Starbucks Banning Straws Won’t Clean Up the Ocean, but It’s Still a Big Deal

This story was originally published by The New Republic and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. To have an honest conversation about the ocean plastics crisis, one must accept two hard truths. The first is that the situation is dire: Every year, more than 8 million metric tons of plastic waste gets lost at sea, where it breaks down into microplastics that kill marine life. The second is that solving the problem will be…

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No Passport Required: 4 Global Etsy Trends for Your Home and How to Rock Them

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  Travel is something we do to get away from it all, but it looks like the buyers at Etsy want to bring that travel-adventure vibe into their home. According to Etsy trends expert Dayna Issom Johnson, “Etsy searches for ‘international’ are on the rise.”…

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The Ultimate Guide to Tanzania: A Safari and Beach Vacation in One

If you’ve been dreaming of going on a wildlife safari, Tanzania should be high on your travel bucket list. The East African country is home to some of the best national parks for spotting the Big Five (elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards and buffalo)—as well as gorgeous white sand beaches, so you can peel off your dusty safari clothes and end your vacation with a coconut in hand. On a recent…

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These are the most on-time airlines in the US

Louis Nastro/Reuters OAG, a provider of air travel data, released its latest list of On-Time Performance Star Ratings.  They ranked airlines with a minimum of 600 operations per month based on their on-time arrivals. Out of 15 airlines to receive five stars, only one US carrier earned a top rating — Hawaiian Airlines.  Alaska Airlines, Delta, and United earned four stars.   JetBlue, surprisingly, came in last for the U.S. airlines, likely…

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A woman is now in charge of Miss America and she’s killing the swimsuit round

Meghann Fahy, Katie Stevens, and Aisha Dee: The women of ‘The Bold Type.’ Image: philippe bosse/Freeform If you aren’t watching The Bold Type, you are missing out. The show is millennial utopia; feminist, progressive, positive, all packaged with a frothy style thanks to production network Freeform. This is the story of best friends Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee), and Sutton (Meghann Fahy), three young women in the New York…

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Thailand cave diver tells Elon Musk to ‘stick his submarine where it hurts’

Elon Musk’s attempt to play hero did not impress the actual heroes. Image: Getty Images/joshua lott One of the British divers who helped rescue the Thai soccer team just confirmed what many suspected about Elon Musk’s somewhat bizarre attempt at helping: It was never going to work. In an interview with CNN, British diver Vern Unsworth called Musk’s submarine “just a PR stunt” that “had absolutely no chance of working.”…

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World Cup Final blamed for rail delays

Image copyright PA Image caption Passengers are being advised to check websites for revised timetables Train passengers have been warned to expect disruption on Sunday due to staff shortages caused by hot weather and the World Cup Final. Great Western Railway (GWR) warned a “significant number” of its trains would be without crew. Northern, which will operate an amended timetable, said some of its staff were not required to work…

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I’m Not Pregnant, So Why Is My Period Late?

Whether it was in school, with your parents, or from a “well-informed” older sibling, we learned during that first sex ed lesson that a missed period means “You’re pregnant!” And though being pregnant almost always means you will miss your period (more on that below), a missed period doesn’t always mean you’re pregnant. If you’re pretty sure you’re not pregnant, but still wondering why is my period late, read on…

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The rescued Thai boys want spicy chicken and barbecued pork, but foods are being reintroduced carefully — here’s how that works

The Thai soccer team that got stuck in a cave for more than two weeks has made it out alive. Since the boys and their coach didn’t eat anything for more than 14 days, doctors are reintroducing them to food slowly and keeping their diets bland. Reintroducing starving people to food too quickly can be deadly. After spending more than two weeks in a dark, wet cave, the Thai soccer…

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Hinge employs new algorithm to find your ‘most compatible’ match for you

There are always more fish in the sea. The once-comforting relationship advice has turned out to be a prophetic and overwhelming reality in the world of app and online dating. With ever-mounting numbers of profiles to look through and scrutinize for potential compatibility, one can start to feel stuck in a cycle of flirtation, failed first dates and constant repetition. Hinge’s new feature, Most Compatible, aims to break that cycle…

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