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Residents split on future of Romania's trash heap 'time-bomb'

Cluj-Napoca (Romania) (AFP) - The towering heap of rubbish at the Pata-Rat landfill in western Romania has been condemned as an "environmental time bomb" but for many of its neighbours, this putrid mountain of refuse is a livelihood -- one they want to protect from closure. Looming on the hills near Romania's fifth-biggest city Cluj-Napoca, the trash heap rises to five storeys high in places, emitting a noxious odour and oozing substances that environmentalists say are poisoning the soil. Doze...
Tags: Science, Romania, Roma, Cluj Napoca, Cluj Napoca Romania


Cell phone 'Tower of Babel' highlights China e-waste problem

A Chinese artist on Saturday unveiled a sculpture made of discarded mobile phones and shaped like a cell tower in a bid to highlight the problem of electronic waste. "The inspiration of my tower comes from the Tower of Babel in the Bible," artist Shen Bolun told AFP, referring to the origin story explaining why people speak different languages. "I originally thought environmental protection is waste sorting, but I didn't realise cellphones could be recycled and used again," said primary school...
Tags: Science, China, Afp, Babel, Shen Bolun, Li Jiaxing


Railgun Derailed: The U.S. Navy's Ultimate Weapon Is in Trouble

Will it happen?
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Investigator Jeff Bezos Hired to Look Into Who Got His Dick Pics Says Saudis Broke Into Bezos's Phone

Earlier this year, Jeff Bezos beat the National Enquirer to the punch by announcing the dissolution of his marriage—which the tabloid was planning on blowing up anyways in the form of a lengthy expose of his affair with news anchor and media personality Lauren Sanchez. The mildly-interesting-at-best story got a whole…Read more...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Hackers, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Donald Trump, Bezos, AMI, American Media Inc, David Pecker, Lauren Sánchez


Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy Will Star In Superhero Movie Thunder Force

The superhero film train never ends. Now, Netflix is getting on board with a new superhero film that seems very close to having its stars: Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer. Read more...
Tags: Science, Netflix, Melissa Mccarthy, Octavia Spencer, Thunder Force


Mark Zuckerberg: OK, Fine, Regulate Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg—whose company has blundered its way into controversies over everything from user privacy and data breaches to amplification of extremist content and literal genocide as of late—responded to growing criticism of the tech sector by calling for more outside regulation in an op-ed in the…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Science, Technology, Social Media, Tech Policy


Trump's move to lift offshore drilling bans 'illegal': judge

President Donald Trump's move to lift bans on drilling for oil and gas in offshore Arctic and Atlantic areas is illegal, a US judge has ruled. Trump's effort to open more areas to drilling "is unlawful, as it exceeds the president's authority," Judge Sharon Gleason ruled. As a result, bans on drilling in these areas "will remain in full force and effect unless and until revoked by Congress," the Friday ruling said.
Tags: Science, Congress, US, Atlantic, Arctic, Donald Trump, Trump, Sharon Gleason


The Real 'Star Wars': How the U.S. Military Is Preparing for a Space War

It would be epic.
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Division 2 Players Really Want Some Flashlights

The Division 2 is a game filled with some incredible technology. Players can use automated turrets, bullet blocking drones and hyper-advanced weaponry. But currently, a lot of Division 2 players just want a simple flashlight.Read more...
Tags: Science, Community, Kotaku Core, Ubisoft, The Division, Tom Clancy, Flashlights, The Division 2


Iran calls emergency in flood-threatened southwest province

Iran said on Saturday it faced an emergency in a southwestern province threatened by flooding and worked to evacuate dozens of villages as forecasters predicted more of the heavy rains that have killed at least 45 people this week, state media reported. Some 56 villages lying near the Dez and Karkheh rivers in the oil-rich southwestern province of Khuzestan may have to be evacuated as officials released water from two major dams along the rivers due to forecasts for more rain, the provincial go...
Tags: Science, Iran, Interior, Khuzestan, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, Dez, Gholamreza Shariati, Shariati, Karkheh


