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British Start-up Converts Feathers Into Useful Bio-degradable Material
Feathers have long been used in clothing and the bedding industry for their light weight and the warmth they provide. Two British students are developing a method to turn tons of wasted chicken feathers...
Secret Soviet map project revealed
The Soviet Union’s secret map of Brighton in the UK contains extraordinary detail about building use and was one of hundreds produced of major cities around the world. Picture: British Library. DURING...
Airline accidentally promotes rival’s deal
British Airways accidentally promoted Virgin Atlantic. Picture: Supplied VIRGIN Atlantic is offering a great travel deal to London. Just ask British Airways. Someone on British Airways’ social media team...
Real life gaming: how the British Army modelled tank simulation on a games controller
The British Army’s Challenger 2 tank is controlled in a very familiar way - it’s modelled on video game console controllers from the 1990’s.The tank, in service from 1998 and still in use by the British...
British Airways recovering after computer problem
British Airways flights were gradually returning to normal Tuesday after a still-unexplained computer problem disabled the airline’s self-service check-in kiosks for several hours at a number of international...
British tech champion ARM's sale to Japan's SoftBank wins shareholder nod
LONDON (Reuters) - Shareholders in British technology company ARM approved its sale to Japan's SoftBank on Tuesday, marking the end of independence for the chip designer that powered the smartphone revolution....
What is Killing Honeybees?
While Polish scientists found that certain pesticides are devastating the honeybees’ immune system, British scientists report insecticides are also devastating the honeybees’ reproductive abilities. According...
Warnings of British economic downturn piling up
Market research firm GfK reported Friday that consumer confidence took a dive in the wake of the June 23 decision to leave the EU. In a survey to gauge the impact of the referendum result, it said its...
What Brexit may mean for British tech, and Silicon Valley
The lasting impact of the United Kingdom’s vote to break with the European Union won’t be known for years, but the shift has immediate ramifications for the global technology industry, including Bay Area...
Google search spike suggests people don't know why they Brexited
It would almost be impressive if British Prime Minister David Cameron had set out to tear apart the UK more effectively than any of his hundreds of predecessors, but the staggering fact is that he seems...
Open access: All human knowledge is there—so why can’t everybody access it?
DiliffIn 1836, Anthony Panizzi, who later became principal librarian of the British Museum, gave evidence before a parliamentary select committee. At that time, he was only first assistant librarian,...
“Drone” that hit British Airways jet was likely a plastic bag
Plastic bag flying through the air, American Beauty-esque.Getty ImagesRecent reports of an unidentified flying object striking a British Airways flight at London's Heathrow Airport spurred a wave of fear...
British Airways flight hits possible drone during landing at Heathrow
A British Airways A320 like this one reportedly struck a possible drone today at Heathrow, again raising concerns about consumer drone operators flouting regulations and endangering aircraft.British AirwaysPolice...
British Army's new cannon takes its ammo on the side
The British Army has taken delivery of its first completely new cannon system in 50 years – and it loads sideways. This loading system on the new 40mm Cased Telescoped Cannon System, which was handed...
Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman enter the drone warfare genre with Eye in the Sky
Bleecker StreetWhile there have been no shortage of lackluster dramas featuring drones, there has yet to be a definitive Saving Private Ryan or Apocalypse Now-type war epic that really brings drama and...
France seeks $1.8B in back tax from Google: Report
A spokeswoman for Google France declined to comment. An unsourced 2012 media report mentioned a claim for 1 billion euros by French authorities, which Google denied at the time. The tax authority usually...
UK wants authority to serve warrants in U.S.
Breaking News(Photo: Tory Hargro, USA TODAY) WASHINGTON - British and U.S. officials have been negotiating a plan that could allow British authorities to directly serve wiretap orders on U.S. communications...
Latest images of New Zealand taken from space + Gallery
British astronaut Tim Peake has shared aerial images of New Zealand from space during his expedition at the International Space Station.The former British Army Air Corps officer posted a series images...
New VR experience gives you a taste of royalty
The British Monarchy and Google Expeditions have teamed up to give you a tour of Buckingham Palace in VR, giving us all a small look at how a British royal lives.Posted today on the official British Monarchy...
Scientists sequence ancient British 'gladiator' genomes from Roman York
Cutting-edge genome technology in Trinity College Dublin has cast more light on a mystery that has perplexed archaeologists for more than a decade. The origins of a set of Roman-age decapitated bodies,...
Migrant values adapt over just one generation
Migrants' thinking styles and social values rapidly shift over a single generation to become more similar to those of the wider society they have moved into, new research has indicated. A study led by...
Hackers bring down Thai websites over British murders verdict
BANGKOK (Reuters) - International hacking movement Anonymous said it attacked hundreds of Thai government websites on Wednesday over death sentences handed down to two migrant workers for the murder of...
UN experts warn about British investigatory powers bill
U.N. human rights experts say a legislative bill in Britain aimed at increasing powers of authorities to monitor suspects could threaten freedom of expression and association. Three United Nations experts...
Dozens of children suffer eye damage as a result of lasers
Mr Quhill has treated 10 children who have suffered permanent damage after laser beams were shone in their eyes since 2012 and after contacting other ophthalmologists in the UK, discovered at least another...
