As we slouch towards greater global competition between the US and China, one key consideration is soft power — which country is seen more favorably by people around the world? The US image has taken a hit over the past year, and China is now seen more positively than the US in a number of countries. Particularly intriguing is the favorability gap observed within the US’ neighbors in Latin America, as well as in the Middle East, the perennial theater of great power rivalries.
Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, but that means it creates a lot of waste in the form of cups and used coffee grinds. Every year, we drink out of 600 billion single-use plastic and paper cups, most of which end up in a landfill or our environment. Could coffee also contribute to a more sustainable future? A German company is now recovering leftover coffee grounds from bars, restaurants and hotels, and it's recycling them into reusable coffee cups. In other words, they're creating cups of coffee made from coffee.
What technology was used to assist Eliud Kipchoge's historic sub two-hour marathon time?
A lot. If you watched the video of him, you saw that he was within a pace group, a whole bunch of runners in front of him cutting the wind. Some runners behind him, actually improving his wind resistance by having people behind him. There was a green laser showing him exactly what time he had to run. He had really high-tech gels that he took, these Maurten gels. I actually like those a lot, too. But the main thing were the shoes. These are the early prototypes of the shoes or the first version. He's now in the third version. But what's most important is there is a carbon fiber plate. You cannot bend this thing. So, Nike introduced these shoes, I don't know, two years ago. Now, there's a new generation. It's very controversial.
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Will the Catalonia question be a big issue in the Spanish election coming up in November?
You bet it will. Passions have been further inflamed now, and the question that has been difficult from the very beginning, by the very heavy prison sentences that was given to those that are accused of sedition, that is organizing the independence referendum. So, passions are heating up. It will be a difficult issue for the entire Spanish political system to handle for years to come.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres recently warned that the organization is in danger of going broke because its members still haven't forked over their annual dues for 2019. Here's a map of who's paid up on time, late, or (shame!) not at all.