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Typhoon Lan will be Earth's next megastorm, with effects rippling across the Pacific

Mashable - 19 hours 22 min ago

It's 2017, which means a week cannot go by without a megastorm potentially devastating some part of the planet. As Hurricane Ophelia fades from headlines, now all sharp weather eyes are turning to Typhoon Lan in the western Pacific Ocean. 

The storm is currently churning to the east of the Philippines, slowly moving over some of the warmest waters on Earth. Computer models show that warm water, plus low atmospheric wind shear and other favorable conditions may allow the storm to rapidly intensify during the next 48 hours, potentially bringing Typhoon Lan to Category 4 or 5 super typhoon status by the end of the week.  Read more...

More about Climate, Science, Extreme Weather, Pacific Ocean, and Jet Stream
Categories: IT General, Technology

These new little Tasmanian devil joeys are as clingy as human babies

Mashable - 19 hours 51 min ago

Not just a Looney Tune, Tasmanian devils are some of Australia's most unique little creatures, at risk of extinction from disease and dwindling in numbers.

But there's adorably good news afoot.

Dubbo's Taronga Western Plains Zoo has welcomed the arrival of not one but two litters of Tasmanian devil joeys, the first with three joeys and the second with four.

SEE ALSO: These baby meerkats are here to steal your jaded, jaded heart

First-time mums Lana and Pooki have done bloody great work bringing seven little devils into the world. Lana's (two male, one female) arrived on March 19 and are currently exploring outside the den, while Pooki's only showed up on June 19 and are yet to emerge from the pouch. Read more...

More about Australia, Animals, Conservation, Baby Animals, and Zoo
Categories: IT General, Technology

U.S. FDA approves Gilead cancer gene therapy; price set at $373,000

Health News (Reuters) - 19 hours 58 min ago
(Reuters) - U.S. regulators approved on Wednesday a new therapy for a type of lymphoma, which was developed by Gilead Science Inc's Kite Pharma, marking the second approval for this potentially revolutionary approach to fighting cancer.
Categories: Health

Here are some of the most stunning nature photographs of 2017

Mashable - 20 hours 6 min ago

Another year, another super impressive bunch of photos from the Wildlife Photography Awards.

The winners of the competition, which will go on display at London's Natural History Museum later this the month, were announced on Wednesday.

The 15 photos below are all winners of their respective categories. Some are dark, some are amusing, and they're all incredibly visually arresting in their own way ...

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017, Grand Title Winner

A black rhino bull is seen dead, poached for its horns less than 24 hours earlier at Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa. Black rhino are the most endangered rhino, with less than 3000 left in the wild today Read more...

More about Photography, Wildlife, Gorilla, Whales, and Rhinoceros
Categories: IT General, Technology

Obsessively checking social media during a crisis might harm your mental health

Mashable - 20 hours 7 min ago

Survivors of three recent disasters — the northern California fires, the Las Vegas mass shooting, and Hurricane Maria — used social media and texting as lifelines to connect with loved ones, seek aid, and search for the latest developments. 

A new study, however, suggests that people who get updates during a major crisis from unofficial channels like random social media accounts are most exposed to conflicting information and experience the most psychological distress. 

SEE ALSO: Kate Middleton explains in simple terms what mental health means in candid video

The study, published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, surveyed 3,890 students whose campus was locked down after a shooter fired on people. Since it's difficult, if not impossible, to begin a scientific study during a life-threatening disaster or crisis, the researchers asked students about their experience a week after the incident and analyzed five hours of Twitter data about the shooting. (Details about what happened were anonymized at the university's request.)  Read more...

More about Twitter, Science, Social Good, Mental Health, and Social Media
Categories: IT General, Technology

These photos from Claire and Jamie's 'Outlander' reunion are everything we've been waiting for

Mashable - 20 hours 11 min ago

The wait is almost over — on Oct. 22, Outlander's Claire and Jamie Fraser will reunite after 20 years (a.k.a. five episodes) apart, and the anticipation is killing us.

Starz has already debuted a photo and teaser trailer for the reunion (emphasis on the tease), but we'd all like to see a little more, right? 

