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    Cruise ship runs aground and capsizes - A 290m (950ft) long cruise ship, the Costa Concordia with about 4,000 passengers and crew on board runs aground and capsizes near the island of Giglio off the coast of Italy. Passengers were enjoying their first dinner on board after leaving Civitavecchia port near Rome for a Mediterranean cruise. Early reports are of 8 people being lost but helicopters are still evacuating people. Collision of Costa Concordia 11 The Costa Concordia Warner hits 5th fastest test century - Australian left-hander batsman David Warner hits the 5th fastest test century in the first day of the test against India. He reached his second test century in just 69 balls. Faster test centuries are: Viv Richards, West Indies v England, St John's 1986 - 56 balls Adam Gilchrist, Australia v England, Perth 2006 - 57 balls Jack Gregory, Australia v South Africa, Johannesburg 1921 -67 balls Shivnarine Chanderpaul, West Indies v Australia, Georgetown 2003 - 69 balls David Warner, Australia v India, Perth 2012 - 69 balls Warner_playing_for_AustraliaDavid Warner IBM get a "bit" better - Researchers from IBM successfully store a single data bit in only 12 atoms - currently it takes about a million atoms to store a bit on a modern hard-disk, so they believe this is the world's smallest magnetic memory bit. The groups of atoms were arranged using a scanning tunnelling microscope which means the density of data on hard drives can be increased but below 12 atoms the researchers found that the bits randomly lost information, owing to quantum effects. Facebook launch music sharing button - Facebook launch a new 'listen with' button which appears when a person is listening to Spotify, Rdio or another music streaming service below the update in the news feed, allowing others to listen to the same thing at the same time. The catch is that your friend needs to have an account with the same service to ‘tune in’ simultaneously.

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    Rolling stone gathers no moon dust - NASA release an image of a rock that rolled down a slope in the Schiller crater on the moon between 50 and 100 million years ago leaving behind a clear track. It is likely the boulder was dislodged by a meteorite strike or a nearby impact. MOON-BOULDER-ROLL Don't hit the return key too hard - Dutch computer experts Erik de Nijs and Tim Smit create a prototype pair of jeans with a built-in keyboard, mouse and speakers, allowing the wearer to remain connected to their computer through a wireless USB dongle. The designers call the trousers "beauty and the geek" and will cost around £250 if they go into production. Beauty and the geek trousers Keeper killed by lion in SA - A zoo keeper who had worked at Johannesburg Zoo for nearly 40 years is killed by one of the lions he looked after. Joe Ramonetha, 63, had recently come out of retirement to continue working at the zoo was killed by a 10-year-old female white lion named Nyanga, meaning "witch doctor", after it appears a gate was left open as he prepared the animals' food.

  • Jul 2012
  • July 4, 2012

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    Higgs boson: scientists 99.999% sure 'God Particle' has been found - The historic announcement came in a progress report from the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator. Professor John Womersley, chief executive of the Science and technology Facilities Council, told reporters at a briefing in London: "They have discovered a particle consistent with the Higgs boson. "Discovery is the important word. That is confirmed. It's a momentous day for science." Scientists say it is a 5 sigma result which means they are 99.999% sure they have found a new particle. Finding the Higgs plugs a gaping hole in the Standard Model, the theory that describes all the particles, forces and interactions that make up the universe. [Daily Telegraph] Prof Stephen Hawking said Prof Higgs deserved a Nobel Prize for his work, but admitted the discovery of the new particle had come at a cost. He said: “I had a bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that the Higgs particle wouldn’t be found. It seems I have just lost $100.” [Daily Telegraph] CMS_detector_LHC_CERN The CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider Tom Cruise to file rival divorce case against Katie Holmes - Tom Cruise will file a rival divorce case against Katie Holmes, his lawyer has said, adding that they were letting the "other side play the media until they wear everyone out". Bret Fields told BBC Radio 1 that for the moment Cruise's camp is content to let Holmes have the spotlight. "We are letting 'the other side' (Katie and her team), play the media until they wear everyone out and then we'll have something to say," he said. "Tactically we can't say where Tom will file a divorce case and if he'll be seeking joint custody of [daughter] Suri." Tom_Cruise_&_Katie_HolmesTom Cruise with Katie Holmes in 2009

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    Royal pregnancy: Hoax call fools Duchess of Cambridge hospital - The hospital treating the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge says it "deeply regrets" giving information about her to hoax callers from a radio station. Australian DJs posing as the Queen and Prince Charles got details from a nurse at King Edward VII hospital in central London. The hospital said confidentiality was taken seriously and telephone protocols are under review. 2Day FM said it was surprised to be put through but "sincerely apologises". [BBC] Duchess of Cambridge - 2012Duchess of Cambridge Frankie Dettori banned for six months after failing drugs test - Jockey Frankie Dettori has been given a six-month ban from racing after failing a drugs test in France. The 41-year-old, who has more than 3,000 career wins, tested positive for a banned substance on 16 September 2012. The suspension imposed by French racing authority France Galop will run until 19 May 2013, and will apply worldwide for the three-time champion jockey. [BBC] Frankie-DettoriFrankie Dettori

