Monthly Archives: November 2017

Is the Government unfairly demonising diesel cars?

alibhai/ November 30, 2017/ Web News/ 0 comments

By Simon Lambert for Is the Government unfairly demonising diesel? Another attack on diesel cars was slipped into the Budget last week, with the threat to bump new vehicles up a first-year tax band. This rise in showroom tax was trailed as only for those diesels that don’t meet the latest clean standards. But there’s one small problem –

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The ‘sci fi’ DNA test that could replace your password

alibhai/ November 30, 2017/ New Gadgets/ 0 comments

The method is a two-step technique using the $1000 MinION DNA sequencer The team used an algorithm to compare variants with other genetic profiles They found it can identify a person from DNA in minutes, and can validate cells  By Cheyenne Macdonald For Scientists have unveiled a new software that could pave the way for real-time DNA-authentication, with the

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Gold Rolls-Royce up for sale but you must pay in bitcoin

alibhai/ November 29, 2017/ Web News/ 0 comments

The Rolls-Royce Ghost is listed for £117,995 but must be bought in Bitcoin Bitcoin has risen more than 1,000 per cent this year, as fears of bubble abound  Rolls’ asking price is the equivalent of just £118 of Bitcoin at the start of 2017 Seller says ‘Bitcoin is safe, convenient and incredibly valuable right now so, to me, it makes

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Hackers could get even nastier in 2018 say researchers

alibhai/ November 29, 2017/ New Gadgets/ 0 comments

By Afp After a year marked by devastating cyber attacks and breaches, online attackers are expected to become even more destructive in 2018, security researchers said Wednesday. A report by the security firm McAfee said the ransomware outbreaks of 2017 offer just a taste of what’s to come as hackers develop new strategies and ‘business models.’ McAfee researchers said that

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Ministers hell bent on crippling British motor industry

alibhai/ November 28, 2017/ Web News/ 0 comments

Punishment of diesel could scupper investment in future vehicles in the UK, insiders warned SMMT said the government is overlooking the benefit of diesel for consumers It said that many drivers are swapping diesel for petrol rather than going electric  By Ray Massey For Car bosses have taken a swipe at minsters who appear ‘hell bent’ on destroying Britain’s

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Methane ecosystem found in caves of the Yucatan Peninsula 

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The methane-fueled ecosystem feeds bacteria in the underground caves In these caves, methane and bacteria form a vital part of the overall ecosystem  It explains how cave adapted animals survive without visible evidence of food  The research could help researchers understand how sea level rise and seaside development could impact these ecosystems By Cecile Borkhataria For Researchers have discovered

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it’s impossible for diesel cars to avoid new tax surcharge

alibhai/ November 27, 2017/ Web News/ 0 comments

Chancellor Philip Hammond said new diesel cars could be subject to higher tax Only ‘next-generation cleaner diesels’ can avoid having to go up one tax band However, it will be impossible for any diesel car to meet this standard next year Some will be £500 more expensive to tax as a result – we’ve found 10 examples  First year’s car

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The mysterious phenomenon that’s making Britain shiver

alibhai/ November 27, 2017/ New Gadgets/ 0 comments

Some areas of the country are facing up to 4in of snow in the coming week Temperatures could plunge as low as -8c in the UK over the next few days   Bookies are reporting an ‘avalanche’ of bets on a White Christmas for 2017 Ladbrokes cut odds on White Christmas in Glasgow, Newcastle, and London  Manchester also earmarked for

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Scientists find wheat ‘with 85 per cent less gluten’

alibhai/ November 26, 2017/ New Gadgets/ 0 comments

Researchers created a new strain of wheat that almost eliminate a form of gluten The wheat was created with a controversial ‘Crispr-Cas9’ gene editing technique The gene editing technique lets researchers ‘cut and paste’ small DNA sections Scientists used tool to remove some of the genes that code for gliadin proteins By Colin Fernandez, Science Correspondent For The Daily Mail

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Speeding offences hit a new high in 2016

alibhai/ November 25, 2017/ Web News/ 0 comments

By Rob Hull For Motor vehicle offences hit a nine-year high in 2016 as official figures from the Department for Transport revealed that more motorists were caught speeding than any other year in over a decade. Almost 3.06million offences were recorded during 2016, which is the highest number since 2007 when 3.33million were issued. Some 2.15million of these were

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