The Queen always has an answer. In the wake of the Brexit vote and the chaos that ensued — the pound plummeting, political uncertainty, social instability, financial crash, etc. — she's a rock in troubling times.
Just look at what she told Northern Ireland's first minister Martin McGuinness when he enquired how she was doing.
"Well, I'm still alive anyway," she replied with a smile.
"Ha, we've been quite busy. There's been quite a lot going on," the Queen added, and you might think the monarch is referring to one of the biggest decisions in Britain's history, the referendum on its membership in the European Union. Read more...
From July 1, you can watch every. single. episode of Gilmore Girls no matter where you are in the world.
If you're a diehard fan of Lorelai and Rory's adventures then you might have heard that new episodes of the show will be coming to Netflix later this year. So, now's the perfect time to remind yourself of everything that went down before the new episodes drop.
And, if you're a Gilmore Girls virgin, it's time to binge-watch all seven seasons and find out what all the fuss is about.
Sydney's nightlife scene has been hit by another massive blow.
The hospitality giant Keystone Group, which owns eight bars in Sydney and numerous more venues across the country, has announced it has gone into receivership. What is a city without a trashy night at Kit & Kaboodle or a few too many vodkas and sodas at Cargo Bar?
The company's stable of restaurants and bars are well-known haunts for the youth of Sydney. It owns Bungalow 8, Cargo Bar, Jamie's Italian, Kingsleys, the Sugarmill Hotel, the Rook, the Winery, Gazebo and the Chophouse.
When I was about 10 years old, I used to spend a fair amount of time staring at a Tetris arcade game in the local video game parlor. Unlike Tetris on hand-held consoles of the time, which consisted solely of differently shaped blocks falling from the sky, the arcade variant of the game had a short reward animation after each level, in which a little guy would appear and dance kazachok to a Russian tune.
Calling that a "plot" would be very generous indeed, but honestly, I was mostly concerned with beating some older kid's high score, so that was all the plot I needed.
Now, some 30 years after Tetris initially appeared, the franchise is being turned into a movie, which may or may not actually be real (see our in-depth analysis here). And according to Empire, which spoke to the movie's co-producer Larry Kasanoff, that movie has just turned into a trilogy. Read more...
Russian base jumper Otmashka Dubinina is one brave woman.
Not only did she leap off the world's highest tunnel-to-tunnel bridge, the Aizhai bridge in Hunan, China, she also did so despite local police trying to restrain her.
This video shows how Dubinina tried to talk her way out of being arrested by local police, telling them that she had to climb over the railing to get a better view of the scenery because she was too short to see. At one point, two officers were seen trying to pull her back to safety and after she takes a few selfies on her phone, she manages to convince them that she wasn't going to jump. Read more...
An Indian man was arrested for harassing a female flight attendant and forcing her to take a selfie with him on an international Jet Airways flight from Saudi Arabia's Dammam to Mumbai. He further violated safety rules by proceeding to smoke in the airplane's toilet.
The flight attendant has filed a complaint about being harassed by the 29-year-old male passenger to take a selfie, stating that when she refused, he physically forced her to click one. She has also reported that he continued to misbehave with her throughout the flight. Read more...
Just in case the public wasn't sufficiently convinced by a journalist smashing the world's longest and highest glass bridge with a sledgehammer (and surviving), the owners of the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon bridge in China decided to prove its safety by upping the ante over the weekend.
In its latest media-directed "safety test" of the 430-meter bridge, suspended a heart-stopping 300 meters above a gorge, the Zhangjiajie national park's owners had 20 volunteers swing sledgehammers at the glass, making visible cracks in the top layer.
Then, a Volvo XC90 SUV carrying 11 people rolled over the cracked panels, Xinhua reported.Read more...
Lady Gaga's little monsters in China have their fangs out about her recent meeting with the Dalai Lama.
On Sunday, the American singer posted a series of pictures on Instagram of her posing with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.
Both the Dalai Lama and Gaga met at the 84th annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis during a panel hosted by Ann Curry. Gaga later interviewed the Dalai Lama and streamed it on Facebook Live.
Gaga's social media posts immediately blew up with thousands of Chinese fans criticising the singer for supporting the Dalai Lama, whom the Chinese view as a separatist and political troublemaker. Read more...
If you had a couple of million to spare last week, you could have won yourself a very healthy haul of Bitcoin.
On Tuesday, financial services firm Ernst and Young announced it had successfully auctioned off 24,518 bitcoins. The bitcoins are worth around A$22 million ($16 million) by current value. One bitcoin is currently worth A$891.95 ($657.89) as at time of publication.
The closed international auction, which ended on June 21, was open to bidders who supplied a deposit of $250,000 (A$338,698) and met other financial requirements. There were 11 lots of 2,000 bitcoins and one lot of 2,518 bitcoins. Each lot was worth well in excess of A$1 million, although bidders could have paid less.Read more...
For most Australians, this Emirates advertisement at a Sydney bus stop would barely raise an eyelid.
A photo of the ad posted by Twitter user @BicycleAdagio shows a woman with a helmet, riding a bicycle along a bridge in Amsterdam with the tagline "Don't just visit it, live it. Navigate new paths in Europe."
Culture creators, innovation innovators and scene starters Dom and Adrian give their poignant and well thought-out take on the U.S. election and turning the assassination industry on its head.
The comedy duo, who dabble in satire that takes a wry stab at anything they can get their ironic work-out clothes close to, discuss in their new video the pros and cons to both presumptive presidential nominees and others whose race is drawing to an anti-climactic close.
From Bernie Sanders as the first bald president, lizard overlords and the STD-like staying power of the Trump campaign, it's political commentary that literally nobody asked for but is the breath of fresh air you're going to need to get through the next few months.Read more...
