Danny McBride’s Righteous Gemstones Trailer: John Goodman Runs a Hellish Family Business in HBO Satire

A little divine intervention has come to Thursday’s news cycle, courtesy of the trailer for HBO’s religion-centric comedy The Righteous Gemstones. Created by and starring Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals), the half-hour satire centers on the Gemstones, a world-famous televangelist family led by patriarch Eli (The Conners‘ John Goodman). McBride, Adam Devine (Workaholics) […]

‘Soft’ robotic hand runs on air pressure and AI

We’ve seen examples of robots mimicking humans, but now we’re seeing robots that can autonomously teach themselves how to handle objects. Festo has developed a flexible robotic hand that uses artificial intelligence to deduce how to manipulate an item with its fingers. Such self-learning technology should prove vital towards building robots that can learn to […]

Nicaragua’s Forrest Gump Runs Against President Ortega

Alex Vanegas couldn’t stop crying. He was watching the news in Nicaragua on April 20, as the broadcasts led with how a sniper killed 15-year-old Álvaro Conrado with a single shot to the throat during the start of student protests against the regime of President Daniel Ortega that continue today. “I was inconsolable. How is […]

Canada runs through Czechs to remain undefeated at world juniors

A little adversity has helped some of Canada's young players reach a new level at the world junior hockey championship, says the team's head coach. Tim Hunter benched 17-year-old Alexis Lafreniere and 18-year-old Joe Veleno in the third period of Thursday's 3-2 victory over Switzerland, saying the pair weren't playing well. Lafreniere responded by putting […]

‘Why not?’: Brazilian transsexual volleyball star runs for Congress

Following a prolific career in international men’s volleyball and just six years after completing her gender-reassignment surgery, Tifanny Abreu is hoping to become Brazil’s first transsexual MP. Under a campaign slogan of “Why not?” the 33-year old has faced criticism from the LGBT community in her home country for choosing to run for the center-right […]

Verizon lobbyist runs for NY AG—as the state sues FCC over net neutrality repeal

Enlarge / Leecia Eve, a Verizon lobbyist and candidate for New York attorney general. (credit: Leecia Eve) A Verizon lobbyist is trying to become the attorney general of New York in the upcoming November election. Verizon executive Leecia Eve is one of four candidates in the Democratic primary for the seat vacated when Eric Schneiderman […]

A cryptocurrency is making huge inroads in Venezuela as inflation runs wild — and it’s not bitcoin or the Petro

Ryan Taylor/Dash Core Group Venezuela is currently suffering from hyperinflation and the president recently devalued the currency by 95%. Locals are turning to cryptocurrencies as a more stable store of value and means to transact. 200 merchants per month are signing up to accept Dash in Venezuela, according to the Dash Core Group, and the […]

MoviePass has less than two months left before it runs out of cash — and its latest changes won’t save it (HMNY)

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider MoviePass’ parent company, Helios and Matheson, has less than two months of cash left at the rate it was burning through its funds in the second quarter. Even if it was able to reduce its burn rate as much as executives have stated, it still would have less than a month’s worth […]

Lindsey Butterworth runs 2:00.87 PB to win women's national 800m

Middle-distance runner Lindsey Butterworth continues to inch closer to Canadian history in the 800 metres after posting a personal-best time of two minutes .87 seconds Sunday morning at the national championships in Ottawa. The victory at sun-drenched Terry Fox Stadium automatically qualified the North Vancouver, B.C., resident for the NACAC championships Aug. 10-12 in Toronto […]

Make Baseball Great Again … With Fewer Home Runs

Beyond the baggy knickers, one only needs to study grainy video footage of 19th-century pitchers for proof that baseball was once a completely different game. The exact date of baseball’s inception remains up for debate, but the sport’s purpose is agreed upon. Baseball was a gentleman’s game — a friendly playground pastime meant to spawn […]