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Netflix figures and strike | A whole house, built in one day | And 2 billion euros to the environment

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An entire house, built in one day. Sounds too good to be true? There are already 8 of these StartBlocks in Emmeloord. A house of 50m2, which only needs to be put on the foundation and connected to electricity and sewage. And that for an average of 160,000 euros.

Netflix releases third quarter figures. And, no doubt not coincidentally, at the same time, the streaming giant is on strike. A group of transgender employees are laying down their jobs over statements in a new show by comedian David Chappelle that they believe testify to transphobia.

Dutch companies invested more than two billion euros in environmental facilities last year. That seems like a lot, but all those windmills, solar parks and wastewater treatment plants together make up only 14 percent of the total investments that the companies made in 2020.

Does Boyan Slat’s improved plastic vacuum cleaner work? After 12 weeks of battling the plastic soup in the Pacific Ocean, the showpiece of the Ocean Cleanup comes back ashore in Canada. Slat then provides text and explanations about the operation of the device.

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People entitled to social assistance may live together in Tilburg without their benefit being reduced. As far as we know, it is the first municipality where such a test is carried out.

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The Dutch pension system is even better than last year, and yet we are no longer the best in the world. The Icelanders have surpassed us.

And you may have missed this last night: Large and small investors can now invest in bitcoin without actually owning the cryptocurrency themselves. A decision by the US stock watchdog SEC makes that possible.

This could come along at the coffee machine:

  • Charging cables lying around on the sidewalk, a real problem these days
  • Less stress for the passenger and more trains on time thanks to the NS countdown clock?
  • Still a bit crazy: the largest plane in the world is being used this month for a flight of barely an hour
  • For a wood stove you now tap twice as much on Marktplaats as before

Good day!

ps The gas prices that are currently exploding teach us three important lessons for the energy transition, writes columnist Hyung-Ja de Zeeuw.

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