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Trump awards Purple Heart at Walter Reed military hospital

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday awarded a Purple Heart to an Army sergeant recently wounded in Afghanistan, the first of many …

Donald Trump

No doctor required: 23andMe cleared by FDA for at-home DNA tests

A new era for direct-to-consumer DNA testing services<p>The genetic testing company 23andMe can now tell its customers if they have genes linked to 10 diseases or medical conditions, including late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and celiac disease — without a doctor’s involvement. The …

Molecular Biology

Uber speeds up self-driving tests, but safety may be braking

Uber's testing more autonomous cars than before, but reports indicate they're not necessarily getting smoother or safer.<p>It seems Uber's most recent progress down the road to autonomy has met a few safety and quality of life speed bumps, if recently obtained reports are any indications.<p>Autonomous …

Autonomous Cars

Up to half of the Arctic’s melt might be totally natural

But climate change is still responsible for the rest<p>Scientists have known for a while that the Arctic is melting. The signs are everywhere—from the famed Alaskan Iditarod course being moved multiple times due to lack of snow, to the emergence of starving polar bears with nowhere to hunt.<p>But while …

Bill would let employers penalize workers who say no to genetic testing

Employers could impose hefty penalties on employees who decline to participate in genetic testing as part of workplace wellness programs if a bill approved by a House committee becomes law.<p>Employers, in general, don't have that power under existing federal laws that protect genetic privacy and …

Health Care

WikiLeaks drops 'Grasshopper' documents, part four of its CIA Vault 7 files

After publishing thousands of politicised emails during the US presidential election, Wikileaks has turned its focus to the US intelligence …

Wikileaks claims MI5 and CIA developed spyware to turn televisions and smart phones into bugs

British spy agencies worked with the CIA to turn televisions and smart phones into bugging devices that can record conversations and even take photographs, according to leaked intelligence documents.<p>The CIA is accused of running a secret computer hacking programme giving its agents access to …

Surveillance

UK robotics research gets £17.3m pledge

<b>Funding of £17.3m ($22m) for artificial intelligence and robotics research to be carried out by British universities is to be announced by the government.</b><p>It is part of the government's digital strategy, to be published by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley on Wednesday.<p>A report by Accenture released …

Artificial Intelligence

Radioactive pigs are wandering Central Europe, 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster

That’ll do radioactive pig, that’ll do<p>Thirty years after a reactor exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, radiation is still turning up in some unexpected places: for instance, in the wild boars tramping through the mountains of the Czech Republic — almost a thousand miles …

Environmental Health

Vitamin D pills 'could stop colds or flu'

<b>Vitamin D supplements could spare more than three million people from colds or flu in the UK each year, researchers claim.</b><p>The sunshine vitamin is vital for healthy bones, but also has a role in the immune system.<p>The analysis, published in the British Medical Journal, argues food should be fortified …

Wellness

Autonomous passenger drones will fly you across Dubai starting this July

If you haven’t yet been to Dubai, this summer might be a good time to visit. Starting this July, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates will see people traveling across its skies in single-passenger drones.<p>That’s according to Mattar al-Tayer, the chairman and executive director of Dubai’s …

Drones

'The darkest time': Hong Kong reels over bizarre disappearance of Chinese billionaire

It has been more than two weeks since Xiao Jianhua last crossed the threshold of his luxury suite at the Four Seasons hotel in Hong Kong.<p>For a billionaire - even one with a relatively low profile like Xiao - to vanish would, in normal times, be alarming.<p>But when the place he has been sucked into is …

Hong Kong

Austrian politician documents Turkish surveillance abroad

VIENNA (AP) — Turkish diplomatic offices around the world are gathering information in a bid to undermine organizations loyal to a Muslim cleric who …

North Africa

Army to spend $300 million on bonuses and ads to get 6,000 more recruits

WASHINGTON — The Army plans to spend $300 million in a blitz of bonuses and advertising over the next eight months to recruit 6,000 additional soldiers it needs to fill out its ranks.<p>Legislation approved by Congress and signed late last year by former president Barack Obama halted a years-long …

