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50 countries vow to fight cybercrime – US and Russia don't

50 countries vow to fight cybercrime – US and Russia don't

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Fifty nations and over 150 tech companies pledged Monday to do more to fight criminal activity on the internet, including interference in elections and hate speech. But the United States, Russia and China are not among them. The group of governments and companies pledged in a document entitled the "Paris call for trust and security in cyberspace" to work together to prevent malicious activities like online censorship and the theft of trade secrets. The push is supported by EU countries, Japan and Canada as well as tech giants Facebook, Google and Microsoft, among others. French President Emmanuel Macron had pushed for the initiative, whose unveiling comes a day after dozens of world leaders gathered in Paris on Sunday for the centenary of the end of World War One. Speaking at the Interne...
Neck scan could indicate dementia risk

Neck scan could indicate dementia risk

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A five-minute neck scan could predict cognitive decline 10 years before symptoms appear, according to scientists. Researchers suggest the quick scan of blood vessels may become a routine part of screening for people at risk of dementia if the results are confirmed in larger studies.The scan identifies whether the vessels in the neck are stiffening, diminishing their ability to protect more delicate vessels around the body from the powerful physical pulses of blood generated by the heart.Ageing and high blood pressure can cause this stiffening, which over time will weaken the protective effect given by healthy, elastic vessels.As a progressively stronger pulse travels into fragile vessels it could cause structural changes in the brain's blood vessel network, as well as minor...
More protection: UN says Earth's ozone layer is healing

More protection: UN says Earth's ozone layer is healing

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Earth's protective ozone layer is finally healing from damage caused by aerosol sprays and coolants, a new United Nations report said. The ozone layer had been thinning since the late 1970s. Scientists raised the alarm and ozone-depleting chemicals were phased out worldwide. As a result, the upper ozone layer above the Northern Hemisphere should be completely repaired in the 2030s and the gaping Antarctic ozone hole should disappear in the 2060s, according to a scientific assessment released Monday at a conference in Quito, Ecuador. The Southern Hemisphere lags a bit and its ozone layer should be healed by mid-century. "It's really good news," said report co-chairman Paul Newman, chief Earth scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "If ozone-depleting substances had continued to ...
Elon Musk's Tesla reaches farthest point from sun

Elon Musk's Tesla reaches farthest point from sun

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SpaceX billed Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster as on "an endless road trip past Mars" when it launched in February. However, the car and its pilot have now reached their farthest point from the sun before swinging back into orbit.The Roadster has reached its first apogee from the sun according to the Where is Roadster? website, run by Ben Pearson, and as reported by technology news site Ars Technica.While the Cape Canaveral launch of Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy - the most powerful in the world - was a big success, the red sports car overshot its touted mark for Mars.Its orbit will bring it close to Mars - and to Earth - in two years' time, with it being at its closest to Earth at 51.7m km (32m miles) on 6 November 2020. Rather than entering Mars' orbit, the Tesla looks to be on a ...
Google retreats on controversial 'fake' price comparison scheme

Google retreats on controversial 'fake' price comparison scheme

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Google has diluted a controversial scheme which critics say encourages the creation of "fake" price comparison sites - prompting one ad agency to say Google's "screwed everyone over". Sky News revealed last month that Google was offering substantial incentives - often amounting to hundreds of thousands of pounds a month - to retailers who passed their ads through a Google-certified comparison shopping service, or CSS.The search giant then showed the names of the CSSs in its Google Shopping insert, giving the impression of a thriving comparison shopping marketplace.Now Sky News has learned that Google has slashed, by almost 85%, the incentives it gives all but the biggest retailers, effectively killing the scheme for many smaller agencies. ...