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Think bitcoin's getting expensive? Try Zimbabwe

HARARE (Reuters) - For most investors around the world, bitcoin is a volatile and highly speculative bet. For Zimbabweans, however, the cryptocurrency seems to offer rare protection from the onset of hyperinflation and financial implosion.<p>Some are turning to bitcoin out of desperation as their bank …

Cryptocurrency

NBN complaints on the rise as consumers opt for slower internet speeds

The poor retailer margins and low uptake of high-speed NBN plans could impact on NBN Co's ability to recover its costs as most consumers opt for the …

Indigenous voice proposal 'not desirable', says Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed cabinet has rejected the Indigenous voice to parliament proposed in the Uluru statement, saying it is neither “desirable or capable of winning acceptance at referendum”.<p>In a joint statement with the attorney general, George Brandis, and the Indigenous affairs …

Australia

AWU raids: The AFP must be free to do its job without political interference

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) was embroiled in political controversy this week, with raids being conducted on offices of the Australian Workers …

The 10 best cities in the world to visit, based on your interests

Love history or architecture or wine? There's a destination for each...

Cities

Vintage Photos Reveal What America Looked Like Before Pollution Was Regulated

We've come a long way.<p>The Trump administration plans to try to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's main initiative to fight …

Breakthrough surgical glue seals wounds shut in 60 seconds

Surgery can be incredibly taxing on the individual going under the knife, but when the surgeon wraps up the procedure it doesn’t always mean the end …

Breakthroughs

The world's tropical forests now emit more CO2 than all US cars and trucks combined

Scientists have a wake-up call for the world.<p>Tropical forests are now a threat in our fight against climate change. They emit more CO2 than all US cars and trucks combined, according to a study recently published in Science. This wasn't always the case.<p>After all, trees absorb CO2 from the …

Bayer sticks by Xarelto sales estimate despite study setback

FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayer stood by its peak sales estimate for clot prevention drug Xarelto after the pill disappointed in a late-stage trial to test prevention of repeat strokes.<p>The Phase III study had been halted early after the drug showed no efficacy improvements over low-dose aspirin, …

Biotechnology

UBS thinks Australians have borrowed billions for housing without realising they're interest-only loans

The UBS banking team has highlighted another potential red flag in Australian housing, interest-only loans, and more specifically, the number of …

How solar energy saved a Puerto Rican farm from Hurricane Maria

BARRANQUITAS, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - While his competitors wait for diesel to restart generators knocked out by Hurricane Maria, flower grower Hector Santiago is already back in business because of solar panels powering his 40-acre (16.2-hectare) nursery in central Puerto Rico.<p>The U.S. territory …

Caribbean

UK warns Boeing it could lose contracts over Bombardier dispute

US decision to slap tariffs on Canadian-owned aircraft maker threatens to sour relations between London and Washington<p>The government has warned aircraft manufacturer Boeing it could lose UK defence contracts over its part in a US decision to slap punitive tariffs of 219% on rival Bombardier, in a …

United Kingdom

Doctors ordering too many unnecessary X-rays for children, experts say

Doctors are ordering too many unnecessary X-rays to look for conditions such as asthma and stomach pain in children, experts say.<p>Dr Sarah Dalton, …

Euro slips 0.4 percent after German election surprise | Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The euro slipped in early Asian trading on Monday after Germany’s election showed surging support for a far-right party that left Chancellor Angela Merkel scrambling to form a governing coalition.<p>FILE PHOTO: An employee shows fifty-euro notes in a bank in Sarajevo, March 19, …

North Africa

Strange But True: Cargo Ships Are Triggering More Lightning Storms at Sea

This is crazy.<p>There's an increase in lightning storms at sea, and the culprit is the exhaust produced by diesel-powered cargo ships, a new study has …

This New Method For Testing Blood With Sound Waves Is Insanely Clever

And super-fast, too!<p>Scientists have developed a new method for testing blood via sound waves, which could lead to a compact, portable testing kit …

How to Mentor a Narcissist

No workplace is immune to the self-absorbed and self-important employee. You know the one. Preoccupied with status, appearance, and power, narcissists exude a palpable sense of entitlement, often overestimate skills and abilities (while devaluing others), and can be quite comfortable manipulating …

Glencore's McArthur River Mine pays zero royalties once again; NT considers changes

Once again, mining giant Glencore has paid no royalties to the Northern Territory Government for its McArthur River Mine (MRM), a company report has …

Northern Territory

Incredible footage from space shows massive lightning storms in Hurricane Irma

All these flashing yellow dots are lightning storms.<p>They’re all part of Hurricane Irma.<p>The storms were tracked by NOAA over a period of 80 hours from …

Labor and Greens want legislated protection against vilification in marriage survey

Labor and the Greens will ask the Turnbull government to legislate the “strongest possible” protections against vilification in the same-sex marriage postal survey, after the high court ruled it can proceed on Thursday.<p>The ambit claims go far further than the Coalition’s proposal to protect the …

Australia

This $25 device will double the internet speed on your computer

If you use a modern home Wi-Fi solution like the Google Wifi or our favorite mesh system, the AmpliFi HD, you’re undoubtedly enjoying lightning fast …

Double toll looms as Lendlease bids to build motorway to Sydney Airport

The Berejiklian government has been under pressure to reveal its intentions for the gateway because it was one of the original justifications for the …

Chinese court awards New Balance $1.5 million in trademark case | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court has ordered three domestic shoemakers to pay more than 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) to New Balance in damages for infringing the U.S. sportswear company’s signature slanting logo.<p>FILE PHOTO: People walk past a New Balance store in Wuhan, Hubei province, China …

China

Cholesterol crystals are a sign heart attack is imminent, finds new study

Scientists have discovered a new symptom that could be a sign that a heart attack is imminent.<p>After examining materials that were blocking the …

Opinion: SoftBank’s big plan for a smarter internet is brilliant

Masayoshi Son doesn’t do anything small nor does he do things in a simple way.<p>A few months ago SoftBank Group 9984, +0.50% announced that it would be …

Telstra is cutting 2,800 staff by the end of the year to meet a new cost-cutting goal of $1.5 billion

Telstra revealed in its annual results on Thursday that it cut staff numbers by 1,366 full-time equivalent positions for the 2017 financial year.<p>Late …

Scientists Are Finally Set to Mass-Produce The Active Compound Found in Magic Mushrooms

Psilocybin for everrrrybody!<p>For nearly 60 years scientists have known the chemical responsible for magic mushrooms' psychedelic reputation is a …

World's Biggest Solar Thermal Power Plant Just Got Approved in Australia

It's so beautiful!<p>The onward march of renewables continues: an Australian state government has greenlit the biggest solar thermal power plant of its …

Poop Transplants - What Works, What Doesn't, And What We Still Don't Know

Let's get down to the nitty-gritty.<p>The intriguing, yet somewhat malodorous, topic of poo transplants is in the news. A study published today found …