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Ex-MP Charlie Elphicke loses appeal against jail term after sexual assault conviction

Disgraced former MP Charlie Elphicke has lost his challenge against his sentence after Court of Appeal judges agreed that he is a sexual predator. The 49-year-old, who called himself a “naughty Tory” as he chased one of his victims around a room, was jailed for two years following a trial. At a hearing in London […]

Sport

Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis gets revenge, wins All-Star Skills Challenge

Big men own the All-Star Skills Challenge. Bam Adebayo won it last year, joining fellow bigs Kristaps Porzingis and Karl-Anthony Towns as event champions. Add Domantas Sabonis to the list. The Indiana Pacers’ All-Star big man, who was the runner-up in the event a year ago, won the 2021 edition by beating out Nikola Vucevic […]

Lifestyle

Ancient DNA reveals clues about how tuberculosis shaped the human immune system

“Present-day humans are the descendants of those who have survived many things—climate changes and big epidemics, including the Black Death, Spanish flu, and tuberculosis,” says senior author Lluis Quintana-Murci of the Institut Pasteur in France. “This work uses population genetics to dissect how natural selection has acted on our genomes.” This research focused on a […]

Business

Bitcoin extends retreat from record high to hit lowest in 20 days

Bitcoin dropped 6.39% to $43,165.78 on Sunday, losing $2,944.20 from its previous close. Bitcoin, the world’s biggest and best-known cryptocurrency, has fallen 26% from the year’s high of $58,354.14 on Feb. 21 when it soared amid increasing confidence that it will become a mainstream investment and payments vehicle. Major firms such as BNY Mellon, asset […]

Technology

Microsoft shows Pokémon Go HoloLens demo

Microsoft has shown a Pokémon Go tech demo in which the mobile pocket monster phenomenon is playable via the company’s Hololens headset. A video of the demonstration, labelled as “proof of concept” and “not for consumer use”, was part of a presentation detailing Microsoft Mesh, the company’s new mixed reality platform (thanks, The Verge). Introduced […]

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Fire declared ‘major incident’ due to chemical hazard and exploding gas cylinders

A serious fire has broken out at a farm and has been declared a ‘major incident’ with smoke being seen for miles around. Police have closed surrounding roads near the scene in Rame Head, Cornwall, with multiple fire crews seen heading to the blaze. Pictures, taken from the edge of Whitsand Bay Golf Course, show […]

Sport

Stephen Curry outduels Mike Conley in thrilling 3-point contest

Mike Conley is accustomed to All-Star agony. Finally named an All-Star, Conley had a fantastic performance in the 3-point contest. Yet, he could only sit, watch and grumble with a grin as the greatest shooter of all-time got hot. Stephen Curry made nine of his 11 last shots – including the last two – to […]

Lifestyle

The (robotic) doctor will see you now

In the era of social distancing, using robots for some health care interactions is a promising way to reduce in-person contact between health care workers and sick patients. However, a key question that needs to be answered is how patients will react to a robot entering the exam room. Researchers from MIT and Brigham and […]

Business

Twilio nears deal to invest up to $750 million in Syniverse

Cloud-communications firm Twilio Inc is in talks to invest as much as $750 million in Syniverse Technologies LLC, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The investment will be announced on Monday, which could be followed by a merger between telecommunications services company Syniverse and a special-purpose acquisition company to take it public, the report […]

Technology

Ex-Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 studio suffers lay-offs

The former developer of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has confirmed this week’s layoffs, but said it would continue to operate and was developing multiple unannounced projects. In a statement issued to RPS, a spokesperson for Hardsuit Labs stated that redundancies had affected “a small number of individuals”, though a specific number of people […]