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Formula 1: 'Grid girls' will not be used at races this season

Formula 1: 'Grid girls' will not be used at races this season

Sports
'Grid girls' will no longer be used by Formula 1 from the start of the 2018 World Championship season.Sean Bratches, managing director of commercial operations, said the change would be made "so as to be more in tune with our vision for this great sport".F1 managing director of motorsports Ross Brawn told BBC Radio 5 live in December that the use of female promotional models was "under review".The new F1 season begins on 25 March."While the practice of employing grid girls has been a staple of Formula 1 grands prix for decades, we feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms," Bratches added. "We don't believe the practice is appropriate or relevant to Formula 1 and its fans, old and new, across the world."Grid girls 'part o...
Video Assistant Referees to be used at World Cup

Video Assistant Referees to be used at World Cup

Technology
The World Cup is set to use video replays this summer - with FIFA confirming a sponsor is being sought for the technology.Football's governing body met to assess recent trials ahead of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) being officially approved for use in the tournament in Russia in June and July.FIFA chief commercial officer Philippe Le Floc'h said: "Definitely VAR will happen. It's great to have technology in football because this is also a fairness thing."The system was used for the first time at the 2014 World Cup when goal-line technology was deployed.But now replays can be used when there is a "clear and obvious error" involving goals, penalty awards, red cards, and mistaken identity.Image:Referee Jonathan Moss awaits a decision from VAR at a Leicester City/Fleetwood Town gameVAR could ...
Apple health data used in murder trial

Apple health data used in murder trial

Technology
Health data has provided crucial evidence at a trial in Germany, in which a refugee is accused of rape and murder.Apple's Health App accurately records steps and has been pre-installed on the iPhone 6S and newer models.Data suggesting the suspect was climbing stairs could correlate to him dragging his victim down a riverbank and climbing back up, police said.The accused - Hussein K - has admitted his guilt but disputed some details.The 19-year-old medical student Maria Ladenburger was murdered in October 2016 and the trial - at the district court in Freiburg - started in September.Ms Ladenburger was raped and drowned in the River Dresiam.The suspect - identified by a hair found at the scene of the crime - refused to provide police with the PIN code to his phone so investigating officers tu...
SpaceX launches, lands previously used rocket booster, cargo ship

SpaceX launches, lands previously used rocket booster, cargo ship

Science
Dec. 15 (UPI) -- SpaceX for the first time reused a rocket booster today when it launched and then landed a Falcon-9 rocket as part of a resupply mission for the International Space Station.While the company has previously reflown rocket boosters four times, today's launch was the first time that a previously used rocket booster powered a previously used vessel, the Dragon, on a mission to the ISS. It is also the first time a booster was reused for a NASA mission.The Dragon, which is expected to reach the ISS on Sunday, is carrying about 4,800 pounds of scientific hardware and supplies."That marks the second successful visit to and from space for this particular booster," said a SpaceX commentator on the SpaceX webcast of the launch.The vessel lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., this mor...
The other Dodo: Extinct bird that used its wings as clubs

The other Dodo: Extinct bird that used its wings as clubs

Science
The extinct Dodo had a little-known relative on another island. This fascinating bird ultimately suffered the same fate as its iconic cousin, but we can reconstruct some of its biology thanks to the writings of a French explorer who studied it during his travels of the Indian Ocean.In the middle of the 18th century, at around the time the US was signing the declaration of independence, a large flightless bird quietly became extinct on an island in the Indian Ocean. Today this bird is all but forgotten. Early explorers to the tiny island of Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean described a "Dodo" living on the forested island. Males were grey-brown, and females sandy, both having strong legs and a long, proud necks... but despite outward similarities to the iconic Mauritian bird, this wasn't in fac...