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Meet the boffins and buccaneers drilling for hydrogen

Published on Apr 15, 2024 08:00 AM IST

The search is on for a clean fuel that could one day replace oil

A woman searches for chrome from the scrap in Bulqiza, a city with one of the largest chromium reserves in Albania where a large amount of Hydrogen was recently discovered, in Bulqiza, Albania, March 31, 2024. REUTERS/Florion Goga(REUTERS)
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Why it is so rare to see a total solar eclipse

The Great North American eclipse should be cherished, because total eclipses will not happen for ever

A total solar eclipse is seen from Arlington, Texas, April 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)(AP)
Published on Apr 14, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Think Tesla is in trouble? Pity even more its wannabe EV rivals

A fleet of electric-car startups is struggling to stay in business

(FILES) A Tesla Supercharger electrical vehicle charging station in Falls Church, Virginia, February 13, 2023. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Apr 14, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Time to rein in Rory McIlroy and other long-hitting golfers

The days when players could subdue Augusta National, home of the Masters, may soon be over

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland(Getty Images via AFP)
Published on Apr 13, 2024 08:10 AM IST
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DIY landmine-clearing is putting Ukrainian farmers in danger

Licensed deminers are swamped and farmers want to sow

FILE PHOTO: Members of the de-mining department of the Ukrainian Emergency Services survey an area of farmland and electric power lines for land mines and other unexploded ordnance for electricians to access power towers damaged by Russian strikes in order to repair them, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Korovii Yar, in the Eastern Donetsk region, Ukraine, March 20, 2023. REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura/File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on Apr 13, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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O.J. Simpson’s defence was a harbinger of post-truth politics

Ignore the facts, believe in conspiracies

In this May 14, 2013, file photo, O.J. Simpson appears at an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas. (AP)
Published on Apr 13, 2024 12:09 AM IST
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How the Mediterranean could become a green-energy powerhouse

And what could hold it back

(FILES) This underwater photograph shows light penetrating the water surface in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Batroun city on August 1, 2023. Global temperatures
Published on Apr 11, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Republicans call to strike Iran; Biden pressed on Israel weapons

Our new daily update, featuring seven political stories that matter

Visuals from the Israeli bombing in Deir el-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.(AFP)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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One in five young Americans thinks the Holocaust is a myth

Our new poll makes alarming reading

FILE - Tourists visit the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on Jan. 27, 2024. More than 250 Holocaust survivors have joined an international initiative to share their stories of loss and survival with students around the world during a time of rising antisemitism following the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel that triggered the war in the Gaza Strip. The Survivor Speakers Bureau was launched Thursday by the New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, also referred to as the Claims Conference. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)(AP)
Published on Apr 09, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Sam Bankman-Fried’s downfall is complete

The erstwhile crypto king is convicted of seven counts of fraud

FILE - FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried leaves Federal court on July 26, 2023, in New York. The former crypto mogul faces the potential of decades in prison when he is sentenced Thursday, March 28, 2024, for his role in the 2022 collapse of FTX, once one of the world's most popular platforms for trading digital currency. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)(AP)
Published on Apr 08, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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The swing state of Wisconsin votes; Trump pays up

Our daily political update, featuring the stories that matter

Former US President and 2024 presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Hyatt Regency in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on April 2, 2024. (Photo by Alex Wroblewski / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Apr 07, 2024 08:08 AM IST
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An electoral bruising for Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey

The opposition triumphs in mayoral elections in Istanbul, Ankara and across the country

Turkish President and leader of Justice and Development (AK) Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech after the Turkish local Municipal elections, at AK Party Headquarters in Ankara on April 1, 2024. Turkey's main opposition party on March 31 claimed victory in Istanbul and Ankara, with its rising political star emerging from local elections as a serious challenger to veteran President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan, addressing supporters at his party's headquarters in Ankara, acknowledged a
Published on Apr 07, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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California is gripped by economic problems, with no easy fix

Rising unemployment, a growing deficit and persistent outmigration are a painful trinity

The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco skyline (AP)
Published on Apr 06, 2024 08:09 AM IST
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The new geography of Paris

Reshaping the French capital and its banlieues

This photograph taken on March 28, 2024 via a window, shows swimming pools in the Aquatics Centre built for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games to be used for artistic swimming, diving and water polo competitions in Saint Denis, near Paris. VenhoevenCS & Ateliers 2/3/4/ designed the building. The Seine-Saint-Denis department north of Paris will host a number of events for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with venues including the Stade de France and Aquatics Centre, as well as the Olympic Village. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Apr 06, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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The deaths-of-despair narrative is out of date

Drugs and suicide are no longer killing more working-class whites than they are other Americans

 Between 1999 and 2010 counties with the highest share of working-class whites saw deaths of despair grow much faster than in the counties with the lowest.
Published on Apr 05, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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The year everything (and nothing) changed in the Middle East

