Texas cop on leave after video shows him pointing gun at unarmed black teens
A white police officer in Texas, has been placed on leave, after a video emerged on Saturday that shows him pointing a gun at a group of unarmed black teens
4 ways birth control has completely changed how you live
Contraceptives have impacted more than women. We would be living differently if it weren't for birth control invention and adoption.
Jay Z’s music service has new apps, concert tickets, and a lot to prove
Jay Z called me.
It was just after 3PM on a Tuesday afternoon in mid-May — right after I’d attended his B-Sides concert in New York, and about a week into researching his Tidal music service. A few...
Meet The Lovable Couple Who Got Married And Went Viral On The Same Day
A day before their wedding, an emotional video of Kristie Scherrer and Tavis Doucette aging 70 years in six minutes (thanks to makeup and prosthetics) hit the Internet. The collaboration between YouTu
Action Movies, Stop Taking Away Our Everyday Heroes | WIRED
When none of our heroes look like us, we don’t have any heroes to relate to.
Nivea's Terrifying Doll Teaches Kids the Importance of Sunscreen
When you grow up in a tropical place, remembering to put on sunscreen might not be something you prioritize before a day out in the sun. Especially if you’re a kid.…
Bill Nye's LightSail spacecraft wakes up, set to unfurl sail Sunday afternoon
The LightSail spacecraft is now set to unfurl its sail to harness the sun's energy in the form of photons.
Disney Playmation makes me wish I was 10 years old again
I was a little kid when Return of the Jedi came out, so I did what any kid would do: endlessly re-enact scenes from the movie until my parents went mad. My favorite game was "Sarlacc Pit," in which...
US government data breach puts four million Federal employees at risk
It seems the United States government has issues with data security. The White House is reporting a hack has compromised personal data of federal personnel, and is one of the largest on record.
Everything you need to know about NASA's epic mission to Pluto
Scientists on the New Horizons team have been patiently waiting for this moment for nearly a decade, and now their time is fast approaching. Here are 10 infographics by NASA that will teach you everything scientists know so far about icy Pluto.
South Korean Team KAIST Wins DARPA Robotics Challenge With Bipedal Wunderdroid
The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals is a tough contest. Designed encourage researchers to create robots that can handle multiple difficult environments and tasks including breaching a door, turning a valve, and negotiating obstacles, many robots entered but only one won – DRC-HUBO from a joint team that included researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Team KAIST from South Korea.
Love -- you're doing it wrong
In this delightful talk, philosopher Yann Dall’Aglio explores the universal search for tenderness and connection in a world that's ever more focused on the individual. As it turns out, it's easier than you think. A wise and witty reflection on the state of love in the modern age. (Filmed at TEDxParis.)
COPS CRASH POOL PARTY
A fight between a mom and a girl broke out and when the cops showed up everyone ran, including the people who didn't do anything. So the cops just started putting everyone on the ground and in handcuffs for no reason. This kind of force is uncalled for especially on children and innocent bystanders. -EDIT- To some people saying that the cop pulled out his taser on the kid, it was not a taser it was a gun.
The single biggest reason why startups succeed
Bill Gross has founded a lot of startups, and incubated many others — and he got curious about why some succeeded and others failed. So he gathered data from hundreds of companies, his own and other people's, and ranked each company on five key factors. He found one factor that stands out from the others — and surprised even him.
Texas Police Officer "On Administrative Leave" After Pulling Weapon On Teens During Pool Party
1. A police officer in McKinney, Texas, has been placed on administrative leave after being filmed aggressively handcuffing, and then pulling a weapon on, a group of black teens following an “incident” at a local pool party on Friday night.
There’s a better way to die, and architecture can help
In this short, provocative talk, architect Alison Killing looks at buildings where death and dying happen — cemeteries, hospitals, homes. The way we die is changing, and the way we build for dying ... well, maybe that should too. It's a surprisingly fascinating look at a hidden aspect of our cities, and our lives.
The way we think about charity is dead wrong
Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let's change the way we think about changing the world.
Why we love, why we cheat
Anthropologist Helen Fisher takes on a tricky topic – love – and explains its evolution, its biochemical foundations and its social importance. She closes with a warning about the potential disaster inherent in antidepressant abuse.
Chimps have feelings and thoughts. They should also have rights
Chimpanzees are people too, you know. Ok, not exactly. But lawyer Steven Wise has spent the last 30 years working to change these animals' status from "things" to "persons." It's not a matter of legal semantics; as he describes in this fascinating talk, recognizing that animals like chimps have extraordinary cognitive capabilities and rethinking the way we treat them — legally — is no less than a moral duty.
