The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday October 2)

October 2, 2018

Here are today’s biggest stories.

Indonesia races to aid quake, tsunami victims as toll passes 840

Three days after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and 3-meter-high (10 foot) waves crashed onto the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the provincial capital of Palu, a city of 350,000, is in ruins.

Las Vegas woman sues Cristiano Ronaldo, accuses him of rape

A lawsuit accuses soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo of raping a woman and then coercing her into a settlement that silenced her.

US Secretary of Defense Mattis cancels trip to Beijing amid worsening ties

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has pulled out of a planned visit to Beijing in October, a US official tells CNN, the latest sign of deteriorating ties between the United States and China.

Tech billionaire sets new Australian real estate record by spending $72 million

Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and his wife Annie have purchased Fairwater, a sprawling waterfront estate in Sydney that was owned by the Fairfax publishing family for over a century. A spokesperson for Atlassian confirmed the purchase but declined to reveal how much was paid.

Why Indonesia has so many earthquakes

With Indonesia, the question is not whether an earthquake will occur but when. The Southeast Asian nation is prone to quakes because it’s on the Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.

Gene editing could eliminate mosquitoes, but is it a good idea?

Researchers used a gene editing tool, CRISPR, to wipe out a population of malaria-carrying mosquitoes in the lab but questions remain about how releasing this technology into the wild would impact the environment.

The next big test for Elon Musk arrives this week

Tesla will turn in a critical production report on Tuesday that will show investors whether the company can sustain and surpass its long-promised target of building 5,000 Model 3s per week. That report will go a long way toward determining whether Tesla can fulfill Musk’s pledge to turn a profit in the third and fourth quarters.

Team orders hand Hamilton Russia GP win

Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two in the Russian Grand Prix to extend his title lead to 50 points after teammate and pole sitter Valtteri Bottas was ordered to let him pass halfway through Sunday’s race in Sochi.

Gay teacher in Zimbabwe resigns after death threats

A gay deputy headmaster of a boys’ school in Zimbabwe has resigned after death threats and pressure from parents.

Quake and tsunami dead buried in mass grave

Volunteers have begun burying victims of Indonesia’s deadly earthquake and tsunami in a mass grave. The disaster devastated swathes of Sulawesi island and has left at least 844 people dead. Four days after the natural disaster hit, some remote areas have yet to be contacted.

Scientist’s views on women rile audience

A senior scientist has given what has been described as a “highly offensive” presentation about the role of women in physics, the BBC has learned. At a workshop organised by Cern, Prof Alessandro Strumia of Pisa University said that “physics was invented and built by men, it’s not by invitation”.

Macedonia PM vows to change country name

Macedonia’s Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, has vowed to push ahead with plans to change the country’s name to North Macedonia. A vote on the name change was non-binding, with only a third of Macedonians taking part. Ninety percent of those who voted were in favour of the change, aimed at ending a dispute with Greece, which has its own region called Macedonia.

Why the UK has such cheap food

Many Britons feel they have to watch the pennies after recent inflation rises and years of flatlining wages. This extends to their supermarket shop, with four in 10 people reporting they are concerned about the cost of food. Against this backdrop, grocery giant Tesco has joined the discount retailers, which the launch of “value-orientated” chain Jack’s.

The 26-year-old with a £100m sportswear brand

The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles a different business leader from around the world. This week we speak to Ben Francis, founder of UK sportswear brand Gymshark. It is hard to know how a then 19-year-old Ben Francis had the time or the energy to get Gymshark up and running.

James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo Win 2018 Nobel Prize In Physiology or Medicine

James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo jointly won the 2018 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine on Monday. The Nobel Assembly of the Karolinska Institute – 50 professors at the Stockholm facility – chose the winners of the prize for “for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.”

Mass Burials Begin In Indonesia For Hundreds Of Earthquake And Tsunami Victims

PALU, Indonesia (AP) – A mass burial of earthquake and tsunami victims was being prepared for hundreds of bodies in a hard-hit city Monday as the need for heavy equipment to dig for survivors of the disaster that struck a central Indonesian island grows increasingly desperate.

Soccer Star Cristiano Ronaldo Calls Rape Allegation ‘Fake News’

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has denied a rape allegation from 2009 that was reported in Germany’s weekly news publication Der Spiegel on Friday. “What they said today: Fake, fake news,” Ronaldo, 33, said in a video posted on Instagram. “They want to promote by my name. It’s normal.

Elizabeth Warren To Consider A 2020 Presidential Run After Midterms

A presidential run may soon be on the horizon for Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts Democrat announced on Saturday that she will seriously consider running for the White House following the midterm elections in November. “It’s time for women to go to Washington and fix our broken government and that includes a woman at the top.

‘Aggressive’ Mountain Goats Are Thirsting For Human Pee And Sweat

Mountain goats at Olympic National Park in Washington have developed such a taste for human urine and sweat that they’re starting to cause problems. And now, wildlife officials are having them airlifted out of the park and away from areas where humans roam and pee.

Kanye West’s comments about the 13th Amendment are confusing and bad

Oh no. Kanye West took to social media on Sunday to tell everyone that he supports the messages of Donald Trump while wearing a MAGA hat. In the same tweet, he wrote that he wants to abolish the 13th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America – the one that abolished slavery.

Some iPhone XS and XS Max devices have an annoying charging problem

Some iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max owners are having trouble charging their devices. Owners across the web are complaining that some of Apple’s latest iPhones are not charging properly when plugged in, MacRumors pointed out Saturday. The problem seems to occur when users plug in their phones while they are in sleep mode and the screens are off.

‘Armageddon’-style asteroid will now not destroy human race, sorry

This post is part of Science of Sci-Fi , Mashable’s ongoing series dissecting the science (or lack of science) in our favorite sci-fi movies, TV shows, and books. Some days are so damaging to your faith in humanity, you may find yourself idly wishing for the cleansing global firestorm that would follow an impact from the kind of asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

Kanye West, armed with his MAGA hat, naively rants at the ‘SNL’ audience

Kanye West was the musical guest for the Season 44 premiere of Saturday Night Live. He brought his MAGA hat along. It was originally supposed to be Ariana Grande, but she cancelled.

Asexual, all-female termite societies exist in Japan and are they taking applications?

Today in “that sounds nice,” a group of biologists studying termite colonies in southern Japan have discovered all-female colonies that function perfectly without even a single male termite being involved. The lady termites, which reproduce asexually, appear to have been descended from mixed sex colonies but at some point decided that enough was enough and branched out to create new colonies where it’s girls’ night every night.

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