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Television news collection 71'716 VHS / Betamax tapes
Stokes' tape collection consisted of 24/7-coverage of Fox, MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, CNBC and other networks—recorded on as many
as eight separate VCR machines stationed throughout her house.
She had a husband and children, and family outings were planned around the length of a VHS tape.
Every six hours when the tapes would be ending, Stokes and her husband would run around the house to switch them out—even cutting short meals at restaurants to make it home to switch out tapes in time.
Later in life when she was not as agile, Stokes trained a helper to do the task for her.
The archives ultimately grew to live on 71,716 (originally erroneously reported as 140,000 in the media) VHS and Betamax tapes stacked in Stokes' home,
as well as apartments she rented just to store them.
20190816 Trump want buy Grønland
Donald Trump reportedly wants to purchase Greenland from Denmark
20190821 Greenland: Trump criticises 'nasty' Denmark over cancelled visit
US President Donald Trump has called the Danish leader "nasty" after she rebuffed his idea of buying Greenland.
He lashed out hours after Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said she was "sorry" that Mr Trump had abruptly called off a state visit to Denmark.
She has dismissed the suggestion of such a land deal as "absurd".
Queen Margrethe II invited Mr Trump to visit Denmark on 2 September, and the manner of his cancellation has stunned the Scandinavian nation.
Trump in new outcome against Denmark: You pay too little for the defense
Trump is now criticizing Denmark's defense budget, which he says should be higher.
US president has ‘expressed interest’ in the icy territory,
according to the Wall Street Journal, but the Danes have yet to weigh in
Trump overvejer at købe Grønland
20190819 Government-to-strength defense-in-Arctic
While US President Donald Trump is waking up with his announcement to buy Greenland,
Defense Secretary Trine Bramsen warns that the Danish defense presence in the Arctic will be strengthened in the coming years.
She points out the Arctic as one of the top five security policy challenges for Denmark in line with the threat
of terror, cyber attacks, uncontrolled migrant flows and an aggressive Russia.
"As the ice melts due to climate change, major changes are taking place and new threat images are being created to the north.
The Arctic's presence in the Arctic will be strengthened in the coming years in response to this development to ensure stability and security," says Trine Bramsen.
Within 15 years, the average annual temperature has risen by about five degrees and has melted the ice.
This releases mineral wealth: precious stones, iron ore, oil, gold, copper, uranium and rare earths, which are needed for the booming construction of rechargeable batteries.
Trump : The global warming has its good!
20190820 US domination is under threat: China can wipe out US troops in Asia in hours
USA's dominans er truet: Kina kan udradere de amerikanske tropper i Asien i løbet af timer
Det kinesiske militær har med kraftig oprustning væltet USA af pinden som den stærkeste militærmagt i Asien, viser rapport.
20190821 Titanic eaten by microbes
The RMS Titanic has been underwater for more than 100 years, lying about 600km (370 miles) off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.
The passenger liner, which was the largest ship of its time, hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 1912.
Of the 2,200 passengers and crew onboard, more than 1,500 died.
20190823 Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings
Work began on the 144m Akademik Lomonosov in Saint Petersburg in 2006.
But environmental groups have long warned of the dangers of the project, dubbing it a potential "Chernobyl on ice" and a "nuclear Titanic."
When it arrives in Pevek, a town of 5,000 in the Siberian region of Chukotka, it will replace a local nuclear plant and a closed coal plant.
It is due to go into operation by the end of year, mainly serving the region's oil platforms as Russia develops the exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Arctic.
20190831 Brasil France Bolsonaro Macron Amazonas Bic
BRASILIA: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday (2019 Aug 30) he will stop using disposable pens made by France's Bic to sign official documents,
while a diplomatic spat continues over fires in the Amazon basin.
"A pen (of the Brazilian brand) Compactor and no more Bic, will work," Bolsonaro said, confirming remarks he made during a live broadcast on Facebook a day earlier.
Bolsonaro said Thursday he would stop using Bic "because it is French."
BRASILIA: Le président brésilien, Jair Bolsonaro, a annoncé vendredi (30 août) qu'il cessera d'utiliser des stylos jetables fabriqués par le français Bic
pour signer des documents officiels, tandis que les affrontements diplomatiques se poursuivent à la suite d'incendies dans le bassin amazonien.
