>'Upcycling', 2019's top word
The Cambridge Dictionary has named "upcycling", the making of new items out of old or used things, as its Word of the Year 2019.
The number of times upcycling has been looked up on the Cambridge Dictionary website has risen 181% since December 2011, when it was first added to the online dictionary, and searches have doubled in the last year alone.
"We think it's the positive idea behind upcycling that appeals more than the word itself," said Wendalyn Nichols, publishing manager of the Cambridge Dictionary. "Stopping the progression of climate change, let alone reversing it, can seem impossible at times. Upcycling is a concrete action a single human being can take to make a difference.
>Prince's rebuttal a PR crash
Prince Andrew's attempt to explain away his friendship with pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein in a high-profile TV interview degenerated into a public relations catastrophe.
During an interview with BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis on Saturday night, the prince insisted he had not had sex with any women trafficked by Epstein.
But he confirmed that he had flown on Epstein's now notorious jet, nicknamed the Lolita Express, and stayed on his private island and at his home in Palm Beach, as well as at his New York mansion.
A photograph of the prince with his arm around the waist of a 17-year-old victim has been widely circulated, but the prince repeatedly said in his interview he had "no recollection of that photograph ever being taken".
His rambling and contradictory explanations sparked near-universal condemnation from viewers.
>China top in supercomputers
China boasts 228 supercomputers, the most in the world, and has extended its lead in numbers, while shrinking the gap in aggregate performance with the US, Top500.org said in its latest top 500 list released on Monday.
The number of installations in China has remained number one for the fifth time in a row, up from 219 six months ago.
Meanwhile, the share of US-based systems remains near its all-time low at 117.
However, as per the top 500 list, the systems in the US are on average significantly larger, which translated to a 37.8% share of the list's aggregate performance.
China is behind with a 31.9% performance share.
>Global debt hits new record
Global debt has hit a high of more than $250 trillion, and is ballooning toward a new record of $255 trillion by year's end - equivalent to over $32,500 for every person on the planet, according to a report by the Institute of International Finance.
The debt, which is more than three times the size of the world's annual economic output, grew by $7.5 trillion in the first half of the year and showed no sign of slowing.
As reported, government debt underwent the biggest rise in the first half of 2019 with a 1.5% increase. Non-financial companies followed, advancing 1%.
According to the institute, the rise in debt levels came as a result of a deepening in global bond markets, which have increased from $87 trillion in 2009 to over $115 trillion in mid-2019.
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