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Clay seal found in Jerusalem may be from Prophet Isaiah  - fox news
 
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Clay seal found in Jerusalem may be from Prophet Isaiah - fox news A 2,700-year-old clay seal found in Jerusalem may bear the 'signature' of the biblical prophet Isaiah.Researchers  believe the Hebrew script impressed into the clay once read 'Belonging to Isaiah the prophet.'If it did, the clay would be the first direct evidence of the existence Isaiah outside of the Bible.Archaeologists discovered the damaged clay seal during excavations at the Ophel, and area in East Jerusalem in between the 'City of David' archaeological site and the 'Temple Mount'.According to the Hebrew bible, the Torah, Isaiah's call to prophecy roughly coincides with the beginning of the westward expansion of the Assyrian empire.He was a counselor to Judean king Hezekiah and encouraged him to fight against the Assyrian army that arrived in Jerusalem in 701 BC.Archaeologists found the impression of a King Hezekiah seal 10 feet (3 meters) from the Isaiah impression.Isaiah's name ('Yesha'yahu' in Hebrew) is visible on the seal, however damage to the seal has meant that archaeologists are unsure as to whether it refers to the Biblical Prophet Isaiah, or someone else with the same name who lived during that time.'We appear to have discovered a seal impression, which may have belonged to the prophet Isaiah, in a scientific, archaeological excavation,' Eilat Mazar, an archaeology professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said in an announcement in the Biblical Archaeology Review, which will publish the study associated with the research.If researchers are able to conf Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5421983/Seal-impression-signature-Prophet-Isaiah.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  French startup launches hydrogen-powered bicyles
 
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fox news - French startup launches hydrogen-powered bicyles A French start-up has become the first company to start factory production of hydrogen-powered bicycles for use in corporate or municipal fleets.Pragma Industries, which is based in Biarritz, France and makes fuel cells for military use, has sold some 60 hydrogen-powered bikes to French municipalities including Saint Lo, Cherbourg, Chambery and Bayonne.At about 7,500 euros per bike, and at least 30,000 euros for a charging station, the bikes are too expensive for the consumer market, but Pragma is working to cut that to 5,000 euros, which would bring their price in line with premium electric bikes.It can run for about 100 kilometers on a charge (62 miles), and recharges in just 2 minutes. Conventional Li-ion electric bikes, on the other hand, only achieve half this range and take about 4 hours to fill up again. It holds 2L of compressed H2 Gas, and uses 150 Wh Li-Ion batteries. According to the firm, it can provide electrical assistance for a top speed of up to 25 km/hr (15mph).'Many others have made hydrogen bike prototypes, but we are the first to move to series production,' said founder and chief executive Pierre Forte.The firm's Alpha bike runs for about 100 km (62 miles) on a two-litre tank of hydrogen, a range similar to an electric bike, but a refill takes only minutes while e-bikes take hours to charge.One kilo of hydrogen holds about 600 times more energy than a one-kilo lithium battery.Pragma also sells refueling stations that produce hydrogen through the electrolysis of water as well cheaper tank-based stations.The bikes, which look and ride the same as any normal bicycle, are aimed at bike-rental operators, delivery companies, and municipal or corporate bicycle fleets with intensive usage.Pragma, which produced 100 hydrogen bikes last year, plans to manufacture 150 this year.It has received demand from Norway, the United States, Spain, Italy and Germany, Forte said.With bike's range limited by the size of the hydrogen tank, Pragma is also working on a bike that will convert plain water into hydrogen aboard the bike, using a chemical reaction between water and aluminium or magnesium powder to produce hydrogen gas.'In the next two-three years we want to enter the consumer market and massively increase the scale of our operations,' said Forte. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5276047/French-startup-launches-hydrogen-powered-bicyles.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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HOW WAS LOVENSE OPERATING ILLEGALLY?  - fox news
 
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HOW WAS LOVENSE OPERATING ILLEGALLY? - fox news Hong Kong-based vibrator manufacturing company Lovense is being sued for 'spying' on its customers.A lawsuit against the company filed this week claims that Lovense violated the Federal Wiretap Act because the company collected data on its customers unbeknownst to them.The Act 'generally prohibits the intentional "interception" of "wire, oral, or electronic communications".'Lovense never informed customers that 'it would monitor, collect, and transmit' information pertaining to them, according to the new lawsuit.The lawsuit says that Lovense's violation of the Wiretap Act caused customers who used the company's app to 'suffer harm'. As a result the plaintiffs are seeking monetary compensation. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/fb-5345851/HOW-LOVENSE-OPERATING-ILLEGALLY.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Ancient DNA reveals how first humans arrived in America
 
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fox news - Ancient DNA reveals how first humans arrived in America The DNA of a six-week-old Native American infant who died 11,500 years ago has rewritten the history of the Americas.The young girl's genes reveal the first humans arrived on the continent 25,000 years ago - much earlier than some studies claim - before splitting into three Native American groups.This is the first time that direct genetic traces of the earliest Native Americans have been identified.The girl belonged to a previously unknown population of ancient people in North America known as the 'Ancient Beringians.'This small Native American group resided in Alaska and died out around 6,000 years ago, researchers claim.It is widely accepted that the earliest settlers crossed from what is now Russia into Alaska via an ancient land bridge spanning the Bering Strait which was submerged at the end of the last Ice Age.Issues such as whether there was one founding group or several, when they arrived, and what happened next have been the subject of extensive debate.Some scientists previously hypothesized about multiple migratory waves over the land bridge as recent as 14,000 years ago.But the new study shows that this migration occurred in one wave, with sub-divisions of Native American groups forming later on.It also shows that a previously undiscovered group named the 'Ancient Beringians' formed as part of this split, taking the known number of ancestral Native American groups from two to three.'We didn't know this population existed,' said study coauthor Professor Ben Potter, an anthropologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.'These data also provide the first direct evidence of the initial founding Native American population, which sheds new light on how these early populations were migrating and settling throughout North America.'The international team of researchers, led by scientists from the Universities of Cambridge and Copenhagen, studied the full genome of an ancient Native American infant.Named Xach'itee'aanenh t'eede gay, or Sunrise Child-girl, by the local Native community, the young girl's remains were found at the Upward Sun River archaeological site in Alaska in 2013.Although the child had lived around 11,500 years ago, long after people first arrived in the region, her genetic information did not match either of the two recognised branches of early Native Americans.These are referred to as Northern, residing mostly in what is now Alaska and Canada, and Southern, residing mostly in what is now the United States.The girl appeared to have belonged to an entirely distinct Native American population, which they called Ancient Beringians.Further analyses showed the group were separated from the same founding population as the Northern and Southern Native American groups, but that they separated from that population earlier in its history.'The Ancient Beringians diversified from other Native Americans before any ancient or living Native American population sequenced to date,' said study lead author Professor Eske Willerslev, from the Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5229261/Ancient-DNA-rewrites-American-history.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Thousands of Mayan pyramids and palaces found in Guatemala  - fox news
 
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Thousands of Mayan pyramids and palaces found in Guatemala - fox news More than 60,000 previously unknown Mayan structures - including pyramids, palaces and causeways - have been revealed under jungle foliage in Guatemala in what has been hailed as a 'major breakthrough'.Researchers used laser technology to look beneath the forest canopy in northern Peten - an area close to already-known Mayan cities.The lasers revealed the 'breathtaking' remains of a sprawling pre-Columbian 'megalopolis' that was far more complex than most specialists had ever believed.The discovery suggests that Central America supported a civilization that was, at its peak 1,500 years ago, more advanced than ancient Greek and Chinese cultures.The landscape may have been home to up to 15 million individuals and the abundance of defensive walls, ramparts and fortresses suggests that warfare was rife throughout their existence and not just at the end.'I think this is one of the greatest advances in over 150 years of Maya archaeology,' said Stephen Houston, Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology at Brown University told the BBC.'I know it sounds hyperbolic but when I saw the [Lidar] imagery, it did bring tears to my eyes.'Scientists made the discovery using Lidar technology, which is short for 'light detection and ranging',Aircraft with a LiDAR scanner produced three-dimensional maps of the surface by using light in the form of pulsed laser linked to a GPS system.This technique allowed researchers to map outlines of what they describe as dozens of newly discovered Maya cities Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5343567/Thousands-Mayan-pyramids-palaces-Guatemala.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Neolithic farmers were wiped out by ‘Beaker people’  - fox news
 
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Neolithic farmers were wiped out by ‘Beaker people’ - fox news Stonehenge has a proud place in Britain's history as one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe.But, according to a major new study, modern-day Britons are barely related to the ingenious Neolithic farmers who built the monument 5,000 years ago.Instead the British are related to the 'Beaker people' who travelled from modern-day Holland and all but wiped out Stonehenge's creators.The findings are 'absolutely sort of mind-blowing,' said archaeologist Barry Cunliffe, a professor emeritus at the University of Oxford.'They are going to upset people, but that is part of the excitement of it.'Many experts believed it was just Beaker pottery-making and culture which was exported to Britain between 4,400 and 4,700 years ago - not the people themselves.But the new evidence comes from DNA analysis of 400 prehistoric skeletons, some from after Stonehenge and others born before it was created.The genes of these ancient people provide enough clues to determine that Beakers travelled here from Holland and took over in a few centuries.They replaced 90 per cent of the Neolithic farmers who built the monument and had lived here for 1,500 years.The creators of Stonehenge appeared Mediterranean, with olive-hued skin, dark hair and eyes.But the Beaker people were more like white modern British people, with fair skin, lighter hair and eyes.The Beaker people may have killed off the ancient engineers behind Stonehenge by bringing the bubonic plague to Britain.D Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5413607/Neolithic-farmers-wiped-Beaker-people.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Ripsaw reveals special edition 'sports tank'
 
