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Duma gives Russians extra day off work to undergo medical

Russians have just received another concession from authorities who seek to soften the effects of pension reform – an extra day off which people can use to undergo a full medical check. It is well known that close monitoring of one’s health and regular checks with specialist doctors is a key condition for successful diagnosis and treatment of various diseases, ...

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‘Robotic skins’ brings inanimate objects to life and gives them purpose (VIDEO)

Yale researchers have created a new ‘robotic skin’ design that can pretty much turn any inanimate object into a multifunctional robot at a moment’s notice. The transformative ‘skins’ were developed in partnership with NASA under the premise of sending repurposable hardware into space. The skins are made up of sheets of elastic, embedded with pairs of sensors and actuators, which ...

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Russian Duma gives second nod to bill criminalizing the spreading of fake news

The Russian Lower House has passed, in the second and main reading, a bill criminalizing the persistent spreading of false or illegal reports in mass media with punishments varying from heavy fines to up to one year in custody. The bill outlawing the spreading of fake news was drafted in May by several lawmakers from parliamentary majority party United Russia. ...

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Duma gives first nod to Putin’s bill on responsibility for sacking workers of ‘pre-pension age’

The Russian Lower House has approved the bill granting additional social protection to people approaching retirement age, like substantial fines for employers who fire such workers or refuse to hire them without valid reasons. In particular, the bill states that unmotivated sacking or refusal to hire workers of pre-retirement age should be punished by fines up to 200,000 roubles (about ...

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NASA gives Opportunity rover a deadline to wake up, or be lost forever

A global dust storm on Mars is threatening the planet’s longest-living robot, NASA’s Opportunity rover. The machine has been in hibernation since June to wait out the storm and now NASA have given it a deadline to wake up. The US space agency has given the rover a 45-day deadline before giving up on the robot, which has been exploring ...

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Russia gives US intel on planned chemical weapons provocation in Syria

Moscow has briefed US diplomats on a plan by militants to stage a false flag chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Idlib province meant to frame Damascus, the Russian ambassador in the US has said. Anatoly Antonov, the Russian ambassador in Washington, confirmed to the media on Wednesday he had met with the US special representative to Syria. James Jeffrey, and ...

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Google gives its AI the reins over its data center cooling systems

The inside of data centers is loud and hot — and keeping servers from overheating is a major factor in the cost of running them. It’s no surprise then that the big players in this space, including Facebook, Microsoft and Google, all look for different ways of saving cooling costs. Facebook uses cool outside air when possible, Microsoft is experimenting with ...

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‘Hulking muscled guards’: CIA cable gives steamy description of ‘enhanced’ interrogation

A declassified cable detailing torture at a CIA blacksite in Thailand operated by now-CIA Director Gina Haspel employed hokey language perhaps better suited for an erotic novel – as opposed to documenting the agency’s actions. The bizarre literary work, one of 11 cables obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the National Security Archive, a research institute at George ...

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Are you being served? DNC officially gives notice of lawsuit against WikiLeaks via Twitter

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has officially served its lawsuit to WikiLeaks through the unconventional means of Twitter. The suit, which alleges that the Russian government, the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks conspired to influence the 2016 presidential election in favour of Donald Trump was filed last April. However, due to the group’s elusive nature, lawyers were unable to officially serve ...

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