Photographer undertakes mission to document every species on Earth

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Yep, there is someone out there creating a photographic library of all the animals in the world.

The National Geographic Photo Ark is a project to document all the species living in protected areas and zoos around the globe, in an effort to get us humans caring and protecting these animals for future generations.

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Leading this is the publication’s photographer, Joel Sartore, who has so far completed more than 6,000 studio portraits of different species in 40 countries. 

Like a close-up shot of a platypus.

Platypus.

Platypus.

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Ransomware hackers are so desperate to explain Bitcoin they’ve set up IT departments

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Accepting that your computer is infected with ransomware is hard. 

Figuring out Bitcoin in order to pay the ransom? Even harder. 

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As more than 200,000 systems around the world were hit with the ransomware WannaCry, businesses, hospitals, and regular people were all presented with a troubling choice: Pay approximately $300 worth of Bitcoin to unknown attackers or lose access to their data forever. 

But what happens when the victims don’t understand how to pay? Could the biggest thing holding ransomware hackers back be not updated computer systems but Bitcoin ignorance?  Read more…

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The incredible ways people with disabilities customize their tech to thrive

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There’s something undeniably special in the way Meera Phillips looks at you when you speak. It’s as if your words are the only words that will ever matter, whether you’re talking about something silly or something serious. 

The 15-year-old knows the value of hearing what people say. That’s because she’s used to not being heard.

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Meera is nonverbal, living with a rare condition called schizencephaly that impacts her ability to speak. But with the help of her iPad and text-to-speech technology, she can make her thoughts and opinions known — and she sure does. From her love of Katy Perry to her passion for soccer, Meera will let you know exactly what’s on her mind. All it takes is a few taps of her tablet, and with a specialized app stringing letters into words, and words into phrases, her thoughts are played out loud. Read more…

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Epic ‘Why I left BuzzFeed’ video is straight out of a Marvel movie

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Yes, we’ve all been through those “Why I left BuzzFeed” videos.

They typically start off talking about their issues with BuzzFeed, why they decided to leave, and what they hope to do next. 

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But this video by former content creator Michelle Khare is quite literally pretty kickass.

The video opens with a classic Marvel opening sequence, with Michelle’s voice playing dramatically in the background.

“I will always have respect for where I came from. But some battles, you have to face alone…” she says, before proceeding to bury a guy’s body.  Read more…

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Airline to charge you a $30 fee to bring your baby onboard

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As if traveling with your baby wasn’t hard enough, an Australian budget airline has started charging parents to fly with their infant on their lap. 

Jetstar confirmed it would begin charging a $30 fee for a child under two years old for each domestic leg — that’s $60 for a return flight with your child in their worst state. It also noted it would begin charging an extra $10 on international travel, which brings the total fee to $50. 

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In good news, you can take four extra items of carry on for that amount — such as prams, cots and highchairs — so at least you are getting something for your hard-earned money.  Read more…

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The 3 jokes Conan O’Brien will have to defend in court (and 2 he won’t)

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Winning a copyright infringement case is no joke.

The odds against proving allegations of joke-stealing are longer than a Judd Apatow film, but that hasn’t deterred one late-night comedy writer whose case against Conan O’Brien has won the rare privilege of its day in court. 

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A federal judge in California ruled this week that the 2015 lawsuit by Alex Kaseberg will go before a jury, trial date TBD. Kaseberg — who’s never been staff but says he’s sold hundreds of jokes to Jay Leno over 20 years — cites five times between December 2, 2014 and June 9, 2015, when he posted a joke on his Twitter feed or blog that showed up later that night on the Late Night With Conan O’Brien monologue. Read more…

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Little boy goes on epic journey to buy TV for Mother’s Day, with only 40 cents in his pocket

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It’s often the thought that counts the most on Mother’s Day, but one little Australian boy gave his a family a shock with his daring attempt to buy a present.

Six-year-old Raith Barlow left his home in the Melbourne suburb of Geelong on Sunday morning without telling anyone, just so he could buy a television for his mum as a surprise on Mother’s Day.

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Raith used a broom to unlock his home’s door latch while his mother was in the shower, then rode his pushbike 3.2 kilometres to a local supermarket to find the perfect gift for mum. Bless.  Read more…

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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson will do absolutely anything to avoid talking about the Trump fiasco

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Did Donald Trump really ask FBI Director James Comey to shut down his Russia investigation? 

Is this story real? Are you real? What is reality? 

Tucker Carlson of Fox News is asking these tough questions. 

Tucker’s lead at 8 pic.twitter.com/ZldaSJVtwC

— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) May 17, 2017

If it seems like he’s avoiding the news that the president of the United States may be engaged of obstruction of justice, don’t be fooledTucker Carlson Tonight looks beyond Beltway politics to answer the big, existential questions.

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Tucker Carlson nailed it tonight, you guyspic.twitter.com/onRIdGjBF2

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Juno was supposed to be the labor-friendly Uber alternative. Now drivers are pissed.

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Ride-hailing service Juno promised a more worker-friendly alternative to the zero-sum labor practices of Uber and Lyft — it offered drivers a piece of the company itself.

But that dream died last month when Juno suddenly jettisoned drivers’ part-ownership agreements following a $200-million sale to rival Gett. 

Drivers were left justifiably irate, and now Uber’s fledging quasi-union is taking up their cause. 

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The Independent Driver Guild (IDG) — the industry’s first labor group to receive employer recognition — filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday calling for an investigation into Juno’s alleged deception over the program. Read more…

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Omar the long cat is really, really, really long

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You may have seen some long cats in your time, but Omar might just eclipse them all.

The three-year-old Maine Coon from Melbourne, Australia weighs 14 kilograms (30 lbs) and at 120 centimetres (47 inches) long, could be the world’s longest domestic cat.

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