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    Germany's 'star in a jar' fusion reactor closer to limitless energy

    A nuclear fusion experiment in Germany, dubbed the 'star in a jar', has achieved a world record for plasma production, according to its creators.Researchers were able to keep the device, technically known as Wendelstein 7-X, running for longer and at higher energy, than ever before.Its performance is the best recorded for a stellarator type reactor and brings the goal of producing limitless energy a step closer to reality, researchers say. The new success was thanks to modifications made to the walls of the reactor, which increase the temperature and efficiency of the reaction.The device, which uses the same processes that fuel the sun, ...

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    'Blood moon' in July will be the longest lunar eclipse in a century

    Skygazers can enjoy the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century next month.The lunar event, which takes place on July 27, will be visible to most people living in the Eastern hemisphere and will last for 103 minutes — four minutes short of the longest possible duration an eclipse could last.The rare celestial event is the result of several astronomical events aligning, which will prolong the phenomenon.During the eclipse, the moon will pass through Earth's darkest shadow, known as umbra, causing it to take on a red sheen, giving rise to the 'blood moon' name.No equipment is needed to view ...

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    Rare and ominous UFO-like 'roll cloud' appears across the horizon in Tennessee

    An enormous, tube-like cloud has been seen over the skies of Tennessee and left local residents bewildered. Images surfaced of the cylindrical cloud on Facebook, with some residents saying the ominous looking mass resembled a UFO.Mother and son, Colby and Angie Hutton, saw the phenomenon when they were driving over a bridge in Adamsville. With no idea what it was, the pair turned to Facebook for help and the image has now amassed more than 400 likes.Meteorologists have since identified it as a 'roll cloud', a rare sub-group of arcus clouds that often form before a storm.These rare clouds, that look like ...

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    Mice become mean when injected with chemical from violent criminals

    The puzzle of why some people turn to extreme violence may be a step closer to being solved, following the findings of a new study.Norwegian scientists injected mice with an antibody sourced from the blood of murderers, rapists and gang members.After being injected, they found that these rodents resorted to violent confrontations with their fellow creatures far more quickly than normal.This suggests variations in the antibody found between people may be a factor in how aggressively they respond to stress.The finding could one day lead to a treatment for violent criminals, although researchers warn this is still some way off.  The puzzle ...

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    Dota 2 players beaten by OpenAI bots after machines mastered the game

    Elon Musk's research group, OpenAI, has created artificially intelligent bots that are capable of beating teams of five skilled humans in the video game, Dota 2.The bots were able to beat humans after learning the game over just four weeks. Described as a 'milestone in computer science', the achievement means AI can work together to build long-term gaming strategies using 'real-time and imperfect' data.Researchers hope that if they can teach AI the skills they need to play video games, they can use bots to solve more real-world challenges, such as managing a city’s transport infrastructure.According to OpenAI, which announced the news ...

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    Do you really know what your kids are doing on their phones? Experts warn of a 'secret life' online

    Tech experts have issued a warning about the 'secret lives' teenagers are leading online.Many are using apps to hide risque photos, meeting strangers online, and even using secret 'burner' phones to hide activities from their parents.Experts say many parents are not aware their young teens are on social media. Ayrial Miller, 13, takes a quick moment to check her phone at Nathan Hale Elementary School in Chicago on Friday, June 8, 2018, to show how the monitoring software her mom has installed on the phone works HOW ARE TEENS LIVING A SECRET LIFE ONLINE? Teens are using a variety of apps ...

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    13th century cockatoo images spark Australia-Europe...

    Drawings of a cockatoo found in an 800-year-old manuscript suggest Europe traded with Australia far earlier than thought. Four images of the white cockatoo feature in a book of more than 900 bird illustrations written around 1241 AD by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, of Sicily.The coloured drawings are the oldest known European depiction of the cockatoo, pre-dating the previous record holder by 250 years.The finds are forcing scientists to re-think Australia's role in ancient trade routes as they suggest trade was thriving off the country's northern coast a quarter of a century earlier than thought. Drawings of an Australasian cockatoo ...

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    'You cannot be serious': IBM taps emotions for...

    An AI will use the emotional reactions of top tennis players at next month's Wimbledon tournament to create highlight reels for each match.IBM's robot 'Watson' has been upgraded to watch the gesticulations of players - such as fist-pumps of elation or cries of frustration.It combines these reactions with an analysis of crowd noise, players' movements and match data to pick out key highlights for fans to watch. An AI will use the emotional reactions of top tennis players at next month's Wimbledon tournament to create highlight reels for each match. Pictured is the AI Highlights dashboard that will be shown to officials ...

