Reuters FYI http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi For Your Information Tue, 08 Dec 2015 16:41:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 Parallel-parking mind control http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/12/08/parallel-parking-mind-control/ http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/12/08/parallel-parking-mind-control/#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2015 16:41:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/?p=3624 Screengrab/REUTERS

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It’s mind over matter – auto edition.

Chinese researchers have developed what they claim is the country’s first-ever mind-controlled car. The vehicle can stop, start, and move both forward and backward by reading the driver’s brain signals. Turns out, distracted driving could soon be an even bigger problem than it is already.

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Soccer glory for China?

Chinese President Xi Jinping dreams of seeing his win soccer’s World Cup – and he’s willing to shell out the cash to make that happen.

 

‘Tough love’ in Denver

A special program for inmates in Colorado uses so-called “tough love” methods to spur rehabilitation, including hour-long meditation sessions and – in extreme cases – mandatory head-shaving.

 

Oh, that was me, thanks

Authorities are baffled after roughly $100,000 in euros was seemingly dropped into the River Danube.

 

This Bud’s not for you

Police arrest a man named Bud Weisser for trespassing into a Budweiser brewery, of course.

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Mr. Grey, we’ll see you now http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/11/25/mr-grey-well-see-you-now/ http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/11/25/mr-grey-well-see-you-now/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:38:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/?p=3616 People wearing balaclavas are silhouetted as they pose with a laptops in front of a screen projected with the word 'cyber crime' and binary code, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014.  REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

People wearing balaclavas are silhouetted as they pose with a laptops in front of a screen projected with the word ‘cyber crime’ and binary code, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

The cyber crime case of “mr. grey” could soon be black and white.

FBI officials say they have a lead on a massive hacking case, linking a hacker (perhaps named after the famed “50 Shades” character) to the theft of 1.2 billion Internet credentials.

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Bird flu spotted in France

The H5N1 virus appeared in France this week for the first time since 2007.

 

Hello, it’s Adele

The British crooner smashes the U.S. record for most single-week album sales.

 

Gallery: I’m dreaming of a white… Thanksgiving

Snow blanketed parts of California this week, thanks in large part to El Nino. (Yes, it’s back.)

 

Murder, she wrote and misspelled

A British woman’s attempt to poison her husband with anti-freeze was foiled after she handed over a forged “do not resuscitate” order to doctors that included the word “dignity” incorrectly spelled.

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Amazon’s arboreal threat http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/11/23/amazons-arboreal-threat/ http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/11/23/amazons-arboreal-threat/#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:36:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/?p=3607 Forest on a plateau in a bauxite concession is shown at Nassau Mountains in North Suriname in this handout courtesy of Hans ter Steege taken in 2003.  REUTERS/Hans ter Steege/Handout via Reuters

Forest on a plateau in a bauxite concession is shown at Nassau Mountains in North Suriname in this handout courtesy of Hans ter Steege taken in 2003. REUTERS/Hans ter Steege/Handout via Reuters

The Amazon forest, long an area of concern for conservationists, may be in even more trouble than originally thought. More than half the species of trees in the region are seen as being at risk for extinction, according to a new study. While researchers noted that the rate of deforestation in the Amazon has slowed in the past decade, the roughly 2 million-square-mile area remains under threat.

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Just another manic Monday

Wal-Mart pushes it’s “Cyber Monday” sales up, beginning discounts on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

 

Yea, but is it paid leave?

Mark Zuckerberg announces that he’ll take two months of paternity leave.

 

The guac – and E. coli – is extra

No big surprise here: Experts say that restaurant chain Chipotle will see a negative financial impact from the recent E. coli outbreak in some of its stores.

 

The show goes on in New York

Despite the threat of Islamic State, New York City is encouraging residents and tourists alike to come out for the Thanksgiving Day Parade this week.

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A reason for Wall Street to care about climate change http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/11/17/a-reason-for-wall-street-to-care-about-climate-change/ http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/11/17/a-reason-for-wall-street-to-care-about-climate-change/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:29:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/?p=3600 Residential buildings are seen shrouded in haze in Shenyang, Liaoning province, November 8, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Residential buildings are seen shrouded in haze in Shenyang, Liaoning province, November 8, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Climate change: Coming to a wallet near you.

That may make little sense to you (and maybe you’ve got a point) but hear us out: A new study shows that climate change will have a huge financial impact on the world if it continues on its current course. The global economy will be 23 percent smaller by 2100 than if climate change were avoided completely, according to a new estimate from researchers at the University of California Berkeley.

