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United Airlines shows how to make a PR crisis a total disaster

http://ht3.cdn.turner.com/money/big/news/2017/04/10/united-airlines-passenger-dragged-off-flight.cnnmoney_2043424_1024x576.mp4<p>Last month, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz was named U.S. Communicator of the Year by the magazine PRWeek.<p>Now he's being raked over the coals for his response to a violent …

Flying

Five particularly gruesome ways to die, according to science

<b>If you ‘ve ever played a morbid game of ‘would you rather’ you will have most likely dreamt up some pretty awful ways to die.</b><p>But, according to …

ISIS kills 33 execution-style in Syria; 22 people in Iraq attack

<b>(CNN) —</b> ISIS killed 33 people execution-style in eastern Syria on Wednesday, according to a monitoring group.<p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the terror organization carried out the mass killing in the the al-Mayadin desert near the strategic city of Deir Ezzor on Wednesday …

Middle East

Murder in virtual reality should be illegal

You start by picking up the knife, or reaching for the neck of a broken-off bottle. Then comes the lunge and wrestle, the physical strain as your victim fights back, the desire to overpower him. You feel the density of his body against yours, the warmth of his blood. Now the victim is looking up at …

Virtual Reality

Van Gogh Paintings Stolen During Mafia Heist 14 Years Ago Returned

AMSTERDAM — Two paintings by Vincent Van Gogh were unveiled, barely damaged, at an Amsterdam museum on Tuesday, 14 years after they were stolen in a mafia heist.<p>The works, 1882's "View of the Sea at Scheveningen" and the 1884 "Congregation Leave the Reformed Church in Nuenen," are from a period …

Fine Art

Protests in Anaheim, California, After Off-Duty Cop Fires Gun During Clash With Teens

Hundreds of protesters descended on the home of a Los Angeles police officer Wednesday after video surfaced of the off-duty cop's apparently firing a gun during a scuffle with a 13-year-old that erupted after the teenager and friends allegedly walked on his lawn.<p>The teenager wasn't hit by gunfire, …

Law Enforcement

Harvard scientist worries we’re ‘reverting to a pre-Enlightenment form of thinking’

George Q. Daley, the new head of Harvard Medical School, knows what it's like when presidential politics collides with science. <b></b>Daley was a leading stem cell scientist back in 2001 when President George W. Bush suddenly barred federal funding for research on new embryonic stem cells — a gesture to …

Health Care

E3, the video game expo, will finally open to the public this year

Is your body ready?<p>The Electronic Entertainment Expo -- better known as E3 -- one of the world's biggest video game expos, has always been closed to the public. If you wanted to get into this gaming Mecca, you had to join the video game industry. Or find a way to sneak inside.<p>But this year, for the …

Gaming Industry

Mutiny in Space: Why These Skylab Astronauts Never Flew Again

What happens when humans spend more than 84 days in space? One time, they just took a day off.<p>On this day in 1974, the last Skylab mission finished. …

Space Exploration

Hundreds of bison sent to slaughter over tribes' objections

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday started shipping hundreds of wild bison to slaughter for disease control, as a …

Wildlife

Flying Cretaceous Monster Ate Dinosaurs For Breakfast

It’s been said that azhdarchid pterosaurs, which can only be described as bird-reptile-dinosaur-<i>esque</i>-things, were the largest flying animals. These …

Turing tests, Chinese Rooms, Sherlock Holmes, Wittgensteinian Vagueness and Descartes

Interview by Richard Marshall.‘<i>Brain research can make no contribution to traditional philosophical questions. These are conceptual, not empirical,</i> …

Consciousness

Season of Heaven Announced as a Nintendo Switch Exclusive

Based on a book of the same name, this french indie game follows the adventures of a group trying to survive in the post apocalypse.<p>A new game joins …

Gaming

George RR Martin on next Game of Thrones book: don't expect a happy ending

George RR Martin has news about the next book in his series A Song of Ice and Fire, and fans might not be happy.<p>The author, whose hefty fantasy tomes inspired the enormously successful HBO series Game of Thrones, has missed several deadlines for his long-awaited sixth novel, Winds of Winter.<p>The bad …

