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Netflix’s Bird Box film contains footage of Lac-Megantic disaster

Image copyright Netflix Image caption Netflix used footage of the 2013 Lac-Megantic rail disaster Bird Box, a horror film starring Sandra Bullock. Streaming service Netflix has confirmed it used stock footage of a real-life rail disaster in the film Bird Box. Netflix will not be removing the brief clip from Canada’s Lac-Megantic tragedy used early in the film to depict a fictional news story about an apocalyptic scenario. Over 40 people were killed in 2013 when a train carrying crude oil derailed in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic. Dozens of…

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Start-up Bird backs down in electric scooter legal row

A scooter firm has apologised after issuing a journalist with legal threats over a blogpost about its scooters. Start-up Bird offers electric scooters in around 40 US cities, which are hired via an app. Bird accused Cory Doctorow of copyright infringement for linking to a forum about a device which enables abandoned scooters, bought at auction, to be fitted with a new motherboard. This means they can then be used without the Bird app. Mr Doctorow’s blogpost, published on the website Boing Boing, was about the number of Bird scooters…

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US driver in ‘Bird Box blindfold’ crashes in Utah

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The film has led to a craze in which people attempt everyday tasks while blindfolded Police in the US state of Utah have taken the unusual step of urging residents not to drive blindfolded after an online challenge inspired by a horror film led to a crash. A teenager with her hat over her eyes drove into oncoming traffic in the city of Layton while taking part in the so-called “Bird Box Challenge”. The craze has come from the Netflix film Bird Box, starring…

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World’s rarest bird gets new home in Madagascar

The rarest bird in the world – a species of duck called the Madagascar pochard – has been given a new home in time for Christmas. A team from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Durrell Wildlife have released a small group of the birds at a lake in the north of Madagascar. This, the team says, is a first step in the recovery of a species that it was thought had been driven to extinc Source link

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Madagascar pochard: World’s rarest bird gets new home

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionConservationists hope to save a species of duck called the Madagascar pochard from extinction The rarest bird in the world – a species of duck called the Madagascar pochard – has been given a new home in time for the new year. An international team of researchers released 21 of the birds at a lake in the north of Madagascar. It is a step towards the recovery of a species that just over a decade ago was thought to be extinct. Rescuing…

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‘Planet of the chickens’: How the bird took over the world

Image copyright Getty Images A study of chicken bones dug up at London archaeological sites shows how the bird we know today has altered beyond recognition from its ancestors. With around 23 billion chickens on the planet at any one time, the bird is a symbol of the way we are shaping the environment, say scientists. Evolution usually takes place over a timescale of millions of years, but the chicken has changed in decades. The rise of the supermarket chicken mirrors the decline in wild birds. “The sheer number of…

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Electric scooter firm Bird launches rental service in London

The electric scooter rental firm Bird is launching a limited service within London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The vehicles are currently banned from being used on pavements or on the road in public spaces. But the US firm says it wants to demonstrate to the authorities that the scooters are a safe means of transport in order to get the law changed. Read more Source link

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Loganair flight abandoned after bird strike

Image caption The bird strike happened during take-off from Sumburgh Airport A flight carrying 40 passengers and three crew was forced to return to Sumburgh Airport in Shetland after being hit by birds at 1,500ft. Loganair flight LM438 was en-route to Glasgow when the incident happened on Friday shortly after take-off. Passengers reported seeing flames and onboard crew received an alert about the aircraft’s left-hand engine. Loganair said the Saab 2000 landed safely and aid from standby emergency vehicles was not required. The affected plane has been removed from service…

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New Zealand votes tipsy pigeon bird of the year

Image copyright Forest & Bird Image caption Forest & Bird presenting this year’s winner: the kereru New Zealand has voted for its bird of the year 2018 and it’s one known for being “drunk, clumsy and a bit of a clown”, organisers say. The kereru has a liking for fermented fruits, which contain alcohol. And that means the birds can get quite tipsy at times, displaying clumsy antics and falling off trees. This year’s campaign saw celebrity endorsements from actor Stephen Fry and comedian Bill Bailey, while one species even…

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Storm’s Bird says team doesn’t want White House invite

The Seattle Storm won’t be waiting by the mailbox for an invitation to the traditional champions’ visit to the White House. Sep 12, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Seattle Storm celebrate after defeating the Washington Mystics after the game in game three of the WNBA Finals at Eagle Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports – 11232696 Should one come from President Donald Trump, they will be sending their regrets. Veteran point guard Sue Bird said she and her teammates, who won the third championship in team history Wednesday night…

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