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1h 31m Florence’s Floodwaters Breach Defenses at Duke Energy Plant, Sending Toxic Coal Ash Into River
Duke Energy shut down a power plant in Wilmington, N.C., after a dam at the site breached and allowed coal ash to enter the nearby Cape Fear River.
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2h Updated Florence’s Floodwaters Breach Defenses at Power Plant, Sending Toxic Coal Ash Into River
Duke Energy shut down a power plant in Wilmington, N.C., after a dam at the site breached and allowed coal ash to enter the nearby Cape Fear River.
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The couple helping hedgehogs back into the wild3h The couple helping hedgehogs back into the wild
Frank and Veronica Tett have been nursing hedgehogs back to health for the last 30 years.
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 Shocking footage shows sea creature inflate itself to massive size by sucking in water 5h Updated Shocking footage shows sea creature inflate itself to massive size by sucking in water
A remotely operated vehicle exploring an underwater mountain off Hawaii has captured the hilarious moment it startled a deep-sea gulper eel, triggering a bizarre defense mechanism.
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 How you interpret this 100-year-old optical illusion could predict how old you are 5h Updated How you interpret this 100-year-old optical illusion could predict how old you are
Using the 1915 optical illusion ‘My Wife and My Mother-In-Law,’ a new study has illustrated how age can dictate what we see. While some see a young woman, others see an older woman.
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 Japan space probe drops hopping rovers towards asteroid 6h Japan space probe drops hopping rovers towards asteroid
A Japanese space probe Friday released a pair of exploring rovers towards an egg-shaped asteroid to collect mineral samples that may shed light on the origin of the solar system.
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Florence’s Floodwaters Breach Defenses at Power Plant, Prompting Shutdown9h Florence’s Floodwaters Breach Defenses at Power Plant, Prompting Shutdown
Duke Energy shut down a power plant in Wilmington, N.C., after a dam at the site breached, potentially spilling coal ash into the nearby Cape River.
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 Selfie app reveals the devastating consequences of ignoring your sunscreen  10h Selfie app reveals the devastating consequences of ignoring your sunscreen 
The app was created by scientists from Universität Heidelberg in Germany and can show what you'll look like in anything from five to 25 years time based on skin type and UV-protection behaviour.
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 We constantly create false memories to achieve the identity we want for ourselves 10h We constantly create false memories to achieve the identity we want for ourselves
In an article for the Conversation, psychologist Professor Giuliana Mazzoni, of the University of Hull, investigated what really makes up our identity. (Stock Image)
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Trilobites: On Ecstasy, Octopuses Reached Out for a Hug10h Updated Trilobites: On Ecstasy, Octopuses Reached Out for a Hug
By dosing the tentacled creatures with MDMA, researchers found they share parts of an ancient messaging system involved in social behaviors with humans.
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The Couple Who Helped Decode Dyslexia12h The Couple Who Helped Decode Dyslexia
In 1983, Sally and Bennett Shaywitz began studying the reading skills of more than 400 children. The subjects are in their 40s now, and the Shaywitzes are still tracking them.
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The week in wildlife – in pictures12h Updated The week in wildlife – in pictures
A herd of bison, orangutan babies and a pod of hippos are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world
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Gulper eel caught on camera in Hawaii12h Gulper eel caught on camera in Hawaii
A rare gulper eel is caught on camera displaying its huge pouch-like mouth in Hawaii.
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 Metal mosh pits mimic rituals of tribes in Papua New Guinea 13h Metal mosh pits mimic rituals of tribes in Papua New Guinea
The find demonstrates that some principles are fundamental to humanity, naturally forming in cultures that are otherwise worlds apart, according to scientists at University College London.
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 Staggering slow-motion crash footage shows a Tesla Model 3 being smashed by speeding vehicles 13h Updated Staggering slow-motion crash footage shows a Tesla Model 3 being smashed by speeding vehicles
Tesla CEO Elon Musk claimed the Model 3 had a shot at being the safest car ever tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is based in Washington, DC.
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UN environment chief criticised by UN over frequent flying15h UN environment chief criticised by UN over frequent flying
Erik Solheim’s huge travel bill is a ‘reputation risk’ and he has ‘no regard’ for rules, says draft internal audit The globe-trotting travels of the UN’s environment chief have been sharply criticised in a draft internal audit as “contrary to the ethos of carbon emission reduction”. Erik Solheim, executive director of
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Restaurant Wants to Use Marijuana to Ease Lobsters’ Pain. Slow Your Roll, Maine Says.15h Updated Restaurant Wants to Use Marijuana to Ease Lobsters’ Pain. Slow Your Roll, Maine Says.
