Volume of fracking fluid pumped underground tied to Canada quakes

Fracking wells should not go to 11. Instead, turning down the volume — that is, of water pumped underground to help retrieve oil and gas — may reduce the number of earthquakes related to hydraulic fracturing. The amount of water pumped into fracking wells is the No. 1 factor related to earthquake occurrence at Fox Creek, a […]

 
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Vulnerable Chilean cat’s main threat is habitat fragmentation

Jan. 16 (UPI) — The number of a güiña wildcats in Chile continues to decline, but new research suggests human predation and deforestation aren’t the cause. According to a new study by scientists at the University of Kent in England, habitat fragmentation is the cat species’ gravest threat. The güiña was listed as vulnerable by the […]

 
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Carpetright shares fall as much as 48% on warning

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UK retail sales fall sharply in December – business live

Dollar hits new three-year low The dollar index, which measures the US currency against a basket of other major currencies, has hit a new three-year low today of 90.331. Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch believe the dollar will recover some ground against the euro in the coming months. Support for EUR/USD from forward […]

 
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New universities minister backs tuition fee review

The new universities minister has said that a review of tuition fees will be a “positive move” for the Government. Sam Gyimah signalled his willingness to revive Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans for wide reaching reforms of funding for higher education. Speaking on Thursday evening at Queen Mary University London. He said: “It is right to look […]

 
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Seniors expert applauds U.K. move to appoint Ministry of Loneliness

In a world filled with technology, which can help improve our connectivity but can also push us further apart, loneliness is a widespread and persistent problem. It’s an issue Britain has been addressing for years, particularly since its launch of the Campaign to End Loneliness in 2011. But Prime Minister Theresa May has taken the British government’s approach one step further, by establishing […]

 
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UKIP leader Henry Bolton denounces ‘coup’ over racism claim

UKIP leader Henry Bolton has accused senior members of his party of orchestrating a coup against him after he ended his relationship with a 25-year-old activist who was suspended for racism. As the party descended into an online civil war, reports emerged that Bolton, who became leader only last autumn, could face a vote of no confidence by […]

 
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Andy McNab launches battle to save homeless SAS embassy siege hero Bob Curry

Action thriller author Mr McNab has set up a petition to try to help homeless former SAS Sergeant Bob Curry. Mr Curry, 64, played a crucial part in the 1980 operation to free hostages held in the London embassy building by terrorists. But after his business failed he was forced to sleep in B&B hostels […]

 
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Police end investigation of suspicious package near King’s Cross station in central London

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan police said the service received a report of a suspicious item at Pentonville Road in north London at 09:18am. Roads in the surrounding area were closed, however, the police said the package has been deemed non-suspicious and cordons have been removed. Source: cityam  

 
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The Brexit Bill: (almost) nothing has changed (yet)

Well that was 85 hours of detailed parliamentary scrutiny/your life that you won’t get back* (delete as appropriate). The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill has now completed its journey through the House of Commons. More than 500 amendments were tabled and, according to Government Chief Whip Julian Smith, there were 58 divisions, only one of which […]

 
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Sinn Fein TD’s secret deal to pocket €90k salary belies party’s ‘industrial wage’ line

A Sinn Fein TD struck a secret deal with the party that allows him to draw down his entire Dail salary of more than €90,000, it can be revealed.  Dublin North-West deputy Dessie Ellis told party bosses that he could not afford to accept the average industrial wage because doing so would push his family […]

 
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Corbyn on Carillion: we’ll end outsourcing ‘racket’ in rule change

Labour will call a halt to the “outsourcing racket” exposed by Carillion’s collapse, by tearing up procurement rules to make the public sector the default choice for providing government services, Jeremy Corbyn has revealed. Carillion’s collapse has emboldened Corbyn to press home his message that Labour rejects the “dogma of privatisation”. Related: ‘I’m JC’: Jeremy Corbyn on ageing, infighting, […]

 
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Prisons chief blames cuts after damning reports on two English jails

The head of the prison service has accepted the findings of two damning inspection reports on Liverpool and Nottingham prisons but blamed the failures on government cuts and the influx of drugs into jails. Peter Clarke, the chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales, said there had been a “failure of leadership at all […]

 
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Loch Fyne search resumes for missing fishermen after boat capsizes

A major search for two missing fishermen has resumed after their boat, Nancy Glen TT100, capsized in Loch Fyne in Argyll and Bute. A third man was pulled from the water by the crew of a passing boat following a distress call at 18:00 on Thursday. Campbeltown RNLI Lifeboat was out all night searching, along […]

 
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Teenager denies planting homemade bomb on Parsons Green tube

A fireball was sent through the train carriage at Parsons Green, south west London, after the device partially exploded during the morning rush hour. Clean-shaven Hassan appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink from high security Belmarsh prison in south east London, wearing a maroon crew neck jumper and with short dark hair. He is […]

 
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Africa: Former Ambassadors Urge Trump to Respect Africa

Maputo — Two former United States ambassadors to Mozambique, Melissa Wells (who served in Maputo from 1987 to 1990) and Dennis Jett (1990 to 1993), are among dozens of former ambassadors who have signed an open letter to President Donald Trump urging him to change his attitude towards Africa. The 78 signatories represented the United […]

 
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Do Trump’s ‘business conflicts’ still matter?

