Ah, Tuesday morning. You've made it through the first day of the work week, you've had your (first) cup of coffee, and you're settling in at your desk. You're feeling good, you've got energy — you want to do something big.
No, we're not talking about proposing a new project at work or asking your boss for a raise. No, apparently Tuesday morning is prime sexting time, according to a recent poll by Retina-X Studios, a computer-tracking software company.
You read that right. The survey, which consulted 4,800 people, found 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday mornings to be the most popular time for sending scandalous messages. Apparently a too-cold office with the possibility of your boss reading over your shoulder is a more titillating environment than the dark sky as Saturday night turns into Sunday morning. Who'd have thought? Kimberly Alters
Today's college students prefer lighting up a joint to sparking up a cigarette, a new study released Tuesday revealed. The number of U.S. university students using pot a on near-daily basis has reached a 35-year high, supplanting cigarettes as the most popular smokeable substance.
Nearly six percent of college students smoke pot "either every day or at least 20 times in the previous 30 days," A 2014 University of Michigan survey of full-time college students found.
But, parents, your kids still aren't as big potheads as you were back in the day. While the latest pot-smoking stats are dramatically up from just four years ago in 2007, when just 3.5 percent of students reported using pot on a near-daily basis, kids today still haven't reached the 7.2 percent high of 1980.
Meanwhile, cigarette smoking's popularity has seen a drop that's more dramatic than marijuana's rise. While 19 percent of college students identified as "heavy cigarette smokers" back in 1999, only 5 percent of students do now. Becca Stanek
Google's self-driving cars are really, really good at following traffic safety rules. But they still get into crashes — because human drivers are so bad at following the rules.
Since 2009, Google's driverless cars have been in 16 car crashes, with every single case being the fault of a human driver. The company was responsible for a crash only once — when a human employee, and not the computer, was controlling the self-driving car. Indeed, when Google's driverless cars follow the rules to the T, they actually get into trouble:
One Google car, in a test in 2009, couldn't get through a four-way stop because its sensors kept waiting for other (human) drivers to stop completely and let it go. The human drivers kept inching forward, looking for the advantage — paralyzing Google's robot. [The New York Times]
"The real problem is that the car is too safe," one expert explained. "They have to learn to be aggressive in the right amount, and the right amount depends on the culture."
[Google's car] leaves what is considered the safe distance between itself and the car ahead. This also happens to be enough space for a car in an adjoining lane to squeeze into, and, [Nationwide Insurance safety expert Bill] Windsor said, they often tried. [The New York Times]
Dmitri Dolgov, the head of Google's Self-Driving Car Project, was blunt about the solution: For driverless cars to work the way they're supposed to, human drivers simply need to be "less idiotic." Jeva Lange
Change is hard and Google, which has used the same recognizable four-color wordmark since 1999, is shaking things up with the introduction of a spiffy new sans-serif logo. Comfort yourself with this, at least: The new logo isn't here just to shake things up — it's actually got a real, functional purpose.
Losing the little "tails," or serifs, on the letters makes the font more legible when it's written in tiny sizes. Fast Company points out that if you're reading off of a 2.5-inch Android Wear watch, or a cell phone, the new font will now be just as readable as if it were projected on a 50-inch TV. The new logo is also animated, morphing into small dots that playfully circle each other on screen — which matches the playful look of the new wordmark, too.
And of course there's the fact that it's consistent. Now that Google belongs to the parent company Alphabet, which itself uses a sleek, modern, sans-serif look, the new logo keeps it all in the same (font) family. Jeva Lange
It's finally September, which means the real NFL action is just over a week away. But if the Sept. 10 season opener still seems out of reach, here's a treat to fill the football-shaped void: Marshawn Lynch appeared on a TV shopping network to hawk — what else? — Skittles.
Yes, the man behind "Beast Mode" took to the small screen Tuesday morning to espouse the myriad merits of his much-beloved candy. When EVINE Live hostess Allison Waggoner asked Lynch about the nature of his relationship with Skittles, the star running back was not shy:
Lynch's Seattle Seahawks open the season against the St. Louis Rams in Missouri on Sunday, Sept. 13. Don't forget to buy Skittles for your watch party. Kimberly Alters
Cell phone footage from Bexar County, Texas, appears to show two sheriff's deputies shooting and killing a man as he stands, still and shirtless, with his hands raised in the air.
The incident occurred after officers responded to a domestic violence report, arriving on the scene to find an injured woman and baby. They said that the suspect, Gilbert Flores, was brandishing a knife. While the police report said that Flores was resisting arrest and endangering the officers' lives, the video appears to contradict their story. "He put his hands in the air, and they just shot him twice," said Michael Thomas, who filmed the shooting.
The two officers involved have been placed on administrative leave pending investigation of the circumstances surrounding Flores' death. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office has criticized the local news affiliate that released the shooting footage, saying on Facebook that the decision to share the video was "unethical and sad" and "sensational." Bonnie Kristian
Republican braggadocio Donald Trump has made his campaign all immigration policy, all the time — until now. Following Sunday's news that President Obama officially directed the federal government to refer to the tallest peak in North America as Mt. Denali instead of Mt. McKinley, Trump pledged via Twitter to change the name back once he gets to the White House:
President Obama wants to change the name of Mt. McKinley to Denali after more than 100 years. Great insult to Ohio. I will change back!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2015
Ohio, where President McKinley was born, also happens to be a key swing state in the presidential election.
Many native Alaskans — who have far fewer votes in the Electoral College — have used the name Denali for generations, and the state government has been attempting to get Washington to recognize the traditional name since the 1970s. Bonnie Kristian
The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened to yet another bad day, falling 400 points, or 2.4 percent, shortly after Tuesday's opening bell. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index dropped 48 points, or 2.5 percent, and futures for the Nasdaq 100 index lost 108 points, or 2.6 percent.
The plunge in U.S. stocks followed the release of weak economic data from China that deepened fears over the health of the world's second largest economy. Markets around the world had rebounded somewhat over the last several trading days, only to take a dive on Tuesday. A senior managing partner at Meridian Equity commented to The Wall Street Journal, "Clearly this is showing us we're not out of the woods by any means." Becca Stanek