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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 +0200

Scientists Get a Rare View of a Type Ia Supernova Magnified 50 Times

For the first time, astronomers have caught a type Ia supernova being magnified by more than 50 times and split into four images in the night sky thanks to gravitational lensing. The discovery, described in the journal Science, could help scientists ... Discuss

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Is It Safe To Eat Moldy Bread?

Like politics and music, the question of whether to eat moldy food can divide families, with relatives' admonishments reverberating in one's head for years. "Every time I throw out moldy bread, I can still hear my dad lecturing me: 'That's perfectly ...

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Fountain of Youth? Young Blood Infusions "Rejuvenate" Old Mice

An injection of “new blood” is a phrase long used as a metaphor for the revitalizing effect of fresh minds on a stagnant organization. But research now suggests it also applies in a literal sense. In a development that calls to mind both vampire lore ...

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:39:07 +0200

Moonlight wins best picture Oscar after stunning error
The mistake – only corrected after the producers of La La Land had come on stage – was a stunning end to the film industry's biggest night.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:48:00 +0200

State budget short-changes victims of domestic violence
Funding for women's shelters is nowhere close to what is needed, as they can't pay their staff properly and have hardly enough money to even buy food.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0200

Toxic ocean pollution adds to fish woes
The amount of food available in the oceans will decrease by up to 55% this century, starving animals already struggling to adapt to warming oceans.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0200

Slice Of Life: No country for good men
"He just said: 'What we need is for you to go back where you come from.' I think about that to this day and I feel bad; so, so bad.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0200

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Home is where the heart is, they say – it could also be the future of HIV testing.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0200

Can you trust the food served at South African schools?
Poor handling practices as well as storage, cooking equipment and fridges - and rats - increase the risk of food poisoning.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0200

Judge Essa Moosa 'was like a beacon of hope in dark times'
Judge was first person to call for thousands of people jailed in the 1980s.
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:36:00 +0200

Bonginkosi Madikizela elected as DA Western Cape leader
The province's human settlements MEC will take over from Patricia de Lille, who resigned in January.
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:45:00 +0200

Solly Msimanga: I know who organised the anti-immigrant march
The Tshwane mayor believes the people who organised last year's violent pre-election protests are the same people behind yesterday's demonstrations.
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:46:00 +0200

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:31:06 +0200

Truck loses control in Andhra Pradesh, kills more than a dozen

Sunday, April 23, 2017

More than fifteen people were killed near the police station in Yerpedu, Andhra Pradesh, India after a heavily loaded truck lost control on Friday afternoon at about 1:45 P.M. IST (0815 UTC).

People, mostly from the village of Munagalapalem, were gathered to protest local illegal sand mining. The truck hit an electric pole, and destroyed nearby shops and vehicles causing a short-circuit and fire. Tirupati Urban Superintendent of Police R Jayalakshmi said the truck crushed some people under its wheels; six people were killed that way according to Renigunta deputy superintendent KS Nanjndappa. Other people died due to the short circuit and the fire. More than fifteen people were injured including the police station's chief inspector and the sub-inspector. Reportedly at least ten were in a critical condition.

The driver fled after the accident. Victims were taken to hospitals in Tirupati, and Chennai and Vellore in Tamil Nadu. N Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra's Chief Minister, said via Twitter, "State Cabinet has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh [0.5 million] to the families of the deceased."



Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:33:58 +0200

U.S. officials disclose Russian think tank plans outlining interference in 2016 U.S. presidential election

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Seven current and former U.S. government officials told Reuters a Russian think tank, reporting to Vladimir Putin and run by former KGB agents , developed a plan to interfere with last year's U.S. presidential election and ensure victory for now-President Donald Trump, Reuters reported on Thursday.

According to the anonymous officials, the two documents were prepared by the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, whose directors are appointed by Vladimir Putin, in June and October respectively. The first recommended using social media-based propaganda to manipulate U.S. voters to elect someone friendly to Russia. The second recommended discrediting what it projected as Hillary Clinton's probable victory by creating rumors of voter fraud. U.S. intelligence did not discover these documents until after the election.

"I don't think it's a big surprise," said former CIA officer John Sipher in an interview with PBS. "President Putin hardly needed this group to tell him by June of 2016 that he should start trying to influence the election or to, you know, find a candidate that was pro-Russian, when we already by that time, all of us sort of knew that." Sipher went on to say Russia has tried to influence German and Bulgarian elections.

Neither of the documents covered the break-in to the Democratic National Committee by Russian hackers last fall. Reuter's anonymous sources told them the Kremlin organized the hack separately.

