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Larsen ice shelf: Mission to explore uncovered Antarctic ecosystem

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Scientists leave this week to try to reach the part of Antarctica uncovered by the world’s biggest iceberg, A-68. The 5,800 sq km frozen slab broke away from the continent in 2017, exposing ocean floor that had been covered for at least 120,000 years. A German-led expedition wants to see what’s living in this opened ecosystem. The researchers will need ...
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Fitness trackers ‘overestimate’ calorie burning

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Popular brands of fitness trackers can overestimate the number of calories burned while walking by more than 50%, tests have found. Researchers at Aberystwyth University found all products – ranging from £20 to £80 in price – were inaccurate during walking and running tests. Dr Rhys Thatcher said devices had an “inherent tendency” to over-measure. Fitbit said its product was ...
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Market turmoil hits Citigroup revenues

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US bank Citigroup has blamed the recent turmoil on global markets for a surprise drop in revenue. Fourth quarter revenue slipped 2% to $17.1bn (£13.3bn), falling short of analyst estimates of $17.5bn. The bank said income on its bond trading desks had slumped by a fifth following the fluctuations on financial markets in December. But chief executive Michael Corbat said ...
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India scientists dismiss Einstein theories

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Scientists in India have hit out at speakers at a major conference for making irrational claims, including that ancient Hindus invented stem cell research. Some academics at the annual Indian Science Congress dismissed the findings of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Hindu mythology and religion-based theories have increasingly become part of the Indian Science Congress agenda. But experts said remarks ...
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Tesla adds Larry Ellison to its board

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Tesla has appointed Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and Walgreens Boots Alliance executive Kathleen Wilson-Thompson to its board. The move further strengthens the board as pledged by founder Elon Musk to the Securities and Exchanges Commission. The SEC fined Mr Musk over misleading tweets that he had funding to take Tesla private. Investors greeted the news by sending Tesla shares up ...
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FBI swoops on ‘national threat’ ‘hacks for hire’ sites

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The FBI has seized control of 15 websites that let people pay to knock individuals and other sites offline. The so-called booters sought to swamp targets with huge amounts of data in what are known as distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Three US men have been charged with allegedly offering DDoS services. “DDoS-for-hire services such as these pose a significant national threat,” ...
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‘Snobbish’ Britons think university is the only way to get a good job, says Education Secretary

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Britain has become a nation of “snobs” who think university is the only way to get a good job, the Education Secretary will say on Thursday. Parents must understand that a degree is “not the only path to a great job” and school leavers who embark on apprenticeships deserve “as much praise” as their class mates who go on to ...
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An HR exec who’s worked at Facebook and Amazon says no one should become a manager without taking a key step

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Before making someone a boss, allow them to have some management experience, so they know what they’re getting into. That’s advice from Bharath Jayaraman, vice president of people at Paxos and a former HR exec at Facebook and Amazon. Jayaraman recommended allowing would-be managers to mentor a new hire on their team and then decide if this is something they’re ...
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Climate change: UK summers could be over 5C warmer by 2070

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In its first major update on climate change in almost 10 years, the Met Office has warned of significant temperature rises in the decades ahead. The UK Climate Projections 2018 study is the most up to date assessment of how the UK will change over this century. It says that under the highest emissions scenario, summer temperatures could be 5.4C ...
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Google halts glucose-sensing contact lens project

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A firm from Google’s parent company Alphabet has stopped working on one of its first projects – a contact lens designed to monitor blood sugar levels. The device was supposed to assist people living with diabetes. Verily had partnered with pharmaceutical giant Novartis to develop the lens in 2014. In a blogpost, it said its measurements of the glucose levels ...
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