Video: demo of Microsoft HoloLens

Today's demo of the Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality system, seen at the Build Developer Conference. Read the rest

Pug: “SOON”

Yes. Soon. Read the rest

Baltimore activist 'kidnapped' on live TV is found in jail. Lawyer: He had “hands up the whole time.”

A peaceful human rights activist who participated in Baltimore protests was "snatched" by police as CNN's live news rolled. A day later, the disappeared protester has been found, and he is okay.

Could the West's water shortage create power shortage? "That is certainly a risk," U.S. Energy Secretary says

People in California and other West Coast states where the four-year-drought continues to worsen may have more to worry about than water, says the U.S. energy secretary. Our access to electricity is threatened, too. Read the rest

Russian cargo ship tumbling around in space is pretty much doomed to fall back to Earth at this point

The unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft is likely falling to Earth from space, and will burn up as it re-enters Earth's atmosphere.

Car Chase Simulator for iPhone

Oh hi there! Could you come to my place and hurl my phone into the ocean? Because I can't stop playing Pako Car Chase Simulator. Read the rest

Dungeons and Dragons is full of occult demons, warns Baptist pastor

Serious business.

Baltimore eyewitnesses tell a different story of how riots began

A ticktock on how the street violence erupted.

Truffle hunters are getting record prices, thanks to drought

One of the worst droughts in the history of Falls City, Oregon has greatly reduced the wild truffle crop. As a result, foragers are getting record high prices for the desirable black truffles. Watch the full episode of Unearthed on Friday, May 1 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel.

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Fox makes a sandwich in Chernobyl

Wow, I guess the radiation inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone really has affected animals in mysterious ways: by creating mutant, sandwich-making foxes. Read the rest

How Daniel Pinkwater writes a blurb

Nick Courage was lucky enough to score a blurb from literature-hero Daniel Pinkwater for his debut novel The Loudness: Read the rest

Super low-tech Apple Watch crafted from felt and tiny little buttons by Hiné Mizushima

They sold out fast. A designer at Apple who worked on the device's homescreen UI even bought one.

British austerity: a failed experiment abandoned by the rest of the world

Writing in the Guardian, Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman analyses the last five years of British austerity, using other developed nations in the EU and elsewhere as a benchmark for the growth we could have had -- it's not a pretty picture. Read the rest

Quantum computing breakthrough announced

Practical quantum computers are a step closer, with IBM scientists announcing "two critical advances" in the journal Nature. Read the rest

Eat shrooms. Not too much. Mostly psilocybin.

Author Michael Pollan talks about discovering the healing powers of magic mushrooms.

Chart: use of "penis" and "vagina" ranked by ratio

Boing Boing has 2720 posts with "penis," and 1080 posts with "vagina," putting us between Vox.com and Wired.com. [via] Read the rest

France to 15 year old girl: wear a shorter skirt or you can't get an education

15-year-old Muslim girl in French town banned from class--twice!--for wearing a skirt that was "provocative" because it was too long. Yep. Too long.

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