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  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by rawlings
    +13 +3

    Patient who died during robot surgery had 99% chance of living if human operated

    A heart patient who died after a robot performed complicated surgery said the man would have had a “99 per cent” chance of survival if a human had operated. The doctor leading the surgery on Stephen Pettitt, who died after a "catalogue of errors: was not trained enough to use the robot and had only practised using it on a simulator, an inquest heard. In February 2015, the father-of-three, 69, was the first person in the UK to undergo robotic mitral valve surgery.

  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by spacepopper
    +17 +4

    Over 2,765,000,000 throw away cups will not get recycled this year in the UK

    Almost 3,000,000,000 single use cups are set to be used in the UK this year – and just one in 25 of them will get recycled. New figures – buried in a report released on budget day – reveal the shocking scale of the problem despite pledges to tackle the mountain of waste heading for landfill. Campaigners have accused the government of ‘sitting on its hands’ and doing little to combat the issue despite growing public outrage.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by darvinhg
    +15 +4

    Overuse of antibiotics 'risks return to dark ages of life-threatening surgery'

    We face a return to the dark ages of life-threatening surgery unless we can preserve the infection-killing powers of antibiotics, according to England’s chief medical officer. Dame Sally Davies made her remarks as Public Health England (PHE) published a report showing that 3 million common surgical procedures, including caesarean sections and hip replacements, could be hazardous in a future where hospital-acquired infections have become resistant to the antibiotics we have to treat them.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ticktack
    +14 +4

    Could Brexit help UK wildlife by uniting farmers and conservationists?

    Farmers and conservationists have not always seen eye-to-eye in the UK. However, hopes of finding common ground may now come from an unlikely place—Brexit. Yes, you heard me correctly, one of the most divisive changes to the European political landscape may help bring UK farmers and conservationists together.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by belangermira
    +13 +3

    BBC says Amazon and Netflix may get surplus rural broadband funds

    Private media firms such as Netflix and Amazon could be subsidised with public money originally taken from the BBC’s budget to pay for rural broadband, the public broadcaster has claimed. The government finalised plans for the scheme’s £60m surplus to be handed to private production companies on Friday. The money is intended to help with the production of children’s TV, programming in the UK’s indigenous languages and commercial radio.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by everlost
    +12 +3

    Thieves steal a Tesla Model S by hacking the entry fob

    Be sure to disable passive entry and enable PIN to drive on your Tesla, or this might happen. A Tesla owner who recorded thieves stealing his Model S by hacking the passive entry system has published the video on YouTube so we can all watch (and learn). It shows the crooks using a tablet to apparently capture the passive signal from his keyfob, then using the data to open the vehicle. Amusingly, the pair didn't drive off as quickly as they could have simply because they couldn't figure out how to detach the charging cable (hint: there's a button).

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by 66bnats
    +3 +1

    Break-in foiled after Julian Assange eviction plot is revealed

    Evidence has come to light of a deal to evict WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The deal involves collusion from several countries. And if the plan goes ahead, it could see Assange forced out of the embassy within weeks or even days.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by hxxp
    +14 +4

    Teens filmed letting dog kill cat sent death threats after being named online

    Teenagers who enticed a pet cat out from underneath a car before setting a dog on it have been sent death threats after their identities were revealed online. The two boys - who cannot be named for legal reasons - have been subject to scores of violent threats on social media after appearing in court charged with causing the "disturbing" and "sinister" death of a cat .

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zobo
    +10 +3

    Police drone finds girl, 16, who called 999 to report rape

    A teenage girl who did not know where she was and called 999 to report that a man had raped her was found after police deployed a drone equipped with a thermal imaging camera. The 16-year-old called emergency services in the early hours of Saturday to say she was on land somewhere in Boston, Lincolnshire, with her attacker.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +12 +3

    Police hope new DNA evidence can solve 1998 Cornwall murder

    Detectives have obtained new DNA evidence they hope may help solve the murder of a woman who was stabbed to death as she walked her dog in Cornwall 20 years ago. Police are painstakingly tracing men who may have been on the Roseland Peninsula when Lyn Bryant was murdered, an incident room has been opened and a £10,000 reward offered for information leading to the killer’s conviction. Bryant’s family has also launched an appeal for information and said the emergence of the forensic evidence gives them hope the mystery, which cast a shadow over the community, can be solved.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by messi
    +9 +3

    UK seeks to secure smart home gadgets

    Makers of smart home devices are to be encouraged to make their gadgets secure against hack attacks. The UK has published a voluntary code of practice for manufacturers that shows how they can proof their creations against common attacks. It aims to stop gadgets being hijacked and used to mount cyber-attacks - and stamp out designs that let cyber-thieves steal data. Two companies, HP and Hive Centrica, have already agreed to follow the code.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by ppp
    +16 +4

