Local News Finds Creative Way Around March Madness Copyright Rules

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March Madness isn’t worth a recap if you can’t actually watch the tournament’s biggest highlights. But a clever local news station found a slam-dunk way to get around footage copyright laws.

WCJB TV20 in Gainesville, Fla., couldn’t legally show highlights of the University of Florida Gators’ win over the University of Dayton on March 29. Instead of waiting for footage rights to recap the game, sports anchor Zach Aldridge recruited his coworkers to recreate the game’s biggest moments in an office conference room.

Armed with a small ball and miniature basketball net, the WCJB TV20 news team recreated play after play. Aldridge even did a dramatic reenactment of Gators center Patric Young crying with joy at the end of the game Read more…

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52 Disney Animated Movie Locations Mapped Around the World

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Looks like it really is a small world, after all.

Artist Eowyn Smith has compiled several of the magical kingdoms from Disney and Pixar flicks and mapped out their locations around the world.

Smith wrote on her DeviantART page that the map features 46 Disney and 16 Pixar movies. If a film was too vague about their location, Smith relied on the original story or myth on which the movies were based.

Take a look and see what stops you’d make on a Disney-themed trip around the world.


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BONUS: 10 Eerie Similarities Between Disney Movies and the Opening Ceremony

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Alien Planet May Lurk Around Nearby Failed Stars

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Astronomers have spotted signs of a possible exoplanet in a nearby system of twin failed stars. If confirmed, the alien world would be one of the closest to our sun ever found.

Scientists only discovered the pair of failed stars, known as brown dwarfs, last year. At just 6.6 light-years from Earth, the pair is the third closest system to our sun. It’s actually so close that “television transmissions from 2006 are now arriving there,” Kevin Luhman, of Penn State’s Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds, noted when their discovery was first announced in June.

The brown dwarf system, which has been dubbed Luhman 16AB and is officially classifed as WISE J104915.57-531906, is slightly more distant than Barnard’s star, a red dwarf six light-years away that was first seen in 1916. Even closer to our sun is Alpha Centauri, whose two main stars form a binary pair about 4.4 light-years away. The alien planet Alpha Centauri Bb is known to orbit one of the stars in the Alpha Centauri system, and currently holds the title of closest exoplanet to our solar system Read more…

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