The USAF found and flattened an ISIL base because of selfies
The guys that were working down out of Hurlburt, they're combing through social media and they see some moron standing at this command. And in some social media, open forum, bragging about the command and control capabilities for Daesh, ISIL. And these guys go: 'We got an in.' So they do some work, long story short, about 22 hours later through that very building, three JDAMs [Joint Direct Attack Munitions] take that entire building out.
Barrel Rolling With A Thrillionaire Entrepreneur
Meet Divyank Turakhia, the high-flying founder of seven companies who likes to maneuver his plane in flips and loops in his spare time. Forbes’s Ellen Huet takes a jaunt to Fullerton, CA to try aerobatics and learn more about the man obsessed with piloting businesses and planes. Subscribe to FORBES: http://www.youtube.com/forbes Check out our full video catalog: http://www.youtube.com/user/forbes/vi... Follow FORBES VIDEO on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/forbesvideo Like FORBES VIDEO on Facebook: http://fb.com/forbesvideo Follow FORBES VIDEO on Instagram: http://instagram.com/forbesvideo For more FORBES content: http://forbes.com
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Games at E3 2015 - E3 - Electronics Entertainment Expo Wiki Guide - IGN
The Games at E3 2015 list contains all of the suspected and confirmed games appearing at E3 2015 in some form (not necessarily in "playable" form).
Microsoft explains what you’ll lose by upgrading to Windows 10
More annoyingly, perhaps, Microsoft has also changed how updates will work with Windows 10. Although the Pro and Enterprise editions will both be able to defer updates, Windows 10 Home users will not have the option. Updates will instead be downloaded and installed automatically as soon as they're available. System requirements for the new OS have also been detailed, with PCs and tablets needing to pass a fairly low bar: a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a display resolution of at least 1,024 x 600 are required. These specs are a bit higher for the 64-bit version of Windows 10 but for these details and more, you can check out Microsoft's full specs page .
How to land on a comet
As manager of the Rosetta mission, Fred Jansen was responsible for the successful 2014 landing of a probe on the comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In this fascinating and funny talk, Jansen reveals some of the intricate calculations that went into landing the Philae probe on a comet 500 million kilometers from Earth — and shares some incredible photographs taken along the way.
This meme about a disabled Army vet losing to Caitlyn Jenner for an ESPN award is taking over the internet — and it's completely bogus
But an ESPN representative confirmed to Business Insider on Wednesday morning that there is no such thing as a runner-up for the Arthur Ashe Award. The organization is not currently going into further detail about how the award's recipient is selected, but the process does not result in winners and runners-up the way a vote does.
Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you've never noticed
Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don't have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.
Why XCOM 2 Had to be PC Exclusive – IGN First - IGN
Focusing all of Firaxis’ efforts on the PC made logistical sense to DeAngelis, too. “Internally, with a relatively small team for the size of the game that we are, to be able to say we can focus on our platform that the studio has a pedigree for, and that X-COM: UFO Defense has a pedigree for, as PC-only... it just made a lot of sense, and that's how we wanted to dedicate our time.” XCOM 2 runs on a heavily modified version of Unreal Engine 3.5 (Firaxis’ customizations are too extensive to easily move to Unreal 4), which in some ways has been rewritten to the point of being “unrecognizable,” and it’s much simpler to make that work on one platform than three or more at once.
Gizmodo on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
What Poverty Does to the Young Brain - The New Yorker
In March, in the journal Nature Neuroscience , a group of researchers from nine hospitals and universities published a major study of more than a thousand children. They took DNA samples, made MRI scans of the children’s brains, collected data on their families’ income level and educational background, and gave them a series of tests for skills like reading and memory. The DNA samples allowed the scientists to factor out the influence of genetic heritage and look more closely at how socioeconomic status affects a growing brain. The scans focussed on over-all brain surface area, determined partly from the depth of the folds on the cortex, and the size of the hippocampus, a lumpy, curled structure nestled in the middle of the brain that stores memories. As might be expected, more educated families produced children with greater brain surface area and a more voluminous hippocampus. But income had its own distinct effect: living in the lowest bracket left children with up to six per cent less brain surface area than children from high-income families. At the lowest end of the income spectrum, little increases in family earnings could mean larger differences in the brain.
The power of herd immunity
How do vaccines prevent disease — even among people too young to get vaccinated? It's a concept called "herd immunity," and it relies on a critical mass of people getting their shots to break the chain of infection. Health researcher Romina Libster shows how herd immunity contained a deadly outbreak of H1N1 in her hometown. (In Spanish with subtitles.)
What we didn't know about penis anatomy
We’re not done with anatomy. We know a tremendous amount about genomics, proteomics and cell biology, but as Diane Kelly makes clear at TEDMED, there are basic facts about the human body we’re still learning. Case in point: How does the mammalian erection work?
