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Russia's secret plan, Amazon's surprise hardware event, 558 million year old fossil and more

• Sep 21, 2018 at 2:05 PM

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THE GUARDIAN: Revealed: Russia’s secret plan to help Julian Assange escape from UK

A tentative plan was devised that would have seen the WikiLeaks founder smuggled out of Ecuador’s London embassy in a diplomatic vehicle and transported to another country.

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VOX: Ed Whelan, a top conservative activist, thinks he knows who really assaulted Christine Ford

Ed Whelan, an attorney and president of the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center, believes he has found the person who really assaulted Christine Blasey Ford. And it wasn’t Brett Kavanaugh.

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THE DAILY BEAST: What happens if Republicans hold on to the House

It’s important to be reminded about predictions. When we hear that Republicans have a one-in-five chance of holding the House, we tend to dismiss it as a foregone conclusion. But those odds are not as predictive as they sound.

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THE VERGE: The 14 biggest announcements from Amazon’s surprise hardware event

In many ways, Amazon's sprawlingThursday hardware event was a showcase of how far Alexa has come in the four years since Amazon’s voice assistant was first introduced in 2014. The technology has evolved far beyond its early capabilities on the original Echo speaker.

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ONE COOL THING: 558-million-year-old fossils identified as oldest known animal

The findings confirm that animals existed at least 20m years before the so-called Cambrian explosion of animal life, which took place about 540m years ago and saw the emergence of modern-looking animals such as snails, bivalves and arthropods.

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