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Taika Waititi peppered ‘Thor: Ragnarok‘ with Indigenous Australian and New Zealand references

"That spaceship, that‘s painted with the Aboriginal flag colours. No one else knows that but us." Taika Waititi‘s Thor: Ragnarok was filmed in Australia‘s Gold Coast, and stars locals Chris Hemsworth and Cate Blanchett, but that‘s not what makes it a particularly Aussie film. SEE ALSO: Jeff Goldblum improvises all the answers to the meaning behind ‘Ragnarok‘ in the latest Thor movie Talking to the Australian go

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Radio host discovers she got paid less than her male co-host. So he took a pay cut.

Take note, men. Comedians Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek are both hosts on KIIS FM, a radio station in Sydney, Australia. They do the same job, ribbing off each other as you do on an afternoon show, but Langbroek was getting paid significantly less than her male counterpart. SEE ALSO: Women face pay inequality and have no path for advancement at Google, lawsuit claims "I found out last year that you get paid 40 per cent more than I do for doing t

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‘Thor: Ragnarok‘ has a bunch of Easter eggs for Australians and Kiwis thanks to director Taika Waititi

"That spaceship, that‘s painted with the Aboriginal flag colours. No one else knows that but us." Taika Waititi‘s Thor: Ragnarok was filmed in Australia‘s Gold Coast, and stars locals Chris Hemsworth and Cate Blanchett, but that‘s not what makes it a particularly Aussie film. SEE ALSO: Jeff Goldblum improvises all the answers to the meaning behind ‘Ragnarok‘ in the latest Thor movie Talking to the Australian go

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Typhoon Lan will be Earth‘s next megastorm, with effects rippling across the Pacific

It‘s 2017, which means a week cannot go by without a megastorm potentially devastating some part of the planet. As Hurricane Ophelia fades from headlines, now all sharp weather eyes are turning to Typhoon Lan in the western Pacific Ocean. The storm is currently churning to the east of the Philippines, slowly moving over some of the warmest waters on Earth. Computer models show that warm water, plus low atmospheric wind shear and other favor

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Hellish California wildfires inspire haunting web comic

Image: Brian fiesBrian Fies lost everything when his house was consumed by the California wildfires: family heirlooms, photos, ornaments made by his children. He‘s taken the painful tragedy and turned it into a gut-wrenching web comic with details that capture the hellish experience. SEE ALSO: California wildfire victims returning to their destroyed homes is absolutely heart-wrenching His account of losing his house to flames last Monday

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These new little Tasmanian devil joeys are as clingy as human babies

Not just a Looney Tune, Tasmanian devils are some of Australia‘s most unique little creatures, at risk of extinction from disease and dwindling in numbers. But there‘s adorably good news afoot. Dubbo‘s Taronga Western Plains Zoo has welcomed the arrival of not one but two litters of Tasmanian devil joeys, the first with three joeys and the second with four. SEE ALSO: These baby meerkats are here to steal your jaded, jaded heart

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Alphabet will build a futuristic city within the city of Toronto

Alphabet‘s Sidewalk Labs will develop a futuristic, billion-dollar community along a sizable swathe of Toronto‘s waterfront. On Wednesday, the City of Toronto and Sidewalk Labs which is the urban innovation arm of Google‘s parent company Alphabet announced a partnership to radically re-imagine 800 acres of the city‘s largely vacant, post-industrial Eastern Waterfront, and turn it into a tech-integrated neighborhood calle

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Here are some of the most stunning nature photographs of 2017

Another year, another super impressive bunch of photos from the Wildlife Photography Awards.The winners of the competition, which will go on display at London‘s Natural History Museum later this the month, were announced on Wednesday.The 15 photos below are all winners of their respective categories. Some are dark, some are amusing, and they‘re all incredibly visually arresting in their own way ...Wildlife Photographer of the Year 201

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If you own a Ford pickup truck, it probably just got recalled

Ford has issued a recall of approximately 1.3 million of its vehicles. The recall concerns pickup trucks, specifically the full-sized F-150 and the heavy-duty Super Duty vehicles. SEE ALSO: A futurist and innovations expert explains what is and isn‘t real about AI in movies Ford announced today that the recalled models lack a shield to protect their side doors‘ latches from water. This is a problem because water can severely damage a

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Male radio host takes pay cut so his female co-host is paid the same

Take note, men. Comedians Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek are both hosts on KIIS FM, a radio station in Sydney, Australia. They do the same job, ribbing off each other as you do on an afternoon show, but Langbroek was getting paid significantly less than her male counterpart. SEE ALSO: Women face pay inequality and have no path for advancement at Google, lawsuit claims "I found out last year that you get paid 40 per cent more than I do for doing t

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These photos from Claire and Jamie‘s ‘Outlander‘ reunion are everything we‘ve been waiting for

The wait is almost over on Oct. 22, Outlander‘s Claire and Jamie Fraser will reunite after 20 years (a.k.a. five episodes) apart, and the anticipation is killing us. Starz has already debuted a photo and teaser trailer for the reunion (emphasis on the tease), but we‘d all like to see a little more, right? SEE ALSO: ‘Outlander‘ episode 5 finally gives us the moment we‘ve been waiting for...with a twist Five new image

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Typhoon Lan poised to intensify into giant super typhoon, head for Japan

It‘s 2017, which means a week cannot go by without a megastorm potentially devastating some part of the planet. As Hurricane Ophelia fades from headlines, now all sharp weather eyes are turning to Typhoon Lan in the western Pacific Ocean. The storm is currently churning to the east of the Philippines, slowly moving over some of the warmest waters on Earth. Computer models show that warm water, plus low atmospheric wind shear and other favor

