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Breaking News  - Taino Native American DNA found in modern Puerto Ricans
A 1,000-year-old tooth has provided genetic evidence that the first natives to meet Columbus in the New World have living descendants in the Caribbean.DNA from the Taino people, who were thought to have been wiped out after Europeans arrived in the Bahamas in 1492, has been found in modern-day Puerto Ricans.The new research provides the first concrete proof that indigenous ancestry in the Caribbean has survived to the present day.Previously, it was thought the 'handsome' Taino people were wiped out shortly after Christopher Columbus arrived in the Caribbean.The tooth used in the new study was found on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, and marks the first complete ancient human genome from the Caribbean.It belonged to a Taino woman who lived sometime between the 8th and 10th centuries, at least 500 years before Columbus's arrival.Comparing the ancient genes to those of contemporary Puerto Ricans, scientists found they were more closely related to the ancient Taíno than any other indigenous group in the Americas.However, the researchers, from Cambridge and Copenhagen Universities, argue that this characteristic is unlikely to be exclusive to Puerto Ricans alone.When Columbus arrived in the New World the 15th Century, he described the Taino as a generous people.'They will give all that they do possess for anything that is given to them, exchanging things even for bits of broken crockery,' he noted upon meeting them in the Bahamas in 1492.'They were very well built, with very handsome bodies and very good faces....They do not carry arms or know them....They should be good servants.'Few of the Taíno were left a half-century later, wiped out by European disease and the slave trade, and it was thought for centuries they had gone extinct.The new findings are likely to be significant for people who have long claimed indigenous Taíno heritage.While historians, archaeologists and descendant communities had claimed the Taíno weren't extinct for decades, until now they lacked clear genetic evidence to support their case.Lead author Dr Hannes Schroeder, from the University of Copenhagen, said: 'It's a fascinating finding.'Many history books will tell you that the indigenous population of the Caribbean was all but wiped out, but people who self-identify as Taíno have always argued for continuity.'Now we know they were right all along: There has been some form of genetic continuity in the Caribbean.'Study co-author Professor Eske Willerslev, from the, University of Cambridge, said: 'It has always been clear that people in the Caribbean have Native American ancestry, but because the region has such a complex history of migration, it was difficult to prove whether this was specifically indigenous to the Caribbean, until now.'The researchers were also able to trace the genetic origins of the Taíno people.They showed that they were most closely related to Arawakan-speaking groups who live in parts of northern South America today.This suggests that the origins AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5409119/Taino-Native-American-DNA-modern-Puerto-Ricans.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - China set for 2018 mission to the far side of the moon
China is set to send a radical probe to the far side of the moon this year, it has been claimed.The mission is the latest in a string of space breakthrough for China.The new Chang'e 4 space mission will launch in June, when a Long March 4C rocket will carry a 425kg relay satellite and place it 60,000km behind the moon.According to the Chongqing Morning Post, a container filled with seeds and insect eggs will be attached to Chang'e 4, China's second lunar lander, and will be sent to the Moon in 2018.  The container, which is made from special aluminium alloy, will demonstrate the growing process of plants and animals on the Moon.  It will also provide valuable data and experience for the future establishment of eco-bases on other planets. 'The container will send potatoes, arabidopsis seeds and silkworm eggs to the surface of the Moon. The eggs will hatch into silkworms, which can produce carbon dioxide, while the potatoes and seeds emit oxygen through photosynthesis. Together, they can establish a simple ecosystem on the Moon,' Zhang Yuanxun, chief designer of the container, told the Chongqing Morning Post.A second launch later in the year will send a lander and rover to the far side of the moon, which will be guided to a safe landing by the satellite.It will be the first ever landing on the lunar far side, an unexplored region of the Moon called South Pole-Aitken Basin, a vast basin in the southern hemisphere of the far side which extends from the South Pole to Aitken crater.The rover will also contain a 'gardening kit' to pave the way for a human outpost by examining how plants grow on the lunar surface.'The Chinese are pushing back the frontier with such a technically challenging mission,' says Brian Harvey, space analyst and author of China in Space: The Great Leap Forward, told The Guardian.China also announced plans to launch a space probe to bring back samples from the moon, in what state media cast as competition to U.S. President Donald Trump's ambitions to revitalise U.S. space exploration.The Chang'e-5 lunar probe is undergoing a final round of tests and is expected to be on standby for launch from August, the official People's Daily said last year, citing the China National Space Administration.The launch will involve new challenges for China in sample collection, taking off from the moon and high-speed reentry to the Earth's atmosphere, making it 'one of China's most complicated and difficult space missions', Hu Hao, an official from China's Lunar Exploration Programme, told the paper.Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for China to become a global power in space exploration.'Not long ago, the United States' Trump Administration revealed an ambition to return to the moon.'Our country also announced a series of deep space exploration plans,' said the official Science and Technology Daily.'The moon is the first stop for humanity's march towards deep space,' the paper said.In February, the Trump administration asked the National Aer AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5226529/China-set-2018-mission-far-moon.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Stunning video footage shows how vitamin B1 cured the tremors of two patients
Super-strength doses of vitamin B1 could cure the shakes, scientists claim.The 'remarkable' treatment worked on two patients in their 70s - and stopped their tremors from playing havoc on their lives.Stunning video footage showed how thiamine, or vitamin B1, changed the lives of the patients, who were both plagued by the shakes.The life-changing injections – which provide 100 times more of the vitamin than recommended - gave one man the ability to drink a cup of tea again.Italian researchers at a nursing home, who tested the high doses of thiamine, believe it could offer hope of a new way of combating essential tremors.Medics, led by Dr Antonio Constantini, published the results of the ongoing three-year long trial in the prestigious BMJ Case Reports.He wrote: 'High-dose thiamine has led to a rapid, remarkable and persistent improvement of the symptoms in two patients with essential tremor.'This result suggests the possibility that high doses of intramuscular thiamine may be an affordable alternative.' He added it was 'highly effective'.No side effects have been noted so far – unlike that of the current drugs given to patients with essential tremor to combat tremors, or the shakes.The neurological disease, which can greatly affect life quality, strikes between four and 10 per cent of the population, according to estimates.Dr Costantini, of the Villa Immacolata in Viterbo, added: 'We deem necessary a lifelong use of high-dose thiamine in affected subjects.'The man, who was 70 when he started treatment four years ago in 2014, suffered from the shakes for five years before seeking help.It initially affected his handwriting but it eventually robbed him of his ability to use a spoon, pour items and even carry trays.Doctors in Viterbo – 50 miles (80km) north of Rome – gave him two doses of 100mg of thiamine weekly. Adults are advised to have 1mg each day.He scored 17 on a points scale designed to measure symptoms of essential tremor before treatment. This dropped to just 6.5 three months after.The woman, who also suffered from essential tremor, realised that she had a slight shake while decorating objects with her tools.She sought help at the same clinic and in November 2014 was started on 100mg injections of thiamine twice a week.Before the treatment she scored 21 points on the ADLS tremor score. This dropped to seven after three months of the injections. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5573807/Stunning-video-footage-shows-vitamin-B1-cured-tremors-two-patients.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Treasury suggests 1p and 2p coins could be scrapped
Philip Hammond is facing a backlash after suggesting 1p and 2p coins and £50 notes could be scrapped as part of moves to a cashless society.Treasury documents published alongside the Chancellor's Spring Statement raise questions about the future of the small change, pointing out they are increasingly 'falling out of circulation'.Large numbers of pennies and 2ps are being used just once before being thrown away, according to the assessment.At the other end of the scale, £50 notes are 'rarely used for routine purchases' and can be implicated in money laundering and tax evasion.However, Tory MP Ian Liddell-Grainger said the penny was a part of history and branded the idea of getting rid of small units 'lazy'.The Treasury consultation stops short of proposing the currency be abandoned altogether, but makes clear the government's initial views on the issue.'From an economic perspective, having large numbers of denominations that are not in demand, saved by the public, or in long term storage at cash processors rather than used in circulation does not contribute to an efficient or cost effective cash cycle,' the document says.The paper says six in 10 1p and 2p coins are only used once before 'leaving the cash cycle'.'In the normal course of the cash cycle, many denominations fall out of circulation, for example, by being placed into savings jars,' the consultation says.'Surveys suggest that six in ten 1p and 2p coins are used in a transaction once before they leave the cash cycle. They are either saved, or in 8 per cent of cases are thrown away..'To meet demand created by such losses from circulation, in previous years the government and the Royal Mint have needed to produce and issue over 500 million 1p and 2p coins each year to replace those falling out of circulation.'The decreasing use of cash for small-value transactions, together with the public returning stores of small change to banks, meant the issues were becoming more pronounced.The document adds: 'The cost of industry processing and distributing low denomination coins is the same as for high denomination coins, making the cost high relative to face value and utility.'At the same time the £50 note is 'believed to be rarely used for routine purchases and is instead held as a store of value'.'There is a significant overseas demand for £50 notes, with the notes used for some transactions, but mainly held as a store of value alongside other currencies such as the dollar and euro,' the document says.'There is also a perception among some that £50 notes are used for money laundering, hidden economy activity, and tax evasion.'But Mr Liddell-Grainger told MailOnline: 'A lot of charities live for those pennies.'This is a level of laziness from the Treasury. They just want to stop something, even though people still use it.'It is the same issue we had over cheques.'He added: 'I think the government has got this wrong. They need to have a long think about this. It is a bad mistake.'Sara Coles, personal AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5495799/Treasury-suggests-1p-2p-coins-SCRAPPED.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Skylon spaceplane could be a reality by 2025 following new backing
A revolutionary spaceplane that could take tourists into orbit at five times the speed of sound could be ready by 2025 thanks to a funding boost.Dubbed Skylon, the plane will use an 'air-breathing' jet engine capable of sending it to the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere in just 15 minutes.It will then switch to rocket power to stay in orbit, according to Reaction Engines Limited (REL), which is hoping to beat the likes of Nasa in building the world's first 'hypersonic' engine.In a statement today, Oxfordshire-based REL announced a major new joint £26.5 million ($37m) investment in the technology, with contributions from Boeing and Rolls Royce.The investment puts the aircraft's first flight on track for 2025 provided ground tests of REL's engine - set to begin in 2020 - are successful.REL's latest funding boost takes the total capital it has raised over the past three years to £100 million ($140m).'Rolls Royce and Boeing - these are really big names, and it's fantastic to be in this position,' REL CEO Mark Thomas told BBC News.'Rolls are super-positive about the technology. They want us to be independent and innovative, and to push our technology as hard as possible.'And Boeing - that's amazing. They are the world's biggest aerospace company, have decades of expertise and future plans that, for us I'm sure, will be really exciting.'REL is developing what it calls the Sabre engine, a turbine designed to fire aircraft from the runway to orbit in a single step.It would work like a jet engine up to Mach 5.5 (5.5 times the speed of sound or 1.9 km per second) before switching to a rocket mode for the rest of the ascent.In its rocket flight configuration the aircraft could reach speeds of Mach 25, or around 5.3 miles per second (8.5 km per second).Sabre works by burning atmospheric air in combustion chambers, creating heat that then  turbo-charges the engine.At the moment, rockets and spaceplanes have to carry liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen to power them, a heavy and therefore expensive burden.The new engine creates its own liquid oxygen by cooling air entering the engine from 1,000°C to minus 150°C in a hundredth of a second – six times faster than the blink of an eye – without creating ice blockages.The technology could be used in vehicles designed to deliver communications satellites or tourists to orbit at rapid speeds before returning to Earth.Aircraft that fly at hypersonic speeds from point to point on Earth's surface may also employ the technology - an application that clearly interests Boeing.The firm's investment arm, Horizon X Ventures, is fronting the new joint fund in what is its first investment in a UK-based company.'As Reaction Engines unlocks advanced propulsion that could change the future of air and space travel, we expect to leverage their revolutionary technology to support Boeing's pursuit of hypersonic flight,' said HorizonX vice president, Steve Nordlund.Rolls-Royce has invested in the project before, part-funding research into AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5607485/Skylon-spaceplane-reality-2025-following-25m-backing-Boeing-Rolls-Royce.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Massive 'plume' cloud spotted on the surface of Mars
Since 13 September 2018, the Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC) on board ESA's Mars Express has been observing the of a curious cloud formation. The cloud can be seen in this VMC image taken 10 October as the white, elongated feature extending 1500 km westward of the volcano.  Left, The water ice cloud, which arises as the volcano slope interacts with the air flow, can be seen as the white, elongated feature in the lower left part of the image, extending westward of the volcano and casting a shadow on the surface. The image was taken on 17 September 2018, from an altitude of 11 000 km. North is up. Right, The cloud began forming near the 20 km-high Arsia Mons volcano, close to the planet’s equator. a comparison, the cone-shaped volcano has a diameter of about 250 km; a view of the region with labels is provided here. The High Resolution Stereo Camera on board ESA’s Mars Express snapped a view of a curious cloud formation that appears regularly in the vicinity of the Arsia Mons volcano. This water ice cloud, which arises as the volcano slope interacts with the air flow, can be seen as the long white feature extending to the lower right of the volcano. The cloud, which measures 915 km in this view, also casts a shadow on the surface. This image was taken on 21 September 2018 from an altitude of about 6930 km. North is up.      AutoNews- Source:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6330033/Mysterious-900-MILE-long-plume-cloud-spotted-surface-Mars-near-giant-volcano.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490
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Breaking News  - A weekly HIV pill may be on the way
