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Climate change: Biofuels ‘could limit jet contrails’

Some close-quarter flying has provided new insights into aircraft pollution. US space agency-led scientists flew small, instrumented, chase planes directly in the exhaust plume of a big jet to measure the sorts of gases and particles being thrown out. The data suggests aircraft burning a mix of aviation kerosene and …

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Toyota to invest £240m in UK plant at Burnaston

Toyota is to invest £240m in upgrading its UK factory that makes the Auris and Avensis models. The Japanese carmaker’s investment in the Burnaston plant near Derby will allow production of vehicles using its new global manufacturing system. The factory employs about 2,500 people, while another 590 work at Toyota’s …

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Apple found guilty of Russian price-fixing

Russia’s competition watchdog has found that Apple fixed the prices of certain iPhone models sold in the country. The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (Fas) said that Apple’s local subsidiary told 16 retailers to maintain the recommended prices of phones in the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 families. Non-compliance with the pricing …

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Set up you Car to Drive itself – Check Out

The Department of Motor Vehicles is seeking public comment on proposed regulations for driver-less testing and public use of autonomous vehicles that will no longer be required to have conventional manual controls such as steering wheels and pedals. Current regulations require such vehicles to have those controls, as well as …

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will be a FLOP over iPhone 8

It has been billed as Samsung’s ‘make or break’ handset following the firm’s disastrous Galaxy Note 7 launch. But now a leading analyst has said the Galaxy S8 will struggle to outsell the previous model in the range. Prominent Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI said Samsung’s phone lacks ‘sufficiently attractive selling …

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INTELS acquires the largest crane in Africa

IN line with its commitment of making Nigeria the hub of Oil and Gas logistics services in Africa, INTELS Nigeria Limited has acquired one of the largest port handling cranes in the world – a 600 tonnes Liebherr crane worth USD6 million (N1.83 billion).  The crane, which has been deployed …

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Boaty McBoatface submarine set for first voyage

The yellow submarine named Boaty McBoatface is set to leave for Antarctica this week on its first science expedition. The robot is going to map the movement of deep waters that play a critical role in regulating Earth’s climate. Boaty carries the name that a public poll had suggested be …

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World Wide Web (www) turns 28 years old

As the World Wide Web (www) marks its 28 years in existence, its inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, says that the web has lived up to its vision. Berners-Lee said in a statement obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos that March 12 marked 28 years …

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Intel buys driverless technology firm Mobileye

US chipmaker Intel is taking a big bet on driverless cars after announcing a $15.3bn takeover of specialist Mobileye. Intel will pay $63.54 per share in cash for the Israeli business which develops systems for “autonomous driving”. Mobileye and Intel are already working together, along with German carmaker BMW, to …

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Africa gets its own web address with launch of .africa- AU

AU commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma hailed its creation as the moment when Africa “got [its] own digital identity”. The AU says the .africa domain name will “bring the continent together as an internet community”. Addresses can now reflect a company’s interest in the whole of Africa. For example, a …

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