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Earliest galaxies found ‘on our cosmic doorstep’

August 17, 2018

Some of the earliest galaxies to form in the Universe are sitting on our cosmic doorstep, according to a study. These faint objects close to the Milky Way could be more than 13 billion years old, researchers from the universities of Durham and Harvard explain. They formed upwards of a hundred million years after the […]

Hunt clarifies no-deal comments: UK ‘would survive’

Jeremy Hunt has clarified his comments about a no-deal Brexit, saying Britain “would survive and prosper” – but it would be a “big mistake for Europe”. On Thursday he told ITV News a “messy” no-deal Brexit “would be a mistake we would regret for generations”. But he later tweeted that his words “should not be […]

Aretha Franklin: The sound of the civil rights movement

Aretha Franklin grew up in 1950s Detroit, surrounded from childhood by the now-famous faces of the civil rights movement. Her songs would become their anthems. Her Baptist minister father was the organiser behind the 1963 Detroit Walk to Freedom – the largest-ever demonstration for civil rights in the US until the March on Washington later […]

Low-carb diets could shorten life, study suggests

A low-carb diet could shorten life expectancy by up to four years, a study suggests. Low-carb diets, such as Atkins, have become increasingly popular for weight loss and have shown promise for lowering the risk of some illnesses. But a US study over 25 years indicates that moderate carb consumption – or switching meat for […]

Elon Musk was ‘not on weed’ when tweeting about taking Tesla private

Elon Musk has attempted to explain his controversial tweet about taking Tesla private, saying he was “not on weed” at the time. The electric carmaker’s founder has been facing intense scrutiny about the 7 August tweet which said he wanted to take Tesla private at $420 a share. He told the New York Times that the price of […]

E-cigarettes can be key weapon against smoking, say MPs

Rules around e-cigarettes should be relaxed so they can be more widely used and accepted in society, says a report by MPs. Vaping is much less harmful than normal cigarettes and e-cigarettes should be made available on prescription to help more people quit smoking, it said. The report also asks the government to consider their use […]

Durham University to spend £105m on new colleges

Durham University is to create two new colleges to the south of the city at a cost of £105m, it has confirmed. A consortium led by construction and services firm Interserve will design, build and operate the colleges at Mount Oswald, which are due to open in 2020. The scheme will deliver 1,000 beds and […]

Italy bridge: Genoa motorway collapses

August 14, 2018

A motorway bridge has collapsed near the northwestern Italian city of Genoa, sending vehicles plummeting up to 90m (295ft) to the ground and killing at least 22 people, Italian officials say. Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said it was likely to be “an immense tragedy”. There are fears that many more may have been killed […]

Mike Ashley vows to keep most House of Fraser stores open

Mike Ashley has vowed to keep open the bulk of the 59 House of Fraser stores he bought last week. “In a year’s time you can hold my feet to the fire on that,” the founder of Sports Directtold the Sun. His company paid £90m for House of Fraser on Friday, just hours after it went […]

Vienna ranked as most liveable city in the world

The Austrian capital, Vienna, has beaten Australia’s Melbourne to be named the world’s most liveable city. It’s the first time a European city has topped the rankings of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual survey. The worldwide league table ranks 140 cities on a range of factors, including political and social stability, crime, education and […]

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