    Two thirds of young girls have been sexually harassed in public, survey shows

    Two thirds of girls and women aged 14 to 21 have been sexually harassed in public, according to a survey. The poll by charity Plan International UK examined the exposure of young females to conduct including catcalling, groping and upskirting. More than 1,000 girls and women were asked about their experiences in public settings, for instance when they are in the street, on transport, travelling to school or work, or in a park, bar or club.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by dianep
    +17 +5

    Green number plates ‘could boost sales of electric cars’ in UK

    Electric and other ultra-low emission cars, vans and taxis could be given special green number plates to boost awareness and increase the use of environmentally “clean” driving. Green plates are already used in Norway, Canada and China on green vehicles including electric and hydrogen cars, making them both distinct and visible to other road others.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by messi
    +29 +3

    Russian trolls' tweets cited in more than 100 UK news articles

    UK news organisations have cited tweets from Russian trolls more than 100 times, a Guardian investigation has found, in stories about topics including Donald Trump, Donald Glover and Lena Dunham. In June the US Congress released details of 1,000 accounts that Twitter believes were run by the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a state-backed misinformation operation based in St Petersburg, adding to more than 2,000 accounts the company had already identified.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by gottlieb
    +21 +3

    Descend Into Great Britain’s Network of Secret Nuclear Bunkers

    And meet the determined enthusiast bringing them back to life.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TheSpirit
    +12 +5

    Salisbury novichok suspects say they were only visiting cathedral

    The two men identified as suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack have appeared on Russia’s state-funded TV station RT, claiming they visited the “wonderful” English city as tourists to see its cathedral. In their first interview since being charged in the UK with attempted murder, the men said they may have approached Sergei Skripal’s house by accident on 4 March, but denied that they were carrying any poison or that they had committed any crime.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by zyery
    +20 +4

    Documents reveal Salisbury suspects have links to Russian defence ministry

    Documents uncovered by investigative journalists have provided the first public evidence that the suspects in the Salisbury novichok attack have formal ties to the Russian ministry of defence. British authorities have charged Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov with conspiracy to murder Sergei and Yulia Skripal and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey. The former Russian spy and his daughter were found collapsed on 4 March; the police officer fell ill after trying to help them. Prosecutors say Petrov and Boshirov work for Russian military intelligence, which President Vladimir Putin has denied.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by baron778
    +10 +3

    Boy, 11, left with serious head injuries after copying YouTube stunt

    A boy was left with serious head injuries after riding a playground roundabout as it was spun by the back wheel of a moped, in imitation of a popular YouTube video stunt. Tyler Brooke, 11, fainted as the centrifugal force generated by the spinning roundabout forced fluid and blood into his head, leaving his face bruised and his eyes bulging and bloodshot.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by gottlieb
    +14 +3

    Emmanuel Macron calls Brexit campaign leaders 'liars', in extraordinary attack

    Emmanuel Macron has branded the leaders of the campaign for Brexit “liars”, in an extraordinary attack at the close of the Salzburg summit. The Leave victory was “pushed by those who predicted easy solutions,” the French president said, adding: “Those people are liars. They left the next day so they didn’t have to manage it.”

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by canuck
    +14 +3

    Revealed: Russia’s secret plan to help Julian Assange escape from UK

    Russian diplomats held secret talks in London last year with people close to Julian Assange to assess whether they could help him flee the UK, the Guardian has learned. A tentative plan was devised that would have seen the WikiLeaks founder smuggled out of Ecuador’s London embassy in a diplomatic vehicle and transported to another country. One ultimate destination, multiple sources have said, was Russia, where Assange would not be at risk of extradition to the US. The plan was abandoned after it was deemed too risky.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by everlost
    +11 +2

    Boy with dairy allergy died after being ‘chased with cheese’

    A 13-year-old boy with a severe dairy allergy died after a schoolmate allegedly chased him with cheese and threw it down his T-shirt, an inquest has heard. Karanbir Cheema, from Greenford, west London, suffered a “serious allergic reaction” and was left “gasping for air”, ITV News reports. After going into anaphylactic shock, he fell unconscious and was rushed to hospital by paramedics, where he died ten days later.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by melaniee
    +11 +3

    Jeremy Corbyn has said he will back giving people a final say on Brexit if Labour conference votes for it

    Jeremy Corbyn has said he will back giving the British people a final say on Brexit in a new referendum if party members vote for it at Labour’s conference this week. The Labour leader said that while he had not called for it up to now he had been elected to “empower” members and would not “walk away from it” if they demanded a new vote.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by spacepopper
    +16 +2

    19-year-old shot dead in second London youth murder within 24 hours

    A teenager has been shot dead in the second youth murder in London within the space of 24 hours. Police were called to reports of a shooting in Walthamstow shortly after 11pm on Saturday night. The 19-year-old was driven by friends to a northeast London hospital, where he was pronounced dead around half an hour later. Officers believe they know his identity, but await formal identification and confirmation that next of kin have been informed.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ubthejudge
    +11 +2

