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UK Weather: The Latest Sky News Forecast. By Joanna Robinson, Weather Producer The East-West split in the weather will continue on Friday but expect warm sunshine to develop more widely over the weekend. Thursday evening will be dry for most, although northern Scotland will be rather damp. Low cloud will become more extensive across central and eastern Britain overnight, with heavy showers moving into north-east Scotland and the coast of East Anglia later. The clearer west will turn quite chilly with just a few fog patches likely, especially in north-west Ireland. Friday morning will bring more warm sunshine to Northern Ireland, the Republic, Wales, western England and south-west Scotland. A top temperature of 23C (73F) is possible in south-west Ireland. Elsewhere, it will be rather cool and cloudy again, with outbreaks of heavy rain for eastern England and the breezy north of Scotland. That rain will move westwards during the afternoon, perhaps reaching western Scotland, north-west England and the Welsh borders by evening.

Space X boss Elon Musk believes we're living in a simulation and will get humans to Mars by 2025 | WIRED UK. Credit Getty Images / Bill Pugliano SpaceX and Tesla boss Elon Musk has revealed his plans to put humans on Mars, how he feels about Apple's electric car plans and even his views on whether we're living in a simulation. Speaking at the Code conference organised by ReCode, Musk said that "according to the plan, [we] should be able to launch people [to Mars] by 2024, with arrival in 2025". This prediction builds on SpaceX's recent announcement that it hopes to launch its first unmanned missions to Mars in 2018.

In doing so, the company will become the first commercial provider to send a spacecraft to the Red Planet. The 44-year-old, when asked if he wanted to travel into space, said he'd probably be going into orbit within four or five years but stressed this is different from going into space itself. For those that will potentially colonise Mars in the future, Musk did have some advice. Musk also said one potential project he could be involved in the future could be "neural lace". Inside Facebook's DeepText: the deep-learning algorithm that understands human language | WIRED UK. Credit Getty / Sean Gallup / Staff Facebook has announced a deep-learning algorithm that can understand posts and messages with "near-human accuracy," according to the company's blog. While it's still in testing, DeepText can already analyse the textual content of several thousands posts in more than 20 different languages every second in order to understand what people mean when they post on Facebook.

The company said that DeepText would improve people's experience of Facebook by delivering more of the content that they want to see while filtering out spam. But the deep-learning algorithm is even smarter than that – DeepText has the potential to integrate intelligent search functions into Facebook in real time. One example Facebook gives is two people having a Messenger conversation about meeting up. Phrases like "I need to take a taxi" or "I need a ride" would also cause the taxi prompt to appear as DeepText recognises the intention behind the phrase and offers up a solution.

England coach Eddie Jones: Australia's 'coordinated' dirty tricks have already begun. How did England beat Portugal in their final warm-up game and what did Roy Hodgson learn ahead of Euro 2016? Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin failed chemistry tests. Emilia Clarke Emilia Clarke admitted she and Sam Claflin failed previous auditions together before being cast in 'Me Before You'. Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin were previously deemed not to have enough chemistry to work together. The pair may star together as Louisa Clark and Will Traynor in new movie 'Me Before You' but they previously auditioned to be co-stars on another project, only for neither of them to get the parts.

Speaking on BBC Radio One, Emilia recalled: "We met six years before and it was just a series of a couple of chemistry reads together - and then neither of us getting the job! Then it worked out for us [on 'Me Before You']. We were so happy we were employed! " The 29-year-old actress admitted she loved working with her pal but they struggled to remain serious because they are such good friends, though director Thea Sharrock didn't seem to mind because it made the love between Lou and Will seem real. She said: "I just got to be goofy. Emilia Clarke doesn't identify with her strong female characters. Emilia Clarke Emilia Clarke thinks she is similar to her bonkers 'Me Before You' character Lou and admits she is "winging it" when she plays strong female characters.

