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Is my washing to blame for the plastic problem?

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Washing clothes results in microfibres ending up in the sea. How can you reduce the damage?
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Cost Plus World Market Coupon: 30% Off (10% off food) + free store pickup, or + shipping or free ship on $200+

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Cost Plus World Market Coupon: 30% Off (10% off food) + free store pickup, or + shipping or free ship on $200+

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Cost Plus World Market is offering 30% off Sitewide (some exclusions apply) w/ promo code FAMFRIENDS30. Store pickup is free for eligible items, otherwise shipping varies by item, or free shipping on purchases $200 or more (surcharges may apply). Thanks daisybeetle

Note, offer includes Sale Items. Food & beverages are excluded from the 30% off discount, however they are discounted by 10%.
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There’s new evidence confirming bias of the “father of scientific racism”

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Enlarge / The Morton skull collection at the University of Pennsylvania. (credit: Steve Minicola/University of Pennsylvania)

Newly discovered handwritten documentation sheds new light on an ongoing scientific controversy regarding a famous collection of nearly 1,000 skulls amassed by a 19th-century Philadelphia physician. Dubbed the "American Golgotha," the collection is the work of Samuel Morton, who used them to compare the brain size of different racial groups in the 1830s and 1840s.

Paul Wolff Mitchell, a graduate student in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, where the collection is stored, believes his analysis could help settle the often acrimonious debate over whether the late paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould was correct in his assessment of the role of unconscious bias in science, particularly with regard to race. Mitchell concludes that Gould incorrectly accused Dr. Morton of inaccurately measuring the cranial capacity of his skulls but was nonetheless correct with regard to Morton's implicit racial bias. Mitchell's findings have just been published in PLOS Biology.

An American Golgotha

Morton is widely considered the father of scientific racism, and his controversial ideas about the intellectual superiority of the Caucasian people provided a handy defense of the continued enslavement of African-Americans in the US just prior to the Civil War. He bolstered those views with a broad analysis of 1,000 skulls he collected from all over, sometimes even scavenged from battlefields and the occasional catacomb. At the time, it was widely believed that skull size, or cranial capacity, was a marker of superior intelligence and advanced cognition.

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Girl, 8, pulls a 1,500-year-old sword from a lake in Sweden

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An eight-year-old found a pre-Viking-era sword while swimming in a lake in Sweden during the summer.

Saga Vanecek found the relic in the Vidöstern lake while at her family's holiday home in Jönköping County.

The sword was initially reported to be 1,000 years old, but experts at the local museum now believe it may date to around 1,500 years ago.

"It's not every day that you step on a sword in the lake!" Mikael Nordström from the museum said.

The level of the water was extremely low at the time, owing to a drought, which is probably why Saga uncovered the ancient weapon.

"I felt something in the water and lifted it up. Then there was a handle and I went to tell my dad that it looked like a sword," Saga told the Sveriges Radio broadcaster.

Saga's father Andy Vanecek told the English-language website The Local he initially thought his daughter had found an unusual stick or branch in the water.

It was only after he asked a friend to take a closer look did he discover that it was likely to be an ancient relic.

The local museum - which is now preserving the historic item - said the sword was extremely well-preserved.

Saga's discovery led the museum and local council to carry out further excavations at the site, finding a brooch from the 3rd Century.

The Jönköping county museum said that its investigation of the lake is unfinished and it could yet turn up more ancient items.

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Review: Civilization VI on the iPhone is the full experience

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Enlarge / A render of Civilization VI running on the iPhone XS Max. (credit: Aspyr Media)

Starting today, October 4, Civilization VI will be available for iPhones on the Apple App Store. It was previously available on iPads but not iPhones. And of course, it has long been a staple of PC and Mac gaming.

The new port faces a daunting task—squeezing an extremely complex game onto a tiny screen—and it asks players to shell out for the trouble. While you can play a short free trial when you first download it, unlocking all the features and the ability to play longterm will ultimately cost $60 up front; that's the same price as the desktop version. Port developer Aspyr Media is selling the game for 60 percent off from the launch today up through October 16, though.

If you're willing to spend, you'll get the full, real, desktop Civilization VI experience in your pocket.

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6-Months Entertainment Weekly Magazine (23-Issues) $5

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6-Months Entertainment Weekly Magazine (23-Issues) $5

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Amazon offers 6-Months Entertainment Weekly Magazine (23-Issues) for $5. Thanks brisar

Note, this subscription auto-renews after the 6-months, but you may cancel your subscription under your Subscription Manager.
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