SCIENCE
Beet farm near Wymondham in colour-based aphid pest trial

Scientists hope patchworks of multi-coloured crops will help hide them “in plain sight” from pests as a natural alternative to pesticides. Using dyes, the so-called “camo-cropping” trial has been started by the Norwich-based British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO). It has been introduced at Morley Farms, near Wymondham, Norfolk, in an attempt to protect sugar beet […]

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SCIENCE
UK satellite launch: ‘Everything now is about getting to Cornwall’

All eyes are now on Newquay in Cornwall for the first ever satellite launch from UK soil. Sir Richard Branson’s US company Virgin Orbit successfully placed another seven spacecraft in orbit from California at the weekend and is now focused on moving operations to England. “Everything now is about getting to Cornwall,” said Flt Lt […]

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SCIENCE
Finding the Higgs: ‘Incredible’ moment in science

Ten years ago, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (Cern) made an exciting announcement – they had moved one step closer to understanding the origins of the universe with the discovery of the Higgs boson, the so-called ‘God particle’. Physicist Dr Andre David was one of the scientists working at the Large Hadron […]

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SCIENCE
Using human hair to fight oil spills

Usually our hair is thrown away after it’s cut. But a hairdresser in Wales has been using her customers’ hair to make special mats, which are used to help the planet.

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TECHNOLOGY
Australia’s devastating floods spur new warning systems

On 27 February, Karl Sprogis and his wife Jill spent most of the night anxiously monitoring flood height data from Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology. Their town, Lismore, was caught in the catastrophic floods that submerged southern Queensland and northern New South Wales in February and March. Those floods have become the most costly in the nation’s […]

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BUSINESS
UK economic outlook has deteriorated, Bank of England warns

The economic outlook for the UK and the rest of the world has “deteriorated materially”, the Bank of England has warned. Energy and fuel costs are rising rapidly around the world, pushing up prices in general more quickly. However, UK banks are in a position to weather even a severe economic downturn, the Bank said. […]

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BUSINESS
Norway calls off gas strikes that risked UK supply

Strikes which threatened to cut off most of the UK’s gas imports from Norway have been called off. The Norwegian labour ministry confirmed it had stepped in to end industrial action set for later this week. “Workers are going back to work as soon as possible. We are cancelling the planned escalation,” Lederne union leader […]

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BUSINESS
British Airways cancels 1,500 more flights

British Airways has cancelled a further 1,500 flights, mostly for July. The wave of cancellations made over the past weeks will affect tens of thousands hoping to jet off this summer from Heathrow and Gatwick. The industry has been struggling with staff shortages as demand for air travel rebounds. British Airways had already removed 10% […]

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BUSINESS
Pilots’ strike pushes SAS airline into bankruptcy move

Scandinavian airline SAS has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US as a strike by its pilots added to its financial problems. The move will allow the carrier to continue operating, although the strike has grounded about half its flights. SAS said the industrial action meant the airline had brought forward plans to restructure its […]

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OUTREACH
Rescuers try to save stranded cargo ship near Sydney

Tug boat and helicopter teams have been deployed to rescue 21 crew members who are stranded on their cargo ship, off the coast of Australia. The vessel got into trouble after it lost power and risked being swept ashore to the nearby cliffs of Sydney. The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was dispatched and attempted […]

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BUSINESS
Sri Lanka: ‘I can’t afford milk for my babies’

The smell hits you first – freshly cooked rice, lentils and spinach, served in ladles from steaming pots. Dozens of families – including mothers with babies – are lined up with plates to get a serving of what will likely be their only meal for the day. “We are here because we are hungry,” says […]

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SCIENCE
Sydney floods: Tens of thousands told to evacuate

Tens of thousands of residents in Australia’s largest city Sydney have been ordered to evacuate their homes after torrential rain and flash flooding. Roads have been cut off, with 18 evacuation orders in western Sydney alone and warnings of more to come. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has said it expects more heavy rainfall over the […]

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SCIENCE
Bondi Beach: Huge tides engulf Sydney’s famous beach

Sydney’s Bondi Beach has been engulfed by massive tides after two intense weather systems lashed Australia’s east coast. Locals were stunned by the rare sight of waves spilling on to a promenade.