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Nowhere to go

A billion people worldwide lack basic access to toilets, according to a report from the United Nations.

 

Busy, busy (really busy) bees

Have you heard the buzz? The addictive aspects of caffeine may also impact the honeybee.

 

A medical breakthrough

A volunteer firefighter is the recipient of the world’s most extensive face transplant ever.

 

Cue ‘Rocky’ theme music

Two zebras escaped a circus and roamed the streets of Philadelphia for an hour.

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Not by the hair on their chinny chin chin http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/11/05/not-by-the-hair-on-their-chinny-chin-chin/ http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/11/05/not-by-the-hair-on-their-chinny-chin-chin/#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2015 17:02:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/?p=3595 Tommaso Gaggi holds a dead wild boar during an hunt in Castell'Azzara, Tuscany, central Italy, November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Tommaso Gaggi holds a dead wild boar during an hunt in Castell’Azzara, Tuscany, Italy, November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi

And this little piggy wreaked havoc on an entire country.

Italy is facing a massive wild boar problem. Rampaging boar are destroying crops, causing road accidents and, yes, even attacking people, Italian authorities say. The problem has emboldened hunting parties to try to control the invasive animal’s soaring population, though this practice has done little to slow the boars’ rise.

Let’s hope the Italians can bring home the bacon. Read on for more news you might have missed:

 

Putting the ‘reform’ in Reform Judaism

The U.S. conference of Reform Jews makes sweeping changes to embrace transgender people.

 

Panera embraces the cage-free life

Panera Bread announces that it will only use cage-free eggs by 2020, joining a growing trend among U.S. restaurant and fast-food chains.

 

Turkey trot becomes a stampede

An estimated 25.3 million people are expected to fly on U.S. airlines this Thanksgiving, up 3 percent from the previous year. Better start heading to the airport now.

 

Okay, well now they definitely have bad blood

Katy Perry beat out Taylor Swift — by a lot — to become the highest-grossing female music performer this year, earning $135 million to Swift’s $80 million. Guess Taylor will just have to shake it off.

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A sour chirp http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/11/03/a-sour-chirp/ http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/11/03/a-sour-chirp/#comments Tue, 03 Nov 2015 17:41:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/?p=3588 The Twitter logo is shown on smartphone in front of a displayed stock graph in central Bosnian town of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in this April 29, 2015 photo illustration. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

The Twitter logo is shown on smartphone in front of a displayed stock graph in central Bosnian town of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in this April 29, 2015 photo illustration. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

It’s a change only a mother could <3.

Twitter, in a purported effort to be more user-friendly, has replaced its famed “favorite” button (the iconic star symbol) with a heart-shaped symbol called “like.” The online reaction was robust — and not in a good way. (Mashable has a roundup of the best tweets responding to the “blasphemous” new design here.)

As far as we’re concerned, you can fave, heart or otherwise cheer on FYI at any time. And read on for more news you might have missed:

 

What would the Founding Fathers think!?

The United States announces plans to let some British travelers eschew customs and passport lines at airports.

 

Speak softly and carry a big handbag

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s iconic handbags (and dubious instruments of enforcement) go up for auction.

 

O ye, of little faith

Americans growing less religious according to a new poll, with younger Americans leading the secular charge.

 

Video: Yea, but trying finding something to wear that with

Victoria’s Secret unveils its annual “Fantasy” bra, adorned with over 6,500 gems and valued at $2 million.

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Happy (almost) Halloween http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/10/30/happy-almost-halloween/ http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/10/30/happy-almost-halloween/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2015 16:08:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/?p=3583 A train made of hand carved Jack O' Lanterns is displayed on the grounds of the historic Van Cortlandt Manor House and Museum during the "Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze" in Croton-on Hudson, New York October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A train made of hand carved Jack O’ Lanterns is displayed on the grounds of the historic Van Cortlandt Manor House and Museum during the “Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze” in Croton-on Hudson, New York October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Charlie Brown never saw pumpkins quite as great as these.

Croton-on-Hudson welcomed intricate squash artwork this October as part of its annual “Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze.” The festival welcomed over 7,000 ornately decorated pumpkins. Check out a collection of Reuters images from the festival here.

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Things that go bump (and vroom, pow and eek!) in the night

An Oklahoma haunted house employs creative and spooky sounds that cater to visually impaired thrill seekers.

 

Video: Frighten and alarm your liberal neighbors

Donald Trump is expected to be a popular Halloween costume this year in the U.S. But in Mexico, a ghoulish Trump mask is especially popular.

