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Returning Olympians warned to practice safe sex due to Zika fears

3 hours 36 min ago

Most athletes seemed to have a really fun time at the Rio Olympics, especially with the hordes of condoms and what not, but now that they're home, they're being told it's probably best if they play it safe, especially sexually.

That's the advice of Australia's Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, as the country's athletes touched down on Wednesday morning.

SEE ALSO: Here's how Team Refugees fared at the Olympics

She's told athletes and visitors to Rio alike that they should most definitely slip one on for the next eight weeks, to avoid transmission of the Zika virus. 

"There is a small chance that Zika is transmitted through sexual activity, so Australians returning from Brazil should use condoms or avoid unprotected sex for at least eight weeks," Ley told ABC News. Read more...

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Major earthquake and multiple aftershocks rock central Italy

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

An earthquake with a magnitude estimated at 6.1 rattled Rome and central Italy early Wednesday, leaving at least two people dead according to Italy's Ansa Chronicle.

Social media users are reporting the collapse of numerous buildings in the town of Amatrice and state-run RAI radio said people ran into the streets in the Umbria and Le Marche regions shortly after the quake struck just after 3:30 a.m. local time.  

According to the Associated Press, the mayor of Amatrice says his town "isn't here anymore," and that people are trapped under buildings, while the mayor of Accumoli says a family of four are trapped under debris without any signs of life. Read more...

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The Tesla Model X has arrived in Australia

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

Tesla's attempt at the family SUV has finally arrived Down Under.

On Wednesday, the electric car company officially launched the Model X in Australia. In case you didn't know which demographic it's hoping to target, Tesla has pitched the car as more family-friendly than its Model S model, talking up its ability to seat seven adults, complete with up to four child seat attachments.

SEE ALSO: Tesla's next Model S could have more than 300 miles of range

"The fact the we haven't got the 6 or 7-seater Model S in this country makes the X a bigger drawcard for larger families or those that do want that extra space," Heath Walker, Tesla' communications manager in Australia, told reporters Wednesday at the launch event in Sydney. Read more...

More about Tesla Motors, Tesla Model X, Australia, Tech, and Transportation

The 10 best features hiding in the Android Nougat update

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

Google is starting to roll out the latest version of Android. If you have a Nexus device, you can grab the update now.

While many of the biggest improvements — like longer battery life, better security updates and VR-ready features — won't be immediately obvious once you get the update, there are still plenty of new features to get excited about.

SEE ALSO: Google's battery saving Android Nougat update is rolling out now

From new emoji and data-saving superpowers to more customization features than ever before, here's a look at our 10 favorite features in Android Nougat. Read more...

1.) Split-screen multitaskingMore about Google, Android, Android Nougat, Apps And Software, and Tech

Watching these caterpillars strutting in a conga line is weirdly enchanting

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

Nature offers up plenty of oddities, but it's not often that you get to catch them doing strangely cool stuff in plain sight. Take this giant caterpillar train.

Look at them go! Be mesmerised by these creepy crawly caterpillars following each other in perfect formation, in Australia's Perth. The timelapse video was captured by Stargazer Pictures last week.

The caterpillars are likely very hungry. We presume they're going on an adventure together to feed themselves, and possibly also 'cause they're showing off.

Cat 'adopts' baby squirrel monkey after his mom abandons him

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Student charged with sexual assault won't go to prison, be 'burdened with the stigma'

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

A former Massachusetts high school student charged with sexually assaulting two other students while they were unconscious will not spend time behind bars.

He was instead given two years of probation in a recent district court decision, after which legal evidence of the assault may disappear from his record. 

The case is being compared to that of Brock Turner, a former Stanford University student who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman after a party and received a six-month jail sentence, which was later cut in half. Just as Turner's case did, this one from Massachusetts is sparking outrage online. Read more...

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Someone please tell Britney Spears it's 'Carpool Karaoke,' not 'Carpool Lip Sync'

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

LOS ANGELES — We snarked at Britney Spears when CBS announced that the prodigal pop priestess would be doing "Carpool Karaoke," because we're big grumpy meanies and sometimes we can't help ourselves. 

It was something not very imaginative, like but will she be actually singing it live, because again, we are grouchy trolls and couldn't resist poking fun at Britney — never really known as a vocal powerhouse — for agreeing to this horse hockey.

SEE ALSO: Britney Spears: Do's and Don'ts for her VMA performance

What was supposed to happen next: Britney straps on her seat belt and, like the gamely professional she's long since come to be, perfectly shuts down us nattering nabobs of negativity by singing her very best. Read more...

