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Baby Tortoise Lit On Fire, Stomped To Death (VIDEO)

(16) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 2:23 PM

A pair of teen girls in Florida face animal cruelty charges after a video of a baby tortoise being tortured to death surfaced online.

In the disturbing clip, girls are seen brutalizing the small gopher tortoise— classified as an endangered species in Florida — with seeming gleeful abandon.

"Burn baby,...

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RCMP Officer Suicide: Ken Barker, Mountie At Greyhound Beheading, Takes Own Life

(18) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 10:02 AM

An RCMP officer, who was among the first officers to respond to a horrific scene aboard a Greyhound bus, has reportedly taken his own life.

The family of 51-year-old Ken Barker says the recently retired colonel had been struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder — after two decades on the front...

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Great White At Australia Beach, Chokes On Sea Lion, Draws Admiring Crowd (VIDEO)

(56) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 10:44 AM

Dinner proved fatal for this great white.

A couple of days before a four-metre shark turned up dead on a west Australian shore, beach-goers may have mistaken its death throes for the wonderful spectacle of nature, The Australian reports.

A video, uploaded to YouTube on July...

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Mutant Worm Doesn't Get Drunk, Could Lead To Alcohol-Proof Humans

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 9:20 AM

This is the kind of worm you want to have your back at the bar.

If only scientists could teach it how to drive.

In a new study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers proclaim the dawn of a mutant worm that can't get drunk.

And it...

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Hookah Smoking Among Teens On The Rise, Despite Health Ravages

(40) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 10:47 AM

More and more teens appear to be spending their high school years in a fog.

According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, nearly one in five U.S. students availed themselves of a hookah in the last year.

The research suggests smoking from a hookah —...

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Sheep Abuse At Farms In Australia Caught On Video

(49) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 11:22 AM

A disturbing undercover video shows workers punching, kicking and in at least one case hammering sheep into submission before they are sheared.

While PETA won't reveal where the footage was taken — citing safety concerns for its undercover operatives — the group claims 19 shearing sheds were visited In...

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Chatillion Car Graveyard In Belgium Looks Like A Very Old Traffic Jam

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Zombies were here.

Or maybe just humans, caught in an interminable traffic jam decades ago.

Maybe they suddenly decided to shuffle off this metal coil — and leave their cars behind.

While these images of stately automobiles, kissing bumpers in a Belgian forest are certainly haunting, the story behind...

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Litter In Oceans Now Spans Even Remotest Parts Of The World

(48) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Every ocean now bears witness to our waste.

In a report, published in the academic journal PLOS ONE, scientists conclude for the first time that we have left our mark everywhere.

"Litter is present in all marine habitats," the study concludes. "From beaches to the most remote points...

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Tornado In Wedding Photos Makes For A Stunning Backdrop

(10) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 5:39 AM

It could have been the ultimate wedding crasher.

A couple in Saskatchewan had reportedly just tied the knot in rural Saskatchewan.

And then this happened.

tornado saskatchewan

As they strolled along a gravel-strewn road, in full marital regalia, a tornado touched down just a...

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Excavator Mulcher Turns Trees Into Dust In Seconds

(5) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 1:26 PM

Humans seem to have an endless passion for devising ways to make more room for themselves.

Take, for instance, this tree mulcher, which may represent the acme of tree-annihilation technology.

We say technology but this four-story mecha-Godzilla appears almost brutishly simple in design. Imagine a massive set of mechanical...

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Unconsciousness Switch: Turning Off The Brain May Be As Simple As Flicking A Switch

(63) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 12:14 PM

Scientists delving deep inside the human mind may have found a switch that can literally turn us off.

It's the first time, according to New Scientist, researchers have been able to flick consciousness off and on by stimulating a single brain area. That area, called the claustrum, could...

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Run On Water? You Would Have To Run Pretty Fast (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 10:01 AM

Remember that video of those guys who ran so fast, they literally skipped across an open pond?

The much-ballyhooed new sport was dubbed 'liquid mountaineering' in a clip that seemed to be making the rounds everywhere.

Just strap on these shoes. And run like hell. Across. Water.

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Karen Bailey, AKA Sue Wilkins, Delivers Racist Rant On Australian Train, Gets Arrested

(63) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 8:33 AM

An Australian woman has reportedly been arrested after her racist implosion was caught on video.

Earlier this week, she was recorded on Sydney's Central Coast & Newcastle line, blasting commuters — including children — before going full racist on an Asian woman.

"He can only get a gook!"...

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Champix, Anti-Smoking Drug, Linked To Malcolm Gallant's Psychotic Episode

(13) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 2:42 PM

There's strong evidence that a popular smoking cessation drug led to a Canadian soldier's psychotic episode, a Manitoba judge has concluded.

In 2011, Malcolm Gallant, a 30-year-old Canadian Forces member, choked his girlfriend and took guns to a neighbour's house, according to QMI. But at this week's sentencing...

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Ripley's 'Touch Tanks', Petting Zone For Sharks, Stingrays, Under Fire

(4) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 8:39 AM

Sharks may not be that into you.

Despite claims from Ripley's Aquarium of Canada that its 'touch tanks' let humans get up close and personal with these "tame and lovable creatures of the deep," nearly 30,000 people beg to differ.

An online petition is calling for...

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Aaron Swartz Movie, The Internet's Own Boy, Screens At Hot Docs Toronto

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 2:17 PM

"You know, it's easy sometimes to feel like you're powerless. Like when you come out in the streets and you march and you yell and nobody hears you. But I'm here to tell you today, you are powerful."

Potent words from a man who proved, perhaps, too much so for...

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Smoothini, The Ghetto Houdini, Will Make Your Cynicism Disappear (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 11:28 AM

"I am, Smoothini," intones the young man in jeans and a baseball cap. "The ghetto Houdini."

"Like Houdini...?" begins America's Got Talent judge Howie Mandel.

"But ghetto."

There's nothing ghetto, however, about what happens next in the talent competition's June 10 episode.

"Now, the thing about bar magic...

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Broccoli Tea Benefits Include Benzene Flushing.. Just In Time For The Environmental Apocalypse

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 8:33 AM

Looming environmental apocalypse got you down?

Keep calm. Drink broccoli. And pee your troubles away.

At least, that's the idea behind a study published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research this week.

Scientists say imbibing tea made from broccoli sprouts can help stave off the ravages of environmental...

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Pig Jumps From Truck Bound For Slaughterhouse (VIDEO)

(6) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 12:59 PM

There's something rather poignant about this video — a pig clambering to the top of a moving truck, hesitating only for a moment, before leaping head-first to freedom.

And something even more touching about that pig wading into the grasses alongside the highway.

But it's a long road to freedom,...

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Large Animal Extinction During Ice Age Was Caused By Humans, Not Climate Change: Scientists

(8) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 9:28 AM

While history might have been inclined to blame the mass extinction of some of the Earth's mightiest mammals on climate change, scientists suggest a likelier culprit.


For decades, the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of large mammals — some 177 species vanished in the wake of the last Ice Age...

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