The opening sequence to HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones" is one of the most mesmerizing on television, and its music can be heard here coming from a bell tower at the University of Wisconson-Madison.
The UW-Madison Carillon was originally dedicated in 1936 and has 56 bells ranging in size from 15 to 6,823 pounds. Lyle Anderson has been UW-Madison's official carillonneur for almost 30 years, and this video shows him playing the fantasy's opening theme.
The U.S. Army and the American Forces Network in Afghanistan have teamed up to produce a pop-culture friendly series of public service announcements promoting soldier and civilian safety starring Batman himself.
Bagram's hilarious(ly intimidating) version of the Dark Knight, doing his best Christian Bale, is the star of the Army's new safety campaign, leaping in to save the day and issuing stern warnings for violators of safety protocols.
Also, apparently, American soldiers listen to Taylor Swift when they go for a jog.
"Don't forget your weapon! Swear to me!"
April's full moon is coming Thursday and it's going to be a pink.
As it happens, it's only pink in name -- each month's full moon has a variety of names -- but Thursday's moon is a little special.
There will be a bit of a lunar eclipse, visible in Europe, Africa and Asia. The Earth's shadow -- called the penumbra -- is due to cross over the moon at 3:30 p.m. EDT and the starker umbra will make contact at 3:54.
The last vestiges of the partial eclipse will fade away by 6:11 -- well before sunset in the eastern U.S.
As voice-to-text has become more popular, smartphone users rely on it more than ever -- including to send text messages while driving. Many users see it as safer than texting, since there's no need to look at their phone screens.
Those drivers are wrong, according to a study from the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University.
The study compared drivers using voice-to-text to those using touchscreen typing.
"In each case, drivers took about twice as long to react as they did when they weren't texting," study author Christine Yager said. "Eye contact to the roadway decreased no matter which texting method was used."
The research studied 43 drivers on a closed course. They drove the course three times: once without texting, once with dictation from either Siri for iPhone or Vlingo for Android, and once texting manually on a touchscreen.
Drivers using voice-to-text actually took longer to send messages, as they had to correct mistakes made by the voice-to-text software before sending the message.
Fifteen years after Michael Bay's "Armageddon" became a box office blockbuster the director has decided to apologize for not coming up with a better film.
During an interview with The Miami Herald about his upcoming film "Pain & Gain," Bay said he wishes he could re-shoot important parts of "Armageddon" adding that dire circumstances like time constraints and a mental breakdown from a team member kept the movie from being as good as it could have been.
Despite, the director's mea culpa about the movie's creative flaws, "Armageddon" did incredibly well at the box office grossing $553,709,788 worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.
The West Virginia eighth-grader suspended and arrested last week after his refusal to remove a T-shirt in support of the National Rifle Association returned to school on Monday, the Daily Caller reported.
When he did return to school, he was wearing the same shirt.
Other students across the West Virginia county wore similar shirts to school in support of 14-year-old Jared Marcum on Monday.
“There’s a lot of people wearing this same exact shirt, showing great, great support and I really appreciate it,” Marcum said, according to local NBC affiliate WBOY.
Ben White, Marcum's attorney, said school officials haven't backed down on the suspension because they say he caused a disruption. "Their version is that the suspension was for disrupting the educational process, not the shirt," White told Fox News.
White asserts that Marcum was exercising his right to free speech, and that he had worn the shirt for several hours without incident.
A teacher confronted him at lunchtime. When Marcum said he would not take the shirt off or turn it inside out, the teacher began to yell.
"I believe the teacher was acting beyond the scope of his employment," White told ABC.
The school's dress code, which is posted online, forbids certain kinds of clothing -- for example, messages that support violence, discrimination and alcohol use.
Douglas Parr, 13, attends mainstream classes at Comberton Village College in England, where he was shown the famous scene from the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Psycho" in which Norman Bates, played by Anthony Perkins, repeatedly stabs Janet Leigh through a shower curtain.
Parr was very distressed by the scene, and his teaching assistant removed him from the class when he became ill. His mother Kate Bourne said Douglas was unable to eat and was terrified of going to bed on Monday night.
Bourne said no consent was requested from parents for the 15-certificate film to be shown. The film designation in the U.K. means the film is for ages 15 and up.
Bourne emailed the school saying she couldn't understand why a film rated for those 15 and older was shown to her 13-year-old son. "This is the most violent and vicious scene in the entire film and is not a suitable scene to be shown to children in school."
In an email to Bourne, the teacher said the clip had been used to illustrate how music was integral to the mood of a film, but that the film would not be used again.
Bourne told BBC News that she was "happy to accept the teacher's apology and delighted that he said he would change his teaching plan and not use the film again," but added that "you should use your loaf" and get consent before showing more mature films to children.
Canadian Muslims are speaking out in the wake of the foiled terror plot against a Canadian passenger train Monday that may or may not have involved an al-Qaida ring in Iran.
Without a tip from the Muslim community, said activist and lawyer Hussein Hamdani, "we wouldn't be having this ... arrest right now."
“All Canadians need to understand that the Muslim community in Canada are partners in making Canada safe and secure," Hamdani told CTV News.
Hamdani said cooperation like Monday's between Muslims and government agencies is quite common.
Before a press conference announcing the arrest of two foreign nationals on terror charges, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police called 22 leaders from the Muslim community to brief them on the situation and thank them for their assistance in preventing the attack.
Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal, and Raed Jaser, 35, of Toronto, were the two alleged terrorists arrested.
Muhammad Robert Heft, who runs an organization providing outreach to Muslim converts, said the meeting was intended to show the Muslim community the RCMP is appreciative of the cooperation and not specifically targeting Muslims.
"It says enough for guys like me to go back to people and say, no, no that's not how it is," Heft said.
Ralph Lauren Corp. has agreed to pay $1.6 million as part of a non-prosecution agreement with the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission after finding that its Argentina subsidiary repeatedly bribed customs officials, CNN Money reported Monday.
The clothing brand will have to pay $882,000 for a non-prosecution agreement with the Justice Department and $735,000 in illicit profits and interest to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
According to the Justice Department, Ralph Lauren's Argentina branch bribed customs officials from 2004 to 2009 "to improperly obtain paperwork necessary for goods to clear customs; permit clearance of items without the necessary paperwork and/or the clearance of prohibited items; and on occasion, to avoid inspection entirely."
The Argentinian branch allegedly created fake invoices for roughly $580,000 to hide their unlawful conduct.
Ralph Lauren Corp. officials claimed they were unaware of the situation and said the briefs were "wholly inconsistent with the culture of compliance and integrity that we have worked diligently to establish." The company agreed to provide their full cooperation in helping federal authorities get to the bottom of this issue.
The SEC and the Justice Department applauded the store's handling of their wrongdoing.
"The [non-prosecution agreement] in this matter makes clear that we will confer substantial and tangible benefits on companies that respond appropriately to violations and cooperate fully with the SEC," George Canellos, director of the SEC, said in a statement.
About 44 percent of people in the U.S. think that American teenagers rank near the bottom on international science tests, a new Pew Research Center poll found, when, in fact, U.S. students rank in the middle among developed countries. Perhaps more surprising is that 7 percent believed U.S. teenagers ranked among the top students internationally.
The survey asked 1,006 adults an open-ended question about which subject they thought should get more focus in elementary and secondary schools and about 30 percent of respondents answered math and arithmetic while about 19 percent said English, grammar, writing and reading.
Science was chosen by just 11 percent of participants. Among those who picked science, there was a partisan divide. An estimated 17 percent of Democrats wanted more science education, while only 7 percent of Republicans said the same.
Nearly half of Americans, 46 percent, say the main reason that young people do not pursue degrees in math and science is mostly because they think these subjects are too hard. Women are more likely than men, 54 to 37 percent, to say that subject difficulty was the main reason.
Among adults, basic science knowledge varied widely by education and demographics. Americans over 65 were less likely to know nanotechnology dealt with "small things" and young people were less likely to know that natural gas is the resource extracted by "fracking."
Surprisingly, even most college graduates could not identify the gas that makes up most of the earth’s atmosphere. Just 31 percent correctly answered nitrogen, and another 31 percent incorrectly answered oxygen. Among those with a high school education or less, oxygen is the most frequent response.
The survey was conducted with Smithsonian magazine for an edition focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.