Helena grows up and everyone pairs off on Orphan Black [S2E6]

Caroleine Siede reviews the latest episode of the BBC's clone drama

Seven dead, seven injured in Santa Barbara rampage shooting

A series of drive-by shootings in the Isla Vista area near the University of California at Santa Barbara Friday night left seven people dead. The suspect, Elliot Rodger, was shot dead during the melee. He has been identified as the son of "Hunger Games" assistant director Peter Rodger, and is believed to have left a violent video in which he spoke of feeling alienated from and rejected by women, and wanting to seek revenge and punishment. Read the rest

Egyptian teen science whiz defects to US after science fair

A teenager from Egypt accused of illegally protesting the Egyptian government defected to the US after participating in an international high school science fair held in Los Angeles. Read the rest

Author of US drone killing memo to become federal judge

"The Senate approved a top federal judgeship on Thursday for an architect of the Obama administration’s legal foundation for killing American terror suspects overseas with drones, as Democrats overcame opposition by Republicans and quelled concerns by some civil libertarians." [WaPo] Read the rest

German court says when you break up, you must delete nude pix of ex

When you break up with someone, do you think deleting any naked pix you have of each other is the right thing to do? In one German region, it's now the law. The Higher Regional Court of Koblenz issued a verdict this week that says yes. When a relationship is over, intimate videos and photographs should be deleted if one of the ex-partners asks for it to be deleted. [The Local] Read the rest

US gov may block Chinese nationals from Defcon hacker event

The US government may use visa restrictions to ban hackers from China from participating in the 2014 Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas. The move is part of a larger effort by the US to combat Chinese internet espionage. Read the rest

Domo Arigato Restaurant Roboto!

Chris Arkenberg visits an establishment where pop culture and history merge into a light show of singular magnificence.

Pandora's "Music Genome Project" explores the cold hard facts of how we interact with music

Twenty-five music analysts "grade" 10,000 songs a month. It's a mountainous job, writes Rob Pegoraro, but the results will be serious business.