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Get ready for the 'holy grail' of computer graphics

Image copyright Microsoft Image caption Jason Ronald from Xbox Ray tracing has always been the "holy grail" of computer graphics, says Jason Ronald, head of program management for the gaming console Xbox.The technique simulates a three-dimensional image by calculating each ray of light and promises stunning lighting effects with realistic reflections and shadows.The method finds…
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Coronavirus: Universities fear fall in lucrative overseas students

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Universities are uniquely vulnerable to the pandemic Which sector of the economy do you think is being hardest hit by the coronavirus - construction, retail, transport or catering?Well, you are all wrong, and need to do some more homework. The answer is - education.Many people probably don't even think…
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Coronavirus: The government draws up plan to rescue key firms

Image copyright Getty Images The UK government has indicated it is prepared to rescue large British companies severely affected by the coronavirus crisis.The Treasury said "last resort" support could be made available if a firm's failure would "disproportionately harm the UK economy".The move follows indications that a number of big firms are seeking government help…
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Grenfell fears prevent timber building boom

Image copyright Nist.gov Fears of another Grenfell-type fire are stunting the spread of wood-based buildings in the UK.The government is planning to reduce the maximum height of wood-framed buildings from six storeys to four.The move’s been recommended by the emergency services in order to reduce fire risk.But it contradicts other advice to increase timber construction…
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Could you have to pay your bank to save money?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption High street banks in countries with negative interest rates have so far been reluctant to pass them on to customers Countries are being forced to use extreme measures to keep the economy afloat amid the coronavirus crisis.Now, the Bank of England has signalled that it may take the cost…
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UK must agree 'air bridges', warn business groups

Image copyright Getty Images Industry leaders have warned the government that the UK risks being left behind, unless it quickly agrees "air bridge" deals with other nations.Business groups have written to Boris Johnson, saying a 14-day quarantine on all air passengers arriving in the UK will have "serious consequences" for the economy. On Friday, Home…