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'The Voice' knockouts begin, and these first cuts were the deepest

Wednesday Oct 29th 2014

Last week on The Voice we lost half the competition and bid farewell to Stevie Nicks and Co. This round, we welcome new adviser Taylor Swift (who's having a great week, we might add), and say goodbye to even more talented performers

The show has also coined the best and strangest hashtag as of yet, and it's one you should all follow. We're talking about the hashtag #CatsWatchingTaylor, where all cats around the world are encouraged to share their love for Taylor, and that makes purrfect sense. Okay, that's it for the cat puns

See also: The Three Performances That Rocked the Final Week of Battles on 'The Voice' Read more...

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Get your zen on with this surfing video shot at 1000 frames per second

Wednesday Oct 29th 2014

Surfing, it seems, is a naturally calming sport. The waves, the beach, being one with the ocean, yada yada yada...

Chris Bryan is proving that with this totally zen, high resolution video showcasing surfers at 1000 frames per second

See also: Surfing Pig Hangs Four (Hooves) in Hawaii

Turn this video on during stressful work times — we guarantee you'll be transported to somewhere nicer than your cubicle.

BONUS: 15 Terrifying GoPro Videos to Make Your Heart Skip Read more...

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Ferguson police chief ouster reportedly in the works

Tuesday Oct 28th 2014

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson would leave his post and management of his beleaguered department would be overseen by the St. Louis County police chief, under a reported plan.

The proposal, first reported by CNN Tuesday, has been part of ongoing discussions amongst officials from local, state and federal agencies

But Jackson said he has not been asked to step aside

See also: Darren Wilson's Testimony Reveals His Account of Michael Brown Shooting: Report

"Nobody in my chain of command has asked me to resign, nor have I been terminated," he told CNN by phone

A similar statement was posted on his police department's Twitter feed. Read more...

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15 Vines that show an unexpected turn of events

Tuesday Oct 28th 2014

Many award-winning films lend their greatness to twist endings. Stories that are too predictable are often less interesting, so a good surprise really does the trick

Mashable, in collaboration with Unpopular Now, hosted a Vine challenge themed around unexpected endings. We asked you to wow us with a creative twist in your video.

See also: 12 Vines That Show the Artistic Value of a Glitch

"Trying to establish a scenario that has a surprise ending in six seconds is not easy," Unpopular Now CEO and Creative Director Peter Heacock said. "However, those that were up for the challenge made some great work." Read more...

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Report offers new detail on scope and scale of ISIS

Tuesday Oct 28th 2014

The violent militant group known as the Islamic State, which has taken control of large swaths of Syria and Iraq over the last few months, is an "alarming phenomenon" that has no precedents in the modern age, according to a new report.

The report, released late Tuesday by the intelligence services firm the Soufan Group, provides new detail on ISIS' internal structure, its area of influence and the origins of its fighters, drawing from previous reporting and open-source intelligence.

See also: The Unlikely Alliance of Hackers Fighting the Islamic State

ISIS is "an amazingly well-organized" group, according to Patrick Skinner, one of the authors of the report. Here's part of the group's organizational chart (click to enlarge): Read more...

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Why Kim Kardsahian won't help BlackBerry's comeback

Tuesday Oct 28th 2014

Kim Kardashian loves BlackBerry. So much, in fact, she's stockpiling her years-old favorite device just in case supplies run out.

This revelation, which came during her talk at Recode's Code Mobile conference Monday, almost instantly prompted discussions about whether the reality star, who referred to BlackBerry as "my heart and soul," would potentially back the company as an official spokeswoman.

See also: BlackBerry's Comeback Plan Is Bearing Fruit — So Far

But the Waterloo-based company apparently doesn't have much interest in the prospect. In a statement given to Mashable, the company gave what amounts to a pretty resounding "meh" in response to Kardashian's remarks. Read more...

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The science we lost when the Antares rocket exploded

Tuesday Oct 28th 2014

More than 1,600 pounds of scientific equipment and experiments were destroyed when a NASA-contracted rocket exploded just six seconds after takeoff from Virginia on Tuesday evening

The Antares rocket was carrying a Cygnus spacecraft that was packed with 5,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station. One-third of that load was dedicated to an exceptional scientific payload that included student experiments, a human health study and equipment that would have been used to study meteors

See also: 'It's gonna be loud': 7 eyewitness videos of the Antares rocket explosion

"We lost quite a bit of research hardware," said space station manager Mike Suffredini. He added that NASA would find another opportunity for the researchers and scientists to fly their experiments to the space station at a later date. "All these things can be replaced and will be over time." Read more...

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Senior Australian Islamic State recruiter reportedly killed in Middle East

Tuesday Oct 28th 2014

SYDNEY — A senior Australian Islamic State recruiter has reportedly been killed in the Middle East.

ABC News reported on Wednesday, Mohammad Ali Baryalei, who recruited dozens of Australians to Syria and Iraq, is believed to have been dead for four or five days.

Baryalei is the mastermind behind the plot to behead random members of the public in Sydney in September, according to government officials. The plot resulted in massive terror raids across Sydney and Brisbane.

