Reader’s Scigest 11-06-15

rocks_400x600By Jennifer Hack

Windows 10: coming soon

Microsoft has announced Windows 10 will be released July 29th 2015. Current Windows 7 and 8.1 users are entitled to a free upgrade to Windows 10 for the first year. Windows 10 is set to be the ‘last version’ of the operating system, meaning that future updates will be solely on the Windows 10 model. New features of Windows 10 include a new web browser called ‘Edge’, a wide variety of apps that are suitable for multiple platforms, as well as a revamped ‘Emojipedia’, including human emojis with a range of skin tones and a middle finger emoji.

Goodbye Hull?

Coastal towns could soon be submerged due to rising sea levels, according to Dr Hugh Ellis, head of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA). Sea levels are set to rise by at least one metre over the next century, meaning towns like Hull could cease to exist. Dr Ellis, speaking recently at the Hay Festival, said that towns and cities, especially on the east coast, need to work together to move the population away from the rapidly eroding coastline.

Photograph: Chris Combe on Flickr

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