This Musician Powered His Concerts with Batteries and Wind

On a warm August evening, Danish pop act Lukas Graham pulled up to his 15,000 person off-grid show at an old military base just outside Aalborg, towards the northern tip of Denmark, with a new form of concert power in tow: electric truck batteries charged up with wind turbine energy.

“We just rolled in with these big batteries. We didn’t need the generators. It just felt so go…

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Ukraine Crisis Spurs Russophobia Around the World

Ike Gazaryan’s wife, Yulia, typically answers the phone for their San Diego, Calif. restaurant, Pushkin Russian Restaurant, which serves food from former Soviet republics. But after Russia invaded Ukraine, Gazaryan decided to answer it himself. In the week after the war began, he says, the restaurant received about 15 to 20 abusive phone calls.

He didn’t pay much attention to …

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Why Chocolate Prices May Soon Skyrocket

You can blame Russia for a lot of things: election interference, ransomware attacks, even the death of up to 50,000 dolphins. Now, there’s one more thing to add to the list: the price of cocoa is soaring, and it’s kind of Putin’s fault.

The runaway inflation of 2021 and 2022 appears to be slowing in the U.S.; prices were up 3.8% in May from a year ago, the Bureau of Econ…

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Why Coal Shortages in Asia Might Be Good News for Clean Energy

Power crises in China and India that have caused blackouts and factory shutdowns are highlighting the region’s reliance on the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel: coal. But some experts say the energy supply problems facing two of the world’s largest economies might lead to more support for renewable energy and help to accelerate the sector’s growth.

China is facing its …

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The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2023

The best works of fiction published this year took us on all manner of journeys. There were big, physical trips across countries and continents, and, in one case, on foot through the untamed woods. And there were heavy, emotional treks to uncover answers about love and loss. In these books, the destination was often less important than the lessons learned along the way. From a bored copywriter …

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The Story Behind A Friend of the Family

It’s 2:30 on a beautiful fall day. Sitting on my porch surrounded by rose bushes, newly in bloom, I am setting up an eye exam when the receptionist on the other end blurts out, “You’re the Jan Broberg with the new series, right?” I reply, “Yes, that’s me, A Friend of the Family starts streaming on Peacock October 6th.” She continues, “So …

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The Meaning Behind TikTok’s Orange Peel Theory

Can peeling an orange indicate true love? TikTok seems to think so. A trend dubbed the “Orange Peel Theory” has been going viral on the social media platform, asking people to consider the ways small acts of service, such as peeling an orange for a partner or making coffee in the morning, can show an individual’s commitment to their relationship. At the time of going to press, videos tagg…

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Warning: This post contains spoilers for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

During one of Rachel Zegler’s first red carpet appearances for The Hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the actor was asked about the difference between her character Lucy Gray and the protagonist of the original s…

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The Story Behind ‘The Iron Claw’

Early on in The Iron Claw, NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race throws Kevin Von Erich (Zac Efron) out of the ring and suplexes him onto the non-padded floor. Kevin’s entire body tenses upon contact. The rapturous crowd’s cheers become almost as fuzzy as his gaze as his arms spasm and his chest rattles with shallow, halting breaths. He lies stunned for a moment before slowly …

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What to Know About Live-Action Avatar- The Last Airbender

The new live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, which premiered on Netflix on Feb. 22, is a remake of the beloved 2005 Nickelodeon animated series. It’s not the first time Avatar has received the live-action treatment: In 2010, writer and director M. Night Shyamalan’s version of the story received backlash after he cast white actors to play Asian characters a…

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