London breaches annual air pollution limit for 2017 in just five days | Environment | The Guardian

London has breached its annual air pollution limits just five days into 2017, a “shameful reminder of the severity of London’s air pollution”, according to campaigners. By law, hourly levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide must not be more than 200 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m3) more than 18 times in a whole year, but late […]

UK adopts antisemitism definition to combat hate crime against Jews | Society | The Guardian

The government is to formally adopt a definition of what constitutes antisemitism, which includes over-sweeping condemnation of Israel, with Theresa May saying the measure will help efforts to combat hate crime against Jews. Britain will become one of the first countries to use this definition of antisemitism, as agreed last May at a conference of […]

Britain to adopt new anti-Semitism definition to fight hate crime | Reuters

LONDON Britain said on Monday it would become one of the first countries to adopt an international definition of anti-Semitism to clamp down on hate crime after an increase in the number of reported incidents targeting Jews.   Adopting the definition formulated in May by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) is meant to make […]

Maria Schneider’s story is no surprise – Hollywood has always treated women as commodities

From Last Tango in Paris to Basic Instinct, we are now discovering the unsavoury truth about sex scenes. “This must be the most powerfully erotic movie ever made, and it may turn out to be the most liberating movie ever made,” gushed the critic Pauline Kael about Last Tango in Paris in 1972. The anonymous sex between Paul (Marlon Brando) […]

Why do we give robots female names? Because we don’t want to consider their feelings

Why are so many robots designed to resemble women? The question is becoming inescapable as more and more AIs, which do not need to have a gender, appear on the market with female voices and female faces, including Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon’s Alexa and a new wave of uncannily lifelike sexbots marketed almost exclusively to men. […]