Greg Gianforte wins Montana and apologises for allegedly body-slamming reporter


Well, there you go.

Republican Greg Gianforte has won in the special election for Montana’s sole seat in the House of Representatives, according to the Associated Press, only a day after allegedly body-slamming The Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs on Wednesday.

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Thank you, Montana. I am humbled by this incredible honor. I will always be on Montana’s

— Greg Gianforte (@GregForMontana) May 26, 2017

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault following the incident. He apologised to Jacobs and the Fox News crew who witnessed the incident in an address to supporters in the wake of the win on Thursday night. Read more…

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Finally, Twitter unveiled these emoji


For some time there’s been a push for Indigenous Australian flags to be made into emoji, but there hasn’t been much progress.

Twitter moved one step closer with the launch of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag emoji through hashtags. 

SEE ALSO: You can now monitor exactly how lame your emoji game has become

It’s to help recognise the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum — which removed two discriminatory references against the country’s Indigenous people in the Australian constitution — known as National Sorry Day, and the beginning of the Indigenous round in the Australian Football League. Read more…

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DARPA reveals design of its space plane for faster, cheaper satellite launches


Launching satellites into orbit could get a lot cheaper thanks to an experimental space plane. 

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This week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) revealed the design for the XS-1, which is set to be built by Boeing. The hypersonic aircraft would launch vertically, deploy a second stage to carry a satellite into orbit, and then land like a normal airplane. 

Although the aircraft is still in the concept phase, DARPA believes the final result will be a vehicle that will provide “short-notice, low-cost access to space” for both military and commercial use. Initial tests of the XS-1 technology will attempt 10 flights over the course of 10 days with the ultimate goal being routine low-Earth orbit flights for around $5 million or less per launch. (Currently, it costs SpaceX about $62 million to launch its Falcon 9 rocket into orbit.) Read more…

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What Harvard graduates saw from Mark Zuckerberg: Humility

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A 4-year-old saw ’Star Wars’ in 1977 and here’s what he drew


When Star Wars came out back in 1977, there was no merchandise — the toys came a year later — or fast-food tie-ins, or Funko Pops, or “character posters” or endless reels of online trailers to pore over in search of a fix.

We had only the movie, and our memories of it, to go on.

SEE ALSO: All the Star Wars tech that seemed cool in 1977, but we’re light years beyond now

One 4-year-old kid — who grew up to be this film reporter — saw Star Wars on opening weekend that year. He was so eager to manifest what he’d just seen that the minute he got home, he plopped down at his desk to storyboard everything he could while his mom started making dinner. Read more…

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Another social media marketing campaign just went horribly wrong


What started innocently enough as a giveaway of free soccer tickets to the UEFA Champions League final took a turn for the worse thanks to a handful of online trolls.

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Walkers, the snack company that brings the UK its flavored crisps and other treats, started a social media campaign Thursday, asking fans who wanted to win tickets to tweet a selfie with the #WalkersWave hashtag.

The tweets were turned into a video of former soccer player Gary Lineker waving the “selfies” in front of the background of a stadium.

But trolls quickly realized the selfies weren’t being closely vetted before getting on screen, so everyone from serial killers to convicted felons to communist dictators made it onto the site with the sportscaster unwittingly waving the disturbing faces.   Read more…

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Listen to the largest planet in our solar system sing its song


Take a moment and just let the universe sing to you. 

A new audio file released by NASA on Thursday reveals the “sound” of Jupiter’s plasma as recorded by the space agency’s Juno probe, which is exploring the huge planet.

SEE ALSO: Jupiter is the gigantic, stormy hellscape we always feared

The two minutes of audio sounds pretty eerie, but also oddly familiar, with musical beeps cascading toward the end of the recording. 

NASA researchers created the sound file by  using data taken by Juno during its close pass with Jupiter in February. 

This isn’t exactly what you’d hear if you were floating in the space around Jupiter, however.  Read more…

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Kids’ Super-8 ‘Star Wars’ from 1977 is the most charming remake ever


A long four decades ago, in the far, far away village of Whitinsville, Mass., two brothers and a friend were so thrilled by the movie they just saw that they decided to remake it shot for shot.

The movie, of course, was Star Wars, 40 years old on May 25. It changed millions of lives — not least of which were Jim Jongsma, John Jongsma and Gary Baker, who saw it at White City Cinema over in Worcester. 

SEE ALSO: These are the 11 most important Star Wars scenes ever. Fight me.

The trio of fans filmed their homage over the next three years using two Super 8 cameras and a budget of $1,000. The original was financed by 20th Century Fox to the tune of $8 million; this version was mostly financed by a paper route.  Read more…

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This NFL team’s Twitter joke was so savage its own coach apologized


Dude. Lighten up a little. 

NFL coach Dirk Koetter apologized through the media to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday … all because of a harmless joke made on Twitter by his team’s social media department. 

First things first: Remember how the Falcons blew a 28-3 Super Bowl lead against the New England Patriots a few months ago? 

Of course you do; it pretty much became an instant internet meme. 

And now, with the stage set, on to today’s deliciously petty NFL drama. 

SEE ALSO: I drove across town with Jim Harbaugh at the unholy crack of dawn

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers — coached by Koetter — posted this promotional tweet for  Bucs-branded fidget spinners on Wednesday. (🙄  right? But I digress.) Read more…

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Uber uses a dinosaur to show how you’d control a self-driving car with a smartphone


Why just hail a self-driving car with your smartphone when you can control one, too? 

That may soon be an option if Uber has its way. 

SEE ALSO: Uber is losing a ton — and we mean a ton — of money

As detailed by a patent application published May 25, the company envisions a system that allows a rider to “instruct the autonomous vehicle to perform one or more non-driving operations” via a “mobile computing device.”

That’s right, only non-driving maneuvers are on the table here. So no, you won’t be able to steer the self-driving car with your smartphone. But why would you want to, anyway? If your goal was to drive a car, you wouldn’t be in an autonomous Uber.  Read more…

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