A NASA astronaut is due to fly back to Earth from the International Space Station Thursday, but he had to accomplish one last space tourist task before heading home: Terry Virts wanted to take a nice picture of the pyramids in Egypt from space.
The pyramids, and other man-made formations like the Great Wall of China, tend to blend in to the land surrounding them from space. It's actually really difficult, if not impossible, to see the Great Wall from space with the unaided eye, according to NASA
See also: 30 Stunning Images of Space
It took me until my last day in space to get a good picture of these! pic.twitter.com/BChtFZBvk7Nasa, Space Station, International Space Station, Us World, and Us
The new Ghostbusters team has just landed a hot blond receptionist — Chris Hemsworth
Director Paul Feig subtly tweeted out the announcement, posting a photo of Hemsworth with the caption "Our receptionist. #whoyougonnacall." The Avengers actor, better known to most as Thor, will be joining the core all-female cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) June 10, 2015
The much-hyped film is a remake of the 1984 comedy classic about a ghost removal service. It starred Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver. Read more...More about Entertainment, Movies, Film, Ghostbusters, and Paul Feig
It is almost exactly 38 years since the release of the original Star Wars, and we still don't have a fully functioning C-3PO. Still, at least fans can now get their hands on an arguably more useful droid — Haier Asia's remote-controlled R2-D2 refrigerator.
Japan is a particularly popular region for all manner of Star Wars-licensed paraphernalia, which often borders on the cheesy. But not only is this device useful, it can actually make you feel like you're living in a galaxy where droids serve drinks (as Artoo himself did for a while, on Jabba the Hutt's sail barge) Read more...More about Japan, Robots, Star Wars, Tech, and Gadgets
Twitter is about to get a lot better at showing you ads for news apps.
Advertisers are now able to show you ads based on the apps you've previously downloaded, Twitter announced Wednesday.
The new tool, which is available now to advertisers, is officially called "installed app category targeting." The goal is to allow marketers to target their ads specifically to users who have previously installed similar apps.
"For example, an advertiser who wants to drive installs of a task management app can select the “Productivity” category to reach users who have recently installed similar apps," Twitter's project manager for revenue, Deepak Rao, writes in a blog post. "That same advertiser may know that productivity app users also tend to use finance apps, so they can target the “Finance” category to connect with new people who are likely to be interested in their app." Read more...More about Twitter, Social Media, Tech, Apps Software, and Apps And Software
Hold onto your butts, it's nostalgia time.
With all the hype around Jurassic World, it's nice to remember the series' humble beginningsThe Warp Zone teamed up with YouTube a capella superstar Peter Hollens to take us on a journey back to the original film with a dino-tastic cover of its ending credits.Viral Videos, Film, Music, Watercooler, and Videos
GOLETA, Calif. — The cost of cleaning up the oil spill that fouled beaches last month on the California coast has reached $69 million so far, an official of the pipeline company said Wednesday.
Costs are running at $3 million a day, and there is no timetable for when the cleanup will be complete, Plains All American Pipeline's on-scene coordinator, Patrick Hodgins, told The Associated Press.
About 76% of 97 miles of coastline — mostly sandy beaches — have been cleared of oil. Crews are using tools to scrape oil off rocks and cobble beaches. Read more...More about California, Us World, Us, Climate, and Santa Barbara Oil Spill
We know that Facebook Messenger has more than 600 million users and now we know how Facebook wants to keep all those people on the app: games.
Facebook launched its first round of apps for the Messenger platform back in March of this year, but no games were included with the lineup. Most apps were for sharing gifs, still images and videos with friends, which makes the new Doodle Draw for Messenger the first game for Facebook Messenger as reported by Tech Crunch.
Back in May, we reported that Facebook was in talks with various developers to create games for the Messenger platform, so assume Doodle Draw will be the first of many games for Messenger Read more...More about Mobile, Facebook, Gaming, Tech, and Facebook Messenger
The bar for adventurous travel has been raised.
Matt Prior and Dennis Malone spent two weeks circumnavigating a frozen lake in Siberia. And as if the destination and the itinerary weren't adventurous enough, they did it in a World War II-era Russian Ural motorbike and sidecar.
"I had a burning desire to do something that was on the next level compared to what I had done previously," Prior told Mashable. "I’d had a look around the world for inspiration and found it when I came across Lake Baikal, Siberia. I was in awe."
“I’ve been waiting to do something big like this for a while," said Malone. Read more...More about Travel, Lifestyle, Travel Leisure, and Siberia
Pizza Hut in Hong Kong just made movie nights much more entertaining with a pizza box that helps turn your phone into a movie projector
As a marketing stunt, the pizza chain is delivering special boxes to customers that morph into movie projectors, according to designboom.
The design of the pizza box movie projector is quite ingenious: It comes with a specially-designed pizza table — the white little contraption that holds your pizza in place — with a detachable projector lens at the top, which fits into a perforated hole at the front of the box. A QR code on the side of the box brings you to a webpage with four pizza-themed movies for your viewing pleasure. Once you've picked a film of your choice, you prop up your phone with the pizza table. And voila, you have cinema! Read more...More about Gadgets, Pizza Hut, Tech, Pizza, and Dev Design
Sometimes the smallest features can differentiate a good app from a great one
With its latest iOS update, Google Maps will now allow users to send an address from their desktop to their iPhone or iPad in the form of a push notification.
If you're logged into the same Google account on your desktop and mobile device, you'll see a little link that reads "Send to device" under the location's address. This feature, first reported by The Verge, is something that Android users have enjoyed since April.
