FACTS OF THE DAY

7 March 2017

A Russian Member of Parliament has proposed solving the country’s problems with soccer hooliganism by legalising it and making it into a spectator sport.

apnews.com

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Off-duty firefighters in Mayville, Wisconsin were summoned back to work when a member of the public called to say their fire station was on fire.

apnews.com

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Pollution from the 50 million vehicles a year using the 8-lane Dartford Crossing was not reported to the EU because it was wrongly classified as a rural road.

thetimes.co.uk

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IBM has managed to patent the ‘out-of-office’ email, an idea that has been around since Microsoft first thought of it 30 years ago.

thetimes.co.uk

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Scientists have created a hat with high-tech earphones so that horses can listen to music.

thetimes.co.uk

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Researchers have decided that pandas are black and white because the white bits help them hide in the snow and the black bits help them hide in the shadows.

thetimes.co.uk

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Deaths from drug overdoses in the US have doubled in the last 15 years.

qz.com

 

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has refused to publish his tax returns.

bbc.co.uk

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Jeremy Corbyn has published his tax returns but forgotten to include his salary as Leader of the Opposition.

bbc.co.uk

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Last year, home food deliveries grew ten times faster than the eating out market.

npdgroup.co.uk

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MIT has connected a robot to human brain waves, which is programmed to blush when it senses it has made a mistake.

qz.com

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A ‘robot lawyer’ chatbot called DoNotPay, that gives free legal advice and overturned 160,000 parking fines, is now helping refugees claim asylum.

theguardian.com

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Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, has worked out a way to predict economic recovery by tracking the sales of men’s underwear.

qz.com

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A San Francisco start-up can 3-D print the walls of a whole house in under a day.

qz.com

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A Catholic high school in California that bought $15,000-worth of shares in Snapchat soon after it started up has just cashed them in for $24 million.

latimes.com

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