Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author, dies at 82

The neurologist and author explored the mysteries of the brain in 'The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,' and died after an earlier form of cancer in his eye returned and spread throughout his body.

Guatemala's US-backed president faces prison

Guatemala is a place where justice seldom reaches those who deserve it most. But today in Guatemala, something amazing has happened. And they're calling it “Guatemalan Spring.”

Southern Gentleman robs Waffle House with a pitchfork, gets away

The best local news video report you'll see this week: "Employees at a Waffle House fight back against man armed with a pitchfork." WSB-TV, Atlanta, GA. Read the rest

Noted crazyman John McAfee launches 'secure messaging app' for folks who trust John McAfee

It's called Chadder, created by John McAfee. I'm sure it's about as secure as a Central American bunker filled with guns, cocaine, and hot underage broads. Read the rest

Dogs playing bluegrass (video)

The classic 'Dueling Banjos," played badly by dogs, but played by dogs. Sort of. Video Link. [Thanks, Dean!] Read the rest

Now Entering Hy-fur-space

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Where are the stolen girls of Nigeria? And why don't we care more?

Maybe if the more than 200 Nigerian girls abducted from their school weeks ago were on a ferry in Korea, a jet liner in the Indian Ocean, in the owner's box at a Clippers basketball game, or were white, the world would pay more attention.

Scientifically kinda-accurate Earth cake, with molten core of raspberry jam

Behold the splendid "Earth Cake" baked and decorated by Redditor Clatence. "The cake is a mixture of chocolate and red velvet cake mixes," Clatence explains. Read the rest

How do Facebook and Twitter personalize your 'smart' newsfeed? With scary science.

Steven Levy has a feature in the new Wired Magazine about the personalization technology behind Facebook's "smart" newsfeeds.

“We’ve grown accustomed to a world in which data flows by us, letting us dip into the steam whenever, wherever, and however we want,” writes Levy, who breaks down the algorithms and formulas the company uses to build your "personal feed."

Read: "Go With the Flow." [WIRED.com] Read the rest

Working women in US who survive breast cancer and chemo 30% more likely to lose their jobs within 4 years

A new study shows that working women with breast cancer who receive chemotherapy and live for four or more years after treatment are 30% more likely to lose their jobs within those first four years of survival. Read the rest

Trailer for new 'Godzilla' movie looks pretty cool

A new trailer for the new Godzilla movie, out May 16, just hit the internets. Looks promising, and will be offered in IMAX 3D for pants-crapping thrills. Read the rest

What the US tornado outbreak looks like from space (video)

This animated video created with data from NOAA's GOES-East satellite shows the creation and movement of a weather system that spawned tornadoes affecting seven central and southern states in the US this week. Read the rest

'Star Wars: Episode VII' cast announced

From the official Star Wars website today, a long-awaited announcement: the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Read the rest

North Dakota's other boom: drones

From an Associated Press trend piece on drones as a possible growth market in North Dakota, where fracking has recently created another boom.

State and federal officials have big hopes for the growth of what are known as unmanned aircraft systems.

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For transgender US military personnel, the rule is still 'don't tell.'

From a Washington Post profile of trans servicemen and women:

More than two years after the repeal of the law that barred gay men and lesbians from serving in the military openly, transgender service members can still be dismissed from the force without question, the result of a decades-old policy that dates back to an era when gender nonconformity was widely seen as a mental illness....

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Science teacher suspended over "dangerous" classroom experiments is reinstated

Los Angeles high school science teacher Greg Schiller has returned to his classroom, two months after being suspended by administrators after complaints two of his students put together "dangerous" science projects in his classes. Read the rest

Watch this awesome time-lapse video of the total lunar eclipse

Video: Gorgeous time-lapse of the recent total lunar eclipse (April, 2014) by Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, U. Arizona.

An explanation, from NASA's Astronomy Pic of the Day: Read the rest

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