DC TV news crew's car broken into while they covered anti-robbery press conference

An officer speaks with ABC7  crew after robbery Jan. 6, 2015. (Stephen Tschida/ABC7 News)

Glad to see that our nation's capital hasn't been completely gentrified, and retains some of the utlraviolent grit I remember from the streets in the 1980s.

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What is the most interesting scientific news? Very, VERY smart people respond.

It is time once again for the Edge Annual Question, a mind-bending and boundary-busting online convening of scientists, technologists, and other big thinkers all responding to a single question at the intersection of science and culture. From physicists to artists, cognitive psychologists to journalists, evolutionary biologists to maverick anthropologists, these are people who Edge founder, famed literary agent, and BB pal John Brockman describes as the "third culture (consisting) of those scientists and other thinkers in the empirical world who, through their work and expository writing, are taking the place of the traditional intellectual in rendering visible the deeper meanings of our lives, redefining who and what we are."

This year, John asked: What do you consider the most interesting (scientific) news? What makes it important?" Nearly two hundred really smart people responded, including Steven Pinker, Nina Jablonski, Freeman Dyson, Stewart Brand, Marti Hearst, Philip Tetlock, Kevin Kelly, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Douglas Rushkoff, Lisa Randall, Alan Alda, Jared Diamond, Pamela McCorduck, and on and on.

"Science is the only news," writes Stewart Brand in the introduction. "When you scan through a newspaper or magazine, all the human interest stuff is the same old he-said-she-said, the politics and economics the same sorry cyclic dramas, the fashions a pathetic illusion of newness, and even the technology is predictable if you know the science. Human nature doesn't change much; science does, and the change accrues, altering the world irreversibly.' We now live in a world in which the rate of change is the biggest change." Science has thus become a big story, if not the big story: news that will stay news."

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Watch the best news bloopers of 2015!

Keep fucking that chicken.

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McClatchy chain of more than 30 U.S. papers may close all foreign bureaus

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The McClatchy Company, a chain of more than 30 U.S. newspapers, is expected to close its foreign bureaus by the end of the year. The media giant's chief executive denies the rumors, but it kind of sounds like the closures are likely anyway. Read the rest

Let Edward Scissorhands come home

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Jon Hendren, @fart, was mistakenly summoned onto Headline News instead of journalist John Hendren, to talk about whistleblower Ed Snowden. He talked about Edward Scissorhands instead. The clueless, scripted anchor didn't seem to notice the difference. Read the rest

Climate change denier Rupert Murdoch just bought National Geographic, which gives grants to scientists

Rupert Murdoch, the new boss of National Geographic.

Rupert Murdoch, the new boss of National Geographic.

The National Geographic magazine has been a nonprofit publication since inception in 1888, but that ends today. The long-running American publication becomes very much for-profit under a $725 million dollar deal announced today with 21st Century Fox, the entertainment company controlled by the family of Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch is a notorious climate change denier, and his family's Fox media empire is the world's primary source of global warming misinformation. Which would be no big deal here, I guess, were it not for the fact that the National Geographic Society's mission includes giving grants to scientists.

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Presidential hopeful Rick Perry still not sure how clocks work

Texas Governor Rick Perry makes remarks at the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC) in Washington, February 11, 2011.  REUTERS
Unlike clocks, Rick Perry is rarely right even once a day.

Here is how much of a badass Jorge Ramos is

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Jorge Ramos, the Univision reporter/anchor who was famously thrown out of a Donald Trump circle jerk for practicing journalism without permission has a long history of pissing off dangerous, rich, powerful criminals. Read the rest

Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and others join to create royalty-free video codecs for all

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The group plans to develop a new generation of royalty-free open source digital media formats for video, audio, and still images.

In Google's new logo, serifs a no-go

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It's all about looking better on increasingly smaller devices.

BBC TV host is very excited about this Blue Whale that just showed up

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“I can see it now!”

Chelsea Manning threatened with 'indefinite solitary confinement' for expired toothpaste and asking for a lawyer

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The infractions she's charged with are so minor, it's hard to believe.

FBI investigating security of Hillary Clinton's emails, and thumb drive they're stored on

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The FBI is investigating how secure Hillary Rodham Clinton's email practices were when she was secretary of state and used a private email server, reports The Washington Post. Read the rest

UK restricts dissident artist Ai Weiwei's stay over his “criminal record” in China

Ai Weiwei posted this picture on Instagram on Wednesday after the Chinese authorities returned his passport.
The artist is scheduled to be in the UK in September for a big exhibition at London's Royal Academy of Arts.

Onion launches a spot-on parody of VICE TV

“Uncaged, Unaccountable, Fucked Up.” Better jot down that phone number for their Atrocity Tip Line.

Word Wars: Daily war headlines transformed into an automated Star Wars intro crawl

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News from the Empire.

BBC's list of pages de-indexed through Europe's "right to be forgotten"

Under a crazy, ineffectual EU court ruling, people can petition Google and its rivals to de-index news articles from their European search-results. Read the rest

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