A new weekly HIV treatment was shown to work in animals in a new study, prompting its manufacturer to begin development of a pill for humans.HIV medications can now keep levels of the virus so low in people with the disease that they are undetectable and cannot be transmitted.But traditional therapies require taking many potent drugs, or getting frequent injections, so there has been a recent push in the medical community to develop therapies that need to be taken less frequently and from home.Massachusetts-based drug manufacturer Lyndra's most recent test of its treatment found that effective, oral doses of three HIV-fighting compounds could stay in the systems of animals for sustained periods of time, as proof of concept for the drug they are developing.Progress in medications for as well as social awareness and destigmatization of HIV have greatly improved quality of life for those living with it.In September of last year, that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that those with undetectable viral loads - or levels of the infection - in their systems are now at 'effectively no risk' of transmitting the disease.The announcement was celebrated by the HIV positive community and put a sort of seal of approval on the efficacy of modern treatments.But, even as life spans continue to stretch for HIV positive people, the disease remains incurable, requiring a lifetime of treatment.Perhaps the biggest advancement in HIV treatment to come to market has been a single pill that combines the three key drug compounds used that combat the virus.The oral medication has to be taken every day, however, some studies have suggested that missing even two days of the pill can give the virus a window of opportunity to return to detectable levels.It is nearly impossible to accurately monitor how well HIV patients stick to their medication regimens, but a National Institutes of Health study done last year linked adherence to visits to care providers, and estimated that only about 57 percent of those who were diagnosed and connected with a provider kept with up with their appointments, suggesting they may not keep up with their medications either.'Because people with HIV require life-long antiretroviral therapy, a long-acting oral option that could be taken at home would make it easier for patients to adhere to their treatment regimen,' said Dr Andrew Bellinger, co-founder and chief scientific officer of Lyndra.He and his team hope that 'by fitting into a patient's regular routine, an ultra-long-acting therapy would be taken consistently, improving therapeutic success and helping avoid viral resistance.'In the proof of concept study, published in Nature Communications, the researchers simulated a variety of adherence levels in mice, meaning that they gave different groups of mice their single antiretroviral pill at varying degrees of frequency.They found that even the mice that were given just one pill a week maintained undetectable levels of the HIV v AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5250975/A-weekly-HIV-pill-way.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Israeli scholars decipher Dead Sea Scroll
Israeli scholars have pieced together and deciphered one of two previously unread manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls more than half a century since their discovery.The 60 or more tiny fragments of parchment bearing encrypted Hebrew writing had previously been thought to come from a variety of different scrolls.But now academics have found the pieces all fit together to make just one scroll.The document makes reference to a unique 364-day calendar and a festival that marks the changing of the seasons celebrated by an ancient, celibate Jewish sect.WHAT DOES IT SAY? The latest deciphered scroll contains references to the 364-day calendar used by the sect, as opposed to the lunar calendar used in Jewish religious practice today. The scroll identifies the name of a festival that celebrates the changing of the seasons.   The festivals included New Wheat, New Wine and New Oil, which are related to the Jewish festival Shavout and no longer observed in Judaism.  Researchers also identified a festival observed four times a year called Tekufah - which means 'period' in modern-day Hebrew and marks the transition between the seasons. Annotations in the margin from a scribe correcting the author's original work helped them decipher its meaning. Many experts believe the manuscripts of the Dead Sea were written by the celibate Essenes, a dissident Jewish sect that had retreated into the Judaean desert around Qumran and its caves.The Dead Sea Scrolls have fascinated scholars and historians since the ancient texts were found around 70 years ago scattered within a series of caves in the West Bank.Eshbal Ratson and Jonathan Ben-Dov from the University of Haifa's Bible studies department found the pieces all fit together after they started examining them just under a year ago.Some of the fragments they had to decipher were smaller than 1cm² (0.15 inch²).'They put it all together and said it was actually one scroll,' said Ilan Yavelberg a university spokesman.A Haifa University statement said that Ratson and Ben-Dov were now working on deciphering the last remaining scroll.Many experts believe the manuscripts of the Dead Sea were written by the celibate Essenes, a dissident Jewish sect that had retreated into the Judaean desert around Qumran and its caves.The theory says the group either wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls or were caretakers of the legal, philosophical and religious documents.The latest deciphered scroll contains references to the 364-day calendar used by the sect, as opposed to the lunar calendar used in Jewish religious practice today.The scroll also identifies the name of a festival that celebrates the changing of the seasons.The festivals included New Wheat, New Wine and New Oil, which are related to the Jewish festival Shavout and no longer observed in Judaism, writes BBC.Researchers also identified a festival observed four times a year called Tekufah - which means 'period' in modern-day Hebrew and marks the transition between the seasons.The parchment a AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5297167/Israeli-scholars-decipher-Dead-Sea-Scroll.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Teenager didn't know she was having a baby until she was in LABOUR
A teenager didn't know she was having a baby until she was in labour because she hadn't shown any signs of pregnancy.Charlotte Thomson, now 21, of Newcastle upon Tyne, had regular periods and was still slipping into her size 8 dresses so had no idea she was expecting.It wasn't until she took herself to hospital with bleeding and painful stomach cramps that medics told her she was about to give birth.Daughter Molly, now two, arrived two hours later.Nursery nurse Charlotte said: 'My stomach was completely flat, and I'd been having regular periods so it was such a shock when I found out.'I didn't believe that I was actually pregnant until I gave birth. It was scary becoming a first-time mum with no warning.'But I wouldn't change Molly for the world, and I feel so lucky.'Charlotte, who fell pregnant with an ex-boyfriend, said she only put on 3lbs during her pregnancy and had felt more tired than usual but put the symptoms down to her party girl lifestyle.'I thought it was from going out all the time,' she said. 'I still managed to get into my clothes so I just ignored it.'In December 2015 Charlotte woke in agony at 2.30am and realised she was bleeding profusly.She said: 'I took some paracetamol and hoped that it would blow over.'Instead, the pain just got worse and I was in agony. An hour later I felt like I was going to be sick so I ran to the toilet and saw that my underwear was full of blood.'I had just finished my period so I was really scared. I knew something was seriously wrong and booked a taxi to the hospital.'Nurses at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital examined Charlotte and told her she needed to speak to a midwife.'I told them that there had to be a mistake,' Charlotte said. 'I'd had no symptoms.'But ten minutes later, a midwife performed an ultrasound and told Charlotte she was nine months pregnant and in labour.Charlotte continued: 'I panicked that I wasn't prepared and hadn't bought any baby clothes. I was so worried about what my parents would say when they found out that I was having a baby.'At 4.30am, a nurse phoned Charlotte's parents, Lynne Thomson, 50, a domestic cleaner, and Vincent Thomson, 50, an engineer, and told them their daughter was pregnant.Charlotte said: 'My parents thought that I was only a few weeks along and having a miscarriage.'I burst into tears when they arrived, and told them I had no idea that I was pregnant. They were really supportive and excited about their first grandchild.'Two hours later, Charlotte gave birth to Molly.Charlotte said: 'As soon as I held Molly, I loved her so much. She was perfect and we had an instant bond.'Doctors explained that she'd had no bump because Molly had been tucked up underneath her ribs.Charlotte said: 'It's crazy to think that I'd been carrying a baby all that time.'When Mum called my work to explain that I'd had a baby, they were gobsmacked as they'd seen me the day before with no baby bump at all.'Charlotte and Molly were discharged from hospital two days lat AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5467271/Teenager-didnt-know-having-baby-LABOUR.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - World's fastest charger gives electric cars full power in minutes
Swiss engineering firm ABB claims to have created the world's fastest electric vehicle charger.Called the Terra High Power DC fast charger, the device can give the average electric car 120 miles of range in a mere eight minutes.The 350 kilowatt charger can recharge vehicles almost three times faster than the rate of Tesla's Supercharger charging stations, according to New Atlas.ABB says its DC fast chargers are best suited for use at highway rest stops and petrol stations.So far, the firm has installed over 6,500 fast charging stations in 60 countries.As more and more advanced charging technology is developed, it should help incentivize the adoption of electric vehicles.Current chargers are significantly slower than the machines ABB has proposed.CHAdeMO chargers, which were recently adopted by Volkswagen, only provide about 62.5 kilawatts of charge.Tesla Superchargers put out about 120 kilawatts, despite Elon Musk recentlyjoking that 350 kW would only power a 'children's toy'.There are few cars capable of handling up to 350 kW charging, as many try to preserve battery life and can take an upwards of 200 kW, New Atlas noted.For now, ABB's super fast chargers are only likely to work when multiple cars are plugged in at once.Meanwhile, Tesla has been steadily ramping up the number of Supercharger stations it has set up around the country.Last September, the firm said it would expand its Supercharger network into city centers and downtown areas, starting with Chicago and Boston.To support high usage and accommodate for having less space for the stations, Tesla is also developing a brand new smaller Supercharger specifically for cities.While a lot of talk about Tesla has been its move toward allowing for longer drives with Supercharge stations along highways and popular driving routes, it has installed 'Destination Charging' connectors at hotels, resorts, restaurants, and more.The company will do the same in urban areas, opening Supercharger stations at supermarkets, malls, and other busy destinations.'Supercharger stations in urban areas will be installed in convenient locations, including supermarkets, shopping centers and downtown districts, so it’s easy for customers to charge their car in the time it takes to grocery shop or run errands,' Tesla said.To fit their chargers into cities, Tesla has developed a new smaller Supercharger design.'Superchargers in urban areas have a new post design that occupies less space and is easier to install, making them ideal for dense, highly populated areas,' Tesla said.These chargers will be the same price as the current Superchargers, but they will work a little differently.Each will have 72 kilowatts dedicated to power each car, which means charging speeds won't be affected if multiple cars at charging at once.This will result in more consistent charging times around 45 to 50 minutes.The existent stations charge with up to 145 kilowatts of power that is distributed between two adjacent cars and can get a Tesla AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5662739/Worlds-fastest-charger-electric-cars-battery-power-just-eight-minutes.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Ancient artifacts suggest ALL of Africa was the 'cradle of humankind'
The team discovered archaeological materials in two levels of a geological formation at a site called Ain Boucherit dating to 2.4 million and 1.9 million years ago (pictured) . Later excavations uncovered a trove of tools and cut-marked bones Share this article Share 41 shares The team found stone tools and animal bones bearing the marks of skinning and defleshing, as seen above Sites of ancient hominin presence have been found across the globe, beginning in Africa around 2.8 million years ago. These have included stone tools (blue) and fossils (red). The oldest form of stone tools can be traced as far back to Ethiopia This means human ancestors were in the Northern tip of the continent much earlier than previously thought AutoNews- Source:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6443587/Ancient-stone-tools-cut-marked-animal-bones-suggest-Africa-cradle-humankind.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490
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Breaking News  - Isaac Newton 2018 50p set to be a rare collector's coin
Most eager numismatists know that the rarest 50p in circulation is the Kew Gardens one, minted in 2009, with a run of just 210,000.Featuring the pagoda, one can sell for a tidy sum online – up to £50, thanks to its rarity.However, this year could see an even rarer coin than that Kew Gardens one – making it worth a mint in the near future - and some are already selling online for more than £80, or 160 times face value.Last year, the Royal Mint launched a 50p coin featuring Sir Isaac Newton. It has confirmed that it will offer a 2018 version of the coin – but the only place collectors can get their mitts on one is via the Royal Mint Experience in Llantrisant, Wales.Importantly, no 2018 Sir Isaac Newton coins will be released into circulation, meaning the likelihood is that these will become rarer than the Kew Gardens coin.This is Money visited the Mint last year and struck our own 12-sided £1 coin ahead of its launch.Early birds appear to have also visited this year, as some 2018 dated 50ps are already selling on websites such as eBay for £80.That's profit of around £60 factoring in the cost to strike one and the Royal Mint Experience entry fee, a better short-term return than even cryptocurrencies which have seen a boom in the last six months.The Royal Mint adds that this only available for a 'limited time only and subject to availability'.According to the Royal Mint Experience website, striking your own coin experience is limited to one coin per person per tour, again, adding to the exclusivity. It costs £5 to do on top of the entry ticket of £13.The coin is of 'brilliant uncirculated' standard. This is described by the Mint as having a higher standard than circulating and bullion coins.An expert at blog Change Checker said: 'We're predicting that due to the short time frame and visitor numbers, there could well be substantially less than 210,000 of these coins struck, meaning the 2018 Sir Isaac Newton 50p coin could well have a lower mintage figure than even the Kew Gardens 50p.'Sir Isaac Newton enjoyed a long association with the Royal Mint – he is perhaps the most famous 'Master of the Mint.'Although the coins are only available in Wales, some may come into ownership and accidentally spend them in the future.So if you do get a coin featuring the astronomer and mathematician, check the date on the reverse.After the Kew Gardens 50p, the next lowest minted 50p coins in circulation are from the Olympic coin range, but even these have mintage figures of 1million or more.The Royal Mint recently revealed its mintage figures for 2017, which showed that the Sir Isaac Newton coin had a mintage of 1.8million, making it the second rarest 50p behind the Kew Gardens coin (excluding 2012 Olympic ones).It even has a lower mintage figure than the 2016 Jemima Puddle-Duck coin, part of the Beatrix Potter collection.This had a mintage of 2.1million and changes hands for tidy sums online as people look to complete the set of characters. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/saving/article-5247211/Isaac-Newton-2018-50p-set-rare-collectors-coin.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Stress during pregnancy does affect a baby's brain, scans confirm
Scientists have found the first concrete evidence that a mother's stress during pregnancy changes the brain connections of her unborn child.Newly-developed scanning techniques allowed a team at Wayne State University to examine neural activity of 47 fetuses between 30 and 37 weeks gestation.They showed for the first time that babies of mothers in high-stress setting were developing differently to those whose mothers did not have high levels of stress, anxiety or depression.The findings, presented today at a conference in Boston, mark a breakthrough in neuroscience, confirming a long-held theory that no technology has been able to confirm or refute until now.'The major thrill is that we have demonstrated what has long been theorized, but not yet observed in a human, which is that the stress of a mother during her pregnancy is reflected in connectional properties of her child's developing brain,' said lead author Moriah Thomason, of the perinatal research department who today presents her work at the annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting.Beyond the huge implications for mental health, Thomason's findings also suggest that the brain may not develop in the sequence that we have always assumed.It is widely-held that first the simplest systems such as vision, balance and motor functions develop first, before the most complex systems, such as stress response.However, Thomason's study showed that the differences between stress-exposed babies' brains and their peers emerge almost immediately.And those differences are most clearly seen in the stress response center (the cerebellum), suggesting this region is one of the first to develop.New technology was crucial to make this breakthrough, to understand prenatal influences independent of environmental factors.Using fetal resting-state fMRI, they examined functional connectivity in 47 human fetuses scanned between the 30 and 37 weeks gestation.Conducting in-utero brain scans are challenging, mainly because it is near-impossible to keep the baby from moving about, but the new technology provides a clearer image than ever possible, making the small movements more manageable.All of the mothers involved in the study came from poor, urban areas fraught with stress, with many reporting high levels of depression, anxiety, and worry for themselves and their loved-ones.Above anything, Thomason said, these mothers wanted to join the study to help others like them.'A lot of our moms are interested in being part of this research, not because of concerns they have in their pregnancy,' she explained, 'but because they appreciate the heightened vulnerability of budding human life, and this is an opportunity to help other women that may not have the same fortune in their circumstances.''It has long been thought that the stress of a mother during her pregnancy may imprint on the brain of her developing child.'[But] despite the clear importance of this time frame, we presently possess very little understanding of how AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5545121/Stress-pregnancy-DOES-affect-babys-brain-scans-confirm.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Body of a fearsome Chinese warlord Cao Cao is finally found
