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It took a blaze that nearly destroyed Paris’ most famous cathedral to reveal a gap in global safety regulations for lead, a toxic building material found across many historic cities. Since then, The Associated Press has found this regulatory gap extends...

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Segway’s Prototype Wheelchair Crashes At Tech Show

Segway’s prototype wheelchair crashed during a demonstration at the CES tech show. The S-Pod – a self-balancing electric wheelchair – was being tested by a journalist at the time. The rider had accelerated the vehicle before accidently crashing into a wall. Its maximum speed is 24mph (38km/h). The company said no one was injured. The crash made the S-Pod unavailable for further...

Sonos In Bricked Speaker ‘Recycling’ Row

Sonos is facing a backlash for encouraging customers to get rid of their old speakers when there may be nothing wrong with them. The US speaker giant offers customers a 30% discount on new products if they follow steps to recycle their old ones. Following these puts the device in Recycle Mode,...

Russia ‘Successfully Tests’ Its Unplugged Internet

Russia has successfully tested a country-wide alternative to the global internet, its government has announced. Details of what the test involved were vague but, according to the Ministry of Communications, ordinary users did not notice any changes. The results will...

Facial Recognition Fails On Race, Government Study Says

A US government study suggests facial recognition algorithms are far less accurate at identifying African-American and Asian faces compared to Caucasian faces. African-American females were even more likely to be misidentified, it indicated. It throws fresh doubt on...

NHS To Pioneer Cholesterol-Busting Jab

Pioneer Cholesterol

A twice-a-year injection that reduces bad cholesterol to protect the heart is to be pioneered by the NHS in England. Already, millions of people take daily statin pills to cut their cholesterol. But later...

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Cannabis-Based Medicines: Two Drugs Approved For NHS

Cannabis-Based Medicine

Two cannabis-based medicines, used to treat epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, have been approved for use by the NHS in England. It follows new guidelines from the drugs advisory body NICE, which looked at products for several conditions. Charities have welcomed the move, although some campaigners who have been fighting for access to the drugs have said it...

Ebola: Attackers Kill Dr Congo Journalist Shining Light On Virus

A Congolese journalist who had been raising awareness about the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed at his home. The army said unidentified attackers raided Papy Mumbere Mahamba’s home in Lwebma, in the...

‘Fake Doctor’ Arrested Over Death Of Four Patients

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing the deaths of four patients at a hospital in the central German state of Hesse. She is said to have worked as an assistant anaesthetist in Fritzlar, northern Hesse, from 2015 to 2017. Investigators...

Prescribed Zantac Heartburn Medicine Recall In UK

UK doctors are being told to stop prescribing four types of a heartburn medication called Zantac or ranitidine as a “precautionary measure”. It follows concern in several countries that products may contain an impurity that...

Melbourne Cup 2019: Vow And Declare wins

Melbourne Cup 2019

Vow And Declare won a dramatic Melbourne Cup while Frankie Dettori’s runner-up Master Of Reality was demoted to fourth after a stewards’ inquiry. The winner, ridden by Craig Williams for Australian...

Ronaldo Moves One Away From 700 Career Goals

Ronaldo 700 Career Goals

Cristiano Ronaldo moved one strike away from his 700th career goal as Portugal edged closer to Euro 2020 with a 3-0 win against Luxembourg. Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva opened the scoring before...

Tour Championship: Rory Mcilroy Wins By Four Shots For Second Title

McIlroy, 30, carded a final-round 66 to finish on 18 under par, four shots clear of second-placed Xander Schauffele and five ahead of third-round leader and world number one Brooks Koepka at East Lake...

Ronaldo Kissed Daughter On The Mouth And Reaped Shitstorm

An Instagram video shows the superstar exchanging caresses with his daughter. Not everybody likes it. Over five million have seen it, a few million should come to it. Georgina Rodriguez, the fiancé of...

Electric Car Future May Depend On Deep Sea Mining

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The future of electric cars may depend on mining critically important metals on the ocean floor. That’s the view of the engineer leading a major European investigation into new sources of key elements. Demand...

Climate Change: ‘Clear And Unequivocal’ Emergency, Say Scientists

Climate Change

A global group of around 11,000 scientists have endorsed research that says the world is facing a climate emergency. The study, based on 40 years of data on a range of measures, says governments are failing...

European Solo Probe Ready To Take On Audacious Mission

The European spacecraft that aims to take the closest ever pictures of the Sun is built and ready for launch. The Solar Orbiter, or SolO, probe will put itself inside the orbit of Planet Mercury to train...

Wind Power: £100m Fund Aims To Boost UK Companies

A £100m fund has been established to help UK firms capitalise on the boom in offshore wind. With the UK so well suited to exploiting wind power, turbines have been erected in more than 30 locations from...