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Australian sex education campaign branded 'concerning' by activists

The Australian government has been criticised for a new education campaign designed to teach schoolchildren about consent and sexual assault. The online programme uses metaphors such as eating tacos and smearing milkshake on someone's face to depict disrespect and abuse.

How product placements may soon be added to classic films

Product placement is big business for movies and TV series alike, and items can now be added digitally to films and programmes both new and old. Fans of classic war flicks will know the scene - actor Steve McQueen revs his motorcycle furiously as he is chased by German soldiers.

Cuba leadership: Díaz-Canel named Communist Party chief

Cuba's Communist Party has announced Miguel Díaz-Canel will succeed Raúl Castro as the party's first secretary. Mr Díaz-Canel, who in 2018 succeeded Mr Castro as Cuba's president, had been widely tipped for the arguably more influential post of party leader.

Nasa successfully flies small helicopter on Mars

The American space agency has successfully flown a small helicopter on Mars. The drone, called Ingenuity, was airborne for less than a minute, but Nasa is celebrating what represents the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft on another world.

Nasa's Ingenuity Mars helicopter set for first flight

Nasa is set to make history as it attempts to launch a helicopter from the surface of Mars. If successful, it would be the first powered, controlled flight on another planet.

Byron Bay: Calls for Netflix boycott over reality show plans

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for a boycott of a proposed Netflix reality show to be set in the Australian beach town of Byron Bay. Anger has erupted in the community over the planned influencer-led series titled Byron Baes.

Super League: Why are football's biggest clubs starting a new tournament?

image copyrightMichael ReganA plan by some of the world's biggest football clubs to start a new European Super League (ESL), has provoked strong opposition. The clubs involved say the ESL will benefit football as a whole, but critics say it's driven by greed.

Trying the Hadza hunter-gatherer berry and porcupine diet

The Hadza are one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes in the world. It's thought they've lived on the same land in northern Tanzania, eating berries, tubers and 30 different mammals for 40,000 years.

Nil-by-mouth foodie: The chef who will never eat again

Loretta Harmes hasn't eaten for six years, but she hasn't lost her passion for cooking. Even though she cannot taste her recipes, she has a growing following on Instagram, where she's known as the nil-by-mouth foodie. Loretta crunched into a roast potato and savoured its fluffy insides.

A68: Iceberg that became a social media star melts away

The iceberg that was for a time the biggest in the world is no more. A68, as it was known, covered an area of nearly 6,000 sq km (2,300 sq miles) when it broke away from Antarctica in 2017.

Regulator warns against use of Peloton treadmill

Safety regulators in the US have urged owners of a Peloton treadmill to stop using the product "immediately" if they have children or pets in the home. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says it is aware of 39 incidents including one death, involving the Peloton Tread+.

Salisbury poisoning suspects 'linked to Czech blast'

Two Russian men suspected of carrying out the 2018 Salisbury poisonings are being linked to an explosion at an arms depot in the Czech Republic. Evidence links the 2014 explosion, and an attempted poisoning in Bulgaria, to a unit of Russian military intelligence - the GRU - the BBC has learnt.

Nasa chooses SpaceX to build Moon lander

Nasa has chosen Elon Musk's company SpaceX to build a lander that will return humans to the Moon this decade. This vehicle will carry the next man and the first woman down to the lunar surface under the space agency's Artemis programme.

20 years in Afghanistan: Was it worth it?

After 20 years in the country, US and British forces are leaving Afghanistan. This month President Biden announced that the remaining 2,500-3,500 US servicemen and women would be gone by September 11th. The UK is doing the same, withdrawing its remaining 750 troops. The date is significant.

Sputnik V: How Russia's Covid vaccine is dividing Europe

It's no coincidence that Russia has christened its Covid vaccine Sputnik V. The first time the world learned the meaning of the Russian word Sputnik was in 1957 when the Soviet Union launched the first man-made satellite into orbit.

Philippines: Giant clam shells worth $25m seized in raid

Around 200 tonnes of illegally harvested giant clam shells worth nearly $25 million (£18 million) have been seized in the Philippines. The seizure is one of the largest ever hauls of the endangered species.

How sex surrogates are helping injured Israeli soldiers

In many countries surrogate sex therapy - in which a person is hired to act as a patient's sexual partner - is controversial, and not widely practised. In Israel, however, it is available at government expense for soldiers who have been badly injured and need sexual rehabilitation.

Raúl Castro steps down as Cuban Communist Party leader

Raúl Castro says he is resigning as Cuban Communist Party leader, ending his family's six decades in power. Mr Castro, 89, told a party congress that he is handing over the leadership to a younger generation "full of passion and anti-imperialist spirit".

Google Earth time-lapse feature winds clock back 37 years

Google Earth has launched a time-lapse feature that lets users wind back the clock and see how the world has changed over several decades. The feature uses millions of satellite images from the past 37 years to let people scroll through time.

Human cells grown in monkey embryos spark ethical debate

Monkey embryos containing human cells have been made in a laboratory, a study has confirmed. The research, by a US-Chinese team, has sparked fresh debate into the ethics of such experiments.

Afghanistan: 'We have won the war, America has lost', say Taliban

Driving to Taliban-controlled territory doesn't take long. Around 30 minutes from the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, passing large craters left by roadside bombs, we meet our host: Haji Hekmat, the Taliban's shadow mayor in Balkh district.

Japan: Clock stopped by earthquake restarts 10 years on

An 100-year-old Japanese clock that stopped working after the 2011 earthquake has started ticking again - after another quake struck this year.

Mayan urn returned to Mexico by Albion College

image copyrightMexico Foreign MinistryA Mayan urn, made between 900 and 1600 AD, is returning to Mexico after spending more than 50 years at a college in the United States.The urn, considered to be of high historical value, has been housed at Albion College, Michigan, since 1969.

Daunte Wright shooting: How can you mistake a gun for a Taser?

The killing of Daunte Wright, a young black man, in a suburb of Minneapolis in the US, was because an officer mistook her gun for a Taser, according to police. So how is it possible to mix up the two weapons?

Stolen Roman statue found in Brussels antique shop

image copyrightItalian Culture MinistryA Roman statue dating back to the First Century BC has been recovered, almost a decade after it was stolen from archaeological site in Italy.Two Italian officers came across the sculpture of a headless figure wearing a toga at an antique shop in Belgium.

Bernie Madoff: Disgraced financier dies in prison

Bernie Madoff, a Wall Street financier disgraced after he admitted to one of the biggest frauds in US financial history, has died in prison at age 82. His death was announced by the Bureau of Prisons.

Omegle: 'I'm being used as sex-baiting bot' on video chat site

Warning: this story contains disturbing adult themes. Michael was 14 when he first went on to the video chat site Omegle.

Chinese man kidnapped and killed in elaborate body-swap scheme

image copyrightGetty ImagesA Chinese man with Down's syndrome was kidnapped and killed in a bungled plot to grant another man's wish for burial rather than cremation.

Louisiana ship capsize: Search for survivors from 'lift' vessel

Rescuers are searching for missing crew members of a large commercial vessel after it capsized off the US state of Louisiana. There were reportedly 18 people on board, and on Wednesday the US Coast Guard said it had so far rescued six.

Ville de Bitche: Facebook mistakenly removes town's page

Facebook has been criticised for temporarily removing the official page of the small French town of Bitche. The social network's algorithm confused the name of the town in Moselle, north-east France, with the English insult.

Do we Need Nuclear Energy to Stop Climate Change?

The first 1000 people to use this link will get a free trial of Skillshare: Sources & further reading: Do we need nuclear energy to stop climate change? More and more voices from science, environmental

What If Dark Matter Is Just Black Holes?

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord!​ It may be that for every star in the universe there are billions of microscopic black holes streaming through the solar system, the planet, even our bodies every second. Sounds horrible - but hey, at

Fukushima: Japan approves releasing wastewater into ocean

Japan has approved a plan to release more than one million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea. The water will be treated and diluted so radiation levels are below those set for drinking water.

Yuri Gagarin: the spaceman who came in from the cold

It was the smile that clinched it. The first cadre of Soviet space explorers gathered together numbered 20. Among them were Gherman Titov, still the youngest person to fly in space (aged 26), and Alexei Leonov, the first person to venture out of the safety of a capsule to conduct a spacewalk.

FBI arrest man over alleged Amazon centre bomb plot

US authorities have arrested a man who allegedly plotted to bomb an Amazon data centre, which he believed would "kill off about 70% of the internet". He came to the FBI's attention after somebody reported his online posts.

The mystery of how big our Universe really is

Let's start by saying the Universe is big. When we look in any direction, the furthest visible regions of the Universe are estimated to be around 46 billion light years away. That's a diameter of 540 sextillion (or 54 followed by 22 zeros) miles.

France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights

French lawmakers have moved to ban short-haul internal flights where train alternatives exist, in a bid to reduce carbon emissions. Over the weekend, lawmakers voted in favour of a bill to end routes where the same journey could be made by train in under two-and-a-half hours.

New Christ statue in Brazil's Encantado to be taller than Rio's

Christ the Protector in the southern city of Encantado will be 43m (140 ft) high with its pedestal, making it the world's third tallest Jesus statue. The idea came from local politician Adroaldo Conzatti, who died in March with Covid-19.

The 'Iron Man' body armour many of us may soon be wearing

Imagine wearing high-tech body armour that makes you super strong and tireless. Such technology, more specifically called an exoskeleton, sounds like the preserve of the Iron Man series of superhero movies.

Prince Philip: The Vanuatu tribes mourning the death of their 'god'

As Britain mourns the death of Prince Philip, they are joined by a tribal community on a Pacific island half a world away. For decades, two villages on the Vanutuan island of Tanna have revered the Duke of Edinburgh as a god-like spiritual figure.

Muon g-2 experiment finds strong evidence for new physics

The first results from the Muon g-2 experiment hosted at Fermilab show fundamental particles called muons behaving in a way not predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. Announced on April 7, 2021, these results confirm and strengthen the findings of an earlier experiment of the same name

This result could change physics forever

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Tribonacci Numbers (and the Rauzy Fractal) - Numberphile

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Iran says key Natanz nuclear facility hit by 'sabotage'

image copyrightMaxar TechnologiesA nuclear facility in Iran was hit by "sabotage" a day after it unveiled new uranium enrichment equipment, the country's top nuclear official says.

The Secret of Synchronization

How does order spontaneously arise out of chaos? This video is sponsored by Kiwico — go to for 50% off your first month of any crate. An enormous thanks to Prof. Steven Strogatz — this video would not have been possible without him. Much of the script-writing

31 days of Drupal migrations

For the month of August, 2019, we published a series of blog posts to cover Drupal migrations. It covered basic concepts and different use cases. The posts are available English. We are currently working on translating them to Spanish and French. Many thanks to, Drupalize.

Study says bitcoin could derail China's climate change targets

Bitcoin mining in China is so carbon intensive that it could threaten the country's emissions reduction targets, according to new research. China wants its emissions to peak in 2030, and has plans to be carbon neutral by 2060.

Don't Know (the Van Eck Sequence) - Numberphile

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This is why we can't have nice things

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Planned obsolescence

Producers that pursue this strategy believe that the additional sales revenue it creates more than offsets the additional costs of research and development, and offsets the opportunity costs of repurposing an existing product line.

How many chess games are possible?

Dr James Grime talking about the Shannon Number and other chess stuff. Squarespace (10% off): More links & stuff in full description below ↓↓↓ Support us on Patreon: NUMBERPHILE Website: Numberp

Is Netflix's Seaspiracy film right about fishing damaging oceans?

Many viewers have been saying they will no longer eat fish after watching the film, and expressed shock at the industrial scale of fishing.

Elon Musk's Neuralink 'shows monkey playing Pong with mind'

Neuralink, Elon Musk's computer to brain interface firm, has released a video it claims shows a monkey playing the video game Pong with its mind. Its brain signals were sent wirelessly via an implanted device.

South Korea beauty brand sorry for 'paper bottle' label fail

image copyrightGetty ImagesA popular South Korean cosmetics brand has apologised for "confusion" after selling a beauty product that is less environmentally friendly than its packaging suggests.Last year Innisfree launched a green-tea beauty product in what it labelled a "paper bottle".

Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced. The Duke of Edinburgh, the longest-serving royal consort in British history, was at the Queen's side for more than her six decades of reign.

US blacklists seven Chinese supercomputer groups

The US has blacklisted seven Chinese groups it accuses of building supercomputers to help its military. On Thursday, three companies and four branches of China's National Supercomputing Center were added to the US blacklist.

Kim Jong-un warns of North Korea crisis similar to deadly 90s famine

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has told citizens to prepare for hard times ahead, following warnings from rights groups that the country faces dire food shortages and economic instability.

Apophis asteroid will not hit Earth for 100 years, Nasa says

Earthlings can breathe a sigh of relief after US space agency Nasa confirmed the planet was "safe" from a once-feared asteroid for the next 100 years at least. Nasa had deemed Apophis to be one of the most dangerous asteroids to Earth after its discovery in 2004.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2021 finalists revealed

The finalists for the Bird Photographer of the Year 2021 (BPOTY) competition have been chosen from more than 22,000 entries from 73 countries. The competition, now in its sixth year, provides financial help to grassroots conservation projects through its charity partner Birds on the Brink.

'Lost golden city' found in Egypt reveals lives of ancient pharaohs

The discovery of a 3,000-year-old city that was lost to the sands of Egypt has been hailed as one of the most important archaeological finds since Tutankhamun's tomb. Famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass announced the discovery of the "lost golden city" near Luxor on Thursday.

Why the Muon g-2 Results Are So Exciting!

Support Us On When a theory makes a prediction that disagrees with an experimental test, sometimes it means we should throw the theory away. But what if that theory has otherwise produced the most successful predictions in all of physics? Then, that little glitc

Khasis: India's indigenous matrilineal society

During my travels across mainland India, especially in small towns and villages in the north, I hardly saw any women-run shops or marketplaces. In a sit-down eatery in Uttar Pradesh, I watched men make flatbreads and mash vegetables for curries while male customers gobbled them up.

The forgotten medieval fruit with a vulgar name

In 2011, archaeologists found something unusual in a Roman toilet. The team were excavating the ancient village of Tasgetium (now Eschenz, Switzerland), ruled by a Celtic king who was personally given the land by Julius Caesar.

Long spaceflights and endurance swimming can 'shrink the heart'

Spending very long periods of time in space has something in common with extreme endurance swimming: both can cause the heart to shrink. That's the conclusion of a study that compared the effects of astronaut Scott Kelly's year in space with a marathon swim by athlete Benoît Lecomte.

Hidden treasure: Hertford Union Canal gives up its secrets

In January, the Hertford Union Canal in East London was drained for essential repairs for the first time in 20 years, and is due to be refilled in April. The Canal and River Trust put out a call for volunteers to clear out the rubbish from the 191-year-old canal.

'We found a baby on the subway - now he's our son'

Danny Stewart was rushing to meet his boyfriend for dinner when he ran past something lying on the floor of a New York subway station. Soon he would treasure it more than anything else in the world.

Street racing: They're fast, Atlanta's furious

Screeching tyres, revving engines and the gunshot "pop" of modified exhausts: these are the sounds of the Covid-19 pandemic in Atlanta, Georgia.

Are pay-by-the-minute booths the future of work?

Sure, there are advantages, but I find it isolating. I’m sick of sitting in my apartment. I prefer to interact with colleagues face-to-face. I find the endless Zoom meetings draining. I’m tired of the lunch options nearby.

Czech Republic vaccines: European court backs mandatory pre-school jabs

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has backed the Czech Republic in its requirement for mandatory pre-school vaccinations. The case was brought by families who were fined or whose children were refused entry to pre-schools because they had not been vaccinated.

ENA: Macron to scrap French leaders' elite training school

One of France's top colleges - the Ecole Nationale d'Administration - will be shut down, French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce, under plans to boost social mobility. Its graduates include Mr Macron himself and ex-presidents François Hollande and Jacques Chirac.

US gun violence: Joe Biden to target 'ghost guns'

US President Joe Biden is to target homemade "ghost guns" as part of a new set of measures to tackle gun violence, a White House official has said. Ghost guns have no serial numbers, making them difficult to trace. They can be bought by minors and people who would not pass background checks.

Beijing now has more billionaires than any city

Beijing is now home to more billionaires than any other city in the world, according to the latest Forbes' annual rich list. The Chinese capital added 33 billionaires last year and now hosts 100, said the business magazine.

Rare Superman comic sells for record $3.25m

It means the issue of Action Comics #1, which sold for 10 cents when it was released in 1938, is the world's most valuable comic book. The comic includes the story of Superman's origins and is considered to be the start of the superhero genre.

