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Carrots could be key to making greener buildings, say researchers

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 07:03

A group of researchers at Britain's Lancaster University has been using a household food blender to mix particles from the root vegetable with concrete to see if they can produce a stronger and more environmentally sound product.     "We found out you could increase the strength of concrete by 80 percent by using a small amount of this new material," lead researcher Mohamed Saafi told Reuters. The addition of carrots prevent any cracks in the concrete, the team said. It also means less cement is required, therefore lowering the global carbon dioxide (CO2) output.


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California Principal Apologizes for Sending Email Warning About a Black Man at Starbucks

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 06:57

A San Diego school principal apologized this week for sending an email to parents about a black man that perpetuated racist stereotypes.


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Europe, Japan ready spacecraft for 7-year journey to Mercury

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 05:46

BERLIN (AP) — Final preparations were underway Friday for the launch of a joint mission by European and Japanese space agencies to send twin probes to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.


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How forensic science has helped rediscover forgotten apples

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 05:42

The UK is home to more than 3,600 apple varieties - but they can't be told apart by look or taste alone.


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Former U.K. Prime Minister Says Electing Women Could Help Combat Wave of Populism

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 05:39

Women are the answer to rising populism and extremism in the U.K., according to the country's former Prime Minster John Major.


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Turkish Official Says Jamal Khashoggi's Remains May Have Been Taken Outside Istanbul

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 03:46

Investigators are looking into the possibility that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's remains may have been taken out of Istanbul


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WHO says Zika risk low in Pacific ahead of Meghan visit

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 01:11

As Prince Harry and his expectant wife Meghan prepare to tour Fiji and Tonga next week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the risk of contracting Zika virus in the Pacific nations is low. The British royals, currently in Australia, arranged their trip before Meghan's pregnancy was known, sparking fears she and her unborn baby could be vulnerable in the island nations, where Zika is officially listed as a risk.


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New moon: China to launch lunar lighting in outer space

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 00:54

China is planning to launch its own 'artificial moon' by 2020 to replace streetlamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas, state media reported Friday. Chengdu, a city in southwestern Sichuan province, is developing "illumination satellites" which will shine in tandem with the real moon, but are eight times brighter, according to China Daily. The first man-made moon will launch from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan, with three more to follow in 2022 if the first test goes well, said Wu Chunfeng, head of Tian Fu New Area Science Society, the organization responsible for the project.


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93 More Women Accuse Former USC Gynecologist George Tyndall of Sexual Misconduct

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 00:53

He has faced accusations from about 500 current and former students


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93 More Women Accuse Former USC Gynecologist George Tyndall of Sexual Misconduct

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 00:51

Ninety-three more women have accused former University of Southern California gynecologist George Tyndall of sexual misconduct in two new lawsuits filed against the doctor and the school, according to their lawyer.


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An Australian Woman Has Been Charged After Faking Cancer to Raise Money

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 23:40

She allegedly raised tens of thousands of dollars for a fraudulent GoFundMe page


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Barcelona's Sagrada Familia Church Has Been Under Construction for 136 Years. That's a Lot of Unpaid Permit Fees

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:09

Barcelona’s famously unfinished Sagrada Familia church has agreed to pay $41 million to city authorities after it was found to be lacking a building permit — despite breaking ground on construction well over a century ago.


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S.Africa divers risk all to poach marine delicacies for China diners

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 21:40

Investigators are looking into allegations by fellow divers and his family that he was murdered, shot by a special task force during an anti-poaching operation in an increasingly violent battle between South African authorities and illegal hunters of abalone shellfish and rock lobster. Abalone is a delicacy prized in Hong Kong, mainland China and elsewhere in east Asia, where dishes featuring the marine molluscs are coveted at wedding banquets and can cost thousands of dollars. Illegal divers also search for rock lobster which is sold on the local market.


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'My Kind of Guy.' President Trump Praises Montana Congressman Who Assaulted a Reporter

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 21:08

"Any guy that can do a body slam — he's my kind of guy," the President said at a rally


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China Wants Its Own X-37B Spaceplane

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 20:59

But spaceplanes come with certain liabilities.


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NASA puts out the call for science and technology payloads made for the moon

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 20:22

NASA is following up on its plan to purchase rides on commercial lunar landers by soliciting ideas for the scientific and technological payloads to put on them. Those payloads could be flying to the moon as early as next year, NASA said today in its announcement of a program known as Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads. Somewhere between $24 million and $36 million would be available for the first round of payloads, with eight to 12 payloads expected to be selected. “We are looking for ways to not only conduct lunar science but to also use the moon as… Read More


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De Beers eyes tech markets for synthetic diamonds future

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 19:10

TORONTO/LONDON (Reuters) - Anglo American unit De Beers is going after lucrative, but elusive high-tech markets in quantum computing, as it aims to expand its lab-grown diamond business beyond drilling and cutting. Element Six, De Beers' synthetic diamond arm, is building a $94 million factory in Portland, Oregon, an expansion that comes as scientists from Moscow to London push to develop diamonds for futuristic applications. Now coming of age after decades of experiments, technology called chemical vapour deposition, or CVD, offers a path to higher-quality, lower-cost production of synthetic diamonds and that opens the door to potential new computing markets.


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De Beers eyes tech markets for synthetic diamonds future

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 19:10

TORONTO/LONDON (Reuters) - Anglo American unit De Beers (AAL.L) is going after lucrative, but elusive high-tech markets in quantum computing, as it aims to expand its lab-grown diamond business beyond drilling and cutting. Element Six, De Beers' synthetic diamond arm, is building a $94 million factory in Portland, Oregon, an expansion that comes as scientists from Moscow to London push to develop diamonds for futuristic applications. Now coming of age after decades of experiments, technology called chemical vapour deposition, or CVD, offers a path to higher-quality, lower-cost production of synthetic diamonds and that opens the door to potential new computing markets.


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Beto O'Rourke Doubles Down on Claim He'd Vote to Impeach Donald Trump if Elected

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 18:51

Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke has repeated his previous assertions that he would vote to impeach President Donald Trump — an aggressive position that may be a tough sell as he tries to win a Senate seat in deep-red Texas.


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Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas is contentious issue

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:07

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention.


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