Super-fast engine tech in new milestone

It did this by successfully quenching a 420C stream of gases in less than 1/20th of a second. Super-fast engine set for key tests ‘Big players’ invest in UK space engine Image copyright Reaction Engines LTD Image caption Without the pre-cooler tech at the front, Sabre would struggle in the expected temperature regime Sabre can be thought of as a cross between a jet engine and a rocket engine. At slow speeds and at low altitude, it would behave like a jet, burning its fuel in a stream of air scooped from the atmosphere. At high speeds and at high altitude, it would then transition to full rocket mode, combining the fuel with a small supply of oxygen the vehicle …

‘Grime should embrace transgender’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNate Ethan Watson says he first understood he was “meant to be a boy” aged four Rapper Nate Ethan Watson is nine months into his transition from female to male. He tells Victoria Derbyshire he believes he is the UK’s first transgender grime artist, but struggles to believe there are no others. “Grime should be ready to embrace trans,” he says. “It’s been long overdue for everybody, not just in grime, to accept people like me.” Previously known as N’Chyx, the rapper and lyricist has spent a decade in the industry and performed with the likes of D Double E and Tim Westwood. He says: “I now identify as a heterosexual male. …

Compensation for broadband users goes live

Previously, only about one in seven broadband or landline customers received compensation from providers for these delays. Ofcom consulted on enforcing formal regulations regarding compensation of broadband and landline services in 2017. However, some service providers then approached the regulator independently and offered to pay compensation to customers. This led to Ofcom releasing details of its voluntary automatic compensation code of practice in November 2017. “We think it’s unacceptable that people should be kept waiting for a new line, or a fault to be fixed,” said Ofcom’s chief executive Sharon White. She added that the new rules would provide an incentive for service providers to want to avoid problems occurring in the first place. “But if they fall short, customers …

NZ-style attack ‘could happen in UK’

Despite the original video being taken down, it was quickly replicated and shared widely on other platforms, including You Tube and Twitter. NZ cabinet backs tighter gun laws Anger as shooter video spreads around world Christchurch and the new threat of alt-right violence “We’ve been clear that tech companies need to act more quickly to remove terrorist content and ultimately prevent new content being made available to users in the first place,” Mr Wallace said. He said the government would set out clear expectations of how tech companies should keep users safe and what should happen if they failed to do so in a White Paper on “online harms”, due to be published “imminently”. Social media firms sent messages of …

Cash fears as third of Scottish banks lost

‘Shut out’ Gareth Shaw, head of money at Which?, said: “These ongoing closures could have a huge impact on communities across Scotland, stripping millions of people reliant on cash of their ability to go about their daily lives. “Cash is also a vital backup when digital systems fail – so the UK government must appoint a regulator to oversee these changes and ensure no-one is shut out from paying for local goods and services.” Banks ‘failed to engage’ over closures Santander to shut 15 Scottish branches RBS to close more than a third of branches The research found Edinburgh south-west had the most bank closures, cutting the network by 135 branches down to a total of 30. Glasgow Central came …

Can one town’s ‘dying’ High Street be saved?

“At one stage there was a 100-year waiting list to get a stall. Now you can take your pick. The change has been humongous.” Image caption Lesley McDonald fears the town will never go back to its heyday What’s happening on the UK High Street? Each year, more shops close than open in the UK and the gap is getting wider. According to figures from PWC and the Local Data Company, 2,692 shops shut in the first half of 2018 – about 14 per day – while 1,569 opened, a net loss of 1,123. That compared with a net loss of 222 in the same six months of 2017. Clothes shops and pubs were the biggest casualties. In January 2008 …

Is Prince Harry right on Fortnite ban?

Of Fortnite, he said: “That game shouldn’t be allowed. Where is the benefit of having it in your household? “It’s created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible. “It’s like waiting for the damage to be done and kids turning up on your doorsteps and families being broken down.” He added that social media was “more addictive than alcohol and drugs”. What is Fortnite? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are an estimated 32.4 million gamers in the UK. “Games fire up response systems in your brain and other things don’t bring you as much joy,” he told the MPs. “I was thinking, ‘Why would I …

Dumped dog Snoop finds forever home

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSnoop was abandoned just days before Christmas “It took a bit of time to get to know what would be the right home for him,” Ms Butler said. “What had happened to him had obviously affected him quite a lot and we could tell that, so… we spent a bit of time getting to know him, and then Laurence got in touch with us and he just sounded like the perfect owner for Snoop.” Image caption The dog had “severe separation anxiety”, the RSPCA said in January Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.

