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Virgin Media and O2 merge and create one of the UK’s biggest telecoms companies

BROADBAND provider Virgin Media and mobile operator O2 have announced a merger to create what will be one of the UK's largest entertainment and...
PET plastic waste

Action stations, bugs and fungi! Mutant enzyme can break down PET plastic in a...

SCIENTISTS have developed a bacterial enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles for recycling — within hours. The “mutant” enzyme, engineered after being found in a...
Diamond Light Source Macromolecular Crystallography

AI to the rescue? Oxford-based drug firm enters into partnership to crack COVID-19 virus...

AN AI-DRIVEN drug-discovery company in the UK has entered a joint initiative to advance compounds that could treat COVID-19. Oxford-based Exscientia has teamed-up with Diamond...
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Coronavirus co-operation across sectors comes up with promising equipment

THE MERCEDES F1 team is an unlikely player in the medical field, but it has had a major role in the development of a...
e-cigarette, vaping

Imperial Brands running out of puff? A tough year for the vaping industry

BRITISH multinational firm Imperial Brands has had a challenging year, with pre-tax profits for 2019 falling from £1.83bn to £1.69bn and shares down 9.4...
social media apps on mobile

Twitter shares tumble in wake of revenue reports

TWITTER shares nosedived after reports of lower-than-expected revenues and rising costs. Company earnings per-share are at their lowest point in seven months — 17 cents,...
Facebook Libra

Faltering Libra project is losing more traction

FACEBOOK’S Libra currency project appears to be close to dead in the water, with five major payments providers pulling out. The founding companies in the...
Abu Dhabi Skyline

Abu Dhabi’s global hunt for fresh fintech talent

Exciting start-ups found during tour stops in Africa, Asia and Europe THE MENA region’s FinTech Abu Dhabi Festival (FinTechAD) has a global tour reaching cities...
Electric car (EV) charging station

Chicken-and-egg dilemma for the EV market: do we need more charging stations, vehicles …...

By HAL WILLIAMS ELECTRIC vehicles may well be the future, but their uptake and the infrastructural challenges of providing charging points for them is part...
Facebook Libra cryptocurrency

Born under a bad sign? Libra seems set to face opposition

THE TRUMP administration’s all-encompassing “national security concerns” have been invoked once more, this time in relation to Facebook’s plans to launch its own cryptocurrency,...