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With a single bead of plastic, scientists tease interactive 3D


Posted: Wed-Dec-2019



British scientists have developed a three-dimensional display that moves and can recreate the sounds and even a sense of touch of the objects it shows.

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Boris Johnson has been on his best behaviour for the Brexit election — and it's working
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British Conservative Leader Boris Johnson, a politician known as much for making off-colour comments and headline-grabbing gaffes as winning elections, has been on his best behaviour during the Brexit election. If the polls are any indication, it's working.

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Chilean air force finds debris believed to be from missing plane
Chile Military Plane Missing

The Chilean air force said on Wednesday it had located debris believed to be from a cargo plane that crashed this week with 38 people aboard over a remote stretch of frigid sea between South America and the Antarctic.

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New Zealand volcanic eruption site still 'too dangerous' for recovery work as death toll rises
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"Increased volcanic activity" on White Island is holding New Zealand police back from recovering the bodies of those presumed dead in Monday's eruption.

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Israel heads to 3rd election in less than a year
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Israel's parliament on Wednesday dissolved after failing to meet a midnight deadline for forming a new government, triggering an an unprecedented third election in a 12-month period while giving scandal-plagued Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a welcome break as he fights to save his political career.

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Attack on U.S. base in Afghanistan leaves 2 dead, at least 70 wounded
Afghanistan

Suicide bombers struck the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing two people and injuring scores of others in a major attack that could derail plans to revive peace talks between the United States and the Taliban.

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Saudi Aramco is now the world's most valuable company - but for how long?
SAUDI-ARAMCO/IPO

The Saudi kingdom has been talking about selling some shares of its prized oil giant for years. But the Saudi Aramco IPO comes during a rough time for global oil producers.

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After Lion Air crash, FAA predicted more Boeing 737 Max crashes but didn't ground plane
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After the first crash of a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max last year, U.S. federal safety officials estimated that there could be 15 more fatal crashes of the Max over the next few decades if Boeing didn't fix a critical automated flight-control system.

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Suu Kyi denies Myanmar genocide allegations at International Court of Justice
MYANMAR-ROHINGYA/WORLD COURT

Myanmar's former pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi denies the armed forces committed genocide against the Rohingya minority, telling the UN's top court the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Muslims was the unfortunate result of a battle with insurgents.

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Nude painting of Mexican Revolutionary leader prompts presidential response
Mexico Zapata

The painting of Emiliano Zapata, revealed as part of an exhibit in honour of the hundredth anniversary of his death, depicts him nude astride a horse and wearing high heels. It has prompted a protest, and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated he will mediate a discussion over the dispute.

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FBI's Russia probe made errors but wasn't biased, says U.S. justice watchdog
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The Justice Department's internal watchdog tells Congress that he is concerned that "so many basic and fundamental errors" were made by the FBI as it investigated ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, but that it was free of political bias.

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U.S. Federal Reserve holds rates steady, expects moderate growth next year
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The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday held interest rates steady and signaled borrowing costs are likely to remain unchanged indefinitely, with moderate economic growth and low unemployment expected to continue through next year's presidential election.

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Nude painting of Mexican Revolutionary leader prompts presidential response
Mexico Zapata

The painting of Emiliano Zapata, revealed as part of an exhibit in honour of the hundredth anniversary of his death, depicts him nude astride a horse and wearing high heels. It has prompted a protest, and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated he will mediate a discussion over the dispute.

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French government offers pension concessions, but unions vow to strike on
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France's prime minister offers pension concessions in an ill-fated effort to calm a nationwide protest, but says the full retirement age must be increased for the country's youngest citizens.

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71 soldiers dead in Niger after attack by suspected Islamic militants
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About 100 Islamic militants ambushed an army camp in western Niger, a military spokesman said late Wednesday, killing at least 71 soldiers in the deadliest attack on the West African country's forces in years.

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Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg 'a bit surprised' to be Time's Person of the Year
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Greta Thunberg, the teen activist from Sweden who has urged immediate action to address climate change, on Wednesday was named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2019.

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India's parliament passes contentious citizenship bill
India Citizenship Bill

Indian lawmakers approved legislation on Wednesday granting citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated illegally from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Critics of the government said the legislation undermines the country's secular constitution.

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Experts quit police probe in blow to Hong Kong government
Hong Kong Protests

Foreign experts recruited to add legitimacy to Hong Kong's police watchdog quit Wednesday, saying the agency lacks teeth.

