TechCrunch is pleased to bring you Indiebio s Demo Day this Thursday, July 14th from San Francisco.Backed by SOS Ventures, Indiebio is the largest life sciences accelerator to date.Indiebio provides each startup in the accelerator with $250,000, lab space, and expert mentors including 23andMe co-founder Linda Avey and father of the Human Genome Project, George Church.IndieBio s third batch includes 15 companies within several broad categories: 21st Century Medicine, future of food and agriculture, new biotools, consumer biotech.Mycoworks– Mycoworks is a biomaterials company that uses mycelium and agricultural waste to create natural alternatives to leather.Their materials are performance engineered, animal-free, sustainable, and cost-competitive, with immediate applications in footwear and fashion.
A small city centre church is expecting a deluge of gamers after being featured in the Pokemon Go mobile phone craze gripping the globe.Players in the United States, Australia and New Zealand have been hooked to their handsets since the game s release there last week but copies have also leaked on to UK phones, despite an official release being some way off.The global phenomenon would have probably passed by parishioners at Birmingham s City Road Methodist Church, which has a full-time 20-strong congregation, until one avid gamer turned up on their doorstep.It was only when church-goers asked the man, in his 30s and sitting hunched on the front steps gazing at his phone, if he was OK that he told them the church was a Poke-Stop – a key location in the game.In the augmented reality game Pokemon Go, developed by Niantic and The Pokemon Company, players travel around the real world to capture and train creatures known as Pokemon – the most famous of which is Pikachu.The church, designated as one of the game s special Poke Gyms, has since had a steady stream of people turning up in cars playing the game.
Your browser does not support HTML5 videoPlayPausePlayPauseMute0%00:00 / 00:00FullscreenSmallscreen Close Embed Feed Pokemon Go Gameplay: Playing Nintendo's hit smartphone app on the streets of London IBTimes UKAugmented reality smartphone game Pokémon Go has become a sensation, sending players across the globe out into the real world to hunt and capture Pokémon.Now it seems the infamous Westboro Baptist Church is also getting in on the action.In the game, various local landmarks become "gyms" that allow players to battle other users' Pokémon for control of that particular location, such as a train station, local park or pubs.When one player named "Pinknose" noticed that the Westboro Baptist Church WBC building in Topeka, Kansas, was tagged as a "gym", they decided to "take control" of the controversial church with a Clefairy Pokémon named "Love Is Love", after the same-sex marriage slogan.Other users also joined in using their own uniquely named Pokémon such, as "STOP HATE!"
An Uber driver was livestreaming Pokémon Go this weekend when he said that he saw someone push a dead body out of car.Now the driver has reportedly been fired from Uber and a member of the local police believes it s a hoax.AlexRamiGaming, a small-time Youtuber, was streaming the game in Beaumont, Texas on July 9th when he suddenly starts yelling: Oh my god I just witnessed a fuckin murder.He then apparently calls 911 all while still streaming live to Youtube and says he s being followed by the same black Chevy Silverado that apparently dumped the body in front of the Trinity United Methodist Church, also in Beaumont.Granted, a dead body in Beaumont is not unlikely—the city of 117,000 has one of the highest murder rates in all of Texas.But in a phone call with Gizmodo, Sargent Cody Guedry of the Beaumont Police Department said no body was found at that location and he believes Ramirez s call was a hoax.
An Uber driver was livestreaming Pokémon Go this weekend when he said that he saw someone push a dead body out of car.Now the driver has reportedly been fired from Uber and a member of the local police believes it s a hoax.AlexRamiGaming, a small-time Youtuber, was streaming the game in Beaumont, Texas on July 9th when he suddenly starts yelling: Oh my god I just witnessed a fuckin murder.He then apparently calls 911 all while still streaming live to Youtube and says he s being followed by the same black Chevy Silverado that apparently dumped the body in front of the Trinity United Methodist Church, also in Beaumont.Granted, a dead body in Beaumont is not unlikely—the city of 117,000 has one of the highest murder rates in all of Texas.But in a phone call with Gizmodo, Sargent Cody Guedry of the Beaumont Police Department said no body was found at that location and he believes Ramirez s call was a hoax.
It is 2016, and at least one religious institution hasn t let go of the idea that Pokémon is somehow sinful.What a time to be alive.Late last week, a certain Pokémon started making headlines...For the two of you that don t play Pokémon Go, what this picture is relaying is that Westboro Baptist Church is marked as a gym in Pokémon Go.This in turn means that players can park their Pokémon at that location IRL to defend a digital title.In this case, someone thought it would be funny to put in a fairy type Pokémon as the defender of a place known for being very hateful and intolerant.
