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It's Wednesday, So Here's a Deer Licking a Camera - http://mashable.com/2014...
Talk about a camera ham. A deer in upstate New York pranced up to a man's front porch and casually licked his camera. Good thing this deer has a photogenic nose. Dogs in Wheelchairs Playing Fetch Is All You Need Right Now Army of Baes Invades Pharrell's 'Come Get It Bae' Music Video Weird Al Understands Your Feelings About Annoying Buzzwords The Confusing and Crappy World of Hip Bathroom Signs Read more... More about Viral Videos, Cute Animals, Watercooler, and Videos
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'Orange Is the New Black,' So a Michigan Jail Needs New Jumpsuits - http://mashable.com/2014...
Orange may be the new black on Netflix, but not at the Saginaw County Jail in Saginaw, Michigan. Sheriff William Federspiel said he started buying new black-and-white jumpsuits for inmates after the traditional orange jumpsuits — featured in the Netflix dramedy series Orange Is the New Black — became "cool." See also: Keep Frenemies Close With These 10 Tips From 'Orange is the New Black' "It's because as you see shows on television, like Orange Is the New Black, some people think it's cool to look like an inmate of the Saginaw County Jail with wearing all-orange jumpsuits out at the mall or in public," Federspiel told Mlive. "It's a concern because we do have our inmates out sometimes doing work in the public, and I don't want anyone to confuse them or have them walk away." Read more... More about Netflix, Tv, Us World, Us, and Jail
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Officials Search for 3 Days; Drone Finds Missing Man After 20 Minutes - http://mashable.com/2014...
After three fruitless days of extensive searching by authorities, an amateur drone pilot located a missing elderly man in a mere 20 minutes. On Sunday, David Lesh helped save Guillermo DeVenecia, an 82-year-old man who had gone missing for three days in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, last week. Search and rescue teams had been looking for him for all that time, using helicopters, search dogs, and hundreds of volunteers, according to the WMTV See also: Are the Hamas Drones Real? Then Lesh, who owns a ski and snowboard outerwear company in Colorado but was in the area on vacation, volunteered to help using his drone — and found DeVenecia in 20 minutes. Read more... More about Us World, Us, World, Drones, and Search And Rescue
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Putin Signs Law With Potential to Censor Facebook and Twitter in Russia - http://mashable.com/2014...
In a move that could have major implications for social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law Tuesday strengthening regulations on Internet data storage. Starting in 2016, the new law will require Internet operators to store Russian user data in centers within the country. Once data is stored on Russian servers, it will be subjected to Russian laws, putting it at risk for censorship, critics say. Companies that don't comply will be blocked from the web See also: Vladimir Putin's Last Victory The law is part of a plan to improve "the management of personal data of Russian citizens on computer networks,” Agence France-Presse reported. Critics say it could have a chilling effect on a variety of websites, including Facebook and Twitter, which do not have Russian data centers Read more... More about Us World and World
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U.N. Official Warns of Gaza War Crimes; Only U.S. Votes Against Investigating - http://mashable.com/2014...
GENEVA — The U.N.'s top human rights official demanded Tuesday that all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip refrain from indiscriminate attacks on civilians, warning that violations by both Israel and Hamas may amount to war crimes. The warning by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay came at a special session of the U.N.'s top human rights body, which voted 29-1 to authorize an international commission of inquiry to investigate alleged abuses since mid-June in the Gaza Strip. See also: 'My Saddest Photo Yet': Astronaut Sees Israel and Gaza Rocket Fire From Space Only the United States voted against the resolution championed by Arab nations. Another 17 of the Human Rights Council's 47 member-states abstained. Read more... More about United Nations, Us World, World, and Israel Gaza Conflict
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Cyber Thieves Broke Into 1,000 StubHub Accounts and Bought Tickets - http://mashable.com/2014...
Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently purchased tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said. Arrests were expected in a case that sprawled across international borders, said the official, who wasn't authorized to discuss it ahead of arrests being announced and spoke on the condition of anonymity. See also: The 25 Worst Passwords of 2013 Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. was expected to hold a news conference Wednesday with London and Royal Canadian Mounted Police officials. A spokeswoman for Vance's office declined to comment Tuesday night on the case, which comes amid growing concern about data thieves targeting retailers and other consumer giants. Read more... More about Ebay, Password, Stubhub, Cybersecurity, and Data Breach
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Sierra Leone's Top Ebola Doctor, 'National Hero' Contracts the Virus - http://mashable.com/2014...
Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor has reportedly saved over 100 patients from the deadly disease — now he will have to fight it within his own body. Sheik Umar Khan, 39, is a virologist whom Sierra Leone's health minister called a "national hero" for his efforts to fight the spread of the Ebola virus. He is now receiving treatment at a center run by the NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), according to a Reuters report. Though he is reportedly alive, his current condition is unknown See also: Understanding the Ebola Virus Khan acknowledged the risk he was taking back in June, when he told Reuters that treating patients had him "afraid for my life." That risk was heightened just this past week when three nurses died after contracting the disease in the same treatment center where Khan worked. Medical staff, including Khan, reportedly protect against possible infection by wearing goggles, gloves, a mask and other protective clothing, but the risk of contracting the...
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Fox Invades Comic-Con With Drones - http://mashable.com/2014...
Comic-Con, the 2014 iteration of which kicks off Thursday in San Diego, has seen an increasing amount of outlandish stunts over the years — stadiums full of zombies, entire pop-up houses devoted to movies But Fox is set to kick it up a notch this year by bringing along a bunch of drones to promote the show 24 — and giving attendees instructions on how to pilot them. (What could possibly go wrong?) See also: Movie News Still Rules Comic-Con. Here's What You'll See This Year We're told that the drone promotion, revealed exclusively to Mashable, includes lessons from a FAA-licensed drone pilot. Each DJI Phantom Vision 2+ quadrocopter comes equipped with a camera that will record the flight. Participating pilots will be encouraged to share the resulting video on social media Read more... More about Comic Con, Entertainment, and Tv
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AP's Botched Tweet Is Reminder Twitter Needs to Address Corrections - http://mashable.com/2014...
The Associated Press made news on Wednesday, but not the kind it intended The news organization put out a breaking news update that the plane carrying the bodies of victims from the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine had landed in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, the way that update was worded led many to mistakenly believe the plane with the remains had crashed as well BREAKING: Dutch military plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash lands in Eindhoven. — The Associated Press (@AP) July 23, 2014 Some rightly questioned whether a plane landing safely merits the "BREAKING" news treatment. Perhaps that was part of the reason why those who saw the original update were primed to believe another plane had crashed. When you see a breaking news alert about an airplane, it's usually not good news. Read more... More about Media, Twitter, and Business
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Reddit's Live Feature Is Now ... Live - http://mashable.com/2014...
Reddit's live thread feature, which has been embraced by the site's news junkies covering topics like the Syrian civil war and the conflict in Ukraine, has been rolled out to all users "I’m pleased to announce that reddit live is now… ahem… live," a Reddit representative wrote in a blog post See also: Reddit's Newsgathering Comes of Age After Growing Pains Reddit live is the site's first project that exists primarily outside the subreddit system that the site uses to organize topics, links and comments. The project was born out of interest on the comment boards of reddit for a way to track live events without having to refresh each page Read more... More about Reddit, Media, Tech, Apps Software, and Real Time News
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GM Issues 60th Recall, Bringing Year's Total to 29.7 Million - http://mashable.com/2014...
DETROIT — General Motors is issuing six more recalls covering a total of almost 718,000 vehicles in the U.S. The latest recalls bring the total for GM so far this year to 60, affecting a record 29.7 million cars and trucks. GM already has passed the 22 million vehicles recalled by all automakers last year. The biggest recall announced Wednesday was for just over 414,000 cars and small SUVs for faulty seats. Other problems include incomplete welds on seat brackets, turn signal failures, power steering failures, loose suspension bolts and faulty roof rack bolts. See also: Why Are There So Many Auto Recalls These Days? Read more... More about Gm, Business, and Recalls
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The Netherlands Mourns as Bodies of Malaysia Airlines Victims Are Returned - http://mashable.com/2014...
Strangers fondled their luggage, read their diaries, and poured over their effects spread out in the burned field of the crash site: Teddy bears, magazines, I love Amsterdam T-shirts. According to some reports, credit cards, cell phone and even a wedding ring were looted. And for days, the bodies just lay there — some only partially clothed. Today, the first victims were returned to the Netherlands and finally honored, almost a week after they were killed as Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was shot down, reportedly by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. Indrukwekkend, ontroerend, waardig #MH17 pic.twitter.com/Cml3R5Il7Q — Michiel Servaes (@michielservaes) July 23, 2014 Read more... More about Netherlands, Us World, World, Mh17, and Malaysian Airlines
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Astronaut Sees Israel and Gaza Rocket Fire From Space - http://mashable.com/2014...
