Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fire, rage and calm: 15 powerful photos show the tension in Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - Protests against police brutality have rolled through Charlotte, North Carolina, since a black resident of the city named Keith Scott was fatally shot by an officer on Tuesday. 


Police maintain Scott had a gun at the time he was killed, while relatives and demonstrators say Scott had only a book. 



Demonstrations have ranged from frenetic confrontations with police to calm marches through streets at the center of the city.


The range of emotion in Charlotte has been broad, and we captured that range in photos, below.  Read more...

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Dad uses Tesla's Summon mode to put the fear of robotics into his son

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The Tesla's Summon feature is now a well known feature of the electric car - but not everyone is up to date on the car's autonomous mode, which makes playing pranks that much easier


In this case, the prank is played by a father on his son, who innocently sits in the Tesla when it suddenly stirs to life and begins moving. The kid is understandably panicky and even tries asking the car to stop. (Hey, would you have grabbed the wheel at such a young age in that situation? Yeah, right.)


The freak out only lasts a few seconds as the dad, who caught everything via a hidden GoPro, shows up and stops the car while grinning at his son's robot takeover panic. We don't advise anyone try this on their own family, but this is video is a great peek into our collective societal transition from expecting to manually control cars into the age of expecting cars to operate on their ownRead more...


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Friday, May 13, 2016

Mastodon scraps revise US prehistory

Bones and stone tools from deep beneath a river in Florida betray the presence of humans 14,500 years ago.

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.