Archaeologists have found the body of a fearsome Chinese warlord buried in a 1,800-year-old tomb, despite ancient efforts to hide his resting place.The hidden underground tomb dates back to the year 220AD and is believed to belong to Cao Cao, who was one of the most famous warlords at the end of the Eastern Han Dynasty.The huge mausoleum site was hard to find as most of its structure above ground had been demolished.Historians say Cao Cao's outstanding military and political talents enabled him to build the strongest and most prosperous state in northern China.He ruled during the Three Kingdoms period in 208 to 280 AD, when China had three separate rulers.A tomb thought to be his was found in 2009 but a controversy has raged since then over whether it was really Cao Cao in the main chamber.But archaeologists from the Provincial Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology say they are now sure that the remains of a man aged between 60 and 70 are those of the famous warlord.Although Cao Cao was revered at the time of this death, the tomb, found in the village of Gaoxixue in Anyang County in Eastern China's Henan province, has very little information on it.It is thought that Cao Cao forbade any grand tombs but that his son Cao Pi ignored his wishes and built one anyway.However, Cao Pi is believed to have changed his mind later, fearing tomb robbers, and had the upper part of the mausoleum taken down.Archaeologist Zhou Ligang said: 'This means that the demolition was not an act of revenge but was planned.'If the construction was knocked down by his opponents, there would be plenty of debris at the scene, but at Cao Cao's mausoleum that is not in that case.'However, there were still a few signs the site was Cao Caos tomb, including a stone tablet that has the name 'King Wu of Wei' on, ones of Cao Cao's titles.The underground mausoleum is also extremely large.Among the relics found were stone paintings featuring the social life of Cao's time, stone tablets bearing inscriptions of sacrificial objects, and Cao's personal belongings.According to Mr Ligang the identities of two ladies found in the tomb remained mysterious.History records that Cao Cao was buried with his wife, who died aged between 70 and 80, but the two corpses are of one woman in her fifties and one in her twenties.A new museum is now planned at the site.Mr Ligang said it was hoped it would receive its first visitors in around three years.Characters based on Cao are depicted as shrewd and unscrupulous villains in traditional Chinese operas and in one of China's best-loved historical novels, 'Romance Of The Three Kingdoms'.In the fictionalised account, Cao says: 'Better for me to wrong the world than for the world to wrong me.'The common saying in Chinese 'speak of Cao Cao and Cao Cao arrives' is the equivalent of the English expression 'speak of the devil' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5554109/Body-fearsome-Chinese-warlord-Cao-Cao-finally-found.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Stunning watercolour fresco discovered in the ancient ruins of Pompeii
Scroll down for video   The fresco 'Leda e il cigno' (Leda and the swan) discovered in the archeological area in Pompeii. The fresco depicts a story and art subject of Greek mythology, with Leda being impregnated by Zeus - Jupiter in Roman mythology - in the form of a swan  Archaeologists found the fresco depicting a sensual scene between a sensual woman and a swan in an ancient Pompeii bedroom (pictured) Share this article Share The fresco was discovered during ongoing work to consolidate the ancient city's structures after rains and wear-and-tear in past years caused some ruins to collapse Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii, Oplontis, and Stabiae under ashes and rock fragments, and the city of Herculaneum under a mudflow  The discovery of the fresco provides yet more insight into how the residents of the doomed city lived AutoNews- Source:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6406115/Sensual-goddess-fresco-discovered-ancient-Pompeii-bedroom.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490
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Breaking News  - Saver scoops £1m in his FIRST ever Premium Bond draw
A man from Bedfordshire has scooped the £1million jackpot prize just a month after buying Premium Bonds for the very first time.The man invested £7,000 in the popular government-backed savings products and defied mammoth odds to win the jackpot in the first month that his bonds were eligible to win a prize.He was one of March's two jackpot winners, the other being a Wiltshire man who has held Premium Bonds since childhood.Premium Bonds are Britain’s most popular savings product - around 21million people hold almost £72billion worth.Those who invest in the National Savings and Investments run bonds have a typical return of 1.4 per cent. Nearly 3million bonds won prizes of £25 in the March draw.The minimum amount savers can invest is £100 - and the money can be withdrawn anytime.Those who hold bonds, however, have the odds stacked against them and may not win a prize each year - or even during their lifetime, depending on the size of their investment. For instance, there is a 1 in 24,500 chance of a single bond winning £25.The chances of any £1 bond winning the jackpot are an eye-watering one in 36billion, showing just how lucky that bond holder from Bedforshire is to win within one month of investing.In comparison, the chances of winning the Lotto are roughly 1 in 14million per £2 ticket - however, unlike Premium Bonds, the stake is lost unless you win.The man won with bond number 320GM702120 and has since invested a further £500 of bonds that were not eligible for the draw.The other winner was an individual from Wiltshire who has owned a few Premium Bonds since childhood. He is the second person from the county to win one of the jackpots this year.He has held the maximum limit of £50,000 in the account since August 2017.NS&I has offered two £1million jackpot prizes in its draws since January 2016, while the amount savers can hold in them has risen in recent years.The draw is made by Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment - otherwise known as ERNIE - each month.Jill Waters, retail director at NS&I, said: 'The popularity of Premium Bonds is enriched with the moments ERNIE creates and the great stories that are there to be told.'March’s jackpot winners won with Bonds purchased within the last seven months, and ERNIE has rewarded them with the top prizes in such a short space of time.'In total, over 3million prizes have been paid out in March 2018’s prize draw. This is the first month in which ERNIE has paid out over 3million prizes.'Agent Million - who travels the country to deliver the jackpot news (LINK: 2221468) - will be hand delivering their prizes this month.NS&I says there are currently around 1.4million unclaimed Premium Bonds prizes, worth over £58million.In Wiltshire, there are currently around 9,000 unclaimed prizes worth over £330,000. Bedfordshire currently has around 5,000 unclaimed prizes worth over £200,000.In the March 2018 draw, a total of 3,004,822 prizes worth £85,887,850 will be paid out. There were 73,618,138,796 bonds el AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/saving/article-5446171/Saver-scoops-1m-Premium-Bond-draw.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Research sheds light on how HIV virus 'hides' from treatments
A cure for HIV could be in the pipeline, scientists claim.Experiments have today revealed exactly how the killer virus hides away, preventing antiviral drugs from flushing it out.Researchers haven long been baffled as to why some infected cells can go dormant and evade detection for years.But the new findings, made by University of California, San Francisco researchers, finally offer the medical community an answer.They discovered the cells can spontaneously become 'latent' - or dormant - by refusing to make the virus like a normally infected cell.The experts behind the trial, derived from 18 HIV patients, claim they can 'now start developing drugs' to allow the body to kill the dormant cells.There are currently no treatments that exist that can kill latent cells or stop them from reactivating in the future.Typically, the virus infects CD4 T cells, a type of immune cell, and uses the cell's DNA to produce viral RNA - which transports genetic messages for making proteins.These new virus bodies then leave the cell to infect more.However, the latency phase, in which an HIV-infected cell stops making the virus for a long period of time, has remained a mystery.Because they are not reproducing the virus, they are difficult to target using current treatments. And they can be deadly when they become active.'We can't even separate out uninfected from infected cells, let alone latently infected cells,' said Dr Steven Yukl, from the University of California, San Francisco.'Latently-infected cells are extremely rare - one in one million CD4 T cells - and we don't know how to identify them.'Why they sometimes become active again is poorly understood. There are currently no treatments that can kill latent cells or stop them from reactivating.WHAT IS AN 'UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD' OF HIV?  A person with HIV becomes 'undetectable' when treatment suppresses the virus to a level so low in their blood that it cannot be detected by measurements. If a person is undetectable and stays on treatment, they cannot pass HIV on to a partner. No study has ever shown HIV transmission from someone with an undetectable viral load. To date, an undetectable load is almost always achieved with daily doses of antiretroviral drugs. But a number of clinical trials - including PRO-140 by CytoDyn, which Charlie Sheen is involved in - hope to be developing treatments that could be administered on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Roughly 30 percent of America's 1.2 million people with HIV have reached an undetectable viral load which underscores the need for expanded access to testing, treatment, and care. For more information and resources, visit the Prevention Access Campaign website.To try and understand how they work better, the San Francisco team performed a series of tests on the latent HIV-infected cells.They discovered bits and pieces of viral RNA, showing the virus was attempting to reproduce unsuccessfully.'It's not that the cells aren't making viral RNA, but that the RNA isn't fin AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5464459/Research-sheds-light-HIV-virus-hides-treatments.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - SHARE PUNT OF THE WEEK: Thin Film Electronics
WHO IS IT? Thin Film Electronics creates smart labels which can be used on food containers to tell shoppers how fresh food is.The labels also allow retailers to control the cost of an item by computer.You can also use them to find out more about items. For example, a number of US breweries use them on their bottles. Pass a phone over the label and you are taken to a website, to learn more about the beer.Norway-based Thin Film, founded in 2005, is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and counts GlaxoSmithKline as a client.WHAT’S THE LATEST? In October, it raised £81million, to cover its costs until at least 2019. Thin Film will use the money to buy manufacturing equipment and develop products.WHO BACKS IT? The most recognisable name is Neil Woodford, one of the UK’s leading fund managers. Others include Invesco Perpetual, BNP Paribas and Danske Bank.WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST We are moving to a world where everyday items such as toasters, fridges and watches will be linked to the ‘Internet of Things’ revolution.Firms that develop this technology at a profit should do well in what is tipped to be a £337billion worldwide market by 2020.Encouragingly, Thin Film has signed five new clients since the start of December....AND WHY YOU SHOULDN’T The share price has plummeted dramatically to 21p after hitting 73p in 2015.As it is listed in Norway, an investment can fluctuate as the value of the pound changes against the Norwegian krona.And it’s difficult to pick successful tech firms as innovations can be easily copied and trumped by rivals. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/investing/article-5240045/SHARE-PUNT-WEEK-Film-Electronics.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Woman, 52, 'cured' her terminal cancer with cannabis oil
Joy Smith, 52, from Coventry, was given just six weeks to live after being diagnosed with inoperable stomach and bowel cancer in August 2016.Desperate for a solution, Ms Smith reluctantly took cannabis-based tablets, alongside chemotherapy, after reading about a cancer patient in the US who went into remission after producing her own marijuana oil.Nearly two years on, doctors, who described Ms Smith as 'the luckiest woman in the world', are baffled as her scans show just a small amount of the disease is left in her stomach, which she is confident will disappear with continued cannabis use.As well as approaching a miracle remission, Ms Smith has also recently won £84,000 after entering a TV competition while 'under the influence' of cannabis oil.She is speaking out to encourage cannabis' legislation for medical use, saying: 'I'm a walking miracle. The doctors call me Wonder Woman.'Cannabis oil should be legalised for medical purposes - people are dying and chemotherapy isn't curing them.'Ms Smith takes the nutritional supplement cannabidiol, which is derived from cannabis and is legal in the UK, however, her treatment also contains THC, which is what makes users 'high' and is not permitted.She is believed to buy the oil illegally online.'I would not be here without it'Speaking of taking cannabis oil, which she describes as being like eating 'thick black tar' mixed with olive oil, Ms Smith said: 'When you're told you have six weeks to live you'll try anything, trust me.'I was a bit sceptical about the oil at first as I'd never taken drugs or anything like that - but I know I would not be here today without it. I want to tell everybody.'After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Ms Smith was told chemotherapy would only buy her more time.She started having treatment every two weeks for three days, but had to have the line that delivered her chemotherapy taken out after she developed sepsis.Ma Smith was unaware her friends had been researching an alternative cancer cure online until she was handed a cannabis-based tablet out of the blue.She said: 'I didn't want to take it at first; I didn't know what it was.'Afterwards I felt drunk, all the nurses were looking at me and I was trying to act normal. I couldn't speak, my words just slurred out.'Ms Smith then started researching cannabis oil online and discovered it had worked for other sufferers.She said: 'I was looking for reassurance. I wanted to know if anyone had ever been cured by it.'I was taking it on and off. But when I'd been having it three-to-five times a week, the scans were getting better and then when I stopped taking it the scans showed no change.'At first I was only taking a tiny drop the size of about half a grain of rice.'Sometimes it takes hours to kick in and sometimes it's straight away. You do get stoned and you get very tired. It made me want to sleep so I tend to just stay in bed when I've taken it.'Describing her miraculous discovery, Ms Smith said: 'It's impossible, but I've b AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5489775/Woman-52-cured-terminal-cancer-cannabis-oil.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Vermont becomes 9th state legalize recreational marijuana
Vermont became the the ninth state in the US to legalize recreational marijuana on Monday.Governor Phil Scott privately signed Vermont's marijuana bill into law, making the state the first in the country to authorize the recreational use of the substance by an act of a state legislature.The law, which goes into effect July 1, allows adults to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, two mature and four immature plants.'Today, with mixed emotions, I have signed' the bill, Governor Scott said.'I personally believe that what adults do behind closed doors and on private property is their choice, so long as it does not negatively impact the health and safety of others, especially children,' he added.The Republican governor had until the end of the day Monday to sign the bill. His office issued a statement Monday afternoon saying he had signed the bill.Marijuana is legal in a total of 29 states.The state's law contains no mechanism for the taxation or sale of marijuana, although the legislature is expected to develop such a system.A group that opposed legalizing marijuana sees the law as a compromise since it doesn't provide for selling the drug.The group, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, or SAM, said it will continue to educate Vermonters 'on the dangers that legalization poses to their beautiful state.'While the bill was under consideration, a number of doctors from the Vermont Medical Society wrote a resolution calling for better labeling on medical marijuana and urging caution about its recreational use and the risks it could pose to children.Last year saw the first reported marijuana overdose.A baby in Colorado died of heart failure and doctors said they were unable to find a cause besides the marijuana edibles the infant ingested.As an early adopter, Colorado has served as a bellwether for the impact of legal recreational marijuana on public health.While the state has seen more traffic accidents since legalization, opioid overdoses have decreased.Yet research has shown the positive effects of marijuana for many, including cancer patients and people with mental illnesses, and still other work has claimed it poses no health risks.Vermont's move is an incremental reform that will have little impact for most people in the state, said Matt Simon, New England political director for the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project.'I think the vast majority of Vermonters won't notice any change at all,' Simon said. 'It's simply eliminating a fine and eliminating a penalty for growing a small number of plants.'The new law is unlikely to prompt people who don't now smoke marijuana to take it up, said Robert Sand, a professor at the Vermont Law School and former county prosecutor who has advocated for years to change the state's drug laws.'There will be times when people misuse marijuana, and opponents will cite the incidents as evidence that legalization was not a good thing,' he said.'I believe we will end up with a net improvement of public health and safety ev AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5299341/Vermont-governor-signs-pot-bill-mixed-emotions.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Could THIS lead to a cure for hearing loss?
