India’s Amazing Natural Bridges Are Made of Living Roots and Vines

Villagers in Meghalaya, India have come up with a unique construction technique that harnesses nature in its purest form – they grow their own living bridges! Using the roots of the Ficus elastica tree (rubber fig tree), the residents have woven an elaborate system of living bridges, some of which are thought to be over 500 years old. These extraordinary examples of living architecture are also lessons in patience, since they take about 15 years to grow. With age though, the living root bridges grow stronger and can often support the weight of 50 or more people at a time!

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US preacher asks followers to help buy fourth private jet – BBC News

Jesse Duplantis said God had told him to buy a Falcon 7X for $54m (£41m).

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Lower Lower Wacker Drive

Local opinion on Lower Wacker is a mixed bag. While a treasured shortcut for some, for the uninitiated the cramped underpass can feel like “making a run on the Death Star exhaust port.” What all can agree on is that the tunnel has a mystic vibe, “a world in itself” wrote the Chicago Tribune in 1962, “a forest of concrete pillars.”

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Supreme Court unanimously rules against policing for profit.

At oral arguments in November, multiple justices seemed incredulous that Indiana even raised that argument. “Here we are in 2018, still litigating incorporation of the Bill of Rights,” Justice Neil Gorsuch scoffed to Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher. “Really? Come on, General.” And on Wednesday, every justice agreed that the 14th Amendment applies the guarantee against excessive fines to the states.

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A Star’s Shoe Breaks, Putting College Basketball Under a Microscope

A decision in a federal class-action lawsuit challenging N.C.A.A. restrictions on compensation is expected any day.

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