Experts predict race to clean up space junk could lead to war

As an international relations scholar who studies space law and policy, I have come to realize what most people do not fully appreciate: Dealing with space debris is as much a national security issue as it is a technical one. Considering the debris circling the Earth as just an obstacle in the path of human missions is naive.  As outer space activities are deeply rooted in the geopolitics down on Earth, the hidden challenge posed by the debris is the militarization of space technologies meant to clean it up. To…

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Facebook vulnerability let hackers see information about users and their friends

Facebook has patched a bug that could have let anyone view your likes, posts and friends.  The vulnerability was fixed by Facebook in May after it was first discovered by cybersecurity firm Imperva.  Imperva found a flaw in Facebook’s Search feature that allowed attackers to quietly siphon off user data.  Scroll down for video Facebook has patched a bug that could have let anyone view your likes, posts and friends. The flaw was fixed by Facebook in May after it was first discovered by cybersecurity firm Imperva WHAT IS THE…

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Juul halts store sales of some flavored e-cigarettes

The nation’s leading e-cigarette maker says it has halted store sales of some flavors to deter use by kids. The announcement Tuesday by Juul Labs Inc. comes ahead of an expected government crackdown on underage sales of e-cigs. Juul said it has stopped filling store orders for its mango, fruit, creme and cucumber pods but not menthol and mint. It will sell all flavors through its website and limit sales to those 21 and older. The company said it was closing its Facebook and Instagram accounts and pledged other steps…

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One third of ALL food produced worldwide is thrown out before it hits consumers’ plates

Billions of tons of food amounting to roughly $1 trillion goes to waste each year without ever reaching the consumer’s plate, a shocking new study has found. According to the report from the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, the total annual waste accounts for one third of all food produced for human consumption. At the same time, experts say billions of people worldwide continue to have poor or inadequate diets. Billions of tons of food amounting to roughly $1 trillion goes to waste each year without…

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The MINI terracotta army: Hundreds of small warrior statues found in 2100-year-old pit in China

Archaeologists have discovered hundreds of small statues depicting infantrymen, cavalry, and performers in a 2,100-year-old pit in China. The remarkable find bears semblance to the famous Terracotta Army built for China’s first emperor, Quin Shi Huang, though in miniature form. Experts estimate the more recently-found miniature army was made about 100 years after the Terracotta Army, and may have been built for the Qi prince, Liu Hong, according to Live Science. Scroll down for video  Archaeologists have discovered hundreds of small statues depicting infantrymen, cavalry, and performers in a 2,100-year-old…

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Waymo set to debut first driverless rideshare service as soon as next month, report claims

Waymo could be one step closer to launching its own ride-hailing service. The driverless car unit of Google parent company Alphabet is eyeing the launch of the world’s first self-driving car service as soon as next month, Bloomberg reported, citing sources close to the situation.  The service will operate under a name that’s different from Waymo and compete head-to-head with Uber and Lyft. Scroll down for video Waymo is eyeing the launch of the world’s first self-driving car service as soon as next month. It will operate under a name different from…

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Pyramid archaeologists find haul of mummified cats near Cairo

Archaeologists in Egypt said today that they had discovered dozens of cat mummies, a rare collection of mummified scarab beetles, as well as an apparently pristine Fifth Dynasty tomb they plan to open in the coming weeks. The mummified beetles – the first ever to be found in the area – were among artefacts found in seven tombs discovered over the past six months on the edge of the King Userkaf pyramid complex at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, south of Cairo. The burial chambers also contained wooden statues depicting…

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Clean energy ‘not improving fast enough to solve climate change’

Clean energy is improving but not fast enough to solve climate change, according to the International Energy Agency’s annual World Energy Outlook report. The 661-page report, which forecasts global energy trends up until 2040, says the electricity sector is currently undergoing its ‘most dramatic transformation since its creation’. One of the main reasons for this transformation is the rise of wind and solar power, but it is still is not happening fast enough, the report found. If current trends continue the global demand for oil will keep rising to at…

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Greek authorities say lost ancient city of Tenea is…

Greece’s culture ministry said that archaeologists have located the first tangible remains of a lost city that the ancient Greeks believed was first settled by Trojan captives of war after the sack of Troy. A ministry statement said excavations from September to early October in the southern Greek region of the Peleponnese turned up ‘proof of the existence of the ancient city’ of Tenea, until now known mostly from ancient texts. Finds included walls and clay, marble or stone floors of buildings, as well as household pottery, a bone gaming…

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Your mother’s love life determines how many romantic partners you have

Children tend to have the same number of romantic partners that their mother had – whether they witnessed her relationships or not.  Researchers say the findings, based on longitudinal data of mothers and children in the US since 1979, show mothers pass relationship skills to their kids, which influence how they interact with everyone, including romantic partners.   There is no longitudinal data on fathers, largely due to the outdated but lingering view that mothers are the most important figure in a household.  Psychologists told DailyMail.com that fathers do have a…

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