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Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter unite to simplify data transfers

Four of the biggest technology companies are banding together to make it easier for users to download and transfer their data between services. Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter formally announced The Data Transfer Project (DTP) today, an open-source initiative to create new tools that …

YouTube Music

Fray Bentos: a town in Uruguay – not just a meat pie

If you are lucky enough to reach the tiny Uruguayan town of Carmelo on a summer evening, you can cycle through tranquil vineyards, past lavender bushes and a yellow chapel glowing in the fading sunset to the Italian social club for dinner. Founded in the 1930s, very little has changed since then. …

South America

Tesla will charge for 'premium' internet on new cars starting July 1st

Ever since Tesla started offering cellular data access in its cars, there's been the implication that it would eventually charge for service. In 2014, it indicated that would start charging in 2018. Four years later, that moment is at hand... although it's not playing out as you'd expect. <i>Electrek</i> …

Tesla

Bose puts crowdfunded 'sleepbuds' on sale for $250

Last year, Bose took to Indiegogo to gauge people's interest on an experimental device: a pair of noise-masking wireless earbuds designed to help you sleep. That experiment was a success, and the "sleepbuds" sold out within six days on the crowdfunding platform, so now the audio giant is making …

Consumer Tech

Why I changed my mind about diversity in academia

The controversy over race and admissions at elite educational institutions is heating up. Harvard University is under pressure to stop discriminating against Asian Americans, who make up a smaller percentage of its student body (22.2 percent ) than their grades and test scores would warrant. …

College & University

Volvo’s self-driving cars are getting new laser sensors to see the world

Luminar will supply lidar sensors to the Swedish auto giant<p>Lidar startup Luminar is on a bit of a hot streak. After announcing a major deal with Toyota, the company said it would be slashing costs and scaling up rapidly to meet the growing demand for its laser sensors that help self-driving cars …

Autonomous Cars

Our plastic pollution crisis is too big for recycling to fix | Annie Leonard

Every minute, every single day, the equivalent of a truckload of plastic enters our oceans. In the name of profit and convenience, corporations are literally choking our planet with a substance that does not just “go away” when we toss it into a bin. Since the 1950s, some 8.3bn tons of plastic have …

Pollution

Why the failure of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story‘ could spell bad news for Hollywood

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” did not do well last weekend. As Yoda might say, there was no doing, and no trying.<p>As you’ve no doubt heard, the movie barely grossed $29 million — a paltry figure that represented a 65 percent plummet from the week before.<p>The drop would have been bad enough — any …

Box Office

The best way to save the planet? Drop meat and dairy | George Monbiot

Whether human beings survive this century and the next, whether other lifeforms can live alongside us: more than anything, this depends on the way we eat. We can cut our consumption of everything else almost to zero and still we will drive living systems to collapse, unless we change our diets.<p>All …

Agriculture

Are you consuming too much of these five good-for-you foods or drinks?

Go ahead, dive into your dinner of tuna and brown rice. Just don’t repeat that same meal every night. Even though these foods are very nutritious, you can get too much of a good thing.<p>Foods high in nutrients can also be high in unwelcome amounts of chemicals, and sometimes too much of such foods …

Nutrition

Slowly but steadily, the travel industry cuts its ties to disposable plastics

When Dianna Cohen travels, she packs as if she were headed into battle. And in a way, she is. Her enemy is single-use plastics.<p>To combat her foe, which appears in such disguises as water bottles, straws and bags, Cohen always carries a stainless-steel cup by Hydro Flask and a S’well bottle that she …

Pollution

The creators of the Boosted board have launched an electric scooter-sharing service

Available now in Washington, DC<p>Electric scooter-sharing (and bike-sharing) services have inundated West Coast cities like Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and San Francisco over the last few months. Despite some complaints and some vandalism, it’s only a matter of time before they make it out East en …

San Francisco

Everything to Know About Atlanta

Travel<p>Georgia's cultural hub offers a park-laden cityscape, influential music scene, and a new, greenway for walkers and cyclists.<p>The capital of Georgia is the Southeast’s geographic funnel, a famously open-minded intersection, and a headquarters during the civil rights movement. In Atlanta, where …

Travel Photography

Never-ending nightmare: why feminist dystopias must stop torturing women

Suffering sells, especially when it’s women who are doing the suffering<p>Such ​finality can pose as hard-hitting, while actually luxuriating in female pain<p>A woman, pregnant by rape, is denied an abortion, legally detained and subjected to a forced caesarean. A woman on low income wants to leave her …

Feminism

Moody Photos of South America's Natural Wonders

TravelPhoto Contest<p>See how this photo contest photographer found a rainbow of color and emotion on his South American road trip.<p>Moody landscapes, otherworldly topography, and ever-changing weather lured photographer and 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year contest entrant Guillaume Flandre to South …

