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CES 2018: Were robots more than a gimmick at the tech show?

CES 2018: Were robots more than a gimmick at the tech show?

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceIf you've ever wanted a robot to do the vacuuming, then the CES tech show has something for you.The Aeolus robot is designed to perform a range of household tasks - including mopping floors, rearranging furniture and putting away dishes.However, like many of the bots showcased in Las Vegas this year, the pressure sometimes got to it."Aeolus has had enough," tweeted Signe Brewster, a writer at tech site Wirecutter, after observing the bot stall inexplicably during a demo.The moment is reminiscent of an even more high profile hiccup that hit LG's smart home helper Cloi during the firm's press conference earlier in the week.On three separate occasions, Cloi sat there, painfully unresponsive having been prompted to do something helpful - like fetch a...
'My restless legs were like bees biting under my skin'

'My restless legs were like bees biting under my skin'

Health
For years, Mary Rose struggled to get off to sleep or to stay asleep, because she felt like she was being attacked by insects. "Imagine having a swarm of bees buzzing inside the skin of your legs, biting you," she says, describing the sensation that overwhelmed her. "It's really very, very painful."Now in her 80s, the art historian has a condition called restless legs syndrome (RLS), which tortures her at night. "It makes you want to scratch your legs and get up and walk about - it was just impossible to lie down and sleep because one's legs were twitching in this uncontrollable way," she explained.The symptoms were so severe, she didn't want to go to bed at night. 'No sleep at all'Mary Rose can't remember when the problem began, but the condition went undiagnosed for years. "Peopl...
Trump-Russia: Flynn's dealings were 'lawful'

Trump-Russia: Flynn's dealings were 'lawful'

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceDonald Trump has responded to a guilty plea by his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying Mr Flynn's actions as a member of his transition team "were lawful".Mr Flynn has entered a plea deal and agreed to co-operate with an inquiry into alleged collusion with Russia.The deal, for a lesser charge than he might have faced, prompted speculation that he has incriminating evidence.The president wrote on Twitter on Saturday that he had "nothing to hide".Under the terms of the plea deal - offered to Mr Flynn by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into the Russia scandal - Mr Flynn admitted making false statements to the FBI. Analysts say the deal suggests that the former general has evidence implicating one or mor...
Philip Hammond says his remarks were a poor choice of words

Philip Hammond says his remarks were a poor choice of words

Business
The chancellor has labelled the European Union's Brexit negotiators as "the enemy" - a remark he subsequently described as a "poor choice of words".During a television interview, Philip Hammond also called the negotiators "the opponents" and said they should "behave like grown-ups".But he tweeted later: "I was making the point that we are united at home. I regret I used a poor choice of words."Mr Hammond is in Washington for an International Monetary Fund meeting.He has been criticised for saying that the Brexit process has created uncertainty, and this week a former chancellor claimed he was trying to sabotage the talks.During a series of media interviews in Washington, Mr Hammond told Sky News that "passions are high" in the party "but we are all going to the same place".But he added: "T...
The euro’s obituaries were premature

The euro’s obituaries were premature

Finance
FIVE years ago, Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank, pledged to do “whatever it takes” to save the euro. At the time, many people were predicting that the euro zone would break up. But Mr Draghi pulled off the trick; no countries have left the single currency. Borrowing costs have come down and even Greece has been able to tap the markets.Keeping the euro together may have been the aim of the game, but was it worth it? As M&G, the fund management group, points out, the record has been mixed. Economic growth has rebounded to a respectable 1.5% year-on-year. This is not stellar but it is hard for the euro zone to grow rapidly when its population is ageing; the IMF suggests a greater proportion of older workers may weigh on productivity growth.  Of course, the euro zone could