A cure for hearing loss could be in the pipeline, researchers hope on the back of a new breakthrough.A scientific trial, branded 'extremely promising', has uncovered a new way to repair damaged cells deep inside the ear.Experts at Harvard and the University of Southern California made the discovery after testing animal tissues in the lab.Scientists have been trying for decades to find a cure for hearing loss, which strikes around one in five people in the UK and US.Fragile hair cells in the cochlea - an inner-ear structure that conveys sound to the brain - break down over time and can lead to hearing loss.But a major stumbling block in the human anatomy means any dissolved drugs to try and regenerate cells are swept away by fluid sitting deep in the ear.The new way of delivering drugs, created by Professor Charles Mckenna, addresses that problem.They found a way of piggybacking a drug to regenerate the crucial cells. Professor McKenna said: 'This is a first for hearing loss and the ear.'It is also important because it may be adaptable for other drugs that need to be applied within the inner ear.'We are not saying it is a cure for hearing loss. It is a proof of principle for a new approach that is extremely promising.'Professor McKenna, chemistry professor at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, added: 'It is an important step that offers a lot of hope.'The researchers created a new way of getting drugs to reach the cochlea, an inner-ear structure that receives sounds in the form of vibrations.It is full of tiny hair-like sensory cells, which are crucial to detecting sound waves. They do not regenerate - and they wear away over time.But the method of delivering medication regenerated synapses in mouse ear tissue that led to the repair of the fragile hair cells and neurons.The experts combined 7,8-dihydroxyflavone, which mimics a protein critical for the development of the body, and bisphosphonate - which sticks to bones.The findings were published in the journal Bioconjugate Chemistry.Professor McKenna and colleagues believe their new mechanism will work in living animals and humans and plan to test their theory soon.The study follows an Italian trial that found hearing problems could be a warning sign for memory loss in older people.People with hearing loss caused by the brain's inability to hear sound are twice as likely to suffer forgetfulness, the researchers found. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5582295/Could-lead-cure-hearing-loss.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Could cannabis help treat eczema and psoriasis?
University of Colorado scientists have begun trials on a compound in the drug to determine if it can combat the common skin conditions.They believe CBD - which doesn't cause a 'high' - could offer hope for millions of eczema and psoriasis sufferers.The anti-inflammatory compound, known officially as cannabidiol, is already backed for its plethora of benefits by the World Health Organization.Global health chiefs gave it a clean bill of health in a report published in December and declared it had no adverse outcomes.Holland & Barrett already stocks an oil form of the compound, which is legal to buy in the UK. Cannabis, however, remains illegal.Researchers, led by Dr Robert Dellavalle, have begun experiments on 40 Parkinson's patients with seborrheic dermatitis, InsideScience reports.Trials of a CBD-based pill have yet to finish - but studies have shown compounds in cannabis can help eczema and psoriasis patients.Dr Dellavelle told the website: 'There’s a large segment of the population that doesn’t like using steroids, even if they are topical steroids on their skin.'This [CBD] would be an alternative, natural product for them to try.'He added that there's a 'potential' of using CBD that may work in a different way to patients who receive no benefits from topical steroids.Ian Hamilton, a drug researcher at York University told MailOnline: 'There is emerging evidence that chemicals within cannabis might offer potential health benefits.'But we will need more than one research trial to be done before we can say whether this works or not.'He added: 'It might be several years before this research produces medicines that can be used for conditions such as eczema.'Psoriasis strikes around 650,000 people in the UK, including former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher. Kim Kardashian is one of eight million victims in the US.Six million people in the UK have eczema, including singer Adele. Hollywood actor Brad Pitt is one of 31 million sufferers in the US.Current treatments for both conditions revolve around topical steroid creams and emollients to soothe and hydrate patches of red, flaky skin.But the medications are known to have side effects, such as skin thinning. The new Colorado research could pave the way for a better treatment.CBD is, however, widely different to THC - which is the psychoactive compound that causes a high in cannabis and linked to psychosis.Campaigners and charities fighting for multiple sclerosis patients have argued for the UK Government to make the itself legal.They claim thousands of patients are often left with no other options than to turn to weed when conventional drugs fail to dampen their pain.But concerns have been raised that Britain's market of the drug is dominated by super-strength skunk - which is low in CBD and high in THC.Current laws state those caught in possession of the Class B substance face up to five years in prison in the UK.The Home Office declared last July that there was no intention to make cannabis legal - but AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5509647/Could-cannabis-help-treat-eczema-psoriasis.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Escape to the Chateau couple launch new renovations series
They are the congenial and colourful couple who found television fame renovating a dilapidated 45-room French Chateau bought for just €390,000.And now Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel, from Channel 4's Escape to the Chateau, are helping others to follow in their footsteps and turn their chateaux into a successful business.They are helping 16 individuals who have also made the decision to move to France and renovate a chateau - including a couple in their 20s.The new series called Escape to the Chateau DIY runs for four weeks every weekday at 4pm on Channel 4 - starting this afternoon.It follows the individuals as they struggle to renovate their derelict French properties, ranging in price from €60,000 to €1,000,050.Dick and Angel are on hand to help them avoid the pitfalls of running a business and turning their new homes into profitable ventures.Dick and Angel spoke exclusively to MailOnline Property about the new TV show and what viewers can expect.They explained how some of the renovations were filmed over the best part of a year, with a range of individuals following their French Chateaux dreams.This includes a couple in their 20s, a British man with a French wife and love of French antiques, and a British singer who found fame in Holland.Angel said: 'A chateau costs a lot of money to maintain. There needs to be a roof fund and a window fund. But the couples we worked with are now making money.'There is some number crunching that needs to be done and it is a lot of hard work. But there needs to be a balance and you need to remember why you are doing it. You need to make time for your family and spend time with the children.'Dick added: 'You also need to remember that there is a different beat to everything in France and once you accept that then life is a little easier.'And he stressed the importance of cashflow in running a business, saying: 'You need to think about revenue stream and the order of things.'But the show isn't all about the serious side of making money, with Dick and Angel bringing some of the colour and entertainment that we know and love from Escape to the Chateau to their new show.Dick enthused: 'I was on the roof of one chateau drinking a bottle of wine that was found in the walls of a dry moat. You don't get to do that every day.'The new show comes on the back of the popularity of Escape to the Chateau, which saw Dick and Angel renovate the rooms and grounds of their property, including a walled garden.The couple spent four years searching for their chateau, eventually buying one called Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson.It cost €390,000, which was not much more than their two-bedroom flat in Essex - the place they swapped for the French property.Chateaux in France are relatively cheap as they often cost more to renovate than to buy.Overseas finance specialist Simon Conn explains: 'Buying is one thing, but the upkeep of an abandoned chateau can be another. Maintenance costs for such a building can be considerable.'Running a suc AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-5581375/Escape-Chateau-couple-launch-new-renovations-series.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Mystery of the strange seismic waves that shook the world on Nov 11
Seismic signals originating off the coast of the small French island of Mayott were detected at seismology station ranging from Chile to New Zealand Researchers and earthquake enthusiasts who spotted the signals have narrowed down the origin to a region just off the coast of the island Mayotte (shown), in the Indian Ocean Share this article Share 5.1k shares Experts detected strange earthquake-like readings at seismology stations across the globe. Pictured are seismograph readings produced by three detectors at the FOMA seismology station in Madagascar. The strange seismic waves were picked up around 9:30am GMT (4:30am ET). The thick black lines show normal background noise that could be caused by anything from waves hitting a beach to a strong wind. The thinner, larger back lines show something more significant, and would normally indicate that an earthquake has occurred The strange waves were traced to an origin roughly 15 miles (24 kilometres) off of the French island, Mayotte Earthquake experts on Twitter debated over what could have caused the seismic waves. The Twitter thread pictured first revealed the strange phenomenon on the morning of November 11. Scientists and earthquake enthusiasts alike worked to narrow it down AutoNews- Source:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6439979/Mystery-strange-seismic-waves-shook-world-November-11th.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490
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Breaking News  - Food Unwrapped: Why chocolate really turns white
There's nothing more comforting than a silky bar of chocolate - but every year, millions of pounds worth of bars go to waste because they become speckled with what looks like white powder.Now it can be revealed that this strange phenomenon is due to the fat particles in the chocolate rising to the surface - and it's all down to the temperature we store our treats at.Keeping chocolate in too cold or too warm a place will make the so-called 'fat bloom' appear, which leads to thousands of customer complaints every year, according to Channel 4's Food Unwrapped.Co-presenter Jimmy Doherty investigates the cause of this white bloom on tonight's show, and finds out that scientists have only recently discovered how the white speckles appear on the chocolate's surface.Using the world's biggest X-ray at a factory in Hamburg, Germany, technicians discovered that the white powder rises to the surface through tiny cracks in the chocolate, which occur when a bar hasn't been stored at the correct temperature.The show later reveals during a visit to the Lindt factory in Switzerland that it's best to keep chocolate stored between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius to protect it from bloom.Fat bloom isn't harmful and a chocolate bar is still edible even if you can see white specks on it.Scientist Dr Stephen Roth explained to Jimmy how fat bloom appears on chocolate.He said: 'Crystalline fat melts and the fat can start moving via the cracks.'This is where the fat can go into and then it goes to the surface.'Fat bloom is the biggest cause of customer complaints and costs the chocolate industry millions of pounds every year.Chocolatiers are working on ways to prevent bloom from occurring.The best solution at the moment is to precisely temper the chocolate which creates the perfect crystalline conditions, making it more difficult for the fat to separate and form bloom.However Lindt's chocolatiers say the ultimate way to prevent bloom is simply to eat the chocolate quickly before it has a chance to form. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-5510507/Why-chocolate-REALLY-turns-white.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Yellowstone National Park was struck by 153 earthquakes in July
Yellowstone National Park was struck by 153 mini earthquakes in July, according to scientists. Pictured is a general view of the Norris Geyser Basin at Yellowstone National Park Share this article Share Last month, a fissure opened up in Grand Tenton National Park just 60 miles (100km) from the Yellowstone volcano, prompting officials to immediately close the area  The Hidden Falls (pictured) is 100-foot (30-metre) waterfall near the eastern end of Cascade Canyon.  The area is not far from the potentially devastating Yellowstone Volcano Inspiration Point (pictured) is a stop on a trek near Jenny Lake. Vast eruptions from the Yellowstone Volcano occurred 2.2 million, 1.3 million and 630,000 years ago Scientists have devised a new way to find out how quickly magma is building up beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano. The technique allows them to accurately estimate the amount of magma entering the volcano. Pictured is Yellowstone National Park's Grand Prismatic Pool Researchers 'spiked' several hot springs in Yellowstone National Park with the stable radioactive isotope deuterium (pictured). The deuterium was harmless to the environment and approved for use by park officials When it last blew the supervolcano produced one of the largest known blasts on Earth, spewing more than 2,000 times as much ash as Mount St. Helens did when it erupted in 1980 (pictured), killing 57 people in the most disastrous eruption in US history  AutoNews- Source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6042715/Yellowstone-National-Park-struck-153-earthquakes-July-seismologists-reveal.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Hydrogen-powered van can travel 500 miles on a single tank of fuel
