India government puts out viral Facebook video in support of transgender women

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An Indian government agency has made a public statement to protect its transgender hires, even producing a Facebook video to educate the public about discrimination.

It’s being heralded as a first in the country, where transgender women still face abuse and hostility from society.

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The 23 women will be working at a new Kochi Metro station in Kerala, south India.

In the video, one woman says: “I also have ambition, hopes and dreams.”

Another says: “I want you to look at me, and just see a person doing a job.”

Image: Kerala Information/Facebook Read more…

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Elon Musk had a ‘promising’ conversation about tunnels with Los Angeles mayor

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Citizens of Los Angeles, your traffic woes might one day be solved with tunnels. 

Elon Musk tweeted late Sunday that he’s had a “promising” conversation with the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti about implementing a tunnel network in the city that would “carry cars, bikes & pedestrians.”

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Musk backed this statement with a clip from ABC7’s Newsmakers in which Garcetti mentions Musk’s tunneling technology in the context of building an express train from LA’s Union Station to LAX airport. 

Promising conversations with @MayorOfLA regarding tunnel network that would carry cars, bikes & pedestrians. Permits harder than technologyhttps://t.co/0dxrXBOOWy

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 18, 2017 Read more…

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Someone spent 2 years painstakingly replicating China’s Forbidden City in ‘Minecraft’

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Okay, that’s dedication.

A small team of Minecraft users have spent more than two years building a virtual model of China’s Forbidden City.

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The effort eventually came down to two guys labouring over the course of over two years, to lay down billions of bricks to eventually recreate the 600-year-old UNESCO World Heritage site.

The team was led by 22-year-old Su Yijun from Guangzhou, who orchestrated the plan from scratch in 2014, as volunteers dropped out one by one from the gargantuan task, Sixth Tone reports.

Their virtual creation covers a square grid of 100 million blocks, and even replicates furniture inside, from the Emperor’s throne, to the traditional Chinese-style beds of the time. Read more…

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These ‘Mary Poppins’ pedestrian crossing lights are pretty special

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The Australian city of Maryborough is a fair way away from London, where Mary Poppins is set.

That’s where the author of the children’s series, P.L. Travers, was born, before she emigrated to England in 1924. 

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So to honour the much-celebrated author, the city’s council have installed these Mary Poppins-themed pedestrian lights. They’ve been placed in front of Travers’ birthplace on Richmond Street, ahead of the city’s Mary Poppins Festival, which starts June 23. 

The lights feature the central character with her iconic umbrella. Red has the umbrella down, while green has the umbrella up — ready to fly. Read more…

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J.K. Rowling made a huge correction to this ‘Daily Mail’ headline

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Just after midnight on Monday morning, a man drove a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers outside Finsbury Park Mosque in London.

Ten people are injured and one man is dead, the BBC reports, and counter-terrorism officers are in attendance.

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For awhile after the attack happened, though, some news headlines weren’t mentioning the word “terrorism”. This didn’t go unnoticed.

This is not an accident, it’s not a collision, it’s not revenge. It’s terrorism. The media should be calling it as such#FinsburyPark

— Tez (@tezilyas) June 19, 2017 Read more…

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Jay Z drops a snippet of ‘Adnis’ from his mysterious new album ‘4:44’

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There’s still plenty of mystery surrounding Jay Z’s new project/album, 4:44, but we at least know now that it’s coming.

The rapper dropped a 30-second snippet of his track “Adnis” online Sunday night, with the album set to be released on Jun. 30 as a TIDAL and Sprint exclusive.

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In the trailer for “Adnis,” Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali plays the role of a boxer, with Danny Glover holding the punching bag — although he disappears whenever Ali is in the shot. 

It does leave us wondering if 4:44 could be a visual album, in the vein of Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Read more…

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The ‘peanut worm’ is amusing the internet, and no prizes for guessing why

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How unsurprising: Everyone on the internet is immature.

A group of Australian researchers from Museum Victoria and the CSIRO — the nation’s scientific research agency — have just completed a month-long journey along the eastern coast of the country, keeping a record of what oddities lurk deep beneath the oceans.

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Along the way they’ve found this nightmare-inducing faceless fish, but they also happened upon this “peanut worm,” and there’s no prizes for guessing what it happens to look like. 

*Cue slide whistle sound effect* Read more…

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LeBron’s Father’s Day message is all about loving and dunking on his son

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LeBron James may have just lost the NBA Finals, but that didn’t stop him from enjoying Father’s Day in the best way possible — by celebrating one of his sons. 

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Posting a well-edited video on Instagram on Sunday, James showed off the lavish celebration held for his son’s 10th birthday on Saturday.  

Aside from the telltale signs of a rich kid’s party (there were personalized football and soccer fields with his son’s name on them) we also get to see James dunking on his son’s friends and even chasing them around with water balloons.  Read more…

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Elon Musk’s Father’s Day was all sci-fi and tech, of course

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Like many dads around the world, Elon Musk is spending his Father’s Day making bad dad jokes and receiving the gift wrapped fruits of being a good parent. 

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First, Musk took to Twitter to let his kids (who must be sci-fi fans, too) know that he’s not just a space and electric car mogul, he’s also on the dark side of the Force. 

It’s time they knew … pic.twitter.com/wt7XfXqTM6

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 18, 2017

Later, Musk seemed a little giddy when he posted a photo of a gift he received for Father’s Day: a luxurious, personalized iPhone case.  Read more…

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A record-smashing heat wave will scorch the southwestern U.S.

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A brutal heat wave is expected to scorch the southwestern U.S. this week, with some cities likely to see all-time record high temperatures.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said this will likely be one of the most intense heat waves seen in many years across desert Southwest, including parts of California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.

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High temperatures could climb well above 110 degrees each day for the next week across the area. Many desert locations, including Tucson and Phoenix, could reach the 120-degrees Fahrenheit mark on Tuesday or Wednesday, followed by a slow decline in temperatures in days to come. Read more…

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