australia
Firefighters Die in Plane Crash While Battling Australian Fires

Three American firefighters died in a plane crash while battling Australia’s bushfires in the state of New South Wales on Thursday, according to authorities in the region. It’s not immediately clear what caused the firefighting air tanker to crash. Read More >>

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20 Million on Lockdown As China Halts Travel From Three Cities Over Deadly Virus

Two more cities in China are being placed on lockdown in an attempt by Chinese authorities to control the spread of a deadly new virus called 2019-nCoV and avoid a global epidemic. The SARS-like virus has killed at least 17 people and sickened more than 570, spreading to at least four countries outside China so far. Read More >>

australia
Red Cross Has Dispersed Just 25% of Money Raised For Australian Bushfire Victims

The Red Cross in Australia is coming under fire from at least one local politician for dispersing just a quarter of the money collected for bushfire victims who have lost their homes. About AUD$30 million of AUD$115 million (about £15.6 million of £60 million) recently donated by the public to Red Cross Australia has been given to people affected by the bushfire crisis so far. And some people say that isn’t enough. Read More >>

health
New Virus Kills Sixth Person After Human-to-Human Transmission Confirmed

Health officials in China have confirmed that a mysterious new virus which originated in the city of Wuhan can be transmitted from human-to-human, not just from animals to humans. The news comes after a sixth person has died from the virus and at least 15 health care workers have been infected. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called an emergency meeting to discuss the novel coronavirus today. Read More >>

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NASA Wants You to Pick One of These 9 Names for Its New Mars Rover

NASA has narrowed down the list of possible names for its new Mars rover to just nine entries. And the public has just one week to vote for the winner. Read More >>

science
Deadly Mystery Virus Spreads Outside China to New Countries

Health officials in Thailand and Japan have announced that a strange new virus, which has killed two people and sickened dozens of others in China, has appeared inside their borders this week. The virus, known as 2019-nCoV, was first identified in Wuhan, China in late December and questions remain about how it spreads, according to the World Health Organization. Read More >>

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NASA Contest to Name Mars Rover Narrows to 155 Student Entries

Judges working for NASA have narrowed the list of possible names for the space agency’s new Mars rover to 155 entries from students in the US – different names that include everything from Dusty and Dreamer to Tenacity and Little Tinker. Whichever student wins the grand prize will get an invitation to see the new Mars rover launch into space at Cape Canaveral in July of 2020. Read More >>

australia
Australian Open Tennis Players Struggle to Breathe as Climate Crisis Makes Air Hazardous

Tennis players at practice sessions for the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia today struggled to breathe as smoke from nearby bushfires choked their lungs. Slovenian Dalila Jakupović even collapsed on the court in a coughing fit while simply trying to inhale the smoke-filled air, which had an Air Quality Index (AQI) rating above 200 today. Read More >>

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Australia’s Terrible Telecom Infrastructure Leaving People Without Vital Info During Bushfire Crisis

Australia’s terrible communications infrastructure is typically just an everyday headache for Australians, who have the slowest Internet of any wealthy nation in the world. But in the middle of a bushfire crisis, access to critical information on the Internet can be the difference between life and death. Read More >>

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Boeing Emails Reveal Employees Talking Shit About The 737 Max Before Deadly Crashes

New emails and direct messages released by Boeing to congressional investigators reveal some shocking messages from Boeing employees about both their own planes and the regulators overseeing the safety on their aircraft. In one of the most startling messages from April of 2017, a Boeing employee wrote, “this airplane is designed by clowns, who in turn are supervised by monkeys.” Read More >>

iran
Everything We Know About the Plane Crash in Iran That Killed 176 People

A Ukrainian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran, Iran, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, killing all 176 passengers and crew on board. The cause of the crash is not yet known, though the Ukrainian Embassy in Tehran was quick to rule out both terrorism and a conventional military attack. Read More >>

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Elon Musk Dances Like Nobody’s Watching at Tesla Event in China

Billionaire tech founder Elon Musk made quite a splash in China today, where he took the stage to show off the Tesla Model 3 that’s made at the company’s new multibillion-dollar plant near Shanghai – the first outside of the US. Read More >>

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No, Graffiti Did Not Appear Overnight in Iran Thanking President Trump

Have you seen the photo doing the rounds on social media in the wake of the assassination of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani? The Trump regime took credit for killing Soleimani overnight, and some conservatives claim that Iranians are thankful that Trump killed him. According to people on Twitter, the graffiti on the wall says “Thank you Trump,” supposedly tagged overnight to thank the president for killing Soleimani. But the image isn’t quite what it seems. Read More >>

energy
Toyota CEO Predicted Peak Oil by 2020 Back in 2009

Toyota’s North American CEO, Jim Lentz, predicted back in 2009 that by 2020 the world would hit peak oil – the idea that the world’s demand for oil would exceed the world’s supply of oil. And since we’ve officially entered the year 2020, it feels like an appropriate time to look at whether his prediction was correct. Spoiler alert: It wasn’t. Read More >>

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Everything That Happened in Iran While You Were Sleeping

The U.S. assassinated a high-ranking Iranian official in a targeted airstrike at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq early Friday, local time. The strike killed Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian general with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as well as at least seven other people. And now there’s concern that the killing could spark a significant military response from Iran. Read More >>