When the quartet of Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE launched an economic and diplomatic boycott of Qatar last summer, they hoped to swiftly force Doha to change its behavior in a whole host of areas, from closing down the Al Jazeera television network to cutting ties with Iran and Turkey.

It hasn’t quite worked out as they hoped. Instead of bending to the will of its four neighbours Qatar has fought back, building new trade links with other countries and fighting a canny diplomatic battle against its adversaries.

The small, energy-rich country now ranks as the eighth most open i
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n the world to visitors, according to the UN.
Mining resources from asteroids may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but it could be well on its way to becoming science fact. What will be mined? Why do we want this? And who are the big names to watch out for? Check out our beginner's guide to all things space rock-drilling.
Asian shares were mostly lower Tuesday as the lack of new leads following a U.S. market holiday meant that trade worries and slowing Chinese manufacturing activity stayed in the spotlight.
Sony's new overall CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida, recently made controversial comments about cross-play, and now an Xbox executive has responded. Xbox engineering lead Mike Ybarra said on Twitter that Sony "still isn't listening to gamers" about the cross-play situation.

"[Sony still] isn't listening to gamers," Ybarra said. "All games should be cross-play and progression with the right input flexibility and gamer options."
Twitter is experimenting with a couple of new variations for tweet interactions, and they’ve asked users for feedback on these mock-ups.

To clarify, none of these are anywhere near final yet - Twitter’s only testing different options for now. But they are looking at these, and other related options, which are designed to better emphasize tweet engagement.

The key elements to consider, based on the current mock design, are:

Threaded replies to individual responses, making it easier to see who’s responding to what within tweet reply chains
Colour coding for responses from the original
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tweet poster and yourself, highlighting key replies (purple for responses from the original tweeter, blue for you)
Green dots on profile images within chains to indicate when a user is active and spark more real-time engagement (users would have the option to switch off)

After Twitter product manager Sara Haider posted the mocks and asked for thoughts, various users provided other potential options and additions:

Make replies scrollable, with the original tweet remaining pinned at the top of the chain for easier context
Make replies to each collapsible, potentially behind a ‘See replies’ option
Establishing number of replies which can be shown in a chain before starting a new one for clarity (and more than 10x replies to a single tweet could start to get messy)
Add visible timestamps, as are currently available, on replies in chains
Add typing indicators to indicate engagement
Change the ‘Tweet your reply’ prompt to ‘Join the conversation’ in chains
It’s an interesting experiment, and it provides some great indicators as to where Twitter is looking, and how they’re seeking to boost engagement on the platform.
We finally have details on DC's upcoming streaming service. It's been a long time coming, but we're pleased to announce the service will be launching on September 15 (Batman Day!). DC Universe costs $7.99 monthly, or an annual membership of $74.99 per year. On the platform, viewers will be able to stream from two devices at once and purchase new comics directly. It offers access to original animated and live-action shows in addition to thousands of digital comic books, an encyclopedia, fan forums, news, and an archive of old shows and movies. New original series are expected to drop every Frid
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ay. However, international availability is still uncertain.

I used to buy and sell stocks often. Over time, though, I found that frequent trading in and out of stocks hurt my overall returns. In retrospect, I would have been better off holding on to stocks longer. So now I typically hang onto stocks for at least a few years and sell only when I think the underlying reasons I bought a stock in the first place have changed.

My reason for telling you all this is that this approach requires me to be very picky about the stocks that I buy. I like a lot of stocks, but I can't afford to invest in all of them. My portfolio currently primarily includes larg
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e-cap stocks. The greatest winners, though, tend to be stocks with smaller valuations that have a lot of room to grow.

