Wednesday 26th June 2019

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    • Passengers stuck on United flight in frigid cold for more than 14 hours Passengers-stuck-on-United-flight-in-frigid-cold-for-more-than-14-hours1

      Passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Hong Kong were left stuck on the ground for more than 14 hours in frigid weather with a dwindling supply of food. The nightmarish incident began when the 3:05 p.m. flight was diverted to the Goose Bay Airport in Newfoundland, Canada, due to a medical emergency. The plane landed there at 9:31 p.m. AST, and medical personnel met the aircraft and a passenger was taken to a local hospital. But as the flight was set to take off again, it experienced a mechanical issue. That’s when the waiting began....

    • New-generation exascale supercomputer prototype Tested New-generation-exascale-supercomputer-prototype-Tested

      The prototype of China’s new-generation exascale supercomputer Tianhe-3 has been tested for over 30 organizations in China, and it is expected to provide computing services to users in China and overseas, the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin said. The prototype was operated to meet simultaneous demands from 30 organizations including the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the China Aerodynamics Research and Development Center, said Meng Xiangfei, head of the center’s applied research and development department. The prototype of the new supercomputer Tianhe-3 was operated to meet simultaneous demands from 30 organizations. It has provided computing services for over 50 apps...

    • Glass bridge opens to visitors in south China’s Guangdong Glass-bridge-opens-to-visitors-in-south-China's-Guangdong

      A 218-meter-long glass bridge in Baojing Palace of Yingde, a county-level city in south China’s Guangdong Province, opened to tourists on January 16. It is the first glass bridge in the province that is built over karst landscapes and a swan lake. Baojing Palace, meaning the palace of treasures and crystals in Chinese, is one of the oldest tourist attractions open to the public in Guangdong with a history of 35 years. It is renowned for its breathtaking scenery of karst caves that attract millions.    The Glass Bridge in Baojing of the Yingde city,Gaugdong province,South China The Glass Slide and...

    • YouTube bans dangerous or harmful pranks YouTube-bans-dangerous-or-harmful-pranks

      YouTube clips that depict dangerous or emotionally distressing “pranks” have been banned from the platform. The move comes in response to so-called “challenges” that have sometimes resulted in death or injury. The Google-owned video sharing site said such material had “no place on YouTube”. However, the firm appears to be failing to enforce its existing rules on harmful content. A Buzzfeed report detailed how images depicting, or alluding to, bestiality were still appearing on the site – despite a pledge last April to remove the material. Some of the videos had attracted many millions of views. YouTube said it “worked...

    • Research shows supernova may have caused extinction of Megalodon Research-shows-supernova-may-have-caused-extinction-of-Megalodon

      New research showed supernova which happened 2.6 million years ago may have touched off climate change and triggered mass extinctions of large ocean animals including Megalodon. There could have been one or a series of supernovae happened, some 150 light years away from the Earth, Adrian Melott, professor emeritus of physics & astronomy at the University of Kansas, told Xinhua.  Supernova is the explosion of a star that has reached the end of its life. It could briefly outshine entire galaxies and radiate more energy than the sun will in its entire lifetime. It is also the primary source of...

    • Storm-triggered landslides ,floods kill at least 50 in Philippines Storm-triggered-landslides- floods-kill-at-least-50-in-Philippines

      At least 50 people are dead due to landslides and flooding triggered by a tropical cyclone in the Philippines, while 11 others remain missing, disaster officials told media on Sunday night. The tropical depression, named Usman, made landfall in Borongan, Eastern Samar on Saturday, dropping heavy rain over parts of the Philippines over the weekend. It left the country on Sunday afternoon after being downgraded to a low pressure area. Government forecasters said that heavy rain would continue over the next 24 hours in the northern Philippines. More than 22,000 people fled their homes ahead of the storm, which...

    • What’s on the political agenda in 2019? What's-on-the-political-agenda-in-2019

      After a dramatic 12 months in global politics, there’s little chance of respite in 2019. From the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China to the world’s biggest election in India, and the likely departure of the UK from the EU to campaigning ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, another hectic year lies ahead.  China’s annual Two Sessions are traditionally held in March, and big celebrations are expected later in the year to mark two major anniversaries: 70 years since the foundation of the PRC on October 1 and 20 years since the return of Macao in...

    • Sicily damaged by magnitude-4.8 earthquake Sicily-damaged-by-magnitude-4.8-earthquake

      A magnitude-4.8 earthquake hit an area north of Catania on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily early on Wednesday, damaging buildings and injuring about 30 people, officials said. It occurred two days after the eruption of the Volcano Etna. The earthquake hit at 3:19 a.m. (0219 GMT), prompting many people to run out of their homes and sleep in cars. It was felt strongly because its epicenter was a relatively shallow one kilometer deep, according to officials. Television footage showed damage to older buildings in the towns of Santa Venerina and Zafferana Etnea. Several of the area’s centuries-old churches...

    • Archaeologists find 2,000-yr-old tombs in Inner Mongolia Archaeologists-find-2,000-yr-old-tombs-in-Inner-Mongolia

      Archaeologists announced that they discovered a 2,000-year-old tomb complex on the Xilin Gol Prairie, northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The site consists of 13 tombs from the Xianbei ethnic group, nomadic minorities that used to dominate northern China, according to the regional institute of cultural relics and archaeology. Most of the tombs contained wooden coffins, and colored drawings can be found on the exterior of some coffins. Eleven tombs date back to the late Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), and the remaining were from the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-557). Archaeologists found most of the tombs had been raided. More...

    • Nepal bus crash: Students among 23 dead after field trip Nepal-bus-crash-Students-among-23-dead-after-field-trip1

      At least 23 people died in Nepal when a bus carrying students and their teachers back from a botanical trip ran off a road and plunged 700m (2,300ft) into a ravine. Another 14 people were injured in the crash in Dang district, western Nepal. Most of the victims were students aged between 16 and 20, officials said. Two teachers and the driver also died. The cause of Friday’s crash appeared to be speeding, a police spokesman told AFP news agency. The students and teachers were from the Krishna Sen Ichchhuk Polytechnic in Ghorahi, Dang district, the Kathmandu Post reported....