SEE ALSO: 'Outlander' episode 5 finally gives us the moment we've been waiting for...
with a twist

Five new images from the extended episode 6 (or, as we're calling it, the "sextended sexisode"), titled "A. Malcolm," have been released ahead of the main event. 

We're not sure that our screens can handle the pure, unadulterated longing that's radiating from our starcrossed couple now that they've finally found their way back together. Read more...

More about Outlander, Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Outlander Season 3, and Claire Fraser
Categories: IT General, Technology

White House says Trump opposes Senate's bipartisan Obamacare deal

Health News (Reuters) - 20 hours 11 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan deal from two senators to stabilize Obamacare by restoring subsidies to health insurers suffered major setbacks on Wednesday with the White House saying President Donald Trump now opposes it and senior Republicans speaking out against it.
Categories: Health

Comic for October 18, 2017

Dilbert - 20 hours 13 min ago
Dilbert readers - Please visit Dilbert.com to read this feature. Due to changes with our feeds, we are now making this RSS feed a link to Dilbert.com.
Categories: Funny

If you own a Ford pickup truck, it probably just got recalled

Mashable - 20 hours 27 min ago

Ford has issued a recall of approximately 1.3 million of its vehicles. 

The recall concerns pickup trucks, specifically the full-sized F-150 and the heavy-duty Super Duty vehicles. 

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Ford announced today that the recalled models lack a shield to protect their side doors' latches from water. This is a problem because water can severely damage a door's latch or actuation cable, the cable that facilitates the opening and closing of the door. 

If a cable or latch is damaged by water or freezes, it can stop the door from being able to open or close. This could literally trap you in your car.  Read more...

More about Ford, Tech, Transportation, and Consumer Tech
Categories: IT General, Technology

Trump's tweets just might forever prevent his 'Muslim travel ban'

Mashable - 20 hours 34 min ago

Perhaps no politician is as compelled to cram his foot into his own mouth as President Donald Trump. 

Two judges recently issued temporary blocks of the White House's third attempt to ban travel from several majority-Muslim nations, and one cited Trump's tweets as part of the reason the ban should not go forward.

SEE ALSO: How Trump’s four hours in Puerto Rico revealed his Achilles' heel

Had it proceeded apace, the ban would have gone into effect Wednesday, when it would have prevented many citizens of majority-Muslim Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen from coming to the United States. It will still effect citizens of North Korea and Venezuela, both of which were mentioned in the ban but unaffected by the rulings of Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii and Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland.  Read more...

More about Donald Trump, Tech, and Politics
Categories: IT General, Technology

Alphabet will build a futuristic city within the city of Toronto

Mashable - 20 hours 41 min ago

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs will develop a futuristic, billion-dollar community along a sizable swathe of Toronto's waterfront.

On Wednesday, the City of Toronto and Sidewalk Labs  — which is the urban innovation arm of Google's parent company Alphabet — announced a partnership to radically re-imagine 800 acres of the city's largely vacant, post-industrial Eastern Waterfront, and turn it into a tech-integrated neighborhood called Quayside. 

SEE ALSO: Balloons may be Puerto Rico's best chance for communication

Sidewalk Labs released a 196-page document brimming with the company's extensive ideas, including high-speed ferries, parks that can be adapted to the seasons, and robotic waste removal vehicles. Read more...

More about Tech, Transportation, Urban Life, Alphabet, and Urban Planning
Categories: IT General, Technology

If you use a non-Gmail email account, you can finally use the Gmail app

Mashable - 20 hours 46 min ago

Does anyone out there still use an email other than Gmail? 

Google announced today that it's testing a new feature that will allow select users to check their emails on the Gmail iOS app. It's compatible with email addresses from services such as Yahoo, Live, and Outlook (yes, that's still a thing). 

SEE ALSO: Google adds stronger security features for hacking targets

Anyone who has a non-Google email can apply to join the beta program: You just need to have an iPhone, and to make sure you're using iOS 10 or later. 

It's an exciting opportunity, but remember that as with any beta feature, there's a chance it won't work as well as you'd like.  Read more...

More about Google, Apple, Iphone, Ipad, and Ios
Categories: IT General, Technology

This Is What Happens When You Ask Google to Get Spooky In a Smart Home

How-To Geek - 20 hours 48 min ago

With Halloween close at hand, Google wants to set the mood in your home.

