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Scientists say Vikings beat Columbus to North America by 471 years

Scientists say Vikings beat Columbus to North America by 471 years

October 21, 2021

Vikings had a settlement in North America exactly one thousand years ago, centuries before Christopher Columbus arrived on the continent, a study has found.

Scientists say a new dating technique analysing tree rings has provided evidence that Vikings occupied a site in Newfoundland, Canada, in 1021AD.

It has long been known that Europeans reached the Americas before Columbus's arrival in the New World in 1492.

But this is the first time researchers have suggested an exact date.

British made robot detained by Egyptian authorities over spy fears

British made robot detained by Egyptian authorities over spy fears

October 21, 2021

A British-made robot artist that creates paintings using algorithms was detained for ten days by Egyptian security forces on suspicion of being part of a spying plot.

Ai-Da, the humanoid robot artist, was en route to an exhibition next to the pyramids in Giza with her creator Aidan Meller when they were stopped by border agents after arriving in Cairo. 

Meller said officials seized the robot and demanded the removal of her eyes, that contain cameras which she uses to draw and paint. They were not released until Wednesday.

He told The Guardian newspaper shortly before his release: “The British ambassador has been working through the night to get Ai-Da released, but we’re right up to the wire now.

“It’s really stressful.”

NFL to end ‘race-norming’ of brain tests after uproar of concussion payouts

NFL to end ‘race-norming’ of brain tests after uproar of concussion payouts

October 21, 2021

The NFL and lawyers for thousands of retired players have reached an agreement to end the use of a race-based method to evaluate dementia claims in the league's landmark concussion settlement programme.

It follows public outrage over the use of "race-norming" - a practice that critics said made it difficult for black retired players to qualify for payouts, and which came to light after two former players filed a civil rights lawsuit over it last year.

The method assumes black players start with lower cognitive function than white players, which makes it more difficult for them to show they suffer from a mental impairment linked to their playing days.

Critics say it may have prevented hundreds of black players suffering from dementia to win awards that average $500,000 or more.

The vast majority of the league's players - 70% of active players and more than 60% of those who are currently retired - are black.

Man charged with murder of British MP Sir David Amess

Man charged with murder of British MP Sir David Amess

October 21, 2021

A 25-year-old man has been charged with murder and the preparation of terrorist acts, after the fatal stabbing of MP Sir David Amess.

Ali Harbi Ali was arrested following the attack at a constituency surgery in Essex on Friday.

Sir David, a Conservative MP since 1983, suffered multiple stab wounds and died at the scene.

Ali is a British man whose father is a former adviser to Somalia's prime minister.

Nick Price, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "We will submit to the court that this murder has a terrorist connection, namely that it had both religious and ideological motivations."

Ali, from north London, remains in custody and is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later.

Warner Bros hits back at Ruby Rose Batwoman claims

Warner Bros hits back at Ruby Rose Batwoman claims

October 21, 2021

Warner Bros has hit back at Ruby Rose's claims that there were poor working conditions on the set of Batwoman.

The actress left the show, which began on the CW network in 2019 after just one series.

Writing on Instagram on Wednesday, Rose posted a string of allegations of abuse, negligence and poor working conditions.

Warner Bros said it did not hire Rose for a second season after receiving complaints about her behaviour.

The company described Rose's account as "revisionist history... aimed at the producers, the cast and crew, the network, and the studio".

Rose previously indicated she left the series due to a combination of being injured on set and the impact of the Covid-19 on production.

US surgeons test pig kidney transplant in a human

US surgeons test pig kidney transplant in a human

October 21, 2021

US Surgeons say they have successfully transplanted a pig's kidney into a person, in a medical breakthrough they hope could solve organ donation shortages. 

The recipient was brain-dead, meaning they were already on artificial life support with no prospect of recovering. 

The kidney came from a pig that had been genetically modified to stop the organ being recognised by the body as "foreign" and being rejected. 

The work has not yet been peer-reviewed or published. 

Experts say it is the most advanced experiment in the field so far. 

Similar tests have been done in non-human primates, but not people, until now. 

Pig heart valves are already widely used in humans. And their organs are a good match for people when it comes to size. 

Barbados elect first president for post-Queen era

Barbados elect first president for post-Queen era

October 21, 2021

Barbados has elected its first ever president as it prepares to become a republic, removing Queen Elizabeth as head of state.

Dame Sandra Mason, 72, is set to be sworn in on 30 November, which will mark the country's 55th anniversary of independence from Britain.

She’s first woman to serve on the Barbados Court of Appeals and has been governor-general since 2018.

The government announced the plan to move to a republic status last year.

The historic election came after a joint session of the House of Assembly and the Senate on Wednesday. Prime Minister Mia Mottley described the vote as a "seminal moment" for the nation.

Police offer reward amid fears 4-year-old girl was taken

Police offer reward amid fears 4-year-old girl was taken

October 21, 2021

Australian authorities are offering a reward of A$1million - roughly $750,000 US dollars, for information on a four-year-old girl they fear may have been abducted.

Cleo Smith was last seen sleeping in her family's tent at the Quobba Blowholes coastal camp in Western Australia early on Saturday morning.

Her mother said she discovered the tent open and the girl missing, along with her sleeping bag.

Teams are searching by air and sea.

Western Australia Police commissioner Col Blanch said police were "chasing down leads" based on information they had already received.

Investigators said they were concerned that Cleo may not have left the area on her own because the tent's zip was opened to a higher point than she would have been able to reach.

South Korea launches first homegrown space rocket

South Korea launches first homegrown space rocket

October 21, 2021

South Korea has launched its first homegrown rocket, stepping up the country's ambitions in space.

The Korean Satellite Launch Vehicle II, known as Nuri, took off from Goheung, about 310 miles south of Seoul. 

President Moon Jae-in said the vehicle completed its full flight sequence but failed in its goal of putting a dummy satellite in orbit. 

Nuri cost South Korea an estimated 2 trillion won ($1.6 billion) to develop. Weighing 200 tonnes and measuring 47.2 metres long, it is fitted with six liquid-fuelled engines.

Texas nurse found guilty of killing patients

Texas nurse found guilty of killing patients

October 21, 2021

A Texas nurse has been found guilty of the murder of four patients who died after he injected them with air following heart surgeries. 

William Davis, 37, was convicted of capital murder by a jury on Tuesday and could now face the death penalty. 

Prosecutors said he targeted seven people from June 2017 to January 2018. 

Christus Mother Frances Hospital, where the attacks took place, said it hoped that the "jury's verdict helps bring some closure to those harmed".

The men, aged between 47 and 74, experienced "seizure-like symptoms" and died from fatal brain damage after the air was injected. 

Davis will remain in custody at the Smith County Jail on an $8.75 million bail bond.

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