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ENTREPRENEURS
How Crypto Can Regenerate The World

Kyle Westaway: What is the Green Pill, and why should I take it? Kevin Owocki: It’s up to you whether or not you want to take it. But the green pill is a story of how crypto can regenerate the world. How do we build a world in which we’ve solved our contemporary challenges with sustainability? I […]

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SCIENCE
Perseverance: Nasa rover begins key drive to find life on Mars

Nasa’s Perseverance rover has reached a big moment in its mission on Mars. Tuesday will see the six-wheeled robot begin the climb up an ancient delta feature in the crater where it landed. It will roll uphill, stopping every so often to examine rocks that look to have the best chance of retaining evidence of […]

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OUTREACH
Texas migrant deaths: ‘I still have to bring my children home’

It was 25 June when Karen Caballero was seized by an “unexplained heaviness” in her chest. Her children had not been in touch. Two days later, around 8pm, she received a news alert on her cell phone. Dozens of migrants had died of heat inside the back of an abandoned lorry near the city of […]

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BUSINESS
Missing cryptoqueen: Is Dr Ruja Ignatova the biggest Bitcoin holder?

With cryptomarkets in turmoil, files seen by the BBC suggest an unlikely Bitcoin investor may have also lost a fortune – “the missing cryptoqueen”, Dr Ruja Ignatova. The scammer disappeared in 2017 as her cryptocurrency OneCoin was at its height – attracting billions from investors. Fraud and money-laundering charges in the US have led to her becoming […]

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BUSINESS
UK and New Zealand expand working holiday visas

The UK and New Zealand will allow more younger people to live and work in both countries for longer. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Kiwi counterpart Jacinda Ardern agreed to extend the Youth Mobility and Working Holiday schemes. The age limit for applicants will go up from 30 to 35, and the maximum […]

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BUSINESS
Russia moves to take control of Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project

Russia has moved to take over a major oil and gas project in which Shell has a 27.5% stake. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday to take charge of the Sakhalin-2 project. The move could force Shell and Japan’s Mitsui and Mitsubishi to abandon their investments as the economic fallout of the […]

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BUSINESS
Brazil: Rio’s residents garden their way out of hunger

Not too long ago, Fernanda da Silva was going hungry, like millions of other Brazilians. The 40-year-old mother of three was out of work and money was tight. Her husband’s monthly earnings as a doorman – 1,300 reais ($250), just over a minimum salary – kept their family afloat. “It was really difficult for us,” […]

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BUSINESS
Hong Kong: Xi Jinping defends China’s rule at handover anniversary

China’s “one country two systems” model of ruling Hong Kong has worked in protecting the city and must continue long term, says Xi Jinping. The Chinese leader mounted a stern defence of the political system in a speech in Hong Kong, following recent international criticism. Hong Kong is marking 25 years since Britain returned the […]

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BUSINESS
John Lee: Who is Hong Kong’s new hardline pro-Beijing leader?

Former security chief John Lee Ka-chiu has been sworn in as Hong Kong’s next leader, in what is widely seen as a move by the Chinese government to tighten its grip on the city. He is replacing Carrie Lam following the city’s chief executive election in May – in which he was the sole candidate. […]

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OUTREACH
Texas migrant deaths: Truck driver ‘unaware air conditioner had stopped working’

The suspected driver of a truck where 53 migrants died from heat in Texas did not know that the air conditioner had stopped working, an informant says. According to charging documents filed in federal court, Homero Zamorano did not know of the issue. Officials say he was found hiding near the truck. The Texan is […]

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BUSINESS
How flowers are ‘put to sleep’ for long sea voyages

Workers in heavy coats shift boxes of flowers from a cold store into a refrigerated container. Once packed, these blooms will travel hundreds of miles by road, in a special ‘controlled atmosphere’ container from Nairobi to the coast. On arrival at Kenya’s biggest seaport, Mombasa, the container is loaded onto a ship for a voyage […]

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TECHNOLOGY
What would happen if we stopped using plastic?

Plastic has seeped into every aspect of our existence. Can we live without it? Of the 8,300 million tonnes of virgin plastic produced up to the end of 2015, 6,300 million tonnes has been discarded. Most of that plastic waste is still with us, entombed in landfills or polluting the environment. Microplastics have been found in Antarctic […]

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TECHNOLOGY
What if all roads went underground?

