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Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope reveals a gigantic 'fart' storm on Neptune

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:27

NASA has captured some beautiful images on Neptune. Some storms, such as Jupiter's Red Great Red Spot, last for centuries — but on Neptune, that isn't the case. This storm (which quite likely smells like rotten eggs) was full of dusty winds and about the size of the diameter of the Atlantic Ocean at one point, has been petering out over the last couple of yearsRead more here. Read more...

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Google Chrome Will Automatically Clean Up Messy URLs by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:15

Google’s latest version of Chrome deals with the problem of messy URLs by cleaning them up before they’re shared.

The post Google Chrome Will Automatically Clean Up Messy URLs by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Video shows how insanely fast the new Tesla Semi truck can accelerate

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:14

Tesla's all electric truck doesn't care about speed limits. 

YouTuber Richard Fielder caught the recently unveiled semi-truck driving through a residential street earlier this week. When it passed the 25 mph speed limit sign, it accelerated so quickly that its tires started smoking. 

The company's site brags that its Semi can "provide maximum power and acceleration and require the lowest energy cost per mile." It can reach 0-60 miles per hour in only 20 seconds, even when it's fully loaded. 

Looking at this video, we believe it. And if you've ever been stuck behind a semi at a light, you'll appreciate the Tesla's capabilities. Read more...

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Finding alien life probably won't drive us into panic and chaos

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:11

On a humid summer's day in 1996, President Bill Clinton appeared on the South Lawn of The White House and announced that NASA had discovered what looked to be fossilized bacteria on a Martian meteorite. 

It was unprecedented for a President to publicly address potential evidence of alien life — and on television. But the American public didn't react to the unexpected announcement with panic, fear, or social upheaval.

"You didn't see droves of people abandoning their religion, spouses, or jobs," said Michael Varnum, an assistant professor of psychology at Arizona State University, in an interview. Read more...

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Avocado wedding proposals are the trend we didn't ask for

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:54

It's true — people are using avocados as the ring box to propose to their significant other with. Real avocados, real diamond rings. This is probably the most millennial thing yet.  Read more...

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Get an Apple TV 4K for $0 when you sign up for DirecTV Now

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:35

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With shows like Jessica Jones and House of Cards soon returning to Netflix, your TV binging technology deserve an upgrade, which means that a new plan and a new way to watch are in order. 

SEE ALSO: How to watch the Winter Olympics: TV schedule, livestreaming, and more

DirecTV Now is offering an Apple TV for $0 when you make three payments up front. And at $35 a month, that's pretty reasonable. 

Hook it up to your HD television to get access to all of your favorite media streaming apps like iTunes, Netflix, and more, plus more than 60 live channels for the base rate. (More expensive packages include more live TV channels: $50 gets you 80 live channels, $60 a month gets 100 live channels, and $70 a month includes more than 120 live channels.) Read more...

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It turns out Neanderthals painted art inside these European caves, not humans

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:33

Ancient sketches of Ice Age animals, stenciled hands, and symbols painted on walls inside three Spanish caves were long suspected to have been left by humans. But with enhanced dating techniques, scientists now believe our thick-browed and extinct evolutionary cousins, Neanderthals, were truly responsible for the art. 

This would mean that we've been giving our hominid ancestors too little credit for their abilities.

Researchers found these paintings are at least around 65,000 years old, predating the arrival of humans in Europe by some 20,000 years. Assuming the dating is accurate, then these paintings would be the earliest known cave art in the world.  Read more...

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Ted Cruz has made a very serious enemy out of 'Simpsons' fans

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:26

Senator Ted Cruz didn't know what he stepped in when he decided to invoke the name of Lisa Simpson.

During the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference, Ted Cruz once again trotted out his supposed knowledge of pop culture. We know that the Texas senator loves The Princess Bride, but he also wants you to know he knows the names of each member of the The Simpsons. And he also wants to use them to make a very dubious political observation.

In his speech Thursday, Cruz said, "The Democrats are the party of Lisa Simpson and Republicans are happily the party of Homer, Bart, Maggie, and Marge." Read more...

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Airbnb introduces Airbnb Plus and a new service for luxury travelers

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:06

Airbnb is about to get a lot fancier. 

Today, the company is introducing two new services aimed at more high-end experiences and luxury travelers: Airbnb Plus and Beyond by Airbnb, part of a suite of updates the company announced as part of an effort to make "Airbnb for everyone."

SEE ALSO: Airbnb wants to assure you its vision is 'good for society'

Airbnb Plus is essentially a higher-end version of the company's existing service. It's a new tier that's "intended for guests looking for beautiful homes" and "exceptional hosts," according to the company. In order for a listing to qualify for this new tier, it has to pass a 100+ point inspection from an IRL Airbnb employee. Read more...

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The best 'Walking Dead' swag for superfans

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 19:44

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If you’re a Walking Dead fan like I am, you’ve probably spent the past two months either a) upset that Rick’s son Carl was bitten by a walker or b) in denial that Carl will actually die. But whether you’re #teamNegan or rooting for the good guys from the Hilltop, the Kingdom, and Alexandria, we’re all excited to see our favorite characters face off in the midseason premiere airing this Sunday, February 25th. Read more...

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Donald Trump thinks he's the first person to come up with movie ratings

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 19:43

The President of the United States of America, having heard that video games and movies sometimes contain violence, proposed an age-based rating system to keep kids from seeing violent entertainment Thursday.

