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White House security alert: Secret service agent was on his phone during intrusion
 
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A review from the Department of Homeland Security points out how mistakes made by Secret Service Officers actually helped 42-year-old Iraq war veteran Omar Gonzalez intrude into the White House on September 19. The review has not yet been made public but was obtained by the New York Times. According to the review, Gonzalez was first spotted by officers on Pennsylvania Avenue but didn’t appear odd until 7:19m when he scaled the fence at a point where the ornamental spikes were missing. He then advanced onto the White House North Lawn, leaving the officers behind. As the Secret Service officer stationed on the North lawn was talking on his cellphone without monitoring the radio, he failed to detect Gonzales until well after the chase was underway. Two officers approached Gonzalez with guns drawn, but didn’t shoot as they thought he was not armed. Gonzalez later lost them in the hedges in front of the North Portico. Another officer also followed but came up short.” Before Gonzalez reached the stairway stairs to the North Portico door, one officer took cover behind a pillar, pointing his gun at Gonzalez but didn’t shoot as he thought the man was unarmed and the wooden doors were locked. Gonzalez was later found carrying a knife.” The door to the North Portico was unlocked and the alarm was disarmed, letting Gonzalez force himself in with no fanfare, even as one officer was trying to secure the area by physically subduing him twice but failed. After she mistook her flashlight for her baton, she finally pulled out her gun. However Gonzales ignored her. He then passed the entrance hall and made it into the East Room, but was finally taken down by an officer at reached the doorway to the Green Room. The review also finds the Secret Service underestimated the potential threat of the intruder, as shown by the investigation of two prior incidents, including his arrest on gun charges in Virginia in July. In that case, a map of Washington DC with a line drawn pointing to the White House was found. In August, he was stopped near the south fence of the White house with a hatchet in his waistband but was later released when authorities failed to find any other weapons in his car after the search. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Evacuated Tube Transport could take you around the world in just 6 hours
 
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Evacuated Tube Transport is an airless, frictionless, maglev-like form of transportation which is safer, cheaper and quieter than trains or airplanes. Six-person capsules travel in the tubes and can reach a maximum speed of 6,500 km/h, and provide 50 times more transportation per kwh. A tube can travel from New York to Beijing in two hours, and make a round-the-world trip in just six hours. Sources: ET3.com, Discovery News
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Futuristic highways in the Netherlands glow in the dark
 
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A futuristic highway that can save energy and improve road safety is set to be installed in the Netherlands by mid-2013. Two companies, Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure, came up with the highway, which includes: glow-in-the-dark road markings painted with photo-luminescent paint which are charged during the day and light up during the night; temperature-responsive paint which indicates slippery roads when temperatures fall below zero; and interactive lights along the highway that light up as cars approach. Wind lights that light up using the draft produced by cars and priority induction lanes that can recharge electric cars as they run along them also feature. The luminous road markings and weather indicating roads will debut in the Dutch province of Brabant in the middle of next year. The wind powered and interactive lights along with the induction lanes are also planned to go into service in the next years.
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Hong Kong's infamous Kowloon Walled City: a 3D reconstruction of the densest city on Earth
 
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April 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the demolition of the Kowloon Walled City, a largely ungoverned slum that was once considered the densest settlement on Earth. The city, a unique urban experiment, had about 50,000 inhabitants occupying only 300 buildings, which were crammed together into a living space that followed its own set of laws. Governed by the Chinese mafia known as 'the Triads', the city became famous in the 1980s for its brothels, casinos and opium dens. Living conditions were squalid, with cramped and dirty spaces, no direct sunlight, patchy or non-existent electricity, and no garbage collection. Nevertheless, the city's population grew fivefold in just 40 years, from 10,000 to 50,000 people in 1990. Rent was on average only HKD35 a month (about US$4 today) and no taxes were charged or paid. It was therefore very attractive for doctors and dentists and manufactures who could practice without licenses, or people who could not afford to live elsewhere. The city's unique political status and anarchic conditions, however, made it an embarrassment for the British government, who after a difficult eviction process, started tearing it down in 1993. The demolition ended in April 1994. A year later, the place was transformed into a Qing Dynasty style garden. This animation recreates the historical process that lead to the creation of this fascinating city, and eventually to its disappearance.
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45 years on, skyjacker D.B. Cooper is an enigma the FBI has never been able to catch
 
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It’s almost 45 years since a hijacker known by the pseudonym “D.B. Cooper” jumped out of plane above America’s Pacific Northwest clutching a $200,000 cash ransom. More than four decades later, the crime has never been solved and the FBI stopped actively investigating the case in July. The legend of D.B. Cooper began at the Northwest Orient Airlines flight counter at Portland International Airport on Nov. 24, 1971, when a man identifying himself as “Dan Cooper” paid cash for a one-way ticket on Flight 305 to Seattle, a mere 30-minute journey. On board, Cooper showed a flight attendant an explosive device in his briefcase and demanded $200,000 in cash, four parachutes, and a fuel truck on standby at the airport in Seattle. The plane landed at Seattle-Tacoma Airport, where a bag filled with cash and parachutes was delivered, and Cooper released all 36 passengers, along with two flight attendants. The plane took off again, bound for Mexico City, scheduled to stop to refuel in Reno, Nevada. As Cooper sat alone in the cabin, crew members in the cockpit noticed a sudden upward tilt in the plane’s tail section, which required trimming to get the aircraft back to its flight level. Investigators believe this could be the moment D.B. Cooper made his exit by leaping into the freezing cold air, through the clouds, and to an unknown fate. In all the years that have followed, only two pieces of hard evidence have ever been found. In 1978, a hunter found the fragment of a placard for lowering the back stairs of a Boeing 727 along the flight path of the plane. Two years later, about 20 miles southwest of Ariel, Washington a boy discovered $5,800 in damaged cash from Cooper’s haul. The FBI has investigated more than a thousand suspects in the case, but has never been able to identify D.B. Cooper. The bureau officially ended active investigation of the case in July, citing a lack of new information. More than $194,000, the equivalent of more than a million dollars today, has never been recovered. The FBI suspects that D.B. Cooper didn’t survive the jump, but their guess about what really happened is as good as yours or mine. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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Oregon school shooting: student gunman Jared Padgett was gun-obsessed
 
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Jared Michael Padgett, the 15-year-old gunman who killed a fellow student at Reynolds High School in Portland Oregon on Tuesday was reportedly a gun-obsessive who became furious with his classmates during a presentation he gave in class about Hitler just a week before the shooting. According to a police statement, Padgett used an AR-15 rifle owned by his family that he obtained after removing it from its secured storage place in the family home. In addition to the AR-15 rifle, he also carried nine full magazines capable of holding several hundred rounds, a handgun and a large knife. Padgett arrived at school yesterday morning on the school bus. He then entered the boys' locker room in the building that housed the school gymnasium where he murdered fellow student, Emilio Hoffman. Teacher Todd Rispler encountered Padgett in the locker room. As he was fleeing, Mr. Rispler was shot once, suffering a graze to his hip. Mr. Rispler was able to get to the school's office to initiate the lockdown process. Padgett encountered police officers who were starting to enter from two separate doorways as he was moving through the main hallway. He exchanged gunfire with one of the officers. Then he made his way into a small restroom where he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to the Daily Mail, Padgett was known as a quiet student from a large military family with a fascination for guns. His family attends a Mormon church and Padgett was said to be very involved in the church. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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JetBlue flight diverted after pilot flips out
 
