Mondoweiss
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Before her lie the bodies of Ghalia Abdi and her two young children, Zanaf and Walat. They were Kurds from Syria, and, like hundreds of thousands of others, were fleeing for their lives. Only their lives ended somewhere in the Aegean, between Turkey and Greece. Now they are here, on Warda's wooden washing table. There are two wooden tables inside the container room, one with slats for the water to run through. A long hose hangs from a single faucet, and a heavy white coffin sits pushed up against the wall. The white cloth used for shrouding the bodies is folded inside a small plastic bag at the foot of one table. Soon, Warda will remove the cloth and place it over Ghalia's body. She will wash the body through the cloth, maintaining Ghalia's privacy at all times. Shadia Abdi, Ghalia's younger sister, who had fled to Greece three months before Ghalia, will help her.
Auto Express
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The Leon ’s touchscreen increases in size from 6.5 inches to eight, but apart from the odd flourish of gloss black detailing, a Cupra logo on the flat-bottomed steering wheel and a ‘4Drivebadge on the centre console, there’s not a lot to tell you that you’re driving SEAT ’s flagship estate . At least practicality doesnt take a hit. The Haldex system’s packaging doesnt affect the Leon ST’s load bay, which offers 587 litres of capacity when the rear seats are in place and 1,470 when they’re folded down. These figures arent quite the best in the class – if your top priority is space, then go to your Skoda dealer instead and ask about an Octavia Estate – but the boot itself is pretty well shaped and there’s no awkward lip to carry loads over. On the road, the ST Cupra 300 succeeds in delivering a faster experience. The surge of power kicks in below 2,000rpm, and it’ll rev through to 6,000rpm if you want it to.
Core77
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A crew in my photo studio left behind a bunch of paper shopping bags. I was folding them up to recycle them when I noticed something odd. Take a look at this Apple shopping bag vs. the others: Front Rear See it? All of the non-Apple shopping bags have their fold-flat crease on one of the faces. The bottoms of the non-Apple bags, though they are comprised of different pieces laminated together, are designed to remain flat whether the bag is folded or open. They are also a visual hodgepodge of different pieces meeting. In contrast, the bottom of Apple's bag is neat and orderly, no angles. It's also designed with the fold-flat crease on the bottom, leaving the face unmarred. In other words both faces of the Apple bag are completely seamless. I found that Apple has patented this bag's design. And the Washington Post even wrote about it. But neither the patent nor the article mention the seamless faces; both are instead focused on the nature of the handles.
Phys.Org
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The masquerade is almost perfect. Certain moths of the subfamily Arctiinae are marked with a yellow and black pattern. But these day-active insects have wasp waists and their antennae resemble those of wasps. Their transparent wings are folded in a wasp-like way. For more than 150 years there has been a plausible explanation for this type of imitation, which is commonly known as mimicry. It says that the moths - just like many hoverflies and other insects - imitate wasps in order to protect themselves from birds and other hostile predators. According to textbook wisdom, these voracious foes have learned from painful experience. They have been stung by wasps and since then have avoided any animal that looks like one. In the scientific journal Ecology and Evolution, a University of Freiburg biologist, Prof. Dr. Michael Boppré and his team have now presented an additional hypothesis that goes beyond this traditional view.
Manchester Evening News
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Police were scrambled to Levenshulme Station after reports of a man with a gun - but it turned out to be the mans cane which was folded up
Evening Standard - Life & Style
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Every design trick in the book was used to maximise the tight space inside this tiny north London house, including a standing desk that pulls out of shelves and a bed that reveals a hidden bookcase when folded down.
Politico
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“It’s not coming to us, at least not right now.” The flow of funds began slowing not long after the law was passed. After securing former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement, key players involved with messaging and advocacy declared victory and moved on without fully completing the sales job. The Health Care for America Now coalition, one of the most audible voices in getting the law enacted, folded in late 2013 after mounting a $60 million campaign to pass Obamacare and protect it during implementation. It’s left to groups such as the Indivisible Project to confront GOP lawmakers and tap outrage or voter anxiety over the party's repeal-replace effort. The progressive forces also include the Protect Our Care campaign backed by health consumer groups, and some of the original backers of Health Care for America Now. Another group, the Alliance for Healthcare Security, has aired several rounds of ads that are largely being funded by the Service Employees International Union, though the SEIU declined to specify how much it had contributed.
