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Women-led Ghostbusters reboot is official: who they gonna cast?

Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig announces he will direct and co-write reboot about women of paranormal pest extermination team<p>A new Ghostbusters film is on the way, and this time women will be doing most of the busting.<p>Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) confirmed on Twitter Wednesday long-swirling …

The Maze Runner is (very slightly) smarter than it looks

<i>The Maze Runner</i> could've very easily ended up a cynical, boy-centric response to The Hunger Games franchise. It has a cast of young dudes, a premise and structure that are so video gamey it almost hurts and the general teen-dystopian feel that's all the rage in Young Adult literature (like Hunger …

UCLA tops USC in college rankings, with Caltech in the top 10

UCLAedged out USC in U.S. News & World Report's annual list of university rankings, and another local campus,Caltech, once again cracked the top 10 in the widely anticipated survey.<p>In the list released Tuesday, UCLA placed 23rd, tied with the<p>University of Virginia. Crosstown rival USC tied for 25th …

Cheap Drinking Water From The Sun, Aided By A Pop Of Pencil Shavings

Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel did it to survive on the Pacific Ocean. Robert Redford used the trick in All Is Lost.<p>When you're trapped on a boat, you can easily make fresh water, right? Simply let the sun heat up and evaporate salt water. Then trap the steam, condense it on a plastic surface and …

DNA clears North Carolina inmates after 30 years in prison

Half-brothers released after newly discovered evidence clears men in 1983 rape and murder of 11-year-old Sabrina Buie<p>DNA evidence could exonerate two in death row case<p>North Carolina’s longest-serving death row inmate and his half-brother serving a life sentence have been exonerated and released …

Now TV comes to the Chromecast

Ever since Now TV launched, subscribers have cried out for Sky to support more streaming devices. Today, the company answered some of its critics by announcing it's built Chromecast functionality into its Now TV apps on both iOS and Android. If you own one of Google's £30 streaming dongles, you'll …

'New 3DS' Comes 'Amiibo' Ready

Nintendo today announced the next iteration for its 3DS line of consoles – the New 3DS. As when the 2DS was announced, this isn’t what many gamers will have been expecting. However the new unit says a lot about Nintendo’s strategy around 3DS and amiibo figures going forward.<p>Like the 2DS the New 3DS …

Benedict Cumberbatch Wins the Ice Bucket Challenge

Yes, this Ice Bucket Challenge thing is weird and already totally played out, but you know what? It's also for a great cause. And seeing people get ice water dumped on their heads is almost always funny. But leave it to Benedict Cumberbatch, who seems to be a magical creature from another dimension …

Sony sued over Killzone: Shadow Fall's graphics

Sony Computer Entertainment America has been hit with a lawsuit alleging "deceptive marketing" of <i>Killzone: Shadow Fall</i> because the PlayStation 4 game's multiplayer mode does not run at the resolution advertised.<p>The suit, filed by California resident Douglas Ladore in Northern District California …

Jon Voight Accuses Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz of Inciting Anti-Semitism

Angelina Jolie’s dad did not like the actors’ comments on Israel.<p>“My name is <b>Jon Voight</b> and I am more than angry.” That’s the opening of Voight’s open letter to <b>Javier Bardem</b> and <b>Penelope Cruz</b>, whom the <i>Midnight Cowboy</i> actor has accused of promoting anti-Semitism.<p>Bardem and Cruz had earlier joined a …

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Metal-edged Samsung Galaxy Alpha pic leaks, looking a lot like (you guessed it) an iPhone

Advertisement<p>14 Comments<p>Credit: Weibo<p>In case you hadn’t considered it yet, adding a metal edge to a Samsung Galaxy device makes it look a bit more …

20 Biggest Songs of the Summer: The 2000s

The new millennium kicks off with record-breaking summer temperatures and lots of club bangers<p>20<p>Just as disco ruled the charts for much of the …

Want to win the console war? Here's how

Isn't it about time the console companies finally figured out the big, big secret about making a successful games console?<p>You and I know this secret, but if the likes of Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony understand it, they seem to let it slip their minds from time to time.<p>The trick is to make something …

Alexander Gustafsson Out, Daniel Cormier in vs. Jon Jones at UFC 178

The too-good-to-be-true UFC 178 card took its first hit Wednesday evening, as light heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson was forced out of his main event against Jon Jones due to injury.<p>The news came via UFC.com's Thomas Gerbasi, who also reported that Daniel Cormier (15-0, 4-0 UFC) …