Emilia Clarke is "winging it" when she plays strong female characters. The 29-year-old actress feels she is more akin to her clumsy, bonkers 'Me Before You' character Lou than her other roles. Speaking to Total Film magazine she said: "Of the strong women I play, I'm winging it! "I read it [Jojo Moyes' bestselling novel on which the film is based] and it just ... literally from the first chapter I was like, 'This is me! Oh my god, I've got to do it! Emilia stars in the film that centres around athletic young banker Will Traynor - played by Sam Claflin - who is cut off in his prime due to a motorcycle accident leaving him in a wheelchair. She said: "This falls in a whole new territory. "She walks in all smiles and sunshine and meets this incredibly depressed, intelligent, wonderful man - they don't like each other at first. Jake Gyllenhaal joins Ryan Reynolds in Life. Jake Gyllenhaal Jake Gyllenhaal will co-star with Ryan Reynolds in 'Life', a science-fiction movie which tells the story of the crew of the International Space Station who discover a life form on Mars.

Jake Gyllenhaal will co-star with Ryan Reynolds in 'Life'. The 'Southpaw' actor has joined the cast of the science-fiction movie which tells the story of the crew of the International Space Station who discover a life form on Mars which turns out to be more intelligent than expected and also extremely dangerous, according to Variety. Ryan was originally tipped to star in the movie, which has been written by 'Deadpool' scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese but a scheduling clash with the action thriller 'Hitman's Bodyguard' has forced him to take on a smaller supporting role instead. This has led to Jake being cast in the leading part. 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' actress Rebecca Ferguson also co-stars in the new movie.

EuroHist9. The Enchanted Forest - Pitlochry. Trump To Visit UK Day After EU Referendum. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will visit the UK on 24 June to open a golf course in Scotland. He will arrive the day after the EU referendum to officially open the Trump Turnberry golf resort in Ayrshire. He said: "Very exciting that one of the great resorts of the world, Turnberry, will be opening today after a massive £200m investment. "I own it and I am very proud of it. I look forward to attending the official opening of this great development on 24 June.

" The main Turnberry hotel building has been remodelled, and the Turnberry lighthouse has been restored to create a new 'presidential suite' for guests. Video: PM "Always Happy" To Meet Trump The property was bought by Mr Trump in 2014 and is the second Scottish golf resort he has launched. The first was Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire in 2012. More than 500,000 people have signed a petition calling for Mr Trump to be banned from entering the UK. Video: Obama: 'World Rattled By Trump' Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh, Scotland.

A site at the foot of the historic Royal Mile was chosen for the new Parliamentary building. This followed a Referendum in 1997, when the people of Scotland voted for the creation of the first Scottish Parliament in almost 300 years, in the centre of Edinburgh. The four-acre Holyrood site is next to the Royal Palace of Holyrood House and Holyrood Park. When chosen as the new site, it was occupied by a Scottish & Newcastle brewery. Pre-construction work (demolition of the brewery) began in April 1999, with construction starting in October 2001.

The official inauguration of the new Parliament building took place on 9 October 2004, in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, although construction completion of entire project is not planned until April 2005. This is a very contentious issue. In April 2000 the cost rose again - this time to £195 million - as it became important to incorporate even more space for staff and MSPs (Member of the Scottish Parliament). Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh, Scotland. Remembering the 1988 Lockerbie Bombing - History in the Headlines. On December 21, 1988, a suitcase bomb exploded aboard New York-bound Pan Am Flight 103, killing all 259 passengers and crewmembers, along with 11 people on the ground in Lockerbie, Scotland. Only one suspect, a Libyan intelligence agent, was ever convicted in connection with the attack, and much mystery still surrounds it. Tensions between Libya and the United States had been mounting for years when, in March 1986, the two sides fired on each other in disputed waters off the Libyan coast.

The following month, a bomb went off in a West Berlin disco popular with American servicemen, killing two U.S. soldiers and a Turkish woman and injuring more than 200 others. Having intercepted communications that purportedly implicated Libya’s government in the attack, the United States responded with air strikes. Qaddafi, however, had not been scared into submission, prosecutors would later indicate. Of the 270 victims that day, 189 were American. Remembering the 1988 Lockerbie Bombing - History in the Headlines. People Smugglers Find New Route Into Britain.

By John Sparks, Sky News Correspondent Migrants are avoiding tough new security measures in Calais by choosing quiet beaches in France to launch attempts to cross the Channel, Sky News has been told. Local people say there is something strange happening on a stretch of coastline south of Calais. From beach houses on the shore and fishing boats at sea, people have watched migrants dragging dinghies, then putting out to sea - and mysterious boats taking on passengers in the dead of night.