+6 img id="i-7431a856af02fa0c" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1/2018/09/27/11/4581740-6214001-image-m-2_1538044704699.jpg" height="372" width="634" alt="Emil Rangelov's fleet of futuristic H2Vans are designed to drive for hours without refuelling and their only exhaust will be will be drinkable water from vapour" class="blkBorder img-share"/ Copy link to paste in your message Emil Rangelov's fleet of futuristic H2Vans are designed to drive for hours without refuelling and their only exhaust will be will be drinkable water from vapour +6 img id="i-82fead56f2be2476" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1/2018/09/27/11/4581752-6214001-image-m-5_1538044734653.jpg" height="413" width="634" alt="An artist's impression of the driver's cab in one of the Scottish tycoon's goods vehicles which will be capable of travelling up to 500 miles without needing to stop for refuelling " class="blkBorder img-share"/ Copy link to paste in your message An artist's impression of the driver's cab in one of the Scottish tycoon's goods vehicles which will be capable of travelling up to 500 miles without needing to stop for refuelling  +6 img id="i-3160af3b69854e70" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1/2018/09/27/11/4581754-6214001-image-a-6_1538044750006.jpg" height="422" width="634" alt="Emil Rangelov, of HVSystems in Glasgow, is developing a fleet of hydrogen powered trucks to be built in Scotland. His planned cross-country trip in the summer of 2019 is intended to launch a green transport revolution" class="blkBorder img-share"/ Copy link to paste in your message Emil Rangelov, of HVSystems in Glasgow, is developing a fleet of hydrogen powered trucks to be built in Scotland. His planned cross-country trip in the summer of 2019 is intended to launch a green transport revolutionAdChoicesADVERTISINGinRead invented by Teads Share this article Share +6 img id="i-c5e02b2638a8e573" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1/2018/09/27/11/4581746-6214001-image-m-10_1538044832006.jpg" height="378" width="634" alt="A diagram of one of the trucks shows the hydrogen tanks which only need refuelling every 500 miles in a process which takes only six minutes " class="blkBorder img-share"/ Copy link to paste in your message A diagram of one of the trucks shows the hydrogen tanks which only need refuelling every 500 miles in a process which takes only six minutes  +6 img id="i-f025000ea8a3c917" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1/2018/09/27/11/4581742-6214001-image-m-13_1538045008086.jpg" height="390" width="634" alt="CGI of a truck developed by Emil Rangelov, of HVSystems in Glasgow, and his partner Abdul Waheed, which use hydrogen. The company said that 139 public hydrogen refuelling stations have opened across Europe, including in the UK" class="blkBorder img-share"/ Copy link to paste in your message CGI of a truck developed by Emil Rangelov, of HVSystems in Glasgow, and his partner Abdul Waheed, which use hydrogen. The company said that 139 public hydrogen refuelling sta AutoNews- Source:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6214001/Hydrogen-powered-van-travel-500-miles-single-tank-fuel.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - New Glaxo boss axes 50 of her top team in under a year
A ruthless reshuffle at Glaxosmithkline has seen boss Emma Walmsley replace nearly half of her senior executives in less than a year.The radical overhaul of the top tier of Britain’s eighth biggest company has seen Walmsley, 48, replace 50 of the 125 top managers in just 283 days in charge.It is the biggest shake-up at the pharmaceutical giant in years, as the most powerful woman in British business transforms the firm into a global pioneer of drugs research.It is part of plans set out by Walmsley, who took over as chief executive last April, to shift Glaxo’s focus back towards making blockbuster drugs.She has said its pharmaceuticals arm and research and development are top priorities as it seeks to build a pipeline of new medicines.A source close to the company yesterday said Walmsley was seeking to bring in talent and ideas from world-leading firms to boost sales, development technologies and utilise new ways of using reams of clinical data.High profile hires from outside the FTSE 100 giant include former Walmart chief information officer Karenann Terrell, Google digital chief Marc Speichert, Unilever executive Tamara Rogers and Novartis finance chief Tobias Hestler.She also poached GSK’s global pharmaceuticals president Luke Miels from arch-rival Astrazeneca and appointed Tony Mills, from Pfizer, as her head of platform technology and science.Meanwhile, she has also promoted internally, with Kate Knobil going from chief medical officer of pharmaceuticals to chief of the entire group.US commercial chief Deborah Waterhouse is also boss of ViiV, Glaxo’s HIV business.The reshuffle comes after Walmsley vowed to make major changes last year.At the time she said up to 200 bosses at the company could be changed. So far the company has confirmed 40 per cent of a 125 ‘subset’ of that number have been replaced. Further changes are seen as likely. The overhaul is the latest example of Walmsley putting her own stamp on Glaxosmithkline.In July she revealed plans to jettison 30 clinical trials and 130 non-core brands, re-focus the company’s attention on the US, embark on a £1billion cost-cutting drive and plough 80pc of spending into four areas of research.She said the business had previously spread itself too thinly and should focus on researching respiratory, HIV, oncology and immune-inflammation drugs.‘We need to bring more edge, more of a performance focus, more accountability, more pace into our decision making and definitely more cost and cash consciousness,’ she said.‘We need to have the right kind of discipline on whether something is truly going to be competitive and bring in a commercial voice much earlier than we have done before.’Ahead of a new pipeline of medicines the firm hopes will come through in the 2020s, Walmsley has said a vaccine for shingles, a three-in-one inhaler for chronic lung disease and a two-drug treatment to combat HIV will be Glaxo’s main focus in the next few years.Shares fell 0.5 per cent, or 6.6p, to 1346.8p. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5251683/New-Glaxo-boss-axes-50-team-year.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - A common sex injury women might not know about
There's a sex injury that's common, painful - but poorly understood.A bruised cervix can occur during vigorous sex, or sex with a well-endowed partner when a woman is not sufficiently aroused through foreplay.Cervical bruising is painful, can lead to bleeding, and can make later intercourse painful and unpleasant. It can also lead to other problems, like vaginismus, an involuntary muscle spasm that closes the vagina prior to penetration.The cervix is the channel between the vagina and the uterus. Symptoms of bruising include feeling unusually sensitive for a few days after sex, or experiencing cramping. In rare cases, there may be bleeding.Cervical bruising in sex is most likely caused by a penis too large for the vaginal canal, bumping repeatedly against the cervix wall and causing some superficial damage.Thankfully, bruising does not lead to long-term damage. But it is painful, and there are steps you can take to make this experience less likely.The cervix grows when aroused, similar to a penis, and it also softens.This reduces the potential for damage. If a woman isn't aroused, her cervix remains small and hard: the average cervix when not aroused is between 3 and 4 inches, which is significantly smaller than the average penis.Foreplay therefore is important. Nicole Lane at Ravishly writes that 20 to 30 minutes is a good period for foreplay in order to help avoid cervical bruising - as well as having fun, of course.Foreplay also triggers natural lubricants, which make sex easier and less likely to cause pain and bruising.Doctor Catherine Hansen, an obstrtrician and educator, notes that different women have different bodies, and this will contribute to their chance of bruising.The cervix may, for instance, lie closer to the vagina in some women more than others, and therefore is more likely to be hit during sex.Hansen recommends experimenting with positions to find the one that feels the best.'[You should] re-position, or stop, if there is pelvic pressure or pain during sex so that any ongoing pain would be completely avoided,' she says.You might also want to try things other than penetrative sex. Lane writes: 'Sex doesn't have to involve PIV intercourse for hetero couples: handwork, oral, foreplay, and anal are all other amazing ways to achieve an orgasm.'Cervical bruising will heal of its own accord, from a few days up to a week after intercourse.If pain persists after that time, it's important to visit a doctor.'Ibuprofen 400-800mg can help with the cramping. For women who anticipate that they will have pain, they can take the ibuprofen dose prior to intercourse (approximately 30 minutes prior to sex would be best),' says Dr Hansen.'Any pelvic pressure or pain that results from cervical 'trauma' (tapping or touching the cervix during sex) is temporary and should be resolved with a couple of hours (max 24 hours),' she says. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5409189/A-common-sex-injury-women-not-know-about.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Philip Nitschke lets public test his 3D-printed euthanasia machine
A controversial 3D-printed death machine designed to send people to the afterlife peacefully will be 'tested' by the public for the first time.The 'Sarco' is the creation of 70-year-old Australian euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke, also known as 'Dr Death'.When a button is pressed, the Sarco will fill with nitrogen, resulting in the person losing consciousness after one minute and dying after five minutes.It will be unveiled at the Amsterdam Funeral Fair on Saturday, where attendees can get a glimpse into what it will be like to step in the Sarco using a virtual reality headset.However, the plans have already been met with outrage with the machine being described as 'gruesome' and 'glamorising suicide'.The Sarco is a 3D-printable machine that kills people by hypoxia when oxygen levels are scarce.A person who wants to use Nitschke's machine to commit suicide has to do an online test to show that they are sane and want to die of their own will.They then receive a four-digit code that is valid for 24 hours. After entering the code into the machine, a special button can be pressed to begin the process.A funeral fair spokesman said that visitors 'can undergo the entire experience with virtual reality glasses to see if this could be a preferred life ending for them.'Through the virtual glasses, the visitors can choose a view of the Alps or the sea as their last moment.They then press the suicide button, after which the sight with their virtual reality glasses will slowly turn black.Dr Nitschke developed the Sarco with engineer Alexander Bannick in the Netherlands, with the aim of making it available worldwide.Rather than looking for a 'dignified' death, Dr Nitschke says it could a 'euphoric' experience.'What if we dared to imagine that our last day on this planet might also be one of our most exciting?' he wrote in an in-depth feature for Huffington Post.'It can be transported wherever one chooses', Dr Nitschke explains, for example facing the Rockies or looking out over the Pacific Ocean.'As I say in my workshops, 'You're only going to die once, so why not have the best?'', he said.But the introduction of the death machine has been met with heavy criticism from politicians and social workers.A spokesman for Dutch suicide prevention hotline 113 said: 'All of this seems completely unwanted to us.'MP Kees an der Staaij of the Christian-conservative Reformed Political Party (SGP) said: 'It is gruesome.'All of us together try to do everything to prevent suicide and then you find a suicide machine on the funeral fair like it is the most normal case in the world. Suicide is not a promotional offer and aiding with suicide is a criminal offence in the Netherlands.'MP Carla Dik-Faber of the Christian Union: 'I find it bizarre and worrying that companies are promoting machines which lead to death at a fair.'Dr Peter Saunders, campaign director at Care Not Killing Alliance told MailOnline Dr Nitschke's 'shameless promotion of suicide as an answer to life's prob AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5585819/Dr-Death-lets-public-test-controversial-3D-printed-suicide-machine-virtual-reality.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - The 'game changing' superconcrete made with graphene
A radical new type of superstrong concrete could revolutionise the building industry.Experts says the resulting 'superconcrete'  is more than twice as strong and four times more water resistant than existing concretes, and can be used directly by the construction industry on building sites.Experts from the University of Exeter used nanoengineering technology to incorporate graphene into traditional concrete production.The new graphene-reinforced concentre material also drastically reduced the carbon footprint of conventional concrete production methods, making it more sustainable and environmentally friendly.'Our cities face a growing pressure from global challenges on pollution, sustainable urbanization and resilience to catastrophic natural events, amongst others,' said Professor Monica Craciun, co-author of the paper.'This new composite material is an absolute game-changer in terms of reinforcing traditional concrete to meets these needs.'Not only is it stronger and more durable, but it is also more resistant to water, making it uniquely suitable for construction in areas which require maintenance work and are difficult to be accessed .'Yet perhaps more importantly, by including graphene we can reduce the amount of materials required to make concrete by around 50 per cent - leading to a significant reduction of 446kg/tonne of the carbon emissions.The research is published in the journal Advanced Function Materials, on Monday, April 23 2018.'This unprecedented range of functionalities and properties uncovered are an important step in encouraging a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly construction industry worldwide.'Previous work on using nanotechnology has concentrated on modifying existing components of cement, one of the main elements of concrete production.In the innovative new study, the research team has created a new technique that centres on suspending atomically thin graphene in water with high yield and no defects, low cost and compatible with modern, large scale manufacturing requirements.Dimitar Dimov, the lead author and also from the University of Exeter added: 'This ground-breaking research is important as it can be applied to large-scale manufacturing and construction.The industry has to be modernised by incorporating not only off-site manufacturing, but innovative new materials as well.'Finding greener ways to build is a crucial step forward in reducing carbon emissions around the world and so help protect our environment as much as possible. It is the first step, but a crucial step in the right direction to make a more sustainable construction industry for the future,' said Craciun.The paper, Ultrahigh Performance nanoengineered Graphene-Concrete Composites for Multifunctional Applications, is published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.The research was supported by the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5652483/The-game-changing-superconcrete-graphene.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Cave drawings from early Stone Age discovered by fishermen in Turkey
Fishermen have discovered previously-unseen cave drawings dating back to the early Stone Age in Turkey's southeastern Adiyaman province. The carvings show hunters chasing prey Mehmet Alkan, director of the site's local Adiyaman Museum, speaks to awaiting media on the incredible paintings which were intricately carved into the rock face. Share this article Share 33 shares Beneath the surface: The area featuring the drawings stretches 8-meters long (26 ft) and 70-centimeters (2ft) wide. This particular find appears to show wild goat hunting. Incredibly, the age-old carvings were not eroded by the dam's presence and - for this reason - they will remain in place, even though the water levels may rise again. Water levels dropped 32 to 49ft before the previously-unseen art became visible and were eventually spotted by unsuspecting fishermen Mehmet Alkan (pictured rear) and local members of the media survey the rock paintings and record footage before water levels threaten to obscure them again  Older than first expected? Experts believe the art could actually pre-date the Stone Age. Incredibly, this means they could be more than 2.6 million years old. Destination point: Adiyaman is one of Turkey's hot tourist spots as it includes Mount Nemrut, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. It is one of the fastest-growing cities in Turkey. WHAT INSPIRED PALEOLITHIC PAINTERS?  AutoNews- Source:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6268983/Cave-drawings-dating-early-Stone-Age-discovered-fishermen-Turkey.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - University College London scientists find possible blindness cure
