The Daily Populous

Monday September 10th, 2018 morning edition

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A mysterious academic who allegedly acted as a link between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Kremlin is "missing and may be dead", according to court papers.

Joseph Mifsud, 57, became embroiled in scandal after he was said to have offered "dirt" about the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to a Republican aide at a London hotel.

The Maltese professor, based at the University of Stirling in Scotland until last year, has previously denied suggestions that he was a Russian agent saying: "Secret agent!

The documents said all the defendants in the case have been served with the complaint, "with the exception of Mifsud (who is missing and may be deceased)".

He is the first former campaign aide to be sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, which is also investigating any possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Authorities were alerted after Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat during a drinking session in a London pub about his meetings with Mifsud.

He was once described as 'Ambassador Mifsud' but although he worked for six months in the private office of the Maltese foreign minister, he was never a diplomat. »

Companies worry more about access to software developers than capital

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Perhaps more surprisingly — as we mark a decade after the financial crisis — this threat was even ranked above capital constraints.

And yet, despite being many corporations' most precious resource, developer talents are all too often squandered.

This is especially worrisome, given the outsized impact developers have on companies' chances of success. »

Researchers “Translate” Bat Talk. Turns Out, They Argue—A Lot

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But researchers at Tel Aviv University recently discovered that when at least one species communicates, it gets very specific.

Egyptian fruit bats, it turns out, aren’t just making high pitched squeals when they gather together in their roosts.

Using a modified machine learning algorithm originally designed for recognizing human voices, they fed 15,000 calls into the software. »

OxyContin creator being sued for 'significant role in causing opioid epidemic'

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Following hundreds of lawsuits over the years against pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma, Colorado’s attorney general is suing the OxyContin creator for its “significant role in causing the opioid epidemic”.

However, some are expressing outrage that the Sacklers, who have in essence profited from opioid addictions, may soon be profiting from the antidote.

He said the Sackler family “shouldn’t be allowed to peddle any more synthetic opiates – and that includes opioid substitutes.”. »