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Street rapper stepson of US soldier who became ISIS propaganda chief killed in Syria

NC Intelligence officials say the rapper was killed this week. Now his demise on Wednesday near Deir Ezzor has been confirmed. Casper joined the jihadists early in 2014, abandoning his home to become a mouthpiece in charge of IS propaganda that caused the German government to declare him a central figure at the “highest management level” of the terror group. It was he who arranged for the videoing and distribution of the tapes showing the beheadings of British innocents David Haines and Alan Henning. Like Joseph Goebbels – the Nazi…

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South Africa’s tourist city set to RUN OUT OF WATER as ‘Day Zero’ date BROUGHT FORWARD

Residents are on the brink of facing queues to collect daily water rations at checkpoints across Cape Town as the day the city’s taps run dry nears.  Tourists staying at local hotels have even been asked to limit their time in the shower to two minutes in a bid to cut down on water consumption.  Day Zero has crept forward to April 22 as city authorities race to build desalination plants and drill underground boreholes. Councillor Xanthea Limberg, Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for water, said: “At the current rate…

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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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Science 

US review shows pesticides harm threatened salmon, whales

FILE – In this Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 file photo, Pinot Noir grapes just picked are shown in a bin in Napa, Calif. Federal scientists have determined that a family of widely used pesticides poses a threat to dozens of endangered and threatened species, including Pacific salmon, Atlantic sturgeon and Puget Sound orcas. The National Marine Fisheries Service issued its new biological opinion on three organophosphate pesticides _ chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion _ after a years-long court fight by environmental groups. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) More WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal…

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Lifestyle 

Weight loss: Woman sheds a massive ten stone by cutting THIS from her diet

Carli Jay, 30, from Surrey, crept up to a size 24 after she consumed twice the 2500 recommended allowance of calories for an adult man every day. At her heaviest she weighed 20 stone, but changed her lifestyle after she received a frightening warning in February 2014, when she woke up one morning and discovered the right side of her body was completely numb. She said: “At that time, I was verging on a size 26 and because I was so big my bulk had cut off my circulation. “I…

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Science 

Dramatic decline in genetic diversity of Northwest salmon

Columbia River Chinook salmon have lost as much as two-thirds of their genetic diversity, researchers have found. The researchers reached this conclusion after extracting DNA from scores of bone samples — some harvested as many as 7,000 years ago — and comparing them to the DNA of Chinook currently swimming in the Snake and Columbia rivers. The work is ‘the first direct measure of reduced genetic diversity for Chinook salmon from the ancient to the contemporary period.’

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Revolutionary new ‘battery’ could let us bottle sunshine

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Solar energy is clean, abundant, and irritatingly inconvenient: It doesn’t work at night or on cloudy days. You can convert sunshine into electricity and store it in a battery, but that’s complicated and expensive. And much of the time, what you really want isn’t electricity but heat for tasks like cooking or warming homes. What you want, in other words, is a way to bottle the heat of the noonday sun and then uncork it on demand. That sounds almost impossible, but some very determined…

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Lifestyle 

Victoria’s Secret Angels can’t resist slipping into swimsuits during cold Antarctica break

Two Victoria’s Secret Angels did just that during a recent trip – but rather than soaking up the sun on an exotic beach, the duo were in freezing cold Antartica. Jasmine Tookes, 26, and Josephine Skriver, 24, shared images of themselves enjoying everything the snowy location has to offer. But as well as the usual boat trips among the icebergs and trips to see penguins, the duo did something more out of the ordinary. The models are very used to posing in their swimsuits, and even the cold weather couldn’t…

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Technology 

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music lets you stream tracks and make contactless payments

The Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is the company’s first smartwatch that lets runners listen to music without the need to have a phone with you also. The Garmin FR645 has 3.5GB of storage, which is enough space to download around 500 songs directly onto the device. Bluetooth headphones can be paired to the watch and you can also use Garmin Pay to make contactless payments while you’re out and about. So, no need to carry around a wallet or cash when you go for a long run anymore. The Garmin…

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Science 

Prehistoric Dinosaur-Era Sea Dragon at Heart of 200-Million-Year-Old Murder Mystery

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Sea Dragon, you ask? It sounds as if David Attenborough has decided to change things up a bit and enter the world of Game of Thrones. But, not quite. Attenborough and the Sea Dragon—to be screened on January 7—is a new, one-off BBC documentary presented by Sir David Attenborough, which tells the story of a newly discovered ichthyosaur from the Dorset coast, England. The word “Sea Dragon” refers to two extinct types of reptiles, ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs. They…

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