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  • 2 days ago
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    Iter nuclear fusion project reaches key halfway milestone

    An international project to generate energy from nuclear fusion has reached a key milestone, with half of the infrastructure required now built. Bernard Bigot, the director-general of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter), the main facility of which is based in southern France, said the completion of half of the project meant the effort was back on track, after a series of difficulties. This would mean that power could be produced from the experimental site from 2025.

  • 6 days ago
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    German trains collide near Duesseldorf, several people injured

    Several people were injured in a train crash on Tuesday near the German city of Duesseldorf, fire department and police spokesmen said. Rail operator Deutsche Bahn said a passenger train of the regional provider National Express drove into a freight train from DB Cargo about 1830 GMT in the town of Meerbusch. The Meerbusch fire department said up to 150 passengers were on the train and that 5 people suffered injuries.

  • 7 days ago
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    Danny Masterson Fired from Netflix’s ‘The Ranch’ Over Rape Allegations

    Netflix has finally chosen to sever ties—at least partially—with the actor Danny Masterson, the star of their hit series The Ranch who has been accused of rape by at least four women. “As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch. Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him,” read a statement from a Netflix spokesperson.

  • 9 days ago
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    43% of unaccompanied ‘underage’ migrants in Germany turn out to be adults – report

    Some 43 percent of migrants in Germany who claim to be underage are actually adults, local media reports, citing official data. The figures for one of Germany’s major cities, Hamburg, are even higher. Out of a total of 55,890 asylum seekers claiming to be under the age of 18 and being treated as such by German authorities, 24,116 were officially of adult age, Die Welt newspaper reported, citing the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs. The media outlet claimed the data was valid as of November 8...

  • 9 days ago
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    North Korea blasts US-South Korea joint military drill

    North Korea Sunday blasted the United States and South Korea as "warmongers" on the eve of their largest-ever joint air exercise, saying it could trigger a nuclear war. The comments came as White House National Security Advisor H.R McMaster warned of the "increasing" possibility of war with the impoverished but nuclear-armed North.

  • 10 days ago
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    This revealing map shows the world's ships in real time

    The ocean is a big place, which makes it a pretty difficult thing to wrap our brains around. It covers over 70% of the Earth’s surface, is home to millions of species of life, and it makes up 97% of all water on the planet. But, with this massive size and ubiquity also comes a significant challenge for humans interested in trade: it must be constantly traversed in order for us to move goods around.

  • 12 days ago
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    Kellogg's claims Frosties is an 'adult cereal' to get around children's sugar tax

    ellogg's has been accused of a "weasly" attempt to get around child obesity sugar rules after re-branding Frosties as an adult cereal. From 2020 food brands targeting children with sugary products face being named and shamed by the Government if they fail to reduce the sugar content by 20 per cent. But after a trial of "reduced sugar" Frosties that contain 30 per cent less sugar flopped, Kellogg's confirmed that it will not reduce the sugar content.

  • 13 days ago
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    Top US general says Taliban 'living in comfort' in Pakistan

    It's been nearly 100 days since President Donald Trump announced his new strategy for Afghanistan and the wider region, a strategy that demanded Pakistan do more to fight the Taliban, but Pakistan has yet to take significant action against the Taliban, according to the commander of US and international forces in Afghanistan.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Keystone's existing pipeline spills far more than predicted to regulators

    TransCanada Corp's (TRP.TO) existing Keystone pipeline has leaked substantially more oil, and more often, in the United States than indicated in risk assessments the company provided to regulators before the project began operating in 2010, according to documents reviewed by Reuters.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Analyst Predicts Nintendo Switch Could Take Over The Market Next Year If Pokemon Releases 2018

    The Nintendo Switch has continued to absolutely shatter expectations since its launch earlier this year. With more third party support than ever before, and the constant updates keeping the portable console fresh, there is a lot to love about the latest platform from the Big N. According to one market analyst, if Nintendo were to release a Pokemon game for the Switch next year, that market value could go through the roof!

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Lucasfilm oversees Electronic Arts Star Wars games with weekly meetings

    It's easy to think that Star Wars: Battlefront II is the sole result of Electronic Arts' work. That publisher taken the lead on developing and promoting the sci-fi shooter, which is available now on PC and consoles. But Lucasfilm is involved with everything.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Todt: No qualms over Kubica's fitness for F1 return

    FIA president Jean Todt has no concerns that Robert Kubica could be a fitness risk on his Formula 1 return, if Williams elects to sign the Pole for 2018. Kubica is driving again for Williams in the post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Pirelli test next week, as the Grove-based outfit weighs up whether he is capable of making a full-time F1 return.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    To an atheist, Scientology isn't any more unusual than mainstream faiths

    Compared with other faiths, Scientology does not pose much of a threat to the American way of life. Scientology is a group with a hierarchy, an unverifiable creation story and the capacity to bring comfort to those who adhere to it. There is an irony that the founders of our country, while nominally often Christians, espoused deism, which was open to the discoveries of science prevailing over ancient myths. If we accept religion as that which is protected by our 1st Amendment, surely atheism is ...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Russia accused of 'cover-up' as authorities admit seeing dramatic spike in radiation - but refuse to investigate source

    Russia has finally confirmed that it measured increased levels of radioactive activity in the Urals, some weeks after French officials said it may have been due to an "accident" at a Russian or Kazakh nuclear facility. The state had, in fact, measured increased levels of the Ruthenium-106 isotope in the Southern Urals. But there was nothing to be worried about, said the head of the Russian Metereological Service, Maxim Yakovenko.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Thinking in a foreign language, we’re less prone to superstition

    Operating in our second language can have some intriguing psychological effects. We swear more freely and linger longer on embarrassing topics than normal. We’re also less susceptible to cognitive biases. According to psychologist Constantinos Hadjichristidis at the University of Trento, this is because a second language discourages us from relying on intuitive thinking.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    ‘Gene Drives’ Are Too Risky for Field Trials, Scientists Say

    New research casts doubt on a gene-editing strategy that scientists had hoped to use against invasive species and epidemic diseases.

  • 1 month ago
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    North Korean soldier, shot and wounded, defects to South

    A North Korean soldier defected to the South on Monday after being shot and wounded by the North Korean military, South Korea said. The soldier was found on the south side of the border village of Panmunjom, about 50 meters south of the Military Demarcation Line, wounded in his shoulder and elbow, according to a South Korean defense ministry official. He defected from a North Korean guard post nearby and was being treated in hospital.

  • 1 month ago
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    Bitcoin's value rose $10 billion in just 12 hours after a dramatic weekend sell-off

    Bitcoin rallied more than 11 percent in just over half a day on Monday, following a dramatic plunge in the cryptocurrency over the weekend. The digital currency started trading at $5,857.32 on Monday and rose to $6,545.20 by 11:50 a.m. GMT (6:50 a.m. ET), according to data from industry website CoinDesk. This marks a nearly 12 percent increase in the price.