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Did Ancient Egyptians Have Airplanes? Mechanical Engineer Thinks So

Top: A wooden figure thought by some to be a bird, by some to be a plane, dating from the 3rd century B.C., found in Sakkara (or Saqqara), Egypt. 401 more words

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UK's oil industry close to collapse: Senior official

A view of North Sea oil field in the UK (file photo)

A senior British energy official says the UK’s oil industry is “close to collapse” due to a recent dramatic fall in crude prices. 244 more words

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The truth about smart cities: ‘In the end, they will destroy democracy'

Songdo in South Korea: a ‘smart city’ whose roads and water, waste and electricity systems are dense with electronic sensors. Photograph: Hotaik Sung/Alamy

The smart city is, to many urban thinkers, just a buzzphrase that has outlived its usefulness: ‘the wrong idea pitched in the wrong way to the wrong people’. 527 more words

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Weighty Professions: Police and Priests Top Study Of Most Obese Professions

There is an interesting study out on obesity in America. The study of American Journal of Preventive Medicine appears to confirm one stereotype: police officers and donuts. 134 more words

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Hazardous Trend: The ‘Commodification’ of Sleep

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By 21wire

In the 21st century, like every other thing in our lives, something as fundamental as sleep has surprisingly become a ‘commodity’ – to be rationed – rather than an essential human need. 302 more words

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Sydney Siege: Was Aussie ‘Terror Sheikh’ an Informant or Just Mad?

By 21wire

SPECIAL REPORT

They called it the ‘Sydney Siege’, suggesting it was something much bigger than it actually was.

It ended in rather dramatic fashion: after a near 16 hour ordeal inside, Australian police finally stormed a chocolate shop in Sydney’s Martin Place district in the early hours of Tuesday morning. 872 more words

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A sniff at democracy

This is a scene from the backbenches of the Greek parliament, where the government yesterday evening failed in his first attempt to have its candidate for state president elected… 461 more words