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Apple posts big quarter on fast sales start for iPhone 12

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Apple’s delayed launch of its latest iPhones unleashed a holiday buying frenzy that propelled sales of the trendsetting company’s most popular product to its fastest start in yearsBy MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology WriterJanuary 27, 2021, 10:04 PM• 3 min readSAN RAMON, Calif. -- Apple’s delayed launch of its latest iPhones unleashed a holiday buying frenzy that propelled sales of the trendsetting company’s most popular product to its fastest start in years.The apparently pent-up demand for four different iPhone 12 models highlighted Apple’s latest quarterly report Wednesday.Apple’s iPhone sales during the October-December period totaled $ 65.6 billion, a 17% increase from the same time in the previous year.Part of the gain reflected pandemic-driven production problems that pushed back the r
Indonesian volcano unleashes river of lava in new eruption

Indonesian volcano unleashes river of lava in new eruption

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Indonesia’s most active volcano has erupted with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing down its slopesBy SLAMET RIYADI Associated PressJanuary 27, 2021, 9:52 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleYOGYAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,600 meters (5,250 feet) down its slopes.It was Mount Merapi’s biggest lava flow since authorities raised its danger level in November, said Hanik Humaida, the head of Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center.After morning rain, ashfall turned into muck in several villages, where the sound of eruption could be heard 30 kilometers (18 away). Police and rescue services told miners to cease work along rivers but no
Beware fake Covid vaccination invites, NHS warns

Beware fake Covid vaccination invites, NHS warns

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The NHS has warned people to be vigilant about fake invitations to have the coronavirus vaccination, sent by scammers.The scam email includes a link to "register" for the vaccine, but no registration for the real vaccination is required.The fake site also asks for bank details either to verify identification or to make a payment.The NHS says it would never ask for bank details, and the vaccine is free.Cyber-security consultant Daniel Card told BBC News that traffic data indicates thousands of people had clicked the link to the fake site - although it is unclear how many then filled in the form.The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS.We will never ask for:❌ your bank account or card details❌ your pin or banking password❌ copies of personal documents to prove your identity such as
Napping in the afternoon could keep you mentally agile – study

Napping in the afternoon could keep you mentally agile – study

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Taking a regular afternoon nap could be one way to stay mentally agile, according to a new study.The research, published in the journal General Psychiatry, looked at the sleep patterns of 2,214 healthy people aged 60 and over in several large Chinese cities. Some 1,534 took regular afternoon naps of between five minutes and two hours, while 680 did not.The researchers found a dementia screening test taken by participants showed that sleeping in the afternoon was associated with better locational awareness, verbal fluency and working memory.The study said: "In addition to reducing sleepiness, mid-day naps offer a variety of benefits such as memory consolidation, preparation for subsequent learning, executive functioning enhancement and a boost to emotional stability, but these effects were ...
Scientists develop ultrafast laser system to remove cancers more precisely

Scientists develop ultrafast laser system to remove cancers more precisely

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A new laser system that may revolutionise the treatment of cancers and help surgeons remove them without damaging healthy tissue, is being developed by scientists.Experts at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh are working on the system based around ultrafast picosecond lasers that deliver energy in a series of pulses one trillionth of a second long. Professor Jonathan Shephard, who is leading the project, was given £1.2 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop the treatment.He said the system has proven successful on colorectal cancers in the lab."We proved in the lab that our laser system can remove cancer cells in a way that restricts damage to the surrounding, healthy cells - within the width of a human hair," he said.