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Published: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:55:22 +0000

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300 million-year-old, 1.2 mile mountain range will be lit up as a giant piece of artwork

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:36:18 +0000

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One canvas, two kilometres (1.2 miles) long, 300 million years old.

The first Aboriginal light festival of its kind in the world, Parrtjima, is back for another year. It's an annual, free, ten-night festival celebrating Arrernte (Central Australian) art and culture, held in Mparntwe (Alice Springs, Australia) from Sept. 22 to Oct. 1.

Numerous large-scale light works are being switched on every night, including a highly ambitious illumination of the epic MacDonnell Ranges.

The work, titled, The Heartbeat of Elements of Country (Apmere Ahelhe Itethe [All Country is Alive]), takes over two kilometres of the 300-million-year-old range with a six minute theatrical light display and original audio featuring voice recordings of senior Arrernte people. Read more...

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Klingons on 'Star Trek: Discovery' feel a little too real in the age of Trump

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:30:00 +0000

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The Klingons are back on Star Trek: Discovery — and they're more scary and interesting than ever.

They've come a long way over the years. On the original series, they were mostly scheming, villainous foils to the Enterprise crew. In the early movies, their forehead ridges and warrior aesthetic were further developed. 

Then, on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, we got an in-depth look into their history, religion, and social hierarchies.

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So when I heard they'd appear in 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness, I got excited. How would the alien race evolve in the J.J. Abrams era? Turns out, they wouldn't: they got a new look, but were mostly there to mindlessly shoot at the Enterprise crew and Benedict Cumberbatch.  Read more...

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'Star Trek Discovery' premiere review: Smart, serious sci-fi on a slow burn

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:30:46 +0000

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Star Trek history was made Sunday night, and not just because of Sonequa Martin-Green — who, as Michael Burnham, became the pioneering black female protagonist this franchise deserves. (Seriously, the camera can't get enough of her, delivering epic hero shot after epic hero shot.) 

It's more than that. For the first time in the history of Star Trek, we're not getting an introduction to the main location of a show in its first episode. The equivalent of the Enterprise, or the Voyager, or the space station known as DS9, doesn't show up yet. Your cozy familiar template for a spacebound show that introduces all its characters at once is deader than Kirk's hairpiece.  Read more...

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'Outlander' episode 3 makes one huge change from the books; showrunner Ron Moore explains why

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:01:58 +0000

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This recap contains spoilers for Outlander Season 3, episode 3, "All Debts Paid."

Episode 3 of Outlander Season 3 is a pretty big deal for fans of Diana Gabaldon's novels: Not only does it reintroduce a pivotal character in Lord John William Grey (all grown up and decidedly more dashing than the last time we saw him in Season 2, now portrayed by David Berry), but also closes the chapter on Claire and Frank's tumultuous relationship in surprisingly poignant fashion.

While the show has to omit or streamline countless plot points from the novels in the adaptation process — including cutting Jamie's trip out to the seals' isle (although perhaps we'll see it later in flashback) and the many prickly layers of his complicated relationship with Lord John — for the most part, Outlander's writers do an admirable job of staying faithful to the emotional arcs that drive Gabaldon's novels. That's especially true of episode 3, written by Matthew B. Roberts, which takes our heroes on a believable and equally effective journey, even if the signposts are a little different along the way. Read more...

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A year after Colin Kaepernick's first protest, his absence looms larger than ever

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 23:12:42 +0000

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It's strange to look back on it now, as the U.S. president scolds the NFL for a perceived lack of patriotism, but when then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision not to stand for the national anthem first draw attention last year, the football world wasn't impressed.

Everyone from superstar quarterback Drew Brees to Kaepernick's old coach Jim Harbaugh to 49ers legend Jerry Rice clucked their tongues about his supposed disrespect for the flag. A report months after Kaepernick had opted into free agency claimed some team executives had come to "genuinely hate" him.

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Man's encounter with bears is the most Canadian thing you’ll ever see

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:17:28 +0000

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If a bear happens to enter your yard, experts say you should attempt to scare it away with loud noises, creating a negative experience for the wild animal. This way, bears won't lose their fear in humans, which can become incredibly dangerous. 

