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'Walking Dead' goes beyond Thunderdome in episode 10Open in a New Window


This review contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 7, episode 10, titled "New Best Friends." To refresh your memory of where we left off, check out our recap of episode 9.

At last: Daryl and Carol are reunited, and it feels so good. Even if "New Best Friends" had been a terrible episode (which it wasn't — it was arguably one of the season's strongest to date), it still would've scored bonus points for bringing our two favorite lone wolves back together after way too many episodes apart. 

And what made their reunion even better was how Daryl found out about Carol's safehouse in the first place — as part of Richard's plot to incite a war between the Kingdom and the Saviors by framing Carol for killing some of Negan's scouts. It was an ingenious plan to get Ezekiel angry enough to take action, but boy, did Richard choose exactly the wrong accomplice for that particular scheme. Even if Daryl hadn't known that it was Carol that Richard intended to use as a scapegoat, there's no way he would've condemned an innocent person to die as a pawn in the soldier's game. Read more...

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This wearable can turn your dance moves into musicOpen in a New Window


Making music you can dance to is so 2017. 

But dancing to make music is, potentially, the future.

That’s clearly the perspective of Daigo Kusunoki, an engineer who loves to dance. The twin wristbands he’s showing off this week at the New York Toy Fair, called BeatMoovz by Dmet Products, are the product of that dual love affair.

Inside each soft-rubber BeatMoovz wristband is a Bluetooth radio and an accelerometer. Every time Kusunoki moved his wrists, a nearby JBL speaker emitted a beat. Each band is connected to the BeatMoovz app, which has a library of 400 different sounds. Wearers can assign different sounds or instruments to each band.  Read more...

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Yep, the U.S. gave a 'Make Somalia Great Again' hat to the country's presidentOpen in a New Window


Somalia is one of the seven countries President Trump placed under a U.S. immigration ban recently.

So just imagine the grimaces when the newly-appointed President of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, received a "Make Somalia Great Again" hat from the U.S. Ambassador to Somalia, Stephen Schwartz. 

The hat gifted to the president had a blue and white colourway (as opposed to the usual red), matching the Somalian flag. 

Seems kind of inappropriate, what with the travel ban and all.

US2SOM Amb Schwartz had a fruitful mtng w Pres Farmaajo 2day + presented the Pres with a cap "MAKE SOM GREAT AGAIN"

— U.S. Mission-Somalia (@US2SOMALIA) February 17, 2017

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Horrific harassment story is giving the internet a new reason to #DeleteUberOpen in a New Window


It's been less than a month since ride-share company Uber faced a heavy wave of backlash that led to the "#DeleteUber" hashtag and now, after the publication of an employee's allegations of sexual harassment and HR bumbling, the hashtag is burbling back up. 

On Sunday, Susan J. Fowler posted about her experiences while at Uber and alleged a long list of institutional sexism, HR incompetence and organizational disorder and the story spread quickly across social media. 

Specifically, it gave users a chance to resurrect "#DeleteUber" to take more shots at the tech company. 

Goodbye forever @Uber. It's not me, it's you and your maligned moral judgment#deleteuber

— Brian Lin 🇨🇦🇨🇳 (@brianisme) February 19, 2017

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That Britney Spears biopic is a travesty, and Twitter wants its 2 hours backOpen in a New Window


Britney Spears deserves better than this.

While no one expected Britney Ever After to be anything other than The Room of biopics, it seems the unauthorised Lifetime movie that aired Saturday night was so bad it shocked even the most unshockable viewers with its hilarious inaccuracies. In short, it was a shit show.

But just as every cloud has a silver lining, the dedicated Britney fans of Twitter made the most of their two-hour torture fest by commentating on the film's worst moments, for us all to enjoy. 

From it's ridiculous casting, LOL dialogue (we're looking at you, Justin Timberlake impersonator, with your "bomb diggity" youth speak), and costume design atrocities — it seems this movie may replace Glitter as the go-to pop star biopic of choice, for hungover/still drunk people everywhere. Read more...

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Ex-Uber employee shares harrowing tale of sexism at the companyOpen in a New Window


According to an essay by a former Uber engineer, the company has a big problem with sexism in the workplace.

Susan J. Fowler, now an engineer at Stripe, joined the ride-hailing company in 2015, but her experience quickly became "strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying." In her account, posted Sunday, she alleged a clown car-worth of institutional sexism, HR incompetence and organizational disorder.

In response, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said in a statement Sunday evening he had instructed the company's new chief human resources officer to conduct "an urgent investigation" into the allegations. Read more...

