HMS Queen Elizabeth: Navy’s new flagship a true feat of engineering

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Navy’s new flagship a true feat of engineering

My first introduction to the awe-inspiring power of the Royal Navy’s carrier force came aged just 10 years old, on a visit to see HMS Ark Royal R09 in Edinburgh. It was the very last of Britain’s more traditional carriers, those that use catapults to launch fixed-wing aircraft and arrester wires to catch them on landing – the model still adopted today by the US and France. For a young lad, spending the day on…

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Facebook takes on rivals with Watch video platform

Facebook takes on rivals with Watch video platform

Facebook is launching a new platform which will see the social network giant take on the likes of YouTube as well as TV networks. The launch will see users of the site given a “Watch” tab on their feeds enabling them to view a range of shows from comedy or reality to live sport. They will also be able to create “watchlists”, see what friends are watching and communicate with other people interested in the…

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NASA responds to job application from boy, 9

NASA responds to job application from boy, 9

A nine-year-old boy received an encouraging response from NASA after he applied for the role of planetary protection officer. The job was listed this week as the space agency seeks help to protect Earth from aliens. In technical terms, the officer would assist with the “avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration”. The job advert notes that “space flight missions may intentionally or unintentionally carry Earth organisms and organic constituents…

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Game Of Thrones hackers demands ransom

Game Of Thrones hackers demands ransom

Hackers who have leaked Game of Thrones scripts and other data from entertainment company HBO have released a note demanding a ransom payment. In a new dump, they also published a script for the as yet unbroadcast fifth episode of the current series. Company documents and video episodes of other HBO shows were also shared. The hackers claim to have 1.5TB of data in total, but HBO has said it does not believe its email…

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Google fires diversity memo author

Google fires diversity memo author

A Google employee who wrote a controversial memo about workplace diversity has been fired, the BBC can confirm. The controversial memo broke the firm’s code of conduct, Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai said on Monday in an email to employees. The memo, shared widely at the weekend, suggested there were fewer women at Google due to biological differences. Mr Pichai said the text crossed the line due to it “advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our…

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Web law offers ‘right to be forgotten’ online

Web law offers ‘right to be forgotten’ online

Individuals will be able to ask Facebook and Google to erase personal details they hold on them. Social media firms will have to erase personal information on individuals when asked under laws allowing people the “right to be forgotten” online. The Data Protection Bill will make it simpler for people to control how companies use their personal details, including requesting that posts or pictures be deleted. The information watchdog has been given extra powers to…

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Driver turns Ferrari into fireball in 60 minutes

Driver turns Ferrari into fireball in 60 minutes

A high-performance luxury car worth around £200,000 spins off a motorway and is reduced to a smouldering wreck on its first drive. A driver has narrowly escaped after catastrophically crashing his £200,000 Ferrari – just an hour after he bought the luxury motor. The Ferrari 430 Scuderia spun off the M1 near junction 37 in South Yorkshire and flew into the air, before bursting into flames and ending in a twisted wreck 50 metres down…

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Jeff Bezos: Amazon founder is world’s new richest man

Jeff Bezos: Amazon founder is world’s new richest man

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has overtaken Bill Gates to become the world’s richest person, worth $90.6bn (£69bn). A rise in Amazon shares on Thursday means Mr Bezos’s worth has now eclipsed the Microsoft co-founder, according to the latest Forbes Index. Mr Bezos owns almost a fifth of the shares in Amazon, whose value has now exceeded $500bn. In recent years he has focused on his Blue Origin space rocket business and the Washington Post, which…

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Adobe announces the death of its software “Flash”

Adobe announces the death of its software “Flash”

The player, widely used for online games and video, will be phased out and replaced in the next few years. Adobe has announced it is to axe its Flash Player, confirming the long-awaited end of a once essential piece of software. In a short blog post on Wednesday, the software giant announced that it was planning to “end-of-life” the once-ubiquitous plugin by 2020. It will be replaced by more open standards such as HTML5, which…

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Musk and Zuckerbeg clash over Artificial Intelligence

Musk and Zuckerbeg clash over Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk has criticised Mark Zuckerberg for having a “limited” understanding of artificial intelligence in a spat over the potential dangers of advances in the field. Mr Musk was responding to the Facebook chief’s suggestion he was “irresponsible” for making public statements about his concerns about AI. In a Facebook Live broadcast on Sunday, a user who said he had “watched a recent interview with Elon Musk and his largest fear for future was AI”…

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