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Film Review: Tarantino's bloody latest is a panoramic affair

There’s been lots of chatter about “The Hateful Eight,”<p>Quentin Tarantino’s “chamber Western,” going back to what might be called “pre-pre-production.”<p>After an early draft of the script was leaked, Tarantino sued and said he wasn't going to make the film; then he changed his mind and did make it. …

Predicting the Fashion Trends of 2016

The new year is right around the corner and there is no better time to plan your new wardrobe than in between servings of eggnog and turkey. Here, eight trends you can bank on.

Indestructible Water Bears Have a Genome That Is Seriously Weird

Water bears, known to scientists as tardigrades, are famously adorable microscopic creatures who can survive anything: freezing, total dehydration, …

Thank God someone is now teaching robots to disobey human orders

When you think about teaching robots to say "no" to human commands, your immediate reaction might be, "that seems like a truly horrible idea." It is, after all, the bread and butter of science fiction nightmares; the first step to robots taking over the world.<p>But Gordon Briggs and Matthias Scheutz, …

Robotics

I tried the $99 robot cat, Hasbro's solution for lonely grandparents, and it was strangely comforting

The robot cat was Hasbro's latest toy. With the slogan "Why should kids have all the fun?" Hasbro is positioning the stuffed animal as a "companion pet" for the lonely and the elderly. Its website features the $99.99 feline purring and meowing in the hands of the retired, who take comfort in …

Pets

Steve McCurry's Photographs Of His Travels Will Give You The Chills

<i>"Most of my photos are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person's face." -- Steve McCurry</i><p>Photographer Steve McCurry has been traveling the globe for decades, capturing images of war, trauma, desperation, hope and joy. Known …

Photographers

8 shocking predictions for life after 2020 from Google's genius futurist

He's so influential that Google hired him to lead its artificial intelligence efforts.<p>Kurzweil is known for making predictions, which are right about 86% of the time.<p>Here are some of his most promising (and terrifying) visions of the 2020s and beyond.

Singularity

How Spider-Man Was Born

Stan Lee, the influential comic book writer who helped create characters such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and the X-Men, says his publisher …

Comics

A plastic flying cow sculpture raises a storm of censorship in Jaipur

A life-size styrofoam art installation of a flying cow caused controversy at the Jaipur Art Summit, currently being held in the state of Rajasthan on …

India

'Jessica Jones' review: Private eye, superhero, horror story

After "Daredevil," the second collaboration between Marvel and Netflix takes the superhero and private eye genres in a horrifying new direction.<p>A darkened office. A jaded voiceover. A missing girl. And loads of booze. "Jessica Jones" opens with all the gumshoe noir staples in place, but it isn't …

Comics

Facebook campaign protests demand for scanner to detect menstruating women at temples

Situated in the southern state of Kerala, Sabarimala is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimage centres in India, but it still prohibits the entry …

Sensory illusions can make cells 'self destruct'

Sensory illusions -- like magic tricks -- work by taking advantage of the brain's assumptions, essentially forcing us to overlook sleight of hand or …

San Francisco

J.K. Rowling's 10 Biggest Harry Potter Revelations

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Books

'Anti-malarial mosquitoes' created using controversial genetic technology

Scientists aim to tackle malaria by creating insects unable to spread the parasite, but caution urged over unpredictable ecological consequences<p>Hundreds of genetically modified mosquitoes that are incapable of spreading the malaria parasite to humans have been created in a laboratory as part of a …

Genetics

First-ever cyborg roses can change color with the flick of a switch

Scientists at Linköping University in Sweden created the first electronic rose in a lab, they reported Nov. 20 in the journal Science Advances.<p>This technology could create plants that light up to signal what they need, though the researchers admit that's a bit far off.<p>To make their cyborg rose, the …

Nanotech

Ancient viruses are alive in humans and crucial for life, says Stanford University

The human genome is littered with sequences left behind from long-ago viral infections but now scientists have found the code is still active<p>Ancient viruses were critical to the evolution of humans and infections left genetic code in our bodies which is still essential for life today, Stanford …

Biology

I tried the startup that wants to replace your lunch with futuristic nutrition 'squares' — and they actually tasted good

