China tests straddling bus that travels above traffic

China's Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), a trippy transport that straddles the traffic below it, had its first test run yesterday in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province. It was a very short trip, just 300 meters. According to Shanghaiist, an engineer on the project says that eventually the TEB "will be able to carry up to 1,200 passengers and travel at 60 kilometers per hour." It's expected to take one year to build out a practical version.

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Two teens carve into 5,000-year-old rock carving, just trying to help

This famed 5,000-year-old rock carving on the island of Tro, near Nordland, Norway, depicting a figure on skis, is one of the most important historical sites in the country. Two teenagers may be prosecuted for scratching into the stone to make the artwork clearer. (Above: image at left is before, right is after.)

The boys came forward last week, and apologized for their actions.

“It was done out of good intentions," said local mayor Bård Anders Langø. "They were trying to make it more visible actually, and I don’t think they understood how serious it was."

According to The Telegraph, the teens may still face prosecution under Norway’s Cultural Heritage Act.

“It’s a sad, sad story,” Nordland Country archaeologist Tor-Kristian Storvik said. “The new lines are both in and outside where the old marks had been. We will never again be able to experience these carvings again the way we have for the last 5,000 years.”

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Like monsters? You'll love the Guillermo Del Toro exhibit at LA County Museum

I was unprepared for the magnitude and quality of stuff on display at LACMA's exhibition of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's monster memorabilia collection. This just might have been the best museum exhibition I've seen. Read the rest

North Korea launches 2 missiles, Japan says "serious threat"

North Korea simultaneously launched two medium-range ballistic missiles this morning, and one landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone, in the Sea of Japan. This is an area that is protected by special rights given to Japan by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The other missile exploded right after launch.

Although North Korea has launched more than 30 missile tests since 2011, when Kim Jong Un came into power, today's launch was one of the farthest ranging and has drawn strong condemnation from international leaders.

"It imposes a serious threat to Japan's security and it is an unforgivable act of violence toward Japan's security," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told AP.

The United States condemned the launches as violating U.N. Security Council resolutions that ban North Korea's use of ballistic missile technology.

"This provocation only serves to increase the international community's resolve to counter (North Korea's) prohibited activities, including through implementing existing U.N. Security Council sanctions," said Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also condemned the launches, saying North Korea should "immediately cease and abandon all its existing nuclear and ballistic missile activities in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner" and "refrain from any further provocative actions."

The Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting set for this afternoon at the United Nations.

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Wireless charger that levitates your mobile phone

Yes, it's a gimmick, and we've all seen it before on speakers, clocks, etc., but levitation is still magical to behold. The OvRcharge combines magnetic levitation with induction charging for your mobile device. It's available for pre-order via Kickstarter.

To achieve altitude and be able to charge wirelessly, phone requires a special case. that consists of two main parts, electricity receiver from the base and a Magnet to hold its position mid air. so we design ultra thin case to not only protects your investment but to go some levels and also powers it up all at same time. This case has a magnet that will help it to levitate & it also has induction receiver for charging without cables.

OVRcharge (Kickstarter)

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Stop motion animation: This paper ramen looks delicious!

Yelldesign: "We thought it would fun to make a complete meal from start to finish, using only paper. Everything you see is made from paper, except for the hands."

See more of their Papermeals here.

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TV Dreamland

This week on HOME: Stories From L.A.:

When TV producer Phil Savenick started collecting vintage TVs and TV memorabilia, he didn’t anticipate that he’d end up with what he now calls a “dreamland of televisions” in the living room of his West Los Angeles home — or that he’d end up helping the family of the man who invented TV heal some old wounds.

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Ransom note generator

The Random Note Generator is so good I suspect that it's what Trump's using to keep the GOP in line. Read the rest

Best joint-roller in the world earns $1000s for his creations

Tony Greenhand, 26, of Albany, Oregon makes pinata-like fully smokable joints that he sells for big bucks. Read the rest

Yo Xbox Live Gold: I'mma let you finish, but Steamcrate had one of the best game subscription services of all time

As gamers, it's hard for us to find the next big title to pique our interest. Choice can be paralyzing, especially with the thousands of games out there today.

That's why we're currently into Steamcrate. It's a subscription service that delivers 10 games directly to our inboxes each month—all of them ours to keep forever, no strings attached. (Really.)

We're not just talking throwaway titles here. Past shipments have included Mortal Kombat X, Bioshock Infinite, and Wolfenstein: The New Order--all heavy-hitters and media darlings. And since each month's shipment is worth between $40 to $700, we know we're getting our money's worth. 

It’s our new favorite way to discover our next favorite game, without wasting time or money, and you can currently choose between 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month subscriptions. Sorry Xbox Live Gold, the next best thing is here. Read the rest

Funny new webcomic: Webcomic Name

I'm enjoying the existential humor of Webcomic Name, a webcomic by Alex Norris.

http://webcomicname.tumblr.com/post/148143828199/please-reblog

http://webcomicname.tumblr.com/post/148007489824

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An oral history of the Suicide Squad

Zack Smith writes, "With the film of SUICIDE SQUAD out Friday [ed: alas, it looks like a turkey], you might enjoy this oral history I did of the 1980s series with writer John Ostrander and most of the artistic and editorial team from throughout the book's run. Along with some fun surprises, it includes some never-before-seen script and original art pages from the creators' personal collections." Read the rest

Landscape painting on the cut surface of a treestump

This bucolic scene is a work of art that anyone can attempt—so long as they have an unrooted treestump close to hand and the brilliant skills of Alison Moritsugu. [via r/Art] Read the rest

A brief history of "cuck"

"Cuck" is an insult lately beloved of bigots, spreading inexorably from Reddit to the schoolyards of America. What makes it beautiful is that it exposes the speaker's interest in a relatively obscure category of porn centered on the menacing appeal of big black dicks to scared white men: that being by far the most widespread use of the term online before it ascended to the pantheon of inadvertently-revealing insults. Read the rest

Mexico-US illegal migration has been at zero for 8 years, and other eye-opening facts

NPR's On the Media have released a new installment in their indispensable Breaking News Consumer's Handbook (previously), this one about migration -- legal and illegal -- and it's a doozy. Read the rest

Activists are crowdfunding to build a wall around Trump Tower

The Wall in Trump project is looking for enough money to rent the sandbags they'll require to build a 4' tall, 3' wide, quarter-million pound "wall of solidarity" around Trump Towers, using volunteer labor that will be welcomed regardless of whether you can prove US citizenship. Read the rest

Suicide Squad fan petition launched to shut down Rotten Tomatoes after dreadful reviews

Suicide Squad, the ensemble DC-villains flick for teens, appears to be Hot Topic Clearance Table: The Movie. It's getting awful reviews on most fronts: the storytelling mess, Jared Leto's oh-so-edgy Joker, Harley Quinn reimagined as dumb psycho sex-kitten "jerk-off material", etc. But it has fans, of course, and they're mad. So much so Read the rest

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