At the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency, there was concern over his potential conflicts of interest as president and business owner. So what’s happened since? At the stroke of noon on 20 January 2017, Donald Trump had a new job, president of the United States. But his old one wasn’t far away. As he made […]

 
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Russia blasts Ukrainian Donbas law as preparations for war

MOSCOW, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) — The Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday that it saw Ukraine’s new law on the return of the insurgent Donbas region in eastern Ukraine as “preparations for a new war.” “There is no question of any ‘reintegration’. On the contrary, everything done (by Kiev) will only split Ukraine even further and […]

 
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Donald Trump’s lawyer ‘used private company and fake name to pay porn star Stormy Daniels’

Donald Trump’s lawyer reportedly used a private company and a fake name to pay off the porn star who allegedly had an affair with the President. Attorney Michael Cohen reportedly used Essential Consultants LLC to send a lawyer representing Stormy Daniels $130,000 (£100,000) ‘hush money’, according to the Wall Street Journal. The adult actress was reportedly paid the […]

 
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Ax-Wielding Teen Injures Seven At Siberian School

A teenage student at a school in southeastern Siberia has attacked a group of younger students with an ax, injuring at least six other people before trying to kill himself. It was the third attack within a week by teenagers who have turned on other students at Russian schools, prompting authorities in Moscow to investigate […]

 
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Duterte threatens to fire airport execs if luggage theft happens again

President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to fire airport officials if the luggage theft incident at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga happens again. “The next time, if it happens, I will fire you. Sigurado ‘yan. Basta may nangyari pa ulit na maski nakawan o ano, I will fire you,” Duterte told airport officials during a […]

 
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Republicans clear first hurdle to avoid government shutdown

Republicans cleared the first hurdle in avoiding a government shutdown on Thursday night. The House of Representatives seemed poised to pass a bill to keep the government open until 16 February, after promising conservatives a vote on a major increase in defense spending, a hard-line immigration bill as well as other unnamed concessions that the […]

 
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Wild winter wind storm pummels Europe, killing at least seven

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A powerful storm pummeled Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least seven people in three countries, grounding flights, halting trains, ripping roofs off buildings and flipping over trucks. The Dutch national weather service recorded wind gusts of up to 87 mph in the southern port of Hook of […]

 
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Macron rebuffs post-Brexit City deal unless UK pays into EU budget

French president Emmanuel Macron has rejected the idea of a tailored Brexit deal for the City, insisting Britain will not be allowed full access to European Union markets, including financial services, unless it pays into the EU budget and accepts all its rules. Macron delivered the tough message at the end of a joint press […]

 
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Family mourn ‘beautiful’ British backpacker killed in Sydney

The family of a British woman killed in a suspected murder-suicide have said they are “deeply shocked and saddened” by her death. Amelia Blake, 22, was found dead in the Newtown suburb of Sydney last Friday. New South Wales Police Force said the body of a man in his 30s, named in reports as Nepalese […]

 
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Drone used to rescue two swimmers off Australian beach

Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to Email App  A drone rescued two swimmers off an Australian beach on Thursday, a world first for the fast-developing technology that seems perfectly suited to saving lives at sea, authorities said. The rescue took place as life savers at Lennox Head, a beach popular with surfers south of the […]

 
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Putin takes dip in icy Russian lake on Epiphany

MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken a dip in icy lake waters to celebrate Epiphany, a major holiday in Orthodox Christianity marking the baptism of Jesus. Russian television stations have shown the 65-year-old Putin approaching a hole cut in the ice on Lake Seliger in northwestern Russia and then dunking himself in […]

 
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Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima in Chile, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.” The pope’s remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates. They noted the accusers were deemed credible enough by […]

 
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Roy Bennett helicopter crash ‘claimed wealthy Texas investor, decorated pilots’

Raton – Five friends, including a Zimbabwean opposition leader, traveling to a ranch in the US state of New Mexico died when their helicopter crashed in a remote area. Here’s more about the prominent people on board: Charles Ryland Burnett III, 61  Born in England, Burnett was an investor and philanthropist with links to a […]

 
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Carpetright shares crash on profit warning

It blamed the profit alert on a “sharp deterioration” in UK trade, with sales in the key post-Christmas period “significantly behind expectations”. Carpetright now expects profits to be between £2m and £6m, compared with analysts’ estimates of about £14m. In the 11 weeks to 13 January, like-for-like sales fell 3.6% in the UK. In its […]

 
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Baywatch hero drone saves silly struggling swimmers Down Under from going down under

At 11.30am on Thursday, passersby alerted lifeguards that two people were in trouble in the sea off Lennox Head beach in New South Wales. The lifesavers just so happened to be in the middle of a training course on how to use drones to drop floatation devices on swimmers in trouble – and so got […]