SEE ALSO: There's a striking difference between Obama and Trump's responses to school shootings

Donald Trump revealed that he is completely oblivious to widely adopted movie and video game ratings systems during a meeting on school safety at the White House Thursday. The president said that violent video games and movies (and also the internet) are affecting young people's minds and suggested that there should be a rating system for movies. Read more...

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This Amazon competitor is betting young shoppers will love its fancy boxes

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 19:42

One of Amazon's biggest advantages is being the "everything store." Shoppers can seemingly get anything they want with a few clicks, and for Prime members, there's free and fast shipping. 

But doing "everything" is definitely not the strategy for Boxed, an online retailer that's focused on selling household items in bulk but doesn't offer a membership like Amazon or Costco. 

In 2017, the four-year-old company generated more than $100 million in revenue, and it expects to grow its sales by 250 percent this year. Going forward, Boxed's focus includes reaching profitability, which its working toward in part by doubling down on its private label Prince & Spring, which isn't mass-producing everything — at least not yet.  Read more...

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This portable, self contained fire pit emits a smokeless flame

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 19:29

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

Don't let the unusually warm weather earlier this week in parts of the U.S. trick you: winter is definitely sticking around, and there are plenty of cold nights ahead. So, with that knowledge in mind, what if we told you that you could build a campfire without the hassle of prep work, constant poking, and clean up? What if on a chilly winter (or even spring) night, you could have people come over to roast some marshmallows over a bonfire without leaving with their clothes reeking of smoke?  Read more...

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Just two weeks of a dad getting surprised with his daughter's confetti cannon

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 19:13

Looking to drive your parents crazy? Simple: Just acquire a confetti cannon.

For two weeks, YouTube user Kylie Moy followed her dad around with a confetti cannon, surprising him at unsuspecting moments. With each blast of the cannon, her dad jumps up in shock and then lets out a dignified string of expletives. More specifically: "Son of a bitch!"

Props to this dad for keeping a cheerful attitude and laughing along with his daughter, after he understandably jumps, screams, and curses in surprise. Even in dangerous situations—when he's cutting something with a knife, walking down the stairs, or fiddling with the TV—the confetti explosion ends in laughter. Read more...

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McDonald's attempts to pander to youth with very confusing meme

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 19:10

Ah, McDonald's. You give us so much: cheap, quick fast food, all-day breakfast, and disastrously failed attempts at memes.

SEE ALSO: McDonald's ruins Happy Meals by taking cheeseburgers away from kids

In what has to be the most pandering attempt to cater to the youth we've seen in a while, McDonald's UK tweeted this, uh, "meme."

Him: Meet me at McDonald's?
Barber: Say no more,

— McDonald's UK (@McDonaldsUK) February 22, 2018

The limited context (the use of the word "barber") makes it seem likely that this is supposed to be a play on the Barber meme, also known as the "say no more fam" meme, which pokes fun at ridiculous haircuts. Read more...

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Why do women invest less than men?

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:26

Gender equality is the topic du jour — from the gender wage gap to gender bias in the workplace, people are discussing the issues like never before, and it’s about time. But one iteration of gender equality hasn’t received the attention it deserves, and truly needs — the gender gap in investing. 

In a study by Moneyfarm, over half of women without financial investments in Britain cite a lack of funds as the most common barrier to investing. And almost 25 per cent say they do not have any disposable income in a typical month – versus just 14 per cent of men.

Women’s aversion to investing is well documented, but little progress has been made in the way of a solution. Due to different career trajectories and predicted longer lifespans, among other factors, women need to be investing for their futures now.   Read more...

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Step inside this mind-bending studio where every painting is an optical illusion

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:19

Patrick Hughes is an artist like no other – he doesn't do 'normal' and presides over all conventions to create insanely mind-bending paintings that come to life as you move around them. Read more...

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Brendan Fraser opens up about the 2003 incident he believes derailed his career

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:57

Brendan Fraser has come forward with his own story of sexual abuse in Hollywood – in his case, allegedly at the hands of Philip Berk, the former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the organization behind the Golden Globes).

SEE ALSO: Talking about #MeToo on social media is hard, but we shouldn't stop trying

Fraser details the incident, which took place during a 2003 HFPA luncheon, in an interview with GQ. As he and Berk shook hands, Fraser says, "His left hand reaches around, grabs my ass cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint. And he starts moving it around." Read more...

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Calling out 'white male privilege' at Google is apparently a fireable offense

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:47

Google is now facing a new lawsuit over diversity, but from the opposite side of the one that you've probably heard about. On Thursday, Gizmodo reported that former Google employee Tim Chevalier is suing Google for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination.

Chevalier's lawsuit alleges he was fired for calling out racism and sexism in internal Google forums, and that his views were targeted in part on the basis of his identity as transgender, queer, and disabled. In particular, he spoke out about white male privilege, in response to James Damore's "anti-diversity" memo in which Damore made the case that women may have less preference and aptitude for engineering jobs for biological reasons.  Read more...

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The stuntman behind your favorite action movies

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:30

Paul Darnell is a stuntman best known for his work as a stunt and parkour double in Baby Driver, Fast Five, and Twilight. Darnell’s background in gymnastics and parkour helped him train for dangerous stunts that range from crashing through roofs to running head-on into moving cars.

Learn more about the life of a stuntman in our new series, Supporting Players. Read more...

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