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Watch an incredible 360-degree video of a F-22 Raptor flying in formation with a P-51 Mustang

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Watch an eagle punch a drone out of the sky

While humans hem and haw about how to deal with the problems caused by drones, birds take a more straightforward approach: dive bomb anything that looks like a threat. An eagle in Australia has...

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What looks like a mysterious figure in a Mars photo gets the Internet excited; CNET's Eric Mack asks NASA what the space agency makes of it all.

Watch this majestic eagle swoop in and take down a drone - CNET

Sensing its airspace was threatened, this Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle sprang to action and, with one punch from its mighty talons, knocked this drone right out of the sky.

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Samsung made the world's largest hard drive, with nearly 16TB of storage

When we saw the news this morning, a debate ensued inside The Verge offices about whether or not it was accurate to call this thing a hard drive. "Hard drive" is usually shorthand for "hard disk drive," and therefore has built into its name the idea of spinning magnetic platters. But this is an SSD, so if you want to be that person who pushes their glasses up and #actuallys about it, you could argue that it's not technically a hard drive. But really, we all just think of a hard drive as the component where you store stuff on a computer, and this PM1633a can store more stuff than anything else. Hence, the headline you see above.

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Google is reorganizing and Sundar Pichai will become new CEO

While the news has caught Wall Street and much of the tech world by surprise, it's an extension of a shift that's been ongoing within Google for some time, with Brin and Page increasingly interested in ambitious projects launched through Google X or outside funding. Alphabet formalizes that division, separating Google's traditional products from the more ambitious ventures that critics have accused of distracting from the company's core strengths. It remains to be seen how the new divisions will play out in practice, but the intention seems to be a renewed focus on both Google's current products and the moonshots that aim to replace those products as Alphabet's focus in the decades to come. "From the start, we’ve always strived to do more," Page writes, "and to do important and meaningful things with the resources we have."


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What a difference a word can make: How a single word can change your conversation

1. Are you willing? I’ve worked with mediation services that help people in a dispute with their neighbor, partner or colleague. By analyzing hundreds of calls between mediators and their potential clients, it became clear that some callers don’t really want mediation; they want a lawyer, police officer or housing company to arrest, evict or otherwise constrain the other party’s behavior. They have been referred to mediation as a last resort, and many callers reject it on the basis that the other party is the “kind of person who won’t mediate.” Without knowing how to overcome that hurdle, the call is over and the client is lost. However, I found that when mediators asked people if they would be “willing” to mediate, even resistant callers agreed to try the service. “Willing” was significantly more effective than other phrasing such as “might you be interested in mediation?” — and it was the only word that achieved a total turnaround from “no” to “yes.” My theory: it works because if the other party is the kind of person who won’t mediate, then the caller must be the kind of

5 Big Ideas That Don't Work In Education

4. Class size. This has been one of Hattie's more controversial claims. In the U.S., groups such as Class Size Matters are dedicated to the proposition that fewer students per teacher is a recipe for success. This, Hattie argues, would come as a surprise to Japan and Korea, two of the highest-performing education systems in the world, with average class sizes of 33. Russia is the outlier in the other direction, a below-average performer with average classes around 18.

The career advice you probably didn’t get

You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways — for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.

How our microbes make us who we are

Rob Knight is a pioneer in studying human microbes, the community of tiny single-cell organisms living inside our bodies that have a huge — and largely unexplored — role in our health. “The three pounds of microbes that you carry around with you might be more important than every single gene you carry around in your genome,” he says. Find out why.

Why we laugh

Did you know that you're 30 times more likely to laugh if you're with somebody else than if you're alone? Cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott shares this and other surprising facts about laughter in this fast-paced, action-packed and, yes, hilarious dash through the science of the topic.

How to raise a black son in America

As kids, we all get advice from parents and teachers that seems strange, even confusing. This was crystallized one night for a young Clint Smith, who was playing with water guns in a dark parking lot with his white friends. In a heartfelt piece, the poet paints the scene of his father's furious and fearful response.

Dog-friendly dog training

Speaking at the 2007 EG conference, trainer Ian Dunbar asks us to see the world through the eyes of our beloved dogs. By knowing our pets' perspective, we can build their love and trust. It's a message that resonates well beyond the animal world.

One more reason to get a good night’s sleep

The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.

Kids need structure

How can you help kids get a good start? In this heartfelt and personal talk, Colin Powell, the former U.S. Secretary of State, asks parents, friends and relatives to support children from before they even get to primary school, through community and a strong sense of responsibility. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)

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.

How to make stress your friend

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

4 lessons I learned from taking a stand against drugs and gun violence

Throughout her career in banking Ilona Szabó de Carvalho never imagined she’d someday start a social movement. But living in her native Brazil, which leads the world in homicidal violence, she realized she couldn’t just stand by and watch drugs and guns tear her country apart. Szabó de Carvalho reveals four crucial lessons she learned when she left her cushy job and took a fearless stand against the status quo.