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  • February 14th 2013

    Oscar Pistorius charged with murder - Oscar Pistorius the South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete is arrested and charged with the murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his apartment in Pretoria, South Africa. Police said Steenkamp had been shot 4 times and died at the scene. A 9mm pistol has been recovered. Oscar_PistoriusOscar Pistorius competing Apple gives cider shop a bad name - A family run shop In Norfolk, England that sells cider is forced to change its name after 20 years because it is called The Apple Shop. Geoff Fisher, who runs the Wroxham Barns shop said it received up to 24 calls a week from people wanting them to fix broken Apple devices. From Easter The Apple Shop will be known as The Norfolk Cider Shop instead. Sesame Street hits 1 billion YouTube views - The Sesame Street channel should today pass 1 billion views on YouTube, the first time a a non-profit channel has achieved this on YouTube. The channel is posting a new video featuring the character Telly Monster, urging viewers to click the show past the final 20 million views and unlock a "top secret video." Sesame_Street_logo Trending - Oscar Pistorius #CandyHeartRejects - alternative candy sweet messages

  • February 15th 2013

    Huge meteor strikes Russia - A meteor crashes near Chelabinsk a city in the Urals, Russia injuring around 1,000 people. The meteoroid – estimated to be about 20 metres in diameter – entered the Earth's atmosphere at a speed of at least a speed of 19 kilometres per second or 42,900 mph, producing a sonic boom. It shattered above the ground, showering Chelyabinsk with debris. It is the largest known natural object to have entered Earth's atmosphere since the 1908 and the only meteor known to have resulted in casualties. Chelyabinsk_meteor_trace iMac, iPad and now a Blue Peter Badge - Sir Jonathan Ive, Apple's senior vice president of industrial design, is given a special gold Blue Peter badge in a special edition of the children's programme that has been running on the BBC since 1958. Blue-Peter-BadgeThe original Blue Peter Badge Jonathan-IveSir Jonathan Ive Burglar spooked by giant rabbit - A burglar fled a family home in the middle of the night in Plymouth, Devon after encountering their giant pet rabbit. The 4.5kg, two-feet long pet called Toby began stamping loudly on the floor apparently panicking the thief who still managed to keep hold of a laptop and iPad. Samsung look like entering the smart watch battle - Leaked images appear to show Samsung is working on a smart watch called the 'Galaxy Altius' in a bid to compete with Apple who are expected to release an "iWatch" soon. The pictures suggest that the Altius runs a modified version of the Google Android operating system. Trending - #RussianMeteor #метеорит - Rare that Russian text trends on Twitter. This means meteorite.

  • February 17th 2013

    Buddha's not for sale in Iran - Iran bans Buddha statues from being sold in Tehran to stop religion being promoted in the country calling the Buddha statues symbols of 'cultural invasion.' In the past Barbie dolls and characters from The Simpsons have been banned in Iran. An interpretation of Islamic law bans the depiction of the human form in art. Sandhurst renames hall after Bahrain King - The British army officers training facility Sandhurst controversially renames Mons Hall to the King Hamad Hall after the King of Bahrain gave £3 million towards its refurbishment. Mons Hall was named in memory of a 1914 battle when 1,600 British soldiers were killed. An accommodation block at the Royal Military Academy has also been named after the first president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following a £15 million donation from the country. New College Royal Military Academy SandhurstSandhurst Boko Haram takes foreign hostages in Nigeria - Terrorist group Boko Haram attack a construction company at Jama'are in north Nigeria killing a security guard and abducting 7 foreign workers. The site is run by Setraco who is building a major road in the area. Boko Haram wants to impose Sharia (Islamic law) across Nigeria. Trending - #WaysToMakeMeMad #HappyBirthdayBillieJoeArmstrong - Green Day's guitarist's birthday Billy-Joe-ArmstrongBilly Joe Armstrong

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    Mars doughnut rock mystery solved - Pictures from Mars taken by the Mars Rover last month showing a piece of white-rimmed and red-centred rock that appeared seemingly from nowhere, is explained by NASA. It turns out the Mars Rover, Opportunity drove over a larger rock, a doughnut shaped piece broke off and appeared in the later picture. The rock (called Pinnacle Island) contains high levels of manganese and sulphur, providing further reason to believe there could be water on Mars. JellyDonutRock_opportunity_1171 Before and after images of the area. Are you Gender Questioning? No problem - Facebook users can now choose up to 50 gender options when they sign up to an account in the US from "agender" and "two-spirit". The fifty options are shown below. Indonesian volcano erupts - The Kelud volcano on the island of Java in Indonesia starts to erupt spewing ash over an area of 500 km in diameter forcing 76,000 inhabitants to evacuate their homes. In 1919 an eruption killed around 5,000 people but no casualties were reported this time. Kelud_eruptionAsh falling in Yogyakarta Order it, eat it but don't photograph it - Two Michelin-starred chefs are trying to stop customers taking photographs of their food in France. Gilles Goujon, who runs the three-starred L'Auberge du vieux puits restaurant in Fontjoncouse believes it is poor etiquette to take photos of food and every time his creations appear on social networks and says it "takes away a little bit of my intellectual property". Alexandre Gauthier of the Grenouillere restaurant in the town of La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil in north France has added a no-camera logo on his menus. Trending - Happy Valentines Day - of course #PrayForKelud - see volcano story above Facebook gender options - Agender Androgyne Androgynes Androgynous Bigender Cis Cis Female Cis Male Cis Man Cis Woman Cisgender Cisgender Female Cisgender Male Cisgender Man Cisgender Woman Female to Male FTM Gender Fluid Gender Nonconforming Gender Questioning Gender Variant Genderqueer Intersex Male to Female MTF Neither Neutrois Non-binary Other Pangender Trans Trans Female Trans Male Trans Man Trans Person Trans*Female Trans*Male Trans*Man Trans*Person Trans*Woman Transexual Transexual Female Transexual Male Transexual Man Transexual Person Transexual Woman Transgender Female Transgender Person Transmasculine Two-spirit