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fox news - Ripsaw reveals special edition 'sports tank' It has been dubbed the first 'sports tank', boasting supercar performance on tank tracks.Originally developed to help to military avoid IEDs, the Ripsaw 'sports tank' has become a hit with car enthusiasts.Now, a new version has received a huge overhaul - and has been dubbed 'the most obnoxious vehicle ever built'.The Ripsaw,  developed by twin brothers Mike and Geoff Howe, both 40, from Maine-based company Howe and Howe technologies, has been around for several years in various forms.Originally designed and built for the military as a light weight, go fast super tank, it found a second life as a luxury vehicle for well heeled car fans.'Since 2013, Howe and Howe Tech has spent thousands of man hours developing these beautiful yet rugged and refined consumer based Ripsaw chassis's for the high end luxury market and extreme off-road enthusiast,' the firm said.'From 16 inches of suspension travel, to luxurious interiors and up to 1500 horsepower, The Ripsaw platform is in league of its own when it comes to capability, speed, sheer adrenaline and luxury.'The firm refuses to say how much each vehicle costs, but says they are 'handcrafted, limited run, high end luxury tracked platforms developed for the public and extreme off road recreation.'Each one takes up to 6 months to fabricate and can cost over half a million dollars.The newest incarnation, the EV3-F1, is 't he most extreme and most terrain dominant Ripsaw ever developed,' the firm says.'Designed with up to 1500hp and an astonishing .2 hp/lbs power to weight ratio, with over 112 inches of track on the ground, the Ripsaw EV3-F1 stands as one of the world's most exhilarating single seat off-road vehicles ever conceived.'The original Ripsaw, which has a 650bhp engine , is a dual-tracked vehicle originally developed as an anti-IED platform for the military but is now mostly hired out for recreational purposes.Mike said: ‘We started developing the Ripsaw in the 1990s, as we had been developing off-road technology and wanted to take it to the next level.‘We decided to build a high speed track vehicle, like a really fast track vehicle that's not slow like a regular tank - we knew that that had never been done before.’The brothers developed their innovations to help police and the armed forces.One of their most successful creations is the Swat Bot, which doubles as a robotic shield and a battering ram.Geoff said: ‘The Swat Bot developed out of our existing technology for the US military.‘In some of our military contracting we have been tasked with finding a robot, a walk behind IED defeat robot.‘The original robot walks in front of the soldiers and digs the land up in front of them, ensuring the soldier doesn't get blown up.‘Our police officers put their lives on the line everyday and we wanted to give them that protection, so instead of carrying a shield and being laden down with weight, the swat bot does all that - it's a fully operational shield as well as a door buster.’According to their website, t Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5280847/Ripsaw-reveals-special-edition-sports-tank.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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New Horizons snaps image 3.8 BILLION miles away from Earth  - fox news
 
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New Horizons snaps image 3.8 BILLION miles away from Earth - fox news At first glance it might not look like much – but, with a fuzzy purple and green photo, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has made history.On December 5, New Horizons captured an image said to be the farthest from Earth ever taken, at a staggering 3.79 billion miles away.And, just hours later, it beat its own record.According to NASA, the remarkable false-color images sent back by New Horizons are also the closest-ever images captured of objects in the Kuiper Belt.When New Horizon’s snapped a photo with its telescopic camera for a routine calibration frame of the Wishing Well star cluster, it was farther into space than even NASA’s Voyager 1 had been when it captured its famous ‘Pale Blue Dot’ image of Earth, the space agency says.At the time, New Horizons was 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometers) from Earth.Voyager, by comparison, was 3.75 billion miles (6.06 billion kilometers) from Earth when it captured its famous photo in 1990.According to NASA, New Horizons is now the fifth spacecraft to fly beyond the outer planets of our solar system.Hours after its first record-breaking image on Dec 5, it captured another.The latter shows a look at Kuiper Belt objects HZ84 and 2012 HE85.The images were captured using the spacecraft's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI).And, NASA says they’re the closest images yet of objects in this region.‘New Horizons has long been a mission of firsts – first to explore Pluto, first to explore the Kuiper Belt, fastest spacecraft ever launc Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5369807/New-Horizons-snaps-image-3-8-BILLION-miles-away-Earth.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Could gene-editing save chocolate from extinction?
 
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fox news - Could gene-editing save chocolate from extinction? Scientists have warned chocolate may be extinct by 2050 due to climate change.But help is at hand for those with a sweet tooth. Mars claims it can save the treat by creating genetically modified 'super chocolate'.Cacao plants can only grow within approximately 20 degrees north and south of the equator - and they thrive under specific conditions such as high humidity and abundant rain.Mars has now teamed up with researchers to make tweaks to the DNA using a technique called Crispr that could develop tougher plants that do not wilt or rot in warmer temperatures.A temperature rise of just 2.1C over the next 30 years caused by global warming is currently set to wreak havoc for the plants, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.As the mercury rises and squeezes more water out of soil and plants, scientists believe it is unlikely that rainfall will increase enough to offset the moisture loss.That means cacao production areas are set to be pushed thousands of feet uphill into mountainous terrain which is carefully preserved for wildlife.By 2050, experts predict chocolate-growing regions will be forced more than 1,000 feet uphill into mountainous terrain.Officials in countries such as Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana - which produce more than half of the world's chocolate - will face an agonising dilemma over whether to maintain the world's supply of chocolate or to save their dying ecosystems.Scientists are already tweaking cocoa plant DNA to make the crops cheaper and more reliable.However, the best use of this tecnology could be in the developing world where these plants are increasingly threatened by climate change, more pests and lack of water.Mars has pledged $1 billion (£0.7 million) in September as part of an effort called 'Sustainability Generation'.'There are obviously commitments the world is leaning into but, frankly, we don't think we're getting there fast enough collectively', Barry Parkin, Mars' chief sustainability officer, told Business Insider.Jennifer Doudna, the UC Berkeley geneticist who created CRISPR is working with Mars to address the problem.She is leading a research lab at UC Berkeley that is using an emerging genetic engineering technology called CRISPR-Cas 9.Crispr-Cas9 is a tool for making precise edits in DNA, discovered in bacteria. The acronym stands for 'Clustered Regularly Inter-Spaced Palindromic Repeats'.The technique involves a DNA cutting enzyme and a small tag which tells the enzyme where to cut.By editing this tag, scientists are able to target specific regions of DNA and make precise cuts, wherever they like.This could be used to make cocao plants better suited to their new environment by isolating the genes that make this plant so fragile and replacing them with ones that can withstand climate change.The team are also trying to tweak the DNA of cassava to make it produce less dangerous toxins in hotter weather.Last year experts predicted that the world was heading for a 'chocolate deficit' as Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5228113/Could-gene-editing-save-chocolate-extinction.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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NHS trusts beg doctors and nurses to have flu jabs  - fox news
 
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NHS trusts beg doctors and nurses to have flu jabs - fox news NHS trusts are failing to get doctors and nurses to have flu jabs despite fears of a flu epidemic spreading to Britain from France.Figures have revealed that as few as one in three workers have been vaccinated at some hospitals.This is despite Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS' medical director, last year warning that healthcare professionals had a 'duty' to get the flu jab to protect their patients and colleagues.It also comes as the NHS braces itself for a flu epidemic following a surge in cases at hospitals and GP surgeries.Experts say around one quarter of NHS staff will contract flu during a typical season.Of those, about half will avoid major symptoms, meaning they are likely to remain in work, spreading infections.In a typical flu season, NHS staff take around 4.3 million sick days, the Sunday Telegraph reported.The figure could be reduced by more than one quarter if all trusts matched the vaccination rates of the best, the figures suggest.Official figures from Public Health England (PHE) found 58 trusts where less than half of staff had been vaccinated by the end of November.Among hospital trusts, the lowest figure of 33.4 per cent was at Kings College NHS foundation trust in London.Across the whole of the NHS, the average uptake rate was less than 60 per cent.Dr Richard Pebody, Acting Head of Respiratory Disease, PHE, told the newspaper: 'It's vital that healthcare workers take up the offer of the vaccine to protect themselves and also vulnerable patients and to hel Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5243443/NHS-trusts-beg-doctors-nurses-flu-jabs.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Once started solar geoengineering is too dangerous to stop
 
