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World record for creator of 'Iron Man' suit

World record for creator of 'Iron Man' suit

Technology
It wasn't Hollywood but Richard Browning's bid to make world history was straight out of a superhero film.Browning set a Guinness World Record for the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine power suit this week.The founder and chief test pilot of British tech company Gravity Industries reached a speed of 32.02mph on his third attempt at Lagoona Park in Reading.Then he mis-timed a turn and dropped into the lake.It mattered little by then, however, as he had already made history.Adjudicator Pravin Patel from Guinness World Records was on hand to make sure that Browning's speed was measured accurately over at least 100 metres.The "Iron Man" suit is made up of six kerosene-fuelled micro gas turbines, which each have 22kg of thrust.It is controlled solely by body movement so Browning had...
Midday Update: Stocks Retreat From Record Highs as Wall Street Assess Geopolitical Risks, Tax Reform Debate

Midday Update: Stocks Retreat From Record Highs as Wall Street Assess Geopolitical Risks, Tax Reform Debate

Finance
Shutterstock photoWall Street's major indices retreated from record highs into negative turf on Tuesday as tax reform debate in Congress along with fresh geopolitical risks in the Middle East rekindles risk aversion.Financial stocks are leading decliners with Dow component stocks Goldman Sachs ( GS ) and JP Morgan ( JPM ) causing the bulk of the blue chips' losses. The energy sector is also underwater after West Texas intermediate ran into profit-taking before challenging the $ 60 per barrel mark.US stocks were flat to slightly lower at the open in sympathy with European bourses, which reversed early gains following a significant miss on German production data along with worries about war erupting between Saudi Arabia and Iran, as well as the fallout from the "Saudi purge" this weekend.S...
2017 'very likely' in top three warmest years on record

2017 'very likely' in top three warmest years on record

Science
The year 2017 is "very likely" to be in the top three warmest years on record, according to provisional figures from the World Meteorological Organization.The WMO says it will likely be the hottest year in the absence of the El Niño phenomenon.The scientists argue that the long-term trend of warming driven by human activities continues unabated.They say many of the "extraordinary" weather events seen this year bear the hallmarks of climate change.On the opening day of this year's key UN climate talks, researchers from the WMO have presented their annual State of the Global Climate report.It follows hot on the heels of their greenhouse gases study from last week which found that concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere were the highest on record. While the new study only covers January to Se
FTSE 100 closes at record high

FTSE 100 closes at record high

Business
The FTSE 100 has closed at a record high of 7,560, a day after the Bank of England raised the interest rate.Friday's close beat the previous record closing high of 7,556, which the index reached on 12 October.The blue chip index ended the day up by just 0.07% but was enough to break the record high for the second time in a month.Analysts say it was driven partly by the weak pound with listed firms tending to benefit when foreign currencies are stronger."The Footsie has climbed this week on the back of a falling pound, as currency markets groaned at the Bank of England's weak expectations for future interest rate rises," said Laith Khalaf, a senior analyst at investment firm Hargreaves Lansdown.Image:The Bank of England's Mark Carney speaking about the interest hike this weekIt follows Thur...
CO2 rises at record pace to worst for 3 million years

CO2 rises at record pace to worst for 3 million years

Technology
The amount of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere rose at a record pace in 2016 to the highest level in at least three million years, says the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).Last year's increase was 50% higher than the average over the past decade.The growth could ultimately lead to a 20-metre rise in sea levels and an increase of three degrees in temperature, the organisation said in its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) have now reached 403.3 parts per million (ppm), up from 400.0ppm in 2015.The two other main greenhouse gases, methane and nitrous oxide, also hit record concentrations last year.Image:Emissions from coal are causing CO2 levels to riseScientists say last year's rise in CO2 was due to a combination of human activitie...