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Switzerland's Galmarini wins men's parallel giant slalom at Winter Games

Switzerland's Galmarini wins men's parallel giant slalom at Winter Games

Sports
Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Nevin Galmarini of Switzerland won the gold medal Saturday in the men's parallel giant slalom (PGS) at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.He beat South Korean Alpine snowboarding ace Lee Sang-ho by 0.43 seconds Sang-ho claimed the silver medal at Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province.He is now the first Asian man to make a podium finish at an Olympic alpine snowboarding event and the first South Korean to claim a Winter Games medal from skiing sports.In the head-to-head elimination round, two snowboarders at a time race side-by-side down parallel courses, with the fastest rider advancing to the next round.Let's block ads! (Why?) Sports News - UPI.com
UK team set for giant Antarctic iceberg expedition

UK team set for giant Antarctic iceberg expedition

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceScientists will set out in the next week to study an Antarctic realm that has been hidden for thousands of years.A British Antarctic Survey-led team will explore the seabed ecosystem exposed when a giant iceberg broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula in 2017. The organisation has also released the first video of the berg, which covers almost 6,000 sq km.Its true scale begins to emerge in a shot filmed from an aircraft flown along its edge. Urgent missionAn international team will spend three weeks, from February to March, on board the research ship RRS James Clark Ross, navigating ice-infested waters to reach the remote Larsen C ice shelf from which the berg calved.British Antarctic Survey marine biologist Dr Katrin Linse, who is leading the mi...
P2P giant Funding Circle banks on £1bn float

P2P giant Funding Circle banks on £1bn float

Business
Funding Circle, the UK's biggest peer-to-peer lending platform, is preparing to hire advisers to oversee a £1bn-plus London flotation.Sky News has learnt that the company has told investment banks that it will hold a beauty parade towards the end of the first quarter of 2018, with a listing possible as soon as the late autumn.A flotation of Funding Circle, one of Britain's most prominent financial technology companies, has been anticipated for some time, and will stir enormous anticipation among City bankers.Funding Circle, which launched in 2010, has matched lenders to tens of thousands of small business borrowers‎, facilitating loans totalling more than $ 5bn globally during its seven-year existence.Its rapid growth has earned it the status of one of the UK's few fintech "unicorns" - com
Gravity signals rapidly show true size of giant quakes

Gravity signals rapidly show true size of giant quakes

Science
Researchers have developed a new approach to estimate the true size of very large earthquakes. At present, scientists use seismic waves from a rupture to work out the scale of the event.But a new analysis of the Tohoku earthquake in Japan in 2011 shows that changes in gravity can give more rapid information.This method could have accurately estimated that magnitude 9 tremor in minutes, not the hours actually taken.As Japan's largest recorded earthquake, the Tohoku event is probably best remembered for the huge tsunami it unleashed. As well as killing around 12,000 people it triggered the meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Experts believe that the quake was caused by the rupture of a stretch of the subduction zone associated with the Japan Trench, which...
Collision of giant galaxy clusters yields colorful image

Collision of giant galaxy clusters yields colorful image

Science
Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A new image released by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory showcases the intense radio emissions triggered by the collision of several giant galaxy clusters.The cosmic collision triggered shockwaves and released massive amounts of energy, heating up gas and dust across a region of space several million light-years wide.The massive galaxy cluster is named Abell 2744, or Pandora's Cluster. It's located 4 billion light-years from Earth.The newly released image is a composite of observations made by several instruments. Scientists combined new data collected by the National Science Foundation's Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array with older data recorded by NASA's Chandra X-ray observatory.The renderings of Abell 2744's radio wave and X-ray emissions are overlaid on a visible...