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fox news -  China's reveals new video of hypersonic strike aircraft
 
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fox news - China's reveals new video of hypersonic strike aircraft Chinese state media has revealed the country's first ever images of a model of its hypersonic glide vehicle, a nuclear weapons expert has claimed.The secretive missile delivery craft, known as the DF-ZF, could travel at up to ten times the speed of sound (7,680 mph/12,360 kph) according to some estimates.Its speed will ensure the country's nuclear threat can reliably breach the United States' ballistic missile defence shield, which fires incoming strikes out of the air.The model was briefly shown during a State-run TV special covering the country's JF-12 hypersonic wind tunnel.The innovative setup is the largest of its kind in the world and is capable of testing missiles and aircraft up to 6,900mph (11,100kph).The news follows a US Navy announcement yesterday that it had successfully test fired a hypersonic missile that could hit 'anywhere in the world' within an hour.China's DF-ZF is a hypersonic glide vehicle capable of travelling at up to ten times the speed of sound (7,680 mph/12,360 kph), according to some estimates.The Chinese Ministry of National Defense first revealed it had successfully tested a hypersonic vehicle for 'scientific' purposes in January 2014.Officials have carried out at least five more launches since then, with the most recent coming in April 2016.China has never officially disclosed the purpose of the innovative aircraft, but a range of tactical applications are possible.By definition, hypersonic vehicles can travel five times the speed of sound, and the craft could help China ensure its nuclear weapons can breach US missile defence systems, experts claim.Hypersonic vehicles would travel so rapidly and unpredictably they could provide an almost-immediate threat to nations across the globe.The craft would travel at such speeds that the gap between identifying a threat and launching an attack on it would drop from hours to minutes, even at long distances.The TV clip aired on October 8 via State broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV), and shows an arrowhead-shaped model is shown inside the Beijing-based wind tunnel.Its design looks like official Chinese mock-ups of the DF-ZF, which was codenamed the WU-14 by the Pentagon before its official name was released by Beijing.Chinese officials have confirmed several test flights of hypersonic glide vehicles since 2013, but have kept the details top secret.This is likely the first time China has shown any test models linked to the project.The broadcast also showed a weapon with a shape similar to the last stage of a ballistic missile, and computer generated images of a new triangular-framed glider.Raymond Wang, an expert in stopping the international spread of nuclear weapons, from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, was one of the first to spot the DF-ZF model.Writing on Twitter, he noted the programme's narrator didn't specifically refer to hypersonic boost-glide vehicles (HBGVs) or the DF-ZF at any point.'China just showed its hypersoni Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5065527/China-s-reveals-new-video-hypersonic-strike-aircraft.html
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fox news -  Rare footage of China's £5 million hypersonic wind tunnel
 
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fox news - Rare footage of China's £5 million hypersonic wind tunnel Chinese scientists have claimed to be able to make more discoveries than their American counterpart in developing supersonic aircraft thanks to better equipment.A secretive £5 million hypersonic wind tunnel, nicknamed 'Hyper Dragon', is helping the experts 'reveal many facts that Americans have not found out', one Chinese researcher said in a propaganda documentary.The programme also revealed that Chinese scientists are developing a commercial plane that could connect Beijing and New York in just two hours.Shrouded in secrecy, the JF12 shockwave hypersonic wind tunnel was completed in May, 2012, but has rarely been captured by media.China Central Television, the state broadcaster, showed a glimpse of the mysterious equipment in a documentary on October 8.Built by Chinese Academy of Science with 46 million Yuan (£5 million), the 2.5-metre-wide (8.2feet), 265-metre-long (869 feet) tunnel is said to be able to blow gusts of wind as fast as 10 times the speed of sound.The temperature of the gusts could reach a staggering 3,000 degrees Celsius.Jiang Zonglin, a researcher from the Chinese Academy of Science, called the 'unprecedented' wind tunnel an incubator of advanced aircraft.Mr Jiang said because planes couldn't fly during a lab experiment, they would need a wind tunnel that could generate gusts as fast as the desired speed of the aircraft to simulate a flying environment.In the case of JF12, it could simulate flying conditions between Mach 5 and Mach 9.Mr Jiang claimed that he and his team carry out one experiment every two days, and each experiment last 100 millisecond, which equals to one-tenth of a second.The researchers pointed out that China is currently developing a supersonic commercial plane that could travel as quickly as five times the speed of sound.This means the aircraft would be able to fly from Beijing to New York in two hours, compared to the current 14 hours.The TV clip apparently also shows an arrowhead-shaped model inside the Beijing-based wind tunnel.Its design looks like official Chinese mock-ups of the DF-ZF, China's 7,680mph hypersonic strike aircraft that could carry nuclear warheads past US missile defenses.Chinese officials have confirmed several test flights of hypersonic glide vehicles since 2013, but have kept the details top secret.This is likely the first time China has shown any test models linked to the project.In addition, The broadcast showed a weapon with a shape similar to the last stage of a ballistic missile, and computer generated images of a new triangular-framed glider.Raymond Wang, an expert in stopping the international spread of nuclear weapons, from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, was one of the first to spot the DF-ZF model.Writing on Twitter, he noted the programme's narrator didn't specifically refer to hypersonic boost-glide vehicles (HBGVs) or the DF-ZF at any point.'China just showed its hypersonic-BGV in a vid on 08 Oct.Probably a test design model, bu Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5070261/Rare-footage-China-s-5-million-hypersonic-wind-tunnel.html
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fox news -  French startup launches hydrogen-powered bicyles
 
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fox news - French startup launches hydrogen-powered bicyles A French start-up has become the first company to start factory production of hydrogen-powered bicycles for use in corporate or municipal fleets.Pragma Industries, which is based in Biarritz, France and makes fuel cells for military use, has sold some 60 hydrogen-powered bikes to French municipalities including Saint Lo, Cherbourg, Chambery and Bayonne.At about 7,500 euros per bike, and at least 30,000 euros for a charging station, the bikes are too expensive for the consumer market, but Pragma is working to cut that to 5,000 euros, which would bring their price in line with premium electric bikes.It can run for about 100 kilometers on a charge (62 miles), and recharges in just 2 minutes. Conventional Li-ion electric bikes, on the other hand, only achieve half this range and take about 4 hours to fill up again. It holds 2L of compressed H2 Gas, and uses 150 Wh Li-Ion batteries. According to the firm, it can provide electrical assistance for a top speed of up to 25 km/hr (15mph).'Many others have made hydrogen bike prototypes, but we are the first to move to series production,' said founder and chief executive Pierre Forte.The firm's Alpha bike runs for about 100 km (62 miles) on a two-litre tank of hydrogen, a range similar to an electric bike, but a refill takes only minutes while e-bikes take hours to charge.One kilo of hydrogen holds about 600 times more energy than a one-kilo lithium battery.Pragma also sells refueling stations that produce hydrogen through the electrolysis of water as well cheaper tank-based stations.The bikes, which look and ride the same as any normal bicycle, are aimed at bike-rental operators, delivery companies, and municipal or corporate bicycle fleets with intensive usage.Pragma, which produced 100 hydrogen bikes last year, plans to manufacture 150 this year.It has received demand from Norway, the United States, Spain, Italy and Germany, Forte said.With bike's range limited by the size of the hydrogen tank, Pragma is also working on a bike that will convert plain water into hydrogen aboard the bike, using a chemical reaction between water and aluminium or magnesium powder to produce hydrogen gas.'In the next two-three years we want to enter the consumer market and massively increase the scale of our operations,' said Forte. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5276047/French-startup-launches-hydrogen-powered-bicyles.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Louise Arner Boyd spent her fortune exploring the Arctic
 
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fox news - Louise Arner Boyd spent her fortune exploring the Arctic The tale of a 20th century socialite who dedicated her life to exploring the Arctic and became the first woman to fly across the North Pole is being told in a new book.Louise Arner Boyd, born in 1887, inherited her parents' huge fortune in 1920 and spent it on several death-defying explorations of some of the most remote parts of the world, challenging the view of what was required of a young high society debutante.Images from the new biography show her on the deck of one of her ships in 1926, proudly standing next to a polar bear she has shot, and in another she is posing in a jeweled gown as she is being presented to the King of England at Buckingham Palace.Born in San Rafael, California, to a millionaire mining magnate father and a mother from one of New York's most prestigious families, Miss Arner Boyd inherited a staggering family fortune when her parents died in 1919 and 1920 respectively.With it she began to travel extensively, seeing as much of the world as she could until, on a trip to Norway in 1924, she saw something that would shape the course of the rest of her life; The Polar Ice Pack.She dedicated her life to Arctic expeditions, and in 1928, Miss Arner Boyd found herself involved in a search for missing Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.Miss Arner Boyd's explorations from 1931 to 1938 included regions in and around Franz Josef Land, Spitsbergen, Greenland, Jan Mayen Island and eastern Arctic Canada.She made history in June 1955 when she became the first woman in the world to fly over the North Pole and her ship S.S.Veslekari, was the first to sail to the inner ends of Ice Fjord, Greenland She was honored by the United States Government and a number of foreign governments for her geographic studies and explorations.Her life is being re-told by author Joanna Kafarowski, in the new book 'The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame: A Life of Louise Arner Boyd'.COOK OR PEARY/HENSON - WHO GOT THERE FIRST? There are two claimants; American Frederic Cook who says he and two Inuit men reached the Geographic North Pole in April 1908, and Robert Edwin Peary, Matthew Henson and four Inuit women who say they arrived in April 6, 1909.Decades before the Americans did/didn't reach the north pole, Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen made a good go of it.During a three-year expedition in 1893–96, his team reached a record northern latitude of 86°14′ - the furthest north anyone had managed to travel at the time.Nansen also famously led the first team to ski across Greenland in 1888 and later in life became  involved in the League of Nations - later replaced by the UN - and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922.The Norwegian explorer was the first to reach the South Pole, on 14 December 1911, and after leading a team flying to the North Pole in 1926 he became the first person to reach both poles.In June 1928, Amundsen and five crew disappeared during a flight in the Arctic to rescue missing explorers.The search was called off in September and th Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5120983/The-socialite-spent-fortune-exploring-Arctic.html
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fox news -  500-year-old coin found by an amateur treasure hunter
 
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fox news - 500-year-old coin found by an amateur treasure hunter An amateur metal detector struck gold when she stumbled across a rare 500-year-old coin near one of England's most historic battlefields.The coin, minted during the doomed reign of King Richard III, is one of only a handful still in existence.Experts speculate the gold coin may have been dropped by one of Richard's soldiers fleeing the pivotal Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.Richard III was killed in the battle and his opponent, Henry Tudor, seized the throne to begin the Tudor dynasty.The coin, minted during the doomed reign of King Richard III, is one of only a handful still in existence.Experts speculate the gold coin may have been dropped by one of Richard's soldiers fleeing the pivotal Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.The half angel was a gold coin roughly two centimetres in diameter and weighing just under three grams.It was introduced in 1472 during the reign of King Edward IV.Angels and half angels continually fluctuated in value under the reigns of several kings before they were abolished and replaced by Guineas by King Charles II in 1663.The coin is now set fetch £15,000 ($20,000) at Dix Noonan Webb's auction of coins, historical medals and paper money on 13 December.Michelle Vall, from Blackpool, was detecting close to Bosworth Field when she dug up the old coin called a half angel.It is now set fetch £15,000 ($20,000) at Dix Noonan Webb's auction of coins, historical medals and paper money on 13 December.Ms Vall, 51, made the rare discovery in Monks Kirby, Warwickshire, during a charity detecting rally in  September.The teaching assistant said: 'After detecting for two and a half hours in a farmer's field I got a signal.'The coin was deep down, about 16 inches below the surface, and the soil there is thick clay so it took a bit of digging out.'I spotted this glint of gold in the hole, although I obviously did not know exactly what it was at first.'I put it in the palm of my hand and then I went back to the organiser's tent.One of them identified it and people became very excited.The half angel was a gold coin roughly two centimetres in diameter and weighing just under three grams.It was introduced in 1472 during the reign of King Edward IV.Angels and half angels continually fluctuated in value under the reigns of several kings before they were abolished and replaced by Guineas by King Charles II in 1663.Ms Vall's discovery of the coin minted during Richard III's short two-year reign makes it a rare example and an exciting find for the detector who only took up the hobby two years ago.She said: 'I have decided to sell it because it is too valuable to keep.I did not want to keep it in a cupboard.'I feel very privileged that I have found something so precious and historic.The memory of that day, the excitement not just of myself but also of other detectorists, when I found that beautiful, tiny piece of historic gold will live with me for the rest of my life.'I started detecting because I am a keen antique collector and walker and when I Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5092541/500-year-old-coin-amateur-treasure-hunter.html
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fox news -  Ancient DNA reveals how first humans arrived in America
 
