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Winners of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Showcase Animals at Their Funniest

The newly-launched Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards hopes that you'll chuckle when you see one of their images. You aren't laughing at them, rather, but with them–these lighthearted photos are meant to be hilarious. The unusual competition combines funny portraits of animals with technical …

Nature Photography

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.<p>After photographer Menno …

Birds

A Thai Man Faces Nearly 40 Years in Jail for Insulting the King's Dog

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Asia

Has Dark Matter Finally Been Seen? Time Will Tell

In a new finding that could have game-changing effects if borne out, two astrophysicists think they've finally tracked down the elusive signature of …

Google's commercial quantum computer is 100 million times faster than a PC

The quantum computer resoundingly beat a conventional computer in a series of tests.<p>In what could change the era of computers, researchers from …

We Finally Have the Full Story on Ceres' Mysterious Bright Spots

Water ice from a subterranean ocean? Giant salt deposits from an alien mining operation? Since March, dwarf planet Ceres’ bright spots have mystified …

How misusing Streams can make your code 5 times slower

<i>This post was originally published on the Takipi blog – Java and Scala exception analysis and performance monitoring.</i><p>Lambda expressions and streams …

MC Francis: pope's hip-hop pose inspires #popebars internet meme

Image of pope holding the head of a microphone sparks #popebars hashtag as social media churns out potential pontifical rhymes<p>Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, Vanilla Ice: the rap hall of fame is already bursting at the seams. Those storied names may have to make way, however, for a new talent in town: Pope …

Rap & Hip-Hop

SpaceX's Launch Escape System Looks Totally Badass

In two years, SpaceX will begin ferrying astronauts into orbit. But before it can do so, the commercial spaceflight company must prove to NASA that …

How India built the International Space Station, and other lessons from an Indian propaganda video

India’s election campaigns are uneasily adjusting to the digital age. Where there once were billboards, now there are jingles, videos and even holographic versions of the country’s politicians — some more successful than others.<p>A musical ode to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by one of the leader’s …

India

Our great-grandchildren will speak a wildly different English

One way of predicting the future is to look back at the past. The global role English plays today as a <i>lingua franca—</i>used as a means of communication by speakers of different languages—has parallels in the Latin of pre-modern Europe.<p>Having been spread by the success of the Roman Empire, Classical …

Language

Man Points a GoPro the Wrong Way During an Entire Vacation in Las Vegas

When Evan Griffin‘s dad visited Las Vegas recently, he borrowed his son’s GoPro camera to capture memories of the things he saw there.<p>“I did not, …

Las Vegas

Microsoft built what was basically Google Earth 4 years before Google — and it threw it all away

Unfortunately, Microsoft executives didn't see the potential of what the company had done and the project was killed, according to Motherboard. Seeing your house from space was not, they reasoned, something a normal person would want to do.<p>"[T]he company didn't care about the information [on …

Google Earth

Pictures of the Week 11.12.15

San Juan

Meet The Woman Who Wants To Hack Your Period

Hack The Flow is trying to end the stigma against menstruation.<p>A small group of women sat in a circle at NYU’s Media & Game Center, nervously introduced themselves, and discussed the projects they intended to work on for the day. A woman in jeans and a puffy coat stood up and explained her idea for …

5 years of Scala and counting - debunking some myths about the language and its environment

<i>Published on 13 November 2015</i><p>I started using Scala 5 years ago instead of Java after starting (but never quite finishing) to read the first edition …

Programming

Pluto’s Surface ​May Be Alive Thanks To Planetary Antifreeze

Could icy slush be driving the dwarf planet's geological activity?<p>After the New Horizons spacecraft zoomed past Pluto on July 14, scientists were stunned at what it sent back. Photos show the dwarf planet dotted with icy mountains and smooth plains of ice, suggesting the surface may be younger than …

Solar System

Remotely Exploitable Java Zero Day Exploits through Deserialization

A recent analysis by Foxglove Security of a talk "AppSecCali: Marshalling Pickles" (video, slides) given by @frohoff and @gebl in January 2015, has …

When cities rise from the depths

“There are hundreds of submerged cities around the world. We are only just beginning to discover what they have to tell us about the prehistoric human past.”

Archaeology

It Turns Out, Winnie the Pooh Is Actually a Girl

Wait, what?!<p>So, it looks like we were lied to our entire childhood! Winnie the Pooh is not a boy. SHE is a girl and she's from Canada, <i>not</i> England. Really!<p>In a new picture book called <i>Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear</i>, we learn that Winnie is actually named after a black …

Walt Disney Company

The 25 best films of 2015

Charlotte Rampling

Monsanto to Mexico honey farmers: Our soya seeds not to blame for woes

CHICAGO/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Monsanto Co on Friday denied that plantings of its genetically modified soybeans have impacted bees, led to deforestation or caused damage to the honey production industry in two Mexican states.<p>Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a move to allow the planting …

Environmentalism

Women are either bisexual or gay but 'never straight'

A study has found that most women who say they are straight are in fact aroused by videos of both naked men and naked women<p>Most women are either bisexual or gay but "never straight", a study suggests.<p>"This shows us that how women appear in public does not mean that we know anything about their …