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Ancient Coins. Wikimedia Commons

A handful of coins unearthed from a pick-your-own-fruit orchard in rural Rhode Island and other random corners of New England may help solve one of the planet’s oldest cold cases.

The villain in this tale: a murderous English pirate who became the world’s most-wanted criminal after plundering a ship carrying Muslim pilgrims home to India from Mecca, then eluded capture by posing as a slave trader.

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Echo and Bifrost will be the first two cables to cross the Java Sea on a new, more diverse path. Pixabay

After canceling plans for undersea cables connecting the United States with Hong Kong because of U.S. government pressure, Facebook and Google now say they will run similar cables to Singapore and Indonesia.

“Named Echo and Bifrost, those will be the first two cables to go through a new diverse route crossing the Java Sea, and they will increase overall subsea capacity in the trans-Pacific by about 70%,” Facebook’s vice president of network investments, Kevin Salvadori, told the Reuters news agency.

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Following the fast spread of Covid-19 across Europe and North America in March, americans stockpiled more toilet paper than Europeans. Pixabay

Americans stockpiled more toilet paper than Europeans following the fast spread of Covid-19 across Europe and North America in March, says a study according to Covid-19 pandemic updates.

The researchers decided to probe who were more likely to stockpile after some companies reported an increase of up to 700 per cent in toilet paper sales, despite calls from the government to refrain from “panic buying”.

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Facebook has launched a new parenting group to help parents come together. Pixabay

Facebook has released new visualisations and datasets publicly along with a new survey to help researchers and healthcare providers combat the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Technology News.

These include a Covid-19 map and dashboard which include international results from Facebook’s symptom survey as well as its movement range datasets “that are informing the public sector response to Covid-19 around the world”.

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