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Cambridge Analytica inquiry to continue after collapse

Cambridge Analytica inquiry to continue after collapse

Technology
Regulators will pursue an investigation into Cambridge Analytica despite the data firm announcing its collapse.The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), which has been looking into the British firm's handling of data harvested from millions of Facebook users, and raided its offices in March, said the inquiry would continue.Cambridge Analytica said on Wednesday that it had been the subject of "numerous unfounded accusations" and had been "vilified" for activities that were both legal and accepted as a "standard component of online advertising in both the political and commercial arenas".It blamed a "siege of media coverage" for driving away customers, meaning the company's continued operation was no longer viable, leaving it "with no realistic alternative to placing the company into admi...
TSB calls in experts as bank's IT woes continue

TSB calls in experts as bank's IT woes continue

Business
TSB has called in IT specialists to help resolve its digital banking crisis following a bungled upgrade to a new IT system last weekend.The challenger bank used its first-quarter results announcement, which showed a slump in pre-tax profits, to say IBM had been recruited to try and resolve continuing "performance" problems with the new servers.The team will report directly to TSB's embattled boss, Paul Pester.TSB said all overdraft fees and interest charges for April would be waived for its retail and small business customers, on top of its commitment to ensuring no one was left out of pocket by the debacle.Overnight, the bank tweeted that it had taken digital banking services offline for four hours of repair work - and suggested access had returned by 4am.It was the second time the bank h...
Cells and their genes continue to function after death, study proves

Cells and their genes continue to function after death, study proves

Science
Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Even after you die, your body's cells will continue to function. According to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications, the body's cells host post-mortem genetic expression for 24 to 48 hours.All of the biological functions that make life possible are powered by our genes -- and specifically, the expression of those genes. Recently, an international team of scientists observed genetic activity in post-mortem cells.Genes and genetic activity are defined by two types of code, DNA and RNA. DNA are the instructions, while RNA acts as the interpreter. RNA "expresses" the DNA, reading the code and translating it into action -- or biological functions.When humans suffer diseases, it is often caused by a disruption of the genetic translation and expression proces...
Justice, FBI Russia-Trump Investigation Just Got Even More Corrupt — Why Does It Continue?

Justice, FBI Russia-Trump Investigation Just Got Even More Corrupt — Why Does It Continue?

Finance
Shutterstock photoRussia Scandal: Former high-level Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, a key cog in the Russia-Trump investigation, didn't let his employer know that his wife was being paid by Fusion GPS, the company that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid to dig up dirt on Trump. Nor did he seek a waiver for a possible conflict of interest. What is wrong with this investigation?[ibd-display-video id=2665422 width=50 float=left autostart=true]It's yet another indication of rot at the very core of this corrupt investigation whose only real aim has ever been to unseat Trump as president.As the Daily Caller reports , "The (DNC) ...hired Fusion GPS to gather and disseminate damning info about Trump, and they in turn paid Nellie Ohr, a former CIA employee with expert...
UK air pollutants continue decline

UK air pollutants continue decline

Science
Total emissions from motor vehicles fell 12% from 2012 to 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics.However, the UK remains in breach of European limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx) in 16 cities.Nonetheless, environmentalists have welcomed the overall drop in pollutants from cars and lorries. The reduction is thought to have been propelled by tightening restrictions.The one emission going in the wrong direction is ammonia from farming. Jon Bennett from the green group ClientEarth told BBC News: “We very much welcome the reduction in emissions."But the concentrations of NO₂ (nitrogen dioxide) in towns and cities are at illegal and harmful levels.“So government policy needs to focus on bringing these down with clean air zones, diesel-scrappage and other initiatives.”The news is cont