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Image copyright Big Centre TV Image caption Birmingham’s Big Centre TV has been replaced Media regulator Ofcom has proposed scrapping the further roll-out of local TV channels across the UK, citing concerns over “economic viability”. More than 30 local TV stations have already been set up in the UK as…

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Image copyright Reuters Sometimes it seems there’s nothing but doom and gloom on the UK’s High Streets. This week we heard profits were down at Debenhams and a big deal between shopping centre owners Hammerson, which owns Birmingham’s Bullring, and Intu fell through. New store openings are at their lowest…

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Image copyright NFU Image caption Dairy farmer Michael Oakes while the straw was still available for bedding “You almost need a Securicor escort to move a load of straw up the motorway these days,” says farmer Michael Oakes. His dairy farm, in Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, has suffered much from this…

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Image copyright University of Warwick Image caption The remains of the bird were taken to the University of Warwick for analysis The Oxford Dodo – the world’s most famous example of the extinct bird – was shot in the head, research has found. Historians believed the flightless creature had been…

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Image copyright Melissa Ilardo Image caption The Bajau subsist by gathering shellfish on the sea floor In a striking example of natural selection, the Bajau people of South-East Asia have developed bigger spleens for diving, a study shows. The Bajau are traditionally nomadic and seafaring, and survive by collecting shellfish…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A total of 1.5 billion users who had previously been under the jurisdiction of Facebook Ireland will have that moved to US headquarters Facebook has changed its terms of service, meaning 1.5 billion members will not be protected under tough new privacy protections coming…

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Image copyright Getty Images Premier League clubs reported record revenues of £4.5bn in the 2016-17 season, and also returned to profit. Clubs collectively reported £500m in pre-tax profit, also a record, having posted a small collective pre-tax loss in 2015-16, according to Deloitte. Wage costs rose by 9% to £2.5bn,…

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Hundreds of thousands of the poorest families in Britain are going without basic necessities, according to two separate surveys. Citizens Advice said as many as 140,000 households are going without power, as they cannot afford to top up their prepayment meters. And the Living Wage Foundation – which campaigns for…

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Image copyright Getty Images Closing the gender gap in physics will take hundreds of years, given the current rate of progress. That’s the finding of research analysing the names of authors listed on millions of scientific papers. Physics, computer science, maths and chemistry had the fewest women, while nursing and…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The National Trust owns land in picturesque Borrowdale in the Lake District The National Trust needs to be more radical, the charity’s new director-general has told the BBC. Hilary McGrady said the organisation needed to reach out to people living in towns and cities….

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