The National Debt: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

The national debt has long been portrayed as a burden we’re placing on future generations. John Oliver discusses how national debt works, why people are so concerned about it, and why it might be more helpful that you think. Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week T

Muons: 'Strong' evidence found for a new force of nature

From sticking a magnet on a fridge door to throwing a ball into a basketball hoop, the forces of physics are at play in every moment of our lives. All of the forces we experience every day can be reduced to just four categories: gravity, electromagnetism, the strong force and the weak force.

Crate escape: Search for Irishmen who airmailed Brian Robson home

Are you Irish, were you in Australia in 1965 and did you happen to help a homesick Welshman airmail himself home in a wooden box? Brian Robson wants to contact Paul and John - he can't remember their surnames - who helped him get out of Oz.

Greenland election: Melting ice and mining project on the agenda

Greenland heads to the polls on Tuesday in snap elections which could have major consequences for international interests in the Arctic. The vast territory, which belongs to Denmark but is autonomous, lies between North America and Europe and has a population of just 56,000.

Why Utah is making men pay women's pregnancy costs

Fathers in Utah are now legally obliged to pay half the cost of a mother's medical care related to pregnancy and delivery. Supporters of the law - which is thought to be the first of its kind in the US - say it will help alleviate the financial burden of motherhood for American women.

Buddhist monk freed from flooded cave in Thailand after four days

Thai rescue workers have freed a Buddhist monk from a flooded cave, four days after he went inside to meditate. The monk, who was on a pilgrimage, entered the cave in Thailand's Phitsanulok province on Saturday, rescuers say.

Bronze Age slab found in France is oldest 3D map in Europe

The 2m by 1.5m slab (5ft by 6.5ft), first uncovered in 1900, was found again in a cellar in a castle in Brittany, France, in 2014. Archaeologists who studied patterns engraved on the 4,000-year-old stone say they believe the markings are a map of an area in western Brittany.

'Mrs Sri Lanka' beauty queen injured in on-stage bust-up

The winner of Sri Lanka's biggest beauty prize has suffered head injuries after a brawl broke out on stage. Beauty queen Pushpika De Silva won the "Mrs Sri Lanka" title at a ceremony on national TV on Sunday.

More than 1,800 prisoners escape in Nigeria

More than 1,800 inmates have escaped from a prison in Nigeria after it was attacked by gunmen, officials say. The attackers reportedly entered the prison yard in the south-eastern town of Owerri by using explosives to blast the administrative block.

Vitamin D: The truth about an alleged Covid ‘cover-up’

As Covid-19 swept the world, so did misinformation about how to treat it. But sometimes misinformation can develop even around ideas that have some truth to them - and that can be the most difficult kind to tackle. There are many treatments that have been suggested for Covid-19.

Google v Oracle: Supreme Court declares Google's code copying fair

Oracle, another tech titan, had sued Google in 2010 for copyright infringement over what it said was copied computer code. Android is now used in an estimated 70% of global smartphones, and damages could have run into the billions.

Dinosaur-killing asteroid strike gave rise to Amazon rainforest

The asteroid impact that killed off the dinosaurs gave birth to our planet's tropical rainforests, a study suggests. Researchers used fossil pollen and leaves from Colombia to investigate how the impact changed South American tropical forests.

Companies back moratorium on deep sea mining

For years it was only environmental groups that objected to the idea of digging up metals from the deep sea. But now BMW, Volvo, Google and Samsung are lending their weight to calls for a moratorium on the proposals.

Egypt mummies to pass through Cairo in ancient rulers' parade

Crowds of curious Egyptians are expected to line the streets to witness an historic procession of their country's ancient rulers through the capital, Cairo.

Taiwan: Prosecutors seek arrest after train crash which killed 50

Prosecutors in Taiwan want to arrest a construction site manager whose lorry is suspected of causing a train crash in which at least 50 people died. The train hit the lorry when it slid onto the tracks from the site, trapping hundreds in the wreckage for hours.

Solitary confinement: New York bans prison isolation over 15 days

New York has adopted a law banning more than 15 days in solitary confinement, and is set to become one of the first US states to fall in line with the UN's Mandela Rules, which define extended solitary as torture.

USS Johnston: Sub dives to deepest-known shipwreck

The vessel reached the USS Johnston, which lies 6.5km (4 miles) beneath the waves in the Philippine Sea in the Pacific Ocean. Explorers spent several hours surveying and filming the wreck over a series of dives.

158,962,555,217,826,360,000 (Enigma Machine) - Numberphile

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Flaw in the Enigma Code - Numberphile

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Covid: Will your pet need a coronavirus vaccine?

From the start of the pandemic, experts have shared their concerns about the impact of coronavirus on animals.

Paul Simon sells his entire song catalogue to Sony

Paul Simon has sold his entire song catalogue to Sony Music Publishing for an undisclosed sum. The deal covers more than six decades of music, from Simon & Garfunkel songs like Bridge Over Troubled Water and Mrs Robinson to solo hits like You Can Call Me Al and 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.

France plans punishment for 'virginity tests'

The French government plans to introduce jail terms and fines for doctors who provide controversial so-called "virginity certificates" for traditional religious marriages.

French government condemns reality TV 'virginity test'

image copyrightGetty ImagesA French reality TV series has been condemned by the government over its treatment of so-called "handkerchief ceremonies" in which young brides are supposed to prove their virginity.

How boredom can spark creativity

“I don’t know where I am going, but I promise it won’t be boring,” David Bowie announced from the stage of Madison Square Gardens at a concert to celebrate his 50th birthday in 1997. He didn’t have to worry. Bowie was about as far from ordinary as you can get.

Facebook bans 'voice of Trump' from platform

Facebook has removed a video of former US President Donald Trump from the page of his daughter-in-law Lara Trump. The social media giant banned Mr Trump from its platform in January following riots by his supporters on the Capitol building in Washington.

Google rejigs remote working as it reopens offices

Google is changing its work-from-home policy as it looks to get more people back into its US offices. The tech firm said employees can work from home overseas for more than 14 days a year if they apply for it.

Skull of dinosaur called 'one who causes fear' found in Patagonia

Scientists in southern Argentina have found the skull of a large meat-eating dinosaur named "one who causes fear" in the local Mapuche language. The horned Llukalkan aliocranianus was around 5 metres (16 feet) long and roamed South America 85 million years ago.

A few frequent flyers 'dominate air travel'

image copyrightReutersA small minority of frequent flyers dominate air travel in almost all countries with high aviation emissions, analysis suggests. In the UK, 70% of flights are made by a wealthy 15% of the population, with 57% not flying abroad at all.

Watergate mastermind G Gordon Liddy dies aged 90

image copyrightGetty ImagesG Gordon Liddy, one of the masterminds of the Watergate burglary who became a radio show host after his release from prison, has died at the age of 90.His son, Thomas Liddy, confirmed his father's death and said only that it was not Covid 19-related, US media say.

Women's underwear to be provided to female recruits in Swiss army

Switzerland is to allow female members of the army to wear women's underwear for the first time in an effort to boost recruitment, local media report. Under the current system, the standard uniform issued to military recruits includes only men's underwear.

Child tweets gibberish from US nuclear-agency account

image copyrightGetty ImagesA young child inadvertently sparked confusion over the weekend by posting an unintelligible tweet to the official account of US Strategic Command. The agency is responsible for safeguarding America's nuclear weapons.

Evidence mounts Covid jab protects those around you

The Covid-19 vaccine blocks pretty much all cases of serious illness - but the government has been much more cautious about saying whether it stops people carrying the virus and infecting others.

Photographing the "endless diversity" of America by streetlight

British photographer Daniel Freeman travelled more than 25,000 miles (40,000km) across the US to capture scenes of small towns lit only by streetlights, shop fronts and moonlight.

VW rebrand turns out to be April Fools' joke

German carmaker Volkswagen will not change its name to "Voltswagen" in the US despite earlier saying it would in a press release. The name change was in fact an April Fool's joke that was leaked to the media several days early by mistake.

'We have your porn collection': The rise of extortionware

Cyber-security companies are warning about the rise of so-called 'extortionware' where hackers embarrass victims into paying a ransom. Experts say the trend towards ransoming sensitive private information could affect companies not just operationally but through reputation damage.

Mafia fugitive caught after posting cooking show on YouTube

Italian police tracked down Marc Feren Claude Biart, 53, through the culinary videos he had uploaded to YouTube. While he carefully hid his face, he failed to disguise his body tattoos.

Suez Canal: Ever Given container ship finally freed

A giant container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week has finally been freed after a mammoth salvage operation.Tug boats honked their horns in celebration as the 400m-long (1,300ft) Ever Given was dislodged on Monday.

French drug company fined over Mediator weight loss pill

image copyrightAFPA French drug maker has been found guilty of aggravated fraud and involuntary manslaughter over a weight loss pill at the centre of a major health scandal.The drug Mediator was developed for use in overweight diabetics and was on the market for 33 years.

Introduction to paragraphs migrations in Drupal

Today we will present an introduction to paragraphs migrations in Drupal. The example consists of migrating paragraphs of one type, then connecting the migrated paragraphs to nodes. A separate image migration is included to demonstrate how they are different.

Migrating Paragraphs in Drupal 8

Paragraphs is a powerful Drupal module that makes gives editors more flexibility in how they design and layout the content of their pages. However, they are special in that they make no sense without a host entity.

Max Woosey tent camp-out sees 1,000 children take part

About 1,000 children have taken part in a "big camp-out" inspired by an 11-year-old boy who has slept in a tent for a year. Max Woosey, from Braunton, Devon, began his challenge after a neighbour, who later died of cancer, gave him a tent to "have an adventure in".

The vaccine misinformation battle raging in France

France is one of the most vaccine-sceptical countries in the world - fertile ground for hard-line anti-vaccine activists spreading online misinformation, writes the BBC's specialist disinformation reporter Marianna Spring.

Ivermectin: South African medics using unproven worm drug to treat Covid-19

The drug Ivermectin, which has been touted by some as an effective coronavirus treatment even though it is clinically unproven, is at the centre of a legal battle in South Africa as some medics want it licensed for human use, as Pumza Fihlani reports.

Digital images made of Leith medieval graveyard skulls

Forensic artists have reconstructed the faces of people who lived in Edinburgh's Leith area up to 700 years ago. Their remains were among more than 360 bodies uncovered during excavations of a medieval graveyard dating back to between the 14th and 17th centuries.

'Ice-cream toothache': Cold food and drinks pain explained

Scientists believe they have worked out why biting down on ice or drinking something really cold causes excruciating pain for some people. They have located the cells and signals in sensitive teeth that detect big temperature drops and trigger toothache and brain jolt.

Wilmington 1898: When white supremacists overthrew a US government

Following state elections in 1898, white supremacists moved into the US port of Wilmington, North Carolina, then the largest city in the state.

The Swedish chef who cooks solely with fire

At his Michelin-starred restaurant, Ekstedt, located in downtown Stockholm, chef Niklas Ekstedt brings the natural world indoors.

Dominion Voting sues Fox News for $1.6bn over election fraud claims

Dominion Voting Systems has filed a $1.6bn (£1.2bn) defamation lawsuit against Fox News, arguing it promoted baseless claims of vote-rigging. Conservatives and Trump campaigners had claimed last year that the US company had altered its voting machines to deny re-election to Donald Trump.

Liverpool twins separated at birth 'cuddle and hold hands'

Laura Hough from Liverpool said she was warned her daughter, Neve, who was born weighing 1lb 7oz (652g), may not survive. But it was her twin brother Louie, who weighed 3lbs 3oz (1.5kg), who was taken for specialist care separating them.

Deepfakes porn has serious consequences

In recent weeks there has been an explosion in what has become known as deepfakes: pornographic videos manipulated so that the original actress's face is replaced with somebody else's.

The hidden fingerprint inside your photos

On 3 October 2020, the White House published two photographs of Donald Trump, signing papers and reading briefings. The day before, Trump had announced he had caught the coronavirus and these photos were apparently released to show that he was in rude health.

Suez blockage is holding up $9.6bn of goods a day

The stranded Ever Given mega-container ship in the Suez Canal is holding up an estimated $9.6bn (£7bn) of goods each day, according to shipping data. This works out at $400m an hour in trade along the waterway which is a vital passageway between east and west.

Covid-19: Dutch sign up for test holiday on Greek island

A Dutch travel firm will take nearly 200 people for an eight-day holiday in Greece aimed at seeing if tourism is feasible during the Covid-19 pandemic.Those picked will have an all-inclusive getaway on the island of Rhodes at a cost of €399 (£344; $472) per person, but there are some catches.

Covid: How a £20 gadget could save lives

One of the mysteries of Covid-19 is why oxygen levels in the blood can drop to dangerously low levels without the patient noticing. It is known as "silent hypoxia".

Nasa to fly Ingenuity Mars helicopter in early April

The US space agency says it expects now to fly the first helicopter on Mars in early April. The little chopper was carried to the Red Planet by the Perseverance rover, which made its dramatic landing in Jezero Crater just over a month ago.

Twitter: Buyer defends paying $2.9m for 'Mona Lisa' of tweets

The buyer of Twitter's first ever tweet by its founder Jack Dorsey for $2.9m (£2.1m) sees it as a wise investment. "It's a piece of human history in the form of a digital asset.

Intel chief Pat Gelsinger: Too many chips made in Asia

Intel's new chief executive has told the BBC it is not "palatable" that so many computer chips are made in Asia. The majority of processors are currently manufactured in the region, with Taiwan's TSMC and South Korea's Samsung the dominant players.

Pope cuts pay for cardinals as Vatican finances hit by pandemic

Pope Francis has ordered pay cuts for cardinals and other clerics as the Vatican battles to balance its books during the pandemic. Cardinals will see their pay reduced by 10% from April, the Vatican said.

Egypt's Suez Canal blocked by large container ship

Egypt's Suez Canal has been blocked by a large container ship that ran aground while turning in the narrow channel, vessel tracking sites show. Several tug boats were deployed to help shift the 59m (194ft) wide vessel, the Ever Given, which has been causing a build-up of shipping traffic.

The 'megascale' structures that humans could one day build

In 1603, a Jesuit priest invented a machine for lifting the entire planet with only ropes and gears. Christoph Grienberger oversaw all mathematical works written by Jesuit authors, a role akin to an editor at a modern scientific journal.

Why self-compassion – not self-esteem – leads to success

Think back to the last time you failed or made an important mistake.

'Hinkley woke me up,' says water activist Erin Brockovich

On World Water Day, Erin Brockovich talks about her new case on "forever chemicals" in our water, and their potential wide-spread health impact. The name Erin Brockovich has become synonymous with those who investigate and hold corporations to account for polluting people's water.

China: 3,000-year-old gold mask sparks online meme

image copyrightWeibo/Sanxingdui MuseumA 3,000-year-old ceremonial gold mask has become an unexpected social media sensation in China after its recent discovery in Sichuan province.The artefact was one of 500 Bronze-Age relics found at the Sanxingdui archaeological site.

The world 'traveller' who never left home

Havana may be Cuba's most famous city, but tiny Trinidad is its most enchanting. With its cobblestone streets, pastel-coloured 18th- and 19th-Century palaces, and manicured Baroque plazas, the 500-year-old Unesco-inscribed marvel is one of the finest colonial towns in the Americas.

Coronavirus: Hungary first in EU to approve Russian vaccine

Hungary has become the first country in the European Union to give preliminary approval to the Russian coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V.

Ghana 'baby-harvesting syndicate' arrested

Members of an alleged "baby-harvesting" and child-trafficking syndicate have been arrested in Ghana. It follows a sting operation where two babies were sold to investigators for about $5,000 (£3,600) and $4,800 each.

Iceland volcano eruption: Onlookers flock to see Mount Fagradalsfjall

Thousands have flocked to a volcano in Iceland which erupted near the capital, Reykjavik. Lava started to burst through a crack in Mount Fagradalsfjall on Friday evening, in the first eruption of its kind in more than 800 years.

Mars: Vast amount of water may be locked up on planet

It's a longstanding mystery: how Mars lost the water that flowed across its surface billions of years ago. Scientists now think they have an answer: much of it became trapped in the planet's outer layer - its crust.

Space debris removal demonstration launches

Among the payloads was a 500kg Earth imager developed by the South Korean space agency; and a pair of spacecraft from the Tokyo-headquartered Astroscale company which will give a demonstration of how to clean up orbital debris. Astroscale's showcase will be run from an operations centre in the UK.

