• Pope to draw huge crowds in Ecuador

    Pope to draw huge crowds in Ecuador

    Samanes park was already filling up eight hours before Pope Francis was due to celebrate Mass Hundreds of thousands of people are gathering in the Ecuadorean port city of Guayaquil on Monday to greet Pope...
  • Cracking the Code review

    Non-fictionCracking the Codeby Stephen and Sally Damiani with Leah Kaminsky, Vintage Australia (2015) Before Massimo Damiani’s first birthday, the baby lost the ability to crawl. He could no longer pull himself to his feet and...
  • Unity

    Most people who play video games have played a game made with Unity – even if they don’t know it. Originally launched in 2005, this adaptable, cross-platform game engine is freely available to amateur coders...

Headline News

  • South Carolina legislature set to begin debate on flag removal


    CHARLESTON, S.C. South Carolina lawmakers were set to begin debate Monday on legislation to remove the Confederate battle flag that flies on the grounds of the state capitol in Columbia. The debate comes after numerous elected officials, such as Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, called for the flag’s removal in light of the June 17 massacre of nine African-American members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston. The shooting took the life of the church’s pastor, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was also a state Senator.    Politicians and businesses are trying to banish the flag, widely viewed as a symbol of slavery, across the country in response to the Bible study killings. Photos of the white man charged in the shooting showed him posing with it on a website that also carried a racist manifesto. The removal legislation appears to have a good chance of success, and could be approved as early as Thursday. …

    July 6, 2015 9:44 am
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Politics

  • Heck Decision Prompts Rating Changes in 2 Nevada Races


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 10:18 a.m. July 6 0 Tweet Republican chances to win Nevada’s Senate seat improve slightly with Heck in the race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Republican Rep. Joe Heck’s decision to run for the Senate is no surprise, but now that he is officially in the race, we are changing our rating in two Nevada races. The race for Democratic Sen. Harry Reid’s open seat was already competitive, but Republican chances improve slightly with Heck’s decision. He is a battle-tested incumbent who won’t be easy for Democrats to pigeonhole as being too conservative for the state. Heck will likely face former state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, who has been elected statewide twice in races that weren’t particularly difficult. But she should benefit from presidential year turnout next year and Democrats believe the opportunity to elect the first Latina senator will inspire Hispanic voters to go to the polls …

    July 6, 2015 10:03 am
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Stocks

  • Reddit’s back, 150,000 petition for Ellen Pao’s ouster


    Social news site Reddit is up and running again, but the dispute which shutdown many of its most popular pages late last week is not yet settled. An online petition calling for interim CEO Ellen Pao to resign had collected 156,000 signatures by Monday morning. It had been started a month ago but had only about 10,000 signatures until the protests started late last week. More than 100 subreddits on a wide variety of topics from gaming to movies to science were closed down by their moderators, unpaid volunteers who oversee those pages, as a protest over the dismissal of Victoria Taylor, Reddit’s director of talent and communications, who was let go on Thursday. Related: Reddit community revolts after communications director fired Taylor served as a liaison between the moderators and Reddit, and coordinated the site’s wildly popular Ask Me Anything (AMA) series, where celebrities, political leaders, pop culture icons or simply people with interesting …

    July 6, 2015 9:02 am
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Sports

  • ‘Pearl Harbor’ trends on Twitter after U.S. soccer victory over Japan


    The Twitterverse lit up with references to the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor after the 5-2 U.S. victory over Japan in the Women’s World Cup championship match but other Twitter users called those comments offensive. “Hey Japan, that one was for Pearl Harbor. U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A,” Twitter user Cloyd Rivers wrote in a tweet that was “favorited” more than 15,000 times and retweeted 10,200 times. “Japan wishing they never bombed Pearl Harbor right about now…,” tweeted @JoeHeadTV The attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces on Dec. 7, 1941, prompted the U.S. entry into World War Two. Nearly 2,500 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured in the surprise attack in Hawaii. Many others viewed the Pearl Harbor tweets as tasteless and offensive. “of course pearl harbor is trending now. Did you think we could get through an international event without being racist,” tweeted @Cryptoterra. “It was great to see the USA women …

    July 6, 2015 9:44 am
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World News

  • Pope to draw huge crowds in Ecuador


    Samanes park was already filling up eight hours before Pope Francis was due to celebrate Mass Hundreds of thousands of people are gathering in the Ecuadorean port city of Guayaquil on Monday to greet Pope Francis. The Pope arrived in Ecuador on Sunday on the first leg of his three-country trip to Latin America which will also take him to Bolivia and Paraguay. It is his second visit to the region since becoming pontiff in 2013. City officials said a million visitors had travelled to Guayaquil to see the Pope. By 03:30 local time (08:30 GMT), a quarter of a million people had already gathered in Samanes park, where the pontiff will celebrate Mass on Monday. ‘Get some rest’ A Vatican official estimated that half a million people lined the streets of the Ecuadorean capital, Quito, on Sunday. Thousands of people waited for hours on the streets of the capital, Quito, to welcome the Pope …

