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‘Smacks of fraud’: House releases Glenn Simpson Trump-dossier testimony

The House intelligence committee released 184-pages of sworn testimony on Thursday by Glenn Simpson, the former Wall Street Journal reporter whose opposition research into Donald Trump spawned a controversial dossier that ultimately was handed to the FBI. It was the second release of Congressional testimony by Simpson, and it contained no Earth-shattering revelations, but Simpson went into much greater detail with the House committee than he did with the Senate judiciary committee about his research into Trump’s alleged business dealings with Russians and organized crime figures, in passages that at…

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Lifestyle 

Flu warning: Number of doctor visits up by 150 PER CENT since start of the year

An estimated 31,300 patients attended their GP practice in England with influenza-like-illness (ILI) between January 8 and 14 – a rise of more than 9,000 on the previous week. The Midlands and East England, which includes Birmingham, Norwich and Nottingham, were worst affected where 57.9 patients per 100,000 population presented with flu-like symptoms. This marks an increase from 35.5 per 100,000 the previous week, analysis by the Royal College of GPs’ Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC) found. Professor Simon de Lusignan, RSC medical director, said: “We’re seeing numbers of presentations…

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Space 

Pentagon nominee Griffin promises stronger DoD leadership in advancing technology

Griffin: “Our most pressing challenge will be to field new capabilities faster than our adversaries.” WASHINGTON — The United States military can no longer count on having technological dominance over its adversaries. For the Pentagon, this is a pivotal moment that demands bold action, said Michael Griffin, the Trump administration’s nominee for the position of undersecretary of defense for research and engineering. Global spread of technology that the Pentagon used to own exclusively has shifted the balance of power, a situation that “demands that we reassert our technological leadership,” Griffin…

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Lifestyle 

Aussie flu MAPPED: Countries across the globe hit by influenza virus – with cases rising

Almost 200 people were admitted into intensive care during the second week of January, the latest report from Public Health England (PHE) revealed.  Aussie flu – the H3N2 strain of the influenza virus – was responsible for 20 of those patients. In total, 598 people were hospitalised with flu during the second week of January, and almost 50 of the hospital patients were infected with Aussie flu. But influenza isn’t just sweeping the UK – the report published by PHE also revealed other countries in the world to see an…

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Science 

Motion-activated cameras capture animals being wild, weird

This 2013 photo from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service motion-activated camera shows a bighorn sheep at the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona. Motion-detecting wildlife cameras are yielding serious science as well as amusing photos. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP) CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — How does a bighorn sheep say “cheese?” Some charismatic critters caught by motion-detecting wildlife cameras seem to know how to strike a pose. But it’s not just show business. As these devices get ever smaller, cheaper and more reliable, scientists across the U.S.…

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Science 

Europe's space agency braces for Brexit fallout

The European Space Agency has successfully launched a series of satellites as part of its ambitious Copernicus project tracking the Earth’s changing land cover and pollution (AFP Photo/Stephane CORVAJA) More Paris (AFP) – The European Space Agency (ESA) is drawing up contingency plans for projects, commercial deals, and staffing that may be adversely affected by Brexit, senior officials said Wednesday. Programmes throw in flux by Britain’s pending departure from the European Union (EU) include the Copernicus satellite constellation to monitor environmental damage, and the Galileo satellite navigation system. “It is…

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Science 

China proposes huge LASER GUN to blasts away space debris

There is now believed to be an astonishing 170 million pieces of junk floating in Earth’s upper atmosphere, but only 22,000 are being tracked. Some 7,000 tonnes of space junk circle our planet, as defunct satellites, junk from rockets and other metals and rocks build up close to Earth. Technologies such as mobile phones, television, GPS and weather related services rely on satellites, so a cataclysmic series of crashes could pose a threat to our already over-reliant need for satellites. As a result, China has announced a radicle plan to…

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Technology 

CES 2018 gets serious about health, wellness and medical tech – CNET

When “health tech” first started popping up at CES a few years ago, it was mostly centered on step counters, digital workout coaches and heart-rate trackers. These days, of course, that technology is widely available in consumer wearables from the likes of Fitbit, Garmin and Apple. But the devices we saw at the 2018 iteration of the world’s biggest electronics show raised the bar for health, fitness, wellness and medical technology in some surprising new ways — and for an audience that reaches far beyond runners and gym addicts.  This…

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TERROR DRONE WARNING: Bombers ‘can use drones to attack targets across the world NOW’

The chilling warning comes after an assault on a Russian base in Syria over the weekend. In a statement, the Russian MoD said the “first time that terrorists massively used unmanned combat aerial vehicles of an aircraft type that were launched from a distance of more than 50 kilometres, and operated using GPS satellite navigation coordinates.” And Head of the UAV department of the Russian General Staff, Major General Aleksandr Novikov said the threat of terrorists using unmanned aerial vehicles is not a far fetched scenario. He said a technical…

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