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Could Catalonia make a success of independence?

Amid speculation that the Catalan parliament might unilaterally declare independence, some of the region’s banks decided to move their legal headquarters to other parts of Spain. Meanwhile, the government in Madrid says any such declaration would have no effect. But supposing the region did eventually secede, would Catalonia be able to stand on its own two feet? Trappings of statehood To the casual observer, Catalonia looks like it has already got many of the trappings of a state. Flags. A parliament. The leader, Carles Puigdemont. The region has its own […]

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Could a hacker hijack your connected car?

By Emma WoollacottTechnology of Business reporter 6 October 2017 What if your self-driving car took on a mind of its own? As more carmakers adopt “over the air (OTA)” software updates for their increasingly connected and autonomous cars, is the risk of hacker hijack also increasing? Imagine jumping in your car but being taken somewhere you didn’t want to go – into oncoming traffic, say, or even over a cliff. That may seem like an extreme scenario, but the danger is real. Hackers showed two years ago that they could […]

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No Sweat: Small Doses is Exercise May Ward Off Depression

By Jasmin Malik Chua,  Anyone who has experienced the euphoric “runner’s high” that follows a satisfying workout will likely attest to a connection between physical activity and mental health. Studies have long borne this theory out: Endorphins, the opiate-like chemicals that flood the brain after intense or sustained exercise, appear to act as a buffer against depressive thoughts and feelings. But you don’t have to train to the point of collapse to reap the benefits of this “mind-body” relationship: A new study from Australia finds that even small doses of […]

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North Korea ‘hackers steal US-South Korea war plans’

The stolen documents reportedly include a plan to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un Hackers from North Korea are reported to have stolen a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker, said the information was from his country’s defence ministry. The compromised documents include wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea. They also include reports to the allies’ senior commanders. The South Korean defence ministry has so far refused […]

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Trump challenges Rex Tillerson to IQ test

US President Donald Trump has challenged his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, to an IQ test, in the latest sign of discord between the two. He made the remark in a magazine interview when asked about reports that Mr Tillerson had called him a moron. “I think it’s fake news,” Mr Trump told Forbes, “but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.” Mr Trump is due to have lunch on Tuesday with Mr Tillerson. Reports […]

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California fires: Deadly wildfires sweep through wine country

Wildfires rip through California’s famous wine country Parts of California’s wine region are being ravaged by fast-spreading fires that have killed at least 11 people. A state of emergency was declared in northern areas after mass evacuations, with 1,500 properties destroyed. About 20,000 people fled from Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties in response to some the state’s worst-ever wildfires. Such fires are more common in southern California but a combination of dry weather and strong winds has fuelled the destruction in the north. Wildfire’s ‘dark’ skies at Disneyland Fifteen fires […]

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How chicken feathers could warm our homes

One of the world’s most under-exploited waste products – the feathers from poultry farms – is finding a clever new use inside buildings. Where there are people, there are chickens. Pretty much every country on Earth has poultry or their eggs on the menu. So, from Norway to New Zealand, and Cuba to Cambodia, chickens root around even the most isolated settlements, and fill giant farms in their thousands. One result of a huge chicken population is a huge amount of chicken feathers, which are normally burned or taken to […]

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Healthy lunch ideas for work 

By Sarah Lienard – Senior writer – bbcgoodfood.com Try our delicious, healthy packed lunch ideas. Choose from pasta or rice salads, homemade protein pots, hearty soups or filling wraps and sandwiches. Pack your lunchbox full of nutritious ingredients and look forward to a midday meal that not only tastes great, but is good for you too. Read on for all the inspiration you need for the perfect packed lunch. Pasta salads Pasta is a portable lunch staple and is equally delicious served cold in a pasta salad or quickly reheated […]

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