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Emotech Is Building Olly, A Robot Assistant With Personality

A robot with a unique personality might sound like an oxymoron. Or science fiction. But that’s the goal of London-based startup Emotech, launching on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015 today, with a plan to crowdfund its first product, a voice-controlled robot assistant called Olly, early next …

A Woman Explains Her Struggle With Mental Illness Using The Pills She Was Prescribed

"The threat of unpredictability is the scariest part when something depressing happens to someone with depression."

Mental Health

28 Gifts For The Pothead In Your Life

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12 Cards Your Friends With Depression Would Actually Appreciate

Because there's never a "right" thing to say.<p>* 13 Cards Your Anxious Friends Would Seriously Appreciate<p>* Here's What No One Tells You About Having Both Depression And Anxiety<p>* 24 Creative Ways To Channel Depression Or Anxiety

Depression

'We'll be the first they kill': the Tunisian rappers taking on Isis

Five years ago, they were on the frontline of the Arab spring. Now rappers DJ Costa and Dya Hammadi are risking kidnap, jail and death to fight Isis with hip-hop<p>Dya Hammadi went to school with the man who kidnapped him. It happened in broad daylight, on the terrace of a cafe in Regueb, near Sidi …

How To Use a Coffee Press

A step-by-step video<p>Starbucks® partner Chad Moore explains why the coffee press is his favorite brewing method, and shows you how to make a great cup.<p>…

Google teaches its self-driving cars to be extra careful around children

Google's self-driving cars are quite careful around people, but especially so when children are around, the company revealed in a blog post …

Autonomous Cars

One girl's life in the Ripper years

<b>A girl growing up in the 1970s endures repeated sexual abuse. On nearby streets, the Yorkshire Ripper roams free. It's a story that encapsulates the era, writes Julie Bindel.</b><p>Una was born in Yorkshire in 1965. She grew up in a village with her parents and sisters, and went to ballet classes. Una …

Transgender Athlete Chris Mosier Makes History

Earlier this month, Chris Mosier, became the first publicly transgender man to make a U.S. national team of the gender with which they identified.<p>While the rest of the world was focused on the splashy Vanity Fair profile in which Bruce Jenner declared he had transitioned to Caitlyn Jenner, the …

Badass Barber Gives Free Haircuts To Homeless While Battling His Own Addiction

Inspired by his personal battle with drug addiction and the tenets of his Baha’i faith, Nasir Sobhani, a Melbourne-based barber known as the “Street …

Rand Paul is raising money with the weed industry

According to an invitation obtained by Yahoo News earlier in the month, Paul is holding a "private briefing" with his campaign donors while in town for the marijuana industry event in Denver, Colorado. Other outlets, including The New York Times, also confirmed the event.<p>However, the fundraiser is …

Notorious Canadian Killer Luka Magnotta Is Looking for His 'Prince Charming'

Magnotta, who brutally murdered a man and sent his body parts across the country, has joined prison dating site Canadian Inmates Connect to find a buff, white boy toy.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>Convicted killer Luka Magnotta is seeking a single, white "emotionally stable" male …

'Kitten Rentals' Are The Purr-fect Way To Get Your Cat Fix And Help Homeless Animals

So many great ideas have come out of Silicon Valley. The newest: kitten rentals from an animal shelter.<p>People familiar with animal fostering will think that this program sounds familiar.<p>Shelters and rescue groups all over the country already rely on volunteers to temporarily take in their animals. …

Silicon Valley

When Going to the Store With Your 10-Year-Old Gay Son Is a Political Act

When you have a well-documented, young, gay son, you get a lot of questions. Everything from, "How does he know he's gay?" to "Are you sure he's gay?" to "No, really, HOW ARE YOU SURE?". And now that it's been almost four years since he "came out of the closet," (we need a new phrase for kids who …

LGBTQI

Meet the Hijabi Lolita

Alyssa Salazar is negotiating the intricate rules of Lolita dress-up alongside the guidelines for being a hijabi Muslim woman.<p>On a warm day in Southern California, 25-year-old Alyssa Salazar arrives at Starbucks wearing a blue chiffon dress printed with cupcakes, soft pink knee-high boots, and a …

Thousands of dogs and cats slaughtered at China festival despite government promises to crack down

Sellers kept the dogs dozens to a cage before electrocuting and skinned them alive, before serving them with lychee<p>Thousands of cats and dogs have been slaughtered at the Yulin Festival despite government promises to end the practice which has been condemned internationally on grounds of animal …

[Exclusive] Meet Portugal's Gang of Graffitiing Grandparents

Octogenarians with paint-cans are tagging walls all over Europe.<p>Meet Portugal's oldest graffiti posse: a motley clan of retirees, virally known as "Graffiti Grandmas." These are the members of Lata 65, a WOOL Fest arts education group for seniors founded by Lara Rodrigues. For the past few years, …

Should You Be Eating LSD for Breakfast?

