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Facebook and Instagram’s parent company launched a subscription service. The offering, called Meta Verified, costs $11.99 per month and targets content creators.
A slaughterhouse cleaning company was fined $1.5 million over child labor. Packers Sanitation Services, based in Wisconsin, illegally employed more than 100 children in hazardous jobs.
Cattle ranching is a larger driver of deforestation than coca plants in Colombia. A new study suggests that the focus of the country’s Amazon conservation policy needs to shift.
PepsiCo recalled more than 300,000 bottles of Starbucks drinks. The vanilla chilled coffee drinks were voluntarily pulled after glass was found in some of the bottles.
An art exhibition visitor accidentally broke a $42,000 Jeff Koons balloon dog. The porcelain art piece was knocked off its pedestal during opening cocktails at a Miami art fair.
US president Joe Biden has made a surprise visit to Ukraine today (Feb. 20) ahead of the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion as part of a scheduled trip to Poland.
Biden’s trip to Europe coincides with Russian president Vladimir Putin’s annual State of the Nation address, scheduled for tomorrow (Feb. 21). A year ago on that date, Putin recognized Ukraine’s separatist regions of Luhansk and Donetsk as independent and, instead of the customary address, he gave a belligerent speech in the early hours of Feb. 24 before Russian tanks began rolling into Ukraine.
The US has committed nearly $30 billion in military aid to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion, but with the Republican party now holding a majority in the House of Representatives, it remains to be seen how much additional aid US lawmakers will commit to supporting the country.
The World Bank president is stepping down. Appointed by US president Donald Trump in 2019, David Malpass resigned months after he faced criticism for being a climate-change denier. Now, the question is who will take his place.
For the past nearly 80 years, the US has appointed a steady stream of American bankers or economists to lead the institution. It’s high time for a change. As an international institution, it would make sense for the World Bank’s leadership to reflect its global priorities. (After all, diversity in leadership these days is in short supply.)
But it doesn’t seem like the Biden administration is in the mood to break the World Bank presidency’s unwritten code. Rajiv Shah, the head of the Rockefeller Foundation; Samantha Power, the former US ambassador to the UN; and Indra Nooyi, the former CEO of PepsiCo, have been floated as replacements for Malpass—and all three are American.
Hybe, the company behind Korean boy band BTS, one of the most popular musical groups in the world, is going on a buying spree.
It recently bought a 15% stake in rival firm SM Entertainment, and reportedly offered to buy an additional 25%. The combined investment would be worth $900 million, good for 40%—and control—of one of K-pop’s most powerful companies. Naturally, the deal is raising the eyebrows of South Korea’s antitrust regulators.
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Plants make distress calls with the same chemical that’s used to manage Parkinson’s disease. L-DOPA is communicated through roots as a cry for help.
Baby shrimp have disco ball eyes... Larvae are basically invisible to predators because they’re transparent and make the sea reflect off their little orbs.
…and cuttlefish have incredible 3D vision. Their eyesight is so good that robot makers are copying them.
Pickles and ranch are hot pizza topics. But they still have nothing on mushrooms.
It may pay to be dumb. Smarts only lead to higher wages up to a certain point, then it’s all luck and who you know, one Swedish study found.
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