Dogs at polling stations are the only good thing about the UK election

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The best thing about exercising your democratic right to vote today will be the adorable sight of cute doggies gathered at the polling stations.

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This snap election gives us yet another opportunity to enjoy the glorious influx of voter pups on Twitter, which began trending with the hashtag #DogsatPollingStations.

Here are some of the best:

This fancy pup showed up to vote in full bowtie and tux. 

#dogsatpollingstations pic.twitter.com/1SEo5Sxa4m

— sophie (@thoughtorgan) June 8, 2017

Monty’s got our vote.

Either way, get out and vote today! #dogsatpollingstations #MontyforPM pic.twitter.com/BOt2DBqvSc

— Kate Fitch (@FitchyK) June 8, 2017 Read more…

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‘Anchorman’ parody of the UK election is hilariously on-point

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Remember the epic fight sequence from Anchorman?

Of course you do. And really, wasn’t it only a matter of time before it got its own real-world political parody?

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On Wednesday evening, BBC Three unleashed the above mashup on Facebook. At the time of writing it’s on around 4 million views and 100,000 shares.

The bit with Nigel Farage makes it. Read more…

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Facebook patents show multiple ways the network could harness our emotions

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Social media has been known to mess with our emotions and even affect our mental health — and that manipulation is sometimes by design. 

Facebook, in particular, has been known to play fast and loose with its users feelings. Troubling news broke last month that the network’s targeted ads were sometimes designed to prey on teenage users’ perceived insecurities, which isn’t entirely surprising given teens’ tendency to air out their feelings online.

Tech analytics firm CB Insights unearthed a trio of Facebook patents focused on harnessing the emotions of its users published by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The applications are mostly focused on predicting the ways we react to what we see online and how we communicate.   Read more…

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Man gets crushed beneath a giant water balloon in glorious slow motion

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This isn’t the first time YouTube duo The Slow Mo Guys have experimented with giant water balloons, and it’s not going to be the last.

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The clip above, which features Dan slowly being squashed beneath a six foot orange balloon filling with water, is the first in a catchily named segment called “Giant Balloon June”.

We’re looking forward to the next instalment already. Read more…

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China now has a one-dog policy

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After China’s lifting of its longstanding one-child policy, it’s started to put in a one-dog policy.

A couple of cities in China have introduced restrictions on dog ownership, allowing each household to only have one dog.

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Qingdao, in the eastern part of China, released new rules on Thursday that will levy fines of 2,000 yuan ($294) on people who more than one dog. 

The city is also banning dogs from 40 different breeds. These include “ferocious” dogs like pit bulls, Doberman pinschers and Tibetan mastiffs.

People who already own more than one animal will be allowed to keep them. Read more…

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Chinese school isolating its HIV-positive students just shows we need better awareness

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On Wednesday, millions sat for China’s notoriously grueling two-day college entrance exam, known as the gaokao.

While everyone files into testing facilities for the exam, 16 kids in northern China’s Shanxi province will sit the test in isolation — because they’re HIV-positive.

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The students go to the Linfen Red Ribbon School, the only institution of its kind in China. Linfen was set up over a decade ago specifically to provide education to HIV-positive kids. 

The school has always maintained that it serves as a safe-haven for the HIV-positive community, away from society’s discrimination and rejection — often even from even their families. Read more…

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Just a bunch of sick photos of British politicians when they were young and fit

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It may seem strange, but even politicians were young, not that long ago. 

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With general election polling underway, why not take a moment to look back at the main party leaders when they were beautiful blossoms ready to flower. 

Some of them were activists, speaking up for workers’ rights (Jeremy Corbyn) or against the war in Iraq (Caroline Lucas). Some were fronting a post-punk, new-wave band “written off as a fourth rate New Order” (Tim Farron). One is the daughter of a vicar (Theresa May) while another had a sick hairstyle (Nicola Sturgeon) back in her days at Greenwood Academy.  Read more…

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12 hilariously viral moments from the UK election campaign 2017

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It’s widely known that General Election campaigns tend to be long, depressing affairs. But that doesn’t mean they’re totally devoid of fun.

Nestled among the repetitive answers and frustrating debates are brief, shining moments of hilarity. Sometimes these come from obvious places (politicians eating food), and sometimes less obvious (politicians asking random members of the public to “smell their spaniel”).

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From tweets on the official House of Cards account to spectacularly odd campaign videos, we give you some of the most viral moments from the UK general election 2017 campaign trail: Read more…

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Apple makes an eloquent plea to take climate change seriously

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Apple’s latest commercial is advertising the Earth.

In a rare topical turn for the company, the ad makes a lofty appeal for environmentalism at a moment when such efforts face historic threats from Donald Trump’s administration.

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“Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand,” the late astronomer Carl Sagan says in the ad’s voiceover. “It underscores the responsibility to deal more cleanly with one another and to preserve and cherish the only home we’ve ever known.”

Climate change is never explicitly mentioned. Nor are any of the many other problems the planet’s facing. But the gist is clear, and the broad language actually packs a bigger punch.    Read more…

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The most important iOS 11 feature is one you may not want to use—but should

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It’s only been a couple of days since Apple introduced the next version of iOS and already there’s a lot to look forward to. 

Marquee features like a more intelligent Siri and Apple Pay in Messages aside, there’s Wi-Fi sharing with friends, one-handed keyboards, and probably a few we don’t even know about yet.

But none of these even come close to being the most important feature of iOS 11: Do Not Disturb While Driving.

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Yes, the driving feature, which automatically mutes notifications when it detects you’re driving, stands to be the most consequential feature of iOS 11 for one reason: it could actually help save lives. Read more…

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