Mealsquares is a "beta" stage startup that bills itself as a "solid, whole-food Soylent alternative."<p>But wait, a food version of Soylent, you ask. Wouldn't that just be regular food? Sort of.<p>The answer lies in what meal-replacement products like Soylent or Ambronite are actually giving you. For …

iPhone

15 Common Eyebrow Mistakes You're Probably Making

<i>By Julie Ricevuto, Glamour</i><p><i>Photo Credit: Kyle Ericksen/WWD</i><p>The days of tadpole brows and penciled-in shapes are long gone thanks to the likes of bold brow beauties Cara Delevingne, Brooke Shields, and Lily Collins. With show-stopping face-framers being the norm right now, you'd think we could finally …

Makeup

Surreal Video Loops & The Psychology of Selfies

<i>That one time practice made perfect</i><p><i>That one time I taught literature humanities at a small liberal arts college</i><p><i>That one time Bear Grylls picked me up in a helicopter</i><p><i>That one time I had spring fever</i><p><i>That one time I offered to help out in the kitchen</i><p><i>That one time these pretzels were making me</b> …

Time I

Transgender Man Shocked to Find Out He's Pregnant

"The results were conclusive but I still didn't believe it."<p>Transgender man Kayden Coleman, 29, was shocked to find out he was pregnant two years ago, despite having been in gender reassignment therapy for a decade and thinking that made pregnancy impossible, the <i>Daily Mirror</i> reports.<p>Kayden says he …

I Tattooed My Face In Pursuit of Perfect Brows and Lips

"You're doing what?!" my best friend, who is usually very supportive of all my cosmetic endeavors, yelled into the phone. "You're going to tattoo your lips? I'm saying this out of love: I think you're really crazy."<p>Saying full lips are a beauty trend implies—falsely—that the tide will soon change …

Makeup

Shocking pictures of child playing in the sea during 70mph winds of Storm Barney

The RNLI have warned parents after pictures of a toddler frolicking in dangerous waves emerged<p>Shocking pictures of a child playing in the sea during 70mph winds have emerged.<p>Officials have warned not to take selfies and pictures during the storm and to remain vigilant to avoid death or injury.<p>This …

Researchers use satellite launch blunder to test relativity

Pop quiz, hotshot. You've just launched a pair of GPS satellites into the wrong orbit, rendering them useless for navigation. What do you do? If you're the European Space Agency (ESA), you re-purpose them to precisely test Albert Einstein's theory that clocks slow down near heavy objects. Since the …

Taylor Swift used some genius musical tricks to make her album sound completely unique

Taylor Swift's "1989" has been in the Billboard Top 10 for all 50 weeks of its existence. Why does it have so much staying power?<p>In a recent talk with GrammyPro, Swift gave some great details about the unusual methods she used to give the album such a unique sound.<p>Some of the coolest tricks:<p><i>Story</i> …

Top 10

Did The Ghost Of Claude Monet Just Visit A Monet Exhibit?

It's as if the man himself stopped by to check on his work.<p>A photo shows someone who looks a lot like artist Claude Monet standing over an oversized image of the French impressionist at the Cleveland Museum of Art last week -- an image that had just been put into place.<p>“Monet himself would be proud …

Art

'Homeland is racist': artists sneak subversive graffiti on to TV show

Street artists say they were asked to add authenticity to scenes of Syrian refugee camp, but took chance to air criticisms of show’s depiction of Muslim world<p>Three graffiti artists hired to add authenticity to refugee camp scenes in this week’s episode of Homeland have said they instead used their …

Middle East

Coconut Oil Face Wipes Now Exist and They Will Revolutionize Your Face

Convenience cleansing cloths have had a makeover.<p>Organic, 100 percent natural, and eco-friendly aren't features we normally associate with face wipes, the kings of cleansing convenience, but there's a new kid on the beauty block: coconut oil face wipes. Meet The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipe by RMS …

Celebs Who Give Goth a Good Name

No need to wait for Halloween to break out the lace-up boots and the head-to-toe black. Follow style stars like Kendall Jenner, Hailee Steinfeld, and FKA Twigs and go goth now.

Kendall Jenner

This Magnet Can Change Your Faith in God

When researchers used magnetic energy to shut down the brain’s threat perception, nearly a third of patients were more tolerant to immigrants. More …

$2 Junk Shop Photo Turns Out to Be $5,000,000 Photo of Billy the Kid

Back in 2010, a man named Randy Guijarro in Fresno, California, found and purchased an old tintype photo for $2 at a junk shop. It turns out that …