Footprints provide clues to how humans stalked and hunted giant sloths


Among the glistening dunes of New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument, scientists have been taken aback by the discovery of footprints.

The footprints belong to the extinct giant ground sloth, measuring seven to eight feet tall when on its hind legs, and sporting razor-like claws — vastly different to the lazy looking sloths you’re familiar with today. 

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But it’s what’s inside these sloth footprints that’s captivated researchers: human footprints. This suggests hunters were possibly following the ground sloth step-for-step, despite the animal’s ability to strike and kill. Read more…

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5 things Pinterest changed to make its app better for people who are blind


It may be playing catch-up, but Pinterest is finally making its platform more accessible to people who are blind or have low vision.

On Wednesday, Pinterest announced a handful of updates across the company’s app and website, particularly aimed at being more inclusive. 

SEE ALSO: This ingenious typeface seamlessly blends Braille and text

Steered by lead designer Long Cheng, Pinterest partnered with San Francisco non-profit Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired to develop the updates.

“After talking to Pinners and finding out how Pinterest was (and wasn’t) working for them, we did an accessibility audit and created a list of areas to improve,” says Pinterest’s press statement. Read more…

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Facebook’s new ad wants you to forget about that whole subverting democracy thing


This time, it will be different. This time, and I know you’ve heard this before, but this time Facebook’s really going to change

Yes, I know the company allowed third-party apps to scrape your data, and yes it allowed Russian trolls to foment race-based violence on its platform, but that’s not who Facebook really is. Don’t believe me? Well then take a look at this genuine and authentic and not-at-all-focus-grouped 60-second ad spot that the company released today. 

SEE ALSO: Facebook really, really wants you to believe you’re not the product it’s selling

“We came here for the friends,” begins the advertisement. “But then something happened, we had to deal with spam, clickbait, fake news, and data misuse. That’s going to change.” Read more…

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9 companies trying to be the ‘Tesla of China’


Electric car maker Tesla has pushed the car market to develop more sedans, SUVs, and even luxury sports cars with batteries. In China, any headway Tesla’s made for electric is overshadowed by an expanding list of homegrown electric carmakers.

At the Beijing Auto Show this week everything from electrical concept cars to new models of efficient battery-powered vehicles were on display and showed China’s bullish position on electric. Even Tesla brought its Model 3 to the show ahead of its official launch in the country expected for next year. Other non-Chinese automakers were all about electric at the show, as well: Volkswagen, Nissan, GM, and Ford were just some of the companies showing off electric vehicles made for Chinese riders. Read more…

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Facebook’s richer than ever, despite data privacy scandals


Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica nightmare — in which a UK data firm allegedly leaked ill-gotten info about millions of Facebook users — may have rocked the company, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the company’s bottom line. In fact, if you were solely looking at the company’s latest earnings, you might actually think the scandal has helped Facebook.

The company posted earnings of $11.97 billion for the first quarter of 2018, beating Wall Street’s expectations of $11.41 billion and proving that advertisers have not been deterred by the social network’s spate of headline-making issues.

“Despite facing important challenges, our community and business are off to a strong start in 2018,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a prepared statement during the company’s earnings call. Read more…

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Dive deep into the Marvel universe with this badass superhero merch ahead of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’


The Mad Tyrant is finally making his way to our planet and taking on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Infinity War, which premieres on April 27.

As Thanos — the most powerful being in existence — touches down on Earth during his quest to find the six Infinity Stones and become even more powerful, the MCU’s all-star cast of super soldiers, galactic bounty hunters, sorcerers, gods, Wakandans, and nerds in fancy suits must team up to stop him from wreaking havoc on the universe. 

And we couldn’t be more pumped.

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Get ready for a documentary about the Allison Mack alleged sex cult


NXIVM, the alleged sex cult involving former Smallville actress Allison Mack, will be the subject of a new documentary series. The show will tie the group’s history in with it’s current circumstances, including the founder’s arrest and allegations against Mack of sex trafficking.

SEE ALSO: ‘Smallville’ actress Allison Mack apparently tried to get Emma Watson to join alleged sex cult

The main subjects of the documentary series will be Sarah Edmondson (Psych) and husband Anthony Ames, who defected from the group early on (Smallville‘s Kristin Kreuk also joined and subsequently left). Producer Brian Graden was drawn to the immediacy of their story; documentaries like Wild Wild Country and Leah Remini’s recollection of scientology are affected by years of experience and introspection. Read more…

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Fox News’ Shep Smith is hilariously over the Kanye West and Trump drama


In case you missed the internet turning itself inside-out on Wednesday afternoon, Kanye West tweeted his love for Donald Trump and Donald Trump tweeted back.

SEE ALSO: Here’s why the alt-right loves Kanye West

It’s a messy situation, and Fox News star Shep Smith was positively ¯_(ツ)_/¯ about it all. 

Shep Smith on the Kanye/Trump Twitter exchange is very

— Marcus Gilmer (@marcusgilmer) April 25, 2018

When an exasperated Smith gets to the end of trying to suss it all out and can only say, “We’ll see what happens,” it feels like he’s speaking for a lot of us.  

Of all the 2018 stories we’ve heard so far, this is the 2018-est. Read more…

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Kanye West is very excited about meeting Facebook board member and real human ‘Peter Teal’


Kanye West is very optimistic about the future — a future that apparently includes floating libertarian cities, blood boys, Donald Trump, and none other than Facebook board member and second-rate Bond villain Peter Thiel. 

In a flurry of Wednesday afternoon tweets, noted Trump supporter Kanye dropped a series of MAGA-themed missives on an unprepared world and shouted out his desire to meet with “Peter Teal.”

SEE ALSO: Facebook board member Peter Thiel helped fund Cambridge Analytica’s work

“I’m so happy to hear that Peter Teal would like to take a meeting,” read the tweet. “I feel very optimistic about the future.” Read more…

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