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World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

The world’s first full-scale floating wind farm has started to take shape off the north-east coast of Scotland.The revolutionary technology will allow wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for the current conventional bottom-standing turbines used.The Peterhead wind farm, known as Hywind, is a trial which will …

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Changes to rail electrification plans a 'slap in face'

The railway route between Liverpool and Newcastle may not be fully electrified despite a promise by the previous government.In 2015, the Department for Transport said electrification of the whole link – which goes through Manchester, Leeds and York – would be complete by 2022.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has since …

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Brexit: Liam Fox sets election deadline for EU transition

Media playback is unsupported on your device Any transitional arrangement with the EU after Brexit must end by the time of the next election, Liam Fox has said.The international trade secretary told the BBC he had no ideological objection to interim arrangements to minimise disruption after the UK’s exit …

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TransferWise eyes £1bn value as float looms

The British payments start-up TransferWise has kicked off talks about a new fundraising that will see its valuation soar past £1bn for the first time. Sky News has learnt that TransferWise is in detailed talks with investors, including several prospective new backers, about a funding round that could double …

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Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

Media playback is unsupported on your device Boots has said it is “truly sorry” for its response to calls to cut the cost of one of its morning-after pills.The pharmaceutical company was criticised after telling the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) it was avoiding “incentivising inappropriate use”.It now says …

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First class could be cut on busy trains, says Grayling

Train firms could be forced to reduce first class seats on busy commuter lines to ease overcrowding, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said. He said people will see “less first class in the future” with busy suburban trains having “one class” instead.Mr Grayling suggested operators may be forced to …

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Comic book success

San Diego’s Comic-Con International, happening this weekend, is an annual fiesta of costumes, comic books and celebrities that sits at the centre of a multi-billion dollar industry. From a gathering of less than 300 people in 1970, the event has morphed into an annual, multi-day media bonanza that draws …

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