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Dad pranks his son at school in the most embarrassing way possible

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:24:59 +0000
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Some parents are embarrassing. Then there's Justin Beadles.

Justin's 15-year-old son, Jack, had his last day of junior high recently, so to make it very memorable, Justin decided to pull a super embarrassing prank on his kid.

Dressed in a Speedo, a swimming cap, and medals hanging around his neck, Justin ran barefoot towards his son who was hanging outside of his school, screaming Jack's name. Yep, his dad decided to dress up as swimmer Michael Phelps while his mother filmed it. 

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The original 'Alien' gets a trailer recut as a comedy

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000
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The spacecraft Nostromo has an unwanted guest wreaking havoc on the crew. No, it's not a bloodthirsty Alien... but an adorable kitten? Watch what happens in this re-imagined trailer. Read more...

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Rare footage of Tesla Model 3 prototypes driving in public

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:54:37 +0000
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Tesla's Model 3 has been spotted in the wild. 

The sedan, which Tesla is priming to reveal before production starts in July, could make the company — and fully electric cars in general — much more palatable to the mass market with a $35,000 starting price and more modest specs. Right now, cars like the premium Model S make Tesla more of a luxury brand for people living in cities filled with charging stations. 

Recently, a white Model 3 prototype was seen on the highway crossing the San Mateo Bridge by YouTuber Northern California Dashcam, who was able to keep up with the test car to capture nearly a full minute of video. The footage itself isn't spectacular, but we get a good look at the release candidate as the Model 3 edges closer to production.  Read more...

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This new animation technique might actually make selfies interesting

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:37:40 +0000
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Let's face it: Selfie filters have gotten boring. 

No one cares anymore that thanks to the miracle of modern technology you can vomit rainbows or stick a dog's nose on your face. It's just, well, played out.  Whether that's in spite of or because of Facebook's recent push into the filter game is anyone's guess, but all the Zuckerberg money in the world can't make something cool. 

But hey, all you filter lovers out there, there's hope yet. Say hello to the definitely sexy sounding technique known as "example-based synthesis of stylized facial animations" that is to be presented at the SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference scheduled for later this summer in Los Angeles.  Read more...

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'Sgt Pepper' at 50: Every song on the album, ranked

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:01:14 +0000
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With characteristic swagger, the Beatles warned us ahead of time it was going to be the greatest album ever made. We believed them, and they didn't disappoint. 

Fifty years ago today, on May 26, 1967, we began to listen to it; half an hour later, we began the endless debate over whether it had surpassed the Fab Four's previous greatest album ever made, Revolver

It isn't that Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has aged well; it's that it hasn't aged at all. It's a fixed point in time, a constant in musical history. So since there's no argument about its greatness, and the Revolver vSgt Pepper debate will never be settled, what is left to determine?  Read more...

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Future iPhones and iPads might have a special chip just for processing AI

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:58:52 -0400
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Apple's reportedly working on a new kind of chip — potentially for future iOS devices — that'll be used just for processing AI, Bloomberg reports

Bloomberg says the chip's called the Apple Neural Engine internally, and could be used for "offloading facial recognition in the photos application, some parts of speech recognition, and the iPhone’s predictive keyboard to the chip."

By moving AI processing to a dedicated chip, battery life in devices could also see a boost since the main CPU and GPU wouldn't be crunching as much data and gobbling as much power. Read more...

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Theater expertly trolls men angry over women-only 'Wonder Woman' screenings

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:43:42 -0400
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Men didn't like being excluded from Alamo Drafthouse's women-only screening for the upcoming superhero film Wonder Woman.

So naturally the film house went ahead and added more screenings — pointedly sans men. And they announced the new showings with a killer GIF and spot-on tweet.

We heard your complaints have taken swift & decisive action. Another women-only #WonderWoman show on sale now! https://t.co/ILueTsJH6R pic.twitter.com/6HAuYi6fQG

— Alamo Drafthouse NYC (@AlamoNYC) May 26, 2017

Men had been quick to voice their complaints after the Austin theater posted this week about the women-only event that quickly sold out, along with a second screening.  Read more...

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These giant snakes hunt in packs, says study from your darkest nightmares

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:32:48 +0000
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Nope. No. Noooooooooooo.

A researcher witnessed boas in Cuba hanging from the ceiling of a cave to snag flying bats out of the air. That's terrifying enough. 

