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fox news -  China's reveals new video of hypersonic strike aircraft
 
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fox news - China's reveals new video of hypersonic strike aircraft Chinese state media has revealed the country's first ever images of a model of its hypersonic glide vehicle, a nuclear weapons expert has claimed.The secretive missile delivery craft, known as the DF-ZF, could travel at up to ten times the speed of sound (7,680 mph/12,360 kph) according to some estimates.Its speed will ensure the country's nuclear threat can reliably breach the United States' ballistic missile defence shield, which fires incoming strikes out of the air.The model was briefly shown during a State-run TV special covering the country's JF-12 hypersonic wind tunnel.The innovative setup is the largest of its kind in the world and is capable of testing missiles and aircraft up to 6,900mph (11,100kph).The news follows a US Navy announcement yesterday that it had successfully test fired a hypersonic missile that could hit 'anywhere in the world' within an hour.China's DF-ZF is a hypersonic glide vehicle capable of travelling at up to ten times the speed of sound (7,680 mph/12,360 kph), according to some estimates.The Chinese Ministry of National Defense first revealed it had successfully tested a hypersonic vehicle for 'scientific' purposes in January 2014.Officials have carried out at least five more launches since then, with the most recent coming in April 2016.China has never officially disclosed the purpose of the innovative aircraft, but a range of tactical applications are possible.By definition, hypersonic vehicles can travel five times the speed of sound, and the craft could help China ensure its nuclear weapons can breach US missile defence systems, experts claim.Hypersonic vehicles would travel so rapidly and unpredictably they could provide an almost-immediate threat to nations across the globe.The craft would travel at such speeds that the gap between identifying a threat and launching an attack on it would drop from hours to minutes, even at long distances.The TV clip aired on October 8 via State broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV), and shows an arrowhead-shaped model is shown inside the Beijing-based wind tunnel.Its design looks like official Chinese mock-ups of the DF-ZF, which was codenamed the WU-14 by the Pentagon before its official name was released by Beijing.Chinese officials have confirmed several test flights of hypersonic glide vehicles since 2013, but have kept the details top secret.This is likely the first time China has shown any test models linked to the project.The broadcast also showed a weapon with a shape similar to the last stage of a ballistic missile, and computer generated images of a new triangular-framed glider.Raymond Wang, an expert in stopping the international spread of nuclear weapons, from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, was one of the first to spot the DF-ZF model.Writing on Twitter, he noted the programme's narrator didn't specifically refer to hypersonic boost-glide vehicles (HBGVs) or the DF-ZF at any point.'China just showed its hypersoni Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5065527/China-s-reveals-new-video-hypersonic-strike-aircraft.html
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fox news -  Asgardia launches first satellite into space
 
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fox news - Asgardia launches first satellite into space A‘virtual nation’ complete with its own constitution and citizens has launched into space.The small satellite, roughly the size of a loaf of bread, aims to establish Asgardia’s ‘sovereign territory,’ carrying half a terabyte of data into orbit.Asgardia-1 launched to the International Space Station with the Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft, and will remain there until it deploys to low-Earth orbit in three weeks.Asgardia will be the first 'space nation'.The name comes from the city of the skies ruled by Odin from Valhalla in Norse mythology.It is described as 'a fully-fledged and independent nation, and a future member of the United Nations'.The Asgardia Project Team is made up of experts from around the globe.The project team is being led by Dr Igor Ashurbeyli, a Russian scientist and founder of the Aerospace International Research Center (AIRC) in Vienna.By creating a new space nation, the experts behind the project hope to develop future space technology free from the restrictions of state control.Alongside its announcement, Asgardia opened up applications for virtual citizenship via its website, and so far almost half a million people have pledged their allegiance.The first Asgardia satellite will launch in September this year.One of Asgardia's first projects will be the creation of a protective shield to protect humankind from space debris, including asteroids.The so-called virtual nation Asgardia launched atop the Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Nov 12.Doing so satisfies the last condition necessary for admission to the UN, according to Asgardia.Asgardia has designed a constitution, which has already been accepted.And, it even has its own cryptocurrency called the Solar, which is registered at the European Union Intellectual Property Office.The ‘first nation in space’ also has a flag and a coat of arms.The project was hatched by an international group of scientists and backed by a Russian billionaire Dr Igor Ashurbeyli.But, it's already been met with a number of challenges.Earlier this year,  the team behind the plan revealed they're having difficulties organizing the new country.The team, led by Dr Igor Ashurbeyli, billionaire and founder of the Aerospace International Research Center in Vienna, unveiled the bizarre plans at a press conference in Paris last October.Dr Ashurbeyli said at the time he believed the space-bound private 'country' could 'offer an independent platform free from the constraint of a land-based country's laws.' However, it seems some more human problems are getting in the way of this vision.'No one has ever tried organising…what is today 100,000 citizens from 200 countries who don’t know each other and live in different places on Earth', he said.Future Asgardians speak many different languages and also have different political systems, which could lead to political unrest.There is also debate as to whether the new nation should accept refugees from Earth.Out of the 300,000 that initially Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5082289/Virtual-nation-Asgardia-launches-satellite.html
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fox news -  500-year-old coin found by an amateur treasure hunter
 
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fox news - 500-year-old coin found by an amateur treasure hunter An amateur metal detector struck gold when she stumbled across a rare 500-year-old coin near one of England's most historic battlefields.The coin, minted during the doomed reign of King Richard III, is one of only a handful still in existence.Experts speculate the gold coin may have been dropped by one of Richard's soldiers fleeing the pivotal Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.Richard III was killed in the battle and his opponent, Henry Tudor, seized the throne to begin the Tudor dynasty.The coin, minted during the doomed reign of King Richard III, is one of only a handful still in existence.Experts speculate the gold coin may have been dropped by one of Richard's soldiers fleeing the pivotal Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.The half angel was a gold coin roughly two centimetres in diameter and weighing just under three grams.It was introduced in 1472 during the reign of King Edward IV.Angels and half angels continually fluctuated in value under the reigns of several kings before they were abolished and replaced by Guineas by King Charles II in 1663.The coin is now set fetch £15,000 ($20,000) at Dix Noonan Webb's auction of coins, historical medals and paper money on 13 December.Michelle Vall, from Blackpool, was detecting close to Bosworth Field when she dug up the old coin called a half angel.It is now set fetch £15,000 ($20,000) at Dix Noonan Webb's auction of coins, historical medals and paper money on 13 December.Ms Vall, 51, made the rare discovery in Monks Kirby, Warwickshire, during a charity detecting rally in  September.The teaching assistant said: 'After detecting for two and a half hours in a farmer's field I got a signal.'The coin was deep down, about 16 inches below the surface, and the soil there is thick clay so it took a bit of digging out.'I spotted this glint of gold in the hole, although I obviously did not know exactly what it was at first.'I put it in the palm of my hand and then I went back to the organiser's tent.One of them identified it and people became very excited.The half angel was a gold coin roughly two centimetres in diameter and weighing just under three grams.It was introduced in 1472 during the reign of King Edward IV.Angels and half angels continually fluctuated in value under the reigns of several kings before they were abolished and replaced by Guineas by King Charles II in 1663.Ms Vall's discovery of the coin minted during Richard III's short two-year reign makes it a rare example and an exciting find for the detector who only took up the hobby two years ago.She said: 'I have decided to sell it because it is too valuable to keep.I did not want to keep it in a cupboard.'I feel very privileged that I have found something so precious and historic.The memory of that day, the excitement not just of myself but also of other detectorists, when I found that beautiful, tiny piece of historic gold will live with me for the rest of my life.'I started detecting because I am a keen antique collector and walker and when I Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5092541/500-year-old-coin-amateur-treasure-hunter.html
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fox news -  Louise Arner Boyd spent her fortune exploring the Arctic
 
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fox news - Louise Arner Boyd spent her fortune exploring the Arctic The tale of a 20th century socialite who dedicated her life to exploring the Arctic and became the first woman to fly across the North Pole is being told in a new book.Louise Arner Boyd, born in 1887, inherited her parents' huge fortune in 1920 and spent it on several death-defying explorations of some of the most remote parts of the world, challenging the view of what was required of a young high society debutante.Images from the new biography show her on the deck of one of her ships in 1926, proudly standing next to a polar bear she has shot, and in another she is posing in a jeweled gown as she is being presented to the King of England at Buckingham Palace.Born in San Rafael, California, to a millionaire mining magnate father and a mother from one of New York's most prestigious families, Miss Arner Boyd inherited a staggering family fortune when her parents died in 1919 and 1920 respectively.With it she began to travel extensively, seeing as much of the world as she could until, on a trip to Norway in 1924, she saw something that would shape the course of the rest of her life; The Polar Ice Pack.She dedicated her life to Arctic expeditions, and in 1928, Miss Arner Boyd found herself involved in a search for missing Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.Miss Arner Boyd's explorations from 1931 to 1938 included regions in and around Franz Josef Land, Spitsbergen, Greenland, Jan Mayen Island and eastern Arctic Canada.She made history in June 1955 when she became the first woman in the world to fly over the North Pole and her ship S.S.Veslekari, was the first to sail to the inner ends of Ice Fjord, Greenland She was honored by the United States Government and a number of foreign governments for her geographic studies and explorations.Her life is being re-told by author Joanna Kafarowski, in the new book 'The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame: A Life of Louise Arner Boyd'.COOK OR PEARY/HENSON - WHO GOT THERE FIRST? There are two claimants; American Frederic Cook who says he and two Inuit men reached the Geographic North Pole in April 1908, and Robert Edwin Peary, Matthew Henson and four Inuit women who say they arrived in April 6, 1909.Decades before the Americans did/didn't reach the north pole, Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen made a good go of it.During a three-year expedition in 1893–96, his team reached a record northern latitude of 86°14′ - the furthest north anyone had managed to travel at the time.Nansen also famously led the first team to ski across Greenland in 1888 and later in life became  involved in the League of Nations - later replaced by the UN - and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922.The Norwegian explorer was the first to reach the South Pole, on 14 December 1911, and after leading a team flying to the North Pole in 1926 he became the first person to reach both poles.In June 1928, Amundsen and five crew disappeared during a flight in the Arctic to rescue missing explorers.The search was called off in September and th Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5120983/The-socialite-spent-fortune-exploring-Arctic.html
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fox news -  Now Ineos billionaire Jim Ratcliffe buys a safari park
 
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fox news - Now Ineos billionaire Jim Ratcliffe buys a safari park Chemicals billionaire Jim Ratcliffe is splashing out on yet more wild investments.The Ineos founder, 65, has just bought a football team and leather jacket maker – and plans to start making cars.Ratcliffe is also teaming up with a safari company backed by Norway's sovereign wealth fund on a £7.5million safari project in Tanzania.Ratcliffe says the project with Asilia Africa, which includes three luxury lodges, will boost tourism, create jobs and discourage poaching.Ratcliffe, who has travelled widely in the area, said: 'The creation of a sustainable and ecologically friendly safari tourism business will both protect the wildlife and help the people of this amazing region.'It comes as his firm is battling to fix an oil pipe that carries about 40 per cent of North Sea oil and gas to the UK mainland.Oil prices reached two-year highs when the crack in the Forties Pipeline System was discovered last week. Ineos is better known for producing industrial chemicals and oil and wanting to start a fracking revolution in the UK.But earlier this year it announced plans to build a successor to the Land Rover Defender.Then it bought motorbike jacket maker Belstaff and Lausanne Football Club. The safari investment is from Ratcliffe's personal cash rather than the firm's. It is not clear how much he is investing. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5199505/Now-Ineos-billionaire-Jim-Ratcliffe-buys-safari-park.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Rare footage of China's £5 million hypersonic wind tunnel
 
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fox news - Rare footage of China's £5 million hypersonic wind tunnel Chinese scientists have claimed to be able to make more discoveries than their American counterpart in developing supersonic aircraft thanks to better equipment.A secretive £5 million hypersonic wind tunnel, nicknamed 'Hyper Dragon', is helping the experts 'reveal many facts that Americans have not found out', one Chinese researcher said in a propaganda documentary.The programme also revealed that Chinese scientists are developing a commercial plane that could connect Beijing and New York in just two hours.Shrouded in secrecy, the JF12 shockwave hypersonic wind tunnel was completed in May, 2012, but has rarely been captured by media.China Central Television, the state broadcaster, showed a glimpse of the mysterious equipment in a documentary on October 8.Built by Chinese Academy of Science with 46 million Yuan (£5 million), the 2.5-metre-wide (8.2feet), 265-metre-long (869 feet) tunnel is said to be able to blow gusts of wind as fast as 10 times the speed of sound.The temperature of the gusts could reach a staggering 3,000 degrees Celsius.Jiang Zonglin, a researcher from the Chinese Academy of Science, called the 'unprecedented' wind tunnel an incubator of advanced aircraft.Mr Jiang said because planes couldn't fly during a lab experiment, they would need a wind tunnel that could generate gusts as fast as the desired speed of the aircraft to simulate a flying environment.In the case of JF12, it could simulate flying conditions between Mach 5 and Mach 9.Mr Jiang claimed that he and his team carry out one experiment every two days, and each experiment last 100 millisecond, which equals to one-tenth of a second.The researchers pointed out that China is currently developing a supersonic commercial plane that could travel as quickly as five times the speed of sound.This means the aircraft would be able to fly from Beijing to New York in two hours, compared to the current 14 hours.The TV clip apparently also shows an arrowhead-shaped model inside the Beijing-based wind tunnel.Its design looks like official Chinese mock-ups of the DF-ZF, China's 7,680mph hypersonic strike aircraft that could carry nuclear warheads past US missile defenses.Chinese officials have confirmed several test flights of hypersonic glide vehicles since 2013, but have kept the details top secret.This is likely the first time China has shown any test models linked to the project.In addition, The broadcast showed a weapon with a shape similar to the last stage of a ballistic missile, and computer generated images of a new triangular-framed glider.Raymond Wang, an expert in stopping the international spread of nuclear weapons, from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, was one of the first to spot the DF-ZF model.Writing on Twitter, he noted the programme's narrator didn't specifically refer to hypersonic boost-glide vehicles (HBGVs) or the DF-ZF at any point.'China just showed its hypersonic-BGV in a vid on 08 Oct.Probably a test design model, bu Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5070261/Rare-footage-China-s-5-million-hypersonic-wind-tunnel.html
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fox news -  Facebook trials new Snapchat-style ‘Streaks’ feature
 
