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SELF-DRIVING CARS CAN NOW CHAT WITH EACH OTHER

THEREALSINGAPORE 15 September 2014 - 8:52am

An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology that indicates a new stage in automation is happening faster than many expected. Systems that enable vehicles to communicate with each other have been developed in recent years in parallel with features that enable cars to drive themselves. Manufacturers and suppliers now are putting the two together in novel ways, with broad implications for vehicle safety and convenience.


MAS MH198 TO HYDERABAD FORCED TO EMERGENCY LAND IN KL DUE TO 'AUTOPILOT FAULT'

THEREALSINGAPORE 14 September 2014 - 2:23pm

Malaysian Airlines (MAS) flight MH198 from Kuala Lumpur to Hyderabad, India was forced to turn back and made an emergency landing at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport shortly after its departure last night after its crew detected a problem, global flight tracking agency Flightradar24 tweeted. The Boeing 738 plane, which took off at 10.20pm last night, landed without incident at 2.01am today, MAS said in a statement posted on its website.


UK'S PM SAYS HE WILL HUNT DOWN 'MURDERERS' OF BRITISH AID WORKER DAVID HAINES

THEREALSINGAPORE 14 September 2014 - 10:52am

British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Saturday the murder of aid worker David Haines by Islamic State was an act of pure evil and vowed to bring his killers to justice however long it takes. "This is a despicable and appalling murder of an innocent aid worker. It is an act of pure evil. 


MAN IN THE US ARRESTED FOR KILLING GIRLFRIEND'S DOG AND FEEDING IT TO HER

THEREALSINGAPORE 14 September 2014 - 10:31am

A man who allegedly cooked his girlfriend’s dog and fed it to her before returning the pet’s dismembered paws has been arrested in California. Ryan Eddy Watenpaugh, 34, denies killing the woman’s Pomeranian, called Bear, and claimed the incident was a joke but could not explain where the missing dog was. 


JAPAN CARRIES OUT FIRST IPS STEM CELL IMPLANT SURGERY ON HUMAN

THEREALSINGAPORE 14 September 2014 - 10:07am

Japanese researchers Friday conducted the world's first surgery to implant "iPS" stem cells in a human body in a major boost to regenerative medicine, two institutions involved said. A female patient in her 70s with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common medical condition that can lead to blindness in older people, had a sheet of retina cells that had been created from iPS cells implanted.


ISLAMIC STATE CLAIMS BEHEADING OF BRITISH HOSTAGE

THEREALSINGAPORE 14 September 2014 - 8:04am

The Islamic State jihadist group claimed it executed British aid worker David Haines, in retaliation for British leader David Cameron entering a coalition with the United States against the militants. This would be the third such execution in recent weeks, after two US journalists taken hostage in Syria were shown murdered. 


FORMER NUS PROFESSOR WITH FAKE PHD TRIED TO DISCREDIT THE MAN WHO EXPOSED HIM

THEREALSINGAPORE 13 September 2014 - 9:26pm

The former NUS associate professor who was exposed to have had fake qualifications is also now involved in a defamation suit after he tried to get two of his friends to accuse the professor who exposed him of sexually assaulting them. Professor Rockett, who was in charge of reviewing Anoop Shankar's resume had discovered that he had lied on the resume and had reported his findings to the West Virginia University as well as the Office of Research Integrity.


US THREATENED YAHOO WITH $250K DAILY FINE WHEN IT RESISTED NSA DATA REQUESTS

THEREALSINGAPORE 12 September 2014 - 7:04pm

When Yahoo didn’t comply with a National Security Agency request to hand over user data under the PRISM surveillance program, the US government threatened it with daily fines of $250K, the company has revealed. Ron Bell, Yahoo’s general counsel, said in a blog post, that the company “refused to comply with what we viewed as unconstitutional and overbroad surveillance and challenged the US Government’s authority.” The PRISM electronic data mining program was first exposed by former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Almost all the major US tech firms were listed as participants in the program.


AUSTRALIA RAISES TERRORISM THREAT LEVEL FROM MEDIUM TO HIGH

THEREALSINGAPORE 12 September 2014 - 12:38pm

Australia has raised its terrorism threat level from medium to high, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced. The move comes in response to growing concern over the impact of militant conflicts in Iraq and Syria on Australia. It is the first time Australia has moved from medium to high - the second-highest level - in more than a decade.


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