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fox news - Ancient DNA reveals how first humans arrived in America The DNA of a six-week-old Native American infant who died 11,500 years ago has rewritten the history of the Americas.The young girl's genes reveal the first humans arrived on the continent 25,000 years ago - much earlier than some studies claim - before splitting into three Native American groups.This is the first time that direct genetic traces of the earliest Native Americans have been identified.The girl belonged to a previously unknown population of ancient people in North America known as the 'Ancient Beringians.'This small Native American group resided in Alaska and died out around 6,000 years ago, researchers claim.It is widely accepted that the earliest settlers crossed from what is now Russia into Alaska via an ancient land bridge spanning the Bering Strait which was submerged at the end of the last Ice Age.Issues such as whether there was one founding group or several, when they arrived, and what happened next have been the subject of extensive debate.Some scientists previously hypothesized about multiple migratory waves over the land bridge as recent as 14,000 years ago.But the new study shows that this migration occurred in one wave, with sub-divisions of Native American groups forming later on.It also shows that a previously undiscovered group named the 'Ancient Beringians' formed as part of this split, taking the known number of ancestral Native American groups from two to three.'We didn't know this population existed,' said study coauthor Professor Ben Potter, an anthropologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.'These data also provide the first direct evidence of the initial founding Native American population, which sheds new light on how these early populations were migrating and settling throughout North America.'The international team of researchers, led by scientists from the Universities of Cambridge and Copenhagen, studied the full genome of an ancient Native American infant.Named Xach'itee'aanenh t'eede gay, or Sunrise Child-girl, by the local Native community, the young girl's remains were found at the Upward Sun River archaeological site in Alaska in 2013.Although the child had lived around 11,500 years ago, long after people first arrived in the region, her genetic information did not match either of the two recognised branches of early Native Americans.These are referred to as Northern, residing mostly in what is now Alaska and Canada, and Southern, residing mostly in what is now the United States.The girl appeared to have belonged to an entirely distinct Native American population, which they called Ancient Beringians.Further analyses showed the group were separated from the same founding population as the Northern and Southern Native American groups, but that they separated from that population earlier in its history.'The Ancient Beringians diversified from other Native Americans before any ancient or living Native American population sequenced to date,' said study lead author Professor Eske Willerslev, from the Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5229261/Ancient-DNA-rewrites-American-history.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Thousands of Mayan pyramids and palaces found in Guatemala  - fox news
 
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Thousands of Mayan pyramids and palaces found in Guatemala - fox news More than 60,000 previously unknown Mayan structures - including pyramids, palaces and causeways - have been revealed under jungle foliage in Guatemala in what has been hailed as a 'major breakthrough'.Researchers used laser technology to look beneath the forest canopy in northern Peten - an area close to already-known Mayan cities.The lasers revealed the 'breathtaking' remains of a sprawling pre-Columbian 'megalopolis' that was far more complex than most specialists had ever believed.The discovery suggests that Central America supported a civilization that was, at its peak 1,500 years ago, more advanced than ancient Greek and Chinese cultures.The landscape may have been home to up to 15 million individuals and the abundance of defensive walls, ramparts and fortresses suggests that warfare was rife throughout their existence and not just at the end.'I think this is one of the greatest advances in over 150 years of Maya archaeology,' said Stephen Houston, Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology at Brown University told the BBC.'I know it sounds hyperbolic but when I saw the [Lidar] imagery, it did bring tears to my eyes.'Scientists made the discovery using Lidar technology, which is short for 'light detection and ranging',Aircraft with a LiDAR scanner produced three-dimensional maps of the surface by using light in the form of pulsed laser linked to a GPS system.This technique allowed researchers to map outlines of what they describe as dozens of newly discovered Maya cities Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5343567/Thousands-Mayan-pyramids-palaces-Guatemala.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Now Ineos billionaire Jim Ratcliffe buys a safari park
 
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fox news - Now Ineos billionaire Jim Ratcliffe buys a safari park Chemicals billionaire Jim Ratcliffe is splashing out on yet more wild investments.The Ineos founder, 65, has just bought a football team and leather jacket maker – and plans to start making cars.Ratcliffe is also teaming up with a safari company backed by Norway's sovereign wealth fund on a £7.5million safari project in Tanzania.Ratcliffe says the project with Asilia Africa, which includes three luxury lodges, will boost tourism, create jobs and discourage poaching.Ratcliffe, who has travelled widely in the area, said: 'The creation of a sustainable and ecologically friendly safari tourism business will both protect the wildlife and help the people of this amazing region.'It comes as his firm is battling to fix an oil pipe that carries about 40 per cent of North Sea oil and gas to the UK mainland.Oil prices reached two-year highs when the crack in the Forties Pipeline System was discovered last week. Ineos is better known for producing industrial chemicals and oil and wanting to start a fracking revolution in the UK.But earlier this year it announced plans to build a successor to the Land Rover Defender.Then it bought motorbike jacket maker Belstaff and Lausanne Football Club. The safari investment is from Ratcliffe's personal cash rather than the firm's. It is not clear how much he is investing. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5199505/Now-Ineos-billionaire-Jim-Ratcliffe-buys-safari-park.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Neolithic farmers were wiped out by ‘Beaker people’  - fox news
 
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Neolithic farmers were wiped out by ‘Beaker people’ - fox news Stonehenge has a proud place in Britain's history as one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe.But, according to a major new study, modern-day Britons are barely related to the ingenious Neolithic farmers who built the monument 5,000 years ago.Instead the British are related to the 'Beaker people' who travelled from modern-day Holland and all but wiped out Stonehenge's creators.The findings are 'absolutely sort of mind-blowing,' said archaeologist Barry Cunliffe, a professor emeritus at the University of Oxford.'They are going to upset people, but that is part of the excitement of it.'Many experts believed it was just Beaker pottery-making and culture which was exported to Britain between 4,400 and 4,700 years ago - not the people themselves.But the new evidence comes from DNA analysis of 400 prehistoric skeletons, some from after Stonehenge and others born before it was created.The genes of these ancient people provide enough clues to determine that Beakers travelled here from Holland and took over in a few centuries.They replaced 90 per cent of the Neolithic farmers who built the monument and had lived here for 1,500 years.The creators of Stonehenge appeared Mediterranean, with olive-hued skin, dark hair and eyes.But the Beaker people were more like white modern British people, with fair skin, lighter hair and eyes.The Beaker people may have killed off the ancient engineers behind Stonehenge by bringing the bubonic plague to Britain.D Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5413607/Neolithic-farmers-wiped-Beaker-people.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Ripsaw reveals special edition 'sports tank'
 
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fox news - Ripsaw reveals special edition 'sports tank' It has been dubbed the first 'sports tank', boasting supercar performance on tank tracks.Originally developed to help to military avoid IEDs, the Ripsaw 'sports tank' has become a hit with car enthusiasts.Now, a new version has received a huge overhaul - and has been dubbed 'the most obnoxious vehicle ever built'.The Ripsaw,  developed by twin brothers Mike and Geoff Howe, both 40, from Maine-based company Howe and Howe technologies, has been around for several years in various forms.Originally designed and built for the military as a light weight, go fast super tank, it found a second life as a luxury vehicle for well heeled car fans.'Since 2013, Howe and Howe Tech has spent thousands of man hours developing these beautiful yet rugged and refined consumer based Ripsaw chassis's for the high end luxury market and extreme off-road enthusiast,' the firm said.'From 16 inches of suspension travel, to luxurious interiors and up to 1500 horsepower, The Ripsaw platform is in league of its own when it comes to capability, speed, sheer adrenaline and luxury.'The firm refuses to say how much each vehicle costs, but says they are 'handcrafted, limited run, high end luxury tracked platforms developed for the public and extreme off road recreation.'Each one takes up to 6 months to fabricate and can cost over half a million dollars.The newest incarnation, the EV3-F1, is 't he most extreme and most terrain dominant Ripsaw ever developed,' the firm says.'Designed with up to 1500hp and an astonishing .2 hp/lbs power to weight ratio, with over 112 inches of track on the ground, the Ripsaw EV3-F1 stands as one of the world's most exhilarating single seat off-road vehicles ever conceived.'The original Ripsaw, which has a 650bhp engine , is a dual-tracked vehicle originally developed as an anti-IED platform for the military but is now mostly hired out for recreational purposes.Mike said: ‘We started developing the Ripsaw in the 1990s, as we had been developing off-road technology and wanted to take it to the next level.‘We decided to build a high speed track vehicle, like a really fast track vehicle that's not slow like a regular tank - we knew that that had never been done before.’The brothers developed their innovations to help police and the armed forces.One of their most successful creations is the Swat Bot, which doubles as a robotic shield and a battering ram.Geoff said: ‘The Swat Bot developed out of our existing technology for the US military.‘In some of our military contracting we have been tasked with finding a robot, a walk behind IED defeat robot.‘The original robot walks in front of the soldiers and digs the land up in front of them, ensuring the soldier doesn't get blown up.‘Our police officers put their lives on the line everyday and we wanted to give them that protection, so instead of carrying a shield and being laden down with weight, the swat bot does all that - it's a fully operational shield as well as a door buster.’According to their website, t Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5280847/Ripsaw-reveals-special-edition-sports-tank.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  IN THE MONEY: Compass chief exec Richard Cousins
 
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fox news - IN THE MONEY: Compass chief exec Richard Cousins Richard Cousins, chief executive of the catering firm which supplies events like the Wimbledon tennis championships, was paid a basic salary of £1.1million, £42,000 in benefits and £372,000 towards his pension.He also received a £1.5million bonus and £2.7million in share awards.The married father of two, who lives in the Chilterns, is leaving in March after 11 years at the helm.During his time at Compass, the firm’s shares have recorded a seven-fold increase. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5191861/IN-MONEY-Compass-chief-exec-Richard-Cousins.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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New Horizons snaps image 3.8 BILLION miles away from Earth  - fox news
 
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New Horizons snaps image 3.8 BILLION miles away from Earth - fox news At first glance it might not look like much – but, with a fuzzy purple and green photo, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has made history.On December 5, New Horizons captured an image said to be the farthest from Earth ever taken, at a staggering 3.79 billion miles away.And, just hours later, it beat its own record.According to NASA, the remarkable false-color images sent back by New Horizons are also the closest-ever images captured of objects in the Kuiper Belt.When New Horizon’s snapped a photo with its telescopic camera for a routine calibration frame of the Wishing Well star cluster, it was farther into space than even NASA’s Voyager 1 had been when it captured its famous ‘Pale Blue Dot’ image of Earth, the space agency says.At the time, New Horizons was 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometers) from Earth.Voyager, by comparison, was 3.75 billion miles (6.06 billion kilometers) from Earth when it captured its famous photo in 1990.According to NASA, New Horizons is now the fifth spacecraft to fly beyond the outer planets of our solar system.Hours after its first record-breaking image on Dec 5, it captured another.The latter shows a look at Kuiper Belt objects HZ84 and 2012 HE85.The images were captured using the spacecraft's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI).And, NASA says they’re the closest images yet of objects in this region.‘New Horizons has long been a mission of firsts – first to explore Pluto, first to explore the Kuiper Belt, fastest spacecraft ever launc Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5369807/New-Horizons-snaps-image-3-8-BILLION-miles-away-Earth.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  FDA clears nerve stimulator to aid recovery from opioids
 
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fox news - FDA clears nerve stimulator to aid recovery from opioids US health authorities have cleared a brain-stimulating device for patients suffering from debilitating withdrawal symptoms caused by addiction to heroin and other opioids.The nerve stimulator, known as NSS-2 Bridge, is the first device to treat such symptoms including joint pain, anxiety, stomach aches and insomnia.The announcement on Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration opens a door for doctors to prescribe the device to patients who fear withdrawal symptoms coming off addictive opioids.It comes amid an epidemic of opioid abuse, which includes both illegal narcotics like heroin and prescription painkillers.Last year, more than 62,000 Americans were killed by opioid overdoses - more than HIV, car crashes and the 19-and-a-half year Vietnam war.Like with any drug addiction, one of the hardest obstacles to quitting is the fear of the debilitating withdrawal symptoms, which can make it difficult to sleep, think clearly, and get on with daily tasks, as well as a myriad of painful side effects.Currently, the standard method to wean people off opioids is methadone, a government-approved replacement drug which can be administered in a clinic.But even transitioning to that can be a shock to the system, driving many back to dangerous drugs.'The technology gives those suffering from opioid addiction an easier transition to all forms of medically-assisted treatment,' said Brian Carrico, president of Indiana-based medical technology firm Innovative Health Solutions, the manufacturer.'The device helps take away the fear of withdrawal and leads to a much higher success rate.' The NSS-2 Bridge is worn behind the ear where several electrodes stimulate nerves in the brain and spinal cord to relieve symptoms.The FDA says a study of more than 70 patients showed a 30 percent decrease in symptoms within 30 minutes of using the device.Nerve stimulators have previously been approved to treat epilepsy and depression.'Our vision is for every person in withdrawal, preparing for withdrawal, or suffering from post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS), to have access to this technology,' Carrico said.'Significantly reducing withdrawal symptoms lessens the dependency on opioids, allows for easier transition to Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) and ultimately works as another tool to combat the opioid epidemic facing our country. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5086251/FDA-clears-nerve-stimulator-aid-recovery-opioids.html
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fox news -  Hypersonic spaceplane engine set for Colorado tests
 
