Abramovich was not ‘directed’ to buy Chelsea FC by Putin, court hears

Roman Abramovich’s lawyer said it was defamatory to describe the businessman as having “a corrupt relationship” with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and that he had acted “covertly at his direction” in key business deals such as the purchase of Chelsea football club. Speaking on the first morning of a preliminary hearing of a high […]


A blood test for your body clock? It’s on the horizon

What time is your body clock set on? The answer, mounting research suggests, can influence everything from your predisposition to diabetes, heart disease and depression to the optimal time for you to take medication. But unlike routine blood tests for cholesterol and hormone levels, there’s no easy way to precisely measure a person’s individual circadian […]


China industrial output rises 8.3% in June, retail sales up 12.1%

China’s industrial output grew 8.3% in June from a year earlier, slowing from a 8.8% rise in May, official data showed on Thursday. But the figure was higher than a 7.8% rise forecast in a Reuters poll of analysts. Retail sales rose 12.1% from a year earlier in June. Analysts had expected an 11.0% increase […]


The Pentagon says DJI drones still pose a threat, disavowing its own earlier report

After months of government bans on DJI drones, with lawmakers questioning whether the company was sending information to the Chinese government, the Pentagon has admitted that the drones being used might actually be safe (via The Hill), with a report saying that two “Government Edition” DJI drones are “recommended for use by government entities.” However, […]


PG&E Says It Will Bury 10,000 Miles of Power Lines to Reduce California Fire Risk

To help prevent sparking California wildfires, Pacific Gas and Electric Company has announced a major new initiative to bury 10,000 miles of power lines underground. In addition to significantly reducing wildfire risk, undergrounding also benefits customers by lessening the need for Public Safety Power Shutoffs—which are called as a last resort during dry, windy conditions […]