A revolutionary medical technique that harnesses the power of stem cell therapy has restored the vision of two patients.A man in his 80s and women in her 60s suffered from age-related macular degeneration - the most common form of blindness - and were unable to read even with glasses.However, they regained their vision and could read normally after a team of British doctors inserted a patch of stem cells into their retinas.The groundbreaking trial, conducted at Moorfields Eye Hospital, offers hope of a cure for the condition, which strikes 600,000 adults in the UK and less than two million in the US.It is the first time an engineered piece of tissue has been successfully used to treat people with sudden severe sight loss.Researchers believe it could lead to an 'off-the-shelf' treatment within five years and could become as commonplace as cataract surgery.Scientists at University College London created the procedure with the help of experts at the National Institute for Health Research.How is the procedure carried out?The stem cell procedure, which can take as little as 45 minutes, is carried out under local anaesthetic.It involves taking a single embryonic stem cell and growing it into a 6mm patch of 100,000 retinal pigment cells.That patch is then rolled into a thin tube, which is injected through a tiny slit in the eye.Once unfurled, it is placed behind the retina where scientists claim it replaces the faulty cells.The new findings, which saw the two patients monitored for 12 months, are a major milestone for the London Project to Cure Blindness.The movement was established ten years ago with the aim of curing vision loss in patients with age-related macular degeneration.The study was published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.Professor Lyndon da Cruz, consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: 'The results suggest that this new therapeutic approach is safe and provides good visual outcomes.'The patients who received the treatment had very severe AMD, and their improved vision will go some way to enhance their quality of life.'We recognise that this is a small group of patients, but we hope that what we have learned from this study will benefit many more in the future.'How was the study carried out?The study investigated whether the diseased cells at the back of the patients' affected eye could be replenished using a stem cell patch.A specially engineered surgical tool was used to insert the patch under the retina in the eye of each patient in an operation lasting one to two hours.The patients - who went from not being able to read at all, even with glasses, to reading 60-80 words per minute with normal reading glasses - were monitored for 12 months and reported improvements to their vision.Professor Pete Coffey from the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology said: 'This study represents real progress in regenerative medicine and opens the door on new treatment options for people with age-related macular degener AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5519093/Could-cure-blindness.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Kanye wants a hydrogen-powered 'iPlane 1' to replace Air Force One
Scroll down for video  Kanye West pitched the iPlane 1 to President Trump during the Oval Office meeting between the two last week. He showed the president images of the plane (pictured) which show a jet with a flat, wide body and a transparent blue roof President Donald Trump (left) meets with rapper Kanye West (right) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. Kanye used his iPhone X to show the president designs of a futuristic plane (pictured) which, he said, could be powered by hydrogen  Share this article Share Kanye pitched a revolutionary idea to replace the president's plane with an ultra-modern upgrade that would be powered by hydrogen. Kanye presented the idea to Mr Trump but neglected to mention that the designs stemmed from a rather obscure source. It was first conceived in 2012 as part of a masters project  The six-year-old plans, pitched by Kaye has his own idea, were originally concocted by Shabtai Hirshberg during his postgraduate studies at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit Shabtai Hirshberg has since revealed that he was unaware the world-famous musician was using his art. Je said: 'No, it completely caught me by surprise' During the meeting at the Oval Office Kanye revealed that the plane would be worked on by Apple - an American company 'This right here is the iPlane 1. This is what our president should be flying,' Kanye said of his idea The project produced a range of different designs that investigated how air travel might morph and adapt in the coming years and included 'sponsors' such as UPS and Virgin The industrial designer says he is more than happy to collaborate with Kanye West and Apple if they decide to actually take this forward Mr Hirshberg's thesis was tailored around imagining and creating images of what air travel would look like in 2030 The project was more aspirational than realistic, Mr Hirshberg revealed, with the projects likely needing materials and fuels that are yet to be developed. 'He didn't say that it was me… but it's nice to be recognised by the reporters at least,' Mr Hirshberg said AutoNews- Source:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6277231/Kanye-West-wants-Futuristic-hydrogen-powered-iPlane-1-replace-Air-Force-One.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Police can download your phone's data in minutes with NO warrant
The UK police can download your phone data without a warrant in a matter of minutes, a shocking video has revealed.The footage shows how officers can use a machine to extract all kinds of information, including location data, deleted pictures and encrypted messages.Opposition groups have argued that the police should not be able to access this data, which can currently used on suspects, victims and witnesses.They warn there is 'no limit on the volume of data' police can obtain, and it could happen even if charges are never bought.London-based charity Privacy International has highlighted how police access people's passwords, internet searches and emails without prior permission.The technology, which was shown on BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show, is currently used by at least 26 police forces in England and Wales.Using this machine, officers are able to access deleted data, including messages sent to the phone by other people.The decision to download this information is decided on a case-by-case basis, according to the National Police Chiefs Council.However, there was never a public announcement about these police powers.Out of 47 police forces contacted by Privacy International, only eight said they had implemented guidelines on use of the technology.There is 'no limit on the volume of data' police can obtain, Millie Graham-Wood, a solicitor at Privacy International said on the Victoria Derbyshire show.'The most worrying thing is that this can happen on arrest, even when charges are never even bought', she said.However, the police have warned that this was 'just not practical'.'In lots of cases, officers need to be able to access what is on a mobile phone very very quickly and to be able to know whether they can arrest the offender to protect the public and to stop other crimes in action,' said former Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy.The technology is also currently being trialled in Scotland but is not being used in Northern Ireland.In Derbyshire and Wiltshire, the police can even download a phone's contents without the suspect's knowledge.A Home Office spokesperson told BBC that the police needed 'the appropriate powers to tackle crime'.'Current legislation allows data to be accessed when there are reasonable grounds to believe it contains evidence in relation to an offence and only then in adherence with data protection and human rights obligations', they said.'The government is clear that the use of all police powers must be necessary, proportionate and lawful.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5558511/Police-download-phones-data-minutes-NO-warrant.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Mystery of how birds navigate is solved: Scientists discover proteins in birds' eye
Migrating birds appear to have a 'sixth sense' which means they always manage to find their nesting grounds - a talent that has long mystified scientists.Now researchers have found the secret to this skill is down to a protein in the bird's eyes that is sensitive to blue light.This protein lets them 'see' Earth's magnetic field as an overlay on their normal field of view, two studies suggest.Scientists from Lund University in Sweden looked at zebra finches, while researchers from Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg in Germany studied European robins.For a bird to know roughly where it is in the world, and correct itself if it goes off course, it needs what is known as 'true navigation'.They do this by using the magnetic field to plot their migratory routes.Scientists believe the Earth's core is responsible for creating its magnetic field.As molten iron in the Earth's outer core escapes it creates convection currents. These currents generate electric currents which create the magnetic field.Experts knew that birds could only sense magnetic fields if certain wavelengths of light were available, but they did not know why this was the case.According to researchers a protein called Cry4, which is present 24 hours a day and means birds can still navigate during night, is responsible for this.Cryptochromes are sensitive to blue light, which have wavelengths between 400 and 495 nanometres.They are involved in the circadian rhythms of plants and animals and are believed to be associated with sensing magnetic fields in a number of species.Researchers found levels of Cry1 and Cry2 varied in zebra finches studied but levels of Cry4 remained constant.'We also found that Cry1a, Cry1b, and Cry2 mRNA display robust circadian oscillation patterns, whereas Cry4 shows only a weak circadian oscillation', researchers, led by Dr Atticus Pinzon-Rodriguez from the University of Lund, wrote in the study.'We assume that birds have microscopic compasses and they use them any time of day or night,' added co-author Rachel Muheim from the University of Lund.This finding was supported by the team looking at robins, which found the same thing.They also found European robins had increased Cry4 expression during the migratory season.Although the evidence is strong it is not definitive according to researchers, who say Cry1 and Cry2 could also help with magnetoreception.The study on the zebra finch was published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface while the robin study was published in Current Biology.Last year, researchers did a similar study looking at bird navigation with Eurasian Reed Warblers.They found reed warblers  use a neat trick to navigate – by somehow measuring the variation between true north, and magnetic north.The little brown birds take advantage of a natural phenomenon called declination.While a compass needle points to the magnetic north, this is not the true north – the North Pole.Depending on where you are, magnetic north is either one or more de AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5577421/Mystery-birds-navigate-solved-Scientists-discover-proteins-birds-eyes.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Shoppers seeking cannabis oil can buy on the high street
Shoppers seeking cannabis oil are now able to purchase the product on the high street.Holland & Barrett, which has 750 stores in the UK and Ireland, has announced it has seen a surge in sales since it began selling CBD oil in January.The retailer, whose sales have soared by 37 per cent, is selling the oil, derived from a natural compound found in the cannabis plant, for £19.99.Campaigners have repeatedly claimed it can help multiple sclerosis sufferers, curb pain and even treat anxiety.However Holland & Barrett's product has been launched as a food supplement, meaning the firm can't claim any of those benefits.The retailer has avoided the lengthy process of gaining a medicinal licence in order to get it onto shelves across the UK.Government advisors made it legal to buy CBD oil in England and Wales in 2016 and admitted it had a 'restoring, correcting or modifying' effect on humans.However, its legal status has confused thousands as the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency back-tracked on its position just a few weeks after.Suppliers now have to obtain a licence to sell it as a medicine, following the decision in October two years ago – but some weave the strict rules.Holland & Barrett began selling CBD oil in January, and is now planning to bring out a new range containing the cannabis derivative.Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of more than 80 cannabinoids, natural compounds found in the marijuana plant.Extracted from the plant as a mineral-rich oil, it is usually bottled with a dropper - but also comes in the form of chewing gum, soap or as a vape oil for e-cigarettes.It has no side effects, either, and is not addictive.It has been reported to help people with epilepsy, rheumatism, migraines, psoriasis, acne, multiple sclerosis and depression.Crucially, cannabidiol oil does not contain any THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis. In other words, CBD does not get you high.The Cannabis Trades Association UK shows that there are now 250,000 users of CBD Oil across the UK, which is up from the 125,000 recorded this time last year.Reviews on the Holland & Barrett website say CBD Oil is excellent and has helped ease pain for a wide range of problems.The company also say it’s one of the most asked about products in store and at their call centre - customers want to know how it works and what it can help them with.A spokesperson from Holland & Barrett said: 'We have been surprised at the success and popularity of CBD Oil since launch.'We knew that there were numerous trends surfacing around this liquid but we didn’t expect to see sales increase this dramatically’.‘We are constantly looking to bring, new and innovative products to market that help our customers. It is great to see in this instance that we can help with the demand.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5364121/Shoppers-seeking-cannabis-oil-buy-high-street.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Tamiflu terrors: Girl, 11 saw 'the portal to HELL'
