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Winter Olympics: Second Russian athlete tests positive for doping

A second Russian athlete competing at the Winter Olympics has tested positive for a banned substance. Nadezhda Sergeeva, 30, is one of 168 Russians allowed to compete as neutrals at the Games despite the country being banned for previous doping offences. She finished 12th in the two-woman bobsleigh event in Pyeongchang. On Thursday, Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky was stripped of his bronze medal after being found guilty of doping. The Russian Bobsleigh Federation said Sergeeva had tested positive for “a heart drug” that “was not prescribed” by its medical team….

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German shock at car exhaust tests on humans and monkeys

The German government has denounced experiments funded by German carmakers in which humans and monkeys reportedly inhaled diesel exhaust fumes. German media say the health impact research was done by EUGT, a body funded by Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW. Such tests could not be justified, the government said, demanding details. A minister called them “abominable”. Daimler also condemned them. VW is embroiled in a scandal over software that gave false diesel exhaust data. In 2015 VW admitted having fitted “cheat” devices in the US that made their engines appear less…

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Embarrassment makes women avoid smear tests, charity says

Young women are avoiding getting smear tests because they are embarrassed by the look and smell of their pubic areas, a survey suggests. The charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust surveyed 2,017 British women. A third said embarrassment caused them to delay getting a smear test, which can prevent 75% of cervical cancers. The charity said cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35, yet almost two-thirds of those surveyed weren’t aware they’re most at risk. A total of 220,000 British women are diagnosed with cervical abnormalities each…

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North Korea: UN imposes fresh sanctions over missile tests

The United Nations Security Council has voted to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent ballistic missile tests. The US-drafted resolution includes measures to reduce the nation’s petrol imports by up to 90%. China, North Korea’s main trading partner, voted in favour of the resolution. The country is already subject to a raft of sanctions from the US, the UN and the EU. Washington has been imposing sanctions on Pyongyang since 2008, freezing the assets of individuals and companies linked to its nuclear programme and banning…

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Gaming 

eGPU Tests Show Big Gains For MacBook Pros, Courtesy of AMD’s RX Vega

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. For the past few years, AMD has worked on a new generation of external GPU technology that would use Thunderbolt 3 and offer a better experience. This push got a major boost when Apple announced back in June that the MacBook Pro line would support this functionality. eGPU support is still being built into macOS High Sierra, but it’s now in a sufficient state for testing. 9to5 Mac took a Mantiz Venus MZ-02 chassis for…

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UK drone users to sit safety tests under new law

Drone users in the UK will be required to do safety awareness tests as part of planned new legislation on their usage. Police will also be given new powers to crack down on illegal use of the unmanned aerial vehicles. The government hopes to harness new drone technology which could see them used on oil rigs, in construction, for organ transport and parcel deliveries. The bill has been welcomed by the pilots’ union, which has warned of near misses involving drones and aircraft. Balpa said there had been 81 incidents…

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Sports 

'No fear factor' for Gatland's Wales v All Blacks – preview of weekend Tests

How to follow the action Date: Saturday, 25 November Time: 14:30-19:30 (all times GMT) 14:30: Scotland v Australia – Watch live BBC One coverage and follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website/app 15:00: England v Samoa – Listen to 5 live sports extra commentary, follow live text commentary and watch BBC Two highlights at 19:30 on the BBC Sport website/app 17:15: Wales v New Zealand – Watch live BBC Two coverage, listen to 5 live sports extra commentary and follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website/app…

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