Metro Los Angeles Safety Videos

Stick figure safety videos from Metro Los Angeles are equal parts hilarious and violent

Stick figure safety videos from Metro Los Angeles are equal parts hilarious and violent

By on June 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

When I took Drivers Ed way back when, I remember being shown unusually graphic videos from the 1960s which depicted horrific scenes recorded in the aftermath of particularly gruesome accidents. The message was clear, if not a bit overdone: driving can be exceedingly dangerous and you better obey the rules of the road lest you wind up in a video like this.

Perhaps looking to these videos for inspiration, Metro Los Angeles this week released five animated videos that illustrate all of the horrific things that can happen if you don’t respect the safety guidelines that govern train transit.

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Brexit: Google sees spike in UK searches for ‘getting an Irish passport’

By on June 24, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Brexit: Google sees spike in UK searches for ‘getting an Irish passport’

Google saw a 100 percent surge in U.K. searches for “getting an Irish passport” after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

The searches, which were mostly from Northern Ireland, spiked as news broke of the surprise result in Thursday’s referendum on E.U. membership. The Republic of Ireland is a member of the European Union.

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Hit List

Porsche Crash

This joy-riding teenager is about to be so grounded

By on June 24, 2016 at 4:55 PM.

This joy-riding teenager is about to be so grounded

Let’s say you’re a 16-year-old who took your mom’s car on a totally illegal joyride and hit a parked car. Should you A: call the police, report the incident, and face your mother’s wrath, or B: hit-and-run, drive to your friend’s house, and completely fail to park the car in a garage, messing up the door in the process?

I know which is the sensible option, but on the plus side, the footage of the failed parking makes for fantastic viewing.

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Brexit Vote Results

Brexit: when democracy feels like it doesn’t work

By on June 24, 2016 at 9:45 AM.

Brexit: when democracy feels like it doesn’t work

Last night, the majority of the British population voted to leave the European Union. It’s an act of direct democracy, high turnout voting on a simple yes-and-no question. But because of stunning generational divides, the result of the Brexit vote sure doesn’t feel like a fair and equitable outcome.

According to a YouGov poll, a huge majority of people under 50 voted to Remain. Among 18-24-year-olds, the age category that’s going to have to live with the consequences of this vote for all of their working lives, 75 percent voted to stay.

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Game Changers

What Happens If We Leave EU Brexit

‘What happens if we leave EU?’ search spike shows people have no idea what they voted on Brexit day

By on June 24, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

‘What happens if we leave EU?’ search spike shows people have no idea what they voted on Brexit day

As unfathomable it may have seemed to some, the Brexit is happening. The United Kingdom decided that it’s time to leave the European Union and be on its own again – well it’s not exactly on its own as there are a bunch of countries in it. However, it looks like many people have no idea what they voted in the Brexit referendum on Thursday. Or better said, according to a recent spike in search traffic, many people don’t understand what it means to leave the EU after the vote. That’s after so many experts from both sides tried to explain it in the months leading to this crucial vote. More →

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Steam Summer Sale 2016

All the best deals from Steam’s summer sale

By on June 23, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

All the best deals from Steam’s summer sale

The Steam summer sale is an institution by this point: once a year, when we’re all meant to be outside enjoying the weather, a bunch of absurdly low-priced games come around and convince us to stay inside, tanning from LCDs.

This year is a little different. Rather than being a bunch of daily sales, this year’s Steam summer sale is running from now until July 4th, and there are some fantastic deals inside.

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Trump Assassination Attempt

Someone tried to assassinate Donald Trump

By on June 21, 2016 at 9:02 AM.

Someone tried to assassinate Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s campaign has been nothing if not controversial. The republican presidential hopeful knows exactly how to push everyone’s buttons. Among his supporters he can do no wrong and among his critics he can do no right. But whichever side of the fence on which you stand, you have to appreciate the fact that Trump has an uncanny ability to steal the spotlight and evoke strong responses from his supporters and from the opposition.

This past weekend, things came to a head when a 19-year-old British man made an attempt on Trump’s life. More →

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F1 Sidecar Racing Video

Watch this video of the most insane sport you’ve never heard of

By on June 20, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Watch this video of the most insane sport you’ve never heard of

The odds are very good that you’ve never heard of F1 sidecar racing before, but we promise that you won’t soon forget it. This crazy sport began in the late 1940s and racers used rigs much like the ones you might envision when you think of a motorcycle and a sidecar. In the modern era, the sidecar racing has completely transformed into one of the craziest sports we’ve come across recently, and it’s just about as dangerous as it looks. More →

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Elon Musk Tesla Model S Boat

Elon Musk isn’t lying: Watch Tesla’s Model S float and steer through water like a boat

By on June 20, 2016 at 2:40 PM.

Elon Musk isn’t lying: Watch Tesla’s Model S float and steer through water like a boat

Over the past several years, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has become infamous for saying ridiculous things in public forums, but even if you don’t think we’re all living in a computer simulation, you can’t dismiss everything he says.

For example, over the weekend, he tweeted that the Model S “floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time,” and even shared video footage of a Model S “swimming” in a flooded tunnel in Kazakhstan to back up the claim.

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Trump Apple Republican Convention

Apple reportedly boycotts GOP convention because of Trump

By on June 20, 2016 at 8:20 AM.

Apple reportedly boycotts GOP convention because of Trump

Remember when Donald Trump asked people to boycott Apple for refusing to help the FBI unlock the San Bernardino shooting (but then kept using his iPhone anyway)? Well, now it appears Apple is ready to boycott the Republican party’s GOP convention over Trump. More →

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Greece migrants cellphones

Solar power is providing a lifeline of hope to migrants in Greece

By on June 19, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

Solar power is providing a lifeline of hope to migrants in Greece

No blog post is going to do justice to the difficulties of being a migrant, crossing the Mediterranean, and finding yourself in an impossible position in Greece.

One thing that makes the journey a little easier is cellphones, and by extension access to resources abroad, and family and friends at home. But staying charged up when you’re in refugee camps is presumably difficult, which is something that one team of students is trying to remedy. More →

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Copying Money

There’s a secret symbol on money that prevents you from copying it

By on June 16, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

There’s a secret symbol on money that prevents you from copying it

Have you ever tried to photocopy money, or just open an image of a $20 to put it into a dumb Photoshop? If so, you’re probably familiar with your device’s uncanny ability to spot a banknote, and prevent any kind of editing.

How does it do that? Well, no-one’s really sure, but here’s a good explainer of what we do know.

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