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bogeyed the hole. there's been seven other bogeys in his round so far, as he currently sits on 13 over par through 1a. but he wished he hadn't made the cut. ferrari's charles leclerc is on pole for tomorrow's formula one spanish grand prix. the world champion, max verstappen, will be alongside him on the front row in his red bull. lewis hamilton will start from sixth. ben croucher reports. formula 1 felt familiar this season, there are a battling red bull? well, into player three. no, there are a battling red bull? well, into playerthree. no, not there are a battling red bull? well, into player three. no, not him, there are a battling red bull? well, into playerthree. no, not him, but the greatest one formula 1 have had for the past few years, but... was supposed to push lewis hamilton goes to the front. how much closer? well, that he depend on the usual pretenders. mercedes would get a shot at goal, although that final part of qualifying would miss mr norris. pressure building, first to crack, championship leader charles leclerc. it meant he had it all to
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do with one flying lap for paul, as rival max. verstappen was hit by power problems, charles leclerc was inch perfect to take his fourth pole inch perfect to take his fourth pole in six races ahead of max verstappen and team—mate carlos. ahead of that revival, muscle fourth, hamilton six. on sunday, you may well have seen them at the front already this season. ben croucher, bbc news. harlequins have secured a place in the rugby union premiership semi—finals. that didn't look likely at half—time at twickenham when they trailed gloucester by 17 points, but they turned it around to win 28—24. jim lumsden reports. it always helps when you can host the occasion or game down the road at english rugby. gloucester cared little and soon repaid the hospitality with a try from ben morgan. a win would boost their semifinal hopes, but victory or a draw would confirm harlequins place. alex tom brown's converted score brought them level. half an hour
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gone and he tries were flooding in. two more before the break, both for the visitors, including one of the best of the season. chris harris and gloucester led 24—7 at the break. but they lost concentration and danny kerr's football skills were seized upon byjoe marchand. film. danny kerr's football skills were seized upon by joe marchand. 0h, he went for the — seized upon by joe marchand. 0h, he went for the kick! _ went for the kick! whistle blows. more the same followed, as of broke through once more. gloucester were reeling as another player completed his side's remarkable recovery and the champions are in the semifinals. jim lumsden, bbc news. here are some of the other results. bath have moved off the bottom of the table after beating london irish 27—24. leicester tigers look like they'll finish the regular season at the top of the table. they beat newcastle 27—5. that top spot could be secured if saracens slip up against northampton saints.
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saracens leading 23—10 at the moment. northampton leading 10—9 at half—time. a win for saints would boost their play—off hopes. dragons have gone through the united rugby championship season without a single win at home losing 21—11 to lions. ruan venter scored the second of the south african club's three tries. the welsh region finish the inaugural urc season in 15th, one position above italian side zebre, who prop up the table. in rugby league's superleague, hull kr were beaten 20—8 by catalans dragons. the french side scored three tries to just the one for the robins at craven park. their third came from the club's top try scorer, fouad yaha, as they move up to second in the table. hull kr have lost their last four games and are seventh. elsewhere, hull fc beat wigan 31—22. let's have a quick look at some of the day's headlines: kylian mbappe has agreed a deal in principle to stay at paris st—germain. the french international had been heavily linked with a move to real madrid this summer. britain's simon yates claimed his second stage win of this year's giro d'italia as richard carapaz claimed the overall lead from
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juan pedro lopez after stage 1a. history was made in the irish 2,000 guineas today when native trail won at the curragh. that makes charlie appleby the first trainer to win both the irish and english guineas with different horses in the same season. and cameron norrie has won his fourth atp title in the space ofjust ten months. the world number 11 beat alex molcan from slovakia in three sets to win the lyon open. norrie will play his first round match at the french open on monday. the second diamond league meeting of the year was a good one for some of the british atheltes in birmingham — dina asher—smith won the women's 100 metres, beating shericka jackson by a hundredth of a second! daryll neeta was third. asher—smith and neeta then joined forces to win the 4 x 100 metre relay for great britain. this is my first 100 of the season, you know? it is a long season, so it is a long way into it, and it was good. it was a very strong field. i
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could have done a few things differently, if i am being picky, but you know, the best one is with a bit... but i'm very happy with that time, very happy to win in this temperature and with this kind of feel as well, so it is good. britain's laura muir opened her season with victory in the 1,500 metres, holding off australianjessica hull. fellow britjemma reekie finished in fifth. i'm just happy to now be healthy, running well and feeling good on this. yes, it is all good, still only may, still early days, still early in the season. you know, iwanted still early days, still early in the season. you know, i wanted to smash it, still good, just get run down. and yes, just build on it, really, thatis and yes, just build on it, really, that is it. britain's olympic silver medallist keely hodgkinson won the 800 metres... she beat france's renelle lamote in second and jamaica's natoya goule in third. that's all from sportsday.
