Stephen Hawking: Pop Culture Icon

Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest physicists of our time, died on Wednesday. He is immortalized by his brilliant research, but also by his pop culture appearances. article: 6 Memorable Cultural Moments Inspired by Stephen Hawking

From shark attack survivor to para-snowboarder: the Sean Pollard story

Paralympians enter their chosen sport for all sorts of reasons – whether they have experienced a life-long disability or had a life-changing illness or event – but few have a back-story as dramatic as Australian para-snowboarder Sean Pollard. Pollard’s life was changed in just a couple of minutes when he was attacked by two Great …

Dog gone: United Airlines mistakenly flies family German shepherd to Japan

United Airlines is investigating after mistakenly flying a Kansas family’s dog to Japan. KCTV reports that Kara Swindle and her two children flew from Oregon to Kansas City, Missouri, on Tuesday on a United flight. They went to a cargo facility to pick up 10-year-old Irgo, a German shepherd, but were instead given a great …

Parole Board hails courage of victims at John Worboys hearing

The Parole Board has acknowledged the “serious suffering” and “courage” of the victims of the serial sex attacker John Worboys during a high court challenge brought by two women opposing his release from prison. Ben Collins QC, representing the board, said: “We are acutely conscious that underlying this forensic and analytical debate are stories of …

Sri Lanka accuses Facebook over hate speech after deadly riots

The Sri Lankan government has accused Facebook of failing to control rampant hate speech that it says contributed to anti-Muslim riots last week that left three people dead and the country under a state of emergency. As mobs of hardline Buddhists rioted and lit fires in towns in the central district of Kandy, Facebook, WhatsApp …

‘I would not have survived’: Stephen Hawking lived long life due to NHS

Stephen Hawking was a longtime champion of the NHS, but it was a glaring slip in the media that provoked one of his more memorable interventions. As the Obama administration sought to reform the US healthcare system in 2009, the US Investor’s Business Daily argued that Stephen Hawking “wouldn’t have a chance in the UK, …

May’s modest response to Skripal attack will not deter Russia | Luke Harding

Theresa May had promised a robust response to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. But in the end the prime minister’s measures against Russia, unveiled to the House of Commons on Wednesday, were modest – at “the very low end of acceptability”, as one former Foreign Office adviser put it. True, the …

Besiktas v Bayern Munich: Champions League – live!

Bayern beat Besiktas 5-0 in the first leg leaving the home side with a tough task in the second leg. Photograph: Pixathlon/REX/Shutterstock Show 12.03pm EDT 12:03 Team news Zenghin; Gökhan, Medel, Uysal, Erkin; Quaresma, Ozyakup, Arslan, Lens; Vager Love, Pektemek. Subs: Fabri, Adriano, Babel, Negredo, Hutchinson, Aksoy, Tallisca. Bayern Munich Ulreich; Rafinha, Hummels, Boateng, Alaba; …