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This Furniture Label Proves Cashmere and Wool Are Not Just for Clothes

There is nothing more luxe than high quality fabric touching your skin. The feel of a new leather jacket hugging your body or the need for a cashmere sweater like Rebecca Bloomwood in Confessions of a Shopaholic. Knowing that you have a piece of clothing made from the finest materials makes you feel like you’re […]

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Discovery of World War II shipwreck ends a 74-year mystery

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For 74 years, the merchant ship SS Macumba lay lost beneath the depths of the Arafura Sea, off the coast of Australia’s Northern Territory.

It was attacked back in August 1943 by two Japanese aircraft, who scored a direct hit on the ship’s engine room. Three seamen were killed, and survivors were taken aboard an escort. 

The ship was left to sink, and its whereabouts remained unknown for decades.

The SS Macumba.

The SS Macumba.

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That’s until researchers from the CSIRO aboard the RV Investigator discovered the shipwreck on Wednesday morning, during a survey of the area. Read more…

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Solar power beat all other energy sources in 2016, but Trump still wants more coal

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Listening to the Trump administration advocate for reviving coal, one might get the impression that a fossil fuel resurgence is taking place in the U.S. and abroad. 

However, the global statistics tell a far different story about where the world is getting its energy, with unprecedented thresholds crossed by renewable energy technologies like solar and wind power. 

A major new report released Wednesday morning shows that, for the first time ever, 2016 saw solar photovoltaics, or solar PV, take the lead for the fastest electricity capacity growth when compared to any other fuel, beating the net growth in coal. Read more…

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Stephen Colbert on gun control after Las Vegas: ‘Doing nothing is cowardice’

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On Monday night, Stephen Colbert opened The Late Show as much of his television compatriots did by addressing the shooting massacre in Las Vegas.

And like his fellow talk show hosts, Colbert also called for something, anything to be done on gun control.

“Terrible things happen in the world. Sometimes like today, where we feel things have risen to a new level. But we cannot accept that as the new normal,” he said.

Colbert also challenged Trump to prove himself as a president “who doesn’t care about how things have always been done in Washington D.C.” Read more…

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Up Your Flat Lay Game With Tips From Heart Evangelista

As social media users, we’re always looking for ways to share content from selfies to shofies, there’s always something new. Flat lays aren’t particularly new but they are still a favorite execution for pictures posted on Instagram. Bloggers use this to share their makeup favorites and celebrities use them to show what they ate for […]

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Balenciaga models wore Crocs on a Paris runway, so you can dust yours off and wear them proudly now

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Crocs (and closet Crocs) fans, it isn’t April Fools’. Fashion house Balenciaga just sent models down the runway in Paris wearing platform Crocs, elevating the polarising squishy foam shoe to new heights — quite literally.

The new, limited edition Crocs will only be sold at Balenciaga stores, and on its website for its spring collection next year.

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: A model walks the runway at the Balenciaga Spring Summer 2018 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on October 1, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)

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A model walks the runway during the Balenciaga show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on October 1, 2017 in Paris, France.

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Here, have a closer look:

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: A model walks the runway at the Balenciaga Spring Summer 2018 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on October 1, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)

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A model walks the runway during the Balenciaga show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on October 1, 2017 in Paris, France.

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Balenciaga’s version of the iconic, often much hated shoe adds a 10cm platform to the base. It also appears to come with Balenciaga-designed shoe charms called Jibbitz, that you plug into the holes on the top surface of the Crocs.  Read more…

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Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump returns to ‘SNL’ wearing a golf shirt, of course

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Alec Baldwin decided not to retire his Emmy-winning President Trump impression after all, kicking off season 43 of Saturday Night Live with a catch-all cold open that brought The Donald back from his important golf trip to deal with such national crises as … disciplining a naughty little “bad boy” Jeff Sessions.

“Sometimes, when you’re president, you have to make sacrifices, so I skipped the back nine,” Baldwin-as-Trump said, greeting Aidy Bryant’s Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, who teed him up with a phone call from San Juan, Puerto Rico’s desperate mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz (Melissa Villaseñor).

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Obama, Biden and Prince Harry had so much fun at the Invictus Games

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While Donald Trump is dealing with the Tom Price fallout, former President Barack Obama is having a grand time. 

He got together with BFF Joe Biden and Prince Harry on Friday at the Invictus Games in Toronto. They all watched the United States face France in a game of wheelchair basketball, and boy did they look like they were having fun. 

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock (9099827r) Prince Harry and former President Barack Obama pose for a picture while watching wheelchair basketball at the Invictus Games at the Pan Am sports centre in Toronto, Canada on September 29, 2017. Invictus Games, Toronto, Canada - 29 Sep 2017

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They even posed for a selfie. (Someone’s friends are going to be jealous.) Everyone wanted to meet Obama and his British friend. Prince Harry started the Invictus Games for wounded military personnel and veterans back in 2014. This year, it includes 550 competitors from 17 nations.  Read more…

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Jessy Mendiola Chooses a Relaxing Color Scheme For Her Breakfast Table

Waking up to delicious food is a good motivator in the morning. It’s almost sacrilegious to ignore the smell of fresh pancakes and toast. To make your breakfast even better is a simple, yet elegant table setting. A post shared by Jessy Mendiola (@senorita_jessy) on Sep 27, 2017 at 6:43pm PDT Jessy Mendiola did just […]

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Uber will teach you how to sign your name in its app

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Uber is offering basic sign language lessons in its app, in an effort to support its deaf and hard of hearing drivers.

