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UK to launch ‘high risk’ science agency

UK to launch ‘high risk’ science agency

Science
Getty ImagesThe UK is to launch a "high-risk" science agency to look for ground-breaking discoveries.The agency, Aria, will be run along the lines of US equivalents that were instrumental in the creation of the internet and GPS.Aria, which has £800m funding over four years, will have a "higher tolerance for failure than is normal", the government said.Labour said the government needed to clarify what the agency would do. The new body - the Advanced Research & Invention Agency (Aria) - would fund "high-risk, high-reward" scientific research, the government said.But the amount of funding it will get is a fraction of the money pumped into existing government research bodies such as UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).For 2020-21 alone, the government has allocated £10.36bn for its research
U.N. food agency to receive Nobel prize in online event

U.N. food agency to receive Nobel prize in online event

Technology
The World Food Program will receive its Nobel Peace Prize on Thursday in a different way from the pomp-filled traditional celebration in the Norwegian capital, because of the coronavirus outbreakByThe Associated PressDecember 10, 2020, 10:18 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleROME -- The World Food Program will receive its Nobel Peace Prize Thursday, in an event very different from the traditional pomp-filled celebration in the Norwegian capital because of the coronavirus outbreak.In Oslo, the head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, will give a webcast statement, after which David Beasley, the U.N. agency boss, will give an acceptance speech from Rome, where it is based. The body was given the prestigious award for efforts to combat hunger
US agency investigating Tesla front suspension failures

US agency investigating Tesla front suspension failures

Technology
The U.S. government’s road safety agency is investigating complaints that front suspensions can fail on nearly 115,000 Tesla electric vehiclesByThe Associated PressNovember 27, 2020, 12:19 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDETROIT -- The U.S. government's road safety agency is investigating complaints that suspensions can fail on nearly 115,000 Tesla electric vehicles.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 43 complaints that linkages near the ball joints can fail, allowing contact between the tire and wheel liner.The probe, announced Friday on the agency's website, covers 2015 through 2017 Model S sedans and 2016 through 2017 Model X SUVs.The agency says 32 owners complained of failures at low speeds, but 11 said the links failed on ro
UN agency: Israel’s Gaza blockade has devastated economy

UN agency: Israel’s Gaza blockade has devastated economy

World
JERUSALEM -- Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside territory as much as $ 16.7 billion in economic losses and sent poverty and unemployment skyrocketing, a U.N. report said Wednesday, as it called on Israel to lift the closure.The report by the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development echoed calls by numerous international bodies over the years criticizing the blockade. But its findings, looking at an 11-year period ending in 2018, marked perhaps the most detailed analysis of the Israeli policy to date.Israel imposed the blockade in 2007 after Hamas, an Islamic militant group that opposes Israel’s existence, violently seized control of Gaza from the forces of the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority. The Israeli measures, along with restrictions b

Mexico rights agency says migrants held without light, water

World
Mexico's National Human Rights Commission says migrants are being held at some government facilities without proper sanitary measures, with migrants with COVID-19 mixed in with those without symptomsByThe Associated PressOctober 23, 2020, 9:35 PM• 1 min readMEXICO CITY -- Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission said Friday that some migrants are being held at some government facilities without proper sanitary measures, with migrants with COVID-19 mixed in with some without symptoms.The governmental commission said one facility in southern Chiapas state lacked enough face masks and hand gel, and said social distancing measures are not being followed.It said some Central Americans are being held at another improvised facility that doesn’t have electrical service or running water.There, 19