Australia’s Robotronica spectacular: Drones, humanoids and agbots

Shimon, a robotic marimba player, jams with his band, Shimon Robot & Friends. Image: QUT Media On Sunday, big and small robots took over the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia for Robotronica, in a celebration of futurism and technology The event featured everything from a robot playing Connect Four against kids determined to thrash it, to speakers like Ian Bernstein, the founder of high-tech toy company Sphero, who designed a new droid for the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens . There was even a performance by a robotic marimba player [...]

In ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ premiere, family drama doesn’t stop for zombies

Fear The Walking Dead might be a show dead-set on setting itself apart from its predecessor, but the opening minutes of this new companion series are actually a pretty nice homage to its mothership With a twist. Instead of Rick Grimes, a dedicated officer of the law, the first scene of the series introduces the audience to Nick, a drug addict who is awaking not from a wound-induced coma but a horrible drug bender See also: 'Fear the Walking Dead' takes characters through Zombie 101 At first, Nick is largely unaware that anything is wrong [...]

These newlyweds met on an app for sports fans

Even in the age of infinite dating apps, people are still finding love in surprising places MacKenzie Walker and Joey Mitchell didn't meet on Tinder, Match or the plethora of dating apps and services available. They met on Fancred , a social app designed to connect sports fans See also: Bill Murray Crashed an Engagement Photo Shoot Because He's Bill Murray As you might expect, the romantic connection came out of left field for both parties. "We never thought Fancred would be a place to meet each other," Walker said in an email to Mashable [...]

Turkey’s LGBT community shaken by police crackdown on pride march

ISTANBUL, Turkey—This year’s gay pride celebration in Istanbul was going to be a momentous one for 19-year-old Batu Kaya This would be the first time his parents, Arzu and Fahrettin, marched with him — an often elusive sign of acceptance in Turkey’s conservative society See also: Police fire at pride march in Istanbul with water cannons and rubber bullets But soon after the family arrived in downtown Istanbul, police began firing water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to break up the march — the first time officials had sought to dismantle pride celebrations in Istanbul since they started taking place there in 2003 Read more... More about Lgbt , Turkey , Us World , Erdogan , and Istanbul [...]

Wedding guests block their ears to protest ‘man and wife’ law

An Australian wedding photographer has shared a moving moment on Facebook to coincide with the U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned the ban on same-sex marriage in 50 states Thomas Stewart posted a photo of a wedding he snapped in Coffs Harbour, Australia in February this year. It shows the bride and groom, Abbey and Mitch Johnston, along with their 17 wedding guests, covering their ears as the celebrant speaks [...]
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