An off-duty officer shot and killed Tyler Gebhard, 20, on Saturday after Gebhard allegedly forced his way into the man s home.Police say an off-duty officer shot and killed a black man who broke into the officer s home in Lakeshire, Missouri, reportedly after the two men had had an argument on Facebook about the Black Lives Matter movement.Tyler Gebhard, 20, who according to his family had a history of mental illness, came to the unnamed officer s home Saturday afternoon, according to St. Louis County police.Gebhard, who reportedly knew the officer through a church connection, came to the front door first, but the officer s wife recognized him and shut the door.Police say Gebhard then went around back, smashed a window with a concrete planter and entered the house.The officer s wife, mother-in-law and two children barricaded themselves in a bedroom and called 911 as the officer confronted Gebhard, police said in a statement.
Pokémon Go hasn't even been out for a week - and still hasn't the the UK - but the reception has already been quite remarkable.Niantic says it has paused the global rollout so the servers can catch up to the demand, but there are a couple of workarounds if your country is still on the waiting list.The guy whose house became a gymSpare a thought for Boon Sheridan, who is probably being swarmed by Pokémon trainers as you read this.As he explained on Twitter, living in an old church means his house has become a Pokémon gym, and the result has been swarms of trainers hanging around his home.Sheridan has been sharing pictures of players outside his window, although he missed out on getting a snap of the trainer who was wearing an actual Pokémon belt.
Over the past week, people all over the world seem to have taken up an unexpected hobby: playing Pokémon Go.The augmented reality video game allows players to use their handheld devices to catch Pokémon out in the real world, leading players to different locations based on their ability to use pokéballs to add different virtual monsters to their collection.Part of the game involves different locations becoming gyms in the augmented reality Poké-World, with different teams battling for control of these spaces.It just so happens that the Westboro Baptist Church is a gym in Topeka, Kansas ― and users are battling for control of the location in order to troll the anti-LGBT church with the names of their Pokémon, like LOVEISLOVE and STOP HATE!the fact that Westboro Baptist Church is a gym being controlled by a Clefairy named LOVEISLOVE is my fav.— Drew Boehmker @IfUSeekDrew July 9, 2016
Every week we send out a weekly update with some of the best stories of the week, a few apps we like and the Red faces of the week .Here s my introduction text for last weeks issue:Once upon a time, somewhere in a small town, stood an old church surrounded by bars and clubs.Every night, after the bars had closed, people would walk up to that church and empty their bladders.It happened so often that the soil under the church was soaked with urine, and once a year they had to replace the paving stones and the urine soaked sand below it.For years they looked for a fix.
A screenshot from the Pokémon Go trailer.Niantic and Nintendo's smash mobile hit Pokémon Go uses location data to populate the real world with Pokémon, item-dispensing PokéStops and Gyms.The latter two are based on local landmarks, such as churches, pubs, train stations, letter boxes, and parks.Boon Sheridan from Holyoke, Massachusetts lives in a converted church which has become one of the game's gyms, resulting in a flock of players gathering outside his house to train and compete for control."This should be fascinating," he said in a tweet over the weekend."I've counted 15 people stopping by and lingering in their phones so far.
If you've ever wanted to see a chandelier made out of every bone in the human body, a chapel in the Czech Republic has you covered.The history of the Sedlec Ossuary, commonly known as the "Bone Church," begins in the 1200s, when the abbot of the Sedlec monastery brought back some "holy soil" from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.The legend says he spread this soil across the Sedlec cemetery, and instantly created what became the hot new burial ground for Bohemia.By the 1400s, more than 30,000 people had been buried in the cemetery, which had to be enlarged because of the plague in 1318 and the Hussite wars.But it still just got to be too many bodies, and so at the end of the 1400s, the bodies were dug up, moved to the chapel, and made into pyramids.Those piles stood until they took their modern form in 1870, when an artisan was hired by a noble family to turn them into intricate decorations for the chapel.Here is what the Sedlec Ossuary, which is said to contain the bones of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, looks like today: View As:
Can we not protect our civilization birthplaces, are then motivated to take care of something as modest as a church town of Lulea? It asks Technology Historias Niklas Dahlin. 1968 moved the entire 3200 year old temple complex of Abu Simbel in Egypt for not flooded when the Aswan Dam was built. It succeeded thanks to an effort from many different countries, coordinated by the UN agency UNESCO. A few years later adopted the convention that defined what we now call World. It has been used to save Venice, Mohenjo-Daros ruins in Pakistan and several other irreplaceable sites.
