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Arctic stronghold of world's seeds reaches one million mark

Arctic stronghold of world's seeds reaches one million mark

Science
The vault storing the world's most precious seeds is taking delivery on Monday of donations that will take it to the one million mark.More than 70,000 crops will be added to frozen storage chambers buried deep within a mountain in the Arctic Circle.Cereal staples, unusual crops like the Estonian onion potato, and barley used to brew Irish beer are among the consignments.Monday marks the tenth anniversary of the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard.One of three chambers is now almost full of packets of seeds, each a variety of an important food crop.The number of donations amounts to 1,059,646. This number excludes one emergency withdrawal of about 90,000 seeds needed to make up for precious samples stranded in Syria due to the conflict there."Hitting the million mark is really significant," said ...
Edmund reaches first Grand Slam quarter-final

Edmund reaches first Grand Slam quarter-final

Sports
2018 Australian OpenDates: 15-28 January Venue: Melbourne ParkCoverage: Watch highlights on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and app. Live commentary on the best matches on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online.Kyle Edmund powered into a first Grand Slam quarter-final with a four-set win over Italy's Andreas Seppi at the Australian Open.The British number two, ranked 49th, recovered from a slow start to win 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 6-2 6-3 at Melbourne Park.Edmund, 23, trailed by a set and a break but hit 25 aces and cut down on early errors as he went on to dominate.He will face Australian Nick Kyrgios or Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the last eight on Tuesday.Edmund joins Andy Murray as the only British men to reach the quarter-finals in Melbourne since John Lloyd in 1985."Through to my first qua...
Toys R Us reaches rescue deal with creditors

Toys R Us reaches rescue deal with creditors

Business
Toys R Us has been saved from collapse after creditors supported a rescue deal that will keep three quarters of its stores open.The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) had initially threatened to block the company's plan in a move that could have forced the country's biggest toy chain into administration just ahead of Christmas - placing 3,200 jobs at risk.But, following a series of talks, the PPF said it had secured acceptable commitments from Toys R Us that enabled it to support the so-called Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA).Sky News had reported exclusively on the ebbs and flows in the negotiations in the days and hours ahead of the meeting - with the result on a knife-edge until the announcement.The firm had said early this month that it wanted to shut 26 stores - a quarter of its UK tota...
Bitcoin reaches $11K before dropping 18 percent

Bitcoin reaches $11K before dropping 18 percent

World
Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Bitcoin hit a new high of $ 11,000 on Wednesday before dropping back down about 18 percent.After starting the year with a value of $ 1,000, the digital currency's value has increased some 10-fold.As of Wednesday afternoon, CoinDesk reported the value of bitcoin was about $ 9,290. It hit a record high of $ 11,388.33 earlier in the day.The increased volume in trading -- $ 9.75 billion over the past 24 hours -- came as The Wall Street Journal reported that Nasdaq is considering trading bitcoin in the first half of 2018. Broker Cantor Fitzgerald LP is also thinking of including bitcoin on its exchange.Beginning next month, the cryptocurrency will gain more legitimacy in the financial industry as investors will be able to trade bitcoin futures via the Chicago Mercantile Exchang...
Bitcoin reaches $10,000 valuation for first time

Bitcoin reaches $10,000 valuation for first time

Technology
A single Bitcoin has hit $ 10,000 (£7,495) for the first time despite fears of a bubble.The cryptocurrency hit $ 5,000 (£3,750) for the first time in October and in the brief period since then has doubled in value again.It traded at $ 10,009 on the CEX exchange on Tuesday morning before dropping back down.Over this calendar year, the digital cash has increased 1,000% in value and is continuing to attract investors.Despite concerns that a bubble in the cryptocurrency's value has been driven by increasing investment from those who fear they are missing out, investors continue to buy in to the digital means of exchange.Bitcoin has surged through a number of symbolic milestones in recent weeks, showing an exponential curve on value-tracking charts.However, as the World Coin Index image chart b