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Stench Leads to Home Crawling With Stolen Tortoises—10,000 of Them

A gruesome discovery by authorities in Madagascar highlights a grave threat to a highly endangered species of tortoise.<p>Soary Randrianjafizanaka set out with police, colleagues, and others earlier this month to investigate a rancid smell coming from a two-story house in Toliara, a town on the …

Zoology

The US Gov’t Just Destroyed Our Privacy

While the nation remained fixated on gun control and Facebook’s violative practices last week, the U.S. government quietly codified the CLOUD Act, …

Privacy

Meet the US military's warship killer: These new missiles will sink enemy ships

Enemies of the United States will soon have to face a new devastating missile in the nation’s arsenal - a destroyer of enemy warships.<p>This new missile canpenetrate deep into enemy space to sink their warships. Loaded with tech to make it “smart,” it both detects and destroys targets. An enemy could …

Military

How Solitary Confinement Haunts Me, Five Years After My Release

After getting busted for heroin, I spent a brief amount of time in solitary confinement. It changed my life forever.<p>As soon as I walked in the room, I burst out crying.<p>The place was shockingly white—neon white. And so small. There was no clock, and no books besides a Bible. The window was too high …

Mental Health

Government accidentally sends file on "remote mind control" methods to journalist

When journalist Curtis Waltman filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Washington State Fusion Center (which is partnered with Department of …

Surveillance

Former 911 Operator Who Cut Short Thousands Of Calls Is Sentenced To 10 Days

An unconscious woman, a robbery in progress, cars racing on the interstate: All of these incidents led people to call Houston's 911 system — but not for long. These were among thousands of calls that were cut short by an operator who Harris County prosecutors said simply hung up on the callers.<p>That …

Crime

Why Cats Want You to Pet Them in These Key Places, According to Science

Mystery solved.<p>Cats are funny, finicky creatures; when they require human affection, you’ll know.<p>Although every kitty has their own favorite spots to …

Pets

Report: DHS Accidentally Releases ‘Remote Mind Control’ Records

In response to a journalist’s standard FOIA request for records on Antifa and white supremacist groups, the Washington State Fusion Center reportedly …

Antifa

The internet just crowdfunded billionaire Elon Musk a new couch

Elon Musk, CEO of multiple companies and part of the PayPal mafia, is worth around $20 billion dollars. He doesn’t need a handout. But that hasn’t stopped over 72 people from donating money on GoFundMe to buy the man a new couch for his office.<p>As of publication, over $1000 was raised to gift Musk a …

Tesla

An Adorable Trio of Two-Day Old Baby Goats Wait in a Steel Bucket While Their Mother Eats Dinner

Three of the seventeen baby goats who were born in April 2018 at the Sunflower Farm Creamery in Cumberland, Maine adorably hung out in a steel bucket …

Cute Animals

A cosmic sense of scale

This animation gives a sense of the awe-inspiring scale of some of the known objects in our universe. It is difficult for human minds to comprehend …

Cosmology

The Latest: State of emergency issued in North Carolina city

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a spring storm that dumped heavy snow on Upper Midwest, Plains states (all times local):<p>9:20 p.m.<p>Authorities say they've declared a local state of emergency in Greensboro, North Carolina, after an apparent tornado caused damage in several locations around that …

Weather

Newborn Guinea Pig Photo Shoot Is A Top Contender For Cutest Thing Ever

The photographer said they fit in the palm of her hand.<p>Guinea pigs are cute, but newborn guinea pigs swaddled à la Anne Geddes? It's almost too …

Guinea Pigs

How to save your privacy from the Internet’s clutches

Another week, another massive privacy scandal. When it’s not Facebook admitting it allowed data on as many as 87 million users to be sucked out by a developer on its platform who sold it to a political consultancy working for the Trump campaign, or dating app Grindr ‘fessing up to sharing its …

Privacy

Haunting scene pics from ‘Slender Man’ stabbing released

Wisconsin cops have released grisly crime scene photos from the so-called “Slender Man” stabbing case, showing the 12-year-old victim’s blood-soaked …

Crime

A teen missed the bus to school. When he knocked on a door for directions, a man shot at him.

