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    World Artist rediscovers mysterious recipe for ancient ‘Maya Blue’ dye

    An indigenous sculptor from a small village in Yucatán has recreated the ancient Maya process of extracting blue paint from a native plant via a chemical reaction. Luis May Ku, 48, saw years of research finally pay off in January, when scientists in Italy and Mexico confirmed that his formula...
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    Health High blood caffeine levels may reduce body weight and type 2 diabetes risk

    A new study, published in BMJ Medicine, has looked at the effect of higher blood caffeine levels on body weight and the long-term risks of type 2 diabetes and major cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, and irregular heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation)...
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    Report Air pollution impairs successful mating of flies

    A research team at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, demonstrates that increased levels of ozone resulting from anthropogenic air pollution can degrade insect sex pheromones, which are crucial mating signals, and thus prevent successful reproduction. The oxidizing...
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    US News Oklahoma: ‘Tiger King’ announces 2024 presidential bid

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — The “Tiger King”‘ is throwing his hat in the ring for president. Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as “Joe Exotic” or the “Tiger King,” is currently serving a 21-year federal sentence after being convicted on multiple charges. He said he isn’t going to let that stop...
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    Environment Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ found in toilet paper around the world

    All toilet paper from across the globe checked for toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” contained the compounds, and the waste flushed down toilets and sent to sewage treatment plants probably creates a significant source of water pollution, new research has found. Once in the wastewater plant, the...
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    Technology Plane uses parachute after engine fails, saving six passengers including baby

    The crew and passengers of a light aircraft had a lucky escape in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, after the plane was forced to make a landing using a parachute. The light propeller plane was filmed by onlookers floating to Earth near jungle-covered hills in the southern province of Minas Gerais, but...
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    Technology Everything you know about computer vision may soon be wrong

    Computer vision could be a lot faster and better if we skip the concept of still frames and instead directly analyze the data stream from a camera. At least, that’s the theory that the newest brainchild spinning out of the MIT Media lab, Ubicept, is operating under. Most computer vision...
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    US News Banking regulators shutter Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), collapse unnerves investors. This is the second biggest bank collapse since 2008

    HSBC swoops in to rescue UK arm of Silicon Valley Bank HSBC has swooped to buy the UK arm of collapsed US Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), bringing relief to UK tech firms who warned they could go bust without help. Customers and businesses who had been unable to withdraw their money will now be...
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    UK News Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has electricity grid upgraded to heat his private pool

    Rishi Sunak’s new private heated swimming pool uses so much energy that the local electricity network had to be upgraded to meet its power demands, the Guardian has been told. While many Britons are facing increased electricity bills – and are trying to limit their energy usage – extra...
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    Report Earning More Money Actually Does Make People Happier: Study

    We all suspected it, and now there’s (even more) research to prove it: Earning more money does actually make people happier. That’s according to a new study from Daniel Kahneman and Matthew Killingsworth, researchers at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively, which...
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    UK News Developers who destroyed historic Lancashire pub ordered to rebuild it

    A group of property developers have been ordered to rebuild a Grade II-listed pub that they demolished without permission. The historic Punch Bowl Inn at Hurst Green, Lancashire, needs to be rebuilt brick by brick within a year, a judge has ruled. Last year, a trial at Burnley magistrates...
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    Technology 'Robot lawyer' DoNotPay is being sued by a law firm because it 'does not have a license' required to practice law

    DoNotPay, which describes itself as "the world's first robot lawyer," has been accused of practicing law without a license. It's facing a proposed class action lawsuit filed by Chicago-based law firm Edelson on March 3 and published Thursday on the website of the Superior Court of the State of...
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    Report Greater engagement with anti-masturbation groups linked to higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicidal feelings

    People who are more engaged with communities that push abstinence from masturbation tend to feel more suicidal after a perceived “relapse,” according to new research published in the journal Sexualities. The authors of the new study sought to investigate potential harms associated with the...
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    Crime Japanese authorities want Studio Ghibli Park theme park to crack down on visitors taking lewd selfies with character statues

    Japanese authorities have vowed to take action following reports that visitors to a theme park showcasing scenes from beloved animated films have been taking indecent photographs of themselves with statues of the characters. In February, photos were posted to social media showing men...
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    World Canada: Kiska, Marineland’s lone killer whale and last captive orca in Canada, has died

    I'm pretty sure, moving forward, they won't be capturing whales into captivity any time soon.
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    Politics US: Child marriage ban bill defeated in West Virginia House

    That's an interesting tidbit you have there.
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    US News Banking regulators shutter Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), collapse unnerves investors. This is the second biggest bank collapse since 2008

    Not just tech startups, payroll processing companies which rely on SVB are affected, and tons of employees are out of pay.
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    World Canada: Kiska, Marineland’s lone killer whale and last captive orca in Canada, has died

    Kiska, a killer whale at Marineland and the last captive orca in Canada who has swam alone in her tank for more than a decade, has died. The Ontario government said Marineland, a theme park in Niagara Falls, Ont., informed the province Thursday of her death. The province had Animal Welfare...
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    Sci/Tech Experimental concrete that patches up cracks by itself is to undergo outdoor testing.

    From what I can tell, it's on the market already: Self-Healing Concrete Market Report, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2027 (2023 article) According to IMARC Group’s latest report, titled “Self-Healing Concrete Market: Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast...
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    US News Banking regulators shutter Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), collapse unnerves investors. This is the second biggest bank collapse since 2008

    March 10 (Reuters) - California banking regulators on Friday moved quickly to close startup-focused lender SVB Financial Group (SIVB.O), the largest bank failure since the financial crisis, a sudden collapse that prompted the global banking sector to shed billions in market value. The regulator...