    Boy, 13, leads British police on 100mph chase

    A 13-year-old-boy in Bradford drove a stolen car at speeds of up to 100mph as he attempted to give police the slip, an officer said.The boy was behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Golf which was taken during a burglary in Shipley, near Bradford, Pc Benjamin Pearson said.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by funhonestdude
    +22 +4

    UK to call for third of world's oceans to be protected by 2030

    Britain is to call for a third of the world's oceans to be protected from damaging activity by 2030. The ambitious target, announced at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, would ensure the marine environment has a "buffer" against the effects of climate change, plastic pollution and human exploitation. It's a significant victory for Sky Ocean Rescue which has campaigned for tighter marine protection.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by wildcat
    +7 +2

    U.K. will immediately recognize Palestine if Labour elected, says Corbyn

    Britain's opposition Labour Party will "will recognise a Palestinian state as soon as we take office," says leader Jeremy Corbyn while speaking Wednesday at the annual party conference. “The continuing occupation, the expansion of illegal settlements and the imprisonment of Palestinian children are an outrage,” Corbyn said, while explaining Labour backs a two-state solution to the conflict.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by cone
    +14 +2

    Contraceptive pill linked with reduced risk of ovarian cancer

    Women who use modern forms of the combined pill are at a lower risk of developing ovarian cancer than women who don’t take hormonal contraception, research suggests. The study backs up previous findings for older forms of the combined pill – an oral contraceptive that contains artificial versions of both oestrogen and progesterone. Modern forms of the pill contain different doses of synthetic oestrogen and different types of progestins, and are sometimes taken continuously.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by jasont
    +21 +2

    Hundreds of academics at top UK universities accused of bullying

    Senior professors among 300 people alleged to have bullied students and colleagues

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zobo
    +13 +2

    Restaurants face ban on taking tips

    Restaurants will be legally barred from keeping tips from staff under plans to be announced by Theresa May on Monday. The move follows a public outcry in 2015, when it emerged that many High Street chains routinely took up to 10% of tips paid by credit and debit card. Most chains have since stopped this practice, typically charging a much lower fee of 2.5% on tips paid by card.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Vandertoolen
    +12 +3

    Millionaire refuses to take down 'Bollocks to Brexit' poster

    An outspoken former Conservative party donor has said he is prepared to go to prison to keep a giant “Bollocks to Brexit” poster above his London office after he was told to remove it by his local council. Charlie Mullins, the founder of Pimlico Plumbers, accused Lambeth council of interfering with his freedom of speech and succumbing to people’s sensitivities over a word that was proven in a Sex Pistols case in 1977 not to be obscene.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by weekendhobo
    +14 +2

    Diabetic woman, 27, died after slipping into a coma when her benefits were stopped and she ‘couldn’t afford to eat’

    A man says he blames the Government for the death of his partner who slipped into a diabetic coma after her benefits were stopped. Amy Driver, 27, was given a four-week sanction after she missed one appointment at the Job Centre due to a hospital appointment, Clifford Watson claims. Clifford, who cannot work due to a disability, said the halt in their income meant she couldn’t afford to eat properly – which triggered the low blood sugar attack.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by hedman
    +5 +1

    Cannabis from yeast: will synthetic pot help grow the industry?

    Much like making craft beer, yeast enzymes can be used to create THC and CBD, the active chemicals found in marijuana. Unlike other modern high growth industries, the pot business doesn’t require a doctorate in science, or even a college degree. Much of the economic hype which surrounds the industry depends on it remaining an agricultural product. But it might not always be that way.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by ppp
    +15 +1

    'Once in a lifetime' video captures moment a meteor explodes in the night sky above a castle

    An astro-photographer has captured the 'once in a lifetime' moment a meteor exploded before disintegrating into the night sky in Shorpshire. The scene, which has been recorded very few times on camera, was caught during an Orionid meteor shower. Orionid meteors occur every Autumn when the Earth is passing through the stream of debris left by Halley's Comet.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by junglman
    +16 +7

    Donald Trump interview: 'I'm very popular in Britain. I get a lot of fan mail'

    Donald Trump has given a wide-ranging interview to Piers Morgan for ITV. In it the US president claimed he was popular in the UK despite calls for protests if he takes up Theresa May’s invite for a state visit; said he did not know if he had been invited to Prince Harry’s wedding; said women voters liked his strong support for the military and defended his fondness for junk food.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by sasky
    +20 +7

    Brexit no deal will cost UK economy £252bn, new analysis shows

    The British economy will suffer a £252bn hit if Theresa May carries out her threat to leave the European Union with no deal, a new analysis of official forecasts shows. A no-deal Brexit would see GDP plunge by more than a quarter of a trillion pounds over 15 years, according to the study shared with The Independent.