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Will Smith shares inspiring message with 'Black Panther' cast

Mashable - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:27
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Cigars and pipes tied to same risks as cigarettes

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:25
(Reuters Health) - Cigarettes are not the only type of tobacco products that can lead to premature death or fatalities from smoking-related cancers, a U.S. study confirms.
Categories: Health

U.S. FDA says recalls, destroys certain kratom-containing dietary products

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:22
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday said it recalled and destroyed a large volume of kratom-containing dietary supplements made by a company in Missouri.
Categories: Health

Wednesday will be the warmest February day ever recorded along the East Coast

Mashable - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:20

The East Coast feels more like May on Wednesday than February, with temperatures of at least 30 degrees Fahrenheit above average for this time of year. All-time record high temperatures are being set from Florida to the northern tip of Maine, as a southwest flow of air transports mild, moisture-laden air from the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. 

These records will add to the milestones already achieved on Tuesday, when cities like Boston and Washington, D.C. broke records. Mirroring the state of our politics, the U.S. is split in two, with record cold across the West, heat in the East, and flooding rains and even thundersleet (yes, thundersleet) in between. Read more...

More about Science, Global Warming, Polar Vortex, Extreme Weather, and Climate Change
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Avocado wedding proposals have to be a sign of the apocalypse

Mashable - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:17

Avocados are fine. Great, even. But when we as a society begin proposing with avocados, I get afraid.

SEE ALSO: This couple accidentally proposed at the same exact time, and it was precious

Yes, that's correct. People are proposing with avocados.

Tag someone who should propose like this #valentinesday #2018 #avobox #vegan #proposal #💍 #avocadoproposal

A post shared by F O O D D E C O (@fooddeco) on Feb 10, 2018 at 1:26am PST

In an avocado? Seriously? So the proposer has to take the ring out, now covered in avocado, and place it on the proposee's finger? I guess getting it on wouldn't be too hard?  Read more...

More about Watercooler, Avocado, Wedding Proposals, Culture, and Web Culture
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This sandwich has your name on it (literally)

Mashable - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:14

Ever wanted your name laser-etched onto a sandwich? Introducing 'The Laser Sandwich,' a collaboration between entertainment company 'a razor, a shiny knife' and NYC-based sandwich shop Make Sandwich that lets you order the ultimate custom sub.  Read more...

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Jennifer Lawrence isn't here for your dress shaming, people

Mashable - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:14

Jennifer Lawrence doesn't address the public on social media much, so when she does, it's best to listen. 

Today, she's here to defend her decision amidst what she calls the "'Jennifer Lawrence wearing a revealing dress in the cold' controversy."

While attending a press call for her latest film Red Sparrow yesterday, Lawrence joined her co-stars on a balcony in London on a blistering winter's day to snap a few promotional images. Lawrence's choice of dress managed to upstage the event and sparked "controversy" online. 

Her cast mates were all bundled up in coats, while she posed in a dress that apparently too much for some folks who took to Twitter to share their unnecessary thoughts on her wardrobe choices. Read more...

More about Jennifer Lawrence, Dresses, Red Sparrow, Culture, and Celebrities
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Olympic North Korean speed skater appears to try and trip his Japanese rival mid-race

Mashable - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:05

In rude Olympic news, a North Korean speed skater received a penalty during his race for appearing to attempt to throw off one of his fellow skaters. 

Speed skater Jong Kwang-Bom fell – twice! – during the men's 500 meters heat on Tuesday in Pyeongchang. Jong's first fall came within seconds of starting, prompting the judges to pause the race and restart. On the second round, the skater fell again.

SEE ALSO: How to calm your nerves while watching the Olympics

Speed skater Jong Kwang Bom of North Korea falls at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Image: Getty Images

Both times, he appeared to reach out toward Japanese skater Keita Watanabe, first toward Watanabe's skate and second as the pair lightly collided while rounding a curve. NBC Olympics has video of the falls right here. Read more...

More about Sports, Winter Olympics, Culture, Sports, and Web Culture
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Netflix's 'Flint Town' trailer zeroes in on a suffering city

Mashable - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:01

Flint, MI has been on national radar for a while now, but the city's problems aren't over, nor did they arise from nothing. Netflix's latest documentary series, Flint Town, explores the background and trajectory of this city how poverty, police relations, and a notorious water crisis took a heavy toll.

SEE ALSO: Anger management isn't going so well in new 'Jessica Jones' trailer

Flint is a city of 100,000 people with roughly 0.1 percent of that staffing the police force. In the trailer, multiple residents express mistrust for the law or hopelessness at what the city – once a promising automotive hub ranked high in safety and potential – has become. Read more...

More about Entertainment, Television, Netflix, Flint Water Crisis, and Flint
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Novo Nordisk gets nod from U.S. drug purchaser for new diabetes hope

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:59
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Insulin maker Novo Nordisk said its Ozempic diabetes drug had been included on a list of medicines approved for patients covered by U.S. private health schemes, setting the stage for a battle with Eli Lilly's Trulicity.
Categories: Health

Reviews find 'Annihilation' twisted, gripping, and mostly satisfying

Mashable - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:55

If you were disappointed by the promised sci-fi thrill and star power of something like Cloverfield Paradox, you might be in luck with Alex Garland's Annihilation, due in theaters on Friday. The Ex Machina director returns to the genre, this time with a winsome cast of women (and his constant, Oscar Isaac) to adapt Jeff VanderMeer's 2014 novel.

