From sex offender to millionaire

August 1st, 2014

Michael Phillips has been spending most of his time these days living in a tiny room in a no-frills northeast Dallas nursing home.

‘Big Bang Theory’ stalls

August 1st, 2014

Brace yourselves, “Big Bang Theory” fans: Production on the CBS comedy has been put on pause.

This map shows how the world’s most important cities change over time

August 1st, 2014

This map shows how the world's most important cities change over time

Art historian Maximilian Schich put together this pretty visualization that records humanity’s cultural history over 2,600 years. The blue and red dots you see above are the birthplaces and deaths for over 120,000 people who were "notable enough" to have their births and deaths recorded.

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Watch all of Jaws get summarized in a hilarious 60 second animation

August 1st, 2014

Watch all of Jaws get summarized in a hilarious 60 second animation

Our attention spans aren’t what they used to be so 1A4Studio is basically doing God’s work when they summarize classic movies in less than 60 seconds. This time, they draw all the important parts of Jaws in one fun squealing animation sequence. We might need a bigger animation.

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Particle Fever Makes Me Feel Like a Physicist

August 1st, 2014

Particle Fever Makes Me Feel Like a Physicist

Understanding the inner workings of existence is a challenge not everyone is equipped for. In my high school physics class, I learned a handful of Newtonian laws and something about a quark, and that was about it. But during Particle Fever’s 120-minute runtime, I felt like a physicist.

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Kick Your Weekend Off Right With the Godfather of Soul

August 1st, 2014

Kick Your Weekend Off Right With the Godfather of Soul

The new James Brown biopic "Get On Up" is in theaters now. Should you see it? I don’t know, maybe! Dan Aykroyd is involved, which is a good sign if you’re making vodka that comes in overwrought skull containers made of crystal, and a bad sign if you’re making a movie.

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Flappy Bird Is Back, Exclusively on Amazon’s Fire TV

August 1st, 2014

Flappy Bird Is Back, Exclusively on Amazon's Fire TV

Amazon’s Fire TV is a great, speedy, oddly expensive piece of hardware , and so naturally Amazon needs to find something that can make it special. Something that can make use of that controller. And what better console-selling exclusive than…Flappy Bird? Yep.

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Why You Shouldn’t Freak Out About Ebola Patients Coming to the U.S.

August 1st, 2014

Why You Shouldn't Freak Out About Ebola Patients Coming to the U.S.

For months, the Ebola epidemic was a terrible problem isolated in Africa. Then news broke of two sick Americans being airlifted back for treatment, bringing Ebola to the U.S. for the first time ever. On purpose. Cue fear, cue outrage—all of it misplaced. It’s going to be fine.

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A Gesture-Controlled Headlamp Means No More Fumbling For Buttons

August 1st, 2014

A Gesture-Controlled Headlamp Means No More Fumbling For Buttons

Headlamps aren’t just for overnight wilderness treks, a hands-free light source can be useful for everything from detailed hobby work to fixing a car. And Olight’s H15S is particularly useful for that last application, allowing you to activate its bright LED lamp with a simple wave gesture when your hands are covered in grease.

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Hilary Duff: Breakup is ‘very difficult’

August 1st, 2014

Hilary Duff says her new album is “very positive” but admits that it started out “a lot heavier and a lot darker” because of the separation from her husband, Mike Comrie.