Seals Use Offshore Wind Farms as Hunting Grounds

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Offshore wind farms may become seal hunting grounds, new research shows. As the number of offshore wind farms continues to grow, the farms may affect both seals and their prey, the finding suggests. However, it remains uncertain whether the effects will be helpful or harmful, scientists added. Wind farms are banks of wind turbines that harness the wind's energy to produce electricity. Those located offshore can take advantage of mighty coastal winds to generate substantial amounts of power in a renewable manner. For instance, Denmark currently gets about 30% of its electricity from wind power. Read more... More about Environment , Nature , Wind Farm , Seal , and Us World Read more »

Chinese Town on Lockdown After Bubonic Plague Death

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Officials have blocked off a city in northern China and placed 151 people in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague last week, Agence France Presse reports The 38-year-old victim in the city of Yumen was infected after feeding his dog a dead marmot, a large squirrel-like creature, earlier this month. He developed a fever later that same day and died last Wednesday . Officials are now barricading the city of 30,000, blocking motorists from entering or leaving. State broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported "local residents and those in quarantine are all in stable conditon," and that the city has enough food and provisions for residents to survive for up to one month Read more... More about China , Us World , World , Disease , and Bubonic Read more »

Tips and Tricks for the Skype Job Interview

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Business school career centers have long prepared students for job interviews, but now they have a new platform to contend with. Enough companies now interview for jobs and internships over Skype that career offices have started to train business students in the art of conversing on video chat. You'd think that digital natives could pull it off easily, but more can go wrong than you think, says Stacey Rudnick, director of MBA career services at University of Texas' McCombs School of Business . "Students need practice with that to be comfortable," she says, citing the video and audio failures as common hiccups. "It's also just harder to get a feel for the room." Read more... More about Skype , Video Interviews , Job Interview , Business , and Jobs Read more »

Time Warner Cable to Bring High-Speed Internet to Los Angeles

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Time Warner Cable announced its plans to bring high-speed broadband to Los Angeles The company claims it has invested more than $1.5 billion in its Los Angeles infrastructure, which enables it to introduce gigabit-per-second broadband speeds in 2016. See also: Hey FCC, Internet Fast Lanes Are Already Widespread According to the Los Angeles Times , the Friday announcement comes in response to a document released by the city, asking companies how LA can compete with cities that have access to Google Fiber, AT&T’s U-Verse and more “We believe the introduction of consumer gigabit speeds in our near future will facilitate even greater innovations among students, entrepreneurs and many industries powering the Los Angeles economy,” Time Warner’s COO Dinesh Jain said in a release . Read more... More about Business and World Read more »

6 Ways Your Smartphone Can Replace Your Entertainment Center

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They can text, tweet and take pictures — but can smartphones replace an entertainment center? Sure, you can download Netflix or the HBO Go app, but it's not always ideal to watch Game of Thrones on your tiny phone screen. See also: 7 DIY Tips for Better Photography on a Shoestring Budget Naturally, plenty of people have figured out numerous ways to tackle that challenge. From DIY projectors to adaptable tripods, there are plenty of ways you can upgrade your smartphone viewing experience. Get your mobile movie marathon going with these six products and tips. BONUS: 5 Phone Charging Myths Have something to add to this story Read more »

Cat-Stalking Map Lets the Internet Know Where Your Kitty Lives

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Hide your kids, hide your wife — hide your cats There's a new data visualization project in town called " I Know Where Your Cat Lives ." It crawls the Internet collecting metadata — specifically, the 15 million images tagged "cat" — and then creates the perfect cyberstalking map detailing each feline's exact whereabouts. See also: The Key to Kickstarter Success Involves Cats. Lots of Cats. Created by Florida State University art professor Owen Mundy, the project functions in two ways: as a thought experiment in how we approach online privacy when it's not our own privacy, and also as a resource for people on the Internet who just really like humor and felines Read more... More about Map , Cats , Kickstarter , Apps Software , and Watercooler Read more »

Jessica Alba Shines Through Facial Scars in ‘Sin City’ Poster

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Neither sleet nor bad attitude nor deep facial lacerations will keep Jessica Alba from delivering her smoldering awesomeness in this poster for Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez' Sin City: A Dame to Kill For . Alba is front-and-center in the Sin City sequel — one that also stars Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke and Josh Brolin. SEE ALSO: A Big, Bold Prediction for Marvel's 'Expanding' Cinematic Universe Plans Image: Dimension Films Her character didn't always look so rough. Alba, who also starred in 2005's Sin City , used to look a lot more like, well, Jessica Alba, per a flashback moment in the trailer: Read more... More about Movies , Entertainment , Film , and Jessica Alba Read more »

Husband Wakes Up to Wife’s Sweet Social Media Surprise From Strangers

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Gary Hamilton is one lucky man — " the luckiest guy in the world," if you ask him The seasoned television reporter for the New York Yankees woke up for work Saturday to discover his wife, Jennifer, had orchestrated quite the birthday surprise on social media. See also: How a Facebook Poke Between Strangers Led to a Marriage Proposal He calls her Jenn, and she's not on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter. Jenn spent the previous night taping fliers emblazoned with Gary's smile and a loving message asking strangers to send birthday wishes to him on Instagram and Twitter "She wrote, 'He's seriously the best,' but the real truth is that she is," Gary, 32, told Mashable on Sunday as birthday tweets and Instagram photos of the thoughtful flier continued to trickle into his notification feeds from people he's never met and likely never will Read more... More about Social Media , Love , Birthday , Entertainment , and Tv Read more »

Vladimir Putin’s Last Victory

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There is an image of Vladimir Putin visiting Crimea during this year’s Victory Day parade. The words ‘Great Patriotic War’ are illuminated on an Olympic-size screen behind him, the points of a star behind him lending him the haloed look — at least fleetingly — of a modern-day Russian icon. Putin, like the local dignitaries who flank him on the elevated stage, is wearing the black- and-orange St. George ribbon pinned to his lapel. It’s a symbol of Russian military valor historically associated with World War II and, in recent months, with separatism in Ukraine This heavily coded image invoking Soviet greatness is a useful starting point when considering Putin's remarkable change of fortune over the last few months. Read more... Read more »

Latest Beta of iOS 8 Reveals Apple’s New Tips App

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Apple just revealed more details about the upcoming iOS 8 . The Cupertino-based company rolled out the iOS 8 beta 4, which includes a new built-in app called Tips, to developers Monday. See also: The 18 Most Important Features in iOS 8 In addition to the new Tips app, the latest version of the iOS 8 comes with a redesigned control center and new menus in Settings, including separate panels for wallpaper and display and brightness, according to iDownloadBlog . The iOS 8 beta 4 includes a redesigned control center and new menus in Settings. Image: Apple , via iDownloadBlog While the control center and settings tweaks aren't major changes, the Tips app is a brand new addition. The app is apparently designed to give users tips and tricks for using iOS 8's features, according to iDownloadBlog . The app will be updated weekly with new tips from Apple, such as navigation shortcuts or tutorials on dictating text messages or how to get the most out of Siri. Read more.. Read more »