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GOP Senators to celebrate 4th of July in Moscow before Trump-Putin meeting

Lo, how the mighty have fallen. (more)

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Bolton heads to Russia for Trump-Putin meeting, GOP Senators to celebrate 4th of July in Moscow

Lo, how the mighty have fallen. (more)

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A cabinet of noses

On display in Copenhagen, Denmark‘s Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museum is this glass display case filled with noses of myriad shapes and sizes. Why? According to curator Anne Marie Nielsen, noses on 19th century statues are notoriously fragile and would frequently break off. So the owners of the statues (or perhaps even prior museum curators) would replace them with marble or plaster replicas. Nowadays though, the museum removes any replac

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Watch this blind skateboarder shred

Dan Mancina of Livonia, Michigan began to lose his sight as a teenager due to two disorders of the eye. Now he‘s 95 percent blind. And he‘s a killer skateboarder. From a Red Bull interview with Mancina: Can you speak a bit about your goal of helping people build more parks for visually-impaired people? My new kind of goal I‘m working towards is having a skatepark built entirely for the blind, using techniques I use, like

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Los Angeles cools street temperatures by painting them white

This very satisfying drone footage shows an innovative plan to reduce temperatures in Los Angeles by sealing streets with a reflective sealant. (more)

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The Biology of Disinformation: Interview with Rushkoff, Pescovitz, and Dunagan

Over at Mondo 2000, our old pal RU Sirius interviewed Douglas Rushkoff, Jake Dunagan, and I about the "The Biology of Disinformation," a new research paper we wrote for Institute for the Future about how media viruses, bots and computational propaganda have redefined how information is weaponized for propaganda campaigns. While technological solutions may seem like the most practical and effective remedy, fortifying social relationships that def

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Watch Piers Morgan try to embarrass a reality TV star but make an ass of himself instead

Piers attempts to embarrass UK reality TV star Hayley of "Love Island" by asking her "Do you know Pythagoras‘s theorem to the nearest five decimal place?" Um... wut?

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Reality Winner will plead guilty to Espionage Act charges for leaking NSA doc on Russia election hack

Reality Winner, 26, is the whistleblower accused of releasing an NSA document on Russia‘s attack on U.S. voting systems to reporters at The Intercept. (more)

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Here‘s exactly how to make amends for past biased reporting on transgender people

Donna Minkowitz wrote one of the most important pieces about the murder of Brandon Teena, the transgender man depicted in the film Boys Don‘t Cry. A quarter century later, she does what few journalists have the courage to do: she acknowledged the botched the story with biased reporting. (more)

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Los Angeles expands its program to cool streets by painting them white

This very satisfying drone footage shows an innovative plan to reduce temperatures in Los Angeles by sealing streets with a reflective sealant. (more)

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Watch indoor plants sway from a breeze half a world away

Artist David Bowen (previously) has produced a new video of his expanded tele-present wind project, where indoor plants in Spain are moved by an outdoor plant buffeted by winds in Minnesota. (more)

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Watch this guy make and use a propeller backpack for skiing

Last winter, Samm Sheperd took another stab at skiing with a propeller backpack (his first try overheated). The first four minutes show the build for those who want to jump to the testing. (more)

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A Bad Lip Reading of the Trump-Kim Summit

The recent Trump-Kim man-child summit in Singapore was already awkward and now Bad Lip Reading has made it even more so by redubbing some of their conversations. Nailed it! Previous Bad Lip Readings on BB

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Kidnapping solved, Tom Cruise‘s love plot, and inside Area 51 in this week‘s fact-challenged tabloids

There‘s only one problem with the National Enquirer‘s photograph of the convicted pedophile who allegedly kidnapped British three-year-old Madeleine McCann, snapped in Bulgaria on June 15, 2018, according to the magazine‘s cover under the screaming headline: ‘SOLVED!‘ It‘s a small, but niggling issue: the pedophile considered by Scotland Yard a ‘person of interest‘ in the toddler‘s disappear

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R.I.P. Koko, the amazing gorilla who used sign language to communicate with humans

