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Scientists create ‘thought-controlled’ flying robots

Scientists at the University of Minnesota have developed a new type of interface that allows humans to control airborne robots with the electricity generated by thoughts, according to research published Tuesday in the Journal of Neural Engineering. The invention uses a special electroencephalography (EEG) cap to measure the brain’s electrical…

Colbert pays tribute to ‘Valley of the Dolls’ Rep. Bachmann

Stephen Colbert began his show Tuesday with a highlight montage in honor of “conservative giant” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who announced on May 29 that she will not seek re-election. “There you have it. No fifth term. A political career over in the blink of an eye,” Colbert said after…

Jon Stewart compares China to Bank of America: They hurt us and we help them

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart was surprised to learn Tuesday night that China — not the United States — was the winner of the Iraq war. “Don’t you have to be in a war to win it?” he wondered. “China, you’ve already beaten us in synchronized drumming, bear cuteness,…

Rachel Maddow reflects on Republicans’ infatuation with nonsense

On her show Tuesday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow opined that the Republican Party was hopelessly in love with convenient nonsense. Conservatives have long searched for a “smoking gun” that would take down President Barack Obama, she said. Their latest “smoking gun” was the claim the IRS commissioner visited the…

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Military rape about sexual predators, not hormones or hook-up culture

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Tuesday chided a Republican senator for suggesting rape in the military was the result of “hormone levels created by nature.” Speaking with MSNBC host Chris Hayes, Gillibrand said there appeared “to be a disconnect between what this crime is and how it’s perceived” by some…

Arr! Michigan to formally recognize ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’

The Michigan Senate on Tuesday adopted a resolution to officially recognize September 19, 2013, as International Talk Like a Pirate Day. “Thank you, matey,” state Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw) said on the Senate floor. “Today we have passed speak like a pirate day.” The resolution noted that International Talk Like…

Rep. McDermott wonders why tea party groups applied for taxpayer-funded subsidies

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) on Tuesday questioned why tea party groups were seeking to be subsidized by the government. At a House hearing on IRS misconduct, McDermott acknowledged the federal tax agency had inappropriately used political criteria to locate nonprofit applications that needed extra review. “But as I listen to…

Christian TV ‘prophet’: Native Americans need to ‘repent for their ancestors’ animism’

Self-proclaimed television prophet Cindy Jacobs recently warned people with Native American heritage that they should “repent for their ancestors’ animism” because they are particularly vulnerable to evil spirits. In an episode of her web series 10 Minute Prayer School last week, Jacobs said that the Leviathan spirit described in Job…

Colorado ‘birther’ radio host loses job after assaulting producer

A controversial Colorado “birther” radio host has lost his job after an in-studio brawl with a longtime associate and producer. According to Denver’s Channel 9 News, Peter Boyles was fired by KHOW in the wake of a “heated physical exchange” with producer Greg Hollenback. What sparked the fight is unknown,…

Colorado moose falls in love with moose statue, attempts gay moose sex

A Colorado moose bull isn’t hiding his feelings for a newly-installed male moose statue in the town of Grand Lake. Within a week of the statue going up, residents started noticing that the moose was spending more time in the town. “He’s not too shy,” Bob Balink explained to KUSA.…

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