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Electric cars: Charge points could be requirement in new build homes

Electric cars: Charge points could be requirement in new build homes

Science
New homes in suburban England would need to be fitted with electric car charging points under a government proposal to cut emissions.Ministers also want new street lights to come with charge points wherever there's on-street parking.Details of a sales ban on new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040 are also expected to be set out.The strategy comes at a time when the government is facing criticism for failing to reduce carbon emissions.The government's target is to reduce the UK's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. The proposals, announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, aim to make it easier to recharge an electric car rather than refuel petrol or diesel vehicles.They include: The need to assess if new homes a...
Finger bone points to early human exodus

Finger bone points to early human exodus

Science
New research suggests that modern humans were living in Saudi Arabia about 85,000 years ago.A recently discovered finger bone believed to be Homo sapiens was dated using radio isotope techniques. This adds to mounting evidence from Israel, China and Australia, of a widespread dispersal beyond Africa as early as 180,000 years ago.Previously, it was theorised that Homo sapiens did not live continuously outside Africa until 60,000 years ago.The study is published in Nature Ecology and Evolution.Previous digs in the Arabian interior have uncovered tools which could have been used by early Homo sapiens. But skeletal evidence of their presence has been lacking.A trace of evidenceResearchers working at the Al Wusta site in Saudi Arabia came across a single intermediate phalanx (the middle of the ...
How rough of a week did Wall Street have? The Dow saw 22,000 points worth of whipsaw trading

How rough of a week did Wall Street have? The Dow saw 22,000 points worth of whipsaw trading

Finance
With another volatile plunge Friday, the Dow Jones industrial average has traveled more than 22,000 points this week. The stock index closed more than 1 percent higher, bringing its weekly losses to the worst since January 2016. Earlier in the session, the Dow was tracking for its worst week since October 2008, during the financial crisis. CNBC tracked the volatile moves of the Dow this week to calculate the number of points the index has moved. In the past five trading days, including Friday, the Dow has traded about 20,000 points back and forth in a roughly 2,000-point trading range. Stocks have plunged in the last week as traders worried about rising interest rates and inflation, bringing an end to more than a year of historically low volatility. On Monday, the S&P 500 broke its lon...
US stocks tumble as Dow sheds another 1,000 points

US stocks tumble as Dow sheds another 1,000 points

Business
US stocks have tumbled again, deepening the losses felt earlier this week.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 1,032 points (or 4.15%), meaning it is 10% down from the record high it reached two weeks ago.This also puts it in what is known on Wall Street as a "correction".It is the second-worst fall in history, eclipsed only by Monday's 1,175-point plunge.The broad-based S&P 500 dropped 100 points or 3.75%, and the tech-rich Nasdaq was down 3.9%.Stocks began to fall in early trading and their losses grew throughout the day.Technology companies and banks were the big losers, with Microsoft and JP Morgan Chase both losing 1.7%.Analysts blamed higher treasury bond yields for Thursday's poor performance, also saying the market has become too expensive and was due for correction.But...
Premier League leaders Man City 15 points clear after victory over Watford

Premier League leaders Man City 15 points clear after victory over Watford

Sports
Runaway leaders Manchester City showed no ill-effects from the end of their 18-game Premier League winning run by comfortably beating Watford.Playing two days after the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace, City took just just 38 seconds to open the scoring as Raheem Sterling slotted home Leroy Sane's cross for the quickest goal in the Premier League this season.City, who are 15 points above second-placed Manchester United, doubled their lead when Kevin de Bruyne's cross was turned into his own net by a sliding Christian Kabasele.De Bruyne, who started the match after recovering quickly from a nasty looking injury against Palace, then had a free-kick tipped on to the bar by Heurelho Gomes.City got the third goal their dominance merited when Sergio Aguero scored from close range after the Watford goa...