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Pope tells Vladimir Putin to make a 'sincere effort' to find peace in Ukraine

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 16:53

MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin, in typical fashion, was over an hour late to meet Pope Francis on Wednesday. But they eventually met inside the walls of the Vatican, where the pontiff urged the Russian president to make a "sincere effort" to achieve peace in Ukraine

A year-long war in the country has killed more than 6,700 people, and displaced over 1 million others, according to the United Nations.

See also: Putin: God gave me perfect judgment

A statement from the Vatican said the two met for 50 minutes. The main topic, it said, was eastern Ukraine, where government forces are fighting separatists forces comprised of local militia and Russian servicemen. Putin has repeatedly denied direct involvement in the conflict, and said he has no soldiers fighting inside Ukraine, despite mounting evidence otherwise. Read more...

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TV on the Radio's 'Game of Thrones' theme cover encourages everyone to chill

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 16:50

TV on the Radio has a message for the long-suffering citizens of Westeros: take a chill pill.

The band covered the Game of Thrones theme song at their Brisbane concert, and lead singer Tunde Adebimpe added some vocals to the instrumental track. No one really needs lyrics beyond a simple "Mother of Dragons" chant

Cue the jokes about how it would actually be TV on the Radio if this becomes a single.

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Thrill-seeking rabbit takes on a huge avalanche like it's NBD

Tiny kittens reenact climactic battle from 'The Lion King' Read more...

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Women, it's time to flaunt your underarm hair

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 16:39

Celebrities are embracing a summer trend: hairy armpits

A women’s rights advocate is currently hosting a contest in China that asks women to post photos of their unshaven armpits. She, along with celebrities like Jemima Kirke, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, and Lena Dunham have been challenging the universal belief that women's beauty should include completely shaven armpit hair

“Men have more freedom in terms of what do with their bodies...I’m just saying if some people don't want to shave, the rest of us should not think their underarm hair is disgusting, unhygienic, uncivil or not feminine enough,” Xiao Meili, the woman behind the contest in China, told The New York Times Read more...

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Apple Music's worst nightmare? Spotify just doubled its paid subscribers

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 16:21

In sports and politics, they call it the Big Mo. It's that sense of unstoppable momentum that clings to an athlete, a team or a candidate on the rise — a halo of efficiency and popularity that is profoundly hard to overcome, no matter how much money the other guy has

In its race to dominate the world of music streaming before Apple arrives on the scene, Spotify certainly seems to have the Big Mo. The Swedish company announced on Wednesday that it has more than 20 million subscribers to Spotify Premium. This time last year, it had 10 million. As Spotify points out, that's one new subscriber every three seconds. Read more...

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Quiz: Are you a yuccie?

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 16:21

If you don't think you're a yuccie, you're probably wrong.

Mashable's piece on Young Urban Creatives — or yuccies, as writer David Infante calls them — officially announced the death of the hipster in favor of its more tech-savvy, mainstream and altogether identical twin. The good news: Creative millennials no longer have to worry about being branded as hipsters. The bad news: They have such a yucky new label to deal with.

See also: The hipster is dead, and you might not like who comes next

Do you know how yuccie you are? Take the quiz below and find out. Read more...

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How to use your local park for a kickass workout

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 16:07

Your gym is cold and poorly lit. The great outdoors is your playground.

Mashable followed fitness trainer and founder of New York-based boot camp Trooper Fitness and FL2 ambassador, Prince Brathwaite, around Union Square, New York to learn a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) circuit routine. It only require objects easily found in your local park, and maybe even your backyard. No purchase necessary

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Complete this set about three to five times, which should take you about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on your fitness level. And don't forget your sunscreen Read more...

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EPA is trying to cut aircraft emissions, but the rule book is cloudy

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 16:01

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a draft finding that, if finalized, would trigger federal rules to curtail greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. commercial aviation. This would add aircraft to the list of entities covered by the Obama administration's climate program, which aims to reduce U.S. emissions by 26 to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025.

The action on Wednesday afternoon, known as an "endangerment finding" under the Clean Air Act, is not accompanied by draft regulations that would cut emissions from aircraft, which amount to 11% of the greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. transport sector Read more...

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High heel-related injuries have spiked over the years

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 15:57

It may be time to follow in Barbie’s footsteps and say goodbye to those horribly painful stilettos.

High heel-realted injuried have doubled between 2002 and 2012, according to a new study published in The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery. In 2002, there were 7,097 related injuries for women in the U.S.; in 2012, there were 14,140.

See also: Besides sexist, Cannes Film Festival is unfashionable too

The research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham states that an estimated 123,355 high heel injuries were treated in emergency rooms across the United States between that 10-year span. The data was collected from the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Electronic Injury Surveillance System. Read more...

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The Dausage is the doughnut-sausage hybrid of your meaty dreams

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 15:45

Since the advent of the Cronut, entrepreneurial cooks have found other ways to combine the deep-fried crisp of a doughnut with, well, pretty much anything that's edible. Now a new hybrid for meat lovers is joining the ranks of the duffin and the ramnut.

The Dausage is U.K. man Liam Bennett's answer to the food hybrid craze. Part sausage, part doughnut, these meaty links are blended with leeks and chives, and injected with a seedless jam.

See also: 8 Delightful Doughnut Recipes to Make at Home

The jam-filled doughnut-sausage hybrid that

Image: dausage.com

So far, flavors include:

  • Pork with Strawberry Jam Read more...

