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Dark net guns shipped in old printers

Criminals and terrorists are using the so-called dark net to buy weapons, a new study has suggested. Those selling the illicit weapons often disassembled and sent them in different packages or embedded them in old stereos or printers, the report found. Researchers found that firearms and related goods generated 136 sales per month and a monthly revenue of $80,000 (£62,000). ...

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Meet Rob Spence, the film-maker with the camera eye

Rob Spence is a film-maker who is blind in one eye. Nine years ago he replaced his eye with a tiny video camera. The camera is not connected to his optic nerve but sends its footage to a receiver. He has used his camera eye to record segments for a mini documentary about cyborgs – people who augment their bodies ...

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OnePlus admits 911 emergency call glitch

Phonemaker OnePlus has admitted a glitch in some of its devices prevented people making calls to the emergency services. The issue was highlighted on Reddit, where a customer showed their OnePlus 5 phone restarting when a 911 emergency call was placed. Others said calls to 999 in the UK and 112 in Europe were also affected by the glitch. OnePlus ...

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Why dogs are friendly – it's written in their genes

Being friendly is in dogs’ nature and could be key to how they came to share our lives, say US scientists. Dogs evolved from wolves tens of thousands of years ago. During this time, certain genes that make dogs particularly gregarious have been selected for, according to research. This may give dogs their distinctive personalities, including a craving for human ...

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Australia human history 'rewritten by rock find'

Archaeologists have found the first evidence to suggest that Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years. The discovery indicates their arrival on the continent was up to 18,000 years earlier than previously thought. It was made after sophisticated artefacts were excavated from a rock shelter in the Northern Territory. Researchers unearthed what they say are the ...

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Births to foreign-born mothers hit 28% in England and Wales

The number of foreign-born mothers having babies in England and Wales in 2016 reached 28% – the highest level on record, official statistics show. This figure has increased every year since 1990. Data from the Office for National Statistics also shows more women in their 40s are giving birth than women aged under 20. This is the second year in ...

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Plan not to give HPV vaccine to boys causes concern

A decision not to vaccinate boys against a cancer-causing sexually transmitted infection has attracted fierce criticism. Reported cases of human papilloma virus (HPV) – thought to cause about 80% of cervical cancers – have fallen sharply since girls were given the vaccine. But the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) found little evidence to justify treating boys too. Critics ...

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Tobacco firms 'hamper anti-smoking push'

The tobacco industry is hampering efforts to introduce life-saving interventions in low and middle-income countries, according to a report by the World Health Organization. Countries covering two-thirds of the world’s population now have measures in place to encourage people to stop smoking. But tobacco still kills more than 7 million people every year. Tobacco companies say they are not opposed ...

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Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk, study says

One in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity. The study is being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London. By 2050, 131 million ...

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UK rhino eggs 'could save last northern whites'

A UK zoo is taking part in a radical plan to save the world’s last three northern white rhinos from extinction. At Longleat safari park, scientists have collected eggs from southern white rhinos – a closely related sub species – to use for IVF. The eggs will help researchers to develop the technology to help the remaining northern whites to ...

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