An 11-year-old girl from became convinced that she was hearing the devil's voice with insects crawling all over her body after she took Tamiflu last year.Lindsay Ellis's father, Charles, decided to go public with her harrowing story yesterday after reports emerged that another girl - a six-year-old in Allen, Texas - tried to jump out of a window under the influence of the flu treatment.Already this year, 30 children have died of the flu, and parents are turning to Tamiflu to treat their young ones at the first signs of sickness.But, in rare cases, Tamiflu has been linked to hallucinations like this one, from Indianapolis, Indiana, whose delusions subsided after she was taken off of the drug.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone for whom the flu might pose serious health risks – including children younger than five – get flu shots, and start taking flu antiviral drugs.Tamiflu, or the generic oseltamivir, is one of three such drugs the CDC has endorsed for treating this year's flu.But every year, reports of terrifying neurological side effects emerge.The Food and Drug Administration ( FDA) says on its website that 'children and teenagers with the flu may be at a higher risk for seizures, confusion, or abnormal behavior early during their illness.'It says that these symptoms can happen in untreated flu sufferers or in those who have recently taken Tamiflu, but that that the latter group 'should be watched for signs of unusual behavior.''These serious side effects are not common but may result in accidental injury to the patient,' the site warns.This was very nearly the case for Lindsay Ellis.When Lindsay, now 12, tested positive for flu at a local clinic, they prescribed her Tamiflu immediately, but did not mention any possible neuropsychotic side effects.Three days into the five day course, Charles's daughter started acting 'loopy.'While his cousin was watching her, he called Charles, who was at work at Kroger manufacturing, to tell him he needed to pick up Lindsday, who said she had 'things crawling all over her.'In the car, Lindsay spoke in a high-pitched voice, saying '"hi Daddy,' real weird, like somebody out of The Exorcist,' Charles says.Then she started screaming, 'oh my god, oh my god, daddy, get it off me, it hurts!''She said she saw a portal to hell, she could hear the devil, and she was going to resurrect my soul,' Charles says.She begged him to read to her from the Bible, and Charles realized that her delusions were based on her greatest fears.Her father rushed her to the hospital, where her spinal tap and brain activity tests were clear, but she continued to hallucinate for six hours, 'and then her body shut down,' Charles says, as if to escape her antiviral nightmare.The doctors told Charles Lindsay must have had a severe reaction to the Tamiflu.'She looked like a vegetable,' Charles says.From that day, January 19, 2017 until March 10, 2017, she stayed more or less that way.Finally, Lindsay was re AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5290749/Tamiflu-terrors-Girl-11-saw-portal-HELL.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Patches the nine year-old dachshund gets life saving 3D printed skull
Canadian surgeons removed a large cancerous tumour growing on Patches the nine year-old dachshund's skull and replaced it with a 3-D printed custom implant. Oblak and Hayes had to replace about 70 per cent of the top surface of the dog's skull, which left the brain unprotected over a large area Share this article Share 34 shares 'She was asleep for about five hours, and within about half an hour after surgery, Patches was alert and looking around. It was amazing,' said Oblak. The dog's tumour, a multilobular osteochondrosarcoma that had grown so large that it was weighing down the dog's head and growing into her skull, pushing dangerously close to her brain and eye socket. During the five hour operation, doctors removed the tumour, and replaced 70% of the skull with their 3D printed version. Pictured, the 3D models surgeons used to plan the operation next to the tumour they removed Doctors worked with an engineer from Sheridan College's Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Design and Technologies to create a 3-D model of the dog's head and tumour so doctors could 'virtually' perform the surgery and see what would be left behind once the growth was removed. Pictured, Ontario Veterinary College's Dr. Michelle Oblak. Oblak and Cornell small-animal surgeon Dr. Galina Hayes removed a large cancerous tumour growing on the dachshund's skull on March 23rd and replaced it with a 3D printed custom implant that fit in place like a puzzle piece AutoNews- Source:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6206571/Patches-nine-year-old-dachshund-gets-life-saving-3D-printed-skull.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Crisis on the High street with 16 stores closing every day
The crisis on the High Street saw 16 stores close every day last year as shopkeepers struggled in the face of rising costs and an onslaught from internet rivals.In a sign of the growing strain on retailers, a report by Pricewaterhousecoopers revealed 5,855 shops closed in 2017, the most in four years.The pain continued into 2018 with the industry suffering its worst start to the year since the financial crisis plunged Britain into recession.The findings reflect ongoing turmoil on the High Street which has claimed Toys R Us and Maplin, leading to the loss of more than 5,000 jobs.Other troubled retailers include New Look, Carpetright and Mothercare. Zelf Hussain, a restructuring partner at PwC, said: 'We've seen some well-known names impacted as they face a perfect storm of issues: a fall in consumer confidence and reduced spending, alongside rising costs.'In further evidence of the crisis, an average of just 11 stores opened each day last year, the lowest level in seven years.Researchers looked at the top 500 town centres in the UK, and their findings paint a stark picture of the pressures facing retailers as more businesses are forced to close stores in the face of competition from online shopping.Estate agents, banks and travel agents were hit the hardest last year, accounting for more than a third of all closures as more consumers went online to book holidays and do their banking.Fashion retailers closed 713 shops while opening just 399. Shoe shops also struggled with 164 shutting and just 78 opening.PwC said consumers were demanding more from their shopping experience than they used to, with a number of major retailers like John Lewis and Next recently launching personal styling services, barbers and restaurants in store.Last week, however, shopping centre owner Hammerson shrugged off woes as visitors to its sites, including the Bullring in Birmingham, increased 5 per cent over Easter.Lisa Hooker, consumer markets leader at PwC, said retailers needed to recognise the changing needs of shoppers: 'The winners, such as nail bars, coffee shops, bookstores and craft beer pubs, are all flourishing.'She said they were meeting the needs of younger shoppers who wanted to pay for experiences as well as goods.Lucy Stainton, a retail expert at The Local Data Company, said: 'There is of course no doubting that we are experiencing a period of great change, and the question around the role of stores is still very much on the industry agenda.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5601241/Crisis-High-street-16-stores-closing-day.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - HSBC enters 3-year DPA with US DoJ
HSBC has agreed to pay US authorities $101.5million (£73m) to settle a criminal investigation into currency rigging.Europe's largest bank has entered a three-year deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the US Department of Justice (DoJ), incurring a $63.1m (£45.4m) fine and it will have to pay $38.4m (£27.6m) in restitution.The fine is 15 per cent less than the initial fee because it co-operated during the investigation.According to the document, the DPA relates to HSBC’s handling of a client order by Cairn Energy and financial services it provided to another unnamed client.The settlement comes months after Mark Johnson, HSBC’s former head of cash FX trading, was found guilty by a New York court of defrauding Cairn over a £3.5billion client order.A jury ruled he had driven up the value of the pound against the dollar by buying sterling before the transaction to make a bigger profit for the bank.The London-listed bank said that the settlement cost had been covered by provisions and it would take ‘additional steps’ to bolster its compliance programme and internal controls within its investment banking unit.In a statement HSBC said: ‘The conduct described in the agreement occurred in 2010 and 2011.‘Since then, HSBC has introduced a number of measures designed to make the control environment in its Global Markets business more robust.‘The DoJ recognises these extensive improvements, noting that HSBC has dedicated significant resources to strengthening its systems and controls.’The DPA, which was filed in the US yesterday and still needs a judge’s approval, means HSBC would avoid criminal charges provided it complies with the agreement.It comes weeks after the bank was released from an earlier five-year DPA for lapses in anti-money laundering controls related to Mexican drug cartels, for which it paid a $1.9bn fine.The move follows HSBC’s settlements over its forex trading business with the Financial Conduct Authority and US Commodity Futures Trading Commission in November 2014.Banks have paid more than $10bn in fines to US and UK authorities since the forex rigging scandal broke several years ago.HSBC reported a near five-fold rise in third-quarter profits in October after pushing ahead with its cost-cutting programme and benefitting from its pivot to Asia.The lender said pre-tax profits climbed 448 per cent to $4.6bn (£3.5bn) in the three months to September 30, from $843m (£642m) during the same period last year. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5287755/Banking-giant-enters-3-year-DPA-DoJ.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Beatles legend John Lennon's Monkey Bike is up for auction
A Honda Monkey Bike formerly owned by Beatles legend John Lennon is set to go under the hammer in March and has been earmarked to sell for a staggering £30,000.The 1969 Honda Z50A was used by the singer song-writer to get around his Tittenhurst Park estate in Berkshire between 1969 to 1971 before being sold for just £250.Versions of Honda's miniature trials bike of a similar age have recently sold at auction for more than £5,000. If Beatles and bike collectors want this one, they'll need to stump up at least six times that figure to get a Ticket to Ride to buy it.The Monkey Bike will be available at H&H Classics' National Motorcycle Museum Motorcycle Auction in Solihull in the West Midlands on 4 March.Pictures supplied with the sale of registration number XUC 91H show Lennon riding the Monkey Bike at the Sunningdale premises near Ascot with son Julian on the back in February 1970.This was just before the Beatles legend flogged it to Henry Graham, the owner of bike shop Motor Cycle City in Farnborough in 1971, before moving to the US.Later in the same year, current owner John Harington - a yachtsman from Weymouth, Dorset - purchased the dinky Honda for £250 and, not believing it was actually owned by the Beatles star, took the diminutive motorcycle on his boats and used it regularly to get around foreign ports.However, after seeing images of the iconic music star riding the bike, Harington conducted his own research and had the authenticity of the Honda approved in 2011, confirming it was first owned by Lennon.At the time of receiving this approval, Mr Harington was quoted by The Times as rejecting an offer of £90,000 for the little Honda, because 'like a fine wine it becomes more valuable with time'.Having kept the bike for 47 years, the last six of which have been spent displaying it at events and shows, the bike is now being offered for sale, though with no official reserve price.H&H Classics describes the machine as unrestored with largely original parts, and as being in running order.Mark Bryan, head of sales in the auction houses motorcycle department, said: 'Naturally we are thrilled to be entrusted with the marketing and sale of this bike, given its extraordinary provenance.'A similar model, previously used by fellow Beatles band mate Ringo Starr and also reported to have been owned by Lennon, sold in 2008 for £36,000 in a Bonhams sale in Knightbridge, London.The bike, a Honda 160Z Monkey Bike, was said to have been owned by the Imagine and Happy Xmas (War is Over) singer and was showcased alongside the same image of Lennon and his son from 1970 when it went under the hammer a decade ago.According to the former keeper, it was inherited by Ringo Starr when Lennon and Yoko Ono moved from the country estate to New York.The drummer later gifted the bike to Richard Anderson, a landscape gardener, who had helped Starr move from the Tittenhurst Park premises.A comparable 1969 Honda Z50A Mini-Trial Monkey Bike signed by the late Formula 1 and Moto AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-5234919/Beatles-legend-John-Lennons-Monkey-Bike-auction.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins found off the Spanish coast
Picture shows what UK firm believes are the remnants of the harbour wall of Atlantis which was said to five-and-a-half miles long. Plato wrote that this wall was '50 stadia long' which would make it around five-and-a-half miles (9 km) in length Image shows formations inside the Doñana National Park, Andalucia, Spain. They may be evidence of islands depicted by Plato in his story of Atlantis. The philosopher described how buildings were propped up on a mixture of natural and man made island structures Pictured are a selection of the sites studied by the team at Merlin Burrows, a satellite imaging company based in Yorkshire. The white line shows where researchers believe the harbour wall described by Plato was builtWHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT ATLANTIS? Share this article Share 50 shares This image shows a computer mock-up of what the team believes the city of Atlantis would have looked like. Buildings were constructed on island platforms dotted throughout a stretch of inland sea that has since filled with sediment at what is now Doñana National Park in Spain The city of Atlantis was described by Plato as having, among other features, an enormous harbour wall and huge entrance pillars. It had a temple to the god Poseidon and massive circular pieces of land carved out by the Atlanteans to live on This radar scan from Merlin Burrows shows what they claim is a foundation that once help up a building of Atlantis. It was discovered on a beach in southern Spain Image shows an aerial of some of the ancient structures which litter the western Andalucian coastline. Romans, Greeks both are recorded as settling there. However, British historians believe that many of the ruins were in fact part of the city of Atlantis Pictured is the Dolmen of Menga, an incredible 5,500 year old burial tomb built into a mountain near the team's Atlantica site. They suggest the tomb may have formed a part of the ancient city of Atlantis Aerial images of the site where Merlin Burrows believes Atlantis once stood show what they think is evidence of a harbour wall (pictured), which was an 75 metres (245 ft) thick This image shows detail on a stone object on a beach north of Cadiz, Andalucia, Southern Spain. Merlin Burrows claims this structure dates back to the time of Atlantis and is not a later Greek or Roman artefact, as many archaeologists believe Picture shows a beach north of Cadiz, Andalucia, Southern Spain. Merlin Burrows, a British satellite firm believes the beach hides the once massive harbour wall of Atlantis This computer generated image shows what the massive 75 metre wide, five-and-a-half-miles-long harbour wall that some believe protected Atlantis may have appeared This image shows ancient structures on a beach near Cadiz, Andalucia, Southern Spain. The team believes these are from Atlantis, and not later Roman or Greek additions, which is currently the accepted origin by most archaeologists Pictured is a topographical scan of the area of AutoNews- Source:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6393371/Could-Atlantis-Satellites-spot-ancient-ruins-flooded-Spanish-coast.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490
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Breaking News  - Eight Egyptian mummies are discovered near the Great Pyramids of Giza
Scroll down for video  Eight limestone coffins  were discovered as part of an excavation project and was covered with a layer of coloured cardboard in the form of a human (pictured) Share this article Share The Egyptian archaeological expedition was unearthing the southeast corner of the pyramid of King Amenhoth II when they uncovered the remains Dr Mustapha Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and head of the mission, said that the mission began its work in August. He revealed that the coffins are now being sent for restoratio An expert from Egypt's Antiquities Ministry revealed three of the mummies are in excellent condition and date from the 'late era' of Ancient Egypt which spanned from 1085-332 BC They were found in the same pyramid as King Amenhoth II located in Dahshur, near the Great Pyramids of Giza west of capital Cairo The archaeological site outside Cairo revealed the limestone coffins. Mummies were found in the pyramid of Amenhoth II who reigned in 1400 BC Another Ancient Egyptian discovery was announced last week when a 3,000-year-old woman was found almost perfectly preserved. Skeletons were found in the ancient tomb in El-Asasef, Luxor, on the bank of the River Nile near the Valley of the Kings Egyptian archaeologists move the cover of an intact sarcophagus, inside Tomb TT33 in Luxor, containing the 'perfectly intact' 3,000-year-old woman last week AutoNews- Source:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6437731/Eight-Egyptian-mummies-lived-3-000-years-ago-discovered-near-Great-Pyramids-Giza.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - NASA find massive new iceberg three times the size of Manhattan