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fox news - Hypersonic spaceplane engine set for Colorado tests A revolutionary engine that could be used in a spaceplane to take passengers into space in just 15 minutes has taken a major step forward with a new testing facility in Colorado.The site, at Front Range Airport near Watkins, Colorado, will test a key technology in Reaction Engine's hypersonic air-breathing combined cycle Sabre rocket engine.It comes after the firm won a U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract to test the engine’s pre-cooler heat exchanger, or HTX.In the UK the is continuing to develop the TF1 engine test facility at Westcott where the first ground-based demonstration of the Sabre rocket engine will take place.The UK site will incorporate a hydrogen/air-breathing pre-burner to condition the air for core evaluation and is adjacent to a test facility where Reaction’s rocket nozzle tests have also been conducted.The test centre will feature an assembly building, workshops, offices and a control room, along with various test engine configurations.The company plans on putting the Sabre engine in a reusable spaceplane called Skylon - a vehicle capable of launching heavy telecommunications satellites.Mark Thomas, CEO at Reaction Engines, said: 'This is another exciting step forward in development of Reaction Engines' Sabre engine and a visible demonstration of the UK's commitment to the programme.'I look forward to seeing this unique facility take shape and commencing our core engine testing, which will be a defining moment for aerospace.'Last year, the European Space Agency (ESA) invested £8.5 million ($11 million) towards the development of the engineFranco Ongaro, Director of Technology, Engineering and Quality, at ESA said: 'The opening of this new test facility at Westcott Today marks an historical moment for the European Aerospace industry and for the UK research and development in rocket propulsion.'This facility will enable the ground test of the Sabre engine cycle, opening the way to the first flight tests, and to a new era.'The European Space Agency is proud of this partnership with industry and the UK Space Agency, to which we bring our technical competence, which has supported the Sabre development to this stage, and we are confident, to its future flight success.'Reaction Engines has now has secured over £50 million ($66 million) in funding from the British government, with more than £42 million ($55 million) from the UK Space Agency, and the ESA contribution acting as the final piece.The revolutionary Sabre engine could allow aircraft to take off from a runway and accelerate to five times the speed of sound, before switching to a rocket mode, propelling it into orbit.This design could also be used to send satellites into space at a fraction of the current cost.Mr Thomas said: 'We are now entering an exciting phase where we can accelerate the pace of development to get Sabre up and running.'At the moment, rockets have to carry liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen to power them and the cost of carrying th Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5192463/Hypersonic-spaceplane-engine-set-Colorado-tests.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Lava building up in volcano near Japan's southerly islands  - fox news
 
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Lava building up in volcano near Japan's southerly islands - fox news A submerged volcano off the coast of Japan that erupted 7,300 years ago could be preparing to make a comeback.Scientists have discovered evidence of a giant dome of lava in the Kikai volcano's collapsed magma chamber.They believe it contains about 32 cubic km (7.68 cubic miles) of magma, and distortions on its surface suggest the dome is growing.Currently the dome is around  6.2 miles (10 kilometers) wide and 1,968 feet (600 meters) tall.Scientists say an eruption could take place without warning, and if it does, it could kill as many as 100 million people and trigger a 'volcanic winter'.The study, conducted by researchers with the Kobe Ocean-Bottom Exploration Center (KOBEC) at Kobe University, confirmed that the giant lava dome was created after a caldera-forming supereruption 7,300 years ago.That eruption is thought to have wiped out the prehistoric Jomon civilisation in southern Japan.If the new lava dome erupts, it could eject huge amounts of debris into the atmosphere, potentially blocking out the sun for some areas to trigger a 'volcanic winter'.It could also cause tsunami that would hit southern Japan and the coasts of Taiwan and China, before striking the coasts of North and South America.The paper says such supereruptions are 'rare but extremely hazardous events, and also have severe global impacts such as 'volcanic winter'.'Many of these super-volcanoes repeat super-eruptions in their multi-million year histories', the report said, adding that the scientists hope t Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5384899/Lava-building-volcano-near-Japans-southerly-islands.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  FTSE 100 stocks tipped to be the dividend heroes of 2018
 
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fox news - FTSE 100 stocks tipped to be the dividend heroes of 2018 Centrica has been tipped to pay its shareholders the most out of all the income stocks in the FTSE 100 in the new year, according to an online stockbroker.The Berkshire-based utilities company is forecast to dish out eight per cent in dividends payments - 0.3 percentage points more than Direct Line in second place and 0.4 higher than Taylor Wimpey in third, according to research by AJ Bell.In all, FTSE 100 dividend stocks are predicted to distribute £88.5billion to shareholders in 2018 - a 7 per cent increase on 2017.Dividend hunters should note that the bulk of the FTSE 100 dividends payments come from a relatively small proportion of the index.Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell claims that financial services firms (23 per cent), oil and gas explorers (20 per cent) and miners (8 per cent) will provide the largest source of dividend income next year - accounting for 51 per cent of the index’s total dividend payments.Royal Dutch Shell, Hargreaves Lansdown and BP are among the ten companies forecast to have the highest dividend yields.For those looking to invest in shares for income over the long term, it is paramount to select stocks that not only offer handsome dividend payments, but also have a good track record of growing these payments over time.Dividend cover is a useful metric to get an idea of a company's ability to grow its dividend payments in the future.It is the ratio of a company's net income over dividends paid to shareholders. So, for example, the cover for a company making a £100 profit and distributing £50 in dividends is two.When dividends exceed profits, the ratio is below one, so anything above that figure suggests dividends are more sustainable and affordable for companies to pay out.So while, for example, BT ranks seventh on the top ten list, it boasts the highest dividend cover ratio of 1.73 times and therefore has the potential to climb up the list a couple of years down the line.In fact, the ten companies with the lowest dividend cover in the FTSE 100 features three of the prospective highest dividend yields Centrica, Direct Line and BP and all but two of them (Hargreaves Lansdown and St James’s Place) are predicted to yield significantly more than the FTSE 100 average.Mould said: 'The issue of skinny dividend cover refuses to go away. Earnings cover for dividends remains much thinner than ideal at 1.63 for 2018 and there has been little real improvement here in 2017.'Ideally earnings cover needs to be around the two level to offer a margin of safety to dividend payments, should there be a sudden and unexpected downturn in trading at a specific company, or indeed the UK and global economies as a whole.'Pearson and Provident Financial are both examples of what can happen in the event of a profits stumble under such circumstances, as both had been offering apparently juicy yields but with skinny earnings cover. Indeed, some of the companies with the juiciest-looking dividend yields have dividend cover that looks parti Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/investing/article-5203341/FTSE-100-stocks-tipped-dividend-heroes-2018.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Stilt-legged horses roamed North America in the ice age
 
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fox news - Stilt-legged horses roamed North America in the ice age Researchers have discovered a previously unrecognized genus of extinct horses that roamed North America during the last ice age.The study on the thin-limbed, lightly built horses was based on an analysis of ancient DNA from fossils.Before the study, the researchers thought the horse was related to the Asiatic wild ass, or another separate species belonging to the same genus as horsesHowever, the new results reveal that these horses were not closely related to any living population of horses.The study, conducted by an international team of researchers, involved analyzing the DNA from fossils of the 'New World stilt-legged horse.'The fossils were excavated from sites including the Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming, Gypsum Cave in Nevada, and the Klondlike goldfields of Canada's Yukon territory.The stilt-legged horses were though to be a species within the genus Equus, which includes living horses, asses, and zebras.The new study however showed that these extinct horses with narrow hooves, named Haringtonhippus francisci, are not closely related to any horses living today.The researchers say that the extinct North American horse seems to have diverged from the main trunk of the family tree leading to the Equus genus some 4 to 6 million years ago.'The horse family, thanks to its rich and deep fossil record, has been a model system for understanding and teaching evolution,' said first author of the study Peter Heintzman, who led the study as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz.'Now ancient DNA has rewritten the evolutionary history of this iconic group,''The evolutionary distance between the extinct stilt-legged horses and all living horses took us by surprise, but it presented us with an exciting opportunity to name a new genus of horse,' said senior author Beth Shapiro, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz.Coauthor Eric Scott, a paleontologist at California State University San Bernardino, said that morphologically, the fossils of Haringtonhippus are not all that different from those of Equus.'But the DNA tells a fascinatingly different story altogether' he said.'That's what is so impressive about these findings.'It took getting down to the molecular level to discern this new genus.'The findings show that the species was widespread and successful throughout much of North America, living alongside populations of Equus, but not interbreeding with them.In the North of Canada, Haringtonhippus survived until about 17,000 years ago - more than 19,000 years later than previously thought for this region.At the end of the last ice age, both horse groups became extinct in Northern America, along with other large animals like woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats.Although the Equus survived in Eurasia after the last ice age which eventually led to domestic horses, the stilt-legged Haringtonhippus was an evolutionary dead end.The research team named the horse after Richard Harrington, emeritus curator of Q Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5125527/Stilt-legged-horses-roamed-North-Americ-ice-age.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Experts scan for hidden chambers in King Tutankhamun tomb  - fox news
 
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Experts scan for hidden chambers in King Tutankhamun tomb - fox news Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists are starting radar scans of the tomb of famed pharaoh Tutankhamun in the southern city of Luxor.The ministry said Thursday the scans will be carried out over a week to check for the existence of any hidden chambers behind the tomb.Egypt carried out previous scans as part of the quest but the findings were inconclusive.The news follows more than two years of speculation after British Egyptologist Dr Nicholas Reeves said he found signs of a hidden doorway in King Tut's tomb.At the time, he said one of the secret rooms could be the burial place of the Pharaoh's stepmother Queen Nefertiti.The tomb of King Tut, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, was discovered in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings, located on the west bank of the Nile river in Luxor.For many, Tut embodies ancient Egypt's glory because his tomb was packed with the glittering wealth of the rich 18th Dynasty from 1569 to 1315 BC.Researchers are using ground penetrating radar (GPR) to scan the pharaoh's chamber for the existence of two chambers rumoured to be hidden behind its walls.The search is being led by the  Polytechnic University Turin, Italy, and will be the third time in the past two years researchers have looked for the lost chamber.'It will be a rigorous scientific work and will last several days, if not weeks,' Franco Porcelli, the project's director and a professor of physics at the department of applied science and technology of the Polytechnic Univer Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5341599/Egypt-starts-radar-scans-secret-rooms-Tuts-tomb.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Has Tutankhamun's tragic teenage wife finally been found?
 
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fox news - Has Tutankhamun's tragic teenage wife finally been found? The mystery of the final resting place of the wife of Ancient Egypt's most famous ruler has moved a step closer to being solved.Egyptologists previously discovered what they believe is the burial chamber of Ankhesenamun, Tutankhamun's wife, in the Valley of The Kings.If confirmed, it could help to unravel the final fate of the boy king's wife, who suddenly disappeared from historical records after her second marriage.The teen bride is believed to have had a tragic life, marrying her father, her grandfather and her half-brother Tutankhamun.Archaeologists have now begun to excavate an area near a tomb at the World Heritage Site, which they believe contains her body.Archaeologist and former Egyptian minister for antiquities, Zahi Hawass, announced the start of the dig on his website.He discovered the suspected burial plot near the tomb of the pharaoh Ay in July 2017, using ground penetrating radar.In a written statement, a spokesman for Hawass' research team said: 'In January 2018, Zahi Hawass launched his own excavations at the Valley of the Monkeys, a side valley in the area of the Valley of the Kings.'The focus of the excavations is in the area in close proximity to the tomb of Ay, Tutankhamun's successor.'The radar scans in the area detected the presence of a possible entrance to a tomb at a depth of five metres (16 feet).'It is believed that the location of the tomb of Ankhsenamun, Tutankhamun's widow, who married Ay after Tutankhamun's death, is still hidden somewhere in the Valley of the Monkeys.'Ankhesenamun, who was married to Tutankhamun, who reigned from 1332 to 1327 BC, was wed with Ay after Tutankhamun's sudden death.Ay ruled immediately after King Tut, from 1327 to 1323 BC.Evidence of foundation deposits, caches of pottery, food remains and other tools, suggest the construction of a tomb at the site.Hawass' team plan to excavate the newly discovered chamber to determine exactly who is inside.Speaking to LiveScience at the time of its discovery, Hawass said: 'We are sure there is a tomb there, but we do not know for sure to whom it belongs.'We are sure there is a tomb hidden in that area because I found four foundation deposits.'The ancient Egyptians usually did four or five foundation deposits whenever they started a tomb's construction.'[And] the radar did detect a substructure that could be the entrance of a tomb.'Ankhesenamun was the third child of Pharaoh Akhenaten and Nefertiti and was born in around 1348BC.She was originally called Ankhesenpaaten, but her change of name reflects changes in Ancient Egyptian religion during her lifetime.She was the half sister and cousin of Tutankhamun, with the pair sharing the same father.Tutankhamun's mother, believed to have been Nefertiti, is thought to have been Ankhesenamun's aunt.The queen is said to have married King Tut when he took the throne at the age of nine, when she was just a few years older.After their marriage the pair changed their names in honour of the old monotheistic religio Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5279643/Has-Tutankhamuns-tragic-teenage-wife-finally-found.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  WHO WAS HANS JONATAN?
 
