Harnessing salary data from Glassdoor, BusinessInsider recently put together a fascinating list detailing which positions at Google pay the most money. While Google, at its core, is an engineering company, they’re still a large corporation teeming with lawyers and marketing executives. Which is to say, some of the highest paying jobs at the search giant might surprise you a little bit.
What do you do when pesky mountains hinder your ability to transport people and goods as fast as possible between various destinations? Some countries will build railways around those mountains, but if you’re Switzerland, and you have to deal with your Alps, you just go ahead and build the world’s largest tunnel even if it takes more than 15 years to do it. More →
The manhunt for the man who killed two Virginia WDBJ7 employees on the air earlier this morning has come to an end. Police are now saying that Vester Lee Flanagan, formerly a news reporter at the above station, turned the gun on himself as the authorities were closing in on his location. Despite some conflicting reports, ABC News is reporting that he is not dead but is in very critical condition. He was reportedly found after his car ran off the road and crashed.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, we’ve come to find out more about who Flanagan was and what his motives may have been. More →
A horrific tragedy struck Virginia earlier today when a gunman, presumed to be a disgruntled employee, shot two WDBJ7 employees live on the air. The two victims are Alison Parker (age 24) who was the station’s news reporter and Adam Ward (age 27) who was the station’s cameraman.
“Law enforcement personnel have a photo of the suspect,” Governor Terry McAuliffe said in the shooting’s aftermath. “We believe it’s a disgruntled employee of the station, and they’re in pursuit.”
Subsequently, authorities found the alleged suspect’s vehicle unattended at the Roanoke Airport.
The most recent update has pegged former station employee Vester Lee Flanagan as the suspect. On air, Flanagan reported under the name Bryce Williams. According to WTVR, Flanagan had been fired from the station, though that news hadn’t yet been made public.
Shockingly, Flanagan posted first-hand video footage of the shooting online, both to his Twitter and Facebook accounts.
The Daily Beast adds:
In the tweets, Flanagan hinted at possible motives for the shooting. He tweeted about filing an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint and alleged that the reporter had made racist comments. “They hired her after that???” he tweeted. The slain producer, he claimed, complained to HR about him after working together one time. His final text tweet boasted about filming the attack.
Both accounts have since been suspended but a Google cached version his Twitter account (with no link to the video, we can assure you) can be seen below.
As it stands now on, Flanagan is still on the run and is wanted for murder.
UPDATE: The latest report is that Flanagan has since killed himself.
According to The Daily Beast: “At 11:37 a.m., police said over the radio to disregard the search for Flanagan, who is believed to be dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Below is a photo of Flanagan courtesy of ThinkProgress.
The Okanogan Complex wildfire in Washington State that you keep hearing about on the news is even more serious than you think. According to recent estimates, the fire is currently just 10% contained, burning more than 400 square miles, and officials say that it could continue burning until snow hits later this year. More →
Smugglers have a storied history when it comes to crafting clever and ingenious ways to conceal drugs and sneak them across ostensibly secure borders. Back in the early ’90s, cartels out of Columbia were the first to add a layer of technical sophistication to their drug smuggling activities when they began manufacturing small submarines designed to transport cocaine across International waters while avoiding detection. Since then, the technical capabilities of what are often referred to as narco-submarines have only increased. Some rigs have elaborate communications systems built-in and can sometimes cost upwards of $1 million to construct.
Interested in what’s going on outside the tech world this afternoon? Here are some news items that are rocking the web on July 27th, 2015. More →
With a defense budget that’s higher than China, Russia, France, and the UK combined, the United States has, without question, the most advanced military force on the planet.
Throughout history, the U.S. has always placed a premium on military superiority, though that’s not to say that there haven’t been some out and out military setbacks over the years.
Thanks to the smartphone, the number of photographs taken every year has absolutely exploded in a short amount of time. Case in point, it’s been estimated that approximately 1/3 of all the photos ever taken over the last 188 years were taken during the last 2 or 3 years. In a world where it’s never been easier to take photos and share them with the world, it’s only natural to wonder: What is the most viewed photograph of all time?
When it comes to corruption in sports, you’d be hard pressed to find an organization with fewer scruples than FIFA, the governing body of international soccer. Speaking to this point, authorities this past May indicted 14 FIFA officials on charges of wire fraud, racketeering, and money laundering. Suffice it to say, FIFA’s corruption is so rampant and has endured for so long that it makes the NCAA seem angelic in comparison.
They say truth is stranger than fiction. And sometimes, well, sometimes truth and fiction overlap in the craziest of ways.
During the season 5 finale of Game of Thrones, a once-proud Cersei Lannister was forced to march for miles through Kings Landing completely naked to atone for her sins. All the while, townspeople spewed vulgar insults in her direction while simultaneously hurling unspeakable objects her way. The scene, which went on for minutes on end, was dramatic and intensely emotional.
Tensions between the USA and Russia escalated on Independence Day, when the European superpower decided to send two pairs of Tupolev Tu-95 long-range strategic bombers, capable of carrying nuclear payloads, close to the coast of California and Alaska. The Air Force scrambled fighter jets to intercept them. More →
If you take a look at a list of the fastest airplanes to ever grace the skies, many of them, for whatever reason, were primarily active in the 1960s. That may change soon enough.
Military.com is reporting that the U.S. Air Force is looking to partner up and develop a hypersonic jet capable of traveling at five times the speed of sound, otherwise known as Mach 5. By way of contrast, the famed Concorde aircraft traveled at Mach 2.04.