News emerged earlier in the week that some journalists are refusing to cover the 2016 Summer Olympics over fears that they might contract Zika, a mosquito-borne virus spreading across Brazil and other regions. Zika is widely known to potentially cause serious birth defects in babies, and the outbreak in and around Brazil has been a topic of heated debate where the Olympics are concerned. But it’s not just journalists who are taking precautions amid fears that infected mosquitos will spread the virus throughout the Summer Games — the Olympians themselves are now also beginning to take steps to protect themselves and their families. More →
Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have been flirting around each other like teens at a high school dance. But thanks to Sanders’ appearance on Kimmel last night, we’re finally getting a look at whether this debate is going to happen, and what Sanders thinks it should look like.
An elderly hiker who wondered off a trail in the Appalachian mountains in 2013 was found dead two years later, but her story wouldn’t end there. A journal recovered with her body details an ordeal that would last at least 26 days before she finally perished due to lack of food and exposure. More →
A 20-year old man in Santiago, Chile over the weekend attempted to commit suicide by breaking into a lion enclosure and subsequently stripping off all of his clothes at a local zoo. As one would expect, the man’s presence quickly drew the attention of a pride of three lions who shortly thereafter began to play with the man before beginning to outright attack him in front of a group of stunned onlookers.
What if the U.S. could seed secret pods deep in the oceans that suddenly burst out of the water unleashing devastating surprise attacks on the enemy? While this sounds like the stuff of science fiction the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working to make this amazing project science fact.
Known as Upward Falling Payloads (UFPs), the pods are made by DARPA, which aims to develop innovative technologies to keep the U.S. safe. More →
Police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old woman in Arpajon, France, who appears to have thrown herself in front of a train while livestreaming on Periscope yesterday. As the latest (and most graphic) in a series of disturbing incidents livestreamed using the app, it shines a dark light on the service.
The video now appears to have been pulled from Periscope, but the New York Times reports some snippets are still on YouTube. The woman appears on a couch, talking to viewers in a “sober” fashion as she lays out her plans. Other users asked questions and appeared to goad her on, saying things like “We’re waiting” and “Give us a hint.” Police also said that the woman sent a text to one of her relatives a few minutes before her death, stating her intentions. It’s unclear whether any Periscope users made an effort to contact police after realizing her plans.
With consumer electronics products becoming smaller and increasingly more powerful over the years, students have started to come up with any number of clever ways to discreetly cheat on exams. You might recall, for instance, that a group of 50 students at an elite High School in New York were caught up in a massive cheating ring that centered on slyly taking photos of exams ahead of time.
In the most recent instance of technology creatively being used for cheating purposes, a group of students taking an entrance exam for medical school in Thailand were caught using an elaborate system that relied upon smartwatches and hidden cameras embedded in eyeglasses. More →
Snapchat’s speed filter is an awful, awful idea. For those unaware, it’s a feature of the popular messaging app Snapchat that uses sensors in a smartphone to record the speed at which a user is traveling when he or she sends a message. Users earn trophies for reaching high speeds, so needless to say they often try to send snaps from fast-moving cars. And if they’re stupid enough, they try to send snaps while they’re driving fast-moving cars.
Enter Christal McGee, an 18-year-old girl from Atlanta who almost killed herself and left another driver with brain injuries when she struck his car at over 100 mph while using Snapchat. More →
Top sniper teams from the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines went head to head last week – but who proved they were the best?
Snipers from the world’s most elite special operations forces converged on Fort Bragg, North Carolina for the seventh annual Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition hosted by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
The annual competition is five grueling days designed to test the world’s best snipers to the limit. Some 25 teams took part in 21 incredibly difficult events during the competition, which ran from March 20 through March 25. More →
A man on a hoverboard shot a driver in Dallas early Thursday and then rolled away to avoid capture, Fox 4 News reports.
Police were called to a gas station in northwest Dallas shortly after 4 a.m. where they found a man with a gunshot wound in his arm. The wounded man told police that he was driving when a black male with dreadlocks rode by and shot him. More →
ISIS has issued a threat to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey over the companies’ effort to take down terror-affiliated accounts, according to a published report.
Vocativ reported Wednesday it had uncovered a 25-minute video allegedly created by ISIS on the instant messaging app Telegram. The video shows a photo of Zuckerberg and Dorsey with bullet holes across their faces. More →
It’s nothing short of astonishing that 64-year-old Vladimir Vodopivec managed to land safely after a mid-air explosion ripped a hole in the fuselage of the Airbus A321 he was piloting on Tuesday. But because he kept his cool amid the chaos, the plane’s 74 passengers and crew all survived to tell the tale, and one man even managed to film video of the interior of the plane as it barreled through the sky with a gaping hole in the side of the cabin. More →
Amazon is offering refunds to customers who bought ‘hoverboards’ on its website, according to the U.S. government, amid ongoing safety concerns about the technology.
Reports continue to swirl about hoverboards, which are actually two-wheeled scooters, catching fire. More →