October 8, 2015Blog
Nepal Is Open for Tourists Again + Facebook Has 6 New Empathy Emoji
- Nepal has declared itself open for tourism after May’s deadly earthquakes. Five months on, the country has been busy rebuilding, and how quickly depends heavily on how many tourists return and help boost the local economy. Despite many landmarks in ruins, many of the medieval temples are still standing, including Nepal's tallest, the five-story Nyatapola Temple. Just a short trip away from the country center, there's little sign the earthquake ever happened. Trekking in the Everest region has also been declared safe. — Lonely Planet
- Facebook has enhanced its like-button feature with empathetic icons. The social media giant is introducing “Reactions"—six new emoji that will sit next to the thumbs-up and allow users to express love, laughter, happiness, shock, sadness, and anger. But if you've been looking for it already and can't find it, Facebook has only launched the feature in two markets so far, Spain and Ireland, after which it will tweak and roll out worldwide. — Tech Crunch
- India built a great wall that is visible from space. An incredible image taken from the International Space Station shows the boundary wall between India and Pakistan. A string of Indian floodlights along the wall made it bright enough to be seen from space. The lights were hung in an "effort to prevent militants from crossing into its territory." India's home military hopes to replace the floodlights with LED bulbs to be more energy efficient. — The Wall Street Journal
- For years we have been told of the health benefits of antioxidants, but new evidence suggests these supplements could make cancer worse. The new study adds to a growing body of research that shows anitoxidant supplements "can change cells in ways that fuel the spread of malignant melanoma—the most serious skin cancer—to different parts of the body." It could even have a cancer-promoting effect. — Scientific American
- Despite the level of technology in our lives, board games are growing in popularity. Germany's board game convention, Spieltage, and America’s Gen Con are two of the biggest gaming festivals in the world. This year Germany expects 160,000 visitors over four days at the event, where you can watch, play, and duel in more than 850 board, card, and role-playing games. The market for "hobby games" is booming. — The Economist
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