Isa Shahmarli: “I can do everyhting myself, If you want you can achieve”

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The first guest of our blog is Isa Shahmarli. He is 20. He works in the Marketing sphere and is the chairman of LGBT organization. He admitted to his family and friends several years ago that he is homosexual. Though he faced a lot of pressures because of it, he continues to struggle. He says that, this courage didn’t appear suddenly. When his groupmates learned about it they beat Isa in front of the University. Continue reading

About Georgian presidential election

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gePresidential election voting began in Georgia on Sunday. According to the CEC, the number of voters able to vote in the Georgian election was 3,537,719 million. Around 3655 polling stations and 34 additional special constituencies were opened in the country. Around 50 polling stations were operated outside of Georgia. Around 48,458 Georgian citizens living or staying abroad on official affairs were be able to vote there. Continue reading

Wall-mounted sculptures of mysterious women and their luscious hairstyles

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sakurai-3 (1)Tokyo-based sculptor Yasuhiro Sakurai carves these stunning wall-mounted sculptures of mysterious women and their luscious hairstyles from cypress wood, giving them an almost golden appearance. Continue reading

Riot police break up ODTÜ protest in Ankara, 24 students forming human chain detained

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Riot police in Ankara have broken up a protest by students who gathered today in the city’s central Kızılay square to denounce the clear-cutting of trees to make way for a controversial road that will pass through the campus of Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ).

Hundreds of students were preparing to march to the ODTÜ campus and the Higher Education Board’s (YÖK) building in the Bilkent neighborhood with trees in their hands, but police did not allow the demonstration to take place. Continue reading

Wikipedia pilots articles-via-SMS service aimed at Africans

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Articles will be sent in text message-sized chunks after a user requests a topic

Wikipedia has begun piloting a service that sends articles via text message, primarily aimed at users in Africa.

The online encyclopaedia has partnered with mobile operator Airtel to offer the free initiative which is being tested out in Kenya.

It is hoped the service will be used to reach people who do not have internet access.

The trial will be active for three months, said Dan Foy, technical partner manager for the Wikimedia Foundation. Continue reading

Greenpeace activist dangles from Eiffel Tower in Russia protest

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A French firefighter approaches a Greenpeace activist hanging from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

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A Greenpeace activist suspended himself from the Eiffel Tower on Saturday to call for the release of 30 people who have spent more than a month in a Russian jail over a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic

After lowering himself from the second tier of the Paris landmark, the man unfurled a large yellow sign saying: “Free the Arctic 30.” He was brought down about two hours later by firemen without incident. Continue reading

Qatar: Contemporary art’s biggest buyer

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The largest ever exhibition of Damien Hirst’s work, Relics, is on display at Doha’s Al Riwaq exhibition space until 22 January 2014. (Damien Hirst and Science Ltd)

Relics, the biggest ever show of work by Damien Hirst, has just been unveiled in the tiny, energy-rich state of Qatar, in the Persian Gulf. As well as the provocative artist’s spot and spin paintings and his signature medicine cabinets, the show boasts the biggest pickled shark he has ever made, weighing in at a gargantuan 76 tons, and his diamond-encrusted skull, a piece that he once boasted was the most expensive artwork ever made by a living artist.

The exhibition is being staged in Qatar’s capital Doha, in the Al Riwaq exhibition space, a building which has been covered with coloured dots for the occasion. But that is not all: outside an as-yet-unfinished medical centre, Hirst has placed The Miraculous Journey, a series of 14 massive bronze sculptures charting a foetus from conception to birth. The project cost a reported $20m. Continue reading

How did Pearl Jam become Generation X’s Grateful Dead?

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Isle of Wight Festival - Day 3It didn’t look likely in 1995, when Pearl Jam was on the verge of breaking up. But of the many breakthrough acts that surfaced during the alternative-rock era in the early ‘90s – Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots − Pearl Jam has thrived longer than any of them.

They have stayed continually intact (save for a few drummer changes along the way) for more than two decades and are still a hit on the charts and a major draw on the road. Though Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron are no longer spitting out commercial blockbusters on par with the band’s 13 million-selling 1991 debut, Ten, Pearl Jam’s latest release, Lightning Bolt, is their 10th straight studio album to debut in the Top 5 of US chart, the Billboard 200. And they’re in the midst of a string of sold-out shows at North American arenas. Continue reading

Why are zombies still so popular?

