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Huge Increase In Online Exotic Wildlife Trade As Facebook Activity Doubles In Just 2 Years

Southeast Asia has long been an epicenter for the illegal wildlife trade but now, it appears, traders are increasingly turning to social media sites like Facebook to sell their stock. Wildlife trade specialists TRAFFIC released a report, “Trading Places“,  this week highlighting the extent of the trend. For 23 days in July 2016, researchers spent 30 minutes a day scouring Thai Facebook for posts selling and distributing live animals. Within that time, they reported 756 posts that, combined, showed a total of 1,521 animals from 200 different species for sale. What’s more,…

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How China’s video game crackdown caused a $200 billion stock wipeout for Tencent

New York (CNN Business)China’s crackdown on video games has hammered one of its most valuable companies. And it’s unclear when the situation will improve. Tencent shares in Hong Kong have fallen more than 2% so far this week. It has also suffered recently from the broader sell-off in global tech stocks. But the uncertainty over when the Chinese government will start approving new game licenses again remains a key problem for Tencent shares, analysts at investment bank Daiwa Capital Markets said in a research note Monday. They expect the company…

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Scientists Have Worked Out The Maximum Gravity Humans Could Survive On Other Worlds

Scientists have worked out the maximum gravity humans could survive on another world, if we were to spread out into the universe. Publishing their findings on the pre-print server arXiv, three scientists from the University of Zagreb in Croatia studied super-Earths in particular. And they found that our bodies could cope with about 4.5 times Earth’s gravity. To come to this conclusion, the team had a rather unusual method, using Game of Thrones star and strongman Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson as a case study. They worked out what gravity “The Mountain”…

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In pictures: Blue Peter turns 60

Image caption Leila Williams and Christopher Trace kicked the show off Williams had been crowned Miss Great Britain the previous year. After she recorded the first programme she recalled going home to be greeted by her excited landlady who thought the show was a success. Image caption Behind the scenes of the Blue Peter studio in 1963 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Christopher Trace is seen with fellow presenter Valerie Singleton in 1963, surrounded by mailbags of children’s toys donated for Christmas presents during the programme’s annual appeal Biddy…

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Giant Prehistoric Sea Reptiles Hunted In The Same Way As Modern-Day Killer Whales

Millions of years ago, massive toothy reptiles swam the seas devouring any unfortunate ocean dwellers that got in their way. Now, a newly analyzed fossil suggests that these animals – called mosasaurs – may have battered their prey with their snouts, just like orcas do today.  This idea has been proposed by University of Cincinnati biologist Takuya Konishi, lead author of a recent study published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology that reanalyzed a fossil first discovered back in 1991 in western Kansas. The bones were originally thought to belong to a…

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5 Fall Date Ideas That Aren’t Basic Betches

It’s finally that time of year to “fall” in love. Summer flings have ended and cuffing season is in full swing. Here are my top five “Brunch Boys approved” date recommendations. You’ll notice there is no apple picking on here, because I promise you nobody wants to see those Instagrams. View this post on Instagram Book your lawn chair with the @rooftopcinema and enjoy rooftop movies with drinks at The SkyLawn Rooftop Bar this Summer! (📸: @juliesahley ) SkyLawn NYC Rooftop & Bar (@skylawnnyc) on Blood Manor Jack-o-lanterns and Halloween…

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NASA’s Silent Opportunity Rover Seen From Space As Its Fight For Survival Continues

A NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars has spotted the Opportunity rover on the surface of the Red Planet, as the anxious wait over the rover’s well-being continues. Opportunity has not been heard from since June 10, when a global dust storm engulfed Mars. In late August the storm began to clear, with hopes the rover would wake up from a sleep mode intended to ride out the storm. Almost 100 days later, it hasn’t. Now an image snapped by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), using its HiRISE camera, shows the location…

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Women win half of Ethiopia’s cabinet roles in reshuffle

Prime minister Abiy Ahmed creates new peace ministry in the latest in a string of changes Ethiopias prime minister has appointed women to half the posts in his cabinet and created a new ministry of peace in a sweeping reshuffle that will reinforce the momentum of his radical reform programme in the vast, strategically significant African country. Abiy Ahmed has turned the regions politics on its head with picked for the top job by the EPRDF council. He is the first leader from the former emperor, Haile Selassie.

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Asshole Client Bullies This Artist To Make A Halloween Costume For His Son Without Paying For His Time

This parent, in a post shared by Imgur user Ashontez, is clearly feeling the pressure. Or perhaps he is just an asshole. Either way, the post clearly highlights the kinds of situations that people who work for commission regularly find themselves in, overworked and underappreciated by customers who expect personalized, custom made work done for them at factory prices. “All you do is sit at a computer,” the customer whines, as he is quoted $25 an hour to have an Optimus Prime costume designed and fitted for his son. “I’ll…

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15 Times Things Went More South than a Goose in Winter

Sure, there’s no sense crying over spilled milk, but a literal ton of garbage spilled on the freeway? That’s something to get upset over. 1 Garbage truck dumped entire load on a highway on-ramp during rush hour Pin It Via did_you_pig_it 2 Pin It Via basshead541 3 Pin It Via basshead541 4 Pin It Via somedisease 5 Pin It Via lastyea 6 Pin It Via tangentdivision 7 A Friend thought it would be a good idea to put his duvet over his dogs kennel. We walked in to this. Pin…

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If these nerdy shoes designs were ever brought to life, we’d be broke

Image: bob al-greene/mashable Whether you’re drawn to the blockbuster movies, to Netflix, to old-school cartoons or to the comics that started it all, you know by now that it’s Marvel’s world and we’re only living in it. It’s tough, sometimes, to know that you’re a teeny, tiny cog in a massive corporate entertainment empire, that no matter how much you tweet about Black Widow’s character assassination you know you’re still buying tickets for Avengers 4 in 2019. We see you, and we hear you, emotionally exhausted Marvel fans. It’s okay…

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