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Earth’s oceans are storing record-breaking amounts of heat

Seas may have absorbed enough heat last year to boil 1.3 billion kettles of water Pandemic-related shutdowns may have spared Earth’s atmosphere some greenhouse gas emissions last year, but the world continued to warm. Water temperature measurements from around the globe indicate that the total amount of heat stored in …

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Lee Jae Yong: Samsung heir gets prison term for bribery scandal

SAMSUNG HEIR  Lee Jae Yong has been sentenced to two years and six months in prison by a high court in South Korea. The bribery case is a retrial of an earlier one involving the country’s former President Park Geun-hye, who was also jailed for bribery and corruption. Lee has …

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NYSE does a U-turn on Chinese telecoms delistings

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has scrapped its decision to delist three Chinese telecoms companies. President Donald Trump signed an executive order in November barring American investments in Chinese firms owned or controlled by the military. The NYSE announced on 31 December that it would delist China Mobile, China …

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Rolls-Royce plans 16 mini-nuclear plants for UK

A CONSORTIUM  led by Rolls-Royce has announced plans to build up to 16 mini-nuclear plants in the UK. It says the project will create 6,000 new jobs in the Midlands and the North of England over the next five years. The prime minister is understood to be poised to announce …

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TikTok’s promise of 25,000 new U.S. jobs sets lofty goal

Even as dealmakers bicker over who will actually own TikTok Global, another question emerged after President Donald Trump agreed over the weekend to keep the wildly popular video-sharing app running in the United States for another week: how can they possibly create 25,000 new jobs in the United States? That …

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Germ-busting ‘elbow doorknob’ on trial in Japan

How to open a door without the risk of touching a surface contaminated with the coronavirus is a dilemma facing most of us these days. Well, a Japanese airline has come up with one possible solution – the elbow doorknob. All Nippon Airways (ANA) has been trialling the doorknob at …

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Nasa SpaceX crew return: Dragon capsule splashes down

Two American astronauts have splashed down, as the first commercial crewed mission to the International Space Station returned to Earth. The SpaceX Dragon Capsule carrying Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken came down in the Gulf of Mexico just south of Pensacola on Florida’s Gulf coast. A recovery vessel moved in …

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Huawei: China attacks UK’s ‘groundless’ ban of 5G kit

The Chinese government has said it is “strongly opposed” to the UK’s “groundless” ban of Huawei’s 5G kit. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying added Beijing would “take measures to safeguard” the “legitimate interests” of Chinese companies. But President Trump welcomed the move. “We convinced many countries, many countries – and …

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Huawei 5G kit must be removed from UK by 2027

The UK’s mobile providers are being banned from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after 31 December, and they must also remove all the Chinese firm’s 5G kit from their networks by 2027. Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden told the House of Commons of the decision. It follows sanctions imposed by Washington, …

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Coronavirus: Why Singapore turned to wearable contact-tracing tech

Singapore’s TraceTogether Tokens are the latest effort to tackle Covid-19 with tech. But they have also reignited a privacy debate. The wearable devices complement the island’s existing contact-tracing app, to identify people who might have been infected by those who have tested positive for the virus. All users have to …

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