Art

How smell shapes our perception of the world around us

How smell shapes our perception of the world around us

Sissel Tolaas is a champion of smell, including odors normally considered unpleasant. To her, the perfumes, soaps and pumped-out bakery scents that camouflage the aromas of bodies and streets do humanity a disservice: They cover up olfactory information that is as vital as sights and sounds to our understanding of our surroundings. When we eradicate smells, she believes, we strip cities of their sense of place, and people of a valuable tool for ... Full story

Education

Most graduates still gain financially from degrees

Most graduates still gain financially from degrees

Image caption University leaders say the value of higher education should be measured in more than just earning power. Higher pay still makes it financially beneficial to go to university for most students in England, says research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies. But 20% are worse off after paying for courses, says the study commissioned by the Department for Education. Over their working lives, male graduates on average gain by £130,000 ... Full story

Economics

Activist investor Robbins shutting hedge fund to pursue other things

Activist investor Robbins shutting hedge fund to pursue other things

FILE PHOTO: Clifton Robbins, founder and CEO, Blue Harbour Group, speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., May 1, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo. NEW YORK (Reuters) - Activist investor Clifton S. Robbins told clients on Friday that he is shuttering his Blue Harbour Group not because investors want their money back or because returns have lagged, but because he wants to do something different. ... Full story

Entertainment

Guy 30 Seconds Into Karaoke Version Of ‘Man In The Mirror’ Better Get His Act Together

Guy 30 Seconds Into Karaoke Version Of ‘Man In The Mirror’ Better Get His Act Together

MARIETTA, GA—Sources at Charley’s Bar and Grille are reporting that local man Peter Kagan, 34, who is currently 30 seconds into a karaoke version of the 1988 Michael Jackson song “Man In The Mirror,” better get his goddamn act together sometime fucking soon. Stating that his piss-poor excuse for a first verse included numerous mumbled, mistimed, or otherwise botched lyrics, onlookers confirmed that Kagan has to get his ass into gear right quick ... Full story

Health

Rescuing China's animals during the outbreak - BBC News

Rescuing China's animals during the outbreak - BBC News

Image caption Animal rescue groups say they are seeing an increasing number of animals abandoned across the country. Volunteers in China say they're struggling to keep up with the number of animals being abandoned as the country battles the virus outbreak. More than 2,000 people in China have died and more than 78,000 infections have been reported in the country. Pet owners who fall sick or are caught up in quarantine can't take their animals ... Full story

Law

Police capture suspect after stolen ambulance chase in Philadelphia

Police capture suspect after stolen ambulance chase in Philadelphia

Philadelphia police have taken a suspect into custody following a stolen ambulance chase throughout the city Friday night. The incident started around 9:30 p.m. Friday. SKYFOX flew over the scene as the ambulance was chased by countless police officers. FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser reports the ambulance was stolen in Northeast Philadelphia. At one point, the ambulance crashed into several police cruisers and a tow truck. Police were able to stop ... Full story

Living

Fasten your seat belts, U.S. Congress sets hearing on air travel

Fasten your seat belts, U.S. Congress sets hearing on air travel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The airline industry could run into turbulence on Capitol Hill next week as a U.S. Congressional panel tackles passenger complaints about unpleasant airline experiences, holding a hearing that will include budget airline Spirit Airlines Inc ( SAVE.N ) and passenger advocates. FILE PHOTO: A Spirit Airlines Airbuys A320-200 airplane sits at a gate at the O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois October 2, 2014. Incoming stormy ... Full story

Politics

Malaysian turmoil takes new twist as Mahathir and Anwar ally again

Malaysian turmoil takes new twist as Mahathir and Anwar ally again

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad will stand for the premiership on behalf of the former ruling coalition, the interim prime minister said on Saturday, less than a week after he quit and plunged the country into turmoil. FILE PHOTO: Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during an interview with Reuters in Putrajaya, Malaysia, December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng. “I am now confident that I have the numbers ... Full story

Sport

China's factory activity posts record contraction as coronavirus bites

China's factory activity posts record contraction as coronavirus bites

BEIJING (Reuters) - Factory activity in China contracted at the fastest pace on record in February, highlighting the damage from the coronavirus outbreak on the world’s second-largest economy. FILE PHOTO: An employee works on the production line of a robot vacuum cleaner factory of Matsutek in Shenzhen, China August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo. China’s official Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to a record low of 35.7 in February ... Full story

Technology

A Dramatic Legal Battle Between A Wealthy Robotics Founder  Bankruptcy

A Dramatic Legal Battle Between A Wealthy Robotics Founder Bankruptcy

Scott Hassan speaks with a colleague on a Beam robot. Getty Images. Silicon Valley startup Suitable Technologies filed for bankruptcy this week, declaring that its primary product — a video-conferencing robot that looks like an iPad on a wheels — failed to catch on, leading to tens of millions of dollars in losses. Suitable’s demise isn’t a typical story of a struggling hardware startup: Its bankruptcy is the latest development in a dramatic ... Full story