James Atwood

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Map of Pangea With Current International Borders

<i>View larger</i><p>The good people at Open Culture recently shared this map of Pangea with the present day country names. If the band ever gets back …

50 Words That Sound Dirty But Actually Aren't

To paraphrase Krusty the Clown, comedy isn’t dirty words—it’s words that sound dirty, like <i>mukluk</i>. He’s right, of course. Some words really do sound …

lnside the mysterious Yamal crater

Scientists are back from a first exploration of the strange crater on the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia. Curiouser and curiouser.<p>The mysterious …

Earth Science

When a Black Hole Dies, Is a White Hole Born?

Do black holes die? And if so, what happens when they're gone?<p>A new theory suggests that these galactic vacuums hit a point at which they can …

Psychology

Maniac Mansion design doc highlights a simpler, funnier era

Today, Ron Gilbert, the mad genius behind countless classic LucasArts adventure games posted the original 1986 pitch document for <i>Maniac Mansion</i> on his blog.<p><i>Maniac Mansion</i> revolutionized the point and click adventure genre and spawned a number of hits for LucasArts (then LucasFilm), like <i>Secret of</i> …

Who Or What Left This 60,000-Ton Ancient Artifact Under The Sea?

Shall we take bets on how the ancient-alien conspiracy theorists will spin this one?<p>Put on your tin-foil hats and special anti-Illuminati underwear. A recently discovered mysterious ancient rock structure under the Sea of Galilee, possibly built in the same era as Stonehenge, has archaeologists …

The Core Beliefs of Incredibly Successful People

Incredibly successful people share a number of perspectives and beliefs.<p>Here are some of those beliefs... no. Wait. Before you comment that my point …

What If Hawkeye Were Brave? Marvel And Disney Mashups From Stellar Labs

Why do I get the feeling that these are already appearing as PC desktop wallpaper everywhere?<p>The collective Stellar Labs artists have been posting …

Israel Attacks 160 Gaza Sites as Anti-Hamas Offensive Kills 32

JERUSALEM -- The Israeli army intensified its offensive on the Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing at least eight people on the second day of a military operation. The operation has set off the heaviest fighting between Israel and militant group Hamas since an eight-day battle in November …

BOEHNER: 'I Disagree' With Sarah Palin About Impeaching Obama

"I disagree," Boehner told reporters during a press conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday when asked about Palin's comments.<p>Palin called for Obama's impeachment Tuesday in an op-ed on the conservative site Breitbart. She wrote Obama could be removed for "many impeachable offenses." However, Palin …

Pakistani terror group swears allegiance to Islamic State

Exclusive: Believed to be the first jihadi defection to Islamic State outside of Middle East, move emphasises growing influence of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's self-declared caliph and the waning hold of al-Qaeda<p>A Pakistani terror group has become the first in the region to break ranks and declare …

SARAH PALIN: Impeach Obama

The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee wrote on conservative website Breitbart that Obama's "unsecured border crisis is the last straw," and that lawmakers should evict him from the White House, 30 months before his scheduled departure.<p>"It's time to impeach," Palin wrote, focusing on the …

Fighting escalates in Israel

JERUSALEM — Israel launched its largest offensive in the Gaza Strip in nearly two years, carrying out a blistering aerial assault Tuesday on scores of targets and killing 19 people in what officials called an open-ended operation aimed at ending weeks of heavy rocket fire. As Gaza militants …

This Artificial Intelligence Company Could 'Eradicate The Spreadsheet' And Do The Work Of A $250,000 Consultant

The software can write stories with no bias, confusion, or cherry picking, accurately representing the truth based on the data you give it.<p>Hammond calls it "the most powerful AI system [he's] ever built."<p>"We looked at the world of media and data as it's growing today," he told us over the phone. …

The Most Ambitious Artificial Intelligence Project In The World Has Been Operating In Near Secrecy For 30 Years

IBM's Watson and Apple's Siri stirred up a hunger and awareness throughout the U.S. for something like a Star Trek computer that really worked — an artificially intelligent system that could receive instructions in plain, spoken language, make the appropriate inferences, and carry out its …

This stackable media hub plays your old 16-bit game cartridges

The set-top box market is currently flooded with many cheap Android boxes, but they tend to offer limited remote access plus expansion capability, so it's about time that something more exciting popped up. One such candidate is the EzeeCube, which aims to be an idiot-proof media hub with three main …

O'Reilly: Ingraham plan dooms GOP

Bill O’Reilly is pegging Laura Ingraham’s opinion of using mass deportation to address illegal immigration as a “draconian” idea that would “destroy the Republican Party.”<p>The heated debate arose on Wednesday after O’Reilly asked on his Fox News show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” what Ingraham would do to …

To Keep Your Job in 2025, Put Yourself Out of Business – Now

In 20 years, 50 percent of low-skilled workers will be disintermediated. No, we will not all be taken over by robots. But, tectonic shifts will …

Facebook offers explanation for controversial News Feed psychology experiment

"Our goal was never to upset anyone."<p>Facebook caused a stir over the weekend with the revelation that it had been altering the content of some users' News Feeds in an attempt to study the psychology behind what causes people to post emotional material. Now Adam Kramer, Facebook data scientist and …

Isis rebels declare 'caliphate' in Iraq and Syria

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1089000/1089045_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1529469636_2200655872a4d0b060d2582d5b2b2e6b<p><b>Jihadist militant group Isis has said it is establishing a caliphate, or Islamic state, on the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria.</b><p>It also …

Middle East

Watch: NASA Says U.S. Air Pollution Has Plummeted

Striking new images released by NASA this week show significant reductions in air pollution levels across the United States. In particular, at least …

Triple Monster Black Hole Discovered

Sometimes big, bad things comes in threes, including jumbo black holes.<p>The discovery of a trio of jumbo black holes circling the center of a distant galaxy, reported by astronomers on Wednesday, suggests that pairs or triplets of such monsters may be surprisingly common.<p>Astronomers have learned …

Divergent visions could split Iraq's Sunni revolt

BAGHDAD/DUBAI (Reuters) - The militants dismantling Iraq’s borders and threatening regional war are far from united — theirs is a marriage of convenience between ultra-hardline religious zealots and more pragmatic Sunni armed groups.<p>A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds …

If Link had a dating-site profile

Looks like Link could use a love link. Yup, this installment of GamesBeat’s dating site for video game characters, Extra Hearts, is all about the hero of The Legend of Zelda. Link has always served as the star of the franchise (well, so far), but how does he get a date when he’s not rescuing …

Iraq takes delivery of Russian fighter jets

The Iraqi government has received a delivery of Russian-made fighter planes it hopes will turn the tide against Sunni rebels who have seized large parts of the country.<p>Iraqi security officials confirmed five Sukhoi-25 jets, which were purchased second-hand from Russia, had arrived in Baghdad on …