Deadline
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Disney 's Maker Studios is in the midst of another round of layoffs today, which follows a round in July that claimed about 30 employees . A source close to the situation says the total number of layoffs now underway is around 80, at various levels of the operation. In December, Disney folded Maker's digital operation into its content and media business division run by Andrew Sugerman, EVP Publishing and Digital Media at the Disney Consumer Products and Interactive...
BMW Blog
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This increase in size, and switch to front-wheel drive architecture, has also given the X1 better interior space, to the tune of 37 millimeters more rear knee room and 85 liters more cargo space, bringing the total to 505 liters. With the rear seats folded down, the X1 has 1,550 liters of cargo space. An impressive figure for an SUV of this size. Furthermore, the X1 was made available with such new options as Dynamic Damper Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, a Panoramic Moonroof, a Heads-Up Display and even Traffic Jam Assist which will take over driving at up to 37 mph and can control speed, proximity to other vehicles and lane-keeping. So the X1 is not just the baby BMW SUV, but also high-tech and sophisticated, much like BMW’s higher-end models. At the time of its introduction we predicted that the X1 is going to fly off of dealer lots and based on the latest sales numbers, that might have been an understatement.
Hackaday
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Top Speed
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Honda says the new CR-V has class-leading second-row legroom, to boot. The CR-V’s Cargo room offers an impressive 75.8 cubic feet of room with the second row bench seat folded flat. That’s far more than the Ford Escape (67.8 cubic feet) and just a touch bigger than the Toyota RAV4’ s (73.4 cubic feet). Despite this, the CR-V’s footprint isnt much bigger than its competition. Honda undoubtedly needs the CR-V to success. It can’t have a repeat of the 2011 Civic and its sudden redesign for 2012. I wholeheartedly think Honda wont have that issue, but feel free to leave your thoughts on the new CR-V in the comments below. Continue reading for the full driven review.
The Economic Times
7 days
There is nothing wrong with that. Q: The issue of triple talaq is being raised now during the elections. A: No, the issue started much earlier. It has nothing to do with elections. It has everything to do with the Muslim women in this country and the world over. It is floating in the elections also but it started much earlier. Modiji and Amit Shah are great social reformers. The country was waiting for them. The Muslim women were waiting for the triple talaq issue (to be taken up). Modiji has pleaded with folded hands that please don't make it a political issue. Q: But the Muslim clerics say their community should decide on the issue of triple talaq. A: Let their community start debating this issue. Let law take its own course and let them (Muslims) also discuss this issue. They should allow Muslim women to participate in their debate. Whenever a social reform comes, you should not force it on the people.
BBC News 24
8 days
-- phenomenon. We could be hurting these cats through the breeding of them. I am not a cat person, but... Time for the last one? Someone has folded this like origami. This is about the shaking of hands. The size of shaking of hands. They are basically showing that from a technology point of view, it is interesting.
Mondoweiss
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Futurity
9 days
It's another hurdle altogether for the cell to actually use them to make a protein. If the technique works in people, it could provide a new way of inserting therapeutic proteins into diseased cells. It's almost a childlike enthusiasm we have for this, says chemistry professor Robert Waymouth. The code for an insect protein is put into an animal and that protein is not only synthesized in the cells but it's folded and it becomes fully functional, capable of emitting light. Although the results are impressive, this technique is remarkably simple and fast. And unlike traditional gene therapy that permanently alters the genetic makeup of the cell, mRNA is short-lived and its effects are temporary. The transient nature of mRNA transmission opens up special opportunities, such as using these compounds for vaccination or cancer immunotherapy.
Techradar - Reviews
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The layout is attractive and the placement is unobtrusive. We're just glad that it's been relegated to its own screen, away from the more personal Home and Pins. When you're in an app or game, returning to the Home screen is as simple as pressing the Xbox button on the controller. Games are automatically paused, while videos and live TV continue to play, creating a sort of picture in picture effect. Of course, the whole interface can also be navigated by Kinect using voice commands. The Xbox One's interface does have its unintuitive moments, and the Kinect compensates for them nicely. We're not sure why Settings has been folded into My games & apps, but being able to shout "Xbox go to Settings" saves you from having to remember that. When it comes to booting up, the Xbox One is very fast because it doesn't really turn off unless you unplug it.
Auto Express
10 days
It’s great on the motorway too, as the cabin stays nice and quiet even at 70mph. Image 6 of 25 Image 6 of 25 It’s not quite as comfy in the back, where taller passengers will feel a bit cramped - but the trade-off is that the boot is a generous size. At 395 litres with the seats up and 1,301 litres with them folded down, it’s bigger than that of a VW Golf. Still, a Skoda Octavia not only has 590 litres of boot space, it’s much more spacious in the back as well. It’s more comfortable too, so if all you want is a spacious cruiser, the Skoda is a better bet. The VW Group 1.0-litre turbo is a gem, too. The i30 is well equipped, and the SE Nav model we’ve tested here is a top choice - the eight-inch screen is a great addition, but you also get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay , DAB radio, wireless phone charging and loads of safety kit including auto emergency braking and lane departure warning.