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fox news - WHO WAS HANS JONATAN? Hans Jonatan was born into slavery on the island of St Croix in 1784.His story rose to international fame after the publication of the biography, The Man Who Stole Himself.While there are some uncertainties about his father, it’s thought he was a white Dane named Hans Gram, who was a secretary on one of the island’s plantations.Eventually, the plantation owner returned to Denmark and took the two with him – but, slavery was illegal in the country.Jonatan fought for the Danish navy and later declared himself a free man, according to New Scientist.After a court battle, however, a judge ruled in 1802 that he should be sent back to the Danish West Indies to return to slavery.To avoid this fate, Jonatan escaped to Iceland, where he was greeted ‘with open arms,’ Kári Stefánsson of deCODE Genetics in Reykjavik, Iceland, told New Scientist.The whereabouts of Hans Jonatan’s remains are unknown – but, using DNA samples from 182 of his descendants, geneticists with deCODE have traced his family back West Africa, from a region that covers Benin, Nigeria, and Cameroon. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/fb-5272855/WHO-HANS-JONATAN.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Dr Pepper owner to merge with coffee firm in £5bn takeover
 
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fox news - Dr Pepper owner to merge with coffee firm in £5bn takeover Dr Pepper’s owner is to merge with coffee company Keurig Green Mountain to form a beverages juggernaut.The £14.9billion deal will bring big brands owned by US-based Dr Pepper Snapple, which also include 7up, Orangina, Schweppes and Sunkist, under the same roof as Green Mountain Coffee.Keurig will pay $103.75 per share in a special dividend to Dr Pepper shareholders, who will also retain 13 per cent of the new company, which will be called Keurig Dr Pepper.It is the latest acquisition by JAB Holding, which owns Keurig and is itself controlled by Germany’s secretive Reimann family.Bob Gamgort, chief executive of Keurig, said: ‘We have a really wide portfolio of brands.‘We’re able to address almost every consumer need in every format and to reach every point of sale,’ he said.Dr Pepper’s shares surged after the deal was announced yesterday. The drinks company was split from Cadbury Schweppes a decade ago.Bosses said they expected the merged business to make £427million of cost savings and expand into selling coffee in bottles and in vending machines.JAB Holding has been on a buying spree recently, taking Coffee Roasters private in 2016 after absorbing part of Mondelez’s international coffee business just a year previously.It also bought restaurant chains Krispy Kreme and Panera Bread.Mondelez International, a major Keurig shareholder, will own about 13 per cent of the Keurig Dr Pepper business. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5326949/Dr-Pepper-owner-merge-coffee-firm-5bn-takeover.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Marmokreb crayfish can clown themselves  - fox news
 
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Marmokreb crayfish can clown themselves - fox news Most crayfish reproduce by having sex.But an all-female species of mutant crayfish has managed to evolve the ability to clone itself, without the need for a male.Known as marmokrebs, or marbled crayfish, the species' remarkable cloning ability has led it to 'multiply out of control'.Now scientists are warning the female crustaceans are beginning to take over the world.While it may sound like the plot of the horror movie, they say there may be some benefits to the strange crayfish invasion; the crayfish’s unusual evolution could also provide a strategy to tackle cancer, that clones itself in a similar way.In a new study published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, researchers sequenced the genomes of 11 marbled crayfish.All 11 creatures had nearly identical genomes, suggesting they were clones.Researchers believe these mutant creatures began evolving by accident almost 25 years ago, after a German aquarium hobbyist bought a crayfish that he was told was a 'Texas crayfish'.But he was surprised when his marbled crayfish produced hundreds of eggs at a time and grew large.He gave away the crayfish, and they eventually ended up being sold in pet shops in Germany.But owners soon began noticing that their Marmokrebs were reproducing without the need to mate, and all offspring were female, fertile and clones of their mother.Once the new species of crayfish evolved, male slough crayfish could no longer produce offspring with the female Marmokrebs, even though the male slough Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5357103/Marmokreb-crayfish-clown-themselves.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Yellowstone supervolcano is showing signs of strain 6  - fox news
 
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Yellowstone supervolcano is showing signs of strain 6 - fox news Volcanoes experience strain from pressures just like humans - but now, scientists say they can measure exactly how much physical strain is on them.Researchers monitoring the Yellowstone supervolcano in Wyoming have detected molten rock about three miles below the surface.While it is not dangerous, the scientists have warned that slight shifts in the environment around the volcano can add up and create significant change over time.The technologies they use can detect changes in volcanic strain smaller than the width of a hydrogen atom.Geodesists David Mencin and Glen Mattioli say these measurements can advance scientists' understanding of volcanic activity.Their work, published this week in Yellowstone Caldera Chronicles, explains what these measurements can tell us about the national park's 'plumbing'.Mencin and Mattioli fleshed out the comparison between strain put on humans and volcanoes in their report.It said: 'We all know what it is like to experience strain.The pressures of everyday life can leave you feeling contorted and stretched.'It turns out, volcanoes are no different - they experience strain as well.' When a volcano experiences strain it changes shape.Specifically, the shape of its subsurface rock changes, the authors said.This process is called deformation.A number of forces can cause deformation.If its magma pressure or the amount of water filling nearby lakes change, a volcano can be subject to deformation.These pressures can be measured by GPS technology comb Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5387367/Yellowstone-supervolcano-measurable-strain.html
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fox news -  Oldest life on Earth began more than 3.5 billion years ago
 
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fox news - Oldest life on Earth began more than 3.5 billion years ago The oldest fossils ever discovered suggest life on Earth began at least 3.5 billion years ago in modern day Australia, a new study claims.Experts claim to have confirmed that microscopic fossils are the oldest ever found and the earliest evidence of life on Earth, before an oxygen atmosphere existed.The revelation could suggest that the microbial lifeforms may be widespread in the universe.The microfossils - so called because they are not evident to the naked eye - were first described in the journal Science in 1993 by Professor William Schopf. His team identified them based largely on the fossils' unique, cylindrical and filamentous shapes. Professor Schopf, director of UCLA's Centre for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life, published further supporting evidence of their biological nature in 2002. He collected the rock in which the fossils were found in 1982 from the Apex chert deposit of Western Australia, one of the few places on the planet where geological evidence of early Earth has been preserved. Professor Schopf's earlier interpretations have been disputed, as critics argued they are just odd minerals that only look like biological specimens. But Profess John Valley, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. says the new findings put these doubts to rest - the microfossils are indeed biological.  Professor Valley said: 'I think it's settled.'The findings were made by researchers at UCLA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Their study describes 11 microbial specimens from five separate organisms, linking their form and structure to chemical signatures characteristic of life.Scientists say some represent now-extinct bacteria and microbes from a domain of life called Archaea, while others are similar to microbial species still found today.They say the results show that the microfossils are from a primitive, but diverse group of organisms, which could be widespread throughout the universe.They also suggest how each organism may have survived on an oxygen-free planet.The team identified a complex group of microbes, including phototrophic bacteria that would have relied on the sun to produce energy.It also includes Archaea that produced methane and gammaproteobacteria that consumed methane, a gas believed to be an important constituent of Earth's early atmosphere.The findings were made using a state of the art secondary ion mass spectrometer (SIMS) - one of just a handful of such instruments in the world.Using this, the team was able to separate the carbon composing each fossil into its constituent isotopes and measure their ratios.Isotopes are different versions of the same chemical element that vary in their masses, due to a different number of neutrons in the nucleus of each atom.HOW THE FINDINGS WERE MADE  The findings were made using a state of the art secondary ion mass spectrometer (SIMS) - one of just a handful of such instruments in the world. Using this, the team was able to separate the carbon composing each fossil into it Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5191505/Oldest-life-Earth-began-3-5-billion-years-ago.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Artificially cooling Earth could cause 'climate chaos'
 
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fox news - Artificially cooling Earth could cause 'climate chaos' Artificially cooling Earth to counter global warming is a 'risky strategy', new research has shown.Scientists have previously suggested that imitating volcanic eruptions to fire aerosols into the atmosphere would help to cool the planet down.The aerosols, one of many 'geoengineering' techniques proposed as a way to deal with climate change, would cool Earth by block incoming solar radiation.But this could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to violent storms or prolonged dry spells, new research has shown.If aerosols are injected into the northern hemisphere, they could cause severe droughts in Africa, while if they are injected in the southern hemisphere, they could trigger a wave of tropical cyclones in northern regions of the globe.The innovative research centres on the impact solar geoengineering methods that inject aerosols into the atmosphere may have on the frequency of tropical cyclones.The controversial approach, known as stratospheric aerosol injection, is designed to reflect some sunlight before it reaches Earth's surface.The proposals mimic the aftermath of volcanic eruptions, when aerosols are naturally injected into the atmosphere.They find injections of aerosols in the northern hemisphere would decrease North Atlantic tropical cyclone frequency, while injections contained to the southern hemisphere may potentially enhance it.Crucially, the team warn that while tropical cyclone activity in the North Atlantic could be suppressed by northern hemisphere injections, this would, at the same time, induce droughts in the Sahel.In response, the researchers, from the University of Exeter, have called on policymakers worldwide to strictly regulate any large-scale geoengineering programmes in the future.They say this will prevent officials accidentally inducing natural disasters in different parts of the world.Dr Anthony Jones, a climate science expert from the University of Exeter and lead author on the paper said: 'Our results confirm that regional solar geoengineering is a highly risky strategy which could simultaneously benefit one region to the detriment of another.'It is vital that policymakers take solar geoengineering seriously and act swiftly to install effective regulation.' The innovative research centres on the impact solar geoengineering methods that inject aerosols into the atmosphere may have on the frequency of tropical cyclones.The controversial approach, known as stratospheric aerosol injection, is designed to reflect some sunlight before it reaches Earth's surface.The proposals mimic the aftermath of volcanic eruptions, when aerosols are naturally injected into the atmosphere.In the study, the researchers use sophisticated simulations with a fully coupled atmosphere-ocean model to investigate the effect of hemispheric stratospheric aerosol injection on North Atlantic tropical cyclone frequency.The study suggests injections of aerosols in the northern hemisphere would reduce tropical cyclone activity responsible Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5077949/Artificially-cooling-Earth-risky-strategy.html
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fox news -  KPMG to be investigated over Carillion audit
 
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fox news - KPMG to be investigated over Carillion audit KPMG will be investigated over Carillion’s books which it signed off before the constructor went bust.Carillion went into liquidation on January 12 with debts of up to £5billion including a pension deficit of up to £2.6billion.The auditing group had signed off the business’ annual report and accounts only nine months earlier.KPMG has been Carillion’s auditor since 1999, earning £29.9million.The Financial Reporting Council watchdog said it would investigate audits for the years ending December 2014, 2015 and 2016, and work done during 2017.KPMG is also being investigated by the FRC for its audit of engineer Rolls-Royce’s accounts while the company bribed its way into contracts around the world.KPMG said: ‘We believe that we conducted our role as Carillion’s auditor appropriately and responsibly.’ Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5326607/KPMG-investigated-Carillion-audit.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Remote Greek island was once covered in complex monuments
 
