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Marks and Spencer Becomes First UK Retailer to Add Vitamin D to Its Entire Bread Range

Marks and Spencer Becomes First UK Retailer to Add Vitamin D to Its Entire Bread

Marks and Spencer (M&S), a major British multinational retailer, is the first retailer in the UK to add vitamin D to its entire packaged bread range after finding that customers are showing concerns regarding not getting recommended amount of vitamins.

This move by the giant was taken to fight the Victorian scourge of childhood rickets. As it has been found that Britain’s iPad generation that mostly love to stay indoors and play on tablets, smartphones and consoles do not get sufficient sunshine, which is a major source of vitamin D and helps in development of healthy bones.

Now, futuristic furniture that can charge your smartphones

Now, futuristic furniture that can charge your smartphones

London, Mar. 01 - A new range of futuristic furniture has been developed that can charge smartphones, which that will bring an end to wire-filled rooms.

Swedish firm, Ikea, has become the first in the UK to launch a revolutionary range of furniture with built-in wireless charging spots, the Daily Star reported.

The phone-boosting fittings include tables, lamps and bedside cabinets. The new range will go on sale next month with prices starting at 30 pounds. (ANI)

Rooney brace inspires Man U to 2-0 win over Sunderland in PL tie

Rooney brace inspires Man U to 2-0 win over Sunderland in PL tie

London, Mar 01 : England captain Wayne Rooney scored twice to help Manchester United beat Sunderland 2-0 and reclaim the third spot in the Premier League table on Saturday at Old Trafford.

Following a goalless first-half, Rooney put United ahead in the 66th minute after a foul on teammate Radamel Falcao, for which Wes Brown was send off instead of John O'Shea, the BBC reported.

Referee Roger East 's decision to red-card Brown elicited protests from the visitors and subsequently, Rooney added a second goal through a header after Adnan Januzaj's shot deflected into his path.

Van Gaal believes lack of 20-goal-a-season striker behind Man U's PL struggles

Van Gaal believes lack of 20-goal-a-season striker behind Man U's PL struggles

London, Feb 28 : Manchester United football team manager Louis van Gaal believes that the club has not challenged for the Premier League title because they are short of a 20-goal-a-season striker.

United's top Premier League scorer this season is Robin van Persie with 10, while in contrast, Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero have scored 17 each for Chelsea and Manchester City respectively.

Van Gaal said that it is true, adding that Van Persie cannot deny it, Radamel Falcao cannot deny it and Wayne Rooney is not playing there much anymore, the BBC reported.

The Dutchman has come under criticised for playing striker Rooney in a deeper position, while Falcao has had limited opportunities, with Van Gaal questioning the Colombian's fitness.

World's first 3D-printed jet engine created

 World's first 3D-printed jet engine created

London, Feb 27 : Australian engineers have recently created the world's first jet engines with the help of 3D-printer.

The work of engineers and researchers at Amaero Engineering and Monash University, located on the outskirts of Melbourne, could lead to cheaper, lighter and more fuel efficient engines, the Independent reported.

The engines were created using a high-powered laser, fusing powdered nickel, titanium or aluminium into the shapes of objects layer by layer. (ANI)

FCC approves net neutrality rules

Tom Wheeler

London, Feb 27 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reportedly approved net neutrality rules that will prohibit paid prioritisation, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services in the United States, a report said.

The changes proposed by Chairman Tom Wheeler got the commission's nod after three commissioners voted in favour as opposed to two who voted against it, reported the BBC.

The U. S. Telecommunications Industry Association has asked broadband providers to "immediately" take legal action over the rule changes.

High speed 5G internet may be available by 2020

High speed 5G internet may be available by 2020

London, Feb 26 : Scientists are testing the speed for 5G service for the first time, and it may available sooner than you thought.

By 2020, it may just be possible have recording-breaking speeds to mobiles, where you can download 100 movies in just 3 seconds, the Daily Star reported.

Researchers at the University of Surrey managed to record an incredible one terabit per second speed during a recent test, and this service is around 65,000 times faster than current 4G speeds.

5GIC director Professor Rahim Tafazolli, said that they had developed 10 more breakthrough technologies and one of them means we can exceed 1Tbps wirelessly.

