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Nothing Tarnishes Easter Like Bunny Sex on Local News

Nothing Tarnishes Easter Like Bunny Sex on Local News

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Get a cage, you two. Two furry bunnies gave the world an eyeful when they got frisky on a local news desk during a live Easter-themed segment. The bushy-tailed booty call took place on NBC affiliate WBIR in Knoxville, Tenn. During the segment, three anchors watched in increasing horror and amusement as the bunnies did their thing on live television. When the camera quickly cut away, the anchors took their chance to make good-natured jokes about the situation. But after producers cut back to the news desk, only one bunny was left on screen. The other bunny presumedly needed a Peep break. BONUS: The 75 Absolutely Cutest Animals on Instagram Cutest Instagram 1. @jermzlee Norm the Pug has posed for a photo every day of his life. Image: @jermzlee on Instagram 2. @ginny_jr...

Send Us Your Hurricane Sandy Pics

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Much of the East Coast is shut down in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, a Category 1 hurricane that has already wreaked damage through the Caribbean and up the Atlantic seaboard. Schools and bridges are closed, public transportation is suspended and many stores are sold out of survival essentials. We've got saltines, stockpiled water and, for now, high-speed Wi-Fi. Sandy, we're ready for you. Despite how terrifying this "Frankenstorm" is, we've also been impressed by the amazing imagery that has already come out of Sandy. Has the storm hit your area? We want to see your pictures of the storm and how it's affected you (so long as taking the pictures in no way poses a threat to your safety). We'll compile a gallery of pictures from Mashable readers so we can track Sandy as she travels ar...
Don’t Blame All of Reddit for Boston Bombing Witch Hunt

Don’t Blame All of Reddit for Boston Bombing Witch Hunt

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An attempt by a handful of Reddit users-cum-wannabe digital forensics experts to find the perpetrator of last week's fatal Boston Marathon bombing has been rightfully criticized as unhelpful by multiple commentators, including many reporters and the FBI itself. However, many of those critics have unjustly targeted Reddit as a whole, as opposed to the small but suddenly highly visible minority who engaged in the digital witch hunt. Those who would make such widespread accusations are ignoring several key points about Reddit's structure. 1. Reddit Isn't One Community, It's a Community of Communities There is a vaguely felt camaraderie among Reddit users. It's what draws many users to the site in the first place. That "Reddit community," however, is not one giant, homogenous group. It's more...
Is it Easier to Buy a Gun Online?

Is it Easier to Buy a Gun Online?

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Suspected Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes purchased more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition on the Internet in the space of 60 days, according to police reports. He also purchased four guns, including a military-style AR-15 assault rifle, from local stores. All of his purchases — both online and in-person — were legal, authorities said. "It's a wide-open marketplace," Tom Mauser, a gun-control advocate in Colorado whose son was killed in the 1999 Columbine shootings, told reporters. "The Internet has really changed things. You don't have to show your face. It's anything goes." But is it? That depends in part on whether you buy from a store or an individual. By federal law, when buying from a licensed dealer — in-state or out-of-state, in-person or online — you are subject to a back
Hotels are making record profits from extra fees on stuff you don’t use

Hotels are making record profits from extra fees on stuff you don’t use

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The Andaz hotel chain, owned by Hyatt, bucks the trend of expensive minibars by offering free local snacks to guests.Image: Flickr, Simon QForget traffic jams, the Are we there yet?! whines, and bad weather. The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use. Guaranteeing two queen beds or one king bed will cost you, as will checking in early or checking out late. Don't need the in-room safe? You're likely still paying. And the overpriced can of soda may be the least of your issues with the hotel minibar. Vacationers are finding it harder to anticipate the true cost of their stay, especially because many of these charges vary from hotel to hotel, even within the same chain. Coming out of the recession, the travel industry gre...
Irradiated Turkey, Thermostabilized Yams: Thanksgiving Dinner in Space

Irradiated Turkey, Thermostabilized Yams: Thanksgiving Dinner in Space

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There are many wonderful things about being in space. The views. The floating. The many delightful things you can do with water drops. Etc. You know what's less awesome, though? The food. Sure, you can do a lot of things to space food to make it less space-food-y: You can spice it and sweeten it and try to make it simulate, as much as possible, its Earth-bound counterparts. Ultimately, though, the foodstuffs you're consuming are still desiccated/rehydrated/irradiated/thermostabilized. Which is all compounded by the fact that your taste buds are sort of shot by the whole microgravity thing, anyway. But it's Thanksgiving! And we celebrate Thanksgiving with our feasting! So how will the six people currently living on the International Space Station, among them two Americans, give their thanks...
Aereo’s Unexpected Ally: John McCain

Aereo’s Unexpected Ally: John McCain

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Embattled Internet television streaming service Aereo has an unlikely friend in Congress: Sen. John McCain. McCain introduced a bill last week offering a carrot-and-stick approach to stop television distributors from bundling unpopular channels with those in high demand. While McCain's bill has been getting plenty of attention, flying under the radar has been what might be dubbed his "Aereo provision." Aereo provides subscribers online access to live broadcast television by picking up broadcast networks' over-the-air signals on thousands of tiny antennae and transmitting them through the Internet. Subscribers pay Aereo a small monthly fee for the service, which is available in select cities with access expanding rapidly this year. Aereo does not pay licensing fees to the networks, a fact ...
Sean Parker’s Defense for Extravagant Wedding Is Pretty Convincing

Sean Parker’s Defense for Extravagant Wedding Is Pretty Convincing

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Earlier this week, I wrote about a report that the California Coastal Commission released about its interactions with Sean Parker over his wedding in a Redwood grove in Big Sur. From the language and photographs in the report, I came to some pretty harsh conclusions about the whole affair. After the post was published, Parker wrote to me with a spirited defense of the wedding. He provided some details, which have reduced the boiling of my blood to a simmer. His whole email is reprinted below, but these are the key new facts, as I see them. One, Parker "consulted informally" with the Save the Redwoods League early in the process, so he wasn't building blindly. Two, according to Parker, the photograph of the gorgeous grove that was included in the CCC report as a "before" photograph was act...
Travel in the time of Ebola: What it’s like to travel to West Africa during the outbreak

Travel in the time of Ebola: What it’s like to travel to West Africa during the outbreak

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A woman walks past an Ebola health care center, rear, to be used for screening for Ebola virus patients at the border village of Kouremale, Mali, between Mali and Guinea, Nov. 17, 2014.Image: Baba Ahmed/Associated PressThe threat of the Ebola virus in Mali was evident before I even entered the airport after landing in the capital city. As I exited the bus carrying us from the tarmac to the terminal at Bamako, the passengers in front of me swiftly headed toward makeshift hand washing stations with signs warning of Ebola and instructing everyone to wash their hands for at least 20-30 seconds. Most obvious sign of Ebola threat in Mali: hand washing stations set up outside almost every building in Bamako and Bougouni. — Katie Aune (@katieaune) November 25, 2014 Next up — still before even en
Stranded Hiker Survived for Days by Eating Bugs and Drinking Melting Ice

Stranded Hiker Survived for Days by Eating Bugs and Drinking Melting Ice

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Sunset on Kearsarge Pinnacles in Kings Canyon National Park. Image: Flickr, Steve DunleavyFRESNO, California — A hiker who was stranded for six days in California's Sierra Nevada with a badly broken leg says survival mode kicked in when he treated his own injury and sought sustenance by eating crickets and moths, and drinking melting ice. Recovering at a Fresno hospital, Gregg Hein, 33, said Wednesday that he was a couple days into a solo hike high in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks northeast of Fresno when a large rock crushed his right leg above the ankle. After letting out a yelp, the Clovis man said his first thought was treating his dangling leg and protruding bone to boost his chances of making it out alive. "I have to get these next moments right," said Hein, an avid ou
How Smartphones Throw the Homeless a Lifeline

How Smartphones Throw the Homeless a Lifeline

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People commiserate on social media, but the homeless use Facebook, Twitter and even email to maintain life-saving connections. Millions turn to Facebook to post the upset of their days and the tumult in their personal relationships. In return, they get support and advice from friends and others who can relate. But to the homeless, a simple cell phone can be a vital link to support groups, employment and housing opportunities, and is a way to build a community out of the isolation, ruin and despair that accompanies homelessness. Why a Mobile Connection? A homeless person and a smartphone may seem an unlikely combination, but mobile devices are far from being a tool for recreation or a status symbol. Mobile access can enable them to come out of the shadows, drawing attention to their plight ...
Heavy Rains Skip Texas City, Now ‘Poster Child’ of Drought

Heavy Rains Skip Texas City, Now ‘Poster Child’ of Drought

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Texas State Park police officer Thomas Bigham walks across the cracked lake bed of O.C. Fisher Lake, in San Angelo, Texas, in August 2011. Image: Tony Gutierrez/Associated PressAlthough the California drought and related wildfires have attracted most of the media attention over the past few weeks, a creeping drought disaster has continued in other parts of the Southwest and southern Plains states, including New Mexico and Texas. While heavy rains finally brought some relief to these two states, as well as sections of Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas, during the past week, the rains cruelly skipped some parched towns almost entirely. But first, the good news. The rainfall vaulted several locations out of deep precipitation deficits to running above average for the year — locations such as Lu
Compostable Towers Will Grow in New York City This Summer

Compostable Towers Will Grow in New York City This Summer

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New York may be known for awe-inspiring buildings such as the Chrysler and the Empire State Building — but they've got nothing on a new set of towers that’s set to spring up this summer. The complex, known as Hy-Fi, will be built primarily from organic material — a combination of chopped-up corn husks and fungi (specifically mycelium, the vegetative part of fungus) mixed together in brick-like molds. The resulting organic bricks will be used to create three towers. At the top, a smaller set of bricks will be coated in a reflective film will increase the amount of sunlight the fungi receive — thereby expediting the building process. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1 announced that they have selected Hy-Fi, designed by David Benjamin, to be built in MoMA PS1’s outdoor installat
NASA Astronauts Dressed Like Jedi Monks in 1964

NASA Astronauts Dressed Like Jedi Monks in 1964

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On Aug. 13, 1964, four NASA astronauts participated in desert survival training in the dusty sands of Reno, Nev. John Young, Frank Borman, Neil Armstrong and Deke Slayton wore brightly-colored parachute fabric that made the space travelers look like some sort of intergalactic Jedi monks. Add a Wookiee to the mix and you have the premise for a Star Wars sequel starring real life space heros. Image courtesy of NASA (H/T Kuriositas) BONUS: Remembering the Life of Neil Armstrong Through Images Remembering Neil Armstrong November 20, 1956: Portrait of Armstrong while a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Image courtesy of NASA April 20, 1962: Armstrong after a test flight on an X-15. Image courtesy of NASA January 10, 1969: Edwin E. Aldrin Jr....
Robots Help Firefighters Rescue Victims

Robots Help Firefighters Rescue Victims

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Recent headlines about autonomous robots have suggested that smart machines have a license to kill. But a new project from engineers at the University of California, San Diego suggests a different reality. The UC engineers have built a pack of tiny autonomous robots that could help save the lives of both fire victims and firefighters. These lifesaving robots, which look a lot like small Segways, were designed for mobility, agility and reconnaissance. As the first to enter burning buildings, they can serve as scouts for firefighters arriving at the scene of an emergency. The robots are equipped with infrared and red-green-blue (RGB) cameras, which they use to record temperatures, detect volatile gases and check for structural integrity — all while also searching for victims. Using on-board
Here’s a Huge Dose of Climate Reality From Bipartisan Business Leaders

Here’s a Huge Dose of Climate Reality From Bipartisan Business Leaders

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, and former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr. led the climate report.Image: Bebeto Matthews; Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated PressLast week, it was former Republican EPA administrators who spoke out on the need to address manmade global warming. This week, it's the turn of business leaders. On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of business leaders and former politicians, including President George W. Bush's treasury secretary, Henry Paulson Jr., issued a sharp warning about disastrous economic consequences if manmade global warming is not addressed in the near future. In a new report, the group found that extreme heat and sea level rise will threaten human health and put up to $3.5 billion in property in jeopardy by 2030, with even more s...
Scientists Identify When Innocent Bacteria Became Flesh-Eating Horror

