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Everest: Three more die amid overcrowding near summit

Everest: Three more die amid overcrowding near summit

Science
Three more climbers have died on Mount Everest, taking the death toll to seven in a week - more than the total for the whole of last year.The three died of exhaustion while descending on Thursday.It comes amid traffic jams near the summit as record numbers make the ascent, despite calls to limit the number of climbing permits.Nepal has issued 381 permits at $ 11,000 (£8,600) each for the spring climbing season at the world's highest peak. Two Indian climbers - Kalpana Das, 52, and Nihal Bagwan, 27 - died while scaling back down the mountain on Thursday. Local tour organiser Keshav Paudel told AFP news agency that Bagwan had been "stuck in the traffic for more than 12 hours and was exhausted".A 65-year-old Austrian climber died on

Facebook: Another three billion fake profiles culled

Technology
Facebook has published its latest "enforcement report", which details how many posts and accounts it took action on between October 2018 and March 2019.During that six-month period, Facebook removed more than three billion fake accounts - more than ever before.More than seven million "hate speech" posts were removed, also a record high.For the first time, Facebook also reported how many deleted posts were appealed, and how many were put back online after review.In a call with reporters on Thursday, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg hit back against numerous calls to break up Facebook, arguing its size made it possible to defend against the network's problems."I don't think that the remedy of breaking up the company is going to addr...
Three exocomets found around star located 63 light-years away

Three exocomets found around star located 63 light-years away

Science
May 22 (UPI) -- Astronomers have discovered a trio of exocomets circling Beta Pictoris, a star located 63 light-years from Earth. The discovery was made possible by NASA's newest planet-hunter, TESS. Though the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite was designed to locate exoplanets, its instrumentation provides spectral data precise enough to pick out the transits of faraway comets. While studying the Beta Pictoris light curve observed by TESS, scientists recognized the signatures of three comets. "The data showed a significant decrease in the intensity of the light of the observed star," Sebastian Zieba and Konstanze Zwintz, researchers at the Institute of Astro and Particle Physics at the University of Innsbruck, explained in a news release. "These variations due to darkening by an obj...
Jennifer Hudson QUITS The Voice after three years: ‘It wasn’t an easy decision’

Jennifer Hudson QUITS The Voice after three years: ‘It wasn’t an easy decision’

Entertainment
The singer, 37, was offered a big-money deal to return to the panel but has said she is too busy.An insider told us: “Jennifer has absolutely loved her time on The Voice but she’s decided not to return.“It wasn’t an easy decision. She would love to continue doing the show. But she has a lot on and something had to give. “She quit the American version last year and now she’s had to walk away from the UK series too.”Being a coach on The Voice has made Jennifer one of TV’s most popular stars. FAME: Being a coach on The Voice has made Jennifer one of TV’s most popular stars. (Pic: Getty) But last month she admitted her future on the show was in doubt.The star is a mum to son David, nine, and has a string of music and film projects on the go. She said: “This year has been challenging. I
K-pop girl group Twice announces three U.S. shows

K-pop girl group Twice announces three U.S. shows

Entertainment
May 1 (UPI) -- South Korean girl group Twice on Wednesday announced three U.S. performance dates. The K-pop group's Twicelights world tour will include stops July 17 at The Forum in Los Angeles, July 21 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and July 23 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. "TWICE WORLD TOUR 2019 'TWICELIGHTS' IN LOS ANGELES 2019.07.17 WED 7:30PM (PDT) @ The Forum #TWICE #TWICEWORLDTOUR2019 #TWICELIGHTS," the band posted on Twitter.. Twice shared plans for the world tour in April. The tour is in support of the group's new album, Fancy You, and kicks off May 25 in Seoul. Twice released Fancy You and a music video for "Fancy" on April 22. The "Fancy" video shows Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung and Tzuyu against a number of colorful backdrops. ...