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Jumia to be first African start-up on NY Stock Exchange

Jumia to be first African start-up on NY Stock Exchange

An e-commerce company based in Nigeria is to become the first African start-up to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Jumia could go public in the next month. The company, which was given a $1bn valuation in 2016, offers a range of online goods...

BBC, 13 March 2019
 
Cartoons about online safety launched for four-year-olds

Cartoons about online safety launched for four-year-olds

Children aged four to seven are being targeted in a new online video campaign from the National Crime Agency (NCA). The series of videos called Jessie & Friends is intended to teach children how to keep themselves safe online, with a view to...

BBC, 13 March 2019
 
Millions in Britain at risk of poor-quality later life, report says

Millions in Britain at risk of poor-quality later life, report says

A landmark report on the state of ageing in Britain has warned that a significant proportion of people are at risk of spending later life in poverty, ill-health and hardship. Britain is undergoing a radical demographic shift, with the number of people...

Guardian, 13 March 2019
 
Actors show different brain activity when in character, study finds

Actors show different brain activity when in character, study finds

“Acting is the least mysterious of all crafts,” Marlon Brando once said. But for scientists, working out what is going on in an actor’s head has always been something of a puzzle. Now, researchers have said thespians show different patterns of brain...

Guardian, 13 March 2019
 
Genetics may reduce efficacy of hormonal contraception – study

Genetics may reduce efficacy of hormonal contraception – study

An unintended pregnancy while using hormonal contraception may not always be down to the woman’s mistake, according to research that suggests for some genetics could play a role. Millions of women use hormonal contraceptives such as different types of...

Guardian, 12 March 2019
 
Orange-bellied 'starry dwarf frog' discovered in Indian mountains

Orange-bellied 'starry dwarf frog' discovered in Indian mountains

An orange-bellied frog with a brown back, covered in tiny spots that resemble a starry sky, has been discovered in a mountain range in India, surprising researchers who said its ancestors branched off on the evolutionary tree from other members of the...

Guardian, 12 March 2019
 
Solar storms pose a ‘severe’ risk to humanity and their power has been ‘underestimated’, scientists warn

Solar storms pose a ‘severe’ risk to humanity and their power has been ‘underestimated’, scientists warn

The risk posed by of solar storms has been greatly underestimated and urgent action is needed to protect human civilisation from the sun’s destructive outbursts, scientists have warned. A team from Lund University in Sweden dug deep into the ice of...

Metro, 12 March 2019
 
Elon Musk denies being in contempt of court

Elon Musk denies being in contempt of court

Elon Musk has denied that a tweet about Tesla placed him in contempt of court. In February, he tweeted about Tesla's production ambitions, suggesting that in 2019 the carmaker would make 500,000 vehicles. However, he had previously agreed a settlement...

BBC, 12 March 2019
 
Stephen Hawking’s former nurse struck off for failings in his care

Stephen Hawking’s former nurse struck off for failings in his care

One of Stephen Hawking’s former nurses has been struck off after the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) ruled that she “failed to provide the standards of good, professional care that we expect and Professor Hawking deserved”. The NMC said Patricia...

Guardian, 12 March 2019
 
Facebook restores ads calling for it to be broken up

Facebook restores ads calling for it to be broken up

Facebook has removed, then restored, a series of adverts that called for the social network to be broken up. The adverts were placed by the campaign for Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren. Ms Warren has made a public pledge to break up...

BBC, 12 March 2019
 
Brexit: Foreign far-right Twitter users 'manipulated debate'

Brexit: Foreign far-right Twitter users 'manipulated debate'

Foreign Twitter accounts have recently tried to influence the debate around Brexit, with pro-Leave tweets receiving the most support, researchers say. Cyber-security firm F-Secure analysed 24 million tweets published between 4 December 2018 and 13...

BBC, 12 March 2019
 
Uber driver kidnapped passenger to boost fare

Uber driver kidnapped passenger to boost fare

An Uber driver has pleaded guilty to kidnapping a sleeping passenger, after driving her more than 60 miles from her destination to boost his fare. She had awoken to find the driver "with his hand under her shirt", court records said, and...

BBC, 12 March 2019
 

Sir Tim Berners-Lee calls on public and politicians to end internet misuse

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has called on the public and politicians to “come together” to end its misuse in a letter to mark the technology’s 30th anniversary. The founder of the World Wide Web Foundation said the...

Scotsman, 12 March 2019
 

What animals can teach us about politics

In July 2017, when Sean Spicer, then the White House press secretary, was discovered hiding in the bushes to dodge questions from reporters, I knew Washington politics had become truly primatological. A few weeks earlier, James Comey had intentionally...

Guardian, 12 March 2019
 
Tim Berners-Lee: 'Stop web's downward plunge to dysfunctional future'

Tim Berners-Lee: 'Stop web's downward plunge to dysfunctional future'

Global action is required to tackle the web's "downward plunge to a dysfunctional future", its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has told the BBC. He made the comments in an exclusive interview to mark 30 years since he submitted his proposal for...

BBC, 11 March 2019
 
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