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A Greek deadline extension?

June 30, 2015

  TIck-tock, Clare-Greece.

Tick-tock, Clare-Greece.

Good news, Tsipras!

As luck would have it would have it, Greece will have more time to pay off its debt to the International Monetary Fund: one second. The Paris Observatory plans to add one second to the atomic clocks on Tuesday night, in order to keep earth time in line with planet rotation. And this extra second just so happens to line up with the IMF debt deadline! Sure, months of negotiations didn’t work out — but maybe an extra second could make the difference?

No-drama Obama?

June 29, 2015

  President Barack Obama delivers remarks after the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to uphold the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington June 25, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

President Barack Obama delivers remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington June 25, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Pigs make their peace with woodwinds

June 26, 2015
That'll do.

That’ll do, pig.

This little piggy went to the symphony.

As it turns out, your future ham sandwich may have more sophisticated taste in music than you do. Polish researchers found that subjecting swine to Mozart on a daily basis made them happier than a pig in… clover. But playing heavy metal music didn’t have a good impact. They ended up blowing their entire allowance at Hot Topic.

Slow and steady and very, very old

June 25, 2015

  An artist's reconstruction shows the stem-turtle Pappochelys in this image released to Reuters on June 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Rainer Schoch/Stuttgart Natural History Museum/Handout

An artist’s reconstruction shows the stem-turtle Pappochelys in this image released to Reuters on June 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rainer Schoch/Stuttgart Natural History Museum/Handout

My kingdom for a repairman

June 24, 2015

  Senior members of Britain's royal family stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the annual Trooping of the Colour ceremony to celebrate the Queen's official birthday in central London, Britain June 13, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Senior members of Britain’s royal family stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the annual Trooping of the Color ceremony in central London, Britain June 13, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

The solution for smelly criminals

June 23, 2015

  Screengrab/REUTERS

Screengrab/REUTERS

Big Brother is smelling you.

Kind of literally, actually, in Sydney, Australia. The city’s rail system is employing a new electronic nose to sniff out vandals. The system, known as Mousetrap, detects paint fumes, catching would-be graffiti artists in the act.

Hover over here

June 22, 2015

  Screengrab/REUTERS

Screengrab/REUTERS

Here’s that flying car we were all promised: Long a staple of science fiction, the hoverbike could soon become reality. The U.S. Department of Defense has signed an agreement to develop the manned hoverbike for human use, in some cases replacing the helicopter. The quadcopter vehicle can also travel in a predetermined path, for solo missions.

Pope vs. climate change

June 17, 2015

  Climate change: It's in the air.

Climate change: It’s in the air.

The Pope is taking on a new challenge: climate change.

Pope Francis is calling for action to save “our ruined” earth, even going so far as to support scientists who have said that climate change is both real and (yes) man made.

One robotic salad, coming right up

June 16, 2015

  Screengrab/REUTERS

Screengrab/REUTERS

Meet your new robot chef.

Motoman, the latest development in cooking technology, can mimic the arm movements of humans to chop, dice, fry and cook. Watch the video of him — or it, I should say — right over here.

Zoo animals bust out

June 15, 2015
Who's ready for a nap?

Who’s ready for a nap?

Massive flooding hit the Georgian capital of Tbilisi over the weekend, leading to an unlikely outcome: escaped zoo animals. Around 30 animals fled the city’s zoo, including lions, tigers and bears (oh my). Sharp-shooters armed with tranquilizer guns were dispatched to subdue the waterlogged, confused animals – including the very sleepy hippopotamus you see above.