Collin Burns can probably solve a Rubik’s Cube faster than you can even spell “Rubik’s Cube.” The teenager proved it Saturday at a Rubik’s Cube competition (yes, apparently those exist) at a high school in Pennsylvania. Burns solved the 3x3 Cube in 5.25 seconds, beating the previous world record, which was 5.55 seconds. The whole thing (and subsequent celebration), was caught on camera, and the new time will soon be added to the World Cube Association’s world record database....
An investigation by NBC News has reportedly found 11 incidents in which Brian Williams embellish stories related to his news reports. The internal investigation was sparked by an apology Williams issued earlier this year, after it came to light that the anchor exaggerated a story about having his helicopter hit by a rocket while embedded during the Iraq war. Soldiers present disputed his claim, saying that a different helicopter nearby was shot, not the one Williams was on. According to a report in The Washington Post, the investigation team found numerous other inconsistencies, though it is not known when they will make their findings officially public. The Post spoke to “a person familiar with details of the probe.” Williams' suspension from the NBC Nightly News comes to an end in August, but it is still unclear if he will return to the anchor desk, though some insiders think it is unlikely ... Discuss
A large earthquake and a series of aftershocks has killed at least 3,600 people in Nepal, injuring at least 6,300 more. Tens of thousands are now without homes or shelter as the government of the small, impoverished country begs the international community to help its residents. This weekend’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake was the largest to hit the country in nearly eight decades. The earthquake struck near the country’s largest city Kathmandu, destroying large factories, ancient temples and countless homes.
The government's chief secretary and rescue coordinator told reporters, "We are appealing for tents, dry goods, blankets, mattresses, and 80 different medicines ... that we desperately need now. We don't have the helicopters that we need or the expertise to rescue the people trapped." Organizations including CARE, WorldVision, The Red Cross and many others are currently orchestrating aid efforts and are seeking further donations to help the people effected by this massive disaster ... Discuss