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Photos: Inside the toxic haze, a “crime against humanity” caused by Indonesia’s fires

In Indonesia about half a million people are suffering from respiratory ailments, and at least 19 have died—most from breathing in smoke, some from fire-fighting accidents.<p>The cause: annual fires that are set to inexpensively clear land, making it more suitable for palm oil and pulp-and-paper …

Processed And Red Meat Could Cause Cancer? Your Questions Answered

The World Health Organization made an announcement Monday that's likely to come as a blow to anyone whose favorite outdoor snack is a hot dog.<p>Processed meats — yes, hot dogs, plus sausage, ham, even turkey bacon — are cancer-causing, a committee of scientists with WHO's International Agency for …

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How Google used $11 million to help refugees

On September 15, Google announced it was raising money to help the refugee crisis in Europe.<p>Just 48-hours later, the tech company met its goal. It raised $5.5 million in individual donations, then matched that amount for $11 million total.<p>Now Google is sharing exactly what it did with all that …

The Little-Known, Disfiguring Disease That’s Coming Our Way

I tell a story over on the news side of <i>National Geographic</i> today, about an intrepid team of explorers who plunged into nearly impenetrable Honduran rainforest in order to groundtruth the legend that it concealed a fabled “white city.” They succeeded (and you can read that story in the October issue …

Robots to build ‘self-repairing’ cities, fix street lamps & potholes

Judgment day and the rise of the machines just took an almighty step closer after an English university announced it is spending £4.2 million on a project to create “self-repairing cities” that employs robots to fix infrastructure problems.<p>Although not quite on the scale of Skynet and Terminator …

Strange signals from a distant star are defying natural explanation. There is a remote chance that they could be from an ‘alien megastructure’<p>There’s a new mystery in the universe and it goes by the name KIC 8462852. It is a star approximately 1500 light years away from the Earth, and displays a …

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New camera captures invisible details, sees through the skin of fruit

Everyone has a different method for determining if produce at the grocery store is underripe, just right or rotten. There's the knock test, the squeeze test and, of course, the smell test. But if the HyperCam, a new type of camera being developed by the University of Washington and Microsoft …

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Sundar Pichai appoints three new Google executives following Alphabet restructure

Sundar Pichai was given the title of Google CEO as part of the company’s Alphabet restructure and now Pichai has made his first changes according to Re/code. In a company wide email sent out recently, the Google CEO appointed three executives to new roles…<p>Neal Mohan, vice president of display and …

Afghan teen uses rap to escape forced marriage

<b>(CNN) —</b> Spring break is over and campus is bustling, but all Sonita Alizadeh can think of is the brutal murder of a young Afghan woman.<p>Surrounded by the excited chatter of reunited peers, Sonita is consumed with news coming from her home of Afghanistan, where a 27-year-old named Farkhunda was …

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

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Brooklyn Senior Idol Is Like 'American Idol' but More Glamorous

Here are some photos of older performers doing swoon-worthy covers of Elvis, Sinatra, and "Mary Had a Little Lamb."<p>What would American Idol look like without the money, the fame, the celebrity judges, the youth, the television coverage, and the legions of fans? It would probably resemble a bunch of …

Uber's enemies have hired a huge law firm to get it banned in London — here are its 5 arguments

Black cab drivers and minicab services hate Uber, which undercuts them on price and they claim the ride-hailing app is given favourable treatment by London's transport regulator, Transport for London (TfL).<p>Trade body the London Private Hire Car Association (LPHCA) has been putting pressure on TfL …

Fujisawa residents will be ferried in driverless cars, which, if successful, could be used to transport spectators for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics<p>Dozens of people in Japan will be whisked to the local shops in driverless taxis from next year in an experiment with robot technology that could be fully …

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