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2nd March 2021If there is a God, would they be bound by the laws of physics? I still believed in God (I am now an atheist) when I heard the following question at a seminar, first posed by Einstein, and was stunned by its elegance and depth: "If there is a God who created the entire universe and ALL

Chinese miners to remain trapped at least two more weeks

Chinese rescue teams say it might be more than two weeks until they can save a group of miners trapped hundreds of metres underground. From the group of 11 miners authorities made contact with last weekend, one has since died after falling into a coma.

Elephants counted from space for conservation

At first, the satellite images appear to be of grey blobs in a forest of green splotches - but, on closer inspection, those blobs are revealed as elephants wandering through the trees. And scientists are using these images to count African elephants from space.

New light shed on Charles Darwin's 'abominable mystery'

The famous naturalist was haunted by the question of how the first flowering plants evolved. Darwin feared this inexplicable puzzle would undermine his theories of evolution, says Prof Richard Buggs.

How Africa's largest city is staying afloat

Navigating the thronging streets of Lagos, Nigeria, is a challenge at the best of times. But during the rainy seasons, the city's streets can become almost impassable. Home to more than 24 million, Lagos is Nigeria's economic powerhouse, making it a destination for people seeking new opportunities.

Why the future of work might be ‘hybrid’

Since Covid-19 upended our lives, employees around the world have settled into the rhythms of mandatory remote work. Now, as companies try to decide the best way forward for their workers, it’s clear that many employees don’t want to stuff the genie entirely back into the bottle.

Why you’re more creative in coffee shops

Some of the most successful people in history have done their best work in coffee shops.

Assassins: How CCTV gave Kim Jong-nam murder documentary added intrigue

When four years ago film-maker Ryan White heard about the airport assassination of Kim Jong-nam he knew the story was extraordinary but he had no intention of turning it into a film.

Elon Musk's Tesla buys $1.5bn of Bitcoin causing currency to spike

Elon Musk's car firm Tesla has said it bought about $1.5bn (£1.1bn) of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin in January and expects to start accepting it as payment in future. The news caused the price of Bitcoin to jump 17% to $44,220, a record high.

The missing continent it took 375 years to find

It was 1642 and Abel Tasman was on a mission.

The anxieties and apps fuelling the astrology boom

Charm Torres, an astrologer in Toronto, Canada, has seen a surge of interest in her services since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pigs can play video games with their snouts, scientists find

Pigs can play video games, scientists have found, after putting four fun-loving swine to the test. Four pigs - Hamlet, Omelette, Ebony and Ivory - were trained to use an arcade-style joystick to steer an on-screen cursor into walls.

Ancient hunter-gatherer seashell resonates after 17,000 years

Archaeologists have managed to get near-perfect notes out of a musical instrument that's more than 17,000 years old. It's a conch shell that was found in a hunter-gatherer cave in southern France.

Covid: No evidence that vaccinations harm fertility

Claims on social media that the Covid vaccine could affect female fertility are unfounded, experts have said. Posts have incorrectly suggested the Pfizer vaccine could cause infertility in women, or cause their bodies to attack the placenta.

Police warn students to avoid science website

Police have warned students in the UK against using a website that they say lets users "illegally access" millions of scientific research papers. The City of London police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit says using the Sci-Hub website could "pose a threat" to students' personal data.

Scotland’s little-known fourth "language"

“Slaverin, slubberin, gibberin, gabberin, roon wi a wallop, a sklyter, a sweel,” recited the poet. “Yonder’s the burn – in its bairnhood, it’s blabberin. Heich-lowpin puddock, wi virr in its heel…”

The website helping to sell homes with a bloody past

The property ads pop up like they would on any other real estate website.

The Ridiculous Way We Used To Calculate Pi

For thousands of years, mathematicians were calculating Pi the obvious but numerically inefficient way. Then Newton came along and changed the game. This video is sponsored by Brilliant. The first 314 people to sign up via get 20% off a yearly subscription. Happy P

The LONGEST time - Numberphile

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The untranslatable word that connects Wales

A small harbour I know well appears on an Instagram story, catching me by surprise with its flash of familiar cobbled streets and blue skies.

The greatest security threat of the post-truth age

The Covid-19 pandemic has made one thing clear: it is very difficult to coordinate the behaviour of an entire society – even in matters of life and death. Consider the public response to the rollout of vaccines.

Computer says go: Taking orders from an AI boss

Will your future boss be a computer? If your first thought upon reading that sentence was "well it would be an improvement on my current human one," you wouldn't be alone.

Cancel culture: Have any two words become more weaponised?

image copyrightBBC/Getty ImagesA US president is banned from social media. A long-time national science reporter resigns in disgrace after repeating a racial slur. A school district drops the names of famous Americans from its buildings. A congresswoman is punished for spreading conspiracy theories.

Did nuclear spy devices in the Himalayas trigger India floods?

In a village in the Indian Himalayas, generations of residents have believed that nuclear devices lie buried under the snow and rocks in the towering mountains above.

How Trump offered Kim a ride on Air Force One

President Trump's meetings with Kim Jong-un were among the most eye-catching moments of his presidency.

Are streaming algorithms really damaging film?

For many stuck inside during lockdown, streaming services have kept the movie-going experience alive - offering a safe alternative while cinemas remain shut. But film director Martin Scorsese isn't such a fan. In an essay for Harper's magazine, he's warned that cinema is being "devalued...

The moments that could have accidentally ended humanity

In the late 1960s, Nasa faced a decision that could have shaped the fate of our species. Following the Apollo 11 Moon landings, the three astronauts were waiting to be picked up inside their capsule floating in the Pacific Ocean – and they were hot and uncomfortable.

What happens when you work from bed for a year

For many people, working from home, or ‘WFH’, has also come to mean ‘WFB’ – working from bed. Getting dressed and commuting to an office has been replaced by splashing water on your face and cracking open a computer as you settle back under your blanket.

Exposing life inside the world's most notorious prison

When Tahar Rahim was approached to star in The Mauritanian, Kevin Macdonald's biopic about the 14-year imprisonment without charge of Guantánamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi, he knew as much about the US prison camp as the average Western audience the film was being made for.

Welcome to Polebridge: One of the US' last frontiers

In the middle of north-western Montana’s remote wilderness, along an unpaved stretch of highway known as “The North Fork Road”, an electric car pulls up next to a mud-splattered truck in front of a red building.

Australia: Oldest rock art is 17,300-year-old kangaroo

Australian scientists have discovered the country's oldest known rock art - a 17,300-year-old painting of a kangaroo. The artwork measuring 2m (6.5ft) was painted in red ochre on the ceiling of a rock shelter.

The battery invented 120 years before its time

Traveling down a gravelly road in West Orange, New Jersey, an electric car sped by pedestrians, some clearly surprised by the vehicle's roomy interior.

The artists who outwitted the Nazis

When we think about artists working in wartime, we tend to imagine official war artists or the creators of propaganda. But what if artists, like the codebreakers of Bletchley Park, have been among the unsung heroes in the war effort – and crucial participants at the business end of conflict?

Human origins: 'Little Foot' fossil's big journey out of Africa

image copyrightDiamond Light SourceA priceless fossil was briefly brought to a UK research centre in complete secrecy two years ago, in an operation that had more than a touch of the spy novel about it.

Call to remove 'sexist' dictionary definitions for 'woman'

Campaigners and academics have called on Oxford University Press to change what they say are "sexist" dictionary definitions of the word "woman". They say claiming that words like "bitch" or "maid" are synonyms for the word "reinforce negative stereotypes".

Should women be spelt womxn?

Womxn - to the untrained eye it may look like a typo. But when the Wellcome Collection - a museum and library in London - sent a tweet promoting an event using the word it led to a Twitter backlash from hundreds of women, and an apology from the organisation.

Why it's wrong to look at work-life balance as an achievement

Few topics have been so endlessly analysed, glorified and dissected as work-life balance. The quest to attain this somewhat nebulous state has dominated discourse around careers for years – especially for working parents. The concept is often presented as something to achieve, or a goal to reach.

South China Sea dispute: Huge Chinese 'fishing fleet' alarms Philippines

The Philippines has called on China to withdraw more than 200 ships it accuses of encroaching upon its territorial waters in the South China Sea. Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana said the Chinese ships were violating the Philippines' maritime rights.

Elon Musk denies Tesla cars are used for spying in China

Elon Musk, the chief executive of the US electric carmaker Tesla, says his firm would be "shut down" if its vehicles were used for spying on China. His comments came in response to reports that China's military had banned Tesla cars from its facilities.

French drugs haul 'was strawberry Haribo'

This week police in Paris announced a "fruitful investigation" and a raid netting MDMA and ecstasy with a street value of over €1m ($1.2m; £860,000). But it has turned out to be fruitful in a different way.

New Icelandic volcano eruption could have global impact

Hundreds of metres under one of Iceland's largest glaciers there are signs of a looming volcanic eruption that could be one of the most powerful the country has seen in almost a century. Mighty Katla, with its 10km (6.

Volcano erupts near Iceland's capital Reykjavik

It is warning the public of falling rocks and boulders, and also landslides as the eruption began at Fagradalsfjall on Reykjanes peninsula. This comes after the area recorded more than 50,000 earthquakes in the past three weeks.

Matterhorn Ultraks

The Matterhorn Ultraks is an international skyrunning competition held for the first time in 1982. It runs every year in Zermatt (Switzerland) in August, race valid for the Skyrunner World Series till 2010.[1]

Greek bull figurine unearthed after heavy downpour

image copyrightReutersA bronze figurine of a bull believed to be at least 2,500 years old has been unearthed in Greece following heavy rain near the ancient site of Olympia.Burn marks on the statuette suggest it may have been one of thousands of offerings to the Greek god Zeus.

SLS: Successful test for world's most powerful rocket

Nasa has carried out a successful test on part of the most powerful rocket in existence - the Space Launch System (SLS). Engines on the rocket's "core stage" were kept running for more than eight minutes - simulating the time it takes the SLS to go from the ground to space.

Zeno's Paradox - Numberphile

Dr James Grime is back and talking about tortoises.In many ways this video follows on from and then Grime's website is: http://singingbanana.comWebsite: on Facebook: http://w

Is zero an even number?

Superstorm Sandy had many consequences, some easier to foresee than others. Millions experienced floods and power cuts, the New York marathon was cancelled, and pictures of sharks in the city appeared on the internet. Another outcome was to draw attention to the unique position of the number zero.

Dozens change name to 'salmon' to get sushi deal in Taiwan

Dozens of people in Taiwan have changed their names to "salmon" to take advantage of a restaurant's sushi promotion deal. Officials have issued a plea asking people to stop visiting government offices to request the name change, according to local media.

Fibonacci Mystery - Numberphile

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The NEW Crisis in Cosmology I have good news and bad news. Bad news first: two years ago we reported on the Crisis in Cosmology. Since then, it’s only gotten worse. And actually, the good news is also that the crisis in cosmology has actually gotten worse, which means we may be onto some

The Himalayan peak off limits to climbers

Through the window of a bus one summer, I remember being awestruck by the faint outline of a giant triangular mass of rock and snow, shrouded in a swirl of clouds for a brief minute, towering over Nepal's famous Pokhara valley and its eponymous city.

Paris Commune: The revolt dividing France 150 years on

Exactly 150 years after the Paris Commune, rival passions are flaring again over how to remember the city's brief and much-romanticised experiment in power to the people.

Death of a Zulu king: 'He is planted, not buried'

Goodwill Zwelithini, the 72-year-old king of the Zulu nation in South Africa, was laid to rest at a private ceremony shrouded in secrecy and attended only by a select group of royal men in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Antarctic seafloor exposed after 50 years of ice cover

Life gets busy wherever it can, even under thick ice cover in Antarctica. German scientists have inspected an area of seafloor newly exposed by the calving of mega-iceberg A74 and found it to be teeming with animals.

'Stingy men' take on Nigeria's dating etiquette

Women of Nigeria watch out - the men are in revolt. No longer will they pay for lavish dates; no longer will they provide expensive gifts; no longer will they hand over cash on demand.

Australia: Sex consent app proposal sparks backlash

Australians have derided a suggestion by the New South Wales (NSW) police commissioner that an app could be used to register sexual consent. On Thursday, Mick Fuller championed the idea of an app where people could digitally record their mutual agreement to have sex.

GameStop: Reddit users investing in gorilla conservation

Reddit users have been symbolically adopting apes and donating to foundations including The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the World Wildlife Fund. Some users are naming GameStop, or GME as they're known on the New York Stock Exchange, as the adopter.

The Golden Ratio (why it is so irrational) - Numberphile

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The Feigenbaum Constant (4.669) - Numberphile

Binge on learning at The Great Courses Plus: The Feigenbaum Constant and Logistic Map - featuring Ben Sparks. Catch a more in-depth interview with Ben on our Numberphile Podcast: Ben Sparks: Random numbers: htt

Teen 'mastermind' pleads guilty to celeb Twitter hack

Graham Ivan Clark was 17 when he co-ordinated the scam - which hijacked the profiles of celebrities, including Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Barack Obama. He would spend three years in prison as part of his plea deal, a Florida court filing said.

French glue-trapping of birds not allowed, says EU court

The controversial practice of trapping birds on glue-covered twigs cannot be allowed even as a tradition, the European Court of Justice has ruled. French hunters were told to suspend glue-trapping last summer when the European Commission warned it could take legal action.

Euclid's Big Problem - Numberphile

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The 432-year-old manual on social distancing

It was the dead of night in mid-November 1582. A sailor stepped onto the dock at the port of Alghero, Sardinia, and took in the view of the city for the last time. The unfortunate mariner is thought to have arrived from Marseille, 447km (278 miles) across the Mediterranean Sea.

Why you really don’t want to catch Covid-19

All throughout history, people have gone to extraordinary lengths to avoid infections. In the Middle Ages, it was common to douse oneself in “four thieves vinegar” – a concoction of herbs brewed in cider vinegar – before leaving the house, as a way of staving off the plague.

What we know and don't know about Covid-19

Usually, by the time you read about scientific research on a news site like the BBC, it has gone through a period of scrutiny, development and evaluation.

How US nuclear missiles found a base in Scotland

Dunoon was no stranger to submarines and their crews by the time the first Americans arrived there in March 1961 but establishing a US base in Scotland was still a controversial move. The Argyll town sits at the mouth of the Holy Loch on the east side of the Cowal peninsula.

How can we make washing machines last?

When his family washing machine stopped working just a few months outside its warranty, Johan Rääf was less than impressed.

How your sense of smell predicts your overall health

Barrie Smith was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in his 50s, but 18 years before he was given his diagnosis, he developed a very strange and permanent symptom. One day he detected "a strong smoky smell, like burning wires", he says. Since then, he has never smelt anything again.

The darkly soothing compulsion of 'doomscrolling'

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Emily Bernstein, 29, has been scrolling and scrolling and scrolling. As a Los Angeles-based comedy writer, Bernstein needs to read through Twitter and news sites for material.

Etna: Life beneath the volcanic dust of repeated eruptions

Irene Corsaro will never forget her first driving lesson under a rain of black ash from Mount Etna. Like many Sicilians from Catania, the 18-year-old has learnt quickly how to make her way home on a road covered in volcanic dust during one of the volcano's 11 eruptions in the past three weeks.

Everydays: The First 5000 Days - Will Gompertz reviews Beeple's digital work ★★★☆☆

Mike Winkelmann is an American graphic designer. In May 2007 he drew an image of his Uncle Joe, called it Uber Jay (Mike's nickname for his uncle) and shared it online. The next day he made another image and once again posted it online. He did the same thing the next day, and then the next day.

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In 2011, Germany's Frankfurt Airport – the country's busiest – unveiled its fourth runway. The addition sparked major protests, with demonstrators returning to the airport every Monday for years. "It's destroying my life," one protester told Reuters a year later.

Covid-19 paused climate emissions – but they're rising again

The planet had already warmed by around 1.2C since pre-industrial times when the World Health Organization officially declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020.

How revealing should your work clothing really be?

Q: I sometimes appear on television, in an official capacity. I had taken my suit jacket off while waiting for one such appearance when the show’s producer came by and suggested I go on camera wearing just my camisole.

Kissing colleagues

Q: Two co-workers on our small team are dating. Here's the problem: one is a married man, with kids, who is cheating on his wife. The other is a divorced single mom.

Playing the confidence game at work — the wrong way

Near the end of every school year, junior high school teacher Amy Lou Linder Weems begins a month-long lesson in what she calls “service learning.” She tells her students in Monroe, Louisiana, to pick a social problem that interests them.

'Failing up': Why some climb the ladder despite mediocrity

It’s the lacklustre associate who makes partner despite a poor record, even though you’ve been working around the clock at the same firm without even a glance from the bosses.