Pokémon Go is out in the United States, and people are already finding monsters and love?Thanks to Go s GPS-powered gameplay, trainers are finding the critters in places like a church, the toilet, and other people s cars.But if you keep your head buried in your phone long enough while chasing some rare Mew, you may not realize where you re at or how you might look to those around you.So to avoid awkward 911 calls, here are some places you should avoid while playing Pokémon Go.Look, I get it.You nearly caught that Charizard yesterday, and now he is right downstairs in your neighbor s backyard.If you put a toe over her chain-link fence, she s going to rush out the door and start asking you what the hell you are doing?I know we haven t talked a lot recently, but I think we should take some time to recap a fact of life: A man walking alone around an elementary school holding out his phone like he s taking pictures is not a good look!I know your niece told you she caught a Pikachu on the playground, but you re just gonna have to let that go.
The site of countless royal coronations, weddings, and burials, as well as the location of Princess Diana s funeral, Westminster Abbey is a place of huge historical and cultural significance for Brits.It s also on the itinerary of many international tourists who re keen to see up close the stunning architecture and experience the magical atmosphere of this famous London church, one with a history stretching back more than a thousand years.For curious types who don t have the time or money to make the trip – or for those nearby who simply want to skip the abbey s £20 about $26 entrance fee, Google and its hard-working Street View team once again comes to the rescue.That s right, folks, the globe-trotting photo snappers have just rolled out a load of panoramic imagery from inside this striking Gothic structure, giving anyone with an Internet connection the chance to explore its impressive interior without actually having to go there in person.As much as we enjoyed entertaining the idea of a camera-equipped Street View car edging through the abbey s Great West Door, tootling up the nave and making a sharp right at the altar, it s safe to assume that no such shenanigans took place.Instead, Google likely sent in one of its Street View team with a camera-laden Trekker backpack, a solution no doubt more acceptable to the abbey s custodians.
And the Lord said: "Let there be free WiFi"Christianity has had a hard time trying to appeal to today's hip youngsters and draw new sheep into its flock.The promise of free and unlimited WiFi, then, might just be enough to bring a new breed of digital-savvy worshippers into churches.In Germany, the Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Oberlausitz EKBO is introducing Godspot, a new initiative that will see all 3,000 of its churches in East Germany equipped with WiFi hotspots.The service is secure and completely free, and can be used by worshippers inside the buildings as well as those just passing by without having to register or repent your sins, for that matter .After connecting to the WLAN service, users are first taken to a landing page that contains information about the church and its community, as well as topics regarding "faith and life."
Saturday Night Live alum Dana Carvey has created troves of memorable characters, from the Church Lady s to Garth from Wayne s World.These days, he s voicing Pops in The Secret Life of Pets, but for some reason the Internet still wants to know if he was in Iron Man 2.He wasn t—and we re guessing people who ask that are confusing him with Sam Rockwell, who played Justin Hammer and vaguely looks like Carvey if you cross your eyes.I was not in Iron Man 2, but I take a daily iron supplement, Carvey jokes in his WIRED Google Autocomplete interview.Want answers to more of Google s most-asked questions about Carvey?Need a refresher on whether he was Hans or Franz on SNL?
Built by Christians who believe the Earth is 6,000 years old, a 510-foot-long, $100 million replica of Noah s Ark is set to open in a new Kentucky theme park later this week.Critics say the attraction is nothing more than a big church that ll be used to perpetuate creationist nonsense.The new theme park, called called Ark Encounter, will officially open in Williamstown, Kentucky, on July 7.Construction of the giant ship, which has been ongoing since 2010, was initiated by Answers in Genesis, a Christian group headed by Ken Ham. I believe this is going to be one of the greatest Christian outreaches of this era in history, said Ham during the ceremony.The interior features several exhibits, including displays of Noah s family, rows of cages containing animal replicas, and even the odd dinosaur.
Built by Christians who believe the Earth is 6,000 years old, a 155-metre-long, $100 million replica of Noah s Ark is set to open in a new Kentucky theme park later this week.Critics say the attraction is nothing more than a big church that ll be used to perpetuate creationist nonsense.The new theme park, called called Ark Encounter, will officially open in Williamstown, Kentucky, on July 7th.Construction of the giant ship, which has been ongoing since 2010, was initiated by Answers in Genesis, a Christian group headed by Ken Ham. I believe this is going to be one of the greatest Christian outreaches of this era in history, said Ham during the ceremony.The full-sized ark, built according to the dimensions stated in the Bible, measures 155 metres long, 25 metres wide, and 15 feet high.
So this is a thing that actually happened.YouTuber MatPat—who you might know as the king of fan theories—got a chance to meet the Pope earlier this year, as a part of a summit that explored how the internet brings people together.When meeting the Pope, it is apparently customary to gift him something.In this case MatPat was encouraged to give the Pope something that was representative of his culture.So, he picked Undertale, as he explains in this 16 minute ! I gave the Pope this game because it speaks his language, MatPat said.
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