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Ebola: Spanish nurse making ‘giant steps’ towards recovery

Teresa Romero, the Spanish nursing auxiliary who earlier this month became the first person to contract Ebola in Europe, is making “giant steps” towards recovery, according to hospital sources in Madrid.<p>Yesterday she got out of bed for the first time since she was admitted. Staff said she was …

Cruz attacks White House on Ebola as Pentagon forms medical support team

Scientists and politicians clashed over the US response to Ebola on Sunday, as all-clears given to Texas healthcare workers and a cruise ship passenger potentially exposed to the disease failed to quell continued public unease.<p>One man has died from Ebola in the US; two nurses who treated him at a …

Blood sample from woman on 'Ebola cruise' flown to US as ship prepares to dock in Texas

Coast Guard officials have taken a blood sample from a woman on-board the Carnival Magic cruise ship, after she quarantined herself over fears she may have caught Ebola<p>A woman who has locked herself in her room on a cruise ship as a quarantine measure for <b>Ebola</b> has given a blood sample, which is …

Tourists back in Texas from cruise ship carrying woman monitored for Ebola

Holidaymakers often feel regret at the end of a vacation, but the prevailing sentiment was more like relief among many of the passengers who stepped off the Carnival Magic after an Ebola scare prompted a tense climax to their cruise.<p>The ship docked as normal in Galveston early on Sunday after a …

Microsoft's Insane New Technology Will Turn Your Living Room Into One Gigantic Xbox Game

"RoomAlive," a new proof-of-concept prototype built by Microsoft, aims to create more immersive gaming experiences by introducing augmented reality to the Xbox.<p>The new concept video, which was just posted to blog Projection Mapping Central by one of Microsoft's researchers (via The Verge), teases …

Augmented Reality

Bitcoin price falls to 11-month low

<b>The value of one bitcoin has fallen to its lowest level for almost a year.</b><p>On Sunday afternoon Bitcoin hit a low of $290 (£181), and the virtual currency lost about 18% of its value across the whole weekend.<p>The crypto-currency has seen its value steadily fall since December 2013, when each bitcoin …

Mexico officials claim 28 mutilated bodies found in mass grave

A clandestine grave on the outskirts of a Mexican city where police clashed with student protesters a week ago contained 28 bodies too damaged for immediate identification, state officials said.<p>Guerrero State Prosecutor Inaky Blanco said he could not say whether any of the dead could be some of the …

FBI chief says Chinese hackers are like 'drunk burglars'

Speaking in a television interview FBI Director James Comey says Chinese hackers are 'prolific' in targeting intellectual property of US companies and act like careless thieves as they rob the US economy of billions of dollars a year<p>FBI Director James Comey compared Chinese hackers to a "drunk …

When the cookies crumbled, so did your web anonymity

The old adage “if the service is free, then you are its product” needs updating. What it signified was that web services (like Facebook, Google, Yahoo et al) that do not charge users make their money by harvesting personal and behavioural data relating to those users and selling that data to …

Danny MacAskill releases breathtaking Isle of Skye tricks video

Watch footage of trials rider Danny MacAskill risking life and limb on the Isle of Skye's notorious Cuillin Ridge<p>Danny MacAskill's has made a name for himself as one of the world's most fearless trial cyclists by documenting his exploits in a succession of YouTube videos since 2009.<p>It all started …

Defiant Hong Kong demonstrators face threat of police crackdown

Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong must be cleared by Monday morning, its chief executive has announced.<p>Hours after he spoke, however, tens of thousands of people flooded into the Admiralty area of the city centre in the biggest gathering for days. The rally was called to oppose attacks on …

Afghan soldiers who sought refuge in Canada: 'We never thought we would be brought to prison'

Three Afghan military officers who sought refuge in Canada after taking off from a military training exercise in Massachusetts said Wednesday they were trying to escape Taliban violence at home but now face the wrath of their own government as well.<p>“Now that we’ve decided to seek asylum, the danger …

US Ebola Fears: Patient Seen Vomiting Outside On Way To Hospital

The man who became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. on Tuesday was seen vomiting outside his Dallas apartment building as …

Armed private contractor was allowed on elevator with Obama

A security contractor with a gun and three prior convictions for assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with President Barack Obama during a Sept. 16 trip to Atlanta, violating Secret Service protocols, according to three people familiar with the incident.<p>Obama was not told of the lapse in …

Secret Service

Previous Sex Partners' Semen Can Influence Fly Offspring

So far, the phenomenon has only been seen in flies, but it’s possible it could be happening in other animals.<p>Even after a breakup, past boyfriends can still have a hold over your future relationships (usually by providing a negative point of comparison). But for some types of flies, ex-lovers can …

Sales of Microsoft’s Lumia 830, the “affordable flagship,” begin this week

Microsoft’s next Windows Phone handset, the Lumia 830, arrives in stores around the world over the next few days. With an announced off-contract …

There’s a good chance you’re reading this on a damaged mobile device

Your smartphone probably isn’t bent, but it very well may be damaged in other ways. Join the club.<p>According to the 2014 ZAGG Device Damage Study (pdf), 48% of smartphone users report that they are currently using a damaged device. Maybe we should stop dropping our phones.<p>Here are some of the other …

Mobile

Seeking the yeti, mythical monster of Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan

Everyone has heard the stories. The grizzled mountaineer who stumbles from his tent high in the Himalaya to find enormous footprints in the snow. The lone trekker who spots a strange figure, standing upright on two legs, silhouetted against the mist on a remote mountain pass. Welcome to the …

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Protest leaders and Hong Kong government refuse to budge

Pro-democracy protest leaders in Hong Kong and the region’s government refused to budge as a critical day approached for the mass demonstrations.<p>Tens of thousands packed the city’s downtown areas for a third night on Tuesday, chanting “We love Hong Kong” and giving new meaning to the nickname …

Japanese volcano death toll rises, with many more still missing

Seven more bodies have been found by rescuers combing the peak of a Japanese volcano that erupted at the weekend, officials said on Wednesday, taking the death toll to at least 43.<p>The seven are in addition to the 36 already known to have died when Mount Ontake burst angrily to life during the busy …

First diagnosed case of Ebola in the U.S.

A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital is the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, health officials announced Tuesday.<p>The unidentified man left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States on September 20, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for …

Hong Kong-China relationship is changing amid new dynamic

The colorful skyscrapers and massive luxury shops glistening along both sides of Hong Kong's harbor offer architectural proof of the economic boom that hit this city after Britain handed the former colony back to China in 1997.<p>To many of the pro-democracy demonstrators now clogging Hong Kong's …

Hong Kong

Scientists Discover Dozens of Monuments Hidden Below Stonehenge

This field of ancient stones may be more complex than initially believed.<p>Scientists have new evidence that there is more to Stonehenge—the ancient rock formations that stand alone in a field in Wiltshire, England—than meets the eye.<p>Based on cutting edge digital mapping technology, researchers at …