Is there really other life in the universe outside Earth or will it all remain a mystery? The White House has issued an official answer in response to two online petitions (with more than 17,000 signatures) that requested the government "formally acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race" and UFO"immediately disclose the government's knowledge of and communications with extraterrestrial beings." In September, the White House launched "We The People," an initiative in which the Obama administration officially responds to any petition that receives more than 25,000 signatures within 30 days. The petitions assert that extraterrestrials exist on Earth and that the government has gone to great lengths to hide that information. How did the government respond? Phil Larson, who works in the WHite House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said, "The U.S. government has no evidenceRead More »from White House Denies Existence of Extraterrestrials, Modern Warfare Video Game Release Has Life Imitating Art
The annual New York City Marathon took place Sunday, and almost 50,000 runners were focused on one major goal: completing the race in the least amount @AbstractSunday1of time possible. New York Times cartoonist Christoph Niemann had other ambitions. Niemann created two Twitter handles, @AbstractSunday and @AbstractSunday1, under which he live-tweeted while drawing real-time pictures. Niemann posted more than 49 tweets and 40 sketches during the course of the 26.2-mile race. His posted his first tweet at 4:48 a.m., when he woke up, and he continued tweeting until he crossed the finish line, almost 12 hours later. During the race, Niemann never stopped to draw. While most runners train for months to get conditioned for the marathon, Niemann practiced simultaneously running and sketching. As you might imagine, running and sketching is not going to shave any time off your personal best. In fact, it only adds to theRead More »from Multitasking Marathoner Accomplishes Twitter Feat, Notorious Graffiti Artist Might Have Been NYPD Cop
Mark Zuckerberg is headed back to Harvard, but not to go back to class. The creator of Facebook will make his first official visit to the school since he famously AP Imagesdropped out in 2004 to move to Silicon Valley to expand his social networking site. Although Zuckerberg did make an unofficial appearance in 2005 to guest-lecture, this will be the first time he meets with Harvard officials, including President Drew Faust. Zuckerberg will be recruiting young engineering and computer science talent to work for Facebook. Zuckerberg's trip to the East Coast also includes visits to Carnegie Mellon University and MIT. Harvard students are excited on social media. Since Zuckerberg is handpicking whom he sees, one person tweeted "#IHaveNoChance"
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Whenever someone wins the lottery, there's always a bit of surprise. But in a drawing of Canada's dream lottery this week to say there was surprise would be Global Newsan understatement. The drawing took place live on Canada's Global News network. As the winner's name was drawn, the anchors realized the man's name sounded familiar. That's because it was Barry Deley, the network's very own sports reporter! What's more is that the proceeds from lotto tickets went to Canada's BC Children's Hospital and Deley's reason for purchasing the ticket was because his daughter Eden was treated at that hospital for leukemia several years ago. The Deley family has been big supporters of the hospital. It even hosted a telethon for the hospital. So what did he win? Deley has a choice of one of four luxury homes or $2 million. Talk about good karma. Which would you pick if you had won? Tweet meRead More »from Lottery Winner Stuns Lottery Announcer and the Viral Backlash Against Tim Tebow
A video of a man nervously drinking a glass of water on live TV is flooding social media. After the government said water from the flooded basement of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant had been decontaminated, a journalist dared Japanese politician Yasuhiro Sonoda to drink it. The plant, which suffered meltdowns after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March, originally wanted to pump the excess water into the sea. But after objections from the local fishing community, plant officials decided to use the excess water on the compound's greenery. After Sonoda, a local politician, drank the water in what was called a "tense scene," he said, "Just drinking decontaminated water doesn't mean safety has been confirmed. Presenting data to the public is the best way." When John Large, a British nuclear expert, heard of Sonoda's actions he told the New York Times, "Oh God ... That is incredibly foolhardy andRead More »from Japanese Official Drinks Water From Nuclear Plant and Occupy Portland Arrests Posted To Facebook
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