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Carla Sinclair

Carla Sinclair is the co-founder of bOING bOING, the founding editor-in-chief of CRAFT magazine, and editor-in-chief of Wink. She has written several books, including Net Chick, The Happy Mutant Handbook, Signal to Noise, and Braid Crazy.

Check out this mind-blowing monster make-up art

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Emily Anderson, make-up artist for American Horror Story, has the creepiest, most awesome Instagram page you'll ever see. The 23-year-old paints her own face and torso for these amazing transformations. And to think she only started "dabbling" with her body paints last year!

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Click here for more photos and details about Anderson.

Ebola-free Liberia mysteriously gets 3rd new victim today

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After almost two months of an Ebola-free Liberia, the deadly disease has reared its head again. And officials fear there may be a new way of contracting it. Three cases have popped up in the last twelve days, in the village of Nedowein, 30 miles from Liberia's capital, and no one knows how the victims were infected. The first victim was a 17-year-old boy who died on Sunday. The other two victims from the same village, ages 24 and 27, are in stable condition. None of the three had visited countries still infected with Ebola, which adds mystery to this new round of Ebola.

"An Ebola case being reported in the middle part of Liberia is confusing," said Adolphus Gbinee, Memaigar's uncle. "We do not have cases at our borders, not even in Monrovia. How could Ebola jump over those places and come here in Nedowein?"

One theory is that it was transmitted by an animal. The three infected people had all eaten a dead dog that had been dug up before they came down with the virus. Another theory is that the disease hadn't actually been completely eradicated from Liberia. And a third theory is that perhaps the disease was spread through semen, which can carry the virus for 90 days. Researchers are looking at these and other possible ways the disease could have made a comeback.

Officials are keeping tabs on 175 people who had contact with the victims. Over 11,200 people have died from the West African outbreak since 2013.

Take a Walking Dead cruise this January... if you dare!

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If watching the AMC series and attending Walker Stalker Con just isn't enough, Walking Dead fans now have a horror cruise to look forward to. On January 15, the 3-day Walker Stalker Cruise will "escape" Miami, FL and head to Nassau, Bahamas on the Norwegian Pearl. Survivors will be treated to a mobile zombie-themed convention and will get to rub elbows with Walking Dead actors such as Norman Reedus (Daryl), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Emily Kinney (Beth), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) and others. Some of the activities include Q&As and panel discussions with the actors, gaming, costume contests, and late night parties. Prices start at $750 and early registration ends July 5th. For more details go to the Walker Stalker Cruise site.

Oh m' god, listen to Game of Thrones' Emilia Clark do a perfect "Khali from the Valley" accent

As if Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke (Khaleesi) wasn't amazing enough, she's just revealed yet another talent: her perfect Valley girl impersonation. After talking to Jimmy Kimmel about ghosts she encountered while shooting Terminator: Genisys in New Orleans, she explains how she disguised herself before heading off to Home Depot at 3am. Part of the disguise was her perfect Valley girl accent. All I can say is, totally awesome!

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Monkey from Pirates of the Caribbean bites makeup artist's ear

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Actors can be difficult, even when they aren't human. Yesterday in Australia, a Capuchin monkey playing Jack the Monkey snuck up behind a 54-year-old makeup artist and bit her on the ear. She wasn't part of Pirates of the Caribbean and was working on a different movie set. The bite caused bleeding, and she was rushed to the hospital, but the injury wasn't serious.

This wasn't the first animal snafu for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Last month Johnny Depp illegally brought his two dogs, Pistol and Boo, to Australia and is now facing fines up to $250,000.

Video: Red baby panda cubs astonishingly adorable

These fluffy panda infants are too cute for words! Born to mothers who weren't able to care for their babies (one had cancer, another wasn't able to properly care for them) Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is hand-feeding them up to seven times a day.

So far they are doing great and breaking hearts around the world.

World's first underground urban farm is about to sell its produce

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Peas, celery, parsley, and a variety of lettuces are growing in an old London WWII bunker 100 feet underground. To enter the 2.5 acre farm you must first wind your way down a 129-step spiral staircase near the Clapham North tube station. Once inside, you will see a sophisticated indoor farming system that will produce food consistent in flavor and color.

Crops will be grown in a sealed clean-room environment with a bespoke ventilation system, advanced LED lighting and a sophisticated irrigation system that enable the farm to produce crops with very little energy. 

The farm is pesticide-free, uses very little energy, and makes very little impact on the environment. The project, called Growing Underground, was hatched by Britsish entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring, who at first raised capital via crowd-funding, and then got two-star Michelin chef Michael Roux Jr on board as a backer. The farm will begin selling to Covent Garden buyers in just a few weeks.

Tarantula hawks swarm San Antonio

Pepsis_formosa02A few years ago the most horrific insect I've ever seen chased my family while hiking in Los Angeles. Its dark bluish wasp-shaped body was gigantic, its stinger visible even from afar. And it was grotesquely tall when standing on its long spindly legs. But mostly it was flapping its alarmingly bright orange wings while charging after us. Luckily we made it back to the car unharmed (it actually lost interest in us after a minute or two). We later found out via Google that this intimidating creature was a tarantula hawk, a type of spider wasp, and that its sting is considered one of the most intense, agonizing insect stings in the world.

