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‘American Sniper’ Is Now The Highest-Grossing War Movie Of All Time

What happens when you add a dash of Bradley Cooper, a pinch of politics, a cup of controversy, and a slab of fake baby? A horrible sounding meal, but also <i>American Sniper</i>, which set impressive box office records in consecutive weeks. And it’s just added another medal to its list of achievements: …

Film Industry

Etan Patz Murder Trial Begins With Defense Attacking Confession

(Adds details on defense opening statement, trial to resume on Monday)<p>By Natasja Sheriff<p>NEW YORK, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Mental illness sparked a false confession by the accused killer of Etan Patz and the real suspect in the 1979 disappearance of the boy in New York City is another man - a convicted …

5 Free Online Courses to Improve Your Photography

MOOCs – or massive open online courses, offer free or low-cost access to top-notch courses taught by university professors and professionals. Whether …

eLearning

Judge allows publication of 'In Cold Blood' files

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The son of a Kansas law enforcement officer who helped investigate the 1959 killings that inspired the book "In Cold Blood" can publish his father's field notes that he contended Monday substantially contradict the account found in Truman Capote's literary masterpiece.<p>In a …

Scientists Create Coldest Cubic Meter In The Universe, Claim New World Record

<i>Brrr!</i> An international team of scientists claims to have set a world record by cooling an 880-pound block of copper to a temperature of six milliKelvins (or -459.659 degrees Fahrenheit).<p>That's just a smidge above absolute zero, which is roughly -460 Fahrenheit.<p>"This is a major technological …

An Antarctic Explorer's Notebook Is Discovered After A Century Trapped In Ice

It belonged to scientist George Murray Levick and was discovered outside Scott's 1911 Terra Nova base during last year's summer ice melt.<p>Writing in the notebook remains legible but the binding has been dissolved by years of ice and water damage, the trust's executive director Nigel Watson …

Archaeology

The Surprising Science Behind The Movie 'Interstellar'

From wormhole highways to robotic space companions, scientific experts weigh in on Christopher Nolan's newest sci-fi blockbuster.<p>Asking a team of journalists to rally around a science fiction movie might sound ludicrous. Yet some combination of boundless vision, relaxing of natural laws, and …

Indiana slayings: Dogs search vacant homes as feds widen search

As the investigation continues into the murders of seven women in Indiana, police officers in Gary used trained dogs Tuesday morning to search for more bodies while federal authorities said they believe there could be victims outside the state.<p>Darren Deon Vann, 43, led authorities to the bodies …

Renee Zellweger Looks Virtually Unrecognizable These Days

For the first decade of her career, Renee Zellweger was everywhere and in everything, from the generation-defining <i>Dazed and Confused</i>, <i>Empire Records</i>, and <i>Reality Bites</i> to the award-winning <i>Jerry Maguire</i> to me falling deeply in love with her in <i>Nurse Betty</i> and <i>Me, Myself, & Irene</i>. Also, the impossibly …

A Century Later, Relics Emerge From a War Frozen in Time

Retreating ice in the Alps sheds new light on high-altitude battle in World War I.<p><i>Greetings from Cercen Pass. It is storming and snow covers the highest peaks. We wait for peace, but the bad weather, the high altitudes ... Peace can only come with our death.</i><p>—from the May 28, 1916, diary of C.D., a …

Imperialism

Living in: The world’s friendliest cities

These five cities are among the most welcoming on Earth, thanks to hospitable locals who are quick to smile or help a stranger in need.<p>A warm smile on the street, a happy “hello” in a public park or the cheery sound of your name at the neighbourhood bar – it doesn’t take much to feel at home in a …

Asia Travel

Facebook Safety Check tells friends you're okay during natural disasters

Facebook is introducing a new Safety Check feature designed to help friends and family members check on loved ones during natural disasters. The tool works by triggering a push notification on devices that are near an affected area. Facebook determines location from cities listed in profiles, last …

100-Year-Old Negatives Discovered in Block of Ice in Antarctica

For the past 100 years, a box of never-before-seen negatives has been preserved in a block of ice in Antarctica. Recently, Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust came across the 22 exposed, but unprocessed, cellulose nitrate negatives during an attempt to restore an old …

Archaeology

Disneyland's original prospectus revealed!

Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, Boing Boing is pleased to present the first-ever look at the original Disneyland prospectus.<p>Thanks to an anonymous …

Fantastical Clouds Magically Suspended in Empty Rooms

Amsterdam-based artist Berndnaut Smilde is best known for his fantastical <i>Nimbus</i> series, in which individual clouds appear to magically float in empty rooms. The haunting images portray the airy nimbuses drifting through gorgeous Rococo rooms, Gothic cathedrals, and abandoned factories, evoking a …

Design

Chemtrail Conspiracy Theory Finally Exposed

Imagine you are the leader of a powerful country. Let's call it the Bunited Spates of Flamerica. Your people are becoming unruly and generally suspicious, and some of them are starting to unravel the complex plots your government has enacted over the years, like that time you pretended to go to the …

Scientists reveal that Mona Lisa may be the first 3D image in history

Thanks to a wonderful coincidence, Leonardo da Vinci may have invented the first stereoscopic image in history. According to researchers …

Invention Awards 2014: Stash Your Bike Helmet In A Briefcase

Biking to work has never been more convenient.<p>Jeff Woolf was riding down a narrow London street when an irate driver clipped his bike. The car’s fender snagged Woolf’s pedal, flinging him headlong into a curb. As ambulance workers triaged Woolf’s broken body, they marveled that his skull had …

The Week In Drones: Protecting Tigers, Chasing Storms, And More

Keeping up with the droneses<p>Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news, designed to capture the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.<p><b>The Unmanned Maiden's Tale</b><p>At the CHI 2014 conference on human-computer action, noted fiction author Margaret Atwood …

Drones

A Game Boy WALL-E And Other Amazing Images From This Week

The Week In Numbers: Overdosing On Caffeine, A Folding Bike Helmet, And More

<b>15 miles</b>: the distance you must walk to charge your smartphone using a new shoe insole that stores energy from footsteps as electricity<p><b>322 body lengths in a second</b>: the speed of the world's fastest land animal, relative to size<p><b>57.14 cups of regular brewed coffee</b>: the amount of caffeine it would …

How Einstein’s Brain Was Probably Different Than Yours, And Why He Was So Creative

When it came to the connection between the left and right brain, Einstein was one remarkable specimen.<p>In 1905, at the astoundingly young age of 26, Albert Einstein came up with the quantum theory of light, proved the existence of atoms, and created the theory of special relativity. If you’re …

Mini satellites prove their scientific power

Proliferation of ‘CubeSats’ offers fresh and fast way to gather space data.<p>A tiny box orbiting Earth is sending home big data. Built mostly by …

3D Printing: A Better Way To Recycle

If you believe the 3D printer hype – and not everyone does – we’ll all soon be printing out <i>things</i> at home. Why, exactly, isn’t clear; do we really …

3D Printing

WATCH HERE: Oscar Pistorius Takes the Stand in His Murder Trial

South African Paralympics medalist <b>Oscar Pistorius</b> has pled not guilty to the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, <b>Reeva Steenkamp</b>, in what South Africans …

South Africa

How The Weather Channel Became the Nation's Unofficial Namer of Winter Storms

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …