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‘Mysterious Animal’ Attacks Borneo Villagers

‘Mysterious Animal’ Attacks Borneo Villagers

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According to a news story in The Borneo Post last week, an unknown animal recently attacked two men working on a farm. "An Indonesian plantation worker and a 75-year-old farmer got the shock of their lives when they were attacked by an unknown animal species in two separate occasions earlier this month. The farmer, Aris Kuna of Kampung Paon Gahat, was attacked by the rare animal while attending to his pepper garden about noon. The foreigner was attacked a week later at a plantation near Kpg Baing while gathering oil palm fresh fruit bunches... The animal that attacked the duo was described as having a "bear and wild boar" resemblance. Fellow workers and villagers who saw the carcass, brought by the Indonesian, could not identify the animal species. “In all my life venturing into the jungle
FIFA Whiffs at Conservation Effort of Endangered World Cup Mascot

FIFA Whiffs at Conservation Effort of Endangered World Cup Mascot

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Souvenirs of the 2014 World Cup mascot "Fuleco" are displayed at Tancredo Neves International Airport in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on June 9, 2014. Image: Victor R. Caivano/Associated PressCharles Darwin ate one on his trip to Brazil. Apparently it tasted more like pork than chicken. My nine-year-old, football-mad, half-Brazilian son could identify one on his World Cup merchandising and my Brazilian biologist wife knew it was some kind of armadillo, but not which species. It is of course Brazil’s World Cup mascot, the three-banded armadillo, named Fuleco. It was brave to choose such an obscure animal as an official mascot. The English used a lion when they started this tradition in 1966 and the South Africans used a leopard in 2010. It is refreshing to see such a non-emblematic spec
Spice Girls Rock Out at London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony

Spice Girls Rock Out at London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony

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All of the Fab Five — Sporty, Posh, Baby, Ginger and Scary — reunited to perform at the London Summer Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday. The Spice Girls, a wildly popular all-girl group from the late 1990s, sang their hits, "Wannabe" and "Spice Up Your Life." They emerged from bedazzled London taxis, wearing outfits matching their spicy personas — albeit more mature versions of them. Eventually, the girls climbed atop the cabs, and sang to cheering audience members, as they were driven around Olympic Stadium. Also known as Melanie Chisholm (Sporty), Victoria Beckham (Posh), Emma Bunton (Baby), Geri Halliwell (Ginger) and Melanie Brown (Scary), the Spice GIrls disbanded in 2000, before reuniting for a world tour seven years later. In the days leading up to their Olympic performance, Twit
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...
New Xenoceratops Dinosaur Discovered in Canada

New Xenoceratops Dinosaur Discovered in Canada

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Meet Xenoceratops foremostensis, a brand-new species of ceratopsid, or horned dinosaur. The species was discovered in the plentiful fossil beds of Canada. Weighing in at 2 tons and about 20 feet long, Xenoceratops — meaning “alien-horned face” — lived about 80 million years ago, making it one of the oldest big-bodied horned dinosaurs known to paleontologists. Though it has only recently been identified as a separate species, Xenoceratops was identified from fossils discovered in 1958, only to be misidentified for several decades before taking its rightful place as a separate species. Xenoceratops' name comes from its enormous and elaborate set of facial horns, suggesting to researchers that complicated sets of horns were developing very early on in the course of horned dinosaurs’ evolutio
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
Dinosaurs Had Christmas Trees

Dinosaurs Had Christmas Trees

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The Christmas trees under which children tear open their presents haven’t changed much since the days when velociraptors tore open their prey beneath the trees’ boughs. A comparison of different species of conifers’ genes revealed that the trees’ DNA hadn’t mutated much in 100 million years. Conifers haven’t spruced up their DNA nearly as much as flowering plants since the two lines diverged from each other approximately 300 million years ago. Reindeer Help Christmas Trees Grow "Conifers appear to have achieved a balance with their environment very early,” said study leader Jean Bousquet of the Université Laval in France in a press release. "Still today, without artifice, these plants thrive over much of the globe, particularly in cold climates. In contrast, flowering plants are under inte
34 bodies recovered, bad weather blocks divers from AirAsia crash site

34 bodies recovered, bad weather blocks divers from AirAsia crash site

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National Search and Rescue Agency personnel carry a bag containing parts of AirAsia Flight 8501 after being airlifted by a Singapore Navy Super Puma helicopter at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. Image: Tatan Syuflana/Associated PressUPDATED 11:30 a.m. ET SURABAYA, Indonesia — Relatives of AirAsia Flight 8501 crash victims sought strength in prayer Sunday, one week after the disaster killed all 162 people on board, as rough weather again prevented searchers from reaching a large object on the ocean floor believed to be the plane's fuselage. Emotionally exhausted family members sang and cried at a tiny chapel in Surabaya, the city where Flight 8501 departed from Dec. 28. The Rev. Philip Mantofa, who heads the congregation at Mawar Sharon Church — where more tha
NASA to Launch Planet-Hunting Probe in 2017

NASA to Launch Planet-Hunting Probe in 2017

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NASA has picked two new low-cost missions for launch in 2017: a planet-hunting satellite and an International Space Station experiment designed to probe the nature of exotic, super-dense neutron stars. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) are the latest missions chosen under NASA's Astrophysics Explorer Program, which caps costs at $200 million for satellites and $55 million for space station experiments, officials announced Friday (April 5). The TESS spacecraft will use an array of wide-field cameras to scan nearby stars for exoplanets, with a focus on Earth-size worlds in their stars' habitable zones — that just-right range of distances where liquid water could exist. "TESS will carry out the first space-borne all-sky tra
5 Ways You Can Be Completely Eco-Friendly At Music Festivals This Season

5 Ways You Can Be Completely Eco-Friendly At Music Festivals This Season

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I’ll never forget my favorite memory from my first music festival. My best friend and I were sitting in a giant field, listening to Ben Harper sing in the sunshine, surrounded by a couple thousand peaceful and happy people. She turned to me and said, Man, if hippies ruled the world. I knew exactly what she meant. If we could just craft a lifestyle where everyone got together over what we had in common rather than what separated us, the world would be a better place. As we drove out of the festival on the last day, I remember looking around at all the garbage left behind. The previously picturesque farm was littered with broken styrofoam coolers, abandoned tents and piles of garbage. If we were hippies, we would be doing a really bad job if giventhe chance to rule the world. Music fe...
Elusive Dark Energy Is Real

Elusive Dark Energy Is Real

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Dark energy, the mysterious substance thought to be accelerating the expansion of the universe, almost certainly exists despite some astronomers' doubts, a new study says. After a two-year study, an international team of researchers concludes that the probability of dark energy being real stands at 99.996%. But the scientists still don't know what the stuff is. "Dark energy is one of the great scientific mysteries of our time, so it isn't surprising that so many researchers question its existence," co-author Bob Nichol, of the University of Portsmouth in Engalnd, said in a statement. "But with our new work we're more confident than ever that this exotic component of the universe is real — even if we still have no idea what it consists of." The Roots of Dark Energy Scientists have known si
House-Size Asteroid Will Pass Earth Today

House-Size Asteroid Will Pass Earth Today

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An asteroid the size of a house will buzz Earth today but poses no risk of hitting our planet, scientists say. The asteroid 2012 TC4 will pass Earth at a range of just 59,000 miles (95,000 kilometers) — about one-fourth the distance to the moon — when it makes its closest point today, NASA scientists said. The asteroid was discovered by astronomers on Oct. 4 and is about 56 feet (17 meters) across. "Small asteroid 2012 TC4 will safely pass Earth Oct 12 at just .25 the distance to our moon's orbit," scientists with NASA's Asteroid Watch program wrote in a Twitter update this week. On average, the moon's orbit is about 238,000 miles (383,000 km). The asteroid is large enough to be seen by backyard astronomers using a small telescope, the night sky events website Spaceweather.com has reported
Curiosity Rover Chemistry Lab Tastes Mars Soil

Curiosity Rover Chemistry Lab Tastes Mars Soil

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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has delivered the first Martian dirt sample to its onboard chemistry laboratory, testing out gear that forms the scientific heart of the $2.5 billion robot. Curiosity's huge robotic arm dropped a pinch of Red Planet dirt into the rover's Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, or SAM. SAM can detect organic compounds — the carbon-containing building blocks of life as we know it — and is thus key to Curiosity's mission, which seeks to determine if Mars has ever been capable of supporting microbial life. SAM ingested its first soil sample on Nov. 9 at a sandy site the rover team has dubbed Rocknest. The instrument analyzed the dirt over the following two days using mass spectrometry, gas chromatography and laser spectrometry, researchers said. "We received
500-Foot Ship Could Eliminate Seasickness With Artificial Waves

500-Foot Ship Could Eliminate Seasickness With Artificial Waves

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A single-hull hotel ship laid out by Norwegian firm Salt Ship Design is not only the largest of its kind, it might also cure seasickness. The ship, which is 500 feet long, will provide temporary housing to 800 people working on off-shore oil rigs. Thanks to built-in tanks crafted to counteract waves, living there will be almost like living at home. "The ship is designed primarily to have as little motion as possible on the gangway," Johannes Eldøy, a project developer at Salt Ship Design, told Mashable. "These roll reduction tanks have proven very efficient." The tanks are filled with water; air valves on the roof of each blast the water around to create waves of various sizes. The artificial waves balance out the natural ones so the boat doesn't rock. The vessel is also equipped with si
Economic Growth Threatens World Languages

Economic Growth Threatens World Languages

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Ashaninka Indian girls attend a public school in the Kinkibiri village, Pichari district, Peru, which teaches in Spanish.Image: Rodrigo Abd/Associated PressMany world languages may become extinct due to economic growth, a new study suggests. Already today, several of the world's nearly 7,000 languages face a serious risk of extinction. "For example, Ainu, a language in Japan, is now seriously threatened, with only 10 native speakers left," said lead study author Tatsuya Amano at the University of Cambridge in England. The United Nations has noted that half of the languages spoken today will disappear by the end of this century if nothing is done to save them. "I personally think that the diversity of languages is associated with the diversity of human cultures, which are definitely worth p...
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...
Supernova ‘CSI’ Team Eyes Old Photos for Stellar Blast Victim

Supernova ‘CSI’ Team Eyes Old Photos for Stellar Blast Victim

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In a forensic twist on astronomy, scientists turned sleuths are trying to track down the stellar victim of a supernova explosion that occurred last year. An exploded star was discovered on May 31, 2011, in the famous nearby Whirlpool Galaxy (M51), which lies about 23 million light-years from our own Milky Way. Supernovas are thought to occur when massive stars reach the end of their lives, running out of fuel to power their inner furnaces and collapsing in on themselves to form dense neutron stars or black holes. This supernova, called SN 2011dh, peaked in brightness in June 2011, shining light across the universe that was picked up by telescopes here on Earth. Now, astronomers are going back to photos taken of the galaxy before the supernova to try to find the star that exploded. Astronom...
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
Thousands flee homes as Australian wildfires rage

Thousands flee homes as Australian wildfires rage

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Image: Scott James Murphy via FacebookSYDNEY — Thousands of Australians fled their homes, as wildfires raged across the nation's south on Saturday, with firefighters struggling to contain the blazes fanned by strong winds. Six homes were destroyed by the fires in South Australia and Victoria states, officials said, though no serious injuries have been reported. Dry conditions and temperatures in the upper 30s Celsius (around 100 degrees Fahrenheit) were causing headaches for firefighters battling the blazes. Officials said it would likely take days to get the fires under control. 'Fire Cloud' Thankful that the fire hasn't gone in our direction but feeling for all those friends who had to evacuate and for the towns in the firing line. Have spent a lot of time in Kersbrook, Cudlee Creek
‘Abnormality’ Snags China Moon Rover on Lunar Science Mission

‘Abnormality’ Snags China Moon Rover on Lunar Science Mission

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Image: CASC/China Ministry of DefenseChina's Jade Rabbit moon rover may have stubbed its lucky foot. The state-run Xinhua news agency reported Saturday that China's Yutu moon rover (the name means Jade Rabbit) "has experienced a mechanical control abnormality, and scientists are organizing repairs." It is not clear how serious the abnormality, but the news agency said the moon rover's malfunction occurred due to the "complicated lunar surface environment," citing the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND). The issue with the solar-powered rover robot emerged as it entered its second hibernation period on the moon Jan. 25 as the lunar night fell, according to SASTIND officials. Earlier on Jan. 24 the Chang'e 3 lander also went into its ow...
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...
Japan Launches Robotic Supply Ship to Space Station

Japan Launches Robotic Supply Ship to Space Station

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An unmanned Japanese spaceship soared into orbit from an island launch site Friday (July 20), beginning a weeklong journey to deliver vital supplies to astronauts living on the International Space Station. The H-2 Transfer Vehicle-3 (HTV-3), nicknamed Kounotori 3 (Japanese for "White Stork 3"), is delivering student science projects, a new camera system, as well as food and spare equipment. It is due to arrive at the orbiting laboratory in about a week. Kounotori 3 lifted off atop a Japanese H-2B rocket at 10:06 p.m. EDT (0206 GMT Saturday, or 11:06 a.m. Japan time Saturday) from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. It is the third of its kind to fly, following the flights of HTVs 1 and 2 in September 2009 and January 2011, respectively.  On July 27, the spaceship will fly to w
3 Dead After U.N. Helicopter Reportedly Shot Down in South Sudan

3 Dead After U.N. Helicopter Reportedly Shot Down in South Sudan

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People who fled ethnic violence in South Sudan lined up for food aid from a U.N. helicopter in 2012. The U.N. said a helicopter crashed Tuesday in South Sudan.Image: HANNAH MCNEISH/AFP/Getty ImagesThis story was updated at 1:45 p.m. ET with new information. A United Nations helicopter on a routine cargo flight crashed in South Sudan, the U.N. Mission in South Sudan said on Tuesday. A South Sudan government spokesman told The Associated Press that it appears the aircraft was shot down. Three crew members died in the incident, the UN Mission said. “I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and wish a full and speedy recovery to the injured crew member,” said Toby Lanzer, the officer-in-charge of the mission. "Three crew dead, one injured in UNMISS helicopter
Ebola patient zero may have been infected by a bat

Ebola patient zero may have been infected by a bat

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Mexican free-tail bats flying at night in Texas. Image: USFWS/Ann FroschauerIn the small village of Meliandou, in Guinea, stood a tall, hollowed-out tree where children loved to play. But thousands of bats lived in the tree, and one toddler — a 2-year-old named Emile Ouamouno — may have contracted Ebola from playing there. Emile, who died in December 2013, was "patient zero," or the first person known to have contracted Ebola in the current outbreak that has now claimed at least 7,600 lives in the region. In a new study, researchers looking for the source of the outbreak found that free-tailed bats (Mops condylurus) lived in the tree. These bats are likely a reservoir of the disease, the researchers concluded. The tree was about 165 feet away from Emile's house, in the village of 31 house
Glowing Sharks Evolved Special Eyes to See Light in the Deep Ocean

Glowing Sharks Evolved Special Eyes to See Light in the Deep Ocean

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Bioluminescent sharks have evolved eyes (like this lantern shark one) that can detect the subtle light patterns produced by fellow sharks in the dimly lit twilight zone of the ocean.Image: Dr. Jérôme Mallefet (FNRS/UCL)In the "twilight zone" of the deep ocean, strange glowing sharks have evolved eyes that are adapted to see complex patterns of light in the dark, new research reveals. These bioluminescent sharks have a higher density of light-sensitive cells in their retinas, and some species have even developed other visual adaptations that help them see the glimmering lights they use to signal to each other, find prey and camouflage themselves in this region where little light penetrates, according to a study published Aug. 6 in the journal PLOS ONE. "There are about 50 different shark s
They Call This 1000 Islands. And After Seeing What’s On Them, I Want To Move There Immediately.

They Call This 1000 Islands. And After Seeing What’s On Them, I Want To Move There Immediately.

