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WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for 14 August

Your WIRED.co.uk daily briefing. Today, no UK Note 5 launch, police investigate 'cyber flashers', iOS update and more.<p><i>Get WIRED Awake sent straight</i> …

Marriage proposal causes Istanbul traffic jam

Turkish man uses convoy to block traffic so he can pop the question<p>As displays of love go, it would be hard to top that of an unnamed Turkish man who created a traffic jam so he could propose marriage.<p>It required a little help from the man’s friends who, with the aid of a seven car convoy, brought …

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1. There could be hundreds of tonnes of dangerous chemicals at the site of two massive explosions in the Chinese port city of Tianjin.</b> Officials still don't know what caused the blasts at a hazardous goods storage facility that killed 50 people and injured more than 700 on Wednesday.<p><b>2. Greece's</b> …

Here Are The Books On President Obama's Summer Reading List

More like Reader of the Free World.

MH370 May Have Landed, Not Crashed, on the Ocean

The state of the found flaperon could indicate the missing plane landed in one piece before sinking.<p><b>Want to read more about MH370?</b><p><b>We Asked an Expert How the Debris Found on Reunion Island Might Help Locate MH370</b><p><b>The Search For Glory and Also MH370</b><p><b>How it May Have Felt to be on Flight MH370</b><p>Since …

Q&A: Drought-weary California hopes El Nino means wet winter

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Chances are strong that a record-setting El Nino is headed toward California this winter. What is unknown is how it will play …

Pentagon Fears It’s Not Ready for a War With Putin

The U.S. military has run the numbers on a sustained fight with Moscow, and they do not look good for the American side.<p>A series of classified …

Ivorians ignore ban on lightening creams despite damage to skin

At 26, Fatou’s skin is marbled from layer on layer of whitening cream. Yet despite the damage to her face, the hairdresser based in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan still uses skin-lightening products in her quest for a paler complexion.<p>Ivory Coast bans potentially deadly skin-whitening …

Africa

Rio's Olympic waters won't be tested for viruses despite pollution problems

The International Olympic Committee ruled out conducting viral tests of Rio de Janeiro's sewage-laden waterways ahead of the 2016 games, a top …

International Olympic Committee

Yeast cells genetically modified to create morphine-like painkiller

Scientists have genetically modified yeast cells to make them churn out painkillers that are normally harvested from opium poppies.<p>The procedure raises hopes for a biological manufacturing route that slashes the time it takes to make the valuable drugs from a year to several days.<p>Researchers at …

Organisms

Snoopy at 65: How an icon was born

Snoopy started out as a real dog, a remarkable and unusual tack- and razor-blade-eating wunderpup named Spike.<p>The mixed-breed, black and white pup …

Snoopy

Activist who led search for Mexico's missing students killed

Miguel Angel Jimenez, a leader of a community police organisation, was found shot to death inside the taxi he drove on Saturday night in the rural outskirts of Acapulco<p>At least fifteen people were killed over the weekend in the southwestern Mexican state of Guerrero, including an activist who …

Google, Facebook and Twitter to block 'hash lists' of child abuse

<b>Web giants Google, Facebook and Twitter have joined forces with a British charity in a bid to remove millions of indecent child images from the net.</b><p>In a UK first, anti-abuse organisation Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has begun sharing lists of indecent images, identified by unique "hash" …

Black American football player killed by white police officer in Texas

Christian Taylor, 19, dies after a struggle with police after reportedly crashing his car into an automotive dealership<p>A white police officer in suburban Dallas shot and killed an unarmed 19-year-old black man after the man crashed a car through the front window of a car dealership, authorities …

Law Enforcement

'Black Lives Matter' Activists Disrupt Bernie Sanders Speech

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders left a campaign event in Seattle without giving his speech Saturday after "black lives matter" activists took over the podium.<p>It is the second time in a month that activists protesting racial inequality have interrupted an event featuring the …

Middle-class

Lego gets 6-year-olds to rebuild their own country

Technically Incorrect: In a charming celebration of Singapore's 50th anniversary, Lego creates a vision of the city-state's future and then asks kids to change it.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>When 6-year-olds look at the current …

