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Terrifying Hurricane Maria videos shared from Puerto Rico and Dominica

21 September, by Keith Wagstaff[ —]

As Hurricane Maria continues to rampage through the Caribbean, images of the destruction are starting to surface. 

The island of Dominica was completely devastated by the storm. Puerto Rico was hit by "catastrophic" flooding, as the National Weather Service put it, and its capital could be without power for four to six months. 

When Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, it was a Category 4 storm with winds up to 155 miles per hour. As you can see, it was a terrifying event to live through. 

My moms friend in Puerto Rico sent us this video she took from her apartment #hurricanemaria #maria #MariaPR #pr pic.twitter.com/TzOvmfrTIC

— TheHungryCondor (@TheHungryCondor) September 20, 2017

More about Puerto Rico, Dominica, Hurricane Maria, Science, and Climate Environment

Aronofsky's 'mother!' and the psychological horror of women's domesticity

21 September, by Jess Joho[ —]

Warning: Spoilers for mother! ahead.

mother! isn't just the name of the most WTF movie in theaters right now — it's also what critics are cursing under their breath (followed by a modifier rhyming with "trucker") trying to understand what the hell Darren Aronofsky's even saying with his latest film.

The most popular theories suggest:

- It's actually just a biblical allegory

- It's just a meditation on the relationship between artist and muse! 

- It's actually a cautionary tale against climate change! 

- It's actually just a shitty movie! 

- It's actually just pop culture's most intense Rorschach test! Read more...

More about Horror, Motherhood, Jennifer Lawrence, Psychological Thriller, and Javier Bardem

These baby meerkats are here to steal your jaded, jaded heart

21 September, by Johnny Lieu[ —]

Dang meerkat pups, why you so cute.

A trio of baby meerkats have just made their public debut at the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra, Australia, the first pups ever to be on display at the zoo.

These tiny little guys are only four weeks old and weigh 150 grams (5 oz), and of course, are still finding their feet around the place as their family take turns babysitting them.

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Hurricane Maria slams Puerto Rico, Caribbean — here's how to help

21 September, by Sasha Lekach[ —]

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico Wednesday morning, destroying homes as rain, powerful winds, and floods devastated the island. 

The storm is moving northwest tonight, but Puerto Rico has been badly battered. The mayor of San Juan, the country's capital, said the city could go "four to six months without electricity."

Here's how you can help far from the eye of the storm.

Give to charities

The American Red Cross is busy getting supplies to Puerto Rico. Other organizations helping Puerto Rico and other Caribbean nations include Global Giving, UNICEF, Save the Children, and Catholic Charities. Read more...

More about Caribbean, Natural Disaster, Donate, Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Maria

Google buys a big chunk of HTC's smartphone business

21 September, by Pete Pachal[ —]

The rumors are (mostly) true: Google is buying a part of HTC to beef up its hardware business.

Google announced the agreement late Wednesday. Senior Vice President of Hardware Rock Osterloh wrote in a blog post that a "team of HTC talent" would join Google's hardware team, along with a non-exclusive license for some of HTC's intellectual property.

The deal is less dramatic than what was expected by many — that Google would buy HTC's entire smartphone business in a long-term bid to go toe-to-toe with Apple in the smartphone market — but it does show Google felt it needed more direct control over hardware assets to be more nimble competitor.  Read more...

More about Google, Htc, Acquisitions, Tech, and Big Tech Companies

Emma Stone and Hillary Clinton are pretty happy with their Billie Jean King T-shirts

21 September, by Shannon Connellan[ —]

As far as high-powered female Twitter trifectas go, this one is an ace.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King posted a photo of actor Emma Stone and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, featuring the pair holding up their own copies of a vintage-inspired T-shirt with King's face on it.

The pair were both guests on Wednesday night's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and were roped into this little gem backstage:

Just a couple of 'fans' showing their support for #BattleoftheSexes. 😆 #casual pic.twitter.com/aEjDHF89DO

— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 20, 2017

Later on the show, Stone told Colbert she thought she "looked nude" in the photo. Read more...

More about Watercooler, Entertainment, Twitter, Hillary Clinton, and Stephen Colbert

Nicaragua joins Paris Agreement, leaving just U.S. and Syria behind

21 September, by Sasha Lekach[ —]

Nicaragua was one of the final holdouts on signing the Paris Agreement on climate change, but after seeing other countries deal with devastating natural disasters, the country is joining the deal. 

That leaves the United States and Syria as the only countries not participating. Under the Trump administration, the U.S. vowed to pull out earlier this year after Obama signed the climate agreement in 2015. Syria rejected it outright. 

Nicaragua hadn't signed before because its leaders thought the deal didn't go far enough to fight climate change. On Monday, the Latin American country announced it was signing to support other nations vulnerable to the effects of climate change, like sea level rise and coastal flooding. Read more...

More about Syria, Paris Agreement, Climate Change, United States, and Paris Climate Agreement

Liam Gallagher getting mad about tea is absolute perfection

21 September, by Johnny Lieu[ —]

Rock stars like Liam Gallagher are certainly a rare breed these days.

Maybe that's a good thing, but you'd miss moments like the former Oasis band member kicking an almighty fuss about tea, as per a clip from a recent episode of BBC Backstage Music Pass.

To be fair, the making of tea turns out to be something of a metaphor for the modern music industry, which Gallagher eloquently explains: "Now, in the '90s I got someone else to fucking do it, but now I can't, fucking money is tight."

We won't ruin the rest of the clip, because this is 36 seconds of utter gloriousness. Read more...

More about Music, Uk, Bbc, Culture, and Oasis

Melania Trump gave a good speech on bullying. The only problem? Her husband is a bully.

21 September, by Rebecca Ruiz[ —]

When Melania Trump speaks out against bullying, people listen. As first lady, she wields considerable influence and naturally commands an audience.

But there's another reason why her public statements about harassment go viral. His name is Donald Trump. 

On Wednesday, the first lady spoke passionately about how "morally responsible adults" should lead by example so children can learn to be empathetic and kind. The seven-minute address, delivered at a United Nations luncheon, contained all the watchwords bullying prevention advocates want to hear from famous public figures.  Read more...

More about Politics, Social Good, Donald Trump, Bullying, and Melania Trump

If Google buys HTC, it could finally have the firepower to destroy the iPhone

21 September, by Raymond Wong[ —]

With Android, Google has already won the mobile war... at least, when it comes to software. Android is the world's most popular mobile operating system and is installed on 64.76 percent of phones and tablets worldwide, twice the size of iOS, according to NetMarketShare.

Google's next mission is way more challenging, though, and it will probably take a long time — but it's not impossible. The search giant must find a way to dethrone Samsung as the premier Android phone maker and finally compete directly with the iPhone. And it could accomplish this challenge by buying HTC's mobile division.

More about Gadgets, Google, Android, Smartphones, and Htc

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