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An Australian house full of cat stuff is like living inside the internetOpen in a New Window

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How much do you love cats? 

If the daily deluge of cat GIFs and videos aren't enough for you, check out this Australian house currently up for sale.

The home in Adelaide's suburbs is covered with cat pictures, cat accessories and cat everything. Just a guess — we bet the owners are very big fans of cats.

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It's not all felines though — the living room is decked out with toy dolls and random pictures of doll-like things, with spots like the bathroom remaining surprisingly feline free. Read more...

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The Queen's answer to how she's doing is the understatement of the yearOpen in a New Window

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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...

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Every single 'Gilmore Girls' episode is coming to Netflix in JulyOpen in a New Window

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It's the moment you've been waiting for. 

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.

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The slow, painful death of Sydney nightlife continuesOpen in a New Window

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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. 

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Architects claim this 3D-printed house is earthquake-proofOpen in a New Window

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While we've been hearing a lot about 3D-printed structures, this two-storey villa located in Beijing, China, is impressive if it lives up to its claims.

The 400-square-metre house, with walls as thick as 2.5 metres, was fully printed in one go, and construction completed in just 45 days.

According to The Mirror, a project manager for the house has claimed that the house is sturdy enough to withstand an 8-Richter scale magnitude earthquake.

Image: PEOPLE'S DAILY/FACEBOOK

Beijing-based architecture firm Huashang Tengda told reporters that the entire project required limited manual labour in tasks such as painting and decorating. Read more...

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'Tetris' movie will be a trilogy because the world doesn't make senseOpen in a New Window

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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...

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Base jumper defies police and stealthily jumps off world's highest tunnel bridgeOpen in a New Window

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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...

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YouTube's LGBTQ #ProudToBe initiative attracts hateful commentsOpen in a New Window

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LOS ANGELES — YouTube's #ProudToBe initiative is facing a sea of haters.

The video series, launched last week, was created to celebrate people throughout the LGBTQ community and around the globe

The kick-off video (above) features prominent YouTubers including Gigi Gorgeous, Tyler Oakley, Kat Blaque, and Tre Melvin.

It has amassed a whopping 8.8 million views.

However, the number of thumbs down dislikes (245,574) outpaces the number of thumbs up likes (187,495).

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And due to the amount of negativity from YouTube users, the platform has now disabled all comments.

Before they were taken down, comments ranged from "You’re all freaks of society” to “There is only three gender [sic]. 1. Man 2. Female 3. Mental disturbed [sic].” Read more...

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Indian man harasses flight attendant for a selfie, then smokes in the planeOpen in a New Window

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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...

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China keeps trying to prove its glass bridge is safe, so it drove a 2-tonne SUV over itOpen in a New Window

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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.

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Then, a Volvo XC90 SUV carrying 11 people rolled over the cracked panels, Xinhua reported. Read more...

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Chinese fans are really upset that Lady Gaga hung out with the Dalai LamaOpen in a New Window

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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...

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$22 million worth of Bitcoin sold in Australian-first auctionOpen in a New Window

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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...

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Icelandic commentator disses England in most enthusiastic way possibleOpen in a New Window

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England's rough week got even worse thanks to Gummi Ben.

Yes, Gummi Ben, aka Guðmundur Benediktsson, is the center of attention again after the commentator's ecstatic reaction to Iceland's goal against Austria last Tuesday went viral.  

On Monday, he again delivered incredible commentary as Iceland knocked out England in a stunning 2-1 victory in the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament. 

As the final whistle sounded, Benediktsson was one of the first to rejoice at England's loss — soon to be followed by hordes of Twitter users posting Brexit memes. Read more...

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Australian ad showing cyclist wearing a helmet in Amsterdam amuses the DutchOpen in a New Window

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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." 

Notice anything odd? The Dutch certainly did, the sight of a cyclist wearing a helmet became the source of ridicule in an article from the country's newspaper Het Parool last week.

"If we believe the bus posters in Australia, we cycle here in Amsterdam well-behaved with a helmet on our heads," according to a rough Google translation of the article. Read more...

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The U.S. election through the mind of a Bondi HipsterOpen in a New Window

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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...

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Samsung's Gear 360 camera now available in AustraliaOpen in a New Window

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It looks like an eyeball on three legs, and it is now yours to own.

On Tuesday, Samsung launched its new camera, Samsung Gear 360, in Australia. The device, which is able to capture 360-degree video and images, has a retail price of A$499.

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.

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The slick Samsung Gear 360.

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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...

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Google's Project Bloks designed to get kids programming earlyOpen in a New Window

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Increasing its dedication to early learning through technology, Google has announced Project Bloks, a tool designed to get children started on the path to programming and making cool gadgets.

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...

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Ram not going to let guy insulate his house without a few headbuttsOpen in a New Window

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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...

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Singapore Airlines plane catches fire after emergency landingOpen in a New Window

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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.

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Sweden creates world's first 'electric road'Open in a New Window

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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...

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Jesse Williams gives a passionate speech about racism at the BET AwardsOpen in a New Window

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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...

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The world's 772nd-best tennis player just won a spot opposite Roger Federer at WimbledonOpen in a New Window

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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.

Marcus Willis faces Federer in the second round.

Marcus Willis faces Federer in the second round.

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Suge Knight sues Chris Brown over nightclub shootingOpen in a New Window

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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...

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Judge blocks Mississippi clerks from refusing same-sex marriage licenses on religious groundsOpen in a New Window

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A federal judge ruled Monday that Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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...

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That chilling song from the 'Game of Thrones' finale is on SpotifyOpen in a New Window

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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. 

The show's composer, Ramin Djwadi, was in top form soundtracking the episode. Fire and swords are deadly and all, but softly stroking piano keys can be pretty brutal, too. Read more...

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Ludacris will perform at Guantanamo Bay on July 4th - but not the prisonOpen in a New Window

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Ludacris is going to Guantanamo Bay.

The Grammy-winning rapper is set to perform at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba on the Fourth of July for the annual Freedom Festival, according to The Miami Herald

According to The Herald, the festival takes place miles away from the prison where 89 detainees are still being held, at the Windward Ferry Landing. 

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."
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Google Earth gets a fancy new look thanks to NASA satellite dataOpen in a New Window

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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 postRead more...

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Get the last bit of shampoo out of the bottle with this relieving inventionOpen in a New Window

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What horrible quality unites all bottled cleaning items like shampoo, conditioner and liquid detergent? It is virtually impossible to get the last drops out.

And so, you end up wasting product and more importantly, money.

Luckily, researchers from The Ohio State University are on a mission to remove that tiny frustration from our lives with their latest invention.

Engineers Bharat Bhushan and Philip Brown have a treatment in development that will coat plastic bottles and allow soap to cleanly and entirely flow out. Read more...

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VW to pay $15 billion to settle 'dieselgate' in the U.S., report saysOpen in a New Window

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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...

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Devious clump of dirt delays MLB game for 5 minutesOpen in a New Window

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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...

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