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Giant snowballs appear on Russian beach in Siberia

<b>A strange and beautiful sight greeted locals in the Gulf of Ob, in northwest Siberia, after thousands of natural snowballs formed on the beach.</b><p>An 11-mile (18km) stretch of coast was covered in the icy spheres.<p>The sculptural shapes range from the size of a tennis ball to almost 1m (3ft) across.<p>They …

Coastlines

Sweet science: Trick-or-treat map shows Vancouver's Halloween hotspots

Census data shows the best places for trick-or-treaters to get their sweet thrills<p>Trick-or-treating is a sweet science for many children — a fruitful …

Rio Olympics 2016: Usain Bolt - the world's fastest man by those who know him best

<b>The only time Usain Bolt has "ever been slow" was when the Jamaican arrived 10 days after his due date.</b><p>Mum Jennifer said she knew her son was special by the time he was three weeks old - but while every parent harbours high hopes for their children, not many witness them go on to become the fastest …

Dance

This Is Why There Are So Many Ties In Swimming

Tonight three legends of swimming—Michael Phelps, Chad Le Clos, and László Cseh—turned in identical times to share silver in the 100m butterfly. Last …

Swimming

The population of people under the age of 30 is set to explode — and the world isn’t ready

While countries across Europe and East Asia are grappling with declining birthrates and aging populations, societies across the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia are experiencing youth booms of staggering proportions: More than half of Egypt's labor force is younger than age 30.<p>Half of Nigeria's …

United Nations

Nasa's 'groundbreaking' camera captures incredible footage of a rocket test like never before

Nasa has used a "groundbreaking" new camera to capture the testing of one of its new rockets.<p>The High Dynamic Range Stereo X (HiDyRS-X, for short) …

Space

These Are Some of the Best Drone Photos in the World

"...after the drone came out from the clouds the view was spectacular and got me completely astonished and, without brea<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Francesco …

Photography

One nonprofit's surprising journey to teach girls how to code in Afghanistan

Inside a hot-pink classroom glowing with sunlight, 20 teen girls sit at refurbished desktop computers, tapping at their keyboards with laser …

Education

Microsoft Word's spellcheck is getting a big upgrade to make you a better writer

For many millions of students and professionals, Microsoft Word's red squiggly underlines for spelling mistakes are essentially an icon of modern computing.<p>Well, those squigglies aren't going anywhere. But for subscribers to the Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite, spellcheck is going to get a …

Software

The pilots who make it rain

A rare group of pilots fly missions into storm clouds, encouraging the rain to fall with formidable flying skills and simple chemistry. Tao Tao Holmes reports.<p>When a cloud-seeding pilot flies inside a storm, it is not a matter of flying from point A to point B: you are trying to get something out …

North Dakota

True Size Atlas

<b>The True Size of …</b> is an interactive website that allows you to drag countries and continents around the Mercator projection and discover just how big they are (or aren’t). It is hard to represent our spherical world on flat piece of paper. Cartographers use something called a “projection” to morph the globe into 2D map. The most popular of these is the Mercator projection.<p>Every map projection introduces distortion, and each has its own set of problems. One of the most common criticisms of the …

3 Things That Pokémon Go Says About the Future of Technology

It is hard to think of another app that has reached such high levels of awareness only a little over a week after its release. <i>Pokémon Go</i> is all the …

Pokémon

Muslim women were once forbidden from sport. A new generation now chases Olympic glory.

DUBAI — In a coffeehouse with the world’s tallest building preening from two miles out the front window, here sits another groundbreaker: a 26-year-old, female, Emirati, Arab, Muslim, competitive weightlifter with a vitality in her tone, a hijab on her head and a herniated disk hollering from her …

Abu Dhabi

Canada loses to France in tournament final, fails to qualify for Olympics - Raptors Republic: ESPN TrueHoop Network Blog

Share Email<p>Canada gave everything they had.<p>They really did. Out-matched on paper and entering as 7.5-point underdogs, the Road Warriors gave an …

Jamal Murray

Michael Phelps' Final Turn

With his curtain call weeks away, the greatest swimmer of all time hopes to put his nightmares behind him and embrace life on dry land.<p>“The way they …

Did Kevin Durant just make Golden State the most unlikable team in the NBA?

