Danger map reveals health threat zone

Danger map reveals health threat zone

South America is a hotbed of potential viruses that could be the next major threat to the world’s health, according to “danger maps”. The EcoHealth Alliance in New York looked at mammals, the viruses they harbour and how they come into contact with people. It revealed bats carry more potential threats than other mammals. The researchers hope the knowledge could be used to prevent the next HIV, Ebola or flu. Some of the most worrying…

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Facebook reveals measures to remove terrorist content

Facebook reveals measures to remove terrorist content

Facebook has announced details of steps it is taking to remove terrorist-related content. The move comes after growing pressure from governments for technology companies to do more to take down material such as terrorist propaganda. In a series of blog posts by senior figures and an interview with the BBC, Facebook says it wants to be more open about the work it is doing. The company told the BBC it was using artificial intelligence to…

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Diane Abbott reveals she has type 2 diabetes

Diane Abbott reveals she has type 2 diabetes

Diane Abbott has revealed she has Type 2 diabetes and that the condition is what forced her to take a break from the election campaign. The shadow home secretary told the Guardian she was diagnosed with the condition two years ago and it was “out of control” during the campaign, when she gave some faltering performances. “During the election campaign, everything went crazy,” she said. She said she was managing the condition and was ready…

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Apple reveals HomePod smart speaker

Apple reveals HomePod smart speaker

Media playback is unsupported on your device Apple has announced a voice-activated loudspeaker powered by its virtual assistant Siri. Like devices by Amazon and Google, Apple’s HomePod speaker can respond to questions and control smart home gadgets such as lights. Analysts say Apple has been slow to improve its Siri virtual assistant and launch a smart speaker, after Amazon launched its Echo in 2014. The company has pitched HomePod first and foremost as a music…

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Brad Pitt reveals therapy after divorce from Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt reveals therapy after divorce from Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt has revealed he has quit drinking and started therapy to help him get through his divorce from Angelina Jolie. His interview with GQ Style marks the first time the actor has spoken publicly about the split. “I just started therapy,” Pitt said. “I love it. I love it. I went through two therapists to get to the right one.” He admitted to heavy drinking and pot smoking in the past and said he…

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Tony Blackburn reveals his folk band past at Radio 2 Folk Awards

Tony Blackburn reveals his folk band past at Radio 2 Folk Awards

He’s best known as a soul DJ, but it turns out Tony Blackburn once formed a band with folk star Al Stewart. The broadcaster made the revelation as he presented Stewart with a lifetime achievement prize at Wednesday night’s Radio 2 Folk Awards. “He was a wonderful guitarist except that he was so loud that he drowned out my voice totally,” recalled Blackburn. Stewart went on to score hits with Year of the Cat and…

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Baileys Prize reveals 'daring and intimate' shortlist

Baileys Prize reveals 'daring and intimate' shortlist

This year’s shortlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has been described by the judges as “daring and intimate”. The six-strong list features one previous winner, Linda Grant, and one first-time novelist, Ayobami Adebayo. Three British writers are joined by one Canadian, one Nigerian and one US author. This year’s prize is the last one that will be sponsored by liqueur company Baileys. Here’s a closer look at this year’s finalists: Stay With Me…

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