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Ottawa tech worker develops powered wheelchair you can control with your phone

CBC - 6 hours 13 min ago

An Ottawa computer engineer is developing a power wheelchair users can move around with a smartphone or remote control with voice commands.

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South Africa moves closer to legal trade in rhino horns

AP News - 6 hours 21 min ago
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African court on Thursday opened the way to allowing local trade in rhino horns, alarming some conservationists who warned the ruling leaves rhinos even more vulnerable to poachers who are slaughtering them in record numbers....
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World's cheapest computer Raspberry Pi is now just $5

CBC - 6 hours 23 min ago

Buying the cheapest computer in the world is now cheaper than buying your lunch.

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Russia accepts IAAF ban

Reuters - 6 hours 47 min ago
MONACO (Reuters) - The Russian athletics federation has accepted its ban from the sport in the wake of widespread doping revelations, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on Thursday.
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Carol Morley: 'I asked Jim'll Fix It to make me a scientist but never heard back ...'

The Guardian - 6 hours 48 min ago

The recipient of this year’s Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Fellowship, filmmaker Carol Morley talks science, magic and women in film

“When I was at primary school, I was really interested in science. I even wrote to Jim’ll Fix It; I think I wanted to do an experiment with test tubes and a white coats and everything, but I never heard back.” says filmmaker Carol Morley. “Of course, looking back, that’s probably for the best ...”

Morley, whose recent films include Dreams of a Life and The Falling, has just been named as the recipient of the Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Fellowship, which is awarded in partnership with BFI and Film4. Finally, without the dubious aid of a disgraced TV presenter, she’ll live her dream. From January she’ll have access to a treasure trove of scientific material and experiments galore. The fellowship, now in its third year, offers a huge prize: access to the trust’s library, archive and curio collection, visits to research institutions, a personal MRI brain scan and genome analysis, direct access to research trials and a space to work in at the Wellcome Collection. The £30,000 bursary also adds a sweetener to rival the coveted Jim Fixed It For Me medallion.

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Boko Haram militants kill 15 in southern Niger: sources

Reuters - 7 hours 3 min ago
NIAMEY (Reuters) - Boko Haram militants attacked a village in Niger's southern border area of Diffa on Thursday, killing 15 people, two security sources said.
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The psychology of impulsive shopping

The Guardian - 7 hours 16 min ago

With Black Friday, Christmas shopping and the winter sales all approaching, what is it that makes some of us susceptible to irrational purchases?

With Black Friday, Christmas shopping and the winter sales all approaching, consumers around the world will once again overindulge in systematic unplanned purchases that provide little more than a short-term emotional fix. At times, this can cause long-term problems, such as regret, debt and spiritual emptiness.

It is indeed the season for impulsive buying, one of the few areas in which marketers and businesses appear to be up to speed with the science of psychology, not least because of their desire to leverage it at the expense of consumers’ rationality. From sales assistants who compliment you on your looks, to those who pour you a glass of champagne, and machine-learning algorithms that nudge you into buying things you don’t need – but still want – a big chunk of marketing budgets are devoted to stimulating reckless and mindless spending.

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NASA Probe Prepares For Its Final Pass Around Ceres

NPR - 7 hours 17 min ago

The dwarf planet most recently is famous for the two mysterious, bright spots on its surface.

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Paris Climate Talks: Global Problem, Global Deal

Scientific American - 7 hours 20 min ago
The Paris climate talks are nearly upon us, and the world’s nations are gathering to hammer out a deal. But how do you get an agreement that everyone will sign up to? This article was...

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Barclays fined for lax crime checks in 'deal of century'

Reuters - 7 hours 24 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's financial watchdog has fined Barclays 72 million pounds ($109 million) for cutting corners in vetting wealthy customers in order to win a huge transaction described by one senior manager as potentially the "deal of the century."
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Miss World Canada prevented from reaching China pageant

Reuters - 7 hours 45 min ago
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Canada's China-born Miss World contestant was stopped in Hong Kong on Thursday and denied permission to board a flight to the beauty pageant finals in China, a move she said was punishment for speaking out against human rights abuses in the country.

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Alexander Keith's bottle nearly as old as Canada discovered in Halifax waters

CBC - 7 hours 50 min ago

A Halifax man has found a beer bottle nearly as old as Canada, with century-old suds still inside.

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A Tax on Carbon Pollution Can Benefit Business

Scientific American - 8 hours 6 min ago
Low oil and gas prices make this the right time to tax fossil fuels

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Russia buries a fallen soldier, but won't confirm where he fell

Reuters - 8 hours 55 min ago
PALTSO, Russia (Reuters) - Russian serviceman Fyodor Zhuravlyov left home in a rush. He only managed to scrawl a phone number and a few words to his wife on a sheet of paper.
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Dutch court rules that migrants' right to food, shelter not unconditional

Reuters - 8 hours 56 min ago
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch high court on Thursday upheld a government policy of withholding food and shelter to rejected asylum-seekers who refuse to be repatriated, giving legal backing to one of Europe's toughest immigration policies.

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Court lifts SA rhino horn trade ban

BBC - 9 hours 17 min ago
A South Africa court lifts a ban on the domestic trade in rhino horns which was imposed by the government in 2009 to stem poaching.
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Fake Meat: Why Does It Taste So Bad?

Discovery - 9 hours 21 min ago
The 800 or so compounds that make meat taste so delicious are hard to replicate in the lab, though scientists won't stop trying.
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China's Xi says to shake up military structure in reform push

Reuters - 9 hours 39 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will shake up its military by establishing a joint operational command structure by 2020 and rejig existing military regions as part of overall reforms, President Xi Jinping said in a comments reported on Thursday.

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Thanksgiving Buzz: What Would Pilgrims Say About The Plight Of Bees?

NPR - 9 hours 48 min ago

When you sit down for your holiday dinner, you may want to give thanks to bees and other pollinators. Their health is tied to your food. What's behind the bee declines? Watch our video investigation.

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Obama on Thanksgiving urges generosity to Syrian refugees

Reuters - 10 hours 10 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged Americans to show generosity to Syrian refugees in his Thanksgiving message on Thursday, reminding them that the Pilgrims who came to America in 1620 were themselves fleeing persecution.
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