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business
Jan 21, 2019
Jacques Gounon is the chairman of Getlinks, the company in charge of running the Eurotunnel that people use to travel between France and Britain, and he says that people would support the Brexit if there were a second referendum. Gounon said in a radio interview that the decision in 2016 was made based on strong anti-immigration feelings and that the same feelings would play an important part nowadays. Gounon added that the Brexit would win by an even greater margin if there were a new referendum, this news comes after the company said they are working hard so the Brexit doesn't affect the transport network.
world
Jan 21, 2019
The earth is the home of humankind so everybody should make an effort to take care of it. The World Economic Forum wrote in a briefing that climate change is causing extreme weather in several countries, the consequences of this problem have already brought natural disasters all over the world. Experts say that if we don't act now, the world would be leading towards an unstoppable tragedy that would turn it into a non-liveable planet. Oceans are rising, and the food is dwindling, all of it because of climate change. The time has come to start making changes and make the world a better place.
world
Jan 21, 2019
While the world is fighting an uphill battle against global warming, the biggest enemy we face is ourselves. Nations have tried to unite and sign agreements for the preservation of the environment, but even after some countries sign pacts, there's still a lot that needs to be solved. Currently, the survival of the islands in the Pacific is under threat, the Prime Minister of Fiji stated that if Australia doesn't stop using fossil fuels, the consequences the islands face could be unrepairable. Australia's Prime Minister congratulated Fiji for its environmentally friendly initiatives, and he also stated that the country plans on working with other governments to prevent any more damage to the Pacific Ocean.
world
Jan 21, 2019
When terrorists started bombing the lobby of a hotel in Nairobi, an in-training SAS soldier ran inside it to save as many lives as he could. He grabbed a rifle and a bulletproof vest to get into the hotel while bullets were still being fired. The soldier threw grenades towards the attackers were so that he could enter and get the people out. After the attack, when videos were uploaded to social media, and the whole world watched them, people started calling him a hero. He was the only one to go back to save more people by risking his own life in this heroic attempt.
science
Jan 21, 2019
Over the last few days, social media has been filled with posts of the trend called the "10-year challenge," where users post an old picture next to a recent one to see their changes between 2009 and 2019. Environmental activists used this challenge as a strategy to show the Earth's transformation in the last ten years due to climate change. The photos had side-by-side comparisons showing melting glaciers, habitat loss, deforestation, and shrinking water bodies. Experts believe that the world only has one more 10-year challenge's worth of time to make significant changes before it's too late to recover.
business
Jan 21, 2019
Paccar, the world's biggest heavy-duty truck manufacturer, has teamed up with Toyota to develop 10 prototype heavy-duty trucks that rely on hydrogen cells. This initiative is part of an effort from regulators to reduce the emissions produced by more than 16,000 diesel trucks working at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California. The companies showed the prototype at CES 2019 in Las Vegas and represents a serious bet to challenge Tesla and its fully electric semis. One of Paccar executives said that using hydrogen cell technology to fuel these trucks makes more sense than using batteries because they offer more range and take far less time to recharge.
world
Jan 21, 2019
A day has passed after the bomb attack in Syria, and since then, around five Americans and ten other locals have died. President Trump addressed the situation at the Pentagon by expressing his condolences to the relatives and the friends of the dead American soldiers. Allegedly, the reason behind the attack was Trump's order to withdraw the American troops that had stayed in Syria since the attack took place a month after the President told the troops to go home. ISIS claimed responsibility for this, prolonging the reign of terror they have over the world.
tech
Jan 21, 2019
Spotify is testing a new block feature that will allow the user to mute artists that they don't like. Once the user blocks an artist, the app will skip their songs, albums, and ads from their library, playlists, and in-app radio stations, the new option still doesn't work with songs that only feature the artist. Spotify decided to implement the "don't play this artist" button after the controversy over R. Kelly's accusations of sexual abuse where people put pressure to ban the artists out of the streaming service. The company will offer this service to let users decide which individual artists they want to block.
science
Jan 21, 2019
Researchers developed a motion robot of a 300-million-year-old herbivorous creature using fossilized bones and tracks. They carefully placed every bone to create a life-size replica of the animal, and by using the set of tracks; they tested possible motions that could match its anatomy. Later, the researchers recreated a mechanical version of the skeleton and connected it to motorized 3D-printed parts. A computer program commanded the robot to imitate the movement of the prehistoric creature. Scientists concluded that the movement was similar to iguanas and salamanders but without dragging its belly or tail.
science
Jan 21, 2019
A few days ago, NASA's Hubble Telescope stopped working because of an unknown hardware problem. Researchers who looked into the issue concluded that the malfunction was caused by high voltage levels outside the safe values. This situation forced the orbiting telescope into stand-by mode. The team had to reset the telemetry circuits to make them operative again. NASA posted a tweet assuring that the camera and telescope were brought back to full operational status, and they are currently collecting photos of the cosmos. Scientists are hopeful that Hubble can continue its functions until 2025.
tech
Jan 21, 2019
Last year, Netflix reached more than 139 million subscribers. The company pins their success on its investment in original content. Birdbox is a perfect example of that success with 80 million households views during the first week, which has led the company to outperform rivals such as HBO and Amazon Video. However, analysts reckon that the firm has invested at least $13 billion just on programming and that they have a debt of $32 billion. Executives believe that the investment was necessary to grow the audience to have huge profits eventually.
business
Jan 21, 2019
Russia's communication regulator opened civil proceedings against both companies for failing to comply with Russian laws regarding user data and internet in general. According to the Russian government, the companies must store all the data from Russian users in servers located in that country, the companies had already provided a formal response, but it is unclear when they will take the step of relocating their servers to Russia. Russian laws require companies to share encryption keys; social media companies must use servers located in the country, this allows the government to block any websites that process user data illegally.
world
Jan 21, 2019
After the 2018 Venezuelan Presidential elections, the results showed Nicolas Maduro as the winner. However, these results were met with political unrest in the country, and several international representatives from all over the world claimed the elections were rigged. Since then, Maduro was proclaimed and started his second term at the beginning of January. Nonetheless, he was pronounced as illegitimate by other Presidents and the Lima Group. They claim that Maduro and its people are guilty of money laundering and leaving the country's economy in ruins. For this reason, Brazil's new President is seeking to restore the democracy in Venezuela, alongside the oppositionist political party in the country.
world
Jan 21, 2019
Aiia Maasarwe Victoria, a 21-years-old Israeli student from Melbourne, Australia, took a train after attending a comedy show. What she didn't imagine is that she would be killed while talking to her sister over the phone. Her sister was worried about how the call ended suddenly. And she proceeded to call the Australian police so that they could find her. Unfortunately, her body was found that same day near the university she used to attend. Furthermore, police found a suspect that lived nearby and arrested him. He is being questioned while the investigation is still open.
tech
Jan 21, 2019
The instant messaging service WhatsApp expressed their concern about the fake reports shared using the forward tool in their platform. The company announced that there would be new policies on sharing messages to prevent the massive spread of fake news. The app will reduce the number of forwarded messages. However, WhatsApp uses the end-to-end encryption which means that only senders and recipients can read the messages, and as a consequence, the firm is not capable of spotting these fake reports. The restrictions will also be implemented on Facebook and other services.
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