Science 

Some assembly required: OceanGate readies Titanic sub for the holidays

A scale model of the Titanic luxury liner sits on the other side of the clear acrylic viewport and titanium dome that’s due to be installed on the Cyclops 2 submersible at OceanGate’s headquarters in Everett. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) More EVERETT, Wash. — Almost all the pieces are in place for a Yuletide delivery of Titanic proportions: the completion of a multimillion-dollar underwater craft that’s due to explore the world’s most famous shipwreck next year. Cyclops 2, a five-person submersible that takes advantage of the latest in marine engineering,…

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Science 

Taiwan steel firm behind toxic dump in Vietnam fined again

A toxic dump last year from a Formosa steel plant sparked one of Vietnam’s worst environmental catastrophes (AFP Photo/STR) More A Taiwanese steel firm behind a toxic spill that killed tonnes of fish in central Vietnam last year was fined for a second time for illegally burying “harmful” waste, official sources said Sunday. The deadly dump from Formosa’s $11 billion steel plant in Ha Tinh province sparked one of the country’s worst environmental catastrophes, decimating livelihoods along swathes of coastline and prompting months of rare protests in the authoritarian country….

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Lifestyle 

Weight loss diet: Add THESE ten foods to your shopping list to shift the Christmas pounds

Weight loss will be high on the agenda come January when the indulgences of the festive season are over. However, with the abundance of advice out there, slimming down can seem a daunting prospect. To add even more confusion, a number of celebrity-backed diets were this week criticised by the British Dietetics Association as being potentially harmful. These included the raw vegan, alkaline, Pioppi and ketogenic eating regimes. So, what should you really be eating in the new year for effective, sustainable weight loss? Pippa Campbell, a nutritionist (pippacampbellhealth.com), has…

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Top Stories World 

The emotional risks of gifting DNA gene tests

The family that spits together might not want to receive their health results together. In the new era of DNA testing, there can be tricky family dynamics. For anyone thinking of slipping a popular DNA testing kit into a loved one’s holiday stocking this season, it may not be received in the same spirit in which it’s given. Experts warn that not all family members are interested in having their DNA mined for disease risks, and then sharing potentially upsetting health information. “Some families are really open about sharing, and…

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Entertainment 

Star Wars 8 BACKLASH: 17 HUGE Problems with The Last Jedi – Do you agree?

DISNEY Star Wars 8 fan problems Does Episode 8 make you want to scream like Hux? His character is just one of the many problems some fans have with the latest Star Was blockbuster. Angry fans have flooded social media with comments like: “Seen the film today, sad to say a disappointment is an understatement” or “There isn’t a single character who isn’t left ruined by this movie” and “You’ve destroyed whole Star Wars saga.” Even worse, there is a growing feeling that the filmmakers deceived fans by encouraging certain…

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Science 

'All Dogs Can Smell Marijuana, But Only A Few Of Them Are Snitches'

Separated from their cellphones, standing under running water often allows people’s minds to run free. More The shower isn’t just a place to sing. Separated from their cellphones, standing under running water often allows people’s minds to run free. Reddit has an entire “Shower Thoughts” subreddit dedicated to “the miniature epiphanies you have that highlight the oddities within the familiar.” In honor of those weird, wonderful and sometimes profound musings, here are 25 of the best posts from the last week: All dogs can smell marijuana, but only a few…

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Entertainment 

Pokemon Go news: Gen 3 update, Legendary Raid reveal, new event

It has now been revealed that new evolution items have been added to Pokemon Go. A Niantic update made to the official Pokemon Go support site confirms that two additional items can be collected to evolve Pocket Monsters. While it appears that references to these items may have been removed since, the Pokemon Hub reports that both Deepsea Scale, Deepsea Tooth were part of an extended list. In Generation 3, the Scale and Tooth are used to evolve a Clamperl into a Gorebyss or a Huntail. And this means that…

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Science 

Monster Sharks: Four Fierce Giants That Rival Greenland's Ancient Beast

Sharks have been making headlines recently after a 2016 report of a Greenland shark that was around 512 years old resurfaced this week. In November, a dinosaur-era frilled shark was on our minds. The ocean’s deadliest sharp-toothed predator are both loved and feared. They are also an incredibly diverse and successful group, appearing in the fossil records millions of years before dinosaurs and even insects. Here are just a few of the most terrifying examples of sharks from across time. Only the jaws of megalodon fossilized, but put to the…

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