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The pilot of a JetBlue plane had to be restrained by passengers after being locked out of the cockpit and running through the cabin shouting about a bomb. The plane was about two hours into its JFK to Las Vegas flight when the co-pilot became concerned about the pilot's erratic behavior and locked him out of the cockpit. The pilot, named as Clayton Osbon, then began to shout about the plane being taken down before he was restrained by several passengers. The plane was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, where the pilot was taken to a medical facility. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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HIV treatment adds a third one-a-day pill
 
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Gilead Sciences' one-pill-a-day HIV drug Quad is in the final phases of testing and could be approved by the FDA in August. If approved, Quad would become the third once-a-day pill to reach the market, after Atripla and Complera. The release of these drugs has vastly improved the lives of many HIV carriers who previously used so-called "cocktail" therapy, several pills taken several times a day, to manage their infections. Quad is a four-in-one pill that contains Emtricitabine (FTC), TDF, Elvitegravir (ETV) and Cobicistat. This animation demonstrates how FTC works to inhibit HIV RNA transcription.
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Madrid train bombing 10th anniversary
 
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Originally published on February 27, 2014 Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ March 11, 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of the Madrid train bombings, the worst terrorist attack in Europe since the Lockerbie bombing in 1988. Ten bombings inside commuter trains traveling to three different stations in the city centre killed a total of 191 people and injured more than 1,800. On March 11 2004 at around 7:30 a.m, four packed commuter trains were approaching Atocha Renfe, El Pozo and Santa Eugenia stations. The first bombing occurred at 7:37 a.m. when a backpack exploded in train C-1/21431 as it was entering Atocha Renfe station. A minute later, two more bombs exploded in the same train, in cars 4 and 5. A fourth bomb hidden in a backpack in Car 1 failed to detonate. The bomb was later detonated by the Spanish national police bomb squad TEDAX. Meanwhile, train C-1/17305CA was also entering Atocha Renfe station. The train, coming from Alcala de Henares, was 500 metres away from the entrance to the station and about 800 metres from the platform when four more bombs were detonated, killing 108 people. At 7:38 a.m. more explosions went off at El Pozo station, when two backpack bombs left in the upper floors of a cars 4 and 5 of double-decker train C-1/21435 were detonated. At the same, at Santa Eugenia station, a single explosion in train C-7/21713 killed 15 people. Within a span of three minutes, of the 13 devices believed to have been placed by terrorists in the four commuter trains, 10 had exploded while three had failed to detonate. A blue backpack was found on a platform at El Pozo station near the train between the second and the third cars and was brought to a police station. Inside the backpack police found a Spanish-made explosive, a detonator with a cell phone and a timer. The bomb was later detonated by TEDAX, while the cell phone opened up new lines of investigation. Another suspicious device was also found in the train and later detonated by bomb squads. The attack happened three days before the Spanish national elections. Many Spaniards blamed the attack on the pro-US administration in power at that time, saying it made the country a target for terrorists. The elections were eventually won by the opposition Socialist party. Spain will honor the victims of the attack with a series of events including concerts and conferences in Madrid starting March 9. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Next Media Animation's News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D animated news graphics that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Index.aspx
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Panama Canal expansion
 
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A $5.25 billion project to expand the Panama Canal is scheduled for completion in 2014. The project includes two new sets of locks and navigation channels that will be able to handle ships that are 25 percent longer and carry up to three times as much cargo as the largest ships accommodated by the existing canal. The expansion will also allow the canal to add up to 15 passages to its current capacity of 35 ships per day. Source: NY Times, Globe and Mail, Popular Mechanics ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius explains how he killed girlfriend in affidavit (update)
 
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This animation is based on Oscar Pistorius' affidavit, in which he explains that he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for a home intruder. South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius' signed affidavit was read to a Pretoria courtroom during a bail hearing on Feb. 19 after he was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home on Feb. 14. In the affidavit Pistorius denied murdering Steenkamp and said he shot her after mistaking her for an intruder. The statement, read by his lawyer, told the court how Pistorius heard a noise coming from the bathroom and shot through the toilet door four times. Only after shooting did he realize that Steenkamp was not in bed and that the person he had shot may have been his girlfriend. He then broke down the locked door with a cricket bat in an attempt to save her. Steenkamp died shortly afterwards from gunshot wounds. Pistorius, 26, has been formally charged at Pretoria Magistrate's Court with one count of murder. A South African judge granted bail to Pistorius today after his lawyers argued that he is too famous to pose a flight risk. SOURCE: Reuters ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at https://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: https://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/
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Woman allergic to water must avoid swimming, cannot cry
 
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Twenty-seven-year old Katie Dell suffers from aquagenous urticaria, an extremely rare skin condition that causes her to break out in hives whenever she comes into contact with H2O. Rashes occur even when the water is her own tears or sweat. Dell's symptoms developed after she contracted tonsillitis, had her tonsils removed, and developed an allergy to the post-surgery penicillin. Pain from the hives last up to 2 hours. She currently takes medication to control the incurable condition. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Filipino UN peacekeepers make daring escape from rebels in the Golan Heights
 
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Thirty-five Golan Heights U.N. Filipino peacekeepers managed to hold off an attack by Syrian rebels on Saturday, before a group of fellow Irish and Filipino UN peacekeepers managed to evacuate all UN troops out of the area in armored vehicles in a daring escape on Sunday night. A second UN camp in the Golan Heights was also attacked over the weekend, with some 100 rebels trying to ram through the gates. Rebels demanded the 40 Filipino peacekeepers on the base surrender, but the Filipino troops instead returned fire. In a rare move of cooperation with the international community, Syrian government troops fired shells at rebel positions near the UN site in a bid to stop the UN camp from being overrun. The battle for the camp raged for some seven hours before the Filipino troops fled the compound with their weapons under cover of darkness, hiked for two hours over chilly hills and linked up with other UN troops who then escorted them to safety. Reports say an additional contingent of some 40 Fijian UN peacekeepers were taken hostage by rebels and their current fate is unknown.
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Australian businessman unveils plans for Titanic 2
 
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Australian businessman Clive Palmer has unveiled designs for Titanic 2, a modern-day replica of the doomed cruise ship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1912. Introducing the ship at a press conference in New York, Palmer said the Titanic 2 would faithfully recreate the experience of sailing on the original liner, including having three passenger classes that would not be allowed to mingle. Palmer, who formed the cruise company Blue Star Line last year Reuters reported that, "Unlike the original, Titanic II will have more than enough space in its lifeboats for every person on board and will have additional escape staircases. Markku Kanerva, sales director at Deltamarin, the Finnish company designing the ship, said it would be the safest cruise ship in the world. Palmer declined to answer questions about the project's cost. Although the Titanic was the world's largest ship in her time, she would be smaller than many of today's modern cruise ships." The original's iconic funnels will also feature, but are there merely for show. The Titanic 2 will also include a modern hull design and propulsion system.
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Young man's sudden death blamed on marathon X-box sessions
 
