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Security Robot Takes Its Own Life in DC Fountain Tragedy

On July 17, a Knightscope K5 robot appears to have lost all patience for its job as a security guard and flung itself into a water fountain. It’s not exactly clear where in Washington DC the incident took place, with mentions of both GMMB and the Washington Harbor mall both popping up on Twitter. Either way, this ignores the true tragedy of the situation — the robot for whom stairs proved too difficult a foe to conquer. This isn’t the first time Knightscope has been in the public eye for ...

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Rises in life expectancy 'levelling off'

Austerity may be starting to affect life expectancy in England, according to a leading health expert. Life expectancy has been rising for decades, but the latest data shows the rate of increase has slowed. University College London expert Sir Michael Marmot said he was “deeply concerned” by the situation, saying it was “entirely possible” austerity was affecting how long people live. His suggestion has been dismissed by the government, however. The Department of Health said it was providing the necessary support and funding to ensure life expectancy “continues to increase”. ...

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Old cinemas find new life in Lebanon as cultural hubs

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (Reuters) – With paint peeling from the ceiling and crumbling plasterwork, renovating an abandoned picture house in the northern Lebanese town of Tripoli is more than a dream for Qassem Istanbouli. The 31-year-old has reopened three such cinemas, two in his home city of Tyre in southern Lebanon, and another in Nabatiyeh, and has transformed them into hubs for film, art and theater. Slideshow (9 Images) “When I embarked on this journey, I felt I shared this dream with people in my city who are eager to have a cultural ...

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Windows Phone ‘Died’ Today, Windows 10 Mobile Charitably on Life Support

Back in 2010, Microsoft launched a major new mobile operating system based on an all-new design UI language, app model, and structure. It was explicitly aimed at the consumer market, rather than the enterprise or business segments. This version of the OS, known as Windows Phone 7, was later supplanted by Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1, which jettisoned the Windows CE-based core of WP7 in favor of Windows NT, and generally moved Redmond’s mobile and desktop operating systems into closer step with each other. Today, Microsoft ended Windows ...

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Thousands of goldfish bring Tokyo art exhibit to life

A Japanese artist has used thousands of fish in illuminated tanks to create a sprawling psychedelic visual art installation, drawing tens of thousands of viewers in Tokyo. Hidetomo Kimura’s traveling ‘Art Aquarium’ exhibition puts on display around 5,000 goldfish and 3,000 other maritime creatures, such as seahorses, in 130 LED-lit tanks of various shapes, colors and sizes. The LED displays provide a colorful variety of moving images, such as one of sakura blossoms falling serenely from the sky, to the accompaniment of music. “I wanted to create an artistic installation ...

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Charlie Gard: Life support to be turned off, parents say

The parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard have said his life support machine will be turned off later. Chris Gard and Connie Yates have criticised doctors after their request to bring their son home to die was denied. Great Ormond Street Hospital – who believe Charlie has no chance of survival – have refused to comment. On Tuesday, Charlie’s parents lost their final legal appeal to take him to the US for treatment. Judges at the European Court of Human Rights concluded that further treatment would “continue to cause Charlie ...

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Chrome Beats Edge in New Battery Life Tests

Microsoft really, really wants you to use its Windows 10 browser, Edge. The company has come under fire for its relentless attempts to push consumers towards its own software, even going so far as to toss pop-up adds into the system tray when you’re running different browsers. The company’s claims have largely gone unchallenged, in part because browsers like Chrome have long been known to be resource hogs. Chrome opens every new tab as a new process, which tends to increase memory usage. Linus Tech Tips recently took four identical ...

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E3 2017: Life Is Strange Dev Shows Off New Trailer For Vampyr, Its New Action-RPG

Life is Strange developer Dontnod is finally showing off their latest title Vampyr, a seedy action-RPG. You’ll play as Dr. Jonathan Reid, a man who’s two sides of the same coin: a doctor and vampire. You’re a famous surgeon, known for your dedication to saving lives during the Spanish Flu epidemic, that has returned home from the Great War and cursed with vampirism. On top of struggling to find your humanity, you’ll have to be careful about who you choose to condemn, and who you choose to save, in order ...

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Ex-MMA fighter War Machine sentenced to life

6:01 PM ET ESPN.com news services The former mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine was sentenced to life in prison Monday for kidnapping, beating and sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend over several months in 2014, and of beating her male friend when he found them together in her bedroom. The 35-year-old Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, aka War Machine, will be eligible for parole in 36 years when he is 71 years old. A jury convicted Koppenhaver in March. The jurors deadlocked on two attempted-murder counts but convicted him of 29 ...

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Curiosity Data Suggests Ancient Martian Lake Could Have Harbored Life

Curiosity has been exploring Mars since 2012, and has already traveled further than any other rover in history. Curiosity isn’t done providing fascinating insights into the red planet, either. A new analysis of data from the rover indicates that its landing site in Gale Crater was once a lake that would have had the capacity to support a wide variety of life. NASA has previously released data from Curiosity that supports the idea that liquid water once flowed in Gale Crater (above). It has been drilling into rocks to study ...

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