Month: February 2020

Nishioka rallies past Millman at Delray Beach Open – NBC Sports

Yoshihito Nishioka rallied past No. 5-seeded John Millman 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 on the opening day of the Delray Beach Open on Monday. It was Millman’s first match since a wrenching loss to Roger Federer at the Australian Open last month. Wild card Ryan Harrison of the United States joined Nishioka in the second round by […]

BPA alternative, bisphenol S, could negatively affect mother’s placenta and developing baby’s brain

Using “BPA-free” plastic products could be as harmful to human health—including a developing brain—as those products that contain the controversial chemical, suggest scientists in a new study led by the University of Missouri and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. For decades, scientists have studied BPA extensively in animal models with […]

SoftBank to borrow $4.5 billion pledging domestic telco’s shares

SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) said on Wednesday it plans to borrow up to 500 billion yen ($4.5 billion) from 16 domestic and foreign financial institutions using almost a third of its stake in telco SoftBank Corp (9434.T) as collateral. The loan, which a company spokeswoman said will be used to boost the group’s cash on […]

The Epic Games Store is giving away Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate this week

AC: Syndicate is certainly an improvement over the much-maligned AC: Unity. And while it pales in comparison to Origins and Odyssey, exploring Victorian London can be fun, as you lead your gang and fight to grow your influence. Syndicate is $29.99 on Steam, where it has a ‘Very Positive’ rating, so it’s definitely worth grabbing […]

Grooming gang jailed for ‘systematic’ sexual abuse of Huddersfield schoolgirls

Seven men who ‘systematically groomed and exploited’ two schoolgirls are facing years behind bars. The gang ‘viewed the girls as merely objects, to be used and abused at will’, Leeds Crown Court heard. Usman Ali, Banaras Hussain, Abdul Majid, Gul Riaz and three other defendants who cannot be named were found guilty of a total […]

Sofia Kenin loses opening match in Dubai

Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin lost her opening match at the Dubai Championships on Tuesday as Elena Rybakina rallied to beat the American 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-3. The fifth-seeded Kenin was playing her first WTA Tour event since earning her maiden Grand Slam title and then helping the United States reach the Fed Cup final. […]

Study finds empathy can be detected in people whose brains are at rest

UCLA researchers have found that it is possible to assess a person’s ability to feel empathy by studying their brain activity while they are resting rather than while they are engaged in specific tasks. Traditionally, empathy is assessed through the use of questionnaires and psychological assessments. The findings of this study offer an alternative to […]

China’s virus-hit industrial cities start to ease curbs, restore production

Big manufacturing hubs on the Chinese coast are starting to loosen curbs on the movement of people and traffic while local governments prod factories to restart production, following weeks of stoppages due to the coronavirus outbreak. In their early efforts to contain the virus, authorities extended a week-long Lunar New Year holiday in late January […]

Former Amazon executive says he switches off Alexa for “private moments”

Robert Fredrick, who was once a manager at Amazon Web Services, told the BBC’s Panorama program that he always turns off his Alexa speaker when discussing anything private or sensitive. “I don’t want certain conversations to be heard by humans,” he said. “Conversations that I know for a fact are not things that should be […]

Moment brave pensioner, 77, fights off mugger outside cashpoint

This is the moment a 77-year-old man fights off a mugger at a cash machine, throwing a flurry of punches and forcing him to flee empty handed. CCTV shows the pensioner parking in a seemingly empty Sainsbury’s car park on February 5, and getting out of the car to withdraw some cash. As he begins […]