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Troops of 7 Division Nigerian Army advancing-for-the-operation

The defence headquarters has dismissed media reports of mutiny in 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Borno state. The soldiers were alleged to have mutinied in their barracks against their general officer commanding, Major General Abubakar Mohammed on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 leaving his bodyguards and aids wounded.

The director of defence information, Major General Chris Olukolade dismissed the rumours stating that there is calm in Maiduguri.

He said: “The rumour making the rounds that Maiduguri is boiling as a result of insurrection by troops is unfounded.  The fact of the matter is that troops on patrol around Chibok were ambushed by insurgents yesterday.  Troops engaged the insurgents in a fierce combat and extricated themselves from the ambush killing several insurgents.  Four soldiers however lost their lives during the ambush.

“On evacuation of the remains of the fallen troops, the General Officer Commanding addressed the troops who registered their anger about the incident by firing into the air.  The situation has since been brought under control as there is calm in the cantonment and all normal operational activities are ongoing.

“Meanwhile, the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army is to institute a military board of inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the conduct of soldiers who fired some shots.”

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Most men don’t know how to read the signs. Or they embarrass themselves and see signals when there are none. For the straight truth, we went to Love Systems’ Nick Savoy, an expert on female psychology and dating, who offered up these seven signs she’s game for being more than a friend.

1. She always returns your texts—and more quickly than you return hers

This all relates back to the basics of how to attract women through texting. You never want to seem over-eager, or invest a lot more than she does. “Investment” here can be measured in text message length, amount of emotional content, how many texts get responded to, and how quickly you answer her texts.

The same signals work in reverse. So, if she is responding more quickly, more often, and with longer and more emotional messages than you are sending, there’s a decent chance that she’s interested in you.

2. She’s the last woman standing

While some women will proposition their friends, or at least drop hints, most tend to hang around, structure an opportunity for you to make a move, and see what you do.

So if your friend never seems to leave the party or the night on the town before you do, she’s probably into you–or she’s the world’s best party friend. This counts double if she makes things happen such that the two of you will be alone at the end of the night (e.g. asking you for a ride home).

You can also test to see if she’ll accompany you on mundane tasks and errands. Ask her to keep you company while you go grocery shopping or drop off dry cleaning. If she does, she’s either got nothing to do or she really likes spending time with you.

3. There’s sexual tension where there wasn’t any before

When a friend wants you, there’s almost always some physical/sexual tension. This is different from when you’re attracted to someone you don’t know, where the first few steps are usually about spending time together and getting to know each other. But if you’re already friends, you’ve presumably done a lot of that already. Her wanting you means that she wants to take things to the next level.

If there’s more sex talk and sexual joking in her conversation with you than there was before, that might be her way of showing that she wants you. Similarly, if she starts dropping hints about how “It’s been a while,” she might be signaling that she’s not currently sleeping with someone, and that it’s time to make your move.

4. She’s “touchier” with you

One thing we teach a lot at Love Systems is that “body language rarely lies.” If she touches you more than she touches her other male friends (usually on the arm, shoulder, back, etc.), she might be showing her intentions.

Use the “ping test.” Touch her arm or hand when you make a point or tell a joke. Does she find an excuse to touch you back? Throw your arm around her playfully–does she seem uncomfortable, or does she curl in?

One warning: Some women don’t like to be touchy-feely in public, or where their friends can see them. Test this out somewhere private.

5. You’re funnier all of a sudden

A classic way for a woman to show she’s attracted to a man is to laugh at his jokes. Having a good sense of humor is important for meeting and attracting women anyway, and there have been some good discussions on the Love Systems forum on how to develop your sense of humor.

If she seems to laugh at little louder and more quickly at your jokes than she does with other guys in your social circle, she might be sending signals. Or your sense of humor just happens to appeal to her – which isn’t a bad sign in itself.

6. She’s randomly up to date about your life

She follows you on Facebook and “liked” you status update about getting off work early. She commented that your new profile photo looks great. When you run into her, she asks you how that new sushi restaurant was – because you posted last week that you were going to check it out. This is the social media equivalent of making eye contact at a party. And it’s just as good of a sign of her interest.

It doesn’t have to be online. Does she notice every time you have a haircut or get a new outfit? Does she ask you how your date went last Thursday? If she’s not typically like that, it means that she’s paying attention to you.

