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The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has cautioned that the United Kingdom may struggle to meet its climate targets following recent policy changes by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. These changes included delaying the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 to 2035 and altering rules regarding the phase-out of gas and oil-fired boilers. The CCC stated that some of the most significant impacts would arise from a pledge by Sunak that one in five homes would be exempt from switching from fossil fuel boilers. This decision could mean that a larger number of UK households continue…

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Dr. King, a UK scientist, was among the privileged few to set their eyes on and study the rocky samples recently returned from asteroid Bennu by a NASA mission. These extraterrestrial materials, brought back to Earth just 17 days ago, are currently undergoing examination in a specialized laboratory in Texas. “We’ve confirmed we went to the right asteroid,” Dr. King confirmed to BBC News. The initial three-day analysis by Dr. King, a Natural History Museum (NHM) expert, and five other scientists on the “Quick Look” team revealed that the black, otherworldly powder is rich in carbon and water-laden minerals. This…

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Laurent Ballesta has secured the coveted title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) 2023 with his mesmerizing image of a mysterious horseshoe crab. This golden marine arthropod was captured in its natural habitat, nestled on the seabed near Pangatalan Island in the Philippines. What makes this photo even more intriguing is the presence of three small fish, strategically tracking the crab, hoping to uncover an opportune meal within the sediment. This remarkable achievement makes Ballesta only the second photographer in WPY’s 59-year history to claim victory twice. His previous grand prize win came in 2021 for his captivating shot…

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Barry Green vividly recalls that transformative day in June 1983. The air was charged with anticipation as JET fusion laboratory embarked on its inaugural experiment. It was more than just a project; it was the manifestation of a dream to harness nuclear fusion’s unparalleled clean energy potential. Decades of Fusion Evolution Nuclear fusion’s intrigue can be traced back to its discovery in the 1920s. Initially, research was predominantly weapon-centric. However, 1958 marked a pivotal moment when the US unveiled its fusion-centric war research. This revelation ignited a global ambition, propelling nations like Russia, the UK, Europe, Japan, and the US…

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Fresh into his role since January, Tufan Erginbilgic, the new CEO of Rolls-Royce, described the renowned engineering company as a “burning platform”. This latest announcement signifies his first major maneuver to overhaul the company. Based in Derby and a significant employer of 42,000 global professionals, with nearly half in the UK, the firm has endured substantial strains due to the prolonged pandemic-related downturn in air travel. The UK Impact and Union’s Response While specific details regarding the locations of the cuts remain under wraps, early indications hint at a significant reduction in back-office roles within the UK. In response to…

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For the second time this year, Apple’s front-man, Tim Cook, found himself on Chinese soil. Back in March, he remarked upon Apple’s “symbiotic” connection with China, an essential hub for its manufacturing prowess. However, recent global events, from the pandemic to US-China tensions, have thrown a curveball into Apple’s operations within the nation. An Electric Evening in Chengdu During his visit, Cook immersed himself in the gaming world at Apple’s Taikoo Li store, mingling with ardent fans of Tencent’s Honour of Kings. Sharing his exhilaration on Weibo, China’s premier social media platform, he exclaimed, “The energy tonight was off the…

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