People turn out in droves to support science from New Zealand to North Pole

April 23, 2017

Scientists and science enthusiasts marched in London.Image: Natasha Quarmby/REX/Shutterstock The Trump administration’s assault on scientific evidence and research funding may have triggered the March for Science, but the more than 500 events around the world on Saturday demonstrated that the movement is truly global. The marches began Friday night in Oceania, with events in New Zealand and Australia. As Saturday dawned, the marches spread to Europe, with major gatherings in Berlin, …

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Inside the car design lab crafting pianos, bicycles and helicopters

April 20, 2017

(CNN)We’re all used to the familiar front grilles and badges of car brands like Audi, Porsche and BMW. But have you ever considered a Peugeot piano? Or an Aston Martin yacht? Perhaps a Bentley handbag? These days, ever-increasing numbers of car manufacturers are offering their design expertise as a resource to outside clients — either extending their own brand to something without four wheels and an engine, or consulting on projects that will ultimately exist in their own …

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London attack: Victim Melissa Cochran returns to US – BBC News

April 17, 2017

He added that Mrs Cochran, who was in a wheelchair when she joined a service for the families and survivors of the attack at Westminster Abbey on 5 April, was healing faster than expected. Victims of the London attack London attack: What we know so far In depth: Westminster terror attack The other people killed on the bridge were Aisha Frade, 44, who worked at a London sixth-form college; retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, from south London, and Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea, …

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How the store of the future will work

April 16, 2017

The Store of the Future will definitely have some pyramids.Image: farfetch Here’s an idea: all the convenience of online shopping combined with the instant gratification of shopping in physical stores IRL. This is the vision of shopping in the future, and it’s very close to a reality. All you have to do is hand over your data. This week Mashable got a sneak peek inside a “Store of the Future” by London-based startup Farfetch, during a demonstration and conference to …

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Never say never again: When celebrities eat their words – BBC News

April 14, 2017

… 1952 Charlie Chaplin In the early 1950s, Charlie Chaplin reportedly said he had “no further use for America” and “wouldn’t go back there if Jesus Christ was President”. After a series of political controversies, personal scandals and falling audiences, he decided to hold the world premiere of Limelight in London, where the film was set, rather than the US, where he had settled. Boarding the RMS Queen Elizabeth in New York in 1952, he received word that his …

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Why do University Challenge contestants go viral? – BBC News

April 10, 2017

The invention of social media has given the programme a new lease of life and helped many contestants develop their own cult following. Image caption Monkman and Seagul finally came head-to-head at the semi-final The current series saw two contestants – both captains of rival teams from Cambridge University – find social media fame. Monkman in paraticular inspired a legion of online fans who identified themselves with the hashtag #monkmania. His facial expressions and …

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Swedish Police Confident They’ve Caught Terrorist Behind Rampage

April 9, 2017

… operandi” that this was terrorist crime. "There are circumstances that may indicate that there’s an explicit purpose to harm the population and incite fear,” Hans Ihrman, the prosecutor, said at the press conference. “That’s part of the investigation’s focus, and there’s a lot to indicate at this point that this is the case." It’s a scene that’s becoming familiar in Europe. Last month, a terrorist in London drove a car …

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Diamond Miner Ends Large Gem Drought With 114-Carat Find

April 9, 2017

… shares jumped as much as 11 percent, the most since January, to 98.75 pence. The stock traded at 93 pence at 12:12 p.m. “Given the paucity of large, high-value recoveries in recent months, we believe this recovery can precede a return to form for Gem,” Kieron Hodgson, an analyst at Panmure Gordon & Co. in London, said in a note Friday. …

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Brexit vote a ‘bad decision’, says Irish minister – BBC News

April 7, 2017

… Northern Ireland and the Republic. The comments come after Prime Minister Theresa May met European Council President Donald Tusk in London. Brexit: All you need to know May and Tusk urge ‘positive’ Brexit tone Ahern warns on Brexit Irish unity link Mr Flanagan told BBC’s Newsnight it was “absolutely essential” there was no return to a hard border on the island of Ireland – which is expected to be a key element of Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU. …

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Is the humble Lada now a classic car? – BBC News

April 6, 2017

… “Don’t trust your own judgement,” he says. “Instead, ellicit the help of a car club who might know the vehicle in question, or take someone from that club with you to look at that car. “This is better than saddling yourself with a car that could cost you a packet.” Of course, owning a classic car isn’t just about money; some people do it for the sheer fun. Bronwyn Burrell was 25 when she took part in the same 1970 London-to-Mexico rally as the feted …

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The drink Brits go to bed with and Indians wake up with – BBC News

April 5, 2017

The fact that the same liquid can be perceived in two such different ways is a great example of the “crazy nonsense and beauty of marketing”, says Andrew Welch. As London managing director for brand consultancy Landor, Mr Welch’s job is to help brands build and improve their reputation, and ultimately create higher sales. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A well-known brand in the West, eBay had to change its tactics to succeed in China But it’s not …

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Greek Thomson: Scotland’s other great visionary architect – BBC News

April 1, 2017

Image caption The Caledonia Road Church in the Gorbals was threatened with demolition in 1966 When Glasgow council was planning to demolish one of Thomson’s landmark churches in 1966, influential American architectural historian Henry-Russell Hitchcock made a plea for them to stop. He said: “Glasgow in the last 150 years has had two of the greatest architects in the world.” Image caption The church was described as one of the finest Classical Romantic churches in …

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People are outraged that a magazine compared soup dumplings with popping zits