Roads pollute cities, eat up public space and fragment habitats. Could moving them underground help? In 1863, in an effort to reduce street traffic, London opened the world’s first underground line, the Metropolitan Railway. Its birth can be traced back two decades before to the building of the world’s first under-river tunnel below the Thames, which swiftly […]

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SCIENCE
Living through Japan’s hottest summer on record

Masaya Maruyama, his wife Junko and his brother Koichi, were sitting under the tailgate of their work van, trying to find a tiny bit of shade, as they drank profusely from large bottles of orange soda. The family of plumbers had been out in the baking sun laying pipes since 08:00 local time. By 11:00, […]

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TECHNOLOGY
UK-built Forum satellite will measure greenhouse effect

A spacecraft measuring Earth’s warming ‘greenhouse’ effect in its greatest ever detail will be built in the UK. The Forum satellite will be assembled by aerospace giant Airbus at its factory in Stevenage. It will monitor far-infrared radiation coming up from our planet’s surface. It’s this particular type of light that makes molecules of gases […]

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BUSINESS
Heathrow flight cancellations cause queues and ‘chaos’

Passengers have complained of queues and “total chaos” at Heathrow after the airport asked airlines to remove 30 flights from Thursday’s schedule. The UK’s largest airport asked airlines to cut the flights because it was expecting more passenger numbers than it can currently cope with. Some passengers did not know that their flights were cancelled […]

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BUSINESS
Sri Lanka fuel crisis: Waiting for days to get fuel

Being the first in the queue is usually a coveted spot, but Ajeewan Sadasivam has no idea how long he’ll be stuck in this one. “I’ve been in line for two days already,” he says, as he waits patiently outside a petrol station in the capital Colombo. As a taxi driver, fuel is his lifeblood, […]

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BUSINESS
Is Brexit adding to the UK’s energy crisis?

Up until now it has been difficult to pick out much difference between the UK’s economic numbers and those across Europe and the world. The size of the common global economic shocks from the pandemic and from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been the overwhelming driver of high inflation and slower growth for most European […]

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BUSINESS
Pride: Amazon restricts LGBT goods in United Arab Emirates

Online retail giant Amazon has restricted search results related to LGBT people and issues on its website in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The firm took the step after reportedly coming under pressure from authorities in the Gulf state. Same-sex sexual relations are illegal in the UAE. Expressing support for LGBT rights could also be […]

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BUSINESS
Thousands of BT workers vote to strike over pay

Thousands of BT workers have voted to go on strike in a dispute over pay. Some 30,000 Openreach engineers and 9,000 BT call centre workers were balloted and overwhelmingly backed industrial action, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said. General secretary Dave Ward said BT now faced its first national strike since it was privatised in […]

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BUSINESS
Hello Kitty firm strikes China deal after viral hit

The Japanese company behind the Hello Kitty brand has struck a licensing deal in China after one of its lesser-known characters went viral in the country. Sanrio says a unit of e-commerce giant Alibaba will have exclusive rights in China to make and sell merchandise of its 26 characters. The deal comes after Sanrio’s imp-like […]

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HEALTH
Georgia mom who couldn’t find baby formula ‘overwhelmed’ by help from strangers

he Georgia could not find baby formula for her 6-month-old twins who were born prematurely. So she asked for help from FOX 5 viewers. The response from people across the United States, she says, “restored my faith in humanity.”

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BUSINESS
International headwinds offset Thai economy’s gains

Despite the fast-rising inflation driven largely by food and energy costs, some economic research houses have recently revised upward or at least maintained their economic growth projections for Thailand for the year. Siam Commercial Bank’s Economic Intelligence Center (EIC) recently revised upward its economic growth forecast to 2.9 percent this year, up slightly from the […]

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EDUCATION
10 Tips for Making Digital Materials More Accessible to Students With Disabilities

Many teachers and schools are falling short of federal requirements for digital accessibility, posing undue challenges for students with a wide range of disabilities, two accessibility experts argued Tuesday during a virtual panel at the annual International Society for Technology in Education conference. Most K-12 professionals know that federal law requires school buildings to be […]

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SCIENCE
Thailand : Cannabis-infused food and drink products are not for everyone