More about The Late Late Show, Television, Carpool Karaoke, James Corden, and Britney Spears

This book explains why it's OK to be 'Wasting Time on the Internet'

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

Do you mess around on the internet? Ever get stuck in intense loops, checking back and forth between Facebook, Twitter and Gmail? Fooling yourself that you're doing something important, but, in the back of your mind, dimly aware that you are simply pushing levers and waiting for the next pellet of stimulus like a rat in an experiment? 

The correct answer is "goodness, no, I have much more self-control than that," ideally said while clutching pearls. 

SEE ALSO: Video games could help kids with autism learn social skills

But on the off-chance that you are among the approximately 99.5 percent of internet denizens who have lost hours to this sort of apparently mindless behavior, Kenneth Goldsmith has good news for you: It's actually not mindless at all.  Read more...

More about Internet, Books, Entertainment, and Mashreads

Thousands of fish have washed up dead in New Jersey

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

Hundreds of thousands of fish became trapped close to the shore in New Jersey and died due to a lack of oxygen, the BBC reports.

The fish, which are known as peanut bunker fish, were trapped in the creek by bigger fish in Raritan Bay and have completely surrounded some of the boats moored there.

SEE ALSO: Record warm ocean temperatures killed large parts of the northern and central Great Barrier Reef

They died from suffocation thanks to low oxygen levels due partly to the warmth of the water, according to the New York and New Jersey Baykeeper organization.

The sheer number of dead fish along with the August heat has cast a strong stench over marina, with locals describing it as "enough to gag you." Read more...

More about New Jersey, Fish, and Us World

Cat 'adopts' baby squirrel monkey after his mom abandons him

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

When Fyodor the baby squirrel monkey was abandoned by his mother at a Siberian zoo, he probably thought his life was over forever.

Thankfully for the little mite, a friendly Russian cat has taken him under her wing (or rather her fur).

Rosinka, a 16-year-old cat owned by the zoo's director Tatyana Antropova, has been letting the primate cling to her back for warmth, according to the Associated Press.

Antropova says that the cat is gradually getting tired of the tiny monkey "biting and pinching" her, though, and that Fyodor is eventually going to head back to the zoo to hang with the other squirrel monkeys. Read more...

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Thor and Loki visited a children's hospital, and all is right with the world

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

So Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston have done a pretty great job of thrilling the people of Brisbane, Australia. 

The duo have been in town filming the latest instalment of Thor, wowing crowds and casually helping raise tons of money for charity while at work. 

SEE ALSO: Twitter goes HAM at Hemsworth as Aussie city turns into NYC for 'Thor'

Now they've also raised the spirits of sick kids, paying a visit to the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital Tuesday and bringing along the famous Thor hammer for good measure. Lady Cilento seems to be a magnet for celebrities — it's the same place Taylor Swift visited back in July. Read more...

More about Thor, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Australia, and Watercooler

'Regular guy' Mike Pence has a very awkward encounter at a barbershop

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

Mike Pence might be running to be vice president of the United States — but he's desperate to show us he's just a regular guy.

On Tuesday, CNN produced a Facebook Live video of Pence getting his hair cut at Henry Jones' barbershop in Norristown, Pennsylvania. It was supposed to be a moment for the campaign to communicate its reach to everyday voters. The only problem?

This everyday voter had no idea who Pence was.

SEE ALSO: The many strange positions of Trump's VP choice, Mike Pence

“And your name was?” the barber asked while shaking hands with the nominee.

“Mike Pence. I’m the governor of the state of Indiana, and I’m running for vice president of the United States," Pence said. Read more...

More about Facebook Live, Haircuts, Election 2016, Mike Pence, and Watercooler

Olympics ratings fell for the first time since 2000 and advertisers aren't happy

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

Aside from the Super Bowl, few television stages command as much attention as NBC's broadcast of the Summer Olympics.

It's the sort of broadly appealing, captivating live event that was supposed to remain intact even as traditional television eroded around it, or so popular belief in the advertising industry held.

SEE ALSO: Rio Olympics highlight TV's messy transition to digital

So it came as a rude surprise when NBC's ratings clocked in much lower than expected last week — their first dip since the 2000 Games.

"Generally speaking, you're always a little disappointed when it doesn't meet previous expectations," said Adam Schwartz, director of national broadcast and sports media at media-buying agency Horizon.  Read more...

