US & World

US shutdown begins as Senate fails to pass new budget

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGovernment workers on what happens during a shutdown The US government has begun a federal shutdown after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget. Despite last minute bipartisan meetings, the bill to fund the government until 16 February did not receive the required 60 votes. […]

Health

Persian shallot 'could help fight TB antibiotic resistance'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A type of shallot used in Iranian cooking could help “reverse the tide” of drug-resistant TB, researchers found A type of onion could help the fight against antibiotic resistance in cases of tuberculosis, a study has suggested. Researchers believe the antibacterial properties extracted from the Persian shallot could increase […]

Church of England warns future of Down's 'under question'

Horse trampling woman's face rebuilt

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Technology

Hyperloop: A visit to the test site of Virgin's train of the future

A California start-up chaired by British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson is trying to turn the dream of a high-speed pod-and-tube transport system into a reality. The BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones travelled to Virgin Hyperloop One’s test site in Nevada, US, to see how much progress it is making. Source link

Net firms 'better' at removing hate speech, says EU

Thousands hit in OnePlus credit card hack

TalkTalk most complained-about broadband provider

Science/Nature

The man risking his life to save pink dolphins

Colombian biologist Fernando Trujillo has dedicated his life to saving the Amazon’s rare pink river dolphins. Their food source and habitat are under threat from over-fishing and an increasing human population. Trujillo has worked for 30 years in dangerous areas of the Amazon, and in 2007 won the Whitley Fund for Nature award for his […]

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Nasa removes US astronaut from ISS mission

Image copyright NASA The US astronaut Jeanette Epps has been removed from her upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS) just months before launch. Dr Epps was to have been the first African-American astronaut assigned to the space station crew. She would have flown aboard a Russian Soyuz flight in June but is being […]

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Scapa Flow microplastics levels 'similar to Forth and Clyde'

Image caption Orkney beaches were used for the study Scientists have found levels of microplastic pollution on beaches around Scapa Flow in Orkney are similar to those in industrialised areas like the Forth and Clyde. Researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh took more than 100 sediment samples from 13 beaches on Hoy and the Orkney […]