'Sista Girl' Felicia A. O'Dell's ultra-low-budget cooking videos are what the internet needs

"Motherfucker, this is not prison food." If you haven't seen "Sista Girl" Felicia A. O'Dell's cooking videos, which have been making the internet rounds this week, man, you're missing out. Her YouTube channel is called Sista Girl. Read the rest

Kiddie Cocktails: hooch free drink recipes in a beautiful book

Without question, cocktails are the most fun and playful type of drinks on the menu, with their vibrant colors, toy-like swizzle sticks, plastic straws, paper toothpick umbrellas, swords of stacked fruit, and the exotic-shaped glasses that contain the concoctions. And yet – the cruel irony of it all – cocktails are off limits to children! Read the rest

Experimental drugs tested in African Ebola outbreak

There are several Ebola drugs in development and they're starting to reach struggling victims, especially Western aid workers, who agree to participate in ad hoc trials. Read the rest

Most social science results have never been replicated

Replication — where researchers re-do experiments to see if they get the same result — is a really important part of the scientific process. And it's hardly ever done in social science. Read the rest

Mysterious holes in Siberia may be craters of climate change explosions

Holes like this one have been appearing in Siberia — at least three are known so far. There are a couple of theories for what's causing them and both are linked to climate change. Read the rest

Cell phone unlocking bill signed into law by President Obama

President Obama today signed a bipartisan bill into law that allows consumers to switch cell phone service providers without paying for a new phone. The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act reverses a decision made by the Library of Congress two years ago that made it illegal to "unlock" phones for use on other networks without the OK of your service provider, which meant companies like AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint could keep your phone "locked"-- switching carriers or trying to link to other carriers overseas while traveling in that scenario was prohibitively expensive.

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Mother and daughter humpback whale, a photo from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool

Mother and daughter humpback whale. A photo captured and shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by reader Christopher Michel. Read the rest

Eric Garner's chokehold death at NYPD's hands ruled homicide

"The death of a 43-year-old New York City man who was placed in a chokehold by police officers has been ruled a homicide, according to the New York City medical examiner." Read the rest

Watch these wingsuited jumpers fall out of the sky over New York City

The Red Bull Air Force team fly in formation over New York City while attempting to land on a barge in the middle of the Hudson River. Read the rest

If you read one thinkpiece on the Totally Not OK Cupid experiment, make it this one

Tim Carmody's essay at kottke.org is a thoughtful look at the issues of consent and harm in recent experiments on users by OK Cupid and Facebook. Read the rest

Paintball Sentry Gun vs Toddlers - no contest

This week in Gadgets, Fark's Drew Curtis joins us to share stories about his awesome non-lethal home weapons arsenal. Brought to you by Pluralsight, the world's largest tech & creative training library

Obama on CIA after 9/11: “We tortured some folks.”

President Barack Obama today said that after 9/11, the US did some wrong things. "We tortured some folks," the president said. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The quote that shall live in infamy was made during a briefing Friday on the brewing scandal around the CIA's admission it spied on computers used by Senate staffers who were investigating the agency's use of extreme interrogation techniques and a network of "black sites" and secret prisons around the globe.

Related: The NYT Torture Euphemism Generator.

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Ebola 'moving faster than our efforts to control it,' says World Health Organization

The World Health Organization's director said today that the ever-worsening Ebola outbreak is "moving faster than our efforts to control it." Read the rest

Just a little hamster hanging out in his tiny hamster house

By Lily Mae Pinner. "No Hamsters were harmed," she says. "He likes to play in the doll's house and got lots of strokes for being such a good actor." I predict he gets a Vans sponsorship, or a spot in the clothing manufacturer's next TV ad. [Video Link via Laughing Squid] Read the rest

'In the sun: Season of Summer Light,' a photo from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool

Boing Boing reader Toni Ahvenainen shared this wonderful photo in our Flickr Pool, "In the sun: Season of Summer Light, Week 31, Saturday." Read the rest

Where does the word "scientist" come from?

This account of the 19th-century debate over whether or not the word "scientist" is accurate and pleasing to hear is a great reminder that some of the best history stories are the ones you don't even think to ask about. Read the rest

End of Radio Shack

Radio Shack is on its deathbed: $62 million in cash left which apparently isn't even enough to close the 1,100 stores it needs to shut down to stay on life support. Read the rest

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