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We are not all doomed. Not yet

We are not all doomed. Not yet

As the world’s leaders converged on Katowice, Poland, for this year’s UN climate change conference, the mood was sombre. How could it be anything other, when in the opening keynote one of the world’s foremost naturalists said we were all pretty much...

Guardian, 7 December 2018
 

European fund offers chance to create Fintech powerhouse in Scotland

Financial services firms and technology start-ups are being urged to use  Scottish Enterprise’s new £200 million programme to help fire growth in the fintech sector. The Scottish-European Growth Co-Investment Programme (SEGCP) leverages private sector...

Scotsman, 7 December 2018
 

O2 services restored after millions hit by network outage

Mobile network O2 says its services have been restored after a technical fault left millions of customers unable to get online. The company said it would be closely monitoring data services over the coming days and promised to carry out a review to...

Scotsman, 7 December 2018
 
Chinese spacecraft to attempt first landing on far side of the moon

Chinese spacecraft to attempt first landing on far side of the moon

The first spacecraft to attempt a landing on the far side of the moon is due to blast off from a launch facility in China, a historic step in lunar exploration. The Chinese space agency’s Chang’e 4 mission aims to drop a robotic lander and rover into...

Guardian, 7 December 2018
 
Medical advances could soon spare patients surgery, say experts

Medical advances could soon spare patients surgery, say experts

Thousands of people every year could be spared surgery for cancer and worn-out joints thanks to better drugs, vaccination and advances in genomics, a report by medical experts predicts. Developments in surgery could also make many operations less...

Guardian, 7 December 2018
 
Yanny v Laurel in top 10 trending YouTube videos of 2018

Yanny v Laurel in top 10 trending YouTube videos of 2018

Think back to May and there was just one question which dominated the UK - can you hear Yanny or Laurel? An audio clip went viral which divided the internet into two camps. Now YouTube has revealed a video of the sound has made it into the top 10 most...

BBC, 6 December 2018
 
Facebook defends Mark Zuckerberg's exposed emails

Facebook defends Mark Zuckerberg's exposed emails

Facebook's staff feel like they are under siege. Every few days there seems to be a fresh accusation or leak that paints the social network in the worst possible light and calls into question whether it poses a threat to its members, wider society and...

BBC, 6 December 2018
 

Cause of massive O2 outage revealed as network reassures customers they've not been hacked

O2 has been hit by a massive outage that left millions of users around the UK unable to access the network. The problem has been going on since early this morning leaving customers angry and frustrated. The tech giants have now revealed the reason for...

Daily Record, 6 December 2018
 
Earliest plague strain found in Sweden holds clue to stone age migration from east

Earliest plague strain found in Sweden holds clue to stone age migration from east

An ancient strain of the plague found in a woman buried in Sweden may be the fatal signature of a devastating pandemic that swept through stone age farmers and set the stage for a massive migration into Europe from the east. Evidence for the grim...

Guardian, 6 December 2018
 
Japanese cafe uses robots controlled by paralysed people

Japanese cafe uses robots controlled by paralysed people

A cafe staffed by robot waiters controlled remotely by paralysed people has opened in Tokyo, Japan. A total of 10 people with a variety of conditions that restrict their movement have helped control robots in the Dawn Ver cafe. The robot's controllers...

BBC, 6 December 2018
 
UCL launches inquiry into historical links with eugenics

UCL launches inquiry into historical links with eugenics

University College London has launched an inquiry into its historical links with eugenics, following pressure from students and staff. It emerged in January that conferences on eugenics and intelligence had been run secretly at the university for at...

Guardian, 6 December 2018
 
UCL to investigate its historical links to eugenics after outcry over secret meetings

UCL to investigate its historical links to eugenics after outcry over secret meetings

University College London has launched an inquiry into its historical links with eugenics, following pressure from students and staff. It emerged in January that conferences on eugenics and intelligence had been run secretly at the university for at...

Guardian, 6 December 2018
 
Climate change made UK heatwave 30 times more likely – Met Office

Climate change made UK heatwave 30 times more likely – Met Office

The sweltering heat that hit the UK this summer was made 30 times more likely by human-caused climate change, a Met Office analysis has found. Scientists said the research showed global warming was already harming people’s lives and was not only a...

Guardian, 6 December 2018
 
Country diary: a chainsaw massacre in the alder woods

Country diary: a chainsaw massacre in the alder woods

On an overcast, drizzly afternoon at Durham Wildlife Trust’s Low Barns nature reserve, alder (Alnus incana) provided the brightest splash of colour in the landscape. A tree had been felled and sawn into logs. Chainsaw wounds on this species can look...

Guardian, 6 December 2018
 
Fortnite: The world-famous game that's never topped the charts

Fortnite: The world-famous game that's never topped the charts

Fortnite is more than a game - it's a global phenomenon. Not many titles in recent years have merited their own clothing range or kept England footballers glued to their screens after training. The popularity of the survival game, with its tense...

BBC, 6 December 2018
 
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