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Who has Mark Lawrenson tipped for victory this weekend?

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  • Songbird Fossil Virus May Help Predict Pandemics

    An anonymous reader writes “Researchers announced they found a fossil virus hiding in the most unexpected place: the chromosomes of several songbird species. This ancient virus resembles human hepatitis B virus. Finding this ancient virus will catalyze new lines of inquiry that may help scientists predict and prevent future human viral pandemics that originate in birds.”

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  • Fifty Meter Asteroid Might Hit Earth In 2098

    eldavojohn writes “The Bad Astronomer brings word of an asteroid discovered with a tiny chance of hitting Earth. While it’s only 50 meters wide, it could have the impact of a 20 megaton bomb. It’s still twenty million miles away so if it hits us, it won’t happen until 2098. The real story here is how a remarkable telescope, dubbed Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System, that went operational in May found its first potential target in our (more…)

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  • GB take dressage silver at Worlds

    Laura Bechtolsheimer shines as Great Britain claim their first-ever team dressage medal at the World Equestrian Games, winning silver in Kentucky.

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  • United Nations Names Ambassador To Aliens

    Shag writes “Although searches for extraterrestrial intelligence have thus far come up empty-handed, the United Nations appears to be preparing for eventual ‘first contact.’ Many media outlets are carrying the story that Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist who heads the UN’s Office for Outer Space Affairs in Vienna — already charged with things like keeping track of satellites to prevent Kessler Syndrome and coordinating the international (more…)

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  • Sarries sorry for Borthwick snub

    Saracens apologise to European Rugby Cup for Steve Borthwick’s failure to attend Monday’s Heineken Cup launch.

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  • suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Ars Technica: “Apple is scheduled to go to trial with a startup to fight over a three-letter word: Pod. The trademark battle centers on independent entrepreneur Daniel Kokin, founder of startup Sector Labs, and his video projector in development called Video Pod. Apple had previously filed oppositions against Kokin’s usage of ‘Pod,’ alleging that it would cause customers to confuse it with Apple’s iPod products. (more…)

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  • Ecclestone fearful over Korean GP

    Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone expresses doubts as to whether October’s Korean Grand Prix will go ahead.

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  • Wenger criticises ‘poor’ Arsenal

    Arsenal were simply not good enough to beat West Brom, admits the Arsenal manager after his side’s 3-2 home defeat.

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  • In Court? Be Careful What You Post On Facebook

    mbone writes “Going to court? Seeking damages for injuries? Be careful what you post on Facebook (and, presumably, elsewhere). In the first case of its kind (analyzed in the Courtroom Strategy blog), a Suffolk County, NY Judge allowed a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit to obtain access to the Facebook profile of the plaintiff suing them, saying ‘Plaintiff has no legitimate reasonable expectation of privacy.’ You have been warned. I am not a (more…)

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