WATCH moment armed robbers break into lottery shop in Brazil, use 25 hostages as human shields

Several balaclava-clad, gun-wielding attackers used as many as 25 hostages as human shields to make their way out after a failed raid on a lottery shop in Brazil. The terrifying moment was caught on camera. The tense stand-off occurred after five armed robbers, wearing black balaclavas, tried to raid a lottery shop in the city […]

Ars on your lunch break: The nature of consciousness

Enlarge / Artist’s rendering of man experiencing awe while regarding the nature of consciousness. (credit: Adult Swim) Below, you’ll find the third installment of this week’s After On podcast interview. It’s with University of California, San Francisco neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley, about his trailblazing efforts to develop the medical potential (if any!) latent in video games. […]

Australia doesn’t care to break its coal habit in the face of climate change

Enlarge / Coking coal. (credit: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Earlier this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a dire warning about climate change: unless governments of the world coordinate to implement multiple long-term changes, we risk overshooting the 2°C warming scenario that countries strived to target in the Paris Agreement. This would lead […]

Madam Secretary Premiere: Téa Leoni, EP Break Down That Deadly White House Attack, Hillary Clinton's Big Visit

You sure you want a seat at the Resolute Desk, Elizabeth? It would be natural for Madam Secretary‘s protagonist to think twice about her unannounced Oval Office dreams, given that that very room was the site of a lethal act of terrorism in the CBS series’ Season 5 premiere. The episode opened with the attack, which took […]

A Star Is Born review: Lady Gaga will break your heart but is it worth an Oscar?

The bar was already set very high. A Star Is Born has a long and award-laden history in Hollywood. The 1937 Janet Gaynor original was nominated for seven Oscars (winning for Best Original Story), the 1954 Judy Garland had six nominatons and landed its leading lady a Golden Globe. Barbra Streisand’s 1976 version had six […]

Taking a Break in a Relationship: When it Is and Isn’t a Good Idea

Sometimes, when a couple is going through a hard time and they find it difficult to leave each other, they both decide to take a break from the relationship. A break from all the responsibilities of the relationship, a break from all the fighting and arguing, a break from the commitment, a break from feeling […]

Former Southwest employee sues airline over ‘whites only’ break room & home-made ‘noose’

Southwest Airlines is being sued over racial discrimination claims, with a former employee stating that there was a ‘whites only’ staff break room at Houston’s airport, and that black staff once found a noose made of bungee cords. In the federal lawsuit, plaintiff Jamel Parker claims that his co-workers established a ‘whites only’ break room […]

‘This stinks’: Passengers left abandoned by toiletless train after loo break in Wales

Rail passengers in Wales were abandoned at a station after being told that the train they were traveling on – which had no working toilets – would make a special stop to allow commuters to go to the bathroom. Passengers boarded the bathroomless train at Haverfordwest, West Wales to make the two-and-a-half-hour trip to Cardiff. […]