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News flash from Florida legislators: Telegraph era is over

News flash from Florida legislators: Telegraph era is over

Technology
Florida lawmakers are transmitting a news bulletin: The telegraph era is overBy BOBBY CAINA CALVANJanuary 15, 2020, 8:33 PM3 min readTALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida lawmakers are transmitting a news bulletin: The telegraph era is over. Before there was instant messaging, emails and even corded telephones, there was the reliable telegraph to instantaneously transmit messages far and wide. Now, people turn to the internet, text messaging, Twitter, gifs and emojis to write their long-distance notes. While thumbing through a volume of Florida laws, state Rep. Tommy Gregory and a colleague came upon old statutes regulating the telegraph industry. “I wondered if they were now obsolete,” said Gregory, a former lieutenant colonel in the Air Force. “We probably haven't sent a telegraph in the state
China reports 1st death from new type of coronavirus

China reports 1st death from new type of coronavirus

Health
Health authorities in the central Chinese city of Wuhan are reporting the first death from a new type of coronavirus that has stirred fears of an outbreak similar to that of the deadly SARS virus more than a decade agoByThe Associated PressJanuary 11, 2020, 11:10 AM3 min readBEIJING -- Health authorities in a central Chinese city on Saturday reported the country's first death from a new type of coronavirus, as the government braced for the Lunar New Year travel boom amid concerns over a possible outbreak similar to that of the SARS virus in the early 2000s. The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said seven other people were in critical condition among a total of 41 who were suffering from pneumonia caused by a "preliminarily determined new type of coronavirus” as of Friday. That was down f

Tests indicate Mexico gold bar came from Spanish retreat

World
Tests conducted on a gold bar found decades ago in Mexico City indicate it was Aztec gold produced around 1520, matching historical accounts of treasure looted by the Spanish conquerors and then abandoned as they fledByThe Associated PressJanuary 9, 2020, 10:13 PM2 min readMEXICO CITY -- Tests conducted on a gold bar found decades ago in Mexico City indicate it was Aztec gold produced around 1520, matching historical accounts of treasure looted by the Spanish conquerors and then abandoned as they fled. Experts at the National Institute of Anthropology and History said Thursday the bar's metallic content matches the gold, silver and copper mix that characterized Aztec gold artifacts found since. It also matched measurements given by the conquerors. The evidence further corroborates histori...
Food ‘made from air’ could compete with soya

Food ‘made from air’ could compete with soya

Science
Finnish scientists producing a protein "from thin air" say it will compete with soya on price within the decade.The protein is produced from soil bacteria fed on hydrogen split from water by electricity.The researchers say if the electricity comes from solar and wind power, the food can be grown with near-zero greenhouse gas emissions.If their dreams are realised, it could help the world tackle many of the problems associated with farming.When I visited Solar Foods' pilot plant on the outskirts of Helsinki last year the researchers were raising funds for expansion.Now they say they have attracted 5.5m euros of investment, and they predict – depending on the price of electricity – that their costs will roughly match those for soya