Swimmer Loses Arm After Alligator Attack in Florida

A woman in Florida lost part of her arm after she was attacked by an alligator while swimming in an Orlando-area river Saturday, officials said.<p>The attack happened in the Wekiva River, which was crowded with swimmers, at around 3:30 p.m.<p>The woman swam to a slightly more secluded area and was …

Walkcar: "The World's Smallest Electric Vehicle"

Odd name aside, this is pretty tight.<p>Japanese designers at Cocoa Motors have created the WalkCar, a tiny electric vehicle about the size of your laptop. Akin to the industry standard Segway, this helpful gadget moves wherever its operator leans their body, and quite smoothly and swiftly judging …

Apple Recruits Trojan Horse To Attack Android

As I highlighted in Forbes’ weekly digest of news from Cupertino, Apple is on the hunt for Android software engineers (the job listing is currently here, and copied below). While there is natural speculation about what other projects the engineers could be working on (after all, the job description …

Typhoon Weakens Over China After Leaving At Least 13 Dead

A typhoon that lashed Taiwan dumped heavy rain and winds on the Chinese mainland on Sunday, leaving 20 people dead or missing, collapsing homes and trees and cutting power to more than a million homes.<p>Typhoon Soudelor made landfall in China's Fujian province late Saturday night and was downgraded …

The Evil Geniuses score $6.6M prize as winners of the Dota 2 International Championships

The Evil Geniuses esports team won the fifth annual Dota 2 International Championships, taking home a prize of $6.6 million.<p>With a total prize pool of $18 million, the tournament for the multiplayer online battle arena title was one more indicator that esports, or video games played in front of …

Gaming

Saudi crown prince calls for vigilance after Islamic State bombing | Reuters

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has called for higher vigilance and better preparedness in the kingdom after a suicide attack claimed by Islamic State on a security forces mosque killed 15 people, state news agency SPA reported late on Saturday.<p>A policeman carries out an inspection …

These images of the star-smeared sky aren't what you think (pictures)

27 Powerful Pieces Of Graffiti That Paint Greece's Frustration Amidst Crisis

Greece’s debt crisis reached new heights last month as the government in Athens and the country's international creditors engaged in contentious negotiations over a third bailout in exchange for new austerity measures.<p>Some Greeks have weighed in on the crisis in a highly visual way -- with colorful …

Pompeii set to rise again in happy end to restoration saga

The ancient city, buried during a volcanic eruption in the first century, is undergoing a multi-million euro restoration which will see the preserved bodies of victims go on display at the site.<p>But the transformation of one of the world's most treasured archaeological sites has been a challenge …

'Be picky and have high standards': new dating apps cater to the elite and the rich

It used to be that if you wanted to meet someone of a certain caliber, you would venture to a particular bar. There would be a line at the door with a strict doorman and inside would be a collection of beautiful people, all deemed special because they’d made it past the velvet rope. Now there’s an …

Relationships

Yellow sludge spilled into river from Colorado gold mine reaches New Mexico

Mustard-colored wastewater laced with heavy metals continues to drain into a river from an abandoned mine in southwestern Colorado at a rate of about 550 gallons per minute, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which caused the spill.<p>The rate of discharge Saturday was down from about …

Pollution

Ukraine debt crisis: Kiev faces fight with creditors as it reels from Putin's blows

War-torn Ukraine is battling to find a way out of a debt crisis made worse by its ongoing conflict with Russia<p>With most eyes still on Greece, it is easy to forget about Europe’s other debt crisis. But Ukraine could soon take centre stage.<p>Battered by Russia’s military might, Vladimir Putin’s …

Hackers are attacking US gas stations

After a gas station monitoring system was hacked earlier this year, Trend Micro researchers Kyle Wilhoit and Stephen Hilt decided to take a closer look. They set up fake internet-connected systems called "GasPots" -- honeypots that mimic the real ones -- in several countries to track hackers' …

Trend Micro