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Fraud fires up JD Classics' race for new funds

Fraud fires up JD Classics' race for new funds

Business
One of the world's leading dealers in premium classic cars is racing to secure new funding within days after the discovery of "financial irregularities" left its lenders facing a multimillion pound write-off. Sky News has learnt that JD Classics, which is based in Essex and boasts of its links to the Goodwood Revival and Le Mans Classic, has been put up for sale in recent weeks.The emergency auction raises doubts over the future‎ of the owner of more than 110 valuable classic cars, including vehicles made by Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar and Maserati.Advisers at Alvarez & Marsal (A&M)‎, who are said to have been brought in at the request of lenders including Lloyds Banking Group, JD's main provider of bank finance, have asked prospective buyers to table final bi...
Neanderthals could start their own fires, new research proves

Neanderthals could start their own fires, new research proves

Science
July 19 (UPI) -- Neanderthals weren't dependent on lightning strikes and natural wildfires for their flames, new research suggests. The early human relatives were able to start their own fires. When researchers found microscopic wear on flint hand-axes collected at Neanderthal archaeological sites, they recognized the signature of flint striking found around the hearths of early human settlements. "I recognized this type of wear from my earlier experimental work," archaeologist Andrew Sorensen, professor at Leiden University in the Netherlands, said in a news release. "These are the traces you get if you try to generate sparks by striking a piece of flint against a piece of pyrite." The hand-axes, however, were much older than the fire-making tools Sorensen had previously analyzed. In th...
SpaceX fires 'flying brain' into space

SpaceX fires 'flying brain' into space

Technology
SpaceX has sent the first robot with artificial intelligence - nicknamed the "flying brain" - to the International Space Station. Genetically identical mice for research purposes and super-strength coffee for the crew were also blasted off, packed into a Dragon capsule.AI robot Cimon, pronounced Simon, has been trained to help German astronaut Alexander Gerst with experiments and will remain indefinitely on the orbiting lab. Image: The artificial intelligence robot named CIMON will assist ISS crew with experiments The Dragon will also deliver 20 brown female mice, half of them genetically identical from one strain of family, and the other half from another, so they can later be compared with their twins on the ground.R...
Facebook's Zuckerberg fires back at Apple's Tim Cook

Facebook's Zuckerberg fires back at Apple's Tim Cook

Technology
Facebook's chief executive has defended his leadership following criticism from his counterpart at Apple.Mark Zuckerberg said it was "extremely glib" to suggest that because the public did not pay to use Facebook that the firm did not care about them.Last week, Apple's Tim Cook said it was an "invasion of privacy" to traffic in users' personal lives.And when asked what he would do if he were Mr Zuckerberg, Mr Cook replied: "I wouldn't be in that situation."Facebook has faced intense criticism after it emerged that it had known for years that Cambridge Analytica had harvested data from about 50 million of its users, but had relied on the political consultancy to self-certify that it had deleted the information.Channel 4 News has since reported that at least some of the data in question is s...
Scrutiny over wood and coal fires in UK homes

Scrutiny over wood and coal fires in UK homes

Science
Burning wood and coal in people's homes will come under scrutiny as part of a government drive to improve air pollution.Ministers are calling for evidence to help improve air quality in cities.They want people to ensure that wood is dry before burning, and that solid fuels are as clean as possible.But the UK is being given a final warning by the European Commission today for breaching laws on NOx emissions.The government is being told it will face court action in Europe unless its planned Clean Air Strategy does what it's supposed to.While environmentalists may wonder whether today's announcement on homes fires is a smokescreen, the government insists it's not.It says the domestic burning of house coal, smokeless solid fuels and wet wood is the single largest primary contributor of harmful...