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Mike Pence launches plans for Space Force as new military service

Mike Pence launches plans for Space Force as new military service

The US vice-president Mike Pence has announced plans for a new, separate US Space Force as a sixth military service by 2020. Pence said it is needed to ensure America’s dominance in space amid heightened completion and threats from China and Russia....

Guardian, Thursday, 17:42
 
Apple removes 'wrong apps' in gambling purge

Apple removes 'wrong apps' in gambling purge

Apple has been accused of accidentally removing apps from the App Store in a crackdown on gambling content. Several developers complained via social media that their apps, which they said had nothing to do with gambling, were taken down. The affected...

BBC, Thursday, 15:54
 
PGA Championship servers hacked and files locked

PGA Championship servers hacked and files locked

Hackers have broken into servers belonging to PGA of America, which runs the PGA Championship golf tournament. Files containing marketing materials for that competition as well as the Ryder Cup in France have been locked, pending payment of a ransom....

BBC, Thursday, 15:33
 
Three problems with the debate around screen time

Three problems with the debate around screen time

The debate about children and technology has increasingly captured public interest over the past year, and has been raging for many more. As with anything of this nature, the public conversations about screen time have gradually become more heated and...

Guardian, Thursday, 14:16
 
Emotional intelligence determines success among runners, study finds

Emotional intelligence determines success among runners, study finds

In tests of endurance, some people push harder than others. These aren’t necessarily the people who collapse at the finish, who may simply have sprinted harder in the final straightaway. (Or have a flair for the dramatic.) During the long, lonely...

Guardian, Thursday, 13:59
 
Wearing boxer shorts boosts sperm count, scientists say

Wearing boxer shorts boosts sperm count, scientists say

Men who want to boost their sperm counts may want to swap their tight-fitting underpants for more roomy boxers which are better suited to keeping testicles cool, scientists say. A major study into the impact of underwear on sperm quality found that...

Guardian, Thursday, 12:58
 

Anne-Marie Sandler obituary

The analyst Anne-Marie Sandler, who has died aged 92, was the clinician’s clinician. Technically adept and unafraid of the difficult states of mind and feelings psychoanalysis can uncover, she influenced several generations of practitioners, returning...

Guardian, Thursday, 12:58
 

Stale cockpit air may be affecting your pilot's performance

Keeping carbon dioxide levels low in the cockpit may be key to making sure a pilot is at the top of her or his game and making your flight safe, new research suggests.  With every breath of oxygen we inhale, we get a dose of carbon dioxide, too. Even...

Daily Mail, Thursday, 01:21
 
More young footballers dying of heart problems than thought, FA study finds

More young footballers dying of heart problems than thought, FA study finds

Young footballers are dying from heart problems at a higher rate than was previously thought, according to doctors who oversee the cardiac screening programme for the Football Association. Their evaluation of 20 years of screening young footballers at...

Guardian, Wednesday, 22:16
 
Out of your league? Online daters try to punch above their weight

Out of your league? Online daters try to punch above their weight

Men and women searching for a mate on online dating sites are hoping Cupid’s arrow will strike high, according to a new study that suggests users tend to chase potential partners who are more desirable than themselves. The study, based on data from a...

Guardian, Wednesday, 19:06
 
Reflecting sun's rays would cause crops to fail, scientists warn

Reflecting sun's rays would cause crops to fail, scientists warn

Proposals to combat climate change by reflecting the sun’s rays back into space would cause widespread crop failure, cancelling out any benefits to farming from the reduction in warming, according to new research. By examining the effects of volcanic...

Guardian, Wednesday, 18:24
 
Magic Leap augmented reality headset goes on sale

Magic Leap augmented reality headset goes on sale

Magic Leap's much-anticipated augmented reality glasses have gone on sale more than three years after the Florida firm released its first teaser video. The start-up is backed by big names - including Google, Alibaba, AT&T and the Saudi state -...

BBC, 8 August 2018
 
Facebook Messenger app adds video chat AR games

Facebook Messenger app adds video chat AR games

Facebook has expanded its messenger games by introducing its first video chat augmented reality games so that users can play while they chat. The new feature uses face-tracking software to let players interact and play the games without the need for...

Metro, 8 August 2018
 
Elon Musk says taking Tesla private is ‘best path forward’ to rescue embattled company

Elon Musk says taking Tesla private is ‘best path forward’ to rescue embattled company

Elon Musk has faced a barrage of criticism recently and his electric car company Tesla has been taking a pounding from critics. It seems to have gotten the better of the billionaire who has tweeted that he’s considering taking the company private. ‘Am...

Metro, 8 August 2018
 
Snapchat: Does drop in users spell trouble?

Snapchat: Does drop in users spell trouble?

Snapchat is often name-dropped as being the must-have app for Millennials and their younger Generation Z cohorts, but new figures are causing concern that it could already have peaked. For the first time, its parent Snap reported that the number of...

BBC, 8 August 2018
 
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