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Fentanyl drug deaths rise by nearly a third in England and Wales

Fentanyl drug deaths rise by nearly a third in England and Wales

Deaths caused by the drug fentanyl rose by nearly 30% last year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. While statistics show that the rate of deaths from drug poisoning in England and Wales has remained steady – 66.1 deaths per...

Guardian, 6 August 2018
 
From sharks to chimps to moon bears: tales of a supervet

From sharks to chimps to moon bears: tales of a supervet

In 2012, the conservation charity Free the Bears approached Romain Pizzi, one of the most innovative wildlife surgeons in Europe, with an unusual patient. A specialist in laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery – until recently rare in veterinary medicine –...

Guardian, 6 August 2018
 
Domino-effect of climate events could push Earth into a ‘hothouse’ state

Domino-effect of climate events could push Earth into a ‘hothouse’ state

A domino-like cascade of melting ice, warming seas, shifting currents and dying forests could tilt the Earth into a “hothouse” state beyond which human efforts to reduce emissions will be increasingly futile, a group of leading climate scientists has...

Guardian, 6 August 2018
 
Women more likely to survive heart attack if treated by female doctor – study

Women more likely to survive heart attack if treated by female doctor – study

Female heart attack patients treated by male doctors have a worse chance of survival than those treated by female doctors, a study suggests. Previous studies based on data from Australia and Sweden have revealed that men and women experience different...

Guardian, 6 August 2018
 
Rick Turner obituary

Rick Turner obituary

Rick Turner, who has died aged 66 of cancer, made the archaeological discovery of the 1980s when he recovered Lindow Man, the best preserved bog body in Britain. The find, in 1984, helped to pioneer new techniques of investigation and analysis, and...

Guardian, 6 August 2018
 

Android Pie: Google adds Digital Wellbeing controls

Android Pie - Google's latest version of its mobile operating system - has been released. The software introduces a new way to track usage of apps on a smartphone or tablet and lets limits be set, including the removal of colour from the screen at a...

BBC, 6 August 2018
 
Apple chipmaker recovers after malware attack

Apple chipmaker recovers after malware attack

A Taiwanese company that makes chips for Apple's iPhone is back in full production after being infected with malware at the weekend. The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) had to shut down parts of its factories. It said the attack had...

BBC, 6 August 2018
 
Hydropower dams: What's behind the global boom?

Hydropower dams: What's behind the global boom?

The collapse of a newly built dam in Laos has shone a spotlight on a worldwide construction boom. Many thousands of hydropower dams are either planned or under construction - across South East Asia, South America, the Balkans and Africa. Laos has...

BBC, 6 August 2018
 
Apple’s new iPhone could be delayed due to ‘mutated’ computer virus attack, experts warn

Apple’s new iPhone could be delayed due to ‘mutated’ computer virus attack, experts warn

Apple fans are hoping to feast their eyes on a range of new iPhones this September. But it’s feared production problems could lead to a delay in shipments that means people could wait longer to get their hands on a shiny new iPhone. Taiwan...

Metro, 6 August 2018
 
Japanese students recreate the Hiroshima bombing in virtual reality

Japanese students recreate the Hiroshima bombing in virtual reality

Students in Japan spent that last two years working with virtual reality technology to painstakingly recreate the nuclear blast that wiped out Hiroshima in World War 2. Over the course of five minutes, viewers are transported back to August 6, 1945 to...

Metro, 6 August 2018
 
Google Pixel 3 release date leaked as flagship readies for battle with iPhone X and Samsung Note 9

Google Pixel 3 release date leaked as flagship readies for battle with iPhone X and Samsung Note 9

This autumn is shaping up to offer customers a great choice of top smartphones and Google wants to get in on the action. The company’s rumoured Pixel 3 phone is shaping up to go toe-to-toe with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Apple’s next version of the...

Metro, 6 August 2018
 
Apple accidentally reveals big plans for a massive and pricey new iPhone X Plus

Apple accidentally reveals big plans for a massive and pricey new iPhone X Plus

The world is awaiting the imminent unveiling of a brand new iPhone. But it looks as if Apple may have just given the game away about what to expect at the launch of its next smartphone. The tech firm has just released a beta version of iOS 12, the...

Metro, 6 August 2018
 
Samsung leak reveals everything about the Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy Watch

Samsung leak reveals everything about the Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy Watch

Samsung’s special hardware-focused ‘Unpacked’ event that’s taking place in New York on Friday may have just been completely spoiled. We already knew the South Korean company was planning to reveal the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone and, possibly, a new...

Metro, 6 August 2018
 
How to see the Perseids meteor shower in August and why it’ll be extra special this year

How to see the Perseids meteor shower in August and why it’ll be extra special this year

Every year the Perseids meteor shower gives stargazers a chance to witness between 60 or 70 meteors every hour. It’s one of the brightest and most active meteor showers in the lunar calendar. So even if you’re not an avid astronomer, you’re still in...

Metro, 6 August 2018
 
Apple’s HomePod can now be played as a stereo pair – so is it worth buying two?

Apple’s HomePod can now be played as a stereo pair – so is it worth buying two?

I’m an old-fashioned music listener and prefer to put on a record than go through the rigamarole of setting up a wireless speaker. But I’m starting to think that I might finally change my wicked old ways after trying out a pair of stereo Apple...

Metro, 6 August 2018
 
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