“Super Trooper” Cops Crash Pool Party And Target Black Kids in McKinney, TX (Dallas)
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Ariana Grande's feminist post takes Twitter by storm
Ariana Grande took to Twitter on Sunday to post a fiery tirade against double standards and misogyny, inspired by the media's fixation on her personal life.
What makes us get sick? Look upstream
Rishi Manchanda has worked as a doctor in South Central Los Angeles for a decade, where he’s come to realize: His job isn’t just about treating a patient’s symptoms, but about getting to the root cause of what is making them ill—the “upstream" factors like a poor diet, a stressful job, a lack of fresh air. It’s a powerful call for doctors to pay attention to a patient's life outside the exam room.
Google self-driving car gets rear-ended in 13th accident since 2009
"We just got rear-ended again yesterday while stopped at a stoplight in Mountain View,” Jacquelyn Miller, a Google spokeswoman, wrote in a statement sent to Ars and other media. "That's two incidents just in the last week where a driver rear-ended us while we were completely stopped at a light! So that brings the tally to 13 minor fender-benders in more than 1.8 million miles of autonomous and manual driving—and still, not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident.”
Here's what I want to see in iOS 9 - CNET
I think it's finally time for Apple to give us the choice, but I want to point out that I'm not asking to delete them -- only hide them. Instead of doing what most people do, which is to create a folder called "Utilities" or something similar, I want to be able to go into the settings and show or hide the preinstalled apps I want. This way, in a pinch, I could always turn them on again, but I wouldn't have them taking up space on my home screen when I never use them.
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Dazzling jewels from an Ethiopian grave reveal 2,000-year-old link to Rome
“Ethiopia is a mysterious place steeped in legend, but nobody knows very much about it,” said Schofield. “We know from the later Aksumite period – the fourth and fifth centuries, when they adopted Christianity – that they were trading very intensely with Rome. But our finds are from much earlier. So it shows that extraordinarily precious things were travelling from the Roman Empire through this region centuries before.”
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Haunting chalkboard drawings, frozen in time for 100 years, discovered in Oklahoma school
A spokeswoman said the district is working with the city to “preserve the ‘chalk’ work of the teachers that has been captured in time.”
The quest to save today’s gaming history from being lost forever
"I totally get that people look at this and say all of this game history stuff is navel-gazing bullshit... an irrelevant, wasteful, trivial topic,” Scott told Ars. “[But] mankind is poorer when you don't know your history, all of your history, and the culture is poorer for it. It doesn't matter if it's games or civil wars or highways or government machinations. If you don't have that historical context, you make poorer decisions, you make the same mistakes again and again, and you end up with an eternal present. You don't understand where things are and where they're going, because you're constantly in the now."
I Made an Untraceable AR-15 'Ghost Gun' in My Office—And It Was Easy | WIRED
I did this mostly alone. I have virtually no technical understanding of firearms and a Cro-Magnon man’s mastery of power tools. Still, I made a fully metal, functional, and accurate AR-15. To be specific, I made the rifle’s lower receiver; that’s the body of the gun, the only part that US law defines and regulates as a “firearm.” All I needed for my entirely legal DIY gunsmithing project was about six hours, a 12-year-old’s understanding of computer software, an $80 chunk of aluminum, and a nearly featureless black 1-cubic-foot desktop milling machine called the Ghost Gunner.
Stalking Your Friends On Facebook Messenger Just Became (Alarmingly) Easier
Let me reiterate that I still find Facebook Messenger extremely useful and use it religiously, albeit with location sharing now turned off. This may lead you to wonder if there really is a problem here, since there is always option to not share your exact coordinates with messages. However, everyone I have shown this extension to has been anywhere from surprised to appalled that this much of their very personal data is online for their friends (and even complete strangers) to access. So it is seems that there is an issue.