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fox news - Once started solar geoengineering is too dangerous to stop Artificially cooling Earth to counter global warming could destroy our planet if the process is abruptly stopped, according to new research.Some scientists have suggested firing aerosols into the atmosphere to help combat global warming by imitating a natural side-effect of volcanic eruptions.The aerosols, one of many 'geoengineering' techniques proposed as a way to deal with climate change, would cool Earth by blocking incoming solar radiation.Now a study has found that if the aerosol approach is attempted and then suddenly halted, the planet could warm ten times faster than normal.Experts have previously warned the technique is a 'risky strategy' that could wreak havoc on our weather patterns, triggering severe droughts or devastating cyclones.The research centres on the impact solar geoengineering methods that inject aerosols into the atmosphere may have on the environment. The controversial approach, known as stratospheric aerosol injection, is designed to reflect some sunlight before it reaches Earth's surface. The process would mimic the natural aftermath of volcanic eruptions, when sulphuric acid and other gases are naturally injected into the atmosphere. Experts suggest that planes or hot air balloons would spray millions of tons of sulphur dioxide a year into the upper atmosphere at the Equator over the course of decades. While some scientists claim this could cool down Earth, others suggest it could wreak havoc with our weather patterns.A new study from Rutgers University in New Jersey found that suddenly halting so-called 'solar geoengineering' would have severe imacts on our climate.The stoppage would drastically accelerate climate change, with severe consequences for the planet's wildlife, researchers found.'Rapid warming after stopping geoengineering would be a huge threat to the natural environment and biodiversity,' study coauthor Professor Alan Robock said.'If geoengineering ever stopped abruptly, it would be devastating, so you would have to be sure that it could be stopped gradually, and it is easy to think of scenarios that would prevent that.'Imagine large droughts or floods around the world that could be blamed on geoengineering, and demands that it stop. Can we ever risk that?'Geoengineering means attempting to control the climate in addition to stopping the burning of fossil fuels, the main cause of global warming.A popular idea among scientists is to create a sulphuric acid cloud in the upper atmosphere as volcanic eruptions do to reflect solar radiation and cool the planet.To investigate the potential environmental impacts of suddenly halting this process, scientists used a computer simulation of Earth.They assumed that aeroplanes would spray 5 million tons of sulphur dioxide a year into the upper atmosphere at the Equator from 2020 to 2070.An even cloud of the gas around Earth would lower the global temperature by around 1 degree Celsius (about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) - about the level of global warming since the Indust Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5289817/Once-started-solar-geoengineering-dangerous-stop.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Lava building up in volcano near Japan's southerly islands  - fox news
 
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Lava building up in volcano near Japan's southerly islands - fox news A submerged volcano off the coast of Japan that erupted 7,300 years ago could be preparing to make a comeback.Scientists have discovered evidence of a giant dome of lava in the Kikai volcano's collapsed magma chamber.They believe it contains about 32 cubic km (7.68 cubic miles) of magma, and distortions on its surface suggest the dome is growing.Currently the dome is around  6.2 miles (10 kilometers) wide and 1,968 feet (600 meters) tall.Scientists say an eruption could take place without warning, and if it does, it could kill as many as 100 million people and trigger a 'volcanic winter'.The study, conducted by researchers with the Kobe Ocean-Bottom Exploration Center (KOBEC) at Kobe University, confirmed that the giant lava dome was created after a caldera-forming supereruption 7,300 years ago.That eruption is thought to have wiped out the prehistoric Jomon civilisation in southern Japan.If the new lava dome erupts, it could eject huge amounts of debris into the atmosphere, potentially blocking out the sun for some areas to trigger a 'volcanic winter'.It could also cause tsunami that would hit southern Japan and the coasts of Taiwan and China, before striking the coasts of North and South America.The paper says such supereruptions are 'rare but extremely hazardous events, and also have severe global impacts such as 'volcanic winter'.'Many of these super-volcanoes repeat super-eruptions in their multi-million year histories', the report said, adding that the scientists hope t Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5384899/Lava-building-volcano-near-Japans-southerly-islands.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  FTSE 100 stocks tipped to be the dividend heroes of 2018
 
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fox news - FTSE 100 stocks tipped to be the dividend heroes of 2018 Centrica has been tipped to pay its shareholders the most out of all the income stocks in the FTSE 100 in the new year, according to an online stockbroker.The Berkshire-based utilities company is forecast to dish out eight per cent in dividends payments - 0.3 percentage points more than Direct Line in second place and 0.4 higher than Taylor Wimpey in third, according to research by AJ Bell.In all, FTSE 100 dividend stocks are predicted to distribute £88.5billion to shareholders in 2018 - a 7 per cent increase on 2017.Dividend hunters should note that the bulk of the FTSE 100 dividends payments come from a relatively small proportion of the index.Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell claims that financial services firms (23 per cent), oil and gas explorers (20 per cent) and miners (8 per cent) will provide the largest source of dividend income next year - accounting for 51 per cent of the index’s total dividend payments.Royal Dutch Shell, Hargreaves Lansdown and BP are among the ten companies forecast to have the highest dividend yields.For those looking to invest in shares for income over the long term, it is paramount to select stocks that not only offer handsome dividend payments, but also have a good track record of growing these payments over time.Dividend cover is a useful metric to get an idea of a company's ability to grow its dividend payments in the future.It is the ratio of a company's net income over dividends paid to shareholders. So, for example, the cover for a company making a £100 profit and distributing £50 in dividends is two.When dividends exceed profits, the ratio is below one, so anything above that figure suggests dividends are more sustainable and affordable for companies to pay out.So while, for example, BT ranks seventh on the top ten list, it boasts the highest dividend cover ratio of 1.73 times and therefore has the potential to climb up the list a couple of years down the line.In fact, the ten companies with the lowest dividend cover in the FTSE 100 features three of the prospective highest dividend yields Centrica, Direct Line and BP and all but two of them (Hargreaves Lansdown and St James’s Place) are predicted to yield significantly more than the FTSE 100 average.Mould said: 'The issue of skinny dividend cover refuses to go away. Earnings cover for dividends remains much thinner than ideal at 1.63 for 2018 and there has been little real improvement here in 2017.'Ideally earnings cover needs to be around the two level to offer a margin of safety to dividend payments, should there be a sudden and unexpected downturn in trading at a specific company, or indeed the UK and global economies as a whole.'Pearson and Provident Financial are both examples of what can happen in the event of a profits stumble under such circumstances, as both had been offering apparently juicy yields but with skinny earnings cover. Indeed, some of the companies with the juiciest-looking dividend yields have dividend cover that looks parti Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/investing/article-5203341/FTSE-100-stocks-tipped-dividend-heroes-2018.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Experts scan for hidden chambers in King Tutankhamun tomb  - fox news
 
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Experts scan for hidden chambers in King Tutankhamun tomb - fox news Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists are starting radar scans of the tomb of famed pharaoh Tutankhamun in the southern city of Luxor.The ministry said Thursday the scans will be carried out over a week to check for the existence of any hidden chambers behind the tomb.Egypt carried out previous scans as part of the quest but the findings were inconclusive.The news follows more than two years of speculation after British Egyptologist Dr Nicholas Reeves said he found signs of a hidden doorway in King Tut's tomb.At the time, he said one of the secret rooms could be the burial place of the Pharaoh's stepmother Queen Nefertiti.The tomb of King Tut, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, was discovered in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings, located on the west bank of the Nile river in Luxor.For many, Tut embodies ancient Egypt's glory because his tomb was packed with the glittering wealth of the rich 18th Dynasty from 1569 to 1315 BC.Researchers are using ground penetrating radar (GPR) to scan the pharaoh's chamber for the existence of two chambers rumoured to be hidden behind its walls.The search is being led by the  Polytechnic University Turin, Italy, and will be the third time in the past two years researchers have looked for the lost chamber.'It will be a rigorous scientific work and will last several days, if not weeks,' Franco Porcelli, the project's director and a professor of physics at the department of applied science and technology of the Polytechnic Univer Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5341599/Egypt-starts-radar-scans-secret-rooms-Tuts-tomb.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Has Tutankhamun's tragic teenage wife finally been found?
 
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fox news - Has Tutankhamun's tragic teenage wife finally been found? The mystery of the final resting place of the wife of Ancient Egypt's most famous ruler has moved a step closer to being solved.Egyptologists previously discovered what they believe is the burial chamber of Ankhesenamun, Tutankhamun's wife, in the Valley of The Kings.If confirmed, it could help to unravel the final fate of the boy king's wife, who suddenly disappeared from historical records after her second marriage.The teen bride is believed to have had a tragic life, marrying her father, her grandfather and her half-brother Tutankhamun.Archaeologists have now begun to excavate an area near a tomb at the World Heritage Site, which they believe contains her body.Archaeologist and former Egyptian minister for antiquities, Zahi Hawass, announced the start of the dig on his website.He discovered the suspected burial plot near the tomb of the pharaoh Ay in July 2017, using ground penetrating radar.In a written statement, a spokesman for Hawass' research team said: 'In January 2018, Zahi Hawass launched his own excavations at the Valley of the Monkeys, a side valley in the area of the Valley of the Kings.'The focus of the excavations is in the area in close proximity to the tomb of Ay, Tutankhamun's successor.'The radar scans in the area detected the presence of a possible entrance to a tomb at a depth of five metres (16 feet).'It is believed that the location of the tomb of Ankhsenamun, Tutankhamun's widow, who married Ay after Tutankhamun's death, is still hidden somewhere in the Valley of the Monkeys.'Ankhesenamun, who was married to Tutankhamun, who reigned from 1332 to 1327 BC, was wed with Ay after Tutankhamun's sudden death.Ay ruled immediately after King Tut, from 1327 to 1323 BC.Evidence of foundation deposits, caches of pottery, food remains and other tools, suggest the construction of a tomb at the site.Hawass' team plan to excavate the newly discovered chamber to determine exactly who is inside.Speaking to LiveScience at the time of its discovery, Hawass said: 'We are sure there is a tomb there, but we do not know for sure to whom it belongs.'We are sure there is a tomb hidden in that area because I found four foundation deposits.'The ancient Egyptians usually did four or five foundation deposits whenever they started a tomb's construction.'[And] the radar did detect a substructure that could be the entrance of a tomb.'Ankhesenamun was the third child of Pharaoh Akhenaten and Nefertiti and was born in around 1348BC.She was originally called Ankhesenpaaten, but her change of name reflects changes in Ancient Egyptian religion during her lifetime.She was the half sister and cousin of Tutankhamun, with the pair sharing the same father.Tutankhamun's mother, believed to have been Nefertiti, is thought to have been Ankhesenamun's aunt.The queen is said to have married King Tut when he took the throne at the age of nine, when she was just a few years older.After their marriage the pair changed their names in honour of the old monotheistic religio Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5279643/Has-Tutankhamuns-tragic-teenage-wife-finally-found.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  WHO WAS HANS JONATAN?
 
