5 Things to Talk About Today

Sacha Strebe

Fashion icon Oscar de la Renta would have turned 83 today. From first ladies to CEOs, society grandes dames, or everyday women, de la Renta was famous for dressing "strong women." While he had his fair share of A-list fans, the legendary designer never based his choices on star quality; his clothes "stood for something larger than the celebrity red carpet circuit." Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claims de la Renta had been "working for more than 20 years to turn me into a fashion icon." — NY Mag

A British man is the first person in the world to receive a bionic eye implant. The implant was designed to correct age-related macular degeneration (AMD)—the most common cause of vision loss in adults. Before the operation, the man had no central vision at all, but the successful operation has restored his sight to low-resolution central vision. The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System ("Argus II") is the world's first approved device intended to restore some functional vision for people suffering from blindness. — Ars Technica UK

A new report by leading climate scientists shows coastal cities will soon be uninhabitable. Former lead climate scientist James Hansen and 16 co-authors considered among the top in their fields show glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will melt "10 times faster than previous consensus estimates." According to this analysis, the sea level will rise at least 10 feet in the next 50 years, but “the real world is moving somewhat faster than the model,” says Hansen. — Slate

A world-first medicine may help to slow down Alzheimer's disease. The drug, called solanezumab, blocks memory loss in patients and slows the pace of brain damage in patients with a mild version of the disease. While it isn't a cure, the results are "hugely significant," and scientists are now testing to see if the drug is more effective when given to a patient at earlier stages. — The Guardian

The world's tiniest electrical bike is small enough to fit into your backpack. Designed for commuters, it's the lightest e-bike in the world, weighing just 26 pounds, and can squeeze on the subway or under a desk. It comes equipped with a rechargable battery, and the motor even helps to push you along at a speed of 12 miles per hour. Those who want a workout can choose to ride it without the motor running. — Co.Exist

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