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Disney CEO Reveals How ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Captain Marvel’ Almost Never Got Made

It’s fair to say Disney CEO Bob Iger has turned into the closest thing Walt Disney was when running his own company. After some up and down years during the Michael Eisner era, Iger amended many things, including slightly resembling Walt Disney in an avuncular way. One change he made was making Disney more inclusive, even if also brokering deals essentially gobbling up a good chunk of entertainment conglomerates. If you feel a bit uneasy about Disney practically owning the world lately, let’s at least give credit to Iger for…

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Giant steps for (wo)mankind to secure US space future

Many women working in the United States commercial space industry are leaving, jeopardising future competitiveness. It is not up for debate. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is committed to both sending at least one woman to the moon in 2024, and sustaining a crewed United States presence there. But the commercial space industry that NASA must rely on – now more than ever, to get back to the lunar surface and stay – has a workforce sustainability problem. Bridenstine pulled no punches in July when he told a US congressional hearing…

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HOTTOPIC: Johnson & Johnson recalls baby powder after asbestos traces found

The company will recall 33,000 bottles of baby powder in the United States after the FDA found traces of the carcinogen. Johnson & Johnson has said it is recalling about 33,000 bottles of baby powder in the United States after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – the federal health regulator – found trace amounts of asbestos in samples taken from a bottle purchased online. The voluntary recall is limited to one lot of a product called Johnson’s Baby Powder that was produced and shipped in the US in…

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Hundreds arrested for ‘dark web’ child porn by international task force

Yesterday, authorities in the United Kingdom and the United States announced that 337 suspected users in 38 countries were arrested following an investigation of a dark web child pornography site. The website was based in South Korea and accepted cryptocurrency as payment. Law enforcement agencies from Germany, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States were part of the international task force. The current phase of investigation and arrests began in 2018. The website after it was shuttered by authorities Image: NCA. via Twitter At the center of the…

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Zuckerberg: ‘Fifth estate’ should not decide what is credible

Facebook CEO says social media companies ought not be responsible for judging the merits of political expression. Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said the social network doesn’t fact-check political advertisements because it’s not the place of technology companies to become arbiters of truth. “I don’t think most people want to live in a world where you can only post things that tech companies judge to be 100% true,” Zuckerberg said on Thursday to an auditorium full of students at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall in Washington. “People should be…

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Skeleton found on California peak creates ‘mystery’

Authorities say it is rare to find the remains of someone who apparently has not been reported as missing in the area. 3 hours ago The area below Mount Williamson where a skeleton was found [Inyo Sheriff’s Department/AP Photo] more on US & Canada Chicago teachers’ strike: Thousands hit the picket lines over paytoday Zuckerberg: ‘Fifth estate’ should not decide what is credibletoday Is it too late to stop Turkey’s military operation in Syria?today Skeleton found on California peak creates ‘mystery’today Climbers were closing in on the top of California’s…

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Man arrested for New York City neighbourhood reunion shooting

Police say Kyle Williams was one of two people who opened fire during the gathering in Brooklyn in July. New York City police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with a mass shooting over the summer at a Brooklyn community festival that left one person dead and 11 wounded. Police said the gunman, Kyle Williams, was one of two people who opened fire – possibly shooting at each other – during the Old Timers Day gathering in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn on July 27. The gunfire sent a…

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Chicago teachers’ strike: Thousands hit the picket lines over pay

Teachers in the US’s third-largest school district stop work over wages, lack of resources and other issues. Chicago, Illinois – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers walked out of their classrooms and joined the picket lines on Thursday after the school district and the Chicago Teachers Union failed to reach a contract agreement, after months of negotiations. Union members voted on Wednesday in favour of striking over pay, resources and classroom size – major sticking points in the United States‘s third-largest school district. Annie Kellogg teaches preschool special education at Brentano Elementary…

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Obama backs Canada’s Trudeau in unprecedented endorsement

Canadian analysts say such an endorsement is rare, but probably won’t move the polls. Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Canadians to re-elect Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, an apparently unprecedented endorsement of a candidate in a Canadian election by a former US president. Obama tweeted on Wednesday that he was proud to work with Trudeau and described him as a hard-working, effective leader who takes on big issues such as climate change. “The world needs his progressive leadership now, and I hope our neighbours to the north support him for another…

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Critics say Twitter treats hate speech as being ‘public interest’

Many argue that company is unwilling to act against threats of political violence or intimidation, from Trump or others. Amid calls from some Democrats to suspend the account of United States President Donald Trump, Twitter says world leaders’ accounts are not entirely above its policies and that it will crack down on any account that violates rules. The San Francisco company is clarifying its regulations, as a number of Democratic officials say they would like to see Trump booted off the social media site that has been his favoured platform…

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Xiaomi Black Shark 2 review: An affordable flagship gaming phone

Gaming phones are an ancient idea. Nokia released the N-Gage, which was like a phone built into a game controller, in 2003. And it didn’t do very well. But the concept has made a resurgence recently thanks to devices from Razer, Asus, and Xiaomi. Now, Xiaomi has launched its second-generation gaming phone called the Black Shark 2. The Black Shark 2 has a suite of features that make it a great way to play games on the go. It’s also affordable, starting at $420 for the version with 128GB of…

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Robots in the classroom: Could robots replace tutors, teachers?

Robots have been shown to be effective at increasing cognitive and affective outcomes In “Social Robots for Education,” a study published last August in Science Robotics, the abstract conveyed: “Social robots can be used in education as tutors or peer learners. They have been shown to be effective at increasing cognitive and affective outcomes and have achieved outcomes similar to those of human tutoring on restricted tasks. This is largely because of their physical presence, which traditional learning technologies lack.” The study indicated a few reasons why educational robots are…

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Stormquakes: Scientists discover hurricane, earthquake mash-ups

Scientists say that while hurricane-earthquake combinations are real, they are not dangerous. Scientists have discovered a mash-up of two feared disasters – hurricanes and earthquakes – and they’re calling them “stormquakes”. The shaking of the seafloor during hurricanes and nor’easters can rumble like a magnitude-3.5 earthquake and can last for days, according to a study in this week’s journal Geophysical Research Letters. The quakes are fairly common, but they were not noticed before because they were considered seismic background noise. A stormquake is more an oddity than something that can…

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Felicity Huffman begins two-week sentence in US college scandal

Huffman was the first parent sentenced in the US college admissions scandal. American actress Felicity Huffman reported on Tuesday to a federal prison in California to serve a two-week sentence in a college admissions scandal that underscored the lengths some wealthy parents will go to get their children into top universities. Huffman’s husband, actor William H Macy, dropped her off at the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin, a low-security prison for women in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to TASC Group, which represents Huffman. The prison has been described by…

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