Amazing time-lapse video captures the night sky Mon,27 Feb 2012 03:20 PM PST The Upshot - Temporal Distortion from Randy Halverson on Vimeo Think you've seen the night sky? Not like this. Photographer Randy Halverson took months (when the weather was clear) to shoot the stars overhead of the White River in central South Dakota, Arches National Park in Utah, Canyon of the Ancients area of Colorado, and Madison, Wisconsin. He put [...] Full Story
Mayan Light Beam Photo: Message from Gods, or iPhone Glitch? Tue,28 Feb 2012 06:54 AM PST LiveScience.com - When Hector Siliezar visited the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza with his wife and kids in 2009, he snapped three iPhone photos of El Castillo, a pyramid that once served as a sacred temple to the Mayan god Kukulkan. A thunderstorm was brewing near the temple, and Siliezar was trying to capture lightning crackling dramatically over the ruins. Full Story
As Michigan Republicans headed to the polls Tuesday morning, President Obama delivered an aggressive defense of the bailout of the auto industry and his presidency in general, harshly criticizing GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney – though he never mentioned him by name. "I've got to admit,...
Are Rich People Unethical? Mon,27 Feb 2012 02:49 PM PST ABC News - At last, an explanation for Wall Street's disgrace, Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme and other high-society crimes and misdemeanors: A new study published in the Proceedings of that National Academy of Sciences found that wealthier people were more apt to behave unethically than those who had less money.... Full Story
Apps for Apes: Orangutans using iPads to paint and video chat with other apes Tue,28 Feb 2012 09:44 AM PST The Sideshow - Orangutans across the world may soon join the ranks of millions of humans as proud owners of new iPads. As strange as that may sound, a conservation group is testing its "Apps for Apes" program, allowing orangutans to communicate with each other remotely via the iPad's video chat technology. Orangutan Outreach founder Richard Zimmerman has [...] Full Story
Update: Banker's Insulting Waitress Tip Is a Hoax Tue,28 Feb 2012 08:55 AM PST Trending Now - "Like" us on Facebook.com/TrendingNow and follow us on Twitter @Knowlesitall. UPDATE: Trending Now spoke with True Food Kitchen and they sent us an exclusive copy of the original receipt, which you can see below. Yesterday we reported a story about a banker who allegedly left a $1.33 tip on a $133 lunch bill at True Food Kitchen [...] Full Story
Banker's 1% Tip is a Hoax; Real Receipt Obtained Tue,28 Feb 2012 11:58 AM PST Trending Now - "Like" us on Facebook.com/TrendingNow and follow us on Twitter @YahooTrending Yesterday we reported a story about a banker who allegedly left a $1.33 tip on a $133 lunch bill at True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach, California. In addition, he added a 'tip' to "get a real job." It was meant to be a dig from [...] Full Story
Wyoming legislator David Miller introduces "doomsday" bill Tue,28 Feb 2012 09:18 AM PST The Sideshow - Wyoming Republican state legislator David Miller has introduced a bill to prepare his state for a doomsday scenario in which the nation's economy and social structure completely collapse. "Things happen quickly sometimes — look at Libya, look at Egypt, look at those situations," Miller told the Star-Tribune. "We wouldn't have time to meet as a [...] Full Story
The top 5 ways Republicans will use Obama's words against him Tue,28 Feb 2012 03:22 AM PST Power Players - Spinners and Winners A few weeks ago Spinners and Winners went through the top five things Mitt Romney has said that Democrats would use against him if he wins the Republican nomination. Now the flip side: The top five things from Barack Obama you can be sure Republicans will use over and over again in [...] Full Story
Banker's Insulting Waitress Tip Incites Class Warfare Between the 1% and the 99% Mon,27 Feb 2012 08:46 AM PST Trending Now - "Like" us on Facebook.com/TrendingNow and follow us on Twitter @YahooTrending. UPDATE: According to The Smoking Gun, the restaurant says they found the original merchant copy, and the receipt going around the Web is Photoshopped. You can see our update on the story here. Just when you may have thought the ongoing battle between the 99% and [...] Full Story
Gay Marine's homecoming kiss goes viral Mon,27 Feb 2012 09:24 AM PST The Lookout - Five months after the military's ban on openly gay service expired, a photo of a young gay Marine's homecoming kiss has gone viral. Nearly 15,000 people have liked the picture on Facebook, which was posted in a group for gay Marines on Saturday. The Marine, Brandon Morgan, posted a response on his Facebook wall according [...] Full Story
Israel Probably Won't Tell the U.S. If It's Going to Attack Iran Tue,28 Feb 2012 04:03 AM PST The Atlantic Wire - Israeli officials have reportedly let it be known that they won't give their United States counterparts a heads up if the country decides to launch an airstrike against Iran. According to the Associated Press, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told this fact to every American official coming to Israeli hoping to talk them out of a pre-emptive strike of Iranian nuclear facilities. Officials say it's for the U.S.'s own good, since if they don't know about the strike in advance, they can't be blamed for failing to stop it. ... Full Story
