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Jenson Button test driving electric SUV for new rally series highlighting climate change

Jenson Button test driving electric SUV for new rally series highlighting climate change

Technology
Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button has spent two days in the Welsh Valleys test driving a 100% electric SUV, ahead of a new rally series aimed at highlighting climate change.The racing driver - originally from Somerset but now living in California - spoke to Sky News on a forest test track in South Wales. He will drive the 550 horse-power electric SUV in the Extreme-E race event starting in April and said he is looking forward to learning about environmental challenges in some of the world's most remote areas. Image: Button has spent two days test driving a 100% electric SUV The 41-year-old will lead one of 10 teams set to race in Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Greenland, Brazil and Senegal this year."We're racing in five different loca...
RBI may hit pause button on interest rate reduction

RBI may hit pause button on interest rate reduction

Finance
A rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India, which was seen as a certainty until Thursday, looks unlikely now thanks to the expansionary budget. Economists said that by increasing spending and borrowing, the government will be boosting consumption and widening the fiscal deficit. This, in turn, will put a pressure on inflation, thereby reducing the headroom for the RBI to cut key interest rates. According to Radhika Rao, economist with DBS Bank, RBI is likely to factor in the modest slippage in the fiscal deficit target at its February 7 monetary policy review. “Nonetheless, with the broader fiscal targets not deviating sharply from the consolidation path, we expect the RBI to prioritise its price stability mandate,” she said. Next week’s policy is likely to see RBI shift i...
Facebook tackles fake news with 'context' button

Facebook tackles fake news with 'context' button

Technology
Facebook is testing a new "context" button that would allow users to get more information about who is supplying a news story.In the latest move by the US social media company to curb so-called fake news, the new feature will provide instant information about the source of a news article.A Facebook blog post signed by product managers Andrew Anker, Sara Su and Jeff Smith said: "We are testing a button that people can tap to easily access additional information without needing to go elsewhere."The additional contextual information is pulled from across Facebook and other sources, such as information from the publisher's Wikipedia entry.":: Facebook UK posts £58m profit but faces questions about tax billIn some cases if the information is not available, "Facebook will let users know, which c...
Apple removes home button on new £999 iPhone X

Apple removes home button on new £999 iPhone X

Technology
Apple has unveiled a new edge-to-edge display iPhone which will go on sale as the most expensive handset the tech giant has ever made.The iPhone X, pronounced 10, features wireless charging, an infrared camera and improved battery life, and will cost £999 when it is made available on 3 November.Unlike previous models it has no physical home button, and will include facial recognition software which replaces the fingerprint sensor used to unlock the phone.The Face ID technology can also be used to create Animoji - animated emoji controlled by the user's face.Image:The model also features wireless charging, an infrared camera and improved battery lifeAnnouncing the iPhone X at the company's new Steve Jobs Theatre in California, Apple chief executive Tim Cook described the model as "the bigge...
Hand-washing is like hitting a reset button in the brain

Hand-washing is like hitting a reset button in the brain

Science
June 12 (UPI) -- Hand-washing has surprising effects on the human brain. According to a series of experiments conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto, the act of hand-washing leads to more flexible thinking.Researchers found the intellectual priorities of study participants who had disinfected their hands with cleansing wipes were more malleable. In other words, a person's goals were more easily reoriented after hand-washing.To begin the experiment, researchers at Toronto's Rotman School of Management primed participants for a specific goal or behavioral outcome using word games or surveys. Participants were then asked to either evaluate a cleansing hand wipe or use one.Participants who used a hand wipe proved to be less influenced by their priming. They were less likely to a...