US & World

North Korea crisis: Washington denies 'war declared'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSarah Huckabee Sanders: Frankly the suggestion is absurd The US has said a statement from North Korea accusing Washington of declaring war on it was “absurd”. The White House also warned Pyongyang to stop provocations after it said it had the right to shoot down US bombers. […]

Health

Sporty people likely to drink more alcohol, survey finds

Image copyright Getty Images People in Wales who exercise regularly are more likely to drink above the recommended alcohol allowance than those who do no sport, a survey has found. The National Survey for Wales found 58% of people who exercise three times or more a week drink within the limit. That is compared to […]

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Technology

Search on for personal flying machine

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Humans have long harboured a desire to fly, but few have conquered the conundrum The search is on for a mass market personal flying machine, with a $2m (£1.4m) competition to “make the dream of personal flight [a] reality”. Sponsored by Boeing and run by start-up GoFly, the competition […]

Dyson to make electric cars from 2020

Trump's North Korea tweet 'newsworthy'

China disrupts WhatsApp ahead of Communist Party meeting

Science/Nature

Why plastic straws could disappear from a pub near you

Image copyright Getty Images Pubs are calling time on “wasteful” plastic drinking straws, which campaigners say are used only once yet take centuries to decompose. So is it time to refuse the straw and get used to sipping our drinks instead? JD Wetherspoon is the latest pub to stop automatically putting straws in drinks, effective […]

Science/Nature

Botanic gardens 'best hope' for saving endangered plants

Image copyright Cambridge University Botanic Garden Image caption Botanic gardens like this one in Cambridge, UK, are a haven for rare plants The world’s botanic gardens contain about a third of all known plants and help protect 40% of endangered species, a study has found. Scientists say that with one in five of the world’s […]

Science/Nature

Australia joins space radar mission

Image copyright AIRBUS DS Image caption Radar satellites traditionally are much bigger and much heavier Australia is to be the third launch partner on the UK’s innovative new small radar satellite, NovaSAR. The spacecraft, which will track shipping and forestry change from orbit, is due to go up around the end of the year, possibly […]