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Air Quality Plan Brings Uncertainty For Road Users

The Government’s much-anticipated air quality plan was heavily criticised last week by campaigners who had hoped it would do more to tackle worsening air pollution in Britain’s towns and cities. The plan has also left road users and manufacturers uncertain about what the future holds. Described as ‘woefully inadequate’, the air quality plan has put the onus on individual local ...

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Amazon's Achilles Heel Is A Gift For Traditional Retailers

Amazon holds plenty of power in the online marketplace, yet beneath the smiling face of this online retail giant lays a technology company powered by its own innovations. Traditional retailers can only rely on the technology that is available to them, whereas Amazon creates it and uses it to manage, market and sell inventory. However, it’s not all doom and ...

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How Can We Encourage More Women To Pursue STEM Careers?

How can we encourage more women to pursue careers in STEM? originally appeared on Quora – the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.. Answer by Barbara Oakley, Co-Instructor of Learning How to Learn, the world’s largest online course: One of the best ways to encourage more women and other ...

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Should Tech Companies Police The Internet?

This week Mark Zuckerberg announced, in a post on his Facebook page, that he would be hiring 3,000 content moderators. The news doesn’t come as any surprise. In the last year tech companies, and particularly social media sites like Facebook, have come under fire for the content that is shared on their platforms. In the weeks following the US election ...

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Paris 1.5°C Warming Limit Could Be Broken In A Decade, Warn Scientists

Scientists have warned that the 1.5°C warming limit negotiated in the Paris climate agreement could be broken as soon as 2026. New research suggests that a natural fluctuation in the Pacific ocean may accelerate warming even faster than climatologists had predicted. When the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation is in its negative phase, it traps hot water in the deeper layers of ...

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Blind Testing Asks People To Choose Between A New Violin And A Priceless Stradivarius

Stradivarius violins are considered not just some of the finest violins ever made but some of the best musical instruments ever to grace this Earth. Their rarity and sound profile have meant that a single violin can often sell for millions of pounds. Yet, when soloists where told to perform a series of piece blindfolded, it seems that the legendary ...

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Encouraging Girls To Stay In STEM

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Growing up, I loved math and science. I loved the challenge of using math equations to solve problems and I loved how these subjects could be applied to things in my everyday life. However, as I prepared to apply for university, I was dissuaded from studying these subjects further despite strong encouragement from my parents. At ...

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Cancer Scientists Accidentally Stumble On A 'Breakthrough' In Curing Baldness

Scientists have ‘stumbled’ across the cells that cause hair to go grey and fall out, causing balding, while studying how cancer tumours develop.  The team from Southwestern Medical Centre, in Texas, were able to pinpoint the skin cells that give rise to human hair follicles, but could also provide the answer to curing male-pattern hair loss. Dr. Lu Le, Associate ...

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Government's Diesel Scrappage Scheme Could Pay You To Swap To An Electric Car

Buried deep within the government’s clean air act there’s a plan to scrap some of the worst diesel cars in the country. The scrappage scheme would reportedly offer each owner around £8,000 towards buying a new electric car instead. Peter Nicholls / Reuters While this sounds like a potential golden opportunity for diesel owners who are looking to make the ...

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How VR Can Help The Elderly

Like many of us, I have a grandparent who is now in her late 80’s and parents who are in their 60’s. When you consider that most people aged 60, edging on 70 are starting to think about retirement it’s perhaps encouraging to know that when we finish work, we’ll still have an extra 25 years on average to enjoy ...

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