The rapid-fire rocket exchange between Israel and Hamas on Wednesday evening was so bright it could be seen from more than 200 miles above. German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted two images on Wednesday that he took as the International Space Station was flying over Israel and Gaza. The rocket fire and explosions crisscrossing between the two areas are visible in the photos. (Mashable reached out to NASA for further clarification on where the explosions are located in the images. We will update shortly.) My saddest photo yet. From #ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza & #Israel pic.twitter.com/jNGWxHilSy — Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) July 23, 2014 Read more... More about Space, Israel, Gaza, Astronauts, and Us World
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Man Kicked Off Flight After Tweeting About 'Rude' Gate Agent - http://mashable.com/2014...
Complaining about a flight on Twitter has become common practice for frequent travelers, but for one Minneapolis man a tweet did more than get a response from the airline on social media. He was asked to leave the plane — before eventually being allowed to re-board. See also: Teen Arrested After Tweeting Terror Threat to American Airlines Duff Watson had priority status to board a Southwest Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis. At the gate, his two children were not allowed to join him in boarding early. He tweeted about it: "Something to the effect of, ‘Wow, rudest agent in Denver. Kimberly S, gate C39, not happy @SWA,’” he told the local CBS station. Read more... More about Twitter, Airlines, and Southwest
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Here's Why MOBAs Are Taking Over the Gaming World - http://mashable.com/2014...
Games like League of Legends and Dota 2 have been inescapable forces in the gaming world, but those uninitiated to the genre might be left wondering why they're so popular. Both these games are part of a genre called MOBAs, or "multiplayer online battle arenas." Not only are they converting gamers, and their dollars, by the millions, they're attracting publishers all over the world to develop games around this frenetically paced, highly competitive model. See also: 14 Video Games That Changed My Life If you're in the dark about what these games are and why they are so important, check out our Mashable Explains video above. If you like it, be sure to subscribe to the Mashable YouTube channel. Read more... More about Video, Entertainment, Gaming, Videos, and Conversations
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'The Amazing Spider-Man 3' Delayed; 'Sinister Six' Gets 2016 Release Date - http://mashable.com/2014...
Sony is doing precious little at Comic-Con this year — with no Spider-Man film in production, the Columbia Pictures panel isn't even in Hall H — but they'll be back soon enough. Just not as soon as we thought, and with different titles to promote. The studio on Wednesday announced that Sinister Six, its supervillain team-up from the Spider-Man "universe," will be released November 11, 2016. It also said The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which had been set for June 10, 2016, is now coming sometime in 2018. SEE ALSO: Movie News Still Rules Comic-Con. Here's What You'll See This Year That prime June date now falls to Uncharted, based on the Playstation game featuring Nathan Drake — a project that's been in development for a good long while now and finally gets a deadline and a fast-track. Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) is already set to direct his first big-budget action project. Read more... More about Movies, Comic Con, Entertainment, Film, and The Amazing Spider Man
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Army of Baes Invades Pharrell's 'Come Get It Bae' Music Video - http://mashable.com/2014...
Don't lie. Whenever you hear the word "happy" you think of Pharrell's "Happy." Now, he wants you to think of him whenever you hear "bae." What is a bae? The acronym, standing for "before anyone else," is often used as a substitute for baby, boo or sweetie, according to the Urban Dictionary. Pharrell, through his lyrics and dance-filled video, tries to contextually explain bae with a bunch of ladies that could, we guess, potentially be his bae, along with an assist from the Internet's love-her-or-hate-her bae Miley Cyrus. What are you waiting for? Just push play, bae. Weird Al Understands Your Feelings About Annoying Buzzwords Catey Shaw Becomes the Rebecca Black of Brooklyn Weird Al's Parody of Lorde's 'Royals' Is About Sandwiches and Illuminati The Confusing and Crappy World of Hip Bathroom Signs Read more... More about Music, Entertainment, Miley Cyrus, Music Videos, and Pharrell
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The Group of Bloggers Unearthing MH17 Intel Quicker Than U.S. Spies - http://mashable.com/2014...
In the furor to determine who — and what — shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a group of citizen journalists armed with simple intuition and an Internet connection has been collecting information more nimbly than American spies. On Tuesday, U.S. intelligence officials admitted that while it's true that Russia has been arming pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine for months, no proof exists that the Buk SA-11 surface-to-air missile launcher, which Washington says took down the plane, was Russian See also: The Nightmare Ukraine Has Been Living for Months "We don't know a name, we don't know a rank and we're not even 100% sure of a nationality," one official said during a press briefing. "There is not going to be a Perry Mason moment here." A Perry Mason moment refers to a dramatic introduction of evidence, previously unknown to most, that seemingly changes the outcome of an investigation or legal proceeding. Read more... More about Citizen Journalism, Media, Us World, Us, and...
