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Twitter Collection: #LIGO finds gravitational waves

By Elizabeth Culliford
February 11, 2016

The hashtag #LIGO sent ripples through Twitter as scientists said on Thursday they have for the first time detected gravitational waves.

Twitter Collection: #FishballRevolution

By Elizabeth Culliford
February 9, 2016

Hong Kong riot police clashed with protesters on Tuesday in the worst violence since the pro-democracy protests of 2014.

But who is ‘pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli?

By Elizabeth Culliford
February 5, 2016

This is Martin Shkreli.

He’s an ex-pharma CEO who became the poster-boy for drug price hikes – and who was busted for fraud in December last year.

So what is a negative interest rate?

By Elizabeth Culliford
January 29, 2016
What is a negative interest rate?
    Commercial banks normally earn interest when they deposit money with a central bank, such as the U.S. Federal Reserve, instead of putting it into circulation in the economy in the form of a loan. 
    But when a central bank imposes a negative interest rate, it costs a commercial bank to park its money there. 

Central bank interest rates

Twitter Collection: The Challenger explosion, 30 years on

By Elizabeth Culliford
January 28, 2016

Thirty years ago today the space shuttle Challenger exploded only 73 seconds into its journey, killing the six astronauts and one school teacher on board. The teacher, Christa McAuliffe, was the first U.S. civilian to go into space.

Twitter Collection: British explorer Worsley dies on record Antarctica solo trip

By Elizabeth Culliford
January 25, 2016

Twitter tributes are being paid to a British explorer who has died trying to become the first person to cross Antarctica solo.

Twitter Collection: #Twitterdown trends…for those who can see it

By Elizabeth Culliford
January 19, 2016

The sporadic nature of outages that hit Twitter’s mobile and web services on Tuesday meant the hashtag #twitterdown was trending for users who could still access the platform.

Twitter Collection: UK parliament debates Donald Trump ban

By Elizabeth Culliford
January 18, 2016

British lawmakers debated a petition signed by more than half a million people calling for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to be banned from Britain after he said Muslims should not be allowed to enter the United States.

Twitter Collection: Alan Rickman, ‘always’

By Elizabeth Culliford
January 14, 2016

Twitter tributes to British actor Alan Rickman, who has died after a battle with cancer aged 69, show that his villainous roles leave him a hero to many.

Twitter Collection: Another very white Oscars

By Elizabeth Culliford
January 14, 2016

The 2015 hashtag #OscarsSoWhite was quickly revived on Twitter as the Academy Award nominations showed a lack of diversity – again.