The 14-year-old was walking to high school after sleeping late and missing the bus when he decided to ask a neighbor for directions.<p>It was a banal request, but it nearly got the student from Rochester Hills, Mich., killed Thursday.<p>The woman who opened the door after Brennan Walker, who is black, …

Crime

'Dear Mark, this is why I hate you.' An open letter to Zuckerberg

Dear Mark,<p>Fuck you. Oh, sorry, were you expecting something politer? Senators might courteously thank for you volunteering to appear in Congress, but …

Privacy

why the themes isao takahata explored were so important

Following his death last week, we take a look at the poignant ways Studio Ghibli director Isao Takahata dealt with real life issues through a mystical lens.<p>Over the last five decades, Isao Takahata has played a crucial role in shaping the course of Japanese animation. Yet, while the animator, …

Anime

This Dog Chasing the Google Street View Car Is All of Us

via Goggle Maps<p>A Google Street View car ended up snapping a pretty hilarious image when passing by an adorable little dog. And dogs, doing what dogs …

Google Street View

Massive new line drawings revealed in Peru

Using drone cameras, scientists have documented spectacular line drawings newly discovered in southern Peru. They are likely much older than the …

Archaeology

Green-haired turtle that breathes through its genitals added to endangered list

With its punky green mohican the striking Mary river turtle joins a new ZSL list of the world’s most vulnerable reptiles<p>It sports a green mohican, fleshy finger-like growths under its chin and can breathe through its genitals.<p>The Mary river turtle is one of the most striking creatures on the …

Zoology

This Program Teaches Shelter Cats How to Give High Fives to Help Get Them Adopted! - One Green Planet

If you were considering adopting a new best friend and went to go visit your local animal shelter, wouldn’t you fall in love with a cat that gave you …

Pets

Feline pretty: your kitten pictures

Hey, you’re on the internet … time for some cats. We asked Guardian readers to send in snaps of their kittens and let us know a little about their adorable new housemates. You’re welcome.

Pets

There’s no way this AI powered ‘smart garden’ will be used to grow weed

At no point has technology ever been used for anything shady. Social media, smartphones and video game chat channels all show that humanity can, in fact, be trusted. This is why I’m absolutely certain there’s no chance whatsoever that people will use ‘smart gardens’ to grow weed.<p>Recently launched …

Living Rooms

Stubborn Bunny Cleverly Dismantles Each Hurdle That Crosses Her Path During an Agility Contest

During an agility contest at the Calgary Zoo on March 31, 2018, a long-haired bunny named BrandyWine quite ingeniously dismantled each jump hurdle …

Calgary

An Affectionate Toucan Gently Nips at Her Human With Her Great Big Beak In Order to Get His Attention

Ripley, a domesticated and really affectionate toucan who purrs when she’s happy, rather stridently let her human know that she wanted some …

Pets

Syrian news reports missile attack; US denies it fired them

BEIRUT (AP) — Missiles struck an air base in central Syria early Monday, its state-run news agency reported. Although the agency said it was likely "an American aggression," U.S. officials said the U.S. had not launched airstrikes on Syria.<p>The missile attack followed a suspected poison gas attack …

Middle East

These Are the Five Worst Aircraft Carriers Ever Put to Sea

These Are the Five Worst Aircraft Carriers Ever Put to Sea

Aircraft Carriers

How I Got Delightfully High On Legal Mushrooms

Ever since Moon Juice founder Amanda Chantal Bacon’s eccentric but oddly compelling food diary went viral — and people finally started taking Goop …

Genius

Poop Train That "Smells Like Dead Bodies" Is Terrorizing Alabama Town

"God help us if it gets hot and this material is still out here."<p>Residents of Parrish, Alabama are currently hosting 10 million pounds of poop …

New Jersey