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NASA astronaut quits halfway through training

30th August 2018 | Comments Off on NASA astronaut quits halfway through training

This post was originally published on this siteOne of only a dozen astronauts selected from more than 18,000 applicants to train with NASA has become the first to quit the training programme for 50 years. Robb Kulin, 35, a former SpaceX engineer from Alaska, is the first astronaut candidate since 1968 to have departed from […]

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Brexit prompts surge in Brits learning languages

30th August 2018 | Comments Off on Brexit prompts surge in Brits learning languages

This post was originally published on this siteSome Britons unhappy with the UK’s decision to leave the European Union have opted for an unusual form of protest – learning a new language. In the days leading up to Article 50 being triggered on March 29, 2017, a leading language-learning app reports that it saw a […]

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Facebook launches Watch to rival streaming sites

29th August 2018 | Comments Off on Facebook launches Watch to rival streaming sites

This post was originally published on this siteFacebook has rolled out its on-demand video service worldwide following a trial run in the US. Facebook Watch is set to challenge YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime by offering a range of shows that viewers can choose from. Facebook has said it expects to spend up to $2bn […]

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Instagram users can now apply to be verified ✓

29th August 2018 | Comments Off on Instagram users can now apply to be verified ✓

This post was originally published on this site Instagram users can now apply to receive a verified tick for their profiles – but will only get it if they are “notable”. It comes as the company introduces a handful of new tools to help keep the platform safe, including two-factor authentication (2FA). The blue verified […]

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Bumblebees become addicted to pesticides

29th August 2018 | Comments Off on Bumblebees become addicted to pesticides

This post was originally published on this siteBumblebees become addicted to pesticides in the same way smokers crave nicotine, a new study has found. Neonicotinoid pesticides are chemically similar to nicotine and research by scientists at Imperial College, London found the more bees consumed, the more they seemed to want. Bumblebees were offered a choice […]

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Brexit space race on as £92m satellite project launched

28th August 2018 | Comments Off on Brexit space race on as £92m satellite project launched

This post was originally published on this siteTheresa May has announced a multi-million pound satellite project to develop a UK rival to the EU’s Galileo. In a sign she expects Britain be frozen out of the EU’s project after Brexit, the prime minister revealed £92m would be spent on an alternative system. She said the rival […]

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New record as 2.3m STD cases diagnosed in US

28th August 2018 | Comments Off on New record as 2.3m STD cases diagnosed in US

This post was originally published on this siteThe number of Americans with common sexually transmitted diseases (STD) has jumped to record levels, according to new research. Nearly 2.3m cases of chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis were diagnosed in the US in 2017, scientists found. It is the highest figure ever recorded – outstripping the record set […]

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President's fury at Google results for 'Trump news'

28th August 2018 | Comments Off on President's fury at Google results for 'Trump news'

This post was originally published on this siteDonald Trump has accused Google of “rigging” search results – giving greater prominence to negative stories about him while suppressing positive articles from conservative news organisations. In a tweet written at 5.24am on Tuesday morning (10.24am UK time), the US president claimed search results for “Trump news” only […]

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BAE appoints cyber security forum committee

28th August 2018 | Comments Off on BAE appoints cyber security forum committee

This post was originally published on this siteBAE has appointed ten senior business figures to the steering committee for its new cyber security forum and lobbying group. The Intelligence Network was launched in July to address the lack of collaboration between companies in tackling cyber crime, as criminals begin to develop similar capabilities to hostile […]

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Tumblr to ban 'creepshots' and 'deepfake' porn

28th August 2018 | Comments Off on Tumblr to ban 'creepshots' and 'deepfake' porn

This post was originally published on this siteTumblr is updating its guidelines on sexual imagery to “address new technologies that can be used to humiliate and threaten other people”. The microblogging site’s guidelines address two new phenomena involving sexual images which have come about as a result of evolving technology – creepshots and deepfakes. Creepshots […]

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