  • February 15th 2014

    US gets D-minus for science - A study by the National Science Foundation in the US finds that over a quarter of Americans do not know the Earth circles the Sun. 2,200 people were asked nine factual questions about physical and biological science, with the average score being just 5.8 correct answers. Only 48 per cent of those interviewed are aware that humans evolved from earlier species of animals. 21-year-old pole-vault record beaten - Renaud Lavillenie the French pole-vaulter sets a new world record with a height of 6.16 metres (20 ft 2 1⁄2 in) Donetsk, Ukraine finally breaking the record set by Russia's Sergey Bubka 21 years previously set on 21 February 1993 also in Donetsk. Men_pole_vault_steeple_French_Athletics_Championships_2013_t173743Renaud Lavillenie Tom Perkins new voting system idea - Outspoken Tom Perkins says the rich should be given more votes than the less well off and those who pay no tax should not have a vote at all. He went further at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco to say “What I really think is it should be like a corporation, if you pay a million dollars in taxes you get a million votes.” Tom-PerkinsTom Perkins Skier breaks her back at Olympics - Maria Komissarova, one of Russia's ski cross competitor breaks her spine during training at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. She sustained a fractured vertebrae with a dislocation and was transported to a hospital close to Rosa Khutor Extreme Park where she underwent an emergency six-and-a-half hour operation. Trending - Ellen Page - The Inception actress reveals she is a lesbian Ellen_PageEllen Page

  • February 17th 2014

    Jailed for bad choice of film - A South Carolina woman is held overnight in jail after the Sheriff’s office in Pickens County discovered there was a warrant for her arrest for not returning a video she had rented nine-years previously. Kayla Finley had rented the 2005 film Monster in Law starring Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez and the video store owner had filed a complaint when she failed to return it. Finley was bailed for $2,000. Jennifer-Lopez-in-2004Jennifer Lopez in 2004 Self-hijacking to Switzerland - Hailemedehin Abera Tagegn the co-pilot of a plane flying from Addis Ababa to Rome hijacks his own plane and flies it to Geneva, Switzerland. He shut the pilot out of the cockpit, told air traffic control that he had a problem and needed to fill up with jet-fuel in Switzerland. He set off a distress signal indicating the plane was hijacked, before saying he had engine trouble. A few minutes after landing at the Swiss airport, he climbed down a rope he had thrown out of the cockpit window and gave himself up to authorities. Jimmy Fallon takes over from Jay Leno in the Tonight Show. Leno has been in the interviewers chair since May 1992. Jimmy_FallonJimmy Fallon Flappy Bird impersonators blocked - Despite Flappy Birds no longer being available on the iStore or Google Play Apple and Google are apparently rejecting new apps with the word 'Flappy' in the title, following a glut of copycat Flappy Bird games. Flappy Bird was developed by Vietnam-based developer Nguyễn Hà Đông but he removed it because he felt guilty about its addictive nature and overuse.

  • February 20th 2014

    Earthquake stirs the west country - An earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale strikes the Bristol Channel off the west coast of England the strongest to hit Britain in six years. The last significant earthquake was on February 27, 2008 at Market Rasen in Lincolnshire, measuring 5.2. Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19 billion - Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook buys messaging service WhatsApp for around $19 billion. The deal consists of Facebook shares worth $12billion for the purchase and another $3billion of restricted stocks as a windfall for WhatsApp’s co-founders and their 50 employees. About 450m people around the world use the instant messaging service each month. Mark_ZuckerberMark Zuckerberg Kiev protesters shot by snipers - Protesters against the Russian backed government in Ukraine have been killed by police snipers in Maidan Square in Kiev in the deadliest day of the protest so far. At least 77 people have been killed in the last three days, and another 577 were injured. Ice hazard from above - Daggers of ice have been falling from the new 1,776 feet high 1 World Trade Center in New York, the USA's tallest building at 1,776 feet high. Several streets around the nation's tallest building were closedwhen wind-blown sheets of ice hit the pavement near the building. One-World-Trade-Center1 World Trade Center Trending - #NotersTimelineParty #WhatsApp

