New cars ‘can be broken into in 10 seconds’

They measured the time it took to get into the cars and drive them away. Car theft rates in England and Wales have reached an eight-year high. In 2018, more than 106,000 vehicles were stolen. Hundreds of popular cars ‘at risk of keyless theft’ And motor theft insurance claim payouts hit their highest level in seven years at the start of 2019. The Association of British Insurers said claims for January to March were higher than for any quarter since 2012. It said a rise in keyless car crime was partly to blame, but did not have figures on what proportion of claims were for keyless vehicles. Audi’s parent company, the VW Group, said it collaborated with police and insurers …

Robot, heal thyself: scientists develop self-repairing machines

EU project creates robotic hands that can sense and fix damage without human intervention From picking fruit to carrying out minor surgery, soft robotic hands made from jelly-like plastic are thought by scientists to be the future solution to many human needs. But being robots prone to damage and left them largely impractical for use in the real world until now. A European commission-funded project, led by scientists at the Free University of Brussels and the University of Cambridge, aims to create self-healing robots that can feel pain, or sense damage, before swiftly patching themselves up without human intervention. The researchers have already successfully developed polymers that can heal themselves by creating new bonds after about 40 minutes. The next …

Republican state lawmaker criticizes his party for ‘enabling white supremacy’

(CNN)A Republican state representative is speaking out against what he believes is his own party’s complicity in “enabling white supremacy,” and says history won’t judge his fellow Republicans kindly. “We have a Republican president who continually stokes racist fears in his base. He calls certain countries ‘sh*tholes,’ tells women of color to “go back” to where they came from and lies more than he tells the truth,” he added. He finished the tweets asking his colleagues to no longer look the other way. “When the history books are written, I refuse to be someone who said nothing,” he said. “The time is now for us Republicans to be honest with what is happening inside our party. We are better than …

Ohio GOP lawmaker blames mass shootings on Obama, ‘fatherlessness’ and ‘drag queen advocates’

Washington (CNN)An Ohio Republican state lawmaker on Sunday blamed mass shootings in the US on former President Barack Obama, “fatherlessness,” video games and “drag queen advocates” following two shootings this weekend in Texas and Ohio that left more than 30 dead. The state’s Republican Party is now calling for her resignation. Along with other things she said were behind the violence, Keller placed blame on “disrespect to law enforcement (thank you, Obama)” and “the Dem Congress, many members whom are openly anti-Semitic.” Keller told the Dayton Daily News that she posted something to her private Facebook page and that the statement “sounded like part of her posting but she couldn’t be sure if it had been altered.” CNN has reached …

How 8chan Became A Breeding Ground For Violent Extremism

On Saturday morning, a gunman opened fire on shoppers in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart. Twenty-two people were killed, including a mother who was gunned down while cradling her infant son, shielding him from harm. Dozens more were injured, with many still fighting for their lives. It was one of the country’s deadliest mass shootings and the deadliest massacre of Latinos in modern American history. About a month after Christchurch, on the last day of the Jewish Passover holiday, a white teenage boy armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle stormed a synagogue in Poway, California. He killed one woman and injured three others, including a rabbi. Just before the shooting, he posted an anti-Semitic manifesto on 8chan along with …

The Dayton gunman killed 9 people by firing 41 shots in 30 seconds. A high-capacity rifle helped enable that speed

Dayton, Ohio (CNN)The Ohio gunman who ripped apart nine families in almost an instant managed to fire 41 shots in less than 30 seconds, police said Monday. But by then, Dayton’s popular Oregon District was already the scene of widespread carnage. Nine victims, including the gunman’s sister, were pronounced dead at the scene around 1 a.m. Sunday. “It seems to just defy believability that he would shoot his own sister. It’s also hard to believe that he didn’t recognize that that was his sister,” Biehl said. Another 37 people were injured, Dayton Fire Chief Jeffrey Payne said. Of them, 14 were struck by gunfire, and others were injured while trying to escape, Biehl said. The shooter was trying to get …