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The father of a 20-year-old man who died from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) has blamed his son's death on his marathon video game sessions. Chris Staniforth often spent more than 12 hours at a time playing Halo on the X-box 360. He collapsed and died from a pulmonary embolism caused by DVT. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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FBI investigates George Zimmerman for shooting of Florida teen, Trayvon Martin
 
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The US Department of Justice and FBI are reinvestigating the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, 28, at the Retreat View gated community in Sanford, Florida, on Feb. 26. The federal intervention comes after mounting dissatisfaction over how the case has been handled. This animation reconstructs the night of the incident based on 911 calls from Zimmerman and the neighbors. Sources: WKMG, Miami Herald ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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World Cup 2014: Brasilia's Mane Garrincha stadium the first net zero energy stadium
 
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The Estadio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brasilia, built in two years using materials from the previous demolished stadium, will host seven games at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. According to reports, it is the first stadium in the world to be awarded the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum seal, the top sustainability certificate. It is also the second largest stadium in Brazil, with a capacity of more than 72,000 seats. The seats are distributed between the lower, middle and upper stands, in addition to 74 hospitality boxes. The football field measures 68 x 105 metres and is seeded with Bermuda Celebration grass, known for its tolerance to cold, extreme drought and shade as well as for exceptional wear tolerance and divot recovery. The pitch is only 7.5m from the front row of seats. A 1.5-metres wall separates the players from the spectators. The suspended roof is an innovative and environmentally friendly structure made of metal cables and trusses covered by a fibreglass membrane able to protect the public from ultraviolet rays and while the photocatalytic captures and break down the exhaust fumes the equivalent of 1,000 vehicle exhaust fumes. This is particularly important because more than 50% of the CO2 emissions related to stadium operations come from transportation to and from the stadium. The 9,600 solar panels on the roof outer ring are able to power the entire stadium while the open structure allows natural ventilation. The stadium also features a rainwater collection system capable of storing 10.51 million liters of water that is to be reused in toilets, cleaning and watering the playing surface. Vehicles can enter the parking lots through a tunnel which leads to three sections, one for electric cars, one for combustion engine cars and one for buses, for a total of 572 lots. Fans will also be encouraged to travel
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Japan successfully extracts gas from offshore methane hydrate
 
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Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx For story suggestions please contact tips@nma.com.tw Japan's state-run energy company Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp (JOGMEC) says it has successfully extracted gas from offshore methane hydrate deposits. Methane hydrate consists of methane trapped in crystalline structure of frozen water, and it is being explored as a future source of natural gas, due to the large deposits trapped under oceans and permafrost around the globe. It is viewed as a clean energy source, as carbon dioxide can be injected into wells during the extraction process. According to Reuters, "A Japanese study has estimated the existence of at least 40 trillion cubic feet (1.1 trillion cubic meters) of methane hydrates in the eastern Nankai Trough off the country's Pacific coast, about 11 years of Japanese gas consumption. Japan used depressurization to turn methane hydrate to methane gas, a process thought by the government to be more effective than using the hot water circulation method the country had tested successfully in 2002."
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What is the U.S. electoral college and how does it work?
 
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United States citizens over the age of 18 can choose to vote in presidential elections. This is called the popular vote. But American voters don’t actually pick the president through a majority vote. That’s the job of the electoral college. In 2016, a candidate will need at least 270 electoral votes to become president. This system is strange to many, but it goes back to the earliest days of the founding of the United States of America. The founding fathers created the electoral college because they worried states with smaller populations might not be fairly represented. They also didn’t think the “common man” was informed enough to choose a suitable president. So they created the electoral college, which is a group of selectors who cast votes as representatives of each state. Today, it has 538 members. That’s one for every member of the House of Representatives and Senate, representing all 50 states. In addition, Washington DC has three electoral college members. To win the presidency, a candidate must win at least 270 electoral votes. Winning electoral votes is mostly achieved by winning the popular vote in each state. Win California’s popular vote and you take home the state’s 55 electoral votes. Win the popular vote in Texas and you are awarded that state’s 38 electoral votes. This is called a winner-take-all system. But sometimes, a candidate wins the popular vote nationally but doesn’t amass enough electoral votes. This happened in 2000 when Democratic candidate Al Gore won the popular vote nationwide, but Republican George W. Bush won Florida in a close contest. Bush’s win in Florida was enough to give him the electoral vote victory, and the presidency, despite Gore beating Bush by roughly half a million popular votes. Usually the electoral college and the popular vote produce the same winner. Only four times in America’s history has the popular vote been different from the electoral vote. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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US Senate report outlines brutal CIA interrogation techniques
 
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An executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s interrogation practices following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US was released Tuesday morning. The report details CIA interrogation techniques used on at least 119 suspected terrorists following 9/11. Some detainees were interrogated using methods such as waterboarding, which sees interrogators repeatedly pour water onto cloth or cellophane placed over a subject’s face in order to simulate the sensation of drowning. Other detailed interrogation techniques include mock executions, where a suspect is made believe that their death is imminent or that a detainee in neighboring cell has been killed. Some subjects were also deprived of sleep and kept awake for as long as 180 hours, usually in standing or in stress positions, and at times in the nude and with their hands shackled above their heads. Loud music, controlling of darkness and light and slapping were also used to cause sleep deprivation, the report says. Exposure to cold and cold showers were also used. At least five detainees were also subjected to rectal feeding, in which food is fed through a rectal tube, as well as rectal hydration. The scathing report also suggests the CIA never compiled an accurate list of which subjects were detained and subjected to these interrogations techniques.
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Evidence used to convict Amanda Knox in spotlight
 
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Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx The evidence initially used to convict American student Amanda Knox of murder was highly reliant on DNA material. Knox's acquittal has been overturned by Italy's highest court of appeal. Knox was originally convicted of murdering her British housemate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy. The initial guilty verdict found Knox and two other men, her boyfriend Rafaelle Sollecito and Rudy Guede, had murdered Kercher. After appealing, Knox was acquitted after spending four years in jail. In March 2013, Italy's Court of Cassation overturned Knox's acquittal, paving the way for a retrial of the case.
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Uranium enrichment explained
 
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on US President Barack Obama to "draw a red line" for Iran's nuclear program, saying that Iran was "months away from building a nuclear bomb". Netanyahu pressed the US government to impose limits on Tehran's nuclear program. These include measures such as prohibiting Iran from enriching uranium beyond 3.5% (used for nuclear fuel rods). This animation illustrates how uranium is enriched to 3.5% and 90% (used in nuclear bombs).
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Lockerbie disaster 25th anniversary - A timeline of events
 