Snapchat has a new feature to stop you from wasting data

A few other new features come with today's update, too. Snapchat's allowing you to be even more creative with a feature it calls Sticker Picker: you can now slap an endless number emoji anywhere on your snaps — no longer are they restricted to being on a line of text. There's now an icon on the top right of the camera screen (after you've taken a photo or video) where you pick from the traditional emoji we're all familiar with — no special Snapchat ones yet. Stick your hearts out, teens.

Event Pokemon - Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Wiki Guide - IGN

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Couple finds out their unborn baby looks exactly like a demon

Rosemary's Baby just got a whole lot more relatable. It's not every day you find out your baby might be a creature from Satan's domain — but that doesn't change the fact that he or she is your little angel.

Leonardo DiCaprio will play a 19th century serial killer in The Devil in the White City

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese have become one of the most prolific and feted actor-director duos in film history, and they've just agreed to film their sixth collaboration. The pair are going to adapt Erik Larson's 2003 nonfiction book The Devil in the White City for the big screen. The book follows the work of Daniel Burnham, the architect who designed Chicago's 1893 World's Fair, and Dr. H.H. Holmes, a serial killer who lured his victims to their deaths using the fair as cover. DiCaprio is going to play Holmes, his latest in a string of villainous roles — or morally ambiguous, at the very least — that began with 2012's Django Unchained . Billy Ray, a screenwriter with credits like The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips to his name, is signed on to write.

The 10 Most-Pirated Movies

The dawn of a new week means yet another most-pirated movies list, courtesy of our friends at TorrentFreak . The website's ever-vigilant staff tracks illegal downloads and torrents, and ranks the top 10 bootlegged flicks. It's a worthy endeavor that reveals some of the Internet's back-door happenings, plus it shines a light on the movies that have intrigued copyright infringers. It's always interesting to see which movies that bombed are succeeding with pirates, and to speculate how much that thievery may have hurt said bombs' box office.

Smoke weed, get paid: Marijuana reviewer wanted for The Oregonian

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My daughter, my wife, our robot, and the quest for immortality

The founder of Sirius XM satellite radio, Martine Rothblatt now heads up a drug company that makes life-saving medicines for rare diseases (including one drug that saved her own daughter's life). Meanwhile she is working to preserve the consciousness of the woman she loves in a digital file ... and a companion robot. In an onstage conversation with TED's Chris Anderson, Rothblatt shares her powerful story of love, identity, creativity, and limitless possibility.

Our natural sleep cycle is nothing like what we do now

In today's world, balancing school, work, kids and more, most of us can only hope for the recommended eight hours of sleep. Examining the science behind our body's internal clock, Jessa Gamble reveals the surprising and substantial program of rest we should be observing.

The Rise of Phone Reading

Until ebooks match their print counterparts exactly (e.g., PDFs with the same text on every page), ebooks will only work for non-academic reading — since academics need to be able to cite page numbers and ePub pagination is not amenable to this need. I used to hate reading US-letter-sized PDFs on a small screen, but with larger phone screens reading PDFs, it's no problem at all. One can even annotate them easily and save them on the cloud so that one's library goes with one on all devices (even if one is using, say, a public computer). I look forward to publishers offering all of their content in a way that is uniform between hard copy and digital.

The Emotions That Make Us More Creative

Motivational intensity, they concluded, was a more important variable affecting scope of attention than the mere experience of positive or negative emotions. Presumably, this is because low motivational states facilitate the search for new goals to pursue, whereas high motivational states focus us on completing a specific goal. So next time you want to keep an open mind and see the big picture, it’s probably best if you’re just in a pleasant (or even sad) mood. If you are too passionate about the activity, you may miss the forest for the trees. If, however, you really need to buckle down and focus on making a new idea practical, high motivational intensity can be just the ticket.

Pixar is making another in-house animation tool free for anyone to use

Last year, Pixar made its in-house animation software RenderMan  free for non-commercial use , giving would-be filmmakers a powerful tool to get started with animated shorts and films. Now, it's following this up by making another piece of in-house software not only free, but also open source. Pixar's  Universal Scene Description tool (USD) acts as an assembly station for input from various animation apps, making it easier to combine characters and objects into a single "scene graph" — a basic layer of the animation — for smoother workflow. Unlike with Renderman, though, Pixar doesn't want to empower just amateur filmmakers, but also create an industry standard that it hopes will drive innovation. The company is preparing the open-source project for a summer 2016 launch, but for more information (and to read exciting terms like "layered overrides" and "cached geometry"), check out  Pixar's full announcement .

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One of Europe’s biggest soccer teams now accepts tickets on Apple Watch and Android Wear

Using smartwatches as tickets for events and travel is by far one of their most convenient functions. (Telling the time is pretty cool too, I guess.) For that reason, it's heartening to see big brands and organizations embracing the technology as much as possible, as with the news this week that famed European soccer team FC Porto now offers entry to its stadium via  Apple Watch, Android Wear devices, and even the Microsoft Band . That's an impressively broad church for any app, although this wide availability is undermined somewhat by the fact that the app is only available to annual "Dragon Seat" ticket holders. QR codes are used as tickets on both smartwatches and smartphones, and the apps also offer news about the club as well as information to help people find their seats in the stadium. It's a neat little package, and exactly the sort of use-case we'd like to see more of for smartwatches and (why not) the Microsoft Band as well.