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Danny Boyle’s post-apocalyptic film 28 Days Later (2002) has been credited with reinvigorating interest in the zombie film genre. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Just when you think they’re finished, they get up again and shamble towards you. It’s a truism that applies to zombies − everyone’s favourite decomposing, man-eating fiends − but it’s also true of the zombie films, television series, books and graphic novels that are being devoured by ever greater audiences, long after the fad for this particular breed of undead monster seemed to be heading for the grave.

It’s now more than a decade since zombies began their relentless shuffle into the mainstream of popular culture. In Danny Boyle’s 2002 hit 28 Days Later the mindless cannibals weren’t called zombies − they were simply ‘the infected’ − but they were close enough to remind the film industry that there was money to be made from the dormant horror sub-genre. Continue reading

Social Media Role in Azerbaijani Presidential Elections

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get_img    During the pre-election campaign social networks served as theonly alternativesource of information. Opposition party members were actively using social media, mostly Facebook, to provoke people’s protest.While the government strictly controls traditional media, social networks are the only ways for opposition to share their visions to Azerbaijani citizens. Continue reading

The New iPad Air

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Apple, the world’s most innovative company has again dragged the attention of the Tech lovers and its sister companies by introducing the new iPad Air in the event which was held yesterday in San Francisco. There are many expectations on this next generation of iPad as it was the device which was coming from Apple after the release of the highly innovative iPhone 5S. Continue reading

How Europe failed Azerbaijan

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seckiSince Azerbaijan joined the Council of Europe in 2001, the country’s grim human rights record has only become worse. The Council’s and EU’s ambiguous reactions to the October 9 presidential election raise new questions about Europe’s role in Azerbaijan’s transition to democracy. Continue reading

SHREDDIES: FART-FILTERING UNDERWEAR WITH ZORFLEX® ACTIVATED CARBON MATERIAL

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fartproofsdfsdfsdfDon’t lie and try to pretend you’re not sorta excited about (or a least bemused by) a new line of underwear that filters out farts. Yep, you heard me right. These fart-proof undies are made for both men and women (and apparently in really cute styles) byShreddies Ltd. based in Leicestershire, England. Continue reading

Why piano-mania grips China’s children

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A group of young Chinese pianists take pIn Mao’s China, pianos were destroyed as despised symbols of the bourgeoisie – but now an estimated 40m children are learning the instrument. What has changed? Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore investigates.

Keng Zhou holds a prestigious position as dean of the International Piano Academy at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. But he first learnt to play in 1973 not on a gleaming grand piano but on an instrument’s battered remains. Continue reading

First human trial of new bone-marrow transplant method

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Doctors at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital have carried out a pioneering bone-marrow transplant technique.

They say the method should help with donor shortages since it does not require a perfect cell match.

Mohammed Ahmed, who is nearly five years old, was among the first three children in the world to try out the new treatment. Continue reading

Covered-up Rihanna strikes a pose, sparks ire in Abu Dhabi

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rihanna-mosque-2Pop princess Rihanna sells albums with her sultry, attention-grabbing poses. But during a visit to the United Arab Emirates, her poses got her into hot water.
While in town for a concert, the singer visited the courtyard of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center. The landmark mosque said it asked her to leave after she posed for photos inappropriately on its grounds. Continue reading

The photos North Korea didn’t want you to see

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A stern looking North Korean guard by the Chinese border customs office. This image was deleted by North Korean officials.

As the sole Western journalist covering a unique bicycle race in North Korea last month, I was provided with a personal guide, a car with a driver and the promise that I was free to take any photographs I wanted. As a journalist, it seemed like an incredible opportunity to document a small snapshot of what North Korea was really like.
However, the promise turned out not to be completely true.
At the border, before going back to China, a group of security guards confiscated my camera and erased all images they thought were inappropriate, or did not portray the country in a favorable light. Continue reading

Google: No.1 Place To Work, 2013!

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blobtoimageoutsideEveryone who goes to work will always appreciate a nurturing workplace. The environment of a workplace undoubtedly affects the performance of the employees.
Research from the Hay Group finds that highly engaged employees are, on average, 50% more likely to exceed expectations than the least-engaged workers. Continue reading

Female suicide bomber attacks Russian bus, kills six

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Russian Emergencies Ministry handout shows members of Russia's emergency services working near a damaged bus after a bomb blast in Volgograd

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A female suicide bomber attacked a bus in southern Russia on Monday, authorities said, killing at least six people in the deadliest such blast outside the volatile North Caucasus region in nearly three years.

