigators have said they are trying to determine why a pickup truck driver drove on to rail tracks and abandoned his truck, leading to …

Transit

Google Will Now Pay You to Kill Bugs Year-Round

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Motor Racing

Jury orders Apple to pay $533 million in iTunes patent case

A federal jury finds that Apple infringed on patents owned by licensing firm Smartflash that are tied to digital rights management, data storage and payment systems.<p>Apple has been ordered to pay $533 million in damages after losing a patent lawsuit case tied to iTunes.<p>A federal jury in Texas found …

Payment Systems

Georgia O'Keeffe still lifes bring the Southwest to Tacoma, Wash.

A Georgia O'Keeffe show opens Sunday at the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, Wash., that captures the Southwest through a series of still lifes. It's the only West Coast stop for an exhibition that will be on display for three months.<p>"Eloquent Objects: Georgia O'Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico" …

DuckTales cartoon returns in 2017, might solve a mystery or rewrite history

Animated series <i>DuckTales</i> will return in a duck-blur with new episodes in 2017, Disney announced today via its Oh My Disney blog.<p>The new series features the return of its old cast — Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Launchpad McQuack, Donald Duck, Webbigail Vanderquack and more — in new adventures.<p>…

Walt Disney Company

Avalanches caused by heavy snow kill at least 124 people in Afghanistan

Avalanches across four north-east provinces buried homes killing those beneath, with Panjshir province appearing to be the worst-hit<p>Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow have killed at least 124 people in north-eastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said on Wednesday, as rescuers clawed …

Afghanistan

Superhot team receives another $250K in funding

The Polish indie team behind <i>Superhot</i>, the time-bending puzzle shooter, has received another $250,000 in funding, reports Gazeta Wyborcza. After their Kickstarter was successfully funded in June, that puts their total development budget at $500,000.<p>Tomasz Kaczmarczyk, one of the co-creators of</i> …

NASA's drought-predicting satellite is almost ready to begin work

According to environmentalist Lester Brown, droughts are going to be increasingly prevalent over the next few years. At the same time that he was making these claims, however, NASA was activating a spacecraft that it's hoped will do something about that. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) …

Hostility over ID card for Afghan refugee on 1984 National Geographic cover

Three decades after she became an icon, an ID card mugshot of Sharbat Gula has become a symbol of Pakistani hostility towards refugees from Afghanistan<p>In 1984 a photo of a green-eyed girl staring out of the front cover of National Geographic became an icon of the plight of Afghan refugees forced by …

Afghanistan
Martin Luther King, Jr.

American Horror Story Casts Lady Gaga and Reveals Season 5 Theme

Lady Gaga and <i>American Horror Story</i>? It’s a match made in monster heaven. Fresh off the heels of her victorious Oscar-night performance, the singer took to Twitter to announce her involvement in the FX horror anthology.<p>The big news is not only the casting, but also the reveal of Season 5’s theme. …

Horror
Economics
Crime

After deleting a fifth-grader's Destiny characters, his advice is: 'Suck it up'

A seemingly remorseless 17-year-old friend of a friend is responsible for deceiving a fifth-grader and deleting two high-level <i>Destiny</i> characters, Game Informer reports, based on interviews with one of the victim's mothers and the perpetrator.<p>And the bad actor admits to doing the same thing in a …

Athletics

Stunning Life-Like Animal Sculptures Made with Layers of Galvanized Wire

Artist Kendra Haste uses the ubiquitous galvanized wire and transforms it into life-like sculptures of wild animals. By layering, fraying, and sometimes painting it, she's able to mimic the anatomical appearance of creatures both large and small.<p>Haste masterfully crafts the wire so that even subtle …

Sculpture

I lived in Europe for 5 years — these are the places I tell all my friends to visit

But it usually makes for an experience that exposes you to something new and leaves an impression for years after.<p>I was lucky enough to live in Zurich, Switzerland, for five years when I was younger. Because of its central location in Europe, Zurich made it easy to explore the rest of the continent.<p>…

European Travel

The 10 most important Youtube videos of all time

In the past decade, the website has become a huge part of our culture and an important platform for brands to engage with users.<p>It's where music videos live. It's where movie trailers premiere. It's where a whole new class of multimillionaire "Youtube stars" have cropped up.<p>To chart Youtube's …

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