Lord Neuberger to summarise decision on whether government needs approval of MPs and peers to initiate EU exit
The supreme court is due to deliver its eagerly awaited Brexit judgment declaring whether ministers or parliament have legal authority to approve the UK?s departure from the European Union.Continue reading...
E coli microbes have been modified to carry an expanded genetic code which researchers say will ultimately allow them to be programmed
From the moment life gained a foothold on Earth its story has been written in a DNA code of four letters. With G, T, C and A - the molecules that pair up in the DNA helix - the lines between humans and all life on Earth are spelled out.
Now, the first living organisms to thrive with an expanded genetic code have been made by researchers in work that paves the way for the creation and exploitation of entirely new life forms.Continue reading...
US defence secretary James Mattis tells UK counterpart Michael Fallon that defence ties were the ?bedrock of our security?
James Mattis, the new US defence secretary, has reassured his British counterpart that Washington has an ?unshakeable commitment? to Nato, despite Donald Trump previously casting the military alliance as obsolete.
During a phone call with Michael Fallon on his first full day in office, Mattis ?emphasized the United States? unshakeable commitment to Nato?, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement.Continue reading...
If Sydneysiders are subjected to one more day above 35C, the ninth this summer, it will equal record set in 1896
Sydney is on track for its hottest summer, a record that has stood since before federation.
If Sydneysiders are subjected to one more day above 35C, the ninth this summer, it will equal the record set in 1896. The city has already set a new record for hot nights, with the mercury staying above 24C four times, two more than the summer of 2010.Continue reading...
UK telecoms firm suspends staff over ?extremely serious? improper behaviour at its Italian arm
This is turning into a full-blow rout:
Make that down 19% for BT shares and on track for the biggest fall ever after "improper" accounting practices at its Italian unit. pic.twitter.com/rCRw2J1F7s
This is a ?dark day? for BT, says city analyst Neil Wilson of ETX Capital.
He says investors are selling up, on fears that there are deeper problems at the telecoms firm.
The group?s own investigation of accounting malpractice in its Italian business shows the situation is far worse than it first thought ? the bill is now thought to be around £530m, well above the £145m initially forecast.
According to BT, this will mean a reduction in Q3 adjusted revenue and adjusted EBITDA of around £120m. Free cash flow will be £100m worse off.Continue reading...