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Originally published on December 21, 2013 Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx Saturday, December 21, will mark the 25th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing. On December 21, 1988, Pan AM flight 103 from London to New York City was blown out of the sky, killing 259 on board and 11 people on the ground in Lockerbie, Scotland. According to reports, that day an explosive device was placed in a Samsonite Silhouette 4000 suitcase and was smuggled unaccompanied aboard Air Malta Flight KM180. The airport scanner did not detect the Semtex plastic explosive and the electronic clock timer allegedly inside a Toshiba BombBeat radio-cassette player. According to the official version of the events, the aircraft took off in Malta and landed in Frankfurt. The luggage was then transferred to a flight bound for London, and again moved to Pan Am flight 103 headed to New York. According to the Independent, the Operation Bird report concluded that the bomb departed from London, not Malta, and that Mohammed Abu Talb, an Egyptian terrorist with links to Palestinian militant groups, and not Libyan intelligence officer Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, was responsible for the attack. The report said that Talb bribed a worker at Heathrow airport and smuggled the suitcase with the bomb inside onto the flight. At 7.02 p.m., half-an-hour after takeoff from London, there was an explosion aboard Pan Am 103 while over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. According to investigations, the nose and cockpit separated from the fuselage and the plane rapidly disintegrated. At 7.03 p.m. the kerosene loaded wings and the the main cabin struck the town of Lockerbie. Several houses caught fire and 11 people died. By 7.07 p.m. all the wreckage had landed, scattering over an area of 1,360 square km. Megrahi, who always denied involvement in the disaster, remains the only person convicted for the attack. He was jailed for life in 2001 but was released in 2009 on compassionate grounds following prostate cancer diagnosis. According to Reuters, he "arrived home to a hero's welcome. The next day, Britain condemned the celebrations in Tripoli. "The release also provoked an outcry in the United States since most of the 270 people killed in the bombing were American." Megrahi died in 2012.
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Floating natural gas platform (FLNG): explained
 
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Royal Dutch Shell has announced its intention to use a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) platform to exploit the Browse gas field off the north coast of Western Australia. This animation introduces the FLNG platform. The floating platform measures 105 meters tall, 75 meters wide, 488 meters long, and weighs 600,000 tonnes when fully loaded. The first FLNG vessel will begin harvesting gas from the Prelude gas field, situated 200 kilometers off the Kimberley Coast, in 2017 and will stay there for up to 25 years. The facility is also designed to withstand storms, and cyclone-force waves. According to Reuters, "it expects to produce around 3.6 million tonnes of gas a year with a capacity for a further 4.7 million. It expects to make its first delivery to customers within 6 years." SOURCE: The Australian, BBC, Reuters
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How robots could reshape the hotel industry
 
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Contact inquiries@nextanimation.com to license this or any News Direct video For story suggestions please contact tips@nextanimation.com.tw All around the world, machines are slowly taking up tasks once reserved for humans. In the hospitality industry, customer service and satisfaction is the endgame, and what better to cater to your needs than an inexhaustible, programmable automaton? CNN reports that hotels in the future could be entirely staffed by machines, starting with realistic-looking cyborgs welcoming guests at the front desk. Checking in will be done via a self-service kiosk, which includes facial authentication for keyless entry. A robot-operated cloakroom will be available for guests who need to store or retrieve belongings. And instead of a bellhop, an electric porter will carry luggage while leading guests to their rooms. Smart room controls will be able to detect motion and adjust lighting and temperature accordingly. They could also be programmed to provide wake-up calls. Smart window displays could be incorporated to provide guests with information relevant to their trip. Items may be bought or requested and will be delivered directly to the rooms, with a phone call notifying guests that their items have arrived. Likewise, robots will be in charge of housekeeping — tidying up rooms quickly and efficiently. Even meals could soon be prepared by programmable robotic arms, and then served by robotic waiters. A robot concierge will also be on hand 24/7 to answer guests’ questions and help with booking and arrangements. Fully automated hotels may not be too far off. Japan already has the Henn na Hotel in Nagasaki, with more on the way. Hotels in the U.S., Singapore and Belgium have also been using robots in their businesses, though only for menial tasks, reports the economist. Of course, not everyone is on board with the idea, as some argue that the loss of human interaction may have an impact on overall customer satisfaction. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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Pentagon chooses Boeing 747-8 to replace aging Air Force One fleet
 
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Originally published on January 29, 2015. The United States Air Force will replace its aging fleet of two modified Boeing 747-200 Air Force One Presidential planes with three new Boeing 747-8 jets, the U.S. Department of Defense announced on Wednesday. This animation introduces the basic design of aircraft and some of its advanced security features. As Reuters reports, “Boeing welcomed the Air Force's decision to skip a competition and opt for the 747-8, citing its 50-year history of building presidential aircraft. “The Air Force said it intended to award a sole source contract to Boeing, but they must still negotiate a contract and the modifications needed to adapt the jet for presidential use. “The Air Force now operates two VC-25s, specially configured Boeing 747-200Bs. Details about the new contract, including cost, were not released. “It said it planned to purchase enough of the technical baseline to permit competition for maintenance during the plane's planned 30-year life. “James said the Air Force One program would use proven technologies and commercially certified equipment to keep the program affordable. “The Air Force decision was widely expected since the only other suitable four-engine jet is the A380 built by Airbus (AIR.PA) in Toulouse, France. “The 747-8 is the only four-engine commercial jet Boeing makes, providing an extra margin of flight safety over the more standard twin-engine planes. “But the Air Force order for a few 747s might not extend the life of the 747 program, which has failed to capture much business in recent years. “Boeing was clearly trying to preserve production so it could fill the Air Force order, said Richard Aboulafia, an analyst at Teal Group in Fairfax, Virginia. “Now that the firm order is there, he said, it might be an opportunity for the program to end.” ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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How a Canadian company will mine the sea bed near Papua New Guinea
 
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Canadian mining company Nautilus Minerals has reached an agreement with the government of Papua New Guinea to begin mining an area of seabed believed to be rich in gold and copper ores, according to the BBC. Under the terms of the agreement, Papua New Guinea will contribute $120 million to the operation and receive a 15 percent share in the mine. Environmentalists say the mine will devastate the area and cause long-lasting damage to the environment. The BBC reports that "the mine will target an area of hydrothermal vents where superheated, highly acidic water emerges from the seabed, where it encounters far colder and more alkaline seawater, forcing it to deposit high concentrations of minerals." The report continues: The result is that the seabed is formed of ores that are far richer in gold and copper than ores found on land. Mike Johnston, chief executive of Nautilus Minerals told the BBC "that a temperature probe left in place for 18 months was found to have 'high grade copper all over it'." Nautilus announced in April that it had completed its bulk cutter, the first component of its Seafloor Production Tools system, which will be used to mine the seabed. Nautilus also approximately 500,000 square kilometres of "highly prospective exploration acreage" in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga, as well as in international waters in the eastern Pacific, the company said in a press release. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Air Force, Marines test MALD missile decoy that can mimic radar signatures of F-16s and B-52s
 
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The U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force announced on Tuesday that they had successfully completed the first flight demonstration of a Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer, or MALD-J, with a radio data link at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona. The Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer, or MALD, program was initiated by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in 1995 to develop a low-cost decoy missile that could be fired from a variety of aircraft at a safe standoff distance. A contract for MALD was given to Raytheon in 2002, which manufactures the ADM-160B MALD and ADM-160C MALD-J. MALD weighs less than 300 pounds and has a range of approximately 500 nautical miles. It can be launched from a range of aircraft, from a B-52 bomber to an F-16 multirole fighter jet. MALD can autonomously fly a pre-planned route and mimic the radar signatures of other aircraft ranging from large strategic bombers to stealth fighters, or even entire formations of bombers or fighter jets, to mislead enemy defence systems. In battle, a single MALD or flight of MALDs can be used to identify and distract enemy defenses, allowing other aircraft to destroy or evade these defenses. A newer version of MALD, the MALD-J, possesses these decoy functions as well as the ability to spoof and jam enemy electronic systems. MALD-J is equipped with a radio data link and can send situation awareness data to the battle manager, who can use this information to adjust MALD-J’s mission while in flight.
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How does sickle cell disease kill a person?
 
