Der Spiegel: Trump beheading cover sparks criticism. Image copyright Der Spiegel/Reuters Germany's influential weekly news magazine Der Spiegel has come under fire for a cover image showing US President Donald Trump beheading the Statue of Liberty.
Some German newspapers criticised the cartoon, while the German vice-president of the European Parliament called it "tasteless". The cartoonist, Edel Rodriguez, said the image represented "the beheading of democracy". US-German relations have deteriorated under President Trump, who has criticised the policies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. WikiGalaxy: Explore Wikipedia in 3D.
Show Boat (1936) - James Whale Movie. Why Do People Believe Fake News? In 2022 we'll be able to watch an 1,800-year old star collision - The i newspaper online iNews. A star created 1,800 years ago after the collision of two distant suns is set to appear in the night sky for the first time – as the light from the crash finally reaches the Earth.
Scientists predict that for six months in 2022, stargazers will be able to witness the birth of the new star, which formed at the time of the Romans’ war with Scottish tribes, by fixing their telescopes near the Pisces and Cygnus constellations. Boom Star Dubbed the Boom Star, it has taken nearly two millennia for its light to reach earth — where it will be able to be seen by the naked eye. 86-Year-Old Woman Leaves Insult To Donald Trump In Her Will. Fake news and a 400-year-old problem: we need to resolve the ‘post-truth’ crisis.
The internet age made big promises to us: a new period of hope and opportunity, connection and empathy, expression and democracy.
Yet the digital medium has aged badly because we allowed it to grow chaotically and carelessly, lowering our guard against the deterioration and pollution of our infosphere. We sought only what we wanted – entertainment, cheaper goods, free news and gossip – and not the deeper understanding, dialogue or education that would have served us better. Television Archive: The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything 2000. PISA - PISA. University opens without any teachers. By Matt Pickles .
A university without any teachers has opened in California this month. It's called 42 - the name taken from the answer to the meaning of life, from the science fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The US college, a branch of an institution in France with the same name, will train about a thousand students a year in coding and software development by getting them to help each other with projects, then mark one another's work.
This might seem like the blind leading the blind - and it's hard to imagine parents at an open day being impressed by a university offering zero contact hours. But since 42 started in Paris in 2013, applications have been hugely oversubscribed. Kim Kardashian Should Be Replaced With Cleopatra As A Role Model For Young Girls, Says Head Teacher. Daft Punk US Shop. Daft Punk tour rumours sparked by new website and hidden countdown - BBC Newsbeat. The Vocabularist: When is a theory 'just a theory'? Image copyright Thinkstock A Lancashire headmistress attracted fury with a tweet in which she said "evolution is not a fact; that's why it's called a theory".
In ancient Greece theoroi meant something like "observers". They were envoys sent by city-states to consult oracles, to give offerings at famous shrines or attend festivals. Theoria was a word for their duties. It came to mean any act of observing, and was used by Greek philosophers, generally, in the sense of "contemplation". Roman blacelet British Museum Gold set with perals emeralds and sapphires 3c AD Tunis. Is the art of shorthand dying? For more than 2,000 years people have used shorthand to make note-taking quicker and more reliable.
It's a skill that has weathered being banned by a Roman emperor and associations with witchcraft, but could technology finally kill it? To the uninitiated it looks like gobbledegook, an alien language with an indecipherable alphabet.
A Point of View: Why we should defend the right to be offensive - BBC News. Image copyright iStock Free speech can make for uncomfortable listening, argues Roger Scruton, but it needs to be defended even when it gives offence.
The women 'shouting' their abortions - BBC News. Seal spotted surfing humpback whale in Australia - BBC News. Image copyright Robyn Malcolm / Diimex.com An Australian photographer has captured a rare moment of animal communion with a shot of a fur seal surfing a humpback whale off the New South Wales coast.
Robyn Malcolm had been photographing a pod of whales on a feeding frenzy 500km (310 miles) south of Sydney. But she only realised she had taken the unusual picture when she went through the photos later, she told the Sydney Morning Herald. Animal experts say that witnessing such a partnership is rare. Meet the woman behind #IStandWithAhmed - BBC News.
Image copyright Amneh Jafari A Texas college student wanted to show her support for Ahmed Mohamed.
Twenty-four hours later, her hashtag has started a movement. More than 700,000 people have taken to Twitter to support Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old student who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school that was mistaken for a bomb. Ahmed brought the clock into MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, to show his engineering teacher. After another teacher saw it, police were summoned and Ahmed was interrogated, handcuffed and placed in juvenile detention.
No charges were filed. Battles of Britain: Vote for which one changed us most - BBC News. The British Isles have seen countless battles, campaigns and wars.