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fox news - WHO WAS HANS JONATAN? Hans Jonatan was born into slavery on the island of St Croix in 1784.His story rose to international fame after the publication of the biography, The Man Who Stole Himself.While there are some uncertainties about his father, it’s thought he was a white Dane named Hans Gram, who was a secretary on one of the island’s plantations.Eventually, the plantation owner returned to Denmark and took the two with him – but, slavery was illegal in the country.Jonatan fought for the Danish navy and later declared himself a free man, according to New Scientist.After a court battle, however, a judge ruled in 1802 that he should be sent back to the Danish West Indies to return to slavery.To avoid this fate, Jonatan escaped to Iceland, where he was greeted ‘with open arms,’ Kári Stefánsson of deCODE Genetics in Reykjavik, Iceland, told New Scientist.The whereabouts of Hans Jonatan’s remains are unknown – but, using DNA samples from 182 of his descendants, geneticists with deCODE have traced his family back West Africa, from a region that covers Benin, Nigeria, and Cameroon. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/fb-5272855/WHO-HANS-JONATAN.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Mother's breast implants triggered rare blood cancer
 
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fox news - Mother's breast implants triggered rare blood cancer Linzy Bromfield, 48, believes she is lucky to be alive after her breast implants triggered a rare type of cancer. ‘My doctors said if this cancer had been left for only another month, it would have spread round my body and killed me,’ she says.Around 29,000 breast implant operations are performed in the UK each year, many of them following cancer surgery.Now the Royal College of Surgeons says prospective patients must be warned of the risk from a specific cancer triggered by breast implants: anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL).This is a form of blood cancer affecting the lymphatic system, which drains excess fluid from tissue and helps fight infection. It is very different from breast cancer which occurs in the breast tissue itself.It is thought to be caused by a reaction between the body’s white blood cells — immune cells which mobilise to expel the foreign implant — and the new generation of rough surfaced breast implants introduced 15 years ago (designed to stay in place better than previous smooth implants, which were prone to rotate).Untreated, the cancerous cells can travel around the body in the bloodstream. Three British women are reported to have died from the disease out of 41 diagnosed in the UK (a rise on the 25 reported last July by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).However, experts believe the real number of cases may be much higher, because many women have their implants removed after suffering swelling and lump formation, unaware of the true cause.‘Although the risk of ALCL is part of the breast implant consent procedure, doctors are simply not aware of it,’ says Elise Bevan, a medical negligence solicitor at Penningtons Manches in Guildford, Surrey, who is advising several women who required intensive treatment after cancer triggered by their implants was not picked up.‘One GP simply refused to do the tests for it.’In the case of one 38-year-old, who does not want to be identified, the ALCL spread to her reproductive organs and she had to have a hysterectomy.Mother-of-two Linzy decided to have breast implants 13 years ago when she felt she had lost her femininity after having children, Courteney, 24, and Oakley, 16. ‘I just wanted to feel good about myself,’ she says.With the blessing of her husband Nick, a police officer, also 48, she booked the £4,500 operation at the private practice of Jim Frame, a professor of cosmetic plastic surgery at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, Essex.‘I went from a 34B to a 34D,’ says Linzy, who lives in Chelmsford and works in an NHS unit fitting artificial limbs. ‘I was delighted. My breasts looked really natural.’Then, in late 2015, things started to go wrong. ‘I felt as if my right boob had got bigger,’ she says.‘At first, I just thought I’d strained something in the gym. Then I couldn’t get my bra on. It was as though it had gone up two cup sizes.’She went to the GP three times in the following weeks and each time a cupful of fluid was drained off. But the Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5300269/Mothers-breast-implants-triggered-rare-blood-cancer.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Marmokreb crayfish can clown themselves  - fox news
 
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Marmokreb crayfish can clown themselves - fox news Most crayfish reproduce by having sex.But an all-female species of mutant crayfish has managed to evolve the ability to clone itself, without the need for a male.Known as marmokrebs, or marbled crayfish, the species' remarkable cloning ability has led it to 'multiply out of control'.Now scientists are warning the female crustaceans are beginning to take over the world.While it may sound like the plot of the horror movie, they say there may be some benefits to the strange crayfish invasion; the crayfish’s unusual evolution could also provide a strategy to tackle cancer, that clones itself in a similar way.In a new study published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, researchers sequenced the genomes of 11 marbled crayfish.All 11 creatures had nearly identical genomes, suggesting they were clones.Researchers believe these mutant creatures began evolving by accident almost 25 years ago, after a German aquarium hobbyist bought a crayfish that he was told was a 'Texas crayfish'.But he was surprised when his marbled crayfish produced hundreds of eggs at a time and grew large.He gave away the crayfish, and they eventually ended up being sold in pet shops in Germany.But owners soon began noticing that their Marmokrebs were reproducing without the need to mate, and all offspring were female, fertile and clones of their mother.Once the new species of crayfish evolved, male slough crayfish could no longer produce offspring with the female Marmokrebs, even though the male slough Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5357103/Marmokreb-crayfish-clown-themselves.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Yellowstone supervolcano is showing signs of strain 6  - fox news
 
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Yellowstone supervolcano is showing signs of strain 6 - fox news Volcanoes experience strain from pressures just like humans - but now, scientists say they can measure exactly how much physical strain is on them.Researchers monitoring the Yellowstone supervolcano in Wyoming have detected molten rock about three miles below the surface.While it is not dangerous, the scientists have warned that slight shifts in the environment around the volcano can add up and create significant change over time.The technologies they use can detect changes in volcanic strain smaller than the width of a hydrogen atom.Geodesists David Mencin and Glen Mattioli say these measurements can advance scientists' understanding of volcanic activity.Their work, published this week in Yellowstone Caldera Chronicles, explains what these measurements can tell us about the national park's 'plumbing'.Mencin and Mattioli fleshed out the comparison between strain put on humans and volcanoes in their report.It said: 'We all know what it is like to experience strain.The pressures of everyday life can leave you feeling contorted and stretched.'It turns out, volcanoes are no different - they experience strain as well.' When a volcano experiences strain it changes shape.Specifically, the shape of its subsurface rock changes, the authors said.This process is called deformation.A number of forces can cause deformation.If its magma pressure or the amount of water filling nearby lakes change, a volcano can be subject to deformation.These pressures can be measured by GPS technology comb Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5387367/Yellowstone-supervolcano-measurable-strain.html
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fox news -  KPMG to be investigated over Carillion audit
 
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fox news - KPMG to be investigated over Carillion audit KPMG will be investigated over Carillion’s books which it signed off before the constructor went bust.Carillion went into liquidation on January 12 with debts of up to £5billion including a pension deficit of up to £2.6billion.The auditing group had signed off the business’ annual report and accounts only nine months earlier.KPMG has been Carillion’s auditor since 1999, earning £29.9million.The Financial Reporting Council watchdog said it would investigate audits for the years ending December 2014, 2015 and 2016, and work done during 2017.KPMG is also being investigated by the FRC for its audit of engineer Rolls-Royce’s accounts while the company bribed its way into contracts around the world.KPMG said: ‘We believe that we conducted our role as Carillion’s auditor appropriately and responsibly.’ Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5326607/KPMG-investigated-Carillion-audit.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Remote Greek island was once covered in complex monuments
 
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fox news - Remote Greek island was once covered in complex monuments A remote Greek island known as the 'world's oldest maritime sanctuary' was once covered in complex monuments built using stone dug up six miles (10 km) away.Excavations around the island of Keros have revealed the technological prowess of the small group of Greeks who lived there 4,500 years ago.Researchers found the remains of massive terraced walls and giant gleaming structures on a tiny islet that was once attached to Keros.The structures were built using 1,000 tons of stone, turning the headland, which measures just 500 ft (150 m) across, into a single, giant monument.The researchers say the remains make the island one of the most impressive archaeological sites of the Aegean Sea during the Early Bronze Age.Until recently, the island of Keros, located in the Cyclades, south of Naxos, was known for ritual activities dating 4,500 years ago involving broken marble figurines.  Now new excavations show that the headland of Dhaskalio, which was once attached to Keros but is now a tiny islet because of sea level rise, was almost entirely covered by remarkable monuments. The headland was naturally shaped like a pyramid, and the skilled builders of Dhaskalio enhanced this shape by creating a series of massive terrace walls. These made it look more like a stepped pyramid. On the flat surfaces formed by the terraces, the builders used stone imported from Naxos to construct impressive, gleaming structures. The research team calculated that more than 1,000 tons of stone were imported, and that almost every possible space on the island was built on. This gave the impression of a single large monument jutting out of the sea. The complex is the largest known in the Cyclades at the time.Researchers at the University of Cambridge studied the settlement of Dhaskalio, an islet that was once part of a known prehistoric sanctuary at Keros.They say the archaeological remains show the remote region to be a more imposing and densely occupied series of structures than was previously believed.Until recently, the island of Keros, located in the Cyclades, south of the island of Naxos, was known for ritual activities dating 4,500 years ago involving broken marble figurines.The island has previously been listed by Cambridge researchers as the 'world's oldest maritime sanctuary'.Now new excavations show that the headland of Dhaskalio, which was once attached to Keros but is now a tiny islet because of sea level rise, was almost entirely covered by remarkable monuments.The constructions, which once sat close to the sanctuary at Keros, were built using stone brought painstakingly from Naxos, six miles (10 km) away.Study coauthor Professor Colin Renfrew suggested the islet, with its narrow causeway to the main island, 'may have become a focus because it formed the best natural harbour on Keros, and had an excellent view of the north, south and west Aegean'.The headland was naturally shaped like a pyramid, and the skilled builders of Dhaskalio enhanced this shape by creating a Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5280385/Remote-Greek-island-covered-complex-monuments.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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'Real world' car tests will give unrealistic fuel economy  - fox news
 
