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Manhattan spent hours in the dark

About 72,000 have been left without power in Manhattan at around 7pm of last Saturday. This caused problems for subway riders, tourists and even a Jennifer Lopez concert. All power has been restored after around 3 hours. There were no reports of injuries.

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The reason we rarely see smiles in art history

Why we rarely see people smiling in old paintings? Today, we perceive smiling as an indication of friendliness, happiness or affection. We might at first think that in the last centuries it was normal for people to avoid showing off their bad teeth. In fact, poor dental hygiene was so …

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Dr. René Favarolo

Dr René Favarolo was an Argentine cardiac surgeon best known for his pioneering work on coronary artery bypass surgery. Coming from an Italian family, he was born on July 12th 1923. He founded the nonprofit Favarolo Institute of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery.  By the year 2000, Argentina was submerged in an economic and political …

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Trump against Facebook money

“If Facebook wants to make a new money it must become subject to all Banking Regulations”, those are Trump’s words about the announced Libra by Facebook, the new cryptocurrency. “I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and …

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Novosibirsk “Maldives” lake

CNN worte about this new Instagram star, a lake in the far Siberia. The calm turquoise waters are a magnet for Instagrammers desperate to take the perfect selfie. But the “Novosibirsk Maldives,” as this Siberian lake has been dubbed, is no natural beauty. It’s a highly toxic artificial pond used …

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A snail blocks Japan’s railway

On day May 30 more than 12000 passengers were delayed after power was cut on lines operated by rail company JR Kitakyushu. After investigation a simple snail was blamed for the interruption of eletricity. During a later inspection of the network’s electrical equipment, the company’s engineers discovered a dead slug, …

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2026 Winter Olympics

Milan-Cortina has won the right to host the 2026 Winter Olympics after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach announced the decision Monday. Italy has twice hosted Winter Olympics in the past — Cortina in 1956 and Turin in 2006 — but it will be the first held in Milan. …

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Boris Johnson under pressure

Boris Johnson was chosen from Theresa May to continue her path to Brexit. He is front-runner in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister, Last night it seems that he was shouting with the girlfriend and somebody called the police. The press put him under pressure to know what …

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Who is Chinese, who is Russian?

Peter Petrov has been a fourth generation Chinese citizen. With bright blue eyes, fair skin and brown hair, he doesn’t look like a typical Chinese man. His Russian face is making Chineses confusing and wondering about what is really Chinese. He is a just simple Chinese farmer who became a …

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Russia’s best enemies and friends

Russia is not a simple country and as all the big countries it has its own problems with other countries. That’s a poll on this topic. Russia’s worst enemies Who Russians Consider Their Greatest Enemies The following is a little more generic. It includes enemies like corruption and Putin (!) …

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World’s best Airline 2019

The aviation research firm Skytrax announced its 2019 ranking of the best airlines in the world. *The Russian Aeroflot is number 22 and the Italian Alitalia is number 72 Here the first ten. All Asian except for the German Luftansa at ninth position. 1 Qatar Airways In a relatively short time, Qatar Airways has …

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Million of people are out of water in India

India’s sixth biggest city is almost entirely out of water. In Chennai, India’s sixth largest city, millions of people are running out of water. Chembarambakkam and the three other reservoirs that have traditionally supplied Chennai are nearly all dry, leaving the city suffering from an acute water shortage. Due to …

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China will no longer be most populous nation

India is set to overtake China as the world’s most populous country in less than a decade, according to a new United Nations report. China and India currently account for about 37% of the entire global population of roughly 7.7 billion, with China currently home to about 1.4 billion people …

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