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Playing video games too much might lead to a real problem, WHO says

Playing video games too much might lead to a real problem, WHO says

Health
"Call of Duty," "Grand Theft Auto" and "Fortnite" are just some of the super-popular video games that have captured the imaginations of gamers around the world. But health officials have become increasingly concerned about what all those hours lost in gaming worlds might actually be doing to mental health. This week, the World Health Organization said that gaming can be highly addictive and that "gaming disorder" will be added to the latest version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). In the U.S., 60 percent of Americans play video games daily, according to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). Video games are designed to be riveting, the reaction designers hope for is "I couldn’t stop playing." But the desire to keep players going and wanting more is ...
Froome takes Giro lead with stunning stage win, Yates drops away dramatically

Froome takes Giro lead with stunning stage win, Yates drops away dramatically

Sports
Chris Froome launched a devastating attack to win stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia and take the leader's pink jersey from fellow Briton Simon Yates.Yates finished almost 39 minutes behind Team Sky's Froome, who attacked 80km from the finish in Bardonecchia.Froome, 33, was fourth prior to Friday's 184km run from Venaria Reale. But, with two days remaining, he now has a 40-second lead over Tom Dumoulin as he attempts to become the first British man to win the Giro d'Italia.BeSpoke podcast - 'One of the best rides of all time'The four-time Tour de France champion is also attempting to become only the seventh man to win all three Grand Tours, and just the third to win three in succession."I don't th...
Bank trio to lead £4bn Aston Martin float

Bank trio to lead £4bn Aston Martin float

Business
The British luxury car-maker Aston Martin is lining up a trio of banks to lead a prospective £4bn stock market listing that could take place within months.Sky News has learnt that the manufacturer of James Bond's vehicle of choice is close to hiring Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan as the global co-ordinators for a long-awaited initial public offering (IPO).The appointment of the three investment banks is understood to have been recommended by board members and is awaiting sign-off from Aston Martin's two Italian and Kuwaiti shareholders, according to insiders.If confirmed, the move will see Deutsche, Goldman and JPM take the most prized positions on a public listing that has had dozens of Wall Street and City banks clamouring to be involved.Aston Martin, which said in February th
UK will lead European exoplanet mission

UK will lead European exoplanet mission

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceA telescope to study the atmospheres of planets beyond our Solar System will be launched by the European Space Agency in the late 2020s. The mission, to be known as Ariel, was selected by the organisation's Science Programme Committee on Tuesday. The venture will be led scientifically from the UK by University College London astrophysicist Giovanna Tinetti. "In the next decade we will see many, many planets being discovered - thousands, actually," she said."All this is amazing, but we want to go beyond that and start to understand the nature of those planets, how they formed, how they evolved, and ultimately to put our Solar System in the bigger picture," the principal investigator told BBC News. Ariel will use a metre-sized mirror and instrument...
Legal medical pot doesn't lead to increased use in teens, research shows

Legal medical pot doesn't lead to increased use in teens, research shows

Health
With medical marijuana already legal in 29 states and even more states considering legalization, some believe that the inevitable next step is an increase in recreational marijuana use among adolescents, but a new study published today in Addiction busted that myth. “We had done an earlier study published in the Lancet in 2015 of a million adolescents that were surveyed yearly between 1991 and 2014, and found no increase in teen use of cannabis or marijuana. We were surprised by that result,” said Dr. Deborah S. Hasin, an author of the study and professor of epidemiology at Columbia University. But despite a series of similar studies with the same result, she said, “People were so convinced that medical marijuana laws were going to increase teen use so they questioned the relationship.”