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  • New great ape species identified in Indonesia

    November 2, 2017 4:00 PM 12490

    Scientists who have been puzzling for years over the genetic "peculiarity" of a tiny population of orangutans in Sumatra have finally concluded that they are a new species to science. The apes in question were only reported to exist after an expedition into the remote mountain forests there in 1997. The species has been named the Tapanuli orangutan - a third

  • New Orangutan Species Identified in Indonesian Rain Forest

    November 2, 2017 4:00 PM 5069

    Orangutans are an endangered species, with populations in some areas critically endangered. The new species, Pongo tapanuliensis, or the Tapanuli orangutan, was described as living only in an area of forest about 425 square miles in size. The team researching the Tapanuli orangutan contends that it’s the most endangered of all surviving great apes, with only about

  • De Beers: Victor Mine to Complete Mining and Production Activities in Q1 2019

    November 2, 2017 3:52 PM 4578

    De Beers Group today announced that its Victor mine in northern Ontario, Canada, will complete mining and production activities in the first quarter of 2019, once the current open pit is depleted and in line with the original feasibility study and current mine plan. Kim Truter, Chief Executive, De Beers Canada, said: “Victor mine has made a significant

  • Namibia's economy to grow faster in 2017 as mining bounces back

    November 2, 2017 2:56 PM 4559

    WINDHOEK, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Namibia’s economy will grow at 1.6 percent this year and by double that in 2018 as the mining sector emerges from years of contraction and the impact of recent severe drought eases, the finance minister said on Thursday. “Growth will be led by recovery in the primary industries, particularly mining and agriculture,” Finance

  • Cosmic rays reveal mysterious void in Egypt's Great Pyramid

    November 2, 2017 2:15 PM 4502

    High above Egypt and everywhere else, cosmic rays bombard the atmosphere. The rays consist mostly of hydrogen nuclei, but they finish their interstellar journey with a bang, splitting into a shower of smaller elementary particles when they hit the sky. Negatively charged particles called muons wink into existence and out again within millionths of a second

  • HTC's newest smartphone only costs $349, but packs a surprisingly great camera

    November 2, 2017 1:08 PM 4429

    The U11 Life, HTC's newest smartphone that arrives Thursday, boasts a surprisingly competent camera, despite its bargain price. I spent some time using the phone over the last few days. I didn't put the phone through its full paces, but I tested a few of the features that are most important to me in the phone — the camera being one them. And while I can't

  • This Japanese company is giving employees who don't smoke 6 extra vacation days

    November 2, 2017 12:45 PM 4422

    Those quick smoke breaks some employees take for a few minutes at a time throughout the day add up, giving them extra time outside of the office than nonsmoking employees. One company in Japan, where smoking is deeply ingrained into culture, decided to do something about it. After a non-smoking employee submitted a complaint about how smoke breaks were affecting

  • Xbox One X Supports 1440p Monitors

    November 2, 2017 11:16 AM 5449

    Unlike the PS4 Pro, Microsoft decided to include native support for a resolution used by gaming-focused monitors. As far as Sony is concerned, we all game using either a 1080p or 4K display. But there is another fairly common resolution used by monitors, and in particular gaming-focused monitors. It's 2560-by-1440, or 1440p. Microsoft decided to include

  • Company gives non-smokers additional days off to counter smoke breaks

    November 2, 2017 9:59 AM 4258

    A Japanese company is giving non-smokers one major break to make up for several smaller ones afforded their smoking employees. According to, the Tokyo-based marketing firm Piala Inc. is granting non-smoking employees an extra six days of paid holiday per year after those employees complained they worked more than staff who took frequent

  • Japanese company added six days of vacation as compensation for not smoking

    November 2, 2017 9:15 AM 5209

    When a non-smoking employee from a Japanese firm called out how cigarettes breaks are causing problems at work, the management decided to use a creative approach to solve it. Instead of giving out penalties for the smokers or implementing a strict rule against it, they opted to compensate its non-smoking employees with an extra six days of vacation every