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Myanmar opposition says Suu Kyi wins parliamentary seat

Myanmar’s opposition claimed a historic victory Sunday for pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in her bid for a seat in parliament, sparking scenes of jubilation among crowds of supporters. Hundreds of people cheered as a giant screen outside National League for Democracy (NLD) party headquarters in Yangon announced a…

U.S. feared Falklands war would draw in Soviet Union, documents reveal

Declassified cables show U.S. felt Thatcher had not considered diplomatic options, and feared Soviet Union could be drawn in. The US feared the Thatcher government “had not thought much about diplomatic possibilities” for resolving the Falklands crisis when it dispatched a military taskforce 30 years ago, and predicted the conflict…

North Sea oil exploration getting harder, costlier

The North Sea has some way to go before running out of oil but faced with falling output, unlocking new reserves is proving technologically complex and expensive, according to experts. “There are clouds on the horizon but the outlook is bright,” said Nils Helge Sorgard, head of business development at…

Russian grannies set for Eurovision stardom

With shoes made from lime tree bark, a few simple dance moves and a charming song, a group of Russian grannies from the foothills of the Ural mountains are aiming for Eurovision stardom. Despite a lack of any obvious showbusiness attributes, the Buranovskiye Babushki (the Buranovo Grannies), a group of…

Laughter clubs catch on in stressed-out Hong Kong

Hypnotherapist Dick Yu has a mission that seems unthinkable to some Hong Kong people: he wants to make the Asian financial hub’s seven million residents laugh. “Hong Kong people don’t laugh because they are under constant pressure to make more money, to make life better,” says Yu, who has founded…

AI robot: How machine intelligence is evolving

No computer can yet pass the ‘Turing test’ and be taken as human. But, says Marcus du Sautoy, the hunt for artificial intelligence is moving in a different, exciting direction that involves creativity, language – and even jazz. ‘I propose to consider the question “Can machines think?”‘ Not my question…

First evidence for string theory at the Large Hadron Collider

A bug in the software used to model the detectors at the Large Hadron Collider could have been covering up evidence for extra space time dimensions. Complex software models are used to understand the results from the Large Hadron Collider. These include simulations of the particle physics in the proton-proton…

Britain to monitor citizens’ text messages and emails

The British government wants to expand its powers to monitor email exchanges and website visits, The Sunday Times newspaper reported. Internet companies would be instructed to install hardware to allow the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) — Britain’s electronic “listening” agency” — to go through “on demand” every text message and…

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