5 Things to Talk About Today

  • Nobel Peace Prize-winner and activist Malala Yousafzai has aced her GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education). Her proud father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, tweeted the good news of Malala's high grades, which included A's in GCSE and iGCSE maths. "My wife Toor Pekai and I are proud of Malala getting 6A*s and 4As. #education for every child," wrote Mr. Yousafzai. — BBC
  • Google's smart contact lenses have just become real-world wearables. The Google X lab along with the Life Sciences team have developed a smart contact lens that "analyses tears to measure the wearer's glucose levels, which would allow diabetics to get a blood-sugar reading without drawing blood."  — Tech Radar
  • Celebrated British street artist Banksy is building his own "bemusement park," called Dismaland. Set in an abandoned swimming pool in North Somerset, U.K., the park was designed for people who are “looking for an alternative to the sugar-coated tedium of the average family day out.” The gates open on August 22 with 18 dismal attractions, including "a decrepit version of Cinderella’s castle and artworks, and a sculpture of a woman being attacked by birds." — Vogue
  • Now you have the option to "get off the grid" thanks to Tesla’s long-awaited home battery. In a statement, the company's CEO, billionaire Elon Musk, called it a "suite of batteries for homes, businesses, and utilities fostering a clean energy ecosystem and helping wean the world off fossil fuels." The new Tesla Powerwall will have a power capacity of either 10 kilowatt hours or 7 kilowatt hours, at a cost of either $3500 or $3000. — The Washington Post
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to remove the pedestrian plaza from Times Square. The "carless, table-filled stretch of Broadway in between 42nd and 47th streets" isn't the problem; it's the street performers who aggressively approach tourists for money and sometimes fight them. Mayor de Blasio wants to return them to their "family-friendly glory" and "dig the whole thing up." — New York Magazine