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Badger culling gets go ahead in 11 new areas of England

Badger culling gets go ahead in 11 new areas of England

Science
Licences have been issued for badger culling in 11 new areas in Devon, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset and Cheshire.Culling is part of the government's 25-year strategy to eradicate bovine TB, but opponents say there is no evidence it is effective.A badger vaccination programme to stop the spread of TB is restarting.The Badger Trust condemned the policy as "politically motivated' and an "insult to the nation's intelligence".The new licences have been granted by Natural England.It follows a decision to extend culling in areas of Gloucestershire and Somerset.The government said it will launch a new advisory service for farmers in high risk areas this autumn advising them how to limit the spread of the disease.Farming Minister George Eustice said: "Bovine TB not only has a devastating impact on o...
Six UK areas selected for hyper-fast broadband

Six UK areas selected for hyper-fast broadband

Technology
The Government has selected six locations to pilot a scheme which will see homes and businesses get broadband speeds of 1Gb per second.The plan to give the UK better connection speeds could allow hospitals to share HD quality graphics of medical scans in seconds, speeding up diagnosis.It could also allow school classrooms to deliver educational videos to students at home, streaming content to a larger number of pupils at a time.In the first stage of a £200m project to make the UK more digitally connected, internet connection speeds will be increased in: Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire, West Sussex, Coventry/Warwickshire, Bristol/Bath/North East Somerset, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.The Government's four-year plan is for the entire UK to be ready for faster network connections by 2021.Imag
Government names trial areas for 'full fibre' broadband

Government names trial areas for 'full fibre' broadband

Business
Six areas in the UK will soon be trying out broadband technology that provides data at speeds approaching one gigabit per second (gbps).Businesses, schools and hospitals will be the first to try out the "full fibre" network technology.The pilots will be run in Aberdeenshire, West Sussex, Coventry and Warwickshire, Bristol, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.The government will spend about £10m getting the pilots up and running.Speeding up The technology involved is known as full-fibre because it takes high-speed cables directly to premises. By contrast, much of the existing fibre services in the UK connect the fast cables to roadside cabinets and then rely on older, slower copper for the final link to homes and other buildings.Currently full-fibre networks are only available to about 2%