The bombing in Volgograd was likely to raise fears of further attacks by Islamist militants as Russia prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in February in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, not far from the mainly Muslim North Caucasus. Continue reading

Nurses hold protest in Tehran

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norse_iran-190811Nurses have held a protest in the Imam Khomeini Hospital. They were protesting the lack of medical personnel and a forced increase of their working hours, Secretary General of the Nursing Council Mohammad Sharifi Muqaddam said, ILNA agency reported on Monday.
Sharifi Muqaddam stated that new departments were opened in the hospital and the demands of patients have increased by 2-3 times. Continue reading

Georgian Prime Minister to leave post until November 24

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Bidzina_Ivanishvili_albom_080512Prime Minister of Georgia, Bidzina Ivanishvili told France Press in an interview that he will leave his post until November 24.
“I do not see any logic in governing the country from behind the scenes. I do not intend to work from there. A week after the inauguration I will resign and will leave the post until November 24,” the Georgian Prime Minister said. Continue reading

The Race War in Russia’s Capital

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russia_race_riots_0MOSCOW — It’s been a sad Eid al-Adha this year for many of the Muslims living in Russia. On the eve of the holiday this year, police took to the streets of Moscow to arrest hundreds of illegal residents, many of them Muslims. As I followed the news I found myself recalling a recent conversation with my friend Magomed. Magomed, who hails from the southern republic of Dagestan, has nurtured a lifelong fondness for the Russian heartland — and it pains him to realize that many mainstream Russians often don’t reciprocate. He’s fond of Russian culture and the Russian language, and he’s happy that Dagestan became a part of Russia two hundred years ago. Continue reading

Day after fire. Sumqayit. Karvan TM

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sumqayitrThere was a terrible accident Yesterday, October 19, in Sumqayit. The biggest local shopping center was covered by fire. This video was produced the next day.
People lost their work places. Most of them are unable to pay for loans. Hope the government will help them to be recovered.

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ODTÜ rector revolts against Ankara municipality, says night-time construction raid ‘illegal’

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The rector of Middle Eastern Technical University (ODTÜ) has expressed his fury at Ankara Metropolitan Municipality for entering the school’s campus at night without permission to clear-cut trees as part of a controversial road construction project in the capital.

“ODTÜ has given its permission for the road project. But we don’t approve the midnight raid nor consider it a good-willed approach. What’s been done is entirely illegal,” Ahmet Acar said, emphasizing that the municipality workers had entered ODTÜ land without permission. Continue reading

I’ve Never Seen the Israel / Palestine Conflict Illustrated More Uniquely Than This

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The story shared by Israel and Palestine has been told in several stunning films, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it told like this.

 created this (extremely brief) animated history of the land that was at one time called Israel, Palestine, Canaan and the Levant. She even created this viewer’s guide to make sense of what’s happening.

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Facebook becomes Google advertising ally

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facebook-googleGoogle-owned online ad-placing service DoubleClick on Friday announced that the way has been cleared to include space at Facebook.

Google had previously been shut out of the social network’s advertising network, with no reasons given for the exclusion or the change of heart.

Word that the Internet titan’s online advertising reach would extend to Facebook came as Google shares breached $1,000 for the first time. Continue reading

Latest rate of Azerbaijani population

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stock-footage-baku-azerbaijan-may-people-are-strolling-through-a-busy-shopping-street-in-bakuAs of October 1 2013, Azerbaijan’s population size increased by 86,000 people or by 0.9 per cent since early 2013 and hit 9,442,500 people, the State Statistics Committee told Trend on Friday.

According to the committee, about 53.1 per cent of the population lives in cities while 46.9 per cent lives in the country’s regions. Continue reading

Inauguration ceremony of president of Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev held

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inauguration_ilham_aliyev_241008A ceremony of inauguration of Ilham Aliyev re-elected as the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan took place at the Milli Majlis (Azerbaijani Parliament) on Saturday.

