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Ancient ‘Vampire’ star spied sucking the life out of celestial giant by NASA’s planet-hunting probe - rt

Ancient ‘Vampire’ star spied sucking the life out of celestial giant by NASA’s planet-hunting probe

NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has witnessed the remains of an ancient star thirstily draining material from its giant celestial companion, in a remarkable interaction known as a super-outburst.
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Hong Kong declares emergency & cancels New Year celebrations as coronavirus spreads - rt

Hong Kong declares emergency & cancels New Year celebrations as coronavirus spreads

Hong Kong has shuttered schools and done away with planned New Year festivities as the city scrambles to stop the spread of a deadly coronavirus.
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Indian women's college bans burqas as part of dress code crackdown

A women's college in northeast India has prohibited students from wearing burqas in the classroom, arguing that the full-body garment violates the institution's dress code. The rule will be enforced with fines.
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38 infected coronavirus patients CURED in China as epidemic rages on - rt

38 infected coronavirus patients CURED in China as epidemic rages on

Saturday has brought some good news from China, where the nationwide battle against coronavirus is underway – dozens of patients have been cured of the disease, which has also claimed a comparable number of lives.
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Chinese doctor battling coronavirus on ‘front line’ of outbreak epicenter in Hubei dies as death toll reaches 41 - rt

Chinese doctor battling coronavirus on ‘front line’ of outbreak epicenter in Hubei dies as death toll reaches 41

A 62-year-old doctor helping to beat back a fast moving coronavirus in China, Liang Wudong, has died of the illness while working in its epicenter in the city of Wuhan, Chinese state media has reported.
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Coronavirus isn’t a global emergency yet—but two other outbreaks still are - quartz

Coronavirus isn’t a global emergency yet—but two other outbreaks still are

WHO is already fighting two international public health emergencies: Ebola and polio.
quartz - 10 hours ago
China’s mass coronavirus quarantine was impossible to get right - quartz

China’s mass coronavirus quarantine was impossible to get right

Once a quarantine area expands to whole cities, it is much less effective.
quartz - 11 hours ago
The US health secretary is making anti-abortion speak official government language - quartz

The US health secretary is making anti-abortion speak official government language

The department has been systematically using language from anti-abortion activists.
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Listening to Mike Pence’s history, you might think it wasn’t Soviets but Americans who liberated Auschwitz - rt

Listening to Mike Pence’s history, you might think it wasn’t Soviets but Americans who liberated Auschwitz

US Vice President Mike Pence’s speech on the Holocaust left the impression it was American soldiers who liberated Auschwitz, erased the Soviet Union’s well-documented act, and even used the solemn occasion to lash out at Iran.
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Three children found dead in Dublin house - metro

Three children found dead in Dublin house

The two boys and a girl were found in a home at Parson's Court in Newcastle in west Dublin.
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Nein, we didn’t sign! Germans say they are not TAKING OVER Ukraine’s railroads for 10 years (yet) after PM tags Deutsche Bahn - rt

Nein, we didn’t sign! Germans say they are not TAKING OVER Ukraine’s railroads for 10 years (yet) after PM tags Deutsche Bahn

Ukraine’s PM has announced that Deutsche Bahn will take over control of his nation’s railroad monopoly for a decade. The German firm said it will be consulting Ukraine’s rail company, but wouldn’t confirm any deeper involvement.
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Trump Showed up at the March for Life and Said Everything Anti-Abortion Activists Want to Hear - vice

Trump Showed up at the March for Life and Said Everything Anti-Abortion Activists Want to Hear

For many Evangelical supporters, Trump's rhetoric on abortion makes his history of divorces, affairs, lies, and sex scandals fade into the background.
vice - 14 hours ago
UN seeks help to thwart locust swarms in east Africa - channel 4

UN seeks help to thwart locust swarms in east Africa

The United Nations has called for international help to fight huge swarms of Locusts which are sweeping through parts of east Africa.
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Greta Thunberg joins school strike in Davos - channel 4

Greta Thunberg joins school strike in Davos

The Davos business conference has wrapped - the world's global elite taking to their private jets or the ski slopes after a week of schmoozing and deal-making.
channel 4 - 15 hours ago
Will Brits who migrated to Spain stay post-Brexit? - channel 4

Will Brits who migrated to Spain stay post-Brexit?

With the Brexit deal now officially signed into law - is the future any clearer for Britons living abroad?
channel 4 - 15 hours ago
Johnson and EU leaders sign Brexit withdrawal deal - channel 4

Johnson and EU leaders sign Brexit withdrawal deal

Signed and almost sealed... the heads of the European Council and the European Commission have put their signatures on the Brexit withdrawal agreement in Brussels - before it was whisked to London to be signed by Boris Johnson too.
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The coronavirus outbreak comes at a terrible time for China’s tourism industry - quartz

The coronavirus outbreak comes at a terrible time for China’s tourism industry

The crisis has resulted in cancelled plans, closed attractions, and grounded flights.
quartz - 15 hours ago
Populist Salvini poised for breakthrough in Italian regional elections - channel 4

Populist Salvini poised for breakthrough in Italian regional elections

Italy's far right leader Matteo Salvini is poised for a political breakthrough in this weekend's local elections - triggering shock waves through the country's establishment.
channel 4 - 15 hours ago
Activist Ghanem al-Masarir given permission to sue Saudi Arabia in UK over alleged hack of his phone - channel 4

Activist Ghanem al-Masarir given permission to sue Saudi Arabia in UK over alleged hack of his phone

A leading Saudi dissident has been granted permission by the High Court in London to sue the Saudi government - for allegedly hacking his mobile phone.
channel 4 - 15 hours ago
France confirms two cases of deadly coronavirus - metro

France confirms two cases of deadly coronavirus

France's health minister confirmed the news this evening.
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‘Neither robot nor animal’: Scientists develop the ‘Xenobots,’ 1st robots constructed completely from LIVING CELLS (VIDEO)

‘Neither robot nor animal’: Scientists develop the ‘Xenobots,’ 1st robots constructed completely from LIVING CELLS (VIDEO)

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Scientists in the US claim to have created zombie robots from reanimated frog cells, giving rise to a living organism never seen or created before which can perform important tasks while healing itself.

These millimeter-wide “xenobots” were designed on a supercomputer using an evolutionary algorithm to create thousands of candidate designs. The winning designs can propel themselves toward a target and deliver a payload, and can also heal themselves when torn apart.

The xenobots are constructed using stem cells harvested from the embryos of African frogs, the species Xenopus laevis, and could theoretically perform tasks ranging from highly-targeted medicine delivery inside the human body, to toxic waste clean-up after a spill or radioactive disaster, or even gathering microplastics floating in the Earth’s oceans.

“These are novel living machines,” says Joshua Bongard, a computer scientist and robotics expert at the University of Vermont who co-led the new research. “They’re neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. It’s a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism.”

The xenobots are fully biodegradable, powered by lipids and proteins and live for just seven days before reverting to dead skin cells. Frog skin cells form the structure, and the contractions of the amphibian heart cells provide the power to propel the xenobots. 

While the team acknowledges that there may be unintended consequences from developing such technology, such as the development of highly-targeted bioweapons, they argue that it is just another step toward cracking the “morphogenetic code,” which they believe governs how all living organisms in the universe are organized. If we could decipher this ‘code,’ it might lead to a giant leap forward in a vast array of fields, including environmental and medical research.

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