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Biggest brood of barn owls recorded near Lough Neagh

July 27, 2018

The biggest brood of barn owls in Northern Ireland has been recorded near Crumlin, County Antrim. The world welcomed five chicks of the endangered species on private farmland near Lough Neagh. The nest site, located in an abandoned outbuilding, normally produces one to two chicks per year. Ulster Wildlife volunteer Ciaran Walsh said conservationists from […]


IT fiasco pushes TSB into a loss

The technology meltdown at TSB earlier this year has cost the bank £176.4m, pushing it into a half-year loss. In April, almost two million TSB customers lost access to online banking services after the bank bungled the introduction of a new IT system. TSB said its performance was “significantly impacted” by the IT failure. It […]


BP buys US shale assets for $10bn

British oil and gas giant BP is buying $10.5bn (£8bn) of US shale assets as the higher oil price makes new extraction techniques more attractive again. BP’s purchase is its largest acquisition since the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico, which it is still paying for in the US. The assets are being […]


UK heatwave: July heat record may be broken despite storms

The UK’s July temperature record could be broken on Friday despite the arrival of storms in parts of the country. The Met Office expects highs of up to 37C (98F), meaning the current record of 36.7C – set in 2015 – may be beaten. Forecasters had said the UK’s all-time record of 38.5C could be […]


Lunar eclipse: Skygazers await century’s longest ‘blood moon’

Skywatchers will be treated to the longest “blood moon” eclipse of the 21st Century on Friday. As it rises, during this total eclipse, Earth’s natural satellite will turn a striking shade of red or ruddy brown. The “totality” period, when light from the Moon is totally obscured, will last for one hour, 43 minutes. The […]


Airbus shares soar on higher profits

July 26, 2018

Profits at Airbus, Europe’s largest aerospace company, more than doubled in the second quarter despite a sputtering start to 2018. Bottlenecks of undelivered planes began to ease, while costs relating to its newest big jet, the A350, were down. After a series of engine manufacturing issues caused delays, chief executive Tom Enders said deliveries had […]


Giant gold nugget found in Scottish river

A gold nugget – claimed to be one of the biggest ever found in Britain – is reported to have been discovered in a Scottish river. The gold, dubbed the Douglas Nugget, weighs 85.7g, and has been estimated to be worth more than £50,000. It was discovered two years ago but has remained secret until […]


WW2 Spitfire pilot Mary Ellis dies

One of the last living female World War Two pilots, Mary Ellis, has died aged 101 at her home on the Isle of Wight. Mrs Ellis was a member of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) and delivered Spitfires and bombers to the front line during the conflict. She said she had flown “about 1,000 aeroplanes” […]


Regular heatwaves ‘will kill thousands’

The current heatwave could become the new normal for UK summers by 2040 because of climate change, MPs say. The Environmental Audit Committee warns of 7,000 heat-related deaths every year in the UK by 2050 if the government doesn’t act quickly. Higher temperatures put some people at increased risk of dying from cardiac, kidney and respiratory diseases. […]


The precious metal sparking a new gold rush

Gold once lured prospectors to the American west – but now it’s cobalt that is sparking a rush. Cobalt mining has not happened at any sort of scale in the United States for decades. But a handful of mining companies are now staking claims at sites in Idaho, Montana and Alaska in search of the […]


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