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Saturday, 29 June 2013

UK government backs three-person IVF

UK government backs three-person IVFExperts say three-person IVF could eliminate debilitating and potentially fatal mitochondrial diseases that are passed on from mother to child.
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Car sets pace for a green revolution

The car, developed by Drayson Racing Technologies and driven by Lord Paul Drayson, achieved an average speed of 204.2mph over two runs at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire, smashing the previous record of 175mph.
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India bans cruel animal testing for cosmetics

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Friday, 28 June 2013

Surgeon data; move for NHS

Surgeon data; move for NHSThe first wave of new performance data for individual surgeons in England is being published in what is being hailed as a historic moment for the NHS.
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Monday, 24 June 2013

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O3b space constellation to launch

O3b space constellation to launchWith backing from blue chip companies such as Google, O3b believes its novel system can change the broadband experience for millions of people.

"There are two billion people in the world that are connected to the internet today; there are five billion who are not; and three billion who will be in the course of the next 10-15 years," said Mr Collar. "The other three billion is our target - that's who we're trying to reach, and that's where our name comes from."

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Saturday, 22 June 2013

China, Russia make headway in cooperation

China, Russia make headway in cooperationAs Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli is visiting Saint Petersburg, Russia, for an international economic forum, China National Petroleum Corporation CNPC and the Russian oil giant Rosneft on Friday signed a long-term agreement for oil deliveries with an estimated value of 270 billion U.S. dollars, a good progress made in energy cooperation between the two neighboring countries.
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Brazilian president promises to improve public services

Brazilian president promises to improve public services - Xinhua | English.news.cn.

Diabetes: Excess deaths well down, study indicates

Diabetes: Excess deaths well down, study indicatesThe extra risk of dying for people with diabetes has fallen sharply since the mid 1990s, research suggests
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Egypt's revolution inspires tech start-ups

Egypt's revolution inspires tech start-upsEgypt's swelling mass of young, educated, and enlightened graduates are now working on changing the future of a nation byte by byte, not just brick by brick.
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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Scientists create first 3D digital brain

BBC News - Scientists create first 3D digital brainIn all, 80 billion neurons have been captured in this painstaking process which took 10 years to complete.
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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Largest ever UK disaster response for Syria crisis

Largest ever UK disaster response for Syria crisis - Press releases - Inside Government - GOV.UK.



David Cameron announces £175 million in humanitarian aid for the Syrian crisis.













Prime Minister David Cameron today set out the largest single funding commitment ever made by the UK in response to a humanitarian disaster, as he announced a £175 million emergency package for the Syrian crisis.


But the Prime Minister warned that the international community as a whole must now follow this lead. He called for:




  • aid agencies to be given the unrestricted access they need to save lives in Syria

  • a reduction in violence and a negotiated solution to the conflict

  • the international community to follow the UK’s lead in committing to and providing long term funding

  • a clear, UN-led focus on the most vulnerable in this crisis, particularly girls and women

  • the UN to actively take the lead in planning and setting out a strategic, long-term response


The new funding, which the Prime Minister announced at the G8 summit, is part of a total of almost $1.5 billion in additional contributions agreed by G8 leaders to meet humanitarian needs in Syria and its neighbours. It will help to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of Syrians in desperate need as a result of the ongoing fighting.


Critically, the UK Government will also commit funding over the next two years, beyond the life of the current UN emergency appeal, so aid and development agencies can plan a more strategic response to the protracted crisis, with predictable funding allowing them to forward plan food deliveries and keep clinics open.


Speaking after the announcement, International Development Secretary Justine Greening underlined the Prime Minister’s call on the international community to recognise the protracted nature of the Syrian crisis and follow the UK’s lead.


Justine Greening said:




An unprecedented disaster requires an unprecedented response. Today’s announcement sends a clear signal to the Syrian people and to their neighbours that they can count on the UK’s continuing support. But this is the biggest humanitarian crisis of our generation and the international community must act together.




A political solution remains key, but a long-term, co-ordinated international response is now absolutely critical to stabilise the region as it copes with huge refugee flows and to help those in need, whoever and wherever they may be.



The new commitment more than doubles UK funding for Syria to date to £348 million, the largest total sum the UK has ever committed in response to a single humanitarian crisis.