  • February 21st 2014

    Dodgy ice maiden - Over 1.7 million people have signed a Change.org petition to get an investigation into the judges decision in the women's figure skating competition in the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Russian 17 year-old Adelina Sotnikova won the medal to the surprise of commentators and another Russian, Yulia Lipnitskaya, fell several times but beat American Ashley Wagner, who did not fall. Chris Moyles claims to be a car dealer for tax reasons - Former BBC radio DJ Chris Moyles claimed to be a second-hand car dealer in a failed attempt to avoid paying £400,000 tax on £1 million by using a scheme that attracted other high earners. Chris-MoylesChris Moyles Stockbroker sues film-makers for making him look bad - Former Wall Street stockbroker Andrew Greene is sueing the producers of The Wolf of Wall Street for $25m (£15m) claiming he has been depicted as a "depraved" drug-fuelled criminal by the character Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff in the film. Trending - #ColombiaUsaHuaweiAscendP6 #forevernoters

  • Mar 2014
  • March 8th 2014

    Air Malaysia flight goes missing - An Air Malaysia aircraft flight MH370 with 239 people on board has gone missing after taking off from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing. No distress messages were received and no sign of the plane has been found. Brian O'Driscoll almost bows out - Rugby Union's Irish captain Brian O'Driscoll makes his final match in Ireland's 46-7 win over Italy. It was his 140th cap making him the most capped international rugby player of all time. Brian_O'DriscollBrian O'Driscoll Bitcoin "inventor" denies it - Dorian S Nakamoto, the Japanese-American man named as Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto, has denied any link to the digital currency despite being named as such by Newsweek earlier this week. Boko Haam on the rise in Nigeria - Boko Haram has killed over 130 people in Nigeria in the last week and is believed to be responsible for killing at least 1,300 people in the past two months. The sect claims ties to al-Qaida and has ambitions to impose sharia law on Nigeria's 170 million people. Actor Jimmy Ellis dies - The actor Jimmy Ellis who played the role of Bert Lynch in the popular police drama Z-cars died early yesterday at the age of 82 following a stroke.

  • Jul 2014
  • July 5th 2014

    Petra Kvitova wins Wimbledon Ladies title - Czech Petra Kvitova beats Canadian Eugenie Bouchard to win the Wimbledon Ladies singles title in just 55 minutes 6-3 6-0. Petra_Kvitova>Petra Kvitova Eugenie_BouchardEugenie Bouchard Sexy tennis dress sold for £15,000 - Items featured in the 1970s Tennis Girl poster that sold over 2 million copies have been auctioned for £15,000. The tennis racquet from the photo, the dress, a 1979 poster and a 1980s limited edition canvas print had a guide price of just £2,000. The picture of Fiona Butler lifting her tennis dress to reveal her bare bottom was taken by her then boyfriend Martin Elliot at Birmingham University in 1976 and sold by Athena.

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    Alfredo Di Stefano dies - Alfredo Di Stefano, regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time, dies aged 88. The Real Madrid legend was honorary president of the club and with them the forward won five straight European Cups (the predecessor to the Champions League), scoring in every final between 1956 and 1960. He played international football for Spain and Argentina, twice managed Real Madrid and had the nickname "Saeta rubia" ("blonde arrow"). Distefano_1958Alfredo Di Stefano Trending - #NEDvsCRC - Netherlands defeat Costa Rica on penalties in World Cup quarter finals (Final score 0-0)

  • July 7th 2014

    Le Shuttle est terminée - A Channel tunnel "Le Shuttle" train carrying cars with 382 passengers on board stopped in the tunnel while travelling from the Ashford Terminal in Kent to Calais, France. The evacuated passengers had to enter central pedestrian tunnel before boarding a train that had come from Calais in the other main tunnel. A fault in the overhead power cables was to blame. 256px-Course_Channeltunnel_en.svg Sony question FIFA Qatar decision - One of FIFA's main sponsors, Sony, have asked football's governing body to carry out an "appropriate investigation" into the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. The announcement that Qatar was to hold the tournament was made in 2007. 2014_FIFA_Announcement_(Joseph_Blatter)_Sepp Blatter at the 2014 FIFA Announcement in 2007 BA requires battery backup - British Airways has stepped up boarding security measures by issuing a notice that mobile phones and other electrical devices that cannot be switched on to prove they are not carry explosives will be confiscated. Passengers whose devices run out of power during a stopover may be bumped from their flight. Kidnapped Nigerian women escape - Over 60 Nigerian women and girls from a group of over 250 abducted by Boko Haram extremists in Chibok, Nigeria have escaped their captors. The women were kidnapped on April 15th 2015 and Boko Haram is demanding the release of some of their imprisoned fighters for the Chibok women but Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has refused to consider a prisoner exchange. Goodluck_Jonathan_World_Economic_Forum_2013Goodluck Jonathan Trending - #HarryDontLickAnything #5YearsOfOneTime #HappyBirthdayAshtonIrwin

