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The rise and fall of Bitcoin

THE great Sir Isaac Newton may have revolutionised our knowledge of the world but he still had his blind spots. He was sucked into the great mania of his day, the South Sea Bubble (pictured) and lost a lot of money. “I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people” he ruefully reflected. In retrospect, ...

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This bird's 'eyeball' survived 120 million years

The fossil of an ancient bird discovered in Liaoning, China: The black box shows where the bird’s well-preserved, fossilized eye tissues are located. Credit: Tanaka G. et al./Heliyon Scientists have discovered a surprisingly “visionary” detail about a dinosaur-age bird that had a tooth-filled beak: It could likely see in color. An analysis of the 120-million-year-old bird revealed that the creature’s ...

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Pope meets with abuse survivors, weeps with them in Chile

Pope Francis waves to followers on his way to the Apostolic Nunciature in Santiago, Chile, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.) Pope Francis met on Tuesday with survivors of priests who sexually abused them, wept with them and apologized for the “irreparable damage” they suffered, his spokesman said. The pontiff also ...

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Atlanta Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian expected to return in 2018

Despite reports that Steve Sarkisian‘s job as the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator might be in jeopardy, head coach Dan Quinn reportedly will not be making a change at that key position. The Falcons are expected to retain Sarkisian for next season, unless something unforeseen occurs, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday. Sarkisian will have the full support of Quinn, ...

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Mother fears missing daughter, 27, killed; boyfriend arrested with facial injuries

Joseph Porter, left, was arrested in Arkansas on a theft charge days after Cristina Prodan was reported missing.  (Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook) A grief-stricken Minnesota mom is holding out hope her 27-year-old daughter will be found alive after the girl’s boyfriend, Joseph Porter, was arrested in the wake of Cristina Prodan’s disappearance. “The deputies told me that they are looking ...

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The days of the A380 look numbered

ASK frequent flyers which is their favourite aircraft and most come up with the same answer: the A380 superjumbo made by Airbus, a giant European planemaker. Able to carry 525 passengers in a typical three-class layout, on two full-length decks, the aircraft still feels spacious, with wide aisles and plenty of headroom. Frequent flyers also admire the freshness of the ...

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Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Jeep Cherokee shows its new face

Jeep’s midsize soldier is getting in line. The redesigned Jeep Cherokee debuting at the Detroit Auto Show trades its unconventional split headlight design for one that makes it look more like the rest of the company’s crossover SUVs. It’s also been on major a diet, dropping 200 pounds to improve performance and efficiency. The interior is largely unchanged.  (Jeep) The ...

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This out-of-this-world diamond-studded rock just got even weirder

File photo: A photo taken by Expedition 46 flight engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency (ESA) aboard the International Space Station shows Italy, the Alps, and the Mediterranean on January, 25, 2016. (REUTERS/NASA/Tim Peake/Handout) A tiny chunk of stone that looks like nothing else ever seen in the solar system might be even weirder than scientists thought. The ...

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