While the camera has been available in South Korea and Singapore since April, it still has only a limited release in the U.S., making this a rare opportunity for Australians to get their hands on something their American friends cannot.
The camera uses two fisheye lenses, both with 15-megapixel image sensors, to capture 360-degree video that can then be experienced using the Samsung Gear virtual reality headset. Footage can be previewed in real-time on a number of Samsung smartphones, including the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6.Read more...
Project Bloks consist of three components: Base Boards, Pucks and the Brain Board. Pucks can be used to initialize any number of functions (on, off, turn, go, etc.) and work by connecting to square Base Boards via capacitive sensors. Those two components are given power and connectivity (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) by hooking up to the larger Brain Board Read more...
Perhaps it's time to add "insulating your home" to the list of things you can't do without a ram charging you.
The fittingly named YouTube user Angry Ram claimed that he was attempting to insulate the walls of his house when the animal showed up. It's hard to say whether the ram attacked a perceived predator or tried to warn the guy that his insulation wasn't up to regulation standards. But the ram really goes for it.
At the very least, it looks like things resolve themselves in the end. Sure, the ram charges the guy even after he drops the bag, but he seems to give a "good game" bleat at the end. So we assume. Read more...
A Singapore Airlines plane caught fire after making an emergency landing. The plane was bound for Milan, but was forced to turn back due to an engine oil-related warning. All 222 passengers and 19 crew members were able to safely exit the plane with no injuries, according to Singapore Airlines.
Sometimes vehicles will be too big and heavy to make them ideal candidates for full electrification. That doesn't mean, though, they can't be powered solely by electricity.
Proving that point, Sweden — in conjunction with truck manufacturer Scania — has created the world's first "electric road." It's a two-kilometer stretch of freeway in central Sweden with power lines stretched over the righthand lane.
Hybrid trucks specially fitted with a device called a 'pantograph power collector' can drive underneath the lines and tap into the power. When connected to the lines, they run completely on electricity. When they drive out of the right lane, the onboard engine kicks on, as it reverts back to hybrid mode. Read more...
Actor Jesse Williams, most famous for his role on Grey's Anatomy, gave a passionate speech as he accepted the Humanitarian Award for his work with Black Lives Matter. Williams touched on a host of issues facing black Americans, including cultural appropriation and police violence. Read more...
Marcus Willis might be far from a household name in the world of tennis, but the 25-year-old from unglamorous Slough in England has just made the ultimate entrance at Wimbledon.
The player, who's ranked number 772 in the world (and number 23 in Britain), destroyed Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis in straight sets on the first day of the annual tournament. Berankis is ranked 54th in the world.
In the process, Willis netted at least £50,000 ($66,000) — way more than the £220 (or $290) he's earned for all of 2016 so far — and a spot opposite Roger Federer in the second round.
Death Row Records co-founder Marion 'Suge' Knight is suing Chris Brown, singer Pia Mia Perez and the owners of the 1 Oak nightclub where he was shot seven times at a party in 2014, according to legal documents obtained by Mashable.
In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, Knight accuses Brown and the nightclub of failing to have adequate security and preventing people from bringing firearms into the property.
He survived gunshot wounds to the abdomen, chest and left forearm after the attack, and has cited complications from those injuries — including a blood clot — in court appearances on an unrelated murder charge.Read more...
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves' ruling blocks the state from enforcing part of a religious objections bill that was supposed to become law Friday.
Reeves is extending his previous order that overturned Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage. He says circuit clerks are required to provide equal treatment for all couples, gay or straight.
Mississippi's religious objections measure, House Bill 1523, was filed in response to last summer's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide. That ruling is called the Obergefell case, after the man who filed it. Read more...
If you're looking to halt your emotional recovery from the Game of Thrones' season finale, it just got much easier.
"Light of the Seven," the chilling song that opened up the episode and made you feel so tense and vulnerable, has been made available on Spotify. Now you can spend your commute reliving Cersei's final transformation into the ruthless queen we always knew she would be.
This is not the first time a musician has performed at Guantanamo Bay, but Navy Chief Monique Hilley told The Herald "Gitmo hasn’t seen a star with as big a name as Ludacris in several years." Read more...
Google is mining photos from a satellite launched in 2013 to create a better, cloud-free image of Earth from above.
The newest mosaic is an updated version of one produced in 2013. The new version was pieced together mostly using data from the Landsat 8 satellite, launched by NASA, which snaps "twice as many images as Landsat 7 does every day," according to Google.
"This new rendition of Earth uses the most recent data available — mostly from Landsat 8 — making it our freshest global mosaic to date," Chris Herwig, program manager for Google Earth Engine wrote in a blog post. Read more...
When "dieselgate" first broke late last year, Volkswagen set aside roughly $7.3 billion to pay for the scandal worldwide. Turns out, it might cost the automaker more than double that figure to settle — and that is just in the U.S.
Volkswagen is scheduled to file its emission-cheating settlement in court on Tuesday morning. The German carmaker is planning to buy back diesel-powered models from owners in the U.S. and also compensate them up to $10,000 a piece, "two people familiar with the negotiations" told Bloomberg. Read more...
Everyone remain calm and sit perfectly still. The dirt clod cannot see us if we don't move.
During the bottom of the 5th of Sunday's game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies, a solitary clump of dirt on the pitcher's mound brought two teams of grown men, umpires included, to a standstill.
The dirt clod ate up a mind-boggling five minutes. It was first was assessed, then picked up by infielder Jean Segura, then shoveled away by the grounds crew, at which point the remaining hole was deemed unacceptable by Diamondbacks pitching coach Mike Butcher, which finally led the area to be re-dirtified and raked smooth by the grounds crew. Read more...