That time Robin Williams hung out with Koko in 2001. Sad news out of Woodside, California: Koko, the western lowland gorilla who mastered American Sign Language, passed away Wednesday in her sleep at the age of 46. The Gorilla Foundation, an organization founded by Koko‘s beloved caretaker and teacher Dr. Penny Patterson and Dr. Ronald Cohn, released a statement: ...Koko touched the lives of millions as an ambassador for all gorilla

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Good price on Anker‘s reinforced Lightning cables: 2 for 16

Why do Lightning cables fail so frequently? I don‘t think I‘ve ever had a micro-USB cable malfunction, but Lightning cables go out all the time. Curse you, Apple. The least worst Lightning cables, in my experience, are made by Anker. And these reinforced ones last the longest. The come with an 18-month warranty, which is about as long as you can expect from this generally crappy technology. Amazon has them on sale right now at 16 for

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Mysterious moving lump on woman‘s face turned out to be a worm

Over five days, a 32-year-old woman in Russia took selfies to document a strange lump on her face that moved from under her left eye to above it and then later to her lip. She finally visited a physician who reported a "superficial moving oblong nodule at the left upper eyelid." Turns out, she had a parasitic worm living under her skin. From Live Science: Humans are "accidental" hosts - in other words, not where the worms want to end up - and

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Tiger sneaks up on man at zoo

If it wasn‘t for the barrier of hard air, this guy would have been lunch for this stealthy tiger.

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Sara Netanyahu charged with fraud

Sara Netanyahu, wife of scandal-plagued Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been charged with misusing state funds. She was indicted this morning. From CNN: In a case known as the "Meals Ordering Affair," prosecutors say Sara Netanyahu used state money to pay for 100,000 worth of meals at the prime minister‘s residence, according to an indictment filed in Jerusalem‘s magistrate‘s court on Thursday. Sara Netanyahu als

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New San Francisco restaurant has factory-style "burger bot" making all its hamburgers

Tech Crunch visits Creator, a San Francisco fast food joint that uses a factory-style "burger bot" to assemble its 6 hamburgers. Owner Alex Vardakostas says his burger-making machine, which he built himself, makes a better burger than any human could do. But doesn‘t a mini burger factory displace jobs? Nah, not according to Vardakostas. He says he‘s got a decent size staff, who make 16/hour, and they each receive "5% time" on the c

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RIP Koko (1971-2018)

https://youtu.be/I9I_QvEXDv0 Koko, the famous western lowland gorilla who communicated with humans through sign language, died in her sleep Tuesday. She was 46. From NPR: Throughout her life, Koko‘s abilities made headlines. After she began communicating with humans through American Sign Language, she was featured by National Geographic - and she took her own picture (in a mirror) for the magazine‘s cover. That cover came out in

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Injured combat veteran runs against Texas tea party congressman who wouldn‘t meet with her

MJ Hegar is an Air Force veteran whose helicopter was shot down in combat. In this video, she talks about how she fought and won against Pentagon efforts to keep her and other women from ground combat positions in the military. Now she‘s running as a Democrat against the tea party Republican Congressman who refused to meet with her about her fight because she wasn‘t a campaign donor.

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Japanese man who left for lunch break 3 minutes early is shamed, forced to apologize on television

A 64-year-old Japanese man who works at the water bureau in Kobe has made a grave error. He left his desk for a break three minutes early so that he could buy a bento box for lunch. In fact, over a period of seven months, he boldly repeated this offense 26 times. Once word got out, he was shamed for his dishonorable work ethics. He was forced to bow an apology on a televised news conference, after those who ran the conference called his deplorab

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Visit to a cashier-less, employee-less convenience store in China

Scotty of Strange Parts went to an employee-less convenience store in Yiwu, China. To enter it, he scanned a QR code on the outside of the building and the door unlocked. Inside, it looks like a tiny 7-Eleven. Everything in the store has RFID stickers on them. You select the items you want and put them on a sensor pad. A QR code appears on a display -- you scan it and that‘s how you pay. After visiting, Scotty goes back to his place in

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