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David Hanson, the founder of Hanson Robotics, talks with his company's flagship robot Sophia, a lifelike robot powered by artificial intelligence in Hong Kong. Sophia is a creation of the Hong Kong-based startup working on bringing humanoid robots to the marketplace. Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines” that can help solve mankind’s most challenging problems.
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A man sneezes holding a tissue in Berlin, Germany. According to a case study published Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in the journal BMJ Case Reports, doctors in England say stifling a big sneeze can be hazardous for your health in rare cases, based on the very unusual experience of a man who ruptured the back of his throat when he tried to stop a sneeze.
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A woman walks past the Bitcoin ATM in Hong Kong. The growth of bitcoin is fueling speculation about the environmental impact of the energy needed to power the cryptocurrency, stemming from the process of "mining," which is central to its existence.
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Chris McGuire tries to stay warm as he waits for a space at the City Rescue Mission on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. Dangerously cold temperatures blamed for several deaths have wreaked havoc across a wide swath of the U.S., freezing a water tower in Iowa, halting ferry service in New York and leading officials to open warming centers even in the Deep South. (Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union via AP)
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United States' Venus Williams makes a forehand return to Switzerland's Belinda Bencic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.
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Daimler AG Chairman Dieter Zetsche addresses the media before the world premiere of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class during a preview day before the North American International Auto Show, in Detroit.
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Elena Fanchini speeds down the course during an alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill, in Garmisch-Panterkirchen, Germany. Italian skier Elena Fanchini says she is treating a tumor and is ending her season, a month before the Pyeongchang Olympics. Without providing details, Fanchini says is undergoing a series of medical exams "and my intention is to return to skiing next season. "The 32-year-old Fanchini won a silver medal in downhill at the 2005 world championships and has won two World Cup races in her career, both in downhill. Fanchini started this season with a fourth place in a downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta, but had struggled in recent races. She was aiming to compete in her fourth Olympics.
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A bottle of Lynparza. On Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved AstraZeneca PLC's Lynparza, the first drug aimed at women with advanced breast cancer caused by an inherited flawed gene. (Courtesy of AstraZeneca via AP)
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Specialist surgeon Simon Bramhall leaves Birmingham Crown Court in Birmingham, England, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. A British surgeon who burned his initials into patients' livers during transplant operations has been fined 10,000 pounds ($13,600) and ordered to perform community service. Simon Bramhall pleaded guilty last month to two counts of assault, in a case a prosecutor called "without legal precedent in criminal law." (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
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The logo of Groupe Lactalis is seen as Head of Communication & External Relations, Michel Nalet attends a press conference in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. French President Emmanuel Macron has criticized French diary giant Lactalis after major supermarkets admitted this week that baby food recalled over fears of salmonella contamination still made it onto French shelves.
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A sea of thousands of umbrellas of women and men participating in a nationwide "Black Monday" strike in protest of a legislative proposal for a total ban on abortion in Warsaw. The massive protests that were held across the largely Catholic nation have led the conservative government to abandon the new legislation. The lawmakers opened debate on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, on a renewed ban proposal, and on an opposing proposal to liberalize the current strict law.
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Parisians and tourists wander in front of an Apple store in Paris. A French prosecutor office said Tuesday Jan.9, 2018 an investigation into Apple over alleged planned obsolescence of some of its smartphones has been opened. It follows a legal complaint filed in December by pro-consumer group Halte a l'obsolescence programmee (Stop Planned Obsolescence). Under a 2015 law, it is banned to intentionally shorten lifespan of a product in order to incite customers replace it.
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French President Emmanuel Macron, left, talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Macron said he will ask Chinese leaders to form a partnership to fight climate change and support African development during his visit.
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Australian bowlers Josh Hazlewood, left, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, second right, and Pat Cummins, right, hold the Ashes trophy as they celebrate at the end the last day of their Ashes cricket test match against England in Sydney, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Australia win the series 4-0.
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The monument depicting German emperor Wilhelm I. at the confluence of river Moselle and river Rhine is flooded near Koblenz, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
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Chelsea's manager Antonio Conte shouts to his team during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates stadium in London, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.
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A scaffolding collapsed due to a violent windstorm, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, as France's national electricity provider reports 200,000 households without electricity across the country, including 30,000 in the Paris region due to storm damage. A severe storm packing winds of up to 100 miles per hour has battered much of Europe overnight and Wednesday morning, bringing heavy rain, hail and lightning to the region.
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Swans swim in a flooded street near river Rhine, in Leutesdorf, western Germany, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Heavy rainfall in recent days has increased the risk of flooding in western Germany. German news agency dpa reported Thursday that the Moselle river was closed to all shipping, with water levels 4 meters (13 feet) higher than usual. Along the lower reaches of the Rhine, water levels were predicted to continue to rise until Friday. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
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After heavy rainfalls Moselle river has flooded a street in Uerzig, southwestern Germany, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. German news agency dpa reported Thursday that the Moselle river was closed to all shipping, with water levels 4 meters (13 feet) higher than usual. (Harald Tittel/dpa via AP)
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Big waves crash over the sea walls in Blackpool northwest England as a storm lashed the UK with violent storm-force winds of up to 100mph, leaving thousands of homes without power and hitting transport links Wednesday Jan. 3, 2018. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
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A stroller walks with a dog as winter storm Burglind blows over the Lake Constance, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Rorschach, Switzerland. The storm is expected to cause strong gusts of wind of up to 150 kilometers per hour in some mountain areas. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)
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Manchester City's David Silva, right, vies for the ball with Watford's Ben Watson during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Watford at Etihad stadium, in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.
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Pope Francis, center, arrives for his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
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People walk through the snow in York, England, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. Britain saw one of the coldest nights of the year with temperatures falling to minus 12.3C at Loch Glascarnoch in the Scottish Highlands overnight and heavy snow expected over part of the north of England. (John Giles/PA via AP)