The "Great Detective" is more than just a giant brain covered by a mop of brown hair and the occasional deerstalker hat. While it may seem like he's in control of every situation and everyone in it, Sherlock Holmes still manages to learn a few valuable life lessons in the latest season of the hit BBC show "Sherlock," and they're lessons we can all benefit from.
As little humans on this big planet, we can feel the impact of something like the infamous polar vortex. We can see the snow outside and notice the wind blowing the trees, but it can be hard to put it into a global perspective. That's where supercomputers can be a big help.
A supercomputer-powered Web site project sporting the humble name "earth" is a fascinating look at global weather patterns. It comes from software developer Cameron Beccario and it will suck you into a world full of weather-induced curves and swirls viewable at different levels in the atmosphere.… Read more
When you first see the severed-heads wedding cake Natalie Sideserf created for her wedding, it's difficult to know whether to scream or clap. The bride and groom wedding cake shows their heads in such gory, vivid detail it looks more like a scene from a horror film than the happiest day of their lives.
The wedding cake, created by Sideserf's baking company Sideserf Cake Studio, is made from confetti cake with cream cheese icing, with an outside layer of white modeling chocolate that Sideserf used to sculpt all the incredible details including the pair's facial features, hair, beard, and blood splatter. … Read more
Nothing is cuter than a little-girl version of Princess Leia lovingly hugging Darth Vader's leg after cutting out hearts from his cape. Then again, a young Luke Skywalker giving Darth Vader a tie is pretty adorable too.
"Star Wars" fans will be able to buy these statues, available from Gentle Giant Studios, depicting precious scenes from author and artist Jeffrey Brown's best-selling kids books "Darth Vader and Son" and "Vader's Little Princess." … Read more
The consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and his friends, family, colleagues, and enemies -- as well as the legendary locale of their home at 221B Baker St. -- might end up a legitimate Lego set.
The "Sherlock" Lego set, created by a Lego enthusiast who goes by the name "Flailx," is one of six Winter Lego Review qualifiers -- along with sets for Macross VF-1 Valkyrie; Legend of Zelda: Iron Knuckle Encounter; The Adventure Time Project; the "Back to the Future" DeLorean; and Japanese Old Style Architecture -- submitted on the Lego CUUSOO site, where Lego fans share their concepts for a chance at seeing them created.
The suggested "Sherlock" minifigs include Sherlock Holmes, his best friend Dr. Watson, their landlady Mrs. Hudson, D.I. Greg Lestrade, forensic pathologist Molly Hooper, Sherlock's brother Mycroft Holmes, and villain Jim Moriarty. … Read more
Online cat videos have come to be associated with some of the cutest, silliest moments the Internet has to offer. But they can have a dark side too, as a legal sentence handed down Monday in France shows.
Farid Ghilas of Marseille was sentenced to a year in prison for animal cruelty after posting a video to his Facebook profile last week showing him hurling a kitten against a building. The video quickly went viral, sparking widespread horror and outrage and even death threats aimed at the perpetrator.
Though Ghilas is far from the first person to be arrested after publicizing incriminating details on social media, the incident had further, faster reach than most. By the time Ghilas took the video down, Facebook users had copied and pasted his profile information; posted his name, address, and phone number on the Web; and created Facebook pages calling for his arrest. The police ended up taking Ghilas into custody less than 24 hours after the video appeared online. … Read more
The maker movement is officially coming to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Today, as CNET reported first, the White House announced its first-ever official Maker Faire, bringing a celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math, not to mention the ground zero of the do-it-yourself world, to the home of the leader of the free world.
In 2012, President Obama was inspired by a visit to the White House's East Room by then 16-year-old Joey Hudy, who wowed him by firing off a marshmallow cannon. The kid, known now as Joey "Marshmallow" Hudy, then handed the president a business card … Read more
Darth Vader himself would approve of the giant AT-AT sled that raced against 50 other entries in the 8th Annual Cardboard Classic last weekend in Lansing, Mich.
Contestants enter sleds made completely from cardboard, paper, glue, tape, paint, and creativity. All sleds race down a short hill near the Gier Community Center with hopes that their unique creations hold together by the time they meet the finish line.
Doug Brewbaker, Garret Geiger, and James Groves spent more than 70 hours creating the 7-foot, 8-inch tall cardboard AT-AT -- short for All Terrain Armored Transport -- modeled on the four-legged vehicle … Read more
Something Wookiee this way comes! Fans of the best-selling book "William Shakespeare's Star Wars" by Ian Doescher now have a sequel to look forward to with "William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back."
"Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter," the Quirk Books Web site posted.
The second installment of the "Star Wars" Shakespeare parody books from Quirk Books hits shelves March 18. The third installment, "William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return," debuts on July 1. … Read more
Imagine spotting a photo of yourself at an event you never attended. Baffling, right?
That's what happened to some Facebook users recently when they saw tagged pictures pop up on their timelines showing them at functions they were sure they never went to. Next to the photo, they'd see a message: "Confusing right? You're now experiencing what it's like to have Alzheimer's disease."
The photos were part of The Alzheimer's Event, an Alzheimer's awareness campaign by Alzheimer Nederlands aimed at getting younger, social-media-savvy audiences more engaged in the fight against dementia through knowledge and financial contributions. … Read more