Military

Greece orders mandatory evacuation of thousands around WWII bomb

Greek officials are evacuating some 70,000 people ahead of an operation to defuse a huge World War II bomb. The device was unearthed during road …

Nuclear write-down leaves Toshiba with $3.5-billion loss in third-quarter: Nikkei | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese conglomerate Toshiba Corp probably suffered a group net loss of about 400 billion yen ($3.52 billion) in the nine months through December, the Nikkei reported on Sunday.<p>FILE PHOTO - The logo of Toshiba is pictured on its flash memory factory, seen during a media tour in …

IT

Girls see themselves as less talented than boys by age of six, scientists find in 'heartbreaking' research

Girls as young as six believe that exceptional talent is a male trait, according to "heartbreaking" research into gender stereotypes.<p>They also shun activities and games for the "really, really smart" from the same age, believing their male counterparts are more likely to exhibit "brilliance", the …

Gender

Tesla sues ex-director of Google Self-Driving Project and a former employee

Tesla is suing a former manager as well as Chris Urmson, the previous director of the Google self-driving project, and a new venture the two men have launched.<p>The lawsuit filed Thursday in Santa Clara Superior Court alleges that Sterling Anderson, a program manager with the automaker’s Autopilot …

China will make it rain over an area 1.7 times the size of France

China is creating rain in an area 1.7 times the size of France.<p>The massive Asian country will spend 1.15 million yuan ($168 million) to modify …

As nuclear loss grows, Toshiba needs chip investors, soon | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - With mounting writedowns from its nuclear business, Japan’s Toshiba Corp is looking to sell part of its core semiconductors business, a world No.2 in the flash memory chips used in smartphones.<p>FILE PHOTO - Workers prepare the new year's eve numerals above a Toshiba sign in Times …

Toshiba

Full text: Trump's executive order on Obamacare

THE WHITE HOUSE<p>Office of the Press Secretary<p>For Immediate Release January 20, 2017<p>EXECUTIVE ORDER<p>- - - - - - -<p>MINIMIZING THE ECONOMIC BURDEN OF THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PENDING REPEAL<p>By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United …

Health Care

On first day, Trump signs health care executive order

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump quickly assumed the mantle of the White House on Friday, making his first executive order one aimed at his …

Donald Trump

Controversial IVF technique produces a baby girl -- and for some, that's a problem

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was a first for the entire world: Using a controversial in vitro fertilization technique, doctors in Kiev, Ukraine, helped a previously infertile couple conceive and deliver a baby girl. Some critics say, for genetic reasons, the use of this IVF method should have been restricted to …

Genetics

Nigerian air force bombs refugee camp, more than 100 dead

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, …

Africa

Natural selection making 'education genes' rarer, says Icelandic study

Tempting as it may be, it would be wrong to claim that with each generation humans are becoming more stupid. As scientists are often so keen to point out, it is a bit more complicated than that.<p>A study from Iceland is the latest to raise the prospect of a downwards spiral into imbecility. The …

Genetics

EU citizens in UK could face 'deliberate hostility' policy after Brexit

EU citizens could have their lives turned upside down with bank accounts closed, employment terminated and rental agreements revoked if their current rights to reside in the UK are not guaranteed after Brexit, a leading immigration lawyer has warned.<p>Andrew Tingley, a partner specialising in …

United Kingdom

14 Nostalgic Films You Need To Watch With Your Kids

Rediscover the joy of watching your favourite films - with your children.<p>Snuggle up together and introduce your kids to the films you loved as a …

Germany hits back at Trump criticism of refugee policy and BMW tariff threat

Deputy chancellor blames America’s ‘flawed interventionist policy’ for refugee crisis and warns of ‘bad awakening’ for US carmakers<p>Berlin has mounted a staunch defence of its policies after Donald Trump criticised the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, for her stance during the refugee crisis and …

Mercedes-Benz