Desperate acts by desperate people who seem determined to get to the UK. It has come as no surprise to the man who runs the volunteer coastguard in northern France. Video: Concerns Over People Smugglers Bernard Barron said: "Migrants have to be as discreet as possible, so they choose beaches that are as close as possible to England but far enough from the ferries so they can't be spotted.

"This area is favoured by migrants and the smugglers - English ones and other nationalities - who come to pick them up. " M5 crash: Two die on motorway in Gloucestershire. Image copyright Gloucestershire Police Two men have died and two others have been critically injured in crashes involving several vehicles on the M5. Four cars and a lorry were involved in two crashes which happened at 01:00 BST between J8 and J9 southbound, police said.

Two men from Gloucester - the driver, 24, and passenger, 23, of a Mercedes car - died in the second crash. Two other 23-year-old men, who were passengers in the car, remain critically ill in hospital. Image copyright @Tri_Force The carriageway was shut for 11 hours between the two junctions. Police said the first collision was between a Ford Mondeo and MG Rover, south of the M50 junction. "A HGV then stopped and was involved in a collision with a silver Mercedes and black Mazda," a force spokesman said. "Two occupants from the Mercedes died at the scene and a further two occupants were seriously injured - one was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and one to Southmead Hospital in Bristol. " Isle of Wight deaths: Residents speak of shock. Image copyright Family handout Residents have spoken of their shock after a six-year-old girl and her father died on the Isle of Wight.

Keziah Flux-Edmonds was found unconscious on Wednesday at a house in Cromwell Avenue, East Cowes alongside the body of Darren Flux-Edmonds, 44. She was taken to St Mary's Hospital in Newport but died a short time later. "Everyone's just in absolute shock, it's an absolute tragedy," said Isle of Wight Councillor Julia Baker-Smith, who lives nearby.

Two dogs were also found dead at the house. Flowers, toys and candles have been laid at the family home on the newly-built estate. Another resident said: "It's dreadful, we're all thinking of the family. " Dozens of people have also posted about the deaths on social networking site Facebook. One reads: "So sad thoughts with family and friends at this very sad time. " Hampshire Constabulary said they believe the deaths were an "isolated incident" and there was no wider risk to people living nearby. Flash the plastic – Bank of England unveils untearable plastic £5 note | Business. Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, has formally unveiled Britain’s first plastic banknote, the new fiver featuring Sir Winston Churchill. The transition to plastic notes is a significant departure for a central bank that has used paper money since it was established more than 320 years ago.

Launching the note at Blenheim Palace, birthplace and ancestral home of the late wartime leader, Carney said the new polymer note was a major innovation and was cleaner, safer and longer-lasting than paper. “It is resistant to dirt and moisture, so the note won’t wear out as quickly as the current fivers but will stay in good condition for longer,” Carney said. “It is stronger than paper and can better withstand being repeatedly folded into wallets or scrunched up inside pockets.

The new fiver is expected to last on average around five years, two-and-a-half times longer than a traditional note, making them more environmentally friendly and costing less over time, according to the Bank. Euro 2016: Roy Hodgson had Gareth Bale in mind with England's Portugal friendly - BBC Sport. Duke Of Edinburgh Resumes Royal Duties. Prince Philip has returned to work, greeting the President of Germany at Buckingham Palace, after missing the commemorations marking the Battle of Jutland following medical advice.

The Duke joined the Queen as she held a private audience with Joachim Gauck at the Royal residence. He flew home from Balmoral on Tuesday after missing the Jutland memorial in Orkney. His son-in-law Sir Tim Laurence said Philip had been "frustrated and disappointed" at having to miss the event. He described Philip as having had a minor ailment, and said it would have been "unwise" for him to stand at the windswept ceremony for long periods. Video: Duke To Miss Jutland Centenary The Prince will celebrate his 95th birthday next week, and was photographed smiling as he shook hands with Mr Gauck. He is understood to have no plans to cancel any other upcoming engagements, and has not attended hospital.

It is now almost three years since he had an exploratory operation on his abdomen.