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  • September 18th 2014

    256px-Scottish_and_British_flags Scottish referendum takes place - Scotland independence referendum takes place with the result looking very uncertain. Tennis player Andy Murray used Twitter to back the Yes vote along with actor Sean Connery. Those backing the No vote and wanting Scotland to remain part of the UK include Sir Paul McCartney, Sting, Mick Jagger, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, comedian Eddie Izzard, actresses Helena Bonham-Carter and Dame Judi Dench, Simon Cowell, and Stephen Hawking all of whom signed a letter urging Scotland to stay in the union. The result will be known tomorrow. Andy-Murray-independence-tweetAndy Murray tweet. Ig Nobel prizes announced - The annual Ig Nobel prizes awarded by the Annals of Improbable Research have picked out some classic scientific investigations again. Researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels, why pork strips appear to stop nosebleeds, and how reindeer react to humans in polar bear suits were among the winners. Banane-A-05_cropped Brazil's Ronaldo challenges Spain's Nadal to poker match - Brazilian football World Cup winner Ronaldo challenges Rafael Nadal to a live head-to-head poker match and the Spanish tennis champion has accepted the duel with the game scheduled to take place on November 6 in London. The last time the two met in a poker tournament £79,000 was raised for charity at the European Poker Tour Prague Charity Challenge. 256px-Ronaldo-14-05-2013 R&A Golf Club to accept women members - The Royal and Ancient Golf Club in Scotland votes to allow female members to the club for the first time in 260 years. Women have been allowed to play the courses at St Andrews but not be members. The first members will be announced next year. Trending - #WhenIHearAmnesia iOS 8 [or] iOS 8.0

  • September 22nd 2014

    Bell baits Bieber again - The Justin Bieber vs Drake Bell fans battle moved up a gear today with Bell baiting one of Justin's fans on Instagram with 'You [sic] idol doesn't even do anything but cause trouble anymore. No music no movies he's just an idiot'. This one will run. Drake_Bell_croppedDrake Bell And the coolest brand is... - Apple has been named the coolest brand in the UK for the third year running while Netflix broke into the Top 20 for the first time securing 10th place. The results are from a poll of over 2,000 British consumers and opinion including musicians Ella Eyre and models Jodie Kidd and Sophie Dahl. Ella_Eyre_2014Ella Eyre iPhone 6 sells fast - Just to emphasise their official cool status Apple sold more than 10m of its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones in the first three days of their release, surpassing its own forecasts and setting a new record for the American technology. Burberry's big following - Fashion house Burberry is the leading FTSE 100 company in the Twitter follower lists with over 3 million followers ahead of Coca Cola (2.6m) and Marks and Spencers (0.5m). Some of the less well known companies have a single Twitter follower. Trending - #ThoseThreeWords #TagMyCRUSH

  • September 29th 2014

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    Max Verstappen: Teenager to drive in practice at Japanese Grand Prix - Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver ever to take part in a grand prix weekend when he drives in first practice in Japan on Friday. The Dutchman, who is 17 on Tuesday, is making his debut for the Toro Rosso team, for whom he will race in 2015. He will drive Jean-Eric Vergne's car in preparation for next season when he replaces the French driver. "To be already participating in a practice session is a dream come true," Verstappen said. [BBC] Max_VerstappenMax Verstappen CIA Starbucks is the weirdest Starbucks - Nestled in the heart of CIA's high security Langley, Virginia headquarters is a branch of Starbucks. Its day-to-day operation runs a little different to that of a mall-based coffee shop however, for starters, baristas aren't allowed to write customers' names on their cups. Such is the level of secrecy at the agency that receipts for the café simply say "Store Number 1", with staff affectionately calling it "Stealthy Starbucks". There are no frequent customer reward cards – officials fear the data they contain could be mined by marketers and compromise undercover agents' identity – and baristas have to go through thorough background checks before starting and be escorted on and off the work area by "minders". [The Independent]

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    1 Spain Jaime Alguersuari 19 years, 125 days 15th 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix
    2 New Zealand Mike Thackwell 19 years, 182 days Ret 1980 Canadian Grand Prix
    3 Mexico Ricardo Rodriguez 19 years, 208 days Ret 1961 Italian Grand Prix
    4 Spain Fernando Alonso 19 years, 218 days 12th 2001 Australian Grand Prix
    5 Argentina Esteban Tuero 19 years, 320 days Ret 1998 Australian Grand Prix
    6 New Zealand Chris Amon 19 years, 324 days Ret 1963 Belgian Grand Prix
    Russia Daniil Kvyat 9th 2014 Australian Grand Prix
    8 Germany Sebastian Vettel 19 years, 349 days 8th 2007 United States Grand Prix
    9 United States Eddie Cheever 20 years, 53 days Ret 1978 South African Grand Prix
    United Kingdom Jenson Button Ret 2000 Australian Grand Prix
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  • September 30, 2014

