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Vespa's new robot will carry your groceries

Vespa, best known for its stylish scooters, is trying something new.<p>The Italian company is opening a Boston-based division, called Piaggio Fast Forward, to focus on the future of mobility. Its first creation is Gita, a robot designed to carry cargo, such as groceries, and follow around a pedestrian …

Robotics

Some good news: Trump will keep Obama’s workplace protections for gay and transgender people

While most minority groups are hunkered down, waiting for the next salvo from the White House, the LGBTQ community can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now.<p>The White House put out a brief statement today saying US president Donald Trump will uphold a 2014 executive order, signed by Barack …

Donald Trump

France introduces opt-out policy on organ donation

Change in law means consent for organs to be removed is presumed unless person joins official ‘refusal register’<p>France has reversed its policy on organ donations so that all people could become donors on their death unless they join an official register to opt out.<p>The new law presumes consent for …

Medicine

Military Experts Warn Climate Change Will Create An 'Epic' Humanitarian Crisis

The consequences could be war, mass migration and threats to national security.<p>Climate change could prompt a “humanitarian crisis of epic …

Climate Change

Scientists have evolved a remarkable new form of life that can bond silicon to carbon

You're probably already familiar with a few products products that use carbon-silicon, or organosilicon: glues, caulks, and pesticides, to name a few.<p>But the new biological trick, which was forcefully evolved in bacteria, is safer and 15 times more efficient than synthetic, industrial chemistry at …

Chemistry

Just One Dose of This Psychedelic Drug Can Ease Anxiety

Cancer is a brutal disease on both the body and mind. Not only do treatments like chemotherapy take a massive toll, but the emotional side effects …

American Psychiatric Association

Should we even go there? Historians on comparing fascism to Trumpism

Recent events around the world have prompted debate about the historical parallels between our times and the period preceding the second world war<p>Last Thursday, an 89-year-old Auschwitz survivor recorded a video which promptly went viral. She compared “the humiliation, the demonization of others” …

Political Science

Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy

For 25 years, invoking this vague and ever-shifting nemesis has been a favourite tactic of the right – and Donald Trump’s victory is its greatest triumph<p>Three weeks ago, around a quarter of the American population elected a demagogue with no prior experience in public service to the presidency. In …

Society

Syria: tens of thousands flee Aleppo before UN emergency talks

More than 50,000 leave amid continuing government bombardment that reportedly killed at least 21 people on Wednesday<p>More than 50,000 civilians have joined a growing exodus from east Aleppo, a human rights monitor has said, as the UN security council prepares to hold emergency talks on fighting in …

Middle East

The Pentagon Uses Plant DNA to Catch Counterfeit Parts

An innovative marking system spots the fakes.<p>A V-22 Osprey, laden with eighteen Marine infantrymen, speeds towards a landing zone under enemy fire. Dodging anti-aircraft tracers, the pilot pushes the aircraft to the limit. Until suddenly the Osprey falls from the sky.<p>This time, the killer isn't the …

WATCH: Dakota pipeline protesters sprayed with water cannons in freezing cold, 167 injured in police crackdown

Rights groups condemned the harsh law enforcement response to #NoDAPL indigenous protesters at Standing Rock<p>For months authorities in North Dakota have harshly cracked down on protesters challenging the Dakota Access pipeline but over the weekend this reached a new level of violence, when police …

Rights & Freedoms

An Anti-LGBTQ Law in Texas Could Force Teachers to Out Kids

Considering that 39 percent of LGBTQ Americans have been rejected by a family member or friend due to their gender identity or sexual orientation, a third of Americans think being transgender is wrong, and 41 percent say they would be upset if their child were transgender, it's understandable that …

LGBTQI

‘Stress in America’ survey shows presidential campaign taking a toll on voters

Half of all Americans, including both Republicans and Democrats, men and women, believe the 2016 election campaign is a “very or somewhat significant source of stress”, according to the American Psychological Association (APA).<p>The Washington Post, providing coverage from America’s political …

Kim Jong-un

Children in Aleppo: 'I'd rather die'

