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China landslide leaves 120 missing in Sichuan

24 June 2017 - 07:50 AM

More than 120 people are missing after a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China, state media say.

About 40 homes were destroyed in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, after the side of a mountain collapsed at about 06:00 local time (22:00 GMT Friday).
Rescue teams are frantically searching for survivors trapped beneath rocks dislodged by hours of heavy rainfall. Five people are confirmed dead.

President Xi Jinping urged rescuers to "spare no effort".
A couple and a baby were rescued and taken to hospital after teams of workers used ropes to move large rocks, AFP news agency reports, citing local authorities.

Qiao Dashuai told CCTV the baby had woken them and when they came to the door of their home they were swept away by water. He said his parents and other relatives were still missing.


An earlier toll of 141 missing people has now been revised down by state media.

The landslide blocked a 2km (1.2-mile) stretch of a river, Xinhua news agency reported.
Local police told state broadcaster CCTV a lack of vegetation in the area had made the landslide worse.

Local officials said some 8m cu m (282m cu ft) of rock had been dislodged.
Roads in the county were closed on Saturday to all traffic except emergency services, the news agency said.

Landslides are a regular danger in mountainous regions of China, especially during heavy rains.
In 2008, 87,000 people were killed when an earthquake struck Wenchuan county in Sichuan province. In Maoxian county itself, 37 tourists were killed when their coach was buried in a landslide caused by the earthquake.


UK Houses of Parliament targeted in cyberattack

24 June 2017 - 07:41 AM


The UK’s Houses of Parliament have been targeted by cyber attackers, according to a parliamentary spokesperson.

Unauthorized attempts to access parliamentary user accounts have forced Westminster to take security measures in conjunction with the National Cyber Security Centre, a parliamentary spokesperson said on Saturday.
“We are continuing to investigate this incident and take further measures to secure the computer network, liaising with the National Cyber Security Centre,” they said in a statement.
“We have systems in place to protect member and staff accounts and are taking the necessary steps to protect our systems,” the statement added
Some lawmakers posted online that they had had difficulties accessing their emails remotely.
Liberal Democrat Lord Rennard tweeted around 3pm local time to say there had been a security attack on Westminster

Labour MP for Dudley, Ian Austin, also tweeted that he had been unable to access parliamentary emails.

The attempted attack follows reports that the email passwords of British cabinet ministers were being traded online.

Source: https://www.rt.com/u...westminster-uk/

Google to stop scanning Gmail for creating targeted ads

24 June 2017 - 07:39 AM

Alphabet Inc's Google said on Friday it would stop scanning Gmail content for creating personalized ads from later this year, bringing the widely-used email service in line with its enterprise offering, G Suite.

The decision was outlined in a blog post by Google cloud computing chief Diane Greene, who joined the company in 2015 and has been responsible for the rapid growth of Google's cloud business.
Google's practice of analyzing incoming and outgoing emails of its free consumer Gmail users has been criticized on privacy concerns.
Google's G Suite business bundle have been gaining more enterprise users in the past year, with more than 3 million companies paying for the G Suite service, the company said
Gmail has more than 1.2 billion users worldwide.
(Reporting by Laharee Chatterjee; Editing by Arun Koyyur)
Source: http://www.reuters.c...l-idUSKBN19E2C7

Mysterious ‘unseen planetary mass’ lurking at edge of solar system

23 June 2017 - 09:30 AM


A mysterious, unseen, planetary object with a mass somewhere between that of Mars and Earth may be lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system, according to new research.

Scientists at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) put forward evidence that this unknown “planetary mass object” may explain why the plane of the solar system is warped in the outer reaches of the Kuiper Belt.

The Kuiper Belt lies beyond the orbit of Neptune and hosts a vast number of minor planets, mostly small, icy bodies and a few dwarf planets.
All planets in our solar system orbit around the sun on the same plane but, according to the measurements made by the research team, the most distant Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) appear to be tilted away from this by about eight degrees.
This indicates that something unknown is warping the average orbital plane of the outer solar system.
“The most likely explanation for our results is that there is some unseen mass,” says Kat Volk, lead author of the study. “According to our calculations, something as massive as Mars would be needed to cause the warp that we measured.”

The tilt angles of the orbital planes of more than 600 objects in the Kuiper Belt were analyzed for the study.
“We expect each of the KBOs’ orbital tilt angle to be at a different orientation, but on average, they will be pointing perpendicular to the plane determined by the sun and the big planets,” Volk said.
As the team observed KBOs further out, they found that the average plane actually warps away from the invariable plane.
They noted that the chance of the warp being a statistical fluke was no more than 2 percent.
The paper also ruled out the possibility that the mysterious object could be ‘Planet 9’, pointing out that this planet is predicted to be much bigger and much farther out. Planet 9’s existence is unconfirmed, but is expected to be located at more than 200 times Earth's distance from the sun.
“That is too far away to influence these KBOs,” Volk said.

The data does not rule out the possibility that the warp could result from more than one planetary mass object.
Details of the study conducted will be published in the Astronomical Journal.

Source + 2 tweets: https://www.rt.com/v...planetary-mass/


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23 June 2017 - 03:02 AM