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A Russian Rocket Just Exploded Over Kazakhstan as It Launched

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At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan a Proton-M rocket with DM-03 upper stage, carrying three Russian Glonass-M navigation satellites(fortunately unmanned) went out of control, exploded and crashed at 8:38 AM local time, July 2 2013.
The rocket propellant used is the hypergolic oxidizer dinitrogen tetroxide with the toxic and carcinogenic fuel unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine, which leads to the brown smoke, massive fireball, and inevitable environmental contamination during the crash.

Apple iOS 7 Has Already Been Jailbroken

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Apple iOS 7 is currently available as a beta for developers, Apple will release the final version of iOS 7 in the fall. The new iOS 7 will be announced in September at the same time as the new iPhone 5S. It looks like Apple iOS 7 has already been jailbroken by developer Ryan Petrich who posted a photo online from a jailbroken iPod Touch running Apple iOS 7 Beta on Twitter last night.
He didn’t say too much about it. In fact, he didn’t acknowledge the jailbreak at all. He simply wrote “System version too new?” in reference to an error he received when attempting to run Activator.
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Mars creature caught in NASA photo

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Recently, a creature was caught by Mars rover Curiosity. The creature in the photo looks like a lizard or rodent, or it may be just a rock. As there is a little amount of water on Mars, it's possible to find such desert animals wandering around.
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YouTube Lets You Create Slow-Motion Videos Now

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YouTube has added a feature that lets you make any video into a slow-mo video. You can now select a slow motion feature on your videos from the YouTube editor, have a look at the videos below which shows YouTube videos with and without the feature.
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WSJ: Yahoo to acquire Tumblr in $1.1 billion cash deal

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The Yahoo board has approved a deal to pay $1.1 billion in cash for the blogging site Tumblr, according to The Wall Street Journal. Yahoo has now officially confirmed that it is buying blogging platform Tumblr for $1.1 billion mostly in cash. Yahoo have said that Tumblr will keeps its independence, and Tumblr founder David Karp had the following tom say about the Yahoo takeover of the company. Founder David Karp, he wrote:
We’re not turning purple. Our headquarters isn’t moving. Our team isn’t changing. Our roadmap isn’t changing. And our mission – to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve – certainly isn’t changing.”

the world's first fully 3D-printed gun

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The world’s first 3D-printed plastic handgun created by Cody Wilson of nonprofit organization Defense Distributed.
"Wilson’s weapon is almost entirely plastic: Fifteen of its 16 pieces have been created inside an $8,000 second-hand Stratasys Dimension SST 3D printer, a machine that lays down threads of melted polymer that add up to precisely-shaped solid objects just as easily as a traditional printer lays ink on a page. The only non-printed piece is a common hardware store nail used as its firing pin."
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The New Design $100 Note

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The newly redesigned $100 note will begin circulating on October 8, 2013.

Breaking News of the Day: Boston Marathon Explosions

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"A runner’s videocamera captures the first explosion at the Boston Marathon on Monday. At least three people are dead and over 140 people injured following the blast."

Vietnam Unveils a Fire-Breathing Dragon Bridge

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A Dragon Bridge over the Han River in Da Nang was opened for traffic last week. Work began on the Dragon Bridge in July 2009, which is 666 metres long and 37.5 metres wide, with six lanes for traffic. Costing VND1.7 trillion (around £55m, $85m), on special occasions, the dragon is capable of releasing bursts of fire from its mouth and can spit water.
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Couples marry as Shrek and Princess Fiona

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Heidi Coxshall, 30, and Paul Bellas, 42 from Jersey, married as Shrek and Princess Fiona from the Shrek animated films. Their four-year-old son Leo dressed as Donkey on the day.
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Mission To Send Married Couple Around Mars in 2018

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It is a news from Wednesday, but maybe someone want to know.
Multimillionaire Dennis Tito has created a nonprofit group called Inspiration Mars and green-lit a program to send a single couple on a 501-day trip around the red planet and return to earth, beginning in January 5th, 2018. The mission is described as "high-risk", which is to be expected when you lock a married couple in a cramped capsule for a year and a half. Under the audacious but bare-bones plan, the spacecraft would blast off less than five years from now and pass within 100 miles of the Martian surface. The cost was not disclosed, but outsiders put it at more than $1 billion.
"A celestial harmony makes such a plan feasible -- a once-every-15-years alignment of Earth and Mars wherein a modest craft can shoot there and back with minimal fuel.
The risks of this mission soar beyond those NASA would allow, said Tito adviser Jonathan Clark, a former NASA space doctor now at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Beyond low Earth orbit, cosmic radiation rises dramatically, upping the risk of cancer. If illness or injury occur, there is no hospital for millions of miles, no chance to abort, and no escape.
The nearly 18-month trip will cover 818 million miles.
Time spent within 60,000 miles of Mars: 10 hours."
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Giant Snake Lantern Sculpture in Singapore

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The sculpture made from 850 yellow sky lanterns is 300m long(about 1,000 feet in length) stretches from the junction of Upper Cross Street and South Bridge Road to Sago Street, was installed in Singapore’s Chinatown.
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Meteorite crash in Russia: Video of meteorite explosion that stirred panic in Urals region

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Meteorite explosions in the skies of Russia's Urals region has sparked panic in three major cities. Witnesses said that houses shuddered, windows were blown out and cellphones stopped working.

Sea Foam Blankets Australian Beach Town

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A stretch of Australia's Sunshine Coast has been blanketed in sea foam, swept ashore by the remnants of a tropical cyclone that struck Australia last week. (Jan. 28)

Google spends $1 billion for new central London HQ

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Google is building its new UK headquarters in central London. The search engine giant just purchased a 2.4-acre plot in the King’s Cross Central development in London, where the company plans to builda new, 1 million square foot office, said to range in height from 7 to 11 stories. Google did not disclose an official price for the land, but one source with knowledge of the deal told Reuters that the company is investing £650 million ($1.04 billion) in the project. By the time construction is completed in 2016, the building is expected to be valued at more than £1 billion ($1.6 billion).
"This is a big investment by Google," Matt Britin, Google's VP for Northern and Central Europe, said in a statement. "We're committing further to the UK, where computing and the Web were invented. It's good news for Google, for London and for the UK."
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