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Scammers steal half a billion pounds from UK banking customers

Scammers steal half a billion pounds from UK banking customers

Business
More than £500m was stolen from customers of British banks in the first half of 2018, figures have shown.Industry group UK Finance said £145m of that was due to authorised push payment (APP) scams, in which people are conned into sending money to another account.But £358m was lost to unauthorised fraud, which includes transactions made without account holders' knowledge.Unauthorised fraud victims are usually refunded by their banks, but victims of APP fraud rarely get their money back.This is because current legislation means they are liable for any losses incurred if they authorise a payment themselves."Purchase scams", in which people are duped into paying for products or services that do not exist, were the most prevalent form of APP ...
Cave girl was half Neanderthal, half Denisovan

Cave girl was half Neanderthal, half Denisovan

Science
Once upon a time, two early humans of different ancestry met at a cave in Russia.Some 50,000 years later, scientists have confirmed that they had a daughter together.DNA extracted from bone fragments found in the cave show the girl was the offspring of a Neanderthal mother and a Denisovan father.The discovery, reported in Nature, gives a rare insight into the lives of our closest ancient human relatives. Neanderthals and Denisovans were humans like us, but belonged to different species."We knew from previous studies that Neanderthals and Denisovans must have occasionally had children together," says Viviane Slon, researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA) in Leipzig, Germany."But I never though...
Why are women only saving half as much as men for retirement?

Why are women only saving half as much as men for retirement?

Finance
Planning young: a retirement roadmap All working Americans need retirement savings, regardless of gender. But the need is particularly strong for women, since they have a tendency to live longer than their male counterparts. They're also more likely to require paid care at some point — as a spouse may not be around to provide care. It's therefore unsettling to learn that women are only saving about half as much as men for the future. In a recent Student Loan Hero study, women had an average of $ 45,614 socked away for retirement, whereas men had $ 90,189. That sort of gap could put women at a severe disadvantage later in life. Why are women falling behind savings-wise? When asked why they're struggling to save for retirement, women cited living paycheck to payc...
YouTube deletes half of 'violent' music videos

YouTube deletes half of 'violent' music videos

Technology
YouTube says it has deleted more than half of the "violent" music videos that the country's most senior police officer asked it to take down. More than 30 clips have been removed so far.Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has blamed some videos for fuelling a surge in murders and violent crime in London - and singled out drill music.She asked YouTube to delete content which glamorises violence. Drill originated in Chicago. Its biggest breakout star is arguably Chief Keef, famous for his 2012 track I Don't Like.The genre's lyrics often detail vivid accounts of taking drugs and violence.In February, 17-year-old rapper Junior Simpson was sentenced to life in prison after he and three others stabbed 15-year-old Jermaine Goupall to death.The court h...
More than half your body is not human

More than half your body is not human

Health
More than half of your body is not human, say scientists. Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.The field is even asking questions of what it means to be "human" and is leading to new innovative treatments as a result. "They are essential to your health," says Prof Ruth Ley, the director of the department of microbiome science at the Max Planck Institute, "your body isn't just you".No matter how well you wash, nearly every nook and cranny of your body is covered in microscopic creatures.This includes bacteria, viruses, fungi and archaea (organisms originally misclassified as bacteria). The grea...