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Perseids peak night promises spectacular show for meteor-watchers

August 11, 2016 - SPACE

Astronomers predict a better-than-average Perseids season in 2016, with outbursts of up to 200 meteors per hour on the peak night of Aug 11-12. Even the light of a gibbous (humpbacked) moon isn’t expected to spoil the show, with the darker predawn hour offering the best viewing.

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“Dalek”-like commands could hijack smartphones

August 10, 2016 - UNITED STATES

Latest advances in the security of computer systems and networks will be scrutinised at the annual USENIX Security Symposium in Austin, Texas. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Georgetown University will present a paper showing how garbled speech commands hidden in radio or video broadcasts could be used to control a smartphone.

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Hieronymus Bosch funeral 500 years ago adds little about the artist

August 9, 2016 - NETHERLANDS

The freakish and indelible imagery of Hieronymus Bosch remains as mysterious after 500 years as the artist himself. One of the few clues about “the devil’s painter” lies in the record of his funeral on 9 Aug 1516 at St. John’s Cathedral, across the square from where he lived in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

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Australian census goes digital

August 9, 2016 - AUSTRALIA

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is preparing to count close to 10 million dwellings and approximately 24 million people on Census night, and some two-thirds of the population are expected to complete the survey online – a first.

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Thais vote on new post-coup constitution

August 7, 2016 - THAILAND

Thais vote on a new constitution, the country’s 20th. The junta that took power in 2014 has made a new charter a prerequisite for an election, now pushed back to 2017. The first draft, unpopular on all sides, was rejected and the junta appointed a different council to rewrite it. Critics say the new version will produce weak civilian government under the sway of the military.

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Parliamentary election due at worrying time for Australians

August 6, 2016 - AUSTRALIA

Australians can expect a parliamentary election any time after the August date, and the decision will depend on whether the Sep 2015 coup in the governing center-right Liberal Party has left it with poll numbers high enough to take on the opposition center-left Labour Party.

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Stricken Brazil hosts first Olympics staged in South America

August 5, 2016 - BRAZIL

Rio de Janeiro hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics, the first Games staged in South America, amid national political convulsions and an ever-widening array of setbacks. The city is unlikely to be ready to stage the Games and welcome the 10,500 athletes from 206 countries, not to mention tens of thousands of spectators, but the point at which it was practical to hand the event to another host has long passed.

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UK economy may need more than just rate cuts

August 4, 2016 - UNITED KINGDOM

The Bank of England has signalled that it will consider measures to boost the economy to counter the impact of the Brexit vote. Many economists expect the Bank to revive its bond-buying programme as well as cut interest rates below their already record low level of 0.5 percent.

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Municipal election sees ruling ANC vulnerable

August 3, 2016 - SOUTH AFRICA

The country’s municipalities go to the polls in an election that might leave President Jacob Zuma vulnerable if the ruling African National Congress loses more ground to the ascendant Democratic Alliance (DA). The polling battle is shaping up as a proxy for the national election in 2019.

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