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Putin's killer tiger in cross-border raid

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> A daring cross-border raid by one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's associates has -- so far -- yet to sour Sino-Russian relations.<p>According to Chinese state media, Ustin, one of three rescued Amur tigers released by the Russian leader earlier this year, has attacked a herd of …

Kelly Clarkson Covered 'Shake It Off' And Taylor Swift Loved It

Kelly Clarkson performed in Buffalo, New York on Saturday and decided to pay tribute to Taylor Swift. Clarkson broke into a soulful cover of Swift's "Shake It Off" during her set, which then set off screams of excitement from the crowd.<p>Swift saw a video of the performance on YouTube (in which you …

Weasel-Like Predators Are Reclaiming Territory In The U.S., And Growing Larger

Fishers eat many animals, including porcupines.<p>Earlier this month, a fisher was photographed in the Bronx, the first spotting of this weasel-like animal in New York City in modern times. This is in keeping with a general trend: After being exterminated from much of their native habitat throughout …

Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik - review

This book uses chemistry, history, psychology and good old fashioned storytelling to explore the nature of the materials that compose ordinary stuff, prompting readers to view the most common objects with newfound appreciation.<p>Most of us don't even think about all the "stuff" that populates our …

I Died Today, by Duke Roberts

I ate a lot of hamburgers. We had a party.<p>And I laughed.<p>And I thought about how much I’m going to miss it here.<p>We told jokes.<p>We were serious.<p>My …

Creative Ways to Use Wide Apertures in Landscape Photography

Your camera’s aperture has the ability to control your depth of field – which is a powerful creative tool that many photographers use to evoke depth, …

Landscape Photography

Rap Genius Already Hugging It Out With Music Publishers

Diaframma/Shutterstock<p>You know that big fight a bunch of us were looking forward to, featuring Silicon Valley darlings Rap Genius versus the …

A New App That Creates a Musical Soundtrack for Your Images

Director of the Entrepreneur Partner Studio<p>If, as the saying goes, a picture is worth 1,000 words, then what is a picture with its own soundtrack worth?<p>That's what the people behind a new app called Mhoto want to find out. Mhoto analyzes any picture and then creates a song that is suited to that …

Apps

Audiosocket’s Easy Listening Solution for Digital Music Rights

Music licensing on YouTube was thrust into the spotlight last month after the National Music Publishers Association filed a lawsuit against YouTube …

Music Industry

A Creepy New Startup Wants To Create Living Avatars For Dead People

By scanning the digital footprints of our dearly departed and recreating their personality, these MIT entrepreneurs hope to use artificial intelligence to bring them back to life in the virtual world.<p>Can a robot help you live forever? Not exactly, yet, but it might be able to help you talk to loved …

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …

Hate Parking Tickets? Fixed Fights Them In Court For You

Up to 50 percent of parking tickets are dismissed when fought in court, but it takes knowledge and time to do it. New app Fixed will do it for you. Take a photo of your ticket, Fixed contests it, and if it’s dismissed, you pay Fixed 25 percent of the ticket price. If Fixed loses, you pay it …

'Speciesism: The Movie' has a bone to pick with meat eaters

First-time filmmaker Mark Devries tells MNN how he made his controversial new film and discusses the ethics of eating animals.<p>Carnivores beware: …

Associated Press News

Buffalo's Number One Source For Breaking News

The top complaints centered on mortgages, debt collection and credit reporting.<p>Mon, Jan 8, 2018<p>The top complaints centered on mortgages, debt …

Report on climate change depicts a planet in peril

Climate change will disrupt not only the natural world but society, posing risks to resources and fomenting conflict, panel says.<p>November 11, 2013|By Tony Barboza<p>New York is among the coastal cities around the world that face a threat from… (Mark Lennihan / Associated…)<p>Climate change will disrupt …

Climate Change

Type Your Own Animated Movie With This Crazy Software

Inside this playful screenwriting software may hide the future of filmmaking: You simply write what you want to see, and that vision plays on screen.<p>Here’s how Hollywood works today: Somebody writes a script. And especially if it’s an animated feature–a piece that will take hundreds of Pixar …

Best of Eyewitness - wildlife

Nature at its best

Phenomenal Footage Of A Dancer Battling With Light

There's few dance videos quite as breathtaking as 'Nuance'.<p>Created by Marc-Antoine Locatelli it's the near perfect blend of choreography, motion …

Are You Ready to Do? - chrisbrogan.com

I had the chance to review Kevin Kelly’s new book, DO! the pursuit of xceptional execution (aff link), and it’s really worth checking out. He’s got a …

Books