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fox news - Remote Greek island was once covered in complex monuments A remote Greek island known as the 'world's oldest maritime sanctuary' was once covered in complex monuments built using stone dug up six miles (10 km) away.Excavations around the island of Keros have revealed the technological prowess of the small group of Greeks who lived there 4,500 years ago.Researchers found the remains of massive terraced walls and giant gleaming structures on a tiny islet that was once attached to Keros.The structures were built using 1,000 tons of stone, turning the headland, which measures just 500 ft (150 m) across, into a single, giant monument.The researchers say the remains make the island one of the most impressive archaeological sites of the Aegean Sea during the Early Bronze Age.Until recently, the island of Keros, located in the Cyclades, south of Naxos, was known for ritual activities dating 4,500 years ago involving broken marble figurines.  Now new excavations show that the headland of Dhaskalio, which was once attached to Keros but is now a tiny islet because of sea level rise, was almost entirely covered by remarkable monuments. The headland was naturally shaped like a pyramid, and the skilled builders of Dhaskalio enhanced this shape by creating a series of massive terrace walls. These made it look more like a stepped pyramid. On the flat surfaces formed by the terraces, the builders used stone imported from Naxos to construct impressive, gleaming structures. The research team calculated that more than 1,000 tons of stone were imported, and that almost every possible space on the island was built on. This gave the impression of a single large monument jutting out of the sea. The complex is the largest known in the Cyclades at the time.Researchers at the University of Cambridge studied the settlement of Dhaskalio, an islet that was once part of a known prehistoric sanctuary at Keros.They say the archaeological remains show the remote region to be a more imposing and densely occupied series of structures than was previously believed.Until recently, the island of Keros, located in the Cyclades, south of the island of Naxos, was known for ritual activities dating 4,500 years ago involving broken marble figurines.The island has previously been listed by Cambridge researchers as the 'world's oldest maritime sanctuary'.Now new excavations show that the headland of Dhaskalio, which was once attached to Keros but is now a tiny islet because of sea level rise, was almost entirely covered by remarkable monuments.The constructions, which once sat close to the sanctuary at Keros, were built using stone brought painstakingly from Naxos, six miles (10 km) away.Study coauthor Professor Colin Renfrew suggested the islet, with its narrow causeway to the main island, 'may have become a focus because it formed the best natural harbour on Keros, and had an excellent view of the north, south and west Aegean'.The headland was naturally shaped like a pyramid, and the skilled builders of Dhaskalio enhanced this shape by creating a Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5280385/Remote-Greek-island-covered-complex-monuments.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  The best sex positions to increase chances of pregnancy
 
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fox news - The best sex positions to increase chances of pregnancy If you're trying to get pregnant you'll be keen to know how you can boost your chances.There's always been various theories floating around about which position is best for conception – but are they just old wives' tales?BabyCentre has looked into what experts have recommended based on scientific journal studies.Researchers used scanners to show what is going on in two positions: missionary and doggy style.Common sense already tells us that your chances of conception are maximised by deeper penetration, as it allows the sperm to get into the cervix.The scans confirm that the tip of the penis reaches the cervix in both of these positions – and doggy is the deepest.A team from CMC Beau Soleil in France took MRIs of couples in the missionary position, which confirmed it allows the penis to reach the area at the front of the cervix.They also found that the rear entry position reaches the area at the back of the cervix.Experts at Birmingham University found women undergoing fertility treatment were 33 per cent more likely to have a baby if their vitamin D levels were healthy. They said the findings may explain why people tend to find it easier to conceive in the summer, when vitamin D levels are boosted by the sun’s rays. The NHS already recommends women who are pregnant or trying to conceive take daily vitamin D supplements for the sake of the development of their baby. But the new findings, published in the Human Reproduction journal, suggests it also might help them conceive in the first place.However, Dr James Goldfarb, director of the infertility service at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, said women shouldn't worry too much about positions.'Very rarely, a woman's cervix is in an unusual position where certain positions can make a difference,' he told WebMD.However, certain gravity-defying positions, such as sitting or standing during intercourse, may discourage sperm from travelling upstream.'It's a matter of gravity and you don't want all the semen to run out – and semen are quick little critters,' he said.Some insist that a woman holding their legs up in the air after sex will boost their chances of conceiving.Dr Goldfarb says this is not necessary – but he does recommend not jumping up out of bed straight away.'It's good advice to lay in bed for 10 to 15 minutes after intercourse, but you don't need your feet in the air,' he said.'Your pelvis does not move when you put your legs in the air.'He also advises women not to go the bathroom during this time either.'If you wait 10 to 15 minutes, the sperm that is going to get into the cervix will be in the cervix.' Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5136685/The-best-sex-positions-increase-chances-pregnancy.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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'Real world' car tests will give unrealistic fuel economy  - fox news
 
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'Real world' car tests will give unrealistic fuel economy - fox news Ever wonder why you can never achieve the fuel economy figures quoted for the car you drive?It might say it will do 50mpg on the manufacturer's website, but in reality it's closer to 30mpg when you're at the wheel.It's because the fuel economy and emissions tests for cars do not represent real-world driving conditions, which is why tests will be replaced this year with a more relevant version - but even that won't give an accurate account of how efficient your car will be, warn Mercedes-Benz bosses.The WLTP/RDE (World Harmonised Light Vehicle Testing Procedure/Real Driving Emissions) test will become the new standard for car manufacturers from September.It's the second phase to move away from an old test that had been in existence since 1970 and had its last major update some 20 years ago.But while it is expected to be a significant improvement on the outgoing measurements, Mercedes says it won't produce like-for-like figures that drivers will be able to achieve day in day out.When asked about the WLTP/RDE cycle by motoring title Auto Express, Mercedes' head of certification of Emissions and Consumption Dr Christoph Höhmann, said: 'It's better than the old one. But if the expectation is that everything will be fixed, then in that respect it's not right.'The test will be split between a laboratory and a short cycle conducted out on real roads.The lab test - the WLTP part - has been mandatory since September 2017, but the RDE addition will only become required from the same mon Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-5316315/Real-world-car-tests-unrealistic-fuel-economy.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Dogs slash the risk of a premature death by a third
 
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fox news - Dogs slash the risk of a premature death by a third Owning a dog slashes the risk of suffering a premature death by a third, new research reveals.Older people who live alone are 33 per cent less likely to die over the next 12 years if they have a dog, according to a Swedish study of more than 3.4million elderly people.The biggest impact is in heart disease, the world's greatest killer, with owning Britain's favourite pet reducing early deaths rates by a staggering 36 per cent, the research adds.Researchers believe canine pets also help to lower loneliness, which has been described as 'akin to a chronic long-term condition' and linked to disorders including heart disease and dementia.As well as offering companionship and boosting non-human interactions, dogs also encourage their owners to exercise via walks, the researchers add.Dogs may also strengthen humans' gut bacteria, according to the researchers, which has previously been linked to a stronger immune system and maintaining a healthy weight.Man's best friend is the most popular pet in the UK, with 24 per cent of people owning a dog.PEOPLE SLEEP BETTER WITH THEIR DOG IN THEIR BEDROOM (BUT DON'T LET THEM SNEAK UNDER THE COVERS)  Letting dogs sleep in bedrooms helps people get a better night's snooze, research revealed in September.This is only true, however, if the dog is present in the room, but not under the covers, a study found.Snuggling up to animals in bed reduces people's sleep quality, the research adds.Study author Dr Lois Krahn from the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, said: 'We found that many people find comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets.'Today, many pet owners are away from their pets for much of the day, so they want to maximize their time with them when they are home.'Having them in the bedroom at night is an easy way to do that.' How the research was carried out Researchers from Uppsala University, Sweden, analysed health records and dog ownership information from seven registries on individuals aged between 40 and 80 with no history of heart disease.The study's participants were followed between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2012 or until they died, if that was sooner.In Sweden, every hospital visit is recorded in national databases where they are then made accessible to researchers after individuals are made anonymous.Dog ownership registration has been mandatory in Sweden since 2001, enabling scientists to uncover pet ownership with any later diagnosis of heart disease or death from any cause.Lead junior author Mwenya Mubanga said: 'A very interesting finding in our study was dog ownership was especially prominent as a protective factor in persons living alone, which is a group reported previously to be at higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death than those living in a multi-person household.'Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households.'The results showed single dog owners had a 33 percent reduction in risk of death and 11 percent reduction in risk of cardiovasc Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5092195/Dogs-slash-risk-premature-death-THIRD.html
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fox news -  Climate skeptics under fire for new paper
 
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fox news - Climate skeptics under fire for new paper A team of researchers known for publishing controversial findings that challenge the idea of human influence on climate change has now released a study that suggests there has been no acceleration in warming over the last two decades.But, as other scientists have noted, there is mounting evidence that shows otherwise.Using satellite data on the global mean temperatures in the troposphere from January 1979-June 2017, the new study argues that the warming trend has remained at nearly a steady rate since it was previously estimated, in 1994.The Paris Agreement on Climate Change has four main goals with regards to reducing emissions: 1)  A long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels 2) To aim to limit the increase to 1.5°C, since this would significantly reduce risks and the impacts of climate change 3) Goverments agreed on the need for global emissions to peak as soon as possible, recognising that this will take longer for developing countries 4) To undertake rapid reductions thereafter in accordance with the best available scienceIn the controversial new study supported by the Department of Energy, the researchers examined raw satellite measurements of the lowest layer of Earth’s atmosphere, and removed natural factors including volcanic activity and ENSOs (El Nino and La Nina activity).This, they argue, allows the ‘potentially human-forced trend’ to be assessed.The analysis revealed a ‘mismatch’ between the observations and the climate model; according to the researchers, the warming trend in the troposphere from 1979-2017 sits at about 0.096 C (about 0.17° Fahrenheit) per decade.The number is far below the widely accepted estimates, and is ‘unexpectedly close’ to the 0.09 C warming trend found by lead author Dr John Christy in 1994, the researchers said.Christy, a professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, claims the findings further support his conclusion from 23 years ago, in which he stated the current climate models ‘had the atmosphere’s sensitivity to CO2 much too high.’In the past, however, scientists have slammed Christy’s research for containing numerous flaws and biases; the researcher has even claimed that the atmosphere is cooling.In an article for The Guardian earlier this year, thermal sciences and climate expert Dr John Abraham pointed out that the researcher has had to make numerous changes to his studies after other experts noted major errors.This time around, Abraham told Dailymail.com that the team is only accounting for one component of Earth’s climate while neglecting other important factors, including the oceans, ice melt data, and temperatures at the ground level.And, Abraham says they’ve manipulated the raw measurements to decrease warming by about 38 percent.‘Once again, John Christy is trying to downplay the threat of climate change by suggesting climate projections are too dire,’ Abraham told Dailymail.com in an email.‘He has published a pa Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5133897/Climate-skeptics-fire-new-paper.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Triple review of Audi Q2, Ford Kuga and Seat Ateca?
 
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fox news - Triple review of Audi Q2, Ford Kuga and Seat Ateca? For some, maximising the ‘sport’ bit of the SUV is all. They’re drawn to such cars because they’re practical, spacious and good over all terrains, but adding in a big set of alloys and hip-hugging seats is also deemed an essential.That’s why Seat has now launched a suitably racy FR version of its Ateca five-seater, a car that doesn’t only look sharper, but has more responsive steering to give it a crisper feel on the road.To find out how it fares, we’ve tested it against two similarly sharpened rivals, the Audi Q2 and Ford Kuga.All three have mainstream turbo petrol engines, so don’t expect hot hatch performance.Even so, the Audi isn’t bad, with an 8.0 second 0-to-60mph time, one closely matched by the Seat. They share the same engine and both offer smooth acceleration if you don’t let the revs drop too low.They contrast with the Ford, whose same-power and slightly larger engine is nevertheless more lethargic. It doesn’t feel all that sporty – and its tall body also leans the most in corners.The Ford instead rides the best of the trio at slower speeds, showing where its emphasis lies.The Seat underlines its eagerness through the corners, with excellent steering and a real feeling of confidence.Saying that, the Q2 is actually the most agile, helped by the fact it’s the most hatch-like of the trio here, sitting just a few centimetres above the Audi A3 it’s based upon. It is, however, the only car here with a ride that at times borders on uncomfortable.Inside, none of them are particularly sporty-feeling, even the FR-branded Seat and S Line-designation Q2.The Audi has the best interior quality, but its margin of superiority isn’t enormous, while the Kuga is a real let-down, feeling like a car half the price.You sit lowest in the Q2, but all three models have good driving positions. We though the Seat’s seats were the most supportive, and the Kuga’s were the spongiest and least sporting.In the rear, the Q2 is perhaps unsurprisingly the tightest – you can get tall adults in there, but only just.The Ateca is much more spacious, beating even the Kuga here; the advantage in rear kneeroom is pronounced, although the Ford is the only one with rear seats that recline by a few degrees, making it comfier for snoozing passengers. No car has sliding rear seats.As for boot space, It’s the Seat again that leads the way, with the Q2 predictably lagging.It’s all shaping up nicely for the Seat, particularly when you clock the fact list prices are generally around £2,000 less than the others. That’s before discounts, though: just a little shopping around on the Ford will soon get you some eye-opening savings.You’ll have no trouble halving the Ateca’s advantage – needless to say, it’s almost impossible to get a discount on the Audi.The Q2 is also still worth the most after three years, although it’s the Seat that has the lowest rate of depreciation. This makes it the cheapest model overall to own; the Kuga costs significantly more than the others because its engine is Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-5205447/Triple-review-Audi-Q2-Ford-Kuga-Seat-Ateca.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Size does matter to monkeys with big noses, say scientists  - fox news
 
