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When My Prison Lost Power It Was Like 'The Purge' in Real Life

As night fell, nerves got rattled and rumors flew.<p><i>This article was published in collaboration with the Marshall Project. Sign up for their newsletter.</i><p>I was sitting on my bed listening to Speedy, who lives several bunks down, tell another one of his tall tales. He'd done prison time in Ohio, …

Crime

Bitcoin Heist Suspect Escaped Prison, Then Iceland on Prime Minister's Plane

Apparently, the guards didn’t even realize he was gone until his flight had taken off.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada</i>.<p>The Icelandic man police say is behind a multi-million dollar bitcoin computer heist escaped prison this week and managed to flee the country, hopping on a plane …

Crime

Hackers once stole a casino's high-roller database through a thermometer in the lobby fish tank

LONDON — Hackers are increasingly targeting "internet of things" devices to access corporate systems, using things like CCTV cameras or air-conditioning units, according to the CEO of a cybersecurity firm.<p>The internet of things refers to devices hooked up to the internet, and it has expanded to …

Internet of Things

The internet's worst-case scenario finally happened in real life: An entire country was taken offline, and no one knows why

LONDON — For years, countries have worried that a hostile foreign power might cut the undersea cables that supply the world with internet service.<p>Late last month, we got a taste of what that might be like. An entire country, Mauritania, was taken offline for two days because an undersea cable was …

Ivory Coast

Here's Kendrick Lamar Rapping Over Classic Dr. Dre Beats Like You Wanted

DJ Critical Hype's 'The Damn. Chronic' has Kendrick spitting on instrumentals from 'The Chronic,' '2001,' and even "Straight Outta Compton."<p>It really doesn't seem that long ago that Kendrick was a promising underground rapper whose Dr. Dre cosign was treated with both excitement (for one Compton …

Rap & Hip-Hop

SAS sniper kills Isis chief with ‘one in a million’ shot from nearly a mile away

An SAS sniper killed an Isis fighter with a ‘one in a million’ shot from nearly a mile away.<p>The bullet is said to have taken the terror chief’s face …

Made in America

Giant yellow duck missing off the WA coast after fleeing swimming competition

A giant inflatable duck is missing off the coast of Western Australia after strong winds whisked it into the Indian Ocean.<p>"Daphne" the duck was meant …

A startup is pitching a mind-uploading service that is “100 percent fatal” - MIT Technology Review

The startup accelerator Y Combinator is known for supporting audacious companies in its popular three-month boot camp.<p>There’s never been anything …

Singularity

How a beach umbrella fatally impaled a woman with 800 pounds of force

Bizarre deaths happen more often than one might assume<p>Strong winds can turn the most innocent objects — like branches and car dealership signs — into lethal weapons. Now, we can add beach umbrellas to the list.<p>A 55-year-old woman died after a windblown beach umbrella hit her in the chest with about …

Autopsy

Trump Hides Under Desk After Diet Coke Can Opens Loudly

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a moment of high drama at the White House on Tuesday morning, Donald J. Trump dove under his desk after a can of Diet Coke opened with an unexpectedly loud sound.<p>Moments earlier, Trump had pressed a button on his desk, summoning Vice-President Mike Pence to the …

Five lost cities of the world

The most intriguing abandoned settlements, from ancient ruins to modern ghost towns<p>Angamuco, Mexico<p>Last week laser scanning revealed the true scale of the ancient city of Angamuco in western Mexico. The city, built around AD900, is thought to have had 100,000 residents and included pyramids, road …

Archaeology

Apple Watch Outsold Entire Swiss Watch Industry | HYPEBEAST

According to industry researcher Canalys and IDC, Apple outsold the entire Swiss watch industry combined last quarter. The tech giant is estimated to have sold 8 million Apple Watches based on a publicly released shipment statistic from the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry. While Apple has …

Former Shinto priest kills priestess sister, wife with sword

A Japanese man wielding a sword killed his sister, a Shinto priestess, on the grounds of a Tokyo shrine, then stabbed his wife to death before …

What Is An EMP Bomb?

