Lil Nas X’s Pride tweets mean exactly what most people think they do

(CNN)Lil Nas X closed out Pride month with some tweets that had people thinking he’s made a declaration about his sexuality. His single “C7osure” begins with the lyrics “True say, I want and I need to let go, use my time to be free.” “Ain’t no more actin’, man that forecast say I should just let me grow/No more red light for me baby, only green, I gotta go,” the lyrics continue. “Pack my past up in the back, oh, let my future take ahold/This is what I gotta do, can’t be regrettin’ when I’m old.” He also tweeted a picture of the 7 EP cover artwork, zooming in to highlight a building lit up in rainbow lights. “Deadass thought …

Period pain linked to nearly 9 days of lost productivity a year

(CNN)The real impact of menstruation on women and society is underestimated, researchers say, as a new study suggests period pain is linked to nearly nine days of lost productivity a year in workplaces and schools. “Women said that they weren’t as productive as they could be while at work — they needed to go to the toilet every hour or they had a headache and couldn’t concentrate,” said Theodoor Nieboer, an author of the report and a gynecologist at the Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands. He added that women under the age of 21 were around three times more likely than older women to say they had taken time off because of their menstrual symptoms. Still a taboo …

Replay: Welp, We Might Be Getting a Final Fantasy XIV TV Show

Welcome to Replay, where you can catch up on a week's worth of videogame news in just a couple of minutes. This week, Sony is looking to make a Final Fantasy XIV show, and also, uh, there's Budweiser-related news? It's a weird one; strap in. Sony's Making Use of Their TV Division to Make a … Final Fantasy XIV Show? As we reported recently, Sony has opened up a wide-ranging TV division to develop, produce, and distribute television adaptations of their videogame properties and, presumably, the properties of their partners. Their first choice, though, is an odd one. As PC Gamer reports, Sony's working on a live-action television show about the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Final Fantasy XIV. The …

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Isnt the Next Pokmon Go. Good

When developer Niantic launched Pokémon Go in the summer of 2016, it did so at maximum velocity. The game’s blend of simple mechanics and next-level augmented reality sparked a months-long stretch of virality, followed by years of low-key dominance. Niantic partnered with WB Games for its followup, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, which debuted Thursday on iOS and Android. And while it checks many of the same boxes—source material with a rabid fanbase, innovative AR—it’s decidedly its own experience. That’s no small praise. It must have been tempting to turn Wizards Unite into Pokémon 2.0. Just sub in fantastic beasts for pocket monsters, wizards for trainers, and ride the fan service all the way to Gringotts. But while there are some …

‘We’re afraid’: the queer Brazilian sex artists targeted by Bolsonaro

After the far-right president tweeted a video of their transgressive street performance, the two queer artists fled So Paulo but now theyre pushing back Queer people have been afraid since the president was elected, says Paulx Castello. He has been demonising us from the start but this was different. Here we were personally under attack. The artist, who has a mohican, is now instantly recognisable to most Brazilians. In March, he featured in plunged the country into a culture war. Numerous art exhibitions and theatre performances, many with queer themes, have been forced to close, either through direct political interference or from concerns about the safety of performers. Most recently, a show featuring nudity by the Rio de Janeiro collective …

Chicago’s democratic socialists promise change as they take office

Democratic socialists now make up more than 10% of Chicagos city council, potentially wielding considerable influence On a recent sunny evening, residents of Chicagos 33rd ward packed a small office on the citys north-west side to meet their new alderman: democratic socialist Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez. She had narrowly defeated her opponent, an incumbent from one of Chicagos most prominent political families, to become one of six democratic socialists on the 50-member city council. It was a remarkable showing in Americas third-largest city that paralleled the rise of socialist political figures nationally, such as the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Now Rodriguez-Sanchez was opening her ward office to the community for the first time. She was looking …

Scientists Mimic Neural Activity In Lab-Grown Mini Brains

A team of Japanese researchers has successfully grown miniature brain-like structures that show signs of activity similar to neural networks in the human brain, potentially leading to a better understanding of how the brain works, the alleviation of animal testing, and the advancement of disease and drug research. Publishing their work in Stem Cell Reports, the researchers built upon the work of “cerebral organoids”, artificially grown three-dimensional human tissue bundles that resemble the region of the brain called the cerebrum. This area is the largest and most complex tissue in the brain and covers a wide range of human activity, from motor and sensory skills to our thoughts and memory.  “Because they can mimic cerebral development, cerebral organoids can be used as a substitute for the …

Carrie Underwood: ‘I’d put on a happy face, then go home and fall apart’

As she prepares to take Glastonbury by storm, the country star opens a bottle of red wine and talks about the personal tragedy that coloured her new songs Saturday night on the banks of the Ohio River, and the most American of scenes is unfolding. At the Ball Park, the Cincinnati Reds are playing the Texas Rangers, while at the US Bank Arena next door American Idol, triumphing in the TV talent shows fourth season in 2005, Underwood has since recorded six albums, sold over 65m records, won seven Grammys, and earned more than $83m (65m). She is beautiful and blonde, and married to a retired ice hockey player: at first glance an unlikely addition to the Worthy Farm lineup. …