The 33-year-old, who migrated from Afghanistan as a child, left Australia to fight with ISIS in April 2013. Before he left, he was an actor in the popular Underbelly: The Golden Mile television series while also working as a bouncer in Sydney's Kings Cross district.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told the Press Club the government were trying to verify his death. A warrant by the Australian Federal Police was out for Baryalei's arrest in relation to terrorist-related activity. Read more...

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Birds hold clue to preventing sickening in-flight turbulence

Tuesday Oct 28th 2014

SYDNEY — Australian researchers have used birds to help prevent dreaded in-flight turbulence.

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's Unmanned Systems Research Team studied the natural movement of feathers and the way a bird uses them to create a system that detects disturbances in the air.

See also: Australia is sweltering and the worst is still to come

Project researcher Abdulghani Mohamed told Mashable the idea was inspired by flying birds and insects, as they are able to deal with high levels of turbulence.

"We studied the biological systems of these animals to find that avian feathers and insect hairs are used by the brains of the corresponding species to sense turbulence and correct for it," he said. "We therefore proposed the concept of phase-advanced sensing and investigated a variety of sensors which are capable of sensing the flow disturbances before they result in an attitude perturbation." Read more...

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Vine star Jerome Jarre's prank on American Airlines flight allegedly prompts police response

Tuesday Oct 28th 2014

Airlines don't mess around, even with people who mess around with them.

Vine star Jerome Jarre allegedly learned that lesson the hard way on Tuesday when he staged a video shoot involving jumping out of the airline lavatory in a speedo, holding an inflatable turtle.

See also: Anti-Recliners Unite: Man Kicked Off Flight Says He'll Still Use the Knee Defender

Yes. You read that correctly.

Jarre is a professional self-promoter — as of June of this year, he was the fourth most-followed personality on Vine. He has 7.5 million followers on the social network.

According to his tweets, he was filming a Vine on board a flight to Miami that involved jumping out of the lavatory wearing a Speedo, and holding an inflatable, which he described as a duck, but a picture he shared shows a blow-up turtle. The six-second video has not been posted to his Vine account. Read more...

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Carol Danvers, Marvel's first female superhero, is also the most powerful

Tuesday Oct 28th 2014

LOS ANGELES — Carol Danvers — a.k.a. Captain Marvel — won't just be Marvel Studios' first woman to carry a superhero film. She can also kick all the boys' asses.

That's right: Neither Iron Man, nor Captain America, nor Thor, not even the Hulk — pretty much no one in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — would stand a chance going toe-to-toe with Danvers, a former Air Force pilot whose classic powers are more like DC Comics' alpha male (Superman) than anyone else's.

SEE ALSO: Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Inhumans join the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The version of Danvers we're likely to see onscreen on July 6, 2018, swiftly rose in the Air Force as a combat pilot, but her superior intellect and acumen for espionage found her in the C.I.A. and later working alongside Nick Fury. Later, during her time as security director for NASA, she meets Mar-Vell, the first Captain Marvel, who's a visiting member of the Kree alien race (to which Ronan the Accuser, the bad guy in Guardians of the Galaxy, belongs). Read more...

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New handyman clerk at Lowe's is a robot

Tuesday Oct 28th 2014

Someday, the helpful hardware man may not be a man at all

Lowe's, one of the biggest retail hardware and DIY stores in the U.S., unveiled on Tuesday its first in-store robot clerk: OSHbot.

See also: Jibo Wants to Be the World’s First Family Robot

The company is setting the roughly 5-feet-tall autonomous robot loose on unsuspecting consumers sometime soon in its San Jose, California-based Orchard Supply Store, a chain that's owned by Lowe's.

Developed by Fellow Robots, in partnership with Lowe's own Innovation Labs, OSHbot is to have a map of the store and obstacle avoidance abilities to make its way through the aisles. It will feature a large, 19.5-inch touchscreen on the front and be able to use speech recognition to communicate in English and, soon, a number of other languages, including Spanish. There's another even larger screen on the back of OSHbot, which appears to be primarily a place to run advertisements and in-store promotions. Read more...

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'It's gonna be loud': 7 eyewitness videos of the Antares rocket explosion

Tuesday Oct 28th 2014

Hundreds of spectators were near the NASA launchpad in Virginia with their cameras ready to capture the Antares launch on Tuesday evening. What they got instead was a fiery explosion followed by a deafening sound

See also: Students who watched science project explode on rocket ask to try again

There were no injuries, and the cause of the explosion is still under investigation. Here are the videos of the incident as seen from eyewitnesses on the ground.

Crazy. Sitting front row at the #NASA Goddard Space Station. The #Antares #rocket headed to the international space station explodes at launch. 10 seconds later you could feel the shockwave.

A video posted by Ian Z (@wutwolf) on Oct 10, 2014 at 3:52pm PDT Read more...

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Students who watched science project explode on rocket ask to try again

Tuesday Oct 28th 2014

Now that's the spirit.