I was reminded of the tarantula hawk after hearing this week that they've been swarming San Antonio, TX after all the rain they've had. Residents have been spotting them in large numbers every day. Although they look menacing, Texas entomologist Molly Keck says they are actually more docile than they look, and probably won't sting unless provoked. Haha, maybe, after all, the aggressive-looking tarantula hawk we saw was merely flying in the same direction as us. Here are 6 facts about tarantula hawks posted today on My San Antonio.

 

Mother and baby found alive in jungle 4 days after plane crash

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Last Saturday a Cessna 303 plane crashed in a Columbian jungle. The pilot died, but when rescuers arrived at the scene, 18-year-old Maria Nelly Murillo and her baby son were missing. The plane's door was open, and a flip-flop was found. For three days a 14-person rescue team searched the dense jungle, and on Wednesday finally found the mother and son alive, having survived on coconut water. According to BBC:

Details of how she survived are still sketchy, but local media said she came across a couple of indigenous people who helped her. She was also able to drink coconut water from the coconuts the plane had been carrying, local media said. She reportedly heard the calls over loudspeaker from the rescue helicopter which prompted her to make her way back to the crash site.

The mother is now in the hospital being treated for burns and other injuries, but the baby was unharmed.

Courtney Love attacked by anti-Uber rioters in Paris

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Courtney Love was in the wrong place at the wrong time earlier today. Leaving Charles De Gaulle airport via Uber, thousands of taxi drivers protesting Uber held her car hostage for over an hour, breaking the car's windows and slashing its tires. The rioters even tried to open  the car doors. In the middle of the chaos, the 50-year-old singer tweeted: "They've ambushed our car and are holding our driver hostage. They're beating the cars with metal bats. This is France?? I'm safer in Baghdad." Finally a couple of guys on motorcycles came to the rescue, but the angry mob made sure to hurl rocks at Love until the motorcycles were able to get her to safety. Love says police saw what was happening but did nothing. For now travelers coming out of both Charles de Gaulle and Orly are advised to take a train to avoid the violence and blocked roads. For more details click here.




Here are 51 (yes, 51!) superhero movies you can look forward to

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Superhero movies are nothing new (Superman, Batman, Spiderman...) but they began to snowball in 2000, after the success of X-Men. And with the growing trend of comic book box office hits, manic studios are now juggling 51 comic book films, expected to be released between July 2015 to the year 2020. At the front of the queue is next month's Ant-Man, followed by The Fantastic Four on August 7th of this year in the U.S. Others coming up in the next 12 months include Marvel's Deadpool, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Captain America: Civil War. Read the complete list, along with synopses and dates, at Den of Geek.

Over-zealous German cop slaps parking ticket on car sculpture

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A cop in Karlsruhe, Germany was in no mood for playful art installations. None too pleased with artist Erwin Wurm's red Mercedes truck arching up against a building, he issued a ticket. And what's the going rate for parking halfway up a wall? Apparently $33 (or 30 Euros). That'll teach the sculpture from blocking a pedestrian sidewalk!

Highly invasive New Guinea flatworm spotted in U.S.

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One the world's worst invasive species is the New Guinea flatworm, a double-pointed 2-inch-long worm that causes serious damage to bio diversity. And they've just made it to the U.S. This super flat worm is dark brown on top and pale gray on its underside with its mouth on its belly. It will climb trees to capture its prey – which are mostly snails. They can quickly devastate snail populations, thus hurting intricate ecosystems.

Because the worm feasts heavily on native mollusks, threatening their populations, the researchers write that “the newly reported presence of the species in mainland U.S. in Florida should be considered a potential major threat to the whole U.S. and even the Americas.”

Right now the New Guinea flatworm, also known as platydemus manokwari, is in Florida, probably brought here accidentally with plants, and eradicating it without hurting other species will be a challenge.

Experimental fluorescent lamb with jellyfish DNA unintentionally eaten

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Ruby was a brightly colored lamb with transparent skin. She carried jellyfish DNA and belonged to "Green Sheep," a research project in France studying the effects of implants on humans. She was then maliciously sold to a slaughterhouse along with non-GMO sheep by disgruntled employees of the project. She has since been sold as food to unsuspecting diners.

It was then sold by the slaughterhouse to an unnamed individual in October 2014, though it's not clear how many people may have eaten it. INRA says the genetically modified lamb poses no health risk to humans, though it has asked French prosecutors to investigate the incident, following an internal investigation that it launched in December.

The employees could face one year in prison and a fine of approximately $83,000.

 

Watch: Rabbit pummels snake to protect her baby

Here's an amazing YouTube video of a snake about to feast on a baby bunny when along comes mama rabbit to the rescue. She separates the snake from her baby, but doesn't stop there. She then proceeds to repeatedly stalk and attack the snake with a frenzy of kicks. Awesome rabbit!

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Google needs VR camera testers – just fill out their form and cross your fingers

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Interested in creating virtual reality? Google is looking for people to test drive their Jump VR system that includes 16 cameras. Anyone can apply by filling out this 2-page form. But the company is going to be highly selective, and your answers should be "awesome," according to the company. They plan to start the testing by the end of summer, so if you're interested, apply now!

115-year-old woman tells us how she does it: 6 tips for happiness and longevity

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One of only two living people born in the 1800s, Susannah Mushatt Jones just became the oldest person in the world at age 115.

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