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MP committee concerned Britain may not be able to fight a war because weapons are too expensive

MP committee concerned Britain may not be able to fight a war because weapons are too expensive

Britain's ability to wage war is being undermined because of the cost of arms and equipment, with an influential committee saying that equipping the military is becoming unaffordable.

The concerns were raised by the Public Accounts Committee as part of a defense spending review, which found that there were serious questions over whether the current £178 billion (about US$228 billion) designated for military spending was viable, the Times reported Wednesday.

The investigations cited a projected £5 billion gap caused by the drop in the value of the pound due to Brexit.

Source: MP committee concerned Britain may not be able to fight a war because weapons are too expensive
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Yeah, right! Twitter says they're blocking UK govt and MI5 from spying

Yeah, right! Twitter says they're blocking UK govt and MI5 from spying

Twitter has blocked the British government and its domestic spy agency MI5 from accessing data on potential terrorist threats in a bid to tackle its "surveillance" plans, according to the Telegraph.

Twitter will impede police and the intelligence service attempts to gather user data to identify terrorist plots. Government ministers have slammed the company over the move, but their criticism seems to have been in vain. Twitter allows the government to access profiles as freely as any other user, but opposes any attempt to pull data for the purpose of surveillance.

In a post in November, Twitter's Vice-President Chris Moody expressed the company's commitment to "social justice."

Source: Yeah, right! Twitter says they're blocking UK govt and MI5 from spying
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Cashless society: 1 in 3 Europeans ready to dump cash ahead of digital future

Cashless society: 1 in 3 Europeans ready to dump cash ahead of digital future

Over a third of Europeans would be happy to abandon cash and rely on electronic payments if they could, according to a study by ING bank released on Wednesday.

The survey of almost 15,000 respondents showed that over half used less cash over the last year, with 78 percent wanting to use less cash in the next 12 month.

Source: Cashless society: 1 in 3 Europeans ready to dump cash ahead of digital future
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The Supreme Court just heard a case that could determine how quickly patients can access cheaper medications (AMGN, NVS)

The Supreme Court just heard a case that could determine how quickly patients can access cheaper medications (AMGN, NVS)

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday struggled over whether to speed up the time it takes to bring to the market copycat versions of biologic drugs.

Source: The Supreme Court just heard a case that could determine how quickly patients can access cheaper medications (AMGN, NVS)
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Long-lasting fireball over Florida

Long-lasting fireball over Florida

A long-lasting fireball was seen over Florida around 03:52 UTC on April 26, 2017 (23:52 EDT on April 25). The event lasted up to 20 seconds. The American Meteor Society received 46 reports by 17:35 UTC. Five witnesses reported sound associated with the event while...... Read more »

Source: Long-lasting fireball over Florida
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8 ways billionaires are different from everyone else

8 ways billionaires are different from everyone else

By mimicking a few of the unique habits, mentalities, and business rules of billionaires, we can become more and more like them in the business world.

Source: 8 ways billionaires are different from everyone else
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Russian military expert Viktor Baranets: The arrival of US military instructors in Donbass indicates Washington's 'direct ...

Russian military expert Viktor Baranets: The arrival of US military instructors in Donbass indicates Washington's 'direct interference' in the Ukrainian conflict

In an interview with Sputnik, Russian military expert Viktor Baranets described the arrival of US military instructors in Donbass as direct White House interference in the Ukrainian conflict.

Earlier, the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) reported the arrival of American military instructors in the conflict zone in Donbass.

"The arrival of military instructors from the United States in the area of the so-called anti-terrorist operation [in Donbass] has been tracked, ATO has been established," DPR Deputy Defense Minister Eduard Basurin said, adding that "one of the goals of the arrival of US instructors was to check the readiness of Ukrainian Armed Forces for combat operations."

Speaking to Sputnik, Viktor Baranets pointed to the fact that the American instructors had worked in Ukraine in previous months and that they are currently being rotated in.

"American instructors were in place there from the very beginning, and they were endorsed by the Security Service of Ukraine. What's more, the US instructors trained servicemen from the Ukrainian Armed Forces who were deployed to the Donetsk front line," Baranets said.

Source: Russian military expert Viktor Baranets: The arrival of US military instructors in Donbass indicates Washington's 'direct interference' in the Ukrainian conflict
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Scientists discover baby humpback whales 'whisper' to their mothers to avoid detection by predators

Scientists discover baby humpback whales 'whisper' to their mothers to avoid detection by predators

Humpback whales are renown for their loud, haunting songs, but new research has discovered the huge marine mammals are able to "whisper" as well.

