Germans are known to gripe about many things: taxes, politics, OktoberfestWhile we’re sometimes justified in moaning about pay packet deductions, drab elections and the annual invasion of beer monsters, trains are a different matter. German Rail,...

Sony And Microsoft Focus On Mid-Range Smartphones At MWC

Sony and Microsoft have opted to unveil mid-range smartphones at the Mobile World Congress trade fair in Barcelona.Microsoft indicated it would wait until the release of Windows 10 to announce a new flagship, despite its high-end Lumia 930 dating back to April 2014. Sony’s Xperia Z3 is less old, having launched in September. But the firm had previously refreshed its top model roughly once...

Mind-Controlled Bionic Hands Are A Medical First

Three men have become the first in the world to have their hands replaced by bionic versions controlled by their mind.All three had suffered nerve damage from climbing and motorcycle injuries which left them in pain and with little control over their “real” hands. The new technique,...

Telescopic Contact Lens Zooms In With A Wink

A telescopic contact lens that can zoom in and out with the wink of an eye has been unveiled by researchers.The latest prototype, which offers hope to some of the 285 million people estimated to be visually impaired worldwide, was revealed at the American Association...

Is Apple Building Top Secret Electric Car?

Apple is moving into the automotive industry by designing an electric car, according to reports.A team of 1,000 has been assembled by the company to build the vehicle, which the Wall Street Journal says “resembles a minivan”. The newspaper reports it could...

UK Health And Safety Executive Shuts Down Construction Sites

Safety Executive Shuts Down Construction Sites

The UK’s Health and Safety Executive has shut down several construction sites. They found them flouting basic health and safety practices during a month-long inspection drive. Twenty-nine sites in the...

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Sierra Leone Braced For Increase In Ebola Cases

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Sierra Leone, caught in the grip of the Ebola crisis, is bracing itself for a sharp increase in cases of the killer disease over the Christmas period.The Government is so worried about the situation it has outlawed any seasonal public celebrations and will be putting soldiers on the street to make sure no one disobeys the directive. The outbreak of the...

Bird Flu: New EU measures After Dutch And UK Cases

The European Commission has adopted protective measures to try to contain a bird flu outbreak after new cases were reported in the UK and the Netherlands. The measures include killing animals in infected areas and banning sales of poultry...

US Healthcare Enrolment Goal Lowered

The White House expects 9.1 million people to be signed up for health insurance from government websites by March.That goal is much lower than a prior estimate of 13 million by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. Last year’s...

UN Chief Defends Returning Ebola Aid Workers

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said discrimination against aid workers who return home from the Ebola crisis in West Africa is “unacceptable”.Strict quarantine rules are hampering aid efforts when more health workers are needed in order...

Rafa is Back: Closes in On Long-Standing Record With Buenos Aires Title Romp

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Rafael Nadal lifted his first trophy since last year’s French Open and closed in on a long-standing ATP Tour record Sunday by claiming the Argentina Open crown. Argentina legend Guillermo Vilas...

Lewis Hamilton Wins Sports Personality Award

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Lewis Hamilton has won the Sports Personality of the Year award, with golfer Rory McIlroy in second and athlete Jo Pavey in third place.Hamilton secured his second Formula One world championship last month...

Sri Lanka v England: Kumar Sangakkara Leads Hosts To Series Win

A Kumar Sangakkara century led Sri Lanka to victory over England in the sixth one-day international, a win that sealed the series 4-2 on a miserable day for Alastair Cook. Cook dropped a simple catch...

Lewis Hamilton: Second F1 Title Win ‘Start Of Something Special’

Lewis Hamilton says winning his second world title is the start of “something special” for himself and Mercedes.He joined Mercedes in 2013 after non-executive chairman Niki Lauda promised they would...

Environment Agency: 7,000 Properties To Be Lost To Sea

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An estimated 7,000 properties around England and Wales will be sacrificed to rising seas over the next century, according to the Environment Agency.Analysis by the Agency, based on current funding levels,...

Reborn Kepler Spacecraft Discovers Another Planet

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The NASA spacecraft, which is designed to seek out other worlds but hit a snag when parts failed last year, found another planet thanks to some nifty repurposing by the space agency and its partners, NASA...

Google To Lease Former Nasa Airfield For Space Research

Google latest “moonshot” is an apt one – it is investing in a Nasa-owned airfield to expand research into space exploration and robotics.Planetary Ventures, an offshoot of Google, will take over...

Will SpaceX Launch Brownsville, Texas’s Aerospace Industry

Brownsville, Texas is preparing for lift off, thanks to Elon Musk’s SpaceX.This week, the rocket and spacecraft company announced it will build a commercial launch facility outside of Brownsville, bringing...