Early reviews of the film are positive, particularly in regard to how Garland builds suspense and uses his cast. For more on what critics thought of Annihilation, read on.

SEE ALSO: Most anticipated films of 2018


An unconventional adaptation

Emily Yoshida, Vulture: Read more...

More about Entertainment, Movies, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez, and Natalie Portman
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Powerful New York Times ad calls out lawmakers funded by the NRA

Mashable - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:51

The New York Times has "all the news that's fit to the print" — and all the ad spreads too. 

Gun control groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense joined forces and purchased a two-page ad in the New York Times on Wednesday, listing the name of every politician in Congress who has received money from the NRA as well as their phone numbers. 

.@Everytown and @MomsDemand placed a two-page ad, which will run Wednesday in the @nytimes, listing the names of lawmakers, their phone numbers, and the amount of money they‘ve received from the @NRA: https://t.co/3cYhxoB4Xs#ThrowThemOut pic.twitter.com/CDFQYbq5Be

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) February 21, 2018 Read more...

More about Social Good, New York Times, Gun Control, Nra, and Culture
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'Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet' might help those who want to stay in Wakanda

Mashable - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:46

T'Challa finally got his very long overdue (get your sh*t together, Hollywood) standalone movie this February with Marvel's new movie Black Panther.

The good news is that the movie has already broken a ton of records, with a $427 million worldwide opening.

The bad news is that the movie is just over two hours, and, according to our movie critic, "If there's a downside to Black Panther, it's that it has to end eventually."

But just because the movie ends doesn't mean you have to stop exploring the world of Wakanda. That's where Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet comes in!

SEE ALSO: 'Black Panther' has the best Marvel supervillain ever. Yes, even better than Loki. Read more...

More about Comic, Mashreads, Mashreads Podcast, Black Panther, and Black Panther Week
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British bank RBS hires 'digital human' Cora on probation

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:24
LONDON (Reuters) - A life-like avatar called Cora is being put through her paces by Royal Bank of Scotland , helping customers with basic queries and giving its digital banking drive a more human face.
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Heavy metal figure skater performs to AC/DC on the ice

Mashable - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:24

While we're all content to watch Winter Olympics figure skating set to tasteful classical music, every so often someone comes to mix up the formula.

SEE ALSO: Figure skating wins gold in the sexual tension Olympics

Ivette Toth of Hungary hit the ice on Wednesday in a black leather ensemble, complete with fingerless gloves and a studded belt, and performed her short program to AC/DC's "Back in Black" and "Thunderstruck."

She really is "Back in Black."

Image: Maddie Meyer/ Getty Images

The crowd in Pyeongchang, South Korea, cheered her on, clearly excited about her unusual choice of music. Though ice dancing has allowed music with lyrics since 1997, figure skating performances have been restricted. Per Vulture, this is actually the first Olympics where music with lyrics is allowed for figure skating. The International Skating Union's decision to allow lyrics didn't go into effect until after the Sochi Olympics in 2014.  Read more...

More about Sports, Winter Olympics, Culture, Music, and Sports
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How to Quickly Create a Text File Using the Command Line in Linux

How-To Geek - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:23
If you’re a keyboard person, you can accomplish a lot of things just using the Linux command line. For example, there are a few easy-to-use methods for creating text files, should you need to do so.
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Philip Morris may have breached Lithuania's advertising rules with new smoking device

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:14
VILNIUS (Reuters) - Lithuania's tobacco regulator believes Philip Morris's new electronic smoking device should be subject to the same advertising restrictions as tobacco, potentially dealing a blow to a product the company has touted as the future of smoking.
Categories: Health

Android P may prevent background apps from accessing your camera

Mashable - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:10

The next major version of Android, for now referred to as "Android P" until Google comes up with a dessert-inspired code name, may have a new feature to help protect your privacy. 

An Android Open Source Project commit, spotted by XDA-Developers, indicates that apps that have been idle for more than "a certain amount of time" will not be able to access your phone's camera. 

SEE ALSO: These are the best VPNs for your Android device

It's not clear yet when Google will officially announce Android P, but the world may get its first official taste of it at this year's Google I/O Developer Conference, scheduled for May 8-10 in Mountain View, California. Read more...

More about Google, Android, Privacy, Android P, and Tech
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Donald Glover helped punch up jokes in 'Black Panther'

Mashable - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:08

Excited for Black Panther? So are we. Which is why we're rolling out obsessive coverage with Black Panther Week. 

Although he didn't appear in Black Panther, renaissance man Donald Glover was still able to leave his mark on Marvel's latest superhero movie.

During an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday, Glover revealed that director Ryan Coogler asked Glover to take a look at the Black Panther script, which was the reasoning behind his  special thank you in the credits of the movie.

SEE ALSO: 'Black Panther' just had the biggest box office debut ever for a Marvel solo movie

Glover, along with his brother Stephen, both had a little bit of time to read the script and help out where they could. Read more...

More about Movies, Marvel, Donald Glover, Black Panther, and Screening
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