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    George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's wedding cost £8m - George Clooney’s four-day wedding celebrations in Venice, which involved pool-side cocktail parties, dinners in five-star hotels and a lavish wedding reception on the Grand Canal, cost an estimated 10 million euros (£8 million). More than 100 guests, including Hollywood stars such as Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock and Cindy Crawford, converged on the lagoon city for the extravaganza, which began last Friday and culminated on Monday with a civil ceremony in which Mr Clooney and Amal Alamuddin were formally married. The final bill for the spectacle included the cost of Ms Alamuddin’s wedding dress, the first pictures of which emerged on Monday on the covers of People and Hello magazines. [Daily Telegraph] Amal_ClooneyAmal Clooney Microsoft unveils Windows 10 system with Start Menu - Microsoft has disclosed the first details of Windows 10 - its next operating system (OS). The name is a surprise, bearing in mind it represents a jump from the last version - Windows 8. The software will run on a wide range of devices, from phones and tablets to PCs and Xbox games consoles, with applications sold from a single store. It also marks the return of the Start Menu, which had been removed from Windows 8. [BBC] See Video of the Day and List of the Day below. Windows 10 logo Fine-free week for Belgian road hogs - Speeding motorists and road hogs will get off scot free in Belgium this week as the country’s police refuse to levy roadside fines in a protest against increases to their retirement age. Instead of asking drivers to pay up with an on-the-spot fine if they have broken the law, police officers will instead “educate” them about traffic rules and road safety. The protest, by officers opposed to plans to raise the police retirement age to 62, is expected to cost the Belgian government over £5million (€7m) over the next week. [Daily Telegraph]

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    Windows Operating Systems history [from Wikipedia]
    Date Title Architecture
    20 November 1985 Windows 1.0 x86 – 16-bit
    9 December 1987 Windows 2.0 x86 – 16-bit
    27 May 1988 Windows 2.10 x86 – 16-bit
    13 March 1989 Windows 2.11 x86 – 16-bit
    22 May 1990 Windows 3.0 x86 – 16-bit
    20 October 1991 Windows 3.0 with Multimedia Extensions x86 – 16-bit
    6 April 1992 Windows 3.1 x86 – 16-bit
    27 October 1992 Windows for Workgroups 3.1 x86 – 16-bit
    27 July 1993 Windows NT 3.1 IA-32, DEC Alpha, MIPS
    8 November 1993 Windows for Workgroups 3.11 x86 – 16-bit
    21 September 1994 Windows NT 3.5 IA-32, DEC Alpha, MIPS
    30 May 1995 Windows NT 3.51 IA-32, DEC Alpha, MIPS, PowerPC
    24 August 1995 Windows 95 IA-32
    24 August 1996 Windows NT 4.0 IA-32, DEC Alpha, MIPS, PowerPC
    25 June 1998 Windows 98 IA-32
    5 May 1999 Windows 98 SE IA-32
    17 February 2000 Windows 2000 IA-32
    14 September 2000 Windows ME IA-32
    25 October 2001 Windows XP IA-32
    25 October 2001[1] Windows XP 64-Bit Edition (v2002) Itanium
    31 October 2002 Windows XP Media Center Edition IA-32
    28 March 2003[2] Windows XP 64-Bit Edition (v2003) Itanium
    24 April 2003 Windows Server 2003 IA-32, x64, Itanium
    30 September 2003 Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 IA-32
    12 October 2004 Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 IA-32
    25 April 2005 Windows XP Professional x64 Edition x64
    6 December 2005 Windows Server 2003 R2 IA-32, x64, Itanium
    8 July 2006 Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs IA-32
    8 November 2006 Windows Vista for Business use IA-32, x64
    30 January 2007 Windows Vista for Home use; released in fifty countries IA-32, x64
    7 November 2007 Windows Home Server IA-32, x64
    27 February 2008 Windows Server 2008 IA-32, x64
    22 October 2009 Windows 7 IA-32, x64
    22 October 2009 Windows Server 2008 R2 x64
    6 April 2011 Windows Home Server 2011 x64
    4 September 2012 Windows Server 2012 x64
    26 October 2012 Windows 8 IA-32, x64
    26 October 2012 Windows RT ARM
    18 October 2013 Windows 8.1 IA-32, x64
    18 October 2013 Windows RT 8.1 ARM
    18 October 2013 Windows Server 2012 R2 x64

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  • Oct 2014
  • October 10, 2015

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    Malala and Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize - Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner, have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize. At the age of just 17, Malala is the youngest ever recipient of the prize. The teenager was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 for campaigning for girls' education. She now lives in Birmingham in the UK. Malala said she was "honoured" to receive the award, saying it made her feel "more powerful and courageous". She revealed she found out the news after being called out of her chemistry class at her school in Birmingham. [BBC] Malala-YousafzaiMalala Yousafzai Barack Obama gets a job offer at Paltrow fundraiser - A technology entrepreneur has offered President Barack Obama a job for after he leaves the White House. With speculation mounting abut what Mr Obama will do when he exits the presidency Ariel Jalali became the first employer to make an offer of a new post. The offer was made during a fundraising event at actress Gwyneth Paltrow's house in Los Angeles. Paltrow told the crowd she was one of the president's "biggest fans, if not the biggest" and gushed: "You're so handsome that I can't speak properly." [Daily Telegraph] Gwyneth-PaltrowGwyneth Paltrow

