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Massive Perseid meteor shower thrills stargazers

Massive Perseid meteor shower thrills stargazers

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Stargazers were given a treat on Saturday night and in the early hours of Sunday as the Perseid meteor shower dazzled the sky.Meteors are small fragments of interplanetary debris and dust that enter the Earth's atmosphere at such a high speed that they usually burn up, producing the shooting stream of light.The Perseid meteor shower, one of the best-known of the meteor showers, is active from mid July until 24 August but its peak was expected to be this weekend, particularly Saturday night and in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday.One of those who stayed up was Twitter user John-GM7PBB who lives on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland.He told Sky News that he had set his camera up at about 11pm on Saturday and was rewarded with two beautiful images of a meteor above the horizon.His window of opportunit...
Record-breaking summer for renewable power

Record-breaking summer for renewable power

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Supplies of renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, in the UK have outstripped fossil fuels this summer.On 26 May, solar panels produced more than a quarter of all electricity needed in the country, with windy and bright conditions helping renewable energy generation to smash records.And for the first time on 7 June, wind, nuclear and solar were all generating more than gas and coal combined.The falling cost of wind and solar technology makes it increasingly attractive and energy firms have installed tens of thousands of solar panels in recent years.The home roof market has also boomed with an estimated 900,000 systems now online, despite generous government subsidies all but drying up in the last two years.Image:Wind and solar power are quickly growing in popularityDunsfold Aerodr...
Judge to rule on submarine owner detained over disappearance

Judge to rule on submarine owner detained over disappearance

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A judge will decide Saturday if the owner of an amateur-built submarine should be held in custody during an investigation into whether he is responsible for the disappearance of a Swedish woman who had been onboard his submarine that sank off Denmark's east coast. Peter Madsen was arrested Friday on preliminary manslaughter charges after his 40-ton, nearly 18-meter-long (60-foot-long) UC3 Nautilus sank. He has denied responsibility for the fate of 30-year-old Kim Wall, saying she had disembarked earlier. The woman's boyfriend alerted authorities that the sub had not returned, prompting a major search involving two helicopters, three ships and several private boats. The Navy said that the sub had been spotted sailing but then sank shortly afterward. Kristian Isbak, who had responded to the...
Russian hackers accused of spying on hotels

Russian hackers accused of spying on hotels

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Hackers linked to Russian military intelligence were behind a cyber-espionage campaign targeting influential figures from the West, according to a report by security researchers.Phishing emails sent to employees at high-class hotels were designed to allow the hackers to steal passwords and other information belonging to Western government and business travellers.The campaign was detected by cybersecurity firm FireEye and saw the attackers gain access to the IT systems of numerous hotels across Europe and the Middle East.Researchers believe the espionage group behind the attacks is linked to the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.The group is known colloquially as Fancy Bear, or in the more academic language of the report as Advanced Persistent Threat 28 (APT 28).Moscow denies the gro...
Trolls force Google to cancel gender memo meeting

Trolls force Google to cancel gender memo meeting

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Google has cancelled a company-wide "town hall" meeting due to fears of employee harassment.The meeting was planned to allow Google staff to discuss an internal memo regarding gender roles at the company.James Damore, an engineer at Google, was fired on Monday after his 3,000-word essay, which argued that biological differences were responsible for gender disparity, provoked heated discussion.Confirming his dismissal at the time, Mr Damore said that he had been sacked for "perpetuating gender stereotypes" - causing a number of internet trolls to attach themselves to his sacking.These trolls have now led to a Google meeting regarding the memo being cancelled, as staff fear they will be targeted for taking part."We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we always do to bring us ...