Months of bloodshed have only reinforced the region’s existing woes

A man inspects the damage in his house in the southern Lebanese village of Marwahin, close to the southern Lebanese border with Israel on November 24, 2023. Since the Gaza war erupted on October 7, Lebanon's southern border with Israel has witnessed deadly exchanges of fire, primarily involving the Israeli army and Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, as well as Palestinian militant groups. (Photo by AFP)(AFP)
Published on Apr 04, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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A major earthquake in Japan highlights the country’s resilience

At least 78 were killed. But the feared tsunami did not happen

TOPSHOT - Japan's Emperor Naruhito (L) and Empress Masako (2nd L) bow as they pay their respects at the site where a large-scale fire broke out on New Year's Day following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in the area, in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa prefecture on March 22, 2024. (Photo by JAPAN POOL / JIJI Press / AFP) / Japan OUT(AFP)
Published on Apr 03, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Three surprises that could inflame commodity markets in 2024

What it would take for another bout of mayhem

The price of India’s crude oil basket (COB) climbed to $89.8 per barrel on September 4
Published on Apr 03, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Europe’s economy is under attack from all sides

First Putin, now Xi. Next Trump?

European Union flags outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. (REUTERS File Photo)
Published on Apr 02, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Abortion-pill foes get a chilly reception at the Supreme Court

The justices are sceptical that the plaintiffs have “standing” to challenge mifepristone

Anti-Abortion and Abortion-rights activists rally outside the Supreme Court, Tuesday, March 26, 2024, in Washington. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in its first abortion case since conservative justices overturned the constitutional right to an abortion two years ago. At stake in Tuesday's arguments is the ease of access to a medication used last year in nearly two-thirds of U.S. abortions. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)(AP)
Published on Apr 01, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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The impact of the Baltimore bridge disaster

The collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge will hurt the city, but highlight its resilience, too

A container ship rests against the wreckage of the Francis Scott Key Bridge on Thursday, March 28, 2024, in Baltimore, Md. After days of searching through murky water for the workers missing after the bridge collapsed, officials are turning their attention Thursday to what promises to be a massive salvage operation. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)(AP)
Published on Mar 31, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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How ransomware could cripple countries, not just companies

Experts think 2023 was a record year for digital attacks

Ransomware has been mainly a Western problem but it is spreading globally(Unsplash)
Published on Mar 31, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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How will Britons vote in the next election?

Just two-thirds of Tory voters at the last election say they would make the same choice again

Rishi Sunak, UK prime minister, departs 10 Downing Street to attend a questions and answers session in parliament in London, UK, on Wednesday, March 20, 2024. Sunak is hoping the Bank of England can begin cutting interest rates soon enough for voter to feel the relief before his Conservatives face Keir Starmer's resurgent Labour Party in an election expected in the second half of the year. (Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)
Published on Mar 30, 2024 08:10 AM IST
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Will China save the planet or destroy it?

The country’s carbon emissions will soon peak. Then comes the hard part

Photovoltaic panels at a solar plant operated by Beijing Energy International Holding Co. on the outskirts of Beijing, China, on Thursday, March 14, 2024. To meet its climate targets, China has engaged in a world-leading buildout of renewable energy. Photographer: Andrea Verdelli/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
Published on Mar 30, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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The Barclay brothers and the Crown Agents

Six years of inquiries failed to dig enough

Sir Frederick Barclay and his twin brother, Sir David Barclay, outside Buckingham Palace after receiving their Knighthoods for their support of medical research in October 2000.(AP)
Published on Mar 29, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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America’s trustbusters wage war on Apple

Whatever the outcome, a wide-ranging antitrust case will hurt the firm

A man stands outside a recently-opened Apple Store in Shanghai's Jing'an district on March 26, 2024. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Mar 28, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Will Texas succeed in enforcing its own immigration law?

The state’s latest challenge to the federal government’s powers, SB4, is in limbo

A drone view shows migrants enduring cold and blustery weather as they line up against the border wall to surrender to immigration officials after breaching a razor wire-laden fence along the bank of the Rio Grande River in El Paso, Texas, U.S., March 25, 2024. REUTERS/Adrees Latif(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 27, 2024 01:20 AM IST
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The war in Gaza may topple Hamas without making Israel safer

It will end up even more deeply mired in the conflict that is the main threat to its security

Palestinians search the rubble of a family home following Israeli bombardment west of the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. (AFP)
Published on Mar 24, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Might Russia run out of big guns?

Its armed forces may be out-shelling the Ukrainians—but they are wearing out their artillery

In this photo released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, A view of a workshop of the Uraltransmash plant during Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu's visit in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Shoigu inspected the plant that manufactures artillery systems. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)(AP)
Published on Mar 24, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Without realising it, Britain has become a nation of immigrants

Another surprise: it’s very good at assimilating people

Immigration has transformed Lifespring Church, Reading and Britain itself. (Bloomberg)
Published on Mar 23, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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