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US tries to weaken Russia-Syria alliance

What a distinction three months makes.

This sheet-like sieve can turn salt water into drinking water

Scientists at the University of Manchester are developing a graphene-oxide membrane that could one day be the answer to fresh water shortage. Read more... More about Real Time Video, Environment, Future, Cool, and Graphene

Link building: Preliminary research and analysis

Columnist Andrew Dennis outlines the research necessary to provide a solid foundation for your link-building strategy. The post Link building: Preliminary research and analysis appeared first on Search Engine Land. Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article.

Google pays tribute to legendary Indian artist and it is outstanding

Search giant Google rolled out an artsy surprise for Indian users by paying a tribute to "pioneering artist" Jamini Roy on his 130th birth anniversary. It created a beautiful horse doodle inspired by the master's Black Horse painting. It further allowed users to take a tour of Roy's artworks and collections on Google Arts & Culture. The virtual exhibit was curated by Google and the National Gallery of Modern Art. SEE ALSO: Google Doodle Pays Homage to Marie Curie Roy was among India's leading modernists in the 20th century and a globally renowned figure too. Originally trained in the British academic style of painting, his earlier works had shades of European impressionism and portraiture. Read more... More about Social Media, Modern Art, India, Google Doodle, and Google

Protester in viral photo embraces woman she defended from Islamophobic abuse

A viral photograph of a young woman smiling as she confronted the leader of the English Defence League (EDL) has become a symbol of resistance against the far-right. In the photo, Saffiyah Khan is seen standing up to EDL leader Ian Crossland during the far-right group's demo in Birmingham on Saturday. Moments before the photo was taken — by Press Association photographer Joe Giddens — Khan had stepped in when members of the EDL surrounded a young Muslim woman. SEE ALSO: British protesters think they've kept Trump out for a few more months Days after the photo was taken, Khan has met woman she defended, Saira Zafar, for the first time, and the two shared an embrace in a video by the Guardian. Read more... More about Resistance, Protest, Uk, Islamophobia, and Conversations

As a US strike group heads to the area, N. Korea says it will...

North Korea warned Monday it will reply to "reckless acts of aggression" by the USA, with "no matter strategies the US needs to take," as a US plane service strike group headed towards the Korean Peninsula.

People are trolling United Airlines with these brutal new slogans

If you've been anywhere near the internet in the past 24 hours, chances are you'll have stumbled across that disturbing viral video of the United Airlines passenger being forcibly dragged from his seat. SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel rips into United Airlines with parody vid In the hours since, United Airlines has been at the centre of a media firestorm. Pretty much everyone on the internet seems to have temporarily put their differences aside in order to troll them. Twitter is no exception. Over the past few hours, people have been coming up with some new ideas for United Airlines slogans and sharing them with the hashtag #NewUnitedAirlinesMottos. Read more... More about Twitter, Mottos, Slogans, Hashtag, and United Airlines

Nobody Knows What Five Star Ratings Mean. That’s Bad For Gig Workers.

In a San Francisco Lyft car, there's a chart taped to the back of the front passenger seat: "The Rating System Explained." It details — in exaggerated terms — what Lyft's one- to five-star rating scale really means to drivers. Beginning at five stars — "got me where I needed to go" — the explanations quickly descend into parodic paranoia. Four stars: "This driver sucks, fire him slowly ... Too many of these and I may end up homeless." Three stars: "This driver sucks so bad I never want to see him again." Two stars: "maybe the car had something dangerously wrong with it or he was doing 120 in a 40 mile zone." Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed News One star? “Threats or acts of violence possibly made, perhaps a callous disregard for his own safety.” Though tongue-in-cheek, this rating system explainer touches on an essential truth of the gig economy: When companies like Lyft, Uber, and Postmates penalize workers who have low ratings, anything less than five stars feels like..

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