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  • 12 hours ago
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    Vase found in old shoebox sold for roughly $19 million

    It's a story that won't come as a surprise to anyone who's watched enough Antiques Roadshow -an old, not-very-well-loved relic kept out of sight by a family that doesn't like it much, only to later learn it's worth a staggering sum of money. In this case, a vase stashed for years wrapped in newspaper in a shoebox in an attic in France turned out to be a rare, exquisite Qing dynasty artifact and sold at auction Tuesday for a staggering €16 million this week - about $19 ...

  • 2 days ago
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    U.S. Healthcare Ranked Worst In The Developed World

    Every three years, the Commonwealth Fund releases a report ranking the healthcare systems of 11 of the world’s developed nation. And every three years, it seems, the United States comes in dead last. Last released in 2017, the report showed for the sixth time that the U.S. healthcare system is in dire need of a makeover, citing the inequity of access as the most glaring problem.

  • 4 days ago
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    The D-Mask may be the high-tech future of diving and snorkeling

    As with most well-established sports and outdoor activities, the gear used in scuba diving and snorkeling continues to evolve, although at times it feels like true innovation comes at a snail’s pace. But a Chinese Chinese designer who goes by the name of ZJ-DDG unveiled a new concept design for a dive mask that has the potential to be a real game-changer, bringing a host of interesting technologies that could alter the way underwater exploration and adventure takes place.

  • 5 days ago
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    Astronomers find source of stars' mysterious microwaves

    Mysterious streams of microwaves that come from far across the galaxy have been traced to immense clouds of spinning diamonds that swirl around newly-born stars. Astronomers have been stumped by the strange waves since they were first spotted more than 20 years ago, but now appear to have solved the puzzle after training US and Australian telescopes on rings of dust that circle stars about 500 light years from Earth.

  • 7 days ago
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    Washington State environmental, Indigenous groups say Trans Mountain not just a Canadian issue

    A group of U.S. environmentalist and Indigenous voices met with the consul general of Canada in Seattle on Thursday to register their opposition to the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. The meeting included Dow Constantine, elected leader of King County — which includes Seattle — as well as seven advocacy groups and members of local Indigenous groups.

  • 10 days ago
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    KFC is testing meatless chicken

    KFC has a wild idea: meatless chicken. The fast food chain is experimenting with a vegetarian "chicken" option that's set to hit buckets later this year, per CBS News. While the meatless alternative will preserve KFC's 11 herbs and spices, it's only premiering in the U.K. for now. KFC cooked up this combination to satisfy the U.K.'s new health guidelines, which challenge fast food restaurants to cut calories by 20 percent.

  • 11 days ago
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    UAE And Qatar To Send Military Forces To Afghanistan

    The National Security Council (NSC) has said it has approved the UAE and Qatar proposal for forces to be deployed to Afghanistan. In a statement released by the Afghanistan National Security Council (NSC) late Tuesday the council confirmed the UAE proposal to send special forces to Afghanistan under the Resolute Support mission to train, consult and support Afghan forces under the Afghan-NATO Security Agreement.

  • 11 days ago
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    Canadian government pushing back against Trump’s proposal for separate trade deals

    The Canadian government is rejecting a push by the Trump administration to strike separate, bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico instead of pushing ahead with a stalled effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Ottawa’s refusal Tuesday to pursue a one-on-one trade deal with the United States came after Donald Trump’s top economic adviser said the president was serious about pursuing bilateral agreements with its NAFTA partners.

  • 12 days ago
    Analysis zritic

    Tiny, far-flung worlds could explain outer Solar System’s strange geometry

    Gravity of distant Moon-sized objects could do the job attributed to a hypothetical Planet Nine.

  • 12 days ago
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    Gravitational Waves Reveal the Heart of Neutron Stars

    Inside a neutron star—the city-size, hyperdense cinder left after a supernova—modern physics plunges off the edge of the map. There, gravity squeezes matter to densities several times greater than those found in the nucleus of an atom, creating what theorists suspect could be a breeding ground for never-before-seen exotic particles and interactions. But densities this high cannot be probed by laboratory experiments, and remain too challenging for even today’s most powerful computers to tackle.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    The Latest: China warns US no deal if tariffs go ahead

    The Latest on trade talks between the U.S. and China (all times local): 2:05 p.m. China has warned any agreements with Washington in their talks on settling a sprawling trade dispute "will not take effect" if threatened U.S. sanctions including tariff hikes go ahead. The statement Sunday came shortly after delegations led by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and China's top economic official, Vice Premier Liu He, held another round of talks on China's pledge to narrow its ...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Puerto Rico's empty shoes: Public demands transparency in Hurricane Maria death toll

    Over 400 pairs of empty shoes appeared in San Juan, Puerto Rico, outside the capital building on Friday. It is a growing memorial to the hundreds of people presumed dead during or in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. This comes after a Harvard report published in the New England Journal of Medicine estimated that there were up to 4,600 more deaths than usual in the three months after Hurricane Maria.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Sapporo issues cards to verify LGBT partnerships

    The city of Sapporo began issuing cards serving as proof of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender partnerships on Friday, responding to calls from couples seeking portable evidence they can present in emergencies and other situations. The city in Hokkaido started authenticating partnership oaths submitted by sexual-minority couples in June last year, but had only issued a certificate in the form of an A4-size (21 cm by 29.7 cm) document.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    You Should Delete Your Facebook Account: 8 Reasons To Quit Facebook

    IIt isn’t easy being a political cartoonist or satirist in India. They incur the wrath of politicians, are subjected to vicious trolling on social media and in some cases, even face arrest on charges of sedition, leading to prolonged, expensive lawsuits. A recent ruling by the Madras High Court, however, stands out as a beacon of hope for those who revel in lampooning.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Star Citizen Offers The Legatus Pack For $27,000 USD, Requires Having Spent $1,000+ Just To View

    Star Citizen, the highest crowd-funded MMO in record is offering a new bundle pack called The Legatus Pack for $27,000 USD. The pack includes almost every ship you could possibly desire making a total of 117 ships. On top of that, there are 163 total extra items like Supercolliders, Service Equipment, Fuel Pods and various skins.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Venezuela freed US 'hostage', says Trump

    US President Donald Trump says Venezuela has freed an American being held "hostage" and he should arrive back in Washington on Saturday evening. "Looking forward to seeing Joshua Holt this evening in the White House," he tweeted. Mr Holt's Venezuelan partner Thamy is also said to have been freed. US Senator Bob Corker met President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas on Friday. Mr Maduro was re-elected to a six-year term last week but Washington has not recognised the outcome.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    OnePlus 6: How to display battery percentage on status bar

    Unlike previous OnePlus devices, the OnePlus 6 battery percentage option is not in the status bar settings menu. Thankfully, OnePlus have shed light on the situation. All previous OnePlus phones have included an option within the Settings menu, under Status Bar, that allows users to have the battery percentage permanently displayed in the status bar.