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The super-clocks that define what time it is

I'm looking at a warning sign inside a laboratory in London. "Do not touch the maser," it reads. It's attached to a tall black box, on wheels, mounted in a steel protective case. Turns out it's a pretty important box, and the sign is there for a reason.

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Afghanistan: The quiet Afghan valley standing up to the Taliban

Travelling through the scenic Andarab valley north of Kabul there is no visible sign of conflict. But whilst the Taliban are more powerful and better armed than ever before, here and in neighbouring province of Panjshir they are facing a nascent armed resistance to their rule in Afghanistan.

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Facebook owner Meta sees first ever sales decline

The owner of Facebook and Instagram was hit by a fall in ad sales in the three months to July - the first year-on-year revenue decline in the firm's history. Total revenue slipped 1% to $28.8bn (£23.7bn), but parent company Meta fended off a decline in users.

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The companies doubling down on remote work

In late June, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman announced a big decision for the 4,400-person company: by 29 July, Yelp will do away with hybrid set-ups altogether, and go fully remote.

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Covid origins: Scientists weigh up evidence over virus's origins

Amid the misery of a pandemic that has claimed at least four million lives, the scientific search for its origins has itself become toxic. While it is now hideously ubiquitous, Covid-19 is still only an 18-month-old disease.

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Covid origin studies say evidence points to Wuhan market

Image source, ReutersScientists say there is "compelling evidence" that Wuhan's Huanan seafood and wildlife market was at the centre of the Covid-19 outbreak.  Two peer-reviewed studies published on Tuesday re-examine information from the initial outbreak in the Chinese city.

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'Flashy' NYC bishop robbed of $1m in jewellery during live sermon

Image source, Getty ImagesA preacher known for his flamboyant lifestyle was robbed of more than $1m (£840,000) in jewellery during a livestreamed sermon in the city of New York.

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A mind-reading combat jet for the future

During World War II, Spitfire pilots described their plane as so responsive it felt like an extension of their limbs. Fighter pilots of the 2030s, however, will have an even closer relationship with their fighter jet.

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Ancient fossil is earliest known animal predator

The 560-million-year-old specimen, which was found in Charnwood Forest in Leicestershire, is likely a forerunner of cnidaria - the group of species that today includes jellyfish. The researchers have named it Auroralumina attenboroughii in honour of Sir David Attenborough.

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Convenience store spy cameras face legal challenge

The Southern Co-Op chain is facing a legal challenge to its use of facial recognition technology to cut crime. Big Brother Watch has complained to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) about biometric cameras at its shops.

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Pope Francis: Pontiff says he is 'deeply sorry' to Canadian residential school survivors

In his first public remarks in Canada, Pope Francis has asked indigenous residential school survivors for forgiveness. He said his apology is a first step, and that a "serious investigation" into abuses must occur to foster healing.

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Millennials op je werk? Pas dan op met grapjes

Twintig jaar geleden zette je een vacature op een website en dan kwamen er vanzelf hordes jonge mensen op af. Tegenwoordig mag je al blij zijn als er één verdwaalde millennial reageert op 63 pogingen, en dat die niet na twee jaar alweer weg is naar zijn volgende baan.

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The mysterious inner life of the octopus

It was a big night for Inky the octopus. The day's visitors had been and gone, and now his room in the aquarium was deserted. In a rare oversight, the lid of his tank had been left ajar.

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Ukraine conflict: How are drones being used?

Thousands of drones are being used in the Ukraine war - to spot enemy positions, launch missiles and direct artillery fire. Both sides are deploying purpose-built military drones and widely sold, off-the-shelf drones.

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Chess robot breaks seven-year-old boy's finger during Moscow Open

Image source, Getty ImagesA robot broke a seven-year-old boy's finger during a chess match in Moscow last week, Russian news outlets report. "The robot broke the child's finger," Sergey Lazarev, Moscow Chess Federation President, told Tass news agency. "This is of course bad.

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Monkeypox: WHO declares highest alert over outbreak

The monkeypox outbreak has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization. The classification is the highest alert that the WHO can issue and follows a worldwide upsurge in cases.

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Why people watch pornography at work

Many workers would admit to taking a break from work to scroll through Instagram, shop for a new pair of sneakers or even browse a new dating app.

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Nasa's James Webb telescope reveals millions of galaxies

There were 10 times more galaxies just like our own Milky Way in the early Universe than previously thought. This cosmic insight comes from one of the first studies of images captured by Nasa's new James Webb Space Telescope.

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Czechs demolish pig farm on Nazi concentration camp for Roma

Demolition work is to start on Friday on a Czech pig farm built on the site of a Nazi-era concentration camp for Roma. It ends decades of often bitter dispute between the farm's owners, the government and Roma rights groups.

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Man killed as sink hole opens under swimming pool in Israel

Two people have appeared in court after a man was sucked to his death when a sink hole opened under a swimming pool he was in at a house party in Israel. The incident happened at a villa which was hosting a company event in the central town of Karmi Yosef, 25 miles (40km) south-east of Tel Aviv.

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