Why the 'nice guy' penalty disadvantages all workers

David Wyatt has worked in public relations for more than 20 years, having worked his way up to become a senior vice-president at an Austin, Texas-based firm. He recognises his privileges as a straight white man whose education was paid for.   

Goodbye to the original celebrity private jet

Learjet, once synonymous with private jet travel for the super-rich and famous, will stop production this year. Its owner Bombardier has seen sales decline among its wealthy customers who are now demanding bigger, more comfortable private aircraft to carry them around the world.

Bitcoin: Fake Elon Musk giveaway scam 'cost man £400,000'

Sebastian will always remember the moment he lost £407,000, with equal parts anger and shame. The night leading up to it had been otherwise forgettable.

Why we procrastinate on the tiniest of tasks

It could be a quick email to a colleague you dislike. Perhaps it’s some menial paperwork; a small tweak to a spreadsheet or an invoice that has to be filed.

Discovering WW1 tunnel of death hidden in France for a century

Not since the 1970s has there been such an important discovery from the Great War in France. In woods on a ridge not far from the city of Reims, the bodies of more than 270 German soldiers have lain for more than a century - after they died the most agonising deaths imaginable.

Psychedelic therapy could 'reset' depressed brain

image copyrightGetty ImagesA powerful hallucinogenic drug known for its part in shamanic rituals is being trialled as a potential cure for depression for the first time.Participants will be given the drug DMT, followed by talking therapy.

Climate change: 'Forever plant' seagrass faces uncertain future

The green, underwater meadows of Posidonia seagrass that surround the Balearic Islands are one of the world's most powerful, natural defences against climate change. But this global treasure is now under extreme pressure from tourists, from development and ironically from climate change.

Myanmar coup: The shadowy business empire funding the Tatmadaw

Myanmar's military - the leaders of its recent coup - are funded by a huge chunk of the national budget. But the armed forces also draw a vast and secretive income from sprawling business interests:

The wonder material we all need but is running out

Natural rubber is a uniquely tough, flexible and highly waterproof material. It puts tyres on our vehicles, soles on our shoes, it makes seals for engines and refrigerators, insulates wires and other electrical components.

Bitcoin surges past $60,000 for first time

Cryptocurrency Bitcoin has risen for the first time above $60,000 (£43,100), continuing its record-breaking run. Bitcoin - which has more than tripled in value since the end of last year - has been powered on by well-known companies adopting it as a method of payment.

How Does Gravity Affect Light?​ We know that gravity exerts its pull on light, and we have an explanation for why. Actually, we have multiple explanations that all predict the same thing. And at first glance, these explanations seem to describe completely different causes. So what is the t

Why teenage sleep is so important for mental health

It's late morning and the teenagers in the house are still fast asleep long after you've got up. Should you rush upstairs and pull them out of bed by their feet? It may be tempting, but the answer is probably no.

Why the GameStop story is far from over

GameStop's shares slumped by 40% in 25 minutes on Wednesday, after a few days of frenetic growth. Earlier that day the share price had soared to nearly $350 (£250) - 100 times more than this time last year.

Sri Lanka to ban burka and other face coverings

Sri Lanka has taken a significant step towards banning the burka and other face coverings in public, on grounds of national security. Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekara told the BBC that he had signed a cabinet order which now needs parliamentary approval.

Corinne Masiero: Actress protests naked at 'French Oscars' ceremony

image copyrightEPAA French actress protested naked at a César Awards dominated by demands the government do more to support culture during the coronavirus pandemic.Corinne Masiero, 57, wore a donkey costume over a blood-stained dress before stripping on stage at France's equivalent of the Oscars.

Roei ‘Jinji’ Sadan: Israeli round-the-world cyclist killed outside home

An adventure athlete who cycled the world and survived falling down a mountain in India has been killed by a bus near his home in northern Israel. Roei Sadan, known affectionately as "Jinji", was 39 years old.

Scientists unlock mysteries of world's oldest 'computer'

image copyrightProf Tony Freeth / UCLA 2,000-year-old device often referred to as the world's oldest "computer" has been recreated by scientists trying to understand how it worked.The Antikythera Mechanism has baffled experts since it was found on a Roman-era shipwreck in Greece in 1901.

Minneapolis to pay Floyd family $27m

The city of Minneapolis has reached a $27m settlement with the family of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of police last May. Mr Floyd's death after being trapped under the knee of former officer Derek Chauvin was captured on camera and sparked protests worldwide.

What are NFTs and why are some worth millions?

image copyrightBBC/BeepleA digital-only artwork has sold at Christie's auction house for an eye-watering $69m (£50m) - but the winning bidder will not receive a sculpture, painting or even a print.Instead, they get a unique digital token known as an NFT.

Covid: Does Tanzania have a hidden epidemic?

Despite growing evidence to the contrary, Tanzania's government continues to downplay the impact of coronavirus on the country. There is also speculation that President Magufuli is himself suffering from Covid and receiving hospital treatment, although that has not been confirmed.

Brussels bombers 'murdered pensioner as a test'

Two brothers involved in the Brussels suicide bombings murdered a pensioner earlier to see what killing was like, according to a Belgian report. Ibrahim El-Bakraoui blew himself up at Zaventem airport in 2016, murdering 11 people. His brother Khalid left another 20 dead at a metro station.

The tree that changed the world map

Unfurling in a carpet of green where the Andes and Amazon basin meet in south-western Peru, Manú National Park is one of the most biodiverse corners of the planet: a lush, 1.

Amanda Gorman's Catalan translator dropped because of 'profile'

A translator from Spain says his version of a poem read at US President Joe Biden's inauguration was rejected because he had the wrong "profile".Víctor Obiols was commissioned to work on the Catalan translation of Amanda Gorman's The Hill We Climb last month.

Parkinson's skin-swab test 'in sight'

image copyrightPARKINSON'S UKA simple skin-swab test could be used to help diagnose the degenerative brain condition Parkinson's disease, UK scientists say. Studies with volunteers show it can quickly detect tell-tale compounds in sebum - the oily substance that protects the skin.

Audio cassette tape inventor Lou Ottens dies aged 94

Lou Ottens, the Dutch engineer credited with inventing the audio cassette tape, has died aged 94. An estimated 100 billion cassette tapes have been sold around the world since they were introduced in the 1960s.

Facebook asks judge to throw out FTC anti-trust lawsuit

Facebook has asked a US judge to dismiss anti-trust charges levelled against the company. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 45 other states sued Facebook for alleged anti-competitive behaviour in December.

Nasa's Perseverance Mars rover listens to its rock-zapping laser

So, now we know what a laser sounds like on another world. The US space agency's Perseverance rover has deployed its SuperCam instrument on Mars for the first time.

Covid: White hat bounty hackers become millionaires

Hackers earned a record $40m (£28m) in 2020 for reporting software flaws via a leading bug bounty reporting service. HackerOne said nine hackers made more than $1m each after it flagged their findings to affected organisations.

'Right to repair' law to come in this summer

Appliances such as fridges, washing machines and TVs should last longer and be cheaper to run under new rules. Ministers have confirmed that from the summer consumers will have a right to repair on goods they buy.

'Tragic optimism': The antidote to toxic positivity

Over the last year, as the pandemic has morphed from terrifying to inconvenient to long-term life-altering event, our coping mechanisms have had to adapt and evolve. Yet there have been differences in the ways we’ve approached time spent in isolation.  

Russia targets Twitter speed over 'banned content'

Russia's media watchdog has said it is slowing down the speed of Twitter, accusing the US social media company of failing to remove 3,000 "banned" posts. The move was "to protect Russian citizens", Roskomnadzor said.

The invention that made mass vaccinations possible

Hundreds of millions of adults around the world can expect to be vaccinated against Covid over the next few months. It will be delivered by hypodermic syringe - but who invented it? Most people with access to healthcare take vaccinations for granted.

Security firm probes hack of '150,000 cameras'

Hackers claim to have breached Verkada, a security company that provides cameras to companies including carmaker Tesla. Stolen footage includes the insides of hospitals, schools and companies, Bloomberg reports.

China and Russia to build lunar space station

China and Russia have announced plans to build a lunar space station. Russian space agency Roscosmos says it has signed an agreement with China's National Space Administration to develop research facilities on the surface of the moon, in orbit or both.

French nuclear tests contaminated 110,000 in Pacific, says study

France concealed the true impact of its nuclear tests in the Pacific from the 1960s to the 1990s, a study has said. Researchers used declassified French military documents, calculations and testimonies to reconstruct the impact of a number of the tests.

Microsoft-led team retracts quantum 'breakthrough'

The research claimed to have found evidence of an elusive subatomic particle Microsoft suggested could help the development of more powerful computers. But it now says mistakes were made.

In pictures: 3D return for Bamiyan Buddha destroyed by Taliban

The ancient sandstone carvings in Afghanistan's Bamiyan valley were once the world's tallest Buddhas - but they were lost forever when the Taliban blew them up 20 years ago.

Archie: Why is Meghan and Harry's son not a prince?

In her interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Duchess of Sussex said that when she was pregnant, there were conversations about her future child's status, including what title he or she should receive.

Covid vaccines: How fast is progress around the world?

More than 300 million doses of the coronavirus vaccines have been administered, in more than 100 countries worldwide. However, there are vast differences in the pace of progress in different parts of the world.

The Riemann Hypothesis, Explained

The Riemann hypothesis is the most notorious unsolved problem in all of mathematics. Ever since it was first proposed by Bernhard Riemann in 1859, the conjecture has maintained the status of the "Holy Grail" of mathematics. In fact, the person who solves it will win a $1 million prize from the Clay

WhatsApp users flock to rival message platforms

Message platforms Signal and Telegram have both seen a huge surge in downloads around the world following a controversial change in WhatsApp's terms and conditions.

Covid: Bansky to auction Southampton hospital artwork for NHS

Street artist Banksy hopes to raise more than £3m for the NHS with the auction of a painting offering a "universal tribute" to staff. Game Changer appeared at Southampton General Hospital during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

63 and -7/4 are special - Numberphile

Dynamical sequences, prime divisors and special exceptions. Featuring Dr Holly Krieger from MIT.More primes: on Facebook: tweets: Plus: http://b

What's your pension invested in?

Perhaps during lockdown, you've been tempted to do some financial spring cleaning and checked in on a private pension. But do you know what companies you're actually investing in?

How a ring tells the story of a forgotten secret agent

A French World War Two hero who worked as a British agent behind enemy lines had been all but forgotten. But now his story can be told - thanks to a 98-year-old British veteran and a golden engagement ring.

Switzerland referendum: Voters projected to ban face coverings in public

Switzerland appears to have narrowly voted in favour of banning face coverings in public, including the burka or niqab worn by Muslim women, following a controversial referendum. Projections by broadcaster SRF, based on partial results, show the measure passing by 52% to 48%.

Nasa's Perseverance rover begins its exploration of Mars

The US space agency's Perseverance rover has wiggled its wheels and undertaken its first Martian drive. It didn't move far - just 6.5m (21ft) in total.

John McAfee charged with fraud over cryptocurrency

Businessman John McAfee, creator of the McAfee anti-virus software, has been charged in the US with conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering. Mr McAfee and his bodyguard Jimmy Gale Watson Jr are accused of promoting cryptocurrencies to Mr McAfee's large Twitter following to inflate prices.

'Hovering ship' photographed off Cornish coast by walker

Images of what appears to be a hovering ship have been captured as the result of a rare optical illusion off the coast of England. David Morris took a photo of the ship near Falmouth, Cornwall.

Italian dictionary Trecanni urged to change 'sexist' definition of 'woman'

About 100 high-profile figures have signed a letter to the Treccani Italian dictionary calling on it to change its definition of the word "woman". The campaign argues that derogatory terms such as "puttana" (whore) should be removed from the list of synonyms.

Can Hanli Prinsloo help South Africa reclaim its oceans?

Growing up on a horse farm outside Johannesburg, South Africa, Hanli Prinsloo dreamed of being a mermaid – never mind that the closest ocean was a 10-hour drive away.

Why we can't stop peeking into other people's lives

We’re browsing photo essays capturing the workdays of overstretched medical staff, consuming news about politicians breaking lockdown and celebrities jetting off to private islands. Some of us peek outside to see which neighbours wear masks to take out the rubbish.

How Kenya is harnessing the immense heat from the Earth

Drive along the dusty dirt road that winds through Kenya's Hell's Gate National park, past the zebra, gazelles and giraffes, and you'll see a plume of steam shooting skyward in the distance.

Tesla partners with nickel mine amid shortage fears

Tesla has decided to become a technical partner in a nickel mine - which is needed for lithium-ion batteries that power electric cars. Elon Musk's car firm will also buy nickel from the Goro mine on the tiny Pacific island of New Caledonia to secure its long-term supply.

Louvre reunited with 'exceptional' armour stolen in 1983

The Louvre in Paris has been reunited with two long-lost pieces of Italian Renaissance armour, nearly 40 years after they were stolen. The ornate helmet and breastplate had been recognised by a military expert in Bordeaux, who was asked to appraise a local family's collection.

Banksy: Artist confirms Reading prison street art

Street artist Banksy has confirmed he was behind the artwork that appeared on the wall of Reading Prison. The painting which appeared on Monday shows a prisoner escaping on a rope made of bedsheets tied to a typewriter.

Alec Baldwin deactivates Twitter account over 'switching accents' joke

Alec Baldwin has deactivated his Twitter account following reaction to a joke he made about "switching accents". The 30 Rock actor's wife, Hilaria, sparked controversy in December after she was accused of faking her Spanish accent and heritage.

How Bitcoin's vast energy use could burst its bubble

We've all heard the stories of Bitcoin millionaires. Elon Musk is the latest.

Box jellyfish: Australian teenager fatally stung on Queensland beach

An Australian teenager has died after he was stung by a box jellyfish while swimming at a Queensland beach. The 17-year-old boy's life support was switched off in hospital on Monday, about a week after the incident, Queensland Police said.

Why are QAnon believers obsessed with 4 March?

Their hero is no longer president, but some followers of the fringe QAnon conspiracy theory have latched onto obscure, irrelevant laws in an attempt to keep the faith.

SpaceX's Starship rocket lands but then explodes

The SpaceX company has managed to land one of its Starship prototypes at the end of a high-altitude test flight. Serial Number 10 (SN10) touched down in Boca Chica, Texas - in contrast to its predecessors SN8 and SN9, which crashed into the ground.

Google promises to drop personalised ad tracking

Google has promised not to develop any new way of tracking individual users for adverts once it phases out its current method. The tech giant is one of the world's largest advertising sellers and also owns the world's most popular web browser, Chrome.

Could plastic roads make for a smoother ride?

On a road into New Delhi, countless cars a day speed over tonnes of plastic bags, bottle tops and discarded polystyrene cups. In a single kilometre, a driver covers one tonne of plastic waste.

The deadly job of protecting DR Congo's Virunga National Park

Protecting the forests of Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo - home to endangered mountain gorillas - could be described as one of the toughest jobs on the planet.

'Exceptional' 15th-Century Ming Dynasty bowl unearthed at US yard sale

As far as antiques hunting goes, this might just be as good as it gets. The white porcelain bowl was spotted by an unidentified antiques enthusiast near New Haven last year, and they quickly sought an expert evaluation.

Mars: Nasa's Perseverance rover sends stunning images

Nasa's Perseverance rover landed on Mars at 20:55 GMT on 18 February after almost seven months travelling from Earth. Since then, it has sent back some amazing images from around its landing site, Jezero Crater, a 49km (30-mile) wide impact depression just north of the Red Planet's equator.

Japanese billionaire seeks eight people to fly to Moon

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has invited eight members of the public to join him for a trip around the Moon on Elon Musk's SpaceX flight. He said he will pay for the entire journey, so those who come onboard will fly for free.

Kežmarská chata

Kežmarská chata (poľ. Schronisko Kieżmarskie) stála na brehu Veľkého Bieleho plesa v Doline Bielych plies vo Vysokých Tatrách. Zanikla v roku 1974. Dolina Bielych plies bola v dávnych časoch navštevovaná bylinkármi, poľovníkmi i pytliakmi.

Covid-19: Sri Lanka chooses remote island for burials

image copyrightGetty ImagesA remote island has been chosen by Sri Lanka's government for the burial of Covid-19 victims from the minority Muslim and Christian communities.The government previously forced minorities to cremate their dead in line with the practice of the majority Buddhists.

Twitch backtracks after outcry for using 'gender neutral' term 'womxn'

Streaming platform Twitch has backtracked on a new policy to change its spelling of "women" after criticism from transgender communities. The company had said it would use the term "womxn" in order to be more gender neutral in its language.