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fox news - Facebook trials new Snapchat-style ‘Streaks’ feature Facebook is continuing it relentless effort to copy Snapchat by testing a new feature that encourages friends to send messages back and forth for consecutive days.Like 'Snapstreaks' on Snapchat, Facebook Messenger 'Streaks' have emoji next to the name of anyone who users are regularly messaging.According to Facebook, this will encourage users to 'keep your streak going'.It is not clear if the feature - which is currently being trialled on some accounts - will reach all accounts or how long the company has been testing it for.Facebook Messenger has looked to Snapchat for inspiration with a new feature that encourages friends to send messages back and forth for consecutive days.Like Snapchat Streaks, Facebook Messenger streaks have emoji next to the name of anyone who you are regularly messaging and encourages users to 'keep your streak going'.It is not clear if the feature - which is currently being trialled on some accounts - will reach all accounts or how long the company has been testing it for.Snapstreak, encourages users to send lots of snaps to one person - even warning them when a streak is about to expire.A Facebook spokesperson said its version of the Snapchat feature was a way 'to see at a glance fun facts about the people you message with.' 'For example, a lightning bolt may appear next to the name of a person you've messaged with for at least three days in a row, and a counter will indicate how many consecutive days you've been chatting', the spokesperson told Mashable.'We're interested to see if people enjoy this insight, but we don't have any additional information to share at this time.' One of the first signs Facebook was copying Snapchat was in March 2016 when it bought MSQRD, an app that overlays silly live filters to your selfies.The app lets users apply filters to their faces - similar to Snapchat 'Lens' filters.One of the first signs Facebook was copying Snapchat was in March 2016 when it bought MSQRD, an app that overlays silly live filters to your selfies.The app lets users apply filters to their faces (pictured right) - similar to Snapchat 'Lens' filters (pictured left) In April of last year, Facebook added QR codes to profiles in Messenger.Snapchat uses QR codes to allow people to add other users without having to search.In April of last year, Facebook added QR codes to profiles in Messenger (pictured right).Snapchat uses QR codes (pictured left) to allow people to add other users without having to search Facebook introduced custom location-based camera filters that overlay pictures and videos – similar to Snapchat's 'geo-filters'.Users build 'frames' on any design platform, submit them to Facebook and then friends nearby will have access to the creations.In the same month, a 'Messenger Camera' was designed to make it quicker to capture and share photos and videos without having to dip out of a conversations - a feature that already existed on Snapchat.In December, Facebook introduced custom location-based camera filters ( Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5111621/Facebook-trials-new-Snapchat-style-Streaks-feature.html
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fox news -  Hypersonic spaceplane engine set for Colorado tests
 
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fox news - Hypersonic spaceplane engine set for Colorado tests A revolutionary engine that could be used in a spaceplane to take passengers into space in just 15 minutes has taken a major step forward with a new testing facility in Colorado.The site, at Front Range Airport near Watkins, Colorado, will test a key technology in Reaction Engine's hypersonic air-breathing combined cycle Sabre rocket engine.It comes after the firm won a U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract to test the engine’s pre-cooler heat exchanger, or HTX.In the UK the is continuing to develop the TF1 engine test facility at Westcott where the first ground-based demonstration of the Sabre rocket engine will take place.The UK site will incorporate a hydrogen/air-breathing pre-burner to condition the air for core evaluation and is adjacent to a test facility where Reaction’s rocket nozzle tests have also been conducted.The test centre will feature an assembly building, workshops, offices and a control room, along with various test engine configurations.The company plans on putting the Sabre engine in a reusable spaceplane called Skylon - a vehicle capable of launching heavy telecommunications satellites.Mark Thomas, CEO at Reaction Engines, said: 'This is another exciting step forward in development of Reaction Engines' Sabre engine and a visible demonstration of the UK's commitment to the programme.'I look forward to seeing this unique facility take shape and commencing our core engine testing, which will be a defining moment for aerospace.'Last year, the European Space Agency (ESA) invested £8.5 million ($11 million) towards the development of the engineFranco Ongaro, Director of Technology, Engineering and Quality, at ESA said: 'The opening of this new test facility at Westcott Today marks an historical moment for the European Aerospace industry and for the UK research and development in rocket propulsion.'This facility will enable the ground test of the Sabre engine cycle, opening the way to the first flight tests, and to a new era.'The European Space Agency is proud of this partnership with industry and the UK Space Agency, to which we bring our technical competence, which has supported the Sabre development to this stage, and we are confident, to its future flight success.'Reaction Engines has now has secured over £50 million ($66 million) in funding from the British government, with more than £42 million ($55 million) from the UK Space Agency, and the ESA contribution acting as the final piece.The revolutionary Sabre engine could allow aircraft to take off from a runway and accelerate to five times the speed of sound, before switching to a rocket mode, propelling it into orbit.This design could also be used to send satellites into space at a fraction of the current cost.Mr Thomas said: 'We are now entering an exciting phase where we can accelerate the pace of development to get Sabre up and running.'At the moment, rockets have to carry liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen to power them and the cost of carrying th Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5192463/Hypersonic-spaceplane-engine-set-Colorado-tests.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  FDA clears nerve stimulator to aid recovery from opioids
 
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fox news - FDA clears nerve stimulator to aid recovery from opioids US health authorities have cleared a brain-stimulating device for patients suffering from debilitating withdrawal symptoms caused by addiction to heroin and other opioids.The nerve stimulator, known as NSS-2 Bridge, is the first device to treat such symptoms including joint pain, anxiety, stomach aches and insomnia.The announcement on Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration opens a door for doctors to prescribe the device to patients who fear withdrawal symptoms coming off addictive opioids.It comes amid an epidemic of opioid abuse, which includes both illegal narcotics like heroin and prescription painkillers.Last year, more than 62,000 Americans were killed by opioid overdoses - more than HIV, car crashes and the 19-and-a-half year Vietnam war.Like with any drug addiction, one of the hardest obstacles to quitting is the fear of the debilitating withdrawal symptoms, which can make it difficult to sleep, think clearly, and get on with daily tasks, as well as a myriad of painful side effects.Currently, the standard method to wean people off opioids is methadone, a government-approved replacement drug which can be administered in a clinic.But even transitioning to that can be a shock to the system, driving many back to dangerous drugs.'The technology gives those suffering from opioid addiction an easier transition to all forms of medically-assisted treatment,' said Brian Carrico, president of Indiana-based medical technology firm Innovative Health Solutions, the manufacturer.'The device helps take away the fear of withdrawal and leads to a much higher success rate.' The NSS-2 Bridge is worn behind the ear where several electrodes stimulate nerves in the brain and spinal cord to relieve symptoms.The FDA says a study of more than 70 patients showed a 30 percent decrease in symptoms within 30 minutes of using the device.Nerve stimulators have previously been approved to treat epilepsy and depression.'Our vision is for every person in withdrawal, preparing for withdrawal, or suffering from post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS), to have access to this technology,' Carrico said.'Significantly reducing withdrawal symptoms lessens the dependency on opioids, allows for easier transition to Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) and ultimately works as another tool to combat the opioid epidemic facing our country. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5086251/FDA-clears-nerve-stimulator-aid-recovery-opioids.html
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fox news -  Uber launches glowing 'beacon' so you can find your driver
 
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fox news - Uber launches glowing 'beacon' so you can find your driver Uber has revealed a new way to find your driver - with a glowing beacon on the windshield.The device glows in a color the rider chooses, so they can see which car is theirs at night - and avoid the embarrassment of getting into the wrong car.The beacon device is expanding to New York City, San Francisco and Chicago - although arch rival Lyft has been using a similar system for several months.Scroll down for more videos If an Uber beacon is installed, after they've confirmed a ride request, the rider's app prompts them to choose a color.When the driver arrives, the beacon turns that color.In 2015, Uber piloted the beacon concept in Seattle, and found it reduced the need for riders and drivers to contact one another and lowered cancellation rates in tricky pickup locations.In 2016, the beacon launched in Miami, Denver, Nashville and Newcastle (UK).Now, Uber has launched the Beacon in more locations, and drivers can install it themselves rapidly, and remove it quickly too.According to Uber, the beacon has a powerful battery and Bluetooth connection to the Uber driver app, and can last several evenings without charge, while keeping the dashboard area free of cables.But Uber is not the first taxi hailing app to introduce this technology.Last year, Lyft launched light-up beacons called 'amps' which sit on the dashboard of Lyft drivers' cars.With Lyft amps, the driver's beacon lights up a specific color once he or she is nearby.The rider can have their phone light up in that same color, too, then hold it up so the driver can see them.Lyft says this will make it easier and safer for drivers and riders to find each other.This can be especially helpful at night, or in crowded areas where multiple people might be hailing a ride.Lyft says it won't use the beacons for ads, though the passenger-facing side might be devoted to sponsored campaigns, such as a beer company warning against drinking and driving.Last year, Lyft launched light-up beacons called 'amps' which sit on the dashboard of Lyft drivers' cars.The driver's beacon lights up a specific color once he or she is nearby.The rider can have their phone light up in that same color, too, then hold it up so the driver can see them. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5102095/Uber-launches-glowing-beacon-driver.html
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fox news -  PinMe can track your location even if you turn GPS off
 
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fox news - PinMe can track your location even if you turn GPS off Stanford researchers have revealed an app they claim shows a major privacy flaw in mobile phones.Called PinMe, it mines information already stored on smartphones, such as data from gyroscopes and accelerometer, to work out where the user is - even if they don't give the app access to GPS (an option usually referred to as location services).When analysed alongside publicly available maps and weather reports, the Stanford researchers behind it say their app can help identify if a person is traveling by foot, car, train or plane, and chart their route of travel.The researchers behind the app have called for phone makers to include a new software switch to turn of all sensors to protect user's privacy.They say the apps shows a potential privacy flaw in phones.'PinMe demonstrates how information from seemingly innocuous sensors can be exploited using machine-learning techniques to infer sensitive details about our lives,' said Prateek Mittal, assistant professor in Princeton's Department of Electrical Engineering and PinMe paper co-author.The app analyses information already stored on smartphones that, unlike GPS, doesn't require permission for access.When computed along with publicly available maps and weather reports, this data can help identify if a person is traveling by foot, car, train or airplane, and chart their route of travel.All the while, the presence of the app can be virtually undetectable.The research team reported on the patent-pending app in the journal IEEE Transactions on Multi-Scale Computing Systems.'We wanted to raise public concern about this issue,' said Arsalan Mosenia, a postdoctoral research associate in electrical engineering and a member of the PinMe team.However, the discovery could also be used for new ways to navigate - in self driving cars and ship navigation systems, for instance.'[Attackers] can convince a ship or car that they're in a location that they're not actually in,' which could be problematic for American ships navigating international waters, for instance, or for the safety of the passengers of autonomous cars, points said Niraj Jha, professor of electrical engineering at Princeton and paper co-author, and the PinMe team is already talking with technology companies about licensing the app as a navigational tool.Supriyo Chakraborty, a security researcher at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, said 'The [PinMe] attack is ... extremely potent.'PinMe's developers already are working on ways for people to defend themselves against it, said Jha, whose research focus is on the security of the 'internet of things,' a phrase that describes the increasingly digital products that power our daily activities.'I think a lot of follow-up should deal with how to prevent this attack,' he said.HOW THE APP CAN TRACK YOU To run their experiment, the Princeton researchers collected phone data from three people for one day after installing PinMe on their phones — Galaxy S4 i9500, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S — running either And Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5134219/App-track-location-turn-GPS-off.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Bohacker says he 'wants to help humans modify their genes'
 
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fox news - Bohacker says he 'wants to help humans modify their genes' A former Nasa researcher says he wants to 'help humans genetically modify themselves' to create a new breed of superhumans.Dr Josiah Zayner, 36, made headlines last month when he became the first person known to have edited his own DNA.The biochemist attempted to give himself super strength by removing a protein that inhibits muscle growth in his left arm, via an injection of DIY gene therapy.In a new interview, Dr Zayner claims we are 'slaves to the genomes we have', and believes humanity will develop into a new breed of super-strong human thanks to widespread DIY genetic engineering.Dr Josiah Zayner started his scientific career with a fellowship to work with Nasa's Synthetic Biology program, engineering bacteria to help grow life on Mars. The 36-year-old quit the programme to begin working on human genetic engineering technologies, and has since become a leading figure in the growing 'biohacker' movement. The trend involves groups of scientists, engineers and activists experimenting with biotechnology, including editing human DNA to create 'superhumans'. Despite warnings from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the sale of gene therapy products without regulatory approval is illegal, Dr Zayner sells basic genetic engineering kits online. The California-based biochemist has published a free guide for people who want to take his introductory kits further and experiment on themselves.Speaking the Guardian, Dr Zayner said: 'I imagine people going to some place like a tattoo parlour, and instead of getting a tattoo they pick out some DNA that makes them muscly, or changes the colour of their hair or eyes.'DNA defines what a species is, and I imagine it wouldn’t be too long into the future when the human species almost becomes a new species because of these modifications.'Despite warnings from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the sale of gene therapy products without regulatory approval is illegal, Dr Zayner sells basic genetic engineering kits online.He is the founder and CEO of a genetic engineering company called The Odin.Last year, he sold $200,000 worth of products, including a kit for yeast that can be used to brew glowing bioluminescent beer and a kit to discover antibiotics at home.The California-based biochemist has published a free guide for people who want to take his introductory kits further and experiment on themselves.Dr Zayner said: 'We have always been slaves to the genomes we have, and giving people the ability to change that almost changes what it means to be human.'It seems so sci-fi and made up, but we’ve been genetically modifying humans with gene therapy since the 1990s – it’s just been very few people and for medical reasons. I want to help humans genetically modify themselves.'Dr Zayner started his scientific career with a fellowship to work with Nasa's Synthetic Biology program, engineering bacteria to help grow life on Mars.The 36-year-old quit the programme to begin working on human genetic engine Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5217545/Bohacker-says-wants-help-humans-modify-genes.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Stilt-legged horses roamed North America in the ice age
 