Algerian army repeats call to declare president unfit for office

Algeria's army chief renewed a call for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to be declared unfit for office and told opponents not to seek to undermine the military, after weeks of protests demanding an end to the ailing leader's 20-year rule. Bouteflika, 82, who has rarely been seen in public in recent years, has faced mass demonstrations for more than a month. To break the stalemate, Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah made a proposal on Tuesday for the constitutional council ...
Tags: Science, Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Bouteflika, Ahmed Gaed Salah


Judge Rules Trump Plans to Open Up Swathes of Arctic, Atlantic Oceans for Drilling Illegal

In a major blow to the Donald Trump administration’s oil and gas policy, on Friday a federal judge ruled the president’s order opening massive swathes of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans to oil and gas drilling operations illegal, the Washington Post reported.Read more...
Tags: Energy, Science, Climate Change, Washington Post, Environment, Oil, Climate, Gas, Atlantic, Wildlife, Conservation, Drilling, Arctic, Courts, Donald Trump, Arctic Ocean


Fossil 'mother lode' records Earth-shaking asteroid's impact: study

Scientists in the US say they have discovered the fossilized remains of a mass of creatures that died minutes after a huge asteroid slammed into the Earth 66 million years ago, sealing the fate of the dinosaurs. In a paper to be published Monday, a team of paleontologists headquartered at the University of Kansas say they found a "mother lode of exquisitely preserved animal and fish fossils" in what is now North Dakota. The asteroid's impact in what is now Mexico was the most cataclysmic event...
Tags: Science, Mexico, US, Earth, North Dakota, University of Kansas


Exclusive: More than 1 million acres of U.S. cropland ravaged by floods

Farms from the Dakotas to Missouri and beyond have been under water for a week or more, possibly impeding planting and damaging soil. The floods, which came just weeks before planting season starts in the Midwest, will likely reduce corn, wheat and soy production this year. "There's thousands of acres that won't be able to be planted," Ryan Sonderup, 36, of Fullerton, Nebraska, who has been farming for 18 years, said in a recent interview.
Tags: Science, Missouri, Midwest, Dakotas, Ryan Sonderup, Fullerton Nebraska


The Sega Genesis Mini Is Up For Preorder

In case you missed the news, the SEGA Genesis Mini arrives on September 19 with the same six button controller, 40 games, and a save state function. We still don’t have the full list of games for the U.S. version, but the initial announcements are more than promising:Read more...
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Algerian army chief repeats call to declare president unfit for office

CAIRO (Reuters) - Algeria's army chief repeated a proposal on Saturday to declare President Abdelaziz Bouteflika unfit for office under article 102 of the constitution and told opponents not to seek to undermine the military. Army Chief of Staff Ahmed Gaed Salah said in a statement issued by the Defense Ministry that most people supported the army's plan but some were resisting. (Reporting by Hesham Hajali and Ulf Laessing; Editing by Edmund Blair)
Tags: Science, Cairo, Defense Ministry, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Ulf Laessing, Reuters Algeria, Ahmed Gaed Salah, Hesham Hajali


Libya holds municipal elections in first vote for five years

The North African state, which has been mired in conflict and chaos since the 2011 toppling of Muammar Gaddafi, has not held any elections since 2014, when a heavily contested national vote ended up splitting the country into rival administrations and parliaments. Only nine out of 69 municipal councils in southern and western Libya voted on Saturday, officials said. Libya created 120 municipal councils in 2013 in a bid to end 42 years of centralization and one man rule under Gaddafi.
Tags: Science, Libya, Muammar Gaddafi


Swamp Thing Is Coming Out Sooner Than You May Expect, and a Bunch of Other DC Universe Release Dates

This weekend is WonderCon, which means an opportunity for some exciting new announcements, and yesterday DC Universe dropped a whole bevy of ‘em. Read more...
Tags: Science, Harley Quinn, Titans, DC Universe, Young Justice, Swamp Thing


The Latest: Eiffel Tower goes dark in reminder about climate

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on Earth Hour (all times local):
Tags: Science, Ap, Paris, Eiffel Tower


Venezuelans rally to protest chronic power outages

Electricity has slowly been restored following a blackout on Monday that left most of Venezuela's 24 states without power. President Nicolas Maduro has said the situation was caused by "terrorist attacks" on the Guri hydroelectric dam that powers much of the country. Critics including opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is recognized by most Western nations as Venezuela's legitimate head of state, blame the electricity problems on corruption and mismanagement.
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Juan Guaido


A Danish Study Found Women Are Diagnosed Later Than Men. Here's Why That's Not Surprising.