 

Video: There’s no escape! Oh, wait, there is

Now for something really scary: A group of 18 coworkers is trapped in a room and must work together to gain freedom without killing each other. This corporate team-bonding exercise is one of many cropping up in the U.S., as so-called “escape rooms” gain in popularity.

 

Just don’t hand out toothbrushes

As Americans learn more about the dangers of too much sugar, parents search for healthier trick-or-treat alternatives.

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Look out below! http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/10/28/look-out-below/ http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/10/28/look-out-below/#comments Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:17:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/?p=3576 Screengrab/Reuters TV

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Step aside, Billy Corgan.

A Minnesota man gave his audience a smashing pumpkin worth talking about this Halloween season, sending his 1,465-pound pumpkin crashing into a minivan — intentionally. Volunteers lifted the superlative squash high into the air and let one lucky pumpkin-dropper yank a cord, sending the orangey orb plummeting. Both minivan and pumpkin were destroyed.

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On the road to gold?

The U.S. women’s gymnastics team dominated at the World Gymnastics Championships, perhaps providing a preview of their future performance at the Rio Games nine months from now.

 

Video: Robot diver

A low-cost, underwater robot, which its users can control through the internet, may soon aid oceanic research.

 

Video: Oh, give me a home where the buffalo race

Thailand celebrates its annual buffalo race, where jockeys vie to ride the speediest beast.

 

Walked right into that one

A dog named Trigger accidentally (I hope) shoots his owner during a waterfowl hunt. Both owner and dog are fine.

 

But the third bus passenger was just right

Overly loud passengers — and passengers who are sleeping — will soon face expulsion from bus and light rail trains in Sacramento, California. Calibrate your noise level accordingly.

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Look, ma, no hands! http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/10/23/look-ma-no-hands/ http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/10/23/look-ma-no-hands/#comments Fri, 23 Oct 2015 16:01:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/?p=3567 Screengrab/Reuters TV

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Sorry, but “I only have two hands” may no longer be a valid excuse to get out of doing things.

Researchers in London have developed an eye-tracking robotic arm that allows users to paint a picture while eating and drinking. The robot detects a user’s eye movement and travels to that spot directly, allowing it to daub a paint brush in paint and then onto a canvas. No word yet on what happens when the robot gets tired of painting all day and turns on its masters.

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Women’s studies come to Kabul

Afghan students can now pursue a Master’s degree in gender and women’s studies, the first program of its kind in the country.

 

Video: Great, more reasons for Tofu-eaters to act smug

Soy-based protein-makers in Indonesia are turning the waste water from their production into biogas.

 

And on the seventh day, God created tolerance

More deeply devout Americans say they don’t see their faith as being at odds with science.

 

Less than a 15-percent tip and you’re stuck forever

New, so-called “escape rooms,” which trap intrepid puzzle-solvers and provide clues to help them earn their release, are catching on in America.

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The new Tibetan challenge http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/10/20/the-new-tibetan-challenge/ http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/2015/10/20/the-new-tibetan-challenge/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2015 18:47:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-fyi/?p=3562  

Wild donkeys rest near a lake on the grasslands in Hoh Xil, in the northwestern part of the Tibetan plateau, May 14, 2011. REUTERS/Rooney Chen

Wild donkeys rest near a lake on the grasslands in Hoh Xil, in the northwestern part of the Tibetan plateau, May 14, 2011. REUTERS/Rooney Chen

Add this to the list of things that are currently threatening Tibet: climate change.

At least that’s according to the Dalai Lama, who said this week that two-thirds of the region’s mountainous glaciers may disappear in the next 35 years, due to global warming. To put this in perspective, the Tibetan Plateau is home to Earth’s third-largest ice store, after the North and South Pole.

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Home for the holidays? Nah, I’ll be at Amazon

Amazon.com is hiring a whopping 100,000 seasonal jobs for the holidays in the United States, in order to keep up with soaring demand.

 

We were only off by 300 million years

A zircon crystal discovered in Australia may contain proof of life on Earth as far back as 4.1 billion years.

 

Big, Quiet Ben

London’s iconic clock may go silent for months, due to repairs. The clock is 156 years old, in fairness.

 

In the meantime…

If you’re in London and have literally no other way to tell time, you could buy one of these Indonesian watches made from discarded wood.

 

The family that weighs together, stays together?

A new Johns Hopkins University study finds a link between spousal obesity and weight gain.

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