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New £10k telescope makes observatory more accessible

An investment has helped ensure an observatory’s telescope is now accessible for wheelchair users. Kielder Observatory has invested £10,000 in a fully automated Ritchey Chretein 16inch telescope. The new telescope utilises the same powerful optical system as the Hubble space telescope. Gary Fildes, founder director and lead astronomer said:

“This system makes a real statement of inclusivity from the observatory team. “It is our explicit wish to provide a safe and caring environment for all who wish to visit us and engage with our universe. “Systems provided by this new investment mean that we can now reach a wider audience and make astronomy accessible for wheelchair users.”

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Europol investigating 5,000 organized crime groups

Some 5,000 organized crime groups are active in Europe, with more than one-third of the rings involved in illicit drug trade, the EU law enforcement agency Europol said in a large-scale report Thursday.

Drug trade generates 24 billion euros (25 billion dollars) in profits every year.

The groups are also engaged in counterfeiting currency, migrant smuggling, arms trafficking and an array of cybercrime, including child sexual exploitation and bank fraud.

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Breathe Easy With These Ultra-Stylish Air Purifiers

Most air purifiers are clunky and you spend more time trying to hide them in your decor than show them off front and center.

But luckily for us, companies have gotten wind of the need for sleek, modern purifiers. Whether you’re in the market because of pollution, smoke, or just your own ability to burn toast every single time, these are the best air purifiers to keep your space breathable without making you want to shove them in a corner.

Evolution Air Purifier by Lightair

Lightair air purifier

If you’re a minimalist, the striking simplicity of Lightair’s Evolution model will fit right in with your home’s decor. With no costly filters to swap out, this Swedish purifier runs silently and uses minimal energy to do its job.

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Norton Point Sunglasses Are Cleaning Up Oceans and Saving the World

Fish are not known to particularly appreciate plastic; still, we keep inundating them with it. Thankfully, Norton Point has found a way to not only clean up ocean plastic but also repurpose it into something useful: great sunglasses. And they use profits to fund earth-friendly research.

ocean plastic the plastic bank

The rich, diverse, colorful, sometimes terrifying ocean life must contend with eight million metric tons of plastic dumped into oceans each year. It’s killing them at a staggering rate and experts predict that by 2050, a mere 33 years from now, the oceans will be more plastic than fish.

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Solar Paper: The Epic 5-Ounce, Sun-Harnessing Gadget Charger

The horror of a dead cellphone without an outlet near– it’s a nightmare you can be free from if you would just harness the sun! The YOLK Solar Paper can help you do that.

YOLK CEO SungUn Chang

YOLK is the brainchild of a designer: SungUn Chang. The Korean company is actually headquartered in Chicago where Chang completed grad school. Her first foray into solar energy was the Solarade, which was the world’s smallest 5 Watt solar charger.

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4 of the most comfortable pairs of headphones you can buy

You might not think about it but comfort is one of the biggest factors you should consider before buying headphones.

Audio quality is important, but not if the headphones you’re wearing are uncomfortable, or painful.

These four headphones both sound great and deliver excellent comfort. If your current headphones have been hurting your head, it’s time to upgrade.

Bose QuietComfort 35

Bose QuietComfort 35

Amazon

The entire Insider Picks team recently explained which headphones we use on a daily basis and why we like them.

One of my teammates — an avid traveler — recommended the QuietComfort 35 headphones from Bose. He praised their noise cancelling and audio quality, but made a bold claim about their comfort.

He claims they’re comfortable enough to sleep in. On a plane. If that’s not a glowing endorsement of a pair of headphones, I don’t know what is.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones, $349, available at Amazon

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