State and government officials, heads of committees and companies, members of the Milli Majlis, representatives of political parties, public organizations and general public, and foreign ambassadors gathered for the ceremony. Continue reading

5 Girl On Top Sex Positions He Will Never Forget – PHOTOS

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 İf you want some close lovey dovey time, this position is perfect. Have your guy lay flat, and lay on him as naturally as possible. Don’t bend your knees too much. If possible, try to lie flat on top of him. You won’t be able to move as fast, but this position allows you to feel tighter to him and cause a little more friction if needed. Continue reading

Boy dies after masturbating 42 times

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kkkkA 16-year-old boy died after masturbating 42 times without stopping in Rubiato town, in Goiás region, Brazil.

His mother told a local newspaper that she already knew about his son’s addiction and that she planned to see the doctor, but the decision came too late. Continue reading

Underwater museum planned in Turkey’s Antalya

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pic127306The Shipping Trade Chamber (DTO) Antalya Branch is planning to establish in Antalya a similar museum to the world famous underwater museum in the Caribbean Sea.

The project aims to make the city a diving center and to improve underwater sports. Talks have started with the West Mediterranean Development Agency (BAKA). The museum is set to be established in the Side district. Continue reading

Georgian CEC cancels restrictions on photo and video shooting in polling stations

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georgian_electionsThe Central Election Commission of Georgia changes the rules of photo and video shooting in the polling stations on the presidential election day.
According to the CEC decree, cameramen and photographers will be able to freely enter and go out of the polling stations during the election process, the Georgian CEC told Trend on Thursday.

In addition, the cameramen will be able to shoot the election process from the place determined by the election commission if the dimensions of the place do not allow to stick to the determined distance of three meters. Continue reading

Microsoft releasing Windows 8.1, a year in making

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urn-publicid-ap.org-50aa25c2ff3b4fe9b9609774b5d9d303Microsoft is releasing its long-awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade as a free download starting Thursday. It addresses some of the gripes people have had with Windows 8, the dramatically different operating system that attempts to bridge the divide between tablets and PCs.

Windows 8.1 still features the dual worlds that Windows 8 created when it came out last October. On one hand, it features a touch-enabled tile interface resembling what’s found in tablet computers. Continue reading

Did You Know That In 2012 Scientists Managed To Teleport

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teleportQuantum teleportation is a term used to define the process of transmission of quantum information from one place to another. The transmission is based on classical communication and it shouldn’t be mistaken with teleportation that we usually see in science fiction movies. Actually, despite its rather interesting name, quantum teleportation should be regarded as a type of communication and not transportation. Continue reading

The jobs Chinese girls just can’t do

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_70489006_celiahatton5In China – as in many countries – more women than men are entering university. But are there jobs for the girls out in the real world?

Manicurist or courtroom judge? Cake decorator or radio host? For the cost of a ticket, children in Beijing can test out dozens of possible careers at the I Have a Dream theme park. Continue reading

Cancer costing European Union countries ‘billions’

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_70435518_m1320644-lung_cancer_cell_division,_sem-splCancer costs countries in the European Union 126bn euro (£107bn) a year, according to the first EU-wide analysis of the economic impact of the disease.

The charity Cancer Research UK said it was a “huge burden”.

The figures, published in the Lancet Oncology, included the cost of drugs and health care as well as earnings lost through sickness or families providing care. Continue reading

Malaysian court rules use of “Allah” exclusive to Muslims

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A Malaysian court ruled on Monday that a Christian newspaper may not use the word “Allah” to refer to God, a landmark decision on an issue that has fanned religious tension and raised questions over minority rights in the mainly Muslim country.

The unanimous decision by three Muslim judges in Malaysia’s appeals court overturned a 2009 ruling by a lower court that allowed the Malay-language version of the newspaper, The Herald, to use the word Allah – as many Christians in Malaysia say has been the case for centuries. Continue reading

Georgian residents in Turkey granted homeland citizenship

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Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili met in Turkey with ethnic Georgians and presented some with a certificate of Georgian citizenship.

Saakashvili said an agreement had been reached with the Turkish side on studying the Georgian language in local schools.

The president also handed over musical instruments to the Caucasian culture centre. Continue reading

Head of Azerbaijan Railways: Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway’s construction continues according to schedule

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RailwayWorks on completion of construction of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway’s junction continue according to the schedule, Chairman of Azerbaijan Railways LTD, Arif Askerov said.

