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As a species, we have largely categorised animals as Too Cute To Eat, Too Weird To Eat, or Meat. I do not understand these rules, because I think bugs, normally in the Too Weird category, and rabbit, normally in the Too Cute category, taste very good, while chickens ("Meat") are terrifying salmonella dinosaurs. However, it is understandable to get mad when you are served a Too Cute meat when you thought you were getting Meat meat, or even if you're served pork instead of beef. Heck, I would be mad if someone revealed that my stewed rabbit was actually stewed chicken all along.

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A devastating heat wave surging through southern Europe has earned the unofficial moniker of "Lucifer," according to several news reports over the weekend. Things over there do seem pretty bad, real bad, bad enough there that the only logical conclusion is Satan danced down there himself, possibly with a fiddle, and played a song which cursed the very winds themselves with the tunes of brimstone and ruin after somebody lost a bet.

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We don't really have in-flight wi-fi in Australia yet, although both Virgin and Qantas are working on it. It's far more common throughout Europe and the US, but a consortium of European companies is taking a different approach to the new network it's building: instead of satellites dozens of kilometres above the Earth bouncing signals from ground stations to planes and back, the European Aviation Network uses 4G LTE beamed directly upwards from mobile phone towers.

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Video: When you combine an unhappy group of people with a leader who is more than willing to feed and exploit their fear with wild speeches and rhetoric, things can go bad. When people in business and intellectuals want to be on the favourable side of public opinion, so they start doing things they don't believe are right, things can get worse. But how can it ever be so bad that someone like Hitler can rise to power and do worse? Ted-Ed explains in this haunting video.

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Video: Sorry, I still have a Game of Thrones hangover, so when I watch this beautiful drone footage that gives sweeping views of castles across Europe, I see the map of Westeros in the opening credits come alive. Some of these castles are in ruins, some are near rivers, some are on islets, some are embedded on the mountain side but all are impressive strongholds that hold so much history.

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Video: Budget airlines like Jetstar and Tiger Airways in Australia, JetBlue and Southwest in the United States, and Ryanair and Easy Jet in Europe, are often significantly cheaper to fly compared to legacy airlines like Qantas and Virgin. How is this possible? Flying is expensive! The simple answer is that budget airlines simplify as many costs as possible.

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As much as everyone is getting excited about Google's cute little autonomous cars, self-driving trucks are the most obvious — and probably easiest — beneficiaries of autonomous tech. To prove this, a "platoon" of connected trucks from six brands completed a 2092km trip across Europe.

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Video: I've never been to Vienna but I can tell you that it is beautiful because this video by FilmSpektakel. It takes you all over the capital of Austria through a fun zooming effect that teleports you to different landmarks. It's sort of like travelling on a haze of drugs and booze.