The Surprising Environmental Impact of Tiny Electric Vehicles Compared to Cars

In Darbhanga, a new acid-battery rickshaw is selling for around 175,000 rupees, or $2,100, which is half the price of a new rickshaw powered by natural gas. Charging the battery costs 20 rupees (25 cents), one-fourth of the price of filling a gas tank. The rebates are working, as Reliance Industries, India’s biggest company, is converting its three-wheeled cargo vehicles from gas to electric. Food delivery services are also going electric as quickly as possible. Chetan Maini, whose company Sun Mobility builds charging infrastructure, said business was growing fast and battery prices are dropping, helping to push down the cost of electric two- and three-wheelers. In Darbhanga, around 200 electric rickshaws are sold a month, and in two years, electric rickshaws are expected to dominate the streets. Darbhanga, with a population of 300,000 people, is considered a sleepy town by Indian standards, but it is not quiet. Loudspeakers blast music from temples and advertising jingles from open-air shops, while horns honk and engines sputter. In that soundscape, Mr. Rai’s purring electric rickshaw is a relative rarity, one that delighted a recent passenger, a retired teacher named Satyen Vir Jha.

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Moms Managing Girl Influencers: A Marketplace Stalked by Men

Elissa began receiving threatening messages early last year from a person calling themselves “Instamodelfan” targeting her daughter’s Instagram account. Despite having over 100,000 followers, the account has been under scrutiny for potentially exploiting children in exchange for money. However, the issue runs deeper than that. Research from The New York Times found that the platform […]

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Insights from The Times’s Investigation of Child Influencers

Instagram maintains the 13-year-old minimum age for accounts, but parents can take control, largely for their daughters’ ambitions to become influencers. Parents initiate their child’s modeling career or gain favor from clothing brands, but a dark subculture emerges, controlled by men attracted to minors, as per The New York Times. The emergence of mom-run profiles […]

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Rising Threat: China’s Growing Cyber Espionage and the New Vulnerability

Beijing’s Networks Expanding Hacking Efforts China has spread its hacking reach with new tools that exploit computer vulnerabilities and a network of contracted vendors. The large scale of China’s hacking operations poses a significant threat, with the FBI reporting China’s hacking program to be larger than all major nations combined. The U.S. has tracked consistent […]

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