Misaligned mirrors are being blamed for a fire that broke out yesterday at the world’s largest solar power plant, leaving the high-tech facility crippled for the time being. It sounds like the plant’s workers suffered through a real hellscape, too.
As our inevitable descent into digital anarchy looms large, there is some comfort to be taken in the fact that powerful, well-funded entities like the Department of Defense are there to provide protection and security. Psych!
Lindsay Diaz and Alan Cutter were the proud owners of two halves of a duplex in Rowlett, Texas. Sadly it had been damaged by tornadoes over Christmas, but it was ready to be repaired, so things were looking up. Then a demolition company tore it down by accident.
Blockbuster movies that cost millions of dollars with hundreds of talented people working on them still manage to screw up all the time. Whether the screw ups pop up because of editing or deleted scenes or just plain forgetfulness, the most embarrassing movie mistakes are often in the giant sized plot holes that the…
Cyrus Vance, Manhattan’s District Attorney, thinks that encryption is a murderer’s tool. He has testified before Congress about how encryption hurts law enforcement. At the same time, his office is running a biased survey for law enforcement agencies on encryption, a survey that uses obviously leading questions and…
Kanye has tried repeatedly and often to make artist-friendly streaming service Tidal happen. The premise is that Tidal is a “fair” way to stream music, an artist-friendly experience that gives back money to the creators. Which is great, but it appears Kanye can’t be bothered to pay $200 for music software.
Ice is not safe! Did we learn nothing from the photographer who watched $1500 in fancy equipment splash into freezing cold Icelandic waters? Evidently not.
Being famous for being famous isn’t easy. In tandem with the release of apps that let fans trade money for exclusive content, the Kardashian-Jenner sisters launched new websites this week. However, they left the personal data of some 891,340 users right out in the open. Oops.
Yesterday marked Day 1 of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, in which elite robots from around the world faced off to compete for $3.5 million in prizes. We saw some of humanity’s finest bots drive vehicles, remove rubble, cut through walls and climb up stairs.
The best laid plans often go awry. The worst too; like diving down a real chimney as if you were Santa. It's almost definitely bound to go wrong. Don't believe me? Take the following stories as warning.
The only good and pure site on the internet, Clickhole, recently reminded us of every blogger's worst nightmare: A post published with placeholder text. It's happened many times before, and we can only hope it will happen again. Because who doesn't love laughing at mistakes, as long as they're not your own?
Lazy Googling strikes again! A Thai textbook publisher had to recall 3,000 copies of a math textbook after it was discovered that one of the photos on the book's cover came from a porn movie. Won't somebody please think of the children?
Fans eager to see Guardians of the Galaxy got a disappointing surprise at a Regal Cinemas this week. The debut-seeking crowd watched in horror as the screen before them played the open scene not of the badass comic-based movie, but of 2012's Dreamworks kids flick, Rise of the Guardians. Not the same!
Well, this is awkward. You're reading a 19th-century romance novel where the plucky heroine is finally reunited with her lover, so she joyously flings "her anus around his neck." Wait, what? It turns out this is a surprisingly common turn of events in Google Books search. OCR, you sure have some kinky tastes.
It's 2013. We've sent humans to the moon and can send trillions of gigabytes zipping around the world with the tap of finger, but still—still—we can't predict earthquakes. But we do know this: Messing around with a fault—injecting things in it, taking things out of it—can induce earthquakes.
Earlier today, visitors to the Chicago Tribune's homepage were greeted not with traditional lead story or splash image. Instead, there was an adorable kitty, a placeholder headline, and the word test over and over again. While it was a welcome break from the the usual gloom and doom, it was also very clearly a…