Saturday, April 2, 2016

Behold the glory of Peter Dinklage's 'SNL' space pants

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Yes, Peter Dinklage's first Saturday Night Live hosting gig has had its fair share of Game of Thrones jokes - and a sketch all about Dinklage getting naked in the woods with Leslie Jones. (More on that when there's video available.)


But the weirdest sketch of the night so far - and the one that's causing the biggest stir on Twitter - has nothing to do with songs of ice and fire. Instead, it centers on a song of space and pants.




The general gist: A group of gangsters have gathered at a restaurant for a tense meeting. Every time things start getting serious, though, they're interrupted by the house entertainment: Dinklage in a weird blond Sia wig, singing a goofy, halting song about his pants. Read more...


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Monday, February 15, 2016

Earth's rarest minerals catalogued

Scientists categorise the Earth's rarest minerals with some so rare that the total global supply could fit in a thimble.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Court halts Obama's key climate plan

President Obama's plans to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide from US power plants are stalled by the Supreme Court.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Black hole caught 'burping' gas

Astronomers spy two huge waves of gas being "burped" by the black hole at the heart of a nearby galaxy.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

6 tech tools to strengthen your co-parenting skills

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Technology may be ending the need for face-to-face interaction and, sometimes, that can be a good thing

A University of Missouri study looked at how 49 divorced parents used technology to communicate with their exes. The study mostly looked at mothers with a wide range of post-divorce interactions, from very positive to very negative.

Parents in positive co-parenting situations found technology to be an effective tool for maintaining two households. The study also found that email often helped parents to deescalate fraught conversations

Yet, parents in contentious divorces often used technology to control situations or limit information. In the end, technology is only as reliable as the parents who use it Read more...

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Friday, December 4, 2015

NI's curlew population 'in danger'

One of our best-known birds is added to a list of those that are giving major concern to conservationists.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Ben Carson's much-heralded past becomes murky

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Ben Carson's story has been told many times

Raised by a single mother in poverty, he grew up with a mean temper that was quelled by Bible study. He later joined the junior ROTC where he became a regional leader, but opted to go to Yale University over West Point. He then went on to become a doctor and then an accomplished neurosurgeon with a focus on pediatrics

Carson's remarkable life has been relayed in a memoir he wrote that later became a TV movie where he was played by Cuba Gooding Jr. Combined with his conservative-leaning views, Carson's story helped turn him into a Republican icon who burst into wide prominence after a 2013 speech that sharply criticized President Barack Obama went viral Read more...

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