The Daily Populous

Sunday August 19th, 2018 morning edition

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A United Nations human rights panel said Friday it has received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uighurs in China are being held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy.”.

Gay McDougall, a member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, cited estimates that 2 million Uighurs and Muslim minorities have been forced into “political camps for indoctrination” in the western Xinjiang autonomous region.

A Chinese delegation of some 50 officials made no comment on her remarks at the Geneva session, which is to continue Monday.

The U.S. mission to the United Nations said on Twitter that it was “deeply troubled by reports of an ongoing crackdown on Uighurs and other Muslims in China.”.

“We call on China to end their counterproductive policies and free all of those who have been arbitrarily detained,” the U.S. mission said.

More than 100 Uighur students who returned to China from countries including Egypt and Turkey have been detained, with some dying in custody, she said.

Panelists also raised reports of mistreatment of Tibetans in the autonomous region, including inadequate use of the Tibetan language in the classroom and at court proceedings. »

Uber reportedly lost $891 million in the second quarter of 2018 as growth slows

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It’s cash-burn rate wasn’t as bad as the same period last year, when the company reported losing roughly $1.1 billion.

Uber is planning for an initial public offering in the second half of 2019, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has said.

Earlier this year, Uber acquired dockless bike-share company Jump and is preparing to launch its own electric scooter sharing service as well. »

18-year-old who pushed friend off 60-foot bridge now facing charges

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Smith pushed Holgerson, 16, off a bridge over the Lewis River at Moulton Falls Regional Park near Vancouver, Washington, Aug. 7.

"I went to the top of the bridge and my other –- my friend ... she came up to the bridge with me," Holgerson told KATU Aug. 9.

Earlier, Smith told "GMA" that the prospect of facing charges is "scary" but she will "accept whatever the prosecutor gives me.". »

Stephen Hawking was rumored to run over the toes of people he didn't like with his wheelchair

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Stephen Hawking was a legendary physicist, science communicator, and public intellectual — but he was also human.

And rumour has it, he had a mischievous way of getting back at people he didn't like: he'd deliberately run over their toes with his wheelchair.

Hawking died peacefully at his home in the early hours of Wednesday morning, his family has said in a statement. »

World's smallest transistor switches current with a single atom in solid state

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This quantum electronics component switches electrical current by controlled repositioning of a single atom, now also in the solid state in a gel electrolyte.

The single-atom transistor works at room temperature and consumes very little energy, which opens up entirely new perspectives for information technology.

The single-atom transistor that works in a gel electrolyte reaches the limit of miniaturization. »