'Murder hornets' arrive in the U.S., beekeepers fear mass honeybee deaths

A species of giant hornets native to Asia, nicknamed “murder hornets,” with mandibles that look like spiky shark fins they use to bite the heads off honeybees. People who've been stung by these hornets say their venom and stingers feel like hot metal driving into skin. Read the rest

Introverted man hides in shed to avoid socializing with large bull moose

A man in Alaska, approached by a  lonesome moose, opted to duck into a shed rather than find out what was on the curious capreolinae's mind.

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US releases proposed rule to ban emotional support animals on planes

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking to ban emotional support animals from airplane cabins, reports Roll Call. Under the proposed rule, only specially trained dogs that assist disabled people would be permitted on planes.

From Roll Call:

The rule comes amid a spate of high-profile stories of airplane passengers trying to bring support animals, including miniature horses, capuchin monkeys and peacocks, on airplanes. Airlines facing such menageries had little specific guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration.

"Airlines want all passengers and crew to have a safe and comfortable flying experience, and we are confident the proposed rule will go a long way in ensuring a safer and healthier experience for everyone," said Nicholas E. Calio, CEO of Airlines for America, a trade association.

Cats, rats, capuchin monkeys and any animal other than a dog would not qualify as a service animal under the rule, which would limit the number of service animals a passenger can bring to two.

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Supreme Court blocks House Democrats' subpoena for Trump's tax returns, for now

The Supreme Court today issued an administrative stay that blocks a subpoena from House Democrats for Donald Trump's tax returns. Read the rest

Narwhal the 'Unicorn Puppy' has 'tail' on head he can't wag

10-week-old puppy Narwhal has tail-like appendage growing from forehead

Amazon to pay all workers at least $15 an hour

Amazon, including subsidiaries such as Whole Foods and temp work programs, will pay $15 an hour or more to all its U.S. workers.

This comes as Amazon is facing increasing scrutiny over how its workers are treated and paid. Senator Bernie Sanders, for example, recently introduced legislation to end what he calls “corporate welfare” — and it’s pretty clear who he had in mind, since the bill was titled Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies (BEZOS).

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John Oliver reflects on Trump's disastrous first year

As Last Week Tonight's John Oliver says, Trump has had so many terrible moments it's easy to forget many of them. Maybe one reason they are easy to forget is because much of what Trump says makes even less sense than the random word generator that Sarah Palin uses in place a of brain.

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Herp Derp

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How a pissing wolf can help your memory

Our friend Joshua Foer, memory champion and author of the fantastic book "Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything," shows how he stores incredible amounts of useful (and useless) information in the memory palace in his head.

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Adorable robotic cube jumps to the top of a pile

Robots have a hard time making their way across uneven, unstable terrain. Read the rest

Here's the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie trailer

On Tuesday evening, Disney released the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read the rest

The Garbage Pail Kids, 30 Years Later

If you're an '80s or '90s kid, you will remember the originals. Read the rest

Choppers overhead in LA Feb 21 2015

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Ancient speed-shooting archery technique revived by amazing LARPer whose videos will blow your mind

Watching live-action roleplayer Lars Andersen practice this unusual method of archery is utterly amazing.

Video: how raindrops release that fresh rain smell

MIT researchers used high-speed cameras to reveal raindrops' aerosol effect that releases petrichor, the earthy fresh smell of rain. Read the rest

NYPD ordered to disclose records of secret X-ray vans

After three years' worth of court battles, Propublica has won a court order forcing the NYPD to release details of its X-ray surveillance vans, whose radiation risk has never been independently studied or verified (much like the notorious pornoscanners, which were supposedly harmless, but which turned out to be sources of dangerous radiation). Read the rest

Salaryman cosplay: Onesie disguised as a business-suit

The Betabrand Suitsy is machine-washable and shuts with a zipper hidden behind the fake shirt buttons -- add a tie and some smart shoes and you're dressed for success. Read the rest

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