It follows a surge in the fighting and UN predictions that as much as half of Syria’s pre-crisis population of 22 million will become refugees before the end of the year.


From the £175 million in new funding announced today, which includes humanitarian and development support:





  • Over £100 million will be used to respond to the new UN-led appeals launched on 7 June, the largest in the UN’s history. This will help to provide food, medical care, shelter, education and other support for those in need inside Syria and in neighbouring countries until the end of 2013.




  • The UK will particularly focus on the needs of girls and women affected, pressing for strong leadership from the international system on responding to the needs of women and girls.




  • Additional funding for those providing direct support to Syrians inside and outside Syria, including vulnerable host communities and countries that are hosting refugees.




  • Support for UN bodies and other humanitarian agencies working both in neighbouring countries and inside Syria to prepare longer term plans to cope with increasing numbers of people in need, steadily failing infrastructure and key services, and growing refugee numbers.








 

Naked mole-rat gives cancer clues

Naked mole-rat gives cancer cluesLab studies show the skin cells of the naked mole-rat are high in a natural sugary substance that stops tumours developing.
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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

G8 leaders agree tax evasion measures

G8 leaders agree tax evasion measuresGovernments agreed to give each other automatic access to information on their residents tax affairs.
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Taliban opens Doha office

BBC News - Taliban opens Doha officeThe US is to open direct peace talks with the Taliban after more than 10 years of war in Afghanistan, senior White House officials announce.
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Room to Read

We are on track to reach 10 million children by the year 2015, and you can help us get there. In a world with 793 million illiterate people?2/3 of whom are women and girls?the time to act is now.
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Assad agrees to participate in Geneva peace talks 'in principle' as opposition bows out

Assad agrees to participate in Geneva peace talks 'in principle' as opposition bows out | GlobalPost.

Taliban Step Toward Afghan Peace Talks Is Hailed by U.S

Taliban Step Toward Afghan Peace Talks Is Hailed by U.S. - NYTimes.com.

G8 leaders agree to push for Syria peace conference

G8 leaders agree to push for Syria peace conference - FT.com.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

UK to unveil £50m fund for life-saving innovations

UK to unveil £50m fund for life-saving innovations | Global development | The Guardian.

True cost of Britain's wind farm industry revealed

True cost of Britain's wind farm industry revealed - TelegraphA new analysis of government and industry figures shows that wind turbine owners received 1.2billion in the form of a consumer subsidy, paid by a supplement on electricity bills last year. They employed 12,000 people, to produce an effective £100,000 subsidy on each job.
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Google Balloon Project Gets Off The Ground

Google Balloon Project Gets Off The GroundGoogle has unveiled plans to provide the internet to the billions who cannot currently access the web - using balloons circling the globe.
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UNICEF - UNICEF's corporate partnerships - Major corporate partners

UNICEF - UNICEF's corporate partnerships - Major corporate partnersBelow is a list of corporations and Foundations;who partnered with UNICEF;in 2011 with contributions valued over US$100,000.
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Meet our Partners | WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

Meet our Partners | WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger WorldwidePartners from the private sector support WFP projects in over 80% of the countries where we work; saving lives and reducing hunger across the globe. WFP thanks all partners who continue to commit time and resources to help us fight hunger worldwide.
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Friday, 14 June 2013

Wild Weather: Met Office Calls Urgent Talks

Wild Weather: Met Office Calls Urgent TalksThe Met Office is to hold an unprecedented meeting of experts next week to try and work out the cause of unseasonal weather in recent years.
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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Global Hunger: Government Pledges Extra £375m

Global Hunger: Government Pledges Extra £375mHe said: "When people are dying, we don't believe in finding excuses. We believe in trying to do something about it ... and that makes me proud to be British."
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Cat and goldfish disappear after scientists develop 'Harry Potter invisibility cloak' which makes objects vanish by bending light - Science - News - The Independent

Cat and goldfish disappear after scientists develop 'Harry Potter invisibility cloak' which makes objects vanish by bending light - Science - News - The IndependentThe cloak, which was developed by scientists at Nanyan Technological University in Singapore, uses panels of glass to make objects invisible by bending light around them.
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