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Christmas Wishlist Warning: Avoid Hoverboards

Christmas Wishlist Warning: Avoid Hoverboards

The gadgets top many festive wishlists but they could pose major fire risks, the Local Government Authority has warned consumers.

Local authorities are urging shoppers to think twice about buying hoverboards for Christmas because of the “significant” fire risks they pose.

The call from the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents 46 fire authorities in England and Wales, comes after a number of major retailers pulled the self-balancing scooters from their shelves.

The LGA said more than 80% of 38,000 hoverboards stopped from entering the UK by Trading Standards since October had been deemed unsafe – many because of an “increased risk of exploding or bursting read more

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Capsule Docks With Space Station

Capsule Docks With Space Station

A capsule carrying British astronaut Major Tim Peake has successfully docked with the International Space Station.

He and two colleagues will now spend around two hours making sure the connection is stable so they can enter the ISS which travels around the Earth at 17,500mph at an average altitude of 220 miles.

Earlier, the Major Peake, Russian commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA astronaut Tim Kopra took off in the Soyuz FG rocket at 11.03am UK time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

The 43-year-old read more

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Astronaut Peake ‘Looking Forward To Space Walk’

Astronaut Peake ‘Looking Forward To Space Walk’

Britain’s member of the International Space Station crew tells a news conference he loves the feeling of weightlessness.

British astronaut Tim Peake has said that the experience he is most looking forward to in space is weightlessness.

The former Army major said that he had enjoyed practising for zero gravity when training for his mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday.

:: Watch Tim Peake blast off into space at 11.03am tomorrow on Sky News TV – channels Sky 501, Virgin Media 602, Freesat 202, Freeview 132 – and on our mobile apps

Major Peake was speaking at a news conference in Kazakhstan from where he will blast off to spend six months on the ISS carrying out hundreds of experiments.

He said: “There have been a couple read more

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COP21: World Awaits Landmark Climate Deal

COP21: World Awaits Landmark Climate Deal

Delegates at the Paris climate summit are waiting to hear whether a proposed deal to cut emissions will be adopted.

Key negotiating blocs, including the G77, and nations such as China and India say they support the proposals.

France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the final draft of the agreement aimed to limit warming to “well below 2C”.

If endorsed, the global climate pact would represent “a read more

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Tfl Is Changing Some Routes And Zones From 2016

Tfl Is Changing Some Routes And Zones From 2016

Changes to fares from 2 January 2016

On 2 January, some fares will be changing across our network.

Later in January, pay as you go (with a contactless payment or Oyster card) will be accepted for travel to Gatwick Airport.

1% is the average read more

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New Scan Test Could Stop Cancer Spreading

New Scan Test Could Stop Cancer Spreading

The technique, which has been developed in the UK, uses MRI to map regions of oxygen deprivation within tumours.

A new scan test could help pinpoint cancer before it spreads.

The technique, which has been developed in the UK, uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to map regions of oxygen deprivation within tumours.

Lack of oxygen – known as hypoxia – is a sign that a cancer is growing aggressively.

Once the scan has located dangerous tumours, high-dose radiotherapy could be used.

The test will also help read more

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Card Fee Cap Could Save Businesses £480m

Card Fee Cap Could Save Businesses £480m

The Treasury hopes the change will push prices down for shoppers and encourage more businesses to allow card payments.

Businesses are set to save millions as a cap on credit and debit card transaction fees comes into force.

The EU has imposed a limit on how much card companies can charge retailers to use electronic payment systems.

The Treasury says the cap is designed to push prices down for consumers.

When shoppers in read more

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