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Review: Straight Outta Compton finds new humanity in rap legends

It’s impossible to talk about N.W.A without talking about South Central LA in the late 1980s. Crack had found its way to the inner city and burrowed itself there, as did the gang violence that followed it. President Ronald Reagan was leading a belligerent and misguided charge in the War on Drugs. …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Hurricane Katrina Photos: Getty Photographer Recreates His Iconic Pictures 10 Years After Devastating Natural Disaster

It's nearly 10 years since Category 5 Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and Louisiana. The deadly natural disaster was one of the costliest …

What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: August 3 - 9

<i>At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.</i><p><b>New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only</b><p><b>"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"</b><br>The final chapter of Bilbo Baggins' "Hobbit" adventure is airing August 8 on HBO …

Entertainment

Every new movie and TV show you can stream on Netflix this week (August 2 – August 8)

It’s that time of the week again, and BGR is bringing you a roundup of the best new Netflix movies and shows for your streaming pleasure. A lot of …

Entertainment

Yamaha Introduces R25 Special Edition With MotoGP Livery In Indonesia

<i>The special edition models carry the logos from Yamaha’s title MotoGP sponsors including Tech3 and Movistar.</i><p>While India still awaits the arrival of …

Motorcycles

US Switches Air Traffic Control To New Computer System

coondoggie writes: <i>The Federal Aviation Administration this week said it had completed the momentous replacement of the 40-year-old main computer</i> …

Verizon Tells Customer He Needs 75Mbps For Smoother Netflix Video

An anonymous reader writes: <i>Verizon recently told a customer that upgrading his 50Mbps service to 75Mbps would result in smoother streaming of Netflix</i> …

Haunting Photos Of Abandoned Factories Chart Industrialization’s Demise

Dramatic shots of disused factories around the world reveal an economic force on the wane.<p>Korean photographer Taewon Jang grew up intimately familiar with the world of industrialization. His father spent 36 years working for a cement factory, during which time Taewon witnessed the industry’s …

Manufacturing

The spacewalk that saved Hubble

Hubble celebrates its 25th anniversary this month. However, the Nasa space telescope that has transformed our view of the Universe was launched with a major defect. Richard Hollingham talks to the man who had to don his spacesuit and make it work.<p>Story Musgrave had worked on the development of the …

Space Exploration

The One That Got Away: NFL Execs Tell the Tales of Their Biggest Draft Misses

As Bill Tobin prepared to leave his suburban Chicago home shortly before sunup on May 4, 1979, his wife Dusene asked him who he thought the Bears would draft that day. They were thinking about defensive lineman Dan Hampton and linebacker Al Harris in the first round, he told her. And he was certain …

NFL

Navy researchers make bulletproof glass out of clay

The US Naval Research Laboratory announced a major breakthrough in materials science on Thursday. After decades of research and development, the NRL has created a transparent, bulletproof material that can be molded into virtually any shape. This material, known as Spinel, is made from a synthetic …

Ten Steps Toward Parenting for Happy Productivity

David Brooks recently wrote a column in the <i>New York Times</i> called ‘A Moral Bucket List.’ In it, he distinguished between résumé virtues and eulogy …

Parenting

Travel Channel Orders Seven New Series, Pilot As It Expands 2015 Slate

Travel Channel has greenlit seven new series and one new pilot as it expands its 2015 programming slate. The network also has renewed <i>Wild Things With</i> …

Chamber of Commerce

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Magical, Mystical, Enchanted:<p><b>Climb the ancient dome for amazing Hill Country views.</b><p>The massive pink granite dome rising above Central Texas has drawn …

Hiking

Sharing My Favorite Place on Earth (Day)

Some of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders can be found in our great nation. From the majestic Niagara Falls in New York to the Florida …

National Parks

Another rich celebrity takes a 'challenge' to live like a normal person

Remember last week when Gwyneth Paltrow took a "food stamp challenge" to supposedly live like someone less fortunate than she? Remember how she …

Coffeemakers

Maine Search And Rescue Company Gets FAA Approval To Use Drones

The rain in Maine is spied mainly by plane<p>Drones are well known for their ability to search. Now, an emergency rescue service in Maine is going to see how well drones can do rescue too. Down East Emergency Medical Institute, a Maine-based non-profit focused on improving medical evacuation …

8 Quotes to Combat Writer’s Block

Connect with Us<p>8 Quotes to Combat Writer’s Block<p>Every writer's been there. The blank white screen and the pulsing cursor. The empty notebook and the …