The Economist - Business
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SECURITISATION, the bundling and repackaging of income streams as tradable securities, goes in and out of fashion. America is still dealing with the fallout from the disaster in one part of the marketsub-prime mortgages—in 2008-09 (see article ). In Europe, the swings in popularity have been just as marked. During the crisis, European securitised assets were hit by only small losses but the market suffered from guilt by association. It has since enjoyed a limited renaissance. Leading the revival, oddly, are European regulators. They have sought not just to rehabilitate, but indeed actively to promote such “structuredfinance. As early as 2013 the European Central Bank (ECB) was effusive not only about securitisation’s ability to spread risks, but also about its ability to channel funding to the economy, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The ECB and the Bank of England even published a rare joint paper in 2014 making the case for a “better-functioning... Continue reading
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On Wednesday, a team of astronomers revealed the discovery of a planetary system less than 40 light years away containing seven Earth-sized planets. The system's star is an ultracool dwarf, TRAPPIST-1, which is nothing to write home about—but astronomers gradually realized that the system has a plethora of planets, and that three of them could support water oceans on their surface. Google, as it often does, commemorated the discovery with a Doodle: (credit: Google) Google Doodles have been around nearly as long as the search engine itself, with the first one commemorating Burning Man back in 1998: Read 3 remaining paragraphs | Comments
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NASA's discovery of seven Earth-sized planets in a solar system not too far away has space enthusiasts buzzing with excitement. Google has joined in on the celebration with a new animated doodle featured on its homepage. SEE ALSO: Seven Earth-sized planets orbit an alien star only 40 light-years away In the Google Doodle, Earth and its moon discover their friendly space neighbors through a telescope. Image: GOOGLE The solar system called TRAPPIST-1 consists of at least seven planets similar to the size of Earth. Three of them reside in the "habitable zone" the area in orbit around the star where planets could conceivably host water on their surfaces given the right atmospheric conditions. Read more... More about Trappist 1 , Nasa , Doodles , Google , and Uk
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A takeaway in Crownhill has been the victim of an attack which has seen its front door smashed in and left with a gaping, man-sized hole.Crownhill Chinese Takeaway was found this morning with the bottom pane of glass in its front door smashed to pieces.Police were called to the scene at Alexandra Road at 7am and reported a smashed window but say that enquiries are underway.An eye-witness reported to The Herald that there was a robbery at the Crownhill takeaway and that it took place...
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The export credit agency’s board doesnt have a quorum and so can’t approve projects above $10 million. “I’ve talked to the president about it,” Mnuchin said. “It’s something we’re looking at.” He cited concerns that the bank “is just subsidizing large corporations, and that’s not something we’re interested in doing.” “On the other hand, we’re going to take a serious look at to the extent that we think the Ex-Im can be competitive in helping small and medium-sized businesses export,” he said. He added that he has a team looking at the impact on the economy if the bank were working at full steam.
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You don't get the new Touch Bar on this version, but you do get a Retina display and the new larger trackpad. Prices start around $1,499/1,449/AU$2,199. Stay updated on the latest prices in the comparison chart below. The 2015 MacBook Pro didn't undergo a dramatic reimagining, but then there wasn't anything particularly wrong with it in the first place. Improvements to its performance mean it's better value than before, and the noticeably improved battery life makes it even more of a mobile workhorse. As ever the cost of adding memory and storage soon sends the price tag into orbit, but even the stock MacBook Pro is an incredibly versatile computer and arguably Apple's best ever laptop. Newer MacBooks may be more portable, but the Pro has all the power. If you're looking for the larger-sized laptop experience in the MacBook range, you'll be wanting to take a look at the seriously impressive specs of the 2015 model 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.
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A takeaway in Crownhill has been the victim of an attack which has seen its front door smashed in and left with a gaping, man-sized hole.Crownhill Chinese Takeaway was found this morning with the bottom pane of glass in its front door smashed to pieces.Police were called to the scene at Alexandra Road at 7am and reported a smashed window but say that enquiries are underway.An eye-witness reported to The Herald that there was a robbery at the Crownhill takeaway and that it took place...
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The cats, from a local animal rescue shelter, live together in an over-sized dollhouse, which has been rigged with hidden cameras.
