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Supersonic Bloodhound car project axed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Bristol-built vehicle was was tested at Newquay Airport A project to race a car at more than 1,000mph has been axed after it failed to secure a £25m cash injection. The Bloodhound supersonic vehicle – built with a Rolls-Royce Eurofighter jet engine bolted to a rocket – is all but built. The Bristol-based team behind it was aiming to beat the existing land speed world record of 763mph (1,228km/h). A test run in Newquay in 2017 saw the vehicle reach speeds of 200mph…

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100 Women: Freedom Trash Can project

What’s stopping women from achieving their full potential? Make-up “Men aren’t judged for leaving the house without a full face of make-up.” – Anonymous Read more about Make-up Uncomfortable fashion “I cannot fathom why people wear heels. They’re painful, impractical and can cause permanent damage to your body.” – Anonymous Read more about Uncomfortable fashion Home cooking “I’m fed up of the idea of women belonging in the kitchen being normalised.” – Emma Read more about Home cooking Domestic chores “Equality begins in the family, so get off your backside…

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Construction on $4 billion Indonesia EV battery project begins Jan 2019: minister

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Developers will begin building a lithium battery project in Morowali, on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, on Jan. 11, Coordinating Maritime Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Friday. The $4 billion project involves investors from South Korea, Japan and China, Pandjaitan told reporters, without naming the companies involved or providing further details on the project. “Looking at its resources, Indonesia will become the main player in lithium batteries,” Pandjaitan told reporters, referring to forecasts for surging demand for batteries for electric vehicles. Major nickel producers have already been…

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Carmichael project: Visiting Australia’s controversial Adani mine

Image caption The mine project is on a piece of barren land Indian energy giant Adani has announced that it will begin work on a controversial coal mine project in Australia. Earlier this year, BBC Hindi’s Vineet Khare visited the area and details what he witnessed there. The route to the Carmichael mine is a long lonely ride in the wilderness – a paved road transforms into a wide dirt track before you eventually reach the remote piece of land which has so divided Australia. The $12.5bn (£9.8bn) Carmichael project…

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UK’s first carbon capture and storage project ‘operational by mid 2020s’

Image copyright North Sea Midstream Partners Image caption The St Fergus Gas Terminal is involved in the Acorn Project The UK’s first carbon capture and storage project should be operational by the mid-2020s, according to ministers. A commitment to develop the technology, which stops greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere, was made ahead of a summit in Edinburgh. Research funding has also been announced for a carbon capture scheme in Aberdeenshire. It will see carbon dioxide piped to storage sites under the North Sea. Experts say the technology is an important…

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Prince Harry joins the circus in Zambian youth project

Youths pose for a photograph with Britain’s Prince Harry during his visit to Circus Zambia in Lusaka, Zambia, November 27, 2018. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham LUSAKA (Reuters) – Clowns on stilts and trampoline artists entertained Britain’s Prince Harry on Tuesday when he visited a youth circus in Zambia which is supported by one of Queen Elizabeth’s charities. Harry spent the last of his two days in Zambia visiting World War Two veterans in the capital Lusaka before heading to Circus Zambia, a project that helps vulnerable young people to gain skills, education…

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Google workers demand end to censored Chinese search project

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – More than 200 engineers, designers and managers at Alphabet Inc’s Google demanded in an open letter on Tuesday that the company end development of a censored search engine for Chinese users, escalating earlier protests against the secretive project. FILE PHOTO: Google’s booth is pictured at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) 2017 in Beijing, China April 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo Google has described the search app, known as Project Dragonfly, as an experiment not close to launching. But as details of it have leaked since…

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Google urged to drop Chinese ‘Dragonfly’ project

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new search app would block search terms like human rights and religion Staff at Google have called on the search giant to end work on a controversial search engine project for China. Called Dragonfly, the search engine would be a censored version developed with the aid of the Chinese government. In a letter published online, 60 employees said the project would only help state surveillance. Their call to cancel was backed by Amnesty International which said it was at odds with the company’s…

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Truth Project: Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry calls for younger participants

Image copyright Getty Images Lucie was 10 when she was first sexually abused. She was groomed online before she ever met her abuser in person. “The conversation might slightly change one day to talk about sexual things, and then it might be talking about sending sexual photos,” she tells Newsbeat. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse wants more people like Lucie – not her real name – to come forward with their stories. It wants to hear from younger survivors of child sexual abuse to be able to give…

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Google halts glucose-sensing contact lens project

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIn this video from 2014, Google said the sensors on the smart contact lens were so small they looked like bits of glitter A firm from Google’s parent company Alphabet has stopped working on one of its first projects – a contact lens designed to monitor blood sugar levels. The device was supposed to assist people living with diabetes. Verily had partnered with pharmaceutical giant Novartis to develop the lens in 2014. In a blogpost, it said its measurements of the glucose…

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