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Apple health data used in murder trial

Health data has provided crucial evidence at a trial in Germany, in which a refugee is accused of rape and murder. Apple’s Health App accurately records steps and has been pre-installed on the iPhone 6S and newer models. Data suggesting the suspect was climbing stairs could correlate to him dragging his victim down a riverbank and climbing back up, police said. The accused – Hussein K – has admitted his guilt but disputed some details. The 19-year-old medical student Maria Ladenburger was murdered in October 2016 and the trial –…

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How Graffiti Artists Used iPhones and Paint to Transform the Beatles’ Ashram

The street artist Miles Toland has dedicated his career to “finding the beauty in the decay,” as he puts it on his website. In 2016, he got an irresistible invitation: Would he like to come to Rishikesh, India, and cover the walls of the Beatles’ ashram with giant paintings?  The facility where the Fab Four composed The White Album had been abandoned for decades. Its buildings were overrun with creeping plants and covered with amateur graffiti. In 2012, the California-based street artist Pan Trinity Das and his wife, Kyrie Maezumi, started painting…

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Common virus used to help fight incurable brain cancer

Scientists are optimistic that they may have found a new treatment to help people with incurable brain cancer. Ten patients so far in the UK have received the therapy, which is a virus that causes mild flu-like symptoms. The virus can cross the blood-brain barrier and appears to help “switch on” the body’s defence systems to attack the tumour, early studies suggest. Experts at University of Leeds and four other centres now plan to treat more patients with reovirus therapy. Although not a cure, the scientists hope it could be…

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MCG pitch used in Ashes rated 'poor' by ICC

Fifth Ashes Test – Australia v England Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground Date: Thursday, 4 January (Wednesday, 3 January at 23:30 GMT) Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website. The pitch used for the Boxing Day Test between Australia and England in Melbourne has been rated as “poor” by the International Cricket Council. Only 24 wickets fell over the five days of the drawn fourth Ashes Test….

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Syria child evacuees may be used as bargaining chips, UN warns

Media playback is unsupported on your device A senior UN official says he fears children waiting to be evacuated from a besieged rebel-held area of the Syrian capital, Damascus, are being used as bargaining chips. UN special envoy to Syria Jan Egeland told the BBC he understood that rebels had agreed to release government workers in exchange for the children. Another 12 patients were evacuated on Wednesday, following four on Tuesday. Thirteen more urgent cases are expected to be evacuated on Thursday. News of the latest evacuations from Eastern Ghouta…

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US woman used bitcoin to move cash to Islamic State, police say

A New York woman has been accused of laundering bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and wiring the money to help the so-called Islamic State. Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, was charged with bank fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering and is being held without bail. Ms Shahnaz was born in Pakistan and worked as a lab technician in the US. Prosecutors say she took out fraudulent loans of $ 85,000 (£63,000) in order to buy the bitcoin online. Bitcoin is an online currency. Despite not being legal tender – it…

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Jacqueline Wilson: Children feel more worried than they used to

Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s books have been a massive part of many people’s childhoods. She has produced books for more than three decades of readers, but says today’s children “feel more worried” than before. She also says that while children are still avid bookworms, adults would rather be “glued to their smartphones”. Dame Jacqueline is being awarded the Special Award at the Bafta Children’s ceremony on Sunday. Dame Jacqueline started her career as a journalist for DC Thomson in Scotland and was one of the founders of Jackie magazine. She then…

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