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If you love island living and are looking to move, this is just the place for you that doesn't include an overwhelming amount of sun exposure. (I just hope you have enough money to buy a castle.) Between the Canada-United States border, there is a beautiful place called Thousand Islands. You might know the name because of the extremely fattening (but delicious) salad dressing, but there is more to Thousand Islands than that. It's an archipelago consisting of 1,864 islands. ... And I want to buy a house there right now. The islands stretch out for about 50 miles. Some are as large as 40 square miles. Others are small enough to only have room for a single house (as seen here with Just Roo...
Space Selfies Are Go! Interactive Orbital Camera Gets Funding

Space Selfies Are Go! Interactive Orbital Camera Gets Funding

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Instagram with video? That's old news. How about taking a picture of yourself in orbit, with the entire Earth as your backdrop? That will be possible in the next few years, now that the Arkyd Space Telescope has met the $1 million goal on Kickstarter that it announced last month. The Arkyd is the brainchild of Planetary Resources, an asteroid mining company launched last year with backing from a handful of Google and Microsoft billionaires. The Arkyd is set to be launched around 2015, on a mission of hunting for viable asteroids to mine for trillions of dollars in minerals; it already had funding for the launch part. The Kickstarter campaign opens the telescope up to the public to point wherever they want (except right at the sun) and to load pictures on the onboard screen. (See Grumpy ...
The 14 Most Inspirational Kids of 2012

The 14 Most Inspirational Kids of 2012

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The 14 Most Inspirational Kids of 2012 1. Nine-Year-Old Caine Monroy Caine Monroy, 9, spent a summer building an awe-inspiring cardboard game arcade at his father's East Los Angeles used car parts store. Filmmaker Nirvan Mullick was one of Caine's first and only customers — that is, before Mullick orchestrated a flashmob of supporters to play with Caine's creative cardboard games. Each time a player scored, Caine would crawl under the box to dispense a thread of arcade tickets through a small slice in the box. Mullick's 11-minute film about Caine's Arcade has been viewed more than 7 million times since it was uploaded in April. Caine's story sparked the imagination of kids around the world who have seen his project. The Imagination Foundation was founded this year, in honor o
Student Mauled to Death by White Tiger in Indian Zoo

Student Mauled to Death by White Tiger in Indian Zoo

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Police officers cover up the body of the deceased man.Image: AP Images/Associated PressA white tiger killed a young man who climbed over a fence at the New Delhi zoo. The 20-year-old student jumped into the animal's enclosure Tuesday, a spokesman said. Despite repeated warnings that he shouldn't get too close to the outdoor enclosure, the man eventually climbed over a knee-high fence, through some small hedges, then jumped down 18 feet into a protective moat, said National Zoological Park spokesman Riyaz Ahmed Khan. The male tiger, which lives on a grassy tree-filled island, grabbed the man from the moat. Footage broadcast on NDTV showed the tiger carrying the man around the island. A white tiger, not identified as the animal that killed the man, seen at New Delhi Zoo.Image: AP Images/As...
Astronauts Auction Artifacts to Support Asteroid-Hunting Telescope

Astronauts Auction Artifacts to Support Asteroid-Hunting Telescope

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Two astronauts are now auctioning their personal space artifacts in a bid to help protect the Earth from asteroids. Apollo 9 spacewalker Rusty Schweickart and International Space Station flight engineer Ed Lu have put up for sale flown-in-space mission patches, flags, medals and pins to support the launch of the private Sentinel space telescope designed to discover, map and track asteroids with orbits that approach Earth and therefore are a risk to humanity. "We want to literally save the world," said Lu, who as CEO leads the B612 Foundation, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to opening up the frontier of space exploration and protecting humanity from asteroid impacts. "Not only will the money raised by this auction go to supporting the Sentinel mission, but also we hope the incr...
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
5 Alien Planets That We Could Call Home

5 Alien Planets That We Could Call Home

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The controversial exoplanet Gliese 581g is the best candidate to host life beyond our own solar system, according to a new ranking of potentially habitable alien worlds. Gliese 581g shot to the top of the list — which researchers at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo's Planetary Habitability Laboratory (PHL) published last week — after a new study marshaled support for its long-debated existence. The exoplanet was discovered in September 2010, but other astronomers began casting doubt on its existence just weeks later. Now Gliese 581g's discoverers have rebutted their critics' charges in a new paper, and have done so effectively enough to get the PHL onboard. Here's a brief rundown of the PHL's top five habitable alien planets: 1. Gliese 581g This rocky world — if it does indeed exis