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Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies – what digital money really means for our future

<b>What is a cryptocurrency? Is it like bitcoin?</b><br>In a word, yes. Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency, and is still the biggest, but in the eight years since it was created pretenders to the throne have come along.<p>All of them have the same basic underpinnings: they use a “blockchain”, a shared public …

Bitcoin

Ten Most Significant World Events in 2017

Last year a lot of people were asking if 2016 was the worst year ever. (It wasn’t.) I haven’t seen anyone making similar claims about 2017, but that …

Shane Watson back to his best in Sydney Thunder Big Bash win

Shane Watson has proved he is back to his devastating best and he says the Sydney Thunder have rediscovered that winning feeling. After piloting the Thunder to a thrilling season-opening last-ball win over crosstown rivals the Sydney Sixers, Watson proclaimed his side is ready for a bumper Big Bash …

Al-Qaida divisions may aid Assad as he eyes Syria's Idlib

next<p>prev<p>As President Bashar Assad seeks to reassert his authority in Idlib, the only remaining province in Syria where his forces have almost no presence, he may be aided there by deep fractures within al-Qaida, the militant group that dominates the region.<p>A recent wave of detentions and a spate of …

Yemen rebel missile fired at Riyadh 'bears hallmarks' of Iran

<b>A missile fired from Yemen at the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, bears the hallmarks of a weapon provided by Iran, the US ambassador to the UN has said.</b><p>Nikki Haley said Iran's actions threatened to drag the world "deeper into a broadening regional conflict".<p>The missile was shot down by Saudi …

Middle East

The embryo is just a year younger than the mother who birthed her

<b>(CNN) —</b> The longest known frozen human embryo to result in a successful birth was born last month in Tennessee.<p>Emma Wren Gibson, delivered November 25 by Dr. Jeffrey Keenan, medical director of the National Embryo Donation Center, is the result of an embryo originally frozen on October 14, …

Pregnancy

One-vote recount win gives Democrats tie in Virginia state House

‘EVERY. VOTE. MATTERS.,’ Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine tweeted.<p>A single vote in Newport News, Virginia, is set to give Democrats partial control of the state's House of Delegates and could help the party pass Medicaid expansion next year.<p>After a recount conducted Tuesday, Democrat Shelly Simonds had …

Crews battling California wildfire make headway in third day of fair weather

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews battling a devastating California wildfire that now ranks as the state's second-largest on record capitalized on a third straight day of favorable weather conditions on Tuesday as they made greater progress corralling the flames.<p>With the so-called Thomas fire blazing …

Amtrak train derailed on tracks that had automatic-braking technology — but it was still being tested

The fatal Amtrak crash south of Seattle occurred on tracks where equipment for automatic braking, which Congress has required on all railroads by the end of 2018, was installed but was still being tested.<p>Train 501 was going 80 mph Monday in a curve posted for 30 mph when several cars derailed and …

Trains

From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories

Multiple women share harrowing accounts of sexual assault and harassment by the film executive.<p><i>This story was first published on newyorker.com on October 10, 2017, at 10:47 A.M. The version below appears in the October 23, 2017, issue.</i><p>1.<p>Since the establishment of the first studios, a century ago, …

Sexual Harassment

Who were the Texas church shooting victims?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Many of them had known each other for years. That's no surprise in a small town like Sutherland Springs, Texas, where lives intersect daily on the street, at school and in church.<p>On Sunday when Devin Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church with an assault rifle, authorities say he took …

New York Terrorist Attack: Truck Driver Kills Eight in Lower Manhattan

Eight people were killed and about a dozen more were injured Tuesday when a motorist in a rented pickup truck deliberately drove down a bike path in lower Manhattan and mowed down several people before crashing into a school bus. Officials said it was a terrorist attack — the deadliest in New York …

The Ashes: Steve Smith shows his emotion after leading Australia to series win over England in WACA Test

An emotional Steve Smith has given an insight into how much it meant to captain Australia to an Ashes series triumph, revealing he broke down in …

Starc thunderbolt 'ball of the 21st century'

At 4:06pm local time in Perth, Mitchell Starc uprooted James Vince’s off stump with the "ball of the Ashes and the summer" according to Test legend …

Trevor Bayliss insists he is still the right man for England despite Ashes defeat

Trevor Bayliss insisted he remains the right head coach to take England’s Test team forward after a seventh successive defeat away from home saw a rampant Australia side regain the Ashes with two matches to spare.<p>The innings and 41-run loss at the Waca not only surrendered the urn but raised …

Australia reclaim Ashes with final-day victory over England in third Test

A bizarre final day of Ashes cricket at the Waca came to a close in the most predictable manner. Australia, by winning this Test by an innings and 41 runs, regained the Ashes with ruthless efficiency. For the third time in four series down under they polished off England at the earliest …

How Girls, Despite All Its Protests, Turned Out to Be "A Voice of a Generation"

When Hannah Horvath said to her parents, in the pilot of HBO's <i>Girls</i>, "I think that I may be The Voice of My Generation... or at least <i>a</i> voice of <i>a</i> generation," it became the flag atop the lightning rod that was the show when it premiered in 2012. Though clearly self-aware and self-deprecating, the …

Five myths about Alabama

By Kyle Whitmire<p>Alabama, spoofed on late-night TV as a backward backwater, has suddenly become the center of America's political universe. Tuesday's special election to fill Jeff Sessions's old Senate seat pits Republican Roy Moore — backed by President Trump and his former strategist Steve Bannon, …

Steve Bannon

England must forget Ben Stokes and focus on Adelaide, Smith and Starc | Jason Gillespie

Let’s be honest, Joe Root and his players needed the Ben Stokes issue resurfacing this week like a hole in the head. When I wrote at the start of the tour that they should draw a line through his name completely, this was the type of scenario I envisaged.<p>Here are England’s squad battling hard to …

Steve Smith

Millennials are narcissistic? The evidence is not so simple

Rising social media use has sparked a passionate debate among psychologists: are today’s young people more “Generation Me”, or “Generation We”?<p>At the next table in the cafe where I was working this morning, a young woman spent a whole hour talking excitedly to her older companion about herself, her …

Psychology

Ben Stokes’s Ashes return hangs by a thread as police pass file to CPS

Ben Stokes’s chances of making a dramatic return to England’s Ashes squad appeared to suffer a major setback on Wednesday when police referred his assault case to the Crown Prosecution Service.<p>Stokes flew to New Zealand on Monday in a move that seemed to give him the best chance of an Ashes return …

Jill Barklem obituary

Creator of the Brambly Hedge children’s books<p>Jill Barklem, who has died of pneumonia aged 66, was the creator of the Brambly Hedge children’s titles, a richly imagined and beautifully illustrated series of stories that are a fine example of the pastoral tradition in children’s books. Inspired by …

Australia's affair with the bouncer an intimidation tool of Ashes past

The Ashes of 2013-14 casts a long shadow. Mitchell Johnson is the gunslinger at sunset. He defines the modern genre like John Wayne did Westerns. From months ago, when anticipation of the current Ashes series began, through to the close of the Gabba Test this week and looking to the matches ahead, …

Both US and North Korea 'know it would be madness' to resort to nuclear war

Neither side can afford to show signs of weakness when it comes to demonstrating readiness to use maximum force, says Sam Kiley.<p>Sam Kiley<p>Foreign …

North Korea

How Poverty Can Follow Children Into Adulthood

At the height of the recession in 2012, nearly one in four American children were living in poverty.<p>Today, five years after America went through the …

The Brain

Uber's road to profitability lengthens at losses hit $1.5bn

Uber lost $1.5bn (£1.1bn) in the third quarter of the year, reversing recent progress that had seen the $70bn tech firm stem the red ink in recent months.<p>The latest financials, disclosed to investors as Uber attempts to secure a major funding round from the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, will …

Tesla Moves Too Fast, Produces Glitchy Cars, Workers Say

<i>Updated |</i> Tesla’s production line moves so quickly that the vehicles require many fixes before completion. Customers are still left with glitches and …

Google Maps picks up a white navigation bar on Android 8.1

Android 8.1 brings a handful of nice tweaks to Oreo, but some of the best ones directly relate to issues with the Pixel 2 XL. One of those is the tweaked navigation bar which can now invert its colors and dim the buttons. Now, Google Maps has been updated to take advantage of that.<p>Following in the …