The butt of every space joke is high in the sky this week

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 00:28

This week, you can look to the night sky to see the butt of every planetary joke. 

Make your way to a relatively dark, light pollution-free area to see the planet Uranus high in the sky, glowing a blue-ish, green color in the constellation Pisces, according to NASA. 

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Tonight will likely be your best chance to see the gaseous, outer planet because it's reached opposition, meaning the Earth will be between Uranus and the sun. 

Uranus in the constellation Pisces.

Image: nasa/jpl-caltech

"It's visible all night long and its blue-green color is unmistakeable," NASA said in a video about the skywatching event. "It may be bright enough to see with your naked eye — and for sure in binoculars." Read more...

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Merck cyber attack may cost insurers $275 million: Verisk's PCS

Health News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 00:26
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Insurers could pay $275 million to cover the insured portion of drugmaker Merck & Co's loss from a cyber attack in June, according to a forecast by Verisk Analytics Inc's Property Claim Services (PCS) unit.
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More Republican senators back bipartisan Obamacare deal

Health News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 00:19
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare by restoring billions of dollars of federal subsidies to health insurers picked up Republican support in the Senate on Thursday despite President Donald Trump's opposition, but still faced an uphill battle.
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'Anemic' iPhone 8 demand drags Apple shares lower

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 00:17
(Reuters) - Apple Inc's shares fell nearly 3 percent on Thursday on signs of weak demand for the iPhone 8 that caused analysts and investors to question the company's staggered release strategy for its latest phones.
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Study proves dogs produce more facial expressions when humans are watching

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 00:06

Want to see some serious puppy dog eyes? Try spending more time near your pooch.

Sure, new toys and food are nice, but research from the University of Portsmouth shows that like most humans, what dogs really crave is attention.

In fact, scientists at the university's Dog Cognition Centre recently found that dogs are more likely to show facial expressions if humans are paying attention to them.

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In the study — which was published in Scientific Reports — dog cognition expert Dr. Juliane Kaminski and a team tested how dogs' facial expressions changed in response to four different factors: a human facing them or turned away from them either with food or without. Read more...

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Battle Royale-style game is looking rad in VR

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 00:01

The future of gaming/military training programs inches ever closer with this week's litany of VR Battle Royale style games. 

No doubt inspired by the massive success of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, these VR games are working to simulate the experience of camping in decrepit buildings, hanging with friends while getting shot at, and sitting in a constant, uneasy tension that is also somehow enjoyable.

SEE ALSO: The 'PUBG' craze is spreading

The best looking one that we've found is Oneiric Entertainment's Virtual Battleground. Creative Director Sean Pinnock posted about the game on Reddit where he shared some gameplay footage and asked for feedback. It runs a bit janky as it stands, but it's super early in development and so more of a proof of concept than anything else currently.  Read more...

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PayPal quarterly profit beats on higher mobile transaction volume

Technology News (Reuters) - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:57
(Reuters) - Payment processor PayPal Holdings Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday, helped by growth in mobile payments volume.
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This smart paper plane just raised close to 2 million dollars on Kickstarter

Mashable - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:50

The 'POWERUP DART' crushed it on Kickstarter. With an original goal of just $25,000, it raised almost $2 million dollars. 

The smart paper airplane is app controlled and can do all sorts of tricks. Looks like people really aren't over how flimsy the paper airplanes of their childhood were.   Read more...

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Neil Gaiman wants to read his books to you and we are totally on board

Mashable - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:47

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If you're a fan of books and somehow haven't read any of Neil Gaiman's work, chances are they've at least been recommended to you at some point. His repertoire of haunting fantasies, chilling dramas, and whimsical characters are never anything short of remarkable. Wouldn't it be great if the author himself could read to you, British accent and all?

Of course it would. Audible, which is currently offering a 30-day free trial and two free audiobooks, can help you get there. Here are some Neil Gaiman audiobooks on Audible read by the author himself. Read more...

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EU leaders want proposals on taxing online giants early next year

Technology News (Reuters) - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:44
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders said on Thursday they looked forward to seeing proposals on taxing online giants by early 2018 but in a nod to concerns from countries like Ireland said EU efforts had to be in line with work under way at a global level.
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After massive quakes, millions in Mexico turn to early warning app

Technology News (Reuters) - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:42
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Since two massive earthquakes hit Mexico in September, claiming more than 460 lives, an early warning start-up called SkyAlert has doubled its users to 5.8 million, making it one of the country's most downloaded apps.
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Consumer Reports might rate the Model 3 'average,' so Tesla claps back

Mashable - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:37


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Beauty standards may be broadening

Health News (Reuters) - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:37
(Reuters Health) - Americans have grown to appreciate beauty across more skin types and ages during the past three decades, if People magazine is any indication, a new study suggests.
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Alphabet's CapitalG leads Lyft's $1 billion funding round

Technology News (Reuters) - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:30
(Reuters) - Lyft Inc has raised $1 billion in fresh financing, the ride-services company said on Thursday, in a round led by one of Alphabet Inc's investment funds, further complicating the convoluted world of ride-hailing alliances and dealing a blow to rival Uber Technologies Inc.
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Frustrated by Airpods? This Kickstarter campaign might be what you need.

Mashable - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:27

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The EOZ Air Wireless Headphones are sleek, fashionable, and if their Kickstarter video is to be believed, might even be more functional than those Apple Airpods that keep falling out of your ears.

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For one, they wrap around your ears, so you're always listening to music no matter what you're doing at the time. The Bluetooth connection allows you to pair them with any of your favorite devices, and the antennae located on the outside of the casing supposedly allows for a stronger connection with your device. Read more...

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'Built' is a new startup changing the construction industry

Mashable - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:17

Built Robotics is a new startup that's bringing autonomy to the construction industry. They added sensors and trackers capable of withstanding the vibrations and shock of moving around earth.  Read more...

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Thong jeans exist now and wasn't that one of the signs of the apocalypse?

Mashable - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:14

Sisqo didn't ask for this when he made his hit song the "Thong Song."

Japanese designer Thibaut presented his collection at the Amazon Fashion Week in Tokyo this week. But, there was one denim look in particular that caught everyone's attention and we apologize in an advance for what you're about to see.

SEE ALSO: Chanel's ridiculous new rain boots will probably cost more than your rent

The model can be seen walking down the runway in what's being labeled as 'thong jeans.'

As if 2017 hasn't been bad enough. 

Image: Aflo/REX/Shutterstock

Image: Aflo/REX/Shutterstock

The highly distressed pair isn't out yet, but if you want to make your own there's a pretty simple hack. Just take a pair of scissors and close your eyes as you hack away at them. The less fabric, the better. You'll have your own pair of 'thong jeans' in no time and be the envy of absolutely no one.  Read more...

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Some middle-class Americans worry Trump health subsidies cut will hurt

Health News (Reuters) - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:12
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Tom Westerman voted for Donald Trump in last year's election but says he might not do so again after the president cut off billions of dollars in Obamacare subsidies to health insurance companies.
Categories: Health

New H7N9 bird flu strain in China has pandemic potential: study

Health News (Reuters) - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:10
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Lab experiments on a new strain of the H7N9 bird flu circulating in China suggest the virus can transmit easily among animals and can cause lethal disease, raising alarm that the virus has the potential to trigger a global human pandemic, researchers reported on Thursday.
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