Riders in North America will be able to see a card in the Uber app’s messages section, offering to teach basic greetings such as “hello” and “thank you” in American Sign Language (ASL).

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Check your messages in Uber

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It’ll also teach you how to sign your name in a sequence of videos, which is a pretty nifty addition.

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Uber, who has “thousands” of deaf drivers in the U.S. alone, says the new feature is in support of National Deaf Awareness Month, and it’s certainly a step in the right direction. Read more…

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Nokia’s releasing the iconic 3310 in 3G, and Australia’s getting it first

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Don’t worry folks, you’ll get your dose of Snake — the resurrected Nokia 3310 is being released in 3G.

Earlier this year, we got a little excited about the rebooting of the Nokia 3310 from Finnish startup HMD. Announcing a smaller, lighter, upgraded version of the classic 2000 phone at the Mobile World Congress in Feb. 2017, HMD rolled out the phone in 2G in May and June this year.

The bad news for thirsty, nostalgic types was that the phone relied on 2.5G connectivity, which requires 2G networks — and they’re being very slowly decommissioned in many countries including Singapore, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the U.S. Read more…

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Marine biologist captures ‘blue hole’ in the Great Barrier Reef

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef already offers plenty of wonder, but dang, this blue hole is pretty cool.

It was apparently found by marine biologist Johnny Gaskell, who said he spotted the blue hole on Google Maps. He went to check it out with a team, despite it being far offshore, “further than our normal Reef trips.”

“What we found inside was hard to believe, considering five months ago a Category 4 cyclone went straight over the top of it,” Gaskell said in a statement via email. 

Anyway, they managed to capture the inside of the hidden lagoon, and it looks it was like a fun adventure: Read more…

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How a Filipino Architect Incorporated Florals in Tory Burch’s Home

When it comes to decorating her interiors, designer Tory Burch trusts one person: Filipino architect Daniel Romualdez. The two have worked to put together Tory’s Manhattan office and her Southampton home. Recently, Architectural Digest toured the latter and showcased the mix of fresh and rustic elements. “Daniel takes people’s taste and makes it better,” Tory said. She also […]

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Coca-Cola with coffee: Meet the ‘Nuts and Gum’ of sodas

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The humble soda hasn’t been getting a lot of good press lately, but you know what everyone still loves? Coffee.

It might just be why Coca-Cola has latched onto our favourite caffeinated beverage, combining it into the (not so catchily named) Coca-Cola Plus Coffee No Sugar.

The soda is launching first in Australia as a limited edition item ahead of the country’s summer, following the hype from Coca-Cola Ginger, which was released same time last year. 

Here’s what it apparently tastes like, according to the company’s press release: Read more…

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Make this beatboxed cover of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ the cool video you catch today

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Okay, you thought you knew Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. But this beatbox version of the musical’s eponymous song is unlike any other cover out there.

Singapore beatboxer Dharni Ng starts out the video with the song’s iconic bassline, before Polish soprano Edyta Krzemień sings over his beats.

Krzemień’s amazing whistle register makes this one to watch, but I especially loved the part where they sync up short, staccato notes leading up to the climax.

Just gorgeous. Read more…

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Brave, brave woman lets a huge spider crawl all over her face

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After a woman in Pensacola, Florida discovered a golden orb weaver (a type of spider) in her home, she decided to relocate it to a “more appropriate location” — one that we assume is not inside a house.

But before being subjected to relocation, the spider decided to crawl around on the woman’s face. Surprisingly, the woman seemed fairly cool with that, a reaction to which I absolutely cannot relate. (To be fair, it’s not a particularly aggressive spider and does have a low-risk bite, but … still.)

Here’s hoping this yellow friend has now woven a beautiful circular web somewhere in the Great Outdoors. Read more…

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If Rainbow Brite had a job, this would definitely be her keyboard

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Protecting Rainbow Land and bringing color to the universe is a full-time job in itself, but those of us without a Color Belt to lend us magical powers have to go to work every dayThis Rainbow Brite-inspired keyboard is your secret weapon to defeating the King of Shadows — or at least the King of Boredom.

The rainbow LED effects on this mechanical keyboard have adjustable brightness, and can be set to “breathe” mode, which sounds creepy but is actually really cool. They slowly dim and brighten, adding dramatic lighting for the final stretch of that report you’re writing. You can also just turn the lights off if you’re really boring and hate fun. Read more…

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Video shows incredible rescue off capsized boat following Hurricane Maria

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Hurricane Maria’s havoc has been devastating, but amid the destruction there’s been some incredible work done.

One such example can be witnessed in this video by the U.S. Coast Guard Southeast, capturing the rescue of a woman and her two children, who were stuck on top of a capsized boat off the coast of Vieques, Puerto Rico on Thursday.

The rescue was coordinated by a U.S. Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Clearwater, Florida, and a British Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay helicopter crew.

“Coast Guard watchstanders received an alert via emergency position indicating radio beacon and then a distress call on Sept. 20 from the Ferrel stating they were disabled and adrift in 20-foot seas and 100-knot winds,” the video’s description reads.  Read more…

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