This all-avocado restaurant is basically your Instagram feed IRL

Let us live.Image: Getty Images/Caiaimage Another day, another headline about millennial spending. Sigh.  This time, a study by Barclays looked into generational spending habits found that millennials spend more than £3,300 each year on coffee, food, going out, and clothes.  SEE ALSO: I’m a millennial and, believe me, coffee is not the reason I’m broke Per the findings, emailed to Mashable, a survey of 20 to 37-year-olds found that the average bill for these items comes to £3,312.74. In a press release, Barclays said that millennials could save “a whopping £10.5 billion a year by making minor changes to their spending habits.” A breakdown of the spending shows that millennials spend an average of £904.20 per annum on socialising, £738.96 …

Will universities go bust if fees are cut?

Are universities really in financial difficulty? What makes universities really nervous is that a reduction in fees will not be replaced by direct funding from the government. Even if funding is promised, it will make universities dependent on the goodwill of politicians, competing with other spending pressures, such as health and schools. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency There are a finite number of students – and if some universities take an ever-rising number, others will be left starved of fee income. Sir Anthony attacks a “greedy cohort” for threatening the higher education “eco-system”. Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show some universities have piled on extra students, while others have shrunk. Universities with decreasing undergraduate student numbers between 2007-08 …

AP Interview: Maduro reveals secret meetings with US envoy

Maduro said that during the secret meetings in New York, his foreign minister invited the Washington, D.C.-based envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, to come to visit “privately, publicly or secretly.” “If he wants to meet, just tell me when, where and how and I’ll be there,” Maduro said without providing more details. He said both New York meetings lasted several hours. A senior administration official in Washington who was not authorized to speak publicly said U.S. officials were willing to meet with “former Venezuela officials, including Maduro himself, to discuss their exit plans.” Venezuela is plunging deeper into a political chaos triggered by the U.S. demand that Maduro step down a month into a second term that the U.S. and …

TV drug ads will soon include prices: Will it help consumers?

Meanwhile, a narrator lists off the drug’s side effects, which may include death. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM HEART DISPLAY TIPS GRANDPA OFF TO POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING NETWORK But there’s always one important thing missing from those ads: the price. Most doctors prescribing these medications don’t even know how much you’ll pay out of pocket or whether it’s covered by your insurance. Those decisions are made by someone else. While the true cost of a drug is not a simple question to answer, given the complicated mosaic of drug pricing factors such as insurance coverage and manufacturer rebates, it’s more likely you’ll soon start seeing a variation of those costs, along with the typical listing of potential side effects. That’s provided you live in one of two …

Marine Bacteria Turn Viruses Into Climate-Shaping Biological Weapons

Bacteria and other microbes have adapted to the viruses that infect them. Some have not only learned to survive a viral load, but turned it to their advantage, releasing viruses at their enemies in escalating biological warfare. New discoveries reveal some even turn themselves into the microscopic equivalent of suicide bombers, destroying enemies as they die. Microbial communities are complex mixes of harmonious coexistence and struggles for resources. To clear the way for themselves, some microbes have taken to killing competitors. One method, producing antibiotics to which they themselves are immune, has attracted attention for the rich store of potential medications it provides against similar organisms that infect humans. More recently we have learned some bacteria do something similar with …

The Lesser-Known Measles Outbreak That’s Killed Nearly 1,000 People In Months

A lot of attention has been directed at the recent measles outbreaks in North America and western Europe. Meanwhile, slightly away from the media spotlight, there’s a lesser-known outbreak of the virus that’s taken the lives of at least 922 people since October 2018. The World Health Organization (WHO) told reporters on February 14 there were over 66,000 reported measles cases and at least 922 deaths in Madagascar between October 2018 to February 12, 2019.  The overwhelming majority of these cases and deaths were children, they added. It’s also worth noting that fewer than 10 percent of actual measles cases are reported globally, so the real figure is likely to be much higher. Dr Katrina Kretsinger, head of WHO’s expanded immunization program, also cited …

Model 3s mostly bare backside is to Tesla’s advantage

Notice the bare backside.Image: tesla Look at the back of your car or the next car passing by. Unless it’s an ultraluxury Lamborghini or something similar, you likely just saw which car company made the car (maybe a Honda) as well as which model it is (probably a Civic).  Now look at the backside of a Tesla Model 3, the electric car company’s newest sedan. It’s almost entirely bare, save for the Tesla logo above the license plate. (The dual motor version is badged and says “Dual Motor,” so there are exceptions.) Its predecessors, Models X and S, out in 2015 and 2012, respectively, didn’t get this same treatment — their names were prominently displayed on the backs of the car. …

This Woman Started Drumming In 1920 And She Still Has What It Takes At The Age Of 106

Musicians rejoice! Because legendary percussionist Viola Smith may have discovered the secret for a long and healthy life: energetic drumming and the moderate consumption of good wine. Now aged 106 and actively drumming until recently in a Costa Mesa band called Forever Young Band: America’s Oldest Act of Professional Entertainers, Viola’s remarkably long career has spanned the entire length and breadth of modern music from swing to jazz, rock n’ roll and beyond. Born Viola Schmitz on November 29, 1912, in Mount Calvary, Wisconsin, she was one of ten children. The entire family studied piano, and in the 1920s their father got Viola and her six sisters together to form the Smith Sisters Orchestra. After moving to New York City, …

