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Wednesday, July 27 2022


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Ask if man is on the list of non-invasive alien species.

That’s what an outraged cat-lover in Poland said in the midst of a fiery controversy—sparked by the decision of the Polish Academy of Sciences to classify cats as an “invasive alien species.” The decision reflects the fact that cats kill about 140 million birds in Poland each year. No, the academy does not want to get rid of kitties—feral or tame. It is asking people to limit the time their pets spend outdoors during bird breeding season. Attention, conspiracy theorists: the lead biologist is a dog owner.

 

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Big Story

A big brouhaha over butt-naked Ranveer

The TLDR: Actor Ranveer Singh has been booked for a battery of ‘crimes’ for posing naked in a magazine photoshoot. We looked at the laws that cover nudity—the double standards in applying those laws—and India’s time-honoured tradition of baring it all.


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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Chaos and suspensions in Parliament
  • IMF cuts growth forecast… again!
  • Russia cuts the space cord
  • A big racism report on Scottish cricket
  • A new eating advisory for diabetics
  • What's behind mysterious cases of liver failure in children?
  • Big tech wants to change time 
  • The Alps are melting

 

Sanity Break

  • NFT art that reimagines the 'ideal woman'

 

A list of curious facts

  • Did you know Shammi Kapoor was one the earliest adopters of the internet in India?
  • Say hello to candy-flavoured fruits
  • The hottest trend in men’s footwear: slip-on mules
  • The first documentary filmed entirely inside the metaverse

 

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