Mercury And The Moon Might Have More Water Than Previously Thought

The Moon and Mercury have a lot in common. They’re roughly similar in size, have no significant atmosphere, and have dramatic temperature differences between their day and night sides. They also have ice deposits in polar craters, where the Sun never shines. Now, researchers think they could harbor a lot more water than previously estimated. As reported in Nature Geoscience, the ice water deposits are hidden in the ground in those never-sunlit craters. Researchers looked at almost 15,000 sample craters ranging from 2.5 to 15 kilometers (about 1.5 to 9.3 miles) across on Mercury and the Moon. The ones closer to the Mercurian North Pole and the lunar South Pole were up to 10 percent shallower than those at lower latitudes. “We found shallow …

My life in sex: It doesnt matter if there arent fireworks every time therell be another chance

The woman whos been married for 43 years We met when we were students, fell madly in love and married. Neither of us had ever had sex with anyone else, nor have we ever felt the need to since. We have both fancied other people, but have never felt the inclination to take it any further. We have now been together for 45 years and have had a wonderful sex life. Thats not to say there havent been challenges. I suffered a couple of bouts of clinical depression, which made things difficult, and these days sex is less frequent than when we were first in love, although we always enjoy cuddling and sleeping closely together. Weve learned to relax and …

Spain road trip: Granada to Almera

The Alhambra marks the start of a drive taking in historic cities, a river valley and mountains and ends in Almeras spaghetti western desert Granada is dominated by its mighty Moorish fortress, Santa Isabel La Real, with its Alhambra views, (doubles from 95 B&B, parking available). Barrio de la Villa is a labyrinth of fountains, churches, geraniums, with castle and panoramic views. Take all that in while staying at quaint cities of Baeza and beda, both miniature gems (and renovated in the Renaissance period) designed to keep Moors, then Christians, then Moors at bay, and only 9km apart. (A-333 and Autova del Olivar A-316, 126km). Break the journey in Jan to tour Arab Baths. In Baeza, be sure to walk …

Federal Reserve Cuts Interest Rates For First Time Since 2008

WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve cut interest rates on Wednesday for the first time since 2008, citing concerns about the global economy and muted U.S. inflation, and signaled a readiness to lower borrowing costs further if needed. In a statement at the end of its latest two-day policymeeting, the Fed said it had decided to cut rates “in light of the implications of global developments for the economic outlookas well as muted inflation pressures.” The decision drew dissents from Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren and Kansas City Fed President Esther George who argued for leaving rates unchanged. On the opposite flank, U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to be disappointed the Fed did not deliver the large …

Jason Momoa joins protesters trying to keep a telescope off Hawaii’s tallest mountain

(CNN)Protesters trying to stop construction of a giant telescope atop Hawaii’s tallest mountain were visited by The Rock last week. This week, Aquaman stopped by. Some Native Hawaiians consider mountain sacred Groups opposed to construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope have blocked a road leading to the top of Mauna Kea for weeks to keep trucks from bringing heavy equipment up the mountain. Mauna Kea — which rises more than 13,000 feet above sea level and is already home to a number of telescopes — is considered sacred ground by some Native Hawaiians. Scientists covet the mountain because the dark skies at its summit make for perfect space watching. “The summit of Mauna Kea may, in fact, be the darkest site …

Carpe noctem! The joy of cycling through the night

Friday Night Ride to the Coast has been spreading the joy of night riding for almost 15 years If you missed this years started by Simon Legg, who spent a decade escorting thousands to Brighton, Whitstable and other destinations with decent transport links. When he retired he entrusted his legacy to a group of seasoned ride leaders who take turns as mother hen. The distance ranges from 55 to 75 miles, and popular routes can attract more than 100 participants. There are tail-end Charlies and human waymarkers, sometimes recruited on the spot, to ensure nobody is lost or left behind. Rides begin at midnight with a chat about safety and etiquette, jokes optional. Mechanical problems along the way are met …

10 Reasons Why True Love Is Always Worth The Wait

Molly Guilmant Updated August 4, 2019 By Yoann Boyer I’m sure most of us by now have been in love, and if not been in love, we’ve crushed on someone and it never worked out, right? Yes, it’s a part of life and it’s both magical and soul destroying when it doesn’t play out the way you want it to. I’m about to tell you ten reasons why true love is worth the wait, and how the wait and the journey is all part of the magic. 1. Don’t ignore red flags early on. Your intuition is there for a reason, you feel things for a reason. Your body knows you more than your mind knows you, and it’s there …