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Video 'shows missing Nigeria girls'

Video 'shows missing Nigeria girls' | current events | Scoop.it
A Boko Haram video purports to show dozens of abducted Nigerian girls, as the government rejects an offer to swap them for imprisoned militants.
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Boko Haram shows abducted girls in an unkown area

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30 Worst Drake Sports Fanboy Moments

30 Worst Drake Sports Fanboy Moments | current events | Scoop.it
Non-threatening Canadian rapper Drake is arguably the most highly visible and enthusiastic sports fan in the world right now...
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The Famous singer Drake is a fanof the raptors.

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The electric car’s biggest threat may be its battery

The electric car’s biggest threat may be its battery | current events | Scoop.it
The battery-powered electric car is making inroads, but there’s one major problem – the battery itself. What’s needed to make the green motor go mainstream?
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Can the electric car have bad flaws.

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Would you accept a pig’s heart?

Would you accept a pig’s heart? | current events | Scoop.it
If animal organs could be used to save our lives, will it mean we become a bit less human? Frank Swain speculates
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Can pig organs help us humans??????

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Celebritys saying 'Real men don't buy girls'

Celebritys saying 'Real men don't buy girls' | current events | Scoop.it

The hashtag #RealMenDontBuyGirls has been tweeted thousands of times in the past few days in connection with the abducted girls in Nigeria. It's reported that Hollywood celebrities have endorsed the campaign, but things are not exactly as they first appear.

#RealMenDontBuyGirls is trending in the US, Nigeria, Spain, the UK and elsewhere, and the vast majority of tweets call for the release of the more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. It's being used widely together with #BringBackOurGirls, which has now been tweeted more than 1.6 million times globally.

Just as with #BringBackOurGirls, many of the tweets include images of celebrities holding signs - in this case saying, "Real Men Don't Buy Girls". Images of Sean Penn, Justin Timberlake, Ashton Kutcher, Jamie Foxx and others are being widely shared right now. But - and it's quite a big but - many of these celebrity images date back as far as three years ago. The Real Men Don't Buy campaign was started in 2011 by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore to fight trafficking - particularly of children - into the sex trade. It featured a series of YouTube videos with celebrities.

So how did it get linked with the case of the abducted girls in Nigeria? The first use of the hashtag on Twitter in this context was on 2 May 2014, by a woman who appears to be based in New Jersey in the US. After news emerged that Boko Haram militants were threatening to sell the girls, the hashtag took off. And as far as we can establish, the old images from the previous campaign were widely re-posted and shared - not by the celebrities or the campaign itself, but by regular Twitter users in Nigeria, the US and elsewhere. These tweets were in turn picked up by influential tweeters, and then by mainstream media. Images posted on social media are, of course, often taken out of their original context. This is a helpful guide to verification of images.

The re-adoption of the #RealMenDontBuyGirls campaign highlights just how strong global sentiment now is concerning events in Nigeria. An online "social media march" is taking place on Thursday, with people urged to spend 200 minutes on social media to support of the missing girls in Nigeria.

 

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SR-71 Blackbird: How to fly the world's fastest plane

SR-71 Blackbird: How to fly the world's fastest plane | current events | Scoop.it
Colonel Rich Graham flew the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird during the Cold War – a plane faster than any other. Here he tells BBC Future what made it so special.
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Flying the words fastest plain ' The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

 

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'Just Dance' scheduled for May 17

'Just Dance' scheduled for May 17 | current events | Scoop.it
The Napa Main Library hosts "Just Dance 2014!", a video game activity for "tweens," ages 10-12, on Saturday, May 17, from 3-5 p.m.
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Kids can play 'Just Dance' on May 17 !

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Zac Efron opens up about addiction struggle

Zac Efron opens up about addiction struggle | current events | Scoop.it
Zac Efron is ready to talk. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actors comes clean about his battle with alcohol and drug use.
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Zac Efron is ready to talk about his abuse about achohol and drugs

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How to max out your phone battery

How to max out your phone battery | current events | Scoop.it
There are a million ideas for maximizing the life of a smartphone battery. Here's what you need to know.
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Charging your phone is now easier

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310 people killed in latest Boko Haram attack; hundreds of girls remain missing

310 people killed in latest Boko Haram attack; hundreds of girls remain missing | current events | Scoop.it
Abduction of schoolgirls by Boko Haram is the "beginning of the end for terror in Nigeria," President Goodluck Jonathan said Thursday.
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The group that took many girls from a school in Nigeria took the lives of 310 people.

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