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Rivers flow with ecstasy after Taiwanese music festival

Jan 21, 15 Rivers flow with ecstasy after Taiwanese music festival

Posted by in Media & Entertainment, Science, WTF???

People do a lot of drugs at music festivals. Then, people pee them out—and it could be messing with aquatic life. A recent study found that during and directly after a major pop music festival in Taiwan, levels of party drugs like MDMA and ketamine rose in a nearby river. Caffeine, acetaminophen and pseudoephedrine levels in the river spiked too.

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Why we should all start reading paper books again

Jan 12, 15 Why we should all start reading paper books again

Posted by in Media & Entertainment, Science

Reading in and of itself has plenty of benefits for our minds: Studies have shown that reading over the course of a lifetime (or even starting to read consistently when you’re well into your 60s and 70s) can prevent mental decline. Along with keeping your mind sharp and enlarging your knowledge base, reading can expand your sense of empathy, too.

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Here’s the concept art from ‘Back to the Future II’

Jan 11, 15 Here’s the concept art from ‘Back to the Future II’

Posted by in Media & Entertainment, Technology

In the early hours of 2015, Tim Flattery was startled to see a film he’d worked on more than 25 years ago plastered all over social media. Then he remembered: The future he had "designed"—the one that levitates and hoverboards to life in Back to the Future Part II—had arrived.

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What did ‘Back to the Future II’ get right about 2015?

For as long as I can remember, my imagined vision of “life in the future” has centered around the year 2015. That’s not a year picked at random. That’s thanks to one of cinema’s most memorable depictions of the future: Back to the Future Part II. Now that the real 2015 is not a week away, let’s assess: How much did screenwriter Bob Gale, director Robert Zemeckis and the rest of the filmmakers get right?

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Ice buckets, breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture

Dec 26, 14 Ice buckets, breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture

Posted by in Lifestyle, Media & Entertainment, Seasonal

Just for fun, let's try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image. We might begin with a singer oddly named Adele Dazeem, belting "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen." Suddenly a friend would pour a bucket of ice water over her head. Adele would immediately tweet the moment on her new iPhone 6, hashtag #icebucketchallenge, while Ellen would pop out and take a group selfie that would #BreaktheInternet. Now let's get more serious.

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Apple not interested in ‘The Interview’

Dec 26, 14 Apple not interested in ‘The Interview’

Posted by in Media & Entertainment, Technology

Sony Pictures Entertainment had asked the White House for help in arranging for Apple, one of the U.S. government’s technology partners, to stream “The Interview,” a comedy movie that is at the center of a heated dispute between the U.S. and North Korea over cybersecurity issues.

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Watch over 30 Christmas TV specials on Netflix

Dec 24, 14 Watch over 30 Christmas TV specials on Netflix

Posted by in Media & Entertainment, Seasonal

Christmas is finally here – the tree is up, the presents are wrapped and the festivities are underway. As many celebrate the holiday with their family and friends, now’s the perfect time to look back at how your favorite TV shows celebrate the big day with Santa Claus. Check out over 30 Christmas-themed TV episodes available to stream on Netflix:

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The AP’s top 10 movies of the year

Dec 23, 14 The AP’s top 10 movies of the year

Posted by in Media & Entertainment, Seasonal

2014 is coming to close, and it's been quite a year for movies. Here are The top 10 films of 2014, according to AP Film Writer Jake Coyle.

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Bah, humbug: The worst Christmas movies of all time

Dec 21, 14 Bah, humbug: The worst Christmas movies of all time

Posted by in Media & Entertainment, Seasonal

Christmas has given us countless cinematic classics over the years. Of course, for every one of these seasonal masterpiece, there are countless unambitious, uninteresting attempts to create new holiday classics. Then there’s a third category of Christmas flick – the kind that makes things like A Golden Christmas, Call Me Mrs. Miracle or A Grandpa for Christmas seem Oscar-worthy. Watch the following movies at your own risk.

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Children’s movies are rife with murder, says science

Dec 21, 14 Children’s movies are rife with murder, says science

Posted by in Media & Entertainment, Science

You might expect that children’s movies would be less violent than those geared toward adults. But you’d be wrong. “Just because a film has a cute clown fish or a singing mermaid or baby deer in it, doesn’t mean that there won't be murder,” says Ian Colman, a mental health epidemiologist at the University of Ottawa.

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