7. She never tries to set you up 

OK, this one’s not true.

It’s a bit illogical, but often a woman who has a crush on you will try to set you up with someone else – especially if she’s seen you a bunch of times and you haven’t made a move yet.

Regardless of the situation, be flattered if this happens. It means she sees you as being attractive enough to stake her own reputation on. And if your friend is single, it’s almost always a good sign if she’s interested in your dating life – even if she’s supposedly trying to set you up with someone else.

Nick Savoy is president of Love Systems and has helped thousands of “average guys” attract and date beautiful women. Follow him on twitter at @LS_Savoy.

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You would never describe Lady Gaga as the shy and retiring type, however the singer took things a step further when her Artpop tour arrived in New York on Tuesday.

The eccentric singer stripped almost naked on stage at Madison Square Gardens, when she was left wearing just a nude thong and fishnet tights.

The 28-year-old looked confidence despite her chest being merely covered with a patch of fluorescent tape, as her crew helped into a another eye-catching look.

Poker Face: Lady Gaga was left wearing next to nothing as she performed at New York's Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night

The Applause crooner’s locks were hidden under a dark hairnet as she stood, showing off her tattoos, in her practically non-existent ensemble.

Her pert derriere was hard to miss in her ripped bottoms, while her teamed helped her with her mic.

She excitably tweeted prior to the event: ‘I am playing Madison Square Garden tonight! It’s my hometown arena, and I couldn’t feel more grateful and proud to be back! I love NY’.

Before adding: ‘Just a hometown girl livin’ the dream. I belong to u NY. #SoldOut’.(Sic)

Putting on a show! The eccentric singer kept her modesty covered thanks to a patch of fluorescent tape

All in the name of Art(pop): The 28-year-old has sported a silver shell top and matching briefs earlier in the night, while her hair was volumised to the max

While the aforementioned outfit was her smallest and more risque, several others were also impossible to ignore.

With her hair volumised to the max, Gaga strutted her stuff in a silver shell bikini and matching bejeweled briefs.

The NYC-born hitmaker, who is known for her outlandish concerts, also appeared to take inspiration from the sea as she threw on a blue and white all-in-one.

What's next? Gaga's multicolored fur look could be seen strewn on the floor next to a silver pair of trainers

Support: The Bad Romance crooner was seen getting a helping hand as she changed into a new outfit, while her hair was kept back in a hairnet

Support: The Bad Romance crooner was seen getting a helping hand as she changed into a new outfit, while her hair was kept back in a hairnet

Cheeky! Her pert derriere was hard to miss in her ripped bottoms, while her teamed helped her with her mic

Cheeky! Her pert derriere was hard to miss in her ripped bottoms, while her teamed helped her with her mic

 

Earlier in the day, Gaga had given her new pooch Asia a rude awakening when she got a taste of his owner’s edgy lifestyle.

The Born This Way singer was mobbed by fans before her boyfriend Taylor Kinney pinched her on the bottom while the cute dog looked on.

Gaga had stepped out in schoolgirl attire, donning a short red plaid dress and black tights.

She paired the ensemble with black platform lace-up boots and a black leather jacket, and accessorised with a ‘Dope’ beanie and round sunglasses.

Going dotty: Gaga's earlier looks included a blue and white spotted latex all-in-one, which left little to the imagination

Excitable: Gaga was supported by a team of dancers as she paraded around the stage

Going dotty: Gaga’s earlier looks included a blue and white spotted latex all-in-one, which left little to the imagination

Weird and wonderful: Her ensemble included an over-the-top headdress, that could only have been inspired by an octopus

Weird and wonderful: Her ensemble included an over-the-top headdress, that could only have been inspired by an octopus

 

 

Giving it her all: The star appeared to wave a colourful scarf as she performed the sell-out gig

Giving it her all: The star appeared to wave a colourful scarf as she performed the sell-out gig

In her grip: The star tweeted beforehand: 'We're back at Madison Square Garden! Just a hometown girl livin' the dream. I belong to u NY'

In her grip: The star tweeted beforehand: ‘We’re back at Madison Square Garden! Just a hometown girl livin’ the dream. I belong to u NY’

Gaga wore her blonde hair loose and wavy over her shoulder and added a slick of rose-tinted gloss to her lips.

The black pooch, whom she has nicknamed ‘Batpig’, looked a little overwhelmed as she took in the chaotic scene of fans and photographers.

