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Charlie Gard's parents lose life support court appeal

Doctors can stop providing life-support treatment to ill baby Charlie Gard, Court of Appeal judges have ruled. Charlie’s parents appealed against a ruling made last month that would allow specialists to move their eight-month-old son to palliative care. Chris Gard and Connie Yates had raised £1.3m to send him to the US for a trial treatment. Doctors argued continuing life-support treatment would not benefit Charlie but “prolong the process of dying”. Charlie has a disorder called mitochondrial depletion syndrome, which affects the genetic building blocks that give energy to cells. ...

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Singer Jewel reveals life as a homeless kid: 'People treated me like I was contagious'

Can President Trump win the War on Poverty? Singer and songwriter Jewel experienced firsthand just how vicious the poverty cycle can be. Before becoming a Grammy-nominated artist, Jewel grew up so poor in Alaska that she had nowhere to live and resorted to shoplifting. “I was a homeless kid who was stealing,” Jewel said this week at the SALT Conference in Las Vegas. “I didn’t have $ 40 to buy a dress, much less to get any housing.” Speaking to a crowd of financial types who pay thousands of dollars ...

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Google’s Android O Targets Battery Life, Likely With Mixed Results

Google launched the first beta for Android O yesterday, with a bevy of improvements and changes baked into the operating system. Like Apple, Google’s OS launches go through their own cadence, with some operating systems delivering visible eye candy and visual enhancements, while other versions focus more on improving things under the hood. According to Google, Android O is more akin to the latter kind of update, with meaningful improvements to device security, battery life, and overall stability. In his comments, Android’s VP of engineering, Dave Burke, said: “We’ve put ...

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HIV life expectancy 'near normal' thanks to new drugs

Young people on the latest HIV drugs now have near-normal life expectancy because of improvements in treatments, a study in The Lancet suggests. Twenty-year-olds who started antiretroviral therapy in 2010 are projected to live 10 years longer than those first using it in 1996, it found. Doctors say that starting treatment early is crucial to achieve a long and healthy life. Charities say there are still too many people unaware they have the virus. More effective prevention The study authors, from the University of Bristol, said the extraordinary success of ...

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Mike D'Antoni is having the time of his life

There were 11 head-coaching gigs open after last season, and D’Antoni, then a Sixers assistant, expected to get one of them. “If I don’t get a job then,” he says, “when do you think I’m going to get one?” The one he got comes with an owner, Leslie Alexander, who has always admired his style of play and an analytics-based GM, Daryl Morey, who says, “Mike’s the first one who is a full partner on melding the information we have with his incredible expertise.” It’s a dream scenario for D’Antoni. ...

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New ‘Genius’ Television Series Will Explore the Twists and Turns of Einstein’s Life

Sixty-two years after his death, Albert Einstein continues to occupy an extraordinary position of prestige. His discoveries and contributions to science are taught at every level of education. The equation e=mc2 is simple enough to fit on a T-shirt, but the four papers Einstein published in 1905 were so groundbreaking, they’re collectively known as the Annus Mirabilis (“Extraordinary year”) papers. Now, a new television series from National Geographic will examine his personal and professional life through its 10-episode first season. The show, “Genius,” will explore other great minds in additional seasons, ...

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Thai man kills baby on Facebook Live then takes own life

A Thai man filmed himself killing his baby daughter on Facebook Live, before taking his own life, Thai police say. The 21-year-old hanged his daughter, and then himself, at a deserted hotel in Phuket on Monday, reportedly after an argument with his wife. Facebook sent condolences to the family for the “appalling” incident and said that the content had now been removed. The company pledged a review of its processes after footage of a US killing stayed online for hours this month. The footage of the Thai killing had also ...

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Havana walls brought to life with murals of wide-eyed children

By Sarah Marsh| HAVANA The gigantic black and white portraits of children started appearing on walls around a suburban neighborhood of Havana two years ago, the work of Cuban artist Maisel Lopez. The sober, finely painted portraits contrast with Cuba’s dilapidated buildings and pot-holed streets, colorful vintage cars and peeling pink, apricot and turquoise paint on eclectic architecture. With nearly 30 murals completed, Lopez said he is only getting started on his “Colossi” series, a striking endeavor in the Communist-run country where street art is rare. “I want to keep ...

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Newly Discovered Earth-Like Planet May Have the Right Conditions for Life

With every new exoplanet discovery, we seem to get that much closer to finding evidence of extraterrestrial life. A new exoplanet identified in orbit of a nearby star could be the best place to look yet. Astronomers have confirmed a star 39 light-years away plays host to a planet that is much more Earth-like than any we’ve been able to spot in the past. The planet, known as LHS 1140b, is larger than Earth, but it’s rocky and could well have liquid water on its surface. According to a new ...

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New Enceladus findings could have big implications in the search for alien life

Life as we know it requires liquid water, and until recently that seemed to be in short supply outside of Earth. However, recent studies of Mars and several moons have pointed to the presence of water. In fact, some moons may contain subsurface oceans with a larger total volume of water than Earth has. In the latest revelation, NASA announced strong evidence for life-sustaining conditions in the subsurface oceans of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Scientists have known that Enceladus harbors a liquid ocean under its surface since 2005. That’s when the ...

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