A group of middle schoolers who watched a rocket explode as it was carrying their science project to the International Space Station on Tuesday night immediately asked their principal if they could try it again.

The students, who gathered at Hobby Middle School in San Antonio to watch their project take flight, were described as "resilient" by the school's principal, Lawrence Carranco, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

The Antares rocket, which was operated by Orbital Sciences, went up in flames just six seconds after launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The unmanned rocket was carrying a Cygnus spacecraft that was supposed to deliver supplies to the International Space Station on a routine mission. One-third of that cargo was made up of science experiments — exactly 1,602.8 pounds of them, according to NASA's cargo manifest. Read more...

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Elon Musk called the Antares rocket a 'joke' 2 years before it exploded

Tuesday Oct 28th 2014

An Orbital Sciences rocket operating under a NASA contract exploded shortly after launch on Tuesday evening, much to everyone's surprise — except, perhaps, Elon Musk.

Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, trashed Orbital Sciences for using outdated Russian engines during a 2012 Wired interview:

One of our competitors, Orbital Sciences, has a contract to resupply the International Space Station, and their rocket honestly sounds like the punch line to a joke. It uses Russian rocket engines that were made in the ’60s. I don’t mean their design is from the ’60s—I mean they start with engines that were literally made in the ’60s and, like, packed away in Siberia somewhere. Read more...

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Hoax radio message to air traffic control sparks search for fake missing plane

Tuesday Oct 28th 2014

A bizarre call to air traffic control, claiming to be from a pilot having trouble while flying over the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, sparked a massive land and ocean search — and was later revealed to be a hoax.

On Monday, a man speaking in a slurred voice radioed in to say he lost his landing lights and was struggling to get his vehicle under control

See also: 'Doctor Who's' scariest monsters were made of plywood and glue

A user on the professional pilot's forum PPRUNE said he was listening to flight recordings when he stumbled upon the chilling message.

"Really strange calls from the pilot sounded like super drunk or stressed slow, slow calls, really labored voice," the user wrote. "Structural damage to plane from 'hitting a foreign object' VH-TLV call sign. ATC did a good job under real stress. You can download the audio from the internet, it's just terrible." Read more...

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FIFA unveils 2018 World Cup emblem from International Space Station

Tuesday Oct 28th 2014

FIFA unveiled the emblem for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday in an elaborate ceremony involving cosmonauts and laser light shows.

The official reveal was made by Russian cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station via video link, and followed by a light show projecting the emblem onto the Bolshoi theater building in Moscow

See also: Should Russia Still Get to Host the 2018 World Cup?

The icon is a World Cup trophy colored with red and blue, the colors of Russia's flag, and outlined with gold. FIFA President Sepp Blatter said the logo represents the "heart and spirit" of Russia, according to the Associated Press Read more...

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Here's why NBA fanatics are excited about the 2014-15 season

Tuesday Oct 28th 2014

The 2014-15 NBA season begins tonight with three games, headlined by the defending champion San Antonio Spurs hosting the Dallas Mavericks.

Between LeBron James' triumphant return to Cleveland and Derrick Rose looking healthy for the first time in years, the offseason provided plenty of entertaining NBA story lines.

See also: 9 Big Questions: Your NBA Season Preview

However, now we can get back to the real reason we love the NBA: Watching our favorite players perform incredible feats of skill and athleticism on the hardwood

We asked NBA fanatics to share photos and GIFs of their favorite players on Fancred, a social network for sports fans. Take a look through the highlights in the RebelMouse page below, and get excited for a full season of thrilling NBA action just like this. Read more...

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Robert Downey Jr. goes to the DMV like a champ

Tuesday Oct 28th 2014

Celebrities, they're just like us! They do mundane tasks like going to the DMV.

Robert Downey Jr., like normal folk, went to the Santa Monic DMV Tuesday to renew his license

Gettin' my renewal on at the Santa Monica DMVpic.twitter.com/WqlmG4iQuR

— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) October 28, 2014

See also: 11 Secrets We Learned About Celebrities From Instagram

Unlike us normal folk though, RDJ probably did not have to wait in line and he most likely looks like a superhero in his driver's license picture, instead of a hungover fool with a cheap haircut. He even went behind the counter!

Also, unlike the rest of us, going to the DMV rarely makes national headlines or racks up almost 2,500 retweets Read more...

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Verizon Droid Turbo hands on: A giant battery with few tradeoffs

Tuesday Oct 28th 2014

Verizon’s Droid Turbo is designed to attack one of the main complaints about smartphones: battery life.

The Motorola-made phone packs a huge, 3,900-milliamp-hour (mAh) battery that’s rated to last 48 hours — two full days — of "mixed" use. That's almost 1,000mAh more than the iPhone 6 Plus, and about 800mAh more than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

See also: Moto 360 Smartwatch Is Gorgeous, But Wait for Version 2

We won't know for sure whether Motorola's two-day-per-charge claim is true until we get a chance to do a thorough test, but the "monster" battery definitely has one noticeable effect: it makes the phone bigger. Read more...

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