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fox news - Stilt-legged horses roamed North America in the ice age Researchers have discovered a previously unrecognized genus of extinct horses that roamed North America during the last ice age.The study on the thin-limbed, lightly built horses was based on an analysis of ancient DNA from fossils.Before the study, the researchers thought the horse was related to the Asiatic wild ass, or another separate species belonging to the same genus as horsesHowever, the new results reveal that these horses were not closely related to any living population of horses.The study, conducted by an international team of researchers, involved analyzing the DNA from fossils of the 'New World stilt-legged horse.'The fossils were excavated from sites including the Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming, Gypsum Cave in Nevada, and the Klondlike goldfields of Canada's Yukon territory.The stilt-legged horses were though to be a species within the genus Equus, which includes living horses, asses, and zebras.The new study however showed that these extinct horses with narrow hooves, named Haringtonhippus francisci, are not closely related to any horses living today.The researchers say that the extinct North American horse seems to have diverged from the main trunk of the family tree leading to the Equus genus some 4 to 6 million years ago.'The horse family, thanks to its rich and deep fossil record, has been a model system for understanding and teaching evolution,' said first author of the study Peter Heintzman, who led the study as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz.'Now ancient DNA has rewritten the evolutionary history of this iconic group,''The evolutionary distance between the extinct stilt-legged horses and all living horses took us by surprise, but it presented us with an exciting opportunity to name a new genus of horse,' said senior author Beth Shapiro, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz.Coauthor Eric Scott, a paleontologist at California State University San Bernardino, said that morphologically, the fossils of Haringtonhippus are not all that different from those of Equus.'But the DNA tells a fascinatingly different story altogether' he said.'That's what is so impressive about these findings.'It took getting down to the molecular level to discern this new genus.'The findings show that the species was widespread and successful throughout much of North America, living alongside populations of Equus, but not interbreeding with them.In the North of Canada, Haringtonhippus survived until about 17,000 years ago - more than 19,000 years later than previously thought for this region.At the end of the last ice age, both horse groups became extinct in Northern America, along with other large animals like woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats.Although the Equus survived in Eurasia after the last ice age which eventually led to domestic horses, the stilt-legged Haringtonhippus was an evolutionary dead end.The research team named the horse after Richard Harrington, emeritus curator of Q Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5125527/Stilt-legged-horses-roamed-North-Americ-ice-age.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  The best sex positions to increase chances of pregnancy
 
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fox news - The best sex positions to increase chances of pregnancy If you're trying to get pregnant you'll be keen to know how you can boost your chances.There's always been various theories floating around about which position is best for conception – but are they just old wives' tales?BabyCentre has looked into what experts have recommended based on scientific journal studies.Researchers used scanners to show what is going on in two positions: missionary and doggy style.Common sense already tells us that your chances of conception are maximised by deeper penetration, as it allows the sperm to get into the cervix.The scans confirm that the tip of the penis reaches the cervix in both of these positions – and doggy is the deepest.A team from CMC Beau Soleil in France took MRIs of couples in the missionary position, which confirmed it allows the penis to reach the area at the front of the cervix.They also found that the rear entry position reaches the area at the back of the cervix.Experts at Birmingham University found women undergoing fertility treatment were 33 per cent more likely to have a baby if their vitamin D levels were healthy. They said the findings may explain why people tend to find it easier to conceive in the summer, when vitamin D levels are boosted by the sun’s rays. The NHS already recommends women who are pregnant or trying to conceive take daily vitamin D supplements for the sake of the development of their baby. But the new findings, published in the Human Reproduction journal, suggests it also might help them conceive in the first place.However, Dr James Goldfarb, director of the infertility service at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, said women shouldn't worry too much about positions.'Very rarely, a woman's cervix is in an unusual position where certain positions can make a difference,' he told WebMD.However, certain gravity-defying positions, such as sitting or standing during intercourse, may discourage sperm from travelling upstream.'It's a matter of gravity and you don't want all the semen to run out – and semen are quick little critters,' he said.Some insist that a woman holding their legs up in the air after sex will boost their chances of conceiving.Dr Goldfarb says this is not necessary – but he does recommend not jumping up out of bed straight away.'It's good advice to lay in bed for 10 to 15 minutes after intercourse, but you don't need your feet in the air,' he said.'Your pelvis does not move when you put your legs in the air.'He also advises women not to go the bathroom during this time either.'If you wait 10 to 15 minutes, the sperm that is going to get into the cervix will be in the cervix.' Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5136685/The-best-sex-positions-increase-chances-pregnancy.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Artificially cooling Earth could cause 'climate chaos'
 
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fox news - Artificially cooling Earth could cause 'climate chaos' Artificially cooling Earth to counter global warming is a 'risky strategy', new research has shown.Scientists have previously suggested that imitating volcanic eruptions to fire aerosols into the atmosphere would help to cool the planet down.The aerosols, one of many 'geoengineering' techniques proposed as a way to deal with climate change, would cool Earth by block incoming solar radiation.But this could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to violent storms or prolonged dry spells, new research has shown.If aerosols are injected into the northern hemisphere, they could cause severe droughts in Africa, while if they are injected in the southern hemisphere, they could trigger a wave of tropical cyclones in northern regions of the globe.The innovative research centres on the impact solar geoengineering methods that inject aerosols into the atmosphere may have on the frequency of tropical cyclones.The controversial approach, known as stratospheric aerosol injection, is designed to reflect some sunlight before it reaches Earth's surface.The proposals mimic the aftermath of volcanic eruptions, when aerosols are naturally injected into the atmosphere.They find injections of aerosols in the northern hemisphere would decrease North Atlantic tropical cyclone frequency, while injections contained to the southern hemisphere may potentially enhance it.Crucially, the team warn that while tropical cyclone activity in the North Atlantic could be suppressed by northern hemisphere injections, this would, at the same time, induce droughts in the Sahel.In response, the researchers, from the University of Exeter, have called on policymakers worldwide to strictly regulate any large-scale geoengineering programmes in the future.They say this will prevent officials accidentally inducing natural disasters in different parts of the world.Dr Anthony Jones, a climate science expert from the University of Exeter and lead author on the paper said: 'Our results confirm that regional solar geoengineering is a highly risky strategy which could simultaneously benefit one region to the detriment of another.'It is vital that policymakers take solar geoengineering seriously and act swiftly to install effective regulation.' The innovative research centres on the impact solar geoengineering methods that inject aerosols into the atmosphere may have on the frequency of tropical cyclones.The controversial approach, known as stratospheric aerosol injection, is designed to reflect some sunlight before it reaches Earth's surface.The proposals mimic the aftermath of volcanic eruptions, when aerosols are naturally injected into the atmosphere.In the study, the researchers use sophisticated simulations with a fully coupled atmosphere-ocean model to investigate the effect of hemispheric stratospheric aerosol injection on North Atlantic tropical cyclone frequency.The study suggests injections of aerosols in the northern hemisphere would reduce tropical cyclone activity responsible Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5077949/Artificially-cooling-Earth-risky-strategy.html
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fox news -  Thousands of snails invade popular beach in Florida
 
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fox news - Thousands of snails invade popular beach in Florida Abizarre video shows millions of snails taking over a popular beach in St.Petersburg Florida.The entire length of the beach is covered in what looks like black rocks, but are in fact cerith snails.The filmer wrote online:  'I grew up in Florida and have spent most of my life on the water.I have never seen or heard of this happening before.' The video only shows about one-quarter of the total invasion of snails.Cerith snails don't often come onto land.They are usually found on sandy bottoms, flat reefs, or coral rock in warm and temperate areas.The snails were found south of the parking lot at Fort DeSoto's North Beach.The natural area borders a bird sanctuary and is part of a tidal pool.When the tide went out, it exposed the snails, according to professional photographer Robert Neff.However, it is also possible the snails also came to the shallow waters because they found food on a beach that was washed up by recent hurricanes, according to Lucy McGinnis, a former research assistant from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5078689/Thousands-SNAILS-invade-popular-beach-Florida.html
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fox news -  Is 1997 Isle of Man TT 50p coin rare and what's it worth?
 
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fox news - Is 1997 Isle of Man TT 50p coin rare and what's it worth? Recently, I received an unusual 50p coin in my change, which I had never seen before. It shows two motorcyclists racing with a wreath-style pattern on either side.The coin is dated 1997 on the back, with the usual effigy of the Queen and says Isle of Man on it.I have tried to research it to see if it is rare but cannot find much about it. I'm hoping that I have struck gold.Lee Boyce, consumer affairs editor at This is Money, replies: In the last two years, we have seen a glut of readers get in touch with coins they believe could be rare.Many that land in my inbox tend to be common coins. For example, I receive around a dozen e-mails a week about the Lord Kitchener £2 coin (which gives you the answer to whether it is rare or not).The coin in question that you have sent in is a normal 50p shape seen in Britain – and 1997 was the year in which the coin was downsized to the smaller, lighter coin we are familiar with today.As a Crown Dependency, the Isle of Man issues its own banknotes and coins, which feature the Queen.Isle of Man coins and notes are not legal tender in the UK, but UK coins and notes are accepted on the island.This means you could have rejected the 50p you received in your change and shops may not accept it (although it will be easy to spend unless you have an eagle-eyed cashier).Before this year, Isle of Man coins and notes were made by a firm called Pobjoy based in Surrey.The Royal Mint, which makes UK coins, publishes a list of mintage figures. This means we can determine how rare a coin is – for example, with only 210,000 Kew Gardens 50p coins minted, they are reasonably rare and can therefore fetch up to £50 online.The Isle of Man is synonymous with the TT racing which takes place every May or June.The first race was in 1907 – exactly 90 years before your coin.To determine if it is rare or not, we need to know the circulation figures - and a search around online doesn't throw up the answer.I contacted Pobjoy and it said: 'Unfortunately, we do not share mintage figures on our commemorative coins, let alone our circulating coins.'Our circulating coins depend on how many the Government demand, in which case the issue limit is unlimited.'This means we do not know how many were minted. A quick search online on marketplaces such as eBay throw up examples of the coin for around £3-5 – or six to ten times its true value in the Isle of Man.Many listings describe the coins as 'rare' - but they have no real way of knowing.Like any of these coins, it is only worth what someone is willing to pay.Given the popularity of motorsports and the fact marks 90 years of the first race, it makes a good keepsake – but don't expect to be able to buy a motorbike with any profit you may make with it. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/saving/article-5205387/Is-1997-Isle-Man-TT-50p-coin-rare-whats-worth.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  New theory claims there wasn't a Big Bang
 
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fox news - New theory claims there wasn't a Big Bang What if the Big Bang never happened? The theory is the most widely accepted explanation for the birth and evolution of our universe, and has come to be crucial in our understanding of the cosmos.But, some physicists are now challenging the idea of ‘the beginning of time.’ Instead of a Big Bang event that started it all 13.7billion years ago, some suspect the universe may experience ‘bouncing’ phases of contraction and expansion.Researchers say the start of the universe may have sprung as it transitioned from a previously contracting state.They suggest that all particles in the early universe would have been governed by the laws of quantum mechanics.So rather than collapsing and destroying itself at the end of a period of contraction, the universe was likely saved by quantum mechanics.This would mean the universe did not experience a violent beginning or ending, as in the Big Bang and Big Crunch scenarios.‘I believe the Big Bang never happened,’ said physicist Julian Cesar Silva Neves, who works as a researcher at the University of Campinas’ Mathematics, Statistics & Scientific Computation Institute (IMECC-UNICAMP) in Sao Paulo State, Brazil.In a new study published to the journal General Relativity and Gravitation, Neves argues that there may be no need for the spacetime singularity – or, the Big Bang.Instead of springing into existence, the current expanding universe may have been preceded by a contraction phase.The idea stems from the theory that a ‘Big Crunch’, in which the universe collapses on itself, could lead to an ‘eternal succession of universes.’ The process would create extremes in temperature and density, leading to an inversion and a ‘bounce’ that allows for expansion.‘In order to measure the rate at which the Universe is expanding with the standard cosmology, the model in which there’s a Big Bang, a mathematical function is used that depends only on cosmological time,’ said Neves.‘Eliminating the singularity or Big Bang brings back the bouncing Universe on to the theoretical stage of cosmology.‘The absence of a singularity at the start of spacetime opens up the possibility that vestiges of a previous contraction phase may have withstood the phase change and may still be with us in the ongoing expansion of the Universe.’ The new argument is inspired by the behaviour of ‘regular’ black holes.In a black hole, the core contracts to form a singularity, with extreme density and gravitational attraction.But, Neves argues that this singularity does not define a black hole – instead, the event horizon does, or the ‘membrane’ which indicates the point of no return.‘Outside the event horizon of a regular black hole, there are no major changes, but inside it, the changes are deep-seated,’ Neves says.‘There’s a different spacetime that avoids the formation of a singularity.’ Neves and supervisor lberto Vazques Saa, a Professor at IMECC-UNICAMP, devised a scale factor inspired by physicist James Bardeen, who considered the mass of a black hole Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5122617/New-theory-claims-WASNT-Big-Bang.html
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fox news -  Climate skeptics under fire for new paper
 
