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A photo provided by Google of its quantum computer machine, which the company says only needs a few minutes to perform a task that would take a supercomputer at least 10,000 years. Google said on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, that it had achieved a long-sought breakthrough called “quantum supremacy,” which could allow new kinds of computers to do calculations at speeds that are inconceivable with today’s technology. (Google via The New York Times)
Google claims quantum
computing breakthrough

It could allow new kinds of computers to do calculations at speeds that are inconceivable with today’s technology

How Italians became ‘white’

Few who march in Columbus Day parades are aware of how the holiday came about

16,000 books seized from school storeroom

Authorities of Postogola Bhasha Prodeep High School failed to return the undistributed books to board

Pilgrims make their way to Karbala for the Shiite Muslim festival of Arbaeen. The New York Times.

A Shiite holiday turns into a test of Iranian power in Iraq

The Arbaeen ceremony this year was a political skirmish, the latest test of Iran’s power in Iraq and of Iraq’s increasing desire for independence from its powerful neighbour

Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses the audience on

Zuckerberg to admit that Facebook has trust issues

The chief executive is expected to testify at a House committee hearing about his company’s Libra cryptocurrency project

File Photo: Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White Party, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Apr 4, 2019. Gantz will now take his turn at trying to form a government. While Israel’s unruly multiparty parliamentary democracy may have ample room for improvement, few analysts are calling the current state of prolonged paralysis a crisis. The New York Times

Israel seems paralysed, but is the system broken?

To understand the paralysis in Israel’s political system, think of a Mexican standoff, like in a Quentin Tarantino movie, minus the guns

Mark Parker, Nike's chief executive, in his office at Nike headquarters in Portland, Ore., March 1, 2016. The New York Times

Nike’s chief executive to step down

Mark Parker will be replaced by John Donahoe, a member of Nike’s board and the chief executive of ServiceNow, a cloud computing company

Epi Samsul Komar, 52, a relative of a victim of crashed Lion Air flight JT610 reacts as he speaks to reporters after Indonesian investigators told victims' families mechanical and design issues contributed to the crash of the 737 MAX jet last year, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct 23, 2019. REUTERS

Nine factors that contributed to 737 MAX crash

Mechanical and design issues are among nine sets of factors

A pool at the Island Recreation Centre along the Red Sea in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, Oct 2019. As more places face a scarcity of fresh water, desalination is seen as a possible answer. But energy and financial requirements limit how widely it can be used. The New York Times

The world can make more water from the sea, but at what cost?

As more places face a scarcity of fresh water, desalination is seen as a possible answer. But energy and financial requirements limit how widely it can be used

Boys peered out from their crowded prison cell. The New York Times

‘What is going to happen to us?’

Inside ISIS prison, children ask their fate

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RACE MF prices plunge

The units of its all 10 funds are being traded below Tk 5

Jonson to push for election if EU agrees delay

EU leaders considered on Wednesday whether to give Britain a three-month Brexit extension.

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Bengal Classical Music Fest off again

Permission to use the Army Stadium denied, organisers say