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Image copyright Getty Images The pound has hit its highest level since the UK’s vote to leave the European Union in June 2016. The pound gained more than 0.2% to $1.437 in morning trade, beating a post-Brexit vote high set in January. However, the pound fell back slightly following official…

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Image copyright Getty Images The year-long squeeze on wages is nearing an end, official figures for the three months to February suggest. Using the consumer prices index (CPI) average wages went up by 2.8%, still below the 2.9% inflation rate. But the Office for National Statistics said when wages are…

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Retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan leaves behind a party that’s considerably more loyal to President Donald Trump than to him, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds.  A 53 percent majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they’d support Trump in a hypothetical political disagreement over Ryan, and just 15 percent that…

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Image caption Allison McIntyre manages a huge astronaut training centre at Johnson Space Center A senior Nasa engineer has said the first person to set foot on Mars should be a woman. Allison McIntyre, who puts prospective space travellers through their paces at Johnson Space Center in Houston, noted that…

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Image copyright David Jones Scientists have improved a naturally occurring enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics. PET, the strong plastic commonly used in bottles, takes hundreds of years to break down in the environment. The modified enzyme, known as PETase, can start breaking down the…

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Image copyright EPA Image caption Russia has been accused of carrying out cyber-attacks across the globe State-sponsored Russian hackers are actively seeking to hijack essential internet hardware, US and UK intelligence agencies say. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security issued…

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Image copyright Reuters Vauxhall plans to reduce its dealership total by about a third as consumers change the way they buy cars. The brand, which was bought by Peugeot’s parent company PSA last year, plans to reduce the total from 326 to about 200. The move is part of a…

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Image copyright Getty Images The pound has continued its recent strong run against the dollar pushing firmly above $1.43. It is the seventh session in a row that the pound has made gains against the US currency. The strong run means that, among the G10 group of rich nations, the…

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Image copyright UEA Scientists are using small submersible robots to listen to the wind out at sea. The 1.5m-long, 50kg sea-gliders carry hydrophones that pick up the noise underwater being made by the weather at the surface. The researchers say the robots can provide additional information on wind and storm…

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJordi Díaz: “We get information every time Barcelona scores a goal” When Lionel Messi scores another wonder strike, the city of Barcelona literally shakes. Scientists have a seismometer installed close to the Camp Nou stadium and it picks up the telltale vibrations…

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