A persuasion expert's 4 best tips for being productive when you don't feel like it

I end up there all the time. So I wondered: what's the best way for <i>me</i> to convince <i>me</i> to be more productive? What's the best way to use the science of persuasion … on myself?<p>I knew the answer was a bit beyond my pay grade, so I called an expert …<p>Robert Cialdini is the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion …

Personal Hygiene

Woman Chained in Shipping Container Sues Accused Serial-Killer Kidnapper

Kayla Brown seeks damages for "severe physical injuries and emotional distress."<p>A woman chained inside a metal shipping container for more than two months in <b></b>a remote area of South Carolina by a suspected serial killer isn’t waiting for the slow wheels of justice. She is suing her accused kidnapper …

Crime

Russian police use dogs cloned by Korean scientist trying to revive the woolly mammoth

Russia’s security services are to use cloned sniffer dogs to hunt down drugs and explosives following a donation of experimental puppies from a Korean scientist trying to recreate the woolly mammoth.<p>Tom, Mark, and Jack were donated by Dr Hwang Woo Suk of the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, a …

Counterterrorism

Americans who live near border say Trump's wall is unwelcome

LOS EBANOS, Texas (AP) — All along the winding Rio Grande, the people who live in this bustling, fertile region where the U.S. border meets the Gulf …

Immigration

Former 'Survivor' contestant convicted on child porn charges

A former "Survivor" contestant who had to be medivacked after falling into a campfire and burning his hands has been convicted of possessing child pornography.<p>Michael Skupin, who burned himself during the 2001 series "Survivor II: The Australian Outback" and who returned for "Survivor: …

GameStop’s Black Friday deals include discounts on PS4 and Xbox One bundles

And a Nintendo 3DS bundle too<p>GameStop’s Black Friday ad just leaked courtesy of BFAds.net, and it has some of the better console discounts around. While other stores like Target, Best Buy, and Amazon offer similar price cuts for specific console bundles, GameStop is offering up $50 off standalone …

Mislabeled seafood may be more sustainable, new study finds

It's no secret that mislabeling is rampant around the world. Recent studies estimate up to 30 percent of seafood served in restaurants and sold in …

Research

Microaggressed on campus? There's an app for that

Feeling microaggressed on campus? There’s an app for that, at least at the University of California Santa Cruz.<p>Christy Byrd, an assistant professor of psychology, created the MicroReport app to gather more empirical evidence about perceived microaggressions.<p>Between November 2015 and June 2016, the …

Gopniks of the world, unite! Encounters with Russia’s macho low culture - Russia Beyond

Whenever I am asked the horrendous question “What is Russia like then?” I experience an internal shudder and a sigh (how can I answer that in one line?). Then I suppose I serve up the standard line: “Russia is like Europe. They have the same shit we have here. Just there are little differences.” …

Iran detains 11 members of online modeling network

Iranian media says authorities have detained 11 members of a "modeling and decadence network."<p>The semi-official Tasnim news agency said Sunday that the network was involved in producing and publishing pornographic pictures on social media. It said authorities shuttered three underground studios …

Brittany Maynard 'Right to Death' Story to Be Subject of Good Universe Film (Exclusive)

Maynard was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer at the age of 29 and became an outspoken advocate for medical aid in dying.<p>Good Universe has …

'The Greasy Strangler': The Story Behind 2016's Most Disgusting Movie

One actor recalls reading the script, putting it down and then uttering aloud, "Hell no." Another said that he called the director and asked him, …

Horror

William Shatner: I Said No to Big Bang Role — 'Find Something That's Better'

Don’t expect Sheldon Cooper to cross paths with William Shatner anytime soon.<p>In a new interview, <i>Star Trek</i>‘s Captain Kirk revealed that he has …

Baby robot unveiled in Japan as number of childless couples grows

A baby robot designed to “invoke an emotional connection” has been unveiled in Japan, where plummeting birth rates have left many couples without children.<p>The Kirobo Mini was created by Toyota’s non-automotive department and is equiped with artificial intelligence and a camera so it can recognise …

Robotics