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fox news - Climate skeptics under fire for new paper A team of researchers known for publishing controversial findings that challenge the idea of human influence on climate change has now released a study that suggests there has been no acceleration in warming over the last two decades.But, as other scientists have noted, there is mounting evidence that shows otherwise.Using satellite data on the global mean temperatures in the troposphere from January 1979-June 2017, the new study argues that the warming trend has remained at nearly a steady rate since it was previously estimated, in 1994.The Paris Agreement on Climate Change has four main goals with regards to reducing emissions: 1)  A long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels 2) To aim to limit the increase to 1.5°C, since this would significantly reduce risks and the impacts of climate change 3) Goverments agreed on the need for global emissions to peak as soon as possible, recognising that this will take longer for developing countries 4) To undertake rapid reductions thereafter in accordance with the best available scienceIn the controversial new study supported by the Department of Energy, the researchers examined raw satellite measurements of the lowest layer of Earth’s atmosphere, and removed natural factors including volcanic activity and ENSOs (El Nino and La Nina activity).This, they argue, allows the ‘potentially human-forced trend’ to be assessed.The analysis revealed a ‘mismatch’ between the observations and the climate model; according to the researchers, the warming trend in the troposphere from 1979-2017 sits at about 0.096 C (about 0.17° Fahrenheit) per decade.The number is far below the widely accepted estimates, and is ‘unexpectedly close’ to the 0.09 C warming trend found by lead author Dr John Christy in 1994, the researchers said.Christy, a professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, claims the findings further support his conclusion from 23 years ago, in which he stated the current climate models ‘had the atmosphere’s sensitivity to CO2 much too high.’In the past, however, scientists have slammed Christy’s research for containing numerous flaws and biases; the researcher has even claimed that the atmosphere is cooling.In an article for The Guardian earlier this year, thermal sciences and climate expert Dr John Abraham pointed out that the researcher has had to make numerous changes to his studies after other experts noted major errors.This time around, Abraham told Dailymail.com that the team is only accounting for one component of Earth’s climate while neglecting other important factors, including the oceans, ice melt data, and temperatures at the ground level.And, Abraham says they’ve manipulated the raw measurements to decrease warming by about 38 percent.‘Once again, John Christy is trying to downplay the threat of climate change by suggesting climate projections are too dire,’ Abraham told Dailymail.com in an email.‘He has published a pa Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5133897/Climate-skeptics-fire-new-paper.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Incredible footage of Elon Musk's latest SpaceX launch
 
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fox news - Incredible footage of Elon Musk's latest SpaceX launch Residents of Southern California and Arizona were startled just after dusk last Friday when a strange alien-like white light shot across the sky.However, it turned out to be a SpaceX rocket launch, and now a stunning time-lapse video has captured the footage with over a thousand high-resolution images taken from Yuma, Arizona.The streak of white light created a fish-shaped pattern, which prompted locals to speculate on social media as to what it was.Elon Musk fuelled speculation with a mischievous tweet referring to it as a 'nuclear alien UFO from North Korea'.The stunning time-lapse 40-second video was taken by photographer Jesse Watson in Yuma, Arizona, over 400 miles away from the site launch.He said of the project: 'I have never shot a rocket launch before, so I did not know exactly what to expect as far as exposure or precise location of the rocket in the horizon.'I wanted to be prepared to capture comprehensive coverage of the spectacle.'I ended up shooting 2,452 images and culled that down to 1,315 images for the final project.'Celebrities in California that witnessed the rocket launch, were wary of the incredible sight.'What the heck is this weird jellyfish thing going across the sky right now!?!' tweeted actress Jenna Fischer The Office.Celebs in California were amazed by the incredible sights of the sky above them with Demi Lovato tweeting: 'I’m calling b******* on SpaceX’s excuse. That s****s a UFO and there’s been others like that have been seen that are just like it!!'Despite celeb disbelief and a Twitter outcry, Elon Musk confirmed that it was indeed a SpaceX rocket launch.Local television stations as well as law enforcement agencies received a number of telephone calls from amazed witnesses who were eventually told that what they saw was a rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California.One news report said that at least 130 people in just one part of Los Angeles County called 911.The launch in the setting sun created a shining streak that was widely seen throughout Southern California and prompted puzzlement and even concern.Cars pulled over on freeways so drivers could take pictures.Initially, some people thought it may have been a UFO or the prelude to an alien invasion.There was also talk of a possible nuclear strike by North Korea.Footage of the rocket launch was also captured by a viewer of KTLA-TV.Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, quipped on Twitter that the object in the sky was a 'nuclear alien UFO from North Korea.'Twitter users were having a ball with the sighting.'#SpaceX gotta give a better Public notice... I aint know if this was a Rocket, aliens, Santa Claus, or North Korea,' tweeted one user.The reused SpaceX rocket that was launched on Friday carried 10 satellites into space from California.The Falcon 9 booster lifted off from coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base shortly before 5:30 p.m. Friday.It carried the latest batch of satellites for Iridium Communications.The same booster carried Iridium satellit Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5215401/Incredible-footage-Elon-Musks-latest-SpaceX-launch.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Monarch Airlines collapse hits Saga profits as shares dive
 
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fox news - Monarch Airlines collapse hits Saga profits as shares dive Saga's share price slumped nearly 25 per cent on Wednesday morning, after the group revealed it expects its profits to increase by around one or two per cent this year, and fall by five per cent next year.In an unscheduled trading update, the group said it had been hit hard by 'challenging' trading conditions in its insurance broking business and the collapse of Monarch Airlines.The over-50s insurance group said Monarch Airlines's collapse had had a negative impact on its tour operations arm and cost it £2million.Once Monarch ceased trading, Saga had to help passengers arrange flights with alternative airlines.Earlier this week, the Kent-based group announced that it had made the 'difficult decision' to make 100 of its staff redundant, following an operational review.At present, Saga's share price is down 23.72 per cent to 138.3p.Charting the group's performance since August, Saga said its motor insurance arm was doing well, but that its home and travel insurance operations were suffering amid a 'challenging trading environment.'Lance Batchelor, Saga's chief executive, said: 'Against a backdrop of some challenging trading conditions in our final quarter, we continue to develop the business for the long term.'With greater customer insight and a stronger business platform, now is the right time for Saga to invest in growing the customer base and the business.'We are confident that the actions taken will ultimately see a better quality of earnings and profit growth across the business, supporting our progressive dividend policy for the benefit of our shareholders.'Next year, Saga's underlying pre-tax profits is expected to be around five per cent lower than this year because of tough trading conditions and a decision to plough an extra £10million into 'customer acquisition' from next year.The insurance and holiday firm expects its investment to return the number of retail broking policies and holiday passengers to growth, and said it remains on track to hit its target of increasing profits in its travel arm by up to five times by 2022.The group expects its dividend for the year to be in line with expectations.Saga's full year results will be published on 12 April 2018. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5150689/Monarch-Airlines-collapse-hits-Saga-profits-shares-dive.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Amazon reveals spy cloud servers for intelligence agencies
 
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fox news - Amazon reveals spy cloud servers for intelligence agencies Amazon has unveiled a new version of its web storage service for the CIA and other intelligence community agencies to host secret classified data.Known as the 'AWS Secret Region' it will allow the 17 intelligence agencies to host, analyze and run applications on government data classified at the secret level.The new service is air-gapped—or shut off—from the rest of the internet.'Today we mark an important milestone as we launch the AWS Secret Region,' said Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Amazon Web Services Worldwide Public Sector.'AWS now provides the U.S.Intelligence Community a commercial cloud capability across all classification levels: Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret, and Top Secret.'The U.S.Intelligence Community can now execute their missions with a common set of tools, a constant flow of the latest technology and the flexibility to rapidly scale with the mission.' Through the company's $600 million C2S contract, brokered several years ago with the CIA, Amazon already provides a region for the intelligence community's top secret data.'The AWS Top Secret Region was launched three years ago as the first air-gapped commercial cloud and customers across the U.S.Intelligence Community have made it a resounding success,' said Carlson.'Ultimately, this capability allows more agency collaboration, helps get critical information to decision makers faster, and enables an increase in our Nation's Security.' CIA Chief Information Officer John Edwards said the new region is a key step in commercial cloud computing technology.'The AWS Secret Region is a key component of the intel community's multi-fabric cloud strategy.'It will have the same material impact on the IC at the Secret level that C2S has had at Top Secret,' Edwards said in a statement.Amazon Web Services is the most profitable division of business giant Amazon.The Defense Department, which spends some $40 billion on IT each year. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5101831/Amazon-reveals-spy-cloud-servers-intelligence-agencies.html
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fox news -  Unravelling the mystery of Egypt's Garrett mummy
 
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fox news - Unravelling the mystery of Egypt's Garrett mummy In 1911, archaeologists uncovered the mummified remains of a five-year-old girl in Hawara, Egypt.The unique mummy was wrapped along with a portrait of the girl, yet until now, very little has been known about the child.Now, 106 years after the mummy was found, researchers have used an innovative X-ray scanning technique that is helping to piece together her story.The scans have shed light on a number of mysteries, including how her body was prepared 1,900 years ago, what items she was buried with, and the cause of her death.The mummy was discovered in 1911 by archaeologists in Hawara, Egypt.  Measuring just over three feet (0.9 metres) long, the little girl's body was swaddled in linen.  The outer wrappings were arranged in an intricate geometric pattern of overlapping rhomboids, which served to frame the portrait. The portrait was painted using beeswax and pigment, and shows a face gazing serenely outwards, with dark hair gathered at the back. In the painting, the girl is wearing a crimson tunic and gold jewellery.  The researchers believe that the Garrett mummy came from a high-status family and was entombed in an underground chamber alongside four other mummies.Researchers from Northwestern University have been working to unravel some of the mysteries of the mummy girl, known as the Garrett mummy.As part of the comprehensive investigation, the researchers used an X-ray scattering technique – marking the first time this method has been used on a human mummy.Professor Stuart Stock, lead author of the study, said: 'This is a unique experiment, a 3D puzzle.'We have some preliminary findings about the various materials, but it will take days before we tighten down the precise answers to our questions.'We have confirmed that the shards in the brain cavity are likely solidified pitch, not a crystalline material.'The Garrett mummy is one of just 100 portrait mummies in the mummies.These mummies have a lifelike painting of the deceased incorporated into the mummy wrappings and placed directly over the person's face.Measuring just over three feet (0.9 metres) long, the little girl's body was swaddled in linen.The outer wrappings were arranged in an intricate geometric pattern of overlapping rhomboids, which served to frame the portrait.The portrait was painted using beeswax and pigment, and shows a face gazing outwards, with dark hair gathered at the back.In the painting, the girl is wearing a crimson tunic and gold jewellery.The researchers hope that their analysis will shed light on where the Garrett mummy came from, and who she was.By comparing the Garrett portrait to other mummy portraits, the researchers discovered that it was likely put together in a very unique way, in a different workshop from the others.Professor Marc Walton, one of the researchers working on the study, said: 'Intact portrait mummies are exceedingly rare, and to have one here on campus was revelatory for the class and exhibition.'The researchers believe that the Garrett mummy c Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5132131/Unravelling-mystery-Garrett-mummy.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Amazon warehouse gears up for Black Friday 2017
 
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fox news - Amazon warehouse gears up for Black Friday 2017 An Amazon warehouse the size of seven football pitches is gearing up for Black Friday madness - where they expect to dispatch 85 items every second.Workers at the Peterborough Fulfilment Centre in Cambridgeshire are getting ready for a frantic festive season of picking and packing, with millions of Brits set to snap up the limited time deals in the run up to Christmas.Amazon is offering deals on thousands of gifts, with the Black Friday store opening from Friday, November 17 until Sunday, November 26.The online shopping website is also set to have new Deals of the Day every day, offering lower rates on Amazon devices, electronics and home and garden items.There will also be thousands of 'Lightning Deals' on offer with products available at a discount, in limited quantities, for a short period of time.This year hundreds of small businesses selling on Amazon Marketplace will also be offering thousands of Black Friday deals.Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager at Amazon.co.uk, said: 'Customers tell us they love getting extra low prices so they can save on their Christmas shopping.This year we have hundreds of small businesses from our Marketplace offering great deals on their unique and creative products, making it even easier to find perfect gifts with our Black Friday sale.' Amazon is also holding its first Home of Black Friday pop up event in London.The four-day event will allow customers to explore the best of Amazon's Black Friday Sale and Amazon Prime, try their hand at a range of games to win prizes and take part in one of the many themed workshops, from foodie fun to crafts tutorials.Entry to the pop-up in Soho Square will be free and doors will be open from 12.30pm to 7.30pm from Tuesday, November 21 to Friday, November 24.This year Amazon has opened four new fulfilment centres in the run-up to Christmas, taking the total to 16, and the sites have created more than 3,500 new permanent jobs.Gayle Hunter, Founder of Luxelu, which sells its own brand of lifestyle products via the Fulfilment by Amazon service, said: 'Black Friday has grown for us year on year, and it's helped us to grow our business by increasing sales and reaching new customers.'We're expecting this year to be bigger and better than ever before, with more customers discovering our products which helps to build our brand in the UK and across Europe. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5089471/Amazon-warehouse-gears-Black-Friday.html
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fox news -  Mystery object flashes across the sky over Heathrow
 
