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BREAKING: Earthquake rattles US East Coast – Philadelphia hit by 4.4 quake

The earthquake rattled Philadelphia and registered a magnitude of 4.6, according to earthquake detector website CSEM-EMSC. It was earlier recorded at 5.1.  Citizens from major cities including Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC, Baltimore and Atlantic City recorded shaking.  The quake hit Delaware at around 9.45GMT. It was relatively shallow at a depth of less than five miles.  Testimonies flooded in to CSEM EMSC from civilians shaken up by the earthquake.  One person in Bridgeton said: “The whole house was shaking.” Another person in Middletown said: “It felt and sounded like…

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Science 

Did A Viral Study 'Prove' Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats? Not Quite.

Who would win this meeting of the minds? (chendongshan via Getty Images) More Dog people are gloating this week amid widespread reports that a recentstudy found dogs to be “smarter” than cats. But one of the scientists who conducted the research says it’s not quite that simple. “We did not study their behavior, so we cannot (and do not) make any claims about how intelligent they are,” researcher Suzana Herculano-Houzel, an associate professor at Vanderbilt University, told HuffPost in an email. So why all the headlines declaring dogs are smarter? Because although they didn’t…

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Malmo shooting: At least one dead and another injured after gunfire in Sweden

Police raced to the scene following reports of “loud bangs” in the area at roughly 9.22pm local time (8.22pm GMT). Local media have claimed one victim, a man in his 20’s, is in a critical condition following the incident, while another has died of their injuries. They are believed to have been sitting in a car when the shooting took place in the south of the city, near Eriksfältsgatan. Malmo police spokesperson Rickard Lundqvist said: “The alarm came following the sound of loud bangs – there were are a lot of…

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Space 

Deep Space Gateway key part of updated exploration roadmap

SAN FRANCISCO – A new edition of an international space exploration planning document to be released early next year will offer an updated plan for human missions to the moon and Mars, emphasizing the role that NASA’s proposed Deep Space Gateway could play. In January, NASA and 14 international space agencies plan to publish their common goals for exploration, including an extended presence in low Earth orbit, a cislunar habitat, moon missions and eventual excursions to Mars, in an updated Global Exploration Roadmap being drafted by the International Space Exploration…

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Orbital ATK ships tardy Al Yah 3 satellite for January launch

WASHINGTON — Satellite manufacturer Orbital ATK on Nov. 28 shipped Yahsat’s long-awaited Al Yah 3 high-throughput satellite to French Guiana for an Ariane 5 launch now scheduled for January. The hybrid satellite, equipped with a chemical propulsion system to reach orbit and electric thrusters for station-keeping once in place, slipped almost a year past its initial completion date, a delay Orbital ATK attributed to Al Yah 3 being the first of its kind. Al Yah 3 is Orbital ATK’s first satellite built on GEOStar-3, the company’s new platform for satellites…

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ESA pours $107 million into Vega E and a reusable spaceplane

WASHINGTON — The European Space Agency today committed 89.7 million euros ($106.7 million) split between a new advanced iteration of the Vega launcher and the successor to a spaceplane demonstrator that flew in 2015. Italy’s space industry, notably Vega’s manufacturer Avio and Thales Alenia Space Italy, will both lead consortiums for Vega E and Space Rider, respectively. Avio’s contract for Vega E — short for Vega Evolution — is worth 53 million euros, and jumpstarts development of the new launcher alongside Vega C, which has yet to fly. The company…

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Bette Midler calls out Geraldo Rivera for defending Matt Lauer

Bette Midler gave herself an early birthday present Thursday — a big slice of revenge against Geraldo Rivera. Angry that the FOX News correspondent had tweeted his support for disgraced former “Today” show host Matt Lauer, Midler posted part of an interview she did with Barbara Walters back in 1991 in which she claimed that Rivera and his producer drugged and groped her. Bette Midler, winner of the award for Best Actress in a Musical for ?Hello, Dolly!,? poses in the press room during the 2017 Tony Awards on June…

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Pot may hold promise in treating PTSD

PHOENIX — His nightmares had gotten so bad, Marine Corps veteran Roberto Pickering was drinking himself to death. “When I got back from Iraq, I felt like an eggshell, and a basket case,” he said. “And I was just doing all this self-destructive behavior that I could think of to not feel anything at all.” See more on this story on Nightly News with Lester Holt at 6:30 p.m. ET Pickering returned from Iraq in 2003 haunted by post-traumatic stress. He’d seen his buddies die. The transition back to civilian…

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Entertainment 

Star Wars 8: LEIA ending scene leaked and proves these TWO theories

The Star Wars cast have been very busy giving major television and print interviews. Daisy Ridley has already spoken of the “eye-popping” storyline that will feature Rey and Luke on Ahch-To in the latest issue of Empire Magazine. In another chat with Glamour magazine she revealed a hugely emotional and powerful moment featuring Rey and Leia. The article was quickly taken down, but it’s no point trying any clever Jedi mind tricks because the internet never forgets anything. This is what she said. WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS Ridley said: “The last…

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New Lidar tech uses 128 lasers to help self-driving cars see in high resolution

lidar double lasers vls 128 front top light1 More When it comes to autonomous vehicles, Lidar is one of the (no pun intended) driving forces that help make it all possible. A laser-based surveying method, Lidar builds up a depth-based image of the world by shining out laser lights and then measuring how long it takes for the reflected pulse to be bounced back to the sensor. Well, thanks to the work of pioneering company Velodyne, Lidar just got a whole lot better! Unveiled this week, Velodyne’s new VLS-128 sensor…

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