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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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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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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Thai cave rescue: Four boys freed but rest must wait

The operation to free 12 boys and their coach from a cave in northern Thailand is running “smoothly”, the head of the operation says. Four boys have been brought above ground, rescuers say. The mission has now been paused for at least 10 hours as their oxygen tanks need to be replaced. Rescuers decided to go ahead with the hazardous operation on Sunday because of fears of rising waters. The next phase would begin on Monday morning, after relaying “all of the air tanks and all systems along the way”, […]

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The 10 best places to go on vacation this summer in the US, according to TripAdvisor

  Lake George, New York, is one of TripAdvisor’s hottest destinations for a summer vacation. As temperatures rise across the United States, travelers are hard at work planning their summer getaways. If you’re having trouble choosing a summer vacation spot, TripAdvisor can give you an assist — the travel website revealed its annual list of the hottest summer destinations in the US on Tuesday. The destinations, which range from cozy mountain towns out West and sunny beach spots on the Atlantic coast, were chosen for having the greatest increase in […]

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Animal Science Hosts Multi-State Livestock Judging Camp

June 26, 2018 Each year, the University of Arkansas Department of Animal Science hosts a livestock judging camp at the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center. Youth from all over Arkansas and surrounding states have the opportunity to learn about the priorities in livestock selection, update themselves on current industry trends, and improve communication skills through oral reasons workshops and presentations.  Fifty-one students ranging in age from 6 to 17 participated in this year’s camp, which was held Monday, June 4, through Thursday, June 7. Students were divided into three divisions […]

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Disney Workers Find Peace with Yoga at Cinderella Castle

Fla. (AP) — They arrived before the sunrise, their yoga mats in hand as they headed toward the Cinderella Castle, three hours before Disney’s Magic Kingdom opened. The world’s busiest theme park briefly became a yoga studio as more than 1,000 Disney cast members took a free, 45-minute class as part of the company’s wellness program. Behind them, Main Street USA was almost deserted. No lines. No strollers to dodge. No vendor selling giant balloons. Just silence. “This is night and day,” said cast member Erica Zeyn, 22, of Orlando, […]

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We haven’t been giving Neanderthals enough credit

New evidence suggests they were skilled hunters. When Neanderthals are depicted in artistic reconstructions, they often have a spear in hand. Most archaeologists believe that Neanderthals were adept hunters, and we have found spears at Neanderthal sites. But our knowledge of how they used spears and how that compares with our own species has been inconclusive. Rather than using the spears for hunting, Neanderthals could have used them for self-defense or scavenging. But it turns out they didn’t. New research, published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, shows that Neanderthals did indeed use spears to hunt animals. The paper describes a collection of 120,000-year-old deer bones from the Neanderthal site of Neumark-Nord in Germany—two of which have perforations that clearly show impacts from a spear. These unusual artifacts prove that the earliest spears were effective hunting weapons. In a paper accompanying the new study, I discuss what the findings mean for our knowledge of the lives of the Neanderthals. Neanderthals evolved in part of Europe and Asia around 400,000 years ago, while our own species evolved in Africa. Scientists have traditionally thought that there were stark cultural and behavioral differences between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens, but recent discoveries have clarified that Neanderthals were more sophisticated than originally thought. For example, they cared for the vulnerable, buried their dead, and engaged in symbolic behaviors. It would therefore make sense that Neanderthals also hunted using weapons—even some chimpanzees do this today. Previous research […]

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