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September, 2016

 

Enjoy Earth While It Lasts: Atmospheric Carbon Levels Pass the Point of No Return

Enjoy Earth While It Lasts: Atmospheric Carbon Levels Pass the Point of No Return The bad news: Earth’s climate change problem just passed a point of no return. Atmospheric carbon levels have passed 400 parts per million, and they won’t return to more environment-friendly levels “ever again for the indefinite future.” The good news? Oh, wait, no. Sorry. We’re pretty screwed. We already knew it was bad. After all, in the last 20 years, humanity destroyed 1.27 million square miles—10 percent—of the Earth’s wilderness. Climate change has “devastated” 93 percent ofRead More


4 Reasons Tips Should Be Included In Your Cruise Fare

4 Reasons Tips Should Be Included In Your Cruise Fare After regularly reading reviews complaining about gratuity fees for the past three years, it’s become painfully clear to us that not many cruisers understand how tipping on cruise ships actually works. This confusing system is source of irritation for cruisers, the staff, and the lines themselves, so we argue that cruise gratuities should be incorporated into the cruise fare and paid upfront. Here’s why: 1. Unexpected Charges = Bad Reviews 2. It’s better for the crew. 3. Luxury lines includeRead More


Water Grabs in Canada: Nestlé Outbids Another Town for Control of Local Water Supply

Water Grabs in Canada: Nestlé Outbids Another Town for Control of Local Water Supply Corporate giant Nestlé continued its privatization creep on Thursday as it won approval to take over another Canadian community’s water supply, claiming it needed the well to ensure “future business growth.” Nestlé purchased the well near Elora, Ontario from Middlebrook Water Company last month after making a conditional offer in 2015, the Canadian Press reports. In August, the Township of Centre Wellington made an offer to purchase the Middlebrook well site to protect access to the water forRead More


Glass of beer ‘makes people more sociable’

Glass of beer ‘makes people more sociable’ Researchers from Switzerland have confirmed what most of us already know – drinking a single glass of beer can make people more sociable. The team from University Hospital in Basel tested 60 healthy people, with an equal number of men and women drinking alcoholic and non-alcoholic beer. They took part in a range of tasks, including a face recognition test, empathy test and sexual arousal test. The lead researcher said there had been little previous research in this area.  Prof Matthias Liechti explained:Read More


Oops, Apple iPhone 7’s slogan has a naughty meaning in Hong Kong

Oops, Apple iPhone 7’s slogan has a naughty meaning in Hong Kong Everyone can make mistakes and Apple just made quite an amusing one.The company recently launched its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones at its keynote event, held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. The company has chosen a rather straightforward sounding slogan – This is 7, for its new smartphones. As it turns out, it’s not that straightforward when translated to Cantonese.China is among the Cupertino-based tech company’s biggest markets and Apple productsRead More