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Twister Terror: Plains States Take Cover and Brace for More Powerful Storms

Tens of millions of people in the middle of the country are facing a three-day tornado threat — including places that were ravaged earlier this week by an outbreak of twisters.<p>A tornado touched down near Throckmorton, Texas, the National Weather Service said, but there were no reports of serious …

Weather

A Legal Challenge To Robo-Tracking Of License Plates

Let the battle for privacy begin<p>A man in Fairfax, Virginia is suing the local police department for indiscriminately scanning citizens' license plates and storing that information in massive databases. Neal Harrison, who is being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, says his car’s …

Explore all of Google Maps in Lego form with this Web app

Many kids have built plastic brick cities out of Lego, but what if you could see any location on Google Maps in Lego form?<p>That’s what designer Einer Öberg has done with the appropriately named Brick Street View. The Web app renders Street View locations in block form, even inserting traditional …

Lego

What’s the environmental impact of your nightly Netflix binging?

According to social scientist Toby Miller, the answer’s much greater than you’d think<p>The belief held by many millenials that they are reducing their environmental impact by not reading physical books and newspapers or preferring to binge on Netflix rather than drive into the city to catch a show …

Social Research

Samsung Gear VR For Galaxy S6 Now On Sale For $200

If you’d like to dip your toe into the virtual world ahead of the coming consumer launches of Gear VR, Valve and HTC’s Vive, and the Oculus Rift, the Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6 is available today. You still need $200, and either a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, and a willingness to forgive …

Virtual Reality

Tina Fey Takes Off Her Dress for Letterman

Vows never to wear a dress on a talk show again.<p>As happens when talk show legends approach their final show, the A-listers are pouring into the Ed …

If social media exhausts you, don't be an online 'ghost'. Be a 'zombie' instead

When Joss Whedon left Twitter this week, the internet exploded in a riot of finger-pointing. You can avoid that<p>Like many of us, I often feel like there are too many people on the internet – too much noise, too much chaos, too much junk. It’s manifestly clear why people would want out – even before …

Social Media

Family Time: 5 Cool Places to Sleep

The family vacation, like the concept of family itself, has evolved. No matter who you’re traveling with, here are five intriguing and unusual places to lay your head that are bound to please everyone in your brood.<p>> Glass Igloos<p><b>Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort (Finland)</b><p>No night-lights or tech toys …

All the Fall 2015 TV Shows You Need to Know

Here are the new and returning series you might or might not want to watch in the months ahead.<p><b>Drunk History, Season One, Comedy Central (September 1)</b><p>Based on the Funny or Die web series created by Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner, <i>Drunk History</i> takes a "narrator" in every episode, gets him or her …

TV

Apple's streaming service will reportedly provide some free music, just not as much as Spotify

Though rumors about Apple’s upcoming streaming service have suggested that it will not offer free music, that may not exactly be accurate.<p>According to report by Recode, Apple is exploring offering multiple subscription-free options to ease people into their system.<p>For example, it might offer a free …

Looking at the future of mobile gaming with Samsung's new Gear VR

If you just got yourself a Samsung Galaxy S6 (or its curvier sibling, the S6 Edge) and you happen to be a fan of VR, well good news: the latest Gear VR for the Galaxy S6 is now officially on sale. It's still in limited rollout but it should be in your local Best Buy starting today for around $199, …

New Parents Spend Less Time Looking After Kids Than They Think

According to a new study, couples who have recently become parents believe they spend more hours in childcare than they actually do. And couples who …

Parenting

Why the UK election matters to the rest of the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> Oh, how analysts worried ahead of UK elections.<p>They were certain voters would fill Parliament with extreme political factions making it tough to form a new government, much less keep one together.<p>They feared the election would reshape Britain's global role, having ripple effects around the …