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Century-old law cited in request to ban 136 porn sites from Republic of Tatarstan

Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor has received a request to blacklist pornographic websites based on conventions signed by imperialist and Soviet governments. Meduza reports<p>A local court in Apastovsky district of Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan has ruled to block access to 136 websites featuring …

Coachella Weekend 1 in Pictures

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Sony's new compact cameras put a superzoom lens in your pocket

We know your smartphone is pretty good at taking pictures. Still, sometimes you may find yourself in a situation where, perhaps, there's the need to snap a subject that isn't exactly nearby. This is where Sony could help. The company has announced the Cyber-shot HX90V and WX500, two small …

Cameras

The Chinese company accused of stealing Apple's designs has a massive problem with counterfeiting

The red-hot Chinese electronics startup, which has been criticised by many because of the similarities some of its products bear to Apple's, is now claiming counterfeits and fakes are seriously hurting its bottom line, Bloomberg reports.<p>At a news conference last week, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun lamented …

To fight teen drinking, experts call for stricter movie ratings

Should a movie that depicts any type of drinking automatically earn an R rating from the Motion Picture Assn. of America? The authors of a new study argue that the answer should be yes – and that this would make teenagers less likely to binge-drink or use alcohol in other risky ways.<p>The study, …

Public Health

800,000 kids forced from homes by Boko Haram suffer abuse, UNICEF says

The children's drawings show men with guns, a coffin, a car exploding. One picture has stick-like figures of eight siblings missed by their teenage sister.<p>The disturbing images come from some of an estimated 800,000 children forced from the homes by Boko Haram extremists, according to a UNICEF …

Expect More Shark Attacks as More Humans Flock to Water

Environment<p>Cases like the Sunday death of a 13-year-old surfing champion in a shark attack off a French island in the Indian Ocean may be giving sharks a bad rap. Though the number of "unprovoked" shark attacks has been rising steadily for more than a century, it’s not because sharks have become …

Florida

Here's What a Weekend of Drinking Does to Your Body

Consider this during your next drunkathon.<p>Sometimes Friday night's happy hour turns into Saturday morning drunch, and before you know it, culminates in a day-drinking-all-day Sunday barbecue.<p>A 48-hour buzz doesn't do any favors for your health, as you've already figured out come Monday morning. But …

The Best Places to Stargaze in America

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>For 25 years, NASA’s orbiting Hubble telescope has beamed mesmerizing images of our universe. But Earth dwellers can get stellar celestial views, too.<p>Here are three trip-worthy dark-sky havens in the United States:<p>> Lake Powell (Utah)<p>The combination of a thin atmosphere and …

Lake Michigan

Pop art meets coffee with #sleevebucks

You'll never look at the Starbucks mermaid the same way again.<p>An amazing Tumblr artist is using Starbucks sleeves to recreate pop culture icons. …

Coffee

Artist Creates Traditional Chinese Landscape Paintings Using Roller Skates

Tian Haisu has an unconventional method for applying paint to a surface – she uses roller skates! The artist wears a modified pair of inline riders that are adapted to hold small pots of black pigment. Her giant works – sometimes as large as 43 feet by 20 feet – mimic traditional Chinese landscape …

5 Magazines for the Game of Thrones Season 5 Premiere

Game of Thrones returns to HBO this Sunday, April 12. The epic series is based on George R. R. Martin‘s books, collectively known as A Song of Ice and Fire<i>.</i> It was announced that Martin will no longer be writing for the show so he can focus on finishing the next book in the series,The Winds of …

Coachella 2015, day one – in pictures

Despite blistering heat, there was plenty of fun on the first day of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, including excellent sets from Azaelia Banks, Charles Bradley, Alabama Shakes and AC/DC

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France and the Vatican are in a showdown over a gay ambassador

With Pope Francis entering his third year in the post, some activists see the Vatican's silence as a test of the depth of reform in the Catholic Church.<p>While the Vatican usually declares it has accepted a candidate around a month after an appointment is made, it makes no public statements at all if …

Cheers and protests as University of Cape Town removes Cecil Rhodes statue

Black students have celebrated the fall of a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes at the University of Cape Town, as some white groups protested at what they see as threats to their heritage.<p>Cheers went up as a crane removed the bronze statue from its plinth at South Africa’s oldest …

Play Whac-A-Mole on these weather-predicting smart ceramics

Most consumer IoT devices we've come across are made out of dull plastic, so excuse us for getting a bit excited over these porcelain smart mugs and vases at IDF in Shenzhen. Yes, <i>porcelain</i>, courtesy of Chinese ODM Thread Technology who's integrated Intel's tiny Edison computer module into these …

India's rich temples may open gold vaults for PM Modi

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The two-century-old Shree Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai devoted to the Hindu elephant-headed god Ganesha bristles with close circuit cameras and is guarded by 65 security officers.<p>It is one of India’s richest temples, having amassed 158 kg of gold offerings, worth some …

Photographer Builds a Set on a Brooklyn Sidewalk For a Stranger’s Proposal

Back in December 2014, we shared about photographer Justin Bettman‘s Set in the Street project that involved building elaborate “indoor” sets on …

Class action privacy lawsuit filed against Facebook in Austria

Case lead by privacy campaigner Max Schrems sees 25,000 users sue social network for alleged illegal tracking of their data and its involvement in the NSA’s surveillance programme<p>A class action lawsuit over alleged breaches of EU privacy law, mass surveillance and involvement in the NSA’s Prism …

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The Islamic fashion business is booming

Spending on high-end Shariah-compliant clothing by Muslims is surging, just as Islam is growing and on track to become the world's largest religion by the middle of the century.<p>Muslim consumers spent about $266 billion on clothing in 2013, the latest year for which data is available, according to …

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U.S. Cannot Be Trusted, Iran's Supreme Leader Says

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatullah Khamenei warned Iranian diplomats on Thursday not to trust the United States as they try to finalize the nuclear …

I Dieted for 10 Years to Please My Parents

I've spent nearly half my life watching what I eat and worrying about my weight.<p>The Beginning<p>I went on my first diet when I was 13. I fluctuated between chubby and curvy, but my parents always urged me to lose weight and get healthy. While my friends had junk food snacks at their houses, I had …

11 Photos of Babies Underwater That Raise Awareness About a Serious Safety Problem

These babies with big personalities are making a difference in the cutest way.<p>For his latest book <i>Underwater Babies</i>, photographer Seth Casteel jumped into pools across the country and captured the heart-melting moments during toddlers' first swimming lessons. Casteel joined in on 18 water safety …

The Secret Life of Yo-Yos

The modern version of the toy is practically unrecognizable, an Object Lesson.<p>The man behind me in the queue was trying to be helpful: “It’s true, though, right? They are used as weapons in Asia. I go there a lot and I’ve seen them do it—they’re lethal.” He made a sudden gesture, like Spiderman …