News archive from 15 August 2018

Ironing-free future? CSIRO pursues ‘next generation’ cotton in bid to slash synthetics

Ironing-free future? CSIRO pursues ‘next generation’ cotton in bid to slash synthetics

The dream of a cotton shirt that does not need ironing could one day materialise into a reality, with CSIRO scientists on the case. Researchers are examining what determines the length, strength and thickness of cotton fibres to see if a plant can be...

 
'Millennia of human activity': heatwave reveals lost UK archaeological sites

'Millennia of human activity': heatwave reveals lost UK archaeological sites

The scorching weeks of the summer of 2018 left crops shrivelled and gardens scorched. It has also revealed the lines of scores of archaeological sites across the UK landscape, tracing millennia of human activity, from neolithic cursus monuments laid...

 
Amazon's one-day delivery ad banned as 'misleading'

Amazon's one-day delivery ad banned as 'misleading'

Amazon's one-day delivery ad for Prime members has been banned as misleading. The UK advertising regulator said it had received 280 complaints, mostly from Prime customers who reported not receiving their packages within a day. It said the ad...

BBC, 00:19 in Business
 
Top pay in UK up by 11% as workers’ wages fail to match inflation

Top pay in UK up by 11% as workers’ wages fail to match inflation

Pay for chief executives at Britain’s biggest listed companies rose more than six times faster than wages in the wider workforce last year as the average boss’s pay packet hit £3.9m. Chief executive pay at businesses on the FTSE 100 index surged 11%...

Guardian, 00:20 in Business
 
Chief executive pay jumps 11% to almost £4m last year

Chief executive pay jumps 11% to almost £4m last year

Chief executive pay rose by 11% last year to almost £4m - much higher than rises for workers, a new report found. The rise came despite criticism from investors and government about excessive salaries, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development...

BBC, 00:24 in Business
 

America's future doctors are skipping school in favor of online classes  

The medical students learning how to save your life are skipping class. Instead of attending lectures from foremost physicians at institutions like Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University, they are watching YouTube.  But it isn't just the...

 
'Mum, I was tricked': my daughter, the Kim Jong-nam murder suspect

'Mum, I was tricked': my daughter, the Kim Jong-nam murder suspect

In the beginning, there were a few times that Benah pretended not to know her daughter, Siti Aisyah. She just couldn’t face the questions. One day while Benah was visiting the doctor in town the receptionist recognised the name of her sleepy Javanese...

 
MPs widely condemn Fraser Anning's 'final solution' speech

MPs widely condemn Fraser Anning's 'final solution' speech

The crossbench senator Fraser Anning has been widely condemned for his invoking of the White Australia policy and use of the term “final solution”, with senior Coalition ministers joining calls for him to apologise for his racially inflammatory first...

 

FBI warns cash machine global cyber-attack imminent

British banks have been warned their ATMs could be targeted by cyber criminals as part of a coordinated global mass-hack. A confidential alert from the FBI told international banks that criminals are plotting a concerted global malware attack on cash...

The Week, 00:27 in Auto
 

Britain’s defiance

AS the security services establish the motive of the suspect now in police custody following a suspected terrorist-related incident outside the Houses of Parliament, the exemplary reaction of the police – and general public – was, once again, the best...

 

Lost in translation

GIVEN the decline in the number of pupils taking GCSE and A-Level exams in foreign languages, it’s inevitable that fewer students will be pursuing such courses at university. Yet, while Britons have always been disdainful because English is an...

 
Why single Nigerian women battle to rent homes

Why single Nigerian women battle to rent homes

Many landlords in Nigeria suspect single women of being prostitutes, making it difficult for them to rent apartments. A successful career woman, Olufunmilola Ogungbile, 30, never thought that she would be sleeping on a friend's couch after five months...

BBC, 00:30 in World News
 

Bamford scores first goal for Leeds United in Carabao Cup win over Bolton

Marcelo Bielsa maintained his 100 per cent start as Leeds United head coach as his much changed line-up went through to the second round of the Carabao Cup at the expense of Bolton Wanderers. First half goals from new signing Patrick Bamford and Samu...

 
Government accused of 'total failure' to widen elite university access

Government accused of 'total failure' to widen elite university access

Ministers have been accused of a “total and abject failure” to widen access to top universities for disadvantaged students, after analysis by the Labour party found the proportions attending Russell Group universities had increased by only one...

Guardian, 00:32 in Learning
 
Viewpoint: Chinese mosque standoff risks peace in model Muslim province

Viewpoint: Chinese mosque standoff risks peace in model Muslim province

China is determined to maintain control over how religion is practiced, but the planned demolition of one mosque in a previously rule-abiding city threatens to backfire, writes US-based academic David R Stroup. On a frigid morning in early February...

BBC, 00:33 in World News
 


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