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Russian jets 'disrupted UK aviation'

Jan 29, 2015

Okay, it's poor behaviour by Russia, but man alive the Tu-95 is a handsome aircraft. bbc.in/1DctEDN

Jan 29, 2015

crikey! @BBCBreaking Russian military planes near UK airspace caused disruption to civil aviation: Foreign Office bbc.in/1tyTYbx

Jan 29, 2015

RT @New_Narrative: Russian military planes near UK airspace caused disruption to civil aviation, UK Foreign Office says bbc.in/1tyTYbx

Jan 29, 2015

RT @BBCBreaking: Russian military planes near UK airspace caused disruption to civil aviation, UK Foreign Office says bbc.in/1tyTYbx

Jan 29, 2015

RT @hendopolis: Breaking - Russian military planes near UK airspace caused disruption to civil aviation, UK Foreign Office says bbc.co.uk/news/uk-310499…

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Office puts chips under staff's skin

bbc.co.uk — Want to gain entry to your office, get on a bus, or perhaps buy a sandwich? We're all getting used to swiping a card to do all these things. But at Epicenter, a new hi-tech office block in Sweden, they are trying a different approach - a chip under the skin.
Jan 29, 2015

Office puts chips under staff's skin: @ruskin147 takes the old Kevin Warwick "Captain Cyborg" route at @BBCNews ~ bbc.in/1zFwjZK

Jan 29, 2015

How would you fancy having a chip under your skin so you can open doors, activate the copier etc? No, seriously? bbc.co.uk/news/technolog…

Jan 29, 2015

'And then it was my turn' Great piece by @ruskin147: The John Noakes of subcutaneous tech reporting. bbc.co.uk/news/technolog…

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Armed man disrupts Dutch broadcast

Jan 29, 2015

RT @BBCBreaking: Armed man disrupts Dutch national TV news broadcast, before being arrested, reports say bbc.in/1ES9Kzz

Jan 29, 2015

RT @BBCBreaking: Armed man disrupts Dutch national TV news broadcast, before being arrested, reports say bbc.in/1ES9Kzz

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Malaysia ends search for MH370 plane

bbc.co.uk — Malaysia ends search for MH370, officially declares disappearance of plane in Indian Ocean in March 2014 an accident.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @BBCBreaking: #MH370 disappearance declared accident but underwater search for plane to continue (clarifies status of recovery) bbc.in/1BzsmmQ

Jan 29, 2015

Malaysian government officially declares MH370 an accident. All 239 people on board presumed dead bbc.in/1BzsmmQ

Jan 29, 2015

RT @BBCBreaking: #MH370 disappearance declared accident but underwater search for plane to continue (clarifies status of recovery) bbc.in/1BzsmmQ

Jan 29, 2015

Malaysia has ended search for MH370, officially declares the disappearance an accident bbc.in/1ERagh5 via @BBCBreaking

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Ebola outbreak: Virus mutating, scientists warn

bbc.co.uk — Scientists tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated. Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious. More than 22,000 people have been infected with Ebola and 8,795 have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Jan 29, 2015

Ebola virus mutating, scientists say - more contagious but less deadly? bbc.co.uk/news/health-31…

Jan 29, 2015

Ebola virus mutating, scientists say - great, may now be asymptomatic cases and potential for airborne transmission bbc.co.uk/news/health-31…

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Material from police death inquiries lost by MoJ

bbc.co.uk — Discs containing information from three of the UK's most sensitive inquiries have gone missing after being put in the post. The material relates to inquiries into the role of the police in the deaths of three members of the public including Mark Duggan and Azelle Rodney.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @StewartWood: The MOJ lost data discs on 3 sensitive inquiries in the post. Now I see what the Tories mean by "competence vs chaos" bbc.co.uk/news/uk-310378…

Jan 29, 2015

RT @BBCDomC: Data from death inquiries lost by Ministry of Justice - story developing here: bbc.in/1CCCg8Q

Jan 29, 2015

Data from death inquiries lost by Ministry of Justice - story developing here: bbc.in/1CCCg8Q

