A well-known computer scientist parachuted from a balloon near the top of the stratosphere on Friday, falling faster than the speed of sound and breaking the world altitude record set just two years ago.
Breast self-exams haven't been shown to save lives. Instead, here's how to actually tell if you might have breast cancer.
Two students are dead at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday morning after one of them opened fire in the cafeteria before turning the gun on himself, according to law-enforcement sources.
Really? There's no other place that stuff could have gone? At least have the decency to put it in the trash at The Gutter, not in the street.
Myq Kaplan is one of the quickest wits in comedy. Not many standup bits could handle a transition to animation, but Myq's jokes are layered with so many rapid-fire thoughts and images that a cartoon works perfectly.
At a festival in Konosu City, Japan, attendees watched a rocket weighing 1,014 pounds and measuring nearly four feet in circumference explode into the night sky. This whole fireworks display is impressive, but if you're looking for the big bang, it comes at around 3:15.
You don’t have to be a monster or a madman to dehumanize others. You just have to be an ordinary human being.
Sam Biddle, editor of Gawker's technology site, Valleywag, is leaving the publication and moving to a different department within Gawker Media.
Extremist Republicans turned their government into a lab experiment of tax cuts and privatization. And now they may be losing control of one of the reddest states in the nation.
Nest today said it had acquired Revolv, the smart-home automation device maker, for its developer platform.
Galvanized by a horrifying puppy shooting in Texas, members of nearly 150 Facebook groups dedicated to dogs killed or injured by police are planning a nationwide protest this Saturday.
The U.S. military still doesn’t know if North Korea has a working nuclear missile capable of reaching the United States.
Great bustards eat toxic beetles to clear parasites and look healthier, study says.
We know you're going to be drinking this Halloween, so why not drink the right way?
Here is the one favorite of Anthony Weiner's verified Twitter account @AnthonyWeiner, which is accessible from the front page of Anthony Weiener's verified Twitter account by clicking the "favorites" tab
Some people are just too skinny for prison.
If you watch this video, you'll need to wait an hour before you eat something afterwards.
Trials of Ebola vaccines could begin in West Africa in December, a month earlier than expected, and hundreds of thousands of doses should be available for use by the middle of next year, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
Ponce’s actual Fountain of Youth, it turns out, is probably the legend of the Fountain of Youth itself — the Spaniard and his insatiable thirst for eternity — which has outlived him now, in spite of most historians’ objections, by almost 500 years.
Canadian police disclosed new security camera footage on Thursday of the Ottawa parliament attack that shows the startling speed at which the events unfolded, as details emerged about the perpetrator’s frustration about a stalled passport application.
Naval vessels and planes have been searching the Stockholm archipelago for the past week, amid suspicions a Russian submarine was in trouble there.
Vickers has been hailed a hero for his role in stopping the gunman in the Canadian parliament building earlier this week.
I’m under no illusion that I may have gotten the disease that is currently scaring the shit out of everyone from a mere high five. I know that it requires direct contact with bodily fluids from someone who outwardly appears very sick. Nor do I think that I can get Ebola from a bowling ball. Nor do I have any idea if I did, in fact, high five Spencer. But, well, why the hell do I feel like this?
“I’d like a Biblical check on that.” Those were the first words I heard upon logging into Monday’s working session of the Texas Education Agency.
This interactive guide shows you how to make the most of your phone's battery life. Just choose the make and model of your phone from the drop-down menu and learn how to stay juiced.
The plan was to take Riff Raff, my editor’s large-boned gray cat, out for some coffee.
Marc Newson has designed a version of the double-barrelled 486 Parallelo shotgun for Italian firearms manufacturer Beretta, a company established in 1526.
Looks like Russian roads are paved in quicksand. Skip to the 40 second mark for the action.
The original "Star Wars" films don't really have any blood or gore to speak of. But once you start totaling up the deaths of pilots, troopers, and whole planets, it becomes apparent that one of our most beloved film trilogies contains the equivalent of several genocides.
Will it be nuclear war? A giant meteor? Colonization and eventual destruction by an alien race? Forget about the "how" for right now, and focus on the "when."
Q: What do you get when you combine a pencil, a mint julep, and a man dissatisfied with the status quo? A: The modern-day drinking straw. Besides being a joke that will never take off, that’s an accurate description of the birth of straws as we know them today. Since then, straws have been downright radicalized.
This week, we learned the best time to buy an airplane ticket, the best place to grab a beer in Antarctica, and the best glass to pour that beer into.
As Texas health workers prepare two new biocontainment units to help treat any future Ebola patients the state might have, they're are using one piece of training equipment from a neighboring state that may surprise you: Tabasco sauce.
