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Species-identifying AI gets a boost from images snapped by citizen naturalists

Someday we’ll have an app that you can point at a weird bug or unfamiliar fern and have it spit out the genus and species. But right now computer vision systems just aren’t up to the task. To help things along, researchers have assembled hundreds of thousands of images taken by regular folks of critters in real life situations — ...

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Russia gets rid of US Treasury securities and buys gold

US sanctions have forced Russia to look at ways of securing its foreign reserves. In recent years, Moscow has increased purchases of physical gold and dramatically reduced its share of US debt bonds. The political standoff started in 2014, shortly after the conflict in Ukraine and the referendum in Crimea in favor of joining Russia. Several rounds of US sanctions ...

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Crimea's lifeline to Syria: Damascus gets grain supplies from Russia’s Black Sea peninsula

Russia has begun deliveries of wheat from Crimea to Syria. The move solves the dual problems of grain overproduction in Crimea and Syria’s desperate need for bread. Read more The shipments are coming from the Russian port of Sevastopol to the Syrian port of Tartus, where Russia has a naval base. Sevastopol officials said this month that they plan to ...

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Convicted turtle trafficker goes international while on probation, gets caught again

A South Carolina man previously convicted of turtle trafficking is facing jail time again for the same crime after pleading guilty to charges of smuggling up to $ 400,000 worth of protected reptiles from Hong Kong to the US. Federal prosecutors said that Steven Verren Baker, 38, of Holly Hill, South Carolina, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of conspiracy ...

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Clinton tries to troll Comey, gets butt kicked by WikiLeaks

Hillary Clinton’s latest attempt at what appears to be a joke about her infamous emails fell flat on its face after WikiLeaks responded with an awkward reminder of just how significant those emails were. Clinton, who still hasn’t accepted the many factors which contributed to her losing the presidential election to Donald Trump, thought it would be a good idea ...

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Wilders’ Mohammed cartoon contest gets green light from Dutch counter-terror agency

Dutch anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders has confirmed that a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest will be held in his party’s secure offices in Dutch parliament, after receiving approval for the event from security officials. The divisive right-wing politician and leader of the country’s largest opposition party, the Freedom Party, took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce the news. “Dutch Counter-terrorism Agency ...

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Woman drives children in cages as ‘no room in car,’ gets charged after VIDEO goes viral

A Memphis grandmother has been arrested after a video went viral which appeared to show her releasing two children from animal cages in the back of her car. Leimome Cheeks, 62, was charged with two counts of child endangerment after allegedly locking the two girls inside a pair of pet kennels. Footage of the incident was widely shared and re-uploaded ...

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After 10 years of chasing crocodile dog gets eaten alive

A tiny terrier who famously taunted a saltwater crocodile for a decade has finally got its comeuppance after being eaten alive by the 100kg beast. Pippa the dog captured the imagination of many with her impressive routine of confronting Casey the crocodile and chasing her into the water. The trick attracted many visitors to Goat Island Lodge in Australia’s Northern ...

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Giant Marilyn Monroe statue gets church members hot and bothered (PHOTOS)

A giant statue of Marilyn Monroe is getting some residents in Connecticut hot and bothered after the sculpture was positioned with the icon’s underwear-clad rear directly facing a church. The controversial 26-foot tall statue of the blonde bombshell was installed in Stamford Park this week as part of a citywide art display. However, the positioning of the Hollywood star in ...

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Dramatic VIDEO from inside truck as it gets swallowed by volcanic ash cloud

Dramatic videos are appearing on social media showing some of the blood-curdling moments of the eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala, which has left more than 60 people dead. One shows a truck trying to outpace an ash cloud. The video was filmed by a passenger in a truck, which was overtaken by a cloud of ash released by ...

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