The restaurant’s experiments have drawn publicity, regulatory pushback and scientific skepticism. Can lobsters get high? Do they feel pain?
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Picnics on the motorway: the first car-free Sundays – in pictures16h Picnics on the motorway: the first car-free Sundays – in pictures
For three months from November 1973, the Dutch government banned cars on Sundays to curb oil consumption during the
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 UK Government plans to create a new internet regulator 17h UK Government plans to create a new internet regulator
Legislation is being drafted by the Home Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport that would hold technology companies accountable for content published on their websites.
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 Heavy metal mosh pits mimic rituals of remote rainforest tribes in Papua New Guinea 17h Heavy metal mosh pits mimic rituals of remote rainforest tribes in Papua New Guinea
The find demonstrates that some principles are fundamental to humanity, naturally forming in cultures that are otherwise worlds apart, according to scientists at University College London.
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Ice Surveys and Neckties at Dinner: Here’s Life at an Arctic Outpost17h Updated Ice Surveys and Neckties at Dinner: Here’s Life at an Arctic Outpost
Danish soldiers, scientists and two very sturdy dogs are the only residents of Station Nord in Greenland. Like any remote outpost, there are quirky rules and rituals.
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A Rise in Murder? Let’s Talk About the Weather 17h A Rise in Murder? Let’s Talk About the Weather
The correlation between heat and crime suggests the need for more research on shootings in American cities.
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Gina Rinehart-backed Lakes Oil loses bid to have Victorian fracking ban overturned18h Gina Rinehart-backed Lakes Oil loses bid to have Victorian fracking ban overturned
The Victorian company had planned to explore for conventional gas as well as coal seam gas A company part-owned by Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart has failed to have the Victorian government’s fracking ban overturned or to be awarded $2.7bn in damages. Between 2002 and 2013 two subsidiaries of Lakes Oil, of which Rinehart is the second-largest shareholder, obtained four exploration permits and two retention leases under Victoria’s Petroleum Act 1998. A retention lease grants the right to any petroleum discovered during the permit period.
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A photographic exploration of the cryosphere – in pictures19h A photographic exploration of the cryosphere – in pictures
a href="https://www.project-pressure.org/latest/unseen-amsterdam-project-pressure/">When Records Melt
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All the plastic you can and cannot recycle20h Updated All the plastic you can and cannot recycle
England is recycling more plastic than ever - but for this trend to continue, the system needs to change
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UK pledges £2.1m to save Asian tigers and African chimpanzees21h UK pledges £2.1m to save Asian tigers and African chimpanzees
DfID says scheme to protect species in Indonesia and Liberia will create 16,000 jobs The UK’s international development secretary has announced funding to help protect Sumatran tigers and west African chimpanzees. Only about 30 tigers are left in Indonesia as their forest habitats disappear, while in Liberia the illegal wildlife trade and loss of habitat threatens the survival of the chimpanzee.
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Trilobites: NASA’s TESS Starts Collecting Planets26h Trilobites: NASA’s TESS Starts Collecting Planets
The satellite, launched in April, has already identified at least 73 stars that may harbor exoplanets, most of them new to astronomers.
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Sloan Kettering’s Cozy Deal With Start-Up Ignites a New Uproar28h Updated Sloan Kettering’s Cozy Deal With Start-Up Ignites a New Uproar
A for-profit venture with exclusive rights to use the center’s vast archive of tissue slides has generated concerns at the nonprofit cancer center.
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 Google defends Gmail data sharing, gives few details on... 29h Google defends Gmail data sharing, gives few details on...
Google gave details about its policies for third-party Gmail add-ons but stopped short of fully addressing questions from U.S. senators about developers who break its email-scanning rules.
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Biosafety Reforms Still Lagging at Military Labs29h Biosafety Reforms Still Lagging at Military Labs
Three years after finding that laboratories had mishandled deadly pathogens, the Pentagon has no way to measure the effectiveness of its reforms, according to a new report.
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 Spotify to let artists upload their music to the platform directly instead of through a label 29h Spotify to let artists upload their music to the platform directly instead of through a label
Spotify is giving artists even more freedom. The popular streaming platform is rolling out a new beta program that lets indie artists directly upload their music, album art and other info to its service.
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 Spiders have coated the shoreline of the Greek town of Aitoliko with a 1,000 foot WEB 30h Updated Spiders have coated the shoreline of the Greek town of Aitoliko with a 1,000 foot WEB
The Greek town of Aitoliko has been swarmed with spiders known as 'stretch spiders' have created the monstrosity over 1,000 foot of shoreline covered with rocks, trees and plants.