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i will be back with sportsday at 7:30pm, but now on bbc news it is time for click. no, this isn't some kind of sea monster. but an autonomous machine which aims, perhaps, to make working at sea that little bit safer. with an ever—growing demand for renewable and sustainable energy sources, the infrastructure that provides that energy is becoming increasingly critical. now, at present, those facilities are often maintained by human divers working in challenging and hazardous conditions. but here at heriot—watt university they're developing underwater robotic solutions to
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help take the strain. and they've come up with this — the orca autonomous drone. we've got our scanning sonar, a mechanical scanning sonar, that can see all of these structures and items around the vehicle at quite a long distance. we've got an acoustic modem. this means that when we don't use the tether, we can communicate with the robot using sounds underwater. and how does it move around in the water, is it with these propellers that i can see here on either side? there are eight thrusters that are used and it can move it in all six directions. you've got forward, backwards, left, right, up, down, then you've got roll, pitch, and turn. oh, wow, so it is pretty manoeuvrable then? yes. all this technology allows the device to work autonomously, planning its own route to fully scan a structure with little human intervention. so the system that we have
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will continuously explore the unknown areas to see what what comes next the unknown areas to see what comes next on the structure, but we can also suggest positions to it. it takes the images from both cameras, the stereo camera, much like how we perceive depth, and it can use this data to create a 3d model of the structure under the water. these can be viewed by the engineers and the surveyors to detect problems early, when they are able to be fixed easily and cost effectively. currently, 80% of the cost of offshore wind is spent on maintenance through manned ships and technicians to do inspection and repair. so it's easy to see how this robot could cut costs. but robots may also solve a practical issue as wind power expands. so in the future we are going to have not hundreds, but tens of thousands of wind farms. if you've got 10,000 wind turbines
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to inspect and if you have one person, one vehicle, you need 10,000 pilots, and you don't have them, they don't exist. we are going to need to replace or change the way we do things so that we can have several pilots monitoring tens or hundreds of those vehicles, so we need small—scale robotics fleets that are able to navigate these large farms and inspect and repair them remotely from shore. what's really fascinating is how autonomous robots like this could allow for further innovation, solving problems like the expansion of wind farms held back by the sheer practicalities of people. it's easy to imagine how undersea cables, renewable structures and even boats could be maintained remotely. so the technology seems to be there.
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it's now over to the businesses to make sure it's viable. it's notjust under the water where there's innovation. this is a boat with no people on it. also known as an uncrewed surface vessel, which can take to the seas to inspect projects in far—flung locations which are difficult to get to. autonomously operated vehicles like this are really important for the environment because they reduce fuel consumption and they also mean less people need to go offshore to do the on—site inspection. this is the erov, it's the electrical remotely operated vehicle. what it's doing is it's launching into the water, it's filled with sensors and cameras and it will look at high definition images, feed all that stuff back via satellite to the guys in aberdeen.
