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Former Army Major thought to be Britain’s oldest female WWII veteran ‘who always had a naughty twinkle in her eye’ dies aged 108 Gladys Robson, known as Anne, served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service
Women’s Royal Army Corps veteran moved into Edinburgh care home read more

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POLLING AWAY – Brits want Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stripped of cash and kicked out of their Windsor home, poll reveals An exclusive YouGov poll for The Sun on Sunday reveals an overwhelming 46 per cent of support the idea of them “stepping back” from their duties and are in favour of a slimmed-down royal family.
But a similar number read more

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Chinese Wushu will become an event in the 2022 Summer Youth Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee Executive committee approved the addition of the event. Together with Baseball5, Chinese Wushu will be added as new programmes that will be available for the next Summer Youth Olympics in Dakar, the first-ever read more

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VIENNA, Austria – The leader of Austria’s conservatives Sebastian Kurz was sworn in Tuesday, January 7, as the world’s youngest democratically elected leader at the head of an unlikely coalition with the Greens following the collapse of his previous alliance with the far-right. Vowing to “protect the climate and the read more

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@sciencemagazine’s 2019 Breakthrough of the Year goes to the Event Horizon Telescope (@ehtelescope) global network of observatories for the first #realblackhole image. http://bit.ly/35zUtXz https://twitter.com/ehtelescope

Massive, ubiquitous, and in some cases as big as our Solar System, black holes hide in plain sight. The effect of their gravity on objects read more

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Queen Elizabeth’s speech to MPs and Lords at the State Opening of Parliament

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons.

My Government’s priority is to deliver the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union on 31 January. My Ministers will bring forward legislation to ensure the United Kingdom’s exit on that date read more

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Stunning photograph shows an ancient tradition dating back to 960 AD
This is the spectacular moment a fisherman with a close bond to cormorants used a flock of birds to catch big fish in a centuries old ritual in southern China. Photographer Julia Wimmerlin said: ‘Seeing this whole process and the beautiful setting where it takes place just takes your breath away.

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Image courtesy Julia Wimmerlin / Solent News

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The $120,000 Art Basel Banana, Explained
So, uh, whose banana is it?
Art Basel Banana is catchy, but it’s not actually the work’s name. Titled Comedian, it’s by Maurizio Cattelan. Cattelan is an Italian artist and an absurdist—in 2016 he replaced a toilet at the Guggenheim with a fully functioning gold one. He called the read more

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Like a Zumwalt Class Destroyer meets leftover Blade Runner prop, Tesla’s truck looks like none the world has ever seen before.
Its design is deceptively simple. Its profile is diamondlike, with five simple lines. Its nose is wedge-shaped, its sheetmetal quickly merging with a single massive pane of windshield glass—“bulletproof,” Elon read more

Then and now: the Spencer Dam near Spencer in November 2013, top, vs. March 2019, after the dam came crashing dow during a flood (below)

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America’s aging dams could put tens of thousands of people across 44 states at risk of deadly floods as 1,700 are rated ‘poor or unsatisfactory’
Built for flood control, irrigation, water supply, hydropower, recreation or industrial waste storage, read more

The Ripsaw M5 Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV)

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Meet America’s newest military giant: Amazon

The fatal flaw that could make AI weapons useless
AI-guided missiles could be blinded by adversarial data, and perhaps even steered back toward friendly targets.

Robots cannot replace the problem-solving, decision-making abilities of human cognition in “direct fire”

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Image courtesy Pablo Delcan / Technology Review and Textron Systems