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'Real world' car tests will give unrealistic fuel economy - fox news Ever wonder why you can never achieve the fuel economy figures quoted for the car you drive?It might say it will do 50mpg on the manufacturer's website, but in reality it's closer to 30mpg when you're at the wheel.It's because the fuel economy and emissions tests for cars do not represent real-world driving conditions, which is why tests will be replaced this year with a more relevant version - but even that won't give an accurate account of how efficient your car will be, warn Mercedes-Benz bosses.The WLTP/RDE (World Harmonised Light Vehicle Testing Procedure/Real Driving Emissions) test will become the new standard for car manufacturers from September.It's the second phase to move away from an old test that had been in existence since 1970 and had its last major update some 20 years ago.But while it is expected to be a significant improvement on the outgoing measurements, Mercedes says it won't produce like-for-like figures that drivers will be able to achieve day in day out.When asked about the WLTP/RDE cycle by motoring title Auto Express, Mercedes' head of certification of Emissions and Consumption Dr Christoph Höhmann, said: 'It's better than the old one. But if the expectation is that everything will be fixed, then in that respect it's not right.'The test will be split between a laboratory and a short cycle conducted out on real roads.The lab test - the WLTP part - has been mandatory since September 2017, but the RDE addition will only become required from the same mon Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-5316315/Real-world-car-tests-unrealistic-fuel-economy.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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SPACE WAR will break out 'within a matter of years'  - fox news
 
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SPACE WAR will break out 'within a matter of years' - fox news The next devastating war could be fought in space.That's according to claims by US Air Force chief, General David Goldfein, who claims space warfare is a real possibility 'within a matter of years'.The US will need new tools, specialist training and billions of dollars in funding to prepare for combat in orbit, he claims.US Air Force Chief of Staff General Goldfein was speaking at the Air Force Association's 34th annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition in Orlando.'[It's] time for us as a service, regardless of speciality badge, to embrace space superiority with the same passion and sense of ownership as we apply to air superiority today,' General Goldfein said.Leading members in the US military have been saying for a number of years that space is an integral part of future plans, writes Breaking Defense.The words from the senior US Air Force serviceman follow a proposal from politicians to create a new branch of the military specifically targeted at space conflict.The Strategic Forces Subcommittee proposed the formation of the 'Space Corps'.Set to be modelled after the Marines, the Space Corps would be tasked with keeping the US ahead of its superpower rivals in the event of a war.The idea of creating the first new branch to the US military in 70 years encountered significant resistance and was scrapped in December 2017.Alleged restriction of funds to the other armed forces squashed the idea.General Goldfein argues that the US Air Force is best placed to protec Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5439535/SPACE-WAR-break-matter-years.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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WHAT IS THE INDIAN CIRCLE METHOD?  - fox news
 
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WHAT IS THE INDIAN CIRCLE METHOD? - fox news The Indian circle method allows you to accurately draw a line running east-west with a simple set of equipment.It involves plotting the path of the sun throughout the day using the shadow it casts from a rod or pole stuck vertically into the ground.As the sun moves through the sky, the shadow shifts across the floor like the point on a sundial.If you plot the shadow's position on the ground every half an hour, you are left with a curved 'shadow line'.The curvature of this line changes depending on the time of year because the sun sits at different points in the sky.At the end of the day, with a curved shadow line drawn, you must wrap a short, taut piece of string around the vertical pole.When moved around the rod in a circle, the end of the string should intercept two points on the shadow line.Drawing a new line through these two points creates a line running precisely east-west.On the day of the autumn equinox it is possible to create a perfectly straight shadow line that runs east-west, with no need for the second, string line.The day is halfway between the summer and winter solstices, so day and night are of equal length, meaning the sun is perfectly centred in the sky. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/fb-5413653/WHAT-INDIAN-CIRCLE-METHOD.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Size does matter to monkeys with big noses, say scientists  - fox news
 
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Size does matter to monkeys with big noses, say scientists - fox news Male monkeys with large noses have more females in their harems – proving that size does matter, according to a team of scientists.Researchers studying proboscis monkeys in Malaysia found that males with exaggerated masculine traits, such as big noses, 'serve as advertisements to females in mate selection'.Those involved in the study from Cardiff University, Kyoto University and Sabah Wildlife Department and the Danau Girang Field Centre in Malaysia, say the new evidence points to both male-male competition and female choice as contributing to the evolution of enlarged male noses.The primate, which is native to Borneo, sports a sizeable snout, which Dr Sen Nathan, assistant director of Sabah Wildlife Department and PhD student at Cardiff University and Danau Girang Field Centre, said had long been admired as an 'extremely attractive' visual feature by biologists.But he said explanations for its evolution had so far been gleaned more from folklore than from science.Dr Ikki Matsuda, from Chubu University and Kyoto University in Japan, said the team tested the correlations between body mass, facial characteristics, testicular volume, vocalizations, and number of harem females in captive and free-ranging proboscis monkeys.She said: 'In addition to finding that enlarged male noses serve as advertisements to females in mate selection, we also found that males with larger noses also tended to have larger body mass and testis.'This suggests that nose enlargement is a reliable predict Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5419069/Size-does-matter-monkeys-big-noses-say-scientists.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Researchers discovered new prehistoric migration paths  - fox news
 
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Researchers discovered new prehistoric migration paths - fox news A new analysis of DNA from the skeletal remains of ancient people in southeastern Europe has revealed new insight on prehistoric migration patterns.Researchers from the University of Wyoming say the findings add new information on what is already known about European territories during these times.The study confirms the first migration happened during the Neolithic Period around 6,000 BCE, when farmers based in Anatolia moved to spread through Europe.The second happened during the Bronze Age from 3,000 to 2,500 BCE, when people from the Eurasian steppe moved to Europe and replaced much of its population.The paper, published in the journal Nature, confirmed that northern and western Europe's first farmers passed through southeastern Europe to migrate to these areas.'Southeastern Europe continued to be a nexus between East and West, with intermittent genetic contact with the Steppe people up to 2,000 years before the migrations that replaced much of northern Europe's population,' the report said.The migrating people shocked those who were already living in the area, according to the new report.Researcher Iain Mathieson explained this, saying: 'In some places, hunter-gatherers and incoming farmers seem to have mixed very quickly.'But, mostly, the two groups remained isolated, at least for the first few hundred years.'These hunter-gatherers had been living there for thousands of years, and it must have been quite a shock to have these new people show up - with a completely differ Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5420077/Researchers-discovered-new-prehistoric-migration-paths.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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BT reports falling earnings and revenue  - fox news
 
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BT reports falling earnings and revenue - fox news Telecoms giant BT has revealed a fall in revenues for the last three months of 2017 as higher business rates and pension charges hit.Revenue slid three per cent in three months up to 31 December for the group, with adjusted earnings down two per cent to £1.8billion after the firm invested more into mobiles and improving customer service.The company maintained its profit expectations for the full year, up to the end of March, despite the disappointing quarter and a nine per cent drop in profits over the financial year so far.It said revenue should remain largely flat with ‘progressive’ movement in shareholder dividend payments.Its share price was hit by the poor results, falling more than five per cent over the morning to 242.50p and piling yet more pressure on to the group which has already seen it share value drop 16 per cent over the last year.Richard Wilson of Interactive Investors said company performance in the year to date has been disapointing.‘The performance in the wholesale and global services divisions remains stagnant, whilst the pension situation is a concern,’ he said.‘Key metrics such as revenues and earnings per share remain patchy and slightly light of expectations. Whilst the performance in the third quarter is respectable, this does not mask the overall performance in the year to date, which is lagging.’The results followed an announcement on Thursday in which BT committed itself to link three million UK homes up to its ‘Fibre First’ programme by 2020, befo Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5343803/BT-reports-falling-earnings-revenue.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Can you catch the flu from your dog?
 
