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 [...]

‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Episode 2: Mutiny in a man’s world

In the second episode of Halt and Catch Fire ’s new season — cheekily titled “New Coke” — Donna and Cameron must battle sexist investors, erratic coders and even a scheming hacker living in an unassuming suburban home. This, just to keep Mutiny afloat. The pair’s online gaming company is growing at a rapid rate, leaving the women scrambling to build out their platforms and find new capital [...]

Live from the Apple WWDC 2015 Keynote

As the name suggests, Apple 's Worldwide Developers Conference is for developers, the people who code the software, applications and services that run on top of Apple's three platforms: iOS, OS X and the new guy, the Apple Watch. Even so, the rest of the world watches the WWDC keynote for hints about upcoming consumer-facing features and hardware. See also: Apple WWDC 2015: Music streaming, reinventing Apple TV and more But it really is a developer conference, which means that aside from Apple execs and employees, no one else is allowed... [...]

Colorado thunderstorm appears to spawn two tornadoes at same time

Storm chaser and professional photographer Kelly Delay took an epic picture of a particularly productive supercell thunderstorm near Simla, Colorado, on June 4 The storm produced at least four tornadoes, according to reports and footage from Delay and other chasers who also followed the storm. At least one of these tornadoes destroyed a handful of homes See also: Colorado residents survey the damage after a night of tornadoes Delay captured the image, which shows two tornadoes at the same time, or possibly one tornado on the right and a landspout funnel on the left Landspouts are tornadoes that are not spawned by the larger area of rotation in a supercell thunderstorm, which is known as the mesocyclone. These tornadoes generally form underneath thunderstorms, even non-severe ones, and are often thought of as the landform of waterspouts because they are weak tornadoes Read more.. [...]

Team KAIST won the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge, so now what?

POMONA, California – A robot is going to save your life or the life of someone you love A small team of researchers, scientists and engineers from South Korea just proved that this is possible — and they won $2 million in the process. Their victory wasn't fast or a particularity dramatic one, but Team KAIST’s DRC-Hubo robot slowly and methodically proved that robots could take on the rough and dangerous job of disaster response, going (in a simulated environment) where no human should go. See also: Hands on with Pepper, the affectionate robot The students, professors, engineers and coders with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) remotely guided and programmed DRC-Hubo through eight tasks for the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge, a competition to develop semiautonomous robots that can help with disaster-relief operations. [...]
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