December 10, 2018

Himalayan and other Asian glaciers put the brakes on

Himalayan and other Asian glaciers put the brakes on Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAmaury Dehecq: "Knowing ice-flow speed allows us to better estimate glacier melt" The glaciers that flank the Himalayas and other high mountains in Asia are moving slower over time. Scientists have analysed nearly 20 years of satellite images to come to this conclusion. They show that the ice streams which have decelerated the most are the ones that have also thinned the most. The research has implications for the 800 million people in the region for whom the predictable meltwater from these glaciers is a key resource. The study is being presented at this week's American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in Washington DC - the world's largest annual gathering of Earth and space scientists. How was the research done?Led by the US space agency (Nasa), the assessment draws on one million pairs of pictures acquired by the Landsat-7 spacecraft between 2000 and 2017. Au..
December 10, 2018

Meng Wanzhou: Tech boss in middle of US-China dispute

Meng Wanzhou: Tech boss in middle of US-China dispute Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December A high-flying Chinese executive has been caught in the centre of a growing geo-political dispute between two of the world's largest economies. Meng Wanzhou is the chief financial officer of Huawei and the elder daughter of the telecom giant's founder. She was arrested in Canada last week for allegedly breaking US sanctions on Iran and faces extradition to the US. China and Huawei insist that she has not broken any laws but she could be jailed for up to 30 years if found guilty. So who is she?Ms Meng, also known as Sabrina Meng and Cathy Meng, has risen up the ranks of Huawei, China's largest private company. The 46-year-old started her career as a receptionist in 1993, and after graduating with a master's degree in accountancy from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 1999, she joined Huawei's finance ..
December 10, 2018

‘Surprise’ Palu tsunami clue found on seafloor

'Surprise' Palu tsunami clue found on seafloor Image copyright Georgia Institute of Technology Image caption The tsunami came ashore within three minutes of the quake Scientists are getting closer to understanding the tsunami that struck Palu in Indonesia in September. Damaging waves rushed ashore after a Magnitude 7.8 quake, but researchers said at the time that they were surprised by their size. Now, a survey in the bay in front of the Sulawesi city shows significant subsidence of the seabed. This likely contributed to the abrupt displacement of water that then crashed ashore. More than 2,000 people lost their lives in the disaster. Preliminary results of various investigations are being reported here at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union - the largest annual gathering of Earth and space scientists. The quake occurred on what is called a strike-slip fault, where the ground on one side of a rupture moves horizontally past the ground on the other side. I..
December 10, 2018

Huawei Honor View20 and Samsung A8s have hole-punch cameras

Huawei Honor View20 and Samsung A8s have hole-punch cameras Image copyright Huawei Image caption The Honor View20 was shown off by Huawei's product manager, Jimmy Xiong, in Hong Kong Two smartphone-makers have unveiled handsets featuring a "hole-punch" selfie camera. The screens of the Samsung A8s and Huawei Honor View20 both feature a small circular space for the component. The design is intended to be less obtrusive than a "notch" - as popularised by Apple and later by many Android smartphone manufacturers. One expert said the innovation highlighted how competitive the market for mid-range devices had become. 'World first'Both Samsung and Huawei claimed to be first to launch the notchless camera design. The Chinese company may have slightly edged out its rival by unveiling its device at an event in Hong Kong a few hours before Samsung's launch. But the South Korean company had previously hinted at the screen-engineering feat by showing off a line drawing of the ..
December 10, 2018

China’s new games censors take tough stance

China's new games censors take tough stance Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Video games have been linked to myopia and addiction in China A panel of censors set up to vet mobile video games in China has signalled it will be hard to please. State media reports that of the first 20 titles it assessed, nine were refused permission to go on sale. The Xinhua news agency added that developers of the other 11 had been told they had to make adjustments to remove "controversial content". There has been a clampdown on new video game releases in the country since March. The authorities have voiced concerns about the violent nature of some titles as well as worries about the activity being addictive. President Xi Jinping has also called for more to be done to tackle a rise in near-sightedness among the young - something that the country's ministry of education has linked to children playing video games at the cost of spending time on outdoor pastimes. It was announced in Augu..
December 10, 2018

Vijay Mallya should be extradited to India, London court rules

Vijay Mallya should be extradited to India, London court rules Image copyright AFP/Getty Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya should be extradited from the UK to India where he faces fraud charges, a London court has ruled. Mr Mallya attended Westminster Magistrates Court for the hearing. Mr Mallya, whose business empire once included Kingfisher beer, left India in March 2016 after defaulting on debts of more than $1bn (£785m). He denies "fleeing" from India, and says he made an "unconditional" offer to pay back the sum in full in July. The businessman's fall from grace is being avidly tracked in India, where he was once listed as one of India's wealthiest people. Vijay Mallya: India's most controversial businessman? India's 'King of Good Times' to learn fate Mr Mallya built his fortune from Kingfisher beer, before branching out into Indian cricket and Formula 1 racing. He set up the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines in 2005. He faces a raft of charges rela..
December 10, 2018

Urjit Patel: India’s RBI governor quits

Urjit Patel: India's RBI governor quits Image copyright Reuters Image caption There have been rumours that bank chief Urjit Patel will resign The governor of India's central bank, Urjit Patel, has resigned from his post citing "personal reasons". His resignation comes amid reports of a rift between the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, This marks the first time a serving governor has left his job midway through his five-year term. Correspondents say the move is likely to undermine confidence in the economy and cause the rupee to fall.
December 10, 2018

Vijay Mallya: India tycoon to learn extradition fate

Vijay Mallya: India tycoon to learn extradition fate Image copyright Reuters Image caption Vijay Mallya denies the allegations against him Indian drinks tycoon Vijay Mallya is due to find out whether or not he will be extradited from the UK to India, where he faces charges of fraud. Mr Mallya, who left India in March 2016 after defaulting on debts worth more than $1bn (£785m), will appear in a London court on Monday. He denies "fleeing" from India, and says he made an "unconditional" offer to pay back the sum in full in July. The flamboyant businessman's fall from grace is being avidly tracked in India. The case is being heard at the Westminster Magistrates Court. The lawyer for the Indian government told the AFP news agency that the focus of their case was on his conduct and how he allegedly misused banks. The King of Good Times, de-thronedMr Mallya built his fortune from Kingfisher beer, before branching out into Indian cricket and Formula 1 racing. He set up the now defunct Ki..
December 10, 2018

Fortnite: Gamer charged with assault during live stream

Fortnite: Gamer charged with assault during live stream Image copyright Getty Images A Sydney gamer has been charged after he was heard allegedly assaulting a woman during a live stream of the hugely popular game Fortnite. The 26-year-old man who goes by the handle MrDeadMoth was arrested after someone saw the video and reported it to police. In the video, that went viral on social media, a woman can be heard screaming off-camera. Two children were inside the home at the time of the alleged assault. The man was live-streaming himself playing Fortnite on streaming platform Twitch on Sunday night when people watching heard the altercation. Footage shared on Twitter showed the man shouting to someone who cannot be seen "I said I'll be out soon". He then moves away from the camera and a woman's voice is heard saying "woman basher" and "you hit me in the face". Australian media have identified her as a 21-year-old woman who is either his wife or partner. She addresses the people ..
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