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Science of light diffusion brings Gollum and other digital characters to life

Watch Visual Effects artist Joe Letteri explain how the science of light diffusion made digital characters more realistic. It was near midnight in the winter of 1998 when computer graphics researcher Henrik Jensen made a discovery about light. While playing with a laser pointer, he…  …

Oklahoma lawmaker: ‘I apologize to the Jews’ for ‘Jew me down’ slur

An Oklahoma lawmaker who was advocating that the state drop a 70-year-old law protecting small businesses from large retails stores apologized on Wednesday after he used the slur “Jew me down” during a debate on the state House floor. Republican state Rep. Dennis Johnson on Wednesday insisted to his colleagues…

Schumer laughs out loud on Senate floor at Cruz’ gun registry conspiracy theory

During a Wednesday debate on the Senate floor, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) could be heard laughing out loud after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) claimed that expanded gun background checks was part of a “push for a federal registry.” After Cruz said that he objected to a bipartisan plan to…

Texas fertilizer blast leaves 5-15 dead outside of Waco

Between five and 15 people died Wednesday night after a fertilizer depot outside of Waco caught fire and exploded, damaging dozens of nearby homes and an apartment complex before first responders could carry out an evacuation. Initial casualty reports coming out early in the morning suggested a toll far worse,…

CNN bungles report of ‘dark-skinned male’ arrested in Boston bombing case

CNN on Wednesday backtracked after badly botching a report that a “dark-skinned male” had been arrested in connection with the Monday bombings of the Boston Marathon. At around 1 p.m. ET, CNN’s John King came on the air to say that “law enforcement sources” had told him that a suspect…

Arizona bill forces cities to resell guns turned in at buyback events

A bill passed by Arizona Republicans on Tuesday would force cities and counties to resell — instead of destroy — the firearms turned in to gun buyback programs, potentially allowing the weapons to end up back on the street. In an 18-12 vote along party lines, the state Senate passed…

Gohmert: Radical Muslims ‘being trained to come in and act like Hispanics’

Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert (R) on Wednesday connected the Monday bombings in Boston to the immigration debate and warned that “radical Islamists” were “being trained to come in and act like Hispanics.” During an interview on C-SPAN, host Greta Wodele Brawner asked the Texas Republican about a bipartisan “Gang of…

Texas teacher claims she couldn’t have fondled black student because she’s racist

A teacher in Texas has invoked her own racism in a defense against charges that she fondled an African-American student in her first grade class at Northwest Preparatory Academy Charter School in Humble. According to a criminal complaint obtained by the Houston Chronicle, the 7-year-old girl said that 61-year-old Esther…

Iowa Secretary of State on voter ID: Voting is like drinking alcohol

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz called for the state to implement a voter ID law at a Faith and Freedom Coalition event on Monday by comparing the act of voting to drinking alcohol. “We have to make sure that we have fair and honest elections,” he said. “If you…

Judge scolds Florida inmate for his ‘grabbing the penis routine’

A Florida inmate was rebuked by a Osceola County during a court hearing on Monday for his “grabbing the penis routine.” In a video obtained by Florida’s News 13, Jorge Garcia is seen grabbing his crotch as he stands and approaches a microphone at a bond hearing. “Oh, stop with…

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