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This man makes amazing surreal animations from famous artwork

Famous pieces of artwork are fun to look at, but it turns out they're even more fun to animate.<p>Kajetan Obarski (a.k.a. Kiszkiloszki) is an …

India washing machine launched with 'curry' button

<b>A washing machine has been launched for the Indian market, with a special mode to tackle curry stains.</b><p>Panasonic said the introduction of a 'curry' button followed complaints from customers struggling to fully get the food off their clothes.<p>It says development took two years, testing combinations of …

China’s latest replica landmark? London’s Tower Bridge

And it’s taken some liberties with it<p>There’s the Eiffel Tower, a quaint British village, a landlocked Titanic, and super-sized Tower Bridge—that’s right, we’re in the territory of copycat Chinese architecture. The debate has begun anew over whether Chinese cities should continue to build knockoff …

Pakistani airline launches inquiry into 'extra passengers' claim

PIA says it has launched disciplinary measures against crew but dismisses report that people were forced to stand in aisle<p>Pakistan International Airlines has said it is investigating reports that more passengers than the maximum allowed had travelled on an international flight, adding that it had …

Saudi Arabia

Isis suicide bomber ‘was Briton freed from Guantánamo’

Family identifies Jamal al-Harith, paid £1m compensation by UK government, as man Islamic State says was behind Mosul attack<p>A suicide attack near the Iraqi city of Mosul, for which Islamic State has claimed responsibility, was carried out by a British former Guantánamo Bay detainee who was paid £1m …

UK hit by 188 high-level cyber-attacks in three months

Britain’s new cybersecurity chief says attacks by Russia- and China-sponsored hackers have ‘threatened national security’<p>Britain is being hit by dozens of cyber-attacks a month, including attempts by Russian state-sponsored hackers to steal defence and foreign policy secrets, GCHQ’s new …

Cybersecurity

Mark Zuckerberg is now paying nearly 50 scientists as part of his plan to cure all diseases

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is an organisation run by the Facebook cofounder and pediatrician Priscilla Chan, his wife. Launched with a $3 billion (£2.4 billion) cheque book in September 2016, its aim is to help "cure all disease" by the end of the twenty-first century, with a focus on …

Mark Zuckerberg

Is the World War Z Sequel as Troubled as the First Movie?

Paramount has pulled the film from its release schedule, signaling rough waters ahead.<p><i>World War Z</i> has a troubled history. The original zombie movie, starring and produced by <b>Brad Pitt</b>, took years to finally hit theaters in 2013, arriving only after a multitude of production issues—many of which were …

Intel drones form US flag for Lady Gaga's halftime show

Remember when quadcopter drones juggled balls and formed up into a Star Trek logo? That seems downright quaint compared to what we just saw at Lady Gaga's elaborately produced Super Bowl halftime show. During her first number, 300 Intel drones formed the shape of an American flag, punctuating the …

Drones

Cambridge scientists consider fake news 'vaccine'

<b>The appearance of fake news on websites and social media has inspired scientists to develop a "vaccine" to immunise people against the problem.</b><p>A University of Cambridge study devised psychological tools to target fact distortion.<p>Researchers suggest "pre-emptively exposing" readers to a small "dose" …

Fake News

Online dating fraud victim numbers at record high

<b>The number of people defrauded in the UK by online dating scams reached a record high in 2016, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned.</b><p>According to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, there were 3,889 victims of so-called romance fraud last year, who handed over a record £39m.<p>Action …

Online Dating

Fearing climate change databases may be threatened in Trump era, UCLA scientists work to protect them

On a rainy Inauguration Day morning, dozens of students, archivists, librarians, professors and other concerned citizens gathered in a UCLA classroom, poring over the Department of Energy website. They sifted through pages covering a broad spectrum of topics, from energy-efficient buildings and …

University of Toronto

$10 device lets your iPhone or Android take time-lapses and panoramas like you’ve never seen

Every phone ships with a built-in panoramic photo mode, and most phones also have a time-lapse feature — if not, there are certainly dozens of apps …

On this Friday the 13th, Flight 666 made a safe landing in HEL

Quick poll: would you get on a plane to HEL?<p>Well, on Jan. 13 (Friday the 13th), a bunch of people did just that, hopping aboard a 1.5-hour long …

Russia prepares to decriminalize some domestic violence

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> There's an old Russian expression: "If he beats you it means he loves you."<p>Now, in a chilling reminder of that sentiment, Russian legislators are moving toward decriminalizing some forms of domestic violence. Women's rights groups fear it will reignite a problem that still plagues …

Pornhub’s 2016 year in review reveals we were really into giantess porn last year