Kevin Spacey to be honored with 'special' Olivier Award

Kevin Spacey to be honored with 'special' Olivier Award

London, Feb 26 : Kevin Spacey will be awarded with a special prize for his outstanding contribution to the Old Vic at this year's Olivier Awards.

Caro Newling, president of the Society of London Theatre said that the advocacy of the Oscar-winner, who became artistic director at London's Old Vic in 2004 has been a constant boon, and they will miss him as a valued colleague, the BBC reported.

The 55-year-old director's final performance as the Old Vic's artistic director will see him revive his title role in 'Clarence Darrow', and previously appeared in several Old Vic productions during his tenure, including Richard II, Speed-The-Plow and Richard III.

First-ever 'full body transplant' just two years away

First-ever 'full body transplant' just two years away

London, Feb 26 : The world's first full-body transplant, in which someone's head would be sewn onto a donor body, will be possible within two years, it has been revealed.

Controversial surgeon Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy believes that this technique can save the lives of people riddled with cancer or whose nerves and muscles have wasted away, the Independent reported.

Canavero said that he thinks people are now at a point when the technical aspects are all feasible. If society doesn't want it, he won't do it, but if people don't want it in the US or Europe, that doesn't mean it won't be done somewhere else.

HSBC chiefs apologise for 'unacceptable' practices at its Swiss bank

HSBC chiefs apologise for 'unacceptable' practices at its Swiss bank

London, Feb 26 - The two top HSBC chiefs have reportedly apologised for "unacceptable" practices at its Swiss bank that helped clients evade millions of dollars in tax.

While Group Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver admitted that it had caused "damage to trust and confidence" in the company, Chairman Douglas Flint said that he felt ashamed and would take "his share of responsibility" for the failings, reported the BBC.

The two bosses were responding to questions from the UK Members of Parliament of the Treasury Committee.

However, on being asked who was responsible for the problems in HSBC's Swiss private bank, Flint pinned the blame on the management in Switzerland. He estimated that about 30 percent of relationship managers were still employed by HSBC. (ANI)

KFC unveils world's first 'melt-in-the-mouth' chocolate coffee cups

KFC unveils world's first 'melt-in-the-mouth' chocolate coffee cups

London, Feb 26 - KFC has launched a unique coffee cup, that you can munch up, after finishing your coffee, and it's made of white chocolate.

The new offering of the giant food chain, called Scoff-ee Cup, has been made from a unique biscuit, wrapped in sugar paper and lined with an indulgent layer of chocolate, which keeps the coffee hot and the cup crispy, the Mirror reported.

After a while, the chocolate lining begins to melt so one has to literally eat the cup up.

Brandy Wright of The Robin Collective, who were partners in the creation, said that the cups not only taste amazing, but they smell delicious too, as they are infused with mood-boosting scents, including freshly cut grass and coconut sun cream.

Mind-controlled 'bionic hand' fitted in three men

Mind-controlled 'bionic hand' fitted in three men

London: Scientists have successfully used a world-first technique to fit three Austrian men with robotic hands that can be controlled just by their thoughts.

All the three men, who received a new technique called "bionic reconstruction," suffered for many years with brachial plexus injuries and poor hand function as a result of motor vehicle and climbing accidents.

It combines selective nerve and muscle transfers, elective amputation, and replacement with an advanced robotic prosthesis, using sensors that respond to electrical impulses in the muscles.

Following comprehensive rehabilitation, the technique restored a high level of function, in all three recipients, aiding in activities of daily living.

Garlic extract could help cystic fibrosis patients

Garlic extract could help cystic fibrosis patients

London: A chemical found in garlic can kill bacteria that cause life-threatening lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis, a new study has said.

The study is the first to show that the chemical, known as allicin, could be an effective treatment against a group of infectious bacteria that is highly resistant to most antibiotics.

Allicin is produced naturally by garlic bulbs to ward off a closely-related group of plant pathogens found in soil and water habitats.

In the 1980s, the bacteria, known as the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc), emerged as a cause of serious and transmissible lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis.

Measures to limit the spread of Bcc infections among people with cystic fibrosis have brought the number of cases down considerably.

Britain to provide 'military training' to Ukrainian soldiers

David Cameron

London, Feb 25 - Prime Minister David Cameron has reportedly announced his decision to send British troops to Ukraine in the next few weeks to provide advice and training.

