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Humans may have left Africa earlier than thought

Humans may have left Africa earlier than thought

Technology
Primitive humans may have ventured out of Africa earlier than previously thought, new evidence suggests.  Stone tools found during an excavation in China are thought to be about 270,000 years older than the previous earliest evidence of a human presence outside Africa.Chinese and British researchers believe the tools were made by another member of the homo evolutionary group, rather than homo sapiens, as much as 2.1 million years ago.Until now, the oldest evidence of human-like creatures outside the continent came from 1.8 million-year-old artefacts and skulls found in Dmanisi in Georgia.The newly discovered artefacts were found on a plateau north of the Qinling mountains and include several chipped rocks, fragments and hammer stones.The research, published in the jour...
The bacteria that left hundreds sick after it was found in well water

The bacteria that left hundreds sick after it was found in well water

Health
After more than 500 people became sick from well water used at a Tennessee resort, many with vomiting and diarrhea, health officials confirmed this week that the culprit was E.coli. The food-borne bacteria is common and some strains are notorious for causing serious gastrointestinal illness. The same kind of bacteria, though possibly a different strain, was blamed in the romaine lettuce-related illnesses earlier this year. Here is more about how some strains of E. coli can make people sick. What is E. coli? The name E. coli, short for Escherichia coli, refers to a large group of bacteria that has different forms. Most strains aren’t harmful and are a normal part of everyone’s body. However, some others can cause diseases, ranging from bladder infections to fatal multi-or...
ICICI Bank reshuffle has left many questions unanswered: Jefferies India

ICICI Bank reshuffle has left many questions unanswered: Jefferies India

Finance
ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar’s decision to proceed on leave and the bank’s move to to appoint a chief operating officer to run operations till an enquiry into conflict of interest is completed leaves some questions unanswered. The most important one is about the role of Sandeep Bakshi, who is now the COO. In a report on Tuesday, brokerage Jefferies India has called Bakshi’s appointment as temporary and questioned the board's wisdom to have a three tier structure. “Without second-guessing the ICICI Bank board, we wonder under what circumstances the three-tier structure at the bank might be collapsed to two, as a COO role strikes us as unnecessary in the long term,” Nilanjan Karfa, equity analyst, Jefferies India said. For now, perhaps the board has found a safe middle gro
Love Island contestant left red-faced in X-rated sex tape leak

Love Island contestant left red-faced in X-rated sex tape leak

Entertainment
INSTAGRAM TV HOST: Caroline Flack will present Love Island once more After two years of slowly increasing ratings, this time around ITV2 will have to pull out all the stops as expectations have never been higher.However, initial reaction to the first batch of Love Island 2018 contestants has been mixed.In a bid to make the show as family friendly as possible, rumours claimed producers were considering ordering this year's hopefuls to tone down their sexual antics.Meanwhile, Allen Scott from internet security giant McAfee warned the class of 2018 that as soon as they take part in the show they are increasing their chances of being hacked. ITV 2018 BATCH: Love Is...
Advisors not up to speed on blockchain technology will get left behind: Experts

Advisors not up to speed on blockchain technology will get left behind: Experts

Finance
If you're a financial advisor, chances are you're not using blockchain technology and not even sure how to define it.But you could be missing one of the biggest developments poised to disrupt the entire financial services industry, according to some financial experts.Blockchain technology was developed to serve as the backbone for the bitcoin cryptocurrency.But the blockchain is rapidly gaining popularity as people realize its value as a mechanism for executing transactions without the oversight of a third party or central bank, said Magdalena Ramada, senior economist at Willis Towers Watson, in a presentation at the Technology Tools for Today Advisor Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.The blockchain is defined as a digital distributed ledger, or registry of information, according to R...