Aleppo has become "a slaughterhouse," says the UN Commissioner for Human Rights. The situation for children there is especially serious. Experts are …

Middle East

Tyre King, 13, Fatally Shot by Police in Columbus, Ohio

Police in Columbus, Ohio, were investigating how a 13-year-old boy wanted for questioning Wednesday night in an armed robbery ended up fatally shot by an officer.<p>The child — later identified by Columbus police as Tyre King — had "pulled a gun from his waistband" when officers attempted to take him …

Black Culture

15 Guantanamo Bay Detainees Transferred To United Arab Emirates

Fifteen prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been transferred to the United Arab Emirates — the largest single release of the Obama administration.<p>The population of the military prison in Cuba is now down to 61.<p>President Obama has long vowed to close Guantanamo, but efforts to transfer prisoners to the …

Guantanamo Bay

David Duke, former Ku Klux Klan leader, to run for Congress

<b>David Duke - a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan - has launched a campaign for an open seat in the US Senate.</b><p>Duke is one of more than 20 candidates seeking the seat vacated by Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana.<p>The white nationalist has been an outspoken supporter of Republican …

Baton Rouge

Brother of Pakistan's Qandeel Baloch charged with crime against state

<b>(CNN) —</b> The brother of Pakistani social media star, Qandeel Baloch, who expressed pride for having killed his sister, has been charged with a crime against the state for the so-called "honor" killing, according to a police report.<p>The rare charge against Waseem Baloch, who confessed to killing one …

Pakistan

Top Republicans criticize Ruth Bader Ginsburg but don't back Trump's call for her to resign

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump called on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to resign early Wednesday morning, joining an outpouring of criticism that is giving a divided Republican Party a fresh common target.<p>"Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very …

Donald Trump
George W. Bush

Dialogue amid more protests nationwide

<b>Atlanta (CNN) —</b> Black Lives Matter protests continued Monday, resulting in more arrests and meetings between officials, movement leaders and the public.<p>Atlanta police arrested protesters who were blocking traffic near the upscale Lenox Square mall in they city's Buckhead neighborhood.<p>Black Lives …

Law Enforcement

Pentagon ends transgender ban

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Pentagon said Thursday it was ending the ban on transgender people being able to serve openly in the U.S. military.<p>The announcement -- which removes one of the last barriers to military service by any individual -- was made by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who had been …

LGBTQI

Trump gets rock-bottom ratings in international survey

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new multi-nation survey finds that confidence in Donald Trump's ability to manage foreign policy should he become U.S. president is rock-bottom in a host of countries in Europe and Asia.<p>In seven of 15 countries outside of the U.S. polled by Pew Research Center, Trump's ratings …

Foreign Policy

Istanbul Ataturk Airport Reopens After Deadly Turkey Terror Attack

Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport reopened on Wednesday morning, hours after a coordinated terror attack blamed on ISIS left dozens dead, scores wounded and blood streaked throughout the arrivals hall.<p>Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said three terrorists had arrived in a cab and carried out …

Terrorism

Brexit: EU leaders say UK cannot have 'à la carte' single market

Leaders meeting in Brussels say that UK’s future relationship with EU must be based on ‘rights and obligations’<p>European leaders have said they expect Britain to notify them of its intention to leave as early as September, and insisted the UK has no prospect of keeping access to the single market …

Europe

German MP claims he was 'violently arrested' during Istanbul gay pride protest

A German MP and gay rights activist claims he was violently arrested by Turkish police while attending a protest rally at the close of Gay Pride Week.<p>…

LGBTQI
United Kingdom

Not Just the 1%: The Upper Middle Class Is Larger and Richer Than Ever

Research shows the number of upper middle class households has more than doubled since 1979<p>A range of data after the recession and the housing bust supported the idea that only a tiny elite of U.S. society, generally seen as the top 1%, had rebounded and was doing well. But a growing body of …

Income Inequality

Trump enters general election in weak financial position

WASHINGTON — Republican Donald Trump enters the general-election showdown for the White House short of money, short on staff and overwhelmed on the airwaves by his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, new campaign-finance filings and advertising data show.<p>Trump raised just $3.1 million from donors …

Government