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Fantasy literature has consistently demonstrated the victory of good characters over bad. A study published in the Australian Medical Journal looks at whether or not bad guys in 'The Hobbit' were given a fair chance at life. Lindsey Granger explains why some 'Hobbit' fans may gain sympathy for Gollum.
Digital design company SET Solution came up with what it wants the next generation of iPhones to look like. Mara Montalbano (@maramontalbano) has the story. More of the company's videos can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/user/eXperienceITA/videos
Some of today's biggest music artists performed under one roof at Z100's Jingle Ball in New York City, and Buzz60's Kristina Behr (@KristinaBehr) hit the red carpet to chat with Austin Mahone, Pitbull, Harry Connick Jr., Jason Derulo, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, and Enrique Iglesias to find out their favorite holiday tunes, and who has been naughty or nice.
Peyton Manning is named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. It's interesting he's named sportsman for 2013, considering his big comeback year was last year, when he returned to the NFL. Although, his play this season is nothing short of masterful. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) has the rest.
2013 gave us a lot of weird 911 phone calls, many involving animals. Gillian Pensavalle (@GillianWithaG) has a recap of 3 of the craziest emergency phone calls of the year.
Warning: Major spoiler alerts ahead! Fans and celebrities were shocked by the season 3 finale of 'Homeland' in which a central character gets killed off. Many took to Twitter to express their sadness and anger. Kristina Behr (@KristinaBehr) has a look at some of the biggest reactions.
Kanye West is known for saying some of the most outrageously awesome quotes. John Basedow (@JohnBasedow) highlights some of Yeezus' best and most delusional verbal gems of 2013, including him telling Jimmy Kimmel he's a genius and saying to radio show 'Sway In The Morning' that he's the 'most important artist of our generation.'
Volunteer firefighters in New Jersey rescued a 2-year-old golden retriever named Trixie from a lake after the dog got stuck on an icy patch in the water. Trixie's family says the rescue was an early Christmas present. Mara Montalbano (@maramontalbano) has the rescue video.
Toronto-based photographer and nanny Alex Neary (http://www.wildeyed.ca/), lets the 2 year-old she cares for call the shots in a series of photos she's named 'Henry's Concepts.' Mara Montalbano (@maramontalbano) has the story and the adorable photos.
2013 was a great year for endearing animal videos. Leigh Scheps takes a look at some of the best videos from pandas to lion cubs!
Researchers say humans living to the old age of 500 may be a possibility one day, if the genetic treatments successfully used to extend worms' life could be applied to humans.The treatment worked on worms, but the next step would be to test with mice. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) has the rest.
Beyonce makes history by releasing her new album exclusively on iTunes in the middle of the night, without any publicity. As John Basedow (@JohnBasedow) reports, Queen B drops her fifth studio album, containing 14 new songs and 17 videos, with simple Facebook and Instagram posts. This unconventional move sent the Twitterverse into a tailspin, with professional media and regular tweeters all praising Bey's clever tactic.
A new Instagram feature will keep you from cluttering your friends' feeds. Lisa D'Souza has the scoop on Instagram Direct.
Celebrities shared a lot of personal stuff this year on social media. Lisa D'Souza has the five celebrity tweets that were retweeted, or shared, the most in 2013, according to Twitter.
Christopher McComas is an IT worker at Marshall University but he's hilariously thrown his hat in the ring for the vacant football coach position at the University of North Dakota with an epic PowerPoint. He highlights his ability to kill it in Sega Madden and how his mom loves his new haircut. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) has the rest.
The 'Woofmaker' brings one of the best lines from the classic movie 'Home Alone' to life. Gillian Pensavalle (@GillianWithaG) has some prime examples.
NASA scientists are preparing the robot Valkyrie to compete in the DARPA robotics challenge and hope to one day see the robot go to Mars. Mara Montalbano (@maramontalbano) has the story.
Coming out of left field, the DiGiorno Pizza account (@DiGiornoPizza) is hilarious; from live-tweeting 'The Sound of Music Live!' to trash talking on big football game days. The account is handling sensitive issues like accusations of animal abuse, with real humans rather than robots. Gillian Pensavalle (@GillianWithaG) has the story.
You don't have to be a big spender to find the perfect gift. Sometimes the best presents come in small packages, and why not do it yourself! From gift baskets for a health nut, to the sports junkie, the possibilities are endless. Krystin Goodwin shows how to get crafty and creative to make custom holiday gift baskets for everyone on your gift list.
She may be a Grammy award winning artist, but she's teaching us how to reapply our makeup with a smartphone! Taylor Swift turned her cell phone into a mirror as she snapped a series of selfies, sharing her makeup application technique with fans on Instagram. The star is in the middle of her Red concert tour in Australia and seems to be enjoying her time down under, taking to social media to post pics traveling with her crew. Krystin Goodwin has the details.