Ara Rubyan

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Hedgehog-inspired full-body airbag would inflate into a personal safety cocoon

Current-generation wearable airbags, including the Alpinestars Tech-Air Street airbag system which won a Wearable Technologies Innovation World Cup …

Robyn Hitchcock - The Ghost In You

Warm, Witty Words at David Carr’s Wake and Funeral

A lover, a brother and “an asshole,” tributes flowed in for The New York Times columnist whose wide range of friends were drawn from AA meetings to …

13 Stars One Win Away From an EGOT

Oh, the elusive EGOT. It takes a very special performer to nail down an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony. The enviable club is a relatively small one, with impressive members like Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, and Mel Brooks. But there are a few entertainers that are almost there! …

Entertainment

Rand Paul’s big mistake: Why his unofficial presidential campaign is flailing already

It’s still early, but the future candidate is in serious trouble. Here’s why his beloved Tea Party is to blame<p>Just before sundown on Monday, Politico unveiled a report on how Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s support for auditing the Federal Reserve has been received thus far on Wall Street. “Very poorly” …

Government

Meet the people who have volunteered to die on Mars

Since the dawn of the Space Age, we have always selected our best and brightest, our most physically fit, and our most Tom-Hanks-like humans to be …

Downton Abbey

Believe the hype: Monument Valley for iPad is worthy of the accolades (even if you don’t like puzzle games)

Believe the hype: stop what you’re doing, go to the App Store, and download <b>Monument Valley</b> right now. I promise you’ll be serenely happy you did. Yes, I know I’m late to the party, but I did not expect to like it: my tastes run more to racing games and shoot-em-ups. Puzzles? Please, I have enough …

John Oliver on the Late Show with David Letterman: The Clash Between the Old and New Guard of Late-Night

During Letterman’s opening monologue last night, he quipped: “It was so cold here in the New York area today, Chris Christie was wearing two giant …

Comedy

The YotaPhone 2 has two faces, zero gimmicks

Hybrid devices are usually a recipe for disappointment. Like the spork, they try to combine the usefulness of two things into one, and, like the spork, they tend to compromise too much. The YotaPhone 2 is a happy exception to that rule. This 5-inch Android smartphone comes with a 4.7-inch e-paper …

15 Mysterious & Fascinating Locations Discovered On Google Earth

Google Maps has become an invaluable tool for so many of us interested in not just finding the quickest route, but investigating the world around …

17 Epiphanies That'll Change Your View Of The World Forever

Here's a collection of insightful and thought-provoking facts and concepts, designed to provide you with a deeper understanding of the world.<p>Some …

By Grabthar’s Hammer! Here Are Some Interesting Things You May Not Know About ‘Galaxy Quest’.

<i>Galaxy Quest</i> was an underrated parody of the <i>Star Trek</i> fandom and geek culture in general. It only grossed $90 million worldwide on a $45 million production budget, but it was eventually voted the seventh best Star Trek movie by fans at the Star Trek 2013 Convention. Since the movie’s turning 15 …

Just look at this crazy deep-ocean power source

A Florida-based startup called Crowd Energy will be turning to Indiegogo to continue work on its Ocean Energy Turbine, a slow-turning mill that its creators believe can harness megawatts of clean power from just a single unit — enough to light thousands of homes.<p>Underwater turbines are nothing new, …

'Terreurs,' Laure Fauvel's photo series of kids fighting scary monsters

Paris-based photographer and digital retoucher Laure Fauvel's "Terreurs."<p>See the entire series at her Behance gallery. [via Asylum Art]

First Ebola victim in Sierra Leone capital on the run, officials ask for help finding her

A health worker with disinfectant spray walks down a street outside the government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, on July 10. Reuters.<p>Ebola …

Do Yourself A Favor And Watch This Kitten Attack A Ceramic Cat

The 'original' Rickroll video has disappeared from YouTube

Rick Astley's velvety vocals have been banished from YouTube. Well, sort of. The "original" copy of Astley's cheesy 1987 pop hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" — perhaps better known as the Rickroll video — has been pulled down from YouTube. It's unclear why the video was removed from the service some …

How to Save Tweets for any Twitter Hashtag in a Google Sheet

Wouldn’t it be nice if Twitter had an <i>Export</i> button? You search for a trending #hashtag, or an old tweet, or your brand name, and all the matching …

Robocop nation: 4 disturbing facts about American police militarization

SWAT teams are increasingly being deployed across the country — and it’s happening with almost no supervision<p>For nearly half a century, America’s police forces have undergone a process of “militarization.” They've upped their cache of assault weapons and military defense gear, increasingly deployed …

Nine Things You Didn’t Know About Jon Stewart

Lisa Rogak’s upcoming biography of the Daily Show host promises to reveal the catcher behind the wry.<p>Herein lie the many fun facts within Lisa …

Photos from the Early 1900s Prove LOLcats Were Around Long Before the Internet

If you thought cat photos were something new, you’d not only be greatly mistaken, you’d be stepping all over the life’s work of one Mr. Harry …

The Ragtime Gals do Derulo: Kevin Spacey and Jimmy Fallon do a barbershop quartet cover of "Talk Dirty" (VIDEO).

The Ragtime Gals, Jimmy Fallon's late night barbershop quartet, specialize in reimagining modern hip-hop and R&B numbers as old-fashioned a cappella …

Breaking Bad tribute by Alexandre Gasulla is effective. (Video.)

In the tribute above, French filmmaker Alexandre Gasulla, who has previously made an impressive tribute to Stanley Kubrick, elegantly captures the …

Internet Explorer has a vulnerability that Microsoft admits is being exploited by hackers.

On Saturday Microsoft posted a security advisory about a vulnerability that affects all versions of Internet Explorer from 6 to 11. Together, these …

Stephen Colbert appears on David Letterman show

WATCH: Here’s a sneak peak at Colbert’s appearance with Letterman on tonight’s broadcast<p>Stephen Colbert got a good look at his new home Tuesday as a guest on the "Late Show with David Letterman."<p>Colbert will take over from Letterman in 2015, leaving his Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report" and …

"If I Only Had A Brain," the original version

As part of Saturday's Record Store Day releases, The Wizard of Oz Soundtrack has once again become available on vinyl! The "75th Anniversary" edition …

Hateship Loveship, adapted from the Alice Munro story, starring Kristen Wiig, reviewed.

Alice Munro’s short story “Hateship, Friendship, Loveship, Courtship, Marriage” (which was also the title of the 2001 collection it appeared in) …

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The short, incredible life of Beatles manager...

<b>The short, incredible life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein</b><p><i>The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story</i><br>by Vivek J. Tiwary (story), Andrew C. Robinson …