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    If a nuclear bomb explodes nearby, here's why you should never, ever get in a car

    The first thing you'd see if a nuclear bomb exploded nearby is a flood of light so bright, you may think the sun blew up. Wincing from temporary blindness, you'd scan the horizon and see an orange fireball. The gurgling flames would rise and darken into a purple-hued column of black smoke, which would turn in on itself. As a toadstool-like mushroom took shape, the deafening shock front of the blast would rip through the area — and possibly knock you off your feet.

  • 3 days ago
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    Wondering What Happened to Your Class Valedictorian? Not Much, Research Shows

    What becomes of high school valedictorians? It’s what every parent wishes their teenager to be. Mom says study hard and you’ll do well. And very often Mom is right. But not always. Karen Arnold, a researcher at Boston College, followed 81 high school valedictorians and salutatorians from graduation onward to see what becomes of those who lead the academic pack. Of the 95 percent who went on to graduate college, their average GPA was 3.6...

  • 6 days ago
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    The world’s largest wind turbines are towering skyscrapers in the sea

    The engineers responsible for maintaining the hardware at the Burbo Bank wind farm, off the northwest coast of England, will need a head for heights. Standing 195 meters tall, these are the tallest wind turbines in commercial use on the planet.

  • 13 days ago
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    With no currency of their own, Palestinians eye 'bitcoin' as alternative to Israeli cash

    Head of Palestinian 'central bank' eyes bitcoin-style digital money: 'If we print currency, we'll need clearance from the Israelis'

  • 2 weeks ago
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    British man who tried to kill Donald Trump says 'voices told me to do it'

    A British man who was jailed for trying to shoot Donald Trump has said he heard voices in his head saying: “Kill him”. Michael Sandford, 21, attempted to snatch a policeman’s gun at a rally ahead of last year’s US presidential election. Now back in the UK, after serving nearly five months of a year-long sentence, he has admitted he was suffering from auditory hallucinations at the time of the incident.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Amazon enables free calls and messages on all Echo devices with Alexa Calling

    Amazon may have flopped with the Fire Phone, but don’t count it out of the telephony game just yet. Alongside Amazon unveiling its newest Echo device earlier today — the Echo Show with a seven-inch video screen — the company also announced Alexa Calling, free voice calls and messaging services that you use through all Echo devices (not just the Show), as well as for users of the Alexa app for smartphones.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Study Contends There Are Twice as Many Atheists in America as Polls Show

    The mayor of San Antonio, Ivy Taylor, made headlines recently during a mayoral candidate forum. She was asked about systemic generational poverty in her city and what she thought caused it. Mayor Taylor replied, "To me, it's broken people...people not being in a relationship with their Creator.” Basically it was godlessness which caused poverty, in her view. Whether this was a deflection or her actual belief isn’t clear.

  • 1 month ago
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    San Antonio's Mayor Blamed Poverty on 'People Not Being in a Relationship With Their Creator'

    San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor is under fire for saying that "broken people" who aren't in touch with religion are at the root of poverty in her city. Taylor made the remarks at an April 3 forum where she and another mayoral candidate fielded questions including one from the director of San Antonio’s Christian Resource Center, who asked what they saw as "the deepest, systemic causes of generational poverty in San Antonio," the San Antonio Current reports.

  • 1 month ago
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    Little Nightmares Launches Today on PS4

    It’s finally arrived… ‘release week’ is now upon us. That thing developers look forward to and dread in equal measure. Today, you’re free to lock yourselves away, with the lights off and the curtains drawn, and bathe in the primary colours and warm, cuddly characters of our lovely new game, Little Nightmares! It’s been over half a year now since we last spoke about the game here, so I thought it might be nice to talk a bit more about how the game has evolved since its inception and h...

  • 1 month ago
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    To keep EpiPen sales up, Mylan threatened states, sued making bogus claims

    Pharmaceutical company Mylan sued West Virginia in 2015 to keep its EpiPens on the state’s “preferred drug list,” which, if successful, would mean that the state’s Medicaid programs would have to automatically pay for the pricey epinephrine auto-injectors. The bold and unusual move by Mylan—which ultimately failed—is yet another example of the aggressive marketing and legal tactics the company used to boost profits from EpiPens, which halt life-threatening allergic reactions.

  • 1 month ago
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    Michael Bloomberg to world leaders: ignore Trump on climate change

    The former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has urged world leaders not to follow Donald Trump’s lead on climate change, and declared his own intention to stave off the “tragedy” that would be the collapse of the Paris climate deal. The billionaire said in an interview there was no political motive tied to the release of his new book, Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet, which is co-authored with the Sierra Club executive director, Carl Pope.

  • 1 month ago
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    Why scientists are fighting back. We’ve had enough of Trump’s war on facts

    Next Saturday, in Washington, DC, and in hundreds of rallies around the world, scientists and their supporters will stage what is likely to be the largest gathering of its kind in history. The March for Science, an idea hatched by a few enthusiastic people on Reddit, has mobilised scientists and their supporters as never before.

  • 1 month ago
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    Support for Brexit hits a five-month high, with 55 per cent of UK population now backing exit from European Union

    A new survey from Orb International shows a four per cent boost for Theresa May in days after she triggered the start of Brexit talks at the end of last month. Dissatisfaction with Brexit is now at its lowest level since the survey started last November, with just 45 per cent opposed to leaving the EU.

  • 1 month ago
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    Airbnb Checks Out of Russia

    A traditional yurt on a pasturing site along Russia’s border with Mongolia. A remote cabin in the Russian arctic advertising a view of the northern lights. Or an 18th century manor house on the outskirts of St. Petersburg, complete with crystal chandeliers and a 25-hectare garden. More than two decades after communism, the San Francisco rental site Airbnb came to Russia in 2012. It promised to usher in the era of the sharing economy—replacing Soviet-era kommunalkas with hipster apartments.

  • 1 month ago
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    Jeff Bezos explains the perfect way to make risky business decisions

    "Most decisions should probably be made with somewhere around 70% of the information you wish you had. If you wait for 90%, in most cases, you’re probably being slow," Jeff Bezos advised in his annual shareholder's letter released on Wednesday. Bezos was explaining how he goes about running the absolutely massive company Amazon has become — 341,000 employees — like a startup.

  • 1 month ago
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    Bitcoin is more popular in the developing world than you think

    If you have ever sent money abroad using your local bank you probably noticed that their model favors corporate profit over people’s need and its own convenience over fast speeds. For the majority of businesses and individuals in the developing world, foreign exchange remains a critical inhibitor to their success or sometimes access to basic food and medicine. As a leading blockchain banking company that strives to help people make international transfers faster and cheaper we noticed a partic...

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    220 Cities Losing All Passenger Train Service per Trump Elimination of all Federal Funding for Amtrak’s National Network Trains

    The National Association of Rail Passengers denounced the budget outline released by the Trump Administration, which slashes investment in transportation infrastructure. These cuts to Amtrak, transit, and commuter rail programs, and even air service to rural towns, would not only cost construction and manufacturing jobs, but place a disproportionate amount of pain on rural and working class communities.

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    Butchered shark fins seized from shrimp boat off Key West

    Florida wildlife officers made a grisly discovery aboard a Key West shrimp boat this week: dozens of pairs of dismembered shark fins. The boat was discovered about 20 miles north of the island Wednesday night, an indication that illegal finning still occurs in Florida waters despite being banned more than 16 years ago. Buying and selling fins also remains legal in most states, fueling a practice that targets some of the world’s biggest and longest-lived sharks that are also among the planet’...