You'll receive a push notification on your iPhone or iPad once you click on the link. It will then open up the address in Google Maps Read more...More about Google, Mobile, Google Maps, Ios, and Tech
Another day, another update to the ongoing investigation into the FIFA corruption scandal as Swiss police seized data from the soccer organization's Zurich-based headquarters on Wednesday, including information from the office of outgoing president Sepp Blatter, according to Reuters.
Breaking: Swiss Attorney General office confirms to BBC it "seized IT data" from Fifa hq today.
— Richard Conway (@richard_conway) June 10, 2015
According to the BBC, some of the data seized belonged to FIFA's Secretary General Jérôme Valcke and Chief of Finance Markus Kattner Read more...More about World Cup, Fifa, Us World, Us, and Sports
As the Planetary Society's first LightSail mission comes to a close, people working with the organization are looking to the future
The bread loaf-sized LightSail spacecraft is designed to surf on the sun's rays, using photons contained in the sun's rays to propel itself through the solar system. The spacecraft successfully deployed its solar sail on Sunday after multiple glitches.
This kind of technology could open up the doorway to space for people around the world in the years to come, Bill Nye, the CEO of the Planetary Society saysUs World, Us, Bill Nye, Space, and Space Photos
Here's how to succeed as a yuccie without really trying.
Yuccies — the young urban creative professionals who are replacing hipsters — are foregoing full time salaries in favor of freelancing to do the creative work that they love, including photography, web designing, painting, and writing
That means yuccies are hard workers. They are not tied to a cubicle, or a salary, or a clock
“The money ranges from 'very bad' to 'sometimes OK,'” Writer David Infante wrote in the Mashable piece that coined the term, “but the sense of personal validation is fucking great.”
This new demographic, if it is to survive, has to eat. Let our yuccie career guide help Read more...More about Business and Jobs
It's 2015, and unnecessary gendering of children's toys are still not a thing of the past
Blogger and mom Abi Bechtel of Green, Ohio noticed some peculiar qualifiers being used in her local Target. While shopping in its children's toy aisle, Bechtel noticed the signs for the play building sets were separated as "Building Sets" and "Girls' Building Sets."
— Abi Bechtel (@abianne) June 1, 2015
"The signage struck me as problematic on a couple of levels — first, because the way it's written sets up boys' building sets (and boys in general) as normative/generic and girls' as specialized/other; and second, because it's such an encapsulation of how Target (and many other retailers) persistently genders toys that don't need to be gendered," Bechtel told The Daily Dot. Read more...More about Twitter, Target, Gender, Feminism, and Watercooler
Close your eyes and travel back with us: The year is 2014. It's the World Cup
The U.S. Men's National Team pairs up against Germany. We lose. Remember the pain? Remember the defeat? The completely expected disappointment?
Now, it's 2015. It's a friendly match between USMNT and Germany. The game basically means nothing in the grand scheme. The U.S. wins. We immediately declare world soccer domination
Wednesday's victorious match saw Twitter abuzz for beating the world's top-ranked soccer team. Earlier in the week, the USMNT also beat the Netherlands (the #5 team), leaving Americans feeling a sense of patriotism only sports can evoke Read more...More about Soccer, Watercooler, Conversations, Sports, and Twitter Reactions
Beards are officially dead
With the advent of the yuccie—that is, the Young Urban Creative—there’s been a slow demise of the hipster tribe, with millennials now flocking toward more sophisticated shores
See also: Your beard is dirty as a toilet
Joel Alexander, among many of the yuccies set, have opted to shave their beards. "Beards are now over," he says
Image: Joel Alexander
They’ve now been adopted into the new “creative class,” and have opted for a cleaner, sleeker look. That means banishing their hoodies and flannels, becoming more streamlined in their life choices, and leaving behind that artifact of post-adolescence: rebellious facial hair. Read more...More about Fashion, Beauty, Millennials, Grooming, and Lifestyle
This article is part of DBA, a series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital and management.
It's not just ramen-eating 20-somethings who start companies today
More mature entrepreneurs are showing that experience counts for a lot in starting up.
Some of the lessons learned in your early days will still apply to your career, and some things you'll have to learn all over again
Here are four lessons from starting a company that can still be applied the second (or third, or fourth) time around. Read more...More about Startup, Entrepreneurship, Dba, Business, and Startups
Sony is putting its weight behind 4K video recording in a huge way this year
The company announced on Wednesday three new cameras capable of recording 4K video, which are targeted toward the amateur, advanced and professional shooter
However, the RX100 IV, RX10 II and A7R II won't shake up the camera world with dazzling new designs, as they look virtually identical to their predecessors. Take a look:RX100 IV
The Sony RX100 IV looks virtually identical to the RX100 III.
Image: Raymond Wong/MashableSony, Cameras, 4k, Tech, and Gadgets
Reddit just sent a clear message to its sprawling community: the Wild West days are over. It's time for some law and order.
The top execs at Reddit informed users on Wednesday that five subreddits, or custom Reddit communities, have been removed from the social news site for breaking the company's recently updated rules to crack down on harassment of users
The names of the banned subreddits had offensive names or abusive purposes: transfags, neofag, shitniggerssay, hamplanethatred and fatpeoplehate, which was the only group with more than 5,000 subscribersReddit and Business
Sure, you might think your kitty is nothing but an adorably fluffy pet that gets you more attention on Instagram. But if you sheeple would open your eyes, you might recognize the work of a master spy who is inviting the government to keep a close, non-digital eye on American citizenry
If for some reason you still trust the big-eyed master of espionage currently sleeping in a sunbeam somewhere in your house, consider this tweet sent from the CIA itselfLists, Cia, Cats, Cute Animals, and Watercooler