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The Year of the Rabbit: An illustrated guide to Lunar New Year
Grab your favorite red shirt; it’s time to celebrate the Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival. Saying goodbye to the Tiger, we enter the Year of the Rabbit on January 22, 2023. Millions of families worldwide are preparing celebrations for one of the year’s biggest festivals. If you’re a Lunar New Year newbie, read more

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You probably wouldn’t win a staring contest with it, though you’d be hard pressed to look away. Taller than a mailbox, with an eight-foot wingspan, the shoebill is quite a kick to observe! This hefty bird with its lesson-in-gray plumage is endemic to swamps and wetlands of Central and East Africa. Solitary in nature, even when paired with another, the birds like their space and will feed at opposite ends of their read more

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A newly discovered comet could be visible to the naked eye as it shoots past Earth and the Sun in the coming weeks for the first time in 50,000 years, astronomers have said. The comet is called C/2022 E3 (ZTF) after the Zwicky Transient Facility, which first spotted it passing Jupiter in March last year.

After traveling from the icy reaches of our Solar System it will come closest to the Sun read more

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King Charles Pays Tribute To Queen Elizabeth In First Christmas Speech As Monarch
“I’m standing here in this exquisite chapel of St George, at Windsor Castle, so close to where my beloved mother, the late queen, is laid to rest with my dear father,” the sovereign said. “I am reminded of the deeply touching letters, cards, and messages which so many of you have read more

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Argentina wins 2022 World Cup and Lionel Messi gets the legacy-defining dream ending he deserves
Messi delivered in style as Argentina won their first World Cup since Maradona’s magical run 36 years ago

His two goals in the final took him beyond Pele in the list of the World Cup’s greatest scorers, the first read more

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A photographer snapped snow-capped Stirling Castle shrouded in mist as he compared it to something out of Harry Potter. Scotland has been in the grip of an icy cold snap all week, with temperatures plunging to -17C in Braemar in the Highlands. Twenty years ago, Harry Potter author JK Rowling actually transformed Stirling Castle into her famous school of witchcraft and wizardry, Hogwarts.

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A prominent educator and patron of the arts, Henry Cole travelled in the elite, social circles of early Victorian England, and had the misfortune of having too many friends. During the holiday season of 1843, those friends were causing Cole much anxiety. The problem were their letters: An old custom in England, the Christmas and New Year’s letter had received a new impetus with the recent read more

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Meta Trained an AI on 48M Science Papers. It Was Shut Down After 2 Days
Galactica was supposed to help “organize science.” Instead, it spewed misinformation.

In the first year of the pandemic, science happened at light speed. More than 100,000 papers were published on COVID in those first 12 months — an unprecedented human effort read more

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The job cuts in tech land are piling up, as companies that led the 10-year stock bull market adapt to a new reality.
Layoffs come as digital advertisers are cutting back on spending and rising inflation curbs consumer spending. Meta cut 11,000 jobs Wednesday in the biggest tech layoff of 2022. Here are the big ones that have been announced recently:

Meta: about 11,000 jobs cut (rightsizing after read more

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Frederick E Blaisdell Pencil debuted in the 1800s The pencil was an improvement from grease pencils—all you had to do once the graphite wore out was unwrap up more of the pencil. Blaisdell Pencils were famous among artists and weren’t primarily as durable as the ones today. In some cases, artists blew through 60 pieces per day. Over the years, prominent names made orders for custom read more

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In 1915, the Skaggs family owned a small grocery store in American Falls, Idaho. Originally owned by S. M. Skaggs, a Baptist minister, the store was opened to help provide for his family of 15 children. Shortly after the grocery was founded, it was purchased by one of Skaggs’s sons, Marion Barton Skaggs.

Marion Barton Skaggs, or M. B. as he was known, quickly developed an impressive business strategy. read more

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Elon Musk has completed his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter.
The deal’s closing removes a cloud of uncertainty that has hung over Twitter’s business, employees and shareholders for much of the year. Musk appeared to acknowledge the takeover in a tweet Thursday night saying, “the bird is freed.”

Earlier this week, Musk visited Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters to meet with employees. read more