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Bug eat bug

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Brazilian firm that breeds wasps that are released over crops to control pest insects It is not a job for someone who is scared of creepy crawlies. The team of laboratory workers are busy collecting the eggs laid by thousands of …

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Snow business

Image copyright AgenceZoom/Getty Images With the latest competitive skiing season taking to the slopes once again and the next Winter Olympics just around the corner, the sport is enjoying a period of high-profile media coverage. Skiing is more than just an exciting sport, it is also seen as a glamorous …

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Aging indicators

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Shinzo Abe’s government is continuing efforts to boost the Japanese economy It’s been almost five years since Shinzo Abe took power as Japan’s prime minister for the second time. Mr Abe promised to smash deflation, and break the country out of a two decade …

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US Federal Reserve raises interest rates again

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen has raised interest rates three times this year The US Federal Reserve has agreed to raise interest rates by 0.25%, the third rate rise in 2017. Policymakers at the US central bank say the move underscores strength in the US …

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Powering up

Image copyright Ford Image caption Wearable technology helps workers doing repetitive physical tasks If you’ve watched the Iron Man film franchise, you’ll know that a powered suit gives inventor Tony Stark superhuman strength to fight the bad guys. But away from the the fictional world of blockbusting movies, robotic exoskeletons …

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DanTDM: the million-dollar jelly bean-eating gamer

Image copyright DanTDM How much could you earn by eating jelly beans and playing video games? Look at this year’s YouTube rich list and you might be surprised. British YouTuber Dan Middleton raked in $16.5m (£12.3m) this year, making him YouTube’s highest earner. Known as DanTDM, he’s famous for posting …

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Sheffield Uber suspension lifted by city council

Image copyright PA Image caption Uber claimed Sheffield City Council had sent correspondence to the wrong address The suspension of Uber’s licence in Sheffield has been lifted by the city council. It took the action last month after the company failed to respond to its requests. Uber said the correspondence …

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Newcastle takeover: Mike Ashley close to agreeing £300m deal to sell club

Benitez hopes for good takeover news after Everton fixture Newcastle’s owner Mike Ashley is close to reaching an agreement with British businesswoman Amanda Staveley over the sale of the Premier League club. The investment firm run by Staveley – PCP Capital Partners – has put forward an offer of £300m, …

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Bank of England's PRA to remove gendered language

Image copyright Getty Images The old lady of Threadneedle Street may soon lose her moniker under plans by the Bank of England to remove gendered language from documentation. Under proposals by the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA), which regulates banks and insurers, a chairman will become chair. It also wants to …

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How Toni Mascolo gave hairdressing a makeover

Image caption Toni & Guy opened their first salon in Clapham during the 1960s Toni Mascolo and his brother Guy revolutionised hairdressing in London at the end of the last century. The son of an immigrant hairdresser, Toni had initial dreams of becoming a lawyer, but hard times forced him …

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