March 31, 2017

Image: Shutterstock If you know your soup dumplings, this video is going to be upsetting on several levels. Time Out London recently published a video featuring Xiao Long Bao (Shanghai soup dumplings). The video, which was meant to promote dim sum restaurant Dumplings Legend, took an odd turn. SEE ALSO: We are in the middle of a dumpling renaissance “Love popping spots AND eating dumplings? Combine the two with exploding soup dumplings at Dumplings Legend,” the Facebook post …

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Futuristic fragrance: New biotech unlocks scents that have never been sniffed

March 30, 2017

(CNN)Perfumery has always been an intricate science; much more effort goes into capturing a scent than those outside the industry might imagine. Over the last two decades, chemists have used innovative new technology to add an even larger array of scents to the perfumer’s palette, enabling them to create fragrances that have never been smelled before. For thousands of years, scents came directly from nature. Resins were collected from trees and burned as offerings to the gods; aromatic …

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China versus the US: Australia’s increasingly hard choice

March 29, 2017

(CNN)At the start of his five-day visit to Australia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told parliamentarians in Canberra that “peace was the most precious thing.” That might be Chinese diplomatic boilerplate, but Li was speaking at Parliament House, where security had been tightened following the appalling atrocity in London, so it would have felt very real to those in the room. Of course, Premier Li insisted in his Canberra speech that China “will never seek dominance.” …

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Square launches in the UK

March 29, 2017

Square CEO Jack Dorsey.Image: Richard Drew/AP/REX/Shutterstock Mobile payments company Square, founded by Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey, has launched in the UK and is eyeing a Europe-wide expansion. The platform, which makes it easier for small and medium-sized businesses to take card payments, will sell a card reader that connects to a smartphone or tablet, thus allowing chip and pin or contactless transactions. SEE ALSO: How Microsoft helped British authorities after the London attack …

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‘Tinder for elites’ is coming to London because dating isn’t already hard enough

March 28, 2017

Image: the league Just when you thought dating couldn’t get any harder, a super-exclusive dating app for the crme de la crme of “ambitious intellectuals” is about to land in London. SEE ALSO: Can this dating app end ghosting for good? The League which has been dubbed “Tinder for the elites” claims to cater to “the intelligent, educated and ambitious” who are looking for a “‘power couple’ dynamic in their partnerships.” …

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It only took us five minutes to find a big brand advertising on hate group YouTube vids

March 24, 2017

… investigations in the Times of London outed the ad placements. Needless to say, brands don’t want their ads being served on YouTube’s most hateful content. And how often are their ads served in these cesspools? Well: It took us just around five minutes on YouTube to confirm how big of a problem this is. That’s it. SEE ALSO: Google swears ads will stop showing up in the absolute worst places To test it, we searched for a random offensive termthe holocaust denial slogan …

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More police to patrol London, which is still the ‘safest global city,’ mayor says

March 24, 2017

(CNN)In a dramatic show of force one day after a deadly terror attack, police will fan out Thursday and into the weekend across London, the mayor said while insisting the English capital remains “the safest global city in the world.” “We’re doing all we can to keep Londoners safe,” Mayor Sadiq Khan told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “We’re doing all that we can to keep visitors safe. We’re doing all that we can to keep our city safe.” …

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London mayor shuts down Trump Jr. tweet: I have more important things to do

March 24, 2017

(CNN)A day after a terror attack in his city left three people dead and as many as 40 wounded, London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he has more important things to do than respond to a tweet from Donald Trump Jr. Wednesday, President Trump’s son tweeted, “You have to be kidding me?!” in response Khan’s assertion in 2016 to The Independent newspaper that terror attacks are “part and parcel” of living in a major city. “I’m not going to respond to a tweet …

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YouTube finally pays the price for hosting hateful content

March 23, 2017

Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Some of America’s biggest advertisers are joining their British counterparts in boycotting Google. AT&T, car rental giant Enterprise, and pharmaceutical company GSK have each decided to suspend all YouTube ads after The Times of London reported that the brands had appeared alongside videos with hate speech and extremism. The companies are among the first in the United States to join what’s become a full-scale revolt among advertisers in the …

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Brexit vote: Single market benefit ‘largely imaginary’ – BBC News

March 23, 2017

… economics professor at Kings College London, said there was plenty of evidence to suggest that the single market had been good for the UK. “A lot of industries are dependent on the EU not just for zero tariffs, but also for regulation,” he said, pointing in particular to the car and pharmaceuticals sectors. After leaving, the two alternatives are either setting up the country’s own regulatory structure, which takes time and is complicated, or using the EU’s, in which case …

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A city stilled, shocked and then enraged by attack

March 23, 2017

London (CNN)The big red buses sit abandoned on the bridge, six of them. Nearby are two black taxicabs, also empty. No passengers, no drivers, no pedestrians. This area is rarely still, and never on a spring Wednesday afternoon. It should be packed with visitors, locals and the occasional parliamentarian. Of course, it’s not still even now. Slowly, then overwhelmingly, the noise takes over the senses — a cacophony of sirens and chaos. Lockdown descends upon this …

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Officer killed in London attack was father, 15-year veteran

March 23, 2017

(CNN)Keith Palmer left for work on Wednesday expecting to return home. The assailant was shot dead near London’s Houses of Parliament after the chaotic rampage. The man drove a car through crowds of people, injuring dozens before crashing into a fence outside the Parliament building. Witnesses said he got out of his car brandishing a knife that he used to fatally stab Palmer. …

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