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fox news - Can you catch the flu from your dog? The flu is wreaking havoc across the nation this season, and it's not just impacting humans.Dogs are getting sick too.In a little over a month there's been more than 100 canines have tested positive for the highly contagious dog flu in California, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.There hasn't been a case of humans being infected with the dog flu, but that doesn't mean it can't happen.The dog flu is similar to the kinds of viruses that infect humans, and have nearly identical symptoms including, runny nose, cough, fatigue and loss of appetite.The severity of the dog flu can range from no signs to severe illness resulting in pneumonia and sometimes death. However, most dogs recover within two to three weeks, according to the CDC.The canine influenza can be easily spread among dogs in parks, kennels and shelters through coughing and sneezing, or touching contaminated materials.According to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 72 dogs tested positive for the flu in California, 22 in Kentucky, 14 in Ohio and one in Michigan.There are two different dog flu viruses: one is an H3N8 virus and the other is an H3N2 virus — which is different from the human virus.The two strains are responsible for the 2015 dog flu outbreak in Chicago which affected more than 1,000 dogs, and killed five dogs.However, dog owners shouldn't worry about the dog flu in this season because it's not worse than it has been historically, according to Amy Glaser, director of the Molecular Diagnostic Labor Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5331631/Can-catch-flu-dog.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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More than a quarter of indebted Britons fear a rate rise  - fox news
 
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More than a quarter of indebted Britons fear a rate rise - fox news More than a quarter of British households will be relieved that the Bank of England held interest rates today - but a larger number want a rate rise, according to a survey.Some 28 per cent of Britons say they would struggle to pay off debts in the case rates went up from the 0.5 per cent they were held at today. The Monetary Policy Committee voted 9-0 in favour of sticking.A similar proportion say an increase would be damaging for their finances, according to ING Bank.However, 38 per cent of Britons say a rate rise would be good for their household finances, because they have savings and are tired of poor returns, especially now inflation has risen.Meanwhile, the remaining 36 per cent of people did not know whether a rate increase would be good or not for them, or were ambivalent on the subject.The international survey, which polled 1,000 people in the UK, comes as the MPC left base rate unchanged at 0.5 per cent today.However, the next rate rise - most probably of 0.25 per cent - could come as early as May, with another one by the end of the year if the economy performs well, according to experts.Recent official data has showed that the economy grew by 0.5 per cent in the last quarter of 2017, up from 0.4 per cent in the third quarter.Moreover, inflation has been steadily rising over the past year, reinforcing the case for a rate rise. Consumer price inflation was 3 per cent in December, just slightly down from November's five-year high of 3.1 per cent.John Wraith, an econom Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5363197/More-quarter-indebted-Britons-fear-rate-rise.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Hackers are using webcams to turn people into 'slaves'
 
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fox news - Hackers are using webcams to turn people into 'slaves' Hackers are using webcams to turn people into 'slaves' by secretly recording them through their computer.A security expert has warned that those who don't cover their webcams risk being blackmailed by hackers who have taken incriminating footage of them.The researcher said communities of cyber criminals exist where users boast of the unsuspecting people who they watch 'for fun' through hacked webcams.The best way to protect yourself is using a sticker to cover your device's camera, a technique used by Mark Zuckerberg and ex FBI-Director James Comey.Security expert Candid Wueest, who works for California-based firm Symantec, spoke to the Metro about the dangers of webcams and how to protect yourself.He said there are large groups of hackers who spy on people and brag about their criminal activity on the dark web.Some have started demanding ransom for images and videos captured of sexual acts/masturbation.Hackers threaten to post incriminating evidence to Facebook or LinkedIn unless a ransom of around £100 ($135) is paid.'Unfortunately there are some people just doing it for the fun of it, having power over others,' Mr Wueest said.'If they have someone who really freaked out or cried in front of the machine, they boast about that.'It's one of the ugliest types of cyber bullying we've seen.'The ability to remotely take control of another person's camera has long been known, the FBI allegedly had the ability to spy on people via the webcams back in 2013.The hackers use malware to download and install software onto machines, giving total access to the device.Malware can be used to access password information and credit card details but the new wave of vindictive spying is a more personal attack.All machines are vulnerable if the malware is installed, often disguised and easy to download, the malware can get anywhere.Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, as well as ex-FBI Director James Comey, avoid intrusion from hackers by putting a strip of tape over their laptop cameras and microphones.‘I cover up mine, on all my laptops, and just uncover it when I need to use it,’ said Mr Wueerst.While there are other methods of ensuring your privacy - scanning for malware, putting in passwords and activating firewalls - tape or nail varnish is the safest and easiest way, Mr Wueerst said. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5228017/Hackers-using-webcams-turn-people-slaves.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Couples marry on February 14 more likely to get divorced  - fox news
 
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Couples marry on February 14 more likely to get divorced - fox news It might seem like the most romantic day of the year to get married.But couples who pick Valentine’s Day to tie the knot are more likely to end up divorced, a study has shown.It may be that Valentine’s sweethearts are just that bit more impulsive, with the research showing these couples have lived together for a shorter time on average before marrying.The study led by the University of Melbourne found those who marry on February 14 are 37 per cent more likely to split.They are also 45 per cent less likely to make it to their third anniversary than couples who marry on other days.The research, that looked at more than 1.1 million Dutch weddings, found 6 per cent of Valentine’s Day marriages had failed within three years, compared to the 4 per cent average.The researchers said couples who married on Valentine’s Day were more likely to have lived together for under a year.The study, published in the Journal of Population Economics, states: ‘The chance to marry on a special date could increase the net attractiveness of a wedding and lead to quicker and lower-quality marriage commitments, on average, which might increase the vulnerability of the resulting marriages.’ Inexplicably, the risks were also higher for those who marry on a Monday or Tuesday.The start of the year is not a popular time to get married in the UK, with Valentine’s Day the exception.The average number of weddings on a weekday throughout the year is 313 but that jumps to 1,039 for February 14. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5374341/Couples-marry-February-14-likely-divorced.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Crisis-hit Carillion to meet with lenders this week
 
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fox news - Crisis-hit Carillion to meet with lenders this week Crisis-hit Carillion will this week meet with its lenders to hammer out a rescue plan.The contractor, which employs 19,500 in the UK, has been struggling with debt and problem contracts and needs new cash from next month to stave off collapse.Last night it said it would be meeting ‘financial creditors and certain other stakeholders’ on Wednesday.The company has been discussing potential Government support, which could mean a loan or handing back loss-making contracts.Carillion is a key contractor for the Government, with jobs on HS2, Crossrail, hospitals and roads.Last July it announced it had problems with several contracts, including an Aberdeen road project and two major hospital jobs, taking an £845 million hit.At one stage the company was expected to ask shareholders for cash, but its market valuation has plummeted so that now appears impractical. It has £925 million of debt and a £600 million pension deficit, dwarfing its stock market value of just £80 million.In addition to restructuring contracts, a rescue plan could also involve swapping debt for new shares in the company. Lenders include Santander, HSBC and Barclays.Carillion has been unable to raise cash by selling operations, with one sale to Serco since its problems began. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5242565/Crisis-hit-Carillion-meet-lenders-week.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Families to win refunds for power of attorney fees
 
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fox news - Families to win refunds for power of attorney fees Hundreds of thousands of people who overpaid for power of attorney will find out how to claim a partial refund tomorrow, Money Mail can reveal.Power of attorney is a vital document that allows someone to make financial decisions on your behalf in old age or if you become unwell or have an accident.Applications have soared in recent years, with 2.5 million registered in England and Wales in the past decade.However, it emerged last year that thousands of people overpaid when registering their document.The Ministry of Justice is only supposed to charge enough to cover the cost of providing the service, but the large number of applications meant it made a £89 million surplus.In April it cut the fee from £110 to £82 and promised to give a partial refund to anyone who applied between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2017.How much you can claim depends on when you applied, but it is expected to be £28 (the difference between the old and new fees).Karon Walton, chief legal officer of Solicitors for the Elderly, says: ‘We are delighted, but refunding thousands who have been overcharged over a four-year period won’t be easy - especially if a client has moved, lost capacity or passed away.’The Ministry of Justice did not comment last night. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5332633/Families-win-refunds-power-attorney-fees.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Toys R US on brink of collapse after festive flop  - fox news
 
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Toys R US on brink of collapse after festive flop - fox news Toys R Us is on the brink of collapse following a disappointing Christmas – putting more than 3,000 jobs at risk.The UK’s biggest specialist toy retailer is understood to have until the end of the week to find a buyer to save the business.It was put up for sale by its US parent last month due to poor trading over the festive period and has been hit by online trading.The US company has been dealing with its own problems and is about to close 180 stores.But reports suggest that if it does not attract a bidder, the UK arm could be thrown into bankruptcy.It is the second time the futures of Toys R Us and its 3,200 UK workers have been threatened. Six weeks ago it did a last minute deal to keep stores open and its staff in work over the Christmas period.The loss-making business was forced to pay almost £10million into its gaping pension black hole to secure a deal so it could close at least 25 of its 105 stores.It triggered a company voluntary agreement, allowing it to close its most unprofitable stores.It needed approval from the Pension Protection Fund, the UK’s pensions lifeboat for ailing companies, which said it would vote against the plans unless Toys R Us paid £9million into its £30million pension deficit. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5364355/Toys-R-brink-collapse-festive-flop.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Yellowstone supervolcano is showing signs of strain 7  - fox news
 