A bunch of celebs just squished into a phone booth, but Big Bird was spared

A bunch of celebs just squished into a phone booth, but Big Bird was spared

ManServants lets you rent a man for $125 an hour to wait on you hand and foot — here's what it's like to use

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Meet the Galaxy Note 5: Samsung's most elegant phablet yet

The Note's claim to fame has always been the S Pen, a seemingly gimmicky stylus that tucks away in the phone's bottom edge. This year, though, we've got a slightly redesigned version; it's a clicky affair that lends itself well to nervous pushing, and you'll use that mechanism to unlock the pen before you pull it out of its holster. I've always secretly hoped for a little extra heft in these things, but Samsung doesn't like messing with a good thing too much. Besides the clicky segment, the Pen feels a touch more solid and sturdy despite its light weight. Much as I love how the Note 5 was put together, the best thing about it is that Samsung tried to make it feel more like using a regular pen on paper. I don't mean that in terms of friction -- the company did its best to reduce the amount of interference between the pen's nib and the screen -- but you no longer have to fire up and unlock the Note to start jotting things down.

Meet the Virgin Rainbow, the most beautiful opal in the world - CNET

An opal so fine it has been valued at over $1 million is about to go on public display for the first time.

Brownie Batter Oreos are here and we don't recommend smelling them

"I think I liked the Oreo. I mean, it didn't make me feel good about myself, and I think it's dangerous because I could eat the whole package, but it tasted OK."

Mozilla Makes Private Browsing More Private In Firefox, Adds Tracking Protection

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Chipotle master shows the world how he doubles his burritos

That's why one seasoned Chipotle-goer has devised a way to almost double the size of his burrito and, because burritos are basically the food equivalent of pure happiness, he decided to share his strategy with the world.

How to buy happiness

At TEDxCambridge, Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can, indeed buy happiness — when you don't spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people.

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Coolest Cooler review: The ultimate tailgating accessory

The hefty 20-volt, rechargeable lithium-ion battery that powers the blender and USB charger is located beneath the left lid. The underside of the left lid also has dedicated spots on which to sit the blender pitcher and lid when you fill it with ice, a minor detail that adds a lot of convenience. Unfortunately, the battery's bulk limits how high you can pile ice or other items into the small side of the cooler. An LED light and the USB charger are also located on the left lid. Beneath the right lid, the Coolest has a ceramic paring knife in a safety holder and four plates.

'Humans of New York' photo of abused Pakistani mother prompts outpouring of support

We have located the woman from yesterday's post, and are in contact with her. We also have someone in Lahore who is going to help connect her with those who wish to help. In order to streamline that process, we created a new email account for all such offers. She is hoping for someone who can help connect her with services, as opposed to cash donations. If you believe you can help this woman with accommodation and/or medical treatment, please email: Thanks everyone. Based on the outpouring of offers and support from yesterday, hopefully we can help her heal and get back on her feet. ———————————————- “I left an abusive relationship and I have nowhere to go. I have Hepatitis C, so no one is willing to take me in. I don’t know how long I will live. I tried to give her up for adoption so that she’d have a good home. The wife of a minister told me about a place where I could drop her off. But when I got there, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.” (Lahore, Pakistan)

Robinhood launches its free stock-trading app on Android

The simple and stylish stock-trading app Robinhood has  arrived on Android . Robinhood  launched for the iPhone late last year, offering users a stripped down overview of their portfolio and a fee-free way to buy and sell. In the time since, Robinhood says that it's brought on "hundreds of thousands" of customers, transferred $1 billion through its platform, and saved users a total of $22 million in trading commissions. It's been planning an Android app since way back then, and now the app's release has finally arrived.

For a moment, Times Square plays art gallery - CNET

As part of Road Trip 2015, CNET visits the large-scale art program that takes over Times Square nearly every night for three minutes with presentations from a variety of artists.

Best free Android apps 2015

There's a particularly great reason to have the Amazon Appstore on your phone or tablet - free stuff. Amazon is enticing users to stick its alternate Android app store on their devices with the promise of a free app every day, with some classics like Sega's ChucChu Rocket and World of Goo featuring as previous daily freebies.

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@JOHN VOLK Mr Volk, your comment about chess and bridge working your brain are ironic. Firstly, computers are the world's best chess players, they defeated the world champion Kasparov in the 1990s.So, when you play a human chess player, you are probably playing a person not as competent as a computer. Since chess in finite, the computers  computational power is awesome, and that power overwhelms most human players. Secondly, you don't seem to know to much about pc strategy games, as opposed to the generic video games.And chess is a turn based strategy game, you make a move, then your adversary makes a move. But computer gaming has a sub genre called Real Time Strategy in which moves are made made by both players at the same time. These games are more realist, since your adversary isn't waiting for you to make a move. Try a game like Company of Heroes 2 or Europa Universalis to really test your brain.

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