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Scientists investigating Siberia’s mysterious hole: “There is nothing mysterious about it”

Researchers theorize on the crater’s appearance, report experiencing no “weird or unexplained feelings”<p>Scientists dispatched to investigate the mysterious hole that appeared on Siberia's Yamal Peninsula are back with their initial findings, and they've more or less confirmed that it's some sort of …

The Sex Worker Industry Is Still Booming In Silicon Valley

"Silicon Valley is like a military base: There are very few civilian women and lots of money," one Silicon Valley entrepreneur told USA Today on condition of anonymity.<p>That doesn't seem to be the case in other cities. The Urban Institute released a report in March that tracked the sex trade in …

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Report: LeBron James back to Miami 'not a done deal'

LeBron James reportedly gave no assurances to Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh that he would re-sign with Miami, even if they opted out.<p><b>More Offseason</b> …

Hearthstone Tournament Showcases Misguided Plan To Segregate eSports By Gender

Professional video gaming, or eSports, is on a quest to be taken seriously. So far, it’s done a pretty good job of it, with Starcraft airing on TV in Korea, League of Legends selling out LA’s Staples Center for their finals, and Dota 2 fans raising over $10M for a prize pool.<p>And yet, there are some …

Jason Dufner talks retirement; here are five who quit in their primes

<b>By John Strege</b><p>It isn't often that productive athletes retire in the prime of their careers, or at least while still competitive. The most prominent to do so were Sandy Koufax and Jim Brown.<p>Koufax was 30 when he retired after completing a season in which he won 27 games and had an earned run average …

Transformers: Age of Extinction, peak of destruction porn – first look review

Michael Bay's latest film pits Goliaths against uber-Goliaths, has dialogue out of a shampoo commercial, and is curiously boring<p>Why are we here? What is the purpose of life on earth? And why are alien robots so hellbent on impersonating our automobiles?<p>It’s the money shot of the whole Transformers …

A Little Girl Wrote Google A Letter Asking To Give Her Dad A Day Off, And Google Responded

Here's some advice on how to get some time off from work: Have your daughter send a really cute letter to your employer, asking them to give you a day off.<p>Bonus points if the letter is written in crayon.<p>One little girl decided to give her dad a hand. She wrote his employer, which happens to be …

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10 Simple Hacks For Packing A Suitcase

Packing for a long trip can be problematic: you don't want to bring along too much and have to lug around a heavy bag, but you also don't want to pack too little and end up forgetting a crucial item.<p>Here are 10 tips to make packing easy.<p>1. Roll clothing up and then use air-compression plastic bags …

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Ice Cream Sandwiches

Makes 12 Servings<p>Prep Time: 1 min<p>Total Time: 6 min<p>This recipe calls for baking one giant cookie, a way to ensure even, consistent ice cream sandwiches.<p>August 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour<p>1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder<p>1/2 tsp. baking soda<p>1/2 tsp. kosher …

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Hidden 'Ocean' Discovered Deep Underground Near Earth's Core

We may have another "ocean" to add to the world map -- only this one is hidden hundreds of miles beneath our planet's surface.<p>A new study suggests that a hidden "ocean" is nestled in the Earth's mantle some 400 miles beneath North America. The hidden reservoir, apparently locked in a blue …

Oregon school shooter was a 15-year-old freshman with an AR-15

The Oregon high school shooter who killed a student and wounded a teacher before killing himself was a 15-year-old freshman who had taken a rifle and a handgun from his family's home to carry out the attack, police said Wednesday.<p>No motive has been given for the shooting.<p>On what was the …

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What's Really In Hot Dogs (VIDEO)

We know you're thinking it, and we know you also don't want to ask. Neither do we, really... But because we value knowing where our food comes from and understanding the process behind it, we're going to ask that question we've all been wondering forever: what's really in hot dogs?<p>True for just …

Samsung Launches World's First Tizen Smartphone

Samsung has finally announced the world’s first Tizen smartphone, the Samsung Z. It will be available in Russia in the third quarter of this year, and Samsung says there are plans to expand it to other markets.<p>Other than being equipped with the new Linux-based mobile operating system, the Samsung Z …