Homer Simpson almost discovered the Higgs boson before any scientist



Some may refer to The Simpsons as “genius” but nobody expected this.

A new book titled The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets claims that donut-loving Homer Simpson nearly predicted the mass of the Higgs boson 14 years before any scientist.

During the episode “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” which aired in September 1998, Homer writes an equation on a chalkboard, which turns out to be an equation that nearly…

New Google Contacts aims to merge Gmail and Google+



Google is previewing a new version of Google Contacts that aims to simplify the service — by combining users’ Gmail and Google+ connections in one place.

The new Google Contacts, a service usually accessed on desktop browsers, will make it easier for people to find connections and keep contact information up to date, Google says

To create this more streamlined experience, contact information will be synced across Google+ and…

Nvidia unveils $199 4K-ready Android-powered gaming console



Nvidia just unveiled a set-top box that runs Android TV. CEO and cofounder Jen-Hsun Huang announced the $199 device, called the Shield, at an event in San Francisco Tuesday.

The device, powered by the company’s Tegra X1 chip, is the first Android-powered set-top box that is 4k compatible.

The Nvidia Shield, will hit stores later this year in May. It runs Android TV and will be 4k compatible, Huang said. It comes…

Eerie photos capture wreckage after Turkish Airlines plane skids off runway



A Turkish Airlines plane skidded off the runway early Wednesday morning local time as it attempted to land at an airport in Kathmandu, Nepal after being held up by severe fog in the area.

Flightradar confirmed flight TK726, an Airbus 330, overshot the runway at Tribhuvan International Airport before landing to the right side. All 240 passengers onboard the plane, which landed nose down, were evacuated and there have been no reports of injury so far.

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Smart pizza button is the best invention ever



BARCELONA – These days, it’s not hard to order a pizza — you can do it over the phone, through an app, or even on your Xbox. But still, some dream of a future in which ordering a pizza is always just one click away

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, an Italian startup called La Comanda is demoing a prototype of Click’N'Pizza, a gadget that makes ordering a pizza a one-click experience

After you customize the order through the web app, you click the…

Target to ax thousands of jobs in $2 billion cost-cutting push



Target plans to lay off several thousand employees over the next two years as part of a restructuring effort that will save the company $2 billion in costs, the retail giant said in a meeting with investors and analysts Tuesday.

The move is a pillar of CEO Brian Cornell’s longterm plan to put the discount retailer back on the right track after years of missteps and lackluster performance by homing in on a few key products, opening smaller urban stores and shoring up online sales.

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Make music while sculpting a face using Oculus Rift and Leap Motion



What if you could make music while sculpting a human face with your hands in virtual reality?

A new experiment, made available on the web by Mozilla’s VR team via the WebVR API, aims to show us exactly what that looks like when using VR in a Firefox browser

Developed by Isaac Cohen (aka Cabbibo), Rainbow Membrane is a virtual reality experience that allows you to produce sound by manipulating a virtual face, and…

The destinations ruled by animals: cat islands, pig beach, sloth sanctuary



Your love of animals doesn’t have to be limited to the Internet. The world is full of ridiculous places where you can satisfy your need to roll around with cute creatures in real life

From overcrowded Japanese cat islands to frolicking in the Caribbean with pigs, whatever animal you fancy can be found running riot in some foreign land.

Here are the places to visit where animals rule.

Bunny Island

Ōkunoshima is an island in the Inland…

Tragic news video is showing up more in Facebook’s News Feed



Facebook used to be a place where people went to discuss breaking news, though often hours after the fact. Increasingly, though, the platform is being used to break news — especially on video.

The latest example is a fatal shooting by the Los Angeles Police Department over the weekend. A video of the tragic event depicts a depressingly familiar narrative: Police are caught on video killing a black man who may have been unarmed (though police say he tried to grab an officer’s gun).

An amateur…

Alabama Supreme Court halts gay marriage licenses



The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, saying a previous federal ruling that gay-marriage bans violate the U.S. Constitution does not preclude them from following state law, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

The all-Republican court sided with the argument offered by a pair of conservative organizations when they appealed a decision last month by U.S. District Judge Callie Granade of Mobile,…