Tories warned over ‘damaging’ Brexit revolt

LIVE: MPs debate Brexit How amendments could alter Brexit process Brexit ‘monster’ urges Dutch to prepare Brexit: What could happen next? Brexit: A really simple guide The prime minister has asked MPs to approve a motion acknowledging that the Brexit process was ongoing and restating their support for her approach. But it combines the view, backed by a majority of MPs last month, that the government should seek an alternative to the controversial “backstop” element of the deal with a separate move to stop Brexit happening without a formal deal. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionConfused by Brexit jargon? Reality Check unpacks the basics BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said the government believed that removing the …

Turmoil in British politics as Labour MPs quit over Brexit and anti-Semitism

London (CNN)A new schism opened up in British politics on Monday when seven lawmakers staged a dramatic walkout from Britain’s opposition Labour Party, denouncing its handling of a wave of anti-Semitism and a “betrayal” on Brexit. Berger was joined by Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Gavin Shuker and Mike Gapes, who said that they would sit in the House of Commons as an independent group of MPs. Their defections are a stark demonstration of the fractiousness of British politics with just 39 days left to go before the UK is due to leave the EU, with no deal yet in place. “It is not simply that our values are no longer welcome in the Labour Party; the values we …

ISIS fighters have been fleeing from Syria into Iraq, perhaps with millions of dollars in tow

(CNN)More than 1,000 ISIS fighters have likely fled from Syria into the mountains and deserts of western Iraq in the past six months, and they may have up to $200 million in cash with them, according to a US military official familiar with situation. The last survivors of ISIS’ caliphate US officials are tracking increased efforts by Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, as well as businesses and individuals, to bolster their influence and ability to engage in activities that will get them additional revenue in the wake of oil sanctions being reimposed November 4. Activities include smuggling drugs, weapons and Iranian oil, which is illegally relabeled as Iraqi and shipped out of the country. The oil shipments so far are small …

England set for first saint in centuries

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pope Benedict beatified John Henry Newman in Birmingham in 2010 The first miracle the Catholic convert is said by the Vatican to have performed was curing a deacon from Boston, Massachusetts, of a crippling spinal disease. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Newman founded the Birmingham Oratory in Edgbaston which is still in use today During his life, Newman was a respected religious scholar, who spent much of his time helping the poor and sick. The last English canonisations were in 1970 of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, a group of Catholics who were executed between 1535 and 1679 under laws enacted during the English Reformation. The UK’s leading Catholic, Cardinal Vincent …

Here’s what the Green New Deal actually says

(CNN)Green New Deal fits perfectly on a bumper sticker. What was entered as official legislative language on Capitol Hill declares the government should take a stronger position on everything from cutting carbon emissions to giving every American a job to working with family farmers to retrofitting every building in the country. Here’s a look at some passages that stuck out in the 14-page resolution, and what they might mean for the country: Renewable energy “meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources” This would be a wholesale turnaround in US energy. Renewables — including hydroelectric, wind, biomass, solar and geothermal — currently account for about 20% of US energy production, …

The fashion models struggling with a life of debt

Image copyright Aurélien Nobécourt-Arras Image caption Ekaterina Ozhiganova says that models don’t like to talk about how much money they earn A Russian model working in Paris, she co-founded Model Law, the first French association working to protect models’ rights. “It used to be that sexual violence was taboo,” she says. “Now everyone is shouting on every corner about sexual exploitation, but no-one wants to talk about money. Everyone is shutting their mouths about it.” Because success in the industry is partly measured by the amount you earn, working models rarely want to speak out about the problem. But behind the scenes, Ms Ozhiganova says Model Law is helping models better understand their finances. “The lack of information is the …

Ford created a bed which stops your partner hogging it all

The lane-keeping bed keeps errant sleepers on their side.Image: ford Your annoying, bed-hogging partner has met its match. Ford has designed what it calls a “lane-keeping bed,” in which pressure sensors monitor when a sleeper is out of their lane. SEE ALSO: Twitch streamer falls asleep during stream, wakes up to find 200 people watching him When the sensors detect your partner has moved into your space, a conveyor belt built into the bed aims to gently realign them into place. We have questions: Will the moving conveyor belt wake you up? And can you switch off the lane-keeping feature, if you just like to cuddle?  It doesn’t really matter though, because the “lane-keeping bed” is sadly only a gimmick …

Greek baker who gave bread to arriving refugees dies at 77

ATHENS, Greece – Dionissis Arvanitakis, a Greek baker who provided free bread to refugees who arrived on a Greek island, has died of unspecified causes. He was 77. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker released a statement Sunday expressing his respect “for an exemplary European citizen” who showed “rare generosity and sensitivity towards the hundreds of unfortunate immigrants.” Juncker said: “My Europe is the one Dionissis Arvanitakis symbolized.”