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UK's air-breathing rocket engine set for key tests

UK's air-breathing rocket engine set for key tests

Science
The UK project to develop a hypersonic engine that could take a plane from London to Sydney in about four hours is set for a key demonstration. The Sabre engine is part jet, part rocket, and relies on a novel pre-cooler heat-exchanger technology. This pre-cooler system will begin a new phase of testing in the next month or so in Colorado, US.Meanwhile, the core part of the engine has just gone through its preliminary design review.Signed off by experts at the European Space Agency, the review sets the stage for this central section of Sabre to begin its own demonstration campaign at Wescott Space Cluster in Buckinghamshire next year. The company behind the project, React...
UK's 'highest taxpayers' revealed in first-ever Sunday Times list

UK's 'highest taxpayers' revealed in first-ever Sunday Times list

Business
Stephen Rubin - who owns a majority stake in JD Sports - and his family are the UK's top taxpayers, according to the Sunday Times.The newspaper is known for its Rich List of the UK's wealthiest people - but has now, for the first time, drawn up a list ranking tax contributions.It estimated the tax due on business profits, share sales, dividends, house purchases and personal income.Denise Coates, the Bet365 boss, and Sir James Dyson also make the top three.As the largest taxpayers, Mr Rubin and his family will pay an estimated £181.6m in tax for the 2017/18 financial year - which works out at nearly £500,000 a day.This includes £121.6m from his stake in JD Sports as well as £53.2m in corporation tax owed by...
UK's most Googled people and stories of 2018

UK's most Googled people and stories of 2018

Technology
The Duchess of Sussex, Khloe Kardashian and GDPR were among the most searched topics in the UK this year, according to Google's Year In Search project. With both a royal wedding and baby announcement, perhaps the least surprising name on the list is Meghan Markle, the actress and activist turned royal.Fellow American Khloe Kardashian was searched for online when she gave birth to her first child in April, and British actress Roxanne Pallett landed in search boxes after claiming fellow Celebrity Big Brother contestant Ryan Thomas had hurt her by punching her during a playfight. After quitting the show, she said she felt she was "the most hated girl in Britain".The top trending search query overall in the UK was the World Cup, in a year in which many England fans hoped t...
Bet365: UK's best-paid boss sees pay rise to £265m

Bet365: UK's best-paid boss sees pay rise to £265m

Business
The UK's best-paid boss, co-founder of online gambling firm Bet365 Denise Coates, has received another bumper pay rise.The firm's accounts show compensation, for the firm's "highest paid director" rising to £265m including dividends.That was £48m higher than the total she received last year as the popularity of online gambling continues to grow. However the industry is facing mounting criticism for not doing enough to deal with problem gambling and addiction.The privately held company is owned jointly by Ms Coates and members of her direct family, including her brother John who is joint chief executive and her father Peter, the firm's chairman. Last year Ms Coates' pay and dividends were reported to total £217m....
UK's 'no-deal' Brexit plans warn of credit card fees

UK's 'no-deal' Brexit plans warn of credit card fees

Business
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has set out what he called "practical and proportionate" advice in case the UK leaves the EU without a deal.The guidance includes instructions for businesses who could face extra paperwork at borders and contingency plans to avoid medicine shortages.Britons visiting the EU could also face extra credit card charges.Ministers say a deal is the most likely outcome but that "short-term disruption" is possible without one.BBC political correspondent Chris Mason described the publication as a "vast swirling porridge of detail - much of it at a technical level, advising individual industries about the manner in which they are regulated in the event of a no-deal Brexit".In the 24 documents, which cover indus...