US government investigations into Trump team complicity in Russian tampering have thus far not produced any evidence Trump's associates were deliberately complicit in tampering.

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Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:41:03 +0200

28-year-old suspect charged for attacking Borussia Dortmund's team bus

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A 28-year-old suspect, Sergej W, was arrested by German police near Tübingen yesterday for allegedly attacking the German football club Borussia Dortmund's team bus, injuring two people last week prior to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, the German federal prosecution said.

The suspect, who holds a dual citizenship of Germany and Russia, was allegedly trying to bring down Borussia Dortmund's share value in the stock market. Sergej W bought 15000 puts for stock worth €78000 (£65300) on April 11 — the day Borussia Dortmund's bus was attacked. A put guarantees that a share holder can sell their stock, no later than a predetermined point in time, at a predetermined price even if the market price of the stock has dropped. The suspect booked a room in the hotel L'Arriveé from April 9 to 13, and then from April 16 to 20 — the time when Champion League's first and second leg of the quarterfinals were to be played. Dortmund's team commonly stays at L'Arriveé when playing home matches.

Borussia Dortmund is the only German club whose shares are publicly traded on the stock market. The incident resulted in two casualties. Spanish defender Marc Bartra and a police official were injured, and the stocks fell slightly. The prosecutor said if the explosions had caused serious injured or death of any players, the suspect might have made a huge profit. The suspect is charged for attempted murder and causing serious physical injury.

On April 11, Borussia Dortmund were to play AS Monaco at the Signal Iduna Park. The match was rescheduled due the attack for April 12. On the latter day, a 25-year-old Iraqi migrant was detained. A number of letters claiming responsibility were found near the site of explosion, about six miles from the stadium. Those letters reportedly hinted the explosions were authorised under the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, but were deemed fake after careful analysis.

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:12:16 +0200

Theresa May calls for June general election

Friday, April 21, 2017

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, the UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Tuesday her plans to seek a general election for June 8. May accused the opposition parties of threatening the government's Brexit agenda and cited the need for Parliament to unite during the negotiations over the specifics of the Brexit, the UK's exit from the European Union.

File photo of Theresa May, 2015. Image: UK Home Office.

Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, members of Parliament must approve the snap election by a two-thirds vote in favor. The vote was held on Wednesday in the House of Commons, with the motion to hold an early election passing 522 to 13.

If her Conservative Party follows pollsters' expectations, May, who became Prime Minister after the resignation of David Cameron in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, would expand her majority in the House of Commons. The opposition Labour party is behind in the polls, at half the support of the Conservatives in a recently released poll by YouGov on behalf of The Times.

The move was a reversal from previous statements, as the Prime Minister said earlier that an early election would not take place.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:46:35 +0200

Usually Republican Georgia district faces runoff for seat in U.S. House of Representatives after Democrat nearly wins outright

Thursday, April 20, 2017

On Tuesday, with slightly over 48% of the vote, Democrat Jon Ossoff narrowly missed the simple majority that would have awarded him the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia's usually Republican sixth congressional district. Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel are now to participate in a runoff election, vote to be held June 20.

The district, a suburb of Atlanta, was represented by then-Congressman Tom Price who left when President Donald Trump offered him the position of secretary of health. The election drew an unusual amount of media attention, some of it over Ossoff's fundraising in which he garnered over US$8 million for his efforts, campaigning opposite TV ads and other efforts from the several Republican candidates.

The election drew several Tweets from President Trump, including one expressing confidence that Ossoff will lose: "Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG 'R' win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!"

Ossoff himself was more positive: "We may not know the outcome for sometime but let me tell you this, there is no doubt that this is already a victory for the ages[...] That no matter what the outcome is tonight — whether we take it all or whether we fight on — we have survived the odds. We have shattered expectations."

Much of the media has treated intra-term elections like these as a referendum on Trump's presidency. Last week a similarly conservative district in Kansas went to a Republican but by a far narrower margin than had been expected. Many Ossoff supporters cited the new president's actions and policies among their reasons for supporting a candidate from the opposite party. Those who supported a Republican candidate tended to cite local issues when interviewed.

"[G]etting the 24 seats we need to take back the House is suddenly a real possibility, GOP [Republican] gerrymander or not," commented Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas. "It also potentially puts the Senate in play, while certainly protecting our endangered red-state incumbents. All of this, and we're still in Trump's supposed 'honeymoon' period."

Handel, one of several Republican choices offered to voters on Tuesday, has served as Georgia's secretary of state and once sought the Republican nomination for senator. She received 19.8% of the vote. Ossoff is a former congressional staffer but a first-time candidate.



Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:02:55 +0200


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