Breakfast Wrap: Thursday Night's Top Stories

The Best Free Android Apps In Amazon’s New Two-Day Giveaway Lots of good picks, including Instapaper and White Noise.

Shazam For Mac Brings Automatic Song And TV Show ID To Desktops Maybe now is the time to try out that TV Show ID feature.

This 1D Graphene Switches From Conductor To Insulator When It Stretches You’ve met graphene. Meet its cousin, carbyne.

This Clever Transforming House Has Three Rotating Rooms Privacy when you want it. A view when you want it.

A Redesigned Zoo Where Humans Stay Hidden Could Be Better For Animals So like what Jurassic Park was supposed to be?


The New Senate USA FREEDOM Act: A Step Towards Surveillance Reform?

Yesterday, Senator Patrick Leahy introduced a revised version of his USA FREEDOM legislation, the USA FREEDOM Act of 2014, which focuses on telephone record collection and FISA Court reform. While this bill is not a comprehensive solution to overbroad and unconstitutional surveillance, it is a strong first step. EFF urges Congress to support passage of the bill without any amendments that will weaken it


The Coolest, Nerdiest Lotto Result Ever Just Happened: 9 10 11 12 13 37

I thought this was some kind of joke, but it’s actually the results for the German Lotto — called Lotto 6 as 49 — for today’s draw: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 37 (notice the extra nerd bonus: 1337!) What are the chances of this happening? 1 in 15,537,573.


Mysterious Sinkholes Are Forming Near The Site Of This Rising Supertall Skyscraper

When it’s finished in 2016, the Lotte World Tower will reach more than 550m. But unfortunately crews are encountering some problems as they near the top: Small sinkholes are forming in the neighbourhood, and a nearby lake is mysteriously emptying into… hopefully not the base of the world’s sixth tallest building.


Monster Machines: China's Building The World's Biggest Sea Plane

Just because the Spruce Goose never took off doesn’t mean that aquatic planes in general are wholly useless; these aquatic turbo-props are still used for a variety of humanitarian efforts throughout the world. Now, China has announced that it’s currently developing the world’s biggest functional sea plane. But will it ever get off the ground?


Hacks Stole Data From Companies That Built Israel's Main Defence System

Israel currently tries to protect itself from a barrage of rocket attacks using its “Iron Dome” missile shield — but Krebs on Security reveals that hackers have stolen sensitive documents from the three Israeli defence contractors responsible for building it.



Breakfast Wrap: Monday Night's Top Stories

The New Hobbit Movie Teaser Trailer Looks Freaking Amazing The first trailer for the last Hobbit film.

Two New Mysterious Giant Holes Found In Siberia, Scientists Puzzled It’s not the work of humans, but it doesn’t look natural either.

A New Pure Lithium Battery Could Double Your Phone’s Life Awesome. Because mine can’t get through a working day without dying.

These Light Paintings Show How Wi-Fi Swirls And Shifts Around You So shoving your arm out in all directions in hopes of a better signal works!

Australian Hackers Build An ATM That Plays Doom Hey, cool, you have an ATM. Wait a minute.


Two New Mysterious Giant Holes Found In Siberia, Scientists Puzzled

Scientists have found two new mysterious giant holes in Siberia, like the one that appeared in Siberia two weeks ago. The new craters are smaller than the first, but they share a similar structure. Scientists are still puzzled by the origin of these formations.


This Syrian Refugee Camp Has Transformed Into A City Of 85,000

This is an aerial view of the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Since the camp opened in July 2012 hundreds of refugees have arrived daily and the population reached 144,000 in 2013. According to the New York Times, the number decreased to 85,000 in 2014, but the camp has become an informal city.