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March 31, 2014

Last summer's Asiana Airlines crash was partly caused by inadequate warning systems and slow air speed, said the National Transportation Safety Board in a new report.

The Boeing 777, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport, was doomed by warning systems that failed to alert the pilots that the plane had stopped maintaining the set air speed needed to safely land. A notification telling them that the jet was flying too slowly and too low appeared too late to help pilots avoid the disaster that killed three passengers.

Even though the 777 jetliner has one of the safest records in history, Asiana Airlines said Boeing should add more cockpit warnings to alert pilots when they're flying too slowly. In a previous report, the NTSB blamed the crew for being confused about how to fly the plane. Jordan Valinsky

not-so elementary
10:55 a.m. ET

As Notorious B.I.G once said, with more money comes more problems.

This holds very true for those wealthy enough to possess cellars full of fine wines. As it turns out, there's a chance that that '82 Petrus you dropped thousands on is actually a fake.

"Wine fraud is not new," Maureen Downey tells Bloomberg Business. As a wine fraud investigator, Downey spots counterfeit wines for a living — a job she has so meticulously honed that she earned the nickname "The Sherlock Holmes of Wine." Downey's craft is extremely particular, requiring her to examine wine labels with magnifying glasses and blue lights in order to determine if a bottle is a counterfeit.

"You have to have looked at tens of millions of dollars of real wine to be able to spot a fake," she says. "It can be really brutal to tell a client that they've got fake wine, so I kind of have to treat it like taking a Band-Aid off." Watch Downey explain her craft in the video below. —Samantha Rollins

2016 Watch
10:48 a.m. ET
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The 2016 presidential elections are still many months away, but Hillary Clinton appears to have locked in the vote of one demographic: rappers.

In a recent interview with MTV News, Waka Flocka Flame endorsed Clinton's presidential bid, suggesting he would help with her campaign if she endorsed his music. (Flame had previously attempted to launch his own presidential bid, but he is only 28 years old.)

Rappers Ja Rule and Snoop Dogg have also endorsed Clinton in various interviews. "I'll say that I would love to see a woman in office, because I feel like we're at that stage in life to where we need a perspective other than the male's train of thought," Snoop Dogg said in a Bravo TV interview.

And on Thursday, rapper 50 Cent added his name to the list of Clinton endorsers in an interview with The Daily Beast. CNN notes that rapper A$AP Rocky also recently said Clinton is one of "the best." Meghan DeMaria

Congress!
10:23 a.m. ET
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Since announcing his retirement earlier this year, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has apparently decided to let his uncensored self take a ride all over Washington, D.C., recently calling Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, his longtime bete noire, a "lump of coal" and dismissing the entire 2016 Republican presidential field as a bunch of "losers."

So perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that he came up with a rather interesting response when asked if he would pursue a lobbying career after his time in the Senate. "I would rather be taken to Singapore and caned," he told Politico.

We'll take that as a no. Ryu Spaeth

The best part of waking up
10:19 a.m. ET
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Good news, dudes: You may be able to stave off impotence with an extra cup of Joe, according to a new study. Men who consume more caffeine — the sweet spot seemed to be two to three cups of coffee a day — had a lower risk of erectile dysfunction compared to men who consume little to no caffeine per day.

If you're not a big coffee drinker, the caffeine used in the study included tea, soda and sports drinks as well. Researchers believe caffeine relaxes certain arteries and muscles in the penis, which improves blood flow and the ability to have an erection.

Of course, more research is needed, and men with diabetes are the exception. But otherwise, drink up, buddies! Lauren Hansen

I'm walking here
10:11 a.m. ET

OldNYC.org is an amazing look into the New York of days past. They've taken the historical photos from the New York Public Library database and mapped them out based on where they were taken.

Here's a sample. This is from a parade celebrating the National Recovery Administration going by that selfsame library in September 1933:

And that's just one among thousands. Check it out. Ryan Cooper

Science!
10:04 a.m. ET
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Computers, particularly the massive servers that undergird the internet, give off a ton of heat, so much that internet companies spend a good chunk of money on keeping them cool. But why let that heat go to waste?

That's the inspiration behind a heating system created by Dutch company Nerdalize, which wants to exploit the "nerd power" of computers for energy purposes, according to the BBC. Instead of keeping servers in a massive warehouse, they're spread out via fiber-optic cable to people's homes, where the computers are encased in iPod-like radiator casings. And voila: free heat (after a few set-up costs).

Nerdalize's pilot program will last a year, and it has some corporate clients, as well.

Read the whole story at the BBC. Ryu Spaeth

Coming Soon
9:32 a.m. ET

The internet tends to go wild over anything Bill Murray does, so the announcement of a Netflix-only Bill Murray Christmas special is a pretty big deal. The star-studded cast list released by Netflix — which includes George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, and Miley Cyrus, among others — offers even more reasons to get excited.

But despite all that promise, the brief teaser for A Very Murray Christmas sees the star looking pretty glum:

Cheer up, Bill! 'Tis the season (roughly seven months from now). Scott Meslow

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