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Two dead after bus hits supermarket - A woman and an eight-year-old boy have died after a double-decker bus crashed into a supermarket in Coventry city centre, police say.

Several dead in French Riviera floods - At least 13 people have died after violent storms and flooding hit the French Riviera, including three elderly people who drowned in their retirement home.

England let country down - Robshaw - Captain Chris Robshaw says England "let the nation down" as a 33-13 loss to Australia sees the World Cup hosts go out at the pool stage.

PM plans more drones to fight IS - Britain's military capability to fight Islamic State militants is to be increased, pledges the prime minister, as Conservatives gather for the party conference in Manchester.

US investigates Afghan hospital bombing - President Obama promises a "full investigation" after suspected US air strikes on an MSF-run hospital kill at least 19 people in northern Afghanistan.

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What is money? A rabid free marketeer puts his foot in lots of notes - Fear the drunken sailors and their bottomless wallets Worstall @ the Weekend Several of you have asked for the skinny on what money actually is. So, here's the full fat Worstall take on cold, hard cash.…

<i>Doctor Who</i>'s <i>Under the Lake</i> splits <i>Reg</i> scribes: This <i>Alien</i> homage thing – good or bad? - 'I've not seen tech on Earth like this before' TV Review Readers please note: THIS IS A POST-UK BROADCAST REVIEW – THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!…

Pluto's moon SPLIT OPEN by ancient FROZEN OCEAN - Latest snaps beamed back from New Horizons' craft reveal Charon's violent history Pics Yet more pictures of Pluto and its moon have been sent back to Earth from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft – this time indicating a colossal geological upset in Charon's past.…

Google UPCHUCKS Alphabet. Alphabet GOBBLES Google - M is for ... monster multinational mothers multinational monsters Google morphed into its new holding company Alphabet after close of business on Friday.…

Ten years on: Ronnie Barker, Pismonouncers Unanimous founder, remembered - One of Britain's best-loved comedy greats Feature It’s ten years ago today that much-loved comedian, writer and actor Ronnie Barker passed away. By then, despite having retired way back in 1987, he had already won four BAFTAs, a Royal Television Society award for Outstanding Creative Achievement and been made an OBE.…

New Scientist - News

Megatsunami 170 metres high once smashed into Cape Verde - Evidence for the sudden collapse of Fogo volcano 73,000 years ago and a massive tsunami raises concern that such freak events are more frequent that thought

Neutrino detectors could keep discreet tabs on nuclear reactors - When a country such as Iran is wary of nuclear inspections, an experimental detector could help ensure that its reactors are not making plutonium for weapons

Rebooted pancreas cells could ease type 1 diabetes - "Off-the-shelf" insulin-producing cells could be a simpler and potentially safer way to treat type 1 diabetes than using stem cells

Ape fossils put the origin of humanity at 10 million years ago - New fossil evidence suggests human ancestors may have split from chimps as early as 10 million years ago, bringing fossil evidence in line with data from molecular clocks

Volcanoes plus asteroid might have finished off dinosaurs - Some 66 million years ago, the seismic energy from the Chicxulub impact may have set off dramatic lava flows from the Deccan traps, dooming the dinosaurs

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Michigan Mammoth May Have Been Butchered By Humans - Forbes reports that a mammoth recently unearthed in rural Michigan includes evidence that the animal was butchered for food: From the article: A small stone that could potentially be a cutting tool was also found with the mammoth bones. To confirm that this animal was butchered by humans, researchers will examine the bones for cut marks that would indicate people were processing it for meat. A third piece of evidence is the organized way the neck vertebrae of the mammoth were found. "An animal doesn't just come apart naturally leaving a sequence of tightly articulated vertebrae like that," Fisher said, indicating that the animal would have had to have been moved by humans for paleontologists to find the bones laid out in such a fashion. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apollo-Era Photos Now Up at NASA's Flickr Account, In High-Res - Boing Boing reports that NASA has uploaded to its Flickr account 8400 photographs from the agency's Apollo days -- "just about every image captured by Apollo astronauts on lunar missions." The astronauts were shooting with some very nice cameras, and the results are worth seeing at 1800dpi. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Inside the Spaceflight of 'The Martian' - benonemusic writes: Science writer Michael Greshko partnered with a team of scientists and engineers to explore the spacecraft and mission plans in The Martian (novel and movie), down to the rescue plan itself. Incorporating the help of Andy Weir, the novel's author, he comes up with a calendar of events for The Martian, explores the hazards of going back to save Mark Watney, and explains how a real world interplanetary spacecraft would pull off a rescue maneuver. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The Decline of 'Big Soda': Is Drinking Soda the New Smoking? - writes: Margot Sanger-Katz reports in the NYT that soda consumption is experiencing a serious and sustained decline as sales of full-calorie soda in the United States have plummeted by more than 25 percent over the past twenty years. Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they are actively trying to avoid the drinks that have been a mainstay of American culture but bottled water is now on track to overtake soda as the largest beverage category in two years. The changing patterns of soda drinking appear to come thanks, in part, to a loud campaign to eradicate sodas. School cafeterias and vending machines no longer contain regular sodas. Many workplaces and government offices have similarly prohibited their sale. For many public health advocates, soda has become the new tobacco — a toxic product to be banned, taxed and stigmatized. "There will always be soda, but I think the era of it being acceptable for kids to drink soda all day long is passing, slowly," says Marion Nestle. "In some socioeconomic groups, it's over." Soda represents nearly 25% of the U.S. beverage market and its massive scale have guaranteed profit margins for decades. Historically, beverage preferences are set in adolescence, the first time that most people begin choosing and buying a favorite brand. But the declines in soda drinking appear to be sharpest among young Americans. "Kids these days are growing up with all of these other options, and there are some parents who say, 'I really want my kids to drink juice or a bottled water,' " says Gary A. Hemphill. "If kids grow up without carbonated soft drinks, the likelihood that they are going to grow up and, when they are 35, start drinking is very low." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Selected Provisions: TPP, CETA, and TiSA Trade Agreements - While proponents suggest that international trade agreements increase economic prosperity, writes reader Dangerous_Minds, it's often hard to find much detail about their details. Here's an exception: Freezenet is offering an update to known provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and the Trades in Services Agreement (TiSA). Among the findings are provisions permitting a three-strikes law and site blocking, multiple anti-circumvention laws, ISP liability, the search and seizure of personal devices to enforce copyright at the border, and an open door for ISP-level surveillance. Freezenet also offers a brief summary of what was found while admitting that provisions found in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as it relates to digital rights remains elusive for the time being. Read more of this story at Slashdot.