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Weird Facial Disguise Can Fool Algorithms, But Not Your Friends



The NSA made me slather my face in make-up.

Or, it didn’t make me, exactly. But last spring, I found myself wandering around D.C., wearing dazzle camouflage for the first time. It was a sunny Saturday, the capital swamp neither frigid nor muggy-oppressive — perfect for walking. It took me 45 minutes to get all the makeup on, to get the pencil right and the hair dangled just so.

I spent the day hanging out with some friends around Adams Morgan, a neighborhood seemingly developed by former…

Paramount Brings ‘Turtles,’ Christopher Nolan and ‘Interstellar’ to Comic-Con



SAN DIEGO — Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Rock, Matthew McConaughey and Christopher Nolan … Paramount Pictures wasn’t going to just sit quietly and let the superheroes walk all over it at Comic-Con.

The studio stepped up in San Diego with the first major studio summer film to present in Hall H, putting together a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles panel that included stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett — and the guys who created the first sketches that would become the heroes in half-shells.


Kinect Distances Itself Further From Xbox With New Windows Version



Microsoft is releasing the new version of Kinect for Windows on July 15. Both the sensor and its corresponding software development kit will be available next week, according to a statement from the Redmond, Washington, tech giant

The sensor is priced at $199 and became available for developers to preorder on June 5. The Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) will debut as a beta on same day as the sensor. The sensor will become available to the general public later this year


World Cup Taps Shakira, Santana and Wyclef for Closing Ceremony



Before the final two squads in the World Cup face off on July 13 in Brazil, FIFA will get fans pumped up for the last winner-take-all match with the customary closing ceremony.

Organizers unveiled the ceremony’s entertainment on Thursday, tapping Shakira, Santana and Wyclef, and Brazilian stars Carlinhos Brown, Alexandre Pires and Ivete Sangaloto, to perform.

Shakira, making her third consecutive appearance at the…

8 Actors Destined to Be the Next Batman



Already pre-disgusted by Ben Affleck’s performance as Batman? Don’t worry, a few more actors are set to give the Dark Knight role a shot in the near future.

There’s no such thing as too many reboots, right?

Animation Domination, Fox’s late night cartoon program, created this video to give us all a little hope for the future of the caped crusader — complete with some seriously skilled impressions of actors like Matthew McConaughey, Mark Wahlberg…

NASA’s Dark Energy Telescope Could Spot 3,000 New Planets



A mission NASA is designing to probe the nature of mysterious dark energy could discover thousands of alien planets as well.

NASA’s proposed Wide-field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission aims to help researchers better understand dark energy, the puzzling stuff that makes up about three-quarters of the universe and drives its accelerating expansion.

But WFIRST — which is tentatively scheduled to launch in the early to mid-2020s — should also prove to be an adept planet hunter,…

Earth Swallows Cars in Massive Baltimore Landslide



A possible landslide swallowed nearly a dozen cars on a street in Baltimore on Thursday morning, when one side of the street suddenly slid into a ravine and onto the train tracks below.

Witnesses say the street shook shortly after 3:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday before half of the street “collapsed into the pit” across the street

The probable landslide comes following a day of heavy rainfall in the region. The Baltimore area received…

World Cup Stars Fight Racist Taunt With Bananas



Barcelona and Brazil star Dani Alves drew worldwide acclaim on Sunday after casually eating a banana that a fan threw onto the pitch at him as a racist taunt during a soccer match

Now some of the game’s biggest stars have taken to social media to throw their support behind Alves — both from his own national team and World Cup rivals.

Banana-throwing is an all-too-common taunt used against dark-skinned players in European…

Cannes: 15 Women Directors, Tame Dragons and Ryan Gosling’s First Time



The abysmal state of affairs for female directors in Hollywood got a tiny glimmer of hope in Paris this week, as the Cannes Film Festival announced its lineup: a group including 15 female filmmakers (though only two are in the main competition this year).

Another quirky highlight from the 2014 fest is the world premiere of

Infrared Sensor Could Lead to Night Vision Contact Lenses



If you’re scared of the dark, you may no longer have reason to fear.

Researchers out of the University of Michigan have developed an infrared sensor that could eventually be used in the production of night vision contact lenses.

Infrared imaging typically involves multiple technologies to view all ranges of the infrared spectrum, in addition to bulky cooling equipment. It is most often used by doctors to monitor blood…