We’ve officially said goodbye to 2016, reflected on all that happened, and are almost ready to move on, baggage-free, into 2017.<p><i>Almost</i>. There’s still …

A startup that wants to create a simple blood test for every form of cancer is trying to raise at least $1 billion

Grail was created in January 2016 by gene-sequencing giant Illumina, funded by a group of Silicon Valley investors including Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Google Ventures, raising $100 million at the time.<p>Now, it's looking for at least $1 billion for its Series B round. The company said in a release …

Jeff Bezos

Russia bath lotion poisoning: Number of dead rises to 58

<b>The number of people in Russia who have died as a result of drinking bath oil has risen from 49 to at least 58, local media has reported.</b><p>Most of the 37 other people who became ill are still being treated, with some in a serious condition.<p>The highly toxic hawthorn-scented liquid was consumed as if …

Russian History

Gatebox just made the world's saddest AI assistant

Gatebox AI is a departure from typical digital assistants. While the Google’s and Apple’s of the world scrutinize the minutiae for outside-the-box solutions to humanize their offerings, Gatebox said ‘fuck the box’ — perhaps literally — and shoved a blue-haired teen anime girl inside. I don’t know …

Amazon Echo

The disturbingly accurate brain science that identifies potential criminals while they’re still toddlers

Scientists are able to use brain tests on three-year-olds to determine which children are more likely to grow up to become criminals. It sounds like <i>Minority Report</i> come to life: An uncomfortable idea presenting myriad ethical concerns. But, though unnerving, the research is nuanced and could …

The Brain

The next multibillion-dollar tech market was quietly born this year, says A-list VC Peter Levine

Even as late as 2010, two years after Netflix decided to go all in on AWS and not build its own data centers, the enterprise world was debating if cloud computing would ever be safe and reliable enough to use.<p>Today, AWS is on its way to being a $13 billion business. Oracle looked across the bow, …

Autonomous Cars

Woody Harrelson will shoot his next movie while streaming it live into movie theaters

Woody Harrelson is making a movie inspired by one night he ended up in a London jail. On its face, that’s not a very interesting premise, but lucky for anyone who roots for Woody Harrelson, that’s not all: the film, <i>Lost in London</i>, will be live-streamed in theaters at the same time it’s being …

Toxic chemicals in household dust linked to cancer and infertility

Scientists find scores of harmful chemicals in indoor dust including phthalates linked to developmental problems in babies<p>Household dust harbours a cocktail of toxic chemicals that have been linked to an increased risk of a range of health hazards, from cancer to problems with fertility, …

N. Korean diplomat defected because he was ‘sick and tired of regime’...and London Congestion Charge

A North Korean diplomat who fled Britain to defect to South Korea says he was “sick and tired” of the Kim Jong-un regime and was fed up with paying the London traffic Congestion Charge.<p>Deputy Ambassador Thae Yong-ho was based at the North Korean embassy in Ealing, West London. He arrived in Seoul …

A Tennessee Man Believed He and Katy Perry Were "Dating" for 6 Years

Yes, it was a Catfish episode. I have so many questions.<p>A human being named Spencer thought he had been involved in a romantic relationship with Katy Perry — yes, <i>the</i> Katy Perry — for six years until the dudes from <i>Catfish</i> saved him and filmed it all for an episode. The episode (which Spencer …

New Theory of the Higgs Boson Could Explain Why Gravity Is So Weak

A new theory suggests that missing extra copies of the Higgs boson might explain why gravity is so much weaker than it should be.<p>Something is seriously wrong with gravity, and nobody's quite sure why.<p>The problem is that gravity is too weak. Out of the four fundamental physical forces in the …

Second World War grenade found by Frenchman peeling potatoes

The owner of a hamburger restaurant in western France got a shock as he was peeling potatoes to make chips: when he reached into the bag of spuds he pulled out a hand grenade from the Second World War.<p>“He was taking out the potatoes, one by one, and then he took one out that seemed a lot heavier …

World History

Ths homemade flying chair is the stuff dangerous dreams are made of

But while most of us lack the motivation and, let's face it, the technical know-how to make such fantasies a reality, no such barriers exist for Swedish engineer Axel Borg, a.k.a. the brains behind YouTube channel Amazing DIY Projects.<p>Using eight petrol-powered heavy duty propellers, a tube lattice …

Homemade

Iraqi forces blow up ISIS suicide truck heading for compound using RPG (VIDEO)

Footage has been posted online of a truck suicide bomb destroyed before it could do any damage by Iraqi fighters with a rocket propelled grenade.<p>The …