The world’s oldest spider died. She was 43.
Gibson Guitar, makers of BB King’s Lucille and Jimmy Page’s double-neck, declared bankruptcy.
Soni Wolf, the founding member of the San Francisco-based group, Dykes on Bikes, died of natural causes. She was 69.
A group of Iranian women disguised themselves with beards and wigs in order to sneak in and watch a soccer game.
Italians are bringing in Chinese labor to work in Tuscany to make expensive handbags that carry the coveted, “Made in Italy” label. Many of these handbags are probably exported back to China.
More than 500 students and teachers were evacuated from a university in Australia because of rotting durian that had been left in a cupboard.
The photography world erupted in controversy after an award-winning wildlife photo was accused of photo-shopping in a stuffed anteater. But doubts remain.
Ford announced new technology they are developing for car windows that allows for blind people to “feel” the view.
Engineers in NYC are volunteering time and hardware to build NYC Mesh, a guerrilla alternative network to the expensive, centralized ISPs.
A museum in the South of France had an existential crisis when it discovered that over half of its collection are forgeries.
UC Berkeley announced plans to build housing on People’s Park.
Goldman Sachs President David Solomon said that artificial intelligence has made many of the jobs on Wall Street unnecessary. On the equity desk, “where 15-20 years ago we had 500 people making markets in stocks. Today we have three.”
Taylorism is alive and well in China as it was revealed that workers in high-stress environments, “wear caps to monitor their brainwaves, data that management then uses to adjust the pace of production and redesign workflows”
Facebook published research that demonstrates how they can send messages directly to your skin.
The first person charged under Malaysia’s new Anti-Fake News law was sentenced to one month in prison for exaggerating local police response times in a video he uploaded to YouTube.
Thanks to Isaac Hepworth for the chyron generator and Julia for the text.
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