    July 6, 2015 9:44 am
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Technology

  • Unity


    Most people who play video games have played a game made with Unity – even if they don’t know it. Originally launched in 2005, this adaptable, cross-platform game engine is freely available to amateur coders and can be bought for just $1500 by small professional studios, allowing both groups to quickly develop new projects without having to build their own underlying 3D graphics technologies – saving years of work and many thousands of dollars. Consequently, Unity has been a hugely important part of the indie scene, providing the tech behind everything from Gone Home to City Skylines, Pillars of Eternity and Fallout Shelter. But the openness and accessibility of the engine comes at a cost. For many PC gamers, the tech has become synonymous with cheap, quickly produced games, thrust onto the Steam game download service by inexperienced developers. Although the industry recognises the benefits of the engine – there are now over 4.5m Unity …

    July 6, 2015 9:43 am
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Science

  • Cracking the Code review


    Non-fictionCracking the Codeby Stephen and Sally Damiani with Leah Kaminsky, Vintage Australia (2015) Before Massimo Damiani’s first birthday, the baby lost the ability to crawl. He could no longer pull himself to his feet and would topple over even when sitting on the floor to play. Before that he had hit every developmental milestone, but now something was going badly wrong. Massimo had been born with an anomaly in his spinal cord and only one kidney, but doctors couldn’t put their finger on the cause of this new condition. All they could say was that it was a previously unknown form of leukodystrophy – the loss of myelin, the electrical insulation around neurons.  His nervous system was crumbling and the prognosis was bleak. But Massimo’s father Stephen was not about to let the story end there. With no background in medical science, he teamed up with geneticist Ryan Taft to map the family’s genome in …

    July 6, 2015 9:43 am
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Health

  • Anti-Vaccine Trend Has Parents Shunning Newborns’ Vitamin Shot


    MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — With the recent U.S. measles outbreak, the issue of vaccine refusal has received growing scrutiny. Now doctors are calling attention to a similar problem: Some parents are shunning the vitamin K shot routinely given to newborns to prevent internal bleeding. The consequences of that choice can be severe, pediatric specialists say. Infants can quickly become deficient in vitamin K, which can lead to dangerous bleeding in the intestines or the brain. “If you refuse the shot, you’re rolling the dice with your child’s health,” said Dr. Robert Sidonio Jr., a hematologist and assistant professor of pediatrics at Emory University in Atlanta. Vitamin K is necessary for normal blood clotting. In older children and adults, bacteria in the gut produce much of the vitamin K the body needs. But that’s not the case for infants. And breast milk does not supply enough vitamin K — no matter how careful …

    July 6, 2015 10:04 am
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Entertainment

  • Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Fly Back From London With Their Brood After Taking Care Of Business


    Posted on Mon Jul 6th, 2015 7:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Traveling the globe is no easy feat with a soccer team worth of kiddos! Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrived back in L.A. with their kids on Sunday, and it looks like the whole bunch was a little exhausted as they made their way to the car. The Oscar winner kept close to daughter Vivienne, while boys Maddox and Pax stuck together and Zahara held hands with her actor dad. Shiloh and Knox walked together, and we can’t get over how much they look alike! It seems Shi is still very much in her tomboy phase, and we applaud Brangie for letting their daughter express herself in any way she chooses. Hollywood’s royal couple were returning from London, where they had a busy schedule of having tea with Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as taking in a Taylor Swift concert at Hyde Park …

    July 6, 2015 9:23 am
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Editorial

  • Oregon silences bakers who refused to make cake for gay wedding


    Shut up! Don’t say another word. That’s what the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) is telling the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, a bakery owned by Christians who refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. On Friday the state ordered owners Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple they turned away in 2013. CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CONSERVATIVE CONVERSATION! The state also slapped a gag order on the evangelical Christian bakers – banning them from speaking publicly about their refusal to participate in or bake wedding cakes for same-sex unions. “This effectively strips us of all our First Amendment rights,” Mrs. Klein wrote on Facebook. “According to the state of Oregon, we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.” The Kleins tell me they have been ordered not to speak to any news organizations or speak publicly – an …

    July 6, 2015 10:04 am
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Odd News

  • Mexican firm sorry for royally selling president short


    MEXICO CITY It could have been the height of diplomatic embarrassment for Mexico’s president. When Enrique Pena Nieto hosted towering King Felipe of Spain this week, it was a tongue-in-cheek paint ad ridiculing his 10- inch height deficit that grabbed the headlines. On Wednesday, Mexican paint company Comex posted on Twitter a digitally-altered photograph of the president standing on one of its paint pots, giving him a leg up over the monarch under the banner “una pintura de altura,” or “a paint of stature.” Comex apologized on Thursday for the photograph, deleting the post after it had been heavily retweeted. It said the Tweet was published “without the appropriate approvals”. (Reporting by Max de Haldevang; Editing by Dave Graham and Simon Gardner)

    July 2, 2015 8:54 pm
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