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Contact inquiries@nextanimation.com to license this or any News Direct video For story suggestions please contact tips@nextanimation.com.tw RESTRICTIONS: NONE Prodigy, one half of hip-hop and rap duo Mobb Deep, died Tuesday in Las Vegas at the age of 42 after being hospitalized for complications related to sickle cell anemia. Mobb Deep is widely regarded as one of the most successful acts of all time. Prodigy, born Albert Johnson, suffered from sickle cell anemia since birth. Sickle cell disease is a group of red blood cell disorders passed by genes from parents to their children. For example, if both parents have sickle-cell trait, a child has a 50% chance of having the sickle-cell trait, 25% will not carry sickle-cell alleles, and 25% develop a chance of having sickle-cell disease as two hemoglobin S genes are inherited. Hemoglobin is a protein that carries oxygen in red blood cells. Red blood cells that contain normal hemoglobin are disc shaped, whereas sickle cell hemoglobin forms long and inflexible chains. Normal red blood cells are flexible and can pass through large and small blood vessels. Sickled red blood cells can stick to vessel walls, which can cause a blockage in the vessels that stops the oxygen delivery. Normal red blood cells can live up to 120 days. When the number of red blood cells decreases, the kidneys releases erythropoietin hormone that stimulates the bone marrow to produce more red blood cells. Sickled blood cells can only last up to 20 days due its inflexible nature. The body often cannot keep up with the fast pace of decreased red blood cells, causing the person to suffer anemia. Anemia can cause various organ damage over time, including to the brain, heart, spleen, lungs and kidneys, as well as to the skin and bones. According to the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, most people with sickle cell disease are of African ancestry. About one in 13 African American babes is born with sickle cell trait and one in 365 black children is born with sickle cell disease. RUNDOWN SHOWS: 1. Genetics of sickle cell disease 2. Normal red blood cells and hemoglobin compare to sickled blood cell and abnormal hemoglobin 3. Normal red blood cell cycle compare to sickle cell anemia 4. Organ damage caused by sickle cell anemia SOURCES: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, BBC, The Washington Post https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sca http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40351370/prodigy-from-rap-group-mobb-deep-has-died-aged-42-after-performing-in-las-vegas https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/06/20/prodigy-of-iconic-new-york-rap-duo-mobb-deep-dead-at-42/?utm_term=.6e33cb3312a6 *** For story suggestions please contact tips@nextanimation.com.tw For technical and editorial support, please contact: Asia: +61 2 93 73 1841 Europe: +44 20 7542 7599 Americas and Latam: +1 800 738 8377 ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Smoking marijuana does not harm lungs: study says
 
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A US government-funded study has found smoking marijuana regularly for up to seven years does not impair lung function. Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Medicine monitored the lung function of over 5,000 young men and women over 20 years between 1985 and 2006, and found that smoking pot for seven 'joint years' - which means 365 joints a year - does not alter lung function. However, experts say this will probably not push forward the legalization of medical marijuana, as the drug poses other health risks. Sources: New York Times, CBS, LA Times, AFP ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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First myoelectric prosthetic hand undergoes tests
 
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Originally published on January 21, 2014 Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Alfred Man Foundation has developed a prosthetic hand that utilizes implantable myoelectric sensors known as the IMES system. It is a minimally invasive, intuitive control system that can help a patient control a prosthetic limb by reading the wearer's residual muscle movements. According to reports, Staff Sergeant James Sides, who lost his right arm in an IED explosion in Afghanistan, is the first patient to test a myoelectric prosthetic hand. The system takes advantage of the electrochemicals signals that exist in the body. Tiny wireless platinum/iridium sensors, about 16 mm (0.66 inches) long, are embedded directly into the residual muscles of the amputee's limb where they detect the signals that go from the brain to the muscles and that control specific movements. These signals are captured and sent wirelessly from the implanted sensor to a decoder box which serves as an electronic brain. Here the signals are translated into the intended movement in the artificial limb. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Next Media Animation's News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D animated news graphics that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Index.aspx
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Timeline of shooting attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris
 
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Originally published January 7, 2015 Two masked men stormed the office of Charlie Hebdo Wednesday at around 11:30 a.m., killing 10 employees of the French satirical weekly that is known for its provocative content along with two police officers. Among those killed were the magazine’s editorial director, Stephane Charbonnier, and four of France’s most prominent cartoonists. Wearing black hoods and armed with Kalashnikov rifles, Said Kouachi, 34, and his brother, Cherif Kouachi, 32, attacked the Paris office by first cornering one of the magazine’s cartoonists, Corrinne Rey, outside the building. Rey, who had her young daughter along with her, was forced to punch in her security code so the assailants could enter the building. Once inside, the two brothers shot dead 10 of Rey’s colleagues in an attack that Rey says probably took about five minutes. During the deadly onslaught, the gunmen shouted, “Allahu akbar” (God is the greatest) and “We have killed Charlie Hebdo. We have avenged the Prophet Mohammed.” The assailants got into a car after the attack and drove to Allee Verte, where they ran into two police patrols. In a subsequent exchange of gunfire with police officers at Boulevard Richard Lenoir, one police officer was shot dead. The gunmen then sped off but were forced to abandon their car after hitting a Volkswagen. They carjacked another vehicle and made their escape. French police released names of the two attackers as well as a suspected accomplice, Hamyd Mourad. Mourad, 18, turned himself into police in the French town of Charleville-Mezieres, 145 miles northeast of Paris, at 11 p.m. on Wednesday. Mourad claims innocence, saying he was in school at the time of the attack, an alibi backed by his friends and schoolmates. He is currently being held in custody and has not been charged. The manhunt for the Kouachi brothers led French police to an apartment in the city of Reims, a couple hours away from Paris by car. In a public statement, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazenueve said that se
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Preah Vihear temple border conflict between Cambodia and Thailand explained
 
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Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx Cambodia and Thailand will take their centuries-old border dispute back to the International Court of Justice from April 15 to 16, 2013 to ask for a ruling on where the territorial border lies. At the centre of the dispute between the Southeast Asian countries is an 11th Cenutry Hindu temple, built under the ancient Angkor Empire (now modern day Cambodia). Both Thailand and Cambodia laid claim to the temple before and then after French colonial rule was imposed on Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. In 1962 the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, ruled that the temple, known in Cambodia as Preah Vihear, belonged to that country. In its judgment, the court only specified the ownership of the temple, and neglected to rule on ownership of the surrounding area, which is claimed by both countries. When the temple was submitted by Cambodia to become a world heritage site in 2008, violent, nationalistic clashes broke out in and around the disputed area between Thai and Khmer military forces. Brief clashes ensued that year and culminated in deadly clashes in 2011 which killed at least eight people and displaced tens of thousands. Both countries agreed to demilitarise the disputed area, an undertaking carried out slowly over the following year. Cambodia submitted a request for the World Court to reinterpret its 1962 decision and rule on ownership of the disputed territory.
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Oscar Pistorius shooting of Reeva Steenkamp: affidavit animated
 