Poland activists acquitted over LGBT Virgin Mary

Three Polish women have been found not guilty of offending religious feelings over posters depicting the Virgin Mary with a rainbow halo. The activists displayed the images in 2019 in response to an Easter display describing "gender" and "LGBT" as sins.

Aston Martin: The billionaire building 'a British Ferrari'

This week sees the return of one of the most evocative names in the British car industry to the top level of motorsport. On Wednesday, Aston Martin will unveil its first Formula 1 car in more than 60 years.

Covid: Japan asks China to stop anal tests on its citizens

Japan has asked China to stop taking anal swab tests for Covid-19 on its citizens when they enter the country. Some have complained that the procedure caused them "psychological distress", officials say.

Sarkozy: French verdict due in ex-president's corruption trial

The verdict is expected shortly in the trial of French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy and two former associates accused of corruption.

Telling time by donkey balls? (joke)

A little laughter in this channel

Longing for the return of the New York moment

image copyrightGetty ImagesI write in celebration of the New York moment: those exhilarating and enchanting experiences and encounters that make New York, New York.

New Rule: Cancel Culture is Over Party | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

Subscribe to the Real Time YouTube: Bill calls on liberals to "stand their ground" when the woke mob comes for them over a ridiculous past offence. Connect with Real Time Online: Find Real Time on Facebook: Find Real Time on Twitter: https://t

Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine: FDA approves single-shot jab

US regulators have formally approved the single-shot Johnson & Johnson (J&J) coronavirus vaccine, the third jab to be authorised in the country. The vaccine is set to be a cost-effective alternative to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and can be stored in a refrigerator instead of a freezer.

Spot: Boston Dynamics condemns robot paintball rampage plan

An art installation that will let people control a paintballing robot in a mock art gallery has been condemned by the firm that made the robo-dog. Boston Dynamics criticised the project, calling it a "provocative use" of its quadruped robot, Spot.

Pompeii: Archaeologists unveil ceremonial chariot discovery

Archaeologists in Italy have unveiled a ceremonial chariot they discovered near the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. The four-wheeled carriage was found near a stable where three horses were uncovered back in 2018.

Brazilian Amazon: Juma descendants of 'last warrior' vow to carry on legacy

The last male member of the Juma indigenous group in the Brazilian Amazon has died after falling ill with Covid-19. Aruká's death last week is the latest blow to the group whose numbers were reduced from around 15,000 in the early 20th Century to only six people in the 1990s.

The South Korean prisoners of war enslaved in the North's coal mines

Generations of South Korean prisoners of war are being used as slave labour in North Korean coal mines to generate money for the regime and its weapons programme, according to a report released by a human rights organisation. The BBC has taken a closer look at the allegations.

AI conquers challenge of 1980s platform games

Scientists have come up with a computer program that can master a variety of 1980s exploration games, paving the way for more self-sufficient robots. They created a family of algorithms (software-based instructions for solving a problem) able to complete classic Atari games, such as Pitfall.

Jamal Khashoggi: US says Saudi prince approved Khashoggi killing

image copyrightReutersA US intelligence report has found that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the murder of exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.The report released by the Biden administration says the prince approved a plan to either "capture or kill" Khashoggi.

Prince Harry: UK press were 'destroying my mental health'

The Duke of Sussex has said he had to step back from royal duties to protect himself and his family from the "toxic" situation created by the UK press. Prince Harry told TV chat show host James Corden it was "destroying my mental health" and he "did what any husband [or] father would do".

How to heal the 'mass trauma' of Covid-19

You are living amid the first global mass trauma event for several decades. It's arguably the first of its kind since World War Two, and likely the first of such severity in your lifetime.

How too much mindfulness can spike anxiety

For around 20 years, I’ve struggled with periods of anxiety, and turned to mindfulness meditation as a means of quelling those feelings. At its best, the benefits would often perfectly match the hype.

The quest that discovered thousands of new species

It was once a private house, but now the imposing stone structure on Boswall Road, on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth in Edinburgh, is part of a palliative care hospice. The building shares its name with the one of the deepest parts of the ocean and two Nasa spacecraft.

Amazon rainforest plots sold via Facebook Marketplace ads

Parts of Brazil's Amazon rainforest are being illegally sold on Facebook, the BBC has discovered. The protected areas include national forests and land reserved for indigenous peoples.

Facebook Australia row: A dose of realism on tech regulation

The enormous beef between Australia's government and Facebook has persuaded a lot of people that we are entering a new era of technology regulation.

North Korea: Russian diplomats leave by hand-pushed trolley

A group of Russian diplomats and their family had to leave North Korea on a hand-pushed rail trolley due to Pyongyang's strict anti-Covid measures.The eight people travelled by train and bus before pushing themselves across the Russian border for about 1km (0.6miles) over train tracks.

Holidaymaker in Cornwall died flicking cigarette away

Warren Millington, 50, from Walsall, was staying at a caravan park in Cornwall with family in August 2020. He lost his balance on the plastic decking at his static caravan and toppled 6ft (1.83m), landing on his head.

Should we burn or bury waste plastic?

Should we burn waste plastic - or bury it? Since China refused last month to accept any more foreign waste for recycling, the UK is facing a challenge.

Plastic packaging ban 'could harm environment'

Consumer pressure to end plastic packaging in shops could actually be harming the environment, a report says. Firms are swapping to other packaging materials which are potentially even worse for the environment, the cross-party Parliamentary group warns.

A brief history of gender neutral pronouns

Last week Sam Smith came out as non-binary and asked fans to use the pronouns they/them instead of he/him. It caused a debate online - especially after The Associated Press wrote up the story using he pronouns.

Mr Potato Head to lose "Mr" title in gender-neutral rebrand

The classic toy's branding is being "reimagined for the modern consumer", its US maker Hasbro announced on Thursday. From later this year, the toy - launched almost 70 years ago - will be named Potato Head on packaging.

Man survives 14 hours 'clinging to sea rubbish'

Vidam Perevertilov spent 14 hours in the water after he fell off the cargo ship into the Pacific Ocean in the early hours of the morning. The 52-year-old, who was not wearing a life jacket, credits his decision to swim towards a "black dot" several kilometres away with saving his life.

Electroweak Theory and the Origin of the Fundamental Forces

Our universe seems pretty complicated. We have a weird zoo of elementary particles, which interact through very different fundamental forces. But some extremely subtle clues in nature have led us to believe that the forces of nature were once unified, ruled by a single, grand symmetry. But how does

Lady Gaga's dog-walker shot and bulldogs stolen

Two of Lady Gaga's French bulldogs were stolen on Wednesday night, after a gunman shot her dog-walker in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The victim was transported to hospital in an unknown condition, Los Angeles Police confirmed to the BBC.

Gwyneth Paltrow: NHS boss urges caution over star's long Covid regime

image copyrightPA MediaA senior NHS leader has reminded influential stars like Gwyneth Paltrow of their "duty of responsibility" when talking about Covid treatments.Paltrow recently wrote on her blog that contracting Covid-19 had left her with "some long-tail fatigue and brain fog".

How 30,000 elephant 'selfies' will help in conservation

Zoo keepers have compiled the world's largest collection of thermal images of elephants. The pictures show elephants in every pose as they play, eat and hang out in their enclosure at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

Nothing to hide argument

The nothing to hide argument states that government surveillance programs do not threaten privacy unless they uncover illegal activities, and that if they do uncover illegal activities, the person committing these activities does not have the right to keep them private.

Australia passes law to make Google and Facebook pay for news

Australia has passed a world-first law aimed at making Google and Facebook pay for news content on their platforms. The news code legislation had been fiercely opposed by the US tech giants.

Nasa Mars rover: How Perseverance will hunt for signs of past life

Nasa's Perseverance rover, due to launch to Mars this summer, will search an ancient crater lake for signs of past life. But if biology ever emerged on the Red Planet, how will scientists recognise it? Here, mission scientist Ken Williford explains what they're looking for.

Rare bird: 'Half-male, half-female' cardinal snapped in Pennsylvania

image copyrightJamie HillA bird that appears to be half-female and half-male has been photographed in Pennsylvania by a birder who rushed out with his camera when he heard a friend had spotted the northern cardinal.Though not unheard of, mixed sex birds are rare.

Builders at Seville bar uncover '12th Century bathhouse'

Workers renovating a bar in Seville, Spain, have uncovered a well-preserved hammam, or a bathhouse, believed to date back to the 12th Century. The discovery was "completely unexpected" inside the Giralda Bar in the city centre, archaeologist Alvaro Jimenez told AFP news agency.

Velázquez’s Las Meninas: A detail that decodes a masterpiece

Sometimes a vase is just a vase. Sometimes it’s a portal to another plane of perception.

Why the world's passports look different

Pity the poor passport. Essential though it is for travel abroad, and for proving that we are who we are at home, it’s fated to spend its time hidden away for safe keeping, its pages rarely scrutinised by anyone but weary bureaucrats.

Japan’s delicious fire-seared delicacy

On the south side of the island of Shikoku, framed by two enormous peninsulas, Kochi is one of Japan’s least-visited prefectures – at least by foreigners.

New jets promise to revive supersonic travel

"People have always wanted to travel fast, ever since the first person galloped across the plains on horseback," says Mike Bannister.And he should know. Mr Bannister flew Concorde with British Airways for 22 years.

The Tibetans serving in ‘secretive’ Indian force

For decades, India has recruited Tibetan refugees to a covert unit dedicated to high-altitude combat. But the recent death of a soldier in the force has put the spotlight on this unit, reports the BBC's Aamir Peerzada.

Afghanistan conflict: The families caught in crossfire on Helmand front line

"It was dreadful - the worst ever. Life changed into chaos at once," says Gul Mohammad. The 25-year-old teacher is struggling to recall how he managed to dodge shellfire and save the 25 members of his family from fighting raging once more in Helmand in southern Afghanistan.

Most pheasants sold for food 'contain lead shot'

Almost all pheasants sold for food in the UK contain toxic lead shot, scientists have found. The discovery comes one year into a five-year transition to non-toxic shotgun ammunition - a move backed by nine UK shooting organisations.

Buttergate: Why are Canadians complaining about hard butter?

Something is amiss with Canadian butter, according to local foodies, who have been arguing for weeks that their blocks are harder to spread than usual.

Gérard Depardieu: Rape investigation into French actor

French actor Gérard Depardieu has been formally placed under investigation over accusations that he raped an actress at his home three years ago. The woman accuses him of raping and assaulting her in Paris in August 2018.

Franco: Melilla enclave removes last statue of fascist dictator on Spanish soil

The last statue of General Francisco Franco on Spanish soil has been removed, after the tiny enclave of Melilla voted to take down its monument to the fascist dictator.

China court orders man to pay wife for housework in landmark case

image copyrightGetty ImagesA Beijing divorce court has ordered a man to compensate his wife for the housework she did during their marriage, in a landmark ruling.The woman will receive 50,000 yuan ($7,700; £5,460) for five years of unpaid labour.

The technologies that could transform ageing

At the start of the summer, Paula Tinkler was ready to take her career in a new direction. This may not be unusual – but the speed with which she was able to make the transition was. Within a week, she was shadowing a carer in Workington, England.

The truth about British stoicism

The street cleaner was sitting at a small table outside Leadenhall Market in central London, his gaze fixed on a large mug of tea in front of him. I’d met the 60-something-year-old man a few weeks earlier on a previous visit to the market.

The origin of the word 'taboo'

It was sometime in early March when a passenger with Covid-19 landed at the world’s most remote commercial airport, disembarked into Easter Island’s sticky air and subsequently infected members of the small volcanic outcrop’s indigenous Rapa Nui community.

The Templar hermitage at the heart of the Iberian Peninsula

The 12th-Century hermitage of San Bartolomé in north-central Spain is a masterpiece of Templar symbolism, a chapel built in an area that has drawn spiritual seekers since the Bronze Age.

What turns a product into a global phenomenon?

Early one rainy morning in June, hundreds of people lined up outside Uniqlo stores in Tokyo, clutching umbrellas and waiting for their chance to spend 990 yen ($9.40, £7.20) on a three-pack of reusable face masks.

The intriguing maps that reveal alternate histories

In these times of turbulence and upheaval, I have often found myself turning to fiction – and particularly to alternate history.

Bitcoin: Elon Musk loses world's richest title as Tesla falters

Tesla boss Elon Musk has lost his title as the world's richest person after a recent slide in the electric carmaker's shares, the main driver of his wealth. Tesla shares have tumbled more than 20% since hitting a high of more than $880 in early January.

Extinction: Freshwater fish in 'catastrophic' decline

Conservation groups said 80 species were known to have gone extinct, 16 in the last year alone. Millions of people rely on freshwater fish for food and as a source of income through angling and the pet trade.

Covid US death toll: Imagining what 500,000 lost lives look like

The US will soon top 500,000 deaths in the Covid-19 pandemic. It will be the latest grim milestone for a country that has by far the highest death toll in the world from the virus.

Hayley Arceneaux: Cancer survivor joins first all-civilian space mission

The first bone cancer survivor to become an astronaut. The first person with a prosthetic body part to visit space. And the youngest American ever to orbit Earth. These are the impressive firsts that could soon be attributable to 29-year-old Hayley Arceneaux.

From The Conversation

Around 600,000 years ago, humanity split in two. One group stayed in Africa, evolving into us. The other struck out overland, into Asia and then Europe, becoming Homo neanderthalensis – the Neanderthals.

Amazon rainforest rock art depicts giant Ice Age creatures

Rock art found in the Amazon rainforest carries images of the area's earliest inhabitants living alongside giant Ice Age creatures, researchers say. The paintings are estimated to have been made between 11,800 and 12,600 years ago, towards the end of the last Ice Age.

The most striking images of 2020

‘Breach’ is the preferred word for the leap that whales and sharks make from the surface of water.

Why our reliance on cars could start booming

Until earlier this year, Alley Vandenbergwas a regular bus rider. She’d wake up each morning and take line 15 from her apartment in the City Park neighbourhood of Denver, Colorado, to her office at a financial institution in the bustling Civic Center Plaza. Because the commute was just 2.

The unseen man-made 'tracks' on the deep ocean floor

At the base of the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of miles from land, there are some curious marks on the seafloor that no animal could have made. Some of them look like narrow troughs carved into the pale silt. Others could be claw marks, gouged through the ecosystems of the deep by an undersea monster.

Should kids financially support their parents?

This story is from an episode of Business Daily on BBC World Service. It was presented by Manuela Saragosa and produced by Vicki Broadbent. To listen to more episodes of Business Daily, click here. Adapted for text by Bryan Lufkin.

Why Swedes don’t speak to strangers

In many cultures, striking up a conversation with a stranger is the norm, and could even lead to a budding friendship. But not for the Swedes. Here, small talk is seen as futile, and is referred to as kallprat (“cold talk”) or dödprat (“dead talk”).

Leg-lengthening: The people having surgery to be a bit taller

image copyrightDr S. Robert RozbruchEach year hundreds of people around the world are opting for long, often painful surgery to extend their legs in a bid to make themselves a few inches taller.

How communal-living groups are riding out the pandemic

A tiny eco-community on Austrian farmland. A co-housing unit on a Canadian island. A world-renowned spiritual centre home to hundreds in the Scottish countryside. These alternative shared-living set-ups all thrive based on co-operative frameworks.

How online gaming has become a social lifeline

I was sitting in my tiny New York City apartment, panicky and coming to terms with the reality that I’d be trapped inside for weeks, potentially months.

How to restore your sense of control when you feel powerless

Whatever their background, people who perceive that they have power to determine their own fate – from tiny short-term decisions to important life events – tend to be happier, healthier and more productive.

The benefits of embracing 'deep time' in a year like 2020

For much of 2020, the world has been trapped in the short-term: glued to 24-hour news cycles, pandemic announcements, or social media culture wars. With the virus and politics drawing almost all attention, it has been difficult to imagine next year – let alone further ahead.

Nasa promises Perseverance Mars rover landing video

The American space agency is expected to release some stunning video of its Perseverance rover landing on Mars. Friday saw Nasa present a single still image of the robot going in to land in Jezero Crater last week.

Kenya: Endangered giraffes killed by low power lines

Three rare giraffes have died after being electrocuted by low-hanging power lines in Soysambu conservancy in Nakuru, Kenya. The Rothschild's giraffe is one of the most endangered types of giraffe, with conservationists estimating there are fewer than 1,600 in the wild.

Woody Allen says doc is 'riddled with falsehoods'

Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn have described a new documentary series about the US actor and director as a "hatchet job riddled with falsehoods". The first episode of Allen v Farrow aired on Sunday on HBO.