When Kevin Durant announced his intentions to go play basketball for Golden State, he helped make the Warriors a whole lot easier to hate.<p>Let me first preface this by saying that I don’t fault Durant for heading to Oakland for a single second. I actually think the argument that he shouldn’t have — …

Basketball

'Three Amigos' Obama, Trudeau and Nieto attempt awkward three-way handshake

US President Barack Obama, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto probably overdid the diplomacy when they attempted this awkward three-way handshake.<p>The leaders, referred to as the "Three Amigos", were convening the summit intended to reaffirm their close …

Google's 'Faster' undersea internet cable goes live

Internet users in Japan are about to get a speed boost. Google's 9,000km undersea internet cable from the United States to the country has been …

Robots

What does it mean to be Canadian?

The question "What does it mean to be Canadian" is one that this country's greatest leaders, thinkers and writers have wrestled with since our inception.<p>At a time when the people of Britain are struggling with their own identity in the wake of the Brexit vote, and the United States appears headed …

Canada

Was Canada's Longest-Serving PM Also Its Strangest?

For 22 years, over three terms (1921-1926, 1926-1930, and 1935-48), William Lyon Mackenzie King served as prime minister of Canada. His endurance may …

Can emoji and 'invisible ink' make Apple's iMessage cooler than Snapchat?

iMessage will soon be a lot more expressive.<p>Apple's Messages app is slated for a massive overhaul in iOS 10. Among the planned features: stickers, …

Apps

Microsoft Xbox One S review: Xbox One S is the best Xbox you might not want to buy - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Xbox One S is a slick looking game console that's 40 percent smaller than the original and ditches the infamously gigantic power brick. It can display 4K video from streaming services and Ultra HD Blu-rays, and supports HDR contrast on video and games. The updated controller works with …

Gear & Gadgets

Hyperloop One wants to build on-demand underwater transport

Hyperloop One made the news last month when it launched an open-air propulsion test of its next-gen transport technology, sending: a metal sled tearing through the desert on railway tracks at 115mph in 2 seconds.<p>The company, which, like several others, is working to develop a high-speed mass …

Xbox Design Lab lets you build your own colorful Xbox One controller

You can finally design the rainbow-colored Xbox controller of your dreams.<p>Microsoft is launching a new program called the Xbox Design Lab, which lets users visit a website to design their own controller by customizing the color of just about every part, from the front and back panels to the …

Xbox

Women steal the show at Apple's developers keynote

We've hit a milestone! Congrats Apple, you've set yourself a record.<p>Apple set a record Monday at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco: Four women came on stage during the two-hour keynote.<p>Why's this such a big deal? Well before last year, only two women had made an appearance at …

Apple

iMessage is about to get a ton of stickers

At WWDC, Apple detailed just how easy it will be to create some apps for iMessage. If you want to make a stickers app, there’s really no coding involved.<p>Via a live demo on-stage during the Platforms State of the Union, Apple demonstrated just how easy it would be to create iMessage apps.<p>It starts …

Sony just showed off a new God of War game

Sony started its annual E3 press conference this evening with a gameplay demo of a new <i>God of War</i> game. The footage shows the franchise's main antihero, Kratos, training a young boy to hunt in the wilderness. The boy, who calls Kratos his father, helps him take down a series of vicious monsters, …

Apple is turning Siri into a next-level Artificial Intelligence

SAN FRANCISCO — Was Siri the secret star of the World Wide Developer's Conference Keynote?<p>At first blush, I'd say no. There was no moment where Apple …

GE's New Software Cuts Pollution From Coal Plants

Coal power isn’t going anywhere, but digital technology could be important for making this dirty power source a little cleaner.<p>On Monday night, GE …

Fossil Fuels

Karl Landsteiner, discoverer of blood groups, honoured in Google Doodle

The biologist who discovered the existence of blood groups would have been 148 years old on June 14.<p>When you're in need of a blood transfusion, you'll be given blood that matches the blood your own body produces. But this wasn't always the case. The reason we know about it is because of an Austrian …

Google Doodle