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Facebook reveals digital currency details

Facebook reveals digital currency details

Business
Social media giant Facebook has unveiled plans to launch a new digital currency, called Libra, next year.It said people would be able to make payments with the currency via its own apps, as well as on messaging service WhatsApp.Firms such as Uber and Visa are also likely to accept it in future, it said.But there have been concerns about how people's money and data will be protected, as well as over the potential volatility of the currency. Facebook said Libra would be independently-managed and backed by real assets, and that paying with it would be as easy as texting. It is the latest foray by a tech giant into the payments sector, after Google Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay - although none of those services are based on a crypto...
Nature crisis: ‘Shocking’ report details threat to species

Nature crisis: ‘Shocking’ report details threat to species

Science
On land, in the seas, in the sky, the devastating impact of humans on nature is laid bare in a compelling UN report. One million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction.Nature everywhere is declining at a speed never previously seen and our savage needs for ever more food and energy are the main drivers.These trends can be halted, the study says, but it will take "transformative change" in every aspect of how humans interact with nature.Three years in the making, this global assessment of nature draws on 15,000 reference materials, and has been compiled by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). It runs to 1,800 pages. The brief, 40-page "summary for policy...
Dubois vs Lartey fight LIVE TONIGHT: Main event start time, full undercard, TV channel details

Dubois vs Lartey fight LIVE TONIGHT: Main event start time, full undercard, TV channel details

Sports
FIGHT NIGHT  The Wembley Arena will play host to ‘Dynamite’ Dubois’ next fight Top British heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on Richard Lartey tonight. ‘Dynamite’ boats an unbeaten record in his ten professional fights so far and saw off Razan Cojanu inside two rounds early last month in his most recent bout.  Daniel Dubois will face Richard Lartey this weekend The 21-year-old is building up the calibre of his opponents and will take on unbeaten Ghanaian Lartey on Saturday. Dubois will be looking for another convincing win as he eyes bigger things later this year. KINGS OF THE WORLD Every current boxing world champion from heavyweight t
Wladimir Klitschko comeback? Boxing journalist details big claim about showdown with Dillian Whyte – not Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury

Wladimir Klitschko comeback? Boxing journalist details big claim about showdown with Dillian Whyte – not Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury

Sports
RUMOURS It’s said ‘Dr Steelhammer’ will return to the ring to face a British heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko appeared to have walked off into the sunset when he announced his retirement from boxing. The former long reigning, unified, two-time heavyweight world champion quit the sport in 2017 following back-to-back defeats against Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. However, his story might not yet be complete. Wladimir Klitschko retired after losing his Wembley war with Anthony Joshua British boxing journalist Steve Bunce has stated that he’s heard talk suggesting the 42-year-old Ukrainian will return to the ring in 2019. With Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury currently negotiating a rematch, Anthony Joshua is trying to secure a...
Genomic analysis details eastern gorilla's declining genetic health

Genomic analysis details eastern gorilla's declining genetic health

Science
Dec. 27 (UPI) -- New analysis of the critically endangered Grauer's gorilla's genome suggests the species' health is suffering from a loss of genetic diversity. Scientists sequenced the genomes of several eastern gorilla specimens collected a century ago and compared the results to the genomes of modern Grauer's gorillas. The results, published Thursday in the journal Current Biology, showed Grauer's gorillas have accumulated harmful mutations as they have lost genetic diversity. "We found that the genetic diversity in Grauer's gorilla has declined significantly in just a few generations," Tom van der Valk, a doctoral student at Uppsala University in Sweden, said in a news release. Over the last several decades, poaching and habitat losses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have led ...