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  • Most people need climbing gear to scale a sheer rock face. But not the “Monkey Man.”

    In a video shot on the Railay Peninsula in Thailand, Neu, known locally as “Monkey Man,” demonstrates his skills using only his bare hands and what looks like some chalk to help with his grip. Canadian trip leader John Early, who made the video, leads tour groups around Thailand.

    “We asked our good friend Neu, aka ‘Monkey Man,’ to do a bit of freestyle demonstration while visiting Phra Nang Beach. The entire beach was captivated. Even the monkeys were mystified,” Early told Storyful.

    The travel guide told Yahoo News that Neu, a rock climbing guide, is a legend on Railay. "He has been climbing his whole life and no longer gets invited to local competitions 'cause he wins them all." Early added that Monkey Man "is very humble and only climbs publicly when our guides ask him."

    Intrigued? The video, taken a few weeks ago, is worth watching until the end. That’s when Neu shows off his most challenging moves.

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  • The GOCE satellite is set to impact Earth in the coming days (European Space Agency)

    A European space satellite that has been mapping the Earth’s gravitational field is set to crash down to Earth in the coming days, and it could provide a “real treat” for space watchers.

    But could GOCE (pronounced “GO-chay”), which is set to make an “uncontrolled entry” into the atmosphere, present a risk to anyone on the ground?

    “For the most part, these uncontrolled re-entries are the norm,”’s Tariq Malik told Yahoo News in a phone interview. “It’s not so much that we’ve been lucky to not get hit by one as it is the planet is so big.”

    The European Space Agency does not know exactly when GOCE, short for Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer, will crash to Earth, and experts there don't know exactly where it will land. But the general consensus is that it will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere sometime between Friday and Monday.

    “It’s rather hard to predict where the spacecraft will re-enter and impact,” the ESA’s Rune Floberghagen told the New York Times.

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  • The worst getaway ever

    Just watch this video of a driver attempting a hit-and-run in Chicago. You've gotta watch the whole thing. Don't give up too early, because you will miss … well … just watch.

    We pick up the scene just after the driver of the black SUV allegedly hit the white cab.

    Told ya.

    Turns out the car was stolen, hence the urgency. The man who took the video, Kevin Moore, told RedEye that police apprehended the driver shortly after the hit-hit-hit-hit-hit-and-run.

    "I just came home to grab a few things and saw the cab driver step out of his car to try to get the information from the driver in the SUV," Moore told RedEye. "I was just trying to video tape the license plate."

    The driver was arrested and charged with criminal damage to public property, leaving the scene and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to RedEye.

    Let's break it down …

    First, the cabbie calmly explains he's upset:


    At this point, the driver probably thinks he/she has the upper hand, being in a car:


    Problem for the driver

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  • Humanity's Longest-Lasting Legacy: Miles of Holes
    Humanity's Longest-Lasting Legacy: Miles of Holes

    People have changed the planet so dramatically that some geologists think the Earth has entered a new phase in its geological timeline, named the "Anthropocene." But what about the marks humans are leaving deep underground? "Because it's not in our immediate living environment, it doesn't seem as significant," said Jan Zalasiewicz, a senior lecturer in palaeobiology at the University of Leicester, in the United Kingdom.

  • North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia: South Korea newspaper
    North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia: South Korea newspaper

    By Ju-min Park and James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - A senior North Korean banking official who managed money for leader Kim Jong Un has defected in Russia and was seeking asylum in a third country, a South Korean newspaper reported on Friday, citing an unidentified source. Yun Tae Hyong, a senior representative of North Korea's Korea Daesong Bank, disappeared last week in Nakhodka, in the Russian Far East, with $5 million, the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported. The Daesong Bank is suspected by the U.S. The newspaper said North Korea had asked Russian authorities for cooperation in efforts to capture Yun.

  • Rob Ford resurgent in Toronto mayor race; but new claims emerge
    Rob Ford resurgent in Toronto mayor race; but new claims emerge

    By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has gained ground on challengers heading into an election this fall, according to a poll released on Thursday, but the boost was coupled with fresh claims about inappropriate behavior. The city's Catholic school authority released documents alleging that Ford had threatened a teacher, turned up late and inebriated to an important practice, swore at his players and made them roll in animal feces while working as a volunteer head football coach at Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School. The allegations have not been proven in court and Ford did not immediately respond to a call and email seeking comment.

  • Social Media Erupts With Stunning Footage, Images of Volcano Blast
    Social Media Erupts With Stunning Footage, Images of Volcano Blast

    When was the last time you saw someone get up close and personal with a volcano? Probably never, except through the eyes of film fantasy, television documentaries, or the occasional adventure video game. Shifting all fantasy aside, take a look at some impressive images and video of a volcano in action.

  • Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war
    Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs, while Israel's premier said the end of the war could mark resumption of peace talks with Abbas.

  • Microsoft will not hand over overseas email, despite order

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A judge on Friday lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft Corp to turn over a customer's emails stored overseas to U.S. Microsoft in particular was stung by revelations last year by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and has been at pains to prove to customers that it does not allow the U.S. Preska had delayed enforcement of the government's search warrant so Microsoft could appeal. Preska agreed, saying her order "merely confirmed the government's temporary forbearing of its right to stay enforcement of the order it secured." She added that "the fact the court has not closed this case cuts against Microsoft's argument" that her order was final and appealable.

  • Smash! Aftermath of Colossal Impact Spotted Around Sunlike Star
    Smash! Aftermath of Colossal Impact Spotted Around Sunlike Star

    Astronomers have spotted the wreckage of a mammoth collision around a distant young star, a landmark find that could shed light on how our own solar system's rocky planets took shape long ago. "This is the first detection of a planetary impact outside of our own solar system," study lead author Huan Meng, of the University of Arizona in Tucson, told Further, NGC-2547 ID8 is the same mass and size as our sun, and it's just 35 million years old — the same age the sun was when similar impacts were building Earth, Mars and the other rocky planets in our neck of the cosmic woods. Meng and his colleagues studied NGC-2547 ID8 using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and several different ground-based instruments.

  • Just in Time for LeBron: Downtown Cleveland Stages a Comeback
    Just in Time for LeBron: Downtown Cleveland Stages a Comeback

    It is downtown Cleveland. Over the years, Cleveland's downtown became almost a ghost town at night. Now, Cleveland's fortunes seem to be turning around. LeBron is headed home! The 2016 Republican National Convention is coming! The Browns nabbed quarterback Johnny Manziel in the draft! There is lots of exuberance and chest thumping in Cleveland, accompanied by lofty predictions of the positive economic impacts of these events.

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