All the Mutants in X-Men: Apocalypse - IGN
So in an attempt to sort it all out, we’ve put together the following slideshow of characters, both mutant and human, who we know are in the film. We’ve also traced their “past lives,” if you will, to the original X-Men continuity pre-Days of Future Past. For as we all know, that time-travel tale has essentially rebooted the world of Professor X’s merry mutants, opening up the door for a crop of young, new actors to play many of the characters from the original trilogy. Yes, Scott and Jean and Hank and the rest may have gotten a happy ending in the future, but these newcomers now represent the present for the X-Men. Well, the present of 1983, which is when the film is set… Uh, anyway, click through the slideshow below for every character we know of so far that’s in X-Men: Apocalypse:
A sculptural love letter to Spider-Man
We all have heroes to thank. But not many of us go to the lengths taken by artist Hetain Patel (TED Talk: Who am I? Think again ) in a new sculpture that took him four months to construct. The piece, “Letter to Peter Parker,” is a life-size Spider-Man — actually a fiberglass cast of Patel — wearing a custom-made suit covered in hand drawn words. Take a closer look at the ultimate homage to a superhero:
Angry Ghanaian surgeon's letter to the Spanish Embassy
Sir, as a representative of the country of Spain you have failed woefully in your responsibility to promote the interest of your country by denying me a visa. My skill, knowledge and experience will be invaluable to the Spanish people even if I decided not to come back to Ghana. Furthermore my budget for this conference topped € 5000. This is the amount of money that would have been injected into the Spanish economy in a week. Can you imagine the economic loss if all the doctors from all over the world attending this conference were denied entry into Spain? I was due to present two papers and since I was not able to go I have informed the conveners of the conference of my inability to attend. This is an international conference and can you imagine the embarrassment your compatriot doctors will feel when it is announced that I could not present my scientific papers because you denied me a visa? Never mind that I cannot get a full refund for my ticket and my total booking for the hotel is not refundable.
Kristen Bell Live-Tweets Hilarious Uber Mistake
Bell apparently pressed the UberPool button -- which lets you carpool with another Uber passenger -- without realizing what it was. (The company bills its carpool feature as a significantly less expensive option than regular Uber, UberX, UberT and UberBlack.) After her Uber car showed up, she was confused when the driver told her they needed to pick up another passenger.
The hunt for General Tso
Reporter Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her hunt for the origins of familiar Chinese-American dishes — exploring the hidden spots where these two cultures have (so tastily) combined to form a new cuisine.
Once-Majestic Cities That Sank Beneath The Ocean
No great metropolis stands forever. Eventually, every city falls. Some due to war, others to disaster. But the saddest and most poignant ruined cities might be the ones which have been swept under the ocean. Here are some of the most beautiful submerged cities.
Google makes its case for VR by reinventing the field trip
But the highlight is still Expeditions. During the keynote, Google showed it being used in a classroom, with kids staring in awe at what they saw before them. When I was a kid, I had ambitions of being an astronaut -- what little kid didn't dream of flying to the stars? Still, I never really thought it was possible. But with a VR viewer that showed me what it's like to walk on Mars? Maybe my young mind would've been swayed. Maybe after taking this same virtual field trip, hundreds of other young kids will be inspired to be aeronautical engineers and rocket scientists.
Accessing U.S. Netflix is ‘stealing,’ new Bell Media president says
In her first public speech at the helm of Bell Media , Mary Ann Turcke emphasized the need to make it easy for viewers to get access to content in compliance with copyright laws, but revealed no plans to open the company’s CraveTV video streaming service to non-television subscribers.
Solid covers topics that exist in the overlap between the new hardware movement and the Internet of Things, as well as topics from each side. We focus slightly more on the hardware side, though, because it is on this side that practitioners identify themselves and see tools that they need to learn. Technical skills include industrial design, prototyping, electrical and mechanical engineering, design for manufacture, embedded-systems programming, and network engineering.
The Best Rugged Cameras for the Adventure Photographer
In the field, I had my doubts about this camera. I didn’t like the centered placement of the lens, which makes shooting with one hand more difficult (because there’s less surface area to grip than when the lens is off to one side). I also struggled with the layout of the buttons, which I kept pushing accidentally. But my sentiment changed when I uploaded the photos. So crisp. Such detail. The Olympus has the widest aperture of the bunch, so it lets in the most light and allows you to focus on nearby subjects while blurring out the background. This is also the first waterproof point-and-shoot that can save images as RAW files—a format favored by pros because it gives you the most flexibility when tweaking your pics in a photo editor. $380, getolympus.com
Black Mirror Is Almost as Smart as a Good Sci-Fi Book | WIRED
“I text with my wife during the day more than I actually see her. We have this really weird relationship with people who aren’t there, and I really loved this episode when it was digging deep on that. … I had a friend die a couple of years ago, and I came across his contact info on my phone while I was cleaning out contacts. And it’s funny, I was reading a Guardian article where [Charlie Brooker] talked about how that happened to him too. And I couldn’t delete it, it felt way too final. At the same time, what’s he going to do, call me? We have a really weird relationship with people who aren’t physically present in our lives. It’s bizarre. And I loved this episode because I found it very moving, and I hate this episode because I feel like there’s so much more material there. There could be a whole season of Black Mirror dealing with that.”
How to make your fingernails look like holograms
Fear not. You don't need to pay top dollar for a premium polish to make you look like an ethereal space queen. There is one way to get a gorgeously understated, holographic nail that still looks out of this world.