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What's on show at controversial arms fair?

What's on show at controversial arms fair?

Technology
Arms manufacturers will gather in London this week to grease palms and prepare sales of controversial defence and security equipment.More than 1,600 exhibitors from 54 countries are attending the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) at ExCeL.Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, will speak at the event alongside the chiefs of staff of the UK's armed forces.In 2015/16, the Ministry of Defence spent nearly £19bn, accounting for over 40% of all UK government procurement spend and representing the fifth largest defence budget in the world.Here is what will be on show.:: Surveillance technologyImage:The Dataminr service analyses millions of tweets every hour Among the controversial companies keen to grab a slice of that ver
What's really the point of wasps?

What's really the point of wasps?

Science
A new citizen science survey aims to shed light on that fixture of summertime in the outdoors: the wasp. Though much maligned, these fascinating creatures perform a vital ecological role, say scientists.The only thing more certain to spoil an August Bank Holiday weekend BBQ than a sudden cloudburst? The arrival of wasps.At this time of the year, it can sometimes seem as if every outdoor activity is plagued by these yellow-and-black striped insects buzzing around your head and landing on your food and drink. Wasps aren't just annoying - if you are unlucky, you might end up with a sharp reminder that wasps, like their close relatives the honeybee, pack a powerful sting. That combination of nuisance and pain makes wasps many people's least favourite animals.Perhaps more than any other insect,...
What's next? New Venezuela assembly has vast powers

What's next? New Venezuela assembly has vast powers

World
The newly elected assembly that will rewrite Venezuela's constitution will have nearly unlimited legal power to install an even more staunchly socialist state, but its very creation has spawned opposition at home and abroad that threatens to deepen the country's political and economic crisis. MEET THE ASSEMBLY The 545 delegates elected Sunday are expected to convene within 72 hours after the official results are announced, which could come early this week. Because the opposition boycotted what it considered a rigged election, virtually all the delegates are government loyalists. Many speculate they will choose Diosdado Cabello, the hard-line leader of the ruling socialist party, as their chairman. President Nicolas Maduro made clear in a televised address Saturday that he intends to use t...