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Stephen Hawking personal effects fetch £1.8m at auction

Image copyright Christie’s Image caption A copy of Prof Hawking’s best-selling book, signed with a thumbprint, was among the items up for sale Personal effects of Stephen Hawking, including a signed copy of his 1965 PhD thesis, have raised more than £1.8m at auction. A total of 22 items owned by the Cambridge physicist, who died in March, were auctioned by Christie’s. The copy of his thesis titled Properties of Expanding Universes – one of only five – was sold for £584,750 An early wheelchair raised £296,750 for charity and…

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Web creator works to liberate personal data

Image copyright PHILIPPE DESMAZES Image caption People should have more control over their data, says Sir Tim Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has created a technology he says will give people more control over their data. Called Solid, the technology puts personal information in one place so people can decide what is shared with which service or site. Sir Tim said Solid was needed because the current model of handing over lots of data to many different online services did not serve people well. Solid has been set up as…

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Medtech firms get personal with digital twins

HEIDELBERG, Germany (Reuters) – Armed with a mouse and computer screen instead of a scalpel and operating theater, cardiologist Benjamin Meder carefully places the electrodes of a pacemaker in a beating, digital heart. A three-dimensional printout of a human heart is seen at the Heidelberg University Hospital (Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg) in Heidelberg, Germany, August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski Using this “digital twin” that mimics the electrical and physical properties of the cells in patient 7497’s heart, Meder runs simulations to see if the pacemaker can keep the congestive heart failure sufferer…

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Medtech firms get personal with digital twins

HEIDELBERG, Germany (Reuters) – Armed with a mouse and computer screen instead of a scalpel and operating theater, cardiologist Benjamin Meder carefully places the electrodes of a pacemaker in a beating, digital heart. A three-dimensional printout of a human heart is seen at the Heidelberg University Hospital (Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg) in Heidelberg, Germany, August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski Using this “digital twin” that mimics the electrical and physical properties of the cells in patient 7497’s heart, Meder runs simulations to see if the pacemaker can keep the congestive heart failure sufferer…

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Medtech firms gets personal with digital twins

HEIDELBERG, Germany (Reuters) – Armed with a mouse and computer screen instead of a scalpel and operating theater, cardiologist Benjamin Meder carefully places the electrodes of a pacemaker in a beating, digital heart. A three-dimensional printout of a human heart is seen at the Heidelberg University Hospital (Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg) in Heidelberg, Germany, August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski Using this “digital twin” that mimics the electrical and physical properties of the cells in patient 7497’s heart, Meder runs simulations to see if the pacemaker can keep the congestive heart failure sufferer…

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US-Turkey row: Pastor a ‘pawn in personal feud’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Andrew Brunson (third right) denies links to banned groups in Turkey The US is increasing pressure on Turkey to try to secure the freedom of American pastor Andrew Brunson. While the leaders of the two Nato allies clash with each other, Mr Brunson’s fate hangs in the balance. US President Donald Trump tweeted earlier this week that Mr Brunson was being held “hostage” in Turkey. Mr Brunson should be released, he said. Mr Brunson has been held for almost two years because of his alleged…

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Serena Williams pulls out of Rogers Cup for personal reasons

Serena Williams suffered the most comprehensive defeat of her career last week Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week’s Rogers Cup in Canada for personal reasons. The American 23-time Grand Slam singles champion was beaten 6-1 6-0 by Briton Johanna Konta at the most recent Silicon Valley Classic event – the worst defeat of her career. “We are disappointed Serena will not be joining us,” said tournament director Eugene Lapierre. “Fans were very much looking forward to seeing her in action.” German Tatjana Maria will now get a wildcard spot…

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Theresa May takes personal charge of Brexit talks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDominic Raab says there is some ‘shifting of Whitehall deckchairs’ Theresa May is taking personal control of Brexit talks with the EU, with Dominic Raab deputising for her. Mr Raab was drafted in as Brexit Secretary to replace David Davis, who quit in protest at the prime minister’s proposals for post-Brexit trade. A special unit in Mrs May’s office has played an increasing role in Brexit talks during recent months. Tuesday’s announcement, in a written statement by Mrs May, formalises that shift…

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Ticketmaster admits personal data stolen in hack attack

Image copyright Ticketmaster Image caption Ticketmaster sold 292 million tickets in 2017 Ticketmaster has admitted that it has suffered a security breach, which the BBC understands has affected up to 40,000 UK customers. Malicious software on third-party customer support product Inbenta Technologies caused the hack, the firm said on Twitter. “Some personal or payment information may have been accessed by an unknown third party”, it added. All affected customers have been contacted. In the email to those customers, Ticketmaster said it had set up a website to answer any questions…

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Frida Kahlo: Getting personal with the artist who was ahead of her time

Image copyright Nikolas Muray Photo Archives Image caption Frida Kahlo in an image captured by photographer Nikolas Murray A major new Frida Kahlo exhibition promises a new perspective on an artist who remains one of the most inspirational and influential in modern art. In recent months, Frida Kahlo has been turned into a Barbie doll, been featured on a bracelet worn by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, and has made a cameo appearance in Oscar-winning animation Coco. Besides that, she’s seen on T-shirts, murals, jewellery and shoes, with the iconography…

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