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Antarctica discovery changes alien search

BACTERIA discovered in the icy continent of Antarctica is set to change the way humanity looks for alien life on other planets. To date, our search for habitable worlds which could host alien life has been guided by what we know about life-conducive conditions on Earth. But in a new …

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Bitcoin makes modest debut on futures market

The first-even bitcoin future began trading Sunday as the increasingly popular virtual currency made its debut on a major US exchange. The futures contract that expires in January rose $340 from $15,460 to $15,800 in the first hour and 15 minutes of trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. The …

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Optus ‘misled’ 8700 NBN users

AUSTRALIA’S second largest internet provider will be forced to compensate more than 8700 customers after charging them for download speeds they could not possibly receive over the National Broadband Network. In more than 370 cases, Optus slugged users for the fastest available NBN download speeds, of 100 megabits per second, …

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US ‘will lose the next war’

THE world is looking bleak. From the nuclear bluster of North Korea, China’s relentless power creep in Asia and Russia’s covert invasion of Ukraine, the international situation is as dire as at any time during the Cold War. So is the world’s self-proclaimed ‘policeman’, the United States, up to the …

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$11 billion spent in jet fighter spending spree

QATAR has signed a multibillion-dollar deal to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from Britain amid the worst political crisis in the region for years. The $10.6 billion deal was signed in Doha by Qatar’s Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah and his British counterpart Gavin Williamson. Mr Williamson said it was …

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Apple Just Gave a Private Demo of Its Latest Self-Driving Tech

At a private workshop held this week for AI researchers, Apple researchers gave a rare glimpse of some machine learning technology they’re building for self-driving cars. Speaking to an exclusive audience of researchers in the field, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Apple’s director of AI, discussed several projects apparently related to automated driving. …

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Small Aussie town with a ‘plague’ of bats

Frustrated Charters Towers residents took to the streets over the weekend in a march against the current management of flying foxes. Residents marched down Gill Street demanding management assistance with multiple public spaces closed while hundreds of thousands of bats have taken over the town. Charters Towers Mayor Liz Schmidt …

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