• Business
    TechCrunch

    Firms backed by Robert Downey Jr. and Bill Gates have funded an electric motor company that slashes energy consumption

    Arguably, one of the biggest contributors in the fight against climate change to date has been the switch to the humble LED light, which has slashed hundreds of millions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions simply by reducing energy consumption in buildings. It's not as flashy as an arc reactor, but like light bulbs, motors are a ubiquitous and wholly unglamorous technology that have been operating basically the same way since the nineteenth century.

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  • Politics
    Axios

    Pence breaks silence to condemn Democrats' sweeping voting reform bill

    In some of his most extensive remarks since Jan. 6, former Vice President Mike Pence wrote an op-ed Wednesday condemning House Democrats' sweeping election and anti-corruption proposal as an "unconstitutional power grab" by "leftists."Why it matters: Pence has largely stayed quiet since the Capitol insurrection, during which rioters were heard chanting "hang Mike Pence" after former President Trump promoted the claim that the vice president could block the certification of the Electoral College.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.The big picture: Writing in The Daily Signal, Pence repeated dubious claims that the 2020 election was "marked by significant voting irregularities."Be smart: While some irregularities occur in every election, state and federal officials have vouched for the election's security and integrity.Lawsuits challenging election results have been rejected by courts across the country, including the Supreme Court.What they're saying: "Polling shows that large numbers of Democrats did not trust the outcome of the 2016 election and that large numbers of Republicans still do not trust the outcome of the 2020 election," Pence wrote.Pence called the Democrats' reform bill, which the House will pass on Wednesday, "an unconstitutional, reckless, and anti-democratic bill that ... could permanently damage our republic." "Leftists not only want you powerless at the ballot box," wrote the former vice president, "they want to silence and censor anyone who would dare to criticize their unconstitutional power grab."Details: The Democrats' "For the People Act" first introduced in 2019, has provisions to restore voting rights for felons, expand early and absentee voting, set national standards for early voting and voter registration, allow voters to register online or on Election Day and prevent voter purges.Pence argued that the bill would undercut efforts to reform elections at the state and local levels. He wrote that the bill "mandates the most questionable and abuse-prone election rules nationwide, while banning commonsense measures to detect, deter, and prosecute election fraud."The bottom line: Pence called the events of Jan. 6 "tragic" and said they "deprived the American people of a substantive discussion in Congress about election integrity in America." He did not once mention the name "Trump."Go deeper: Democrats' sweeping reform bill Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.

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  • Lifestyle
    MarketWatch

    My husband and his brother inherited a property. Our son lived there rent-free for 4 years. We paid $60K in taxes and repairs after a fire. Do we still split it 50/50?

    My husband and his brother inherited their family home. When they were able to take possession, our son and his family needed a place to live. Now comes my concern: If my husband and his brother had sold the house when they first inherited it, they would have split proceeds 50/50.

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  • Health
    The Telegraph

    I’m finally pregnant at 42 – but why aren’t all my friends happy for me?

    Telling people you are pregnant for the first time at 42 is a funny old thing. For 20 odd years, I’ve watched my friends go through the elation of pregnancy and share their news – at times when I’ve desperately wished I could be a mum too. But those stars just hadn’t aligned. Regardless, I’ve been as delighted as any friend could be and especially sensitive when I’ve known people have struggled to conceive or had life situations that have made the whole process much harder. In December, after nearly a year of fertility treatment with my long-term partner Jonjo who is infertile after cancer, I got to share my own news: I was pregnant with twins. It felt like I was proclaiming a lottery win. For the most part friends were joyous but the odd few comments, all relating to my age, really knocked the wind out of my sails. On a walk with a fellow IVF friend, she quipped “We can’t all be fertile geriatrics like you”. I understood her frustrations. In essence, it looked like it had happened easily because it was our first round of ICSI/IVF. But it hadn’t. I’d decided to freeze my eggs when single and, after the procedure in 2017, ended up in hospital with excruciatingly painful and swollen ovaries. This time around, I’d opted to do another fresh egg collection as I’d been told my fertility was still very good and, if it didn’t work, I’d have the frozen eggs as back up. I ended up in hospital again, dosed up on morphine for a night with the same pains. Then the pandemic hit and the clinic shut down so, like many others, we were left in limbo. When the clinic reopened in the summer, two days before our embryo transfer, I found what I thought was a lump in my left breast. I had a mammogram and was told I needed a biopsy the following day, so our treatment was immediately cancelled. We finally picked it back up in the beginning of September when we had two embryos successfully implanted. Her comments left me feeling deflated. I’d waited decades to get to this point in my life and here I was feeling almost lambasted for it. I didn’t relish being called a geriatric either. Another friend emailed me to say congratulations followed by a throwaway comment: “I thought you were never going to do it.” She didn’t mean any harm but it frustrated me that others were watching my biological clock and making the assumption that I’d almost missed my chance. One family member said they were beginning to worry I was leaving it too late and they were planning to talk to me about it. I was incensed that they thought I somehow needed hurrying along, as if unaware. With so much negative discourse and scaremongering surrounding women’s fertility, I wanted to be a beacon of hope for others who, for whatever reason, found themselves trying “later in life”. I’ve encountered many “expert” opinions throughout my 30s that, solely based on my age, had panicked me into believing my chances of having a family were over. While a woman’s fertility does decline with age, the statistics I was given didn’t relate to me personally. Instead, I had my own fertility checked with a blood test and ultrasound (a far cheaper process) and planned what I would do around that. In fact, it’s becoming more natural for women to start their families in their 40s. In the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s (HFEA) 2018 fertility trends report, it stated that “patients aged 40-42 had a higher chance of a live birth than patients aged under 35 in 1991” while, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of women aged 40-44 giving birth in 2019 had doubled in the last two decades alone, rising from 13,617 in 1999 to 27,228 in 2019. Jonjo is five years younger than me and, when we got together after meeting at work nearly six years ago, I made it clear that family was on my agenda. I didn’t want to be in another situation where I was ready for a family but my partner wasn’t. He replied with “I know what I’m signing up for” and that was enough for me to trust we were on the same page. I was already 37 but I knew there were some things we both wanted to do before a family and he knew my deadline for myself. So when the time came to make decisions, it was the exact right time for us. His sperm was already frozen and I was told my fertility was that of a 25-year-old, so we weren’t any more worried than anyone else would be. For us, my age wasn’t an issue. I feel lucky to be having a successful pregnancy and that, for us, we have only had to encounter one round of IVF. But there are no guarantees for anyone trying at whatever stage in life. I’ve seen younger friends go through miscarriages and numerous rounds of treatment to no avail. No one wants to be pitied because others form an opinion of their chances. Especially not us geriatrics.

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  • Sports
    INSIDER

    Former MLB executive says Albert Pujols was lying about his age when he signed a $240 million contract with the Angels

    "Not one person in baseball believes Albert Pujols is the age he says he is," former Miami Marlins President David Samson.

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  • Entertainment
    Yahoo Music

    Bella Thorne talks directing and starring in controversial new video with adult film star: 'My perfect idea for a woman'

    Thorne says breaking away from her Disney image was "very, very hard."

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