But he also saw them form a wall of snakes so the bats couldn't escape without getting within striking distance of a hanging boa.

So yeah, just a group of snakes hunting together in a pack, nothing scary about that. (The Cuban boa, by the way, averages anywhere from eight to nearly 10 feet long.)

The three snakes observed didn't always hunt together, according to the study, published recently in Animal Behavior and Cognition. But when they did, they almost always caught a bat — unlike when they hunted alone, when they'd leave hungry two-thirds of the time. Teamwork, yay! Read more...

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White House staff wants to vet Trump's tweets —good luck with that

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:28:05 +0000
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President Donald Trump's tweets cause crises so often we're all just like, "Oh hey, there goes Donny T again, haha," as some company he doesn't like takes a stock hit or he suggests that maybe he records people who come to the Oval Office. The White House knows this is a problem. Next week, some staffers are going to try to put a stop to it. 

The world wishes them the best of luck. 

The Trump administration is reportedly considering a host of operational changes that may take effect soon after the president gets back from his first overseas jaunt. One of those is reportedly having his tweets vetted by a team of lawyers.  Read more...

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Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron should just get matching jackets already

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:54:57 +0000
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The seemingly already robust friendship between Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron is the toast of the internet after the two shared a nice moment in an Italian garden this week. But honestly? It's time for these two to take their friendship to the next level.

Matching jackets. 

You know, there's nothing like a light coat to stave off the wind as you stand on a terrace and discuss how great it is to be the politicians who are hotter than the other politicians. And decorative jackets can be fashionable, too! Just think of all the potential pins and patches.

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Elsewhere in Europe, America's dad Barack Obama went golfing

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:53:21 +0000
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While President Donald Trump stumbled through Europe shoving foreign leaders and showing off his wife's $51,500 coat, former president Barack Obama is off in Scotland enjoying a leisurely round of golf. 

Per The Guardian, America's dad played a round at the Old Course at St. Andrews ahead of a charity dinner in Edinburgh, where he was set to address attendees. Obama arrived in Europe on Thursday, flying into Berlin to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel before heading to Scotland on Friday. 

He is, almost certainly, having a better time than his successor. Fore! Read more...

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This 'Alien' recut trailer proves everything is better with cats

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:05:50 +0000
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The spacecraft Nostromo has an unwanted guest wreaking havoc on the crew. No, it's not a bloodthirsty Alien... but an adorable kitten. Watch what happens in this re-imagined trailer.

Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content. Read more...

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French officials investigating if Apple devices played a role in 2016 EgyptAir crash

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:19:57 +0000
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French officials have opened an investigation into the possibility that a deadly Egypt Air crash in May 2016 could have been caused by a fire resulting from two Apple products overheating.

The report comes from French paper Le Parisen (via Business Insider), which says French investigators are pursuing a theory that a pair of mobile devices – a iPhone 6S and an iPad Mini 4 belonging to the plane's first officer — may have been plugged into an incorrect socket.

This, they suggest, might have led to the overheating of the devices and, thus, a fire in the cockpit that spread and brought down the plane which was traveling from Paris to Cairo.  Read more...

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RIP Scott Disick and Bella Thorne's true love, May 2017-May 2017

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:07:11 +0000
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Bella Thorne tweeted, "Legit nothing trolololo." And with a keystroke, the greatest love story of our time fizzled away.  

After 10 whirlwind days, reality television star and dude who's paid to be at nightclubs Scott Disick, 34, and Famous in Love star Bella Thorne, 19, are no longer canoodling. Not in Hollywood, not in Cannes, not anywhere at all. 

Here's a timeline of their doomed famous not-quite-love, in which we will refer them by couple name BeSick. 

May 15

BeSick are first spotted together on a dinner date. They hit up a few bars after the meal and the next morning, everyone who reads the news feels hungover.  Read more...

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Tea Party group tweets support after Republican body-slams a reporter

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:58:41 +0000
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When a Republican congressional candidate body-slammed a reporter, one Texas Tea Party group celebrated on Twitter. 

The Northeast Tarrant Tea Party tweeted "BODY SLAM EVERY JOURNALIST #Gianforte" the day after Montana Republican Greg Gianforte was charged with assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. The alleged body-slam broke Jacobs' glasses after he was thrown to the ground. The incident was witnessed by other reporters and caught on tape, which made for some intense audio. Regardless, Gianforte ended up winning the election.  Read more...