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    Facebook now wants you to explore what's trending in 5 topics

    Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 15:39

    Facebook continues to experiment with organizing the Trending area on its homepage by different topics, a test it began in April.

    Currently, the social network has five topics that users can toggle between — All News, Politics, Science and Tech, Sports, and Entertainment — and are represented by small, recognizable icons, including a soccer ball for Sports and an old-school film camera for Entertainment

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    Image: Facebook

    Given that Facebook usually spends a few weeks testing out experiments before rolling them out in some form, expect this smarter, more evolved an update to your homepage very soon Read more...

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    Dancing headless robotic dog does a little samba

    Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 15:32

    Welcome to Google, where a summer BBQ party means having a dancing, headless robot dog dance in a parking lot for your amusement.

    A summer party hosted by Google Ventures, Google's venture arm, this week featured a drone taking group pictures, a self-driving car waiting to be used and, most memorably of all, a robotic dog that apparently knows how to dance

    Some in attendance — investors, entrepreneurs and public relations folks — had mixed reactions in conversations with Mashable after the event: One person was impressed by the dog's "natural movements." Another person said it felt a little bit like stepping into the dystopian future of Blade Runner — helped along by the odd feeling of seeing a dog without a head trying to dance. Read more...

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    It's official: Pizza Hut's hot dog pizza is coming to the states

    Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 15:31

    There have been plenty of whispers and murmurs of Pizza Hut bringing their famed hot dog-stuffed crust pizza to the United States. Now the rumors have been answered.

    News outlets have been abuzz with the possibility that this artery-clogging monstrosity might soon grace the U.S. after The Impulsive Buy posted this promotional flyer, emblazoned with a mysterious graphic of a hot dog/pizza Venn diagram.

    See also: Pizza Hut is involved in a weird open relationship with meat pies

    Well, Pizza Hut has just confirmed: the fast food mashup will indeed be making its American debut on June 18

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    McKinney police officer says he wasn't targeting minorities at pool party

    Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 15:31

    The Texas police officer who resigned after he was seen in a video pushing a bikini-clad 14-year-old girl to the pavement and pulling a gun on two of her friends at a teenage pool party "was not targeting minorities," his lawyer said. She noted he also "detained a white female" — an arrest that wasn't captured on video.

    See also: The 5 most WTF moments from the McKinney police pool party video

    "He believed that those who fled were possible suspects," she claimed, while admitting that "he allowed his emotions to get the better of him." She went on to say he "apologizes to all who were offended." Read more...

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    A fan tried to correct Taylor Swift’s grammar, but there’s no bad blood

    Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 15:25

    Correcting Taylor Swift's grammar does not, historically, have a great success rate. Earlier this year, the Princeton Review asked students to find the grammatical error in a Swift lyric, forgetting that Swift is flawless and misquoting her in the process

    This week, a Swiftie, who was willing to compromise her relationship with Taylor to defend the English language, took issue with the caption on a Polaroid that was included as part of Swift's "1989" deluxe CD package

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    The Tumblr user pointed out the lack of an apostrophe in the contraction "it's" in the handwritten "Wildest Dreams" lyrics. Swift countered by saying the apostrophe was there but it overlapped with another letter — which is exactly the sort of thing someone who is caught carelessly forgoing apostrophes would say. Swift then proceeded to grammar shame the fan for her errors Read more...

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    Twitter update makes it easier to block many people at once

    Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 15:17

    Twitter is once again stepping up its efforts to help users facing harassment on its social network.

    The company just added new tools that make it easier for people to block several people at once. With the update, users are now able to share lists of accounts they have blocked and make them available to other users

    See also: Twitter sucks at dealing with trolls and CEO says it's all his fault

    In a blog post Wednesday, Twitter User Safety Engineer Xiaoyun Zhang said that the latest update was an expansion of the platform's existing mute and block tools.

    "While many users find them useful, we also recognize that some users — those who experience high volumes of unwanted interactions on Twitter — need more sophisticated tools," Zhang wrote. "We also hope these advanced blocking tools will prove useful to the developer community to further improve users’ experience." Read more...

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    Facebook Messenger hits 1 billion downloads on Android devices

    Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 15:06

    Facebook Messenger has been downloaded more than 1 billion times on Android devices — a feat that's only been accomplished by several other apps.

    David Marcus, vice-president of messaging products at Facebook, announced in a post that the company's popular Messenger app is now among an exclusive few to reach 1 billion downloads on the Google Play store.

    See also: Facebook: Spinning off Messenger was a good move, and here's why

    Besides Facebook, which previously hit this milestone with its flagship app and WhatsApp, Google has earned the 1 billion downloads badge with its Gmail, YouTube, Search and Maps apps. Read more...

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    This portable gadget analyzes your skin and tells you how to improve it

    Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 15:00

    Pop quiz: what is your body's largest and fastest-growing organ? It's your skin! Apart from keeping your blood and guts from leaking out, skin regulates your body temperature and protects you from a variety of external hazards. Long story short, your skin is pretty darn important.

    As we enter the age of wearable tech, fitness and health-related gadgets that can monitor heartbeat and track your workouts abound. Fitbit and Apple Watch are great for giving users a glimpse of their overall health, but despite physically touching it to get a reading, none of these wearables are monitoring your skin. Read more...

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