Rob Beschizza

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3D geology of Britain--all of it!--implemented in Minecraft

GravelMany countries have been surface-mapped in Minecraft, but here's one that goes right down to the bedrock, courtesy of the British Geological Survey: "Glaciofluvial deposits and superficial deposits of mainly gravelly composition are represented by Gravel."

Journalists killed in the last decade, by country

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619, mostly locals.

On restoring Star Wars

Everyone knows about George Lucas's habit for messing with the Star Wars trilogy, but not how hard it is to see the unmolested originals--he even refused to give a copy to the National Film Registry.

Judge: SWAT team can't claim immunity after using excessive force

Police might be able to bash your home's door down and summarily execute you, but that doesn't mean they can use their qualified immunity to escape even the possibility of legal redress.

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No charges for off-duty cop who killed teen

Rey Garza approached a "suspicious" car while wearing plain clothes, gun drawn, and allegedly without identifying himself as a cop. What happened to the teen driver is depressingly predictable.

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5-word scary stories

A splendid thread at Reddit: "Living alone, toilet was warm."

Gun instructor shot dead by 9-year-old with Uzi

"All right full auto." [sfgate]

Amazon Fire bombs

According to data from Comscore, only 35,000 handsets are in the wild.

God Emperor of Applebees

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The art in airport restaurants is getting pretty spacey.

How Uber sabotages rival Lyft

Uber has acquired a reputation for using nasty business tactics against rival Lyft. The Verge acquired its playbook of dirty tricks.

Procrastination may be about anticipating emotional optimums, not time management

The Procrastination Doom Loop occurs because "(1) We're think we're in the wrong mood to complete a task, and (2) We assume that our mood will change in the near future, which will help us complete the task," but of course it doesn't.

2-year-old takes Ice Bucket Challenge

What she says is what I'd say.

Opiate underwear claims life

A prisoner on furlough allegedly soaked his underwear in methadone and shared pieces of it with fellow inmates, one of whom died.

American courts routinely shackle children

A 13-year-old girl who ran away from home and resisted arrest was not only led in chains into court, but refused permission to remove them so she could wipe her tears.

Republicans use cropped frame from Foley execution footage in campaign ad

Bravo, Senate nominee Allen Weh! It's not even been a week.

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