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fox news - Mystery object flashes across the sky over Heathrow Extraordinary footage has captured the moment a mysterious bright object raced across the sky above Heathrow Airport, just seconds ahead of a landing plane.Dramatic scenes show the rapidly moving flash of light descend toward houses below, before appearing to burn up moments before a huge jet comes into view.It is not known whether the glowing streak was a meteor or the atmospheric entry of some other unknown item of space debris.It is also unclear exactly how far away the 'shooting star' is and how near a miss aircraft overhead may have had.WHAT COULD IT BE? Aviation website Airlive suggests the object is a shooting star, the common name given to streaks of light produced by meteors.Both meteors and meteorites are formed from meteoroids, small particles from a comet or asteroid orbiting the sun.When a meteoroid enters the Earth’s atmosphere and vaporises, it creates a meteor.Another explanation could be that the object was a piece of space debris falling to Earth.More than 500,000 large pieces of man-made debris, or 'space junk', are tracked by Nasa as they travel at speeds up to 17,500 mph (28,000 kph).Up to 150 million smaller untraceable objects are believed to be in orbit around the Earth.Footage of the incident, which took place on Sunday, was shared by aviation website Airlive.Their live cam, set up at the major international airport in the London borough of Hillingdon, captured the moment in detail.In a tweet publicising the video, a spokesman for the firm described the object as a 'shooting star'.Writing on the social media site, they said: 'Look at that amazing shooting star our cam just caught in the sky of Heathrow Airport!' The footage has since been shared widely on Facebook and Twitter, but some disagree with the description given.Twitter user Paul Mottershead said: 'That was no shooting star.More like a large meteorite.' One tongue in cheek tweet by Marcin Kaczmarczyk‏ even suggested alien involvement, by posting the theme tune to paranormal 90s sci-fi TV show The X Files.Others commented on the apparent near miss by the approaching airliner.Facebook user Nikolai Gibson said: 'I wouldn't like one of those to touch an aircraft.' Both meteors and meteorites are formed from meteoroids, small particles from a comet or asteroid orbiting the Sun.When a meteoroid enters the Earth’s atmosphere and vaporises, it creates a meteor, a light phenomenon more commonly known as a shooting star.A meteoroid that survives its passage through the Earth’s atmosphere and lands upon the Earth’s surface is called a meteorite.Another explanation could be that the object was a piece of space debris falling to Earth.More than 500,000 large pieces of man-made debris, or 'space junk', are tracked by Nasa as they travel at speeds up to 17,500 mph (28,000 kph).Up to 150 million smaller untraceable objects are believed to be in orbit around the Earth.This is not the first time in recent days that a mystery 'meteor' has hit the headlines.Yesterday, Nasa was once Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5103595/Fast-moving-mystery-object-flashes-Heathrow-Airport.html
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fox news -  La Nina looks to reduce global temperature in 2018
 
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fox news - La Nina looks to reduce global temperature in 2018 Volcanic eruptions could help cool down the planet next year, the Met Office has said.The year 2016 was the warmest year on record – and 2017 third hottest on record.Forecasters said that 2018 – while still among the hottest years ever recorded - will be relatively cooler.This is because a weather event called La Nina – cooler than average sea temperatures in the south Pacific – will reduce the global temperature.But the Met Office warned that if active volcanoes erupt it could further cool the planet down.The Met Office forecast that the global average temperature for 2018 would be between 0.88°C and 1.12°C – with a central estimate of 1°C.This is compared to temperatures before 1850-1900 – the industrial revolution.2016 – the hottest year on record was 1.14°C warmer than pre-industrial levels. 2015, the second hottest year, was 1.08°C warmer, while 2017 was third hottest at 1.05°C warmer than pre-industrial levels.Professor Adam Scaife, head of long-range prediction at the Met Office, said: '2018 will be very warm globally but is unlikely to exceed the recent record, set in 2016 – but could be cooled further from volcanic eruptions.Professor Scaife added: ‘For example, Bali’s Mount Agung, which has recently experienced modest eruptions, could cause a temporary but significant drop in global temperatures if it undergoes a major eruption in the coming year.’When big volcanoes erupt, it emits a layer of ash in the atmosphere that can reflect heat back into space, cooling down the Earth.The forecast for 2018, including the range of uncertainties, again placing the coming year amongst the warmest years on record: 16 of the 17 warmest years on record have now occurred since the year 2000.Dr Doug Smith, Met Office research fellow, said: ‘For 2018, the global temperature will remain high, but the current La Niña conditions suggest that average temperatures will be around 0.1 degrees lower than we would otherwise expect in 2018.’ Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5202433/La-Nina-looks-reduce-global-temperature-2018.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Grass species discovered in Australia tastes like chips
 
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fox news - Grass species discovered in Australia tastes like chips Anew species of sparkling grass has been discovered, and it tastes just like salt and vinegar chips.Researchers say the magical spinifex - a hardy type of grass than covers 30 per cent of the Australian outback - is one of eight new species they have found.Scientists doing experiments in Perth realized the sparkling spinifex had unique properties after one of them licked their hand and recognised the flavour.University of WA research scientist Matthew Barrett said the salt and vinegar taste comes from minute drops of liquid that make the grass sparkle, ABC News reported.'When you lick them, they taste like salt and vinegar chips,' he said.'But I wouldn't recommend going out and licking spinifex.' The new species, named Triodia scintillans, was discovered during a four-year research project conducted by PhD student Ben Anderson.Dr Barrett has been studying spinifex in the outback for one and a half decades, and said there are more than 30 species in the Pilbara region alone.Spinifex is native to Australia, drought-resistant and has a variety of uses, including mine site rehabilitation and even condom manufacture.A Queensland company farms spinifex commercially to make the contraceptives, which are the world's thinnest and strongest.The sticky sap from the native grass was used by Aboriginal people for hundreds of years and researchers are hoping to harvest the resin to make glue. Thanks for watching and supporting the video Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5083855/Grass-species-discovered-Australia-tastes-like-chips.html
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fox news -  Texas boy without an immune system lives in isolation
 
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fox news - Texas boy without an immune system lives in isolation A 10-month-old boy born without an immune system has been confined to his sanitized home his entire life and only leaves for doctor's visits.Sebastian Romero was diagnosed with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) at two weeks old, a rare genetic disorder known as 'bubble boy' disease that left him with no infection-fighting cells.Exposure to any illnesses, including the common cold, could kill him due to his body's inability to fight off disease. This means no family outings and Christmas this year was spent without visitors.However, the once fatal disease has the possibility of life thanks to a bone-marrow transplant that Sebastian received earlier this year which has been slowly building his immune system.His mother Blanca Romero, 33, told Daily Mail Online that the family-of-five shower and change clothes immediately when entering their Texas home and will continue to take these necessary safety precautions until his cell count is high enough that a cold won't put him in the hospital.At just days old, Sebastian's routine newborn testing revealed that his T and B cell count were abnormally low.T and B cells are specialized defender cells that recognize germs and quickly multiply to fight infection.After getting an emergency appointment with an immunologist, further blood testing revealed that he had SCID.Severe combined immunodeficiency occurs in one out of every 40,000 - 75,000 births. Because it is due to a mutation in the X chromosome, the disease only occurs in boys but girls can be carriers.According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, a normal T cell count should be between 500 and 1,200 per cubic millimeter of blood, but Sebastian had none.Blanca said she and her husband Emil, 35, sanitized their entire home, putting five air filters around the house and converting the master suite into an isolation room.For the first three months of Sebastian's life, he and his mother lived in isolation while Emil took care of their two other children Kayla, five, and Abraham, eight.'We would FaceTime and that's the only way I would see the kids. Sometimes they would crack the door and put facemasks on,' she said.Blanca would only leave the room to get food and avoid hugging and kissing her older children.'If they touched me I would go right into the shower,' she said.During this time, the couple had been talking with doctors about a bone marrow transplant for their son.The transplant is the only known treatment for SCID.Bone marrow is the soft tissue inside bones that makes blood-forming cells called stem cells which turn into white blood cells to fight infections, red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body and platelets to control bleeding.After months of being on a donor list, Sebastian's chances of a successful transplant began to decrease.Doctors told the family that receiving the transplant within the first three months has a 90 percent success rate, whereas after three months babies are more likely to be exposed to bac Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5215461/Texas-boy-without-immune-lives-isolation.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Triple review of Audi Q2, Ford Kuga and Seat Ateca?
 
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fox news - Triple review of Audi Q2, Ford Kuga and Seat Ateca? For some, maximising the ‘sport’ bit of the SUV is all. They’re drawn to such cars because they’re practical, spacious and good over all terrains, but adding in a big set of alloys and hip-hugging seats is also deemed an essential.That’s why Seat has now launched a suitably racy FR version of its Ateca five-seater, a car that doesn’t only look sharper, but has more responsive steering to give it a crisper feel on the road.To find out how it fares, we’ve tested it against two similarly sharpened rivals, the Audi Q2 and Ford Kuga.All three have mainstream turbo petrol engines, so don’t expect hot hatch performance.Even so, the Audi isn’t bad, with an 8.0 second 0-to-60mph time, one closely matched by the Seat. They share the same engine and both offer smooth acceleration if you don’t let the revs drop too low.They contrast with the Ford, whose same-power and slightly larger engine is nevertheless more lethargic. It doesn’t feel all that sporty – and its tall body also leans the most in corners.The Ford instead rides the best of the trio at slower speeds, showing where its emphasis lies.The Seat underlines its eagerness through the corners, with excellent steering and a real feeling of confidence.Saying that, the Q2 is actually the most agile, helped by the fact it’s the most hatch-like of the trio here, sitting just a few centimetres above the Audi A3 it’s based upon. It is, however, the only car here with a ride that at times borders on uncomfortable.Inside, none of them are particularly sporty-feeling, even the FR-branded Seat and S Line-designation Q2.The Audi has the best interior quality, but its margin of superiority isn’t enormous, while the Kuga is a real let-down, feeling like a car half the price.You sit lowest in the Q2, but all three models have good driving positions. We though the Seat’s seats were the most supportive, and the Kuga’s were the spongiest and least sporting.In the rear, the Q2 is perhaps unsurprisingly the tightest – you can get tall adults in there, but only just.The Ateca is much more spacious, beating even the Kuga here; the advantage in rear kneeroom is pronounced, although the Ford is the only one with rear seats that recline by a few degrees, making it comfier for snoozing passengers. No car has sliding rear seats.As for boot space, It’s the Seat again that leads the way, with the Q2 predictably lagging.It’s all shaping up nicely for the Seat, particularly when you clock the fact list prices are generally around £2,000 less than the others. That’s before discounts, though: just a little shopping around on the Ford will soon get you some eye-opening savings.You’ll have no trouble halving the Ateca’s advantage – needless to say, it’s almost impossible to get a discount on the Audi.The Q2 is also still worth the most after three years, although it’s the Seat that has the lowest rate of depreciation. This makes it the cheapest model overall to own; the Kuga costs significantly more than the others because its engine is Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-5205447/Triple-review-Audi-Q2-Ford-Kuga-Seat-Ateca.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Do I qualify as first-time buyer for stamp duty purposes?
 
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fox news - Do I qualify as first-time buyer for stamp duty purposes? I am buying my first home and was delighted when the Budget revealed a stamp duty cut for first-time buyers up to £300,000.I initially thought that this would save me and my boyfriend £5,000, but then saw that I don't qualify, as although I think of myself as a first-time buyer and don't own a property now, I did briefly own one about seven years ago that I sold at a loss and have been renting ever since.My boyfriend has never owned a property before and we are buying together, so do we qualify as first-time buyers as a couple?If we don't qualify we will do the honest thing and pay up, but if someone didn't own up that they weren't a first-time buyer and didn't own a property now, how would they get caught out?Lee Boyce, consumer affairs editor at This is Money, replies: This is a very good question – and I reckon there will be a fair few in the same boat.Last month, in the Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond axed stamp duty on properties up to £300,000, which he says was to help first-time buyers.The average first-time buyer pays £208,000 for their first home, which means they'll save £1,660 on stamp duty under this new system, according to the Treasury.The maximum you can save is £5,000. The typical first home in London costs £410,000.This means first-time buyers will fork out £5,500 on stamp duty, opposed to the £10,500 they would have faced.Government rules state that a first-time buyer is someone who has never owned freehold or leasehold interest in a dwelling before and who is purchasing their only or main residence.Residential property anywhere in the world is counted when determining whether someone is a first-time buyer.Where there are joint purchasers, all purchasers would need to be first-time buyers.It doesn't make a jot of difference that your previous property purchase left you out of pocket - it still means you are not considered a first-time buyer.Furthermore, the Treasury says: 'First-time buyers - or their solicitors, who generally complete the stamp duty return - have to enter a code on their stamp duty return indicating that they are first-time buyers, and calculate the stamp duty due according to the new rates.'I asked HMRC how you would be caught out.An HMRC spokesman said: 'HMRC targets Stamp Duty Land Tax returns for enquiry if it looks like the wrong rate has been paid.'If a tax return is found to be wrong, the buyer will be billed for the full amount of outstanding tax plus interest, and HMRC will also consider a penalty of up to 100 per cent of the tax that was not paid.'Deliberate incorrect returns, such as claiming first-time buyers relief which you know you do not qualify for, will attract the most serious penalties.'It says that it receives information from a very wide range of sources including the Land Registry.It can then use this information to check that purchasers pay the correct amount of Stamp Duty Land Tax.The relief is claimed by the purchaser on their return - which is usually filled by the conveyancer or s Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/experts/article-5171845/Do-qualify-time-buyer-stamp-duty-purposes.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  BA snaps up Monarch Airlines slots at Gatwick Airport
 
