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Fast Company

Adele Peters

This watch is made from melted down guns

This is the first available item from the Humanium Initiative, which uses the metal from guns confiscated by the police to make products that create revenue for anti-violence groups.

The metal band on a new watch might have once been part of an AK-47 owned by a gang member in El Salvador. The watch, made by the Swedish brand Triwa, is the first product to use a new material branded as Humanium–a metal made by melting down guns that have been confiscated by police.

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The Verge

Dieter Bohn

What it’s like to watch an IBM AI successfully debate humans

At a small event in San Francisco last night, IBM hosted two debate club-style discussions between two humans and an AI called “Project Debater.” The goal was for the AI to engage in a series of reasoned arguments according to some pretty standard rules of debate: no awareness of the debate topic ahead of time, no pre-canned responses. Each side gave a four-minute introductory speech, a four-minute rebuttal to the other’s arguments, and a two-minute closing statement.

Project Debater...


Shannon Connellan

Tiffany Haddish challenges Prince T'Challa for the 'Black Panther' throne

Tiffany Haddish is going for the Wakandan throne.

Hosting the MTV Movie and TV Awards on Saturday, the Girls Trip star and Saturday Night Live favourite opened the event with a hilarious parody of the Black Panther throne challenge scene. 

"I came to battle, bitches!" says Haddish to Zuri, played by Forest Whittaker. "Also, I got a Groupon for 40 percent off at the Wakanda Sheraton.

Look out for some masterful cameos in here from Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith, and a perfect TLC...


Johnny Lieu

Merriam-Webster subtweeted about Trump's child separation policy

Merriam-Webster's Twitter account is famed for not being here for your BS — or that of the Department of Homeland Security.

On Sunday, DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen declared her agency doesn't "have a policy of separating families at the border," despite extensive reports contradicting the claim. 

SEE ALSO: Homeland Security secretary gets shredded on Twitter after she lies about policy that separates families at border

When asked by CNN's Jeff Zeleny on Monday whether the separation...


Catherine Shu

GameStop reportedly discussing buyout with private equity firms

Struggling retail chain GameStop is discussing a potential buyout with private equity firms, according to Reuters. The report says that one of the private equity firms is Sycamore Partners and that GameStop has hired a financial advisor to help with the talks, though there’s no guarantee that a deal will come to fruition.

Founded in 1984 and once a mainstay for gamers, GameStop has struggled to cope with competition from online retailers like Amazon and digital distribution platforms...


James Brady

Carlos Vela posts touching tribute after grandfather’s passing

The Mexican star posted a touching message on his Instagram following the passing.

Carlos Vela, forward for the Mexican national team in the World Cup, announced on Instagram that his grandfather has passed away. In a touching message, Vela posted that his grandfather got to see him in action when Mexico upset Germany in the World Cup before his death.

“The last victory that you were able to see ... I hope you left proud of me,” the message reads in English, via Tom Marshall of ESPN. You...


Shannon Connellan

'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman hands over 'Best Hero' award to James Shaw Jr.

Not all heroes wear capes, or Wakandan catsuits.

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman handed over his "Best Hero" award at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards to a real-life hero.

SEE ALSO: 'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman inspires students to challenge discrimination

In his acceptance speech on Saturday, Boseman thanked the incredibly brave James Shaw Jr., the 29-year-old who disarmed the Waffle House shooter without being armed himself, likely saving many lives in the process. 



James Brady

Humboldt Broncos players will be reunited at NHL Awards

The NHL Awards are on Wednesday, and 10 survivors of the horrific Humboldt Broncos bus crash will be honored in person.

Ten surviving members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team will get a chance to reunite and be honored at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

It will be the first time they have been able to meet together in person since the tragic accident on April 6 that saw a bus carrying members of the team and coaching staff collide with a truck, killing...


How Mike Trout stacks up to MLB's greats as he closes in on 1,000 games

He's just 26, but with a grand milestone approaching, we compare the career numbers of baseball's best player to the legends of the game.


Johnny Lieu

Amazon Prime launches in another country, at half the price of the U.S.

It took a long time for Australians to get Amazon, and even longer to get Prime.

The membership program is finally available in the country, offering free delivery on products as well as access to Prime Video and other services like Twitch Prime and Prime Reading.

SEE ALSO: Amazon's DeepLens is one smart camera

Interestingly, A$6.99 (US$5.27) or A$59 (US$44.51) for the year, it's half the price of what U.S. customers are paying for the service.

However, Prime in Australia only offers free...

Wired Top Stories

Megan Molteni

Trump Hasn't Signed a Space Force Into Being—Yet

A brand-new sixth military branch lacks political support.

The Verge

Jacob Kastrenakes

Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban that’s nearly shut down the company

The US Senate has voted to reinstate a ban on ZTE that prevents the Chinese telecom company from buying US components and using US software. But it’s still not clear if the reversal will make it into law: it has to clear a conference with the House, and then avoid a veto from President Trump, who advocated for cutting a deal that would lift the ban.

ZTE was hit with the trade ban by the US Commerce Department in April after failing to following through with a punishment for violating...


Rebecca Ruiz

How to stop feeling helpless when you hear about immigrant children taken from their parents

I held my tears back upon reading about Marco Antonio Muñoz, a Honduran father who killed himself after being separated from his 3-year-old son. I choked on them again when I learned of Elsa Johana Ortiz Enriquez's plight: She brought her 8-year-old son across the American border in May only to be deported back home to Guatemala without him. She has no idea when or how she'll be reunited with her child.

SEE ALSO: 7 activist groups supporting families at the border that need your help right...

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Migrants, World Cup, Apple: Your Monday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

Wired Top Stories

Nitasha Tiku

Microsoft's Ethical Reckoning Is Here

Revelation of contract with US immigration agency sparks criticism amid family separations


Devin Coldewey

What’s under those clothes? This system tracks body shapes in real time

With augmented reality coming in hot and depth tracking cameras due to arrive on flagship phones, the time is right to improve how computers track the motions of people they see — even if that means virtually stripping them of their clothes. A new computer vision system that does just that may sound a little creepy, but it definitely has its uses.

The basic problem is that if you’re going to capture a human being in motion, say for a movie or for an augmented reality game, there’s a...


Carter Sherman

The Trump administration keeps falsely blaming Democrats for its family separation policy

The Trump administration is trying very hard to convince the American people that it’s Congress, not the White House, that’s responsible for its own “zero tolerance” immigration policy that’s left separated thousands of children from their parents at the border.

On Monday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was dispatched to the White House briefing room to face reporters’ questions about the administration’s decision to prosecute everybody who crosses...

The Verge

Nick Statt

Airbnb founders call Trump’s family separation policy ‘heartless, cruel, and immoral’

Airbnb co-founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk have issued a joint statement this afternoon condemning President Donald Trump’s policy of separating immigrant parents from their children at the US-Mexico border. The statement, issued publicly on Twitter, is both a plain and harsh rebuke of the Trump administration’s policy, which has caused nationwide outcry as stories about and photos of distraught children and parents being forcibly taken away from one another have...

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