More about Rio Olympics, Business, Advertising, and Media

A guy jumped into a bathtub of hot sauce ... why?

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

YouTube host Cemre Candar, who has jumped into other substances (including chocolate and beer) before, filled up a bathtub with 1,250 bottles of hot sauce. And bathed in it. Enough said.  Read more...

More about Mashable Video, Youtube, Hot Sauce, Real Time, and Real Time Video

Kardashians accused of not disclosing ads on social media

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

The Kardashian family is famous for broadcasting their private lives in lurid detail — but one advocacy group says they don't share enough when it comes to paid social media gigs.

SEE ALSO: FDA scolds Kim Kardashian over misleading selfie with morning sickness drug

Truth in Advertising recently sent a letter to family manager Kris Jenner and dozens of associated brands alleging that five members of the reality show tribe have repeatedly failed to disclose instances in which Instagram posts were paid for by an advertiser —  a violation of the Federal Trade Commission's rules.   

The letter specifically named Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner as offenders, as well as brands such as Puma, Fit Tea and Calvin Klein. Read more...

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105-year-old asks for sexy firefighters for her birthday, please

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

No greater gift exists than the gift of love — especially the love of a hunky firefighter.

Ivena "Ivy" Smailes celebrated her 105th birthday last Wednesday like the queen she is. Smailes had previously asked workers at the Addison Court Care Home in Crawcrook, England, to bring her a pack of "hunky firefighters" for her birthday. While most employees would simply laugh off the request, this crew took her seriously — and sent a team of firefighters through her front door.

SEE ALSO: Firefighter shows off pancake-flipping skills to a stirring bagpipe soundtrack

One firefighter even climbed through her window, just to surprise her. Read more...

More about Birthdays, Elderly Woman, Elderly, Firefighters, and Watercooler

Marijuana makes lab rats lazy, says study out to harsh your buzz

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

Researchers from the University of British Columbia have discovered some truth in the theory that marijuana makes you lazy — at least if you're a rat.

In a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neurosciene, they found that THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, made the creatures less likely to try cognitively demanding tasks.

SEE ALSO: Marijuana-filled porta potty stumps naive cops and enrages public

They used 29 rats for the experiment and tested both the effect of THC and cannabidiol (CBD) on their willingness to exert cognitive effort.

First the rats had to choose between a difficult or an easier challenge, with a larger sugary reward for completing the tougher task. Read more...

More about Marijuana, Thc, Rats, and Us World

The company behind WordPress is opening up the .blog domain

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

The company whose software helps to run a massive number of mainstream media sites and personal blogs alike, Automattic (the organization behind WordPress), has announced the rollout of its .blog domain.

On Tuesday, company founder Matt Mullenweg made the announcement by changing his own personal blog to point a .blog TLD (top-level domain). 

As for availability, Mullenweg said that .blog will be rolled out over the next few months and revealed that he has "one of the first ones live on the internet."

SEE ALSO: Tumblr users will soon see ads on their blogs in a move to generate revenue

Automattic won the right to control the .blog TLD last year for around $19 million, a hefty price tag that the company likely is hoping will be offset by user interest in the new domain dynamic.  Read more...

More about Publishing, Matt Mullenweg, Automattic, Wordpress, and Blogging

Chill out to this footage of a vinyl record being created

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

Not everyone listens to vinyl records nowadays. Still, the process of making them is pretty fascinating. 

Super Deluxe, as part of its "Stoned Mode" series of videos (designed for viewing under certain conditions), shows exactly what's involved in making a vinyl record. Turning a blank disc into a disc that can play music is apparently no easy task.

The video is full of sleek visuals and sleek music, too — presumably recorded from vinyl. 

James Corden performs 'Nothing Compares 2 U' with Coldplay and kills it

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More about Vinyl, Video, Videos, Viral Videos, and Watercooler

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel totally adopted Hillary Clinton

Tuesday Aug 23rd 2016

You know when you and your friends are just drunk enough to think paying $5 to use a photo booth is a great idea?

Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel and Hillary Clinton got on that level at lunch today.

SEE ALSO: If Hillary Clinton had her own 'Nancy Drew' book series

It seems like the trio hit it off. Watch out, baby Silas

The couple hosted a fundraiser for Clinton at their home with guests like Shonda Rhimes and Jennifer Aniston in attendance at $33,400 a pop. 

Hopefully this means that Hill will be able to get our divided nation back in sync. 

Read more...

More about Election 2016, Politics, Actress, Pop Star, and Celebrities
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