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Cave Rescue: The Dangerous Diseases Lurking Underground

Doctors have placed the Thai cave boys in quarantine due to the infectious organisms they may have faced underground. So, which diseases could they have been exposed to, and how serious are they? It’s over. Against all odds, 12 boys and their football coach have dived, waded, climbed, and walked their way out of Tham Luang cave, a sprawling labyrinth of underground tunnels that has kept them prisoner for the last 17 days. They’ve been taken to the nearby Chiang Rai hospital to recover – but the reunion with their parents […]

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Asian markets close sharply lower after US issues new list of Chinese products for potential tariffs

Markets in Asia closed steeply lower on Wednesday, with most major indexes tumbling following the release of a list of an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods on which the U.S. is considering imposing tariffs. The goods on the U.S. government’s list would be subject to 10 percent tariffs, according to a statement from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who said his office will proceed with a public notice and comment period before the levies are officially imposed. China markets were the worst hit, with the Shanghai composite sinking 1.78 […]

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How whale corpses feed ocean floors

Whales that end up on the beach make headlines. But those that sink to the bottom of the ocean make new homes for sea life. The brawn, blubber, and bone of these unlucky cetaceans—some 70,000 of which perish during harrowing seasonal migrations each year—nourish a vibrant, ­constantly evolving community of creatures. Opportunistic eaters can flourish on a decaying corpse for anywhere from a decade to a century. Marine ­biologists have discovered dozens of new critters in these deep-sea ecosystems since they first encountered one in 1987. For animals at the […]

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Facebook faces £500,000 fine from UK data watchdog

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44785151 The UK’s data protection watchdog intends to fine Facebook £500,000 for data breaches – the maximum allowed. The Information Commissioner’s Office said Facebook had failed to ensure another company – Cambridge Analytica – had deleted users’ data. The ICO will also bring a criminal action against Cambridge Analytica’s defunct parent company SCL Elections. And it has raised concerns about political parties buying personal information from “data brokers”. Specifically it named one company used by the Labor Party, Emma’s Diary, which gives medical advice and free baby-themed products to parents. […]

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Why was Elon Musk at the Thai cave rescue?

Elon Musk has tweeted that he visited the Thai rescue operation but did not share images of himself at the site. Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk’s attempt to help the Thai cave rescue mission has attracted both praise and criticism. The SpaceX and Tesla chief posted on social media that he had visited the operation’s command center, where he said he had left a mini-submarine that had been designed to carry a trapped football team to safety. The head of the rescue mission thanked Mr. Musk for his offer. But he […]

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Thai cave rescue: Soccer team all out of cave — live updates

A daring rescue mission in the treacherous confines of a flooded Thai cave saved all 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped deep within the labyrinth — ending a grueling, 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced volunteer diver and riveted people around the world. Thailand’s Navy SEALs, who were central to the rescue effort, said on their Facebook page that the remaining four boys and their 25-year-old coach were all brought out safely Tuesday. Eight of the boys were rescued by a team of Thai […]

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How to deal with cell phone dead zones in your house

Keep calling and texting. You’ve just moved into a lovely new house complete with everything you ever wanted—except the ability to call anyone. If you don’t seem to get a cell signal inside your home or office, here’s how to keep making calls and texts. Enable Wi-Fi calling and texting All four of the major U.S. service providers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint), as well as a few other prepaid carriers, support a feature called Wi-Fi calling, which allows you to make and receive calls over your home’s wireless internet […]

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Japan floods: 155 killed after torrential rain and landslides

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44775627 At least 155 people have died in floods and landslides triggered by torrential rain in western Japan, says the government. It is the highest death toll caused by rainfall that Japan has seen in more than three decades. Rescuers are now digging through mud and rubble in a race to find survivors, as dozens are still missing. About two million people have been evacuated from the region after rivers burst their banks. Authorities have opened up school halls and gymnasiums to those who have been displaced by the rainfall. […]

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Six Risk Factors for Colon Cancer

An estimated 136,000 new colon cancer cases in the United States and more than 50,000 deaths from colon cancer occurred in 2014. Certain lifestyle and genetic factors will increase a person’s risk of developing colon cancer. Gender: Men have a slightly higher risk of developing colon cancer than women.  The lifetime risk of developing cancer of the colon or rectum is 5.9 percent for men and 5.5 percent for women. Age: The risk of colon cancer increases significantly with age.  More than 90 percent of colon cancer cases are diagnosed […]

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You throw out 44 pounds of electronic waste a year. Here’s how to keep it out of the dump.

Electronic waste: Don’t just throw your gadgets away. Technology is advancing faster than it breaks, which means we’re upgrading our devices—and getting rid of our old gadgets—more often than ever. In 2016 alone, the United States trashed about 44 pounds of electronic waste per person. And today’s devices, from iPhones to simple alarm clocks, often contain toxic chemicals like lead, cadmium, and mercury. If you just throw them away, those poisons will end up in the environment. “The whole idea is to avoid putting electronics in the landfill,” says Danny […]

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