Hackers attack Thai police websites to protest British murder verdicts
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Hackers attacked Thai police websites on Tuesday in protest against the trial of two Myanmar migrant workers sentenced to death last month for the murders of two British tourists. ...
Apple criticises UK’s proposed spying law, says will weaken encryption
Comments By: AFP | Updated: December 22, 2015 11:31 am Apple has criticised UK government’s proposed spying law, saying it threatens privacy and data security. Apple has criticised draft British legislation...
Pride vies with sadness as Britain's last coal pit closes
On Friday, workers at Britain's last operating deep coal mine finished their final shift, emerging — soot-blackened and live on television news channels — to cheers, applause and tears. With gas and nuclear...
Apologies, tea and Her Maj: Tim Peake's very British week in space
Tim Peake, the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station (ISS), and only the second British person in space, has been in orbit for four days. And in that time, his tweets have revealed...
UK astronaut Tim Peake puts space back on agenda in Britain
British astronaut Tim Peake, member of the main crew of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures, prior to the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday,...
British police arrest 21-year-old man tied to VTech toy hack
LONDON (Reuters) - British police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the hacking of toymaker VTech Holdings, which exposed the data of 6.4 million children, in what experts said is the...
British astronaut Tim Peake launches to ISS: watch live
The first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station is preparing for launch atop a Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft, ahead of his eight minute outward journey to space.Commander Tim Peake will...
Flint House declared RIBA's 2015 House of the Year
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winner of its prestigious House of the Year award. Formerly known as the Manser Medal, the award shines a light on the best of British...
UK IT Companies Favor EU Membership
British technology firms of all sizes say an EU exit would be harmful to their businesses. By Matthew Broersma The vast majority of British technology companies believe the United Kingdom should remain...
Britain to develop offensive cyber capability, Osborne says
CHELTENHAM, England (Reuters) - British spies are developing an offensive cyber capability to fight Islamist militants, hackers, criminals and hostile powers who threaten British interests, finance minister...
British Astronaut Readies For Space Launch
By Thomas Moore, Health and Science Correspondent Britain's first official astronaut will today stop off in London for the last time before he blasts off for the International Space Station (ISS). Tim...
New U.K. online surveillance proposal could have international reach
In this video grab, British Home Secretary Theresa May speaks about the Investigatory Powers Bill in the House of Commons, in London, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. (PA via AP) A new surveillance proposal...
British Gas warns customers of security leak but denies breach
British Gas has warned around 2,200 of its 14.7 million customers that their email addresses, passwords and past energy bills have been published on the document-sharing site Pastebin. The utility company...
British Gas data leak is third major UK security breach in a week
Is your personal data at risk? Photo: Reuters "The extent of the damage in the British Gas data leak shows that each and every organisation needs to take cyber security and data leak prevention more...
Customer Data Posted Online In British Gas Leak
British Gas has contacted customers after around 2,200 account passwords and email addresses briefly appeared online. In an email to customers the company insisted their systems were secure and that no...
British Gas logins exposed online
British Gas has contacted about 2,200 of its customers to warn them that their email addresses and account passwords were posted online. It says, however, that it does not think its own systems were breached....
British businesses say cyber attacks constant
LONDON (Reuters) - British business leaders on Saturday urged police to make cyber crime an urgent priority following an attack on broadband provider TalkTalk, saying firms face continual security breaches....
Future Soldier Vision concept imagines the British soldier of 2025
What will the British infantry of 2025 look like? At the recent Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibitions in London, Britain's Ministry of Defence (MOD) took the wraps off its Future...
BBC to launch Netflix-style streaming service in US
Enlarge ImageWhile the BBC plans a new streaming service for American audiences, don't expect "Doctor Who" to be in the mix. David Venni/BBC Grab your tea and crumpets, and get ready to watch your favorite...
Wind Up British Bulldog Toy 2-Pack for $6 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, That Daily Deal offers this Wind Up British Bulldog Toy 2-Pack for $5.99 with free shipping. That's $9 off list and the lowest total price we could find. They feature British...
Woman: After I rebuffed my Uber driver’s advances, he tried to rape me
EnlargeOre Huiying/Bloomberg via Getty Images reader comments 36 Share this story Further ReadingMan claims Uber driver “left him in a pool of blood” after refusing tripA woman in Minnesota has sued Uber,...
Uber denies targeting ex-engineer in claimed ‘smear campaign’
Susan Fowler, the former engineer whose detailed recounting of sexual harassment and management infighting at Uber prompted CEO Travis Kalanick to apologize for the rough-edged culture he created at the...
Uber says it’s not behind the phone calls to investigate Susan Fowler’s personal life
After a week of controversy — and heavy criticism from its employees, the media and some investors for allowing what one called a "toxic" work culture to thrive — Uber remains on the defense. Today, the...
Uber might genuinely be worried that #DeleteUber is working
alizasherman reader comments 1 Share this story Further ReadingEx-Uber engineer alleges sexual harassment, CEO reacts by promising investigationSocial media calls to #DeleteUber are getting the company's...
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