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Originally published on March 11, 2014 Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx ----------------------------------------------------------- This animation is based on Oscar Pistorius' court affidavit signed on February 19, 2013, in which he explains that he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder. This animation is an update of an animation originally published on February 20, 2013 and republished on March 3, 2014. Other media reports were consulted to more accurately recreate certain visual details such as the bullet holes in Pistorius' bathroom door. The South African Olympic and Paralympic track star' signed affidavit was read to a Pretoria courtroom during a bail hearing on Feb. 19, 2013 after he was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home on Feb. 14 of the same year. In the affidavit Pistorius denied murdering Steenkamp and said he shot her after mistaking her for an intruder. The statement, read by his lawyer, told the court how Pistorius heard a noise coming from the bathroom and shot through the toilet door four times. Only after shooting did he realize that Steenkamp was not in bed and that the person he had shot may have been his girlfriend. Pistorius then broke down the locked door with a cricket bat in an attempt to save her. Steenkamp died shortly afterwards from gunshot wounds. This updated animation uses a more accurate model of the door to the toilet in Pistorius' Pretoria home. It adds, based on the affidavit, scenes showing Pistorius and Steenkamp's activities before the shooting, a scene that shows Pistorius first trying to kick open the door, and a scene in which Pistorius phones property manager Johan Stander to call an ambulance.
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Timeline of the Orlando nightclub massacre
 
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RESTRICTIONS: NONE For story suggestions please contact tips@nextanimation.com.tw Officials are releasing more details about the worst case of gun violence in U.S. history. The information shows a clearer picture of how the gunman shot dozens of people to death at a LGBT nightclub in Florida Sunday. Omar Mateen began firing at a police officer outside Pulse nightclub at around 2:02 a.m, the Wall Street Journal reported. Additional officers joined the gunfight and Mateen fled inside to one of the restrooms where he had between five and eight hostages. Up to 25 people were in the adjacent bathroom. At around 2:28 a.m. Mateen pledged allegiance to Islamic State during a call with a 911 dispatcher, the Wall Street Journal reported. The 29-year-old also falsely told authorities he had accomplices and explosives inside the Pulse nightclub, the New York Times reported, citing Chief John Mina of the Orlando Police Department. According to the New York Times, a SWAT team and armored vehicle later arrived at the scene. Messages from hostages prompted officials to begin a rescue operation out of fear that more killing will take place, the Wall Street Journal reported. At around 5:00 a.m., officers attempted free hostages by breaching the restroom wall with an explosive device but the blast didn’t create a big enough hole. They then rammed the wall with an armored vehicle and created a sizeable gap through which hostages were able to flee. Mateen then began another gunbattle with officers, and was soon killed. Authorities say 50 people, including the gunman, were killed in the shooting, while 43 victims remain in hospital. RUNDOWN SHOWS: 1. Shooter firing at police officer 2. Officers firing at shooter, shooter flees 3. Shooter and hostages in restroom 4. Shooter pledging allegiance to Islamic State and speaking about explosives 5. SWAT team and armored car arriving 6. SWAT team trying to breach wall with explosives 7. Armored vehicle smashing a hole in the wall, hostages fleeing 8. SWAT team and officers killing shooter 9. Number of those killed and wounded VOICEOVER (in English): "At around 2:02 a.m. on Sunday morning, Omar Mateen engaged in a shootout with an officer outside the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida." “Other officers later joined the gun battle. Mateen escaped inside and headed toward a restroom.” “Various reports say between five and eight hostages were in the restroom where the 29-year-old fled. Up to 25 people were in the other restroom.” “At 02:28 a.m., Mateen reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State while on the phone with a 911 dispatcher. He also mentioned a bomb vest and explosives.” “A SWAT team and armored vehicle arrived at the scene after officials deemed it necessary to begin a rescue operation.” “At around 5:00 a.m. police tried to breach one of the walls of the club with an explosive device, but this didn’t destroy the wall completely.” “Officers then used an armored vehicle to smash a hole in the wall, allowing hostages to flee.” “Mateen was eventually killed following another exchange of gunfire with SWAT and police officers.” “Authorities say 50 people, including the gunman, were killed in the shooting, while 43 victims remain in hospital.” SOURCES: Wall Street Journal, New York Times http://graphics.wsj.com/orlando-shooting/ http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/06/12/us/100000004466754.mobile.html?_r=0 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/14/us/orlando-shooting.html *** For story suggestions please contact tips@nextanimation.com.tw For technical and editorial support, please contact: Asia: +61 2 93 73 1841 Europe: +44 20 7542 7599 Americas and Latam: +1 800 738 8377 ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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The Dead Sea is drying up at an alarming rate
 
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The Dead Sea has already lost more than one third of its surface area over the years. The water level is currently dropping by over 1 meter every year and its shoreline is expected to drop from 411 meters to 430 meters below sea level by 2020, according to the environmentalist group EcoPeace Middle East. Traditionally, the Jordan River is the Dead Sea’s inflow source. However, 50 years ago it was diverted to supply cities, reducing the water inflow level to the Dead Sea to just 5% of its original volume. The hot and dry climate of the region makes it difficult for the Dead Sea to restore itself. That added to the rapid loss of water has resulted in the increased salinity of the lake. The group also points out that the Dead Sea is threatened by cosmetic companies that extract mineral water from the region to make beauty products. Hotels and attractions built along the shoreline also release untreated sewage into the Dead Sea. Even though the Dead Sea does not have any wildlife in itself, the region around it is known for supporting several endangered species such as ibexes, leopards and the indigenous Dead Sea Sparrow. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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These driver assist technologies are bringing driverless cars closer to reality
 
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A future in which self-driving vehicles travel our roads is edging closer as automakers introduce an ever-increasing range of innovations to their cars. Today’s cars are smarter than ever and some are capable of driving by themselves for long stretches, the Globe and Mail reported. The use of radar, sonar and camera technology has seen cars make great advances in recent years, with even standard models now offering assistance to help drivers stay in their lane, avoid accidents and warn of blind-spot obstacles. This animation explains how the technology present in today’s cars is paving the way for a future where fully autonomous self-driving cars are a reality. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at https://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: https://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/
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Barcelona airport near-miss: Miguel Ángel Ramírez captures the moment in viral video
 
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Spain’s airport authority, AENA, says there was never any danger of two planes colliding at Barcelona Airport on Saturday morning. The claim comes after a plane spotter filmed two aircraft in an apparent near-collision on July 5. The aviation enthusiast, Miguel Ángel Ramírez Ruiz, uploaded the video to YouTube on July 6, and the clip has since gone viral, with 8.5 million views at press time. According to various reports, a jet, flown by Russian airline Utair, was making its landing approach toward runway 02/20 when an Aerolíneas Argentinas Airbus 340, taxing toward a holding point on Runway 07L/25R, intersected the Utair’s plane’s path. The Utair aborted the landing by ascending again —a maneuver known as a go-around— and circled back to the same runway before landing safely. In response to the video that captured the go-around, AENA said Monday that there was never any danger of impact as the two aircraft had “plenty of space” between them at all times. The government-owned agency claims that the video was filmed at an angle that exaggerates the closeness between the two planes. Though AENA did not specify the distance between the two aircraft at the time of incident, aviation experts have told the press that they estimate the distance to be about half a mile (800 meters). An AENA spokeswoman was also quoted as saying that it was, “not about a collision or a possible collision. " The spokeswoman added that the Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus had permission to taxi across the runway, and the UTair Boeing 767 had permission to land. However, the Russian pilot of the latter plane exercised his authority and chose to abort landing, perform a go-around instead. She added that neither airline have filed a complaint over the incident, and that the AENA has opened an investigation to determine exactly what happened. ----------------------------------------­----------------------------------------­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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U.S. Navy reveals new renewable energy technology that turns seawater into jet fuel
 