Jan 29, 2015

RT @jane__bradley: Discs containing information from three of the UK's most sensitive inquiries have gone missing in the post. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-310378…

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Spreading the message

bbc.co.uk — As coalition ministers travel across the country to launch the next stage of local growth funds, is there anything significant in the locations of their visits? These ministers are not campaigning; they are making official announcements. The Cabinet Office reveals 21 in total have left Whitehall in a single day to tell voters about £1bn of government money being spent around England.
Jan 29, 2015

Worth a read: ministers, maps&marginals-@rosschawkins on where ministers on govt business find themselves: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…

Jan 29, 2015

Ministers & their "official" visits (at least partly taxpayer-funded) to marginal seats. Good piece by @rosschawkins bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…

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Female Muslim converts drawn to Islamic State

bbc.co.uk — "Dnt b afraid to do wat u kno is best. Its better 2 b farrrr away frm da enemies of Islam, dan to liv next to dem" This is a tweet thought to be from a young British girl in territory controlled by Islamic State (IS).
Jan 29, 2015

RT @steveswannBBC: BBC News - Female Muslim converts drawn to Islamic State bbc.in/15Xxhn8

Jan 29, 2015

RT @ejbeals: A look at the British female muslim convert jihadis who join ISIS, via @JamesAALongman: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-310274…

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The government departments breaching Freedom of Information law

bbc.co.uk — Some of the most important government departments are not fulfilling their obligations under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, a Newsnight investigation has shown. Ten years on from the Act's introduction, Whitehall is still resisting the transparency law.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @rorymeakin: I was an FOI officer and, for @the_tpa, I've also sent many FOI requests. @xtophercook's Newsnight report rings true: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…

Jan 29, 2015

RT @rorymeakin: I was an FOI officer and, for @the_tpa, I've also sent many FOI requests. @xtophercook's Newsnight report rings true: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…

Jan 29, 2015

A blog on our film tonight, on how govt depts do at answering FOIA requests. #newsnight bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi… (with a film preview)

Museum's 'Dippy' dinosaur makes way for blue whale

bbc.co.uk — London's Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the dinosaur and moving in a blue whale. The exchange will not happen overnight: the complex logistics involved mean it will be 2017 before the great cetacean is hanging from the ceiling of the iconic Victorian Hintze Hall.
Jan 29, 2015

Where will Dippy go?! MT @BBCAmos: Change is coming to @NHM_London out goes Dippy & in comes the blue whale bbc.co.uk/news/science-e…

Jan 29, 2015

RT @dumav: Huge! BBC News - Natural History Museum's 'Dippy' dinosaur makes way for blue whale bbc.in/18w9jjM

Jan 29, 2015

RT @expeditionlog: 2 reasons to swap "Dippy" for blue whale (bbc.co.uk/news/science-e…): more massive, alive today (astounding animals!) pic.twitter.com/FIjvxPatx1

Jan 29, 2015

Night at the museum: great video of Dippy at London's NHM bbc.in/1tx1kMA - now plans for blue whale instead: bbc.in/18w9jjM

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David Trimble says DUP may back Labour if hung parliament

bbc.co.uk — A former Ulster Unionist Leader has said the DUP may back a Labour administration if there is a hung parliament after the general election. Polls suggest there is a strong likelihood neither Labour nor the Conservatives will have an overall majority at Westminster. Lord Trimble said the DUP and Conservatives shared many similar values.
Jan 29, 2015

David Trimble says the DUP could support Labour in a hung parliament post elections in May. bbc.in/1zi4R0V

Jan 29, 2015

RT @bbcnewsline: BBC News The former Ulster Unionist Leader Lord Trimble says he thinks the DUP may back a Labour administratio... bbc.in/1zi4R0V

Microsoft's Bill Gates insists AI is a threat

bbc.co.uk — Humans should be worried about the threat posed by artificial Intelligence, Bill Gates has said. The Microsoft founder said he didn't understand people who were not troubled by the possibility that AI could grow too strong for people to control.

Will the UK's gas holders be missed?

