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France stands by choice of gay Vatican envoy

Paris has had no news on whether Laurent Stefanini, an openly gay Catholic, has been accepted to serve as its ambassador to the papal state.<p>However despite the lengthy delay -- seen as indicative of a rejection -- French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said Paris was not changing its …

California Takes Serious Look at 'Toilet to Tap' Tech

As the California drought worsens, some communities such as Orange County, San Diego and the Silicon Valley are expanding water recycling programs, and support for "toilet to tap" programs appears to be growing from a once-squeamish public.<p>"Because a lot of communities are running out of water, …

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You can now try BitTorrent's secure chat app Bleep

With revelations of government surveillance continuing to roll in, BitTorrent decided late last year that it was high time someone made a chat client that would let people communicate in a secure way without actually having to know a whole lot about security. The result of that project is coming …

How to feed the cities of the future

One MIT scientist hopes to farm without soil for city life<p><i>Come along with</i> The Verge <i>for the second season of Detours. We’ve traveled across the country to find the people, groups, and companies that are solving America’s problems in new and unconventional ways.</i><p>At MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, …

Robots kidnap a human in the first trailer for dark sci-fi film 'Automata'

With just its first trailer, <i>Automata</i> easily takes a place beside Christopher Nolan's <i>Interstellar</i>on the list of the best-looking sci-fi films coming this year. The film takes place in a dark future where robots are quickly gaining consciousness, and things go bad when a small number of them actually …

Stop being a tourist

Look at these idiots. Oblivious, naïve, and probably American. Even their execution of the quintessential holding-up-the-leaning-tower-of-Pisa pose is deeply flawed. Are they aware of the history? Of the architectural miasma that hangs in the air like the smell of stale Coppertone? No, no they …

How Shark Week screws scientists

Discovery is alienating the very people who supply its content: scientists<p><i>This post was originally published last year. With this year's Shark Week programming beginning tonight, we thought this would be a good reminder of some of Discovery's more unpleasant tendencies.</i><p>Discovery’s Shark Week …

You can't save everyone: the difficult choices of 'Road Not Taken'

A poem of a game<p>I left a child to die.<p><i>Road Not Taken</i> isn't a game about harrowing moral decisions like <i>The Walking Dead</i> or <i>Gods Will Be Watching</i>. It's more of a puzzle / strategy game, where each in-game year you have to save a group of children stranded in a forest. But it's also a game about life, …

There's a pill that prevents HIV — why are only gay men talking about it?

Truvada is the HIV prevention pill that puts women in control<p>A few months ago, the CDC recommended Truvada, the HIV prevention pill, to anyone at risk of infection. <i>The Verge</i> and other media outlets — including <i>The New York Times</i>, <i>The Washington Post</i>, and <i>Slate</i> — covered the news in a big way, because …

Play '80 Days,' a steampunk remix of Jules Verne's classic novel

Visit an alternate Earth still clad in Victorian sensibilities<p><i>80 Days</i> is a fantastical reinterpretation of the Jules Verne classic <i>Around the World in Eighty Days</i>. Here, airships and mechanical men intermingle with more mundane aspects of the 19th century to create an environment that is both …

Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up

Robin Koval is making a career of her changed tobacco habit.<p>"I'm a child of a smoker — my father was a heavy smoker," Koval says. "Really typical to the way the story goes, I started smoking when I was 15."<p>Now she is president and CEO of Legacy, a foundation devoted to preventing tobacco use.<p>Koval …

Learning the Ropes in Switzerland’s Canyoning Paradise

Every adventure needs trust. There must be faith in yourself, your partners, the environment, or the experience and not just for safety, but also value. You must deem the exploration important, either immediately or at some nostalgic point in the future. Belief in the experience is what makes it …

How (and Why) to Sail a 19th-Century Whaling Ship

A modern crew learns the secrets of sailing a 173-year-old whaler.<p>The <i>Charles W. Morgan</i>, a 173-year-old square-rigger that was used to hunt whales around the globe, has been made seaworthy after almost a century in the docks.<p>This summer the whaleship is plying New England waters after an extensive …

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

Jurassic fossils may mean that feathers were all in the family.<p>Almost all dinosaurs were probably covered in feathers, Siberian fossils of a tufted, two-legged running dinosaur dating from roughly 160 million years ago suggest.<p>Over the past two decades, discoveries in China have produced at least …

Scientists restore normal blood sugar levels in diabetic mice

Scientists have discovered a novel protein-based treatment that restores normal blood-sugar levels in diabetic mice for a period of seven days. The study, published in <i>Nature</i> today, reveals a possible new therapeutic pathway for people who suffer from type 2 diabetes. "We had no idea that this …

'Big Hero 6' trailer shows Disney's fun animated take on a Marvel superhero

After buying Marvel five years ago, Disney's animation team is finally taking on its first comic-book hero, and it's certainly having a lot of fun with it. The result appears to be an energetic and funny adaptation of the series <i>Big Hero 6</i>, which involves a genius kid named Hiro partnering with a …

Play this: 'Coming Out Simulator 2014' is a harrowing game about difficult choices

Where game play is rewarded with empathy, not points<p>Everyone's "coming out" story is different. Depending on the person's environment, the experience can be anything from an uplifting release to a traumatizing reminder that certain demographics are still cruelly stigmatized. Game developer Nicky …

Yo has a real purpose now

Yo is a great way to annoy your friends, but it could also turn into something much more — a simple way to manage push notifications across multiple apps and gadgets. Today, we got the first taste of how Yo might actually be useful on a daily basis. The company has launched an IFTTT channel that …

Pixel art games aren't retro, they're the future

About half a year ago, Sony and Microsoft started trying to convince people to spend several hundred dollars on powerful new consoles. Generational shifts don’t happen that often in the video games industry, so when they do, it’s natural for people to wonder about the potential of the hardware or …

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: Oppression of Gays Is 'New Apartheid'

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Podcaster Risks Excommunication For Defending Gay Mormons

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are cracking down on members who openly dispute the doctrine of the faith. Earlier this week, a Mormon feminist was excommunicated for pursing membership in the all-male priesthood of the church. Now another member, John Dehlin, is facing …

Virtual reality panic

At a conference last month, I experienced the virtual reality equivalent of bungee jumping: a “pit” demo. Wearing a high-end headset in a booth that tracked my movement, I walked a metal plank above a virtual floor. At the command of the exhibitor – who worked with a VR design company called …

Should three people be allowed to make a baby?

Researchers might soon make a child with three genetic parents, but the ethics of "designer babies" haven't been worked out<p>For more than a decade, scientists have been developing a fertility technique that involves combining DNA from three parents to make a child. The technique, which has yet to be …

The 90-year-old 'cocaine fountain' from the Sinaloa cartel

Leo Sharp is a World War II veteran, a great-grandfather, and a hybridizer beloved for his vivid blooms. He was also recently convicted of being a drug mule on his 90th birthday. For a time, he was "Tata," a "one-man cocaine fountain" operating on a level unheard of by the Detroit DEA office. <i>The</i> …

The Bloemhof incident: Affirmative action on death row | South Africa

A water crisis in South Africa's northwestern town of Bloemhof has led to the deaths of three infants and scores of children and adults admitted to hospital for severe diarrhoea. Preliminary results indicate that the area's main reservoir was contaminated with the E. Coli bacteria which causes …

Sunrise is the first great calendar app for Android and web

Another startup beats Google at its own game<p>The search results for "calendar" in the Google Play Store leave a lot to be desired.<p>You'll find Agenda and Cal, two decent free apps, and Business Calendar, a pricey app with lots of features but no sense of style. Today Calendar goes further, boasting a …

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