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  • 1 day ago
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    Coronavirus: Wuhan to quarantine all cured patients after some test positive

    The authorities in Wuhan on Saturday introduced 14 days’ mandatory quarantine for recovered coronavirus patients, after some discharged patients again tested positive. From Saturday, all patients who had recovered and been discharged had to be sent to designated places for two weeks of quarantine and medical observation, the city’s coronavirus treatment and control command centre said on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.

  • 1 day ago
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    Daredevil dies after crash-landing rocket

    A US daredevil pilot has been killed during an attempted launch of a homemade rocket in the Californian desert. "Mad" Mike Hughes, 64, crash-landed his steam-powered rocket shortly after take-off near Barstow on Saturday. A video on social media shows a rocket being fired into the sky before plummeting to the ground nearby.

  • 2 days ago
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    January was warmest on record for the globe

    We’re off to a hot start in 2020, with January setting a new mark as the warmest instance of that month on record for the globe. And as NOAA pointed out in its monthly summary released Thursday, that occurred without the warming influence of an El Niño in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, where conditions remain neutral.

  • 5 days ago
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    UK to close door to non-English speakers and unskilled workers

    Britain is to close its borders to unskilled workers and those who can’t speak English as part of a fundamental overhaul of immigration laws that will end the era of cheap EU labour in factories, warehouses, hotels and restaurants. Unveiling its Australian-style points system on Wednesday, the government will say it is grasping a unique opportunity to take “full control” of British borders “for the first time in decades” and eliminate the “distortion” caused by EU freedom of movement.

  • 5 days ago
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    The US closes big sale of $40 million Bitcoin

    The United States Marshals Service (USMS) is closing its auction of 4,041 Bitcoin (currently worth over $40 million) previously forfeited in dozens of various federal criminal, civil and administrative cases. The winning bidders have until 2:00 PM EST today to wire purchase funds to the USMS—or risk being disqualified.

  • 6 days ago
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    Sources: YouTube’s Deal With Activision Blizzard Valued At $160M

    YouTube's media-rights deal with Activision Blizzard Esports is valued at around $160M USD over three years, according to people briefed

  • 8 days ago
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    Mandatory reporting laws for religious institutions come into effect

    Laws requiring clergy to report child abuse to authorities — even if it's heard in the confession box — will come into effect on Monday, ending the "special treatment" for Victoria's religious institutions. The seal has now been lifted for the suspected sexual abuse of children, with spiritual and religious leaders required to report the abuse or face up to three years in prison.

  • 8 days ago
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    You can now buy a dog collar that will swear every time your dog barks

    For every treat your good boy deserved but didn't get, for every itch that you didn't scratch, your dog can now vent out all its frustration in cuss words. For $60, the Cuss Collar, which fastens around a dog's neck, will spit out a swear word every time your dog barks. It's currently sold out, but those who are in desperate need to have their dog swearing like a sailor can sign up for details on its next drop by texting the number listed on the website.

  • 12 days ago
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    Parasite is rolling out to 2,000 more theaters

    Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite made history at the Oscars on Sunday, becoming the first international film to win Best Picture (it also won Best International film, naturally, as well as Best Director and Best Original Screenplay).

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Mr Jones film highlights Welsh 'unknown hero'

    James Norton plays Gareth Jones, a journalist who reported on Ukraine's famine in 1933. A new film about Welsh journalist Gareth Jones aims to highlight Wales' "unknown hero", its director has said. Mr Jones stars James Norton as the reporter exposing a man-made famine in 1930s Ukraine.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Microsoft’s Game Stack chief: The next generation of games and game development

    James Gwertzman started PlayFab to provide cloud-based tools and services for game developers, offloading the server infrastructure grunt work so developers could focus on games. In 2018, Microsoft bought PlayFab and integrated it into its Azure cloud services and renamed it Microsoft Game Stack. Now Gwertzman serves as general manager of Microsoft Game Stack, which continues to simplify cloud gaming services for developers.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    'Greta effect' spurring UK children's online activism, Ofcom says

    Survey also finds more parents feel internet carries more risks than benefits for young people

  • 3 weeks ago
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    EA Teases More Switch Games Are Coming

    During the Electronic Arts earnings call today, management shared an update on the company's stance on supporting the Nintendo Switch. So far, EA has only released 5 games on Switch, including FIFA 18, FIFA 19, FIFA 20, Unravel Two, and Fe. But looking ahead, can fans expect more releases on Switch.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Nintendo Has "No Plans" To Release A New Switch Model This Year

    Despite ongoing rumours about a pro model Switch arriving at some point this year, Nintendo hasn't said anything about it. If it does exist, though, don't expect it to be released anytime soon. During the company's latest financial results briefing today, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said there were "no plans" to launch a new Switch model in 2020.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data

    An Avast antivirus subsidiary sells 'Every search. Every click. Every buy. On every site.' Its clients have included Home Depot, Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, and McKinsey.

  • 1 month ago
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    Could Psychopaths Have a Cerebral Advantage ?

    There are a few things we take for granted in social interactions with people. We presume that we see the world in roughly the same way, that we all know certain basic facts, that words mean the same things to you as they do to me. And we assume that we have pretty similar ideas of right and wrong.

  • 1 month ago
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    Australia faces falling inflows even as demand for water grows

    Reservoirs across the country are recording reduced inflows as the climate warms and dries, which is likely to force cities to bolster the security of water supplies.

  • 1 month ago
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    Greta Thunberg Addresses Global Elite at Davos: Our House Is Still on Fire

    The 17-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered a speech Tuesday to the world leaders and global elite gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, one year after she first condemned the forum for its inaction on climate change. “We don’t need a 'low-carbon economy.' We don’t need to 'lower emissions.' Our emissions have to stop,” Thunberg said. “And until we have the technologies that at scale can put our emissions to minus, then ...

  • 1 month ago
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    Solitary confinement is bad for the heart too

    Solitary confinement does little to rehabilitate inmates, is extremely expensive (where the average per-cell cost is $75,000), and exacerbates health problems — yet the American prison system is over-reliant on solitary confinement. In fact, a 2018 report found that, 61,000 individuals were being held in solitary confinement across the US. While the living conditions in such units are known to be associated with adverse health outcomes, we still don’t understand the lifetime cardiovascular b...

  • 1 month ago
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    Why there's more to the anti-vaxxing narrative than meets the eye

    One recent morning in northwest London, a group of mothers and toddlers met up in a terraced house on a quiet road. Over fruit and biscuits, they discussed the weather, breastfeeding older children, and the fact that they all refuse to vaccinate their children. The parents are part of Arnica, which brands itself as a “natural health” group for parents concerned about mainstream medicine. Arnica has a Facebook group with 37,000 members, nearly four times what it was five years ago, and has be...