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Toyota-supported Flying Car Hopes to Light the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Flame

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Engineers of a startup company named Cartivator, supported by Toyota Motor Corp, demonstrated their flying car on June 3, which they hope will be able to light up the Olympic flame for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games. Cartivator is aiming to make their flying car the world’s smallest electric vehicle, which can be used in small urban areas, and hopes to commercialize the car in 2025. Companies in the world have been competing to develop the first flying car or vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles. Uber Technologies Inc. announced its plan to deploy its flying taxi service by 2020 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Dubai. Airbus Group is also working on developing its flying car under its division called Urban Air Mobility.

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South Africa's Unemployment Hits Highest Since 2003

South Africa's unemployment rate rose to 27.7 percent of the labor force in the first quarter, the highest in nearly 14 years, from 26.5 percent in the last quarter of 2016, data from the statistics office showed on June 1. In its quarterly labor force survey, which polls households, Statistics South Africa said this amounted to 6.2 million people without jobs in the first three months of the year, compared with 5.781 million previously. The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, rose to 36.4 percent in the first quarter, from 35.6 percent in the previous quarter.

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Diarrhea Kills Half a Million Children Globally

Half a million children under the age of five died from diarrhea-related illnesses in 2015, despite a significant reduction in the number of child deaths from such diseases over the past decade. The number of deaths fell by 34 percent between 2005 and 2015 after concerted efforts to improve water and sanitation worldwide, according to a study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal on June 2. However, 499,000 children under five – and 1.3 million people of all ages – died as a result of diarrhea in 2015, making it the fourth leading cause of mortality among young children. Diarrhea was responsible for 8.6 percent of all deaths among under five. The authors of the study, which was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, called for urgent action.

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Annual Cybercrime Costs Set to Hit USD6 Trillion by 2021

With the annual global cybercrime costs set to escalate to an estimated USD6 trillion by 2021, companies have no option but to prepare to respond to the threat, cyber security experts said. The recent Wannacry malware, which affected 150 countries and infected over 200,000 computers, is estimated to have caused USD4 billion losses, according to cyber risk modeling firm Cyence. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that the global annual cybercrime costs will grow to USD6 trillion by 2021 from USD3 trillion in 2015. These include damage and destruction of data, stolen money,intellectual property, theft of personal and financial data, embezzlement, fraud, post-attack disruption to the normal course of business, forensic investigation, restoration and deletion of hacked data and systems and reputational harm. lost productivity, theft of personal and financial data, embezzlement, fraud, post-attack disruption to the normal course of business, forensic investigation, restoration and deletion of hacked data and systems and reputational harm.

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'Last African Dinosaur' Discovered in Moroccan Mine

Chenanisaurus Barbaricus is one of the last dinosaurs living in Africa just before the asteroid impact that wiped them out 66 million years ago, and it has only been just discovered. A fossilized piece of jawbone was the only clue to its existence, but it was enough for Dr Nick Longrich at the University of Bath in England to realize its importance. The fossil was found in a phosphate mine in Morocco. It is a discovery that may end debate over whether or not the dinosaurs were thriving just before the asteroid brought about their mass extinction. However, Dr Longrich says one mystery may never be answered - why Chananisaurus had even smaller arms than T-Rex.

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