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fox news - BA snaps up Monarch Airlines slots at Gatwick Airport IAG has landed sought-after runway slots at Gatwick Airport in a multi-million pound deal with collapsed carrier Monarch Airlines.The British Airways owner has reportedly bought most of the take-off and landing strips at Britain’s second busiest airport. EasyJet, Norwegian, Wizz Air and Jet2 are all reported to have made enquiries since Monarch’s business closed.Monarch’s slots at Gatwick and Luton are said to be worth around £60 million, with its runways at Gatwick the most valuable. Monarch recently won a High Court battle to sell its prized landing slots after it was forced to close the airline and call in administrators last month. The airline collapsed after a summer price war and lower passenger numbers due to terrorism fears and a weaker pound.Last month IAG boss Willie Walsh said the group was planning to swoop on the slots to strengthen its position as a long-haul budget airline.IAG, which also owns Aer Lingus, launched its low-cost, long-haul airline Level earlier this year with flights to San Francisco and Buenos Aires.Monarch’s customers and business partners are expected to get nothing from the demise of the airline.Greybull Capital, which owned Monarch, will get first dibs on any of the travel operator’s assets but is still expected to make a loss.Nearly 1,900 workers were made redundant when Monarch went bust with around 860,000 customers having their holiday plans cancelled. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/investing/article-5122857/BA-snaps-Monarch-Airlines-slots-Gatwick-Airport.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Chimp in Cameroon was traumatised until he met best pal
 
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fox news - Chimp in Cameroon was traumatised until he met best pal This adorable little chimp being carried in a bag by a young poacher who had savagely killed his mother when he was found.The terrified 10-month-old ape, who was being offered for sale as a pet in Cameroon, had been kept tied to a chain at night.But when gentle Farah was finally rescued - and his tormentor arrested - he was exhausted, distressed and too frightened to touch anyone.That, however, was in September - and now Farah, named after champion runner Mo, has learned to enjoy life again after being introduced to some new friends.At one point he was so terrified of his new surroundings, he would refuse to even have a blanket put around him despite being cold.But now he barely does anything without his chimp friends - including his beloved Lomie.In heartwarming footage released by Ape Action Africa, Farah can be seen delighting in fresh fruit with Lomie.And in another clip, the young ape hugs Lomie with genuine affection as the duo plays in the sunshine.But that's not all - Farah has also met Paula and Jenny.In hilarious footage, Farah can be seen enjoying 'rough play' with Paula as the two run through rubber tyres and drag each other along the floor.And at the end, he enjoys time hanging on the monkey bars with Jenny.The wonderful video, recorded by Ian Bickerstaff, concludes with the four apes playing together at the Ape Action Africa Mefou Primate Sanctuary. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5202399/Chimp-bear-touched-till-met-new-pal.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Co-op’s bid to sell 5m pints of craft beer
 
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fox news - Co-op’s bid to sell 5m pints of craft beer The Co-op is increasing the number of supplies it buys from smaller breweries as it aims to sell 5m pints.The retailer is extending a programme of buying local beer following a pilot scheme in Yorkshire, and is set to complete a UK-wide roll out in the coming weeks.Almost 200 smaller suppliers will benefit from the move, which is in line with the Co-op's policy of backing British products.Fierce Brewery of Dyce, Aberdeen, will supply stores with three of its ales, Easy Shift, Day Shift and Moose Mousse.Hucknall-based Lincoln Green Brewing Co will supply food stores in Nottinghamshire.The move is also a landmark deal for Derby's Dancing Duck brewery, representing its largest order to date.The award-winning brewery employs eight people, and will be supplying the Co-op with three of its beers. And Swansea's Boss Brewing is to supply around 100 stores with canned ale.Jake Woods, Co-op beer buyer, said: 'Locally produced ale is an exciting category.'We see significant potential for continued sustainable growth.' Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5215913/Co-ops-bid-sell-5m-pints-craft-beer.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Orca calf dead on Shetland shoreline after Storm Caroline
 
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fox news - Orca calf dead on Shetland shoreline after Storm Caroline A killer whale calf is believed to have died in agony after being blown ashore by the ferocious 90mph gales of Storm Caroline.Tragic images show the young orca's body on a grassy Shetland shoreline almost three weeks after the storm hit.The three-metre long whale is thought to have died of dehydration or been crushed by its own body weight after becoming stranded.It was discovered by a member of the public on the west coast of Shetland's main island at least 25 metres from the shorelineThe orca was probably separated from its mother by the weather, according to the Hillswick Wildlife SanctuaryHillswick, the island's only wild animal rehabilitation centre, reported the beaching to the Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme (SMAS) who have carried out a post-mortem.A spokeswoman for the sanctuary said: 'It's very sad. We think it was thrown up onto the shore during Storm Caroline while it was still alive.She added: 'There's not any breeding pods around the Scottish shorelines other than around Shetland and the Norway coastline, so it's very sad to see such a young male.'The whale, thought to be around two or three years old and in good condition, wasn't spotted until a week after being thrown from the water.Posting the snaps of the whale online, the animal rescue centre wrote: 'On Thursday we were called out to find a second dead killer whale washed up on Shetland's coastline this year.'This week we came across this juvenile male in Eshaness, washed a long way up the banks by Storm Caroline a week earlier.'Very sad, as it was one of Shetland's young orcas, and there aren't many young orcas in Europe, let alone the UK.'We took samples for Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme who are hoping to carry out a full autopsy to establish the cause of death.'The post has attracted nearly 900 reactions from social media users and over 100 comments.Annie Davidson said: 'Not another! Desperately tragic to lose another member of the pod, especially a youngster.'Earlier this year a female killer whale named Lulu died after becoming entangled in a creel rope on the Isle of Tiree in the Hebrides, Scotland.Researchers discovered she had one of the highest levels of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) pollution ever recorded in the species.The orca's blubber revealed PCB concentrations - which are linked to poor health and increased risk of cancer - were 80 times higher than the normal threshold.Although the chemical has been banned since the 1980s, experts say the shocking findings highlight the long-lasting damage of PCBs on marine life. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5202323/Orca-calf-dead-Shetland-shoreline-Storm-Caroline.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Amazon to start selling Apple TV, Google Chromecast
 
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fox news - Amazon to start selling Apple TV, Google Chromecast Amazon.com will start selling Google Chromecast and Apple TV, which compete against its Fire TV, on its online store, an Amazon spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday.The online giant had removed the video-streaming devices from its website in 2015.The company had then explained the move by saying it wanted to avoid confusing customers who might expect its Prime Video service to be available on devices sold by Amazon.Alphabet Inc's Google said last week it would block YouTube from Amazon's Echo and Fire TV devices in the latest round of a long running spat between the two tech giants.Google says the decision to block YouTube is retaliation for Amazon's refusal to sell some Google products that compete with Amazon gadgets.That includes Google's Chromecast streaming device, an alternative to Fire TV, and an internet-connected speaker called Home, which is trying to catch up to Amazon's market-leading Echo.Amazon also has rankled Google by declining to sell an internet-connected thermostat made by Nest, which is owned by Alphabet Inc., like Google.However, Apple said last week Prime Video would come to Apple TV, mending its ties with the e-commerce giant.At Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June, CEO Tim Cook confirmed that Apple TV would support the Amazon Prime Video app before the end of the year.CNET first reported the return of Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices to Amazon's platform.Google and Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Apple TV owners can now access Amazon Prime Video through the streaming device, marking what could be the end of an ongoing feud between the two tech giants. Apple announced today that Amazon’s video-streaming app is now available on Apple TV and Apple TV 4K. At Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June, CEO Tim Cook confirmed that Apple TV would support the Amazon Prime Video app before the end of the year. Apple TV owners can now access Amazon Prime Video through the streaming device, marking what could be the end of an ongoing feud between the two tech giants. Apple announced today that Amazon’s video-streaming app is now available on Apple TV and Apple TV 4K But, with 2017 coming to a close, many were left wondering when this would actually happen. Now, starting today, Apple says the Amazon Prime app will finally be available for Apple TV. This will allow users to stream Amazon original series and movies. Apple is also adding support for live sports, with participation from ESPN, the NBA, and Turner Sports. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5180761/Amazon-start-selling-Apple-TV-Google-Chromecast.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Laundry firms fined by Competition and Markets Authority
 
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fox news - Laundry firms fined by Competition and Markets Authority Two laundry firms have been fined over a secret deal to divide the UK market between them.Under their agreement, Micronclean would serve customers north of a line drawn between London and Anglesey, while Berendsen Cleanroom Services sought clients to the south of it.Both companies provided a specialist service to clean clothes for people who work in sanitised environments, such as medical equipment makers and the NHS.According to officials from the Competition and Markets Authority, who uncovered the arrangement, the firms also agreed not to compete for certain customers, which meant they could not shop around for a better deal.The Competition and Markets Authority fined Micronclean £510,118. Berendsen, which has just been taken over by French firm Elis, has been fined £1.2million.Micronclean said it was deeply disappointed with the findings, which it rejected, and said it was considering an appeal. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5180525/Laundry-firms-fined-Competition-Markets-Authority.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Passenger pigeon's success helped their extinction
 
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fox news - Passenger pigeon's success helped their extinction Passenger pigeons were once the most abundant bird in North America, with flocks so big they could reach 300 miles (480 km) long and blot out the sun.Despite numbering up to five billion during the 19th Century, their numbers dropped sharply in the 1800s due to a surge in hunting.The species went extinct in 1914 when its last surviving member, a female called Martha, died alone in Cincinnati Zoo.Oddly, the birds' abundance may have played a role in their extinction, new researcher has found.Though it may seem counter-intuitive, the pigeons evolved quickly and in the process, lost certain traits that were useful for surviving in smaller groups.Until now, the prevailing theory was that the passenger pigeon went extinct due to a booming commercial hunting industry.This forced the animals into isolated populations, leading to lots of inbreeding, lower genetic diversity and poor health.But the latest findings suggest the reason was more complex.The birds evolved quickly and may have adapted to large social groups, hunting and breeding together.Flying in gargantuan masses, their sheer size protected them against predators.But in smaller groups, these defences fell short, leading the birds' relatively rapid extinction, which took just a few decades.While genetic shortcomings didn't help the pigeons, human hunting is still the main reason the birds died off.The birds were unable to adapt to the rapid drop in population size caused by hunting, solving the mystery of why the bird went extinct so quickly.The researchers, from the University of California, Santa Cruz, analysed genes taken from well-preserved museum specimens that were over a century old.Their findings provide a warning that even the most abundant animals are threatened by swift changes in the world around them.'Our results suggest that even species with large and stable population sizes can be at risk of extinction after a sudden environmental change,' said the study, led by Professor Beth Shapiro.Although large populations of animals tend to be genetically diverse, researchers were stunned by their analysis of four extinct pigeon genomes, which were compared to two modern carrier pigeons.They found that passenger pigeon diversity was 'surprisingly low,' the study said.This was the result of rapid natural selection accelerating the spread of beneficial mutations and the elimination of bad mutations through the population.When the researchers looked at which genes showed evidence of adaptive evolution, they found many linked to the demands of living in large flocks.Among the 32 genes identified were those associated with the immune system and stress reduction - large, dense populations tend to have a high burden of disease and social stress.'Passenger pigeons were fantastically well adapted to living in their large population sizes.It was very sudden shift to small population size that was problematic,' said Professor Shapiro.Until now, the prevailing theory was that the birds went extinct du Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5092179/Passenger-pigeon-s-success-helped-extinction.html
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fox news -  Scientists discover mysterious marine worm without an anus
 
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fox news - Scientists discover mysterious marine worm without an anus Researchers in Japan have discovered a bizarre new species of worm that could shed light on the origin of complex structures inside animals’ bodies.The strange pale-orange creature dwells on the floor of the western Pacific Ocean, and lacks a number of features – including an anus.Scientists say the species comes from a group of worms that holds a ‘controversial’ place in the tree of life, as a sister group of that which contains most complex animals.These creatures dwell hundreds or thousands of meters beneath the surface, making them difficult to study. But, the researchers say the latest discovery could now offer a solution. Xenoturbella japonica was found in the western Pacific, in a region easily accessible from marine stations. It lacks a centralized nervous system, kidneys, and an anus. Of the two found in the new study, a female was measured to be about 5cm long, while the juvenile is said to be just 1 cm. Researchers say the worm could shed light on the origin of features seen in complex animals.The new species found on the western Pacific seafloor lacks a centralized nervous system, kidneys, and an anus.It’s called Xenoturbella japonica, adding to other marine worms in the genus Xenoturbella.In a new study, the team described two specimens of the bizarre worm: a 5-centimeter-long female, and a 1-cm juvenile.While they don’t have an anus, these creatures do have a mouth, implying that the digestive organ is ‘a sack rather than a tube,’ according to the researchers.The team conducted microCT scans to reveal the inner workings of the worm, and its ‘frontal pore,’ which traditional methods are unable to capture.‘We also extracted DNA and sequenced the mitochondrial genome and partial Histone H3 gene sequences,’ said co-author Hideyuki Miyazawa.‘Molecular phylogenetic analysis confirmed that X. japonica is distinct from previously described species of Xenoturbella.’According to the researchers, the new species may have links to the origins of the group Bilateria – which includes most complex animals.‘Species within this genus have previously been divided into ‘shallow’ and ‘deep’ subgroups, and our results place X. japonica in the ‘shallow’ subgroup,’ said lead author Hiroaki Nakano.‘Interestinyl, X. japonica shares features with both subgroups, however.‘Thus, features of this species may be ancestral for this genus, and this new species may be particularly important for unravelling the ancestry of Xenoturbella and the early history of the Bilateria.’These creatures dwell hundreds or thousands of meters beneath the surface, making them difficult to study.But, the researchers say the latest discovery could now offer a solution.According to co-author Hisanori Kohtsuka, ‘because one habitat where X. japonica was found is easily accessible from a marine station, this new species promises to be valuable for future research on bilaterian and deuterostome evolution.’ Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5192537/Scientists-discover-mysterious-marine-worm-without-anus.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Palmer & Harvey collapses after heavy losses
 