 
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Car hits crowd at Copacabana beach promenade in Rio

A speeding car ploughed through evening strollers on a crowded promenade at Copacabana beach in Rio on Thursday in an apparent accident, killing an eight-month-old baby and injuring 15 people, police say. Injured people lay on the pavement, recalling recent terrorist attacks by vehicles mowing down pedestrians, but there was no indication that the Copacabana […]

 
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Jacinda Ardern: Working mums on how to survive a short maternity leave

The BBC spoke to other working mothers who took short periods of time off work and asked them what advice they would give others in the same situation. ‘Do what you need to do to make it work’ Kelsey Gamble took six weeks of maternity leave for the birth of her first child. In 2014, […]

 
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California DA says couple’s abuse of 12 kids became torture

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) – They were starved and shackled to their beds, sometimes for months. They were beaten and choked. They were given scant medical care, often denied use of a toilet and allowed to shower but once a year. They lived mostly at night, out of sight of neighbors, and knew virtually nothing of […]

 
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Boris Johnson’s proposal of bridge across the Channel met with mixed response

Boris Johnson’s proposal for a bridge linking Britain to France has been greeted with scepticism by representatives of the UK’s shipping industry. The Foreign Secretary floated the idea of a cross-Channel bridge between during talks between the UK and France on Thursday. He said “good connections” were important between the two countries, and suggested the […]

 
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China Could Make the First Alien Life Discovery With Its New Giant Telescope

The Twenty First Century space race decided. The superpower becomes the first to make contact with alien life. And it looks like China may beat everyone else to the punch. China already operates the world’s largest radio telescope, the 500-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST). But this week, the country also approved plans for the Xingjiang Qitai […]

 
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No newborns seen as endangered whale’s calving season peaks

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Scientists watching for baby right whales off the Southeast U.S. coast have yet to spot a single newborn seven weeks into the endangered species’ calving season — the longest researchers have gone without any sightings in nearly 30 years. Bad weather that has limited efforts to look for whales could be […]

 
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This Neutron Star Merger is Glowing in a Seriously Weird Way

Observations from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, published Thursday in a study in Astrophysical Journal Letters, reveal how utterly unusual the aftermath of the event has been. The afterglow of the neutron star smashup in question has steadily brightened in recent months, and while researchers don’t have a concrete explanation for the change, they’ve got some […]

 
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Great Barrier Reef: Volunteers dive in to cull major crown-of-thorns outbreak on southern tip

Thousands of crown-of-thorns starfish found eating their way through the southern Great Barrier Reef only months ago are being targeted in a major culling exercise over the next week. A group of 25 divers are spending nine days on Swains Reef, 250 kilometres off the coast of Gladstone, as part of a collaboration between government […]

 
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2017 was one of the three hottest years on record, NASA and NOAA scientists say

Even without the help of El Niño, 2017 was a top-three scorcher for planet Earth. Global temperatures last year were the third-highest since scientists began keeping records in 1880, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Measurements from NASA placed it even higher, coming in second over the last 138 years. Both […]

 
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These visualizations make disturbing 2017 temperature milestone look like modern art

The news that 2017 was either the second or third-warmest year on record, depending on the agency doing the official tallying, is not shocking. The past three years were each among the top three warmest on record, with 2016 coming out as the clear winner. To climate scientists, individual years and where they rank are […]

 
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Party with the super blue blood moon at Georgetown’s Brix and Ale Jan. 31

A special super blue blood moon is coming, and with a name like that, you don’t want to miss it. Georgetown’s Brix and Ale is hosting a “Once in a Blue Moon Patio Party” celebrating the second full moon of the month on Jan. 31. The patio party will have jazz beats from Los Autenticos, […]

 
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SpaceX test fire of Falcon Heavy rocket will finally happen on Friday

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry, as has been the case for SpaceX virtually any time the private aerospace manufacturer and transport service company attempts to launch a rocket. First set for last Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the test fire of the Falcon Heavy rocket was delayed […]

 
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Saturn’s Fascinating Moon Titan Has Yet Another Thing in Common With Earth

Titan—Saturn’s largest moon—is remarkable in that it features a dense atmosphere and stable liquid at the surface. The only other place in the solar system with these particular characteristics is, you guessed it, Earth. Thanks to a pair of new studies, we can add a third trait to this list of shared characteristics: a global […]

 
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Newly spotted asteroid slips by Earth and nearby satellites

Lots of overheated headlines in tabloids and other publications this week have been screaming about a large, “potentially hazardous” asteroid set to pass close by Earth. Meanwhile, a newly discovered car-size asteroid passed over 100 times closer to us on Thursday — coming near the altitude where many man-made satellites orbit — and hardly anyone […]

 
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Atlas 5 team scrubs launch to study troublesome valve

Launch of an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral with a U.S. Air Force infrared surveillance satellite was scrubbed Thursday evening after engineers encountered a balky valve associated with the first stage’s liquid oxygen system. United Launch Alliance, a 50-50 joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, said the problem was narrowed to a ground […]

 
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