Scientists found that baby humpbacks avoid the attention of predators while communicating with their mothers by using intimate grunts and squeaks.

The quiet noises enable the young to keep track of their parents during long and precarious migrations without being overheard by killer whales and sexually aggressive male humpbacks looking for an opportunity to mate.

Researchers collected their groundbreaking data by directly attaching microphones via suction caps to whales that were swimming near Australia.

Source: Scientists discover baby humpback whales 'whisper' to their mothers to avoid detection by predators
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Russian meeting with Saudi Arabia highlights clash on Syria but prepares agreement on other fronts

Russian meeting with Saudi Arabia highlights clash on Syria but prepares agreement on other fronts

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has had a meeting in Moscow with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, during which they have publicly clashed on the way forward in the Syrian crisis.

Al-Jubeir predictably demanded that President Assad leave power in Syria, and said that Iran and Hezbollah  -  Syria's allies  -  had no role in that country.

Lavrov responded that Hezbollah and Iran  -  like Russia  -  were present in Syria at the invitation of the legitimate Syrian government.

On the subject of President Assad, the Russian position was again set out today by Dmitry Peskov, President Putin's spokesman, who is reported to have said that President Putin's attitude to President Assad is unchanged: he is not President Assad's advocate but he insists that the future of any country  -  including the question of its President  -  must be decided by the people of that country, and not by other countries or parties.

Source: Russian meeting with Saudi Arabia highlights clash on Syria but prepares agreement on other fronts
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Study finds higher sodium intake is associated with lower blood pressure, contradicting decades of medical advice

Study finds higher sodium intake is associated with lower blood pressure, contradicting decades of medical advice

In another blow against decades of accepted medical wisdom, one of the most prestigious, long-running studies reports that lowering sodium intake doesn't reduce blood pressure.

The study also implies that most Americans are consuming a perfectly healthy amount of salt, the main source of sodium. But those who are salt-sensitive, about 20 to 25 percent of the population, still need to restrict salt intake.

Consuming fewer than 2,500 milligrams of sodium daily is actually associated with higher blood pressure, according to the Framingham Offspring Study report, given today. The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily, equal to a teaspoon of ordinary iodized table salt.

High blood pressure is a known risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Hence, lowering salt intake is supposed to lower blood pressure and thus reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. But the study found that supposition to be unfounded.

Source: Study finds higher sodium intake is associated with lower blood pressure, contradicting decades of medical advice
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Protecting us from ourselves: Wikipedia founder to fight 'fake news' with new Wikitribune site

Protecting us from ourselves: Wikipedia founder to fight 'fake news' with new Wikitribune site

Crowdfunded online publication from Jimmy Wales will pair paid journalists with army of volunteer contributors

Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is launching a new online publication which will aim to fight fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community contributors.

Wikitribune plans to pay for the reporters by raising money from a crowdfunding campaign.

Wales intends to cover general issues, such as US and UK politics, through to specialist science and technology.

Those who donate will become supporters, who in turn will have a say in which subjects and story threads the site focuses on. And Wales intends that the community of readers will fact-check and subedit published articles.

Source: Protecting us from ourselves: Wikipedia founder to fight 'fake news' with new Wikitribune site
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World-leading cardiologists: Long-held belief that saturated fats clog arteries and cause heart disease are 'plain wrong'

World-leading cardiologists: Long-held belief that saturated fats clog arteries and cause heart disease are 'plain wrong'

Decades long warnings that saturated fat clogs arteries and causes heart disease are just "plain wrong", three world-leading cardiologists have claimed.

They said scare stories that dairy products like butter and full-fat milk pose health risks were misleading as was an obsession with counting cholesterol.

Instead, the best way to protect against stress and stave off killer coronary heart disease was simply to eat "real food" and take a brisk daily walk.

Respected cardiologists Dr Aseem Malhotra, Professor Rita Redberg, of UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco and Pascal Meier of University Hospital Geneva and University College, London, said evidence suggests no association between saturated fat and heightened risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes or death.

They also claimed clinical trials showed inserting a stent to widen narrowed arteries had failed to reduce the risk of heart attack or death. Their controversial views have sparked a huge row and put them on a collision course with the British Heart Foundation.

Source: World-leading cardiologists: Long-held belief that saturated fats clog arteries and cause heart disease are 'plain wrong'
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