An aerial photo from the "satellite" view of Google Maps may show the body of 14-year-old Kevin Barrera, murdered in Richmond, California in 2009. Kevin's father Jose says he recognizes the body as his son, and plans to petition Google to have the photo removed. The scene in the aerial photo is consistent with a crime scene, showing a single body laying by the tracks, a police car, and a group of figures, possibly detectives, observing the body from a distance. According to The Smoking Gun, there's further reason to believe Barrera is correct, as reports list his sons body as discovered along the same Union-Pacific tracks shown in the image.
Nicholas Mevoli, a 32-year-old free diver from Brooklyn, N.Y., died over the weekend while trying to complete a 72-meter dive in the Bahamas.
For many years, robotic wildlife has been used as a honeytrap, catching poachers for violating hunting rules. In the latest case, a man was arrested after shooting a mechanical deer from a Florida road. He faces a $2,500 fine and a year in prison for dual infractions: hunting out of season and discharging a firearm from the roadway.
As Vice reports, using mechanical animals in this way has been an extremely successful tactic for law enforcement. The animals can be remotely controlled to move their tail, ears, or head, adding to the realism, and can take as many as 1,000 shots before requiring replacement. In a Vice video, Custom Robotic Wildlife, a company that produces such decoys, explains how and why they're so effective.
Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia.
The NFL and MLB are pushing for the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to Aereo, the service that allows viewers to stream privately broadcast television feeds online. In an amicus brief, the leagues argue that Aereo is designed solely to avoid paying copyright holders for retransmission fees. Those lost fees, they write, could force all copyright holders to move to paid cable networks like ESPN or TNT, "where Aereo-like services cannot hijack and exploit their programming without authorization."
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With the Saints driving, down three, with just over three minutes left, Ahmad Brooks sacked Drew Brees and forced a fumble that was recovered by Patrick Willis. "It was almost like Christmas early," Willis said. Well, Christmas was canceled. Officials called Brooks for a personal foul, which swung the game. Brooks was, understandably, pissed.
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“Bike crash NYC” is the title of a short YouTube video uploaded today. See the whole scene in chilling point-of-view footage here:
A lack of sleep not only increases tiredness and irritability, but it cause you to get fat. Yes, after being deprived of one night's rest, group study participants went on to purchase food that was higher in calories and weighed almost a fifth more than their normal shop. That's not all, scientists from Uppsala University in Sweden found that poor or no sleep resulted in raised levels of a hormone that is linked to boosting hunger. Continue reading for more fun and geeky science facts that might surprise you.
German psychic Miroslaw Magola claims to be the real-life Magneto, using telepathic powers to manipulate metal objects Here's what he has to say: "I found out I could train myself to manipulate lifeless objects as I studied for my degree in the early '90s. I have since spent years perfecting the technique and exploring further into human magnetism." Continue reading for a video and more information.
Maintaining a sense of happiness these days can be tough, especially with Monday just around the corner (for some of us), but researchers note that making small changes can shift our attitudes significantly and help us find hope and happiness. According to a December 2008 study of social networks and using data collected from the Framingham heart study, U.S. researchers found that people are more likely to be happy if they are surrounded by other people who reported being hopeful, optimistic and content with themselves. Continue reading for more interesting and scientifically proven ways to being a happier person.
The Kansas Jayhawks had lost 27 straight conference games before beating West Virginia 31-19 yesterday. After the win, fans took down a goalpost and chucked it into a lake. The video's best part is the guy proudly holding the small piece of goalpost. So content with himself.
That's it Bills, get out. You're officially Toronto's problem now.
Two people were hurt when a man fell from the third deck of Ralph Wilson Stadium during today's Jets-Bills game, and CBS's camera caught the incident while most viewers were away at commercial.
Heisenberg and the rest of the Breaking Bad crew may be gone, but that didn't stop actors Bryan Cranston and Jane Kaczmarek from making all of our dreams come true.
In the days leading up to its series finale, online fans jokingly created alternate endings for the acclaimed AMC television drama, including one in which Hal — Cranston's character from sitcom Malcolm in the Middle — had dreamed up the entire thing
Fortunately for us, Cranston got the joke, and made it happen IRL with Kaczmarek, who played his TV wife on Malcom in the Middle. Enjoy Read more...More about Viral Videos, Parody, Humor, Tv, and Watercooler
Sony's PlayStation 4 has been widely praised by reviewers as a significant step up from its predecessor, but some early consumers are reporting major problems with the console
Most of the reports are popping up as reviews on Amazon, as well as on Sony’s own support forum. Many of the users describe a pulsing blue light and the inability to get the console to send video to their televisions
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As of this writing, the PlayStation 4 had 373 one-star reviews on Amazon, versus 630 five-star reviews, with very few opinions in betweenSony, Playstation 4, Ps4, Tech, and Apps Software
"Take it off!"
J.J. Worton hauled in this pass with a minute left to tie things up with Temple in what might be the best catch of the season.
Iron Man fanatic Ryan Brooks, who calls himself "the real Tony Stark," has recreated a fully-functional helmet that Tony Stark would be proud of, with a 3D-printer. He used an Arduino Pro Mini and an Adafruit accelerometer to rig the helmet's faceplate to open and close based on which way the wearer nods. Continue reading for a video and more information.
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What you're looking at above isn't a theme park or movie set, but rather the inside of one of Google's many offices worldwide. Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, is referred to as "the Googleplex", a play on words on the number googolplex and the headquarters itself being a complex of buildings. The lobby is decorated with a piano, lava lamps, old server clusters, and a projection of search queries on the wall. The hallways are full of exercise balls and bicycles. Continue reading for more.
The hero known as Batkid spent Friday restoring peace and order to the people of San Francisco — also known as Gotham City for the day— and smiles to people all across the Internet
If you're just getting up to speed, "Batkid" is a five-year-old boy named Miles who's currently battling leukemia. His biggest wish? To be Batman for a day. So the San Francisco Make-a-Wish Foundation set about making that happen. But they got more than they bargained for when more than 10,000 strangers volunteered to help bring Miles one magical dayUs, Batman, Us World, and World
The animation is based on previous NASA findings of mineral presence and patterns inside craters that suggests there was once water flowing on our solar system neighbor
"Billions of years ago, when the Red Planet was young, it appears to have had a thick atmosphere that was warm enough to support oceans of liquid water — a critical ingredient for life," NASA explained in the video's YouTube description Read more...More about Viral Videos, Space, Nasa, Mars, and Us World
The streets of San Francisco — sorry, Gotham City — went absolutely insane Friday for a 5-year-old boy named Miles
Miles has leukemia, and his fondest wish was to be Batman for a day. The Make-a-Wish Foundation obliged, setting up several scenarios around the city involving two of Gotham's greatest enemies, The Penguin and The Riddler. At last count nearly 15,000 San Franciscans had signed up online to play the grateful onlookers
Result: cheering crowds comparable in size to the ones that gathered when the San Francisco Giants won the World Series. Read more...More about Batman, Us World, Social Good, Us, and Make A Wish
Saturday marks the 12-year anniversary of the U.S. release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. As the enormous success of the Harry Potter series continued to grow around the world, previously unknown child actors like Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson quickly became household names.
For those of us who grew up with the Harry Potter franchise, it's easy to forget just how young the stars of the films were when they brought Hogwarts to life in 2001. Their bright-eyed expressions would fade to cynicism over years of dances, detentions and Death Eaters.Entertainment, Movies, Harry Potter, Actors, and Film