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When leaving a party, do you say “goodbye” to your host, or do you “ghost”?

When leaving a party, do you say “goodbye” to your host, or do you “ghost”?

Do you have to say goodbye when you leave a party? ; Credit: tbphoto&video/flickr You’re at a friend’s Fourth of July party, you’ve had your fill of hot dogs and Bud Lite, and you’re officially ready to pull the ripcord and head home, but your host is locked in conversation with another of his guests. […]

Which movies have unforgettable computer graphics?

Which movies have unforgettable computer graphics?

Tom Sito’s new book, “Moving Innovation: A History of Computer Animation” Do you remember the first time you saw a light saber? Or what about being eye-to-eye with a T-Rex? Did you cry when Andy said good-bye and drove away from Woody and Buzz? Did you reach out to touch the fauna on Pandora? It’s amazing […]

Should schools still teach kids cursive handwriting?

Should schools still teach kids cursive handwriting?

Should we still teach our kids how to write in cursive?; Credit: Larry W. Smith/Getty Images With cursive instruction already on the decline, the newest editions of Common Core State Standards, a set of national goals for public schools, do not require that students learn cursive. Some people think that makes perfect sense, as keyboards […]

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Hawthorne officers shoot the dog of a man being taken into custody

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Hawthorne officers shoot the dog of a man being taken into custody

After arresting Leon Rosby, his two-year-old Rottweiler, Max, jumps out of the car. Max barks and jumps at one of the officers, and the officer shoots him four times. A seemingly routine arrest has turned into a viral video on YouTube, and the Hawthorne Police Department are under fire for shooting a dog. According to […]

Crowdsource innovator Kickstarter.com’s growing pains

Crowdsource innovator Kickstarter.com’s growing pains

Should crowd funding websites like Kickstarter have more regulation over their projects?; Credit: Michael Mandiberg/Flickr Last week the crowd funding website Kickstarter was at the center of a controversy involving a project it allowed to be funded. A dating guide for men called “Above the Game” drew criticism for its suggestions that men be overly […]

Intelligence roundup: Stellar Wind, StuxNet leak, Edward Snowden and more

Intelligence roundup: Stellar Wind, StuxNet leak, Edward Snowden and more

Army Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service, speaks at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s International Cyber Symposium June 27, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. Alexander addressed recent developments in the NSA’s surveillance programs during his remarks.; Credit: Win McNamee/Getty […]

Guardian Newspaper: NSA snooping includes the collection of email metadata

Guardian Newspaper: NSA snooping includes the collection of email metadata

Army Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service, speaks at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s International Cyber Symposium June 27, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. Alexander addressed recent developments in the NSA’s surveillance programs during his remarks.; Credit: Win McNamee/Getty […]

Man shoots and kills intruder in Ontario; is it a justifiable use of deadly force?

Man shoots and kills intruder in Ontario; is it a justifiable use of deadly force?

How much of a threat should an intruder pose in order to justify using deadly force?; Credit: James Thompson/Flickr Police said an apartment resident in Ontario shot and killed a man who broke into his home early Monday morning. The intruder has been identified by police as a 24-year-old Barstow man, who was drunk and […]

Supreme Court to rule on Prop 8 and DOMA

Supreme Court to rule on Prop 8 and DOMA

Television news crews gather in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington,DC on June 25, 2013.; Credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images It’s been almost a year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided to weigh in on California’s Proposition 8. The case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, challenges California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Hand-in-hand is The Defense of […]

President Obama unveils National Climate Plan

President Obama unveils National Climate Plan

A Metrolink train stops to pick up passengers at a train station next to the Burbank Water and Power natural gas-fueled power plant on June 24, 2013 in Burbank, California. U.S. President Barack Obama in a speech at Georgetown University on Tuesday will unveil a national climate change plan for reducing carbon pollution.; Credit: Kevork […]