South America

Everything to Know About Charleston

Travel<p>Here's how to plan the best possible trip to South Carolina's biggest city.<p>Charleston is all about the vibe. In a word, it’s charming. Part sleepy southern town and part modern metropolis, Charleston charms with style and class. And it’s always, always, up for a good time.<p><b>When to Go</b><p>The mild …

War

Don’t listen to Big Cattle — lab-grown meat should still be called "meat"

There are still plenty of questions we need to answer, but let’s be realistic about how we use language<p>Lab-grown meat is on its way, and the government is trying to figure out how to regulate it. This week, the US House of Representatives released a draft spending bill that proposes that the US …

California approaches collective madness on housing

I happened to be in Santa Barbara, Calif., this week to give a speech, and at the lunch afterward, I found myself talking to a local real estate agent. She told me that trailer park homes in the town can go for $600,000. “They’re really lovely,” she said, of these mobile homes. “There’s a private …

Housing

She’s Gotta Have It: why Spike Lee's sex-positive debut is a coming-of-age classic

“I consider myself normal, whatever that means,” says Nola Darling, but she really isn’t. For one thing, she’s happily juggling three lovers. For another, she’s an African-American woman telling her own story in a movie.<p>What’s more, the heroine of Lee’s feature debut, played by Tracy Camilla Johns, …

African-American News

Some people do better exercising at a low-intensity pace

Liz Wolfert seemed a picture of health. The Denver-based financial consultant rode her bike to work, climbed “14ers” — mountains that rise more than 14,000 feet above sea level — took kung fu lessons and swam. But in 2015, at age 32, she learned that she had elevated blood glucose levels, a …

Drinking an extra glass of wine 'will shorten your life by 30 minutes'

Drinking will shorten your life, according to a study that suggests every glass of wine or pint of beer over the daily recommended limit will cut half an hour from the expected lifespan of a 40-year-old.<p>Those who think a glass of red wine every evening will help keep the heart healthy will be …

Biomedicine

'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

How do I know that the usual perception is right, and this is wrong?<p>In the elementary grammar of things, there is no distinction between ‘cause’ and ‘effect’<p>What do we know about time? Language tells us that it “passes”, it moves like a great river, inexorably dragging us with it, and, in the end, …

Quantum Mechanics

Insect farms gear up to feed soaring global protein demand

LANGLEY, British Columbia (Reuters) - Layers of squirming black soldier fly larvae fill large aluminum bins stacked 10-high in a warehouse outside of Vancouver. They are feeding on stale bread, rotting mangoes, overripe cantaloupe and squishy zucchini.<p>But this is no garbage dump. It's a …

The midlife doldrums are a social crisis. Now there’s momentum for some radical fixes.

“I think what we’re seeing,” Marc Freedman told me when I interviewed him one summer day, “right in front of our nose, is the emergence of a new period of life.”<p>Freedman is in his late 50s and lives and works in San Francisco. As the founder and CEO of a nonprofit called Encore.org, he sees his job …

Margaret Killjoy’s Danielle Cain books are razor-sharp anarchist urban fantasies

Punk itinerant magicians in America’s heartland<p>“Sometimes, you just have to get a knife in your hands and make it clear which way the stabby end is pointing.”<p>So begins Margaret Killjoy’s novella <i>The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion</i>, the first of a pair of books that introduces a fantastic world of magic …

When do you know you're old enough to die? Barbara Ehrenreich has some answers

With her latest book, Natural Causes, Barbara Ehrenreich notes that there’s an age at which death no longer requires much explanation<p>Four years ago, Barbara Ehrenreich, 76, reached the realisation that she was old enough to die. Not that the author, journalist and political activist was sick; she …

Health

Old Easter tradition on the Greek island of Corfu is a smash

CORFU, Greece (Reuters) - Orthodox Easter celebrations on the Greek island of Corfu were a smash on Saturday - literally.<p>Corfiots mark Holy Saturday with a strange old custom referred to as the "botides" - where large clay jugs filled with water are thrown from the balconies of homes in the center …

Mightier is helping calm kids down through mobile games

Learning how to regulate your emotions is a fundamental skill, but it can be tough for kids, especially those with challenging behaviors, oppositional disorder, ADHD and autism. Mightier, by Neuromotion Labs, is a gaming platform that teaches kids a valuable set of emotion management skills using …

Mobile Gaming

Clarks made a pair of modern knit sneakers that are unbelievably comfortable — and they're under $100

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>The Clarks Triken Run in Navy Combi. Clarks<p>Founded in 1825, Clarks has been making shoes for nearly two centuries. Over the years, the brand …

A little-known hallucinogenic drug called DMT takes people to a place that feels 'more real than real' — here's what researchers know about it

"This state... cannot be described with words," Sam*, a regular user of hallucinogenic drugs, wrote to me when he described one of his experiences with N,N-Dimethyltryptamine — known as DMT.<p>"It's a state where you exist in your purest form, [a state] of deep peace and happiness," he said. "This …