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Watch a clever comedy duo imagine what fighting Trump IRL might be likeOpen in a New Window


The Umbilical Brothers are a pair of physical comedians, who've been performing live on television (in their homeland of Australia and beyond) for 20 odd years. 

Well, they just made their debut appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Friday night. And they didn't mess around.

Essentially, they staged an imaginary, cartoonish bunch-up between President Trump and Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Complete with jokes about tiny hands, foreign policy and plenty of cheeky innuendo.

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'The Great Wall' is a hit, just not in the U.S.Open in a New Window


The Lego Batman Movie is #1 in the U.S. for the second straight weekend, but that's not the big story.

Instead, eyes are on The Great Wall — a Zhang Yimou-directed blockbuster starring Matt Damon — which opened at #3 domestically, with an estimated $18.1 million at the box office. It's an underwhelming start for a movie said to be budgeted at $150 million, but U.S. ticket sales present an incomplete picture.

The Great Wall is already an international hit. It's amassed more than $170 million in China since it opened on Dec. 16, and its total non-U.S. gross — which, as of this weekend, includes 21 additional markets — amounts to an estimated $244.6 million. Read more...

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'Overwatch,' but with cats (and a dog) returns for moreOpen in a New Window


Meet Zarnya, Felinehardt, KI.T, Woofston, and Streetcat, the adorable kitty-cat versions of Overwatch tank heroes Zarya, Reinhardt, D.Va, Winston, and Roadhog. OK fine, Woofston is technically a dog. But Winston is technically a knockoff of Beast from the X-Men movies and comics.

Much like the last "Katsuwatch" video from YouTuber dillongoo, this video runs through each cat-ified hero's various "highlight intros" — the bit that plays when said hero wins Play of the Game. But where the last one focused on offense heroes, this one is all about the tanks.

If you're curious to see how closely these recreations line up with the real thing, check out the comparison video right here. Spoiler alert: It's pretty damn close. Read more...

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J.K. Rowling has the best response to Trump's non-existent Sweden attackOpen in a New Window


The internet can't get enough of President Donald Trump's "last night in Sweden" remarks, including, of course, J.K. Rowling.

Never one to shy from a little fun at the expense of the U.S. president, the author joined in on Twitter's response to Trump's confusing reference to a terrorist attack that didn't actually happen.

Literally the biggest incident of Sweden last night was a horse called Biscuit being rescued from a well

— Grapey (@Grapeykins) February 19, 2017

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Daniel Radcliffe embraces fact that he looks like 'a lot of old women in the past'Open in a New Window


Daniel Radcliffe is perfectly comfortable with the fact that he resembles bespectacled women of the past. 

During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, he joked with Norton about his past-life doppelgängers, and the one trait they all share. 

"These are all my past lives— I was, like, a slightly depressed lady." 

[H/T: Vulture]

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The geekiest signs from the 'Stand up for Science' rallyOpen in a New Window


At a rally full of scientists, things were bound to get a bit geeky.

On Sunday, thousands scientists and supporters gathered in Boston's Copley Square to "stand up for science" under the Trump administration. 

Their signs were, predictably, quite clever. 

My favorite sign so far#standupforscience

— Tomas Green (@TomasWGreen) February 19, 2017

I can't tell you how many older people have come up to me today to say, "I remember polio. Thank you." #standupforscience #AAASmtg

— Kathleen Bachynski (@bachyns) February 19, 2017

#standupforscience (and other essentials)

— Karin (@Sage_Risotto) February 19, 2017

More about Climate Change, Epa, Climate Change Deniers, Anti Science, and Scott Pruitt


Fox News anchor blasts Trump for calling media 'enemy of the American people'Open in a New Window


Chris Wallace from Fox News isn't happy Donald Trump called the media an "enemy of the American people," and on Sunday, he let the president's chief of staff know it. 

Talking on Fox News Sunday, the veteran news reporter — himself a former White House correspondent — pushed back against Trump's comments (made on Twitter, of course) to Reince Priebus.

"But you don’t get to tell us what to do, Reince," Wallace said. "You don’t get to tell us what to do any more than Barack Obama did.  Barack Obama whined about Fox News all the time, but I got to say, he never said that we were an enemy of the people." Read more...

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This transparent bowl swing is what cat dreams are made ofOpen in a New Window


The 'Dim Dim' bubble is a chair, swing and bed for your cat. Read more...

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The United Arab Emirates wants to build a city on MarsOpen in a New Window


Elon Musk isn't the only person who wants to build a city on Mars. Now the United Arab Emirates has announced that it wants to establish a "mini-city" on the red planet by 2117. 