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 Amazon unveils a slew of new devices, including revamped Echo Dot, Alexa-powered microwave and more 30h Updated Amazon unveils a slew of new devices, including revamped Echo Dot, Alexa-powered microwave and more
At a pop-up event at its Seattle headquarters, the firm unveiled a brand new version of its Echo Dot, which features big boosts to its sound quality - broadcasting sounds at 70 percent louder volumes.
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Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 2018 winners – in pictures31h Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 2018 winners – in pictures
The Iranian photographer Saeed Mohammadzadeh has been named Ciwem’s environmental photographer of the year. End Floating, his haunting image of a beached boat on the solidified salty remains of Urmia Lake, illustrates how climate change, water mismanagement and drought have decimated the landscape
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Earliest animal fossils are identified32h Earliest animal fossils are identified
Scientists have identified the earliest known animal in the geological record.
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 Diversity among mammals is traced back to evolution of shoulder blades 270 million years ago 32h Diversity among mammals is traced back to evolution of shoulder blades 270 million years ago
With different regions of the spine evolving separately, mammals were able to branch into a myriad of different forms, according to research led by the Field Museum in Chicago.
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Global Health: ‘Latent’ Tuberculosis? It’s Not That Common, Experts Find32h Global Health: ‘Latent’ Tuberculosis? It’s Not That Common, Experts Find
Active infections kill 4,000 people a day worldwide, more than AIDS does. But the notion that a quarter of the global population harbors silent tuberculosis is “a fundamental misunderstanding.”
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 Facebook Dating testing in Colombia 33h Facebook Dating testing in Colombia
Facebook wants to be the place to find your next romantic partner. The social media giant said Thursday it's launching Facebook Dating as part of a limited test in Colombia.
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 Stunning photographs capture the first evidence of praying mantis hunting FISH 33h Updated Stunning photographs capture the first evidence of praying mantis hunting FISH
Scientists observed an adult male hunting and devouring guppies in a pond located in a private roof garden in Karnataka, India, in a world first discovery.
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Air pollution sickens us in a car-addicted society | Letters33h Air pollution sickens us in a car-addicted society | Letters
Readers join the dots between various recent reports on the effects of air pollution on human health and the part played by cars in turning the atmosphere toxicYour report (
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Wildlife needs a new plan for agriculture | Letters33h Wildlife needs a new plan for agriculture | Letters
Chris Packham’s manifesto for wildlife won’t work without a radical new plan for agriculture, says
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Botswana rejects claims of elephant poaching surge34h Botswana rejects claims of elephant poaching surge
Country rebuts charity’s accusations by inviting officials to see carcasses for themselves Botswana has rebutted claims of a surge of elephant poaching by putting carcasses of animals that were allegedly slaughtered for ivory on display – some with tusks still intact. The Elephants Without Borders (EWB) charity
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 Breathtaking images from aerial surveys over the Arctic released 34h Updated Breathtaking images from aerial surveys over the Arctic released
Rising seas threaten low-lying cities, islands and industries worldwide. But projections for how the rise will come vary wildly in part because scientists lack clarity on how fast ice sheets are melting.
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 Blue Origin will begin manned flights next year 34h Updated Blue Origin will begin manned flights next year
Jeff Bezos made the revelation at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference in Washington, DC where he said that he will continue to fund the project with his own vast wealth.
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 Giant Panda calls let the bears know the identity of neighbours 34h Giant Panda calls let the bears know the identity of neighbours
San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research in California played back 100 bleats at varying distances to establish what information the endangered creatures gleaned from them.
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 PS Vita: Sony to cease production of handheld PlayStation console in 2019 35h PS Vita: Sony to cease production of handheld PlayStation console in 2019
Sony just announced that it will cease production of its popular PlayStation Vita handheld video game console in 2019. Here's all you need to know about the announcement and the PlayStation Vita.
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 Octopuses given ecstasy reveal link to evolution of human behaviours 35h Octopuses given ecstasy reveal link to evolution of human behaviours
Experts from Johns Hopkins University say it is fascinating to see ecstasy, the nickname for psychoactive drug MDMA works on octopuses exactly the same way it does on people.
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With Moon as His Muse, Japanese Billionaire Signs Up for SpaceX Voyage35h Updated With Moon as His Muse, Japanese Billionaire Signs Up for SpaceX Voyage
Elon Musk shared a stage at a SpaceX factory on Monday night with Yusaku Maezawa, who will make a significant investment in the company’s next-generation rocket.
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 Millennials likely to use robots to avoid human interaction at work 35h Millennials likely to use robots to avoid human interaction at work
A new study by content solutions firm ABBYY has found that millennials are more likely to hate speaking with customers at work and would therefor defer to robots to handle those tasks.