Speeches from Federal Reserve Bank presidents tend not to be very interesting, and indeed New York Fed President William Dudley's recent talk on "Enhancing Financial Stability by Improving Culture in the Financial Services Industry" seems to have been titled so as to maximize the number of people who ignore it. But he ended with a bombshell, telling CEOs that unless they clean up their acts, the Wall Street megabanks are going to get broken up.
Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, made the comments on his Fatwa television show earlier this week. "If it were used correctly, it could be of real benefit, but unfortunately it's exploited for trivial matters," he said about the social networking site.
Sixty years ago a soccer match ground to a halt when unidentified flying objects were spotted above a stadium in Florence. Did aliens come to earth? If not, what were they?
NO, Barack Obama won't cut it.
The freedom to have fun, make mistakes and participate in some youthful irresponsibility shouldn’t be limited to boys.
Officials said Dr. Spencer visited locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn before he became sick. He took the A and L trains on Wednesday to the Gutter in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he bowled with friends. He took an Uber taxi back to Manhattan. He also went to the High Line and may have stopped at a restaurant along the way. He rode the 1 train and went on a three-mile jog.
Though you won't find this story explicitly told in the game itself, it's based on a reading of modern geopolitics that extrapolates decades and even centuries into the future. How plausible is this lore? Well, since there's nothing more fun than analyzing a fictional universe as though it's real life, I thought I'd take a closer look using our modern-day understanding of history, political science and technology.
Just a few weeks ago, businessman Jon Schultz was hoping to capitalize on news headlines around the globe and wanted to sell the Ebola.com domain for around $150,000. He's managed to rake in even more than that.
“Excuse me, but what’s in that box?” a sixty-something man asks Karl Reichstetter, 33. A cardboard cube rests at Reichstetter’s feet in Philz Coffee, in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco. Two furry, triangular ears poke up out of the box’s open top. “It’s a bear coat that you can wear for fun,” Reichstetter explains as the man starts backing away.
Barbara Winters, Margaret Lerhe and others bonded together to help Nathan Cirillo in his final moments at Ottawa’s War Memorial.
The Times has the luxury of having both a map department and a graphics department that includes several cartographers.
Frank Serpico should know.
If you're looking for something great to watch but don't want to sift through a bunch of garbage, may we humbly suggest Digg Video? We think you'll like what you see.
"Wow, that's so LA."
A doctor who recently returned from Guinea has tested positive for Ebola — the first case of the deadly virus in New York City and the fourth diagnosed in the United States. Here is a timeline of Craig Spencer's movements since he got back from the West African nation.
A Brazilian steakhouse chef's cultural knowledge can be a valid reason to grant a work visa, the Washington, D.C., Circuit Circuit Court of Appeals rules.
In the late 1800s, the Studebaker company was the world's largest manufacturer of wagons and buggies. When the company began making automobiles, they chose to power their engines with electricity, not gasoline. But eventually, the gasoline-powered engine became the preferred technology. Now, more than 100 years later, automakers face many of the same dilemmas and decisions as their predecessors did.
Is Uber a panacea for discriminatory cab drivers?
High-profile employers have turned to a new way to temporarily employ students or recent grads: fellowships.
Britain’s monarch dabbled in social media on Friday by sending her very first tweet.
As if losing a child to kidnapping wasn’t horrifying enough, ineffective law enforcement agencies and predatory private investigators only add to the confusion and pain. Deana Hebert’s long, maddening search for her daughter — and the ex-husband who took her — may be the rule, not the exception.
What's behind the latest surge in political violence, and what Canadians can do about it.
EBay, Hewlett-Packard and Symantec are doing it. EMC is under pressure to do it. Why shouldn’t IBM follow in the footsteps of the other big tech companies and break up?
Makes total sense.
On July 8, 2013, at 11:20 a.m., Olivia Munn hailed a taxi on Varick Street in Manhattan’s West Village. The actress took an 11-minute ride across the island, to the Bowery Hotel, for which she paid $6.50 in cash, without leaving a tip.
An audio archive captures some iconic moments of space history.
The truth is that the horror of being eaten outpaces the horror of death by any other means.
Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin wants to send people on a trip to Mars, and he doesn't want them to come home — at least not at first.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Harvard researcher Piotr Naskrecki was just doing his job when he ran into the one of the world’s largest spiders in Guyana and killed it. The Internet didn’t see it that way.
The only thing he got right was having headphones in, just in case there were mariachi bands outside the train too. And in case you need reminding: Please, please do not attempt this stunt yourself.