News ⚡ — Thursday, October 17
The Analogue Pocket is retro-gaming at its finest. A brain-less self-healing organism debuts at a Paris zoo. China bans the export of black clothing to Hong Kong.
1. 🎮 The Analogue Pocket breathes life into the Game Boy era | Tech Crunch
The latest addition to the world of video game hardware eschews the usual latest specs for a bit of 80s and 90s familiarity. The Analogue Pocket is a USD 199 device that mimics a similar experience to Nintendo’s iconic Game Boy franchise. With other adapters, it adds the full gamut of retro fun including Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color, and Atari Lynx.
2. 🐲 A new “organism” at Paris zoo has no brain but 720 sexes | The Straight Times
The newly debuted “blob” is “a yellowish unicellular small living being which looks like a fungus but acts like an animal.” The organism can self-heal within two minutes when cut in half. What makes it most interesting is that despite not having a brain, it can pass along learned knowledge if two blobs merged.
3. 🙅 China bans exports of black clothing to Hong Kong amid protests | South China Morning Post
The protesters who have taken to the streets of Hong Kong for the last four months, initially to oppose a now-withdrawn extradition bill, have adopted as their uniform black T-shirts, black jeans and black sneakers, often paired with a black face mask.
4. 💰 adidas wants you to trade in your old gear for vouchers | Business of Fashion
The German sportswear brand has teamed-up with Stuffsr to allow participants to trade in their old adidas gear for vouchers. The goal of the initiative, limited to the UK, is to help manage much of the waste generated by the fashion industry.
5. 🔎 Nike’s ZoomX Vaporfly recording-breaking performances is forcing the IAAF to take a closer look | The Times
The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next%’s recording-breaking resume is pushing the IAAF to look more into the shoe’s performative abilities. Various elite athletes have brought up the issue to the International Association of Athletics Foundation. Even before Eliud Kopchoge’s sub-two-hour record-breaking marathon, the ZoomX Vaporfly Next% already laid claim to the five fastest men’s marathon times ever.
6. 💦 Prescription pills are ruining America’s water supply | Axios
Despite being one of the world’s most advanced countries, the United States is staring at an impending water crisis. Traditional water sources are meant primarily for transport and storage and cannot handle new foreign substances and filter them properly, namely prescription drugs.
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