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fox news - Palmer & Harvey collapses after heavy losses Britain's biggest delivery wholesaler for High Street stores went bust last night – putting more than 2,500 staff out of work.Palmer & Harvey, which supplies more than 90,000 outlets from corner shops to Tesco, and employs some 3,400 people, collapsed into administration.It left thousands out of work just weeks before Christmas and put at risk small businesses that were owed money by the firm, which was founded in 1925.The collapse followed months of talks to find buyers, with cigarette businesses Imperial Brands and Japan Tobacco International keeping the company afloat with loans and credit agreements.Imperial Brands said the collapse would leave it nursing a £160million cost.Some 2,500 staff were told they had lost their jobs yesterday afternoon and were told to go home and wait for further news. Many drivers out on the road found out from colleagues.A further 900 could also lose their jobs, with accounting giant PwC brought in to handle the fallout.Matthew Callaghan, a joint administrator at PwC, said: 'The company has insufficient cash to continue to trade and the directors have concluded there is no longer any reasonable prospect of a sale.Father of three Lee Eggar, 41, has worked as a delivery driver for P&H for 11 years. Yesterday – his daughter’s 14th birthday – he found out from colleagues the firm had collapsed as he came to the end of a shift which started at 4.15am. Lee said: ‘This has totally come out of the blue and shocked everyone. I wouldn’t say I felt let down because it was always in the back of your mind, since we knew they were looking for a buyer. ‘I am lucky as I have got qualifications, I can go out and get another job. But I feel sorry for others – one man who has four little kids, a mortgage to pay, a wedding to plan. ‘Me and some other workers are going back to work to clear out our desks.’'This is a devastating blow for everyone who has been involved in the business. Our priority is to ensure that all employees made redundant are assisted in processing their claims.'Tight margins in the industry have made conditions tough and the business has struggled to make money for years.It made a loss of £17.3million on sales of £4.4billion in the year to April 2016, according to its most recently filed accounts.One source pointed the finger at Japan Tobacco International, saying its bosses suddenly refused to offer further help – effectively torpedoing rescue efforts.However, a JTI spokesman said that it has 'worked continuously to facilitate a constructive solution to Palmer & Harvey's challenges, including extending significant financial and operational support to allow it to continue its operations'.Palmer & Harvey has been plagued by concerns about Tesco's plans to buy wholesaler Booker. The supermarket accounts for 40 per cent of Palmer & Harvey's sales.Last night Tesco and Costcutter were forced to switch suppliers to ensure deliveries at shops. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5126601/2-500-jobs-lost-wholesaler-High-Street-goes-bust.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Man developed sepsis and will lose legs after dog scratch
 
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fox news - Man developed sepsis and will lose legs after dog scratch A father developed deadly sepsis and ended up in an induced coma after his family dog playfully jumped up to greet him and scratched his arm.Just hours later, Barry Wallace was rushed to A&E after his feet and part of his nose and ears began turning black after he was cut.The 48-year-old lost both his feet and will now have to have his legs amputated in the New Year.Sepsis can be triggered by an infection in any part of the body and can lead to multiple organ failure and death.Barry said he thought nothing of the incident in August 2015 after Staffordshire Bull Terrier Harley left a centimetre long scratch – similar to a paper cut – on his right arm after he came through the door at his mother Wendy's house.He said: 'Harley had been Mum's dog for five years. He's really playful and was excited to see me, because I often took him for walks.'He jumped up and scratched my arm with his teeth. It was just a tiny scratch, the size of your fingernail. It drew blood, but it was so small that I didn't give it another thought. He was excited to see me and it was just like a paper cut.''He was in agony'After spending a few hours with his retired mother, Barry, from Nottingham, East Midlands, returned to the home he shared with his cleaner girlfriend, Naomi Watt, where, later that evening, he began to shiver.Naomi, 32, said: 'We thought he'd eaten something dodgy, or had a stomach bug, so he went to bed.'But the next day he was getting worse and felt really ill. I was starting to panic that he wasn't right.'His face had gone a bit purple and he was in agony.'After calling 999 – 23 hours after being scratched by the dog – Barry was rushed to the city's Queen's Medical Centre by ambulance.Naomi added: 'His feet and part of his nose and ears were turning black, so he was taken to A&E and then onto the intensive care unit.'Doctors had no idea what was wrong with him. It was in no way a savage dog bite, so no one even envisioned it could have caused it.'By the next day, Barry had deteriorated and he was transferred to the intensive care unit at Nottingham City Hospital for specialist care because his kidneys had failed.He was put in an induced coma, so his body had less work to do.'I thought he was going to die. His legs had gone completely black and part of his arms, too,' Naomi said.Doctors told Barry's four adult children, from a previous relationship, that he had contracted capnocytophaga – a bacteria which lives in the mouths of dogs and cats and, in rare cases, spreads to humans through bites, scratches, or close contact, causing illness.He also had sepsis, a life threatening condition when, in response to an infection, the body turns on its own tissues and organs.Naomi, Barry's partner of 12 years, held a five-week vigil at his bedside, only to receive more devastating news – that he needed his feet and, at a later date, his legs amputated, because of the deadly blood poisoning.She said: 'I was devastated. But seeing what a bad state Barry's feet were in, Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5123877/Man-developed-sepsis-lose-legs-dog-scratch.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  The mystery of the Arctic ghost ship SS Baychimo
 
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fox news - The mystery of the Arctic ghost ship SS Baychimo Somewhere out there a phantom ship could well be drifting, having roamed the seas without a crew for decades.She was last seen in 1969, 38 years after she was abandoned in the Arctic – but since then no one has laid eyes on the SS Baychimo.Her fate, to this day, is unknown and she endures as one of the most mysterious ghost ships of modern times.In 2006 the Alaskan government expressed an interest in solving the puzzle once and for all, but its efforts came to nothing.This steel-hulled cargo steamer was launched in 1914 in Sweden, but back then was called SS Angermanelfven.Her job was to transport goods between Hamburg and Sweden, but after the First World War she was handed over to the British as part of Germany’s war reparations and in 1921, having been acquired by the Hudson’s Bay Company, was renamed the Baychimo.For the next 10 years her triple expansion steam engine powered her up and down the bitingly frigid northern coast of Canada, collecting and off-loading pelts.Then, on October 1, 1931, her life as a ghost ship inched closer when – on a trip to Vancouver - she became stuck in pack ice near the Alaskan town of Barrow, the 11th northernmost community in the world.The crew abandoned her for a couple of days while they warmed up in Barrow, then returned to find her floating free from her sub-zero prison.But the 1,322-ton vessel became stuck fast again on October 8 – more drastically this time - and Hudson’s Bay Company decided to rescue its employees from the grip of the perilously icy environment.In all, 22 were retrieved, but 15 very hardy sailors – including the captain - decided to stay, despite the punishing weather.They built a wooden shelter nearby and dug in for the winter.Then the spookiness inched closer still, because after a blizzard hit on November 24, the Baychimo disappeared.The captain and the rest of the crew simply thought that she’d broken up and sunk in the storm.But a week later a native Inuit seal hunter told the crew that he’d seen the ship about 45 miles away.The excited crew tracked it down and boarded it, but it was in such bad repair that it was abandoned there and then and left to its fate.After that she was sighted another 12 times – including in 1932 off Wainwright, Alaska, by a trading party who boarded her, in March 1933 by Eskimos, who sheltered in her for 10 days during a storm and in November 1939 by Captain Hugh Polson, who wanted to salvage her.Polson was the very last person to board her.In March 1962 she was spotted drifting in the Beaufort Sea and seen stuck in ice in 1969, between Point Barrow and Icy Cape in the Chukchi Sea.That was the last recorded sighting of her and since then, no one has set eyes on her, but no wreckage has ever been found either.Did the sea finally claim her? Or is she still out there somewhere on her eerie odyssey? We may never know. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-5100815/The-mystery-Arctic-ghost-ship-SS-Baychimo.html
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fox news -  Love at first sight more likely about physical attraction
 
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fox news - Love at first sight more likely about physical attraction When asked about the moment he knew Meghan Markle was the one, Prince Harry claimed the realization struck ‘the very first time we met.’ But, new research has cast fresh doubts on the idea of love at first sight.The truth, while far less romantic, may be that these strong initial feelings simply boil down to lust.Despite reports of love at first sight being relatively common, the study found neither high passion nor feelings of love are involved at all; instead, the phenomenon is strongly associated with physical attraction.WHY WE FALL IN LOVE Researchers at the University of Wroclaw have found evidence that 'selection promoted love in human evolution,' as it increased the chances of us having families.The team studied the Hadza people of Tanzania, who don't use modern contraception, and found passionate partnerships were associated with having more children.In modern societies, factors such as contraction disrupt the link between love and number of children.The Hadza are believed to have changed little in the last 10,000 years.'Our study may shed new light on the meaning of love in humans' evolutionary past, especially in traditional hunter-gatherer societies in which individuals, not their parents, were responsible for partner choice', researchers wrote in the study.In the study, researchers from the University of Groningen investigated the many factors that could influence the experience of love at first sight (LAFS).Previous studies have linked the phenomenon to biased memory, physical attraction, and infatuation, which could cause people to retrospectively say they felt an instant connection.To find out more about it, the researchers analyzed the responses of 396 participants, most of whom were heterosexual students in their 20s.The study included an online survey and a laboratory study, along with three dating events: face-to-face dating, speed dating, and ‘vegadates’ – an informal gathering with food provided.Participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire about themselves and about potential partners before interacting with them, assessing physical attractiveness, LAFS, eros (associated with high passion), and feelings of intimacy, passion, and commitment.Across the entire study, love at first sight was indicated 49 times, by 32 different individuals, according to the researchers.But, the vast majority did not report experiencing the phenomenon.The data also revealed that men were more likely to report love at first sight on the spot than women.And, physical attraction was strongly tied to reports of love at first sight.‘As hypothesized, those who reported LAFS experienced strong physical attraction toward their dates,’ the authors noted.The connection between the two was significant; the study found that the probability of reporting love at first sight was roughly 9 times higher for each 1-unit increase on the physical attraction scale.And, the phenomenon appeared to have little to do with passion or actual feelings of love.‘The mome Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5130407/Does-love-sight-REALLY-exist.html
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fox news -  How did Chopin die? Mystery of composer's death solved
 
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fox news - How did Chopin die? Mystery of composer's death solved Amorbid deathbed request from one of the world's greatest pianists has led scientists to discover the cause of his death, more than 170 years later.Inspired by his fear of being buried alive, composer Frederic Chopin asked that his heart be removed from his body in Paris, to be enshrined in his native Poland.Medical experts, who studied the pickled organ, have now diagnosed that the musician suffered pericarditis, a rare complication of chronic tuberculosis.Frederic Chopin was born near Warsaw in 1810 to a Polish mother and French emigre father.He lived in Warsaw until 1830, when he made his way to Paris, where he chose a life of exile because of the brutal repressions imposed by Imperial Russia after a failed uprising.As Chopin gasped for air on his deathbed in Paris in 1849, he whispered a request that became the stuff of musical legend: Remove my heart after I die and entomb it in Poland.It was sealed in a jar of liquor believed to be cognac, where it was then smuggled into Warsaw, past Russian border guards.It would eventually be laid to rest within a pillar in Holy Cross Church.The finding, which may end speculation over Chopin's early death at the age of 39, was made by researchers from the Polish Academy of Sciences.A number of theories have been put forward over the years, including the inherited disease cystic fibrosis.One suggested a deficiency of alpha-1-antitrypsin, a relatively rare genetic ailment that leaves the people it afflicts prone to lung infections.Another proposed that mitral stenosis, a narrowing of the heart valves, may have been the cause of the composer's untimely demise.When the Polish team examined the jar containing Chopin’s heart, however, they found it was surrounded by a thin layer of white fibres, as well as a number of small lesions.This led them to the conclusion that pericarditis was the lethal factor.Speaking to The Observer, Professor Michael Witt said: 'We didn't open the jar.'But from the state of the heart we can say, with high probability, that Chopin suffered from tuberculosis while the complication percarditis was probably the immediate cause of his death.'Some people still want to open it in order to take tissue samples to do DNA tests to support their ideas that Chopin had some kind of genetic condition.'That would be absolutely wrong.It could destroy the heart and in any case I am quite sure we now know what killed Chopin.' Frederic Chopin was born near Warsaw in 1810 to a Polish mother and French emigre father.He lived in Warsaw until 1830, when he made his way to Paris, where he chose a life of exile because of the brutal repressions imposed by Imperial Russia after a failed uprising.As Chopin gasped for air on his deathbed in Paris in 1849, he whispered a request that became the stuff of musical legend: 'Remove my heart after I die and entomb it in Poland'.He wanted the symbol of his soul to rest in the native land he pined for from self-imposed exile in France.First it was sealed in a jar of liq Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5093179/The-mystery-Chopin-died-finally-solved.html
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fox news -  Clampdown on risky bets costs traders £450m
 
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fox news - Clampdown on risky bets costs traders £450m More than £450million was wiped off three of Britain’s biggest trading firms yesterday over a plan to ban high-risk betting on markets.Regulators have announced a crackdown on binary options contracts, which allow punters to guess if markets will go up or down.They are a business staple for listed companies IG Group, CMC Markets and Plus 500 – triggering a rush for the exits by panicked investors.The European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) could ban sales of the options to retail investors, due to fears they are complex products which can trigger huge losses.Binaries allow gamblers to bet on whether a currency, share index or commodity such as oil will rise or fall over a set time period – sometimes as little as 30 seconds.If they guess right, they make money – and the bigger the movement, the larger the pay-out.But if prices move sharply in the wrong direction it can trigger massive losses which far exceed the amount wagered.Paris-based Esma said it has been worried for a while and ‘remains concerned that the risks to investor protection are not sufficiently controlled’.It is planning to hold a short consultation on the proposals next month.Esma is also considering stiffer rules on contracts for difference, another way of betting on future price changes.At present, customers are able to magnify their bets by 100 times or more the value of their stake. For example, a client who put £100 down would get to trade with £10,000.It means losses could also be much larger than the amount bet. But Esma is planning to rein in these so-called leverage limits, potentially to as little as five-to-one.It is feared this will also have a major impact on the trading firms. IG said it no longer offers binary trading to new clients.It called the planned leverage limits ‘disproportionate’. Shares fell 9.3pc or 68p to 665p.CMC said binaries accounted for just £2.1million of its European revenue during the six months to September 30.But shares fell 12.5 per cent or 21p to 146.75p – knocking £36million off the family fortune of founder Peter Cruddas, 64.Plus 500 said it is waiting for the final Esma decision before taking action. Shares fell 10.8 per cent or 100p to 825p.The City’s Financial Conduct Authority watchdog raised its own concerns about binaries last year, warning it is ‘difficult, if not impossible, for clients to fairly value these investment products’. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5191851/Clampdown-risky-bets-costs-traders-450m.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Elon Musk’s LA tunnel will go from his house to his office
 