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Size does matter to monkeys with big noses, say scientists - fox news Male monkeys with large noses have more females in their harems – proving that size does matter, according to a team of scientists.Researchers studying proboscis monkeys in Malaysia found that males with exaggerated masculine traits, such as big noses, 'serve as advertisements to females in mate selection'.Those involved in the study from Cardiff University, Kyoto University and Sabah Wildlife Department and the Danau Girang Field Centre in Malaysia, say the new evidence points to both male-male competition and female choice as contributing to the evolution of enlarged male noses.The primate, which is native to Borneo, sports a sizeable snout, which Dr Sen Nathan, assistant director of Sabah Wildlife Department and PhD student at Cardiff University and Danau Girang Field Centre, said had long been admired as an 'extremely attractive' visual feature by biologists.But he said explanations for its evolution had so far been gleaned more from folklore than from science.Dr Ikki Matsuda, from Chubu University and Kyoto University in Japan, said the team tested the correlations between body mass, facial characteristics, testicular volume, vocalizations, and number of harem females in captive and free-ranging proboscis monkeys.She said: 'In addition to finding that enlarged male noses serve as advertisements to females in mate selection, we also found that males with larger noses also tended to have larger body mass and testis.'This suggests that nose enlargement is a reliable predict Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5419069/Size-does-matter-monkeys-big-noses-say-scientists.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Indian woman bullied for her white skin and ginger hair
 
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fox news - Indian woman bullied for her white skin and ginger hair A young woman born to Indian parents with red hair, white skin and freckles has spent her life being shunned and bullied because people think she's diseased.Pooja Ganatra, 24, who was born in Mumbai, has flaming ginger hair, deep emerald eyes and white skin - like that of a stereotypical Gaelic woman.But the proud Indian was actually born to 'typically Indian' parents who thought her freckles were a birth defect - and have no idea where her unusual looks come from.Miss Ganatra's appearance, believed to stem from her ancestors, has made her feel like a foreigner in her own country - with Indians staring and asking for pictures.It could be her appearance, which saw her rushed to hospital as a child over fears she had a skin disease, was triggered by an 'evolutionary throwback' of her genes.Because of her complexion, strangers are often shocked to discover she speaks Hindi and try to charge her tourist prices because they think she is a backpacker.Her insecurities were intensified as a teenager by the overwhelming pressure to conform to 'impossible' Indian standards of beauty.Miss Ganatra, who runs her own clothes manufacturing business, said: 'When I was born, my family had never seen anyone who looked like me before because they all have brown skin, black hair and brown eyes, like most Indians.'When my freckles started appearing everywhere when I was three, because none of my relatives had ever gotten freckles before they didn't know what they were.'I was rushed to the doctors because everyone thought it was a birth defect or skin disease. I was always the odd-one-out at school, and was routinely bullied.'People would always come up and ask "what are those spots on your face? Why do you have so many marks?". It was a real mental challenge.'Even in my first year of university, I was pulled aside and told not to wear sleeveless shirts because they were "too eye catching" with my white skin.'There was no rule against sleeveless clothing and every other girl dressed like me, yet I was singled out.'Miss Ganatra added: 'Indians love to pose for photos with different-looking people from overseas, so I often get people coming up to me asking for pictures.'It's happened more than 100 times in my life - I have to tell them, "relax, I'm Indian too".'When I get into taxis cab drivers start speaking to me in English and are shocked when I answer them in Hindi.'The funniest one is when I'm charged the foreigner price for public attractions because they think I'm a backpacker, so I have to prove I'm Indian.'When I was in America people wouldn't believe me when I told them I'm Indian. Even the customs officer at the airport had to look twice at my passport and asked me if I'm really from India.'After Miss Ganatra was born, her parents decided not to have any more children in case her strange looks were a sign she needed medical treatment and they wanted to be able to afford this.While her father Rajesh, 51, has darker skin and looks 'typically Indian', her mother Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5178549/The-Indian-feels-like-foreigner-country.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Has YOUR computer been 'cryptojacked'? Here's how to tell
 
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fox news - Has YOUR computer been 'cryptojacked'? Here's how to tell Nothing comes for free, especially online. Websites and apps that don't charge you for their services are often collecting your data or bombarding you with advertising.Now some sites have found a new way to make money from you: using your computer to generate virtual currencies.Several video streaming sites and the popular file sharing network The Pirate Bay have allegedly been 'cryptojacking' their users' computers in this way, as has the free wifi provider in a Starbucks cafe in Argentina.Users may object to this, especially if it slows down their computers.But given how hard it is for most companies to make money from online advertising, it might be something we have to get used to – unless we want to start paying more for things.Units of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin aren't created by a central bank like regular money but are generated or 'mined' by computers solving complex equations. Cryptojacking involves using someone's computer without their knowledge, perhaps for just seconds at a time, to mine a cryptocurrency.In the case of bitcoin, mining requires specialised hardware and consumes masses of energy. For example, each bitcoin transaction takes enough energy to boil around 36,000 kettles filled with water. In a year, the whole bitcoin mining network consumes more energy than Ireland.But bitcoin is not the only show in town and there are many competing cryptocurrences.One of the most successful is Monero, which builds a degree of privacy into transactions (something bitcoin doesn't do). Currently it requires no specialised hardware for mining, so anyone with computing power to spare can mine it.Mining usually takes the form of a competition.Whichever computer solves the equation the fastest is rewarded with the money.With Moreno and other similar cryptocurrencies, a pool of computers can work together and share the reward if they win the competition.This allows individual computers to work on a just small part of the mining task.The larger the pool, the more chance there is of winning the reward.When a computer is cryptojacked, it is added to a pool for to work on the task.This is often done using a commercially available piece of software, such as Coinhive, which can written into what looks like an ad using the common website language JavaScript.As the ad runs in the background, the computer is added to a pool.This means the website or internet provider doing the cryptojacking can mine cryptocurrency with little cost to themselves.One estimate is that 220 of the top 1,000 websites in the world are conducting cryptojacking, making a total of US$43,000 over a three week period.This might not be very much but file-sharing sites in particular have been searching for new businesses models in order to support their operations and cryptojacking could grow into a new income source.The problem for the computer's owner is that this takes up processor power, making other operations take much longer.Pirate Bay users have complained that their pr Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5199273/Has-computer-cryptojacked-Heres-tell.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Archaeologists find an Iron Age structure in the Highlands
 
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fox news - Archaeologists find an Iron Age structure in the Highlands Archaeologists in the Highlands have unearthed a possible Iron Age structure, tool and pottery pieces during roadworks this week.The discoveries were made on the Crubenmore to Kincraig stretch of the A9, which is to be made into a dual-carriageway.The experts have also found pottery fragments, part of a plough and a previously-unknown structure close to a prehistoric underground structure called Raitt's Cave, near Kingussie.WHAT DID THEY FIND?  Traces of a previously-unknown structure were identified together with a scattering of pottery fragments and a possible stone Ard point - a stone worked into a point for use as part of a plough.  The pottery was identified by Iron Age expert Martin Carruthers as a possible collection of early fragments from the period. These findings led the archaeologists to believe the structure may be associated with the Raitt's Cave souterrain. This underground structure is a scheduled monument and is very large compared with most similar pieces in the north of Scotland. Souterrains remain a point of contention, as their use is still debated by archaeologists across the UK. It is believed they may have been used for storage, defence or some unidentified ritual, but commonly they are associated with settlement in the Bronze and Iron Ages.Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown said: 'Our work to dual the A9 will bring undoubted improvements for road users including improved journey times and significantly improving road safety.'At the same time, the ongoing design work has opened a window into Scotland's past.'We have already been able to shed more light on the Battle of Killiecrankie and now these latest finds on another stretch of the route offer evidence for experts on how our prehistoric descendants lived in the Iron Age.'As with all major infrastructure projects, Transport Scotland appointed a team of experts to check for previously-hidden ancient structures and other significant finds.Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (Orca) took up the task and opened a number of trenches to investigate anomalies identified in a survey.Traces of a previously-unknown structure were identified together with a scattering of pottery fragments and a possible stone Ard point - a stone worked into a point for use as part of a plough.Peter Higgins, senior project manager for Orca, said: 'We are tremendously excited by these finds in this archaeologically-significant location.'We are also pleased that we can work with Transport Scotland to make sure that these finds are recorded correctly without impeding the roadworks so vital to this Scotland's economic development.'The pottery was identified by Iron Age expert Martin Carruthers as a possible collection of early fragments from the period.These findings led the archaeologists to believe the structure may be associated with the Raitt's Cave souterrain.This underground structure is a scheduled monument and is very large compared with most similar pieces in the no Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5146825/Archaeologists-Iron-Age-structure-Highlands.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  SVAutobiography: The most luxurious Range Rover yet
 
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fox news - SVAutobiography: The most luxurious Range Rover yet The most expensive and luxurious Range Rover to hit the road has been unveiled today ahead of the Los Angeles Motor Show, offering the wealthy first-class travel from Hollywood to Harrods.Priced at up to £177,000 for the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 model, the new long-wheelbase Range Rover SVAutobiography is aimed at the well-heeled stars or business leaders on the move, who are more likely to be chauffeured than drive themselves whether for work, rest or play.How different is it from the 1969 Range Rover original? Watch the video below to see how the luxurious SUV has evolved in the last five decades.The price-tag is more than double the cost of the new standard Range Rover, launched in October, which costs from £79,595 for the 3.0-Litre TDV6 diesel.For the environmentally-conscious, there’s even a new plug-in hybrid electric-petrol version with an electric-only range of up to 31 miles.Built and hand-finished by Jaguar Land Rover’s bespoke Special Vehicle Operations division on the outskirts of Coventry and aimed at upmarket rivals like Mercedes-Benz and Bentley, the new limousine-style 4X4 promises heightened levels of luxury and comfort from reclining airline-style seats, longer legroom, a sumptuously redesigned cabin, power-closing doors and a unique timepiece by watchmakers Zenith.Allowing passengers to stretch out in comfort, the 'Executive Class' rear seats combined with the long-wheelbase body offers more than 1.2-metres of rear leg-room.That is enhanced by a powered 40-degree recline, a hot stone massage function, heated calf and foot rests, and cossetting deep seat foams with new comfort interlayers.And don’t worry about an in-flight movie - integrated 10-inch touchscreen rear entertainment screens allow passengers to use the 4G WiFi connectivity to work or relax in comfort.Twin high-definition touchscreen controls mean information can be swiped from one screen to the other, providing access to functions that provide what it calls a ‘digital butler’ fit for the 21st Century.If you’re entertaining en route, or just relaxing with a tincture after a busy day, a concealed refrigerator between the twin rear seats can hold two wine or champagne bottles or four 600-milliliter-sized bottles.Rear tables fold down electrically and the right-hand rear seat folds to accommodate long items.The fixed centre console extends the full length of the cabin and features controls for heating and cooling for everyone to tinker with.And passengers don't even have to close their own doors - or get their chauffeur to - thanks to a pair of conveniently located buttons on the rear console that automatically swing them shut.Customers can also specify for the first time a special powered and veneered loadspace floor to make loading and unloading luggage easier.An exclusive new Zenith clock features on the rear centre console is inspired by the Elite 6150 watch and is specially designed to complement the finish on the start/stop button, gear selector and pedals.Three Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-5124189/Step-inside-expensive-luxurious-Range-Rover.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  ASK THE DOCTOR: Can a tooth infection spread to the heart?
 
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fox news - ASK THE DOCTOR: Can a tooth infection spread to the heart? Recently I met two people with the same heart condition caused by getting an infection via their teeth. One needed open heart surgery and the other antibiotics — both nearly died. Is this common and, if so, how does it occur?The condition you’ve described is infective endocarditis and while it’s not particularly common — it affects about ten in every 100,000 people a year — it’s nonetheless worth discussing because it can potentially affect a wide range of people.It occurs when bacteria travelling in the bloodstream attach to the endocardium, the lining of the heart. The infection usually involves one or more of the heart valves, too.Most people who develop infective endocarditis have a pre-existing abnormality in the heart that gives the bacteria the opportunity to lodge there.These abnormalities include conditions such as rheumatic heart disease, in which the structure of one or more of the valves has been damaged, or mitral valve leaflet prolapse, where one flap of the mitral valve — the main valve between the two left-hand chambers of the heart — prolapse over the other.When a valve is abnormal this alters the blood flow over its surface, which in turn affects the immune response in the area.The endothelium, the lining of the blood vessels and entire cardiovascular system, is avascular, meaning that it does not have its own inner blood supply — a bit like the lens in the eye. (Technically, the endocardium is the name given to the endothelium inside the heart.)As a result, the endothelium is prone to build-ups of ‘vegetations’, which effectively become a seedbed for passing bacteria.In fact, it’s normal to have bacteria in the bloodstream — even cleaning your teeth launches organisms into the blood. But they are soon cleared by normal immune mechanisms.However, if you have an abnormal heart valve, this gives bacteria the opportunity to take root and cause an infection.The flaps in the heart valves seem to be particularly prone to this. Various factors increase the risk of endocarditis in these patients, such as having catheters in your veins (as when undergoing chemotherapy), a suppressed immune system, and, most relevant to your letter, dental procedures or dental infections.But endocarditis is not confined to patients with cardiac abnormalities. Other risk factors are age (being over 60), being male (we don’t know why) and poor oral hygiene.An endocarditis infection can appear as an acute illness with fever, chills and loss of appetite, or more slowly, causing fatigue, headache, sweats, aches and pains, and weight loss.Once the infection is established on the heart valves, bacteria may then be pumped around the body in the form of infective particles.For example, one of the things we look for are ‘splinter haemorrhages’ — tiny black splinter-like marks under the fingernails, each of which represents an infective particle from the heart getting trapped in the capillaries of the nailbed. If these particles reach the brain, abscesses may form, Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5122947/ASK-DOCTOR-tooth-infection-spread-heart.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Can you catch the flu from your dog?
 
