Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Would you let this robot read bedtime stories to your children? If 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…

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Image copyright GKN Shares in GKN, one of the UK’s biggest engineering firms, have soared after it rejected a bid that values the company at £7bn. Melrose made the unsolicited offer of 405p a share on 8 January. Shares in GKN, which makes wing tips for Airbus planes and parts…

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Image copyright NASA Image caption Artwork: The findings could shed light on the process by which planets form and then migrate within their systems A discovery by citizen scientists has led to the confirmation of a system of five planets orbiting a far-off star. Furthermore, the planets’ orbits are linked…

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Image copyright EARTH-i Image caption Artwork: Manufacturer SSTL calls it Carbonite-2, but Earth-i refers to the satellite as VividX2 A British satellite has gone into orbit on an Indian rocket to acquire full-colour, high-definition video of the surface of the Earth. The demonstrator is expected to pave the way for…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many regular users of Snapchat have complained about the service’s changed look Snapchat’s redesign, which was rolled out at the end of last year, has not gone down well with users. The refreshed look pushed out in the UK, Australia and Canada has proved…

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Image copyright Carillion Image caption Carillion is the UK’s second largest construction firm and employs 43,000 people globally Shares at troubled construction firm Carillion have plunged over 26% on reports that lenders have rejected a proposed rescue plan for the business. Carillion is struggling under £1.5bn of debt, including a…

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Image copyright Getty Images Sterling has jumped to its highest level against the US dollar since the Brexit vote. The surge to almost $1.37 came after Bloomberg reported that the Spanish and Dutch finance ministers had agreed to seek a Brexit deal that kept the UK as close to the…

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For many many many people, the term “marketing” is interchangeable with words like “spin,” “flim-flam,” “malarkey,” and of course, “bullshit.” You can’t really blame people who think this way. A huge amount of marketing is reality-ignoring bullshit/spin/hokum/snake oil. This fact — that marketing is mostly poppycock — is the foundation that the movie Crazy…

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Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May has defended her 25-year plan to protect the environment as campaigners called for “emergency” action now. The prime minister said her long-term strategy, including eradicating all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042, would allow future generations to “enjoy a beautiful environment”. Green…

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