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In the papers today - 7 November

Engineers have unveiled what they hope is the future for commercial airliners - a radical 'flying wing' designed to be so quiet that no one outside an airport will be able to hear it.
The SAX-40 would be 25% more fuel-efficient than modern planes and carry 215 passengers up to 5,000 nautical miles (5,750 miles) at a maximum speed of 600mph. The blended wing design concept, which could come into commercial service by 2030, is a result of the £2.3m Silent Aircraft Initiative (SAI), a three-year collaboration between Cambridge University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - The Guardian Lakshmi Mittal solidified his control of the world's largest steel company on Monday, replacing Arcelor Mittal's chief executive, Roland Junck. Junck, a long time Arcelor executive, won the management seat in August, when Arcelor agreed to be taken over by Mittal after a long fight. At the time, his appointment was widely seen as a political concession to Arcelor's board and shareholders - The International Herald Tribune The downpours of October have done little to prevent the prospect of more hosepipe bans next year, the water industry warned yesterday. The month had a third more rain than average - 111mm (more than 4in) across South and Central England. But the exceptionally warm temperatures meant much of the rain was soaked up by growing plants - The Daily Telegraph Ryanair Holdings, the largest European discount airline, said yesterday that profit in its second quarter surged nearly 24% as growing passenger numbers offset soaring fuel costs, prompting the chief executive, Michael O'Leary, to raise the company's earnings forecast for the year. The strong performance comes as Ryanair aggressively continues to pursue a controversial takeover for the Irish flag carrier, Aer Lingus, and may help persuade investors that the expensive bid is worth pursuing, analysts said. Ryanair's hostile takeover campaign has ignited strong opposition from its rival and from the Irish government, which retains a stake of around 25 percent - The International Herald Tribune A baker has vowed to fight global warming after a visit to Lake Turkana in Kenya. Hong Luo, 39, who owns Holiland, China's biggest bakery, has pledged £666,000 over five years to the United Nations. Scientists have discovered many significant human fossils on Turkana's shores - The Independent A British al-Qa'eda fanatic plotted to murder thousands of innocent people on both sides of the Atlantic, a court heard yesterday.The detailed plans presented to terrorist handlers by Muslim convert Dhiren Barot revealed his goal of striking at major buildings and railway stations with gas bombs in cars, detonating a radioactive dirty bomb and blowing up a train under the Thames in London - The Daily Telegraph Families facing record heating bills are being told by one of Britain's largest energy suppliers to encourage their children to go to bed in woolly hats or clutching 'microwaveable rice cloth bags'. In a move which critics suggested was patronising, npower published advice saying parents could keep their children as 'snug as a bug' by 'getting them to wear socks and a hat in bed during the coldest nights, and taking a hot water bottle or microwavable rice cloth bag to bed' - The Daily Telegraph A team of potholers has made 'the find of a lifetime' - the biggest cave in Britain, undiscovered for millions of years. The vertical cavern, named Titan, measures almost 500ft from top to bottom and features a stunning waterfall. It has taken seven years of digging to find it, and cavers around the world have described it as one of the most important finds in modern years - The Daily Telegraph A binman left paralysed after his lorry overturned as the driver performed a dangerous manoeuvre has been awarded £3.5m in compensation. Richard Taylor, 21, broke his neck when the driver attempted a 'load shift' - driving at high speed around a corner in Burntwood, Staffs to try to move rubbish forward that had been stuck at the rear of the vehicle - The Daily Telegraph German electricity company E.ON has confirmed it was to blame for the blackout that hit Western Europe at the weekend. It said its grid overloaded after a power line over the river Ems to allow a cruise ship to pass through safely. The company said Europe's power was in good shape - The Independent

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