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Coronavirus: Panic returns to shares markets

UK stocks have fallen sharply as investors continue to worry about the broader economic effects of coronavirus. London’s FTSE 100 share index fell more than 2% while the more domestically-focused FTSE 250 dropped 2.7%. The declines big falls in Asia earlier on Friday, with Japan’s Nikkei share index falling by


Lungs ‘magically’ heal damage from smoking

Your lungs have an almost “magical” ability to repair some of the damage caused by smoking – but only if you stop, say scientists. The mutations that lead to lung cancer had been considered to be permanent, and to persist even after quitting. But the surprise findings, published in Nature, show


UFC Still Functions

As critical games bunch over the US and around the world drop or concede events, there is one class that is still in play. Read Risto West Ate for more information The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) plans to hold its UFC Brasilia meeting between Kevin Lee and Charles Oliveira Saturday in

Japan Economy Last Hope Olympics

Japan’s economy will endure a shot if the Olympic Games are dropped due to the coronavirus flare-up, an expert said on Friday in the midst of twirling theory about whether the huge game will happen as booked this mid-year in Tokyo. Read Risto West Ate for more information. The Japanese economy

Australian Open: Roger Federer on Novak Djokovic defeat – I had 3% chance of winning

Roger Federer said he felt he only had a 3% chance of beating Novak Djokovic in their Australian Open semi-final and described the defeat as “horrible”. The Swiss third seed, 38, was hampered by a groin injury which he picked up in Tuesday’s quarter-final win over American Tennys Sandgren. Defending

Transfer news: Spending exceeds £1.5bn – plus all you need to know about deadline day

Transfer spending by Premier League clubs in January increased from last year after two big deals were confirmed on the penultimate day of the winter window. Manchester United have completed the biggest deal so far, signing Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon for £47m, while Sheffield United brought in Norwegian midfielder Sander


A country obsessed with the past

During my childhood summers spent in Yokohama, Japan, my obaachan (grandmother) would take me on afternoon strolls through her neighbourhood and teach me the names of all the flowers we came across. The cicadas would shriek over her soft voice and the humidity would cling to my body like a second layer

An atomic marker hidden in plain sight

In the courtyard of a gift shop decorated with colourful ceramic frogs and dragonflies, it’s easy to overlook the historic marker. Perhaps that’s fitting for a secret site. In the early 1940s, the world’s top scientists and their families trudged through this patio, bedraggled from a cross-country train trip. Most


Virgin Media data breach affects 900,000 people

A Virgin Media database containing the personal details of 900,000 people was left unsecured and accessible online for 10 months, the company has admitted. The information was accessed “on at least one occasion” by an unknown user. The database, which was for marketing purposes, contained phone numbers, home and email

Facebook removes ‘deceptive’ Trump census ads

Facebook has removed a series of misleading adverts from the Donald Trump campaign promoting “the Official 2020 Congressional District Census”. The adverts made it appear respondents were taking part in the official 2020 US census, which begins on 12 March. They were promoted by a fundraising group backed by Republican

One billion Android devices at risk of hacking

More than a billion Android devices are at risk of being hacked because they are no longer protected by security updates, watchdog Which? has suggested. The vulnerability could leave users around the world exposed to the danger of data theft, ransom demands and other malware attacks. Anyone using an Android