Snowstorms in China have delayed thousands of travelers nearing the Chinese New Year. This woman thought her flight was cancelled. All the other passengers were rerouted and caught different flights but ten hours later, the plane still took off with its single passenger.
Hopefully with such an empty cabin they upgraded her to first class.
Have you ever wanted to see a 99 million-year-old spider penis? I bet you thought that wasn't even an option but here it is, preserved in amber:
Most spiders use a modified leg to procreate but the harvestman, also known as a Daddy Longlegs, has a special attachment for that sort of thing that is normally hidden inside the body of the spider. This ancient Daddy Longlegs is unique, he is the first to be found in such a 'passionate' stance and the shape and size of his baby maker has prompted researchers to declare a new family of arachnids based on this finding.
The 'Internet of Things' is a phrase people keep bringing up that references the real life trend toward a world where all your things have become working props in a science fiction movie. Kind of like this:
Let's be honest, so far this neat idea has mostly translated into putting a touchscreen on everything. That's why Max Braun got crafty and made his own futuristic mirror using Google's Android system. So far it automatically shows the weather, the time and the day's headlines but he hopes to include more. He's also made a diagram showing what makes the mirror tick.
This Japanese boy made the mistake of keeping his Nintendo 3DS in the same bag as a poorly capped water bottle. He was told to contact the company himself to get it repaired and he included this note. According to Kotaku, it says:
I apologize for accidentally getting [my 3DS] wet. I’d like to think I’ve already resigned myself to not seeing my 3DS, which is always with me. From here on out, I aim to close my thermos’ lid correctly. I am truly sorry.
It's more than just a weird shadow this time, planetary geologist Steven Ruff and geobiologist Jack Farmer have seen something on Mars that could indicate life was there. NASA's Spirit Rover took the above image in 2008. They say that the 'cauliflower-like' deposits of minerals seen in this picture could have been formed by microbes.
The area this photo was taken on Mars is thought to have been a center for hot springs and geyser activity. The same kind of mineral shapes have been found in Atacama desert in Chile.
The Atacama desert is often compared to the conditions on Mars and even used as a practice area by NASA for the real thing.
Recently Youtubers the Fine Brothers announced a "React World" program where anyone could use resources they supplied to create their own versions of their famous "React" videos, provided they follow through with the legal requirements to license the use of that "style" of video from them. When the Fine Brothers announced that they planned to trademark the word "React" and framed it as an action "for the community", that community got pretty upset. They are well known for making their name from reaction videos from Kids, Teens, Elders and an assortment of other groups, which they also applied to trademark reacting to stuff in addition to just "react" in general.
Youtube is full of 'reaction' videos, as angry Youtubers were quick to point out, pretty much everyone has done it at least once. That's why it could be pretty annoying when one company decides to try to trademark such a general idea for their own use.
That's probably what began this steady decline in subscribers and a PR disaster.
Eventually, they decided to cancel their program and issue an apology on Medium to appease the people:
We realize we built a system that could easily be used for wrong. We are fixing that. The reality that trademarks like these could be used to theoretically give companies (including ours) the power to police and control online video is a valid concern, and though we can assert our intentions are pure, there’s no way to prove them.
We have decided to do the following:
1. Rescind all of our “React” trademarks and applications.*
2. Discontinue the React World program.
3. Release all past Content ID claims.**
Obviously the original video announcement has been taken down but if you didn't get to see it, this video parody will give you a pretty good idea of what it was like: