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    Haunting images reveal the demise of the Aral Sea by cotton farming and climate change

    The loss of the Aral Sea is one of the most haunting examples of climate change and industrialisation on the planet.Once a mighty body of water covering a landmass half the size of England, all that now remains of the oasis is a handful of rusting ship carcasses on the baking sand.Shocking new images have captured the moment climate change experts explored the now-landlocked ships.They were taking part in a nearby international conference which will discuss the remediation of consequences of the Aral Sea catastrophe, being held in Tashkent.Unesco has branded the demise of the Aral Sea as an example of ...

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    Radioactivity is still tainting cow’s milk 100 miles from Chernobyl

    High levels of radioactivity are still being found in cow's milk 100 miles from Chernobyl, more than 30 years after one of the world's most serious nuclear disasters, scientists have found.Milk in parts of Ukraine has radioactivity up to five times over its official safe limit for adults and 12 times for children.Scientists sampled cows' milk from private farms and homes in the Rivne region, about 125 miles from the site of the Chernobyl explosion in 1986. High levels of radioactivity are still being found in cow's milk 100 miles from Chernobyl. Pictured: The Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor They found levels of caesium ...

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    Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' could grow to be bigger than the state of CONNECTICUT by mid-summer

    Researchers have predicted the 'dead zone' - an area of low oxygen that can kill fish and marine life - in the Gulf of Mexico will soon be larger than the state of Connecticut.The dead zone will cover about 6,620 square miles of the bottom of the continental shelf off Louisiana and Texas.There are more than 500 dead zones around the world, but the one in the northern Gulf of Mexico is the second largest human-caused hypoxic (lacking oxygen) area in the world. The dead zone will cover about 6,620 square miles of the bottom of the continental shelf off ...

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    Apple hits back at claims it designs iPhones to fail

    Apple has hit back on the theory that it intentionally slows down older iPhones to get customers to head to the store and buy a new one. The firm's vice president of marketing Greg Joswiak and vice president of augmented reality/virtual reality Mike Rockwell took part in an interview with noted Apple blogger John Gruber to discuss the topic, in addition to iOS 12 and AR. Gruber asked Joswiak why Apple's software boss, Craig Federighi, specifically highlighted performance data when he unveiled iOS 12 at the firm's annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday.  If you paid for an iPhone battery replacement from ...

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    US soldiers to get mini surveillance drone in new $2.6m deal

    The US Army could one day use pocket-sized mini drones in combat. Thermal imaging firm Flir said it has signed a $2.6 million contract to supply its Black Hornet nano-drone to the US Army's Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) program.   The 'Black Hornet' personal reconnaissance system is the world's smallest combat-proven nano-drone, according to Flir.   Thermal imaging firm Flir said it has signed a $2.6 million contract to supply its Black Hornet nano-drone (pictured) to the US Army's Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) programFlir said the army has signed up to use the Black Hornet version 3, which it says has the ability to ...

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    Male dolphins have distinct 'names' they use to introduce themselves

    Scientists have discovered yet another dolphin trait that shows the aquatic mammals are a lot like us.Male dolphins are known to form complex, long-lasting relationships with other males, ranging from intense bonds to loose friendship circles; they sometimes even team up to ‘steal’ females from other groups during the mating season.Now, researchers have found that male bottlenose dolphins retain distinct ‘names’ by which they identify themselves to their peers, using the same patterns of high-frequency whistles well into adulthood.  Male dolphins are known to form complex, long-lasting relationships with other males, ranging from intense bonds to loose friendship circles; they ...

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    Instagram could launch a Discover-style video hub with scripted shows and music videos this month

    Instagram could be launching a long-form video service competing with YouTube and Snapchat as early as this month, a report claims.The social media company will have a section featuring scripted shows, music videos and more in vertically oriented, full-screen, high-def 4K resolution, according to TechCrunch.Videos would be between five and 15 minutes long, and Instagram has already been meeting with social media stars and content publishers for a potential launch on June 20. Instagram could be launching a long-form video service competing with YouTube and Snapchat as early as this month, a report claimsAverage users would also be able to ...

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    Airplane germs are 'no worse' than those found in offices and homes

    Germaphobes who are wary of airplanes may find some relief in knowing that aircraft are no 'dirtier' than everyday spaces.New research from Georgia Tech and Emory University has found that the community of bacteria, known as a microbiome, of an airplane at 30,000 feet is not much different than bacterial communities surrounding people in their homes and offices.The researchers used advanced sequencing technology to study the bacteria found on three components of an airliner cabin.   New research has found the community of bacteria, known as a microbiome, of an aircraft at 30,000 feet has much in common with homes and offices'Airline ...

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    Facebook admits bug set 14 million users' sharing settings to public

    Facebook has revealed a new bug that switched 14 million users' privacy settings to public without their knowledge. The flaw only affected Facebook's system for 10 days in May, but Facebook says it still plans to notify users who were impacted by the bug. It occurred when Facebook was testing a new feature and meant that it accidentally changed a user's privacy settings to public from whatever it was previously, making potentially sensitive status updates viewable from anywhere in the world.   Users who were affected by the bug will start receiving a notification on Facebook starting Thursday. A message will prompt them ...

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    BlackBerry unveils new Key2 Android handset

    BlackBerry has released a new smartphone that combines both the past and the present.Called the Key2, it's the follow-up to BlackBerry's surprisingly successful KeyOne smartphone and still features a touchscreen and a keyboard. This time around, BlackBerry has added slimmer bezels, a larger screen and slightly bigger keys on the Key2.  The Key2 is a follow-up to BlackBerry's surprisingly successful KeyOne smartphone and still features a touchscreen and a keyboard. It has slimmer bezels, a larger screen and more WHAT ARE KEY2'S SPECIFICATIONS? Durable aluminum alloy frame and non-slip textured back4.5-inch Gorilla Glass display20% larger keys on the keyboardAll-new Speed Key that ...

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    Google bans the uses of its AI tech in weapons

    Google will not allow its artificial intelligence software to be used in weapons or 'unreasonable surveillance' efforts.Following a major backlash from employees, the Alphabet unit has laid out new rules for its AI software. The new restrictions could help Google management defuse months of protest by thousands of employees against the company's work with the U.S. military to identify objects in drone video.  Google will not allow its artificial intelligence software to be used in weapons or 'unreasonable surveillance' efforts, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai, pictured, said today. GOOGLE'S SEVEN RULES OF AI Google says for its AI to be used, projects must: 1. ...

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    Amazon launches $120 Fire TV Cube that's an Echo, streaming box and universal remote all in one

    Get ready to ditch your remote. Amazon on Thursday announced the Fire TV Cube, a hands-free streaming box that comes with Alexa built in and lets you control your TV. Unlike Amazon's other entertainment-focused offering, the Fire Stick, the Fire TV Cube is meant to be hub for not just playing Netflix and Hulu, but also turning on cable TV and smart home devices. The Fire TV Cube starts at $119.99 and is available for pre-order beginning on Thursday, before shipping on June 21.   Amazon on Thursday announced the Fire TV Cube (pictured), a hands-free streaming box that comes with Alexa built in ...

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    Breakthrough in search for Martian life as Curiosity finds organic matter and seasonal methane

    NASA's Curiosity rover has uncovered the best evidence yet that life may have once existed on Mars.In two separate studies on data collected by the Mars rover over the last few years, scientists identified an abundant source of organic matter in an ancient lakebed, and traced some of the planet's atmospheric methane to its roots.The groundbreaking results will help to guide the search for microbial life and improve our understanding of seasonal processes on Mars.   Above, the Curiosity Mars rover vehicle can be seen at the site from which it drilled into a rock target called 'Buckskin' on lower Mount Sharp, ...

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    'carbon bubble' could wipe TRILLIONS from the economy

    Plummeting demand for fossil fuel and an increase in demand for clean energy could trigger a 'carbon bubble' that researchers say could trigger a global financial crisis. New research has found that an expected dramatic decline in demand for fossil fuels before 2035 could cause a loss of one to four trillion dollars, and warns it will happen regardless of any new climate policies.The 'carbon bubble' bursting will cause losses greater than the 2008 financial crisis, and the US and Canada will be hit the hardest, the chilling report warns.  New research has found that a dramatic decline in demand for fossil ...

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    The 'death star' crater up close

    At first glance, it looks uncannily like the Death Star.NASA has released this incredible image of the gigantic Odysseus crater on Saturn’s icy moon Tethys.An enormous impact created the crater, which is about 280 miles (450 kilometers) across, with its ring of steep cliffs and the mountains that rise at its center.  An enormous impact created the Odysseus crater, which is about 280 miles (450 kilometers) across, with its ring of steep cliffs and the mountains that rise at its center. WHAT DOES THE IMAGE SHOW? Odysseus is on the leading hemisphere of Tethys (1,071 kilometers, or 665 miles across). In this image, north ...

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