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fox news - Elon Musk’s LA tunnel will go from his house to his office Elon Musk’s plan to dig a tunnel beneath LA could vastly improve the daily commute for thousands of people in the city.And, it’s likely no one will benefit more than Musk himself.The project is expected to run from Westwood to LAX – passing right by both the SpaceX headquarters and Musk’s Bel Air properties, according to Fast Company.Musk was vocal about his disdain for LA’s notorious traffic at the start of the project, which he launched in effort to solve the ongoing problem.The tunnel could cut the hour-long trip down to just six minutes.Just days ago, the Boring Co applied to build the second segment of the tunnel.While the ambitious plan has begun to come to life in a relatively short period after it was first devised, there have been numerous hurdles along the way – and there will likely be more.One such hurdle is permission.It might seem strategic that the project aligns with Musk’s Bel Air properties, but the firm says this has nothing to do with its location.Instead, the starting point sits near the SpaceX headquarters because the company owns the land, and could immediately begin digging there, a spokesperson told Fast Company.Musk also owns $70 million worth of property nearby in Bel Air - with five homes all within walking distance of each other.Astounding aerial photos have laid bare the sprawling, eco-friendly compound Elon Musk has built up.The tech tycoon's home is flanked with solar panels, and is one of five properties he owns in the lavish neighborhood.Musk has reportedly spent $70.3million on the set of palatial homes, according to Variety.While many derided his plan to build a traffic tunnel under LA, Musk appears to be steadily moving forward.The Tesla and SpaceX boss hopes to build a tunnel along the route of the  notoriously gridlocked 405, past LAX.His Boring Co.has applied for an excavation permit to extend its electric-vehicle tunnel in Hawthorne into Los Angeles, connecting the South Bay, Westside and San Fernando Valley, city officials said, according to Daily Breeze.Although the city's Bureau of Engineering did not release details of the permit request, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has supported the plan.The application is consistent with Musk's announcement in an October tweet that he planned to extend the tunnel 'from LAX to the 101.' 'Los Angeles has always been a place where innovators come to build new ideas that can change how we live our lives,' Garcetti tweeted.'We look forward to continuing our conversations about this new transportation technology, and exploring the ways that it can help us build a better future for our city.' Earlier this month Elon Musk shared the first ever photo of the traffic-busting tunnel that will allowLos Angeles commuters to travel under the city at 150mph (240kph).The 150-metre (500ft) shaft, excavated by the billionaire's tunnel-digging firm The Boring Company, 'should be 2 miles [3.2km] long in three or four months', he said.SpaceX has also previously received the green ligh Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5130701/Elon-Musks-LA-tunnel-house-office.html
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fox news -  UK enjoys 'greenest year for electricity ever' in 2017
 
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fox news - UK enjoys 'greenest year for electricity ever' in 2017 The UK enjoyed its 'greenest year for electricity ever' in 2017, National Grid figures show.More than a dozen new 'green' records were set this year for Britain's power sector thanks to rising solar and wind generation and a shift away from coal.The move to renewables, with record moments of output for solar, wind and hydropower, meant 2017 saw record low levels of carbon pollution from electricity.The government has set a target to phase out unabated coal by 2025 to help cut the UK's greenhouse gas emissions in line with legal obligations. Separate findings from power research group MyGridGB reveal that renewable energy sources provided more power than coal for 90 per cent of 2017. British wind farms produced more electricity than coal plants on more than three quarters of days this year. This changing landscape saw the cost of offshore wind power fall below the price of nuclear for the first time, figures show.On top of this, the cost of new offshore wind tumbled in the latest Government auctions for support for the technology.Green records set by Britain this year include the country's first 24-hour period without coal generation since the Industrial Revolution in the late 1700s.The UK also achieved its longest period without coal generation, a period of 40 hours 35 minutes in October.With 52 per cent of Britain's electricity generated from low carbon sources from June 21 to September 22, the nation experienced its greenest summer ever in 2017, statistics show.Duncan Burt, from National Grid, which verified the records, said it had been an exciting year managing 'many network firsts'.'2017 marked a new era of grid operation. We now have significant volumes of renewable energy on the system which poses an exciting challenge for us in ensuring the supply and demand is matched second by second.''We planned for these changes to the energy landscape, and continue to do so as the energy system evolves.'We have worked with the industry to ensure we have the right tools and services in place to continue operating the grid safely and reliably.'I'm sure there will be more records broken in 2018 and we're ready and excited to play our part.'The government has set a target to phase out unabated coal by 2025 to help cut the UK's greenhouse gas emissions in line with legal obligations.Separate findings from power research group MyGridGB reveal that renewable energy sources provided more power than coal for 90 per cent of 2017.British wind farms produced more electricity than coal plants on more than three quarters of days this year.This changing landscape saw the cost of offshore wind power fall below the price of nuclear for the first time, figures show.As this year is hailed by environmental campaigners as Britain's 'greenest year ever', 2018 is expected to see an even cleaner power sector.Gareth Redmond-King, from conservation charity WWF, said: '2017 has been an amazing year for renewable electricity in Britain, we have never been cleaner or greener, an Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5217385/UK-enjoys-greenest-year-electricity-2017.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  UK iPhone chip supplier to get a boost from Trump tax cut
 
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fox news - UK iPhone chip supplier to get a boost from Trump tax cut A British iPhone chip supplier is set to get a boost from major US tax reforms pushed through by President Donald Trump.London-listed IQE said a corporation tax cut from 35 per cent to 21 per cent would help its American arm.The company makes chip technology used by the iPhone X's facial recognition system.In an update to the stock market yesterday, it said: 'The US government's much publicised plan to reduce the corporation tax rate, if passed, would have a positive long-term financial benefit for the IQE group.'The US Congress decided to approve the tax changes yesterday.But IQE group said that in the short term the changes would mean it had to pay a tax charge, because of a reduction to its deferred tax.Dr Drew Nelson, the company's chief executive of IQE, said the firm was on track to achieve record results for 2017.It posted profits of £19million on revenues of £132.7million for the year to December 31, 2016. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5199517/UK-iPhone-chip-supplier-boost-Trump-tax-cut.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Elon Musk admits emotional pain since split from Amber
 
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fox news - Elon Musk admits emotional pain since split from Amber With a net worth of approximately $19.3 billion he can have pretty much anything he desires.But in a revealing new interview with Rolling Stone Elon Musk, 46, admits he's desperately lonely and expresses his desire to find a life partner following his split from actress Amber Heard, 31, earlier this year.The Tesla CEO openly confesses his heartache telling interviewer Neil Strauss he 'just broke up with his girlfriend', before adding, 'I was really in love, and it hurt bad.''Well, she broke up with me more than I broke up with her, I think,' the tech mogul corrected shortly after.The couple's split was confirmed in August after a year of dating and was put down to the strains of a long-distance relationship and busy work schedules.At the time Elon remarked: 'Although Amber and I did break up, we are still friends, remain close and love one another,'He told Rolling Stone: 'I've been in severe emotional pain for the last few weeks,' before explaining his heartbreak had even affected the launch of his Tesla Model 3.'It took every ounce of will to be able to do the Model 3 event and not look like the most depressed guy around. For most of that day, I was morbid.While his business success is undeniable - he launched four billion-dollar companies (PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX and Solar City) - Elon goes on to reveal his desire to find a lifelong love.'I'm looking for a long-term relationship. I'm not looking for a one-night stand. I'm looking for a serious companion or soulmate, that kind of thing.' he explained.When Strauss suggests Elon takes some time to be alone before diving into a new relationship, the Stanford educated businessman insists: 'I will never be happy without having someone. Going to sleep alone kills me.'It's not like I don't know what that feels like: Being in a big empty house, and the footsteps echoing through the hallway, no one there – and no one on the pillow next to you. F***. How do you make yourself happy in a situation like that?'Elon started dating Amber fresh off the back of her split from husband Johnny Depp, 54, - who she accused of domestic abuse.The South African-born inventor shares six children with ex wife Justine Musk, 45, who he was married to from 2000 to 2008.He was also married to English actress Talulah Riley, 32, from 2010 to 2012 and again from 2013–2016.. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5086461/Elon-Musk-admits-emotional-pain-split-Amber.html
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fox news -  World's smallest phone revealed
 
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fox news - World's smallest phone revealed While most handset manufacturers are trying to make handsets larger than ever, one manufacturer has taken a different approach.UK phone firm Zanco says its new tiny T1 is the smallest handset ever made.Measuring just 1.9 x 0.8 x 0.5 inches, it can make calls, and send and receive texts  -but not much else.However, even though it is not yet on sale, the phone has come under fire from UK lawmakers who say the mini phones are being smuggled into prisons - as they are small enough to be carried through scanner internally.Weighing just 13g, it has a tiny 64 x 32 pixel display alongside its mini keypad.'We’re proud to introduce the world’s smallest mobile phone,' the firm says on a Kickstarter raising money for the handset.'It's so tiny, you won’t believe it’s real!'The firm says the phone is the perfect 'backup phone''It's great as a backup on a night out and any occasion where you don't want to carry a bulky phone but still want the reassurance of staying connected.'It is also aimed aimed at the sporty, and apparently 'perfect for joggers, runners, walkers, cyclists and those who take part in extreme sports because it's so compact it can go in any size pocket.'David Lidington wants online retailers to stop selling the gadgets, which are no bigger than a cigarette lighter, over fears they enable inmates to orchestrate major criminal operations from behind bars Mobile phones have emerged as a major security challenge for prisons, where they help facilitate more crime and are used to intimidate victims from behind bars. Last year, prison officers recovered more than 13,000 mobile phones and sim cards. Officials say the mini phones are freely available on the internet and are designed to go undetected by body orifice security scanners that are in place in jails around England and Wales.  The ministry is working with mobile network operators on technology to block phone signals, while £2 million has been invested on hand-held and portable detection equipment for jail staff. The UK's Justice Secretary has called for a ban on the sale of tiny mobile phones designed to flout prison security measures. David Lidington wants online retailers to stop selling the gadgets, which are no bigger than a cigarette lighter, over fears they enable inmates to orchestrate major criminal operations from behind bars. Officials say the mini phones are freely available on the internet and are designed to go undetected by body orifice security scanners that are in place in jails around England and Wales.The tiny phone operates on the 2G network, and the battery has 3 days standby and 180 minutes talk time.The 200-mAh battery charges via Micro USB, and Zanco says it should be good for 180 minutes of talk time or three days on standby.However, those hoping to check Facebook or send a tweet are out of luck.'The Zanco tiny t1 is a talk and text mobile phone - It does not have internet capability,' the firm says.The Kickstarter campaign has smashed its £25,000 (US$33,000) goal and r Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5216109/Worlds-smallest-phone-revealed.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Fisker patents battery that can charge a car in a minute
 
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fox news - Fisker patents battery that can charge a car in a minute Electric car-maker Fisker has filed patents for flexible solid-state battery technology that could slash charging times and improve range.In an announcement this week, the firm claimed the new battery could charge a car in just one minute, and allow for a range of over 500 miles.The battery is expected to be ready for mass production by 2023, and will be displayed at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in January.The new technology attempts to overcome the challenges of solid-state batteries using a three-dimensional structure.This allows the electrodes to cover 25 times more surface area than flat thin-film designs.According to Fisker, the structure will allow for more versatile voltage and form factors.They may be wound in cylindrical cells with higher voltage output, Fisker says.This could allow for usage of current tooling and machinery for battery packs, along with thermal management and safety requirements, to reduce costs.According to Fisker, the radical new battery would deliver 2.5times the energy density of typical lithium ion batteries.Solid-state batteries are known to have a number of limitations, such as low power and low rate capability as a result of the layered electrode structure, and issues arising from cold temperatures, the firm explains.But, the new technology attempts to overcome the challenges using a three-dimensional solid-state structure.This allows the electrodes to cover 25 times more surface area than flat thin-film designs.'This breakthrough marks the beginning of a new era in solid-state materials and manufacturing technologies,' said Dr.Fabio Albano, VP of battery systems at Fisker Inc.'We are addressing all of the hurdles that solid-state batteries have encountered on the path to commercialization, such as performance in cold temperatures; the use of low cost and scalable manufacturing methods; and the ability to form bulk solid-state electrodes with significant thickness and high active material loadings.'We are excited to build on this foundation and move the needle in energy storage.' According to the firm, the battery could allow electric cars to drive more than 500 miles on a single charge.Fisker plans to show off the solid-state battery and fast-charging technology at CES.They'll also be launching the Fisker EMotion luxury electric vehicle, alongside a battery module equipped with advanced thermal management.And, they'll have on display fast-charging technology that will allow for a 127-mile range in just nine minutes.'Our aggressive vision for the entire EV and automotive industry, not just for Fisker Inc.,revolves around making the impossible, possible – and this global solid-state battery breakthrough is reflective of our utmost seriousness in making that vision a reality,' said Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc.'It used to be about the efficiency of the gasoline engine.Now, it's all about who breaks the code and smashes the barriers to future battery technologies that will enable mass mar Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5083367/Fisker-patent-solid-state-battery-charges-MINUTE.html
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