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UK unveils plans for climate conference amid criticism

UK unveils plans for climate conference amid criticism

World
The British government says it plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035 in a bid to speed up its efforts to tackle climate changeBy JILL LAWLESS Associated PressFebruary 4, 2020, 10:15 AM3 min readLONDON -- Britain says it plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035 in a bid to speed up its efforts to tackle climate change. But the U.K. government's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions has been questioned by the woman who was appointed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to head a United Nations' global climate summit — and then was fired last week. The U.K. said Tuesday that it would bring in a ban on fossil-fuel cars and vans even earlier than 2035 “if a faster transition is feasible.” The ban will also include hybrid vehicles. The announcement
New strikes, protests as France unveils retirement bill

New strikes, protests as France unveils retirement bill

World
The Eiffel Tower is closed because of a strike and unions are holding new protests against changes to France's retirement systemByThe Associated PressJanuary 24, 2020, 10:15 AM3 min readPARIS -- The Eiffel Tower shut down Friday as French unions held last-ditch strikes and protests around the country on the day the government unveils a divisive bill redesigning the national retirement system. Travelers faced renewed disruptions on regional trains and the Paris subway on the 50th straight day of record strikes, and some schools and other public services also faced walkouts. The Eiffel Tower closed exceptionally, and the Versailles chateau and Louvre Museum warned visitors of potential disruptions. The number of striking workers and halted trains dropped considerably this week after the go...
NASA unveils early version of all-electric plane

NASA unveils early version of all-electric plane

Technology
NASA has unveiled an all-electric plane which it has been developing since 2015.The experimental aircraft, or X-plane, has been designated X-57, and will be known as "Maxwell" for short. It could be ready for its first test flight from Edwards Air Force Base in the desert of southern California next year. Image: The plane has been under development since 2015. Pic: Reuters/NASA The X-57 has been adapted from an Italian-made Tecnam P2006T twin-engine propeller plane but with the traditional combustion engines replaced with electric cruise motors.There are 14 electric motors powered by specially designed lithium-ion batteries, the same technology used in mobile phones and electric cars. ...
Northwestern unveils potential celiac disease treatment

Northwestern unveils potential celiac disease treatment

Health
Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Northwestern Medicine has developed a technology that reduces intolerance to gluten, the new phase 2 clinical trial results show, the university said in a statement on Tuesday. Celiac disease patients in a phase 2 clinical trial were able to eat gluten with substantially less inflammation after the treatment with the technology. Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disease and digestive disorder where people cannot tolerate gluten in wheat, barley, and rye without damaging the small intestine. The technology consists of a nanoparticle with gluten that "acts like a Trojan horse, hiding the allergen in a friendly shell, to convince the immune system not to attack it," the statement said. The findings were presented Tuesday at the European Gastroenterology Week conferenc...