Courage and sacrifice: 6 activists behind LGBTQ progress

(CNN)Activism takes different forms, whether it’s marching in the streets, speaking on behalf of marginalized people or influencing pop culture to embrace people from society’s fringes. Marsha P. Johnson: The defender of transgender rights Marsha P. Johnson’s name isn’t in most American history books, but it should be. When a judge asked her about the “P” in her name, she responded that it stood for “Pay it no mind.” The judge laughed and dismissed the charges against her. Her persistence and advocacy made her one of the most significant figures in LGBTQ and AIDS activism. The term “transgender” wasn’t commonly used in Marsha’s lifetime, but she identified as a “transvestite,” gay and a drag queen and used she/her pronouns. “I …

26 Times This Chef Confused People With Desserts That Look Like Other Things (New Pics)

The talented chef has over 10 years of experience in the culinary world but only began to make pastries over the last three years. “I decided to learn the basics,” he explained, “but decided to move into mimetic food, just to see what could be done. This gave me the bug to start teaching myself more and more.” He has quickly become a sensation for his ingenious designs, inspired by the world around him. “Everything inspires me, it could be modern events, the media, online culture. But recently it’s been wanting to see how far I can push human perception and good taste.”Churchill told Bored Panda. #23 Caramel Filled Millennium Falcon, Chocolate Crumb, Cream #24 The Salted Bae Caramel Brownie, …

Toy Story 4 Just Crushed the Box Office

Good day! Welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of pop culture news. The big thing you missed over the weekend? Toy Story 4 giving Disney yet another massive opening following the successes of Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, and Aladdin. And, as always, Netflix keeps making stuff. Let's get going. Toy Story 4 Tops Box Office With $100 Million-Plus Debut Another weekend, another chance for Disney to cobble together buckets of cash. The latest hit to come from the factory: Pixar's Toy Story 4, which nabbed $118 million at the box office in North America this weekend. That number is slightly below expectations, which were in the neighborhood of $140 million, but still enough to give Pixar's corporate …

Requiescat in pace: Finland’s Yle radio axes Latin news show after 30 years

Public broadcaster cancels weekly summary Nuntii Latini as original presenters retire Finlands public broadcaster Yle has ended its weekly Latin language news bulletin, after three decades on the air, the broadcaster announced. Since its debut in 1989, Nuntii Latini has offered a five-minute summary of the weeks national and foreign news in the classical language. In later years the show was also made available online, garnering it around 40,000 listeners around the world, including some from the Vatican. The last bulletin was broadcast on June 14, and detailed the agreement between the US and Mexico on immigration, talks between the presidents of China and Russia and the end of the Latin programme, which post ferias aestivas non continuabuntur (will not …

Kim Kardashian Responds To Critics Of Her Problematic Kimono Shapewear Line – Perez Hilton

Kim Kardashian West is standing by the decision to name her upcoming new shapewear line, Kimono. As we told you, quite a few critics On Wednesday, the reality star shared an official statement with the New York Times, addressing her haters’ concerns. “I understand and have deep respect for the significance of the kimono in Japanese culture and have no plans to design or release any garments that would any way resemble or dishonor the traditional garment. I made the decision to name my company Kimono, not to disassociate the word from its Japanese roots but as a nod to the beauty and detail that goes into a garment.” In her Tuesday announcement post, Kanye West‘s wife promised her line …

Hollywood Tried to Save America With a Live Reading of the Mueller Report

On Monday night, a passel of Hollywood A-listers did the most theater geek thing imaginable: They attempted to fix the problems of America by doing a staged reading of a play. The movie stars gathered at the Riverside Church in New York to read an adaptation of special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Trump's possible obstruction of that investigation, written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Robert Shenkkan. The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts was livestreamed for the world to see. Each act was meant to show an act of obstruction, i.e. Act 1 showed Trump asking the FBI to shut down the investigation into Michael Flynn, Act 2 …

25 Kids From Around The World Photographed With What They Eat In One Week

Daily Bread: What Kids Eat Around the World. “I focused on kids because eating habits start young and if you don’t get it right when you’re 9 or 10, it’s going to be a lot harder when you’re older,” Gregg told Bored Panda. “Daily Bread grew out of another of my projects on consumption and waste called 7 Days of Garbage,” Segal said. “I asked family, friends, neighbors and anyone else I could convince to save their garbage for one week and then lie down and be photographed in it. It’s impossible to ignore the problem of consumption and waste when you’re lying in it! To me, the most disturbing thing about the garbage I photographed was the packaging that …

That Viral ‘Gyro Drop’ Ride Was Fake. Here’s How You Can Tell

As this very popular video was making the rounds on social media, the average comment was something like this: WHAT!? That amusement park ride is CRAZY! I would never ride on that. Wait! On the way down, the humans travel at a speed of about 18 m/s. Then, at the end of the line, they get pulled back up with a speed of 16 m/s (about the same as down). This change in speed (from down to up) happens over a time interval of about 0.2 seconds or less. That would put the stopping acceleration at 170 m/s2, or about 17.3 g's. Note: Fighter jets pull about 9 g's for very short periods of time. OK, now for the next …