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Image copyright Tanusree Chaudhuri Image caption Tanusree Chaudhuri (centre) with two of her remote-working research colleagues Tanusree Chaudhuri, 38, was pregnant with her first child when her supervisor told her she would have to give up her dreams. She was doing a doctorate in computational biology and aspired to improve ...

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Christmas ball

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Two NFL games will take place on Christmas Day this year While most of us will be spending Christmas Day at home with our families, a number of highly trained athletes will be taking to the sporting arena for some of the most highly-anticipated ...

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Three UK supermarkets publish data on antibiotics use

Image copyright Science Photo Library Three UK supermarket chains have published figures on the amount of antibiotics used by their farm suppliers, in an effort to cut use of the medicines. Marks and Spencer, Waitrose and Asda have all revealed the quantities of antibiotics in meat and dairy produce. Campaigners ...

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MPs call for curbs on plastic bottles and packaging

Image copyright Getty Images People should pay a deposit for using plastic bottles in an attempt to protect the seas from plastic pollution, MPs say. The government’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) also wants free public drinking water fountains. And it says firms using plastic packaging should pay more for the ...

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Eric Schmidt steps down as boss of Google owner

Image copyright Getty Images The executive chairman of Google owner Alphabet is to step down in January, the company has announced. Eric Schmidt, who has been with the tech giant since 2001, will remain on the board as a technical adviser on science and technology issues. Mr Schmidt has played ...

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Embraer shares take off on Boeing talks

Image copyright AFP/Getty Shares in Brazilian plane-maker Embraer soared more than 20% on Thursday, after the company said it had held talks with Boeing about a possible combination. A deal with the US aerospace giant would join two of the world’s biggest plane-makers. Any deal would require permission from the ...

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Poundland takes down controversial Twinings tea advert

Image copyright PA Poundland has taken down a controversial advert featuring Twinings tea after the company complained on Twitter. The social media campaign displayed a toy elf in a suggestive pose with a plastic doll in front of a box of Twinings Classics tea. Twinings tweeted that the picture “misuses ...

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Facebook strikes music deal with Universal

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has reached a licensing agreement with a major music label that will allow users to post and share music on the social media network. The global, multi-year deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) addresses copyright issues raised by unauthorised use of its artists’ material. The ...

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Ryanair’s German pilots to strike on Friday

Image copyright Getty Images Ryanair pilots in Germany have said they will go on strike for four hours on Friday, following “unsatisfactory negotiations” over union recognition. The pilots’ union said initial talks with the airline had been cancelled. Earlier, the Irish union Impact, which represents pilots, had said the danger ...

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Shell enters UK household energy market

Image copyright Reuters Shell has agreed to buy the energy supplier First Utility, giving the oil giant its first foothold in the UK’s household energy market. First Utility is the biggest energy supplier in the UK outside the so-called “big six”. The company supplies 825,000 homes with gas, electricity or ...

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Candy brothers defeat £132m damages claim

Image copyright PA Image caption Property developers Nick (L) and Christian Candy Property developers Nick and Christian Candy have defeated a £132m damages action in the High Court. Mark Holyoake, a former friend of Nick Candy, had sought the damages, arguing he suffered losses and received threats to himself and ...

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Should we care about Bitcoin price?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption If you find a Bitcoin lying around in a pile of wires, you’re rich. On Wednesday, cryptocurrency Bitcoin fell by about 10% to a value of $15,800. “It has plunged,” a colleague said. “Should we do a story?” Business journalists (or at least some ...

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