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Bionic neurons could enable implants to restore failing brain circuits

Scientists say creation could be used to circumvent nerve damage and help paralysed people regain movement Scientists have created artificial neurons that could potentially be implanted into patients to overcome paralysis, restore failing brain circuits, and even connect their minds to machines. The bionic neurons can receive electrical signals from healthy nerve cells, and process them in a natural way, before sending fresh signals on to other neurons, or to muscles and organs elsewhere in the body. One of the first applications may be a treatment for a form of…

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Queen greets her Nato guests but problems mount for absent son

Such engagements would normally be for Prince Andrew to undertake but no longer As the Queen hosted world leaders to mark 70 years of Nato cooperation and collective spirit, her Buckingham Palace reception was counterpointed by political discord and protest. Outside, hundreds of anti-Donald Trump and anti-Nato demonstrators blocked roads in central London. Inside, the Duke of York was absent from the guest list, having quit public life in the wake of Virginia Giuffres allegations. As a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot, who was appointed vice-admiral on his 55th birthday,…

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Billionaires only, please! London vault for the ultra-rich opens

Exclusive safety deposit bank near Harrods angles to be worlds most expensive Welcome to the billionaires new piggy bank. A bank vault in a grade-II listed 120-year-old former mansion next to the Dorchester Hotel on Londons Park Lane will open for business next week. This is no ordinary bank. This one will be slightly more discerning of its customers than the average high street bank branch. We wont deal with millionaires, says Sean Hoey, managing director of the facility, run by Ashok Sewnarain, said it was opening the London vault…

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Boris Johnson thrusts London Bridge attack into centre of election battle

Prime minister says terrorists convicted of the most serious offences should never be released from prison Boris Johnson on Saturday said that those convicted of the most serious terrorist offences should never be released from prison, as arguments over the blame for Fridays Tory governments record of imposing draconian austerity cuts to the prison services, while attempting a botched probation privatisation and failing to run an effective sentencing system. On Saturday further details emerged about the knifeman, Usman Khan, and how he was subdued with a fire extinguisher and a…

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The day after at London Bridge: ‘We are still here, singing’

Choristers, shoppers and traders not put off area targeted for second time The mood at London Bridge on Saturday was one of almost eerie calm. The bridge itself remained cordoned off, with vehicles that had been caught up in the attack still parked behind the police cordons. Usually one of the main arteries of London transport, the bridge was silent, populated only by police officers and forensic teams in blue suits taking evidence. Tony Fitzgerald, 50, walked past the TV cameras stationed at the base of the bridge carrying a…

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Full metal junket: music tourism hits right note with fans

Numbers going overseas for music events are soaring Three thousand heavy metal fans disembarking from a cruise ship in Invergordon, imagine that, says Olaf Furniss, the founder of consultancy Music Tourist. Music cruises are one of the interesting growth areas of music tourism. There has been a boom; it is a real development of the last few years. Furniss is referring to the phenomenon that was the More than 90bn audio streams were listened to by British music fans last year but Furnisss three-year-old consultancy, which focuses on closer collaboration…

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Conservatives open up 19-point lead with 47% share of the vote

Latest Opinium/Observer poll shows Tories capitalising on retreat of Brexit party as manifesto is unveiled The Conservatives have taken a commanding 19-point lead over Labour with less than three weeks to go before voters head to the polls, according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer. The news comes as Boris Johnson launches the Tory election manifesto on Sunday, a moment seen by many Conservative MPs as the most dangerous of the campaign. It was Theresa Mays botched manifesto in 2017, which included an unpopular social care policy dubbed…

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Jennifer Arcuri says Boris Johnson left her to be ‘fed to the lions’

US businesswoman says she told PM last week she would speak out against him Jennifer Arcuri, the US businesswoman at the centre of conflict of interest allegations against Boris Johnson, has said she warned the prime minister last week that she would speak out against him after he repeatedly refused to take her calls. In a round of live broadcast interviews on Monday, Arcuri said Johnson should apologise for ignoring her and allowing her to be fed to the lions since news of their relationship became public. Speaking on the…

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Elizabeth Warrens project is to remake capitalism. What can British politicians learn from her? | Will Hutton

Both Labour and the Lib Dems would do well to study her crusading manifesto For 40 years, western democracies have been gripped by the doctrine that unalloyed capitalism works. In 2019, the debate has moved on. Capitalism may rule the planet, but it plainly needs fixing. Disaffection is obvious and rising, variously behind the story of riots in campaign calling for Capitalism. Time for a reset, confident that few in the business world or economics profession will dare challenge the proposition. In August, overtaking him. Capitalism certainly needs a reset…

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Pressure grows on British chefs after New York bans foie gras

Restaurateurs and MPs are turning against the delicacy after years of intense animal rights protests Diners at Ottos know what to expect. Roasted duck flambed in brandy and carved at the table. Lobster bisque, concass. Escargots la bourguignonne. And the epitome of French fine dining, foie gras. As the maitre d applies himself to constructing an order of tartare de boeuf, Otto Tepasse, the proprietor, considers whether is unnecessary, but in France, where 98% of the foie gras eaten in Britain is made, a pt can only be called foie…

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Brexit: EU prepares to grant UK three-month extension

UK will have option to leave earlier if deal is ratified, leaked draft shows The EU is preparing to sign off on a Brexit extension to 31 January 2020 with an option for the UK to leave earlier if a deal is ratified, according to a leaked draft of the agreement seen by the Guardian. Despite UKs request for a further delay. The UK would be able to leave on the first day of the month after a deal is ratified, according to the paper. The draft paper suggests a…

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Fish puns and testicles: the strangest moments from Johnson’s speech

In his first conference speech as leader, PM offered a clutch of unusual analogies plus brain fades With Theresa Mays legacy of being handed a P45 and having letters fall off a promotional board behind her, Boris Johnson had a low hurdle to clear in his first speech to Conservative party conference as prime minister. Here are seven times he failed the task. Kangaroo testicles for Bercow Johnson may well have been the first British prime minister to use the words kangaroo testicle in a conference speech. In a segment…

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I gave away our stuff: the minimalists doing more with less

Growing numbers of people, partly inspired by Marie Kondo, are ditching consumerism for a simpler life Its time to declutter. Fuelled in part by Marie Kondos call to eschew anything that does not spark joy, a growing number of people are questioning whether they are better off with less in life from old jackets stuck under the stairs to unnecessary shopping trips and gadgets that clog up the home, or even a property that is larger than they need. This new push towards minimalism, whereby people live with less, can…

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Brexit divisions threaten to plunge Labour party conference into chaos

Senior shadow ministers publicly defy Jeremy Corbyn with calls for Labour to back remain Jeremy Corbyn was struggling to contain an open revolt by some of his most senior shadow ministers, MPs and party activists last night as anger over his refusal to back a policy of remaining in the EU threatened to wreck the Labour conference. With delegates already reeling from a failed attempt by Corbyn supporters to Labours head of policy, Andrew Fisher, a key Corbyn aide who masterminded the 2017 election campaign, had resigned, reportedly telling colleagues…

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I left Russia to escape Putins assault on reason. Now I fear the UK is on the same path | Peter Pomarentsev

We need to develop a more collaborative political discourse, built on facts, not spin Nothing is true and everything is possible. That was my one-line attempt to sum up the politics and propaganda that enveloped Russia at the start of the 21st century. It was a world where politicians no longer cared whether they were caught lying; where old ideologies were dead and conspiracy thinking had become the new way to explain the world; where all the old political categories (socialist and liberal, conservative and communist) seemed utterly meaningless and…

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