Bitcoin consumes 'more electricity than Argentina'

Bitcoin uses more electricity annually than the whole of Argentina, analysis by Cambridge University suggests. Cambridge researchers say it consumes around 121.36 terawatt-hours (TWh) a year - and is unlikely to fall unless the value of the currency slumps.

Bitcoin keeps hitting new highs after Tesla backing

Much talked-about cryptocurrency bitcoin has continued to hit record highs having broken through $50,000 (£35,700) last week. On Sunday, bitcoin hit another peak rising above $58,000 as it continues its strong momentum this year.

Edvard Munch wrote 'madman' graffiti on Scream painting, scans show

Artist Edvard Munch wrote mysterious graffiti on his painting of The Scream, infrared scans have shown. The words, "Can only have been painted by a madman", are inscribed in pencil in the top left-hand corner.

Pangong Lake: India and China complete pull-back of forces

India and China have completed the pull-back of troops from part of their disputed Himalayan border, a joint statement issued by the Indian defence ministry says. Soldiers completed their withdrawal from the Pangong Tso Lake area on Saturday, according to the communiqué.

France row as Lyon mayor keeps meat off school menus

The French government has criticised Lyon's mayor after he removed meat from school lunches in the city. Gregory Doucet, a member of the Green party, has said the move allows service to be streamlined and quickened amid coronavirus restrictions.

Child heart transplants: Record year for new-style operations

Two UK hospitals have teamed up to offer a novel type of heart-transplant service for children, reducing waiting times for the life-saving operations. In the programme, so-called "non-beating donor hearts" are revived to give to teenage recipients.

US plane scatters engine debris over Denver homes

The Boeing 777, with 231 passengers and 10 crew on board, was able to return safely and land at Denver airport. No injuries were reported. Police in the town of Broomfield posted pictures of what appears to be the front of an engine casing in the front garden of a home.

Gravitational Wave Background Discovered?

Check Out Overview on PBS Terra: Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord!​ It was pretty impressive when LIGO detected gravitational waves from colliding black holes. Well we’ve just taken that to the next le

Netflix and Anna Delvey: The race to secure the story of New York's 'fake heiress'

It was an elaborate, truth-is-stranger-than-fiction scam that went on for years under the radar, but when word finally got out that a young woman had been conning people in New York by faking it as a millionaire heiress, social media went wild.

Alaska woman attacked by bear while using toilet

Shannon Stevens sustained a puncture wound while using a remote outhouse toilet at Chilkat Lake last weekend. After hearing her scream, Ms Stevens' brother went to see what had caused the injury, only to find a bear's head in the hole of the toilet.

Isle of Man Viking jewellery found by metal detectorist

image copyrightMNHA "stunning" collection of 1,000-year-old gold and silver Viking jewellery has been discovered on the Isle of Man by a metal detectorist.Retired police officer Kath Giles made the find on farm land in the north of the island.

Russia's stray dogs with bright-coloured fur - pictures

First there were bright blue stray dogs, then bright green ones. Russia is trying to solve the mystery of these dogs, which appeared in industrial areas hundreds of miles apart.

Mars landing: Photo shows Perseverance Mars rover during landing

The American space agency has released an astonishing image sent back from Mars by its Perseverance rover. It shows the robot heading down to the ground on Thursday during its landing. It was taken by the rocket cradle that placed the vehicle on the ground.

Harry and Meghan not returning to Royal Family

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Hervé Gourdel: Man sentenced over French tourist's killing

An Algerian court has sentenced a man to death over the kidnap and murder of a French mountaineer in 2014. Hervé Gourdel, 55, was abducted while exploring Djurdjura National Park in a case that sparked outrage.

Nasa's Perseverance rover lands on Mars

There's a new robot on the surface of Mars. The American space agency has successfully landed its Perseverance rover in a deep crater near the planet's equator called Jezero.

If Planet Nine exists, why has no one seen it?

The 19th-Century travel writer and businessman – fabulously wealthy, perennially moustachioed, and often found in crisp three-piece suits – had read a book on Mars, and on this basis, decided to become an astronomer. Over the coming decades, he made a number of wild claims.

Covid and suicide: Japan's rise a warning to the world?

Japan reports suicides faster and more accurately than anywhere else in the world. Unlike most countries, here they are compiled at the end of every month. During the Covid pandemic the numbers have told a disturbing story. In 2020, for the first time in 11 years, suicide rates in Japan went up.

Sugarbook dating app maker arrested over 'promoting prostitution'

The founder of a controversial "sugar daddy" dating app in Malaysia has been arrested under anti-prostitution laws, police said on Thursday. Police did not name the suspect but media and the website of Sugarbook say the founder is 34-year-old Darren Chan.

Nasa Mars rover: Perseverance robot heads for daunting landing

The moment of truth has arrived for the US space agency's Perseverance rover. The six-wheeled robot is fast approaching Mars after a seven-month, 470-million-km journey from Earth for what unquestionably will be the most challenging part of its mission.

Facebook blocks Australian users from viewing or sharing news

Facebook has blocked Australian users from sharing or viewing news content on the platform, causing much alarm over public access to key information. It comes in response to a proposed law which would make tech giants pay for news content on their platforms.

Omegle: Children expose themselves on video chat site

Warning: this story contains disturbing adult themes. Omegle links up random people for virtual video and text chats, and claims to be moderated - but has a reputation for unpredictable and shocking content.

Google to pay Murdoch's News Corporation for stories

Google has agreed to pay Rupert Murdoch's News Corp for content from news sites across its media empire. News Corporation said it would be sharing its stories in exchange for "significant payments".

Perseverance rover: Nasa robot heading for a bulls-eye landing

The American space agency says its Perseverance rover is lined up perfectly for its landing on Mars. The robot is heading for a touchdown on Thursday in a crater called Jezero just north of the planet's equator.

List of epidemics

This article is a list of epidemics of infectious disease. Widespread and chronic complaints such as heart disease and allergy are not included if they are not thought to be infectious.

'Spy pixels in emails have become endemic'

The use of "invisible" tracking tech in emails is now "endemic", according to a messaging service that analysed its traffic at the BBC's request. Hey's review indicated that two-thirds of emails sent to its users' personal accounts contained a "spy pixel", even after excluding for spam.

How Congo-Brazzaville's shark population came under threat

Shark fishermen from the central African country Congo-Brazzaville say they are catching fewer fish and an increasing number of juveniles in a sign that stocks are coming under pressure.

Coronavirus: Priest providing 'takeaway ashes' for Ash Wednesday

image copyrightClonmany TogetherA priest in the Republic of Ireland has made "takeaway ashes" available for parishioners to administer at home on Ash Wednesday.Fr Brian Brady teamed up with a shop in Clonmany, County Donegal, to provide holy ashes in sauce containers.

Princess Latifa: 'Hostage' ordeal of Dubai ruler's daughter revealed

The daughter of Dubai's ruler who tried to flee the country in 2018 later sent secret video messages to friends accusing her father of holding her "hostage" as she feared for her life.

Robots deployed at A68A mega-iceberg remnants

UK scientists have arrived at the remains of what was once the biggest iceberg in the world to investigate their impacts on the environment. A68A, which for a long time had an area equal to a small country, gradually fragmented after drifting away from Antarctica into the South Atlantic.

Ozone layer 'rescued' from CFC damage

This follows a recent, dangerous pause in that downward trajectory, which could have slowed the healing of Earth's protective ozone layer. Atmospheric measurements published in 2018 pointed to illegal CFC production that was occurring in Eastern China.

CaSSIS mission: The camera capturing Mars' craters and canyons

It is a busy time for Mars at the moment. This month the Red Planet entered its new year, what is known as Year 36, and it has not long been overtaken by Earth in its orbit of the Sun.

China Mars mission: Tianwen-1 spacecraft enters into orbit

China says it has successfully put its Tianwen-1 mission in orbit around Mars. It's the first time the country has managed to get a spacecraft to the Red Planet and comes a day after the United Arab Emirates accomplished the same feat.

Does yoga have a conspiracy theory problem?

Throughout her career as a yoga teacher, Seane Corn has been used to hearing students and colleagues rail against mainstream medicine. She even shares some of their concerns. But when the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020, Seane noticed a change.

Abydos beer factory: Ancient large-scale brewery discovered in Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed what could be the world's oldest known beer factory, dating back about 5,000 years. They found a number of units containing about 40 pots used to heat a mixture of grain and water to make beer.

Europa Clipper: Nasa's ocean world mission gets launch date

Nasa is sending a spacecraft to Jupiter's icy moon Europa, which holds an ocean under its frozen outer shell. Scientists say the moon is one of the best targets in the search for the existence of alien life in our Solar System.

Bill Gates: Solving Covid easy compared with climate

Fifty-one billion and zero - the two numbers Bill Gates says you need to know about climate. Solving climate change would be "the most amazing thing humanity has ever done", says the billionaire founder of Microsoft.

UAE Hope mission returns first image of Mars

The United Arab Emirates' Hope mission has returned its first picture of Mars. The spacecraft entered into an orbit around the Red Planet on Tuesday, making the UAE the first Arab nation in history to have a scientific presence at Earth's near neighbour.

Can online sex fill the connection void?

About three months into lockdown in the UK, 26-year-old student Emma signed into a Zoom meeting with a group of people she’d only ever met through online chats.

Soldiers killed in Napoleon's 1812 retreat buried

The bodies of French and Russian soldiers who died during Napoleon's retreat from Moscow have been laid to rest at a ceremony in western Russia. Along with the 120 soldiers, three women and three teenage boys were also buried.

Trail running

Trail running is a sport which consists of running and hiking over trails. In the United Kingdom and Ireland it is called mountain or fell running.

Coca-Cola company trials first paper bottle

Coca-Cola is to test a paper bottle as part of a longer-term bid to eliminate plastic from its packaging entirely. The prototype is made by a Danish company from an extra-strong paper shell that still contains a thin plastic liner.

Is Tom Hanks part of a dying breed of genuine movie stars?

At the age of 64, and now entering his fifth decade on our movie screens, Tom Hanks has settled into the role of a movie star who could be called cinema's resident dad.

Anna Sorokin: Fake heiress released from US prison

Anna Sorokin, who pretended to be a wealthy socialite named Anna Delvey, was released from prison in Albany on Thursda, according to US media reports. She was found guilty in 2019 of theft of services and grand larceny, having scammed more than $200,000 (£145,000) from banks and luxury hotels.

Rare Nasa photos reveal Amazon 'gold rivers'

Stunning rare photographs published by Nasa have revealed the extent of gold mining - much of it thought to be illegal - in Peru's Amazon rainforest. The "rivers of gold" captured in the images are actually pits believed to have been dug by unlicensed miners, the space agency says.

President Biden cancels funding for Trump border wall

US President Joe Biden has rescinded the national emergency order used to fund Donald Trump's border wall. In a letter to Congress on Thursday, Mr Biden wrote that the order was "unwarranted" and said that no further tax dollars will be spent on the wall.

China bans BBC World News from broadcasting

China has banned BBC World News from broadcasting in the country, its television and radio regulator announced on Thursday. China has criticised the BBC for its reporting on coronavirus and the persecution of ethnic minority Uighurs.

Finland snow art: Locals create giant pattern on golf course

Carved in the snow by thousands of footsteps, a giant web of geometric patterns has appeared on a golf course in Finland, drawing global attention. The spectacular design in the southern city of Espoo was the work of amateur artist Janne Pyykkö and 11 volunteers.

‘I gambled our house away without telling my partner’

New rules have been introduced to make gambling on online slot machines safer. The BBC's Melanie Abbott tells the story of one woman who found out how dangerous they can be.

Pablo Escobar: Why scientists want to kill Colombia's hippos

Pablo Escobar is a name Colombia has been trying to forget for the last 30 years. One of the most notorious criminals of all time, he was the founder of the infamous Medellín drugs cartel in the 1980s, responsible for kidnappings, bombings and indiscriminate assassinations.

Obesity: Appetite drug could mark 'new era' in tackling condition

A drug that suppresses appetite has led to some people losing more than a fifth of their body weight, a major international trial shows. A weekly injection of the drug, semaglutide, was given alongside advice on diet and fitness.

India: Nepal bans India climbers for faking Everest summit

Nepal has banned two Indian climbers and their team leader for six years from mountaineering in the country after an investigation found they had faked their 2016 climb up Mt Everest. Narender Singh Yadav and Seema Rani Goswami's climb was certified by the tourism department at the time.

Emirates Mars Mission: Hope spacecraft enters orbit

The United Arab Emirates is celebrating its first mission at Mars. It has put a probe called Hope in orbit around the planet, making it only the fifth spacefaring entity to do so after the US, the Soviet Union, Europe and India.

Hustler founder and free-speech activist Larry Flynt dies aged 78

Larry Flynt, founder of Hustler magazine and self-proclaimed "smut peddler who cares", has died aged 78. Flynt died in his sleep at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with family by his side, according to his manager.

US election: Criminal probe into Trump's 'find the votes' call

Prosecutors in the US state of Georgia are investigating attempts by former President Donald Trump to overturn results from last November's election. Mr Trump was recorded telling the state's top election official to "find" more than 11,000 votes, enough to give him victory there.

The buried ship found on an English estate

They began at first light. The strongest of the king's guard, sinews straining, rough ropes chafing, hauled the heavy oak ship from the river on to the shore. And then, with the rising sun slowly burning off the chill morning mist, they heaved the vessel over the plain and to the foot of the hill.

Texas lawyer, trapped by cat filter on Zoom call, informs judge he is not a cat

The coronavirus has been responsible for a series of video-call stumbles and mishaps, and the phenomenon seemingly reached its zenith this week, when a Texas lawyer appeared before a judge as a cat, after being unable to change a video filter.


Reforestation is the natural or intentional restocking of existing forests and woodlands (forestation) that have been depleted, usually through deforestation.

Europe's oldest person survives Covid just before 117th birthday

Lucile Randon, who took the name of Sister Andre in 1944, tested positive for coronavirus on 16 January but didn't develop any symptoms. She told local media she "didn't even realise I had it".


Endorphins (contracted from "endogenous morphine"[note 1]) are endogenous opioid neuropeptides and peptide hormones in humans and other animals. They are produced by the central nervous system and the pituitary gland.

The insidious attacks on scientific truth

What is truth? You can speak of moral truths and aesthetic truths but I’m not concerned with those here, important as they may be. By truth I shall mean the kind of truth that a commission of inquiry or a jury trial is designed to establish.

Covid: WHO says 'extremely unlikely' virus leaked from lab in China

International experts investigating the origins of Covid-19 have all but dismissed a theory that the virus came from a laboratory in China.

Emirates Mars Mission: Hope probe lines up historic Mars manoeuvre

History beckons for the United Arab Emirates as it seeks on Tuesday to place a probe around Mars. The Hope spacecraft, launched from Earth seven months ago, is about to reach the decisive moment in its long journey - orbit insertion.

Robinhood: US family sue trading app over son's suicide

The parents of a man who killed himself last year have filed a lawsuit against trading app Robinhood over his death. The lawsuit, first reported by CBS News, said 20-year-old Alex Kearns mistakenly believed he owed $730,000 (£530,000) when he took his own life.

Hacker tries to poison water supply of Florida city

A computer hacker gained access to the water system of a city in Florida and tried to pump in a "dangerous" amount of a chemical, officials say.The hacker briefly increased the amount of sodium hydroxide (lye) in Oldsmar's water treatment system, but a worker spotted it and reversed the action.

Facebook emotion experiment sparks criticism

Facebook is facing criticism after it emerged it had conducted a psychology experiment on nearly 700,000 users without their knowledge. The test saw Facebook "manipulate" news feeds to control which emotional expressions the users were exposed to.

Computer AI passes Turing test in 'world first'

The test investigates whether people can detect if they are talking to machines or humans. The experiment is based on Alan Turing's question-and-answer game Can Machines Think?

'Smallest reptile on earth' discovered in Madagascar

Scientists believe they may have discovered the smallest reptile on earth - a chameleon subspecies that is the size of a seed. Two of the tiny lizards were discovered by a German-Madagascan expedition team in Madagascar.

The computers rejecting your job application

Frankly, it was a little stressful to know that my application was being judged by a computer and not by a human being. These included having to quickly count the number of dots in two boxes, inflating a balloon before it burst to win money, and matching emotions to facial expressions.

'Kenyan police asked if my husband was a sorcerer'

While Chirindo Chisubi was still mourning her husband, she was shocked by a question asked by the police investigating his death in Kenya's Kilifi County on the Indian Ocean coast. Her husband, Dzuya Chisubi, had been hacked to death over accusations that he practised witchcraft.

Cuba opens up its economy to private businesses

Cuba has announced it will allow private businesses to operate in most industries, in what is a major reform to its state-controlled economy. Labour Minister Marta Elena Feito said the list of authorised industries had expanded from 127 to more than 2,000.