"Un stylo (de la marque brésilienne) Compactor et pas plus de Bic, fonctionnera", a déclaré Bolsonaro, confirmant ses propos tenus lors d'une émission en direct sur Facebook un jour plus tôt.
Bolsonaro a déclaré jeudi qu'il arrêterait d'utiliser le Bic "parce que c'est français".
BRASÍLIA: O presidente do Brasil, Jair Bolsonaro, disse na sexta-feira (30 de agosto) que deixará de usar canetas descartáveis feitas pela francesa Bic
para assinar documentos oficiais, enquanto uma briga diplomática continua por causa de incêndios na bacia amazônica.
"Uma caneta (da marca brasileira) Compactor e não mais Bic funcionará", disse Bolsonaro, confirmando as observações que fez durante uma transmissão ao vivo no Facebook no dia anterior.
Bolsonaro disse na quinta-feira que deixaria de usar o Bic "porque é francês".
Basel (switzerland) Novartis has designed its campus too generously
The pharmaceutical company has surplus space at the Basel head office.
The situation threatens to worsen because of the far-reaching job losses in the administration of the company.
With many workers over fifty losing their jobs, Novartis faces criticism in this regard.
It’s already getting tough to discern real text from fake, genuine video from deepfake. Now, it appears that use of fake voice tech is on the rise too.
That’s according to the Wall Street Journal, which reported a case of voice fraud — aka vishing (short for “voice phishing”) — that cost a company $243,000.
The largest container ship in the world reached the port of Rotterdam
The MSC Gülsün is 400 meters long and 62 meters wide, say four football fields.
The giant has a capacity of 23,756 TEU.
TEU is the standard size for 20ft containers.
The previous record holder, OOCL Hong Kong, has a capacity of 21,413 TEU.
The OOCL Hong Kong was the largest in two years.
The MSC Gülsün is the first container ship that can transport 24 containers side by side across the width.
The new record ship arrives at the APM container terminal at the Second Maasvlakte.
The ship was built in South Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries on the Geoje shipyard.
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20190905 Copy Cat : Chinese firm creates first cloned kitten
Chen Dayuan - an expert at the Chinese Academy of Sciences who has been researching giant panda cloning for 20 years
- said there could even be scope for cats to give birth to cloned baby pandas, which are smaller than baby cats despite their large size when fully grown.
The first major success in animal cloning was Dolly the sheep, born in Britain in 1996 as the first mammal cloned from an adult cell.
In 2005, researchers in South Korea cloned the first dog. The Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in Seoul says it has cloned some 800 pets and charges US$100,000 each.
Sinogene pet cloning company in China :
A laboratory technician checks samples with a microscope at the Chinese company Sinogene, a pet cloning outfit which has cloned more than 40 pet dogs since 2017, in Beijing.
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20190909 covfefe volfefe jpmorgan-creates-volfefe-index-to-track-trump-tweet-impact
Make market volatility great again?
Analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. have created an index to gauge the impact of Donald Trump’s tweets on U.S. interest rates, which they say is on the rise.
The ‘Volfefe Index’, named after Trump’s mysterious ‘covfefe’ tweet, suggests that the president’s tweets are having a statistically significant impact on Treasury yields.
The number of market-moving Trump tweets has ballooned in the past month, with those including words such as
‘China,’ ‘billion,’ ‘products,’ ‘democrats,’ and ‘great,’ most likely to affect prices, the analysts found.
20190910 Barcelona's car-free 'superblocks' could save hundreds of lives
Eixample district of Barcelona, Spain
Report predicts radical scheme could cut air pollution by a quarter as other cities including Seattle prepare to follow suit
Barcelona could save hundreds of lives and cut air pollution by a quarter if it fully implements its radical superblocks scheme to reduce traffic, a new report claims.
A study carried out by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health calculates that the city could prevent
667 premature deaths every year if it created all 503 superblocks envisaged in its initial plan – up from the current six schemes.
20190909 The 9/11 Tribute Lights Are Endangering 160,000 Birds a Year
A recent study shows that beams of light can lure birds to veer off their normal migratory flights, putting them at risk of starvation or injury.