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  • 11 days ago
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    VW investors seek $11 billion damages over dieselgate scandal

    Investors took Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) to court on Monday to seek compensation for the hit to the carmaker’s share price from its diesel emissions scandal, with plaintiffs holding out hopes for billions of dollars in damages. Shareholders representing 1,670 claims are seeking 9.2 billion euros ($10.7 billion) in damages over the scandal, which broke in September 2015 and has cost Volkswagen (VW) 27.4 billion euros in penalties and fines so far.

  • 11 days ago
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    US presidential hopeful: Free money can help save the country from jobs lost to robots

    Entrepreneur Andrew Yang is running for U.S. president, and he's made the robot revolution a central pillar of his election campaign for the 2020 race. Yang is the founder of Venture for America, a nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs create jobs, and he was previously the CEO of education firm Manhattan Prep. A Democrat, he has said the rise of automation and artificial intelligence will soon render millions of American jobs obsolete. To prevent widespread unemployment, he's proposing m...

  • 12 days ago
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    Stay safe out there if you live nearby.

  • 12 days ago
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    Hurricane Florence on track to hit East Coast as a major storm

    Hurricane Florence has been upgraded for the second time Monday and is now a Category 4 storm, the National Hurricane Center said. Florence has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph and is expected to continue growing as it heads toward the US East Coast.

  • 12 days ago
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    Michigan man, already stripped of citizenship, is extradited to Bosnia-Herzegovena to face war crimes trial

    A Michigan man is no longer on American soil after he was extradited back to his native Bosnia-Herzegovina to face 1994 war crimes, Newsweek has learned. Last Friday, Alexander Kneginich, now 58, was flown back to the war-torn country after a federal judge, honoring a 2001 warrant from Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina, naming him as an abettor in the slayings of three Muslim men on the early morning of March 31, 1994, agreed to send him back, a Western District of Michigan federal court official c...

  • 12 days ago
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    Facial recognition touted as 'user friendly' system for airports

    As facial recognition technology use generates intense scrutiny, a new system unveiled at Washington's Dulles airport is being touted as a "user friendly" way to help ease congestion for air travelers.

  • 13 days ago
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    Report: Air Force Not Sure What to Do About Elon Musk Smoking Weed

    Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk added yet another wearying episode to our multi-month-long Musk news cycle this week by smoking weed on camera with podcast host Joe Rogan, sending Tesla’s stock tumbling and triggering yet more speculation about his capacity to serve as CEO. But the episode may have bigger ramifications over at SpaceX, which is a federal contractor and privy to classified information like the details of government satellites.

  • 13 days ago
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    Wikipedia seeks photos of 20 million artifacts lost in Brazilian museum fire

    Wikipedia is fighting to preserve the memories of the 20 million artifacts lost in Sunday's Brazilian museum fire. The Museu Nacional in Rio -- one of the largest museums in the Americas -- was consumed by fire and irreplaceable objects like the oldest human fossil found in Brazil and a 5.5-ton meteorite found in 1784 are believed to have been lost.

  • 13 days ago
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    The End of Time

    This is the image of time that is familiar to us: something that flows uniformly and equally throughout the universe, in the course of which all things happen. A present that exists throughout the cosmos, a “now” that constitutes reality. The past for everyone is fixed, is gone, having already happened. The future is open, yet to be determined. Reality flows from the past, through the present, toward the future—and the evolution of things between past and future is intrinsically asymmetric...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Sweden has seen a rise in reports of child and forced marriages

    Sweden has seen a rise in reports of child and forced marriages, according to a hotline established by the County Administrative Board in Östergötland County, located in southeastern Sweden. At least 130 phone calls were made in 2018 to a support hotline that seeks to help children and young people who have been forced into marriage. This is a massive increase compared with the 101 calls that were made between 2014 and 2018, according to Swedish public broadcaster SVT.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Economy adds more jobs than expected in August, and wage growth hits post-recession high

    Long-awaited wage growth posted its biggest increase of the economic recovery in August while payroll gains beat expectations and the unemployment rate held near a generational low of 3.9 percent, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report Friday. Average hourly earnings rose 2.9 percent for the month on an annualized basis, while nonfarm payrolls grew by 201,000. Economists surveyed by Reuters had been expecting earnings to rise 2.7 percent, payrolls to increase by 191,000 and the jobless...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Ancient farmers spared us from glaciers but profoundly changed Earth's climate

    Millenia ago, ancient farmers cleared land to plant wheat and maize, potatoes and squash. They flooded fields to grow rice. They began to raise livestock. And unknowingly, they may have been fundamentally altering the climate of the Earth.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    The Confirmation Bias: Why People Only See What They Want to See

    The confirmation bias is a cognitive bias that causes people to search for, favor, interpret, and recall information in a way that confirms their preexisting beliefs. This bias is widely prevalent in many areas of life, and has a powerful influence on the way people make decisions and shape their beliefs. In the following article, you will learn more about the confirmation bias, about why people experience it, and about how it relates to other cognitive biases. Then, you will see what you can do...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Genoa Bridge Collapse: The Road to Tragedy

    The New York Times has reconstructed how the disaster happened, from beginning to end.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    A 28-year-old MIT graduate has created a leak-detecting robot that could eliminate some of the 2 trillion gallons of wasted drinking water annually

    When You Wu was growing up in China, officials would shut off water to his community for half a day each week in the name of conservation. The experience contributed to Wu's interest in the scarcity of water, which he chose to study more in-depth after moving to the United States 10 years ago. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate, now 28, has developed a robot that can find leaks in water pipes. As the robot moves with the water through a pipe, its "hands" touch the ...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    New insights on pesticide exposure and autism

    Pregnant women with high levels of DDT in their blood are more likely to have children who develop autism, according to NIEHS grantees.