Jordan Cote took a more polite approach. 

"How a Canadian responds to wildlife," Cote wrote on Facebook along with a video which shows him politely asking a mama bear and her two cubs to please move along. 

"I need you guys to go, OK?" Cote says to the three bears. When they start to walk away he thanks them, before a final sendoff.

"Hope you enjoyed my yard. Have a good day," Cote says calmly.  Read more...

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#TakeAKnee protests are about police violence, not the military or the Constitution

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:12:26 +0000

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An unprecedented number of NFL players kneeled or otherwise protested during pre-game national anthems this Sunday after Donald Trump spent his weekend feuding with the league over the peaceful act.

The hashtag #TakeAKnee (and a variant, #TakeTheKnee) trended on Twitter all day Saturday and Sunday as players and some team owners and front offices defied the president's repeated attacks with public statements and on-field shows of solidarity.

And despite players' repeated explanations of the intention behind their decision to kneel or raise a fist, it seems there's still a lot of (sometimes willful) misunderstanding about why they're doing so. Read more...

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Now you can sleep on the cool side of the pillow literally all night

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:00:00 +0000

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'Moona' is a water-based system that regulates the temperature of your pillow. It connects to an app that tracks your motion throughout the night, and adjusts the temperature accordingly. Cool water is pumped through the system to induce sleepiness, and warm water to gently wake you.  Read more...

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Donald Trump is running out of people to piss off

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:50:49 +0000

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Donald Trump is running out of people to piss off. 

Sure, he's already on the bad side of plenty of Americans: immigrants, women, minorities, generally any decent people. Now, we can add professional athletes to the list.

The president has whipped up what is perhaps his most bizarre and misguided controversy yet, calling any football player that protests a "son of a bitch" and separately going after NBA superstar Steph Curry.

His comments immediately led to broad condemnation from U.S. professional athletes, players' associations, and teams. Every NFL game on Sunday had some form of protest, but the blowback didn't stop there. Even people like Terry Bradshaw, a former NFL quarterback who has spent years as a commentator on Fox, weighed in.  Read more...

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Walmart wants to deliver groceries to your fridge while you're not home

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:44:39 +0000

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Walmart is now offering to stock your fridge for you—even if you're not home. 

The big-box giant is teaming with a smart lock startup called August Home to test a service in which workers would use a temporary door code to deliver groceries straight to your kitchen.

"Think about that—someone else does the shopping for you AND puts it all away," Walmart vp Sloan Eddleston wrote in a blog post announcing the test. "This may not be for everyone–and certainly not right away–but we want to offer customers the opportunity to participate in tests."

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'Silicon Valley' shows how ridiculous the new iPhone X truly is

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:26:01 +0000

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Sometimes, it takes the cast of Silicon Valley to poke fun at the real world Silicon Valley.

While the show masterfully ribs its own version of tech industry, a new cut from Funny or Die mashed scenes from Silicon Valley with Apple's iPhone keynote to reveal the ridiculousness that is the IRL iPhone X. 

Sure, the iPhone X is an impressive phone (it better be with that price tag), but the way Apple fans praise anything the company does is something we should all call out and laugh at. While cool, Animoji is not the breakthrough technology we need (or want) right now.  Read more...

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It may be time to replace your pillows and you can do it now for under $40

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. They say a good pillow can be the key to a good night's sleep. They also say you should replace your pillow every year. If neither of these things has proved true in your life, you're not alone—and these bamboo pillows could be a great solution. SEE ALSO: Here's how to take better photos You may be shocked to discover exactly how much better you could sleep with a pillow crafted from an organic material like bamboo. Bamboo, the latest trend in bedding, is gaining popularity due to its eco-friendly nature and supportive structure. But unlike some its competitors (ahem, memory foam), bamboo doesn't break the bank. In fact, you can replace your current set with this two-pack of organic jumbo bamboo pillows for under $40.  Read more...More about Social Good, Sleep, Sleeping, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Stackcommerce[...]