Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic Circle

Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic Circle

Plans to build the world’s “largest” data centre are being made public. The facility is set to be created at the Norwegian town of Ballangen, which is located inside the Arctic Circle. The firm behind the project, Kolos, says the chilled air and abundant hydropower available locally would help it keep its energy costs down. The area, however, suffers the country’s highest rate of sick leave from work, which may be related to its past…

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London fire: Queen and Prince William visit Grenfell Tower centre

London fire: Queen and Prince William visit Grenfell Tower centre

The Queen and Prince William are visiting a relief centre helping victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Their visit to the Westway Sports Centre comes after police say some of those killed in the fire at the west London flats may never be identified. The BBC understands that at present there could be as many as 76 people missing as a result of the blaze. Seventeen people are known to have died but that figure…

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Manchester International Festival puts New Order and politics centre stage

Manchester International Festival puts New Order and politics centre stage

Seminal Manchester band New Order will be centre stage at this summer’s Manchester International Festival. The group will play five gigs inside a “unique installation” created by artist Liam Gillick, accompanied by a 12-piece synthesiser ensemble. There will also be an exhibition of art inspired by the band and their original incarnation, Joy Division. The full line-up for the 18-day biennial festival has just been announced. It begins on 29 June. The festival is renowned…

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Melbourne plane crash: Five killed as aircraft hits shopping centre

Melbourne plane crash: Five killed as aircraft hits shopping centre

Four US citizens and an Australian pilot have died after their light plane crashed into a shopping centre in Melbourne, Australia. The charter flight appeared to have had a “catastrophic engine failure” shortly after taking off from the small Essendon Airport, said police. Despite the destruction, no-one was killed or injured on the ground. Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews said it was the worst civilian aviation accident in the state in 30 years. “Today is a…

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Cybersecurity: Queen to open centre to protect against attacks

Cybersecurity: Queen to open centre to protect against attacks

A new centre to protect the UK against cyber-attacks is to be officially opened by the Queen later. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in London is designed to improve Britain’s resilience to attacks and act as an operational nerve centre. “We want to make the UK the hardest target,” Ciaran Martin, the centre’s chief executive, told the BBC. The NCSC – part of intelligence agency GCHQ – says the UK is facing about 60…

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