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Ouch! Sea lions attack swimmers in San Francisco Bay

Hearty souls that brave the frigid waters of San Francisco Bay for a morning dip have a new reason to shiver: attacks by sea lions, including one that nearly netted a guy's genitals.

Artificial intelligence finds solar system with 8 planets like ours

A solar system with as many planets as our own has been discovered with the help of NASA's Kepler space telescope and artificial intelligence, the US space agency said Thursday.

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Dalai Lama turns to iPhone to spread app-iness

He already has millions of Twitter followers and has spoken of the wonders of new technology. Now the Dalai Lama has launched a new iPhone app so devotees can keep track of his travels and teachings.

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Brazilian referee Wilton Pereira Sampaio (C) and his assistants pass by a screen of the Video Assistant Referee before the start of the Copa Libertadores 2017 semifinal football match in October 2017

Video referees for French football next season

French football's top division Ligue 1 is set for video assistant referees next season after several club chiefs revealed that they had agreed in principle to adopt the technology.

UK spy chiefs peel back secrecy - to fight cybercrime

Britain's cyber-spooks are reaching out from behind their veil of secrecy with the aim of cultivating the nation's next generation of high-tech sentries -- a move not without security risks.

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Elite US government hacker charged with taking secret information

A member of the US National Security Agency's elite hacking team has been charged with illegally removing top secret materials, in an embarrassing breach for the crucial electronic espionage body

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Indonesian city to citizens: stop using free WiFi for drugs, prostitution

An Indonesian city thought it was doing half a million citizens a good turn by making wireless internet free in government offices

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New report reveals bear facts about the Yeti

Legend-slaying scientists on Wednesday dismantled the myth of the abominable snowman, the towering yet furtive half-human rumoured for centuries to inhabit inaccessible reaches of the Himalayas.

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US regulator says Silicon Valley is threat to internet

A top US regulator, defending an effort to roll back so-called «net neutrality» rules, said Tuesday that large internet platforms represent the biggest threat to online freedom because they routinely block «content they don't like»

Facebook revamps policy after report on anti-Semitic targeting

Facebook said it was revising its advertising policies to prevent «discriminatory» targeting after a news report showed marketers could aim messages at categories of people such as «Jew haters.»

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Scientists discover resilient «heart» of Great Barrier Reef

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is in peril from climate change and widespread bleaching, but scientists said Tuesday a small portion may be resilient enough to keep much of the rest alive.

Debate about croc numbers reignited in Australia

Saltwater crocodile numbers have exploded in northern Australia since being declared a protected species, and a spate of recent attacks has reignited debate about controlling them.

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Celebrity elephant kills owner in Thailand

An elephant that has starred in feature films and commercials crushed its owner to death in Thailand, zoo officials said Tuesday, setting off fresh debate over the kingdom's animal tourism industry

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Artificial muscles give «superpower» to robots

Inspired by the folding technique of origami, US researchers said Monday they have crafted cheap, artificial muscles for robots that give them the power to lift up to 1,000 times their own weight

Robotic weapons, tech leaders warn against «Pandora's box»

Elon Musk is leading demands for a global ban on killer robots, warning technological advances could revolutionise warfare and create new «weapons of terror» that target innocent people.

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Different strokes: Taiwan's creative campaign for traditional characters

As a growing number of people around the world learn simplified Chinese instead of the more complicated traditional characters, young creatives in Taiwan are fighting to promote what they fear will become a dying art

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Dolly the cloned sheep was not old before her time: study

When Dolly the sheep was put down before her seventh birthday in 2003, she was said to suffer from age-related osteoarthritis, raising red flags that clones may grow old faster

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Japan is a huge national market for taxi firms

Faring badly: Uber struggles to make inroads in Japan

Japan, with its wealthy customer base and megacities like Tokyo, should represent rich pickings for Uber

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has looked below par for the past two months, with just three goals in 15 games

Mourinho faces Ibrahimovic dilemma for West Brom clash

Jose Mourinho must decide whether now is the time to recall Zlatan Ibrahimovic to his starting line-up as Manchester United prepare to visit West Brom

The 14th Dalai Lama announced a new iPhone app which will allow devotees to watch live video of his teachings to his 16.6 million Twitter followers on Thursday

Dalai Lama turns to iPhone to spread app-iness

He already has millions of Twitter followers and has spoken of the wonders of new technology. Now the Dalai Lama has launched a new iPhone app so devotees can keep track of his travels and teachings.

The Gold Globe Awards are seen as a chance for Hollywood to demonstrate its intolerance of sexual misconduct following a wave of allegations that emerged after movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of a career of misbehavior

Golden Globes: Hollywood's test of the Weinstein effect

The nominations will be unveiled Monday for the Golden Globes, kicking off an awards season expected to be overshadowed by the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing the movie industry.