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'World's richest 1% get 82% of the wealth', says Oxfam

'World's richest 1% get 82% of the wealth', says Oxfam

Business
The gap between the super rich and the rest of the world widened last year as wealth continued to be owned by a small minority, Oxfam has claimed.Some 82% of money generated last year went to the richest 1% of the global population while the poorest half saw no increase at all, the charity said.Oxfam said its figures - which critics have queried - showed a failing system.It blamed tax evasion, firms' influence on policy, erosion of workers' rights, and cost cutting for the widening gap. Oxfam has produced similar reports for the past five years. In 2017 it calculated that the world's eight richest individuals had as much wealth as the poorest half of the world.This year, it said 42 people now had as much wealth as the poorest half, but it revised last year's figure to 61. Oxfam said the re...
'World's ugliest pig' caught on camera

'World's ugliest pig' caught on camera

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceScientists have captured the first footage in the wild of one of the world's rarest - and ugliest - pigs.The Javan warty pig is under such threat from hunting and habitat loss that conservationists surveying its habitat believed it might already have been driven to extinction. Camera traps have now revealed that small populations survive in Java's increasingly fragmented forests.The team says its aim now is to protect the rare animals' habitat. The survey was led by Dr Johanna Rode-Margono from Chester Zoo, who said she and her colleagues were "thrilled" to see that the pigs were still there. The last study of these lowland forested areas was back in 2004 and revealed a "serious decline" in the population of the species. "We were worried that all...
'World's oldest wine' found in 8,000-year-old jars in Georgia

'World's oldest wine' found in 8,000-year-old jars in Georgia

Science
Scientists say 8,000-year-old pottery fragments have revealed the earliest evidence of grape wine-making.The earthenware jars containing residual wine compounds were found in two sites south of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, researchers said.Some of the jars bore images of grape clusters and a man dancing.Previously, the earliest evidence of wine-making was from pottery dating from about 7,000 years ago found in north-western Iran.The latest finds were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)."We believe this is the oldest example of the domestication of a wild-growing Eurasian grapevine solely for the production of wine," said co-author Stephen Batiuk, a senior researcher at the University of Toronto."Wine is central to civilisation as we know it in ...
SpaceX tests first stage of 'world's most powerful rocket'

SpaceX tests first stage of 'world's most powerful rocket'

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Sept. 4 (UPI) -- SpaceX has completed testing of all three first-stage cores on its Falcon Heavy rocket. The company is preparing for the rocket's first flight test, scheduled for early November."Falcon Heavy's 3 first stage cores have all completed testing at our rocket development facility in McGregor, TX," the aerospace company announced on Twitter.Falcon Heavy's 3 first stage cores have all completed testing at our rocket development facility in McGregor, TX → https://t.co/GJu23QdZRKpic.twitter.com/ivVXPhWu0u- SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 2, 2017SpaceX touts the Falcon Heavy as the "world's most powerful rocket.""Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost," the company claims on its website.SpaceX e