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This Game Generates the Infinity of Space With an Algorithm - http://mashable.com/2014...
Sean Murray, one of the creators of the computer game No Man’s Sky, can’t guarantee that the virtual universe he is building is infinite, but he’s certain that, if it isn’t, nobody will ever find out. “If you were to visit one virtual planet every second,” he says, “then our own sun will have died before you’d have seen them all.” No Man’s Sky is a video game quite unlike any other. Developed for Sony’s PlayStation 4 by an improbably small team (the original four-person crew has grown only to 10 in recent months) at Hello Games, an independent studio in the south of England, it’s a game that presents a traversable universe in which every rock, flower, tree, creature and planet has been “procedurally generated” to create a vast and diverse play area. Read more... More about Algorithm, Computer Games, Game Developers, Science Fiction, and Entertainment
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Foursquare Checks Out of the Check-in Game, Reveals New Logo - http://mashable.com/2014...
Foursquare's attempt to transform itself from a check-in app into Yelp continues with a new app and a new logo. Back in May, Foursquare announced that it was taking the check-in out of the main app and wrapping it into Swarm, a new distinct app. When Swarm was released, users who didn't download the app could continue to use Foursquare to check-in to their favorite locations. See also: 6 Uses for Foursquare You Never Considered Starting Thursday, that will no longer be the case. If you want to check-in, you'll need to install and use Swarm. The official Foursquare app will have check-ins removed and focus primarily on local discovery and recommendations Read more... More about Swarm, Foursquare, Check Ins, Startups, and Tech
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Investigators Say MH17 Black Boxes Intact, Data Successfully Downloaded - http://mashable.com/2014...
The flight data and cockpit voice recorders from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 safely arrived at a UK laboratory on Wednesday morning and investigators have already begun to pore through their data. So far, investigators say, so good. Officials who examined the Cockpit Voice Recorder say it "was damaged but the memory module was intact." They report seeing no evidence of manipulation, according to the Dutch. Its data, they say, was successfully downloaded and contains "valid data" from the flight's cockpit. Data Cockpit Voice Recorder #MH17 downloaded http://t.co/DW9a5lekVM — Onderzoeksraad (@Onderzoeksraad) July 23, 2014 Read more... More about Netherlands, Us World, World, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 In Ukraine
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The Ardent Fans of Turkey's Erdogan - http://mashable.com/2014...
Turkey's populist prime minister is running for president and legions of young female supporters are rallying behind him. Friday evening, Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, broke his Ramadan fast with hundreds of supporters at one of his first campaign events in Istanbul since announcing his bid to run for president. Bus-loads of fans jammed into a seaside park to catch a glimpse of their beloved leader, while his closest allies—a cadre of glammed-up celebrities, politicians from his Justice and Development Party, or AKP, and its young, social media-savvy foot soldiers—dined in a walled-off section, snapping selfies. Read more... More about Turkey, Us World, World, Erdogan, and Akp
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FAA Extends Israel Flight Ban for Another Day - http://mashable.com/2014...
U.S. airlines are not allowed to travel to or from Tel Aviv's airport for another 24 hours, the FAA announced on Wednesday The ban is an extension of FAA's initial restriction on Tuesday that barred all U.S. airlines from flying into Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport. The move came shortly after rocket fire hit near the Israeli airport Delta, US Airways and United had all cancelled their flights shortly before the FAA restriction Hours later, their counterparts in Europe and Canada followed — Germany's Lufthansa, Italian airline Alitalia and Air France all acted before the European Aviation Safety Agency issued an advisory — despite protests from the Israeli government. Israeli airline El Al maintained its regular flight schedule. Read more... More about Israel, Us World, Us, World, and Israel Gaza Conflict
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Scientists Use a Sponge to Turn Sunlight Into Steam Energy - http://mashable.com/2014...
Nearly all utility plants generate electricity with steam. Whether it’s a coal plant or a nuclear plant or a solar thermal plant, all of these facilities use fuel to heat water to create steam that turns a turbine that generates electricity. Now researchers at MIT have developed a completely new structure for turning sunlight into steam: a sponge. The advance could one day lead to an efficient, inexpensive and emission-free way for creating steam that could be used to not only generate steam for energy but also for desalination and sterilization. SEE ALSO: Store Wind Energy Underground This sponge, developed by Gang Chen, head of MIT’s Mechanical Engineering Department, post-doc Hadi Ghasemi and their colleages, is comprised of a layer of graphite flakes on top of a carbon foam that float on layers of liquid, including water. When sunlight hits the surface, it produces a hotspot in the graphite that pulls water up through the porous material. Heated, the rising water evaporates as...
