TIME Business

Watch a Young Serena Williams Predict a Lifetime of Excellence

"If you were a tennis player, who would you want to be like?"

Gatorade’s latest “Win From Within” ad features an ever inspiring Serena Williams in a series of flashbacks from her career. The tennis champ, who is currently competing in the U.S. Open, has been put on a pedestal of being perhaps the best in the sport — and this ad completely backs that up.

If Williams wins the U.S. Open, she will be the first woman to win a calendar year Grand Slam — which includes a sweep of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open — since 1988.

Watch as the young athlete is interviewed about who she wants to be like when she grows up. Her answer? She wants people to be like her.

TIME Television

Watch American Who Took Down Terrorist on French Train Talk To Jimmy Fallon

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Anthony Sadler was one of three Americans who helped stop a terrorist attack

Three weeks ago Anthony Sadler was just an American tourist on a European vacation. Now, he’s an American hero chatting with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show.

“I look back and there’s the gunman just coming in the train cocking an AK,” Sadler told Fallon during his show on Tuesday. “And I was like is this real is someone playing a joke?”

Sadler, along with two American friends also traveling on vacation, charged and subdued the terrorist, saving dozens of lives and earning international praise.

But Fallon couldn’t allow Sadler’s appearance with landing a few cracks. In addition to discussing Sadler’s heroic actions, Fallon devoted much of the segment to joking about the trio’s time in Amsterdam, where their train originated. The Netherlands capital is known for it’s loose laws allowing drugs and partying.

“You’re in Amsterdam because it’s so pretty there?” said Fallon before cracking up laughing. “You’re taking photographs, you’re taking in the art scene there. Of course, that’s what people do in Amsterdam!”

TIME India

Watch Tens of Thousands of Hindus Gather For Kumbh Mela Festival

This year the festival has attracted attention for its ban on pilgrims taking selfies

Tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims have participated in the traditional washing away of sins at Kumbh Mela Festival in western Indian since the festival began this past weekend.

The festival, which is held every third year, is considered one of the world’s largest gatherings and lasts more than a month. Despite the length of the festival, bathers only have a few seconds to bathe in order to make time for others. Millions are expected to participate before the end of this year’s festival, Agence France-Presse reports.

This year, the festival has attracted attention for its ban on pilgrims taking selfies, reportedly a measure designed to help manage crowds.

TIME remembrance

Watch an Earsplitting Eulogy for Wes Craven

Be warned, turn down your speakers

Wes Craven fans found a fitting way to lament the director’s death — a montage of screams from his most memorable movies. The master of horror died from brain cancer on Sunday, but his films survive in the hearts and nightmares of people everywhere. Relive some louder moments in the aptly titled video Screams from YouTube channel ScreenCrush.

 

TIME viral

Watch This Prominent German Literary Critic Scrutinize Ikea’s Catalogue

After all, the catalog is the most circulated book in the world

Hellmuth Karasek is probably Germany’s most famous living literary critic, and so perhaps it is his intellectual duty to examine the book that calls itself the world’s most circulated. That book is Ikea’s annual catalogue, with twice as many copies as the Bible printed each year.

In a new promotional video for the Swedish furniture firm, Karasek turns his faculties to the catalogue, treating it as if it’s an attempted piece of literature.

“It is a furnished novel,” he says. “The characters are forced to crowd themselves between the furniture, they seldom get their say, they barely speak coherently — and yet this work has become such a success.”

He then goes on to disdainfully read aloud from its pages. Watch for yourself.

 

TIME space

Soyuz Carrying 3-Man Crew Blasts Off for Orbiting Station

The new three-man crew will arrive at the orbiting outpost on Friday

(BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan) — A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, a Dane and a Kazakh blasted off on Wednesday for a two-day trip to the International Space Station.

The rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, a Russian launch facility in Kazakhstan, on schedule at 10:37 a.m. (0437 GMT), with “everything going flawlessly,” according to a commentator on NASA television. It was the 500th launch of both manned and unmanned spacecraft from the launch pad used in 1961 by Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, the commentator said.

Andreas Mogensen is the first Dane in space. Russia’s Sergei Volkov is following in the footsteps of his father, who 24 years ago launched into space with the first astronaut from Kazakhstan. The Kazakh on the current mission, Aidyn Aimbetov, got his seat when British singer Sarah Brightman pulled out.

The new three-man crew will arrive at the orbiting outpost on Friday after a two-day flight through space. For the past two years, the crews have taken a more direct, six-hour flight, but the Russian Federal Space Agency decided last week to revert to the traditional route, citing security concerns after the International Space Station had to adjust its orbit to dodge space junk.

The arrival of Volkov, Aimbetov and Mogensen will bring the number on board the station to nine for the first time since November 2013. The Kazakh and Dane are scheduled to return to Earth on Sept. 12 with Russian Gennady Padalka, the current station commander.

Command will then be passed to NASA’s Scott Kelly, who along with Mikhail Kornienko of Russia is spending a full year on the station to study the effects of long space travel in preparation for a possible future trip to Mars.

