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Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold

Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold

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It was a faint signal, but it told of one of the most violent acts in the universe, and it would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created. Astronomers around the world reacted to the signal quickly, focusing telescopes located on every continent and even in orbit to a distant spot in the sky. What they witnessed in mid-August and revealed Monday was the long-ago collision of two neutron stars — a phenomenon California Institute of Technology's David H. Reitze called "the most spectacular fireworks in the universe." "When these things collide, all hell breaks loose," he said. Measurements of the light and other energy emanating from the crash have helped scientists explain how planet-killing gamma ray bursts are born, how fast the universe is expanding, and where h
Key moments from Trump's wide-ranging press conference with McConnell

Key moments from Trump's wide-ranging press conference with McConnell

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In a wide-ranging impromptu press conference from the White House Rose Garden on Monday, President Donald Trump — joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — addressed a number of his administration's current goals as well as ongoing controversies. For over 30 minutes, Trump touched on the rumors of his rocky relationship with fellow Republicans, his action to halt Obamacare subsidy payments, the federal response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the nation's opioid epidemic, his former rival Hillary Clinton, the NFL national anthem protests and the ambush of U.S. soldiers in Niger, among other issues. Trump and McConnell ate lunch with Vice President Mike Pence at the White House earlier in the day, but the press conference was not listed on his daily schedule. Here are some o
Facebook to train teens in anti-bullying drive

Facebook to train teens in anti-bullying drive

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Facebook is to train "tens of thousands" of students from every secondary school in the UK as digital safety ambassadors over the next two years.The social media giant is partnering with Childnet International and The Diana Award to help pupils in more than 4,500 schools become digital leaders and anti-bullying ambassadors.Research suggests 72% of teenagers would prefer to confide in a peer if they were being bulled online - and 55% said they would rather deal with an issue alone than speak to an adult.Pupils will have access to face-to-face training, online resources and forums to help them deal with digital safety.Video:Simplified leaflets for children to explain online rightsThe investment from Facebook came after the UK Government announced plans to introduce a new tax on social media ...
Goodbye Mr Chip: 'Crisis' sees Samsung boss quit

Goodbye Mr Chip: 'Crisis' sees Samsung boss quit

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The chief executive of Samsung Electronics has resigned, with a warning that the South Korean technology giant is in the throes of an "unprecedented crisis".Kwon Oh-hyun announced his decision to step down on Friday, when the company estimated that its quarterly profits from July to September will reach a record high of 14.5 trillion won (£9.6bn).Although Samsung is reaping the rewards of a continued boom in the memory chip industry, it is also struggling to overcome a bribery scandal.The company's heir and de facto head, Lee Jae-yong, was jailed for five years in August after being convicted of offering bribes to South Korea's former president Park Geun-hye.Image:Lee is appealing his five-year sentence and maintains he is innocentMr Kwon - affectionately known as "Mr Chip" - has been with
British-built satellite launches from Russia

British-built satellite launches from Russia

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A British-built pollution monitoring satellite was launched into orbit on Friday.It broke free of Earth's gravity well while riding a modified Russian rocket designed to deliver a nuclear payload from near Moscow to the US mainland during the Cold War.As part of the European Commission and European Space Agency's (ESA) Copernicus project, the Dutch-designed satellite will map the distribution of harmful gases and aerosols in the atmosphere.Named Sentinel-5P, the spacecraft successfully launched at 10.27am UK time from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome - a Russian spaceport 500 miles (800km) north of Moscow.It rapidly disappeared into the thick autumn clouds near the Arctic Circle.Image:The satellite will map the distribution of harmful gases and aerosols in the atmosphereDescribed as a "precursor sa...