She gamely signed autographs and posed with excited fans, most of whom seemed to be male.

Gaga looked pleased with a piece of art depicting her naked, covering her modesty with her hands.

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You would never describe Lady Gaga as the shy and retiring type, however the singer took things a step further when her Artpop tour arrived in New York on Tuesday.

The eccentric singer stripped almost naked on stage at Madison Square Gardens, when she was left wearing just a nude thong and fishnet tights.

The 28-year-old looked confidence despite her chest being merely covered with a patch of fluorescent tape, as her crew helped into a another eye-catching look.

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Poker Face: Lady Gaga was left wearing next to nothing as she performed at New York's Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night

Poker Face: Lady Gaga was left wearing next to nothing as she performed at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night

The Applause crooner’s locks were hidden under a dark hairnet as she stood, showing off her tattoos, in her practically non-existent ensemble.

Her pert derriere was hard to miss in her ripped bottoms, while her teamed helped her with her mic.

She excitably tweeted prior to the event: ‘I am playing Madison Square Garden tonight! It’s my hometown arena, and I couldn’t feel more grateful and proud to be back! I love NY’.

Before adding: ‘Just a hometown girl livin’ the dream. I belong to u NY. #SoldOut’.(Sic)

Putting on a show! The eccentric singer kept her modesty covered thanks to a patch of fluorescent tape

COnfidence: Her bottom half was dressed in just a ripped pair of fishnet tight and nude thong

All in the name of Art(pop): The 28-year-old has sported a silver shell top and matching briefs earlier in the night, while her hair was volumised to the maxAll in the name of Art(pop): The 28-year-old has sported a silver shell top and matching briefs earlier in the night, while her hair was volumised to the max.

While the aforementioned outfit was her smallest and more risque, several others were also impossible to ignore.

With her hair volumised to the max, Gaga strutted her stuff in a silver shell bikini and matching bejeweled briefs.

The NYC-born hitmaker, who is known for her outlandish concerts, also appeared to take inspiration from the sea as she threw on a blue and white all-in-one.

What's next? Gaga's multicolored fur look could be seen strewn on the floor next to a silver pair of trainers

Lady Gaga performs in New York in racy leather

Support: The Bad Romance crooner was seen getting a helping hand as she changed into a new outfit, while her hair was kept back in a hairnet

Cheeky! Her pert derriere was hard to miss in her ripped bottoms, while her teamed helped her with her mic

 

Earlier in the day, Gaga had given her new pooch Asia a rude awakening when she got a taste of his owner’s edgy lifestyle.

The Born This Way singer was mobbed by fans before her boyfriend Taylor Kinney pinched her on the bottom while the cute dog looked on.

Gaga had stepped out in schoolgirl attire, donning a short red plaid dress and black tights.

She paired the ensemble with black platform lace-up boots and a black leather jacket, and accessorised with a ‘Dope’ beanie and round sunglasses.

Going dotty: Gaga's earlier looks included a blue and white spotted latex all-in-one, which left little to the imaginationExcitable: Gaga was supported by a team of dancers as she paraded around the stage
Weird and wonderful: Her ensemble included an over-the-top headdress, that could only have been inspired by an octopus

Giving it her all: The star appeared to wave a colourful scarf as she performed the sell-out gig

In her grip: The star tweeted beforehand: 'We're back at Madison Square Garden! Just a hometown girl livin' the dream. I belong to u NY'

Gaga wore her blonde hair loose and wavy over her shoulder and added a slick of rose-tinted gloss to her lips.

The black pooch, whom she has nicknamed ‘Batpig’, looked a little overwhelmed as she took in the chaotic scene of fans and photographers.

She gamely signed autographs and posed with excited fans, most of whom seemed to be male.

Gaga looked pleased with a piece of art depicting her naked, covering her modesty with her hands.

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Here are 10 fascinating facts about sex…
1

The average penis is 5 to 5.7 inches long when erect

Contrary to what your favorite porn star has to offer, most guys measure 5 to 5.7 inches long and 3.9 to 4.1 inches around (girth) when aroused, Paris’s National Academy of Surgery reported last year.

2

Women’s orgasms last almost four times as long as men’s

This is one part of sex where women benefit big time: The average male orgasm lasts six seconds; the average female orgasm lasts 20 seconds, according to the book Scared Sh*tless: 1,003 Facts That Will Scare the Sh*t Out of You. Might want to test that tidbit out tonight!

