March 9, 2019

Kew murder: French film-maker ‘was strangled’

Film-maker Laureline Garcia-Bertaux's body was found in a shallow grave at her west London home.
March 9, 2019

Griggs: Ireland creating hills that are hard to climb – RTE.ie

Griggs: Ireland creating hills that are hard to climb  RTE.ieIreland fight all the way but are no match for France in front of record crowd  TheJournal.ieReturn of maturing Ringrose will be key plus for Ireland  Irish Exam...
March 9, 2019

12 dead as plane crashes in Colombia

A plane crash in Colombia on Saturday left all 12 people on board dead, according to Colombia's Civil Defense.
March 9, 2019

Facebook is using AR to bring a massive mural to life

With all the controversy surrounding Facebook right now, it's easy to forget that the company actually does plenty of good for people across the world. At SXSW 2019, Facebook's Art House hopes to show that with a 2,200 square foot mural, which will b...
March 9, 2019

These are the oldest tattoo tools ever found, dating back 2,700 years

Today, tattoos are so common that we don't really even consider their significance. You see someone with a flower on their arm or something and never give it another thought, but tattooing is a huge part of many cultures and tattooing traditions stretch back for centuries. Many Pacific island nations hold tattoos in high regard, and a new research effort to date some ancient tattooing implements found decades ago reveals that the practice is thousands of years old. The study, which was published in The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, focuses on four tiny pieces of bone that were once thought to be lost forever. The tiny bone fragments were originally discovered in the 1960s during an excavation on the island Tongatapu, the heart of the island kingdom of Tonga. At the time it was unclear what their significance might be, but they were kept in safekeeping for scientists to study later. Decades later, in 2003, a fire decimated the building where many of the found artifacts were held, and it would take another five years before researchers would rediscover them in a different facility. Miraculously, the tiny bone pieces had escaped destruction, and now scientists know exactly what they are. The fragments are known as "bone combs." Bone combs are flat pieces of bone that have been specially shaped to have sharp points on one side. Those sharp points act like the needle of a modern tattoo gun, only in this case the tattoo artist pushes the pigment into the person's skin manually. Radiocarbon dating of the tools suggests that they're around 2,700 years old, which would make them the oldest tattooing tools ever found. The tools, which are thought to be made of the bones of birds and possibly also humans, still have tiny bits of ink embedded in them, leaving no doubt to their intended use. "The kit most likely belonged to one tattoo artist," Dr. Michelle Langley co-author of the research, said in a statement. "One tool was broken and it looks like it was being repaired, so perhaps the kit was accidentally left behind or was too broken to bother salvaging. Perhaps the tattooist was given a new set." What's perhaps most interesting about the bone tools is that they're not that different from modern manual tattooing instruments that are still in use today.
March 9, 2019

Iowa Supreme Court sides with two trans women fighting for Medicaid coverage

On Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court effectively struck down Iowa’s ban on Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgery. It sided in its unanimous ruling with two transgender women whose healthcare providers said the surgery was necessary to treat their gender dysphoria. The court agreed with Chief Judge of the Fifth District of Iowa Arthur Gamble’s […]
March 9, 2019

Amazon’s next big step in sports: buying into the Yankees Network

As Disney completes its acquisition of Fox there's more than just the Marvel universe at stake. One condition of the purchase is that it will sell off Fox's portfolio of regional sports networks, and as rumors late last year suggested, one interested...
March 9, 2019

Trolls hit ‘Captain Marvel’ with bad reviews on its release day on Rotten Tomatoes

Captain Marvel was met by another barrage of negative user reviews via Rotten Tomatoes on the morning of its release Friday. The film site had supposedly tweaked its system to fight the targeted work of trolls by nixing scores from users who, for example, haven't even seen a particular movie yet. Even so, as of early Friday morning -- before many cinemas were even open for the day in their local communities -- the movie that tells the origin story of how Carol Danvers became a superhero had a 33% Rotten Tomatoes audience score generated from more than 58,000 reviews. For comparison, that's more than the current total number of Rotten Tomatoes audience reviews for Avengers: Infinity War -- and, again, Captain Marvel has only been officially out for a few hours. By noon, however, it seems Rotten Tomatoes had taken some action. The total number of audience reviews at the time of this writing, mid-day Friday, has now dropped down to almost 4,300, though the audience score still stood at 36%. "We are disabling the comment function prior to a movie’s release date," reads a Rotten Tomatoes statement about these developments, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Unfortunately, we have seen an uptick in non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling, which we believe is a disservice to our general readership. We have decided that turning off this feature, for now, is the best course of action. Don’t worry though, fans will still get to have their say: Once a movie is released, audiences can leave a user rating and comments as they always have." To be sure, the barrage of trolling will probably not dent the film's success too much. This 21st addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe already took in a little more than $20 million during Thursday night previews in North America, making it the 18th-highest preview of all time, according to Variety. That's also the fifth-biggest preview open for a Marvel movie, which put Captain Marvel behind Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War and the second and third Avengers movies. Captain Marvel opened to more than 4,300 theaters on Friday and is expected to take in as much as $160 million for its opening weekend haul.
March 9, 2019

Trump names interim secretary to lead Interior Dept., overlooking glaring conflicts of interest

President Donald Trump formally nominated Acting Interior Department Secretary David Bernhardt to permanently take the helm at the agency, despite numerous conflicts of interest dating back to his time as an oil industry lobbyist. Trump said he intended to promote Bernhardt more than a month ago, tweeting that the former oil industry lobbyist “has done […]
March 9, 2019

Trump names interim secretary to lead Interior Dept., overlooking glaring conflicts of interest

President Donald Trump formally nominated Acting Interior Department Secretary David Bernhardt to permanently take the helm at the agency, despite numerous conflicts of interest dating back to his time as an oil industry lobbyist. Trump said he intended to promote Bernhardt more than a month ago, tweeting that the former oil industry lobbyist “has done […]