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BBC News - UK to allow driverless cars on public roads in January

BBC News - UK to allow driverless cars on public roads in January #uk #driver #less #car

The UK government has announced that driverless cars will be allowed on public roads from January next year.

It also invited cities to compete to host one of three trials of the tech, which would start at the same time.

In addition, ministers ordered a review of the UK’s road regulations to provide appropriate guidelines.

The Department for Transport had originally pledged to let self-driving…

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Child malaria vaccine

Child malaria vaccine #child #malaria #Vaccine

Experts say the world’s first malaria vaccine could be approved for use in 2015. Reporting in PLOS Medicine, researchers found that for every 1,000 children who received the vaccine, an average of 800 cases of illness could be prevented. And in continuing trials it went on to provide protection some 18 months after the injections were given. Manufacturers GSK have now applied for regulatory…

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BBC - Future - Potato power: the spuds that could light the world

Potato power #potato #power

Mashed, boiled, baked or fried? You probably have a preference for your potatoes. Haim Rabinowitch, however, likes his spuds “hacked”. For the past few years, researcher Rabinowitch and colleagues have been pushing the idea of “potato power” to deliver energy to people cut off from electricity grids. Hook up a spud to a couple of cheap metal plates, wires and LED bulbs, they argue, and it could…

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BBC News - Fist bumps ‘cleaner than handshakes’

BBC News - Fist bumps ‘cleaner than handshakes’ #fist #bump #hand #shake

Sweaty palms, vice-like grips or the insufferable limp hand may be the least of your hand-shaking worries. Scientists at Aberystwyth University in Wales have shown that a shake transfers more bacteria than other forms of hand-on-hand action. They are calling for the widespread adoption of the fist bump instead, especially during flu outbreaks. Public Health England whimsically suggested a…

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BBC News - India: Curfew relaxed after clashes in Saharanpur

#India: Curfew relaxed after clashes in Saharanpur

Authorities in India’s Uttar Pradesh state have relaxed a curfew in the city of Saharanpur after clashes between Sikhs and Muslims left three people dead and 20 others injured. The police said 38 people have been arrested in the connection with the incident. The violence began early on Saturday after Sikhs started building on land which Muslims claim belongs to them. Communal fighting between…

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Study Links Shift Work to Risk for Type 2 Diabetes: MedlinePlus

Study Links Shift Work to Risk for Type 2 Diabetes: MedlinePlus #shift #diabetes #work

Shift workers, especially men, may be at higher risk for type 2 diabetes compared to people not on such schedules, a new study suggests. Also at special risk are shift workers who don’t work on a set schedule, with shifts moving around at various times of the day. The findings are “not at all surprising,” said one expert, Dr. Alan Manevitz, a clinical psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New…

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BBC News - Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery

BBC News - Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery #wild #life #slave

New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food. Children are often used to fill this need for cheap workers, especially in the fishing industry. The decline in species is also helping the proliferation of…

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BBC News - Bedtime light ‘may stop cancer drug working’

BBC News - Bedtime light ‘may stop cancer drug working’ #breast #cancer #light

Even low levels of light in bedrooms may stop breast cancer drugs from working, US researchers have warned. Animal tests showed light, equivalent to that from street lamps, could lead to tumours becoming resistant to the widely used drug Tamoxifen. The study, published in the journal Cancer Research, showed the light affected sleep hormones, which in turn altered cancer cell function. UK experts…

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Africa - Wreckage from missing Algerian plane reportedly found: Malian TV - France 24

Africa - Wreckage from missing Algerian plane reportedly found: Malian TV - France 24 #africa #wreckage #algerian #plane

Debris from the Air Algérie flight that went missing over northern Mali early Thursday was reportedly found about 50 kilometers from the Mali – Burkina Faso border, according to both Malian and Burkina Faso sources.

According to Gen. Gilbert Diendere, a close aide to Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, the wreckage was found about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the border of Burkina Faso near…

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Contact lost with Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso | Reuters

Contact lost with Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso | Reuters #Air #Algerie #plane #flight

Authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, Algeria’s APS state news agency and a Spanish airline company said on Thursday. APS said authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso. Spanish private airline company Swiftair confirmed it had no contact with its…

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BBC News - Encephalitis outbreak in India’s West Bengal kills 60

#Encephalitis outbreak in India’s West #Bengal kills 60 #india

At least 60 people died in a recent outbreak of viral encephalitis in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, a top health official has said. Doctors say patients come from seven affected districts in northern Bengal. The disease usually occurs during the monsoon season across northern India and West Bengal is normally not among the worst-affected states. Encephalitis causes brain inflammation…

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Why insulin is needed for our body?

Why insulin is needed for our body? #insulin #need #diabetes

Insulin is a hormone produced by our pancreas (an organ found in our abdomen). Insulin stores the sugar, fat and protein that we take through our diet.

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