TIME India

India’s Massive Kumbh Mela Festival Bans Selfies to Keep People Moving

Potentially dangerous bottlenecks form behind pilgrims stopping to take pictures of themselves

One of India’s largest Hindu festivals has set up “no-selfie zones,” in an effort to manage the immense crowds that are expected to attend over the course of this month.

The selfie embargo at the Kumbh Mela — a biennial Hindu pilgrimage and one of the world’s largest gatherings — was instituted after tests using a real crowd, the Indian Express newspaper reported.

The tests found that when people stop to take pictures of themselves at the festival, it slows down the flow of people and bottlenecks form quickly. “They also climb to dangerous spots to take selfies,” Sandip Shinde, CEO of a firm that is helping authorities monitor the festival, told the Express.

Crushes and stampedes are sadly all too common at Indian mass gatherings, with enormous crowds overwhelming buildings and spaces that were never designed to hold them. At least 27 people were trampled to death on July 14 at another religious gathering in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, coincidentally on the same day the Kumbh Mela began.

At Kumbh Mela, attendees will be prohibited from taking selfies in certain areas and on certain days — particularly during the Shahi Snan ritual that involves tens of thousands of people taking a dip in the holy Godavari River. Authorities estimate that nearly 3 million people have already visited the festival grounds in the western city of Nashik and millions more are expected.

[Indian Express]

TIME animals

Watch a New Video of the Adorable Panda Cub at the National Zoo

The mother panda left her palm-sized cub alone for a quick bathroom break

Giant panda Mei Xiang offered staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo a rare close-up view of her newborn cub on Monday when she left him alone for a short bathroom break. In the “Panda Cam” footage above, the mother panda is shown putting down her son — not yet named — for the second time since giving birth on Aug. 22, just hours having eaten some sugarcane and diluted apple juice, according to zookeepers. The tiny cub, who has yet to open his eyes or develop black patches of fur, can be seen up close for four minutes before Mei Xiang returns.

Mei Xiang had also given birth on Aug. 22 to a second male cub, who died four days later. A paternity test showed the father panda is Tian Tian, one of the National Zoo’s four giant pandas.

TIME viral

Watch a Baby Cry Every Time His Parents Reach the Last Page of a Book

He's also wearing an adorable shirt

Michigan parents Dan and Alicia Stevers have uploaded a YouTube video of their 10-month-old son crying when they turn to the last page of various children’s books — such as Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom. “Emmett has a mini-meltdown every time we finish a book,” the baby’s father, a video producer, wrote on Twitter. “This kid really loves his books.” The youngster’s blue t-shirt that reads “The Snuggle Is Real” is just the icing on the cake.

The video racked up nearly 80,000 views by Tuesday evening, prompting Dan Stevers to tweet, “This kid may have just started his own college fund.”

Read next: The 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time

TIME Alaska

President Obama Stares Down Melting Glacier in Alaska

"This is as good of a signpost for what we're dealing with"

(SEWARD, Alaska) — President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change.

From a distance, Exit Glacier appears as a river of white and blue flowing down through the mountains toward lower terrain. In fact, it’s just the opposite. The 2-mile-long chock of solid ice has been retreating at a faster and faster pace in recent years — more than 800 feet since 2008, satellite tracking shows.

“This is as good of a signpost for what we’re dealing with on climate change as just about anything,” Obama said, with the iconic glacier at his back.

Obama trekked up to the glacier with photographers in tow in a carefully choreographed excursion aimed at calling attention to the ways human activity is degrading cherished natural wonders. The visit to Kenai Fjords National Park, where the glacier is located, formed the apex of Obama’s three-day tour of Alaska, his most concerted campaign yet on climate change.

The president, dressed for the elements in a rugged coat and sunglasses, observed how signposts along his hike recorded where the glacier once stood and now only dry land remains.

“We want to make sure that our grandkids can see this,” Obama said, describing the glacier as “spectacular.”

Obama is counting on Alaska’s exquisite but deteriorating landscape to elicit a sense of urgency for his call to action on climate change. He opened the trip on Monday night with a speech painting a doomsday scenario for the world barring urgent steps to cut emissions: entire nations submerged underwater, cities abandoned and refugees fleeing in droves as conflict breaks out across the globe.

Some 700 square miles in the Kenai Mountains are blanketed by glacier ice, remnants of the Ice Age, when roughly a third of the Earth was covered with sheets of ice. One of nearly 40 glaciers springing out from Harding Icefield, Exit Glacier has been receding for decades at an alarming rate of 43 feet a year, according to the National Park Service.

Obama’s trip was more about visuals than words, and the White House has put a particular emphasis on trying to get the message across to audiences who don’t follow the news through traditional means.

To that end, Obama planned to tape an episode of the NBC reality TV show “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” putting his survival skills to the test while in the national park. He also planned to board a U.S. Coast Guard vessel to tour the national park by boat before returning to Anchorage later Tuesday.

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