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Scientists sound alarm over radiation in crucial Middle East water source

Scientists sound alarm over radiation in crucial Middle East water source

Technology
This is an Inside Science story. People in Egypt's western desert are drinking groundwater with naturally high levels of radium, a radioactive element, according to research presented last week at the American Geophysical Union meeting in Washington. Experts disagree on the cancer-related health risks, but babies who rely on the most radioactive wells could get more than 100 times the maximum levels recommended by the World Health Organization for long-term exposure from drinking water, according to the researchers. Many communities across the Middle East and northern Africa are likely also using water with elevated levels of radiation. Identifying the danger Most people in Egypt get their water from the Nile River. But in the adjacent deserts and the Sinai Peninsula, people rely inste...
YouTube blackout in middle of England match

YouTube blackout in middle of England match

Technology
US viewers watching the England v Croatia football World Cup semi-final on YouTube TV were left frustrated when the service went down in the middle of the match.The outage also disrupted viewing of a men's quarter-final match at Wimbledon.YouTube apologised, acknowledging "the timing is horrible". Service was resumed half an hour later, the firm said.Fans vented their annoyance on social media.It is not the first time the service has gone down at a crucial moment. In May it blacked out during a key NBA (National Basketball Association) match.In a tweet announcing the service was back, YouTube said it "understood the frustration".Google launched YouTube TV in April 2017, offering access to more than 50 traditional broadcast and ca...
Ahead of earnings, Weatherford sells off Middle East rigs

Ahead of earnings, Weatherford sells off Middle East rigs

Business
July 12 (UPI) -- Ahead of its second quarter earnings report, drilling services company Weatherford said it sold off Middle East assets for $ 287.5 million. A regional subsidiary of Weatherford International sold off its drilling operations in Algeria, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, along with two idled land rigs in Iraq, to regional services provider ADES International Holding for $ 287.5 million. Through the agreement, ADES more than doubles its payroll count and adds 31 rigs and related contracts to its portfolio. "This landmark transaction significantly expands ADES' total fleet and more than doubles its operational fleet, in line with our strategy of executing smart acquisitions, alongside building our backlog and participation in tenders," ADES CEO Mohamed Farouk said in a statement. ADE...
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders, Arkansas State Red Wolves meet in Camellia Bowl

Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders, Arkansas State Red Wolves meet in Camellia Bowl

Sports
The last time Middle Tennessee State played Arkansas State was five years ago when they were both in the Sun Belt and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was involved. That was the last season Malzahn spent as Arkansas State's head coach. He led the Red Wolves to a 45-0 win over Middle Tennessee State in a game that clinched the Sun Belt title. The former rivals meet again in the Camellia Bowl on Saturday at Montgomery, Ala. Middle Tennessee State (6-6) is now in Conference USA while Arkansas State (7-4) remains a Sun Belt power. Middle Tennessee State, which went to the Hawaii Bowl last season and the Bahamas Bowl in 2015, is in closer proximity to its bowl this time. The site of the game is less than 300 miles from Middle Tennessee State's campus at Murfreesboro, Tenn. "Our students, our fans, we h...
France to ban mobile phones in primary, middle schools starting in September 2018

France to ban mobile phones in primary, middle schools starting in September 2018

World
Banning cellphones in French schools was one of the promises made by Emmanuel Macron during his campaign to become president of France last spring. Six months after he won the election, the French president and his government are trying to enact the new measure for the start of the next school year in September 2018. Last Sunday, French education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer discussed the issue on French radio station RTL radio. "We are working on this issue, and it can take different forms," Blanquer said. "You may need a mobile phone, for example, for educational purposes, for emergency situations, so perhaps the phones can be confined somewhere inside the school." The measure will apply to all French students from the time they start school at age of six, up to roughly 15 years of ...