• Rep. Mark Walker talks offsetting disaster relief costs
  • UK Beats Own Renewable Energy Record For The Second Time This Year
  • I asked Tinder for my data. It sent me 800 pages of my deepest, darkest secrets
  • How Overrated Celebrities Tricked The World, In Three Steps
  • Modi’s Jobs Problem Threatens Quest to Lower Inequality in India

UK Beats Own Renewable Energy Record For The Second Time This Year

Renewables made up close to a third of electricity in the UK during the second quarter of 2017, breaking the country’s previous record (Q1 2017) for the highest percentage of electricity generated from sustainable sources. This is according to a recent government report.    Wind energy saw the most growth, with onshore wind rising by 50 percent (2.0 TWh) to 6.0 TWh and offshore wind up by 22 percent (0.7 TWh) to 4.0 TWh…

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I asked Tinder for my data. It sent me 800 pages of my deepest, darkest secrets

The dating app knows me better than I do, but these reams of intimate information are just the tip of the iceberg. What if my data is hacked or sold? At 9.24pm (and one second) on the night of Wednesday 18 December 2013, from the second arrondissement of Paris, I wrote Hello! to my first ever Tinder match. Since that day Ive fired up the app 920 times and matched…

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How Overrated Celebrities Tricked The World, In Three Steps

It’s as the old adage goes — it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. And in the following cases, the “who” in these scenarios were a bunch of folks who thought these individuals were more talented than they really are. by Kevin King by DvorakHarvey 13 Entry by PollyDarton 12 Entry by theghostofcarl by AsherNitin by Ka-ga-mi 9 Entry by Mary-Brenda 8 Entry by AsherNitin by Kevin King…

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Modi’s Jobs Problem Threatens Quest to Lower Inequality in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a jobs problem. He swept to power three years ago promising India’s poor and middle classes he’d restore their "dignity" after years of swelling inequality, with job creation central to his pitch. But now, the jobs market has been slugged by last November’s shock cash ban and July’s imposition of a goods and services tax. And things look like they’re about to get worse: India…

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Women in Saudi Arabia will be able to legally drive in 2018

In less than a year, women in Saudi Arabia will be able to legally obtain drivers licenses and get behind the wheel—all without the permission of husbands, fathers, or other male “guardians.” In a state television and Washington, D.C., media event held Tuesday, Saudi Arabia announced in a royal decree that it would be ending its policy against women driving. According to the New York Times, the new policy was agreed…

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5 Shocking Things Nobody Tells You About Getting Tattoos

When you think of all the issues associated with getting a tattoo, like being the absolute raddest and having all of the sex, you have to wonder: Why aren’t you getting a tattoo right now? But besides the obvious reasons you shouldn’t get a heart with your mom’s name in it tattooed right above your genitals, there are plenty you’ve probably never thought of. For example … If all this…

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Dove under fire for racist Facebook adand weak apology

Dove’s latest Facebook ad is leaving many women of color scratching their heads over its blatant racism. Last week, Dove published a three-second GIF depicting three women stripping off their shirts to show another woman underneath. But in one case, a Black woman in a brown shirt takes off her shirt to reveal a white woman in a lighter shirt. Many claim Dove’s ad draws on age-old racist depictions in beauty…

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Facebook Plans Big Overhaul of Political Ads After Criticism

Mark Zuckerberg said in a video on Facebook Thursday. “That’s not what we stand for. The integrity of elections is fundamental to democracy around the world.” Many Facebook ads are bought through a self-service system that doesn’t require interaction with a salesperson, making it harder to know who’s behind a purchase. Zuckerberg said that while it would be impossible to totally eliminate abuse of the system, Facebook can make it…

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Dove apologises for ad showing black woman turning into white one

Brand says it missed mark after being accused of racism in campaign promoting body lotion Dove has apologised after publishing an advert on its Facebook page which showed a black woman turning into a white woman. The brand was accused of racism over the online advertising campaign and it later admitted it had missed the mark with an image posted on Facebook. The advert showed a black woman removing her…

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More than 92% of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan back independence

Referendum results in overwhelming endorsement of split from Baghdad, after troops are sent into disputed areas More than 92% of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan have opted for independence, according to election monitors, in an overwhelming endorsement of a proposed split from Baghdad that has sparked increasing threats of air and land blockades that could be imposed as early as Friday. The result came after Iraqs parliament authorised the prime minister,…

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Local Seattle Gas Station Sign Has the Best Messages Ever (21 Photos)

4 lines. 17 characters per line. Updated weekly. Back in 2005, the local Chevron gas station in Seattle’s Wallingford neighbourhood converted their auto repair shop into a convenience store. Their outdoor sign—once used for service promotions and store specials—became redundant with the inside of the store already plastered with signage. So the owners decided to have fun with the outdoor sign instead, and the @WallingfordSign was born. Funnily, the weekly…

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6 Shocking Ways Your Phone Is Destroying The Planet

We do a lot of things knowing that they aren’t great for the environment. We leave the faucet running while we brush our teeth, we throw out tons of food because it looks misshapen, and we use hairspray even though we know damn well we’ve been bald for over 15 years. But surprisingly, our worse sin might be that we encourage the tech industry to keep churning out slightly better…

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The cough, the P45, the falling F: Theresa May’s speech calamity

Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong in a speech designed to unite the Tories behind their leader. Heres how the disaster unfolded Billed as a speech where Theresa May was fighting for her political life after weeks of a prank, a hacking cough and the words on the set collapsing behind her meant that few will remember the policy initiatives she announced on housing, organ donation and…

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