Kid doesn’t stand a chance against dad’s snowball



Parents are here for the sole purpose of loving and protecting us, right? Wrong

They’re also here to throw massive snow boulders at our backs that send us plummeting to the ground. And to laugh at us after it happens

If you don’t believe this sad truth, just check out the video. What starts out as a father and his child enjoying a lovely snow day together ends with the child in tears, face down in the snow because dad clearly has no chill when it comes to snow ball fights.

Remember, kids — never turn your back on dad with a snowball.

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It’s Official: LIGO Scientists Make First-Ever Observation of Gravity Waves

A few days ago, we posted reports that a major finding — the discovery of the long-predicted gravity waves — was expected to be formally announced today, and reader universe520 is the first to note this coverage in the Economist : It is 1.3 billion years after two black holes merged and sent out gravitational waves. On Earth in September 2015, the faintest slice of those waves was caught. That slice, called GW150914 and announced to the world on February 11th, is the first gravitational wave to be detected directly by human scientists. It is a triumph that has been a century in the making, opening a new window onto the universe and giving researchers a means to peer at hitherto inaccessible happenings, perhaps as far back in time as the Big Bang. Reader

DudeTheMath adds: NPR has a nice write-up of the newly-published results: “[R]esearchers say they have detected rumblings from that cataclysmic collision as ripples in the very fabric of space-time itself. The discovery comes a century after Albert Einstein first predicted such ripples should exist. … The signal in the detector matches well with what’s predicted by Einstein’s original theory, according to [Saul] Teukolsky [of Cornell], who was briefed on the results.”

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Dozens killed in prison riot, fire in Mexico



Dozens are dead at a prison in a city in northern Mexico after a fire and riot broke out in the early hours of Thursday, according to accounts from several local news outlets

Family members stormed the prison gates of Topo Chico prison in Monterrey on Thursday morning, demanding information about their loved ones who were still inside

Fifty-two inmates were killed and 12 injured in the violence. Two rival gangs being held at the prison reportedly were at the center of the riot, according to a statement from the state governor.

Nuevo Leon Gov. Jaime Rodriguez told a news conference the fight involved a faction led by a member of the infamous Zetas drug cartel. Read more…

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OK Go breaks gravity habit in spacey ‘Upside Down & Inside Out’ video



It isn’t easy to come up with an idea for an eclectic music video that’s never been done before — but that’s what OK Go keeps doing. And now that the band may have exhausted all earthly ideas, its members have taken to the sky.

The new video for “Upside Down & Inside Out” puts band members in a S7 Airlines plane, combining some of OK Go’s favorite elements — bright colors, random props and the single-take shot — with zero-gravity conditions.

Though commonly associated with space travel, zero-gravity can be created in Earth’s atmosphere if an airplane flies in a parabolic shape. Once the plane reaches the top of the parabola and starts its descent, it will create the feeling of zero-gravity for those on board (and their balloons and piñatas) Read more…

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Einstein was right: Scientists detect gravitational waves for the first time


“It’s like how X-ray changed medicine.”

Scientists have for the first time found telltale ripples in the fabric of space and time, confirming one of Albert Einstein’s strangest, yet most elegant, predictions.

This discovery, announced Thursday, comes 100 years after Einstein first theorized gravitational waves. It will usher in a new age of research and discovery for physicists around the world.

Researchers working with the recently upgraded Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) — a set of two identical observatories located in Washington and Louisiana — revealed that they have directly seen the ripples in space-time, which are known as gravitational waves, created by two black holes that collided 1.3 billion years ago.  Read more…

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Sky-Futures, The Drone Startup Targeting Oil And Gas Industry, Picks Up Another $5.7M

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sky-Futures, the drone startup that flies drones around oil rigs and gas pipelines and analyses the captured data to spot problems before they become a problem, has raised an additional $5.7 million. This follows an earlier $3.8 million Series A back in May. Read More

Time Inc. now owns MySpace, the social network of your awkward adolescence



MySpace, the abandoned social network for teens and spammers, has been passed off yet again and sold to a nearly century-old magazine publisher.

Time Inc announced Thursday that it has acquired Viant, an advertising technology company you’ve probably never heard of, but which happens to own MySpace through a previous acquisition. 

Put another way: a publishing giant actively looking to boost its millennial audience online now owns a website famous for losing that audience.

The deal, however, has less to do with MySpace itself than its parent company’s marketing data. In this acquisition, as in history, MySpace is just a footnote. Read more…

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North Korea’s military just took over a jointly run factory park with South Korea



North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, calling Seoul’s earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North’s recent rocket launch a “dangerous declaration of war.”

North Korea said it was responding to Seoul’s shutdown order by immediately deporting the hundreds of South Koreans who work at the complex just across the world’s most heavily armed border in the city of Kaesong, pulling out the tens of thousands of North Korean employees and freezing all South Korean assets. The North also said it was shutting down two crucial cross-border communication hotlines. Read more…

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Andrew Lincoln on his ‘Love Actually’ character: ‘He is a stalker’



LONDON — It’s surely one of the most iconic scenes from Love Actually: a hopeful, pre-Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln holding up those giant cards to show Keira Knightley’s character Juliet how he really feels about her.

Romantic? Well, maybe. But actually — when you look at the film as a whole — it was also a bit weird, wasn’t it?

Let’s recap: Lincoln plays Mark in Love Actually, a man who obsesses over his best friend’s wife from afar. He has a video tape he made of their wedding day, which is literally just footage of Juliet’s face, and then — after she discovers the tape — he turns up on her doorstep with some mildly creepy homemade signs expressing his love for her. Read more…

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Eyefluence’s Eye-Tracking Interface Lets You Navigate Virtual Reality Hands-Free

Gear_VR_Still_2 Earlier this month, I joined the team at Eyefluence, an eye-tracking startup, for a demo in San Francisco. Over the course of the meeting I was walked through the process of navigating menu screens, selecting icons and whacking moles in a mini game, all with my eyes. I first demoed the company’s iUi eye interaction tech on a pair of ODG R6 Smartglasses. The thing that surprised me… Read More