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Lost history of African dinosaurs revealed

Lost history of African dinosaurs revealed

Science
A new species of dinosaur found in the Egyptian desert is shedding light on Africa's missing history of dinosaurs.Few fossils have been unearthed from the last days of the dinosaurs, between 100 and 66 million years ago, on the continent.Scientists say the dinosaur, which lived about 80 million years ago, is an "incredible discovery".The giant plant-eater was the length of a school bus and weighed about the same as an elephant. It had a long neck and bony plates embedded in its skin.The dinosaur's fossilised remains were unearthed during an expedition by palaeontologists from Mansoura University in Egypt.Named Mansourasaurus shahinae, the new species is regarded as a critical discovery for science."It was thrilling for my students to uncover bone after bone, as each new element we recovere...
Revealed: Carillion link to ministers' board reforms

Revealed: Carillion link to ministers' board reforms

Business
Ministers want the chairman of one of Britain's biggest construction‎ groups to spearhead a new corporate governance code for private companies - even as the sector draws intense scrutiny in the wake of Carillion's liquidation.Sky News has learnt that Greg Clark, the Business Secretary, has been asked to sign off the appointment of James Wates to lead the review.City sources said that Mr Wates, who has chaired Wates Group‎ since 2013, was expected to have been named by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in the last few days.They said this weekend that an announcement had been delayed because of the collapse of Carillion, with ministers scrambling to contain the fallout from one of Britain's most significant insolvencies for decades.Although Wates is one of t
Gender pay gaps at 500 UK firms revealed

Gender pay gaps at 500 UK firms revealed

Business
The extent of the pay gap between male and female employees at some of the country's biggest firms has been revealed.Government figures show that men are paid nearly 65% more per hour at high street fashion store Phase Eight and nearly 52% more at EasyJet.Organisations with 250 or more workers must publish their figures by April, and so far 527 firms have done so.Nearly half of the organisations pay men at least one tenth more per hour and 426 of them pay men more, on average, per hour.Thousands more firms, public sector bodies and other organisations are expected to reveal their gender pay gaps in the next few months.EasyJet, which has been reporting on its pay gap since 2015, says the reason for the difference in hourly rate is because its best paid staff tend to be male pilots, while lo...
Major flaw in millions of Intel chips revealed

Major flaw in millions of Intel chips revealed

Technology
A serious flaw in the design of Intel's chips will require Microsoft, Linux and Apple to update operating systems for computers around the world.It is believed to affect chips in millions of computers from the last decade.The UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said it was aware of the issue and that patches were being produced. In response, Intel said the issue was not limited to its processors and that it was working on a fix."Based on analysis to date, many types of computing devices - with many different vendors' processors and operating systems - are susceptible to these exploits," it said in a statement.It said it was working to "develop an industry-wide approach to resolve this issue promptly and constructively"."Intel has begun providing software and firmware updates to miti...
New species of spider revealed, named after Bob Marley

New species of spider revealed, named after Bob Marley

Science
Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A new species of water-adapted spiders has been discovered on Australia's coral reefs, with researchers naming it after reggae star Bob Marley for his song "High Tide or Low Tide."The team of researchers that discovered Desis bobmarleyi sp. n -- Dr. Barbara Baehr, Dr. Robert Raven and Dr. Danilio Harms of the University of Queensland and the University of Hamburg -- named the spider based on it's ability to survive both in and out of water.The intertidal spiders adapted to become true marine animals, the researchers say, adjusting to life underwater by hiding in barnacle shells, kelp or corals during high tide along the coast of Australia's Queensland state.They developed air chambers to breathe, using silk, and when the tide recedes they can be found hunting small inverte...