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Yellowstone supervolcano is showing signs of strain 7 - fox news Volcanoes experience strain from pressures just like humans - but now, scientists say they can measure exactly how much physical strain is on them.Researchers monitoring the Yellowstone supervolcano in Wyoming have detected molten rock about three miles below the surface.While it is not dangerous, the scientists have warned that slight shifts in the environment around the volcano can add up and create significant change over time.The technologies they use can detect changes in volcanic strain smaller than the width of a hydrogen atom.Geodesists David Mencin and Glen Mattioli say these measurements can advance scientists' understanding of volcanic activity.Their work, published this week in Yellowstone Caldera Chronicles, explains what these measurements can tell us about the national park's 'plumbing'.Mencin and Mattioli fleshed out the comparison between strain put on humans and volcanoes in their report.It said: 'We all know what it is like to experience strain.The pressures of everyday life can leave you feeling contorted and stretched.'It turns out, volcanoes are no different - they experience strain as well.' When a volcano experiences strain it changes shape.Specifically, the shape of its subsurface rock changes, the authors said.This process is called deformation.A number of forces can cause deformation.If its magma pressure or the amount of water filling nearby lakes change, a volcano can be subject to deformation.These pressures can be measured by GPS technology comb Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5387367/Yellowstone-supervolcano-measurable-strain.html
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Melrose moves to sweet-talk key GKN shareholders  - fox news
 
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Melrose moves to sweet-talk key GKN shareholders - fox news The predator behind the biggest hostile bid for a British company in almost a decade has met with dozens of shareholders in engineering giant GKN.Melrose Industries bosses, including chief executive Simon Peckham, are understood to have targeted ‘priority’ shareholders in GKN in a bid to pressure its management into talks.Midlands-based GKN rejected what it described as Melrose’s ‘derisory’ £7.4 billion bid on Thursday.GKN, led by American Anne Stevens who was thrust into the chief executive seat only last month, must now file details of an updated strategy to fend off Melrose within two weeks.The predator has offered to shovel £150 million into the disputed £1.1 billion GKN pension deficit, which is likely to put pressure on the targeted firm to follow suit.GKN launched an attack on Melrose last month arguing that the bid only offers a ‘fake premium’ to shareholders because of the way it is structured.There has also been talk of national security concerns. Peckham retorted: ‘We’re a UK quoted company run by people who’ve run a UK quoted company for 30 years. Which bit of the UK national security do you not think we’d be interested in?’Speaking to The Mail on Sunday, he said the question for shareholders is: ‘Would you like the Melrose management team – or a slightly reconfigured version of the GKN management team which is partly responsible for getting you to where you are today?’ Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5348385/Melrose-moves-sweet-talk-key-GKN-shareholders.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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WHAT WAS THE ASSYRIAN EMPIRE?  - fox news
 
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WHAT WAS THE ASSYRIAN EMPIRE? - fox news The Assyrian Empire was a complex Mesopotamian civilisation dating from 2,500 BC to around 600 BC.Mesopotamia, an area of ancient Asia, was where people first gathered in large cities, created governments, and learned to write.Alongside other Mesopotamian groups like ancient Babylon and the Sumerian cities, the Assyrian Empire was one of the earliest civilisations in history.As its height, the empire stretched from Egypt up through what is now Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and into Turkey.Turkey's Kültepe district was home to a settlement of the Old Assyrian Empire from the 21st to 18th centuries BC.Over 1,000 cuneiform tablets were found in the area in 1925, revealing a rich and complex cultural heritage.Much of our knowledge of early human societies comes from stone tablets such as these, leading some scholars to label Mesopotamia 'the place where history began'. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/fb-5407949/WHAT-ASSYRIAN-EMPIRE.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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WHAT IS 'OUMUAMUA AND WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT?  - fox news
 
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WHAT IS 'OUMUAMUA AND WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT? - fox news It was first spotted by a telescope in Hawaii on 19 October, and was observed 34 separate times in the following week.It is named after the Hawaiian term for 'scout' or 'messenger' and passed the Earth at about 85 times the distance to the moon.It was the first interstellar object seen in the solar system, and it baffled astronomers.Initially, it was thought the object could be a comet.However, it displays none of the classic behaviour expected of comets, such as a dusty, water-ice particle tail.The asteroid is up to one-quarter mile (400 meters) long and highly-elongated - perhaps 10 times as long as it is wide.That aspect ratio is greater than that of any asteroid or asteroid observed in our solar system to date.But the asteroid's slightly red hue — specifically pale pink — and varying brightness are remarkably similar to objects in our own solar system.Around the size of the Gherkin skyscraper in London, some astronomers were convinced it was piloted by aliens due to the vast distance the object traveled without being destroyed – and the closeness of its journey past the Earth.Alien hunters at SETI – the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence based at Berkeley University, California said there was a possibility the rock was ‘an alien artefact’.But scientists from Queen’s University Belfast took a good look at the object and said it appears to be an asteroid, or ‘planetesimal’ as originally thought.Researchers believe the cigar-shaped asteroid had a 'violent past', after Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/fb-5380373/WHAT-OUMUAMUA-KNOW-ABOUT.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Amazon shareholders demand company stop selling 'Rekognition' to cops  - fox news
 
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Amazon shareholders demand company stop selling 'Rekognition' to cops - fox news Amazon is drawing the ire of the ACLU and other privacy advocates after an investigation found that it has been marketing powerful facial recognition tools to police It's a call to CEO Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial recognition tech to law enforcement Share this article Share 13 shares So far, it counts the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Oregon and the city of Orlando as customers Facial recognition is used by many technology companies, but activists say Amazon's system could lead to dangerous surveillance powers for law enforcement Privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police, saying law enforcement agencies could use the technology to 'easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone' While the Seattle Police Department bars officers from using real-time facial recognition in body camera video, privacy activists are concerned that a proliferation of the technology could turn the cameras into tools of mass surveillance Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5857455/Amazon-shareholders-demand-company-stop-selling-Rekognition-law-enforcement.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Show turns viewers on to Ann Summers
 
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fox news - Show turns viewers on to Ann Summers The ITV drama Brief Encounters helped profits at lingerie company Ann Summers soar by 180 per cent – spectacularly defying the gloom in the high street.Turnover for the year to last June jumped from £102 million to £109 million while pre-tax profits rocketed from £1 million to £2.9 million, according to accounts just filed.It was the third year in a row of profit growth.The firm opened three new stores and expanded its sex toys selection – including the launch of Fusion, a device for couples endorsed by former Strictly Come Dancing stars Ola and James Jordan.The Brief Encounters series was about four women who became Ann Summers party planners.It was watched by five million viewers.Ann Summers chief executive Jacqueline Gold said the six-part programme had ‘reminded the nation of their favourite night in’. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5320149/Show-turns-viewers-Ann-Summers.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Purplebricks refutes criticism which caused share tumble  - fox news
 
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Purplebricks refutes criticism which caused share tumble - fox news Purplebricks has hit back at criticism from the City after its shares were hit by a broker's claim that listing with the online estate is like 'a £1,000 coin toss'.The spat revolves around what proportion of properties listed with the web-based estate agent are sold by 10 months in. A claim yesterday by analysts at Jefferies that the figure was barely more than 50 per cent and in line with traditional estate agents sent Purplebricks' share price tumbling 7 per cent.The stock slid another 2-3 per cent this morning despite a strong dismissal of the allegation by Purplebricks, which said that more than three-quarters of homes listed with it were sold within 10 months.Purplebricks charges a one-off fee that of around £1,000 although its latest results shows average revenue per customer at more than £1,100. That fee is kept whether the property is sold or not - whereas traditional agents charge a percentage of the price only if the home is sold.Jefferies said the company does not disclose the number of homes it sells and questioned a claim the company made on BBC Radio of selling 88 per cent of listed homes within 10 months.The research note authored by Anthony Codling and Sam Cullen, read: 'Our research sample found that it had sold 51.6 per cent of the homes listed in November 2016 within 10 months, a similar success rate to the overall market, but below the company's claim of 88 per cent.'A review of Purplebricks' accounting policies raises concerns to us that either its contra Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5343823/Purplebricks-refutes-criticism-caused-share-tumble.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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1,500-year-old Japanese tomb found alongside armor  - fox news
 
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1,500-year-old Japanese tomb found alongside armor - fox news A 1,500 year-old tomb containing human remains and armor of a chieftain has been discovered in very good condition.The tunnel-tomb was found in the city of Shibushi on Japan's third largest island, Kyushu, while workers were paving a road along a farm.The tomb contains the most burial goods in the region, with more than 20 pieces including an arrowhead, spear, iron ax, sword and a cuirass (breastplate), which was likely given to the chieftain as a gift from the Yamato imperial court.The skeletal remains were found in a stone coffin, and belonged to a five foot, five inches (167 centimetres) male.The iron armor suit discovered in the tomb, called tanko, was preserved in surprisingly pristine condition.According to Japanese newspaper the Asahi Shimbun, the tomb is one of the largest in the eastern part of the Kagoshima district on the southern tip of Kyushu island.'It was likely built got a powerful leader in the local region who was directly connected with the Yamato imperial court,' archaeologist Tatsuya Hashimoto, of the Kagoshima University Museum, told the Asahi Sumbun.By the end of the fourth century, The Yamato imperial court was settled on the Nara plain, with considerable control over the peoples of the archipelago.The Yamato period was a historical period characterised by the presence of large burial mounds called Kofun, and the newly discovered tomb is thought to have come from the Kofun period, which spanned the third to the sixth century and is one of the two eras Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5421433/1-500-year-old-Japanese-tomb-alongside-armor.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Cat launches handset that can detect toxic chemicals  - fox news
 
