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Uber faces lawsuit after 'refusing to take guide dogs'

Lawsuit cites one instance in which an Uber driver allegedly refused a blind woman's plea to pull over once she realised he had locked her guide dog in the boot of his car

Uber must defend itself against a lawsuit accusing the popular ride-sharing service of discriminating against blind people by …


The Aescher Hotel Serves Some of the Best Charcuterie in the World

In the village in the Swiss Alps where I apprenticed for four years before opening Olympia Provisions in Portland, Oregon, it was a rite of passage to climb up this crazy mountain called Altmann. So when my fellow apprentice Fabion Bruner asked me to scale it with him, I had to go.

“We’ll stop and …


100-Carat 'Ultimate' Diamond Fetches $22 Million


Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels sale totaled nearly $65.1 million, with the best-selling lots dominated by colored diamonds, Kashmir sapphires and Cartier pieces.



A 100.2-carat, D-Color, Internally Flawless, emerald-cut diamond sold for more than $22 million …


Napa Valley’s Best Wineries for Picnics

Sure, Napa Valley has great restaurants, but it’s hard to beat a vineyard picnic or lunch made directly from a winery garden. Here are some of Napa …

San Francisco Bay Area

Mind-boggling images from 25 years of the Hubble Telescope

NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope, 25 years ago this week, on April 24, 1990. The $2.5 billion project has transformed the way the public and scientists understand the epic scale and cosmic structures of space.

The telescope is equipped with cameras and instruments capable of capturing images …


Minecraft YouTube videos were watched 3.9bn times in March

Minecraft remains the most popular game franchise on YouTube by some distance, with videos of Mojang’s crafting game notching up more than 3.9bn views in March 2015 alone.

That’s according to a chart produced by research firms Newzoo and Octoly, which have been tracking views of YouTube game …


The Illustrations Shows You Detailed Star Wars Vehicle Cross-Sections

We have seen many amazing creations based on those iconic starfighters and vehicles from Star Wars, but if you want to know the structures of these …

Star Wars

This Extremely Rare Quadruple Rainbow Is Blowing Everyone's Minds

It's on Long Island, New York, and it's beautiful.

CBS New York reports that a quadruple rainbow was spotted on Long Island in New York after a bout of stormy weather. According to Fox 13's chief meteorologist Paul Dellegatto, only a handful of legitimate quadruple rainbows have ever existed — the …


Uber accidentally sent a woman a bill for $12,000

For $12,000, you could fly business class from New York to London, make a down payment on a Tesla — or you could take an Uber six miles from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Gothamist reports that one unlucky Uber rider received an email that the company attempted to charge her $16,000, somehow took care of …

New York

Famous Dutch Owl Loves to Land on the Head of Local Residents

A peculiar Dutch owl has helped the small town of Noordeinde to achieve a considerable amount of fame. When the 6lb. European Eagle Owl started landing on people's heads, residents were extremely confused. Many even thought that the owl had escaped from a nearby aviary.

After photographer Menno …


Darth Vader Mask Made of Bugs Is Terrifying and Gorgeous

Spiders might not make you think of Darth Vader, but you’re not Klaus Enrique.

The sculptor and photographer was sketching a tarantula when he …


Gigantic tub o' 22,000 Perler beads

My 12-year-old and her pals like making thing with Perler beads. They go through them quickly, so I bought a tub of 22,000 Perler beads for $15.

What are Perler beads? They are tiny colorful plastic cylinders. Each bead is a pixel that you place on a Perler pegboard to make a piece of art. Once …


Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens - Trailer 2



Director JJ Abrams' continuation of the Star Wars saga.





Uber must face lawsuit claiming it snubs blind people

(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc must defend against a lawsuit accusing the popular ride-sharing service of discriminating against blind people by refusing to transport guide dogs, a federal judge ruled.

In a decision late Friday night, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins in San Jose, …


The Midcentury Architecture of California Modernist John Lautner

Architect Helena Arahuete, a longtime colleague of John Lautner's, will discuss the midcentury modernist's legacy as well as her own work at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles on May 30. We've assembled a few of Lautner's most revered works in anticipation.

From A. Quincy Jones to Joseph Eichler, the …

Interior Design

Jay Z and Tidal’s 1 percent backlash: Who decides the value of streamed music?

It's been 15 years since Metallica sued Napster — the free streaming "revolution" has happened. What now?

Jay Z’s premium streaming music service, Tidal, launched in late March with plenty of high-profile celebrity support and promises that it would spearhead a cultural revolution by giving power …

Entertainment Industry

NASA’s ‘Flying Saucer’ Lander Is Going For A Test Spin Today

The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator will help the space agency slow its roll

Update: The test was rescheduled until later this afternoon, and will take place from 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Perhaps the most iconic symbol to emerge from the science fiction genre over the last century is …


EV owners in San Francisco can now recharge their cars off the grid with solar energy

As of today, electric vehicle owners in San Francisco can revitalize their car's battery at any of three off-the-grid charging stations powered entirely by solar energy. For free. The Level 2 charging stations are the work of a company called Envision Solar; San Francisco's Department of the …


How to Make Key Lime Pie - Bon Appétit

I have a soft spot in my heart for diner-style pie: sour cherry with the insides kinda congealed, apple pie with whipped cream that comes out of a canister, and most of all, key lime pie. Admittedly though, no one likes key lime pie as much as my cousin Jen, which is why last year for her birthday …

Key Lime Pie

The economics of Netflix

For the past decade, DVD revenue has been shrinking rather quickly, due to piracy and changing consumer viewing habits. The industry is hoping that …


Oceans Are Losing Oxygen—and Becoming More Hostile to Life


The Top 20 Cities For Young Entrepreneurs


How Popcorn Time snuck a torrenting app into Apple's 'walled garden'

Dubbed the "Netflix of Pirating", popular BitTorrent client Popcorn Time made its debut on the iPhone screen last week with an off-the-books iOS app.

Popcorn Time is a multi-platform, open-source BitTorrent client with a slick media player that makes downloading an illegal copy of, say, Horrible


An 8-year-old girl makes $127,000 a month making baking videos for YouTube

YouTube stars are becoming more and more like Hollywood celebrities, with hordes of screaming fans and generous incomes.

But it turns out that they may be making even more money than you think.

AdAge recently published a ranking of the top YouTube stars according to their estimated monthly …


Why knuckle cracking makes a popping sound, and why it might be beneficial

When muscle joints are pulled apart there forms a tiny cavity filled with gas which then collapses, creating a popping noise.

The wince-inducing sound of knuckles cracking is caused by a small bubble building up in the fluid of the fingers then ‘popping ‘, scientists believe, and it could even be …

Scientific Research

The EU Files Complaints Against Google, and It's About Time!

Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war!"

EU's Competition Commission, under Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, has filed its first complaint against Google. If you work for Google, live in a bubble, or get all of your information from Google sources, this may come as a bit of a surprise. The rest …


HBO says Periscope could be a tool for 'mass copyright infringement'

HBO isn't happy with everyone who used Periscope to rebroadcast Game of Thrones, but it's even less happy with Periscope for not having the tools to stop them. According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has sent takedown notices to Periscope for recordings that include Sunday night's premiere of Game of