Over 20,000 people came together to celebrate pride, despite hurdles thrown in their way

July 2, 2017

Image: Ng Yi Shu/Mashable More than 20,000 Singaporeans came to Pink Dot, the city’s annual LGBTQ festival this year, according to organisers. There were so many people who tried to join the event which sported a rainbow theme this year that the park where it was held had to be closed at 7 p.m. for capacity. That’s no small feat considering the number of roadblocks the nine-year-old festival has encountered…

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Hill figures: The stories behind the scars on England’s skin – BBC News

June 24, 2017

Image copyright National Trust Image caption Is it a horse or a dragon? It is said that when King Arthur awakes the hill figure will rise up and dance The Uffington Horse, in the Berkshire Downs, is considered the oldest hill figure of them all. Carved in the Iron Age, there has been an unbroken chain of people caring for this prehistoric monument for the past 3,000 years. Image copyright…

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Forget the IPO, the ICO is the cool new way to get funded

June 20, 2017

Image: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable A few days ago, a startup called Bancor raised around $153 million in two hours and twenty-five minutes. The ICO, short for initial coin offering, followed several similar, equally successful funding events, and the numbers are rising. Prediction market Augur raised around $5.2 million over two months in 2015; this year, its competitor Gnosis raised $12 million in just 15 minutes. And we could only be…

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council – BBC News

June 18, 2017

Police fear the number of the dead could increase. The BBC understands the death toll could rise to about 70 people in total. As part of the new move by the government, a team of civil servants has been embedded into the council office. Other measures outlined by the prime minister following a meeting with residents on Saturday, included more staff covering phone lines and ground staff wearing high-visibility clothing…

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Gulf States In Diplomatic Crisis As Multiple Countries Cut Ties With Qatar

June 5, 2017

The coordinated move dramatically escalates a dispute over Qatars support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the worlds oldest Islamist movement, and adds accusations that Doha even backs the agenda of regional arch-rival Iran. Economic disturbances loomed immediately, as Abu Dhabis state-owned Etihad Airways said it would suspend all flights to and from Doha from Tuesday morning until further notice. (Qatar) embraces multiple terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at disturbing stability in…

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The Secret Sorority at Penn States Deadly Hazing Party

June 5, 2017

Following 19-year-old Tim Piazzas death in February after a night of hazing at Penn State Universitys Beta Theta Pi house, a grand jury criminally charged 18 young men in connection with their pledges death. Administrators permanently banned the fraternity, and scrambled to announce safeguards intended to protect future students. Recruitment and rush at Penn State was postponed for a semester, hard liquor and kegs banned, and the school will more…

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I ran a half marathon with AI to test the future of trainers

June 1, 2017

AI assistants aren't quite ready for our high-level workouts.Image: Christopher Mineses/mashable I did something very dumb last weekend: I decided to challenge the limits of artificial intelligence and my own body on a 13.1-mile course to glory. My body held up fine but the AI couldn’t quite keep the pace, serving as yet another reminder that current AI tech still hasn’t caught up to the hype. I had been testing…

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Manchester attacks: MI5 probes bomber ‘warnings’ – BBC News

May 29, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAmateur footage shows armed police on Searby Rd, Gorton MI5 is to hold an inquiry into the way it dealt with warnings from the public that the Manchester suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was a potential threat. Whitehall officials have acknowledged the security service will examine what assumptions had been made about the 22-year-old before last Monday’s attack. It has emerged it was…

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Sturgeon: ‘Be vigilant but not alarmed’ – BBC News

Monday night’s attack at the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena left 22 people dead and 59 injured. The Scottish government’s resilience committee met for a third time late on Tuesday after the UK’s security level was raised to “critical”, its highest alert status. Ministers were briefed by Police Scotland about the practical implications for Scotland for coming major events such the Scottish Cup Final. In a statement afterwards…

May 24, 2017
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More die in bathtubs than in terrorism. It’s still worth spending billions to fight it

(CNN)More Americans die from accidents in the bathtubs than from attacks by terrorists. Should we then care so much more — and spend so much more — to prevent terrorist attacks than bathtub mishaps? We think so. The reason is simply human nature. And the terrorist attack last month in Paris, on the eve of the critical French elections, showed once again that human nature is, in many ways, unchanging….

May 22, 2017
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Controversial Puerto Rican Nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera Returns To Chicago

Murals and sun-bleached images of Lopez Rivera plastered windows along the Paseo Boricua in Chicagos Puerto Rican enclave of Humboldt Park with messages that called for his freedom and hailed him as a hero for his controversial role in fighting for Puerto Rican independence. Lopez Rivera spent part of his boyhood in the neighborhood. Thursdays events included a march down the Paseo Boricua accompanied by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and…

May 19, 2017
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