How the child sexual abuse inquiry works

Image copyright PA Image caption Jimmy Savile died in 2011 At the same time, there have been claims of past failures by police and prosecutors to properly investigate allegations. The inquiry was announced by the then Home Secretary Theresa May to “expose those failures and learn the lessons” from the past. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Part of the inquiry will focus on the late Lord Janner The inquiry is investigating: the cases of British children in care who were sent to parts of the Empire including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and what was Southern Rhodesia between 1920 and the 1970s alleged failings at Lambeth and Nottinghamshire councils; Cambridge House Boys’ Hostel, Knowl View School and other institutions arranged by …

The mum who made a porn film

More worryingly, a 2010 book, Pornland by Gail Dines, asserts that 88% of porn videos contain violence against women. Personally, I never spoke about sex to my daughters. I viewed it as an embarrassing, awkward topic best ignored. But once I realised that they and other children were primarily learning about sex through pornography sites, I was disgusted and scared. I was also aware that sexting among their peers was becoming a big problem. Where was the counterpoint and other narrative? How could we stem the tide? Image copyright Erika Lust Films Image caption Female-focused erotic film maker Erika Lust helped the women produce and direct their porn film When I was younger, we learnt about sex through novels, books …

The killer pills delivered via social media

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAn investigation by BBC reveals drugs are being bought online and sent through the post More people in Scotland are dying from drugs than ever before and the deaths are hitting every part of the country. An investigation by BBC Scotland’s The Nine studied the record rise in one rural area – Dumfries and Galloway. Could the increase in drug-related deaths in south-west Scotland be down to a burgeoning black market trade in pills bought through social media? ‘I heard that she’d bought the tablets online’ Increasingly concerned, Marianne issued an appeal to her Facebook friends. Had anyone seen her daughter? Did they know where she was? Did they know anything at …

Cancer crowdfunding ‘couldn’t save my daughter’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘We chose cancer crowdfunding over making memories’ When Gemma Nuttall developed cancer, her family raised thousands of pounds online, with the support of actress Kate Winslet, to send her to a German clinic. But there was no happy ending – and fears remain that crowdfunding puts new pressure on vulnerable families. Doctors saw the first signs of Gemma Nuttall’s tumour when she went for a pregnancy scan. Everyone thought it was nothing at first – a cyst or a glitch in the monitor. But a month later she was told it was ovarian cancer. Gemma decided to delay chemotherapy until her daughter Penelope was born – and for a while life returned …

Is buying with friends the future of housing?

But money should never be the sole motivation to buy with friends, Courtney says. “It’s such a big thing. You’re sharing your world. I think if you were just doing it for cost reasons, you probably wouldn’t enjoy it.” Mortgage brokers London & Country have detected a small increase in applications by groups of three or four, but spokesman David Hollingworth says this increase does not capture mortgages taken out by two friends, for example, and does not make clear if applicants have “parental backing”. Though the phenomenon might be on the up, Alex McClure says when he and his co-buyers approached estate agents, “a lot of them seemed quite surprised – I think it’s still considered abnormal.” Not all …

Has the UK changed its mind on immigration?

It was undertaken as part of the BBC’s Crossing Divides season, which is bringing people together across lines of ethnicity, class, faith, politics and generation. It appears Britain has changed its mind about immigration and there are three important reasons why that might have happened: The Brexit vote itself may have led some to assume that the immigration issue has been dealt with and therefore it is not seen as such a risk. The national debate on immigration during elections and the Brexit referendum may have focused people’s minds on the social, practical and economic trade-offs involved in cutting migrant numbers, resulting in a more nuanced response to the issue. The millions of European migrant workers who came to the …

Five surprises about your housing costs

In fact, there were more homes bought with a mortgage by first-time buyers in 2018 than existing owners with mortgages moving to a new home. The same is expected in 2019. Living with parents is far ahead of living as a couple, either with or without children. The “other” category includes multi-family households. That may not be hugely surprising for 20-somethings, but the breakdown of those living with mum and dad is notable. Both men and women are living with their parents for longer than they did 20 years earlier, but it is men who are more likely to stay with their parents than women. In 2017, some 37% of men aged between 18 and 34 lived with their parents, …