TIME technology

This App Can Scan and Solve Math Equations Instantly

Doing math homework just got way easier

A viral video about a new app looks like a dream come true for anyone who struggles with math.

Based on the promo clip, PhotoMath, dubbed a “smart camera calculator,” appears to use smartphone cameras to scan a photo of a math equation in a textbook and display the answer instantly — similar to apps that scan barcodes and takes users to a link in a web browser. It looks like the app can also show step-by-step instructions for solving the problem.

PhotoMath’s parent company MicroBLINK launched the app this week at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London, TechCrunch reports. It is available in the App Store on iTunes.

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TIME celebrity

Watch the Nun Who Won Italy’s The Voice Perform ‘Like a Virgin’ in New Music Video

Her debut album is out Nov. 11

The nun who won Italy’s version of The Voice is out with a music video for her single “Like a Virgin.” Her debut album Sister Cristina, out Nov. 11, will feature covers of Coldplay’s “Fix You” and Alicia Keys’s “No One” — the song she performed during her audition that went viral, racking up nearly 62 million views on YouTube.

For comparison, here is Madonna’s music video for “Like a Virgin”:

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TIME celebrity

Watch Kelly Clarkson Cover Sam Smith’s Hit ‘Stay With Me’

Clarkson recently sang at Symphony Park in Charlotte, North Carolina

A clip of Kelly Clarkson singing Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” is rightfully going viral.

Clarkson performed the hit song at a recent show in Charlotte, North Carolina, telling the audience, “I love this song.”

Other artists who have covered “Stay With Me” recently include Jessie J, Ed Sheeren and Meghan Trainor.

The pop star, who got her big break on American Idol, is expected to release a new album in early 2015. Given that this rendition of “Stay With Me” has been trending on Facebook, perhaps it would make a popular track on the upcoming record. As E! points out, she has already hinted at a possible “special guest.”

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TIME Family & Relationships

Watch a Soldier Coming Back From Afghanistan Surprise His Daughter at a Pumpkin Patch

An emotional homecoming captured on video

North Carolina mom Meg Kaplan filmed the moment when her husband surprised his daughter at a pumpkin patch. He was deployed to Afghanistan for 10 months, and the family is stationed at Fort Bragg, The TODAY Show reports. In the video, he sneaks up behind her as she’s posing for the camera and exclaims “Pumpkin Day!” Then she turns around and starts to sob. We dare you to watch this clip and not get at least a little choked up as well.

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TIME celebrity

Comedian Hannibal Buress Calls Bill Cosby a ‘Rapist’

The explicit remarks are going viral now

New York-based comedian Hannibal Buress referred to Bill Cosby as a “rapist” during a stand-up set at the Trocadero in Philadelphia last Thursday.

In his act, Buress suggested that The Cosby Show creator, widely recognized for his portrayal of one of America’s favorite dads, Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, was hypocritical to give out advice, given a string of sexual abuse allegations against the entertainer. Buress encouraged the audience to “Google ‘Bill Cosby, rape,’” and joked that it would produce “more results than Hannibal Buress.”

The remarks were reported by PhillyMag.com and became viral Monday after BuzzFeed and Gawker aggregated them.

You can watch the Cosby-related part of the performance here:

Buress concluded the joke with a self-deprecating quip: “I don’t know what I’m doing by telling you this. I wanted to at least make it weird to watch Cosby Show reruns.”

It is not the first time that Cosby, whose pioneering career in standup influenced comedy legend Richard Pryor, among others, has been called out by another comic onstage. Eddie Murphy famously impersonated Cosby in his 1987 HBO special Raw, saying that the elder comedian “chastised” him for material that was “too dirty.”

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TIME viral

Watch Ohio State’s Marching Band Perform an Amazing Classic Rock Tribute

Rock on

Ohio State University performed a classic rock-themed halftime show during the Oct. 18 game against Rutgers.

The medley features KISS’s “Rock and Roll All Nite,” The Who’s “Pinball Wizard,” and Edgar Winter Group’s “Frankenstein.” And at the end of the 9-minute homage, the band members stand in the shape of a figure smashing a guitar.

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TIME animals

Watch a Squirrel Rudely Wake Up a Sleeping Panda

Your cute panda fix for the day

We all know squirrels can be a nuisance. They terrorize college campuses and attack people taking selfies — although, you could certainly argue some excessive selfie-takers are asking for it.

Now their new target is pandas. The Toronto Zoo has uploaded a video showing the moment a squirrel jumped on top of the panda, Er Shun, while she was napping.

“She wasn’t that startled, as it didn’t take long for her to go back to sleep,” the zoo wrote in a description of the video on YouTube.

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TIME viral

This Dramatic Reading of Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ Is Weirdly Soothing

Try it at an open mic sometime

If you thought Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” sounded dirty, just wait ’till you hear a YouTube user read the lyrics slowly as if he was doing a poetry reading. This dramatic reading by Ian Martin from Colorado has racked up nearly 1 million views.

For more hilarious dramatic readings of pop songs, check out the Beyoncelogues.

Below is the original version of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” for comparison:

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TIME animals

This Video of a Shark Feeding Frenzy Is Basically a Real-Life Sharknado

Lunch hour

A video going viral claims to show “hundreds” of sharks in a feeding frenzy off the coast of North Carolina.

Brian Recker, a pastor at One Harbor Church in Beaufort, says he was out fishing with a group from the church when he witnessed the sharks going after a “school of bluefish” around noon on Oct. 8, at Cape Lookout National Seashore off the state’s Crystal Coast, according to the video’s description on YouTube. Recker calls the video, shot by fellow pastor Donnie Griggs, a real-life “Sharknado” in a Facebook post for the video, which boasts nearly 1 million views so far.

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Watch the Marines and the Korea Army Face Off in an Epic Drum Battle

Drum roll, please

In a friendly battle of the bands, the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band and the Republic of Korea Army Band drummed up a friendly competition in a parking lot at the 2014 Gyeryong Military Culture Festival. In a clip uploaded to YouTube by user bhijar07, the Korean band members dance and cheer like they are in the mosh pit at a concert while the Americans are slightly more stoic. This festival is one of the many performances that the Okinawa, Japan-based III Marine Expeditionary Force Band travels to worldwide.

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