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fox news - Can you catch the flu from your dog? The flu is wreaking havoc across the nation this season, and it's not just impacting humans.Dogs are getting sick too.In a little over a month there's been more than 100 canines have tested positive for the highly contagious dog flu in California, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.There hasn't been a case of humans being infected with the dog flu, but that doesn't mean it can't happen.The dog flu is similar to the kinds of viruses that infect humans, and have nearly identical symptoms including, runny nose, cough, fatigue and loss of appetite.The severity of the dog flu can range from no signs to severe illness resulting in pneumonia and sometimes death. However, most dogs recover within two to three weeks, according to the CDC.The canine influenza can be easily spread among dogs in parks, kennels and shelters through coughing and sneezing, or touching contaminated materials.According to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 72 dogs tested positive for the flu in California, 22 in Kentucky, 14 in Ohio and one in Michigan.There are two different dog flu viruses: one is an H3N8 virus and the other is an H3N2 virus — which is different from the human virus.The two strains are responsible for the 2015 dog flu outbreak in Chicago which affected more than 1,000 dogs, and killed five dogs.However, dog owners shouldn't worry about the dog flu in this season because it's not worse than it has been historically, according to Amy Glaser, director of the Molecular Diagnostic Labor Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5331631/Can-catch-flu-dog.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  US Military backs project to create unhackable computer
 
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fox news - US Military backs project to create unhackable computer DARPA is developing a computer equipped with new security features that could make it completely 'unhackable.'DARPA said it will spend $3.6 million on the project, known as Morpheus, that will transform computer circuits into 'unsolvable puzzles.'The US military unit has set aside $50 million total for the Morpheus program.The Morpheus system differs from traditional security methods, which rely on issuing software patches for vulnerabilities that have already been identified.Instead, Morpheus operates in a way where information is 'rapidly and randomly moved and destroyed,' making it harder for attackers to seize critical data, while protecting hardware and software.Researchers at the University of Michigan are developing the Morpheus security system, which they say functions somewhat like a Rubik's cube.'We are making the computer an unsolvable puzzle,' said Todd Austin, a professor of computer science at the University of Michigan.'It's like if you're solving a Rubik's Cube and every time you blink, I rearrange it.'The hope is that Morpheus can help prevent the kinds of dreaded, zero day exploits that have become so prevalent in 2017.To be sure, it was a banner year for hacks in 2017.There was the massive WannaCry attacks in May that reached more than 230,000 computers, the Equifax breach in July that compromised 145 million people's data and the Yahoo hack, announced in October, that affected 3 billion accounts - just to name a few.Austin, the Michigan professor, said that typically, the location of data never changes, so all hackers have to do is find the data, steal it and then it's 'game over.'Most vulnerabilities develop as a result of 'software doors' that hackers are able to locate.According to DARPA, the most common vulnerabilities include permissions and privileges, buffer errors, resource management, information leakage, numeric errors, crypto errors, and code injection.With Morpheus, the location of the vulnerability and the location of the passwords would change.'I've never known any security system that could be future proof,' Austin added.DARPA hopes to eliminate many of the most common software vulnerabilities within five years.In May 2017, a massive ransomware virus attack spread to the computer systems of hundreds of private companies and public organisations across the globe. The software locked computers and asked for a digital ransom before control is safely returned. In just a few hours, the malware had already infected victims in at least 74 countries, including Russia, Turkey, Germany, Vietnam, and the Philippines - and was estimated to be spreading at a rate of five million emails per hour. Hospitals and doctors' surgeries in England were forced to turn away patients and cancel appointments after the attack crippled the NHS.  The virus encrypts certain files on the computer and then blackmails the user for money in exchange for the access to the files. It leaves the user with only two files: Instructions on what to do n Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5200101/US-Military-backs-project-create-unhackable-computer.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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More than a quarter of indebted Britons fear a rate rise  - fox news
 
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More than a quarter of indebted Britons fear a rate rise - fox news More than a quarter of British households will be relieved that the Bank of England held interest rates today - but a larger number want a rate rise, according to a survey.Some 28 per cent of Britons say they would struggle to pay off debts in the case rates went up from the 0.5 per cent they were held at today. The Monetary Policy Committee voted 9-0 in favour of sticking.A similar proportion say an increase would be damaging for their finances, according to ING Bank.However, 38 per cent of Britons say a rate rise would be good for their household finances, because they have savings and are tired of poor returns, especially now inflation has risen.Meanwhile, the remaining 36 per cent of people did not know whether a rate increase would be good or not for them, or were ambivalent on the subject.The international survey, which polled 1,000 people in the UK, comes as the MPC left base rate unchanged at 0.5 per cent today.However, the next rate rise - most probably of 0.25 per cent - could come as early as May, with another one by the end of the year if the economy performs well, according to experts.Recent official data has showed that the economy grew by 0.5 per cent in the last quarter of 2017, up from 0.4 per cent in the third quarter.Moreover, inflation has been steadily rising over the past year, reinforcing the case for a rate rise. Consumer price inflation was 3 per cent in December, just slightly down from November's five-year high of 3.1 per cent.John Wraith, an econom Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5363197/More-quarter-indebted-Britons-fear-rate-rise.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Scientists discover mysterious marine worm without an anus
 
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fox news - Scientists discover mysterious marine worm without an anus Researchers in Japan have discovered a bizarre new species of worm that could shed light on the origin of complex structures inside animals’ bodies.The strange pale-orange creature dwells on the floor of the western Pacific Ocean, and lacks a number of features – including an anus.Scientists say the species comes from a group of worms that holds a ‘controversial’ place in the tree of life, as a sister group of that which contains most complex animals.These creatures dwell hundreds or thousands of meters beneath the surface, making them difficult to study. But, the researchers say the latest discovery could now offer a solution. Xenoturbella japonica was found in the western Pacific, in a region easily accessible from marine stations. It lacks a centralized nervous system, kidneys, and an anus. Of the two found in the new study, a female was measured to be about 5cm long, while the juvenile is said to be just 1 cm. Researchers say the worm could shed light on the origin of features seen in complex animals.The new species found on the western Pacific seafloor lacks a centralized nervous system, kidneys, and an anus.It’s called Xenoturbella japonica, adding to other marine worms in the genus Xenoturbella.In a new study, the team described two specimens of the bizarre worm: a 5-centimeter-long female, and a 1-cm juvenile.While they don’t have an anus, these creatures do have a mouth, implying that the digestive organ is ‘a sack rather than a tube,’ according to the researchers.The team conducted microCT scans to reveal the inner workings of the worm, and its ‘frontal pore,’ which traditional methods are unable to capture.‘We also extracted DNA and sequenced the mitochondrial genome and partial Histone H3 gene sequences,’ said co-author Hideyuki Miyazawa.‘Molecular phylogenetic analysis confirmed that X. japonica is distinct from previously described species of Xenoturbella.’According to the researchers, the new species may have links to the origins of the group Bilateria – which includes most complex animals.‘Species within this genus have previously been divided into ‘shallow’ and ‘deep’ subgroups, and our results place X. japonica in the ‘shallow’ subgroup,’ said lead author Hiroaki Nakano.‘Interestinyl, X. japonica shares features with both subgroups, however.‘Thus, features of this species may be ancestral for this genus, and this new species may be particularly important for unravelling the ancestry of Xenoturbella and the early history of the Bilateria.’These creatures dwell hundreds or thousands of meters beneath the surface, making them difficult to study.But, the researchers say the latest discovery could now offer a solution.According to co-author Hisanori Kohtsuka, ‘because one habitat where X. japonica was found is easily accessible from a marine station, this new species promises to be valuable for future research on bilaterian and deuterostome evolution.’ Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5192537/Scientists-discover-mysterious-marine-worm-without-anus.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  'Sonic attacks' in Havana may have been crickets chirping
 
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fox news - 'Sonic attacks' in Havana may have been crickets chirping In August, American and Canadian diplomats working in Havana reported hearing sounds that were believed to be a mysterious sonic weapon.Doctors termed the sounds 'directional acoustic phenomena', and even noticed brain changes in those hearing it.But Cuban scientists insist that a sonic weapon was not to blame.Instead, they suggest that the sound was produced by the stress of listening to 'noisy crickets' in Havana.A report issued by a board of Cuban scientists suggests that crickets are the unlikely culprits of the brain-changing sounds.While US officials did not provide sound recordings to the scientists, Carlos Barcelo Perez, an environmental physicist at the National Institute of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology, recorded evening sounds around the residences, according to Science.The recordings revealed that the biggest noisemakers were insects.In particular, he found that the Jamaican field cricket chirps at a frequency matching the sound on the recordings, which topped out at 74.6 decibels.It follows news yesterday that medical experts have discovered changes in the brains of US and Canadian diplomats, which fuelled growing scepticism that some kind of sonic weapon was involved.Medical testing revealed the embassy workers developed changes to the white matter tracts.These regions act like information highways between brain cells letting different parts of the brain communicate.Speaking to DailyMail.com, Dr Joel Moskowitz, a community health professor at the University of California, Berkeley, said: 'This makes me think the victims may have developed electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) from exposure to electromagnetic fields in the embassy.'This happened during the Cold War to personnel stationed in the US embassy in Moscow when the Soviets were bombarding the embassy with microwaves to monitor oral communications in the ambassador's office.'Loud, mysterious sounds followed by hearing loss and ear-ringing had led investigators to suspect 'sonic attacks.'But the new report suggests that the 'sonic attacks' were really just crickets.Doctors still don't know how victims ended up with the white matter changes, nor how exactly those changes might relate to their symptoms.The Cuban scientists also evaluated other possible causes of the brain changes, such as permethrin - an aerial fumigant used to kill mosquitoes that is known to cause nausea, headaches and shortness of breath.But the Cuban team found no evidence of excessive use of the fumigant.Antonio Paz Cordovéz, president of the Cuban Society of Otorhinolaryngology, said: 'We have devoted months to this work, but we have not found any evidence that could substantiate [the US] claims.'The FBI is now planning its own investigation, to confirm whether or not crickets were causing the sounds. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5155101/Sonic-attacks-Havana-CRICKETS-chirping.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Materialistic people use Facebook more frequently
 
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fox news - Materialistic people use Facebook more frequently For people who are materialistic, Facebook acts much like a tool to help them achieve their goals – but, this often means comparing themselves with others, and treating friends as 'digital objects.' This is according to a new study, which surveyed hundreds of Facebook users on their social media activity, tendency toward materialism, and the objectification and instrumentalization of Facebook friends.The researchers found that materialistic people use Facebook far more frequently than others, and with greater intensity, as a way to achieve goals and feel good about themselves.HOW MATERIALISTIC ARE YOU?  Materialistic people tend to have more friends, compare their lives to others, use their friends as 'digital objects,' the researchers found.Participants were asked to rate their agreement to the following statements 'I often compare how I am doing socially' – to assess social comparison orientation 'My life would be better if I owned certain things I don't have' – to assess materialism 'Having many Facebook friends contributes more success in my personal and professional life' – to assess objectification of Facebook friends 'To what extent do you think Facebook friends are useful in order to attain your goals?' – to assess instrumentalization of Facebook friends 'Materialistic people use Facebook more frequently because they tend to objectify their Facebook friends – they acquire Facebook friends to increase their possession,' said lead author Phillip Ozimek, from the Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany.'Facebook provides the perfect platform for social comparisons, with millions of profiles and information about people.'And it's free – materialists love tools that do not cost money!' In the study, the team conducted an online survey of 242 Facebook users, asking participants to rate their agreements with statements such as 'I'm posting photographs' and 'I often compare how I am doing socially,' to 'To what extent do you think Facebook friends are useful in order to attain your goals?' They then conducted another survey with a different sample, this time of 289 Facebook users.The second group contained fewer students than the first, and more males.Responses from both samples suggested materialists were more likely to compare their own lives with others'.They also had more Facebook friends, and often objectified and instrumentalized their Facebook friends.The findings, the researchers say, highlight how social media platforms can be used in vastly different ways depending on the user.For the most part, they say people likely use sites like Facebook to feel good and help reach their goals.But, some could use them with more malicious intentions.'Social media platforms are not that different from other activities in life – they are functional tools for people who want to attain goals in life, and some might have negative consequences for them or society,' Ozimek said.'We found that materialists instrumentalize their friends, but they also attain th Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5102057/Do-Facebook-habits-mean-materialistic.html
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fox news -  Cataract patients going blind due to the 6 MONTH wait
 
