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British Scientists Are Flipping Out About Brexit

Britain is saying goodbye to the European Union, a monumental decision that’s triggering some serious alarm bells among the country’s researchers. Here’s why they have a right to be worried.


Google Searches Suggest Many In UK Don't Understand Brexit

You may have heard the news that the UK voted to leave the EU, which sent the global markets plunging and led to the resignation of the prime minister. But there’s more! Google Trends suggests that many people in the UK still aren’t sure what passing “Brexit” even means.


These Are The Tricks Political Campaign Ads Use To Brainwash Us

Video: Vote for whoever the hell you want to vote for. But don’t make your decision after watching an emotionally prying, stupid-person-targeting, specifically edited campaign ad. Now You See It explains how all political ads, no matter which side they’re on, use the same methods to trick voters into believing the worst in the opposing candidates (or the best in their own candidate). It’s the same trick used in film: the montage.


A US Television Network Used Periscope To Broadcast Because The GOP Killed Its Camera Feed

This morning, House Democrats, led by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), staged a sit-in to force a vote on gun control. Almost immediately after, the cameras and microphones of C-SPAN — which typically broadcasts the action happening on the Senate and House floors — went off. But the network found a workaround: Periscope.


Buffering Tweet Wins Turnbull Vs Shorten Facebook Live Debate

Did you watch on Friday night when PM Malcolm Turnbull and opposition leader Bill Shorten went at it live via Facebook? It’s a sign of the times when political debates between party leaders appear alongside your Aunt Judy’s love of all things homeopathic. Sadly, no worm was involved, but there were graphs — well, a graph — and it wasn’t doing the Prime Minister any favours.


Use This Website To Make Donald Trump Say Anything You Want

A few months ago some geniuses cooked up a website that makes Obama say anything you want, spliced together word-by-word from endless online clips. There’s now an alternate version that does the same thing with Donald Trump, except that you’ll be hard-pressed to come up with anything more ludicrous than what he’s already said.


How The 'Texts From Hillary' Photo Sparked An Inquiry Into Clinton's Emails

Never let anyone tell you memes don’t matter. That famous image of Hillary Clinton looking chill with her Blackberry actually prompted a government official to inquire about the status of her State Department email account. No one listened, and here we are now.


Over Half Of Australian Twitter Users Have No Idea Who They'll Vote For

While no one can truly say which way the upcoming federal election will go, methods exist so we can have a really good guess. No, not tea leaves and chicken bones — we can do better in the modern age. Take Twitter, which is a digital goldmine of info on voting preferences, important political issues and whether or not you look fat in those pants.


The 7 Least Subtle Political Allegories On Doctor Who

Doctor Who is an inherently political show — it’s about a character who goes around overthrowing governments and thwarting invasions. But over its 52 years, Doctor Who has not been afraid to feature political messages — sometimes very overtly. Here are the seven least subtle messages from Doctor Who.


Guy Gavriel Kay Shares His Secrets For Turning Real-Life History Into Fantasy

Guy Gavriel Kay has carved out a unique niche, writing fantasy novels that take real-life historical settings and transforming them into something new and different. His latest novel, Children of Earth and Sky, takes place in a version of 16th century Europe that’s under threat from a version of the Ottoman Empire, and includes a fictionalized version of real-life Croatian bandits called the Ushoks, who stole from the Venetians and the Ottomans for justice. We talked to Kay about just how he manages to turn real-life history into a world all his own.


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