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Hundreds of Hong Kong district council seats go to pro-democracy candidates
Hundreds of Hong Kong district council seats go to pro-democracy candidates

Hong Kongers turned out more than 2.9 million strong to vote in their district-level elections. Over 80% of the 452 available district council seats went to pro-democracy candidates, often ousting pro-Beijing candidates, giving them control of 17 out of 18 of the area's districts.

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Samoan government temporarily shuts down for nationwide measles vaccination drive
Samoan government temporarily shuts down for nationwide measles vaccination drive

On Thursday local time, the government of Samoa began a planned two-day shutdown to make way for a nationwide vaccination campaign to combat the measles outbreak that had, by reports, infected over 4200 of the island nation's roughly 200,0000 residents since October and killed at least 62, including, according to government reports, 54 small children.

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Bystanders foil knife-weilding man on London Bridge with fire extinguisher, whale tusk
Bystanders foil knife-weilding man on London Bridge with fire extinguisher, whale tusk

28-year-old Usman Khan stabbed reportedly several people at Fishmongers' Hall in London with a large knife, then fled up London Bridge. Members of the public confronted him; one man sprayed Khan with a fire extinguisher, others struck him with their fists and took his knife, and another, a Polish chef named Łukasz, harried him with a five-foot narwhal tusk.

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Researchers break down deaths due to power plant pollution in the United States
Researchers break down deaths due to power plant pollution in the United States

In findings published in Environmental Science and Technology, researchers reported, of premature deaths in the United States due to pollution from power plants, they were disproportionately caused by coal; race was a significant factor in who was affected; and a substantial fraction of deaths were from pollution crossing state lines.

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Slippery business: Materials scientists invent new coating for self-cleaning, water-efficient toilets
Slippery business: Materials scientists invent new coating for self-cleaning, water-efficient toilets

In findings published in Nature Sustainability, researchers mostly from Pennsylvania State University in the U.S. reported the invention of a new coating that could reduce bacterial growth, water waste, and odor when sprayed onto an ordinary house toilet by rendering its surface too slippery for anything to remain attached for long.

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