‘We weren’t sure we’d make it’: Texans forced to flee seek refuge in motels and diners

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Furniture was floating, homes were traps, but for many Texas residents the I-4 5 highway was an escape route, and the motels and restaurants its sanctuaries Jennifer Shardlow figured it was time to evacuate when water poured through the walls and a snake swam through the kitchen. ” We still had a yard at midnight […]

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Ai Weiwei interview: ‘In human history, there’s never been a moment like this’

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Ask the artist and dissident what he has in common with Andy Warhol and he says he loved his time. Ahead of his Melbourne show he talks about China, America, Lego and the wonders of the internet in conversation with Monica Tan So how many pieces of secondhand Lego does Ai Weiwei own? Millions, he […]

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House of horrors: inside the US wildlife repository- photo essay

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Photographer Matthew Staver and writer Oliver Milman visited the US National Wildlife Property Repository, where illegal wildlife products, from stuffed tigers to worked tusk, are stored and counted If the US had a national house of horrors, it would probably be the federal government compound that lies on the fringes of Denver, Colorado, incongruously set […]

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Algorithms outperformed us. But we still prefer human fallibility | Rafael Behr

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As technology becomes ever smarter, we cling to a comforting divide between people and machines, writes Guardian columnist Rafael Behr There are no monuments to Ned Ludd. This may be because there is no certainty that the man whose name was adopted by insurrectionary textile workers at the start of the 19 th century actually […]

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Mystery of the female orgasm may be solved

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Scientists believe they can explain the evolutionary reason for womens sexual response Female orgasm has amazed scientists, fuelled an equality movementand propelled Meg Ryan to fame. Now researchers say they might have found its evolutionary roots. The purpose of the euphoric sensation have all along puzzled scientists as it is not necessary for conception, and […]

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‘Every crisis has a silver lining’: why Big Sur’s isolation is inducing people fitter

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Winter blizzards battered this stretching of coastal California, blocking the sole road but residents forced to leave their autoes at home have been feeling the benefit A community on the stretching of coastal California known as Big Sur has been largely cut off from the outside world since winter stormscollapsed a bridge to the north […]

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