News archive from 30 August 2018

Has the mystery of the strange 'sonic weapon' affecting US diplomats in Cuba been solved?

The strange symptoms affecting US Diplomats in Cuba are a result of exposure to pulsed radiofrequency/microwave electromagnetic radiation, a leading researcher has claimed. Beginning in 2016, personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba (as well as...

 

California is sinking: Drought conditions are causing it to shift by up to a half-meter annually

California is sinking. New researcher has found that ongoing droughts are causing some areas in the central California to dip by up to 50cm a year. Despite heavy higher-than-normal amounts of rain in early 2017,  when the rain stopped, drought...

 
Dyson gears up for electric car testing

Dyson gears up for electric car testing

Dyson has unveiled plans for a 10-mile test track in Wiltshire where its new electric cars will be put through their paces. The track and other facilities are part of a plan to start selling a "radical" electric car from 2021. The company...

BBC, 00:15 in Business
 
Wonga: Where have all the borrowers gone?

Wonga: Where have all the borrowers gone?

Katie was a student with a small maintenance loan, an occasional job, and a growing uneasiness about her finances. She went to a series of payday lenders - including the biggest, Wonga - to help her make ends meet. Instead, the high cost of this...

BBC, 00:15 in Business
 
UK car manufacturing tumbles in July

UK car manufacturing tumbles in July

The number of cars manufactured in the UK fell 11% last month, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said. The trade body said the slide compared with July 2017 was due to model changes, seasonal adjustments and preparation for...

BBC, 00:15 in Business
 
US woman's boyfriend 'cut brakes before deadly car rash'

US woman's boyfriend 'cut brakes before deadly car rash'

A Pennsylvania man has been charged with homicide after admitting to police he cut his girlfriend's brakes in order to make a crack pipe, US media reports. John Jenkins, 39, is being held without bail for the death of Tammy Fox, 38, who died after her...

BBC, 00:17 in World News
 

Alex Salmond resigns from SNP after sexual misconduct claims

Alex Salmond has dramatically quit the Scottish National party as he seeks to clear his name of sexual misconduct charges. The former SNP leader and first minister, who brought the party to power at Holyrood in 2007 and close to winning an...

Guardian, 00:23 in Politics
 
How do you market a country?

How do you market a country?

There are nearly 200 countries in the world today, all competing for resources, trade and attention. So if you're a nation in a remote corner of the planet, how do you go about telling everyone that you exist? Countries are increasingly copying the...

BBC, 00:23 in Business
 
What Airbnb really does to a neighbourhood

What Airbnb really does to a neighbourhood

Millions of people use Airbnb when travelling but its popularity sometimes puts it at odds with locals. So, how do short-term holiday lets really affect a neighbourhood? In the decade since it was launched, online home rental platform Airbnb has...

BBC, 00:23 in Business
 
Beaverbrooks in Leicester is searching for a Chief Bling Officer that comes with £2,000 in free jewellery

Beaverbrooks in Leicester is searching for a Chief Bling Officer that comes with £2,000 in free jewellery

A Leicester jeweller is going to pay someone to wear £2,000 worth of their jewellery – and then keep it. Beaverbrooks is searching for a ‘Chief Bling Officer’ (CBO) to sample a range of pieces from its latest fine and fashion jewellery collections and...

 

Dementia patients “suffer in silence” as they struggle with pain on hospital wards

Vulnerable patients with dementia could be suffering in silence because they are unable to tell hospital staff how much pain they are in, new research suggests. People could be missing out on the help the need because pain and delirium, a traumatic...

 

Off The Shelf 2018: Landmarks of society and literature to be celebrated at Sheffield book festival

Journalistic heavyweights, a punk pioneer, one of design’s leading names and a hugely successful US novelist are among the writers appearing at the returning Off The Shelf festival in Sheffield. The literary celebration – now in its 27th year – will...

 

UK's top Pokémon player 'thrilled' with final position at World Championship

The UK's top Pokémon player said he was "thrilled" to have finished as one of the top 25 players in the world at an international competition in America. Barry Anderson, who grew up in Grimsby , took part in the 2018 Pokémon World...

 
Reality Check: How does Africa trade with the EU?

Reality Check: How does Africa trade with the EU?

Prime Minister Theresa May's trip to Africa has generated vigorous debate about how easy trade is between Africa and the EU and whether the UK can keep the same arrangements or even lower barriers. The European Union's critics sometimes invoke the...

BBC, 00:28 in World News
 

Pope Francis faces twin battle in Church split over sexual abuse

The crowds are quieter than they used to be. At the Pope's weekly audience in St Peter's Square, tourists and pilgrims barely filled half the piazza. It was easy to get to the front of the crowd to watch Francis go by in his Popemobile. In his...

BBC, 00:31 in World News
 


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