A close-up view of the rift separating Pine Island Glacier and iceberg B-46, as seen on an Operation IceBridge flight on November 7, 2018 Share this article Share ‹ Slide me › Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica is known for dispensing icebergs into the Amundsen Sea, but the frequency of such events appears to be on the rise. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired the left image of the new iceberg on November 7, 2018. For comparison, the second OLI image shows the same area on September 17, 2018, before a rift quickly propagated across the glacier and spawned the bergs. Wednesday's flight plan took the IceBridge team over Pine Island Glacier as part of the long-running campaign to collect year-over-year measurements of sea ice, glaciers, and critical regions of Earth's ice sheets. New sea ice forms in a rift created when the B-46 iceberg broke off from Pine Island Glacier. THE ANTARCTIC ICE CRISIS The image below, tweeted November 9, 2018, by Stef Lhermitte of Delft University of Technology, shows the small, newly calved icebergs. The rectangle iceberg—which was about 4 kilometers long at the time appears just north of a curved berg. WHAT IS A TABULAR ICEBERG?  The original 'monolith'rectangular berg was spotted near the Larsen C ice shelf, and NASA experts believe it the sharp edges are evidence it may have recently broken off the shelf THE RECTANGULAR BERG'S INCREDIBLE JOURNEY An area of geometric ice rubble is visible in the Landsat 8 image from October 14, 2018, two days before the IceBridge flight. The once-long rectangle berg did not make it through unscathed; it broke into smaller bits. The iceberg in Harbeck’s photograph, circled in the annotated Landsat 8 satellite image, appears closer to the shape of a trapezoid. Just past the original rectangular iceberg, which is visible from behind the outboard engine, IceBridge saw another relatively rectangular berg and the A68 iceberg in the distance. more videos 1 2 3 Watch video Amazing moment two bubble rings intertwine in the ocean Watch video Orangutans show ability to be capable of spontaneous innovation Watch video Chinese company Xiaomi launches in the UK with Mi 8 Pro flagship Watch video Harley-Davidson unveils LiveWire: Its first electric motorcycle Watch video Cockatoos make tools out of cardboard to get far away food Watch video Cheryl returns to the stage for Capital's Jingle Bell Ball 2018 Watch video Harry discusses moment he asked his father to walk Meghan down the aisle Watch video Loose Women question Rod Stewart on cheating on penny 20 years ago Watch video Camilla believes Prince Charles 'destiny' doesn't weigh on him Watch video Jo Johnson QUITS Government in protest at May’s Brexit plan Watch video Melbourne man 'sets fire to car and charges at police with knife' Watch video British bomb disposal expert's reunion with Syrian dog he rescued The flight saw a 'field' of large tabular ic AutoNews- Source:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6372615/NASA-massive-new-iceberg-three-times-size-Manhattan-Antarctica.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490
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Breaking News  - Broccoli yogurt could treat and prevent bowel cancer
A broccoli-based yogurt could prevent — and even treat — colon cancer, according to a new research.Researchers in Singapore found that yogurt made with the 'superfood' killed 75 percent of tumors in mice, and more than 95 bowel cancer cells grown in a laboratory.Broccoli contains a cancer-fighting chemical called sulforane, while yogurt contains probiotics - bacteria that helps maintain a natural balance of organisms in the stomach and intestines.Based on these findings, researchers believe broccoli-based yogurt is a 'disease busting formula' that can be used as cancer prevention and to get rid of remaining cells after surgical removal of tumors.'One exciting aspect of our strategy is that it just capitalizes on our lifestyle, potentially transforming our normal diet into a sustainable, low-cost therapeutic regimen,' said researcher Matthew Chang, professor at National University of Singapore.Professor Matthew Chang and Dr Chun-Loong Ho engineered a harmless form of bacteria called E. coli Nissle, which is found in the gut.Using genetic techniques they developed it into a probiotic that attached to the surface of bowel cancer cells and secreted an enzyme to convert a substance found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables into a potent anti cancer agent.In tests it killed almost all bowel cancer cells grown in a laboratory.Then, strikingly, the combination of yogurt and veg killed 75 percent of tumors in mice with the disease.The tumors that were detected in the rodents were also three times smaller than in a group not fed the mixture.The researchers see it being used in two ways - both as prevention and to get rid of remaining cancer cells after surgical removal of tumors.And one day people may be able to take probiotics as a dietary supplement, along with their broccoli, to ward off the disease, or reduce the risk of it returning.Interestingly, this mixture had no effect on cells from other types of cancer such as breast and stomach cancer.The researchers, whose study is published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, said with these special bacteria a dose of broccoli a day can keep the cancer doctor away.Dr Ho added: 'Mothers are right after all, eating vegetables is important.'Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US, and the third most common cancer in men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Despite its prevalence, it's still unclear what causes colon cancer. However, scientists believe the disease may be linked to western diets, which are typically high in fat and low in fiber.A 2016 study published in Nature found linked high-fat diets to an increased risk of developing intestinal tumors.Obesity, red meat alcohol consumption, tobacco use and lack of physical exercise have also been linked to an increased risk of colon cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for colon cancer starting AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5259753/Broccoli-yogurt-treat-prevent-bowel-cancer.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - 4,000-year-old lost city and pits filled with skulls found in China
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a lost city in China that thrived more than 4,000 years ago. The pyramid was build out of a loess hill, with 11 massive steps tapering as they ascend, as shown above Share this article Share Thousands of years ago when it flourished, from about 2300 BC to 1800 BC, the city spanned about 988 acres On a ridge above China’s Tuwei River, researcher found a massive stepped pyramid that once served as a palace center, along with defensive stone walls, tool-making debris, and a pit filled with sacrificial human skulls It’s thought that the ruling elites lived atop the pyramid complex, which was likely also the site of artisanal or industrial craft production According to the researchers, palaces were built atop the huge pyramid out of rammed earth with wooden pillars and roofing tiles WHAT HAVE RESEARCHERS FOUND AT THE SHIMAO RUINS?  The Bronze Age discoveries challenge our understanding of early Chinese civilization and settlement, suggesting the loess highland was home to a complex society long before the traditionally assumed ‘centers’ emerged in the Central Plains  AutoNews- Source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6096439/Remains-4-000-year-old-lost-city-230ft-pyramid-pits-filled-SKULLS-China.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Armadillo-eating Amazonians live on the run from illegal loggers
At Posto Awá, villagers enjoy a morning bath. The red- and yellow-footed tortoises they're holding will probably eventually be eaten Five Awá families from Posto Awá, an outpost created by the Brazilian government's indigenous affairs agency, set out on an overnight excursion into the forest Share this article Share An Awá hunter returns home with a small brocket deer. Sometimes hunters see signs of the isolados, their isolated brethren October 2018 issue of National Geographic Magazine, guest-edited by Mary McCartney, show candid snapshots of the lives of the Awá An Awá woman cleans and butchers an armadillo in the village of Posto Awá. Today most Awá live in settled communities near government outposts where they have greater access to manufactured goods such as metal tools, guns, medicine, and even smartphones Loggerheads: girl, 8, 'burned alive' in campaign against tribes  The Yurúa River meanders near the Peru-Brazil border. Illicit logging in the area's protected forests feeds timber such as big-leaf mahogany to global markets. Logging also threatens the survival of the country's estimated 15 remaining isolated tribes A fire set by settled Awá clears manioc fields outside the government post of Juriti. They practice a mix of farming, fishing, hunting, and foraging, whereas isolated nomadic Awá live mainly by foraging and hunting When missionaries contacted some of the Mastanahua tribe in 2003, only Shuri, his two wives, and his mother-in-law chose to end their isolation in the forest. They trade with local villagers and stay in touch with the 20 or so migratory members of their group. On the right, a Peruvian man, Gerson Mañaningo Odicio, who lives in the path of nomads Ayrua, 39, with her pet black-bearded saki, was contacted by indigenous affairs agents in 1989. Awá at the government outposts still hunt for animals such as tapirs and peccaries, as well as various monkeys, to supplement their diet A Ka'apor capuchin crowns Ximirapi, 47, who left the settlement at Posto Awá in the 1990s for another at Tiracambu, drawn by the prospect of better hunting and less crowded living conditions Members of the Guajajara tribe serve as volunteer Forest Guardians. The homegrown force is dedicated to protecting the Arariboia Indigenous Land from incessant invasions by illegal loggers— and to safeguarding several isolated Awá families who still roam the reserve Mile-long trains brimming with iron ore clatter past the indigenous communities of Posto Awá and Tiracambu en route from the world's largest open-pit iron ore mine to the Atlantic port of São Luís, where the ore is loaded onto ships, many bound for China. When the railroad was built in the 1970s and '80s, it cut through traditional Awá lands       AutoNews- Source:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6228115/Armadillo-eating-Amazonians-live-run-illegal-loggers-destroying-forest-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Ivy owner Richard Caring has a recipe for success as profits soar
Restaurateur and nightclub owner Richard Caring is drawing up blueprints to expand his business empire after pre-tax profits at his restaurants group almost quadrupled.Caring owns a string of London eateries including The Ivy, Le Caprice, J Sheekey and Sexy Fish in Mayfair, where Kate Moss, Boris Becker, Johnny Depp and Rita Ora have been spotted.Revenues at his restaurants group, Caprice Holdings, rose strongly to £67.1 million in the 53 weeks to January 1, 2017 – up by £18.5 million compared with the previous year.Pre-tax profits rocketed from £2.2 million to £8.7 million, according to the latest accounts, seen by The Mail on Sunday, which will be published at Companies House next week.Caring has invested £25 million in Caprice Holdings and is keen to buy more restaurants. His spokesman said: ‘As a company we are always open to good business opportunities.’Caring’s private members’ clubs business, MBH Group, has spent more than £55 million opening a new Annabel’s members’ club in Berkeley Square, Mayfair. MBH posted a £4.9 million pre-tax loss for 2017 although sales increased by 12 per cent, up to £23.5 million. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/article-5669509/Ivy-owners-recipe-success-profits-soar.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Stone Age DNA shows humanity's ancient genetic links
Our understanding of the early evolution of modern mankind may need to be rewritten, thanks to the results of a new DNA test.Experts have sequenced genetic material from people who lived in Morocco around 15,000 years ago - the oldest nuclear DNA from Africa ever successfully analysed.They found that the individuals, who date to the Late Stone Age, had a genetic heritage similar to people from both the Near East and sub-Saharan Africa.The high proportion of Near Eastern ancestry shows that connections between the continents of Africa and Eurasia began much earlier than many previously thought.The westward expansion of a Near Eastern genetic component likely intensified around 25,000 years ago, experts say.The finding was made by an international team of researchers, led by Johannes Krause and Choongwon Jeong from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany.They looked at a burial site in Grotte des Pigeons, near Taforalt in Morocco, which is associated with the Iberomaurusian culture.The Iberomaurusians, who lived around 20,000 years to 10,000 years ago, are believed to be the first in the area to produce finer stone tools, known as microliths.Researchers analysed DNA from nine individuals from Taforalt using advanced sequencing and analytical methods.It revealed that around two-thirds of their heritage is related to populations from the Levant, a historical geographical region that encompasses the modern nations of Cyprus, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and parts of Turkey.A further one-third is most similar to modern sub-Saharan Africans, in particular West Africans.Because of the age of the sample and the poor preservation of the area this is an unprecedented achievement, according to the research team.Further studies in the region could help to clarify more about when and how these different populations interacted and where they came from.'Our analysis shows that North Africa and the Near East, even at this early time, were part of one region without much of a genetic barrier,' co-senior author Choongwon Jeong said in a written statement.Co-senior author Johannes Krause added: 'Clearly, human populations were interacting much more with groups from other, more distant areas, than was previously assumed.'This illustrates the ability of ancient genetics to add to our understanding of human history.'Although the connections between these regions have been shown in previous studies for more recent time periods, it was not generally believed that humans were interacting across these distances during the Stone Age.The geography of North Africa also makes it an interesting area for studying how humans expanded out of the continent.It is part of the African continent, but the Sahara desert presents a substantial barrier to travel to and from southern regions.Similarly, it is part of the Mediterranean region, but in the past the sea could have presented a barrier to interaction with others as well.Experts AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5505999/Stone-Age-DNA-shows-humanitys-ancient-genetic-links.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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