On Monday evening, Matthew “The Oatmeal” Inman posted photos of himself posing with $211,223.04 — in cash — along with a drawing of someone’s mother “seducing a Kodiak bear.” It was an admittedly bizarre fulfillment of a pledge to donors across the Internet, that money that could’ve been spent battling jerks in court was better [...]
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station snapped a photo showing ghostly wildfire smoke wafting in the darkness near the neighboring cities of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.
Sunday was just creeping into Monday when Todd Codish decided a cool bike ride after midnight would be a good thing to do. The Carrollton, Texas man lives and breathes cycling, as well as running and swimming; he’s a professional triathlon coach. A thief made off with several of his bikes recently, but because the [...]
The head of the U.S. spy agency that eavesdrops on electronic communications overseas sought on Monday to reassure Americans that the National Security Agency would not read their personal email if a new cyber security law was enacted to allow private companies to share information with the government.
New figures out today show law enforcement agencies are demanding tracking information from cellphone providers at an exploding rate. But critics are raising privacy concerns. Tom Costello reports from Washington. (Nightly News)
Science editor Alan Boyle’s blog: In the wake of two studies refuting claims about arsenic-based life, NASA says the scientific picture of the microbe at the heart of the controversy is “as yet incomplete.” A critic of the original claims calls the space agency’s response “cowardly.”
Three companies, including Kayak Software, announced price ranges for their forthcoming initial public offerings, signaling a potential thawing of what has been a largely chilled market for new stock sales.
In a slightly creepy but undoubtedly impressive feat of DIY electronics, an evidently lonely Japanese hacker has put together a virtual girlfriend through a combination of motion-tracking hardware, video goggles, and some scavenged 3-D game assets.
With his chiseled features and piercing eyes, not to mention his tremendous acting talent, Michael Fassbender has killed it in film such as “X-Men: First Class,” “Shame,” “Haywire” and “Prometheus.” And it appears he will be deadly once more when he steps into the starring role in the forthcoming film adaptation of the “Assassin’s Creed” [...]
Science editor Alan Boyle’s blog: Two studies published in Science say a controversial “arsenic-eating” microbe actually eats phosphorus and apparently just suffers through the arsenic.
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Mobile device makers spend their days masterminding memorable monikers that are supposed to generate buzz. More often, though, they cause static or confusion. Here are the very worst of the lot.
A European-built rocket roared into space from South America on Thursday, carrying two new satellites on very different missions.
Yahoo and Facebook have agreed to settle an increasingly bitter legal fight over their patent holdings, ending what could have been one of the nastier court battles in Silicon Valley in some time.
A robot with a human-like gait and is shedding light on how babies learn to walk. It was built to model the neuromuscular architecture of human walking, explain the researchers at the University of Arizona.
The crossbow-carrying, zombie-killing machine Daryl Dixon has become my favorite character on “The Walking Dead” cable show. So the announcement that a new first-person shooting game is in the works — one that follows Daryl’s trek to Atlanta as he fights off hordes of undead — is fantastic news (though I’m less excited about hanging [...]