With a collective gasp and puzzled looks, the world was recently introduced to Tesla’s newest vehicle. The so-called Cybertruck is an angular, stainless steel, all-electric pickup truck that quickly became polarizing. advertisement advertisement The launch didn’t go very smoothly. The truck’s windows shattered when its lead designer smashed them with a metal ball, causing Tesla founder Elon Musk to curse under his breath. Some love its futuristic look. Others hate it. Even Lego made fun of it. The evolution of the truck is here. Guaranteed shatterproof ???? pic.twitter.com/RocTEkzzwI — LEGO (@LEGO_Group) November 27, 2019 Regardless, preorders for the Cybertruck approached 250,000 within a week. Such an explosion of interest with no advertising, and an arguably disastrous grand opening event, is probably unprecedented. On a global scale, it’s clear that electric vehicles—known colloquially as EVs—have reached a new level of public … [Read more...] about Love it or hate it, Tesla’s Cybertruck is revolutionary
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We know that the world’s poor feel the effects of climate change most acutely, but it turns out there is an even more vulnerable subset to that population: women. advertisement advertisement “Women and men do not experience climate change in the same way,” says Lorena Aguilar, senior advisor in the global gender office of IUCN, an international development NGO. Aguilar is one of a relatively small group of NGO leaders and diplomats that are advocating for greater inclusion of women at all levels of climate change work, and were pushing for gender equality and human rights mandates to be embedded in the final Paris agreement–ultimately to no avail. The UNFCCC designated December 8 as “gender day” at the conference, with a series of talks organized and reports released to help highlight work on the issue, but those involved in the negotiations say the final agreement fell well short of any meaningful commitment to address climate … [Read more...] about Are Women The Key To Solving Climate Change?
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who started a solo climate strike a year ago as a ninth grader—standing in front of Swedish parliament during school hours to call for the government to do more to reduce emissions—eventually inspired more than a million other students to join protests. This fall, she plans to put school on hold again to attend key climate summits, and instead of flying, she’ll be sailing across the Atlantic. Good news!#UniteBehindTheScience pic.twitter.com/9OH6mOEDce — Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) July 29, 2019 Thunberg has been traveling around Europe by train, helping spark another trend in Sweden, “flygskam,” or “flight shame.” Coming to the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City, followed by another summit in Santiago, Chile, posed a bigger challenge. She didn’t want to take a cruise ship, since they also have high emissions (though the first partially electric cruise ship set … [Read more...] about Instead of flying to a climate summit, Greta Thunberg is sailing across the Atlantic
Manoranjan MohantyDespite the boycott call given by the Maoists, the voter turnout in the Jharkhand assembly elections has been significantly high: 62.87 per cent in the first phase of the polls held on November 30, and 64.39 per cent in the second phase on December 7.Even though three more phases are to follow, the region where the Maoist movement is most active has been already covered with the deployment of over 42,000 security personnel. Does it mean that the Maoist ability to enforce their call is limited, thus indicating a sharp decline of their influence? Or was the call a routine ideological statement rejecting the electoral process as sham mode of people’s representation? Or did it show a strategic ambiguity of a movement that has debated this question for five decades as to whether the institutions of parliamentary democracy should be used as a part of the wider political movement as CPI (ML- Liberation) and some other streams of the movement believe?Close The boycott … [Read more...] about Politics | Jharkhand elections, ‘Samadhan’ and the Maoists
For a series of movies about wizards in space, the Star Wars films feature a lot less overt magic than you probably realized. In fact, as a new infographic from Bloomberg points out, there’s only 34 minutes of actual Force use in all 805 minutes of series runtime. advertisement Star Wars: The Force Accounted does a granular inventory of every appearance, mention, practitioner, or use-case scenario of the Force from the original Star Wars all the way to Revenge of the Sith. And it actually breaks out some surprising facts: Light side force powers (like levitating objects, talking to benevolent ghosts, and Jedi mind tricks) are used almost three times as often in Star Wars than dark side powers, like force choking someone (Darth Vader over multiple occasions, Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi), or frying them with bolts of lightning until their eyeballs explode (Emperor Palpatine). Although he’s relatively untrained compared to the likes of Obi-Wan Kenobi or Yoda, … [Read more...] about Star Wars: The Force Categorized, Tabulated, and Visualized