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  • October 18, 2014

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    Bulldog puppy thief - Police are hunting thieves who stole one of Britain's rarest and most valuable puppies worth a whopping £16,000 - because it's purple. The cute eight-week old British bulldog puppy called Lila is so valuable because of her lilac colouring. Officers say it was snatched from his breeder by a man who was pretending to buy the puppy. The black man with short afro hair grabbed the pup when the specialist breeder's back was turned and ran out of the home - knocking a female relative to the ground. [Daily Mail] Stolen-Lilac-Puppy Volkswagen to recall over 580,000 cars in China: government - Volkswagen AG told China's quality watchdog that it planned to recall more than 580,000 cars in the country, after the agency launched an investigation in August. Volkswagen AG's joint venture in China, FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co Ltd, will recall 563,605 New Sagitar models produced between May 2011 and May 2014 due to a problem with the rear axle arm of the cars, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement on its website. Volkswagen is also recalling 17,485 imported Beetles due to the same axle problem. [Reuters] Parisian vandals destroy 24ft art sculpture that resembled a 'giant sex toy' after claims it 'humiliated' the city - Vandals today destroyed an art sculpture in central Paris ‘because it looked like a giant sex toy’. Looming above the city's Place Vendome, the 24ft tall piece, created by American artist Paul McCarthy, was meant to look like a green inflatable Christmas tree. But the artwork, simple entitled 'Tree', raised eyebrows in the French capital because of its uncanny resemblance to a certain type of sex toy. Today it was left as a giant pile of deflated plastic after vandals apparently took a number of sharp objects to it overnight. The incident came after claims that it 'humiliated' the French capital. [Daily Mail] See Video of the Day

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  • October 22nd 2014

    Gunman kills soldier in Ottawa - In Ottawa, Canada a gunman kills a soldier at the tomb honouring Canada’s fallen soldiers. The gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, shot corporal Nathan Cirillo before storming into the nearby parliament building on Parliament Hill and exchanging fire with police and security guards. The gunman was shot dead. Two days previously in Quebec two soldiers had been run down by a man in car who was also shot dead. One of the soldiers died the other was injured. Parliament_hill_OttawaParliament Hill U2 album lacklustre launch - U2's new album "Songs of Innocence" comes in at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album was automatically downloaded by everyone who has an Apple iTunes account for free (whether they want it or not) leading to complaints over storage use and an apology from lead singer Bono. BonoBono from U2 I can kill a lion but I can't eat one A study by academics from the Medical University of Vienna in Austria and the University of Bern in Switzerland hypotheses that Roman gladiators had a diet that was mostly vegetarian, according to an analysis of bones from a cemetery where the arena fighters were buried. Trending - #IfICouldTimeTravel #OttawaShooting

  • Nov 2014
  • November 9th 2014

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    Bob Geldof to record Band Aid 30 - Plans are under way to pull together a host of music stars to create the fourth incarnation of the Band Aid charity single. The men behind Do They Know It's Christmas are expected to announce the line-up on Monday for Band Aid 30. Bob Geldof and Midge Ure first gathered a group of musicians together in 1984, raising £8m for famine relief in Ethiopia. Do They Know It's Christmas was recorded again in 1989 and 2004. Geldof and Ure will be hoping to gather some of today's most popular music acts including One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. It is thought the money raised will go towards the fight against Ebola in West Africa. [BBC] Bob-GeldofBob Geldof Bubbles the chimp delayed Jacko and Freddie's duet by nearly 30 years... as he drove the Queen frontman ape - It has been billed as a rare moment in music history – the release of the only song ever recorded by Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson together. The unfinished track, which is going on sale tomorrow, was discovered only by chance after languishing for nearly 30 years at the bottom of a vault – and has been reworked by the surviving members of Mercury’s band Queen. There Must Be More To Life Than This, was never completed back in the 1980s due to the increasingly erratic behaviour of Jackson and the antics of his pet chimp Bubbles. Mercury, then at the height of his powers as a performing artist, complained that Bubbles was a bizarre distraction because Jackson insisted on bringing the animal into the studio and asking for its views on their singing. The Queen frontman, who was famed for his tempestuous nature, finally stormed out of the recording after telling friends: ‘I’m not performing with a f****** chimp sitting next to me each night.’ [Daily Mail] Freddie Mercury performing in New Haven, CT, November 1978

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  • November 12, 2014

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    Ecstatic reaction as Rosetta spacecraft mission lands on comet - The Rosetta spaceship, which was launched in 2004, has landed on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in a mission which could reveal the origins of life on Earth. The spacecraft's thrusters failed to work during the mission prompting fears that the lander could simply bounce off the comet and back into space. But the Philae landing craft managed to land safely. The small probe took pictures as it descended as well as monitored chemical levels. The European Space Agency's ground-breaking £1 billion mission to chase, orbit, and execute a soft landing on a moving comet has been called one of the most extraordinary achievements in space history. [Daily Telegraph] See Video of the Day Artist's impression of the Philae landerArtist's impression of the Philae lander

