NEWS 19.April.2016

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An uncontested vote by the Beverly Hills City Council could guarantee a chauffeur for all residents in the near future. However, instead of a driver, the newly adopted program foresees municipally-owned driverless cars ready to order via a smartphone app.

Also known as autonomous vehicles, or AV, driverless cars would appear to be the next big thing not only for people, but local governments as well – if the Beverly Hills City Council can get its AV development program past a few more hurdles, that is. The technology itself has some challenges ahead as well.

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Global temperatures in January, February, and March of 2016 reached new highs, besting the previous January-March record set in 2015, according to the US’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The average global temperature across land and ocean surfaces for March 2016 “was the highest for the month of March in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880,” the NOAA announced Tuesday, adding that that this year’s temperatures for the period from January through March had also hit a new high.

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Thousands of gallons of radioactive waste are estimated to have leaked at a Manhattan Project-era nuclear storage tank in Washington State over the weekend, triggering an alarm and causing one former worker to label it as “catastrophic.”

The expanded leak was first detected after an alarm went off at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation on Sunday, and on Monday workers were preparing to pump the waste out of the troubled area, AP reported. They were also trying to determine why the leak became worse.

It’s unclear exactly how much waste spilled out, but estimates place the amount at somewhere between 3,000 and 3,500 gallons, according to the Tri-City Herald.

“There is no indication of waste leaking into the environment or risk to the public at this time,” the Washington Department of Ecology said in a statement.

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Scientists claim to have discovered the ‘risk-taking’ genes that influence the timing of when people lose their virginity.

Genetic differences account for a quarter of the variation in age at which people pop the proverbial cherry, researchers have found.

Environmental factors – such as religious beliefs, family background and peer pressure – make up the rest.

Cambridge University boffins analyzed data on 125,000 British people, identifying 38 genetic variants that were linked to the age at which they lost their virginity.

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Corruption and bribery is widespread in Britain, according to more than one in four top corporate bosses in a survey conducted before the Panama Papers leak, which exposed the depths of tax avoidance among the British elite.

Research by consultancy firm EY (Ernst & Young) found 28 percent of senior executives believe corruption is widespread – a 10 percent rise on the previous year.

The revelation follows the publication of the Panama Papers, an unprecedented release of data exposing how the global elite hides its assets offshore in order to avoid sanctions and taxes.

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India’s first submarine capable of firing nuclear ballistic missiles, the INS Arihant, is undergoing sea acceptance trials and will be commissioned after their completion, the Navy has announced.

The 6,000-ton vessel is the first nuclear-powered submarine that can launch nuclear-capable missiles manufactured by India – the first nation to announce it has accomplished this feat after the five original nuclear powers. It was built at the Ship Building Centre in Visakhapatnam, one of 13 major ports in India, with some help from Russian specialists and launched in 2009.

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Actor Tom Hanks helped dedicate a newly renovated motion pictures center named for him on Tuesday at a college in Ohio. Hanks took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Tom Hanks Center for Motion Pictures at Wright State University.

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