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UK fails to tackle Russian 'dirty money' despite sanctions — MPs

UK fails to tackle Russian 'dirty money' despite sanctions — MPs

This content is not available in your regionShare this articleA British parliamentary report on Thursday criticised the government's failure to tackle the influx of Russian "dirty money" into the UK, despite sanctions imposed after the invasion of Ukraine.An all-party committee of MPs says that although ministers had boasted "about the need to clamp down on kleptocrats, rhetoric has not been matched by constructive action". Russian funds have "continued to flow into the UK", they claim.Even before Moscow's full-scale invasion on 24 February, Boris Johnson's government claimed it...

Jun 30
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This experimental drug trial saw cancer vanish in every patient

This experimental drug trial saw cancer vanish in every patient

This content is not available in your region  -  By More than a dozen rectal cancer patients in the United States have seen their cancer disappear after undergoing experimental immunotherapy, in what doctors are calling an astonishing result.The patients, who were part of a small clinical trial led by researchers from New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center, saw their tumours vanish after being treated with an experimental drug called dostarlimab.Details of the trial were on Sunday in the New England Journal of Medicine.The paper described the...

Jun 7
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Why record-breaking heatwaves aren’t good news for solar power

Why record-breaking heatwaves aren’t good news for solar power

This content is not available in your region  -  By Days of scorching sun are fuelling Europe’s grid with record-breaking amounts of solar power - but the current heatwave is actually bad news for solar panels.In Germany, a record amount of electricity was generated by on Sunday, while most of the country was placed under an excessive heat warning.Even more solar power is expected to be generated in the coming days, as western Europe braces itself for a heatwave many countries have never seen before.And yet these record-breaking amounts of solar power are far from...

Jul 18
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Is the heatwave due to climate change? Experts explain what's going on

Is the heatwave due to climate change? Experts explain what's going on

This content is not available in your region  -  By For hundreds of millions of people in Europe, this week’s unbearably hot weather is driving climate change home.Temperatures in the UK are poised to hit 40C for the first time in recorded history, while , , Spain, Greece and Croatia have been battling wildfires for days or even weeks.We know that global warming is the cause, and it’s a straightforward connection to make during a heatwave. (Though dangerous climate sceptics are still being published in national newspapers, bending over backwards to claim it’s...

Jul 18
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EU pushes back against claims Russian oil ban is hiking prices

EU pushes back against claims Russian oil ban is hiking prices

The EU is pushing back against accusations that its sweeping ban on Russian oil is hiking global prices and injecting further disruption into an already unpredictable energy market."That’s completely false," said Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief."The price of oil started increasing one month before the war, it was caused by the war. It has peaked since the beginning of the war," he added. "And since we adopted sanctions, and since we banned the oil exports from Russia, the price of oil has decreased."While Borrell’s assessment is factually true – the benchmark price of...

Jul 20
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Too hot to work? What European labour laws say

Too hot to work? What European labour laws say

This content is not available in your region  -  By As Britain braces itself for the hottest temperatures ever recorded, the initial widespread enthusiasm for the unusual summer heat has given way to concerns over the impact it could have on a country almost completely unprepared for such hot weather.In the face of the country’s first red extreme heat warning, a British workers’ union, GMB, has called for a “too hot to work” law to be passed as soon as possible to protect labourers from being forced to work under scorching, dangerously unhealthy temperatures.Their...

Jul 18
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Can AI boost drug discovery? We're one big step closer

Can AI boost drug discovery? We're one big step closer

This content is not available in your region  -  By Over the past three years, 10 companies in what’s arguably one of the most competitive industries in the world have been sharing data in an unusual – and once unthinkable – way.An EU-funded project using artificial intelligence (AI) to boost drug discovery has just wrapped up, and it has shown its potential to transform the pharmaceutical industry, according to Owkin, the French-American unicorn behind it.The aim is to speed up the discovery and development of new treatments, which typically require hundreds of...

Jul 20
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Sperm is being used to create an eco-friendly alternative to plastic

Sperm is being used to create an eco-friendly alternative to plastic

A new eco-friendly plastic made from salmon sperm has been invented by scientists in China. Two short strands of DNA from the sperm were combined with a chemical from vegetable oil that binds them together. What this creates is a squishy material known as hydrogel. From here the gel is then moulded into different shapes and freeze-dried to remove the moisture, which makes it solidify. Researchers have already created a cup, puzzle pieces and a DNA molecule from the eco-friendly plastic. Researchers have already created a cup, puzzle pieces and a DNA molecule from the eco-friendly...

Nov 29
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Germany bans Facebook from handling WhatsApp data

Germany bans Facebook from handling WhatsApp data

Germany’s leading data protection regulator for Facebook has banned the social network from using data from WhatsApp users. It follows controversy of the messaging app’s latest privacy terms which the authority believes are illegal. The move follows emergency discussions in Hamburg after WhatsApp asked users to consent to the new terms or stop using it. WhatsApp is used by almost 60 million users in Germany. Johannes Caspar, head of the Data Protection Authority in Hamburg said: “This order seeks to secure the rights and freedoms of the many millions of users who give their consent to...

May 11, 2021
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Poland completes 186-kilometre border wall with Belarus

Poland completes 186-kilometre border wall with Belarus

This content is not available in your regionShare this articlePoland has completed construction on a new 186-kilometre border wall in an attempt to deter migrants entering from Belarus.Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and top security officials visited the border area on Thursday to mark the completion of a new 5.5-metre-high steel wall.Poland is also set to lift a state of emergency on Friday that has blocked journalists and rights workers from entering the border region.Morawiecki said the new border wall formed part of the country's fight against Russia.“The first sign of the war...

Jun 30
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