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  • November 14, 2014

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    Comet probe Philae shuts down, but not before transmitting valuable secrets - Controllers have powered down the comet probe Philae after its batteries fell to dangeously-low levels - though the craft still managed to transmit reams of crucial data. The comet probe Philae appears to have reached the end of its historic mission after its batteries ran out of power, but only after it managed to transmit a treasure-trove of scientific data back to Earth. Mission controllers put the European Space Agency (ESA) lander to sleep after the power in its solar-powered batteries fell to dangerously low levels following its landing at a spot in the shadow of a crater wall, shrouded in darkness. An ESA blog post said: “Philae has fallen into ‘idle mode’ – a possibly long silence. In this mode, all instruments and most systems on board are shut down.” [Daily Telegraph] Rik Mayall 'Bottom' bench unveiled in Hammersmith - A street bench like one that featured in the BBC sitcom Bottom has been officially unveiled in memory of comedy legend Rik Mayall. It followed an online campaign by more than 7,000 of his fans. Mayall, who starred in a string of TV comedies, said before his death, aged 56, in June that he had been saddened by the removal of the bench. It had appeared in the opening credits of Bottom, in which he starred with Adrian Edmondson. [Daily Telegraph] Rik_Mayall_obit Rik Mayall Unofficial_blue_plaque_to_Rik_Mayall_taken_in_Hammersmith,_London_June_2014

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  • November 24th 2014

    Sony hit by "Guardians of Peace" hack - Sony Pictures Entertainment is targeted by computer hackers in an attack when a skull appeared on computer screens with the hashtag #GOP (Guardians of Peace - a hackers group) along with a message threatening to release data "secrets" if undisclosed demands were not met. Sony have shut down it's corporate network to resolve the issue. Russian caught defacing Colosseum - A Russian man has been fined €20,000 (£15,800) for carving his initial into the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. The tourist used a stone to carve a 25cm “K” into a wall inside the amphitheatre and was caught in the act by a guard and arrested by police, before being fined and given a four-month suspended prison sentence. Colosseum_in_Rome,_Italy_ The Colosseum First £1 million Lucozade bottle? - Tommy Rose who has already made £14,000 in a black-market tuck-shop business is about to sell a single bottle of Lucozade for more than £1 million on eBay despite criticism from his head teacher. The 15 year old from Buile Hill High School in Salford faces suspension for his black market enterprise but he is now offering a soft drinks bottle bearing his signature for sale on eBay and the current top bid is £1,000,100 with bidding due to end in less than 24 hours. Trending - #MTVStars #AMAs2014

  • November 26, 2015

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    Angelina Jolie: Ed Miliband's mansion tax 'could put me off' buying home in UK - Angelina Jolie said she would like to move to England but Labour's proposed mansion tax could put her off. The actress addressed rumours that she was looking at properties around London and had recently viewed a £25 million Marylebone penthouse close to the Chiltern Firehouse restaurant. But Jolie hinted that Ed Miliband’s plan to levy a tax on people who own houses worth more than two million pounds could discourage her from buying a British home. The actress told Channel 4 News: “I’m quite responsible about money" and that the tax "could put me off" moving to the UK. [Daily Telegraph] Angelina_JolieAngelina Jolie Peruvian man gets married to tree for second time on ‘green tour’ - A Peruvian man has married a tree for the second time in a bid to raise awareness about man-made environmental problems around the world. Serial tree-hugger Richard Torres tied the knot in front of a small crowd at a national park in Bogota, Colombia. After the symbolic ceremony, involving the placing of fruit offerings at the base of the tree, the environmental activist called for rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces to plant trees instead of starting war. The actor also called for Colombians to care more their green surroundings and promised to keep spreading the message in other Latin America countries. Mr Torres married his first tree bride in Argentina in 2013. [Daily Telegraph]

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  • November 27, 2014

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    Cricketer Phillip Hughes dies - Australian batsman Phillip Hughes has died 2 days after being struck by a ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Hughes was making a fine case for his Test recall, unbeaten on his old home ground at the SCG on 63 when he missed an attempted hook at Sean Abbott and was hit on an area of his lower head and neck which was unprotected by his helmet as he swivelled. He fell to the ground, and was rushed to hospital where he never regained consciousness. [Daily Telegraph] Phil_Hughes Phillip Hughes in 2010 Twitter misrepresents the real world, computer scientists warn - Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook should not be used to gauge human behaviour or trends because they are too biased, scientists have warned. Increasingly, social researchers and media organisations use sites to glean information about public views and interests. But computer scientists at McGill University in Montreal and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh warn that the data omits the opinion of large portions of the population who are either under-represented, or who choose not to engage in social media. [Daily Telegraph] Sheep flock to Eiffel Tower as French farmers cry wolf - French farmers flocked to the Eiffel Tower on Thursday, sheep in tow, to express their frustration over increasing attacks by wolves which some say have been "overprotected" by the government. Sheep lazily grazed at the foot of the French capital's most famous monument as the farmers gathered under grey skies to demand an effective plan to stop the wolf attacks. "Today farmers, tomorrow unemployed," read one banner, while one of the protesters dressed as a wolf carried around a lamb. [