French couple jailed after boy's fatal beating revealed accidentally in call

image copyrightAFPA French couple have been jailed over the death of the woman's toddler - from a beating she inadvertently revealed in a call to emergency services.Loïc Vantal, 28, got a 20-year sentence for dealing the blows that killed his three-year-old stepson, Tony, in 2016.

Biden: 'Erratic' Trump should not get intelligence briefings

President Joe Biden has said his predecessor Donald Trump should not be given access to intelligence briefings because of his "erratic behaviour". The US has a tradition of allowing former presidents to be briefed on the nation's security issues - as a courtesy extended by the incumbent.

Myanmar coup: Internet shutdown as crowds protest against military

Myanmar's military rulers have shut down the country's internet as thousands of people joined the largest rally yet against Monday's coup. In the main city, Yangon, crowds chanted "Military dictator, fail, fail; Democracy, win, win".

Romania baptisms: Six-week-old baby's death sparks calls for change

The death of a six-week-old baby hours after a baptism ceremony in Romania has prompted an Orthodox archbishop to say such rituals will be analysed to avoid further tragedy. The baby had a cardiac arrest after he was immersed three times in holy water.

Virginia lawmakers vote to abolish state's death penalty

Lawmakers in the US state of Virginia have voted to abolish use of the death penalty as a criminal punishment. On Friday the state's House of Delegates followed its Senate in voting to end the practice, paving the way for Governor Ralph Northam to sign the repeal into law.

Stutthof camp: Woman, 95, accused of aiding Nazi mass murder

image copyrightEPAA 95-year-old woman who worked for the commandant of a Nazi concentration camp has been charged in north Germany with aiding and abetting mass murder.

A new love for medieval-style travel

I felt a surge of emotion and, unexpectedly, shed a tear. For the next few minutes, the throbbing in my feet seemed to evaporate and the bag on my back felt lighter than it had all week. I had just seen the spires of Canterbury Cathedral bristling above the treeline for the first time.

Why cities are not as bad for you as you think

“There is a density level in NYC that is destructive. It has to stop and it has to stop now. NYC must develop an immediate plan to reduce density.” So tweeted Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York when the state of New York first went into lockdown amid the Covid-19 crisis.

Offa’s Dyke: Britain’s unmarked ‘no-man’s land’

The old rules were simple. Legend tells that every Englishman found west of the dyke was hanged. Every Welshman who ventured east of the dyke had their ears chopped off. The dyke in question is Offa’s Dyke, a 1,200-year-old earthwork that spans the length of the England-Wales border.

How our views on work have changed forever

It’s an understatement to say that the world of work as we knew it has been turned upside down. As we’re physically working differently, we’re changing where we sit down to do our jobs as well as making up new routines to get things done.

Is eating fish healthy?

Fish has a reputation for being one of the healthiest foods we can eat. But the rising availability of plant-based alternatives, and increasing concerns about seafood’s sustainability and carbon footprint, have led some to question whether we need it in our diets.

How the 'Western mind' was shaped by the Medieval Church

Upon entering a psychology laboratory, you and a small group of other participants are tasked with matching a line to one of three other lines of varying lengths. Participants are asked in succession to state aloud which of these line segments have the same length.

The four keys that could unlock procrastination

Imagine that you could become healthier, wealthier and less stressed through a few daily steps. It would require no great sacrifice on your part, but over the years, your personal and professional life would improve immeasurably in numerous ways.

How the Soviet Union's end sparked a grand rewilding

When Alyona Koshkina walks through the wild grasses of Kazakhstan’s vast plains in spring, she is overwhelmed by the life blooming around her.

Why our pursuit of happiness may be flawed

What do you want from life? You’ve probably had the opportunity and the cause to ask yourself that question recently. Perhaps you want to spend more time with your family, or get a more fulfilling and secure job, or improve your health. But why do you want those things?

'Kulning': A hypnotic Swedish singing tradition

Skallskog is a secluded farm without running water or electricity that most Swedes have never heard of. Hidden deep in the Nordic wilderness, this humble collection of cattle barns and russet-red farmhouses may seem like a place of little importance.

How the pandemic could redefine our productivity obsession

Carol Tompkins’ weekdays used to look very different. Before the pandemic, the 38-year-old business-development consultant woke up around 0630, commuted to her job at an accounting software firm in London and worked 10-to-12 coffee-fuelled hours before going to bed after 0100.

An Indian state's harmonious approach to life

My research had told me that Reiek Peak in Mizoram, India’s north-eastern state, overlooks the surrounding hills and plains of Bangladesh.

The rise of apocalyptic novels

Imagine you're enjoying much-needed time away with your family, staying in a luxurious Long Island holiday rental, miles from anywhere. Then comes a late-night knock at the door and strangers bearing news of a sinister power outage in New York City.

Lisa Montgomery: Looking for answers in the life of a killer

Lisa Montgomery - the only female inmate on federal death row in the US - has been executed for murder in the state of Indiana. Her lawyers had argued she was a mentally ill victim of abuse who deserved mercy. Her victim's community said otherwise.

The Amazon’s mouth-watering ‘fifth flavour’

It all started with a bottle of chilli sauce. It was so fiery it makes my eyes water just thinking about it. I had bought it in 2014 from an old woman in Paraitepuy, a Venezuelan village near the base of Monte Roraima.

The corporate ideals driving ‘secret parenting’

As we head into 2021, Worklife is running our best, most insightful and most essential stories from 2020. Read our full list of the year’s top stories here. Six months after my daughter was born, I was back in the office, bleary eyed but eager to prove myself in a new position.

Singapore: Why these defiant 'nail house' owners refuse to sell

It is hard to miss the two little houses sitting defiantly in the middle of the Singapore building site. It's instantly reminiscent of the award-winning cartoon Up, the Pixar film which tells the tale of an old man who refuses to move from his home as towering blocks of flats rise around him.

Is seeing your doctor on online working?

Telehealth has been around for years but never really took off - until the Covid-19 pandemic. As US health centres had to close their doors, seeing a doctor online became a real alternative to the in-person visits of old.

Here's what we know sex with Neanderthals was like

Their eyes met across the rugged mountain landscape of prehistoric Romania. He was a Neanderthal, and stark naked apart from a fur cape. He had good posture and pale skin, perhaps reddened slightly with sunburn. Around one of his thick, muscular biceps he wore bracelet of eagle-talons.

Why some bike shares work and others don't

A set of iconic photos from 2017 show brightly coloured fields which, at first glance, look like meadows filled with flowers in full bloom.

The timeless appeal of one-man-and-his-dog stories

In the 1991 film adaptation of Jack London’s classic novel White Fang, there's a scene where Ethan Hawke's Jack Conroy, a city boy trying to strike it rich in the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896, inadvertently causes the sled being pulled by the dogs of his guides to topple over.

What’s the best plan for a radical new workday?

As most knowledge workers have toiled away remotely for nearly a year, some are eager to get back to the office, while others have high hopes of being able to stay at home.

Nazi Ravensbrück camp: How ordinary women became SS torturers

"Healthy, female workers between the ages of 20 and 40 wanted for a military site," reads the job advertisement from a 1944 German newspaper. Good wages and free board, accommodation and clothing are promised. What is not mentioned is that the clothing is an SS uniform.

Kintsugi: Japan’s ancient art of embracing imperfection

Most people don’t purposefully shatter their cherished pieces of pottery, but that isn’t always the case in Japanese culture.

How will 'chipageddon' affect you?

For the most part they go unseen but computer chips are at the heart of all the digital products that surround us - and when supplies run short, it can halt manufacturing.

Natural wonder: Wing 'clap' solves mystery of butterfly flight

The fluttering flight patterns of butterflies have long inspired poets but baffled scientists. Researchers have struggled to understand how these delicate creatures can fly with their large but inefficient wings.

The French icon who revolutionised women's clothes

In fashion folklore, Gabrielle Chanel is famously credited as the designer who popularised trousers, making them a key piece in women's wardrobes, and also for helping to liberate women from the tyranny of the corset.

French skiers swerve Covid in cross-country boom

A long line of around 80 skiers waiting to buy their day passes for the slopes is not uncommon at popular downhill ski resorts in France. But France's ski lifts are currently shut because of the pandemic, and this queue is at Plateau de Beille, the biggest cross-country resort in the Pyrenees.

Square Kilometre Array: 'Lift-off' for world's biggest telescope

One of the grand scientific projects of the 21st Century is 'Go!'. The first council meeting of the Square Kilometre Array Observatory has actioned plans that will lead to the biggest telescope on Earth being assembled over the coming decade.

Chinese star Gao Liu shares photos of 'nightmare' nose surgery

image copyrightSina Weibo/Gao LiuA Chinese actress has warned about the dangers of cosmetic surgery by sharing pictures of her damaged nose after a procedure went wrong.

I Asked Bill Gates What's The Next Crisis?

I got the chance to interview Bill Gates so I asked him: Will Covid-19 be the last pandemic? How does he deal with misinformation and conspiracy theories? And what is the next disaster? The Foundation Letter is here: Special thanks to Patreon supporters: Ludovic Robillard, jim

Denmark to build 'first energy island' in North Sea

image copyrightDanish Energy Agency A project to build a giant island providing enough energy for three million households has been given the green light by Denmark's politicians.

Yemen war: US 'to end support' for offensive operations

The US is set to announce an end to its support for offensive operations in Yemen, which has been devastated by a six-year war in which more than 110,000 people are believed to have died. The policy change by the new president, Joe Biden, was announced by his national security adviser on Thursday.

Myanmar coup: UN chief Guterres calls for failure of military takeover

UN Secretary General António Guterres has urged the world community to make sure Monday's coup in Myanmar fails. The reversal of elections is "unacceptable", he said, and coup leaders must be made to understand this is no way to rule the country.

Doctors hail first face and double hand transplant

Doctors in New York have performed the world's first successful face and double hand transplant. Joe DiMeo, 22, underwent the 23-hour surgery, performed by a team of more than 140 healthcare workers last August.

Dogecoin takes off after tip by Elon Musk

Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency which started off as a joke, has jumped in value by 50% after inventor Elon Musk dubbed it "the people's crypto". Cryptocurrencies such as Dogecoin and Bitcoin are generated by computers. Their supposed value comes from the finite number that can be computed.

Pokemon: Rapper Logic spends £173,000 on rare Charizard card

If you had a spare $226,000 (£173,000) lying around, what would you spend it on? That's how much rapper Logic reportedly spent on a 1st edition Charizard Pokemon card at a live auction yesterday.

Is high-speed rail travel on a track to nowhere?

It was supposed to be a slick, gleaming piece of transport infrastructure that could shuttle passengers from Singapore to Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur in 90 minutes. But at the start of this year, the $17bn (£12.

Russell Crowe backs round-the-world sailor Pip Hare

Hollywood actor Russell Crowe has sent a surprise birthday message to a sailor in a round-the world yacht race. Pip Hare, from Poole, Dorset, is competing in the gruelling Vendee Globe and was tweeted by Crowe after she said she was a big fan in a BBC interview.

China promotes education drive to make boys more 'manly'

A notice from China's education ministry has caused a stir after it suggested young Chinese men had become too "feminine". The message has been criticised as sexist by many online users - but some say China's male celebrities are partly to blame.

New Start: US and Russia extend nuclear treaty

The US has extended the New Start nuclear arms control treaty with Russia for five years. Announcing the move, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it made the world safer.

Lillördag: Sweden's workers de-stress with 'Little Saturday'

When the Arctic winds pick up, blasting drifting snow, Harpo Adolfsson has his work cut out for him. Adolfsson, a 63-year-old machine operator at the famous Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, northern Sweden, clears away the powdery mounds atop walkways and roads.

From The Conversation

From fizzy drinks to moreish crisps, many inventions are famed for their unusual and often closely guarded ingredients – but solar panels aren't usually found at the top of that list. However, several food ingredients have proved to be unexpectedly useful when added to solar cells.

SpaceX: Starship prototype flies again but crashes again

SpaceX has launched another of its Starship prototypes, and once again just failed to pull off the landing. The uncrewed vehicle, codenamed SN9, climbed to 10km (6 miles) above the Texas Gulf coast, and then descended to try to put down under control a short distance from where it had lifted off.

Jack Palladino: Private eye's photos used to track his suspected killers

image copyrightGetty ImagesA well-known private investigator whose clients included celebrities and presidents has died from injuries sustained during an attempted robbery.

UK finds more coronavirus cases with 'concerning' mutations

Public Health England is investigating cases of coronavirus with 'worrying' new genetic changes that have been found in some regions of the UK. Tests show they have a mutation, called E484K, that is already seen in the South Africa variant.

Jeff Bezos to step down as Amazon chief executive

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is to step down as chief executive of the e-commerce giant that he started in his garage nearly 30 years ago. He will become executive chairman, a move he said would give him "time and energy" to focus on his other ventures.

GameStop: Real Wolf of Wall Street warns 'you could lose it all'

Amateur investors swept up in the trading frenzy surrounding US retailer GameStop "could lose everything", the former stock broker who inspired the Wolf of Wall Street film has warned.

Ancient mummies with golden tongues unearthed in Egypt

Archaeologists have unearthed 2,000-year-old mummies with golden tongues placed inside their mouths in northern Egypt, the antiquities ministry says.

Captain Sir Tom Moore: 'National inspiration' dies with Covid-19

Captain Sir Tom Moore has died with coronavirus. The 100-year-old, who raised almost £33m for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden, was admitted to Bedford Hospital on Sunday.

Russia's Sputnik V vaccine has 92% efficacy in trial

Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine gives around 92% protection against Covid-19, late stage trial results published in The Lancet reveal. It has also been deemed to be safe - and offer complete protection against hospitalisation and death.

Like a good deal? Maybe a hagglebot can help

Earlier this month, the Olympics for hagglebots was held: the 11th annual competition for artificial intelligence (AI) that has been trained to negotiate.

Why some people like wearing masks

Sheltering in place hasn’t been too hard for Jay Lee; watching a film at home and ordering a takeaway has always been his idea of a good night. Lee, a 32-year-old small business owner in Leicester, identifies as an introvert.

Why camels are worrying coronavirus hunters

It’s thought that Covid-19 originated in animals before jumping to humans. Now experts are warning that the chances are the next pandemic will, too.

How do you act drunk on screen?

Sometimes you wonder if actors are acting at all. You know deep down that they're reciting lines from a screenplay, and being guided by a director who's sitting nearby.

The 'coronasomnia' phenomenon keeping us from getting sleep

A new year comes with resolutions. One of the most perennially popular goals is, unsurprisingly, getting more sleep. But there’s a problem: the ongoing coronavirus crisis has made getting a good night’s rest significantly harder.

Lobotomy: The brain op described as ‘easier than curing a toothache’

There was a time when people with severe mental illness might be given an operation to sever connections in the brain.

George Clooney helps Eddie Izzard complete 31-day marathon challenge

Comedian Eddie Izzard has completed her 31-day virtual marathon run by raising over £200k for charity. Speaking from her treadmill after Sunday's double marathon, she said she felt "very honoured" by the support.

Elon Musk grills Robinhood boss over GameStop row on Clubhouse

Tesla boss Elon Musk has grilled trading app Robinhood's co-founder, Vladimir Tenev, about why it limited users to only being able to buy a small number of shares in some companies. The move came after US games retailer GameStop's stock surged amid a campaign to cause hedge funds large losses.

Amber Room

The Amber Room or Yantarnaya Komnata (Russian: Янтарная комната, German: Bernsteinzimmer, Polish: Bursztynowa komnata) is a world-famous chamber decorated in amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors, located in the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoye Selo near Saint Petersburg.

Now and then: Iceland's vanishing glaciers

Iceland's Skaftafellsjokull is a spur from the nation's Vatnajokull ice cap, which is Europe's largest glacier. In 1989, photographer Colin Baxter visited the glacier during a family holiday and took a picture of the frozen landscape.

Ancient Jersey teeth find hints at Neanderthal mixing

Prehistoric teeth unearthed at a site in Jersey reveal signs of interbreeding between Neanderthals and our own species, scientists say. UK experts re-studied 13 teeth found between 1910 and 1911 at La Cotte de St Brelade in the island's south-west.

Groundbreaking biofuel rocket could be 'Uber for space'

Snow swirled and a biting wind sent temperatures plummeting to several degrees below zero as the Stardust 1.0 made its debut at a former military base in Maine.

GameStop investor battle moves on to silver as prices surge

Silver prices have hit an a eight-year high after calls to buy the metal on social media sparked a trading frenzy. It comes a week after amateur investors piled into shares in the games retailer GameStop, causing them to jump 700%.

