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Macron OUTRAGE: French President sparks fury over 40th birthday celebrations

Mr Macron and his 64-year-old wife Brigitte are staying in luxurious accommodation in the grounds of the Château de Chambord prior to his birthday bash on Thursday. The castle, in the Loire valley, was built by King Francis I almost 500 years ago, with Leonardo Da Vinci possibly involved in its design. These days it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A former merchant banker – who according to website How-Rich.com is worth whopping 31.5million – is using his own money to fund the lavish party, but this was not…

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Technology 

Between ‘Get Out’ and ‘Thor’, originals and sequels can coexist – CNET

“The Last Jedi” rounds out a year of some very good blockbusters (and a lot of mediocre ones). Disney Hollywood, eh? It’s all sequels and remakes! Where’s the imagination? This year at least, it seems a fair bit of the imagination went into those very sequels and remakes. The devastating “Logan“. The heartstopping “War for the Planet of the Apes“. The wondrous “Wonder Woman“. The uproarious “Thor: Ragnarok“. The dazzling “Star Wars: Last Jedi“. You don’t have to be a fan of sci-fi, fantasy and geeky flicks to love these…

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Russia demands US’ information on North Korea as Putin refuses to ‘strangle’ regime

The Kremlin said it would share its own information on the hermit state with the US in return. Putin and Donald Trump agreed the exchange in a phone call this morning, despite Russia refusing to turn the screw on North Korea with economic sanctions.  The pair also spoke about establishing their own network of contacts within North Korea, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. The two men had also talked about improving dialogue between Russia and the United States, Peskov said. Russia earlier refused to be part of a United…

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Science 

Asteroid investigated by Stephen Hawking is ‘ALIEN probe with broken engines’

The mysterious entity, which has been named “Oumuamua”, was at first believed to be a comet or an asteroid – the first of which to enter our solar system from interstellar space. But on closer inspection of the ‘comet’, scientists, including a group backed by Stephen Hawking, claimed there was something odd about it and are now examining whether it is an alien space ship. One researcher, Dr Jason Wright of Penn State University is convinced the object is an extra-terrestrial craft, and says the way the object moves suggests…

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Watch Portal’s GLaDOS sing about the electromagnetic spectrum – CNET

The last time we saw GLaDOS, the delightfully murderous artificial intelligence who steals every scene in Valve’s space-bending Portal video games, she’d become a humble media server at NASA.  Wait, that’s not how you remember it? Perhaps that’s because you missed this pitch-perfect parody created by NASA’s educational outreach division in 2014, where real GLaDOS voice actress Ellen McLain reprised her role to teach us the difference between fission and fusion. Now, three years later, GLaDOS (or rather NOTGLaDOS, the NASA Official Talking General Leisure and Diversion Operational Server) is…

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Geminids in India: Where can you watch the Geminid Meteor Shower in India?

Stargazers across India will focus their attention on meteors as the debris from Asteroid 3200 Phaethon burns up in the atmosphere.  The Geminids appear in the night skies every December but reach their peak this year between this evening (Wednesday December 13) and dawn tomorrow (Thursday December 14). Anywhere between 60 to 100 meteors will burst out and streak across the sky overnight.  Where to watch the Geminids meteors shower in India? The great news about the Geminids is that their broad spectrum makes them visible anywhere on the globe….

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DOJ releases text messages from FBI staffers having afffair

The Department of Justice released 90 pages of text messages late Tuesday night, many harshly critical of candidate Donald Trump, that were exchanged between an FBI lawyer and an agent who was later assigned to Robert Mueller’s special counsel team. The e-mails were exchanged between Peter Strzok, one of the top FBI agents assigned to the Mueller investigation, and Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer. The two were romantically involved. When Mueller learned of the e-mails last summer, he removed Strzok from the team. Related: Mueller reassigned top FBI agent, reports…

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Geminids 2017: Watch Moon and Mars sit next to each other THIS MORNING in pre-dawn sky

GETTY By the end of December, the Red Planet will move closer to the gas giant Jupiter Predicted to be one of the most dazzling ever, the shower will see the Moon sit incredibly close to the Red Planet in a crescent form. The pre-dawn sky on Wednesday will see the two incredible icons fit into the same field of view of binoculars. Mars will sit to the upper left of the Virgo star constellation’s brightest star, Spica – it will ascend as the month continues. The planet’s eastward orbital…

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Geminids 2017: What time is the Geminid meteor shower in YOUR area? Time and location

The Geminids have been known to produce more than 100 meteors an hour during their peak and stargazers are expecting a dazzling show. The stunning display of meteors will break out over Earth in the late night hours between Wednesday December 13 and Thursday December 14. But in the event that you miss out on the peak, the good news is individual meteors will continue to burst out between now and December 16. This year, Royal Observatory Greenwich is expecting up to 75 meteors an hour during the peak of…

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Space 

NASA sees “equivalent risk” of flying reused SpaceX booster

NEW ORLEANS — On the eve of the first launch of a reused Dragon capsule on a Falcon 9 with a reused first stage, both NASA and SpaceX said they were comfortable with the level of risk involved with the mission. The Falcon 9 was scheduled to lift off at 11:46 a.m. Eastern Dec. 12 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the first launch from that pad since it was repaired following a September 2016 pad explosion. SpaceX announced late Dec. 11 that…

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