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Stock markets plunge on US-China trade war fears

Stock markets plunge on US-China trade war fearsGlobal stock markets tumbled Tuesday on rising fears of a trade war after US President Donald Trump threatened fresh tariffs on Chinese imports and Beijing warned of countermeasures.



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Two riders plunge 34 feet after Daytona Beach roller coaster derails

Two riders plunge 34 feet after Daytona Beach roller coaster derailsMultiple people were injured after a roller coaster in Daytona Beach, Florida,



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Riders plunge 34 feet, 6 injured in roller coaster derail

Riders plunge 34 feet, 6 injured in roller coaster derailORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A roller coaster that derailed in Florida had been put out of service by state inspectors twice in the past year and a half because of problems with the ride.



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Apple said to have chosen OLED for new iPhones; Japan Display shares plunge

Apple said to have chosen OLED for new iPhones; Japan Display shares plungeTOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) – Apple Inc has decided to use OLED screens in all three new iPhone models planned for next year, according to South Korea’s Electronic Times – a report that sent shares in Japan Display tumbling 10 percent. Japan Display, one of the main suppliers of iPhone liquid crystal display (LCD) screens, has lagged its South Korean rivals in OLED production. By contrast, shares in LG Display Co Ltd surged.



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Bus plunge in North Korea kills 32 Chinese tourists

Bus plunge in North Korea kills 32 Chinese touristsThirty-two Chinese tourists and four North Koreans were killed when a bus plunged from a bridge in North Korea, Chinese officials and state media said Monday. Two other Chinese nationals were injured in Sunday’s accident south of the capital Pyongyang, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular press briefing. Lu said China was investigating the cause of the accident and had deployed a team, including medical experts, to North Korea “to assist with the emergency rescue and treatment operations”.



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Kid Who Hugged Cop In Viral Protest Photo Feared Dead In Family Car Plunge

Kid Who Hugged Cop In Viral Protest Photo Feared Dead In Family Car PlungeA boy who hugged a cop in a photo that went viral amid national unrest over



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Alabama bus crash: driver killed as school trip ends in plunge down ravine

Alabama bus crash: driver killed as school trip ends in plunge down ravineA charter bus taking high school students home from a trip to Disney World plunged off a bridge and into a ravine in Alabama early on Tuesday, killing the driver and injuring several others. The passengers were members of the band from Channelview high school in the Houston area. The local sheriff, Hoss Mack, told reporters that one person was in critical condition and five more were seriously injured, while other passengers suffered minor injuries.



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Bitcoin suffers dramatic price plunge in Asia

Bitcoin suffers dramatic price plunge in AsiaBitcoin prices plunged about 15 percent in Asian trade Wednesday before recouping some of the losses as investors apparently took fright at news that a South Korean exchange had been hacked. The unit, which hit a record $ 19,500 at the start of the week, took a hit as it emerged that South Korean exchange Youbit had been hacked, leading the firm to say it will close and start bankruptcy proceedings, according to Bloomberg News. The Crypto Company’s share price had risen 1,700 percent between the end of September and Monday evening before the Securities Exchange Commission intervened to halt trades until January 4.



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Cassini spacecraft to end its mission tomorrow with a 70,000mph death plunge into Saturn's atmosphere

Cassini spacecraft to end its mission tomorrow with a 70,000mph death plunge into Saturn's atmosphereNasa scientists are preparing to kill off the Cassini space probe with a spectacular suicidal dive into Saturn's atmosphere on Friday. The 22ft robot craft will break into fragments and burn up as it ploughs into the ringed planet's cloud tops, ending a 20-year mission that cost £2.9 billion. Cassini was launched in 1997 and took seven years to travel two billion miles to Saturn, before embarking on a 13-year journey of discovery that delivered a wealth of scientific data on the planet and its moons. The north pole of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus is seen in an image from the Cassini spacecraft on 14 October 2015 Credit: NASA Now with the spacecraft running out of fuel, and soon to become impossible to steer, controllers have chosen to bring the mission to a fiery end. Scientists expect to lose contact with the probe at around 12.55pm UK time as Cassini begins to feel the effects of drag from Saturn's atmosphere and starts to tumble, causing its dish antenna to lose sight of Earth. At this point the craft will be roughly 930 miles above the planet's cloud tops. From then on, Cassini will start to burn like a meteor and tear apart. Within two minutes of signal loss the probe will be completely consumed. In brief | Nasa’s Cassini mission During the dive Cassini will be travelling at around 70,000mph. Its plunge to destruction will mark the end of a series of 22 daring orbits that allowed the probe to slip between Saturn and its rings. Because Saturn is so far away, the spacecraft's last gasp transmissions will take 83 minutes to reach Earth. Earl Maize, Cassini project manager at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said: "The spacecraft's final signal will be like an echo. It will radiate across the solar system for nearly an hour and a half after Cassini itself has gone. "Even though we'll know that, at Saturn, Cassini has already met its fate, its mission isn't truly over for us on Earth as long as we're still receiving its signal." Cassini: Getting to Saturn Right up until it beams its final signals to Earth eight of the spacecraft's 12 scientific instruments will be gathering data from the top of Saturn's atmosphere and transmitting information about its structure and composition. Cassini's cameras will capture their final images of looming Saturn and its moons several hours earlier. They will be radioed to Nasa's Deep Space Network antenna complex in Canberra, Australia, before being posted on the mission website. Cassini: The spacecraft A high point of the mission came in January 2005 when a small European Space Agency lander called Huygens detached from Cassini and descended to the surface of Saturn's largest moon Titan. The probe touched down on a pebble-strewn surface with the consistency of wet sand. It was the first successful landing on a world in the outer solar system. Are there lifeforms on Enceladus? | Dr Daniel Brown of Nottingham Trent University analyses the new research As it parachuted down through Titan's thick nitrogen and methane atmosphere, Huygens captured images of features that looked like shore lines and river systems on Earth. Scientists now know Titan has lakes and seas filled with liquid methane and ethane. Another key discovery made by Cassini was a global ocean under the icy surface of another moon, Enceladus, that may sustain life. An image of earth taken by Cassini from within Saturn's rings Credit: PA The decision to send Cassini to its fiery grave was taken in order to avoid any chance of the spacecraft crashing onto Titan or Enceladus and possibly contaminating the potentially life-hosting worlds with Earth bugs. British scientists played a major role in the mission, wholly or partly contributing several of the spacecraft's instruments. Open University planetary scientist Professor Simon Green, who helped develop Huygens' surface science package, said: "The Cassini-Huygens mission has transformed our understanding of the second largest planet in our solar system, Saturn, with its vast ring system and its unique moons. "Landing on Titan revealed a cold, but surprisingly Earth-like landscape, shaped by the flow of methane rather than water, and the icy volcanoes of Enceladus hint at a habitat for life below its frozen surface. "The scientific legacy of the mission will extend long beyond its fiery end in the clouds of Saturn." Google doodle marks Cassini's final mission 01:19  



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Cassini readies final plunge into Saturn

Cassini readies final plunge into SaturnNASA’s Cassini probe is counting its final hours before one last plunge into Saturn on Friday that will cap a fruitful 13-year mission that greatly expanded knowledge about the gas giant. While orbiting Saturn nearly 300 times, Cassini made major discoveries, such as the liquid methane seas of the planet’s giant moon Titan and the sprawling subsurface ocean of Enceladus, a small Saturn moon. “Cassini-Huygens is an extraordinary mission of discovery that has revolutionized our understanding of the outer solar system,” said Alexander Hayes, assistant professor of astronomy at Cornell University.



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