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Typhoon Doksuri batters central Vietnam, killing 4

Typhoon Doksuri batters central Vietnam, killing 4

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Typhoon Doksuri slammed into central Vietnam on Friday, killing four people and injuring 10 others as heavy rains and strong winds ripped off roofs and knocked over many electricity poles. Blackouts were widespread and technicians tried to restore power. Flooding was reported in some villages. Packing maximum sustained winds of 135 kilometers (84 miles) per hour, the typhoon made landfall in Ha Tinh province, pounding six coastal districts and destroying the roofs of 62,500 houses, disaster official Ngo Duc Hoi said. In the neighboring province of Quang Binh, farther south, a man fell to his death when he tried to reinforce his house and an elderly man fell to the ground in his yard and died of head injuries, said disaster official Nguyen Duc Toan. 10 other people were injured by falling ...
Equifax data breach: Credit rating firm replaces key staff

Equifax data breach: Credit rating firm replaces key staff

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US credit report giant Equifax has replaced two senior staff after revealing last week it had suffered a massive data breach.Data on up to 143 million Americans, about 400,000 Britons and a number of Canadians may have been stolen by hackers between mid-May and July.The chief information officer and chief security officer have both stood down.Equifax faces dozens of legal claims over the breach, which the US Federal Trade Commission is investigating.Social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driving licence numbers for up to 143 million Americans were exposed, the Atlanta-based firm says.Credit card numbers for about 209,000 Americans and "certain dispute documents with personal identifying information" for some 182,000 Americans were also accessed by the hackers, it adds.Lenders ...
Google set to unveil new Pixel smartphones

Google set to unveil new Pixel smartphones

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Google is believed to be about to unveil its next smartphone to rival Apple's iPhone X. The technology giant has announced it will host a live event at the beginning of October, where new versions of the firm's Pixel and Pixel XL will be unveiled.A teaser video on the company's Twitter feed shows a series of questions about phone performance being typed into a Google search barIt includes queries about poor battery life, before a message appears reading: "Answers are coming. Oct 4."It will be exactly 12 months since the original Pixel was announced. At the time, it was marketed as Google's first own-built phone, which had virtual helper Google Assistant at its centre.Reports are now naming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL as the likely new devices to be unveiled.The event follows Apple's latest live...
Mars research subjects to emerge after 8 months of isolation

Mars research subjects to emerge after 8 months of isolation

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After eight months of living in isolation on a remote Hawaii volcano, six NASA-backed research subjects will emerge from their Mars-like habitat on Sunday and return to civilization. Their first order of business after subsisting on mostly freeze-dried and canned food: Feast on fresh-picked pineapple, papaya, mango, locally grown vegetables and a fluffy, homemade egg strata cooked by their project's lead scientist. The crew of four men and two women were quarantined on a vast plain below the summit of the world's largest active volcano in January. All of their communications with the outside world were subjected to a 20-minute delay — the time it takes for signals to get from Mars to Earth. They are part of a study designed to better understand the psychological effects that a long-term m
'Shape-shifting' bacteria spotted in space

'Shape-shifting' bacteria spotted in space

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Bacterial cells treated with a common antibiotic have been spotted changing shape to survive while aboard the International Space Station (ISS).The way bacteria act in near-zero gravity environments could pose a serious problem for treating astronauts with infections.The "clever shape-shifting" was detected in bacteria being experimented on in the near-weightlessness of space, and is believed to help the bacteria survive.An experiment on the common E coli bacteria subjected it to different concentrations of the antibiotic gentamicin sulfate, a drug which kills the bug on Earth.However, in comparison to a control group on Earth, the space bacteria showed a 13-fold increase in cell numbers and a 73% reduction in cell column size."We knew bacteria behave differently in space and that it takes...