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Bitcoin dips below $10,000

Bitcoin has traded below $ 10,000 for the first time since early December. The value of one bitcoin fell to $ 9,958 (£7,222) before making a slight recovery, according to the price index run by the news site Coindesk. That represents a drop of nearly 50% since it peaked close to $ 19,800 five weeks ago. Other crypto-currencies including Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash have also experienced steep falls over the past day. There has been concern among some experts that a bubble had been forming in the market…

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'Liver branding' surgeon Simon Bramhall fined £10,000

A liver surgeon who branded his initials on the livers of two patients has been fined £10,000. Simon Bramhall, 53, used an argon beam machine to write his initials on the organs of the anaesthetised patients in 2013 while working at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Bramhall, of Tarrington, Herefordshire, admitted two counts of assault by beating at Birmingham Crown Court. He was also sentenced to a 12-month community order. ‘Violated’ One of the victims, referred to in court as Patient A, received a donor organ in a life-saving operation carried…

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Google pledges 10,000 staff to tackle extremist content

Google will dedicate more than 10,000 staff to rooting out violent extremist content on YouTube in 2018, the video sharing website’s chief has said. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Susan Wojcicki said some users were exploiting YouTube to “mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm”. She said the website, owned by Google, had used “computer-learning” technology that could find extremist videos. More than 150,000 of these videos have been removed since June, she said. In March, the UK government suspended its adverts from YouTube, following concerns they were appearing next to…

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Bitcoin crosses $10,000 milestone

The value of one bitcoin has gone past $ 10,000 (£7,493). The virtual currency reached the benchmark for the first time, just days after it passed $ 9,000. It caps a remarkable rise in value for the crypto-currency, which was trading below $ 1,000 at the start of the year. Some experts believe the asset still has far to soar, but others say it represents a speculative bubble with nothing tangible at its core that could burst any time. The total value of all the bitcoins in existence has now…

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Veggie stew on the menu 10,000 years ago

Humans used ceramic pots to cook wild plants more than 10,000 years ago, well before the advent of agriculture, researchers reported on Dec 19. The findings are the earliest direct proof that our species processed plants for food. The vessels, discovered in Libya, contained traces of wild grasses such as cattail or cockspur, as well as the leaves and fruit from fig trees, and the family of plants that includes cinnamon, nutmeg and star anise. There were even aquatic plants, some of which are still consumed today. Learning to cook…

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