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Categories: IT General, Technology

Samsung's Star Wars vacuum is the robot you need in your life

Mashable - 20 hours 51 min ago

For anyone who's ever dreamed about using The Force to clean their house, here's some exciting news. Samsung has just released a pair of Star WarsPOWERbot™ vacuums that are available for pre-order starting Oct. 10. Read more...

More about Mashable Video, Star Wars, Darth Vader, Roomba, and Stormtroopers
Categories: IT General, Technology

EBay's profit forecast disappoints, shares fall

Technology News (Reuters) - 20 hours 57 min ago
(Reuters) - EBay Inc warned Wall Street on Wednesday that profit this quarter could fall below analysts' estimates as it invests in marketing and a revamped website to attract more shoppers, sending shares down more than 5 percent in after-hours trade.
Categories: Technology

People aren't cool with the LAPD getting drones

Mashable - 21 hours 1 min ago

Forget 2049. Los Angeles' Blade Runner-esque future of a world watched by robots is here. 

On Tuesday, a civilian oversight panel gave the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) the OK to begin a year-long drone trial, primarily for reconnaissance in "tactical missions" conducted by SWAT.

The decision came after a contentious meeting and protest by privacy advocates who oppose the use of drones by law enforcement.

SEE ALSO: Only in Dubai—police now have hovercrafts

As the third largest police force in the nation behind New York and Chicago, the trial makes the LAPD the largest police force in the nation to use drones. The Chicago PD and New York PD confirmed in official statements to Mashable that neither police force deploys drones.  Read more...

More about Privacy, Drones, Police, Surveillance, and Los Angeles
Categories: IT General, Technology

Amazon was secretly developing a horribly misogynistic show under Roy Price

Mashable - 21 hours 3 min ago

Apparently, allegations of sexual harassment weren't the only misdeeds of the recently ousted Amazon Studios head Roy Price. 

According to a Hollywood Reporter article, Price seemed all too eager to pass on noteworthy female-led shows, while greenlighting his own script idea called Shanghai Snow. Sources tell THR the project, already two years in development, told the story of a woman sold into sex slavery. 

The script saw her character repeatedly drugged, beaten, and told she would be "fucked like a dead fish." Which is not to mention the character of Mr. Goodtimes, her “psychotic imperial Thai dwarf” and captor. Read more...

More about Amazon, Sexual Harassment, Amazon Prime, Transparent, and Amazon Studios
Categories: IT General, Technology

A 'Star Wars' fan in Congress wants us to know that porgs are 'dope'

Mashable - 21 hours 11 min ago

The 115th Congress of the United States may not have passed any meaningful legislation (apart from that whole forcing Trump to impose sanctions on Russia thing). 

But at least someone in the House of Representatives is taking a strong stand on the Star Wars universe — starting with the puffin-like porgs from The Last Jedi

SEE ALSO: 'The Last Jedi' full trailer revealed: What it all means

Congress Edits, a bot that notes all instances of Wikipedia editing that takes place on computers using Congressional IP addresses, turned up two anonymous Star Wars-related Wikipedia edits in the last two days.  Read more...

More about Congress, Star Wars, Wikipedia, Star Wars The Last Jedi, and Porgs
Categories: IT General, Technology

Fed to step-up focus on payment security with study, working groups: Fed's Powell

Technology News (Reuters) - 21 hours 30 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve is stepping-up its focus on payment security as the industry reaches a "critical juncture" driven by new technologies, Federal Reserve board governor Jerome Powell said on Wednesday.
Categories: Technology

Trumps offends family of another fallen soldier, and this time a $25,000 check was involved

Mashable - 21 hours 33 min ago

After the mother of a fallen solider claimed President Donald Trump disrespected her family, the father of another solider says the commander-in-chief promised him $25,000 after his son died — but he never got the money. 

Chris Baldridge told The Washington Post that Trump called him a few weeks after his son, Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, died in Afghanistan in June. 

The offer came after Baldridge reportedly said he could "barely rub two nickels together" while his ex-wife was set to collect money from the military’s survivor benefits program.

Baldridge got an apology letter from the White House, but that $25,000, however, never came.  Read more...

More about Military, Donald Trump, Soldier, Soldiers, and Us World
Categories: IT General, Technology
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