During a hearing on October 12, experts warned the US House of Representatives that an EMP bomb, likely from North Korea, could kill as many as 90 …

North Korea

North Korea has used its embassies for wild business ventures -- and neighbours aren't happy

North Koreans have created various business enterprises on embassy grounds in foreign countries, at times annoying their host nation’s citizens, The …

North Korea

How Messing With Our Biological Clock Impacts Well-Being

Three scientists have won the Nobel prize in Medicine for research into our internal clocks. Biological clocks regulate everything from behavior to metabolism and play a crucial role in our health.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>Today in Your Health, we'll listen to the ticking of your biological …

Nobel Prize

Physicists observe 'negative mass'

<b>Physicists have created a fluid with "negative mass", which accelerates towards you when pushed.</b><p>In the everyday world, when an object is pushed, it accelerates in the same direction as the force applied to it; this relationship is described by Isaac Newton's Second Law of Motion.<p>But in theory, …

Physics

Brain zapping helps US Navy SEALs learn faster

The Navy wants soldiers who can concentrate better and learn faster, and it's looking at a controversial piece of tech to do that: transcranial electrical stimulation. It has been testing a passive brain-stimulating device from Halo Neuroscience with "a small group of volunteers" from SEAL Team …

The Brain

Curling is way more watchable when the stones are replaced with Soviet-era cars

Curling is not the most riveting sport in the world to watch. The fact that you can earn an Olympic medal for sliding a heavy stone across some ice seems a little ludicrous, but I’m sure it has its finer points. (Scrubbing the ice with those brooms looks pretty athletic, I guess.) Leave it to a …

Auto Insurance

Watch BAC Mono supercars do their ice scraper impressions in Sweden

This looks like a universe of giddy fun.<p>The trouble with track-day cars like the BAC Mono is that you can’t enjoy them year-round. But then you come …

Sports Cars

Thank Goodness Nukes Are So Expensive and Complicated

Imagine you're an evil genius in the style of a James Bond villain. You've got a hundred million dollars or so burning a hole in your pocket, and …

Why exactly are these turkeys circling a dead cat?

Gobble gobble<p>This morning, a bizarre video went viral on Twitter: it showed over a dozen turkeys endlessly circling a dead cat in the middle of the road. “This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” says the guy who posted the video, @TheReal_JDavis, who’s from Boston.<p>Why in the world are the birds …

Insects

Uncontrollable Bleeding: A Brain Surgeon's Nightmare

When an artery in someone's head bursts, there's very little that can prepare you.<p>He came to me with a time bomb in his head. Scheduled as the seventh patient in my Friday clinic, he brought notes from two other neurosurgeons who had already seen him. An artery in his brain was dangerously …

Medicine

A Taste For Pork Helped A Deadly Virus Jump To Humans

It was a balmy Sunday evening in early 1999, and Dr. Kaw Bing Chua hadn't had lunch or dinner.<p>There wasn't time to eat. Chua was chasing a killer.And he thought maybe he had finally tracked it down.<p>He slid the slide under the microscope lens, turned on the scope's light and looked inside. "A chill …

Microbiology

New Audio Editor For Mac & Windows, ReSample

<b>2nd Sense Audio</b> has introduced <b>ReSample</b>, a new app, for Mac & Windows, designed to let you edit, process and analyze audio.<p><b>ReSample Highlights:</b><p><b>Smooth</b> …

Music Production

honda C50 custom moped by 56 motorcycles

mar 15, 2018<p>a revolutionary armored SUV that takes some 30,000 hours to complete and belongs in a batcave.<p>a revolutionary armored SUV that takes some …

Motorsport

This Is the Next Generation Porsche 911, Can You Tell?

Codenamed 992, the 2019 Porsche 911 gets a wider body, more power and the widest active spoiler we've seen on a Porsche.<p>While Porsche has plenty of tasty twin-turbocharged 991.2 variants to choose from in 2017, the work never stops. And as the factory gets ready to unveil the updated 992 generation …

Audi R8

Why happy music makes you do bad things

There may be a surprising dark side to easy-listening and feel-good tracks.<p>From the distinctive opening “Whooah” to the recurring funky brass riff that follows each line of lyrics, James Brown’s hit song I Got You (I Feel Good) is a recipe for happiness.<p>The iconic track is arguably one of the most …

Psychology

Land Rover Is Bringing Back the Original Range Rover

Land Rover is resurrecting an OG.<p>As a part of its Reborn program, Land Rover is following up its Series 1 release — which saw the restoration of 25 versions of the 1948 vehicle — with something even more special: the original Range Rover.<p>Taking on the 1978 rendition of the beloved SUV, the …