3

Your ladyparts stretch when you’re in the mood

The average vagina is three to four inches long but can expand by 200 percent when sexually aroused, says Scared Sh*tless. All sizes welcome, in that case!

4

Two-thirds of women admit to having faked an orgasm at one time or another

Seriously, a full two-thirds of us have faked it, When Harry Met Sally–style, according to the book V is for Vagina. Our advice: Stop doing that! If he thinks his usual moves are working for you, then he won’t know to change it up and find a way to give you the big O for real.

5

Getting the HPV vaccine doesn’t make women more promiscuous

When Gardasil, the vaccine that protects against certain strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer and genital warts, was first FDA-approved, people worried that if they gave their daughters the series of shots, they’d be more likely to have sex. That’s not true, says a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics. The rate of sexual activity for girls and young women was the same, vaccine or no vaccine.

6

Condoms are 97 percent effective at preventing pregnancy

If they’re used correctly, condoms pose a mere three percent chance of you getting pregnant. Methods that are more effective than condoms when used correctly are the birth control pill (99 percent), the birth control patch (99 percent), intrauterine devices (IUDs) (99 percent), implants (nearly 100 percent) and hormone injections (nearly 100 percent), according to Dr. Nieca Goldberg’s Complete Guide to Women’s Health. But unlike those other methods, condoms protect against STIs. Women whose partners used condoms all the time were 70 percent less likely to acquire HPV, a recent study found.

7

Your birth control method might be dampening your sexual response

Women who use hormonal birth control, like the pill, the patch, implants or NuvaRing, could be at risk for less pleasure. A recent Indiana University study found “women using hormonal contraception experienced less arousal, fewer orgasms, difficulties with lubrication, decreased pleasure and less frequent sex.” If that’s you, experiment with lubricant or try another form of birth control.

8

Women report a median of four sex partners in a lifetime, men report seven

The Centers for Disease Control estimated that the total median of sex partners for women is about four and for men, seven. But there are a bunch of caveats that come with that stat. First, women tend to under-report the number of partners they’ve had, and men tend to exaggerate. Plus, what does “sex” mean anyway? There’s a wide spectrum of definitions. “The important thing to know is that these numbers are medians — meaning that half of people have had fewer partners and half of people have had more partners,” sex expert Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., has said. “You’re in good company on either side of the median.”

9

Summer months make women want more sex

“Overall, females have a better sense of smell, making them more aware of scents of the summer, and humid summer air carries the smells even more,” according to the book Why Do Women Crave More Sex in the Summer? “Researchers have found that if a man is attracted to a woman, he will secrete chemicals through his sweat glands — a signal that he is sexually interested. And although you may not consciously know it, as a woman, with your heightened sense of smell, your brain picks up his eau de attraction.”

10

Sexperts say the adequate length of intercourse is three to seven minutes

So your sex sessions are more sprints than marathons? No worries. Three to seven minutes is an “adequate” length of intercourse, found a study of North American sex therapists. “Ideal” clocks in at seven to 13 minutes. However, it’s quite rare for thrusting to last longer than 12 minutes, according to Esquire. We all know, though, that great sex isn’t just penis in vagina — oral sex, manual stimulation and a host of other activities can make your sex session last longer than it takes to nuke a microwave dinner.

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1. Give a lift.

“I love the idea of being picked up and kissed, touched, and groped against a wall before moving the party to the bed or floor. Or you can just pick me up and do me while standing, taking complete control over me. I’m getting excited just thinking about it.”—Kristin, 26.

2. Rough it up

“I’m really surprised at how little men want to get ‘rough’ in bed. I really enjoy it when a man wraps his hands in all my thick, curly hair and pulls my head back, especially when he’s entering me from behind. After pulling my hair, I like it when he puts his hand on the front of my neck and pulls me into him—it’s such a turn-on!”—Jen, 28

3. Hold her hostage

“I’ve never been tied up before. I love the idea of just totally having to surrender to another person, trusting him with your body.”—Stephanie, 25

4. Turn on the romance

“As sappy as this sounds, the whole petals on the bed and candles all around thing? It’s so romantic, and romance is the ultimate turn-on.”—Amber, 22

