Abu Dhabi GP: Bottas holds off Hamilton

Abu Dhabi GP: Bottas holds off Hamilton

Bottas was always in control of the race after starting from pole position, with Hamilton having to settle for second spot ahead of the Ferrari of his main title rival Sebastian Vettel. It was the first victory for the Finn since Austria in July and his third of the season, having replaced retired 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg in the dominant Mercedes team. Hamilton, who clinched the world title in Mexico, could not find the pace to overtake Bottas, who crossed the line four seconds clear to his evident relief…

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Narwhal escape: Whales freeze and flee when frightened

Narwhal escape: Whales freeze and flee when frightened

Image copyrightM P Heide Jorgensen Image caption These unicorns of the sea may face more human disturbance as sea ice declines in The ArcticScientists who fitted heart rate-monitoring tags to Arctic narwhals have discovered a strange paradox in how the animals respond to threats. When these tusked whales are frightened, their hearts slow, but at the same time they swim quickly to escape. Scientists say the response could be “highly costly” – because they exert themselves with a limited blood supply. The findings are published in the journal Science. Image…

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TGIF! But don't spend your bitcoin on beer

TGIF! But don't spend your bitcoin on beer

Updated December 08, 2017 18:50:46 Photo: Bitcoin can be used to purchase beer — but beware the 66 per cent surcharge. (Supplied: David Chau) Bitcoin and Kim Kardashian have one thing in common — they’re famous for “being famous”. That’s one reason why the digital currency’s price has skyrocketed in the past week, reaching its record-high of $US17,154 ($22,842) at 1.00pm (AEDT), according to Coindesk. “More people are buying bitcoin because of FOMO — fear of missing out,” said Jason Williams, the founder of digital currency processing business BitPOS. “They’ve…

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Handscomb's technique not the problem, says selector Waugh

Handscomb's technique not the problem, says selector Waugh

Posted December 08, 2017 13:14:14 Photo: Handscomb’s place in the Test team has come under scrutiny after a scratchy start to the series. (AAP: Dave Hunt) Related Story: Mitch Marsh is back, but does his recall make sense? Peter Handscomb’s technique should not be considered a defect but he needs to review footage from his successful debut Test season to regain form, according to selector Mark Waugh. The Australian number five appears set to be spared the axe but his spot is under scrutiny after a lean start to the…

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Russian parliament bans 'foreign agent' journalists from entering building

Russian parliament bans 'foreign agent' journalists from entering building

By freelance contributor Thomas Lowe Posted December 08, 2017 08:30:16 Photo: Affected broadcasters will also have to release more of their financial details. (ABC News: Thomas Lowe) The Russian Parliament in Moscow has voted to bar journalists with media outlets labelled as foreign agents from entering its premises. Key points: The move follows a similar action by the US Congress against Russian journalists The ban affects Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and several associated networks They will also have to say they work for foreign interests during broadcasts It…

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