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Reporter's reaction to Disneyland's new 'Guardians of the Galaxy' ride way better than ride itself

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:37:40 +0000
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Being a reporter for the local news basically means you're the station's guinea pig — which can be both terrible and amazingly fantastic, especially for those watching along at home.

Much to the dismay of hardcore fans, Disneyland recently revamped its beloved Tower of Terror ride, changing its theme to Guardians of the Galaxy. The park invited some media outlets for a first look, which means ABC 30 reporter Cory James got to test out the ride for a segment.

His reaction ranged from screaming bloody murder to maybe almost passing out. Big plus: It's more entertaining than watching the ride itself.  Read more...

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NATO spouse photo includes a male leader's husband for the first time

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:20:38 +0000
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If we can take our eyes off of Trump's horrifying shove for one second, we can see that something really amazing happened at the NATO conference yesterday.

While their significant others attended a gathering as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization conference in Brussels, Belgium, the wives and partners of several NATO leaders gathered for a dinner and group photo opp. For the first time, the group was joined by a man - husband of Luxembourg's first openly gay Prime Minister Bettel, Gautheir Destenay. 

The inclusive moment marked a huge moment for LGBTQ representation. Read more...

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Saturn's hexagon-shaped jet stream spins and changes colors with the seasons

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:18:27 +0000
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Storms in space can take many forms. 

From Jupiter's planet-sized cyclones to Earth's spinning hurricanes, our solar system is filled with raging tempests of all shapes and sizes. 

But perhaps the most beautiful weather feature in the solar system is found on Saturn. 

The ringed planet plays host to a photogenic, hexagon-shaped jet stream that circles a giant storm in the planet's north pole. 

A new gif showing the movement of the north polar hexagon shows off the Cassini spacecraft's view of the rose-tinted jet stream on April 25. This was just before the probe made a dive between the 1,500-mile-wide gap between Saturn and its rings.  Read more...

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'Love Actually' sequel is actually pretty perfect

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:16:13 +0000
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The Love Actually sequel has finally arrived and the world is like, actually okay with it.

The follow-up to the beloved rom-com aired in the UK back in March, but the 16-minute special — with returning cast favorites like Laura Linney, Hugh Grant, and Keira Knightley — aired on NBC last night in honor of Red Nose Day, the  fundraising campaign aimed at ending child poverty.

Be sure to check out the mini movie to see how these people aged, check in on special guest star Patrick Dempsey, and remind yourself that love is all around. Read more...

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Climate researchers shot down Trump's EPA administrator in the nerdiest way imaginable

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:09:38 +0000
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"We test this claim here." 

With these words, climate scientists shot down a dubious claim from the controversial administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, in the most methodical way available to them: by publishing a peer-reviewed scientific study in a reputable journal. 

The study, published May 24 in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, debunks Pruitt's claim — made in written responses to senators during his confirmation process — that satellite data proves temperatures have leveled off in recent decades, rather than continuing to rise in keeping with human-caused global warming.  Read more...

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The choices we're given in games are still ultimately meaningless

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:40:56 +0000
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Video games are a fun way to pass time. They're engaging and distracting. They're an opportunity to socialize, and they can even be educational. But, increasingly, games are becoming known as a wonderful way to tell and be a part of stories, too. Over the last decade, that evolution of stories in games has arguably become as critical to the experience as the gameplay itself.

As gamers, we've lived through dozens of varying stories. We've explored all sorts of landscapes and made all kinds of friendships. 

As developers experiment with the bounds of those stories and the connections within them, gamers have had even grander opportunities to inject themselves into the protagonist's perspective and into the plot. It's been a fascinating trip to become ever more invested in the worlds and personalities imagined by talented game creators and storytellers while counting our own input as players, too.  Read more...

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Stephen A. Smith picks the Cavs to win the NBA Finals ... which is very bad news for the Cavs

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:35:36 +0000
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ESPN's chief bloviator, Stephen A. Smith, is usually the loudest guy in the room but he's not always the sharpest tool in the shed. 

He's also remarkably bad at picking NBA Finals winners. Like comically, preposterously, impossibly bad. 

  • In 2011, he picked the Heat to beat the Mavericks; then the Mavs beat the Heat. 

  • In 2012, he picked the Thunder to beat the Heat; the Heat then beat the Thunder. 

  • In 2013, he picked the Spurs to beat the Heat; the Heat then beat the Spurs. 

