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Plans for new laws to tackle internet's 'wild west'

Plans for new laws to tackle internet's 'wild west'

Technology
Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has pledged new laws to tackle the internet's "wild west" that will make Britain the "safest place in the world" to be online. A new code of practice to tackle bullying, intimidating or humiliating online content could be included in the legislation.Mr Hancock said: "Digital technology is overwhelmingly a force for good across the world and we must always champion innovation and change for the better."At the same time I have been clear that we have to address the wild west elements of the internet through legislation, in a way that supports innovation."We strongly support technology companies to start up and grow, and we want to work with them to keep our citizens safe." ...
Poundworld future in doubt as owner plans sale

Poundworld future in doubt as owner plans sale

Business
The fate of thousands more high street employees is in doubt this weekend after the owner of Poundworld ditched a rescue plan and put the discount chain up for sale instead. Sky News has learnt that TPG, the American private equity backer of Poundworld, has instructed Deloitte to find a buyer for Poundworld by the end of the month.Potential buyers were contacted about the process on Friday, according to a possible bidder.The development comes less than a fortnight after it emerged that Poundworld was preparing to seek creditor approval for a plan to close up to 100 stores, threatening hundreds of jobs.Poundworld trades from about 355 shops across Britain, employing approximately 5,700 people.The decision to seek a buyer for the entire business - with a deal being sought by ...
NASA plans to send mini-helicopter to Mars

NASA plans to send mini-helicopter to Mars

Technology
NASA plans to send a small, unmanned helicopter to Mars that could boost our understanding of the Red Planet. It is part of the US space agency's 2020 mission to place a next-generation rover on the Martian surface and will mark the first time such an aircraft will be used on another planet.Known as the Mars Helicopter, the remote-controlled device weighs less than four pounds (1.8kg) and its blades spin at almost 3,000rpm, roughly 10 times the rate employed by helicopters on Earth.NASA officials said the aircraft will reach the Red Planet's surface attached to the Mars 2020 rover that aims to carry out geological studies and ascertain the habitability of the Martian environment."NASA has a proud history of firsts," said NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine."The idea of a hel...
North Korea criticizes South Korea's plans to acquire more fighter jets and missiles

North Korea criticizes South Korea's plans to acquire more fighter jets and missiles

World
SEOUL, March 25 (UPI) -- Pyongyang criticized South Korea's plans to acquire more fighter jets and air-to-surface missiles to scale up its weapons capacity against the North, amid efforts to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.Following reports last week that 170 Taurus missiles were delivered to the South this month, as agreed in 2016, with 90 additional missiles expected to be acquired from 2019 to 2020.The German air-to-surface missiles can target North Korea's major weapons development facilities including the main nuclear test site of Punggye-ri and the Sohae missile launch site.North Koea's propaganda outlet Uriminzokkiri slammed the move to acquire extra Taurus missiles, warning the South not to "take actions that hinder the atmosphere for improving [inter-Korean] relations.""Its ...
China moving ahead with plans for next-generation X-ray observatory

China moving ahead with plans for next-generation X-ray observatory

Science
March 8 (UPI) -- China is getting closer to a finalized design for its next-generation X-ray observatory.As reported by Science this week, scientists at China's National Space Science Center are honing in on the final iteration of their design for the X-Ray Timing and Polarimetry, eXTP, satellite.The eXTP mission team plans to complete a prototype by 2022, with a goal to launch the satellite in 2025. The project will cost as an estimated $ 473 million.At recent meeting in Beijing, Xiangli Bin, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, predicted eXTP would become "China's flagship science satellite.""As we only have seven years to go it sounds like mission impossible," Xiangli said. "But we will coordinate international efforts and deliver it without delay."Engineers plan to outfit...