Who needs coffee when you can start your day with powerful hallucinogens?<p>Put aside the over-easy egg, the lox and schmear, and even the chia seed pudding. If you want clarity and focus throughout your day, perhaps you should be eating powerful psychedelic drugs for breakfast.<p>That's if you believe a …

Move Over, Mars: Saturn’s Moon Titan Is Surprisingly Earth-Like

Titan may be an outer solar system world, but it has inner solar system cred.<p>Over the last few years, scientists have discovered several Earthlike planets orbiting other stars, suggesting that our comfy planetary setup is not all that unique in the universe. In fact, it may not even be that unique …

Ten Thousand Dogs and Cats Will Be Eaten This Weekend at China's Annual Dog Meat Festival

One animal lover cashed in her savings to try and buy the animals before they hit the chopping block, but she can't possibly adopt them all.<p><i>Thumbnail image by Isobel Yeung</i><p>Every year, the town of Yulin in southern China comes together for a dog-meat-fueled festival in honor of the Summer Solstice. …

Laverne Cox: Men Dating Trans Women Are Probably 'Stigmatized More Than Trans Women'

Actress Laverne Cox has been a forceful advocate for transgender women. She wants the world to know, however, that “gender policing” hurts everyone, and, in particular, men who date transgender women feel its effects in an intensely harsh way. And, she says, these men need someone high-profile …

Expressive Animal Portraits Reveal Their Strong ‘Human’ Emotions

Many of us see animals as human beings’ equals, so it’s only natural that some photographers see them this way as well. Vincent Lagrange, a …

Antwerp

'There is no such thing as marital rape': Christian website says wives must yield for sex 'no questions asked'

A website that gives sex advice to married Christians argues that women can never give their spouses “a flat no” when asked for sex because “her body …

India tribal woman suspected of witchcraft gang-raped

<b>A tribal woman in central India has been brutally gang-raped allegedly by six men who suspected her of practising witchcraft, police say.</b><p>The 35-year-old woman has been admitted to hospital and is receiving treatment for her injuries.<p>All the six accused have been arrested, police said.<p>Indian media …

29 Recipes Every Millennial Should Know

You’re in the real world now. That means it’s time to cook like the young professional you are. If you’re clueless and without any cookbooks, have no fear. Cooking is easier than you think, and you can whip up some gourmet meals in no time. Spoon University is here to help with easy recipes that’ll …

Ice Cream

21 Vegan Barbecue Staples That'll Make Any Cookout An Herbivore's Delight

Just because you don't eat meat products doesn't mean you have to suffer through a vacuous frozen veggie burger while everyone else at the summer barbecue chows down on hot, delicious grill food.<p>You, dear vegan, deserve the very best. And, as it happens, the very best cookout foods are often vegan. …

Cook Out

Critic Faults Alcoholics Anonymous For Lack Of Evidence

Founded by two men in Akron, Ohio, in 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous has since spread around the world as a leading community-based method of overcoming alcohol dependence and abuse. Many people swear by the 12-step method, which has become the basis of programs to treat the abuse of drugs, gambling, …

Engineering students extinguish fire with sound

Imagine if all you needed to put out fire was a subwoofer. It's an idea that has been toyed with, theoretically, over the years -- DARPA demonstrated an acoustic extinguisher in 2012, following prior experiments from other researchers. Now, for the first time, a handheld extinguisher exists that …

Clues To Autism, Schizophrenia Emerge From Cerebellum Research

A new understanding of the brain's cerebellum could lead to new treatments for people with problems caused by some strokes, autism and even schizophrenia.<p>That's because there's growing evidence that symptoms ranging from difficulty with abstract thinking to emotional instability to psychosis all …