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People aren‘t cool with the LAPD getting drones

Forget 2049. Los Angeles‘ Blade Runner-esque future of a world watched by robots is here. On Tuesday, a civilian oversight panel gave the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) the OK to begin a year-long drone trial, primarily for reconnaissance in "tactical missions" conducted by SWAT. The decision came after a contentious meeting and protest by privacy advocates who oppose the use of drones by law enforcement. SEE ALSO: Only in Dubaipolice

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Ditch your very important task and look at these little Tasmanian devil joeys

Not just a Looney Tune, Tasmanian devils are some of Australia‘s most unique little creatures, at risk of extinction from disease and dwindling in numbers. But there‘s adorably good news afoot. Dubbo‘s Taronga Western Plains Zoo has welcomed the arrival of not one but two litters of Tasmanian devil joeys, the first with three joeys and the second with four. SEE ALSO: These baby meerkats are here to steal your jaded, jaded heart

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A ‘Star Wars‘ fan in Congress wants us to know that porgs are ‘dope‘

The 115th Congress of the United States may not have passed any meaningful legislation (apart from that whole forcing Trump to impose sanctions on Russia thing). But at least someone in the House of Representatives is taking a strong stand on the Star Wars universe starting with the puffin-like porgs from The Last Jedi. SEE ALSO: ‘The Last Jedi‘ full trailer revealed: What it all means Congress Edits, a bot that notes all instances o

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If you use a non-Gmail email account, you can finally use the Gmail app

Does anyone out there still use an email other than Gmail? Google announced today that it‘s testing a new feature that will allow select users to check their emails on the Gmail iOS app. It‘s compatible with email addresses from services such as Yahoo, Live, and Outlook (yes, that‘s still a thing). SEE ALSO: Google adds stronger security features for hacking targets Anyone who has a non-Google email can apply to join the beta pr

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Stunning photos from the best nature photographers of 2017

Another year, another super impressive bunch of photos from the Wildlife Photography Awards.The winners of the competition, which will go on display at London‘s Natural History Museum later this the month, were announced on Wednesday.The 15 photos below are all winners of their respective categories. Some are dark, some are amusing, and they‘re all incredibly visually arresting in their own way ...Wildlife Photographer of the Year 201

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CNN plans to fly drones over crowds to capture news from above

CNN will soon be the flying news network. The company announced Wednesday that it had received a waiver form the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly a drone over crowds of people. SEE ALSO: Police warn people on Facebook not to fly their drones near wildfires The Part 107 waiver the company was granted means CNN will be able to fly a 1.37-pound Vantage Robotics Snap flying camera over crowds and at outdoor news events. This is a first-of

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Claire and Jamie are finally reuniting on ‘Outlander‘ and the photos are too much

The wait is almost over on Oct. 22, Outlander‘s Claire and Jamie Fraser will reunite after 20 years (a.k.a. five episodes) apart, and the anticipation is killing us. Starz has already debuted a photo and teaser trailer for the reunion (emphasis on the tease), but we‘d all like to see a little more, right? SEE ALSO: ‘Outlander‘ episode 5 finally gives us the moment we‘ve been waiting for...with a twist Five new image

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Obsessively checking social media during a crisis might harm your mental health

Survivors of three recent disasters the northern California fires, the Las Vegas mass shooting, and Hurricane Maria used social media and texting as lifelines to connect with loved ones, seek aid, and search for the latest developments. A new study, however, suggests that people who get updates during a major crisis from unofficial channels like random social media accounts are most exposed to conflicting information and experience the most psy

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Ford has recalled 1.3 million pickup trucks

Ford has issued a recall of approximately 1.3 million of its vehicles. The recall concerns pickup trucks, specifically the full-sized F-150 and the heavy-duty Super Duty vehicles. SEE ALSO: A futurist and innovations expert explains what is and isn‘t real about AI in movies Ford announced today that the recalled models lack a shield to protect their side doors‘ latches from water. This is a problem because water can severely damage a

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Trump‘s tweets just might forever prevent his ‘Muslim travel ban‘

Perhaps no politician is as compelled to cram his foot into his own mouth as President Donald Trump. Two judges recently issued temporary blocks of the White House‘s third attempt to ban travel from several majority-Muslim nations, and one cited Trump‘s tweets as part of the reason the ban should not go forward. SEE ALSO: How Trump‘s four hours in Puerto Rico revealed his Achilles‘ heel Had it proceeded apace, the ban woul

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This self-heating winter jacket claims to stay warm for 14 hours and charge your phone at the same time

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Winter is coming, which means most people are breaking out their winter coats that are so bulky, they‘re borderline ridiculous. A Kickstarter project (that‘s closing soon) aims to de-bulk you this winter with the Greenhouse Jacket, a self-warming coat that uses heat technology to keep you toasty. SEE ALSO: You need this smart watch i

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Alphabet‘s Sidewalk Labs will build a futuristic tech world in Toronto

Alphabet‘s Sidewalk Labs will develop a futuristic, billion-dollar community along a sizable swathe of Toronto‘s waterfront. On Wednesday, the City of Toronto and Sidewalk Labs which is the urban innovation arm of Google‘s parent company Alphabet announced a partnership to radically re-imagine 800 acres of the city‘s largely vacant, post-industrial Eastern Waterfront, and turn it into a tech-integrated neighborhood calle

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