UAE prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum explained the monarchy's Mars plans in a series of tweets on Feb. 14.

"The project, to be named 'Mars 2117,' integrates a vision to create a mini-city and community on Mars involving international cooperation," Sheikh Mohammed said.

"Mars 2117" is a seed we are sowing today to reap the fruit of new generations led by a passion for science and advancing human

— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 14, 2017

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Crazy storm has streets of L.A. swallowing cars wholeOpen in a New Window


Californians this weekend captured harrowing scenes of cars stuck in sinkholes, trucks toppling off a crumbling highway and muddy waters rushing through the streets of Los Angeles. 

The Golden State is grappling with yet another punishing wave of atmospheric river storms, which dump vast amounts of rain in narrow corridors over a short period of time. 

Drought-busting storms slammed Southern California cities on Friday and Saturday, killing at least two people and knocking out power for tens of thousands of residents.  Read more...

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Relive SpaceX's incredible daytime rocket landing with this videoOpen in a New Window


SpaceX did it again, and this time, with a whole lot of style. 

Elon Musk's private spaceflight company managed to land yet another Falcon 9 first stage back at Cape Canaveral after launching a mission to orbit for NASA.

The daytime landing marks the third time the company has landed a rocket back on land and the eighth time overall that it has recovered a rocket stage after launch.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 19, 2017

This Falcon 9 mission was the first SpaceX launch from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A, a pad with a rich history dating back to the Apollo moon missions up through the space shuttle era.  Read more...

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Chelsea Clinton burns Trump on Twitter for his baffling Sweden remarkOpen in a New Window


President Donald Trump left many people — including former first daughter Chelsea Clinton — confused Saturday night when he suggested that something terrible had happened in Sweden the previous evening.

No tragedy occurred that day in Sweden, which the internet had fun pointing out. On Sunday, Clinton made sure to highlight the Trump administration's penchant for inventing terrorist attacks.

What happened in Sweden Friday night? Did they catch the Bowling Green Massacre perpetrators?

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 19, 2017

Solid burn, Chelsea.

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Trump thinks something terrible happened in Sweden, so here come the IKEA and ABBA jokesOpen in a New Window


President Donald Trump has unintentionally turned the internet into one big celebration of Swedish pop culture.

The U.S. president on Saturday alluded to a terrorist-related event in Sweden that, as far as Swedes can tell, didn't actually happen.

"We’ve got to keep our country safe," he said Saturday during a campaign-style rally in Melbourne, Florida. Trump was defending his now-suspended travel ban and criticizing Europe's refugee policies.

"You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden," Trump said. "Sweden, who would believe this?" Read more...

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This keychain can take away that annoying jingle your keys makeOpen in a New Window


'KeyBolt' can turn your bulky and jingly keys into a neat stack. You can quickly select the key you need with one hand.  Read more...

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SpaceX sticks daytime rocket landing back on Earth after launch to spaceOpen in a New Window


There may come a time when SpaceX landing a rocket stage back on Earth after flying to space isn't news — when we can simply take these science-fiction looking landings for granted and brush them off as no big deal.

But today is not that day. 

The Elon Musk-founded spaceflight company stuck yet another beautiful landing of the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket after launching an uncrewed Dragon spacecraft toward the International Space Station from a historic launch pad. The Dragon spacecraft was loaded down with thousands of supplies for NASA. 

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Newly uncovered photos capture the tense atmosphere outside a 1960 Tennessee sit-inOpen in a New Window


Firefighters disperse protestors and onlookers with fire hoses.

Image: Chattanooga History Center/Picnooga

In February 1960, black activists kicked off a wave of protests against segregation across the South, beginning with sit-ins at a Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The sit-ins spread to Nashville and then to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where they were organized not by experienced or professional activists, but by the teenage students of Howard High School.

Beginning on Feb. 19, Class President Paul Walker, Lehman Pierce and as many as 200 other black students organized peaceful sit-ins at four businesses along one block in downtown Chattanooga. Read more...

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How the UK government can hack your personal dataOpen in a New Window


From the moment you set foot on British soil, your personal data could easily be accessed, or even hacked, by the government. 

New invasive legislation has been dubbed by critics as one of the most extreme surveillance laws ever passed in a democracy. 

The Snoopers' Charter — aka the Investigatory Powers Act — was passed into law at the end of last year. It arguably removes your right to online privacy. 

In short, it forces internet companies to keep bulk records of all the websites you visit for up to a year and allows the UK government to coerce tech companies to hand over your web history with a retention notice and remove encryption, upon request.  Read more...