5. Undress her… slowly

“Instead of just taking our clothes off ourselves, I wish my guy would slowly remove mine and take in every inch of my naked body as he sees it. Feeling that he’s getting excited with every piece of clothing that comes off is so sensual—in fact, he should tell me just how excited he is every step of the way.”—Becca, 23

6. Go public

“Simple: I want him to stop an elevator and have me there. Hot!”—Kat, 29

7. Play officer

“Every girl has a fantasy about a man in uniform. I would love to have someone dress up as a police officer, cuff me, search me thoroughly…and then get a little rough.”—Alicia, 31

8. Spoil her rotten

“Make it all about me for once—massages, kissing me everywhere, teasing me, just making me feel good over and over again until I’m exhausted, then cuddling and falling asleep together. The next night, I’ll return the favor.”—Lindsay, 27

9. Dole out orders

“I like it when a man takes charge in the bedroom—when he tells me exactly what he wants me to do to pleasure him. It doesn’t have to be forceful, just simple, like when he pushes my hands over my head, or tells me to get on my knees. Half of my pleasure is pleasing him.”—Erin, 29

10. Clean her… like a plate

“I wish my man was more into having food in bed with us. I work hard to keep that flat stomach, and I love it when he licks cream or honey off of it!”—Ayana, 27

11. Tease and tickle

“I would like to be tied up to a headboard completely naked while he teases me with a feather on every sensitive part of my body. That light touch all over would feel absolutely electrifying.”—Felicia, 22

12. Keep on kissing

“Never forget the importance of kissing…for a very long time! Men fail to recognize what a turn-on it is for us.”—Rachel, 24

13. Ravage her

“Surprise me! Almost every woman’s fantasy is just to have a man that wants her so bad he picks her up, throws her down somewhere, rips off her clothes and has his way with her. We want you to want us so bad you just absolutely have to go for it. Spontaneous, passionate sex is so manly and sexy!”—Krystal, 30 –

14. Give more oral

“Most men are willing to go down but many don’t know how to truly take their time and please a woman. It’s fair to say most of us want to be treated like a dripping ice cream cone—like you’re enjoying every single minute of it.”—Michaela, 25

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File: Nigerian soldiers | U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Larson

Nigerian soldiers from the newly formed 7 Division of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 mutinied in their barracks against their general officer commanding, Major General Abubakar Mohammed, according to Sahara Reporters.

The 7 Division, which has its headquarters in Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, in Borno state was formed recently as a unit devoted to counter terrorism. Maj. Gen. Mohammed was appointed the general officer commanding in February 2014.

According to reports, Maj. Gen. Mohammed escaped death by the whiskers as soldiers of his command fired shots at him, leaving his bodyguards and aids wounded.

Numerous soldiers shot sporadically into the air at Maimalari Barracks, which is also home to the Artillery Corps, the Ordinance, as well as army signals in Maiduguri.

According to Sahara Reporters: “One of the sources revealed that the situation was extremely tense, adding that the GOC escaped by the whiskers as the mutiny by angry soldiers could have degenerated into a personal attack on him.

“Our sources said the soldiers became enraged when they saw the bodies of their colleagues ambushed by Boko Haram terrorists in Chibok, a town in Borno State that has spurred global protests over the abductions of schoolgirls by members of the extremist Islamist sect.”

The restive soldiers, the source said, complained that their superior had not provided them with adequate weaponry with which to fight the war against the better-armed Boko Haram militants.

“We the soldiers don’t have the kind of arms and ammunition that [Boko Haram] fighters have. So everyday, they kill our men anyhow, but it is never published in the media,” said one source. The other source also complained that the commanding officers “are too busy ‘eating’ money. And they do not pay our allowances on time. And once [a soldier dies], nobody knows what happens to his allowances again.”

The two soldiers reportedly revealed that the mutinying soldiers frustrations over lack of troop rotation to allow for some rest for those in combat against Boko Haram.

The source says that residents of the area confirmed hearing sporadic gunshots. One resident reportedly said: “We thought that may be Boko Haram was attacking and the army was trying to push them back.”

Benue State born artiste Zakky Azzay has remarried.

Zakky and New Wife

The renowned torch-light bearing musician got married to his alienated wife’s cousin, 24-year-old Hembadoon Ugema at the bride’s family home in Ushongo in Makurdi, Benue state.

His second marriage comes barely two years after his first wife divorced him over alleged domestic violence.

