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  • 13 days ago
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    Terminally ill man loses right-to-die case

    A terminally ill man has lost his High Court challenge against the law on assisted dying. Noel Conway, 67, from Shrewsbury, who has motor neurone disease, wanted a doctor to be allowed to prescribe a lethal dose when his health deteriorates. Currently any doctor helping him to die would face up to 14 years in prison. His lawyers had argued he faced a stark choice, which was unfair and the law needed to change.

  • 13 days ago
    Current Event weekendhobo

    Dollar hits 10-week highs, U.S. yields jump on strong wages data

    The dollar rose to its strongest in 10 weeks on Friday and short-dated U.S. Treasury yields climbed to a nine-year high, after data showing the largest gain in U.S. wages since December 2016 bolstered bets on an interest rate hike by year-end. U.S. two-year yields hit their highest since October 2008 at 1.52 percent US2YT=RR, as U.S. bonds led a sell-off in world bond markets.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Elon Musk Suggests That Tesla Could Rebuild Puerto Rico's Electricity System With Solar And Batteries

    Puerto Rico hasn't had a great time of it recently, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria large portions of the country's power infrastructure is in disarray. A lot of effort has been done to provide aid, particularly from Elon Musk who had Tesla ship solar panels and Powerwall batteries to bring power back to the population.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    'Just like Jurassic Park': Alaska man woken by lynx kittens crashing his deck

    Tim Newton got out of bed, slipped into his Crocs and trudged over to his window. It was just before dawn on a Tuesday, when something woke him up. That wasn't unusual. His home — located near a state park in the outskirts of Anchorage, Alaska — has attracted quite a few furry creatures over the years from moose to bulls. Once, he was woken up by a black bear on his deck. "I heard this patter of feet racing around on the deck. I thought, 'Well, that isn't a bear. What the...

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event weekendhobo

    98-Year-Old Man Clears Masters Exam In Economics In Bihar

    In what could be a first of its kind, 98-year-old Raj Kumar Vaishya has passed the MA (economics) examination from Patna's Nalanda Open University (NOU) with a second division. Mr Vaishya, who graduated in 1938, expressed his delight on Tuesday at this achievement.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Expression weekendhobo

    ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ deserves better than CBS’s streaming service

    I've been a Star Trek fan my entire life. It goes without saying, then, that I was eagerly anticipating the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery. Even through the myriad production delays and the departure of key behind-the-scenes staff, I remained optimistic. The casting was good. The promo images were good. The trailer was good. Now the first two episodes have arrived, and the question remains: Just how good is Star Trek: Discovery?

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Outrage as children of dead ISIS fighters to be resettled in Australia

    Australians have been left outraged after it was announced 70 children of ISIS fighters could be returning to the country as the terror organisation begins to disintegrate. Justice Minister Michael Keenan told Fairfax the children would be given counselling and welfare, and their transitions would be closely monitored, but for many it was not enough to allay their fears.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Lewis Hamilton grateful for Sebastian Vettel 'weaknesses' in 2017

    Lewis Hamilton says he is enjoying his battle with Sebastian Vettel more than ever, but admits it is "great to see some weaknesses" in the four-time world champion as the 2017 title battle intensifies. After securing a hat-trick of victories since F1's summer break, Hamilton has turned a 14-point championship deficit into a 28-point advantage with just six rounds remaining - making the most of Vettel's potentially decisive retirement at the last race in Singapore.

  • 1 month ago
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    A Five-Year Basic Income Experiment is Finally Happening in the US: $2,000 a Month

    Y Combinator, the Silicon Valley technology startup-incubator that’s that offered early funding for Airbnb, Reddit, Genius, Twitch, and Dropbox, among others, has its eyes on a backing an even bigger potential disruption: basic income. This week, the company announced that its year-long feasibility study on basic income, using a few dozen people in Oakland, California, had come to an end. Its next logical step is altogether more ambitious...

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event weekendhobo

    Study: Flint water killed unborn babies; many moms who drank it couldn't get pregnant

    The city of Flint saw fewer pregnancies, and a higher number of fetal deaths, during the period women and their fetuses were exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water, according to a new research study that reviewed health records from Flint and the state. Fertility rates decreased by 12% among Flint women, and fetal death rates increased by 58%, after April 2014...

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event weekendhobo

    John Oliver’s ‘Last Week Tonight’ Renewed by HBO

    HBO has renewed “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” through 2020. The renewal for Oliver comes a week after HBO extended its another comedy-current events show, “Real Time With Bill Maher,” through 2020. “Last Week Tonight” debuted on HBO in 2014, and has drawn strong critical praise since for its host’s satirical take on news, politics, and cultural issues. The show has been nominated for eight Primetime Emmy awards, and won two Creative Arts Emmys last weekend. Last year it won ...

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event weekendhobo

    North Korea threatens 'pain and suffering' ahead of UN sanctions vote

    North Korea has warned the United States that it will pay a "due price" if harsh sanctions against the country are agreed at a United Nations Security Council meeting on Monday. North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on state media that if the US "does rig up the illegal and unlawful 'resolution'" it would respond in kind.

  • 1 month ago
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    An Entirely New Type of Quantum Computing Has Been Invented

    Australian researchers have found a breakthrough in manufacture of quantum computer. As the basic building blocks, this new type of qubit is able to facilitate large scale production of a quantum computer. However, the research is not one of its kind as far as manufacture of quantum computers is concerned. There are several ways to make one of these high-tech computers. Some may take up a few square feet, but to manufacture on a large-scale may requires thousands of square feet.

  • 1 month ago
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    Here’s Vladimir Putin’s weirdly on-point analysis of North Korea

    It’s strange to think of Russian President Vladimir Putin as a reliable source when it comes to geopolitical analysis. Yet when Putin talked about the US-North Korea nuclear standoff in a press conference on Thursday night, his assessment of the situation matched far more closely with what you hear from US experts on North Korea than anything that the Trump administration has said. Putin’s core point is that the central strategy of US policy under Trump, Obama, and Bush — attempting to pre...

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event weekendhobo

    Why Pro-Net Neutrality is not Anti-Free Market

    It feels like it’s been months, rather than years, since the tech community last banded together in support of net neutrality, and achieved an unprecedented victory over broadband providers. And yet, once again, we are forced to fight for a more free, more fair internet, one where internet providers can’t use their positions in the market to crush competing services we use every day.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event weekendhobo

    Millions missing in Chinese visa fraud racket

    Teddy Junus – a wealthy north shore businessman who boasted of networking with Tony Abbott, Andrew Robb and Kevin Rudd – is accused of rorting the system for subclass 457 and 163 visas, taking between $15,000 and $310,000 from dozens of hopeful migrants, most of whom were left with nothing.

  • 1 month ago
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    Supreme Court asked to nullify the Google trademark

    Is the term "google" too generic and therefore unworthy of its trademark protection? That's the question before the US Supreme Court. Words like teleprompter, thermos, hoover, aspirin, and videotape were once trademarked. They lost the status after their names became too generic and fell victim to what is known as "genericide."