  • In 2014, he picked the Heat to beat the Spurs in their finals rematch; the Spurs won this time. 

  • In 2015, he picked the Cavaliers to beat the Warriors; the Warriors ended up beating the Cavs. 

  • In 2016, he said the Warriors would beat the Cavs; this time, the Cavs beat the Warriors in their rematch.  Read more...

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This automatic umbrella won't let the world rain on your parade

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:32:54 +0000
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Good dog sits on editorial board of 7 bad medical journals

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:31:20 -0700
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For scientists and researchers, getting papers published in respected journals is critical for their careers.

So it's a good thing that Dr. Olivia Doll, respected authority and academic, is intimately involved in curating journals within the medical community. She sits on seven different editorial boards for journals focused on everything from drug abuse to respiratory medicine.

She also looks like this.

Yes, Dr. Doll is a 5-year-old Staffordshire terrier whose real name is Ollie.

Mike Daube, Ollie's owner, is a public health expert and professor at Curtin University in Australia. He decided to create a fake academic background and persona for his dog, and use it to apply for positions on editorial boards because he wanted to draw attention to the plethora of sham academic journals that exist. Read more...

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Ariana Grande releases full statement following Manchester attack: 'We won't let hate win'

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:19:12 -0700
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Ariana Grande released a heartbreaking statement on her Twitter Friday afternoon, sharing what fans' support has met to her over the past few days and announcing that she'll be returning to Manchester for a benefit concert in the near future.

The Twitter letter marked her first remarks since her original tweet following the terror attack at her concert in Manchester Monday night.

"My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones," she begins.

"There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way." Read more...

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5 ways to turn your setbacks into long-term success feat. Barbara Corcoran

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:18:14 +0000
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Google's Sergey Brin is building the world's biggest aircraft for luxe vacations (and saving the world)

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:17:29 +0000
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When you're a cofounder of one of the world's most valuable companies, your passion projects tend to take on a more massive scale than, say, simply tuning up an old hot rod in the garage.

Take Google's Sergey Brin. Word leaked last month that he has a team working on a secret project in the Google-controlled Hangar 2 at the NASA Ames Research Center: a massive airship, or dirigible, which serves as a spiritual successor to one of the hangar's previous tenants, the USS Macon. Sources close to the project claimed that the metal frame of the craft, which looks like a zeppelin, was complete and taking up most of the space inside the hangar.       Read more...

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Say hello to your favorite 2032 Olympic swimmer, Boomer Phelps

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:05:58 +0000
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Michael Phelps is back in the pool, baby! But this time he's not the one training...

The legendary 23-time Olympic gold medalist became a father back in May 2016, and lucky for us, his ridiculously adorable son Boomer is finally old enough to start following in his dad's footsteps.

On Friday the Phelps family announced they would be partnering with Huggies Little Swimmers to train Boomer for the 2032 Olympics. (!!!) The #Trainingfor2032 campaign encourages babies around the world to partake in fun and safe water play with their parents, but Phelps further explained the initiative at a very important and very real press conference. Read more...

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It is really hard to be a farm-to-doorstep table food startup

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:57:42 +0000
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Sprig raised $45 million two years ago for its vision of providing healthy meals delivered quickly. The money made the San Francisco-based startup one of the biggest entrants into the burgeoning farm-to-doorstep food market. 

On Friday, the company announced that it is shutting down. 

"The demand for Sprig’s convenient, high-quality food was always incredibly high, but the complexity of owning meal production through delivery at scale was a challenge," wrote Sprig CEO Gagan Biyani in an email sent to customers. 

Biyani also warned the press against drawing too straight a line between Sprig's failure and the broader food space.  Read more...

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Angry pedestrian is too distracted yelling, walks right into a pole

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:50:29 +0000
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A little instant karma, anyone?

A driver with a dashcam captured a raging pedestrian in Adelaide, South Australia. As the driver was approaching a red light, an older man walking a dog began to cross the street. The man thought the driver was approaching too fast, so he scolded the driver with a variety of angry hand gestures.

"Oh, piss off," the driver can be heard muttering in a very Australian fashion.

All that hand gesturing distracted the pedestrian, who ended up walking right into a pole. Of course, in the eyes of the raging dude, that was the driver's fault.

While the driver isn't free of blame here (he was driving a little fast), maybe don't be a jerk? Read more...

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