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N.J. kosher market was targeted by shooters, now also suspected in Uber driver killing
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The man and woman who stormed a Jewish market in a deadly shooting in Jersey City clearly targeted the place, the mayor said Wednesday, while other officials said the killers are suspected in a separate homicide days earlier.

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Boost for Saudi Arabia as Aramco shares surge 10% on debut
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Saudi Aramco shares surged the maximum permitted 10 per cent above their initial public offering price on their Riyadh stock market debut on Wednesday, closing in on the $2 trillion US valuation long sought by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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U.K. election: Why a Labour stronghold of half a century could fall to a pro-Brexit party
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Labour Party strongholds in the U.K. are being targeted by both the Brexit Party and the Conservative Party, both of which hope to capitalize on voters' disaffection over Brexit.

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UK Leaders Scramble For Final Votes On Last Day Of Campaign Before Election
The election between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Labour Party's Jeremy Corbyn has been dubbed "The Brexit Election." ... read more


Israeli Parliament Votes To Dissolve, Readies For Third Election In A Year
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the rival Blue and White party both were unable develop a power-sharing agreement after neither secured a parliamentary majority. ... read more


New Zealand Volcano Death Toll Rises To 8 As Names Of Missing Released
Two teenage brothers originally from Chicago are identified as among the dead following the White Island eruption. ... read more


Why Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party Can't Seem To Shake Charges Of Anti-Semitism
Jeremy Corbyn is likely to be remembered in part for accusations that he, at best, turned a blind eye to anti-Semitism. ... read more


New Zealand Volcano Vents Steam, Stymies Recovery Of Bodies
Volcanic tremors on White Island rose in the morning, accompanied by releases of more steam and mud, the GeoNet seismic monitoring agency said. ... read more


Why Black Brits Are Considering Leaving UK After Election: 'If The Conservatives Win, I'm Gone'
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's comments have fuelled racism, say worried families. ... read more


6 People Dead In Czech Hospital Shooting
Hospital staff have warned the number of casualties could still rise. ... read more


6 Dead, 8 Missing After New Zealand Volcano Eruption
An additional 30 people were seriously injured in the explosions, including 27 people who were severely burned. ... read more


India Protests Erupt Over Citizenship Bill That Discriminates Against Muslims
The bill would grant citizenship to non-Muslims who came to India from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan before 2015. ... read more


North Korea Calls Trump 'Erratic' Old Man Over Tweets
Former nuclear negotiator Kim Yong Chol said North Korea wouldn’t cave in to U.S. pressure because it has nothing to lose. ... read more


Russia Banned From Olympic Games Over Doping Scandal
The World Anti-Doping Agency voted to punish Moscow for tampering with laboratory data. ... read more


Volcano Erupts In New Zealand, Leaving At Least 5 Dead, Other Tourists Missing
Several tourists remained unaccounted for after a volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island on Monday afternoon. ... read more


Lebanon’s Journalists Suffer Abuse, Threats Covering Unrest
The deteriorating situation for journalists in Lebanon comes despite its decades-old reputation for being an island of free press in the Arab world. ... read more


Hong Kong Protests Mark 6-Month Mark With Massive Rally
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators crammed into Hong Kong's streets in a mass show of support. ... read more


Woman's Death Prompts Nepal To Make First-Ever 'Period Hut' Arrest
The country outlawed the tradition of chhaupadi in 2005. But it wasn't until last week that someone was arrested in connection with the practice. ... read more


North Korea Conducts 'Important' Test At Once-Dismantled Launch Site: State Media
The reported test comes as a year-end deadline set by North Korea regarding denuclearization talks with the U.S. nears. ... read more


Devastating Factory Fire Kills At Least 43 In New Delhi
Many of the victims were factory workers who were asleep when the blaze ignited on Sunday morning in the Indian capital, authorities said. ... read more


Reddit Suspects Russian Interference In UK
Reddit said in a statement that it has banned 61 accounts suspected of violating policies against vote manipulation. ... read more


Mass Strike Over Pensions Causes Travel Chaos Across France
Unprepared tourists faced empty train stations and closed landmarks as Paris police prepared for a major demonstration through the capital. ... read more


Brits Can't Believe U.S. Health Care Costs In Viral Video: 'Shut The Fridge!'
“Man, so if you’re poor, you’re dead," one woman said after finding out how much an inhaler would cost. ... read more


