Month: November 2020

Meet the Gangster-Free Weed Growers Who Hide in Plain Sight

Photo: Screenshot / VICE World NewsDamo and Neil both have day jobs. Damo works in an office and Neil is a mechanic. But for the last eight years they’ve been cultivating large amounts of cannabis, hidden in plain sight, next to some…

/ November 30, 2020
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Mars colony: how to make breathable air and fuel from brine – new research

NASA is planning to land a crew on the Moon by 2024, and then onward to Mars, possibly in the 2030s. One day, we will have permanently crewed bases on both worlds. Unlike the initial short-stay visits, long-term bases will…

/ November 30, 2020
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Why the Assassination of a Scientist Will Have No Impact on Iran’s Nuclear Program

The roadside assassination, last week, of the Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was an elaborate intelligence operation that played out like a blockbuster thriller, according to unusually candid accounts by the Iranian media. Fakhrizadeh, who was around sixty and had…

/ November 30, 2020
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Full list of COVID-19 border, NSW restrictions easing on December 1 – NEWS.com.au

The removal of our domestic border closures has been high on the Christmas wishlists of many Aussie families – and now, after months of FaceTime calls and cancelled flights, the controversial measure will come to an end.A raft of New…

/ November 30, 2020
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Following a t-shirt from cotton field to landfill shows the true cost of fast fashion

With many shops closed due to pandemic restrictions, Black Friday 2020 might have looked different from the frantic buying sprees of years past. But one thing remained the same: the relentless pace of fast fashion. Environmentalists criticised one UK retailer…

/ November 30, 2020
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Why COVID-19 has left the UK especially vulnerable to flooding this winter

Winter is here and, as a researcher who monitors flooding, I find it more daunting than ever. The UK faces a formidable trend of warmer and wetter winters, which already increase the risk of floods. On top of that, COVID-19…

/ November 30, 2020
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FCC chairman Ajit Pai says he will leave Jan. 20

Ajit Pai will leave his post as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Jan. 20, the agency said today.Why it matters: Pai's Inauguration Day departure is in keeping with agency tradition, and could set up the Biden administration with…

/ November 30, 2020
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One Good Thing: An amazing game played entirely via text message

One Good Thing is Vox’s recommendations series. In each edition, we’ll tell you about something from the world of culture that we think you should check out. The world of tabletop role-playing games is traditionally dominated by in-person experiences. A…

/ November 30, 2020
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11 films to watch if you loved — or hated — Hillbilly Elegy

Let’s not mince words: Netflix’s new Oscar-bait Hillbilly Elegy is not the ode to vanishing rural American life it seems to want to be. In the name of presenting an empathetic view of the Appalachian community where it’s set, Ron…

/ November 30, 2020
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Using the Homeless to Guard Empty Houses

Wandering around Northwest Pasadena, I pressed my face against the window of a dingy pink stucco house at 265 Robinson Road. It was April, 2019, and in two blocks I had passed thirteen bungalows, duplexes, and multifamily homes that had…

/ November 30, 2020
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What if You Could Outsource Your To-Do List?

“In mid-April, we had to let forty per cent of our company go,” the director of revenue operations at one mobile-commerce startup told me. “Before, we probably had ten people doing the work—but the reality is that Invisible is doing…

/ November 30, 2020
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The Links Between Industrial Agriculture & Environmental Racism

WRITTEN BY Isaias Hernandez Isaias Hernandez is the creator of Queer Brown Vegan where he makes accessible environmental education content. Industrial agriculture is one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions. It has a significant negative impact on the…

/ November 30, 2020
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ADF Chief Angus Campbell retreats after government’s sortie over citation

After government pressure, Chief of the Australian Defence Force Angus Campbell has publicly retreated in the dispute over revoking the Meritorious Unit Citation for the Special Operations Task Group serving in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2013. When he released the…

/ November 30, 2020
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The View From Here: A Guided Tour of Forest Gate with D Double E

Clipper's buzz over lo-fi dub. "Music is my life. I don't feel like I'm playing a part. I'm not putting on a football kit. It's not draining me out. My energy for it is infinite. I'm gonna be one of the…

/ November 30, 2020