Scientists Identify When Innocent Bacteria Became Flesh-Eating Horror

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Streptococcus pyogenes in a petri dish.Image: Flickr, VeeDunnBacterial diseases cause millions of deaths every year. Most of these bacteria were benign at some point in their evolutionary past, and we don't always understand what turned them into disease-causing pathogens. In a new study, researchers have tracked down when this switch happened in a flesh-eating bacteria. They think the knowledge might help predict future epidemics. The flesh-eating culprit in question is called GAS, or Group A β-hemolytic streptococcus, a highly infective bacteria. Apart from causing flesh-eating disease, GAS is also responsible for a range of less harmful infections. It affects more than 600 million people every year, and causes an estimated 500,000 deaths. These bacteria appeared to have affected humans
U.S. Military Enlists Amateurs to Track Space Junk

U.S. Military Enlists Amateurs to Track Space Junk

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The U.S. military is launching a far-out neighborhood watch. But instead of warding off burglars, these amateur watchdogs are tracking orbital debris and possible satellite collisions in Earth orbit. The sky-monitoring project, called SpaceView, is a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program that enrolls the talents of amateur astronomers to help protect American space assets from orbital trash. The vision behind the DARPA SpaceView program is to provide more diverse data to the Space Surveillance Network, a U.S. Air Force program charged with cataloging and observing space junk and debris to identify potential near-term collisions. NASA estimates more than 500,000 pieces of hazardous space debris orbit the Earth, threatening satellites that support peacekeeping and combat ...
Do All Zoos Euthanize Animals Like Marius, the Copenhagen Giraffe?

Do All Zoos Euthanize Animals Like Marius, the Copenhagen Giraffe?

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People protest outside Copenhagen Zoo where Marius, a male giraffe, was put down on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.Image: Rasmus Flindt Pedersen/Polfoto/Associated PressWarning: This post contains imagery that some readers may find disturbing. A well-respected zoo in Copenhagen, Denmark, ignited criticism across the globe when officials there killed a young giraffe on Feb. 9 and performed an autopsy on the animal in front of a crowd full of children. Zoo officials said Marius, the 2-year-old giraffe, had genes too similar to those of other giraffes in European zoos, increasing the likelihood for genetic disease in Marius' offspring, had he been allowed to breed. Other zoos and organizations offered to take him in and an online petition to save the animal generated around 30,000 signatures, but offic...
Fort Hood Shooter Bought Gun at Same Store as Maj. Nidal Hasan, Reports Say

Fort Hood Shooter Bought Gun at Same Store as Maj. Nidal Hasan, Reports Say

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A view of Guns Galore in Killeen, TX from Google Earth.Image: Screenshot Google EarthThe .45 Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol used by specialist Ivan A. Lopez in Wednesday's shooting at the Fort Hood military base in Killeen, Tex., was purchased at a store called Guns Galore, military officials say, according to NBC News, ABC, and the Washington Post. It's the same retailer tied to the 2009 Fort Hood rampage — Maj. Nidal Hasan bought his FN 5-7 tactical pistol there — and stands alone on Killeen's South Fort Hood St., with a red-and-white awning out front. Hasan has been sentenced to death for the shooting, which killed 13 people and wounded 32 more. Smith & Wesson models similar to the one used in Wednesday's shooting retail for $500 to $1,300, according to listings on gunbro
Supreme Court’s Angry Email Solution: Justices Only Send Each Other Paper Memos

Supreme Court’s Angry Email Solution: Justices Only Send Each Other Paper Memos

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Here's another one to add to the charming Elena Kagan anecdote file providing a wonderful glimpse into how the least transparent of the three branches of government operates. Speaking during an interview at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., Wednesday night, Supreme Court Associate Justice Kagan elaborated on remarks she'd made in August about how Supreme Court justices don't use email. "We don't to each other. I obviously do to my clerks," said Kagan about the decades-old communications technology. "But the justices themselves do not communicate by email." "So how do you communicate?" senior editor at large Pattie Sellers of Fortune asked. "Well, we either talk to each other, which is not a bad thing," said Kagan, to applause from th...
Why Threats Like Ebola Make Conservatives More Conservative