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by deploying these kinds of vehicles there's a potential to reduce fuel consumption as much as 95% in comparison with conventional ones. autonomous vehicles are marine robots, really. so, all of our lives are going towards digital and remote autonomous, so this is nothing different, this isjust the transformation of the offshore marine industry into a fleet of robotic vessels that can collect some really cool, significant data that we need. the firm collects and analyses geological data at land and at sea. we are also looking to expand our fleet. this is obviously the fugro orca, which is the first of a fleet of three or four that we expect to have by the end of this year, and then we are looking to expand the fleet with larger vessels that are capable of conducting operations in the even more hazardous environments with greater weather
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endurance limits and also the capacity to be at sea for that much longer. all clear to move off? all good to move off. here in aberdeen, where the control centre is, the team on dry land connect with the technology which is out at sea. the visual data from the cameras... so if we were on a wind farm, as you can see, the wind farm coming up from the sea is actually a big structure underneath and it goes to the seabed and attaches there, we will be looking at fixings to the seabed, the metal structure itself, they are all connected with power cables, so we will also inspect power cables, make sure they're not damaged by fishermen. the rov also has sensors that make 3d models of the seabed so we can also check around the base of the structures and the pipelines as well. remote and autonomous technologies will play a vital role in the future
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of the maritime sector. this company hope to expand their fleets in the coming years to play a part in a safer and more sustainable future for essential work that needs to take place out at sea. that was poor shiona, all at sea. that was paul and shiona, all at sea. now, with more and more tech being used above and below the water, have you ever wondered how it affect the creatures that live in it? well, harriet bradshaw has been to see some technology that is trying to find out if new tidal turbines are harming sea life in their homes. the challenge ahead... it's absolutely terrifying, yeah, because this thing is going to go down and it's going to get plugged in, and it's going to work or it's not going to work. this is about balancing technology with nature. this particular area, we have lost about 85%. this particular area,
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we have lost about 85% of our harvest yield. so how do we protect them while quenching our thirst for clean energy? tidal has a role, the wind doesn't always blow, tidal always keeps going. perhaps this monitor is the answer. we're at nigg in the north—east of scotland. it's about the length of a bus. crikey. yeah. and the blades go around... all underwater as well. all underwater. so vessels pass over the top, we're eight metres underwater, so the tip of the blade. this tidal turbine is being prepared to go in waters with some of the strongest currents in the world. and underwater that power will push these blades around to make renewable energy, but tidal power isn't yet as developed. this has been in the water for about two years, this turbine does get barnacle growth on it and that does become food for fish. during slack tide there are fish around these turbines. which would attract these mammals. which would attract predators. and the question is then, as the flow increases and the turbine goes into production and the blades spin faster, do the fish remain, do the predators come back, do we have an impact on those predators, and is it a detrimental impact?
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and it's crucial to develop these kinds of turbines in a way that doesn't harm these creatures, which are already under threat from other factors. we are certainly seeing that these areas seem to be important for harbour seals around this area and, indeed, we do see animals coming relatively close to the turbines, but it's really that fine scale behaviour that we're interested in. what do animals do when they really come close to the turbines? to answer this unknown, sinking a monitor next to a turbine might be key. so, douglas, this is going to be submerged underwater? can you take us through the technology here? that's right. of course, yeah. so, the two main sensor technologies we've got are the active sonars we're using for tracking seals, primarily, so they don't make much noise underwater, so these send out a very, very high frequency ping which is too loud for the animals to hear and be disturbed by, and they listen for the echo, and they can build up an image
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of exactly where the animals are around the turbine. and the other sensor that we've got on it is underneath this protective housing here, which is passive hydrophones, which are listening to the sounds the animals make and we use those to pick up the sounds of porpoises and dolphins. john o'groats — it's here that the monitor will be sunk underwater and installed on the seabed next to the turbine. it's sam, the ship is out at sea, we're here on land waiting for the signal and that's because there is only a certain number of opportunities for the equipment to be submerged underwater and onto the seabed because of tidal conditions. but there's a delay. the turbine must be installed first, but a problem is holding things up. they haven't deployed our equipment yet. but it will happen today, for sure. but as anyone who has worked at sea knows, nothing ever goes according to plan. but the moment finally arrives.
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remember that umbilical cord? the power cable that also sends data ashore? well, what we're watching here is it being plugged into a subsea hub. this will give the sea mammal monitor power and it is a crucial moment. is it going to connect? is it going to switch on? and after years in the making, it's not good news. everything went together, but nothing came to life. but they've not given up. months later they sort out the power supply and bingo. five, six hard years of work, it's underwater, it's working. i could not be happier! that was harriet bradshaw and that is it for the shortcut of click for this week. the full—length version is waiting for you on iplayer as usual. and we will be back on dry land next week. yeah, thanks for watching. bye— bye.
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this is bbc news, i'm luxmy gopal. the headlines at 7: celebrations for australia's labor party as it wins the country's general election. it means this man, anthony albanese, is set to form the next government though it's not yet clear whether it will be a majority or minority administration. it says lot about our great country that the son of a single mum who was a disability pensioner, who grew up public housing down the road can stand before you tonight as australia's prime minister. ukraine's president zelensky has said that diplomacy is the only way russia's war on his country will end.


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