China to soften its one-child policy slogans, but not the law itself Tue,28 Feb 2012 12:07 PM PST The Sideshow - The Chinese government isn't getting rid of its one-child policy currently in place. It's just making it sound better. China's communist party newspaper, People's Daily, reports that the government will revamp its abrasive-sounding slogans surrounding the policy. People's Daily cites several examples of "harsh slogans," including those "which sometimes even threaten criminal acts." The newly [...] Full Story
Investigators may have discovered earliest evidence of Christian iconography in Jerusalem Tue,28 Feb 2012 03:17 PM PST The Sideshow - Investigators using a robotic arm equipped with a remote-controlled camera have discovered what is being called the earliest evidence of Christian iconography in Jerusalem. The newly discovered ossuary carries a Greek inscription calling on God to "raise up" someone, which is being interpreted as an early reference to the biblical resurrection of Jesus. A second [...] Full Story
It had all the fixings of a Mitt Romney rally, and then Kid Rock hit the stage. On the eve of the Michigan primary, musician Kid Rock sang a live version of "Born Free," the official campaign song of the Romney...
Adolf Hitler's long-lost collection of paintings discovered Mon,27 Feb 2012 10:43 AM PST The Sideshow - A Czech historian has discovered a long-lost collection of paintings belonging to Adolf Hitler. The Telegraph reports that the unearthed works of art include a "massive" painting entitled "Memories of Stalingrad." Even though the battle of Stalingrad was one of the German army's most brutal defeats in World War II, the painting is said to [...] Full Story
Recreational marijuana measure to be put to voters Mon,27 Feb 2012 07:45 PM PST Reuters - DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado voters will be asked to decide whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in a November ballot measure, setting up a potential showdown with the federal government over America's most commonly used illicit drug. The measure, which would legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults, is one of two that will go to voters in November after a Washington state initiative to legalize pot earned enough signatures last month to qualify for the ballot there. ... Full Story
The Dow Jones industrial average rode a surge of confidence in the economy Tuesday to close above 13,000, a threshold it last crossed four months before the financial crisis of 2008 and the darkest days of the Great Recession.
SOUTHFIELD/GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (Reuters) - Mitt Romney condemned rival Rick Santorum for urging Democrats to vote against him and "kidnap" the Michigan Republican presidential primary on Tuesday, as voters determined whether Romney would get a big win or a humiliating defeat. Santorum, running neck-and-neck with Romney in opinion polls, is trying to snatch an upset win in his rival's home state, where the Republican primary is open to both parties. ...
Kinect-enabled carts coming to a Whole Foods near you? Tue,28 Feb 2012 10:52 AM PST Technology News Blog - The Kinect motion-sensing game peripheral is a lot of fun when it comes to family-friendly entertainment. But Whole Foods, in connection with a third-party developer, believes that Kinect may be the future of shopping. The Kinect-enabled shopping cart experience begins with you scanning … Continue reading →Full Story
2 dating websites sued over soldier's photo in ads Tue,28 Feb 2012 05:17 AM PST Associated Press - The picture of a handsome, uniformed soldier accompanying online ads that proclaim "Military Man Searching for Love" is an Army lieutenant who was killed in Iraq in 2007, according to a lawsuit filed by his parents Monday against two dating websites. Full Story
People Aren't Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say Tue,28 Feb 2012 10:56 AM PST LiveScience.com - The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens (the majority of them, at least) can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea, when they see it. But a growing body of research has revealed an unfortunate aspect of the human psyche that would seem to disprove this notion, and imply instead that democratic elections produce mediocre leadership and policies. Full Story
ISHINOMAKI, Japan (Reuters) - The young Japanese woman clutches a beige blanket tight around her shoulders as she stares into the distance. Behind her hulks twisted metal and splintered wood left by the tsunami that devastated Ishinomaki, her hometown. The photograph, taken by Tadashi Okubo at the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, was picked up by Reuters and other agencies around the world, becoming an iconic image of the March 11 disaster that killed 20,000 people. The woman's name is Yuko Sugimoto. She is now 29 years old. When the photo was taken, around 7 a.m. ...
The death of a 10-year-old Southern California schoolgirl after a fight with another student has been ruled a homicide, the coroner said today. Investigators said Joanna Ramos, a fifth-grader at Willard Elementary School in Long Beach, died from blunt-force trauma to the head. "They did...