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Get your tissues 'cos Steve Irwin's son is basically a mini-Steve on 'Tonight Show'Open in a New Window


Um, does the Irwin family have access to some kind of underground cloning technology? Because Robert Irwin, the late Steve Irwin's son, is the spitting image of his dad down to the khaki shorts and endless enthusiasm.

A conservationist and TV personality, Steve died in 2006 after being struck by a stingray barb, but he clearly passed his media chops onto his son. The 13-year-old appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, and Fallon couldn't get over the similarity. "It's so cool to see you like this, you're actually your Dad," he said.

Of course, the Irwins have not been out of the spotlight — Robert has appeared on Wild But True on Discovery Kids, among other shows. Still, handling an African dwarf crocodile, an armadillo, a boa and a sloth with ease, Robert has the title of Crocodile Hunter 2.0 on lock. Read more...

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Internet turns to @Sweden after Trump appears to invent terror attackOpen in a New Window


Emma Johansson is a school librarian from Borås, Sweden, and on Saturday, she found herself fact-checking the President of the United States.

The cross-border saga started at a rally in Melbourne, Florida that day, where Donald Trump defended his "Muslim immigration ban" before a crowd of thousands. "We've got to keep our country safe," he said.

Trump, discussing terror, seamlessly mentions incident "last night in Sweden".

There was NO "incident" in Sweden last

— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) February 19, 2017

Promoting the controversial policy, he pointed to countries that in his view are troubled by immigration from predominantly Muslim nations. In particular, Sweden. "You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this. Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible."  Read more...

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Bill Gates isn't kidding around when he says bioterrorism could kill '30 million people'Open in a New Window


President Donald Trump may have the nuclear codes, but when it comes to things to be scared about, think biggerAccording to Bill Gates, bioterrorism could be even more deadly.

The Microsoft cofounder warned the world is not paying enough attention to "health security and international security" in some decidedly grim remarks at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, the Guardian reported.

Gates suggested that a virus, engineered by terrorists to be extra-contagious and deadly, could be devastating. 

"Whether it occurs by a quirk of nature or at the hand of a terrorist, epidemiologists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year," he explained. "And they say there is a reasonable probability the world will experience such an outbreak in the next 10 to 15 years." Read more...

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'Lightseekers' puts the action back into action figuresOpen in a New Window


Lightseekers, the role-playing game from Play Fusion and TOMY that seeks to bring video game action into the real world, has made the transition from Kickstarter to store shelves. 

On Saturday, at the New York Toy Fair, the makers announced that the game will get Toys "R" Us distribution, with pre-sales starting in April.

The game has come a long way since Play Fusion first showed it to us in October. Back then, the action figures were so unfinished, they wouldn't let us photograph them.

Now, this video/real-world/augmented reality mashup looks ready for action. Read more...

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Nike uses Twitter to promote women's sports in the Middle EastOpen in a New Window


The recent debate over Under Armour and its CEO's apparent support for President Trump pushed the politics of the leading sports apparel brands into the spotlight.

In contrast to Under Armour's recent political controversy, Nike has long enjoyed a mostly positive profile when it comes to its position on inclusion and being generally progressive. 

Yes, the company is trying to sell shoes, but staking out positions on touchy subjects is noteworthy, and not without risks. The latest example is a new Nike video posted on the company's Middle East Twitter feed, which doubles down on its commitment to women achieving excellence and building leadership through sports.  Read more...

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Dystopian Fun! U.S. agency maps 'Hunger Games' districts against real statesOpen in a New Window


If you thought the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics was boring, just look at how pop culturally relevant they've become with their latest blog post

Although the latest Hunger Games movie came out months ago, the Bureau took its own data on employment (based on industries, occupation, employment numbers and geography) to figure out the eternal question of how the dystopian future country of Panem from the book and film series lines up with the real U.S. geography.

The books (and film adaptations) have made it clear that the 12 "districts" somewhat align with certain states and regions in the current U.S. geographic layout. Ever since the books came out nearly 10 years ago, many maps have attempted to show what Panem looks like. Read more...

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Norma McCorvey, who was at center of Roe v. Wade, dead at 69Open in a New Window


Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym "Jane Roe" led to the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized abortion but who later became an outspoken opponent of the procedure, died Saturday. She was 69.

McCorvey died at an assisted living center in Katy, Texas, said journalist Joshua Prager, who is working on a book about McCorvey and was with her and her family when she died. He said she died of heart failure and had been ill for some time.

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