A capsized oil tanker is releasing invisible toxins into the sea

A capsized oil tanker is releasing invisible toxins into the sea

The stricken oil tanker Sanchi has leaked oil condensate into the East China SeaTransport Ministry of China handout/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock By Andy Coghlan At least crude oil is visible. Not so the toxic liquid leaking from a capsized oil tanker in the East China Sea. This invisible substance is a lethal threat to marine life. On 6 January, […]

How Women Broke Into the Male-Dominated World of Cartoons and Illustrations

How Women Broke Into the Male-Dominated World of Cartoons and Illustrations

Early in her career, Dalia Messick, a cartoonist struggling to get her work published, got a couple pieces of advice from the head of the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate’s secretary. First, change your character’s profession, she said. And secondly, change your name. Messick obliged, recasting her bandit protagonist as a roving journalist and adopting […]

Ban on plastic microbeads comes into force in the UK

Ban on plastic microbeads comes into force in the UK

Tiny microbeads are too tiny to be filtered out using waste-water treatment processesScience History Images / Alamy Stock Photo By New Scientist Staff and Press Association A UK-wide ban on the manufacture of cosmetics and care products containing tiny pieces of plastic known as “microbeads” has come into force. The move is aimed at protecting […]

China defends Islamabad after Donald Trump tears into Pakistan over terrorism

China defends Islamabad after Donald Trump tears into Pakistan over terrorism

Beijing:  A day after US President Donald Trump tore into Pakistan for squandering billions of American aid meant to flush out terrorism, China on Tuesday defended Islamabad saying the world community should acknowledge its all-weather ally’s ‘outstanding contribution’ to counter terror. “Pakistan has made enormous efforts and sacrifice for the fight against terrorism and has […]

Wall Street slips heading into holiday

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wall Street’s major indexes dipped on Friday in low trading volume before the holiday weekend as several blue-chip stocks slipped, including Nike. Nike Inc (NKE.N) shares fell 2.3 percent after the company forecast muted growth in current-quarter revenue, reflecting its struggles in the North American market. UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH.N) was […]

ACLU Investigation Reveals Texas Troopers Are Turning Traffic Stops of Immigrants Into Deportations

A shocking new investigation by the ACLU of Texas and The Intercept reveals how state troopers are essentially acting as deportation officers. After poring through public records of traffic stops by the Texas Highway Patrol, the ACLU of Texas uncovered what amounts to a deportation machine operated by the state’s Department of Public Safety. State […]

Boris Johnson talks Iran into executing all jailed Britons|Humor

The Foreign Secretary hailed as a success his diplomatic efforts to ensure that every Briton visiting Iran will be instantly jailed, covered in hot chilli sauce and fired from a canon. Meanwhile Iran has offered to stop its nuclear programme, provided Mr Johnson never phones again. Mr. Johnson and his Iranian counterpart spoke ‘frankly’, which […]

‘Putin’s popular support must be taken into consideration’ – Gorbachev

‘Putin’s popular support must be taken into consideration’ – Gorbachev

Published time: 7 Dec, 2017 12:51 Edited time: 7 Dec, 2017 13:14 The first and only Soviet president and father of Perestroika, Mikhail Gorbachev, says that the great public support for Vladimir Putin can be explained by the people’s reluctance for change in an extremely complicated and tense international situation. Read more “Russia has a […]

Wetherspoons agrees to convert pubs into Irish Border posts|Humor

The high street pub-chain, curry-purveyor and purchaser of carpets that are even more spaced out than Shetland pony on an acid trip, has announced that they are prepared to break the Brexit deadlock by allowing their premises to be treated as Irish sovereign soil. In a surprise announcement, the pub-chain has committed to ensuring that […]

How Pete Souza Fits Into the Storied History of Presidential Photography

How Pete Souza Fits Into the Storied History of Presidential Photography

On Pete Souza’s Instagram, it’s almost as if Barack Obama is still president. The former chief official White House photographer, who shot up to 1,000 pictures a day over the eight years of the Obama administration, has plenty of material to share. Since January 20, he’s been going through his seemingly endless stream of images, […]