Greta Thunberg named Time Person of the Year for 2019
The 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl has inspired a global movement to fight climate change. ... read more


France strike: PM Édouard Philippe outlines 'fairer' pension plan
Prime Minister Édouard Philippe outlines controversial plans he says will create a fairer system. ... read more


Portrait of a Lady: Stolen Klimt mystery 'solved' by gardener in Italy
For 22 years nothing was heard of Portrait of a Lady until ivy was cleared from a gallery wall. ... read more


The Christmas tree made of knives, bullets and cigarette lighters
An airport has made a Christmas tree using bullets and knives confiscated from passengers. ... read more


Laurent Simons: Belgian child prodigy drops out of university
His parents removed him after the university said he wouldn't graduate before turning 10. ... read more


Peter Handke receives Nobel Literature prize
The controversial Austrian winner of the 2019 prize was applauded at the ceremony in Stockholm. ... read more


Members of child abuse WhatsApp group arrested in 11 countries
The global investigation, led by Spain's National Police, tracked down 33 members of the group. ... read more


Czech shooting: Gunman kills six at hospital in Ostrava
The man opened fire at the hospital in Ostrava before going on the run and shooting himself dead. ... read more


Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dies, aged 61
The singer, whose hits included The Look and It Must Have Been Love, had had a brain tumour. ... read more


Climate change: Greenland ice melt 'is accelerating'
The ice sheet's contribution to sea-level rise is now seven times what it was in the 1990s. ... read more


St Petersburg bomb: Long jail terms for metro attack
Fifteen people died in the April 2017 attack in the Russian city, many of them students. ... read more


France protest: Mass rallies held on sixth day of disruption
France sees another day of major disruption over planned changes to the pension system. ... read more


Will there be checks between Great Britain and N Ireland?
Boris Johnson has claimed only goods passing through on their way to the Irish Republic would be checked. ... read more


Sanna Marin: The rising star who leads Finland's 5.5 million
Sanna Marin, who at 34 has taken power at the head of a coalition of female leaders in Finland. ... read more


Poland's model gingerbread village lights up for Christmas
More than 30 artists and bakers in Poland create model houses, castles, people and working trains. ... read more


Ukraine conflict: Can peace plan in east finally bring peace?
Paris talks brought limited progress towards peace in rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine. ... read more


Doping ban: Can Russia play at the World Cup?
What does Russia's doping ban mean for the 2022 World Cup and Euro 2020? ... read more


Finland's Sanna Marin sworn in as prime minister
Finland's Sanna Marin was sworn in as prime minister as part of an all-women coalition. ... read more


Restoring the theme park abandoned for 20 years
When it is re-opened, Berlin's Spreepark will have a focus on art, culture and nature. ... read more


General Election 2019: Farage accused of 'dog-whistle racism'
Labour's Angela Rayner and Green co-leader John Bartley questioned the tactics used the EU referendum campaign. ... read more


DOJ watchdog tells Senate he has deep concerns about FBI errors in Russia probe
"We are deeply concerned that so many basic and fundamental errors were made by three separate [teams]," DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz said. ... read more


Online posts tied to suspected New Jersey deli shooter pushed anti-Semitic conspiracies
Multiple years of social media posts connected to one of the suspects indicated that he also advocated for violence against police officers. ... read more


Why New Zealand's deadly volcano eruption took people by surprise
While some warning signs were reported, scientists familiar with the area say they were not enough to halt public tours. ... read more


Israel headed for third election in 12 months
It is the latest in a wave of firsts for Israel, after Netanyahu became the first sitting prime minister to be indicted last month. ... read more


More people are choosing to die at home, instead of in a hospital
It's the first time in more than half a century that deaths at home surpassed deaths in the hospital. ... read more


Trump signs executive order targeting college anti-Semitism, Israel boycotts
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner pushed back on some early criticism of the measure, saying in an op-ed the action "does not define Jews as a nationality." ... read more


Harvey Weinstein's bail upped to $2M over claim he mishandled ankle monitor
His defense team chose an option that lets him meet his bail obligation by putting up $2 million through a bail bondsman. ... read more


Polygamy, 'Roma' among U.S. Spanish speakers' top 2019 Google searches
"We often go to Google to look up the things we are curious about and the things we don’t dare to ask our friends,” Jesús Garcia of Google said about some search terms. ... read more