But which one affected us the most? This year is rich with the anniversaries of significant battles - Waterloo, Gallipoli and Agincourt. But during the past 2,000 years, the British Isles has been riven by conflict, being remembered with the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the recent reburial of Richard III and the upcoming 950th anniversary of Hastings. So which is the most important battle ever fought here?
Battle of Britain: Historic flypast for 75th anniversary - BBC News. A flypast involving about 40 Spitfires and Hurricanes has taken place to commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War Two's Battle of Britain. The grouping, the biggest in one place since the war, took off from Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex, then flew to airfields linked to the battle. Prince Harry was due to take part, but gave up his seat for a WW2 veteran when one of the Spitfires was grounded. The battle between German Luftwaffe and the RAF was a key moment in UK history. A service was also held earlier at London's St Paul's Cathedral, attended by Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour's new leader Jeremy Corbyn.
A range of events have already been staged over the past few months to mark the fighting, which raged between July and October 1940. Battle of Britain: July to October 1940 Image copyright Getty Images. The Last Leg's Adam Hills Takes On US Gun Control Laws In The Wake Of Virginia Shooting. A Point of View: Does atheism have to be anti-religious? - BBC News. We tend to understand atheism as a war between religion and science - but in earlier times atheism was both more complex and more rich, says philosopher John Gray. In recent years we've come to think of atheism as an evangelical creed not unlike Christianity. An atheist, we tend to assume, is someone who thinks science should be the basis of our beliefs and tries to convert others to this view of things. The Sanders brothers: A tale of two underdogs - BBC News.
Bernie Sanders is known to many for taking on Hillary Clinton in a bid to become the Democratic candidate in next year's race for the White House. But his brother has been fighting a political battle of his own in the UK. Larry Sanders sounds pretty cheerful for a person who recently lost an election. Anonymous targets IS sympathisers on Twitter - BBC News. Hacktivist group Anonymous is ramping up efforts to tackle sympathisers of the Islamic State group on Twitter.
It has published a list of Twitter accounts it claims are spreading propaganda in support of the group. Some accounts have been flooded with images of Japanese anime characters to try to influence search engine results for phrases connected to IS. Many other accounts have been suspended or shut down as a result of the group's actions. As well as targeting Twitter accounts, the operation also sought to take down Facebook pages, blogs, websites and web proxies used by supposed IS supporters. Cat Named Limberbutt McCubbins Enters US Presidential Race. A cat named Limberbutt McCubbins has entered the race to become the Democrat Party's presidential candidate in 2016. McCubbins joins Lincoln Chafee, Martin O'Malley, Bernie Sanders and Jim Webb in the list of human candidates who probably won't beat Hillary Clinton in the party's primaries. And yes, it's completely legal for a cat to run for President, apparently. He's filed all the necessary paperwork. Limberbutt belongs to 18-year-old Emilee McCubbins, whose high school friend thought it would be a good idea to enter the feline in the race.
"Anyone can easily run for president, which is why if you go to the FEC website you'll see over 200 people listed - including Limberbutt," jokester Isaac Weiss said. Mystery over sex toys dangled from power lines in Portland, Oregon - BBC News. Hundreds of sex toys have been spotted hanging from power lines across Portland, Oregon. The white and orange objects have appeared above major commercial streets around the city, but their origin remains a mystery. Locals have been sharing images online, to try and figure out who might be responsible. Who's calling on people to 'Boycott Germany'? - BBC News.
German brands and products are the latest target of political activists upset about the Greece bailout. #BoycottGermany was first mentioned on Twitter in connection with the Greek crisis over the weekend, but started picking up on Monday. Confederate flag taken down from South Carolina capitol - BBC News. Peeking into the brain's filing system - BBC News. Storing information so that you can easily find it again is a challenge. From purposefully messy desks to indexed filing cabinets, we all have our preferred systems. How does it happen inside our brains? Somewhere within the dense, damp and intricate 1.5kg of tissue that we carry in our skulls, all of our experiences are processed, stored, and - sometimes more readily than others - retrieved again when we need them. Why Were FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges? Let John Oliver Explain.
Satanists Support Abortion Rights, Conservatives Freak Out. Satanists Support Abortion Rights, Conservatives Freak Out. The Westeros Wing: Meet 'Game of Thrones' Real-Life D.C. Counterparts. Hear Prince's Freddie Gray Protest Song 'Baltimore' Prince will perform at his special Rally 4 Peace event Sunday night in Baltimore, and before he takes the stage, the rocker unveiled his protest song "Baltimore. " 10 Cover Songs Better Than the Originals. Cover songs have been popular in the world of rock ‘n’ roll since, well, the beginning of the world of rock ‘n’ roll. Krugman's Letter To Obama: The Economy is Worse Than Anyone Imagined.
Paul Krugman Slams the iPhone, 'Techno-Revolution' Economy. FILED TO: Economics. This is Your Brain on Whiteness: The Invisible Psychology of White American Ignorance Explained.