There's one stock in particular that I have my eyes on right now. It's relatively small, is generating fantastic growth, and appears to have a huge runway for even more growth. If I could buy only one stock, it would be MongoDB (NASDAQ:MDB). Here's why.
Don't worry. This isn't an announcement of a new invasion from elsewhere, but a leap into the past in the Paleozoic: the time of giant insects, 100 million years before the dinosaurs, during which insects also had their T-Rex: Carboniferous and Permian giant dragonflies that terrorised the skies of those times, sometimes call "griffenflies"). A short trip back in time to a kind of another Earth in search of insects that were already major actors of the ecosystems.

This unique specimen in the world is a giant dragonfly that lived 300 million years ago in the huge equatorial warm forests that
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at the time covered the center of France. It was almost 40 cm long and 70 cm wingspan. It is one of the largest known insects.

During the Carboniferous (from 360 to 299 million years ago), other insects were also very large, such as cockroaches (Dictyoptera) and Palaeodictyoptera. This gigantism has long been explained by the high percentage of oxygen in the air (twice the current level, i.e., nearly 40%) which would have favoured the physiology of flight during this period. Explanations based on ecological factors more related to the absence of flying predatory vertebrates at this time would explain these large insect sizes. A combination of both phenomena should be considered.

For many millions of years, during Carboniferous, large quantities of plant debris accumulated in shallow waters. Their burial, protected from the air by the sediments that contained them, contributed to the formation of very fossiliferous layers of coals.

Meganeura was described and named by Charles Brongniart in 1885, shortly after its discovery. This dragonfly from the depths of time is the emblem of the city of Commentry in the Auvergne region, the former mining town where it was found. It was long emblematic of the giant insects of the Palaeozoic, remaining the largest known insect until the discovery of a Meganeuridae in the United States in the middle of the 20th century, which are a few centimeters larger.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-09-paleozoic-era-giant-dragonflies.html
You wait for years for a full-frame mirrorless camera to show up from the most dominant brands in photography, and then two show up at once. Right after Nikon announced its first serious step into high-end mirrorless with the Z7 and Z6, it looks like Canon’s own effort is imminent. Leaks from Japanese website Nokishita have revealed images of the camera, its spec sheet, and details on the initial lens lineup.

The camera is apparently called the EOS R, and looks a lot like a slimmed-down full-frame DSLR. The controls appear to be tweaked somewhat, with unmarked dials (not PASM) and a curious
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left-right switch on the back. The screen is fully articulated, and there’s a secondary information display on the top. The full-frame sensor is reportedly 30.3 megapixels, which would put it between the Nikon Z7 and Z6.

Read more at: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/9/3/17813738/canon-full-frame-mirrorless-camera-leak-photos-specs-date
A recent contest challenged participants to create utopian designs of future human Mars settlements, and their creations are stunning.
A final trailer has dropped for ‘The Predator’ just weeks before its release. The movie is directed by Shane Black (from a script he wrote with Fred Dekker) and features a cast that includes Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown (‘Black Panther’), Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane, Olivia Munn, Jake Busey, Jacob Tremblay (‘Room’), Trevante Rhodes and Keegan Michael-Key.

A report from Coinbase and Qriously found 42 percent of the world's top 50 universities now offer at least one blockchain or crypto course, and 9 percent of students have taken a course.
Individual stocks can enjoy head-turning rallies over short periods of time. As of this writing, for example, the top stock in the S&P 500 has risen by just under 200% so far in 2018.

But the real life-changing returns occur over time frames that are measured in years or even decades. So, with that ultra-long-term focus in mind, we asked three Motley Fool contributors to highlight a few stocks with unusually strong outlooks. Here's why NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ), and Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE:SWK) made that list.

An electronics maker for the ages
Nicholas R
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ossolillo (NVIDIA): I've always been a fan of the semiconductor industry. I think semiconductors are building blocks of the future -- a modern-day commodity of sorts -- so one of my first individual stock purchases over a decade ago was a chipmaker. Unfortunately, it wasn't NVIDIA. The maker of graphics processing units (GPUs) didn't hit my buy-list radar until much later as I never saw a future for the company outside of the video game industry.
Michael Faraday wondered if electrical conductors moving through magnetic fields might lead to a natural source of electricity- turns out it might.
The bare-knuckles tactics Uber used to get its way with regulators are not going to work for scooter startups — cities have the upper hand this time.