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fox news - Cataract patients going blind due to the 6 MONTH wait Cataract patients are waiting longer for surgery in more than half of NHS authorities than they did three years ago, official figures show.Thousands of patients in some of the worst-hit areas risk going blind as they have to wait up to six months for the life-changing surgery.Campaigners blamed the increasing waiting times blamed on a lack of specialist eye surgeons, operating theatres and the pressures of an ageing population.Out of 154 NHS authorities, 87 reported an increase in waiting times over the last three years, according to official figures released today.Some 1,992 patients at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust had to wait six months on average for surgery.In 2014, the authority was able to schedule patients for surgery with an average four-month wait.Redditch and Bromsgrove in Worcestershire reported patients were waiting an average of 129 days for surgery, while NHS Chiltern in Buckinghamshire was keeping people waiting for 122 days.One in five authorities said patients had to wait more than three months for the surgery.Last year, the Mail's Save Our Sight campaign showed how restrictions set by health trusts denied the operations to many until they were near-blind.An investigation found three-quarters of hospitals would operate only on those who had performed badly in sight tests.They were following guidance from local clinical commissioning groups, which control budgets and decide who can be treated.In October health bosses were ordered to end the shameful rationing of cataract operations in a major victory for the Daily Mail.Hospitals have been told all sufferers must be offered surgery as soon as their quality of life is affected by vision loss.Crucially, the NHS watchdog's rules – the first ever national guidelines – state that medics must 'not restrict access to cataract surgery' on the basis of sight-test scores.Patients who have to wait months for surgery risk losing their independence as their sight deteriorates and late operations could result in permanent damage or complications.Up to half of over-65s have cataracts - 4.5million in England - which occur when the eye's lens becomes cloudy with age.The NHS performs only 400,000 corrective operations a year, meaning that, though it is a straightforward and relatively inexpensive procedure, many have to go without.The number is predicted to rise by 25 per cent in the next decade and by 50 per cent in the next 20 years.Joyce Robins, of Patient Concern, told the Daily Telegraph: 'They are going to go blind and it's a terrifying thought.'We are just not training enough people to carry out this surgery. It always seems to come down to a shortage of trained staff.'Michale Burdon, president of the Royal College of Opthalmologists, told the paper the need for cataract surgery would be 'much more common' in the future and slow waiting times will affect patients' quality of life.Last year a Mail investigation found three-quarters of hospitals would operate only on those who had performe Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5217497/Cataract-patients-going-blind-6-MONTH-wait.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  AI nano-machines may be injected into brains in 20 years
 
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fox news - AI nano-machines may be injected into brains in 20 years AI nano-machines injected into our brains and other parts of our bodies could a new generation of cyborgs within 20 years.That's according to a senior inventor at IBM's Hursley Innovation Centre who claims, in two decades, humans will have superhuman strength and be able to control gadgets using the power of thought.Speaking to the House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Committee, John McNamara, said the technology create a new generation of humans that are 'melded' to machines, AI nano-machines could bring huge medical benefits such as repairing damage to cells, muscles and bones.This could mean we can embed ourselves into our surroundings and 'control our environment with thought and gesture alone'.'Political Avatars' could search through vast quantities of governmental data and tell people how they should vote.John McNamara from IBM Hursley Innovation Centre claimed the creation of technology that allows our bodies to join with machines will mean we can 'enhance human cognitive capability directly, potentially offering greatly improved mental, as well as being able to utilise vast quantities of computing power to augment our own thought processes'.'The immediate concern is that by ceding decisions or control to machines, the humans start accepting their decisions as correct or better than their own and stop paying attention,' said Noel Sharkey, Emeritus Professor of AI and Robotics, University of Sheffield.Dr Jochen Leidner, Director of Research at Thomson Reuters also said older people or those with regional accents could struggle to use voice recognition systems.McNamara said the next few decades would see huge leaps forward in what the human consciousness is able to do.'We may see AI nano-machines being injected into our bodies,' he told peers,according to the Telegraph.'These will provide huge medical benefits, such as being able to repair damage to cells, muscles and bones – perhaps even augment them.' This will mean we can embed ourselves into our surroundings and 'control our environment with thought and gesture alone'.He predicted 'Political Avatars' will search through vast quantities of governmental data and tell people how they should vote.He claimed the creation of technology that allows our bodies to join with machines will also mean we could 'enhance human cognitive capability directly, potentially offering greatly improved mental, as well as being able to utilise vast quantities of computing power to augment our own thought processes'.However, he warned that these nan-machines might only be available to wealthier people.This would mean they would be disproportionately stronger, have better cognitive ability, health and lifespan.Noel Sharkey, Emeritus Professor of AI and Robotics, University of Sheffield also provided evidence to the committee.He raised concerns about biases being embedded in machine learning.'The immediate concern is that by ceding decisions or control to machines, the humans start accepting their decisions as Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4984236/AI-nano-machines-injected-brains-20-years.html
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fox news -  Hackers are using webcams to turn people into 'slaves'
 
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fox news - Hackers are using webcams to turn people into 'slaves' Hackers are using webcams to turn people into 'slaves' by secretly recording them through their computer.A security expert has warned that those who don't cover their webcams risk being blackmailed by hackers who have taken incriminating footage of them.The researcher said communities of cyber criminals exist where users boast of the unsuspecting people who they watch 'for fun' through hacked webcams.The best way to protect yourself is using a sticker to cover your device's camera, a technique used by Mark Zuckerberg and ex FBI-Director James Comey.Security expert Candid Wueest, who works for California-based firm Symantec, spoke to the Metro about the dangers of webcams and how to protect yourself.He said there are large groups of hackers who spy on people and brag about their criminal activity on the dark web.Some have started demanding ransom for images and videos captured of sexual acts/masturbation.Hackers threaten to post incriminating evidence to Facebook or LinkedIn unless a ransom of around £100 ($135) is paid.'Unfortunately there are some people just doing it for the fun of it, having power over others,' Mr Wueest said.'If they have someone who really freaked out or cried in front of the machine, they boast about that.'It's one of the ugliest types of cyber bullying we've seen.'The ability to remotely take control of another person's camera has long been known, the FBI allegedly had the ability to spy on people via the webcams back in 2013.The hackers use malware to download and install software onto machines, giving total access to the device.Malware can be used to access password information and credit card details but the new wave of vindictive spying is a more personal attack.All machines are vulnerable if the malware is installed, often disguised and easy to download, the malware can get anywhere.Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, as well as ex-FBI Director James Comey, avoid intrusion from hackers by putting a strip of tape over their laptop cameras and microphones.‘I cover up mine, on all my laptops, and just uncover it when I need to use it,’ said Mr Wueerst.While there are other methods of ensuring your privacy - scanning for malware, putting in passwords and activating firewalls - tape or nail varnish is the safest and easiest way, Mr Wueerst said. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5228017/Hackers-using-webcams-turn-people-slaves.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Bletchley Park recruiters share puzzles they used as tests
 
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fox news - Bletchley Park recruiters share puzzles they used as tests They were the clever young men and women credited with cutting WWII short by two years - but could you give the brains who worked at Bletchley Park a run for their money? When scouring the land for the government's secret Code and Cypher School, which obtained signals intelligence by breaking high-level encrypted enemy communications, the Bletchley Park recruiters left no stone unturned in the search for Britain's brightest and best.To assess potential individuals they devised various mind-twisters - hidden codes, cryptic crosswords, secret languages and complex riddles.Now, some of the tests faced by would-be codebreakers are revealed in a fascinating book by Sinclair McKay.If you want to discover whether you too could have won yourself a spot in the history books - or outsmarted Alan Turin - try your hand at these puzzles.During the Second World War, Britain’s fate depended on codebreakers and now the people responsible for recruiting them have shared puzzles that would have been used in their assessment process HOW BLETCHLEY PARK CUT THE WAR SHORT BY TWO YEARS The importance of the code-breaking operations at Bletchley Park cannot be underestimated.They produced vital intelligence that played a huge part in swinging the war in the Allies’ favour.As Winston Churchill said at the time, the Bletchley staff were ‘the geese that laid the golden eggs and never cackled’.When scouring the land for the government's secret Code and Cypher School, which obtained signals intelligence by breaking high-level encrypted enemy communications, the Bletchley Park recruiters left no stone unturned Intelligence from Bletchley played a vital part in the defeat of the U-boats in the six-year Battle of the Atlantic, British naval triumphs in the Battle of Cape Matapan in 1941 and the Battle of North Cape off the coast of Norway in 1943.By 1944 British and American commanders knew the location of 58 out of 60 German divisions across the Western Front.In addition, a great deal of information was decrypted about General Erwin Rommel’s Nazi forces in North Africa.The German commander enjoyed a great deal of success against the British but with the help of intelligence from the codebreakers General Bernard Montgomery's British forces were able to drive him back in 1942.The success of Bletchley’s cryptanalysts was partly due, however, to German operators failing to encrypt messages properly.Had they not been so sloppy, the outcome of the war could have been very different.Sinclair McKay Bletchley Park Brainteasers is out now, published by Headline. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5059047/Would-smart-crack-Enigma-code.html
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fox news -  The largest new ski chalet in Val d'Isere
 
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fox news - The largest new ski chalet in Val d'Isere The largest new chalet to be built in one of the most popular resorts in the French Alps has just hit the market slopes at £8million.Chalet Huskey in Val-d'Isère covers an impressive 609 square meters of floorspace - the equivalent in size of more than a dozen London Underground train carriages.There are so many features packed into the chalet that the new owner may be left with little time to indulge out on the slopes as the new ski season gets underway. As well as an indoor garden with a glass bridge, the chalet boasts seven bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool and even a climbing wall. There is also a bar and a dining table that can seat 18 people.On the ground floor of this upside down chalet, there are six of the seven bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and his and hers sinks.The property is accessed on the first floor via the private lift direct from the underground parking, or from the outside entrance porch.As well as the remaining en-suite double bedroom, the first floor consists of all the main living areas.This includes a lounge with a feature fireplace, which is connected to the kitchen and dining area via a glass bridge.Also on this floor is a 4.5-metre-high room that is built into the rock face, which is currently used as an indoor climbing area as well as a shooting range.Skiing Property, the estate agents handling the sale, claims the property offers a 'unique opportunity to own the largest chalet in Val d'Isere with the ski lifts and village centre on your doorstep'.The chalet is 300 metres from the town centre of Val-d'Isère, which is known for its pretty Savoyard architecture.The ski resort attracts expert skiers and snowboarders with its 1992 Olympic course Face de Bellevarde, known as The Face, plenty of off-piste terrain and a world-class snow park.The resort also boasts some famous après-ski, including La Folie Douce and Dick's Tea Bar.The village of Val-d'Isère is at 1,850m, with the top slopes reaching an altitude of 3,400m. It is linked to neighbouring Tignes, which reaches 3,456m.This season Val-d'Isère is embarking on an ambitious £170million building project to redevelop its centre, with the work expected to take five years.It will include new hotels and a new piste with an underground moving walkway linking the centre of town with the lifts. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-5135915/The-largest-new-ski-chalet-Val-dIsere.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Couples marry on February 14 more likely to get divorced  - fox news
 
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Couples marry on February 14 more likely to get divorced - fox news It might seem like the most romantic day of the year to get married.But couples who pick Valentine’s Day to tie the knot are more likely to end up divorced, a study has shown.It may be that Valentine’s sweethearts are just that bit more impulsive, with the research showing these couples have lived together for a shorter time on average before marrying.The study led by the University of Melbourne found those who marry on February 14 are 37 per cent more likely to split.They are also 45 per cent less likely to make it to their third anniversary than couples who marry on other days.The research, that looked at more than 1.1 million Dutch weddings, found 6 per cent of Valentine’s Day marriages had failed within three years, compared to the 4 per cent average.The researchers said couples who married on Valentine’s Day were more likely to have lived together for under a year.The study, published in the Journal of Population Economics, states: ‘The chance to marry on a special date could increase the net attractiveness of a wedding and lead to quicker and lower-quality marriage commitments, on average, which might increase the vulnerability of the resulting marriages.’ Inexplicably, the risks were also higher for those who marry on a Monday or Tuesday.The start of the year is not a popular time to get married in the UK, with Valentine’s Day the exception.The average number of weddings on a weekday throughout the year is 313 but that jumps to 1,039 for February 14. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5374341/Couples-marry-February-14-likely-divorced.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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