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Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have revealed a new technology that reportedly converts seawater into fuel by recovering carbon dioxide and hydrogen from the salt water and turning it into a liquid hydrocarbon fuel through a novel gas-to-liquid process. The two step process begins with the extraction of carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater. Scientists let the liquid pass through a cell which is subjected to an electric current. The seawater is next acidified by exchanging hydrogen ions produced at the anode with sodium ions. Meanwhile, the water is reduced to hydrogen gas at the cathode, and sodium hydroxide is formed. The sodium hydroxide is then added to the leftover seawater to neutralize its acidity. In the second step, the hydrogen and carbon dioxide are passed into a heated reaction chamber with an iron catalyst. The gases combine and form long-chained unsaturated hydrocarbons with methane. Longer hydrocarbon molecules containing six to nine carbon atoms are then formed from the unsaturated hydrocarbons. These are then turned into fuel using a nickel-supported catalyst. The cost of fuel is estimated to range from three to six dollars per gallon. Preliminary tests flying a radio-controlled plane using sea fuel have succeeded. The fuel could eventually be used for any vehicle without having to modify engines.
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Cameroon turns human waste into clean power in biogas project
 
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Two towns in Cameroon have installed biogas systems to turn human waste into sustainable energy that can provide fuel and electricity for local communities. The project was initiated by Bioenergy-Cameroon, a non-governmental youth organization. Local students, especially female students, are trained on how to install and maintain innovative technology systems such as solar power and biogas mechanisms. According to Reuters, the system includes a septic tank, which is connected to a bio-digester at individual households. Human waste placed in the septic tank is converted into biogas inside the bio-digesters, which release energy into people’s homes for cooking and lighting. Reuters reports that more than 3,000 households and local schools in the towns of Buea and Bamenda have installed the biogas system. The Center for Environment and Development, an NGO in Cameroon, estimates that the biogas project may reudce greenhouse gas emissions in the vicinity by up to 60 percent. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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Kennedy Assassination 50th anniversary
 
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November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, in Dallas, Texas. Around lunchtime on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally and his wife Nellie were travelling in a motorcade through Dallas on the way to the city's Trade Mart when Kennedy was shot and killed by lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald as the vehicle passed through Dealey Plaza. Oswald, positioned on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository where he worked, had a clear view of Kennedy as the motorcade passed down Houston Street, but opted not to shoot, instead waiting until the vehicle turned onto Elm Street, where the view was partially obscured by trees. According to the Warren Commission, Oswald fired three shots using a 6.5mm Mannlicher-Carcano rifle, the first of which ricocheted off a tree before ending up near the railway bridge where it struck a bystander. The subsequent second and third shots hit the president, the third shot being the fatal one. According to analysis of footage available of the assassination Oswald would have had to fire the three shots within 8.4 seconds. The second shot, often referred to as the "magic bullet" entered Kennedy's back, exiting through his throat. It then passed through Governor Connally's right shoulder and chest before hitting his right wrist and lodging in his left leg. The third and fatal shot hit Kennedy in the head causing the right front of his head to explode. Footage of the assassination was captured by Dallas dressmaker Abraham Zapruder who was filming the motorcade from the Grassy Knoll. Several witnesses present reported seeing a puff of smoke from near a white picket fence next to where Zapruder was filming, leading to theories of a second gunman and a fourth shot. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Airbus unveils new A350 XWB family to compete with Boeing 777 and 787
 
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CORRECTION: A previous version of this animation used an incorrect model for the A350 XWB. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. Airbus recently launched a world tour for its newest aircraft, the A350 XWB. The planes are designed to replace the company’s 330 and 340 models and directly compete with Boeing’s 777 and 787 models. A350 XWB (extra-wide-bodied) are twin engine long-range planes that fly long-haul routes with a range of up to 15,300 kilometers. There are three variants: the A350-800, the shortest model; the A350-900, the standard model; and the A350-1000, the extra-long model. According to reports, Airbus may offer an even larger A350-1100 model in the future. The aircrafts feature 5.61 meter-wide cabins, which positions them between Boeing’s 787 and 777 cabins. Airbus claims wider cabin width allows for wider seats and more headroom for passengers, as well as more panoramic windows. The A350 family is also the first Airbus design to have carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) fuselage and wings. Airbus says greater fuel efficiency and larger passenger capacity — between 276 to 369 passengers — makes the planes 25 percent more cost effective than their competitors.
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Official investigation: Sandy Hook shooter's motives unknown
 
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Originally published on November 26, 2013 Authorities have released a summarized report of an official investigation into the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that took place on Dec. 14, 2012. The 48-page summary that was released to the public was shortened from a report that ran into thousands of pages. However, authorities say the motive of the shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, remains unknown. According to the report, Lanza first killed his mother with .22-caliber rifle at close range as she lay in bed the morning of Dec. 14. He then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School in a 2010 Honda Civic, parking next to a no parking zone outside of school. Officials later found a Izhmash Saiga-12, 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun in the vehicle. Lanza was armed with a Bushmaster XM15-E2S, a Glock 10 mm handgun and a Sig Sauer 9 mm pistol when he arrived at the school at around 9:30 a.m. He was also carrying 30-round magazines for the Bushmaster. When he found the doors were locked, he shot through the glass window to the right of the front lobby doors. In the north hallway, Lanza shot and killed school principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach. He also fired upon two other staff members in the hallway, who survived. The shooter then went into the main office, but apparently did not see the staff who were hiding inside, and returned to the hallway before entering first grade classrooms 8 and 10. It is unknown which order he entered the rooms. While there, Lanza opened fire on teachers and students, killing four teachers and 20 children. Police received a 911 call at 9:35 a.m, and the first police officer arrived on the scene outside of school at about 9:39 a.m. A minute later, Lanza took his own life with a single shot from a Glock 20, 10 mm pistol in classroom 10. The entire event took place in under 11 minutes. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Why sleep is important: Brain uses sleep to cleanse itself of toxins
 
