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  • 3 days ago
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    Technology Hijacking Your Brain and Killing Your IQ

    How often does technology interrupt us from what we really mean to be doing? At work and at home, we spend a startling amount of time distracted by notifications and pop-ups. Instead of helping us spend our time well, it often feels like tech is stealing hours away from us. Why does it take place? Because in the world overloaded with data, our attention is the major good that advertising companies want to sell and brands want to buy.

  • 6 days ago
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    Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it?

    When the drugs came, they hit all at once. It was the 80s, and by the time one in 10 people had slipped into the depths of heroin use – bankers, university students, carpenters, socialites, miners – Portugal was in a state of panic. Álvaro Pereira was working as a family doctor in Olhão in southern Portugal. “People were injecting themselves in the street, in public squares, in gardens,” he told me. “At that time, not a day passed when there wasn’t a robbery at a local business, or a mugging.”

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Ice delays trains as cold snap continues

    Icy conditions caused train delays of up to 90 minutes on Saturday, after temperatures dropped below freezing in parts of the country overnight. Network Rail said some Southern, Gatwick Express and Thameslink lines were forced to run at reduced speeds. South Western Railway also warned of delays due to ice, which came on top of planned weekend engineering works. Temperatures fell to lows of -5.2C in Yorkshire, as forecasters said the wintry weather looked set to continue.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Dead stuntman’s family receives HK$5.8m donation from Jet Li

    Stuntman Liu Kun was a double for Jet Li during filming for ‘The Expendables 2’ in Bulgaria in 2011. — AFP picHONG KONG, Aug 9 — Jet Li has donated HK$5.8 million (RM3.17 million) to the family of his stunt double, Liu Kun, who was killed on the set of The Expendables 2 in 2011. While there has been no official comment, Hong Kong entertainment sites reported that the martial arts star had intended for the donation to remain a private one.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    China Isn't Winning the Race for Space

    By the middle of the century, nuclear-powered Chinese shuttles will regularly ply interplanetary space, carrying workers between mining colonies on distant planets and asteroids. If that, like much else published on the front page of the People's Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party, sounds like propaganda, remember that China has in barely two decades built up what's arguably the world's second-most-advanced space program, after America's. U.S. strategists wa...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    When Unpaid Student Loan Bills Mean You Can No Longer Work

    Fall behind on your student loan payments, lose your job. Few people realize that the loans they take out to pay for their education could eventually derail their careers. But in 19 states, government agencies can seize state-issued professional licenses from residents who default on their educational debts. Another state, South Dakota, suspends driver’s licenses, making it nearly impossible for people to get to work.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    A broken heart can cause as much damage as a heart attack

    Severe emotional stress can prompt a sudden heart condition that poses the same sort of long-term damage as a heart attack, new research has found. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy – or “broken heart syndrome” - affects at least 3,000 people in the UK and is typically triggered by traumatic life events such as bereavement. During an attack, the heart muscle weakens to the point where it can no longer function as effectively.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Fox News' Shepherd Smith debunks his network's Hillary Clinton 'scandal' story, infuriates viewers

    Fox News anchor Shepherd Smith debunked what his own network has called the Hillary Clinton uranium “scandal,” infuriating Fox viewers, some of whom suggested that he ought go work for CNN or MSNBC. Smith’s critique, which called President Trump’s accusations against Clinton “inaccurate,” was triggered by renewed calls from Republicans on Capitol Hill for a special counsel to investigate Clinton.

  • 1 month ago
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    Louis C.K. breaks silence in lengthy statement: 'These stories are true'

    Louis C.K broke his silence on the sexual misconduct allegations made against him by five women with a lengthy statement Friday. Below is his statement to EW that he requested to be posted in its entirety...

  • 1 month ago
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    Cattle ranchers sue to return country-of-origin labeling

    Ranchers on Monday sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture, seeking to force meat to again be labeled if it's produced in other countries and imported to the United States. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Spokane, seeks to overturn a March 2016 decision by the Department of Agriculture to revoke regulations requiring imported meat products to be labeled with their country of origin. That change allowed imported meat to be sold as U.S. products, the lawsuit said.

  • 1 month ago
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    China has shut down up to 40% of its factories in an unprecedented stand against pollution

    China is in the midst of an all-out blitz on polluters flouting emissions standards, closing tens of thousands of factories in a massive effort to address the nation’s catastrophic pollution problems. Estimates of the crackdown suggest as much as 40 percent of China’s factories have been temporarily closed by safety inspectors, with officials from more than 80,000 factories charged with criminal offences for breaching emissions limits over the past year.

  • 1 month ago
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    Neil DeGrasse Tyson Accused of Raping a Former Student

    Since the downfall of Harvey Weinstein, the movie producer who has been accused of sexual harassment or assault by more than 40 women, people all around the world have come forward to call out abuse by men in power. The most recent name on that list is popular astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson.

  • 1 month ago
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    Wife 'blacked out' as parachute failed

    The wife of an Army sergeant accused of trying to kill her told a court "everything went black" as she struggled with her failing parachute. Victoria Cilliers, 40, suffered multiple injuries in a 4,000ft near-fatal fall at Netheravon Airfield, Wiltshire, in April 2015. Emile Cilliers, 37, denies two counts of attempted murder. His former army officer wife told Winchester Crown Court she was forced to cut away the main parachute.

  • 1 month ago
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    Could Marvel Studios One-Shots Make A Comeback? Here’s What We Know

    While Marvel Studios films and television shows continue to flesh out the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one initiative that has gone by the wayside is the company's One-Shots program. Beginning back in 2011 and including titles like The Consultant, Item 47, and Agent Carter, the series of shorts was used to both fill gaps in the continuity and tell stories that couldn't really be told on the big screen. Sadly, they stopped being made after the Ben Kingsley-starring All Hail The King in 20...

  • 1 month ago
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    Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis crashes University of Cambridge website after it is made available for first time 

    Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis has caused the University of Cambridge's website to crash after being made freely available to the general public for the first time. Professor Hawking's 1966 thesis "Properties of expanding universes" was made openly accessible on the publications section of university's website just after midnight on Monday.

  • 1 month ago
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    Wounded casino security guard vanishes from Las Vegas — and surfaces on the set of 'Ellen'

    The mystery is over: Las Vegas security guard Jesus Campos has been found. On the set of “Ellen.” On Wednesday, Ellen DeGeneres’ television talk show is expected to broadcast the much-anticipated first interview with the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino security guard, who was the first shooting victim in the Oct. 1 massacre in Las Vegas. DeGeneres tweeted a photo of Campos holding a cane on the set Tuesday alongside maintenance engineer Stephen Schuck, who was also shot at by the gunman on ...