Cameron told a House of Commons committee that up to 75 British personnel divided into four teams would be sent to an area well away from the conflict zone in east Ukraine to provide medical, logistics, intelligence and infantry training, reported the BBC.

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said in a statement that the move was prompted by "continued Russian-backed aggression."

Cameron warned that more sanctions would follow on Russia if the separatists failed to observe the truce.

Morgan claims will never underestimate 'all-rounder' Ali

Morgan claims will never underestimate 'all-rounder' Ali

London, Feb 24 : England cricket team captain Eoin Morgan has claimed that he would never underestimate batting all-rounder Moeen Ali, who is improving at a rapid rate with both bat and ball, as a player.

Morgan hailed the contribution of the left-hander after Ali smashed a brilliant century, finishing on 128, and then took two wickets with the ball in his side's 119-run win over Scotland, their first of the ongoing 2015 World Cup.

England's much-needed win came on the back of two heavy defeats by Australia and New Zealand in the World Cup, the Daily Express reported.

England would now face Sri Lanka in Wellington on Sunday, and they need to keep their winning momentum going if they want to avoid an early exit in the tournament.

Stephen Hawking says aggression is human race's biggest failing

Stephen Hawking

London, Feb 20 - Stephen Hawking has said that aggression may have had survival advantage in caveman days, but now it threatens to destroy everyone.

The British scientist spoke at the Science Museum while giving a tour to Californian Adaeze Uyanwah saying that the human failing he would most like to correct is aggression , the Independent reported.

The 73-year-old astrophysicist feels that the human quality that would most like to magnify was empathy as it brings everyone together in a peaceful loving state.

Professor Hawking was most recently the subject of the film, 'The Theory of Everything', in which he is played by Eddie Redmayne. (ANI)

Julia Stiles admits men are her biggest weakness

Julia Stiles admits men are her biggest weakness

London, Feb 23 : Julia Stiles has revealed that men are her biggest weakness and she doesn't have any explanations for that, and should consult her therapist for it.

'The Bourne Ultimatum' actress also confessed that she had her first kiss when she was in school, and she did it where everyone use to generally make out, the Daily Express reported.

The 33-year-old American actress added that she was damn excited when she had her first kiss that she bit his lip. (ANI)

Key to making better decisions is pretending to be advising others

Key to making better decisions is pretending to be advising others

London, Feb. 23 - A new study has revealed that people make better decisions in life if they pretend that they are advising someone else.

The researchers attempted to find out the answer to what has been known as Solomon's paradox, named after the Old Testament King, who was famed for his wisdom but failed to make good decisions in his own life, the Independent reported.

Researchers concluded that people are wiser when reasoning about others' problems than when reasoning about their own problems and the results demonstrated that self-distancing reduces this asymmetry in wise reasoning, whereas aging does not, contrary to what some recent research might lead one to expect.

The study is published in the journal Psychological Science. (ANI)

Former UK watchdog brands HSBC's tax evasion scheme 'serious criminal activity'

Former UK watchdog brands HSBC's tax evasion scheme 'serious criminal activity'

London, Feb 23 - A former Director of Public Prosecutions has accused banking giant HSBC of "grave" cross border crime and of engaging in "a systematic and profitable collusion in serious criminal activity" in the UK.

According to the Independent, in a damming intervention Lord Ken Macdonald, who led the Crown Prosecution Service until 2008, said there existed "credible evidence" of HSBC's involvement in "grave" cross border crimes that should have been the subject of urgent and "sustained criminal investigation".

He said that the decision by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to not launch a probe into allegations of tax evasion by HSBC was "seriously legally flawed".

US mulling 'serious sanctions' against Russia post ceasefire violations in east Ukraine

John Kerry

London, Feb 22 - Secretary of State John Kerry has reportedly warned that the United States is mulling "serious sanctions" against Russia after the recently-forged ceasefire deal failed to hold in east Ukraine.

While accusing Russia of engaging in "an absolutely brazen and cynical process" over the last few days by supporting the rebels and undermining the ceasefire agreement, Kerry, who was a visit to London, warned that the U. S. was not going to "sit there and be part of this kind of extraordinarily craven behaviour at the expense of the sovereignty and integrity of a nation," reported the BBC.

He said that if this failure continued then there will be "further consequences" including, "consequences that would place additional strains on Russia's already troubled economy."

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