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Originally published on November 21, 2013 Sleep helps cleanse the brain of toxins that are generated by daily cognition, according to a new study published in the journal science by scientists from the University of Rochester Medical Center and New York University. The study's authors also suggest some brain disorders may in part be the result of failing to clear away some toxic proteins. During nightly rest the brain refreshes itself by removing the buildup of mental metabolites such as beta-amyloids (Aβ) and tau proteins, byproducts of a day's cogitation. Mismanagement of neural waste may slow the electrical signals across synapses and cause neurons to die. Accumulation of beta-amyloids and tau proteins could lead to Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. The brain's waste removal system, known as the glymphatic system, is more active during sleep when the glial cells that keep nerve cells alive shrink, increasing the size of the interstitial space, the gaps between brain tissue, allowing more fluid to flow through and wash the toxins away. Tiny pores on projections called "end feet" from Astrocytes, a type of glial cell, suck cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from blood vessels into the interstitial space. The clear cerebrospinal fluid enters the brain rapidly to mix with interstitial fluid and wash brain waste out to blood vessels. The waste then ends up in the liver. The transporting of fluid across cell membranes requires a lot of energy, which might be the reason the brain needs to clean itself and process sensory information at separate times, the study's authors suggested. Noting the link between sleep deprivation or disruption and neurodegenerative diseases, the authors suggest that neural trash removal must be one of sleep's major benefits. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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Amtrak train derailment: train accelerated a minute before it went off the tracks
 
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Originally published on 15 May, 2015 Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx ----------------------------------------­----------------------------------------­---------------- For story suggestions please contact tips@nma.com.tw Amtrak Train 188 accelerated significantly in the minute before it derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt said the train's forward-facing camera showed that 65 seconds before the end of the recording, the train's speed was 70 mph; 43 seconds before the end, it was traveling at more than 80 mph; 31 seconds before the crash, the train reached a speed of 90 mph; and 16 seconds before the end of the recording the train was traveling more than 100 mph. The engineer, identified as 32-year-old Brandon Bostian, also used an emergency brake moments before the train went off the tracks at the Frankford Junction curve in Philadelphia, Sumwalt previously said, as reported by NBC. According to Sumwalt, the train was placed into engineered-induced braking moments before the derailment, meaning the full emergency brake was applied. While the maximum speed at the curve was 50 mph, Sumwalt said the train was traveling at 106 mph when the engineer induced the brake application. Three seconds later the train speed was at 102 mph after the brake was applied and then it fully derailed, according to Sumwalt. Amtrak’s Northeast Regional Train 188 derailed Tuesday at around 9.30 p.m. in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond section along the Delaware River. The train was en route from Washington, DC to New York. The train was heading into a bend in the track when it went off the tracks at a point where a 70 mph stretch turns into a 50 mph curve. All seven train cars derailed and the first car, which separated from the rest, was completely wrecked. At least eight people were killed and more than 200 injured in the derailment. The accident disrupted services along the Northeast Corridor, which runs from Boston to Washington and is the busiest and most congested passenger railroad in the United States. The Northeast Corridor served 11.6 million passengers in 2014 and has more than 2,200 commuter and freight trains operating from Boston to Washington each day. ----------------------------------------­----------------------------------------­---------------- Next Media Animation’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D animated news graphics that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Index.aspx
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Google X acquires Makani Power for kite-like airborne wind turbines
 
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Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's animated news graphics at http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/Reuters.aspx Google is to acquire Makani Power, a US company that is developing an airborne wind turbine mounted on a tethered wing that generates energy at altitude where winds are stronger and sustained. The company will become part of Google X, the search giant's R&D lab, which has been trying to improve energy efficiency through its investments. Makani uses tethered aircraft linked to its base that flies between 800 and 2,000 feet above ground. Air moving across the turbine rotors forces them to rotate to produce electricity. Earlier this month, Makani Power tested a prototype capable of generating 30 kilowatts of power. In future the company hopes to develop models that can generate 600 kilowatts.
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$10 million in rare gold coins found in California
 
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Originally published on February 26, 2014 A batch of rare 19th century gold coins unearthed by a California couple last year is about to go on sale. The couple, from Northern California, was out walking their dog on their property when they noticed something sticking out of the ground under a tree, according to SF Gate. Stopping to investigate, the couple found it was the top of an old cannister. They used a stick to dig up the can and brought it home, where they discovered it was filled with gold coins. The couple returned the site to continue digging, and found eight cannisters in total, all containing mint-condition gold coins from the 19th century. The 1,427 coins found inside the cans dated from 1847 to 1894, according to David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana, which authenticated the coins. The coins were organized in chronological order, filling one can before being added to the next, and the next can after that. The coins are in $5, $10 and $20 denominations, and added up amounts to about $27,000. However, some of the coins are so rare today experts say they could be worth nearly $1 million each. Altogether the coins are estimated to be worth at least $10 million. SF Gate reports that although most of the coins were minted in San Francisco, one $5 gold piece came from Georgia. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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Nissan to debut "steer-by-wire" in mass-produced car
 
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Nissan Motor Co plans to equip some of its models with "steer-by-wire", a computerized engine technology, to control steering electronically. The system works by sending signals generated by the driver's inputs to a computerised control unit that then instructs an actuator controlling tire movements. Using the electronic signal, the tires can quickly move in accordance with the steering wheel. The technology can also adjust the steering to control wandering caused by rough roads and crosswinds and a front camera recognizes road markings. SOURCE: Reuters, BBC
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U.S. investigation launched after man killed in Tesla autopilot highway accident
 
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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation into Tesla Motors after a driver of a Model S was killed while using the vehicle’s autopilot mode, Reuters reported. According to Electrek, Joshua Brown was driving his Tesla Model S last month. The accident occurred on U.S. Route 27 in Williston, Florida on May 7 when the vehicle struck a tractor trailer turning left across the highway, the Levy Journal reported, citing the Florida Highway patrol. The trailer tractor was heading west and made a left turn across the highway while Brown’s vehicle was heading eastbound. The vehicles collided when the truck was perpendicular to the car across the highway. Tesla said in a post to the company’s blog that neither the autopilot nor the driver noticed the trailer due to the vehicle's white side coloring against the bright sky, so the brake wasn't applied. They say that the high ride height of the trailer, its position on the road and other rare circumstances of the collision caused the vehicle to continue underneath the tractor. In a description of the software, Tesla notes that the Autopilot system uses camera, radar and sensors to automatically steer on highways, change lanes and adjust speed. The company adds the system is in beta and drivers should always keep their hands on the steering wheel while using the autopilot system. The car lost its roof during the accident and continued along the highway before crashing through two fences and hitting a power pole, the Levy Journal reported, citing the Florida Highway Patrol. It stopped around 100 feet south of the highway. Brown died at the scene. ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Reuters.aspx To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimation.com.tw/Index.aspx
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How scientists enter and exit BSL-4 laboratories
 
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As scientists work around the clock to develop a treatment for Ebola, research on this and other deadly diseases must be conducted in specially designed facilities known as biosafety level four (BSL-4) laboratories. To gain entrance to a BSL-4 laboratory, researchers must pass through stringent security controls, such as an iris scan. Entrants then shed their street clothes and don scrubs. All personal items except glasses are not allowed inside. Another mandatory garment is a positive-pressure suit, which offers maximum protection for staffers to work in a potentially hazardous environment. Each suit has a hook connecting to ventilation hoses, which supply medical-grade breathing air for researchers. Scientists and technicians, while still wearing their protective suits, must take a decontamination shower before they leave. Water and chemicals are sprayed to remove dirt, residue and microbes. After taking off the suits, researchers take a hot shower before changing into their own clothes and leaving the facility.
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