The  marriage which took place over the weekend has reportedly generated unresolved family issues.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron

The British Government had joined the Nigerian government in search for the girls of Government Secondary School, Chibok who were abducted by the Boko Haram sect.

In new developments, the Britain has offered Nigeria a surveillance aircraft and military team to join in the rescue of missing schoolgirls who went missing on April 14, 2014.

has offered Nigeria surveillance aircraft, a military team and experts to assist in the search of the missing Chibok girls

This was made known in a tweet by the British secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, William Hague.

He tweeted: We have offered surveillance aircraft, a military team and experts in analysis to help with recovery of the missing girls.”

Follow ALL the stories on the Borno School Girls’ Abduction HERE

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Stephen Sutton
Stephen Sutton

A teenage fundraiser who raised more than £3m for charity while he fought terminal cancer has died,.

Stephen Sutton, who was diagnosed with incurable colorectal cancer when he was 15, raised £3.2m for the Teenage Cancer Trust while completing his “bucket list” of things he planned to do while he was still alive.

After posting what he thought would be his “final thumbs up” on his Stephen’s Story Facebook and blog when his health showed a sharp decline, donations to his JustGiving page shot up to more than £1m.

Further donations flooded in after celebrities urged people to help his cause with a #ThumbsUpForStephen social media campaign.

Stephen Sutton on his hospital bed
Stephen Sutton on his hospital bed

He was released from hospital following treatment for multiple tumours but his health had deteriorated so much he was unable to communicate.

His mother confirmed that her son has died.

She wrote on the Stephen’s Story Facebook page: “My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son who passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday, 14th May.

“The ongoing support and outpouring of love for Stephen will help greatly at this difficult time, in the same way as it helped Stephen throughout his journey.

“We all know he will never be forgotten, his spirit will live on, in all that he achieved and shared with so many.”

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Number 30 on his list was to hug an animal bigger than him(Facebook/Stephen’s Story)

The Teenage Cancer Trust said the fundraising effort by Sutton made the most “transformational difference” to the charity.

A spokesperson said: “The thoughts of everyone here at Teenage Cancer Trust are with Stephen’s family and friends.

“We are humbled and hugely grateful for what Stephen achieved and continues to achieve for us.”

His campaign was supported by celebrities such as Russell Brand, Stephen Fry and prime minister David Cameron.

During his life, Sutton was able to complete all but 11 of the items on his bucket list – including raising his original target of £1,000 for charity.

Other wishes he managed to complete included drumming in front of 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium, speaking in front of a crown about his cancer, getting a tattoo and crowd surfing at a gig in a rubber dinghy.

Prime minister David Cameron said he was deeply saddened by Sutton’s death.

“His spirit, bravery and fundraising for cancer research were all an inspiration,” he added.

Stephen Sutton

David Cameron described Sutton as “an inspiration to hundreds and thousands of people.”

(via IB Times)

The fabric responds to both sound and touch. GIF: Kyle VanHemert. Source: Chromosonic

The internet of things is usually discussed in terms of thermostats, light bulbs, and kitchen appliances. Embedding electronics into comforters, clothes, and wall-hangings, however, could yield far more poetic results.

Chromosonic, by Hungarian designer Judit Eszter Karpati, is an experimental electronic textile that can change color and pattern in response to touch and sound. The magic comes courtesy of temperature-sensitive dye. Audio files, processed through an Arduino, heat up nichrome wires woven into the fabric, making its pattern pulse in time with whatever’s playing. In a sense, the textile becomes a material visualization of the tunes.

In addition to achieving a striking visual effect, the project occupies some rich conceptual territory. Karpati’s creation lands somewhere between the dumb stuff we have in our homes today and the wave of “smart” stuff we’re so often told is around the corner. It’s more than a piece of decor but less than another screen–a reminder that technology can be used to change our habitats in ways that have nothing to do with utility or efficiency.

Of course, it’s not hard to make the leap to other sorts of applications, like outfits that transform moment to moment with the aid of technology. Karpati’s temperature-changing rig might not necessarily be the right fit here, but it’s certainly easy to see the effect carrying over. Think of it is as Hypercolor 2.0, with garments not just fading in the sunlight but subtly cycling through patterns in response to your environment and the data streams swirling through it. Imagine a jacket that doesn’t just match your pants, but your mood and your music, too.

(via Wired)

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