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Attempts to stay anonymous on the web will only put the NSA on your trail

When searching for an adjective to describe our comprehensively surveilled networked world – the one bookmarked by the NSA at one end and by Google, Facebook, Yahoo and co at the other – "Orwellian" is the word that people generally reach for.<p>But "Kafkaesque" seems more appropriate. The term is …

Octogoat Is A Goat With 8 Legs

We like goats of all shapes and sizes.<p>When a goat is born with eight legs and both male and female sex organs, we celebrate their life. When such a goat is nicknamed "Octogoat," we flip out and totally fall in love.<p>Octogoat was born in Croatia earlier this week. Vets say that the kid's condition is …

This Is What Happens When An All-Female Band Tries To Sing While Orgasming (NSFW)

Talk about good vibrations!<p>Three members of the all-female Dutch electronic dance music group ADAM debuted a new music video on May 7 for their track “Go to Go.” Their minimalistic music is known for its momentous climaxes, and to reflect the gradual build-up intrinsic to their sound, the bandmates …

St. Louis Rams Draft First Openly Gay Player Michael Sam

Michael Sam<p>The St. Louis Rams have drafted defensive end Michael Sam, who will become the NFL's first openly gay player.<p>Sam was selected Saturday in …

Neil Patrick Harris shows off 'crazy' body

Neil Patrick Harris worked too hard at getting lean to let his physique stay clothed.<p>On the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone, the 40-year-old actor wears nothing but a bow tie and a very strategically placed top hat.<p>"He's so skinny, and I think that really gives him power," Harris' fiancé, …

Ellen Page: Coming Out Was ‘Nerve-Wracking’

On a <i>The Colbert Report</i> appearance Thursday, actress Ellen Page revealed how stressful it was for her to come out as gay earlier this year.<p>“It was …

How George Fox University Created a Double Standard of Exclusion for Transgender Student

<i>(Photo used with permission)</i><p>In recent news, George Fox University, based in Newberg, Oregon, has denied a transgender student housing that corresponds with the gender with which he identifies. To be "fair," the university has provided housing but not the housing requested, and not with the "general …

Nine LGBT Activists Arrested In China — But Gay Pride March Still Planned

"If we don't do something, then the government will continue to ignore such issues and pretend they don't exist — I think this is unacceptable," 20-year-old Xiang Xiaohan says.<p>Nine LGBT rights activists were arrested in China this week in a rare group arrest — but that isn't stopping 20-year-old …

When Lyrics Get Posted Online, Who Gets Paid?

Any time a song is popular, you'll find people debating it. And at some point during that debate, someone is going to Google the lyrics.<p>There are roughly 5 million searches for lyrics per day on Google, according to LyricFind. Those searches often lead to websites that post lyrics to lots of songs …

The fight to save endangered ebooks

Libraries take on the tricky question of digital preservation<p>One night in 2011, the New York gallery Boo-Hooray hosted an exhibit of infamous B-movie director Ed Wood’s trash paperback novels. Woods wrote the books in mere days and sold them to pornographic publishers under a variety of pseudonyms. …

As Mobile Roars Ahead, It’s Time To Finally Admit The Web Is Dying

While discussions about tech bubbles have been heated, few commentators seem to be targeting their invective at the real underlying bubble: the World Wide Web itself is crumbling. Like any outmoded technology, the Web is rapidly losing users as it fails to adapt to disruption from mobile apps and …

How rap reveals trends in DRUGS: Graphs show how hip-hop lyrics plot the rise and fall of illegal substances

• The Drug Slang In Hip Hop project was created by Fractl and the data was taken from the Rap Genius site<br>• Prevalence of a drug was based on how many …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Animals of Chernobyl

On April 26, 1986, the number 4 reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant blew up in what is now Ukraine. The site spewed a cloud of radioactive …

10 GIFs Of Deep-Sea Creatures Encountering A Sub

Never-before-seen images from a recent expedition to the ocean floor<p>For the past three weeks, we've been following an incredible livestream of the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, filmed from a submersible operated by researchers aboard the Okeanos Explorer.<p>The expedition, led by the National Oceanic …

Tumblr’s New App Has 3.3 Billion Unique Designs

The mobile app has enough ways for every Internet-connected person on earth to design a Tumblr.<p>Sure, you can change your poster image and your avatar as much as you’d like. But whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or virtually any other social-media site, your identity and feed can only fit into <i>one</i> …

Internet piracy: UK ISPs close to deal with entertainment industry

UK internet service providers and the entertainment industry are near to agreeing a deal to combat piracy.<p>After four years of negotiations, BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media have said they will send "educational" letters to people who illegally download copyrighted music, television or films.<p>Under …

Trent Reznor Speaks Out Against ‘Cowardly’ Bands

In an interview with Scotland’s <i>Daily Record</i>, Trent Reznor spoke candidly about what he feels is wrong with rock music today. “When you see a lot more …

Taking The Collecting Out Of Music

Everyone collects something. It might be clothes, shoes, baseball cards, bottle caps, coins, cars or an exclusive subset of these and thousands of other items. Regardless of your income strata, its a sure bet that there’s something that you collect, sometimes even without realizing it. Collecting …

Skrillex, Janelle Monaé, Warpaint, Chance the Rapper, More Join Together for Bonnaroo Superjam

Bonnaroo has announced this year's Superjams, the annual tradition that unites a variety of artists for a one-off collaborative performance. In particular, there's a crazy one that features Skrillex, Janelle Monáe, Warpaint, Chance the Rapper, Thundercat, Big Gigantic, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, The …

Janelle Monáe

The BPI's internet piracy crackdown targets the wrong people

Here we go again with more nonsense from the British Phonographic Industry. The music industry body has managed to negotiate itself an agreement with internet service providers that actually costs the music industry money, will be proved to be totally ineffectual, and – far worse from the artists' …

100 Greatest Singers of All Time

50<p>Bonnie Raitt<p><b>Born</b> <br>November 8th, 1949<p><b>Key Tracks</b> <br>"Nick of Time," "I Can't Make You Love Me," "Angel from Montgomery," "Love Me Like a Man"<p><b>Influenced</b> …

1994: The 40 Best Records From Mainstream Alternative’s Greatest Year

40<p>Live, ‘Throwing Copper’<p>The Pennsylvania-bred Live broke out of the Buzz Bin with their first full-length <i>Mental Jewelry</i>, a self-righteous whirl of …