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Murray wins Davis Cup for Britain - Great Britain win their first Davis Cup since 1936 after Andy Murray beat Belgium's David Goffin for an unassailable lead.

Global rallies demand climate action - Demonstrations take place worldwide to demand action to stop climate change on the eve of the UN summit in Paris.

'No majority yet' for Syria strikes - The defence secretary says there is not yet a Commons majority for air strikes in Syria, as Labour's leader says he is deciding whether to give his MPs a free vote.

I'm not going anywhere, Corbyn says - Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn insists he is "not going anywhere", despite reports of potential coup plots against him by Labour MPs.

Turkey to hand over Russia pilot's body - Turkey says it has received the body of a Russian pilot killed after his plane was shot down on the Syrian border and that it will be returned to Russia.

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<i>Doctor Who</i>: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic <i>Heaven Sent</i> - 'Come on. Chop, chop. The Doctor will see you now' TV Review Readers please note: THIS IS A POST-UK BROADCAST REVIEW – THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!…

Meet ARM1, grandfather of today's mobe, tablet CPUs – watch it crunch code live in a browser - Gate-level blueprints restored for anniversary Pics Chip geeks have produced an interactive blueprint of the ARM1 – the granddaddy of the processor cores powering billions of gadgets today, from Apple iPhones to Raspberry Pis, cameras, routers and Android tablets.…

Court: Swedish ISPs can't be forced to block Sweden's Pirate Bay - Meanwhile, Germany says broadband providers may be liable in piracy claims In brief ISPs in Sweden cannot be forced to block access to the Pirate Bay – the Swedish search engine used worldwide for pirating software, movies and music.…

Final countdown – NSA says it really will end blanket phone spying on US citizens this Sunday - We're leaving together ... Come Sunday, the NSA will end its ferocious dragnet surveillance of American citizens' phones, the White House insists.…

VW's Audi suspends two engineers in air pollution cheatware probe - Convenient In brief Volkswagen-owned Audi has suspended two engineers after it emerged the luxury brand's diesel engines had emissions test cheatware installed.…

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Paris climate summit: Will nations make bigger cuts after Paris? - A deal at the UN summit might not be enough to keep warming to "safe" levels. Ratcheting up the action in the coming years could help, but it may be too late

A threesome may explain behaviour of galaxy’s most bizarre star - The odd behaviour of the Eta Carinae star system has puzzled astronomers since the 1800s, but now we might finally have an explanation

Spacecraft that will put Einstein to the test ready for lift-off - The LISA Pathfinder mission is the first step towards a gravitational wave observatory in space, which promises to revolutionise astronomy

The real climate conspiracy: What you’re not being told - Many climate scientists and activists insist that warming can be limited to 2 °C despite mounting evidence to the contrary, says Michael Le Page

Blood gushes from virtual leg injury to help train combat medics - Researchers have created the first detailed simulation of a serious leg injury by solving equations to show how blood really flows

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Swedish Court Says ISPs Can't Be Forced To Block Pirate Bay - The Next Web reports that a district court in Sweden has ruled that it cannot simply force ISPs to block The Pirate Bay, despite its role in large-scale copyright violation. A coalition of copyright holders including Sony and a group representing the Swedish film industry wanted the court to force Swedish ISP Bredbandsbolaget to curtail access, as courts have done in various cases around the world. The court found that Bredbandsbolaget couldn’t be held responsible for the copyright infringement of its customers’ actions while using the service as it doesn’t constitute a crime under Swedish law, according to the report. As such, it’s also not liable for any of the fines. While it could still be overturned by a higher authority appeals court, the group representing the copyright holders will have to pay the ISPs legal costs thus far, which is more than $150,000 according to TorrentFreak. (And here's TorrentFreak's report.) Read more of this story at Slashdot.

New Type of 'Flow Battery' Can Store 10 Times the Energy of the Next Best Device - sciencehabit writes: Industrial-scale batteries, known as flow batteries, could one day usher in widespread use of renewable energy—but only if the devices can store large amounts of energy cheaply and feed it to the grid when the sun isn't shining and the winds are calm. That's something conventional flow batteries can't do. Now, researchers report that they've created a novel type of flow battery that uses lithium ion technology—the sort used to power laptops—to store about 10 times as much energy as the most common flow batteries on the market. With a few improvements, the new batteries could make a major impact on the way we store and deliver energy. The research, from the National University of Singapore, has one big flaw in particular: speed. It's 'very innovative' work, says Michael Aziz, a flow battery expert at Harvard University. But he adds that even though the novel battery has a high energy density, the rate at which it delivers that power is 10,000 times slower than conventional flow batteries, far too slow for most applications. Wang and his colleagues acknowledge the limitation, but they say they should be able to improve the delivery rate with further improvements to the membrane and the charge-ferrying redox mediators. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Driverless Cars Will Compete -- But Only With Each Other -- In Formula E Races - Formula E racing pits single-seat electric cars against each other in high-speed track competition, but the cars -- aside from their powertrain -- are conventional enough, complete with a steering wheel and a human at the wheel. Now, though, the Formula E series will also incorporate self-driving cars. From the article: Ten teams, each with two cars, will square off against each other in hour-long races on the same circuits that the Formula E cars will hurtle around. The cars will be the same as the next in order to get the teams’ developers to focus on creating better algorithms and artificial intelligence to win. It takes inspiration from how the Formula E teams were required to run the same cars in the event’s debut season, which meant there was more focus on the development of battery technology. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Pursuit of Slenderness May Mean No More Headphone Jack In iPhone 7 - An intriguing rumor reported by PC Mag (and initially reported in this Japanese blog) holds that Apple may drop from its iPhone 7 the standard mini-jack plug on the phone, in favor of Bluetooth and Lightning connectors. From PC Mag's article: The big question is just how such a move might affect all the other headphones one can buy, as well as the other devices Apple makes. While we can envision some manufacturers making iPhone-exclusive variants of their headphones, we doubt that Apple's potential decision to chop out the headphone jack is going to suddenly make for a market full of Lightning-only headphones and earbuds. There are, after all, plenty of non-iPhone devices that still use the 3.5mm connection. And, of course, you could just pair any ol' pair of Bluetooth headphones or earbuds with the iPhone 7. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

2 Planets Can Share the Same Orbit, In 3 Different Ways - StartsWithABang writes: One of the most important characteristics of a planet, at least according to the IAU definition, is that it clear its orbit of all other bodies. But if we allowed for a special caveat — the possibility of two similarly-sized objects sharing the same orbit — could we have a stable configuration where that occurred? Surprisingly, not only is the answer yes, but there are three ways to do it: to have one at the L4/L5 Lagrange point of the other, to have a close-orbiting binary planet, or to have orbit-swapping worlds, where they periodically change spots with one another. Unbelievably, our Solar System has a history of all three! Read more of this story at Slashdot.