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EPA Chief: ‘Aspen’s Climate Could Be a Lot Like That of Amarillo, TX’ in 2100

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Gina McCarthy took to the EPA and White House blogs Wednesday to declare that "We Must Act Now to Protect Our Winters." McCarthy was in Aspen, CO, last week, the famous ski destination and home to an X-Games venue, and she warned that without action on climate change, "Aspen’s climate could be a lot like that of Amarillo, TX, by 2100." Her post reads in part [emphasis

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Beware Rise Of The Machines, Warns Bill Gates

Artificial intelligence (AI) could pose a serious threat to humanity if it is not kept under control, according to Microsoft founder Bill Gates. He's joined Elon Musk - the man behind Tesla Motors - and physicist Stephen Hawking in expressing concern that taken too far, AI could lead to Terminator-like science fiction scenarios. In a question and answer session on Reddit, Mr Gates said: "I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence.

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Taylor Swift trademarks ‘sick beat’

29 January 2015 Last updated at 12:00 The star is likely to apply the phrases to her own range of merchandise Pop star Taylor Swift has trademarked phrases including "this sick beat" and "we never go out of style", in the United States. The phrases are all lyrics from her current album, 1989, which has sold more than 4 million copies in the US. The trademark ruling prohibits others from using her lyrics on items

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Sky To Enter Mobile Market In O2 Partnership

Sky, the owner of Sky News, has announced it is entering the mobile market for the first time in a partnership with O2 - allowing it to become a so-called 'quad player'. The wholesale deal, which will have no impact on O2's existing customers, means Sky can offer mobile services to Sky customers on Sky bills from 2016. The agreement follows a different approach from its rival BT, which is looking to spend £12.5bn to

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Man killed on Scorsese film set

29 January 2015 Last updated at 11:52 Emergency services were called to the film set after the accident One person was killed and two others were injured in Taiwan on the set of Hollywood director Martin Scorsese's latest movie, Silence. A ceiling collapsed onto three Taiwanese construction workers at the Chinese Culture and Movie Center during pre-production on the film. A man identified as Chen Yu-lung was pronounced dead at hospital. Scorsese was said to

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Fishermen net WW2 mustard gas bomb

29 January 2015 Last updated at 11:44 By News from Elsewhere... ...media reports from around the world, found by BBC Monitoring Fishing around the Danish island of Bornholm can be a risky business Danish fishermen reeled in a particularly dangerous catch during an trawl in the Baltic Sea - a mustard gas bomb from World War Two. The fishing cutter caught the unexploded German ordnance in the sea around the island of Bornholm, which lies

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Virtual reality takes to the sky

29 January 2015 Last updated at 11:43 Passengers will be able to watch a selection of VR-tailored content First-class passengers flying between Australia and the US will soon be able to watch content via a virtual reality headset, airline Qantas has announced. In the first tie-up of its kind, the airline has teamed up with Samsung to provide the headsets for in-flight entertainment. The Samsung Gear VR headsets will show a variety of tailored content.

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Ivorian pledge to hunt child killers

29 January 2015 Last updated at 11:39 Unicef says there has been a repeated failure to investigate attacks on children Police in Ivory Coast have set up a special unit to investigate a series of suspected ritual killings of children. More than 20 children have been kidnapped and killed across the country in recent weeks and most of the bodies have shown signs of mutilation. Police said 1,500 officers and soldiers would be patrolling "known

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