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Cat launches handset that can detect toxic chemicals - fox news The world's first smartphone that can detect toxic chemicals in the air has been unveiled.Cat has launched a smartphone called the S61 that can detect the presence of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).Common sources of VOCs include paints, solvents, carpets, furniture and cleaning products, all found in the working environments of Cat phone users, the firm says.The handset, which will cost £799 (€899 / $999), will be available to order from the company's website and retailers around the world in the next few months.The S61 will be launched at the Mobile World Congress, taking place in Barcelona from February 26 to March 1.Its air quality measurements are thanks to an on-board sensor from Swiss-firm Sensirion.It alerts users to high levels of the air pollutants, allowing them to make timely decisions like opening a window to improve ventilation or taking a break.The sensor can also provide humidity and current temperature readings.It also features an integrated thermal imaging camera with enhanced software for greater image contrast, expanded temperature range to 400°C (752°F).It comes with an upgraded standard camera, which will now take pictures in high definition.In a written statement Peter Stephens, CEO of Bullitt Group, global mobile device licensee for Caterpillar, said: 'We know that 60 per cent of Cat S60 customers use the integrated thermal camera at least once per week.'The temperature and resolution improvements found in the new Cat S61 will open up thermal imaging Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5423281/Cat-launches-handset-detect-toxic-chemicals.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  TSB are forced to pay more than £18k to fraud victims
 
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fox news - TSB are forced to pay more than £18k to fraud victims Victims could receive compensation payouts worth thousands if banks fail to do enough to stop fraud.In one recent case before the Financial Ombudsman Service, TSB Bank was forced to pay £18,768 to an elderly couple who fell victim to a scam.Crooks, posing as police officers, called the pair claiming their money was at risk and urged them to withdraw £47,000 at their local TSB.A TSB cashier warned them about fraud but the pair insisted.When the couple realised they were victims of a scam they complained to the bank.TSB refused to pay up, although it recovered £9,808, leaving the couple £37,000 out of pocket.The Financial Ombudsman Service ruled that TSB should have stopped the transfer in the light of the cashier’s concerns.It ordered the bank to pay the couple £18,768, half the total lost, plus 8 per cent interest. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5332135/TSB-forced-pay-18k-fraud-victims.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  Rare prehistoric fossil found on Scottish island
 
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fox news - Rare prehistoric fossil found on Scottish island A rare prehistoric fossil found on a Scottish island could significantly advance scientists' understanding of the area.The 170 million-year-old jawbone from a dog-sized crocodile-like creature is one of the only found anywhere in the world.The small fossil, measuring just over 3.5cm in length, was discovered on the Isle of Skye almost 30 years ago, but recent scans of the rock containing the bone unlocked its secrets.The island is one of the few places in the world where fossils from the Middle Jurassic Period can be found.Using high-resolution X-rays scientists from the University of Edinburgh were able to investigate the tiny bone found at Duntulm Castle in the north of the island.Through examining the fossil, and others previously found on Skye, they suggest that the 'scaly dog' animal is from a family of close crocodile relatives.Known as neosuchians, these creatures were becoming more diverse on the island's shores at the time.Dr Steve Brusatte, from the University of Edinburgh's School of GeoSciences, said: 'Bits and pieces of fossil crocodiles have been found on Skye before, but this is one of the nicer fossils, because it is a nearly complete jawbone.'It tells us that small, dog-sized crocodiles lived in the lagoons of ancient Skye, during the same time dinosaurs were living on land.'These were very ancient, very primitive relatives of today's crocodiles. They would have looked more like scaly dogs than big scary alligators.'One reason why the new fossil is so important is because it is one of the few crocodile fossils from the middle part of the Jurassic Period from anywhere in the world.'He added: 'Skye is a unique window into the Middle Jurassic, as it is one of the few places globally that preserves fossils from this time.'There are not only crocs, but also many dinosaurs, mammals, lizards, amphibians, and fish fossils found on Skye, and we keep finding more and more every time we go back.'This fossil was discovered by a geologist, John Hudson, in the 1980s when he was mapping the rocks of Skye. He showed it to me and we then figured out it was a new crocodile.''There are some relatives in North America, Asia, and other parts of Europe, but from later in time.'If we had better fossils of Middle Jurassic from other parts of the world, we would probably find more of these small crocs. But Skye is one of the only games in town for Middle Jurassic fossils.'In 2008, scientists revealed that the earliest turtles known to live in water had been discovered on Skye.The 164 million-year-old reptile fossils were discovered on a beach on the Strathaird peninsula in the south of the island and find formed a missing link between ancient terrestrial turtles and their modern, aquatic descendants.During the Middle Jurassic period, Skye was covered in lagoons and filled with turtles, crocodiles, pterosaurs and dinosaurs. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5226149/Rare-prehistoric-fossil-Scottish-island.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Experts say buy William Hill but sell Debenhams  - fox news
 
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Experts say buy William Hill but sell Debenhams - fox news BUY THIS: William Hill Canaccord Genuity recommends adding William Hill to your portfolio.The brokerage upgraded the bookie to Buy from Hold and lifted its price target to 350 pence from 285 pence, saying a favourable run of sporting results over Christmas could add a surprise boost to the company’s 2017 results.The retailer issued a profit warning on Thursday after posting a 1.8 per cent fall in sales over the Christmas period.Liberum said Debenhams would likely be forced to cut its dividend to pay shareholders and slashed its target price to 25 pence from 40 pence. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5244385/Experts-say-buy-William-Hill-sell-Debenhams.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  How KPMG raked in almost £30m from bust builder Carillion
 
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fox news - How KPMG raked in almost £30m from bust builder Carillion The scandal-hit accountant has checked the construction giant’s books since 1999 and is facing questions over how it gave them a clean bill of health in March 2017.Carillion went into compulsory liquidation last Monday with debts of up to £5billion and only £29million cash in the bank.Bosses will be hauled before MPs to explain what went wrong.KPMG also faces a possible probe from accountancy watchdog the Financial Reporting Council.Frank Field, chairman of the parliamentary work and pensions committee, is demanding answers from KPMG on how robustly it examined Carillion’s accounts.Last year KPMG was cleared of wrongdoing over its audit of HBOS before it collapsed.But a probe by the Mail found there were at least three former KPMG employees on the investigating committee.It has also emerged that Carillion was forced to reveal extra information in its 2016 accounts following an FRC review.It is not clear what the information was.A KPMG spokesman said: ‘Transparency and accountability are vital in building public trust in audit.We welcome the opportunity to assist the committee’s investigations and will provide our fullest co-operation.’ Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5318049/How-KPMG-raked-30m-bust-builder-Carillion.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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U.S. hedge fund targets City tech firm Fidessa  - fox news
 
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U.S. hedge fund targets City tech firm Fidessa - fox news A ruthless US hedge fund with a history of targeting firms in takeover talks has set its sights on City tech pioneer Fidessa.Activist fund Elliott Capital Advisors has revealed a stake in the British software group. On Tuesday Fidessa said it was in takeover talks with Swiss rival Temenos for £1.4billion.Fidessa, founded in the 1980s, pioneered software used by City traders, with one of its founders expected to make millions from the sale.Temenos, which makes software used in banking, has offered 3647p per share. But Elliott’s disclosure of a 4.87 per cent holding in Fidessa will fuel speculation it wants a higher price.Elliott has snapped up shares in firms locked in takeover talks, then eked out a profit by piling pressure on the boards of the firms involved to get the bidding price increased.It declined to comment on its intentions.Fidessa’s shares increased by 5 per cent, or 180p, to 3750p, taking them above the offer price. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5419221/U-S-hedge-fund-targets-City-tech-firm-Fidessa.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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WHAT WAS ARISTOTLE'S MASTERPIECE AND WHY WAS IT BANNED?  - fox news
 
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WHAT WAS ARISTOTLE'S MASTERPIECE AND WHY WAS IT BANNED? - fox news Aristotle's Masterpiece as first published in 1684 and has seen many different editions since this time.The brazen teachings of the 'sex manual' meant it was banned all over the country.This was a book aimed at the common people that would've been cheaply printed in questionable establishments and sold 'under the table'.The first version borrowed most of its content from two earlier works, the Secret Miracles of Nature by Levinus Lemnius and the anonymous Complete Midwives Practice Enlarged.Due to the popularity of the content stored within the pages of the book, the copies were often used regularly for their quasi-pornographic material and speculative tales.Used until they literally disintegrated, few remaining copies survive.It was considered at the time to be the original lover's guide and contains a bizarre mix of superstition and sex facts, about everything from the 'actions of the genitals' to the 'benefits of marriage'.It would often be the first window into a sexual world for teenage boys and was given to brides-to-be by their mothers before they consummated their marriage.The text itself is a peculiar mash-up of early seventeenth-century medical works and popular old wives' tales about sex and reproduction passed down through generations.The book did occupy some scientific ground as pull-out diagrams of the female anatomy featured to aid midwives in the delivery of children.The book is, rather unsurprisingly, not written by Aristotle - the real Aristotle lived nearly Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/fb-5382363/WHAT-ARISTOTLES-MASTERPIECE-BANNED.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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fox news -  IS THE SUN LOSING ITS GRIP?
 
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fox news - IS THE SUN LOSING ITS GRIP? Researchers at NASA and MIT discovered that as our sun gets older, its mass becomes smaller and smaller.As the sun ages, its gravitational pull over the solar system also weakens.The scientists used Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, which states that massive objects, such as the sun, have the effect of warping the space-time continuum around them.The study used data collected from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, which orbited Mercury between March 2011 and April 2015 to show that the sun is losing its gravitational pull.Mercury's orbit shows that warping most clearly because it's the closest planet to the sun. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/fb-5290837/IS-SUN-LOSING-GRIP.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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