It wasn’t only consumers who were surprised — some pleasantly so, others not so much. Local governments, too, were forced to scramble to understand and regulate this yet-unseen form of shared transportation.

The startups that put them there, Bird and Lime, employed a tried-and-true playbook, written a few years back by fast-growing ride-hail firms Uber and Lyft, as well as Airbnb: Launch your service in a city without permission, become wil
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dly popular with consumers and then ask for forgiveness when regulators try to throw you out. When that doesn’t work, send in your adoring customers to fight for it. Oh, and a handful of lobbyists. Don’t forget the lobbyists.

The EU Commission is proposing to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn after a survey found most Europeans opposed it.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said millions "believe that in future, summer time should be year-round, and that's what will happen".

The Commission's proposal requires support from the 28 national governments and MEPs to become law.

In the EU clocks switch between winter and summer under daylight saving time.

A European Parliament resolution says it is "crucial to maintain a unified EU time regime".

However, the Commiss
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ion has not yet drafted details of the proposed change.

In a consultation paper it said one option would be to let each member state decide whether to go for permanent summer or winter time. That would be "a sovereign decision of each member state", Commission spokesman Alexander Winterstein explained on Friday.

He stressed that the proposal was "to no longer constrain member states into changing clocks twice per year".

The UK is one of the 28 nations, but is due to leave the European Union in March 2019. Any change would be unlikely to happen before then.

The Commission warns that uncoordinated time changes between member states would cause economic harm.
Apple has accidentally leaked final images of its new iPhone XS models...

Credit for the discovery goes to 9to5Mac and its almost infallible tipster Guilherme Rambo who has attained finalised press photography of the new iPhones, along with confirmation of a new colour.
Fear grows for people in rebel-held parts of Idlib ahead of what may be one of the war's last major battles.
FBI says Robert Chain began a series of threatening calls after the newspaper announced it was coordinating a response to Trump’s attacks on the media
Earnings results sent retail stocks to some of the markets best and worst premarket moves. Signet Jewelers (SIG), Titan Machinery (TITN) and Tilly's (TLYS) all clocked double-digit gains. Dollar TreeDLTR and Dollar General (DG) suffered early losses, as did Salesforce.com (CRM) and Davita Healthcare (DVA). Tilray (TLRY) led a pullback among cannabis stocks early Thursday, as the group paused for a breather after Wednesday's breathtaking gains.

Dow futures slipped 0.2%, while S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures narrowed their losses to a fraction. Apple (AAPL) led the Dow, up 0.3% and on track t
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o open at another new high. Dollar Tree posted the steepest drop among S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 stocks.

Negotiators in Washington worked frantically ahead of a U.S.-imposed Friday deadline for Canada to join a revised trade agreement worked out between the U.S. and Mexico. The Trump administration brought Canada into the negotiations late, on Tuesday, then laid down a Friday deadline — aiming to earn U.S. congressional approval before a Dec. 1 change in government in Mexico.

If you invest meal prep time towards a breakfast casserole over the weekend, you can have easy, delicious breakfasts to grab quickly throughout the week.
Before too much longer, you could start seeing NASA astronauts' smiling faces on cereal boxes, and Mars rovers emblazoned with corporate logos just like race cars.
IFA 2018 is underway in Berlin. It’s one of the world’s largest consumer electronics shows, with companies like Samsung, Microsoft, and LG represented. Here’s what we expect to see.
The goal of a nonstop flight from Sydney to London -- half the way around the planet -- took a leap forward as the world’s top planemakers convinced Qantas Airways Ltd. they can make the 20-hour route a reality.

A year after Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce publicly challenged Boeing Co. and Airbus SE to design a plane capable of making a viable direct flight from Sydney to London or New York, he says the manufacturers have succeeded.