A study found that it takes longer for women to get diagnosed with the same conditions as men. The Mighty's editorial staff explains why this shouldn't be surprising.
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Like a Boomerang, Jai Courtney Is Coming Back Around for The Suicide Squad

One of DC’s most delightful D-List villains is coming right back around the bend for The Suicide Squad. Read more...
Tags: Science, Suicide Squad, Idris Elba, Dc, Warner Bros, James Gunn, Jai Courtney, Boomerang Jai Courtney, The Suicide Squad


Ocasio-Cortez says Green New Deal critics are making 'fools of themselves'

Congresswoman hit back at Republicans who claim her resolution would cause ‘genocide’ and the end of hamburgers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to the media after a televised town hall in New York on 29 March. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Reuters Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has rounded on her Republican opponents, accusing them of making “total fools of themselves” in criticising her Green New Deal proposals. The Democratic congresswoman from New York has come under increasing attack from conservati...
Tags: New York, Texas, Science, Congress, US, Barack Obama, Atlantic, Alaska, Washington Dc, Ted Cruz, Paris, Arctic, Keystone Xl, Keystone, Msnbc, Donald Trump


3 Leading Alzheimer's Disease Drugs in Development After Biogen's Aducanumab Flop

Biogen threw in the towel with once-promising Alzheimer's disease drug aducanumab. But these three late-stage pipeline candidates could potentially still emerge as winners.
Tags: Science, Biogen


Mind games: what magic reveals about how our brains work

The art of magic offers a fascinating insight into the psychology of reality and perceptionThe magician picks up a coin, conceals it in his hand and, after a magical gesture, it mysteriously disappears, only to reappear from behind your ear. As you watch this performance, you fully understand that objects cannot simply materialise from thin air, yet this is exactly what you have just experienced. Conjuring is one of the oldest forms of entertainment and throughout history, tricksters have amazed...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Magic


Ocasio-Cortez Breaks Down Why We Can't Free Market Our Way Out of Climate Change

On MSNBC, AOC explains why it's crazy to rely on more of the same failed solutions.
Tags: Science, Ocasio Cortez, MSNBC AOC


U.S. judge scraps Trump order opening Arctic, Atlantic areas to oil leasing

A federal judge in Alaska has overturned U.S. President Donald Trump’s attempt to open vast areas of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans to oil and gas leasing. The decision issued late Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason leaves intact President Barack Obama’s policies putting the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea, part of the Arctic’s Beaufort Sea and a large swath of Atlantic Ocean off the U.S. East Coast off-limits to oil leasing. Trump's attempt to undo Obama’s protections was “unlawful” and ...
Tags: Science, Obama, Barack Obama, Atlantic, Alaska, Arctic, Donald Trump, Trump, Atlantic Ocean, U S District Court, GLEASON, Beaufort Sea, Sharon Gleason, Arctic 's Chukchi Sea


Saturday's Best Deals: Flash Storage, Tech Grab Bag, Pizza Wheel, and More

A one-day flash storage sale, a bunch of discounted tech accessories, and an insanely popular pizza wheel lead off Saturday’s best deals from around the web. Read more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Science


The Online Icons That Didn't Survive the Web's First 30 Years

As March draws to close, so does our celebration of the World Wide Web’s 30th birthday, making it as good a time as ever to take a look back at some the features and formats that bit the dust along the way.Read more...
Tags: Science, Dead Tech, 30 Years Of The Web


'That's unacceptable': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stops person who insulted Republican

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shut down an audience member at an MSNBC town hall after someone called former Rep. Bob Inglis a "moron."
Tags: Science, Msnbc, Bob Inglis, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez



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