Auto Express
10 days
Permanent fixes can prove frustratingly elusive. Image 9 of 15 Image 9 of 15 Tailgate woes If the electric tailgate isnt perfectly aligned, the motors that power it can burn out because of the added strain. Repairs are costly. Warning lights A dash warning light illuminates if a bulb dies, but fail to seat the replacement bulb properly and the warning light will still display. Trim quality The finishing trim around the side windows is a black lacquer, which flakes and then peels off, and looks quite unsightly. Interior Premium materials, excellent switchgear and a clear layout make the M-Class easy to live with. Throw in a big cabin with room for five and you’re on to a winner. Boot space is up there with the best, too, at 833 litres with the rear seats up or 2,050 when they’re folded. Image 11 of 15 Image 11 of 15 Running costs Every M-Class needs to be serviced every 15,500 miles or 12 months, regardless of whether it’s petrol or diesel.
EVO Reviews
11 days
A potent package in every sense. Attractive as the Golf R hatchback is, you might be tempted instead by the Golf R Estate, launched in 2015. It offers 605 litres of room with the seats up and a whopping 1620-litres with them folded flat. It loses few of the regular hatchback's abilities - with a 79kg weight gain it's only two tenths slower to 62mph, at 5.1sec, but it's handsome to behold and very practical. The only real problem is the lack of a manual gearbox option - though since so few opt for this in the hatch, it didn't make sense offering it in the estate. Video of Ford Focus RS vs Volkswagen Golf R - which is fastest? | evo DRAG BATTLE Read our Volkswagen Golf R estate review Read our Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport review Volkswagen Golf R: in detail Performance and 0-60 time - Far quicker than a Golf GTI, with extra power and traction offsetting the increase in weight.
EVO Reviews
11 days
It’s like having a co-driver read notes to you, allowing you to drive unknown like you know them intimately. S-Tronic equipped models have shift paddles that look as if they’re made from aluminium (sadly, they’re not), unlike pedals and footrest, which are. The sports seat in the front boast big lateral wings and have extendable squab cushions. The three-door S3 offers 325 litres of space with the rear seats in place or a maximum 1,060 litres with them folded. That’s not as large as the BMW M140i or the VW Golf R, but still a usefully sized space. The Sportback has a longer wheelbase, so there's more rear legroom and a 340-litre boot with the seats up, or 1,180-litres with the seats down. The S3 Saloon can't compete with the seats down, with 845 litres, but its boot is more practical more of the time, with a 390-litre space with the rear seats up.
The Guardian - Sport
11 days
This week in Australian sport TV, Dane Swan is set to weigh in further on the ills of the world, and the A-League might need a nickname sub-committee Those who derived a measure of schadenfreude from Collingwood’s bumpy transition between the coaching reigns of Mick Malthouse and Nathan Buckley might also have appreciated the recent appearances on the Ten network’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here (Sun-Thurs , 7:30pm ) of Pies premiership star Dane Swan. If not, we’ve been watching it so you dont have to. Free of the draconian strictures of professional sport, last week the former midfield ace sat blind-folded with two alligators snapping at his heels . The metaphorical properties of Swan’s time in the jungle have dwindled since, but last week we were genuinely absorbed by his role of go-between as radio shock jock Steve Price and the prone, slightly incomprehensible American actor Tom Arnold debated the topic of same sex marriage . There is a sentence you didnt expect to read in 2017. Continue reading...
Universe Today
11 days
The primary mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope, in all its gleaming glory! Image: NASA/Chris Gunn The James Webb has a complex deployment. It will be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket, where it will be folded up in order to fit. The primary mirror on the JWST is made up of 18 segments which must unfold in three sections for the telescope to function. The telescope's sun shield, which keeps the JWST cool, must also unfold after being deployed. Earlier in the mission, the Webb's solar array and antennae need to be deployed. This video shows the deployment of the JWST. It reminds one of a giant insect going through metamorphosis. If either the mirror, the sunshield, or any of the other unfolding mechanisms fail, then a costly and problematic mission will have to be planned to correct the deployment. If some other crucial part of the telescope fails, then it probably can't be repaired.
TechCrunch
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