Alan JoycePhotographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg
“We’re now comfortable that we think we have vehicles that could do it,” Joyce said in an inte
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rview in Qantas’s central Sydney offices.

Project Sunrise, as Qantas calls it, involves configuring an aircraft so that it can fly about 300 passengers and their luggage farther than any regular service to date, with fuel in hand for unexpected headwinds and emergencies. If the first routes prove viable in 2022, direct connections from major cities in the Americas, Europe and Africa to Australia could follow.
"When you see 'anonymous source,' stop reading the story, it is fiction!" Trump wrote on Twitter.
The anesthetic ketamine has drawn excitement in recent years as a fast-acting and effective treatment for severe depression. Now, a small, new study sheds light on exactly how the drug works to treat depression, with a surprising finding: Ketamine needs to activate opioid receptors in order to have anti-depressant effects.

The new findings challenge previous views on how the drug works to treat depression, the researchers said. "It doesn't work like everyone thought it was working," co-senior study author Dr. Alan Schatzberg, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford Uni
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versity School of Medicine, said in a statement.

Following parent-company Facebook’s lead, Instagram has this week announced a new set of tools designed to help users get a better understanding of who, exactly, is behind influential Instagram accounts, while also providing a new option for users to log-in via third-party authenticator apps.

The biggest of the three updates is a new information tab for "accounts that reach large audiences" – as explained by Instagram CTO Mike Krieger:

“In the coming weeks, you’ll be able to see more information about accounts on Instagram that reach large audiences so that you can evaluate the authent
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icity of the account. To learn more about an account, go to their Profile, tap the … menu and then select “About This Account.” There, you will see the date the account joined Instagram, the country where the account is located, accounts with shared followers, any username changes in the last year and any ads the account is currently running.”

As noted, the addition's very similar to Facebook’s recently announced ad and Page transparency tools, which enable users to get more insight into the ads a Page is running, and who, specifically, is behind the Page.

The idea is that by giving users access to such information, Facebook can expand the pool of people keeping an eye out for potentially malicious actors. While not everyone will bother to check the details, it only takes one report on a suspect account to alert Facebook or Instagram’s security teams, and they can then review and remove questionable Pages and profiles before they have a chance to do any damage.

Read more at: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/instagram-adds-new-account-transparency-tools-and-opens-up-verification-app/531152/
The Wrap compiles clues about next chapter in Ryan Murphy's horror anthology series ahead of "Apocalypse"s Sept. 12 premiere on FX.
Juventus produced the outstanding piece of business to stun European football during the summer with the blockbuster signing of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, and the Serie A champions “can only benefit” from the attacker’s signing, according to Miralem Pjanic.

The Bosnian midfielder claims that his side are “very happy” with Ronaldo’s arrival in Turin, speaking to Juventus TV, and believes that the iconic forward will be a huge influence for the Italian giants.
LG has unveiled the first 88-inch 8K OLED TV and is showing it publicly at IFA 2018. Here's why we're excited to see an 8K OLED, even though naysayers suggest its a technology before its time.
On August 21 last year, the US came to a standstill to watch the incredibly rare alignment of the Moon sliding in front of the Sun, completely blocking its rays.

But for a team of scientists, the anticipation of this total solar eclipse was perhaps even more intense as they waited to see the shapes in the aura of plasma flaring out from behind the Moon.

Millions of us have discovered browser extensions like AdBlock Plus and uBlock Origin can declutter web pages. Now, judging by new data released by Mozilla, it seems we're also discovering we can block website software that tracks us on the internet, too.

With the November release of Firefox 57, the first Firefox Quantum version, Mozilla added an option to let people block all trackers. Since then, the fraction of people who enabled Firefox's tracking protection feature has grown, from none to 1.3 percent.