“The first and second phases of railway’s construction have already been completed, and at the moment works are being carried out as part of the third phase. The construction of a 4.3 km long tunnel between Georgia and Turkey is also continuing,” Askerov said. Continue reading

Internet addict almost drowns infant son by mistake

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internet-addictionTOKYO —Emergency responders in Aichi Prefecture received a call at 1 a.m. on Oct 9 from a frantic young mother whose baby boy had nearly drowned in the bathtub.

Fire department personnel rushed to the scene of a one-room apartment in Kariya City, where a 10-month-old baby boy nearly drowned after his mother, 24, left him unattended in the bathtub. An announcement by prefectural police explains that after bathing her infant son, the woman removed the plug from the tub’s drain pipe and left the room while her baby was still lying inside, thinking that the water would soon recede. Continue reading

Tarantino: Earth couldn’t handle my serial killer film

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931d445b139e666148a287586d356648e6b72729Two-time Oscar winner Quentin Tarantino today revealed he was afraid to make any film about a serial killer, because such a production would “reveal my sickness far too much”.

“The planet Earth couldn’t handle my serial killer movie,” claimed the American director, who has a long history of ultra-violence in his films, from breakthrough box office smash “Pulp Fiction” (1995) through to last year’s “Django Unchained”. Continue reading

Fukui museum unearths Japan’s dinosaur roots

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Mining for clues: Yoshikazu Noda, a researcher at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, holds a fossil excavated at a site in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand, on Feb. 4 through a joint project with the Khorat Fossil Museum. | KYODO

“It’s a dinosaur backbone!” One February morning, around 30 researchers and workers hammered away at an excavation site in the middle of sugar cane fields stretching beyond the horizon in Suranaree, about 260 km northeast of Bangkok.

Large rocks were first cut into pieces around 30 cm sq. and then broken into smaller pieces to comb through for fossils of dinosaur bones and teeth, as well as fish scales. Continue reading

Soviet-era erotic alphabet book from 1931 [Советская эротическая азбука 1931 года]

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Image: This threesome brought
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Reproduced here are a bunch of scans from a fascinating erotic alphabet book printed in the Soviet Union circa 1931, made to combat adult illiteracy. By the sculptor and future People’s Artist of the USSR Sergei Merkurov [Сергей Меркуров], no less. For those of you who enjoyed my previous post on classic Soviet board-games from the 1920s, this should be right up your alley.

As my friend Jasmine Curcio points out, these images draw upon clear precedents in the phallic imagery of ancient Roman art. Throughout the ABC book one can find images of horny satyrs, indecent cupids, and flying disembodied cocks. Given Merkurov’s own fascination with ancient Greek and Roman art, this is hardly surprising. No doubt, all of these precedents were consciously invoked. Though it is admittedly somewhat interesting to see various dirty motifs cribbed from the style of Roman antiquity deployed for the purposes of a Soviet literacy campaign, which was itself such a distinctly modernizing project. Continue reading

US Army plans ‘Iron Man’ armour for soldiers

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iron-man-jan-23The US Army is working to develop “revolutionary” smart armour that would give its troops “superhuman strength”.

It is calling on the technology industry, government labs and academia to help build the Iron Man-style suit.

Other exoskeletons that allow soldiers to carry large loads much further have already been tested by the army. Continue reading

Julian Assange’s Impassioned Letter Asking Benedict Cumberbatch To Drop Out Of WikiLeaks Movie ‘The Fifth Estate’

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Assange 903Julian Assange made it clear he didn’t want Benedict Cumberbatch to play him in the upcoming WikiLeaks’ movie “The Fifth Estate.”

Cumberbatch told NYMag the two had been in contact over the DreamWorks’ movie earlier this year saying the news-leaking site’s founder “hates the idea of the film.”

Specifically, the actor reached out for a meetup with Assange and in response received a lengthy letter. Continue reading

Pakistan’s Malala wins EU’s Sakharov rights prize

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Photo taken on September 17, 2013 shows Pakistani student who was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban, Malala Yousafzai addressing the assembly before receiving the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2013 at the Manison House in Dublin. AFP photo

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistan’s teenage activist, on Thursday was awarded the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.

“Today, we decided to let the world know that our hope for a better future stands in young people like Malala Yousafzai,” said the chairman of the conservative European People’s Party. Continue reading