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 Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear insect numbers are declining 36h Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear insect numbers are declining
Scientists think something is amiss, but they can't be certain: In the past, they didn't systematically count the population of flying insects, so they can't make a proper comparison to today.
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The inventor who plans to build a city under the sea36h The inventor who plans to build a city under the sea
After spending decades exploring the deep sea, Phil Nuytten plans to build a colony there.
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Giant pandas can tell a mate from their calls36h Giant pandas can tell a mate from their calls
Pandas have to be within 20 metres of each other to identify each other's calls in their bamboo forest home.
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 Apple users claim their battery life has plummeted under iOS 12 37h Updated Apple users claim their battery life has plummeted under iOS 12
Twitter is awash with claims the power shortages have been caused by the firm preparing for the UK and US release of its iPhone XS (left) and iPhone XS Max (right), tomorrow.
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ExxonMobil agrees to join oil and gas climate change alliance37h ExxonMobil agrees to join oil and gas climate change alliance
U-turn means company will join BP, Shell and Total in contributing $100m to project ExxonMobil has joined the oil and gas industry’s flagship climate change project, reversing its decision not to join the alliance three years ago. The company was a notable holdout when the
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Trilobites: Decoding Pandas’ Come-Hither Calls37h Updated Trilobites: Decoding Pandas’ Come-Hither Calls
During mating season, the solitary mammals bleat important information to each other through their dense bamboo habitat.
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Build walls on seafloor to stop glaciers melting, scientists say38h Build walls on seafloor to stop glaciers melting, scientists say
Barriers could halt slide of undersea glaciers and hold back sea level rises predicted to result from global warming Building walls on the seafloor may become the next frontier of climate science, as engineers seek novel ways to hold back the sea level rises predicted to result from global warming. By erecting barriers of rock and sand, researchers believe they could halt the slide of undersea glaciers as they disintegrate into the deep. It would be a drastic endeavour but could buy some time if climate change takes hold, according to a new
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 EU consumer chief 38h EU consumer chief "impatient" with Facebook over data
Brussels wants Facebook to give users more information about how their data is used and how it works with third party makers of apps, games and quizzes.
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 Curiosity Mars rover halts all science operations because of glitch 39h Curiosity Mars rover halts all science operations because of glitch
Researchers at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, say they are unsure what triggered the problem, but it may take some time for engineers to diagnose the issue.
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 Hackers are using NSA spy tools to mine Bitcoin on computers 39h Hackers are using NSA spy tools to mine Bitcoin on computers
Incidences of illicit crypto mining - a technique used by hackers to steal the processing power of computers to create Bitcoin - have quadrupled in the last year, according to new research.
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Why are California wildfires so bad? An interactive look41h Why are California wildfires so bad? An interactive look
With 2018 shaping up to be the most destructive year yet, how did the state get to this point?
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A Breakthrough for U.S. Troops: Combat-Ready Pizza41h A Breakthrough for U.S. Troops: Combat-Ready Pizza
The latest entree to join the Army’s roster of M.R.E. field rations is a Sicilian-style slice that stays fresh for years and took decades to develop.
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 Renault’s futuristic EZ-PRO is an all-electric with customisable pods 43h Updated Renault’s futuristic EZ-PRO is an all-electric with customisable pods
A new concept design unveiled by Paris-based automaker Renault provides a glimpse at the autonomous delivery vans of the future.
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Australian businesses must do more to disclose climate change risks to investors, Asic says43h Australian businesses must do more to disclose climate change risks to investors, Asic says
Financial analysts say regulator’s report makes it clear ‘many Australian companies are not meeting their legal requirements’ Australian companies should be doing more to disclose risks to their business from climate change, according to a report by the corporate regulator Asic. The
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EU must end new petrol and diesel car sales by 2030 to meet climate targets – report44h EU must end new petrol and diesel car sales by 2030 to meet climate targets – report
Automotive industry risks blowing its carbon budget within 10 years without drastic change, analysis shows New petrol and diesel car sales in Europe must be phased out before 2030 if the auto sector is to play its part in holding global warming to the Paris agreement’s 1.5C goal, a new analysis has found. Forecourt plug-in hybrids will also have to disappear by 2035 at the latest, according to analysis by the
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Wooded bliss: the beauty of trees – in pictures44h Wooded bliss: the beauty of trees – in pictures
Yoko Ikeda and Toshio Shibata both photograph nature – but from very different viewpoints. Their striking, breathtaking landscapes collide in the new exhibition Treescapes
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Top UK crisp brands failing to ditch plastic packets, research shows45h Top UK crisp brands failing to ditch plastic packets, research shows
Walkers and KP Snacks are among those failing to address consumer concerns over recyclability, say green campaigners Major UK crisp brands are failing to address consumer concerns about their
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