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  • 4 days ago
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    Bill Nye's Open Letter to President Donald Trump

    Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society, and our Board of Directors present five recommendations to the Trump administration as it contemplates the future of the U.S. space program.

  • 5 days ago
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    Syrian army says it has shot down Israeli jet

    The Syrian army has said it shot down an Israeli jet, which it claimed had attacked a military target near Palmyra. Israel said all its aircraft returned unscathed. The Syrian army high command said the jet was struck by an anti-aircraft missile after it had flown back into Israeli-controlled territory. It said it was one of four planes which "penetrated our air space at 2.40am (12.30 GMT) via Lebanese territory".

  • 9 days ago
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    China’s Coal Consumption Declines Despite Increasing Energy Consumption

    New figures published by China’s National Burea of Statistics show that while the country’s total energy consumption increased by 1.4% in 2016, the country’s coal consumption declined by 4.7%. Following China’s use of coal and the country’s corresponding carbon dioxide emission levels has been a pet project for me over the last few years, in the face of growing apathy in western countries for environmental and climate issues. Over the last few years, China has made more significant and...

  • 9 days ago
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    Tech company proposes edible drone to solve world hunger

    A British company called Windhorse Aerospace thinks it’s figured out the key to solving humanitarian crises: edible drones. Its unmanned Pouncer prototype that’s currently in the works will have a wingspan of nine feet and be constructed of various “foodstuff” to drop supplies and then itself into territories in need of aid. This drone could be built of honeycomb or compressed vegetables, with salami serving as the landing gear, according to a new interview in the Financial Times. Why sa...

  • 11 days ago
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    Too few earners being asked to carry the ever-increasing burden of financing the State

    In the last few days, the Government has begun rolling out increases in social welfare payments for 1.3 million people. Payments, like the pension and the dole, are going up by €5 a week, in what will cost €301m. Increases for pensioners are justified on the basis that they have lived through periods of hyper inflation, punishing income tax rates and sky-high mortgage interest rates. It will help them to live with dignity and independence.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Barcelona mounts massive comeback to oust PSG from Champions League

    Barcelona is the first team ever to overturn a 4-0 first-leg defeat since the Champions League format started in the 1992-93 season

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Dade City zoo ordered to stop letting tourists swim with tigers

    The United States Department of Agriculture has ordered Dade City's Wild Things to end its tiger cub swimming encounters and pay a $21,000 fine for exposing the animals to "rough or excessive public handling." The order, issued Feb. 15 and effective March 22, found the zoo's swim program broke the law when it allowed tigers to be harmed during handling and exposed people to dangerous conditions four times between September 2011 and October 2012.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Theater Cancels 'Beauty and the Beast' Due to Gay Character

    An Alabama theater has canceled its plan to screen Disney’s Beauty and the Beast due to the inclusion of a gay character. The new owners of the Henagar Drive-In theater alerted its customers via Facebook that they have decided to not screen the film as previously planned after reports surfaced this week confirming the live-action remake’s version of LeFou (Josh Gad) is gay.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Amazon refusing to hand over data on whether Alexa overheard a murder

    Amazon is balking at a search warrant seeking cloud-stored data from its Alexa Voice Service. Arkansas authorities want to examine the recorded voice and transcription data as part of a murder investigation. Among other things, the Seattle company claims that the recorded data from an Amazon Echo near a murder scene is protected by the First Amendment, as are the responses from the voice assistant itself.

  • 1 month ago
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    India Using $1.8 billion of its Coal Tax Money to Fund Renewable Energy Projects

    India is using 1.8 billion of its coal tax fund to invest in renewable energy projects. The tax was collected from fossil fuel companies on every ton of coal mined in, or imported to, India between 2010 and 2016. India wants to quadruple its electricity generating capacity from renewable sources to 175 GW by 2022. It also plans to reduce emissions up to 35 percent by 2030.

  • 1 month ago
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    "We Won't Block Pirate Bay," Swedish Telecoms Giant Says

    Last week's landmark ruling compelling a Swedish ISP to block The Pirate Bay won't spread quickly, despite copyright holders' wishes. Telecoms giant Telia says that the ruling does not apply to them, so connectivity to the site will continue unless a court orders otherwise. Copyright holders are assessing their options.

  • 1 month ago
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    Marmite owner Unilever rejects Kraft takeover bid

    Unilever, whose brands include Marmite and PG Tips, has strongly rejected a takeover bid from US giant Kraft Heinz. The UK-based household goods maker said it saw "no merit, either financial or strategic" in Kraft's offer, worth about $143bn (£115bn). But Kraft, which makes Heinz ketchup, indicated it would continue working on a deal, sending shares in Unilever surging more than 11%. The deal would be one of the biggest in corporate history.

  • 1 month ago
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    Claims of Frankfurt mass sexual assaults by refugees were made up, say German police

    Prosecutors are investigating two people for allegedly fabricating an account of a mass sex attack by Arab migrants in Frankfurt. Claims that a “sex rioting mob” of around 50 men assaulted a group of women over the new year were reported by German tabloid Bild earlier this month.

  • 1 month ago
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    Starbucks to hire 10,000 refugees across the world after Donald Trump's travel ban

    Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz wrote a letter to his employees stating that he has deep concerns about Trump's ban, but a resolute promise for the refugees.

  • 1 month ago
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    Mexico's president: I 'reject' US decision to build the wall and we will not pay for it

    Mexico's president says he rejects the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to build a border wall and repeated that his country would not pay for it. President Enrique Pena Nieto did not address reports that he was considering" canceling next week's visit to Washington following Trump's order to begin construction of the wall between the two countries. In a recorded address televised nationally, Pena Nieto said "I regret and reject the decision of the US to build the...

  • 1 month ago
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    Donald Trump is going to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants

    Donald Trump has ordered his new administration to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants. The US President’s sweeping new executive order on immigration, which he signed on the fifth day of his presidency, includes a paragraph mandating the Secretary for Homeland Security to “make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens” in the US. The list will also include details of so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to hand over immigrant resi...

  • 1 month ago
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    Angela Merkel just made a public dig against Trump

    Angela Merkel has taken an indirect dig at Donald Trump by urging people to use "facts instead of fakes". The German chancellor made the remarks while speaking at a reception at the Federal Chancellery on Monday. “There needs to be an understanding of persuading people with facts instead of fakes,” Ms Merkel said, according to a translation from The Local.