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Marine Le Pen has said she is the victim of a political conspiracy and denied any wrongdoing. In a solar system far, far away scientists believe they may have found the best location yet for alien life. Approximately 40 light years from us they've discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a distant star and believe that three of them are possibly habitable. David Bowie dominated the Brits last night - a year after he died of cancer. He was awarded best British male and best British album, for his swansong, Blackstar. The headlines are coming up on the BBC News Channel.
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You know? I'm looking at you shoe shopping/napping/trashy magazine reading/Target bingeing. Before we had Max, Eddie and I would occasionally get in the routine of going to a movie mid-week, which was such a treat because we obsessively consider all weeknights to be “school nights,” almost never do anything really FUN on these nights and go to bed at a normal (well, okay, not I) hour. We didnt do it every week, but it was lovely when we did. I totally want to bring that back! Other movies I’m dying to see are Hidden Figures, Jackie and Arrival. I will admit though that ever since having a kid, I only want to see mostly fluffy comedies because otherwise I’m ridden with anxiety over the sadness or scariness of the film. I.am.a.child. So I guess what really matters aside from boozy floats: who will be the best dressed?! But really. Lemon Raspberry Sorbet Prosecco Float Yield: serves 2 Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 4 scoops lemon sorbet 4 scoops raspberry sorbet 1 (standard sized, 750mL) bottle prosecco Directions: Scoop the lemon and raspberry sorbet into wine glasses.
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Exoplanets found orbiting Trappist-1 raise hope that the hunt for alien life beyond the solar system can start much sooner than previously thought A huddle of seven worlds, all close in size to Earth, and perhaps warm enough for water and the life it can sustain, has been spotted around a small, faint star in the constellation of Aquarius. Related: This discovery is a lottery win for astronomers looking for life beyond Earth Continue reading...
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Exoplanets found orbiting Trappist-1 raise hope that the hunt for alien life beyond the solar system can start much sooner than previously thought A huddle of seven worlds, all close in size to Earth, and perhaps warm enough for water and the life it can sustain, has been spotted around a small, faint star in the constellation of Aquarius. Related: This discovery is a lottery win for astronomers looking for life beyond Earth Continue reading...
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We are living in a great age of discovery. We first confirmed the existence of an exoplanet, one orbiting another star, in 1992. Today, we know of more than 3,500. And Nasa just added seven more to that list . The exciting thing about these ones is that they're all Earth-sized, all orbiting the same star, and all could have liquid water on their surface. "This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life," said Nasa's Thomas Zurbuchen. Dim and Cool The planets were confirmed by the Spitzer Space Telescope, orbiting a star that lies only about 40 light years from Earth in the constellation of Aquarius. The star system has been named TRAPPIST-1 after the Chilean telescope that first glimpsed it . The star itself is relatively dim and cool - so much so that it's not possible to be seen with the naked eye - and it's barely larger than Jupiter.
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These people should also consider the Panasonic LX100 , which now costs £500, includes a viewfinder, hotshoe and superior controls and has the edge for image quality with its larger sensor. However, there are lots of people who dont see photography as a hobby but are still willing to pay for high quality. The LX15’s small zoom isnt ideal for sightseeing but it’s much better than a zoomless smartphone. Meanwhile, the camera's superb low-light performance is just the thing for indoor portraits, particularly of children who never stay still, and for nights out on the tiles. The Canon G7 X Mk II remains my top recommendation for people who arent too concerned about video. However, if you want a pocket-sized camera that does it all, the Panasonic LX15 is the camera for you. Image 1 of 13 Panasonic LX15 specifications Sensor resolution 20 megapixels Sensor size 13.
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As astronomer Ignas A G Snellen writes in an accompanying piece on Nature : “In the past few years, evidence has been mounting that Earth-sized planets are abundant in the Galaxy, but Gillon and collaborators' findings indicate that these planets are even more common than previously thought. See related The science of running – how to run faster and further How Tim Peake ran the London Marathon in space The Fitbit Charge HR helped doctors save mans life “Of course, the authors could have been lucky, but finding seven transiting Earth-sized planets in such a small sample suggests that the solar system with its four (sub-)Earth-sized planets might be nothing out of the ordinary.” With the James Webb Space Telescope due to replace the 27-year-old Hubble Telescope next October, space discoveries are likely to come thick and fast over the next few years. Hopefully we’ll see a positive answer to the Fermi Paradox yet... Image: NASA
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