By Ed Ram
bbc.co.uk — Gas holders helped warm the UK's homes for decades. But now they are being removed, with the National Grid saying land is being "redeveloped and given back to communities". Will these sentinels of the industrial age be missed? In the 200 years that the UK has been using gas power, the country has got used to the distinctive sight of "gasometers".
Jan 29, 2015

A same they don't seem habitable. I'd happily live in one - Will the UK's gas holders be missed? bbc.in/1BrF0Sn

Jan 29, 2015

RT @lindasgrant: Wonderful piece about the demise of the magnificent gasometers. Terrific pictures. I'll miss them bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-…

Jan 29, 2015

Lovely piece and excellent photography RT @michald: Will the UK's gas holders be missed? >> yes, they will bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-…

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Tech Tent, Chip and Skin

Lance Armstrong: From Paris to pariah to pardon?

bbc.co.uk — They meet at his shop every week, buy his kit and drink his coffee, but most of the guys who have rolled up for the oldest group ride in Austin do not want to utter his name. "For me, he went from being complicated to evil." And then a funny thing happens.
Jan 29, 2015

A nuanced take on Lance Armstrong, his redemption and ethics of doping in cycling by @mattslaterbbc bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cyclin…

Jan 29, 2015

Thoughtful, insightful piece on Lance Armstrong in the wake of his big BBC interview, by @mattslaterbbc bbc.in/1BA1Fyh

MPs plotted attack on cameraman, says documentary maker

bbc.co.uk — MPs plotted to knock over a BBC cameraman in the House of Commons - in the hope of stopping a new documentary on Westminster life, a film-maker says. Michael Cockerell told reporters about the plan at a press screening of his new series Inside the Commons.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @ChrisMasonBBC: MPs plotted attack on cameraman, says documentary maker. My story for @bbcnews @bbcpolitics: bbc.in/1yD1HRt

Jan 29, 2015

Here's a link to a free non-Sun story about that MPs' plot to assault BBC camera operator and thwart documentary goo.gl/V6RxPH

Jan 29, 2015

RT @ChrisMasonBBC: MPs plotted attack on cameraman, says documentary maker. My story for @bbcnews @bbcpolitics: bbc.in/1yD1HRt

Jan 29, 2015

MPs plotted attack on cameraman, says documentary maker. My story for @bbcnews @bbcpolitics: bbc.in/1yD1HRt

Jordanian pilot's father in plea to Islamic State

bbc.co.uk — The father of a Jordanian pilot being held captive by Islamic State (IS) militants has appealed to the group to grant him amnesty. Lt Moaz al-Kasasbeh's father, Safi al-Kasasbeh, was speaking as the Jordanian government attempted to secure proof that the hostage was still alive.

How Russia outfoxes its enemies

bbc.co.uk — Russia's annexation of Crimea last year caught almost everyone off guard. The Russian military disguised its actions, and denied them - but those "little green men" who popped up in the Black Sea peninsula were a textbook case of the Russian practice of military deception - or maskirovka.
Jan 29, 2015

Cool primer on RUS military deception bbc.in/1v75cVU I would add: Kremlin 'hybrid warfare' works only when West choses to look away

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Swimming numbers down 245,000 as sport participation falls

bbc.co.uk — Last updated at 10:05 The number of people swimming regularly has dropped as fewer people take part in sporting activities in general, a Sport England survey has found. A total of 2.6m people took part in swimming at least once a week for 30 minutes between October 2013 and October 2014, a drop of 245,000.
Jan 29, 2015

Yay legacy! RT @BBCSport England "very concerned" about a large drop in participation numbers bbc.in/1zfWa77

Jan 29, 2015

Good news for RFU - efforts to boost participation reflected in Sport England figures - on the right track? bbc.in/1ErBHAG

Jan 29, 2015

Swimming numbers sink as sport participation falls, leaving 2012 legacy hopes in doubt bbc.co.uk/sport/0/310373…

Jan 29, 2015

Sport England survey: swimming participation down bbc.in/1ErBHAG but team sports recover & cycling, athletics, canoeing et al up