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    US Researchers claim regular interrupted sleep could cause an irregular heartbeat

    Poor sleepers are at greater risk of an irregular heartbeat which can raise the chances of a heart attack or stroke, a study has found.Atrial fibrillation – an irregular heartbeat – affects one in 40 people, meaning there are about 1.4million sufferers in England.US researchers have now found regular interrupted sleep could lead to the condition by putting stress on the body and causing electrical changes in the heart.The problem seems to stem from the disruption of ‘deep’ REM sleep. Analysis of four studies covering more than 14million patients showed people who did not sleep through the night increased their ...

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    Apple CEO intends to keep speaking out on social issues

    Apple CEO Tim Cook intends to continue lambasting U.S. immigration policies and other issues that trouble him to avoid falling into an 'appalling silence.'Cook outlined his views on when CEOs should protest government policies during a Monday evening appearance at a business conference hosted by Fortune magazine.   He said he always questions: 'Is it something that Apple has a special expertise on?' and 'Do we have a right to talk about the issue?'Speaking at Fortune's CEO Initiative on Monday, Cook said he doesn't want Apple to be 'another talking head', but that he believes  he has a responsibility to speak ...

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    Apple releases first iOS 12 beta to all users

    Apple's latest software update, iOS 12, is finally here. Starting today, users can download the beta version of the operating system to install on their iPhone and iPad.To download it, sign up on Apple's website to test the iOS 12 beta, which will prompt you to register your device.  Apple's latest software update, iOS 12, is finally here. Starting today, users can download the beta version of the operating system to install on their iPhone and iPadWHICH DEVICES RUN THE IOS 12 BETA? Apple made the public beta version of iOS 12 available for everyone starting on Monday. Here are all the ...

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    Scientists discover that narcissists perform better in school as it makes them mentally tougher

    There's a good reason why so many successful people are narcissists. According to a new study, people with an inflated sense of self-worth get ahead in life because they are mentally tough. Their grandiosity, entitlement, dominance and superiority gives them motivation and confidence to take on life's challenges. And this lead on other people begins in school, according to the research. Scientists have found that adolescents with the personality trait often got btter grades at school, compared to their more humble counterparts.  To find out if YOU are a narcissist, take our interactive test below.  In a damning indictment of modern culture, research has found that increased ...

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    The penny farthing is back! Radical new 'Bicymple' revealed

    A Washington-based company is putting their spin on a classic bicycle from the 1800s. Called the Bicymple 'Nuvo,' it re-imagines the 19th century 'penny farthing' bicycle, but with a focus on minimalist design. The Nuvo is the successor to Bicymple creators Josh Bechtel and Gabriel Starbuck's original design, which was first released in 2012.  A startup is putting their spin on a classic bicycle from the 1800s. Called the Bicymple 'Nuvo,' it re-imagines the 19th century 'penny farthing' but with a minimalist design WHAT ARE THE BICYMPLE'S SPECS? The Bicymple Nuvo is the successor to the original Bicymple design, released in 2012. Unlike the original ...

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    Volkswagen electric car powered by sweeteners smashes hill climbing record at Pikes Peak

    Volkswagen has shown off the sporty side of its electric technology by setting an all-time record in the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado.Former Le Mans winner Romain Dumas took the I.D. R Pikes Peak prototype up in a time of seven minutes 57.148 seconds on the 19.9 km mountain road on Sunday.That was 16 seconds quicker than the 2013 record set by fellow-Frenchman Sebastien Loeb in a 3.2 litre V6 engined Peugeot 208.The radical car was fuelled by glycerol, a sugar alcohol often used as a sweetener in food.   Former Le Mans winner Romain Dumas took the ...

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    Researchers use x-rays to 'see' 1850 portraits thought to be lost forever

    Researchers have managed to recover portraits taken using the firm form of photography.The team used x-rays to 'see' the images, taken in 1850, on daguerreotypes, the earliest form of photography that used silver plates.The retrieved images, some of the earliest in existence, one of a woman and the other of a man, were no longer visible because of tarnish and other damage.  ‹ Slide me › Before and after: The retrieved images, one of a woman and the other of a man, were no longer visible because of tarnish and other damage. The identities of the woman and the man are not known. It's ...

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