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Large meteor explosion on the 18th December
at 11:40 18 Mar 2019

It exploded with the energy of 173 KT over the Bering Sea. That’s ~68% the energy of the last NK hydrogen bomb test. It’s quite surprising to get quite such a large detonation so close in time to Chelyabinsk.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47607696

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The Golden Rice project
at 10:46 18 Mar 2019

Golden rice is going to be grown in Bangladesh. For those that don’t know what it is there is some information here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_rice

There is still a lot of opposition to it but it doesn’t have the usual issues that anti-GMO campaigners use as arguments. It’s funded by philanthropists and there are no patents. It’s being given away free so there is no lock-in prices for farmers to big companies. It’s got the support of 107 noble laureates who have written letters urging Greenpeace to drop their opposition to it’s use and it’s been cleared by the regulators of the US, Canada and Australia for use.

The main thing is this though:

“Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD) in children causes blindness and weakens immune systems, making death more likely. The WHO estimates that about 2.7 million deaths each year could be prevented if children under five years’ old were provided with sufficient Vitamin A, but crops rich in Beta Carotene (spinach, carrots) are often not available or are too expensive for many, especially rural poor in Asia.
Genetic engineers have perfected a strain of rice called Golden Rice that provides as much Vitamin A as a serving of spinach.”

It’s hard for me to see why there is any opposition to such a dynamic changing crop.

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The secret aerodynamicist
at 16:50 15 Mar 2019

This is actually really interesting from the BBC, probably more so if you like F1:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/47527705

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Unhelpful reporting from the Guardian
at 11:43 15 Mar 2019

Not that I am surprised, but this is pretty poor science reporting from the Guardian and the emotive headline really doesn't help:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/shortcuts/2019/mar/13/driverless-cars-rac

A more accurate report from the Register shines a lot more light on the nuance of the paper:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/03/10/ai_roundup_080319/

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This in an interesting analysis of Henry VIII crew of the Mary Rose
at 08:55 15 Mar 2019

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/henry-viii-african-sailor

It's almost as if there is no such think as a British norm, something that I am sure doesn't sit well with the views of some.

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What a time for FB to go down
at 21:09 13 Mar 2019

Can you imagine the level of nonsense on there tonight after those votes?

Not entirely sure the Independent need to run a live blog on the outages:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/facebook-down-liv

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737 MAX banned from operating in UK airspace
at 15:08 12 Mar 2019

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-47536502

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Top parenting
at 10:01 12 Mar 2019

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/12/saudi-plane-turns-around-mother-fo

I know even understand how such a thing could happen.

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How will this work?
at 09:39 12 Mar 2019

Hopefully someone more in the know (Zed?) can shine a light on how this is going to work:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/future-britain-labour-party-jerem

It seems an awful lot like positioning for a coup attempt?

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Hawking on the 50p
at 09:17 12 Mar 2019

This is great and it's a great design as well:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-47527505



The equation at the top is the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy law.

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Amazon need to get a handle on this
at 09:25 11 Mar 2019

As a service I actually love Amazon Prime, it's an amazing and hassle-free way to do things. Obviously many people question some of their corporate ethics, especially around tax and undercutting and they have every right to raise those concerns.

This however needs to be addressed immediately in my opinion:

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/amazon-autism-fake-cure-books

The governance process needs addressing.

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An impressive achievement from the Rocket
at 20:34 10 Mar 2019

1000 century breaks in competition, something I don't think many people would ever think happen.

He started at the same time as Higgins who is a rather good player and has 250+ more centuries than him.

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New species of killer whale probably discovered
at 21:47 8 Mar 2019

This is amazing and shows how little we know about the oceans. If confirmed it's likely to be the largest undescribed animal in the world.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/mystery-killer-whales-new-species-cap

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MH370 - 5 years on
at 09:37 7 Mar 2019

Doesn’t feel like 5 years:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/07/mh370-five-years-of-theories-about

It’s a real shame for the families that no answers have been forthcoming and at the moment none seem like being found.

So what’s your favourite theory if you go full tinfoil hat mode? I think it’s got to be that it landed at Diego Garcia and the US used the passengers for experiments. That’s about as crazy as you can get without invoking aliens.

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Successful launch of the Dragon capsule
at 13:08 2 Mar 2019

SpaceX have become the first ever private company with the ability to launch astronauts into orbit.

Looks like NASA will start using them instead of the Russians from later on this year (possibly even end of April).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47414390

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Mice given ability to see in infrared
at 19:12 28 Feb 2019

I am sure a few on here could find uses for augmented vision:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/super-vision-human-infrared-mice-nigh

Resistance is futile.

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This is bonkers if you stop and think about it for a while
at 09:10 28 Feb 2019

"Since 2003, China has poured more cement every two years than the US managed in the entire 20th century."

Just think about that. All the interstates, cities like New York, military bases, airports - everything over 100 years and China pours that much concrete every 2 years.

The projects from an engineering viewpoint are works of wonder, nobody can deny that but given concrete production accounts for 8% of the worlds CO2 production and is very bad for the environment it seems to be a hidden element not really discuss when environmental issues are raised.

The structures are all amazing, I'd love to see them but it's also interesting to consider this "hidden" cost.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/feb/28/the-grey-wall-of-china-inside-the

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/feb/25/concrete-is-tipping-us-into-clima

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Pakistan just announcing they have shot down two Indian jets
at 06:43 27 Feb 2019

It's literally breaking news whilst listening to the radio but if it's true things could escalate.

Not ideal given they are two nuclear powers with a history of fighting each other.

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Idiotic from Knudsen
at 15:30 23 Feb 2019

Well on top, looking to press the advantage and he decides to do that.

Now it'll be a struggle, better to let him have a shot, wasn't certain he would score and even if he did we were playing well.

Totally stupid.

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Science Today 2
at 18:36 22 Feb 2019

Those Lunartics, coming into our atmosphere and stealing our jobs and our women:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/earth-atmosphere-

Very interesting stuff, especially the possibility of using the larger atmospheres to spot exoplanets which are Earth-like.

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