Anyone can now grow cannabis plants at home following registration with authorities via a mobile app as well as use and sell them in Thailand. The change in the law comes after the country decriminalized cannabis and hemp on June 9, making it the first country in Asia to remove the plant from its narcotics […]

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EDUCATION
NI teachers taking industrial action could have pay deducted

Teachers in the NASUWT union taking action short of a strike could have pay deducted for breaching their contract. That is according to a letter from the teaching employers to school principals, seen by BBC News NI. Members of the NASUWT in Northern Ireland began industrial action short of a strike in May. The action affects […]

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EDUCATION
Mental health negatively affecting almost half of UK students, according to study

Universities need “immediate improvements” so students get the mental health care they need, according to a new survey. Out of 7,200 students surveyed by charity Humen, nearly half felt mental health difficulties negatively impacted their university experience. The research also revealed only 4% of staff received “adequate training”. Support should be given “just as much […]

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EDUCATION
Education Department Approves $8 Billion in Public Service Loan Forgiveness

The 2008 public service loan forgiveness program had been mired by complicated eligibility rules and servicing errors that made it nearly impossible to benefit from until a Biden administration overhaul. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona testifies at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies. Hearings to examine proposed […]

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HEALTH
El Salvador’s abortion ban: ‘I was sent to prison for suffering a miscarriage’

The news from the US that women face tighter restrictions on abortion has been felt in El Salvador, which itself has very strict laws preventing access. In February, four women sat down before the full glare of El Salvador’s press. Between them, they had served nearly 50 years in prison. Their crime was to have […]

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SCIENCE
Nearly a quarter of Earth’s seafloor now mapped

Slowly but surely the proportion of the global ocean floor that’s been properly mapped is rising. It’s now up to just shy of a quarter of the total area under water – at 23.4%. Better seafloor maps help us with navigation and conservation, among many other uses. Some 10 million sq km (3.8 million sq […]

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SCIENCE
UK government told to insulate more homes

The UK government must drive down energy bills and reduce climate-warming emissions by insulating more homes, a report says. Official advisors the Climate Change Committee says the government’s current insulation programme is “shocking”. It says consumers are paying £40 extra a year on bills because of previous cuts to the home renovation programme. The committee […]

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SCIENCE
UK-built Forum satellite will measure greenhouse effect

A spacecraft measuring Earth’s warming ‘greenhouse’ effect in its greatest ever detail will be built in the UK. The Forum satellite will be assembled by aerospace giant Airbus at its factory in Stevenage. It will monitor far-infrared radiation coming up from our planet’s surface. It’s this particular type of light that makes molecules of gases […]

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SCIENCE
UK decides AI still cannot patent inventions

The UK’s Intellectual Property Office has decided artificial-intelligence systems cannot patent inventions for the time being. Patents assign the ownership of a new invention to its creator. A recent IPO consultation found many experts doubted AI was currently able to invent without human assistance. Current law allowed humans to patent inventions made with AI assistance, the […]

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BUSINESS
Heathrow Airport announces more flight cancellations

Heathrow Airport has asked airlines to remove 30 flights from Thursday morning’s schedule because it is expecting more passenger numbers than it can currently cope with. In total, 1,200 flights were scheduled to leave throughout the day. The airport claims the cancellations are necessary for both safety and to ensure as many passengers as possible […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Google sign-up a ‘fast track to surveillance’, consumer groups say

Google is facing action from a coalition of ten European consumer organisations over the company’s account sign-up process. A Google account is essential in order to use a number of its products and services. But the coalition alleges the sign-up process steers users toward options which collect more data. Google told the BBC it welcomed […]

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BUSINESS
Steel import tariffs extended for two years

Tariffs on steel imports that were due to expire will be retained for a further two years, the government said. International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the plans departed from the UK’s “international legal obligations” but was in the “national interest” to protect steel makers. She added the decision was made due to “global disruptions” […]

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BUSINESS
Why business is still optimistic about Hong Kong

On a cloudy June day, the Jumbo Floating Restaurant was towed out of Hong Kong’s Aberdeen harbour. The giant six-storey structure – in the shape of a Chinese imperial palace – crept past yachts a fraction of its size earlier this month before a foghorn signalled its entry into the open sea. The mega restaurant, […]

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