Pilots in helium-filled balloon land in Mexico after record-setting Pacific Ocean flight


The two men hoping to set a new world record for traveling in a helium-filled balloon safely executed a water landing on the Baja coast near La Poza Grande in Mexico on Saturday

After traveling roughly 7,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean, the team, consisting of pilots Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, have now broken two long-standing records for ballooning.

As of this writing, after spending almost a full week in the air, the two pilots were being retrieved by a fishing boat, with initial reports confirming that they're both now safe after the challenging journey. The mayor of Albuquerque tweeted the good news, offering personal updates on the crew's status Read more...

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Narrow AI: Automating The Future Of Information Retrieval

robotinfo With industry pundits including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others hotly debating the dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Hollywood priming the public for the release of a slew of new movies — including Terminator 5 — that warn what can happen when software and hardware evolve to the point that they are capable of human feats of intelligence, it’s little wonder… Read More

Drag queens in China dazzle in light of acceptance


As views on sexuality slowly evolve in China, some have found expression in the reform with a whole lot of sequins.

Chunai 98, a drag club in Guangxi Province presents a rare showcase of performances by a small group of cross-dressing men. Over time, the club has slowly gained some acceptance among locals

Many of the performers come from small cities in other provinces, having left their families in search of acceptance, employment and a sense of communityKevin Frayer, a photographer with Getty Images, was able to capture the closeness that accompanies China's vibrant and venereal drag community. Read more...

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Google changes UK privacy policy, but avoids hefty fine

Google has been forced to change its privacy policy in the UK following a three-year investigation by the country's data privacy watchdog—but the company has avoided a fine.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) found that Google was "too vague" when describing how it used people's personal data and has ordered it to make substantial changes.

In March 2012 the company combined around 70 existing privacy policies into one. It was a move that caused concern amongst privacy advocates, who said that it was no longer clear how people's data was collected and shared.

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1937-1938: Portraits of African-American former slaves


We honor 150 years since the abolition of slavery in the United States. On Jan. 31, 1865, Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude in the country.

These portraits of black American men and women who had been slaves were taken in the late 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) of the Work Progress Administration (WPA). They are part of a group of 500, together with more than 2,000 first-person accounts of the experience of being a slave.

The Federal Writers' Project (FWP) operated during the Great Depression of the 1930s and tasked unemployed writers cross the USA with collecting the life stories of Americans across society. This particular set of pictures and testimonies was published in 1941 as the seventeen-volume "Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves." Read more...

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Cure your dry skin with these 6 steamy hacks


Nobody likes a flake. That goes for flaky skin, too.

If you're one of the many people affected by the moisture-sucking winter air, you're probably suffering with ashy skin, chapped lips and a dry throat.

What's a dry human to do? You could purchase a humidifier, which emits vapor to make your indoors more humid, but those can range from $20 to over $100. And if you're not careful, your humidifier could become a disease-ridden hub of mold and bacteria, and cause respiratory problems

Instead, try some of these simple hacks to boost the moisture in the air — without boosting your credit card bill. Read more...

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