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Tesla Cybertruck’s windows shatter during demo

Tesla Cybertruck’s windows shatter during demo

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The launch event for Tesla's electric pickup truck left Elon Musk swearing when a demonstration of how strong its windows were embarassingly shattered them.While on stage with Tesla's chief designer Franz von Holzhausen, Mr Musk challenged his colleague to take a sledgehammer to the truck's door and then toss a metallic ball at its window. The window shattered, surprising the audience and prompting Mr Musk to exclaim: "Oh my f***ing god."He then suggested: "Maybe that was a little too hard." Image: Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk swore when the window broke In a second demonstration of the window's strength, the glass again shattered. Advertisement ...
Apple ‘loses money on phone repairs’

Apple ‘loses money on phone repairs’

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Apple says it loses more money than it makes when repairing customer devices such as iPhones and Macbooks.Answering questions from US politicians investigating anti-competitive practices, Apple said it had lost money on repair services since 2009.Apple typically charges more than unofficial repair shops to fix things such as smashed screens.But the company also said customers were "free to obtain repairs from any repair shop of their choice".In September, Apple was sent a list of questions by a US House Judiciary Committee, which is investigating "competition in digital markets".In response to a question about how much the company earns from repair services, Apple said: "For each year since 2009, the costs of providing repair services has exceeded the rev...
Bei Bei arrives at giant panda base in China’s Sichuan

Bei Bei arrives at giant panda base in China’s Sichuan

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The giant panda Bei Bei has arrived in southwest Sichuan province from his birthplace of Washington, where he spent the first four years of his lifeBy YANAN WANG Associated PressNovember 21, 2019, 5:45 AM2 min read After a transcontinental flight on the “Panda Express,” a furry American darling arrived early Thursday in his new Chinese home. The Washington-born giant panda Bei Bei was a beloved figure at the National Zoo, where he spent the first four years of his life. By agreement with the Chinese government, the zoo had to return Bei Bei to China this year. He is now settling into the Ya’an Bifengxia Base of the Giant Panda Conservation and Research Center in southwest Sichuan province. Bei Bei will be quarantined for one month while he adjusts to the time difference, learns to eat loca

2 insect species classified as threatened as glaciers melt

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Federal wildlife officials say the continued existence of two species of insects is in doubt because the glaciers and year-round snowfields they depend on are melting awayBy MATT VOLZ Associated PressNovember 20, 2019, 10:16 PM3 min read The continued existence of two species of insects is in doubt because climate change is melting away the glaciers and year-round snowfields they depend on, U.S. wildlife officials said Wednesday. The western glacier stonefly and the meltwater lednian stonefly found in the northern Rocky Mountains will be protected as threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said. “We recognize the fact that this species is not doing well,” agency spokeswoman Jennifer Koches said. “The primary threat to the habita
California puts brakes on fracking permits in oil crackdown

California puts brakes on fracking permits in oil crackdown

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom cracked down on oil producers Tuesday, halting approval of hundreds of fracking permits until independent scientists can review them and temporarily banning new wells using another drilling method that regulators believe is linked to one of the largest spills in state history. The state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources announced it will not approve new wells that use high-pressure steam to extract oil from underground. It’s the type of process Chevron uses at an oil field in the Central Valley that leaked more than 1.3 million gallons (4.9 million liters) of oil and water this summer. That process is different from fracking, which uses water and other chemicals at high pressure to extract oil. California has 263 pending fracking permits but has no