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Why I Can’t Wait for Japan’s 2020 Robolympics

We may be on the verge of a robo-sports revolution.

This summer, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe floated the idea that, parallel to the Tokyo Olympics, his nation might try to host the world’s first Robot Olympics. The announcement set the hearts of every nerdling who grew up watching Battle Bots aflutter, with visions of mechanized slugfests dancing in their heads. But for many familiar with the general incompetence of most modern, commercial robots, the concept also raised some skeptical eyebrows.

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Some Bostonians Balking At 2024 Summer Olympics Bid

Advocacy groups and local pundits believe that bringing the Olympics to the City on the Hill isn’t worth the jaw-dropping expenses

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The United States Olympic Committee has chosen Boston as its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Selected over San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington D. C., the capital of Massachusetts will next be pitted against “Rome, a yet-to-be-named German city, and possibly Paris or South Africa" for the slot, according to NPR. While many are rejoicing about the nod, a growing movement in the Bay State has been drumming up opposition.

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Video Gaming in the Olympics? Seriously?

The creator of World of Warcraft chimes in.

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Five months after ESPN legitimized e-sports as a marketable stadium sport by broadcasting the final rounds of the DOTA 2 championship on ESPN3, and six months after the X-Games included a Call of Duty tournament in the competition, the creator of World of Warcraft is making a case for video games to be adopted as an official Olympic sport.

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This Affecting 45-Second Video Explains the Uphill Battle Young Female Athletes Face

It's hard to concentrate on that penalty kick with advertisers shouting that your shoes aren't cute enough.

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London 2012: A Jubilant Week, An Awkward Anniversary

One year since the riots, the government drags its heels on any real social response, while young people repair their communities and their image.

On the one year anniversary of the London riots, Reeves furniture shop in South London—which was torched during the riots—is plastered with positive messages of London youth.

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Olympic Blues: London Cabbies Feel Left Out of the Party

Barred from access to Olympic VIP traffic lanes, many cabbies would rather park their iconic rides than suffer through snarled traffic.


There are many ways one can navigate the labyrinthine streets of London—the sweaty Tube network, Boris’ bicycle hire, the top deck of a red bus—but there’s only one way to get around and get an education at the same time: the iconic black cab.

Climb into a licensed London cab, name one of the city’s 25,000 quaintly named streets (like Lamb’s Conduit, or Threadneedle) and a London cabbie will get you there, no questions, map, or GPS required.

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