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Hoverbikes, Hyperloops and sub-orbital hijinks: Yes, the '3rd, 4th and 5th Dimensions of Travel' are coming soon

The Register - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 12:15
And you thought getting from the sofa to the laptop was a challenge

Bored of just two dimensions of travel? The third, fourth and fifth are on the way, according to a new report.…

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Air ambulance lands in popular park following 'incident'

This Is Total Essex - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 11:51
Photos show the air ambulance at the scene
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Updates as teen arrested after park stabbing

This Is Total Essex - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 11:42
A 19-year-old man was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries
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We spent billions building atom smashers – and now boffins think nature's doing the same thing for free?

The Register - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 11:29
The universe is weird, we want a refund

The cores of massive binary neutron stars are crushed under such immense gravitational pressures, the particles inside split apart to create a hot soup of quark matter, according to a study published in Nature Astronomy this month.…

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Extra water used during lockdown is equivalent of each customer drinking 80 cups of tea per day

Braintree and Witham Times - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 11:28
The amount of extra water being used during the lockdown is the equivalent of every customer drinking EIGHTY extra cups of tea per day.
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The 19 McDonald's drive-thrus opening in and around Essex today

This Is Total Essex - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 11:26
All restaurants offering drive thru or delivery should be open by tomorrow
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When you will be able to see a Strawberry Moon in Essex

This Is Total Essex - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 11:20
Surprisingly the name has nothing to so with the colour of the moon
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The Edge - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 11:15

One of the strangest things that’s happened during my time spent nightshift freezer-stacking up at Tesco is that me and a guy called Terry (although I insist upon calling him Terrence, as it is ‘the Brian Clough in me’ – he used to call Teddy Sheringham Edward, if you recall) have developed duo-style nicknames.
Now Terrence started doing nightshifts at exactly the same time as me (Friday 27th March, to be both precise and pedantic about matters), also down the fabled Aisle-12. He’s older than me, about 6 inches shorter, and entirely of different proportions. Indeed, if it wasn’t for his “cute little beer-belly” (one of his former ‘bird’s’ apparently once referred to it as that), I doubt he’d weigh much over 8 stone.
The thing is, these nicknames only came about since I belatedly started wearing a PPE face-mask (for my sins, I was slow to act) and to be honest, they don’t make any sense whatsoever.
Can you guess what we’re called?
Laurel & Hardy? Nope.
Rodney & Del Boy? Incorrectamundo.
Batman & Robin? Doh.
Clearly it’s ‘something to do with my mask’, but the guy who so christened us has got it all arse about face, back to front, totally jumbled up, because THE LONE RANGER & TONTO simply isn’t accurate.
What’s more, he calls ME bloody Tonto!

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Republican-led U.S. Senate probe to hear first testimony on Trump-Russia investigation

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 11:13
A main figure in an investigation of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign's contacts with Russia is due to testify on Wednesday in a politically charged U.S. Senate probe led by a Republican ally of President Donald Trump.

Exclusive: Flush with corruption cash, Brazilian states step up deforestation fight

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 11:05
Brazilian states are bolstering the fight against destruction of the Amazon rainforest with millions of dollars from an oil company's corruption settlement that allows them to partially compensate for weakening environmental protections under President Jair Bolsonaro.

UK doctors to trial ibuprofen in COVID-19 patients with breathing difficulties

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 11:01
British doctors are trialling a formulation of anti-inflammatory ibuprofen to see if it reduces respiratory failure in patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19.

Roku Removes Dedicated QAnon Channel That Launched Last Month

Slashdot - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 11:00
Streaming platform Roku has removed a channel dedicated to the QAnon conspiracy theory movement after facing criticism for letting it slip through its review and moderation processes last month. The Verge reports: The show, called "Q Channel - QAnon Channel," was hosted by popular QAnon supporter Dave Hayes and advertised as a "opinion based shows for getting the truth out, as we know it, about the Qanon movement." A Roku spokesperson tells The Verge, "The channel is no longer on our platform." But the company would not elaborate on why it allowed the show to launch last month. Roku is best known as a streaming set-top box maker that also produces interface software for smart TVs. In addition to supporting other streaming services, Roku also allows anyone to create a channel that shows up on its platform as if it were any other legitimate source -- like Hulu, Netflix, or scores of verified news channels. That's what Hayes, who goes by the online handle "Praying Medic," did after he began advertising the launch of his dedicated QAnon opinion show in late May. MediaMatters reports the channel was live for nearly two weeks, promoting prominent QAnon voices and the movement's regular slate of rampant misinformation, conspiracy theories, and other false and manipulated news reports. Hayes also said he would be bringing the channel to other streaming platforms, too. Last week, Google removed three apps related to the QAnon conspiracy theory movement from the Play Store.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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The Edinburgh Fringe festival isn't happening this year, but that won't stop a digital sign doing its own comedy routine

The Register - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 10:45
Cowgate calamity befalls Windows-powered signage

Bork!Bork!Bork!  What to do in Edinburgh when there is no impending Fringe? The answer is obvious, at least to us – go hunting through streets normally thronged with tourists in search of bork.…

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Bank of England tells banks to step up no-deal Brexit plans - Sky

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 10:26
Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey has told banks to step up their plans for the risk of Britain failing to reach a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union before a deadline at the end of 2020, Sky News reported on Wednesday.

Pope urges U.S reconciliation, condemns racism and street violence

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 10:25
Pope Francis called for national reconciliation in the United States on Wednesday, saying that while racism is intolerable, the street violence that has broken out is "self-destructive and self-defeating".

French police disperse crowd marking 2016 death of black man

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 10:23
French police fired tear gas early on Wednesday to disperse protesters marking the 2016 death of a black man in a police operation that some have likened to the death of George Floyd in the United States.

Exclusive: Huawei hid business operation in Iran after Reuters reported links to CFO

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 10:20
China's Huawei Technologies acted to cover up its relationship with a firm that had tried to sell prohibited U.S. computer gear to Iran, after Reuters in 2013 reported deep links between the firm and the telecom-equipment giant's chief financial officer, newly obtained internal Huawei documents show.

'Do not approach': These are the most wanted criminals in the UK

Braintree and Witham Times - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 10:20
The most wanted criminals in the UK have been revealed.
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Live updates as McDonalds prepare to reopen more drive-thrus

This Is Total Essex - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 10:17
What will your first order be?
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Britain will not walk away from Hong Kong, Johnson says

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 10:09
Britain will not walk away from the people of Hong Kong if China imposes a national security law that would conflict with its international obligations under a 1984 accord, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.


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