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XFEL: UK signs up to super X-ray laser machine

The UK has formally joined the European XFEL, a super-bright X-ray laser. The machine, which is sited in Germany, produces high-energy pulses that are focussed on a target at the end of a 3.4km-long tunnel complex. These X-ray shots instantly destroy that target but just as they do so they …

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Barclays on the radar of activist investor

“Activist shareholder” are two words almost guaranteed to make chief executives choke on their morning coffee. It usually means that someone with a lot of money thinks the CEO is not doing a very good job of running the company and maximising its value. The news that activist investor Edward …

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Pressure mounts on Zuckerberg to face data breach concerns

Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is facing intensified calls to appear in person at investigations into the social network’s conduct. His company has been accused of failing to properly inform users that their profile information may have been obtained and kept by Cambridge Analytica, a data firm widely-credited …

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Stem cell transplant ‘game changer’ for MS patients

Doctors say a stem cell transplant could be a “game changer” for many patients with multiple sclerosis. Results from an international trial show that it was able to stop the disease and improve symptoms. It involves wiping out a patient’s immune system using cancer drugs and then rebooting it with …

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Reddit admits hosting Russian propaganda

Reddit has become the latest social-media platform to admit that Russian propaganda was used on its site during the 2016 US presidential election. It follows leaks from news site The Daily Beast showing a Russian troll farm active on the website. Co-founder Steve Huffman said that it had removed “a …

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Twitter bot purge prompts backlash

The hashtag #TwitterLockout has trended after an apparent purge of suspected malicious bots on the social network. Dozens of users report having had their accounts suspended until they provided a telephone number which they then had to verify, to prove they were real. Some members have raised concerns about their …

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Criminals hide ‘billions’ in crypto-cash – Europol

Three to four billion pounds of criminal money in Europe is being laundered through cryptocurrencies, according to Europol. The agency’s director Rob Wainwright told the BBC’s Panorama that regulators and industry leaders need to work together to tackle the problem. The warning comes after Bitcoin’s value fell by half from …

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