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ASAPScience Reveals The Culprits Behind Earth’s Next Mass Extinction: VIDEO

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The brilliant minds behind ASAPScience take us through a detailed journey of our planet’s major extinction events, explaining the processes that led to mass extinctions and the emergence of new species out of those extinctions. Although the intervals between extinctions are typically millions of years and follow a similar pattern, it appears the sixth one is approaching quickly at an alarming rate. And it doesn’t take much to figure out the cause behind this accelerated sixth event.

Check out the six craziest extinctions ever, AFTER THE JUMP

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Mortal Kombat Series Debuts First Gay Fighting Character: VIDEO

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The Mortal Kombat series, known for its gory fatalities and ultraviolet combat, has introduced its first gay fighting character reports Kotaku. Former thief turned Shaolin monk Kung Jin, cousin of series staple Kung Lao, hinted at his sexuality during a discussion in the game with fellow series staple Raiden about joining the White Lotus Society like his cousin Kung Lao. Despite Raiden’s urgings about joining the secret society, Jin says that he, "Can't…They won’t accept…" with the thunder god comforting the thief saying, "They care about only what is in your heart; not whom your heart desires."

NetherRealm Studios Cinematic Director Dominic Cianciolo confirmed Jin’s orientation in a tweet saying "I see people are picking up on the subtle exposition contained in Kung Jin’s flashback. Glad we have observant fans!" The latest iteration in the Mortal Kombat series, Mortal Kombat X, released on Tuesday.

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'Looking' Star Danny Franzese Talks Body Positivity, Bears And More With James St. James: VIDEO

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Mean Girls and Looking actor Danny Franzese sat down with James St. James this week to talk body positivity in the gay community, HIV awareness, PrEP and his plans for the future.

Franzese also discusses his journey to self-acceptance, and how going shirtless in Bully helped him overcome his fixation on his weight.

Check out the frank, funny discussion, AFTER THE JUMP

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Frank Ocean Reveals New Album ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ and Release Date In Tumblr Post

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R&B singer Frank Ocean posted images of himself deciding between what appears to be two album covers to his Tumblr account along with the hashtags #Issue1, #ALBUM3, #JULY2015 and #BOYSDONTCRY revealing the title and release window of his third full-length album yesterday reports Spin.

Ocean captioned the two images saying, "I got two versions. I got twooo (sic) versions…" indicating that he is in the final processes of picking an official cover for the album. Ocean has remained particularly mum about the details of his new album except for releasing a demo snippet of a new song called Memrise in November 2014.

Ocean explored homoromantic subject matter in the songs Pink Matter and Forrest Gump on his previous album Channel Orange, leading news outlets and music journalists to speculate on the singer’s sexual orientation. Ocean later confirmed in an open letter, which was originally intended for the liner notes of Channel Orange, published on his Tumblr page affirming that his first love was with a man. Few details exist concerning Ocean’s new album Boys Don’t Cry, but the title may indicate that the singer may continue to explore these themes further.


D.C. Mayor Appoints Local LGBT Activist To Newly Created Deputy Mayor Position

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 1.40.27 PMD.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Wednesday that she named local lesbian activist and public affairs lobbyist Courtney Snowden as her administration’s Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity, a new position within the executive office of the mayor reports The Washington Blade. Snowden, who originally ran for a seat on D.C.’s City Council as an independent, is the highest ranking LGBT official in the Bowser administration and the fourth gay or lesbian appointee named to a cabinet-level position.

Over the last 10 years Snowden has worked as a lobbyist and public policy strategist for both corporate and non-profit clients for the Raben Group, a D.C.-based public relations and communications firm founded by gay attorney Robert Raben. Snowden has also worked in several policy positions for the Human Rights Campaign, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and then-Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin. Snowden also served on Bowser’s mayoral transition team prior to Bowser taking office on Jan. 1. 

The D.C. government website posted a revised organization chart showing the newly created post of Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity as one of four deputy mayor’s positions. According to Bowser the deputy mayor "will be charged with creating solutions to improve outcomes for residents who face challenges to entering the workforce or starting their own ventures."

 


ASAPScience Investigates the Stinging Possibility of a World Without Bees: VIDEO

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The ASAPScience guys have finally weighed in on the popular topic of bee extinction in their new video and what it means for us and the rest of the world should they go extinct. Scientists have claimed the extinction of bees spells catastrophic consequences; the ASAPScience guys calmly clarify exactly what would and it’s still not pretty. Up to 70 percent of the world’s fruit, vegetables and nuts would vanish, an estimated $200 billion loss in agriculture revenue along with a drastic effect on the food chain.

Watch ASAP Science thoroughly explain bee extinction, along with the potential processes that are leading to their deaths, AFTER THE JUMP

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