Lake Erie Houses Were Virtually Ice Sculptures Last Week. Now They’re Swamped

The surreal landscape of Hamburg, New York, last week can be seen in the slideshow above: homes completely encased in ice, doors and windows sealed, trees turned white by icicles. 

The homes along Lake Erie received more than 48 hours of winds whipping at 40 to 60 mph along the shoreline, creating huge waves that froze the instant they hit the coastal structures.

UK: Beatles guitar valued at £400,000 on Antiques Roadshow

A “strange” guitar formerly owned by Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison has been valued at up to £400,000 on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

The prototype fretless guitar, made in the 1960s, appeared in Sunday’s show.

UN’s former climate chief says now is the time for global ‘civil disobedience’ to combat greed

Costa Rican diplomat and former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres is telling people across the globe that the time is now for civil disobedience in service of our planet. In her new book, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis, Figueres, along with Tom Rivett-Carnac writes that while people must get out to vote and push their elected officials to make big moves to combat climate change, it is also time to hit the streets.

Coming out as Dalit: how one Indian author finally embraced her identity

Pretending not to be a Dalit took a heavy toll on the young Yashica Dutt.

Her mother, Shashi, was so determined to protect her three children from the discrimination of the Hindu caste system that relegates Dalits to the periphery of society that she pretended the family were Brahmin.