Facebook's 'inaccurate' HIV PrEP ads an 'imminent danger,' LGBTQ groups say
Dozens of LGBTQ and HIV and organizations signed an open letter claiming the ads are “causing significant harm to public health.” ... read more


University of Phoenix to cancel $141 million in student debt
The deal, announced Tuesday, settles a dispute over an ad campaign the for-profit college launched in 2012. ... read more


TV reporter seeks criminal charges against man who slapped her backside on camera
"What is comes down to is that he helped himself to a part of my body," the reporter said. ... read more


Family of toddler who died falling from cruise ship window files suit
“This is not some freak accident,” the family's lawyer said of the death of the 18-month-old. “This is something that was a preventable accident.” ... read more


'Clever accounting and creative PR': Thunberg critiques emissions targets>
"This is not leading. This is misleading," the Swedish activist told world leaders at COP25 in Madrid. ... read more


Sinclair drops Boris Epshteyn and other political analysts
Sinclair, which owns 193 stations in the U.S., said it wants to focus on local news and investigative journalism. ... read more


Fed holds rates steady for final meeting of the decade
The Federal Reserve said it does not intend to raise or lower rates until at least the end of 2020. ... read more


Editors of Out magazine, The Advocate depart on same day
The sudden departures throw the future of the two Pride Media-owned LGBTQ brands into question, amid widespread reports of unpaid invoices for published work. ... read more


Trump wins! South Carolina GOP can cancel its 2020 primary, judge says
Several states have scratched GOP primaries and caucuses, an effort that helps the president consolidate his support. ... read more


NYPD creates new unit to fight domestic extremism
The Racially and Ethnically Motivated Extremism or R.E.M.E unit will hone in on homegrown far right extremism, domestic terrorism and organized hate groups, officials said. ... read more


U.S. director is one of Laos' first female filmmakers bringing horror to screen
Laos had essentially no film industry to speak of, but Mattie Do is diving right in. ... read more


Ex-Credit Suisse exec says she was fired and harassed when she wouldn't bend accounting rules
Colleen Graham, a 20-year employee, alleges the bank wanted her to mislead auditors to avoid multimillion-dollar losses for itself and data firm Palantir. ... read more


DOJ watchdog tells Senate he has deep concerns about FBI errors in Russia probe
"We are deeply concerned that so many basic and fundamental errors were made by three separate [teams]," DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz said. ... read more


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Online posts tied to suspected New Jersey deli shooter pushed anti-Semitic conspiracies
Multiple years of social media posts connected to one of the suspects indicated that he also advocated for violence against police officers. ... read more


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Why New Zealand's deadly volcano eruption took people by surprise
While some warning signs were reported, scientists familiar with the area say they were not enough to halt public tours. ... read more


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Israel headed for third election in 12 months
It is the latest in a wave of firsts for Israel, after Netanyahu became the first sitting prime minister to be indicted last month. ... read more


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More people are choosing to die at home, instead of in a hospital
It's the first time in more than half a century that deaths at home surpassed deaths in the hospital. ... read more


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Trump signs executive order targeting college anti-Semitism, Israel boycotts
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner pushed back on some early criticism of the measure, saying in an op-ed the action "does not define Jews as a nationality." ... read more


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Harvey Weinstein's bail upped to $2M over claim he mishandled ankle monitor
His defense team chose an option that lets him meet his bail obligation by putting up $2 million through a bail bondsman. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/2787381/190315-roma-al-0918_b791477f4a4a05e03ebd87bd8b568e2e.jpg
Polygamy, 'Roma' among U.S. Spanish speakers' top 2019 Google searches
"We often go to Google to look up the things we are curious about and the things we don’t dare to ask our friends,” Jesús Garcia of Google said about some search terms. ... read more


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Facebook's 'inaccurate' HIV PrEP ads an 'imminent danger,' LGBTQ groups say
Dozens of LGBTQ and HIV and organizations signed an open letter claiming the ads are “causing significant harm to public health.” ... read more


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University of Phoenix to cancel $141 million in student debt
The deal, announced Tuesday, settles a dispute over an ad campaign the for-profit college launched in 2012. ... read more


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TV reporter seeks criminal charges against man who slapped her backside on camera
"What is comes down to is that he helped himself to a part of my body," the reporter said. ... read more


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Family of toddler who died falling from cruise ship window files suit
“This is not some freak accident,” the family's lawyer said of the death of the 18-month-old. “This is something that was a preventable accident.” ... read more


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