Why Threats Like Ebola Make Conservatives More Conservative

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U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, N.H. March 14, 2014.Image: REUTERS/GRETCHEN ERTLThomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the United States, came to this country by air. He did not cross the U.S.-Mexico border. And yet, for some conservative politicians, the arrival of Ebola here has piqued concerns about the security of the southern border. "If people are coming through normal channels [with Ebola]," U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown said recently in a radio interview, "can you imagine what they can do through our porous borders?" Other politicians are like-minded, calling for the outright closure of the border. The scenario that Ebola enters the U.S. through Mexico is not outright impossible. It's just unlikel...
Kodak Exiting the Consumer Printer Business

Kodak Exiting the Consumer Printer Business

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The long, sad decline of Eastman Kodak continued on Friday as the company announced it was exiting the consumer printer business. The company, which is in the process of submitting a restructuring plan to Bankruptcy Court, will "wind down sales of consumer inkjet printers" and focus instead on selling ink to its existing install base. "Kodak is making good progress toward emergence from Chapter 11, taking significant actions to reorganize our core ongoing businesses, reduce costs, sell assets, and streamline our organizational structure," said Antonio M. Perez, Kodak chairman and CEO, in a statement. Perez added that halting consumer printer sales "will substantially advance the transformation of our business to focus on commercial, packaging and functional printing solutions and enterpr...
Mashable Weekend Recap: 43 Stories You Might Have Missed

Mashable Weekend Recap: 43 Stories You Might Have Missed

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A real-life Star Wars' force glove and Twitter's new rules were among the top headlines this past weekend. Mashable brought you those stories, as well as other tech and social media news during your downtime. Our staff kept tabs on all the latest events, so don't fret if you missed a few articles. Check out all the coverage here, in our handy Weekend Recap. Take a peek at the links below, for the latest. Editor's Picks Curiosity Rover’s Laser Zaps First Martian Rock ‘Star Wars’ Force Glove Lets You Move Objects Without Touching Your Deleted Facebook Photos Will Now Be Gone Forever Google Maps Updates Street View for New Orleans This is Where NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity is Headed [PICS] Apple v. Samsung Case Decided by Verdict-O-Matic [SUNDAY COMICS] Top 10 Pinterest Pins This Week L.A. Re
How celebrities reacted to the grand jury’s Ferguson decision

How celebrities reacted to the grand jury’s Ferguson decision

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From left: Kobe Bryant, Rihanna and Macklemore.Image: Jae C. Hong, Jordan Strauss/Associated Press, Mat Hayward/Getty ImagesRapper Missy Elliott used no words — only an emoji — to express how she felt about the grand jury's decision on Monday night that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted on any charges in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. — Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) November 25, 2014 Dozens of other celebrities reacted to the verdict and subsequent violent protests on social media. Some wanted a different outcome; others urged peaceful protests. Celebrity reactions to Ferguson verdict Feeling stuck all the way over here in Sydney seeing the news just now... Sending my prayers to Ferguson & praying for an equal America.— KATY P
In Drought Response, Home Depot Holds Nationwide Conservation Workshops

In Drought Response, Home Depot Holds Nationwide Conservation Workshops

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In this photo taken Aug. 15, 2011, a customer enters a North Little Rock, Ark., Home Depot store. Image: Danny Johnston/Associated PressThe Home Depot is taking its "more saving, more doing" slogan an environmental level. This weekend, it's hosting nationwide water conservation workshops to encourage homeowners to start conserving more water. Drought conditions across the Southwest are not expected to improve or end anytime soon and homeowners are being forced to restrict their water usage. In response, Home Depot is holding a series of 10 water conservation workshops on Saturday, April 26, in each of its 1,977 stores. The total conservation effort by Home Depot includes the workshops, as well as remodeling its in-store layout to direct customers to actions they can take to conserve wate...