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Big Data's Effect on Organ Transplant Wait Lists - http://mashable.com/2014...
Of 28,594 organs transplanted in 2013, you haven’t heard about most. The stories of a few might go viral thanks to social media, but the vast majority of donated organs are harvested from deceased donors or taken from living donors in relative obscurity.   While the total number of organs transplanted seems like an impressive amount, nearly 18 people still die each day waiting for a new organ, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, the private, non-profit organization that manages the U.S.’s organ transplant system under a contract with the federal government Faced with more than 120,000 people who need a life-saving organ and a constant shortage of donors, economists, doctors and mathematicians are teaming up with data to save lives Read more... More about Medicine, Big Data, Tech, Apps Software, and Dev Design
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Climate Change May Doom the Wine Cork - http://mashable.com/2014...
Wine lovers might treasure the oaky, full-bodied taste of a cabernet sauvignon or the light and fruity aroma of a pinot grigio. But if the bottle is stopped with a low-quality cork, they can kiss that meticulously cultivated flavor goodbye. Many people may only worry about corks when it's time to pop the Champagne, but some experts are worried about wine cork quality, which has been mysteriously in decline for almost 20 years. Corks are made from the bark of Quercus suber trees, commonly called cork oaks, which grow only in southwest Europe and northwest Africa. More and more low-quality cork trees with thin bark are sprouting up. Read more... More about Wine, Climate Change, Us World, Climate, and Cork
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Microsoft Admits to Killing the Surface Mini - http://mashable.com/2014...
Microsoft has confirmed it cancelled plans to release a Surface Mini tablet in the spring. During Tuesday's quarterly earnings call, CFO Amy Hood said that part of the reason revenue from the company's line of Surface tablets took a hit was because it had decided to kill an unreleased product. See also: There Was No Surface Mini Because Microsoft Already Lost on Tablets "During the quarter, we reassessed our product roadmap and decided not to ship a new form factor that was under development," Hood said. While she doesn't identify the Surface Mini by name, other reports claimed Microsoft has scrapped plans to release the tablet late in the game, then the company accidentally confirmed the product's existence in a user manual that referenced the Mini directly. Read more... More about Microsoft, Tech, Gadgets, Mobile, and Surface Tablet
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George R.R. Martin Writes Back to Young Fan's Heartfelt Letter - http://mashable.com/2014...
Who knew so many people want to be killed off by George R. R. Martin? Martin's wolf sanctuary crowdfunding campaign with Prizeo, through which fans could purchase an in-book death at the hands of the Game of Thrones author for $20,000, has raised more $450,000 — more than double its initial goal. While the two "martyr" slots available were both purchased (one by a Facebook employee), one young fan's touching letter was enough to draw a personal response from the author See also: The Brutal Truth About 'Game of Thrones' Dads Mashable has obtained a correspondence between Martin and the 13-year-old fan named Jack, who lives in the United Kingdom. Read more... More about Crowdfunding, Tv, Game Of Thrones, Watercooler, and Conversations
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Add Landscape to Milky Way Pictures For Breathtaking Stellar Photography - http://mashable.com/2014...
Mike Taylor is an accomplished landscape astrophotographer and an instructor for night photography and post-processing. Taylor contributed this article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. As a night photography instructor, I'm always encouraging students to integrate inspiring landscape elements in their photographs to create stunning night-sky compositions. During a recent trip to Utah, I came across an iconic, gnarly tree clinging to the top of the canyon wall at Dead Horse Point State Park, and I knew I had to incorporate it into some astrophotographs. While one of my cameras shot time-lapse footage of the Milky Way moving across the sky behind the tree, I set up another camera to capture a 16-image panorama that features the full Milky Way arc and covers 240 degrees of view from north (left) to south (right). Read more... More about Digital Photography, How To, Us World, Milky Way, and Landscapes
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These 8 Funny Videos in 8 Days Earned Weird Al His First No. 1 Album - http://mashable.com/2014...
Weird Al Yankovic has finally laughed his way to the top of the charts with his 14th album, Mandatory Fun, more than 30 years after releasing his first. The project's debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart was bolstered by his #8videos8days stunt, which gave fans eight parody music videos in just as many days across YouTube and other online platforms such as College Humor, Funny or Die and Nerdist. See also: 8 Very Gaga Things Lady Gaga Said on Her Artpop Ball Tour Weird Al's social channels heavily promoted links to iTunes and Amazon, where people could buy the album, at one point as cheap as $5.99 on Amazon. Read more... More about Music, Entertainment, Music Videos, and Weird Al
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