Read more at: https://www.cnet.com/news/firefox-shows-we-block-ad-trackers-on-web-
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Canada's top trade negotiator joins her Mexican and U.S. counterparts in Washington on Tuesday in a bid to remain part of a trilateral North American trade pact, as U.S. officials expressed optimism a deal could be reached this week.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 continues the series' excellent run of form, introducing smart improvements that enhance the on-pitch action.
Earth rotates the way it does because of how it formed early in the history of the solar system, but all things in space rotate.
Facebook ‘s rolling out the next stage of its expanded transparency push, with users who manage ‘large’ Facebook Pages being asked to go through a new authorization process before they’ll be able to continue publishing posts on the Page.

As outlined in the above example flow, the authorization process will prompt users who manage Pages with large potential reach to secure their account with two-factor authentication, and confirm their primary country location. The process is rolling out first to US businesses, with Facebook looking to expand the system more broadly over time.
The United Launch Alliance will send up its most powerful rocket, the Delta IV Heavy, along with a spacecraft bound for the Sun. On top of the rocket is NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, embarking on the first ever mission into the Sun’s atmosphere, known as the corona.
A tick species called the longhorned tick that's native to Asia has now spread to the United States, and it's popping up in numerous places along the East Coast, according to U.S. officials.
The sixth and final season of "House of Cards," featuring Claire Underwood as president, will drop on November 2, Netflix announced Tuesday.
This is a big one - Facebook is rolling out a bunch of updates for business Pages in order to make it easier for local businesses in particular to maximize their exposure on the platform, and to utilize customer word of mouth more effectively.

First off, Facebook’s adding Recommendations to Pages, which will enable users to post a written review of your business, and can include text, photos and a new option - related business tags.

Read more at: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/facebook-announces-new-update-for-pages-adding-recommendation-tools-and-co/529475/
Anyone doing business with Iran will not be doing business with the US, the president says.
The new software has features aimed at improving battery life and fighting tech addiction.
These ancient fossils may be the oldest documented evidence of life on land, pushing back direct evidence for terrestrial life by about 500 million years.
Serverless, Inc came to the serverless game early, creating an open source framework for developers back in 2015. Today, they want to build on that earlier product to give developers more control over deployment and delivery of serverless applications.
A day after Facebook sparked market concern by reporting that growth at the platform is slowing, Twitter has reported much the same in its Q2 numbers – though the reasoning behind Twitter’s shift in momentum is slightly different.

And the impact in Twitter’s case is also more significant – Facebook, while seeing a slow down in user growth (and even a decline in Europe), still added 38 million new users, overall, for the quarter. Twitter actually went backwards, though only slightly.

Read more at: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/twitter-q2-user-numbers-down-as-efforts-to-reduce-spam
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The ‘de-extinction’ of vanished wild animals, from the woolly mammoth to the Pyrenean ibex, raises deep questions about our relationship to nature
After a year-long wait, season two of the Ron Howard-produced sci-fi series has finally arrived. The six-part follow-up skips ahead a few years into the furture after the Daedalus astronauts have settled into their colony Olympus Town. Elon Musk, Andy Weir, Robert Zubrin, and Neil deGrasse Tyson will continue their commentary on the difficulties the hypothetical crew might face in their new home on the Red Planet.
A total lunar eclipse -- the longest of the century -- was visible for much of the Eastern Hemisphere on Friday night.
Turkey and the United States can save their relationship, President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Saturday after President Donald Trump threatened to slap sanctions on Ankara in a deepening of tensions between the NATO partners.
A raging wildfire in northern California has killed two firefighters and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.

The fires in Shasta county are being sucked up by strong winds to form "fire tornados" that are uprooting trees and overturning cars, fire officials say.

The blazes, known as the Carr fire, have destroyed at least 500 structures and are threatening thousands of homes.

Firefighters are battling the blaze, which is only 5% contained so far.

The wildfire began on Monday and has scorched over 48,000 acres (194 sq km) of land - an area larger than the city of
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San Francisco.