Sani Abacha - the hunt for the billions stolen by Nigeria's ex-leader

When Nigeria's then-head of state Sani Abacha stole billions of dollars and died before spending his loot, it prompted an international treasure hunt spread over decades. The man hired to get the money back tells the BBC's Clare Spencer how the search took over his life.

How Covid-19 mutations are changing the pandemic

Early in its existence, Covid-19 gained an ability that would prove decisive in its relationship with human beings. The virus picked up a seemingly small change in its genetic code.

Central African Republic's capital in 'apocalyptic situation' as rebels close in

The situation in the Central African Republic's (CAR) capital of Bangui is "apocalyptic" as rebels encircle the city, a former prime minister says. Martin Ziguélé said there was daily fighting across the country and that he couldn't leave Bangui without an armed escort.

Google halts Play Store 'review bombing' by GameStop traders

Google has removed a wave of negative reviews of popular stock-market trading apps targeted by furious investors. Platforms such as Robinhood have been hit after preventing independent traders buying GameStop and AMC shares.

HS2: Could the pandemic kill off the rail project?

Leading environmental groups have joined the call from protesters tunnelling under London's Euston station to review HS2 in the light of the pandemic.

Japanese woman 'kept mother's body in freezer for 10 years'

Police in Japan have arrested a woman after the body of her dead mother was discovered in a freezer in her flat.

Long Man of Wilmington carving given face mask makeover

The addition of the face covering to the Long Man of Wilmington, a protected archaeological site, was discovered on Tuesday, Sussex Police said. The force said the landmark near Polegate had been defaced by vandals.

Israeli archaeologists find 'Biblical royal purple dye'

image copyrightIsrael Antiquities AuthorityA purple dye dating back to the purported reign of the Biblical King David has been identified on a piece of fabric by Israeli archaeologists.The dye is said to have been more valuable than gold and was associated with royalty.

Nasa's Perseverance rover is bearing down on Mars

The US space agency's Perseverance rover is now just three weeks from arriving at Mars. The distance to the Red Planet is under 5 million km (3 million miles) and that gap is closing at a rate of about 2.5km a second.

Split signals end for remnant of Antarctic iceberg A68a

The once-mighty iceberg A68a looks to be in its death throes. The largest fragment from a block of Antarctic ice that originally measured some 5,800 sq km (2,240 sq miles) in area has suffered another major split.

Australian man survives crocodile attack by 'prising jaws off his head'

A man has survived a crocodile attack in northern Australia by prising the animal's jaws from his head, according to health officials.The 44-year-old told medics he was swimming in Lake Placid in Queensland when he was attacked by a saltwater crocodile that he described as being 1.5m to 2m (4.

Why your face could be set to replace your bank card

Sara Stewart strolls into a small Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles and orders a torta, a type of sandwich. To pay she simply looks at her reflection in a small LCD screen attached to the cashier's counter. Then to add her preferred amount of tip she flashes a quick peace sign at the monitor.

A proof that e is irrational - Numberphile

Professor Ed Copeland shows a proof by Joseph "Voldemort" Fourier that e is irrational. Check out episode sponsor for 50% off your first month of any subscription. The crates are great! More links & stuff in full description below ↓↓↓ Ed Copeland is a physics pro

Gamestop: 'Failing' firm soars in value as amateurs buy stock

Shares in a US games company have soared more than 300% in the past week - the result of a fight between private and professional investors. Video games bricks-and-mortar retailer Gamestop is arguably something of a relic in a world moving online.

New Zealand urges people to ditch influencer-style tourism photos

New Zealand's tourism agency has called on people to stop taking influencer-inspired photos at tourist hotspots, in favour of more original ideas. The campaign urges people to avoid clichéd poses like the "hot tub backshot" and the "summit spreadeagle".

Emotet botnet taken down by international police swoop

Police have seized thousands of computers running one of the most dangerous hacking networks worldwide. The Emotet network obtains access to victims' computers, via malicious email attachments, then sells it to criminals who install more dangerous malware.

Leaflet — an open-source JavaScript library for interactive maps

Leaflet is the leading open-source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps. Weighing just about 39 KB of JS, it has all the mapping features most developers ever need. Leaflet is designed with simplicity, performance and usability in mind.

Tractor rally: India farmers plan massive protest on Republic Day

Tens of thousands of protesting farmers plan to drive into capital Delhi on tractors on India's Republic Day. They have been striking for months at the city's borders, demanding a roll back of recent market-friendly reforms.

Benchmark build times for Gatsby sites on Gatsby Cloud

Will It Build? Benchmark build times for Gatsby sites on Gatsby Cloud Compare historical build times of Gatsby example sites built on Gatsby Cloud, with data sourced from popular CMS (Content Management System) providers.

Facebook abandons its Project Aquila flying internet plan

Facebook is giving up on its plan to create drones that beam down internet connectivity, the company has confirmed. Project Aquila, first announced in 2014, failed to achieve the long flight times managed by airborne connectivity efforts from rivals including Google.

Satellites beat balloons in race for flying internet

Satellites - once the poor relation of broadband providers, considered the slowest, most expensive option and a real last resort - have become the hot favourite in the race to connect the world in places land-based internet does not reach. Ambitious alternatives have bitten the dust.

Shetland space launch plans submitted

Plans for a space launch facility in Shetland, which it's claimed could support hundreds of jobs, have been formally submitted. The Shetland Space Centre proposals include three launch pads for rockets of up to 30m (98ft) tall.

Scientists address myths over large-scale tree planting

Scientists have proposed 10 golden rules for tree-planting, which they say must be a top priority for all nations this decade.

The Dollar Game - Numberphile

Featuring Holly Krieger... Check out Brilliant (and get 20% off their premium service): (sponsor) More links & stuff in full description below ↓↓↓ With Dr Holly Krieger from Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. Check out the monster dollar game s

Baby tyrannosaurs dinosaurs were the 'size of a Border Collie'

Baby tyrannosaurs were only the size of a Border Collie dog when they took their first steps, a team of palaeontologists has discovered. Researchers from Edinburgh University examined fossilised remains of a tiny jaw bone and claw found in Canada and the US.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani sued by Dominion voting machine firm

image copyrightReutersA firm which provided voting machinery in last year's US presidential election is filing a defamation suit against Donald Trump's lawyer Rudolph Giuliani, seeking $1.3bn (£950m) in damages.

Vietnam War: French court to hear landmark Agent Orange case

A French court is set to hear a landmark case against more than a dozen companies that supplied the US with the notorious chemical Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.The case was brought by Tran To Nga, a 78-year-old French-Vietnamese woman who covered the conflict as a journalist.

Moderna vaccine appears to work against variants

Moderna's Covid vaccine appears to work against new, more infectious variants of the pandemic virus found in the UK and South Africa, say scientists from the US pharmaceutical company. Early laboratory tests suggest antibodies triggered by the vaccine can recognise and fight the new variants.

Protecting the last wild lions in Africa

British photographer George Logan documents the "natural beauty, drama and raw ferocity" of wild lions in Africa. Logan has spent the last 10 years photographing lions in Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

Keira Knightley rules out sex scenes directed by men

Keira Knightley has said she will not appear in nude scenes for films that have a male director. Speaking to the Chanel Connects podcast, the actress said: "I don't have an absolute ban [on filming nude scenes], but I kind of do with men.

Wealth increase of 10 men during pandemic 'could buy vaccines for all'

The combined wealth of 10 men increased during the coronavirus pandemic by $540bn (£400bn), Oxfam has found. This amount would be enough to prevent everyone in the world from falling into poverty because of the virus, and pay for a vaccine for all, the NGO said.

Torrent downloads and distributions for IP is your IP address. Computers connected to a network are assigned a unique number known as IP Address. IP addresses consist of four numbers in the range 0-255 separated by periods (i.e.

Aaf Brandt Corstius over videobelclichés: ‘Zien jullie mij?’

2020 was het jaar van de afstand – afstand houden in de winkel, op afstand werken, en vooral ook: op afstand praten. Via een scherm, op Zoom, Google Meet of een ander programma dat mensen in kleine vierkantjes indeelt, van waaruit zij, als ze niet op mute staan, door elkaar heen kunnen praten.

SpaceX: World record number of satellites launched

The 143 payloads, of all shapes and sizes, rode to orbit on a SpaceX Falcon rocket that launched out of Florida. The number beats the previous record of 104 satellites carried aloft by an Indian vehicle in 2017.

Jim Haynes: A man who invited the world over for dinner

Jim Haynes was both an icon and a relic of the Swinging Sixties, an American in Paris who was famous for inviting hundreds of thousands of strangers to dinner at his home. He died this month. Last February, I took my last trip abroad before lockdown closed in on us.

Australia man missing for 18 days 'survived on mushrooms'

Search efforts launched after Robert Weber, 58, went missing in the state of Queensland were called off last week. But police said he had been found near a dam on Sunday by a "property owner", who has been identified in Australian media as a local politician.

Why Masks Work BETTER Than You'd Think

Thanks to the Heising-Simons foundation for their support: (their COVID-19 grants: ) Check out to explore and for references. This video is about how masks (whether surgical, or N

Nasa's Curiosity rover: 3,000 days on Mars

The US space agency (Nasa) is about to put its latest rover, Perseverance, on Mars. But we shouldn't forget that the existing robot, Curiosity, is still there and working well following its landing in equatorial Gale Crater back in 2012.

Could Google really leave Australia?

Google has threatened to pull out of the Australian market if a new law governing its relationship with news publishers goes ahead. So what's the row all about?

St Agnes Cold War bunker for sale

An "eerie" underground bunker built during the Cold War has been put up for sale with a guide price of £25,000. The former monitoring post near St Agnes, Cornwall was built in 1961 and is accessed down a 14ft (4.2m) ladder.

Coronavirus: UK variant 'may be more deadly'

Early evidence suggests the variant of coronavirus that emerged in the UK may be more deadly, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. However, there remains huge uncertainty around the numbers - and vaccines are still expected to work.

How Covid turbocharged the QR revolution

He is talking about using QR codes (quick response codes), a technology from the 1990s, which is proving to be very useful in the Covid era.

Iran's supreme leader makes online threats to attack golfing Trump

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has posted online an apparent call for an attack on Donald Trump in revenge for last year's killing of its top military commander, Gen Qasem Soleimani. The website image is captioned "vengeance is definite".

France passes ‘sensory heritage’ law after plight of Maurice the noisy rooster

From crowing roosters to the whiff of barnyard animals, the “sensory heritage” of France’s countryside will now be protected by law from attempts to stifle the everyday aspects of rural life from newcomers looking for peace and quiet.

EU orders next-generation Galileo satellites

The European Commission has handed down industrial contracts worth a total of €1.47bn (£1.31bn; $1.97bn) to build the next generation of Galileo satellites. The work is going to the continent's two dominant space manufacturers - Airbus and Thales Alenia Space.

Google threatens to withdraw search engine from Australia

Google has threatened to remove its search engine from Australia over the nation's attempt to make the tech giant share royalties with news publishers. Australia is introducing a world-first law to make Google, Facebook and potentially other tech companies pay media outlets for their news content.

From The MIT Press Reader

The notion of human beings as consumers first took shape before World War One, but became commonplace in America in the 1920s. Consumption is now frequently seen as our principal role in the world.

Biden inauguration leaves QAnon believers in disarray

Followers of the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory are divided after Joe Biden's inauguration confounded their predictions that Donald Trump would remain president in order to punish his enemies in the "deep state".

Biden inauguration: Democrat to be sworn in as Trump leaves office

Joe Biden is to be sworn in as US president, taking the helm of a nation wracked by political division, economic anguish and an unrelenting pandemic. Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will take the oath of office alongside him in Washington DC, which has been fortified amid fears of civil unrest.

Stromatolites: The Earth’s oldest living lifeforms

The sunroof was open and the tinted windows were wound down. It was the closest I could get to soaking in the surrounds of desert and sea under the cloud-sailing sky. I was on Indian Ocean Drive heading a couple of hours north of Perth to Lake Thetis, on Western Australia’s wildcard Coral Coast.

Using Drupal For Digital Experiences Part One: User experiences are directed graphs What’s a graph? A graph is not a bar chart. Graphs are made of nodes and edges. Nodes are represented as empty circles and they typically correlate to some concept.

American Kristen Gray to be deported from Bali amid Twitter row

An American woman looks set to be deported from Bali after her Twitter thread promoting the island as a cheap and LGBT-friendly option for foreigners during the pandemic went viral. Kristen Gray sparked backlash for her lack of cultural awareness following the tweets on her "elevated lifestyle".

Theresa May: PM's foreign aid cut damaged UK's moral leadership, says successor

Theresa May has accused her successor Boris Johnson of "abandoning" the UK's moral leadership on the world stage. The ex-prime minister said Mr Johnson's decision to cut the overseas aid budget below 0.7% of national income had reduced the UK's global "credibility".

Trump pardons dozens in final hours, including ex-aide Steve Bannon

In the final hours of his presidency, Donald Trump has pardoned 73 people, including his former adviser Steve Bannon, who is facing fraud charges. Another 70 people had sentences commuted, ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration at noon (17:00 GMT).

Starbucks customer compensated over 'slanty' eyes drawing on cup

image copyrightGetty ImagesA Starbucks branch in Dublin has been ordered to pay compensation to a customer of Thai heritage after an employee drew "slanty" eyes on her cup.Atercin Liffey Unlimited, trading as Starbucks Tallaght, has to pay Suchavadee Foley €12,000 (£10,680).

Branson's Virgin rocket takes satellites to orbit

Sir Richard Branson's rocket company Virgin Orbit has succeeded in putting its first satellites in space. Ten payloads in total were lofted on the same rocket, which was launched from under the wing of one of the entrepreneur's old 747 jumbos.

Capitol riots: Are US militia groups becoming more active?

Far-right groups like those that took part in the Capitol riots are an increasing and serious threat across the US, experts say.

A wristband that tells your boss if you are unhappy

At first glance the silicone wristband could be mistaken for one that tracks your heart rate when you are doing exercise. However, the wearable technology, called a Moodbeam, isn't here to monitor your physical health. Instead it allows your employer to track your emotional state.

Aditya Singh: Man found 'living in airport for three months' over Covid fears

image copyrightGetty ImagesA man too afraid to fly due to the pandemic lived undetected in a secure area of Chicago's international airport for three months, US prosecutors say.Aditya Singh, 36, was arrested on Saturday after airline staff asked him to produce his identification.

Trapped Chinese miners' note sparks hopes for rescue

Rescuers say that 12 miners trapped underground after an explosion in a Chinese gold mine a week ago are still alive. State media reports the workers managed to send a note to rescuers seven days after the accident.

Are women let down by period trackers?

When journalist Orla Barry received a notification from her iPhone informing her that her period was due "any day in the next three weeks", she shared it on social media with wry amusement.

Statues to get protection from 'baying mobs'

The government is planning new laws to protect statues in England from being removed "on a whim or at the behest of a baying mob", Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has said. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, he said generations-old monuments should be "considered thoughtfully".

Eurostar: Government urged to 'safeguard' rail firm's future

image copyrightGetty ImagesA group of London business leaders has written to the government calling for financial support for the struggling rail firm Eurostar.In a letter to the Treasury and Department for Transport, they urge "swift action to safeguard its future".

Manchester bombing: Youngest victim 'could have survived with better first aid'

The youngest victim of the Manchester Arena attack might have survived if she had received better first aid, a report commissioned by her family suggests. Eight-year-old Saffie-Rose Roussos died as a result of losing too much blood from injuries to her legs.

Online clothes sellers targeted by 'creepy' messages

Women selling clothes online are being sent explicit messages, with requests for sex and "worn" garments. Both businesses and private individuals have experienced the problem when advertising on mainstream platforms.

SLS: Nasa's 'megarocket' engine test ends early

Shortly before 22:30 GMT (17:30 EST), the four engines ignited with a flash, burning for more than a minute before the test was aborted. The core stage of the SLS was being tested at Stennis Space Center, near Bay St Louis, Mississippi.

Using Graphical User Interfaces like Cypress' in WSL2

The Window Subsystem for Linux is very powerful. After exploring it for a bit, I wanted to push it even further. Wouldn't it be cool to run GUIs natively inside of Linux, on your computer running Windows? 🤯

The erotic origins of Italy's most famous sweet

Naples has pizza, Rome has cacio e pepe and Sicily has cannoli.

Nepali climbers make history with winter summit of K2 mountain

image copyrightAlex GavanA team of 10 Nepali climbers has set a new world record by becoming the first to reach the summit of K2, the world's second highest mountain, in winter. Mountaineer Nimsdai Purja, a member of the group, said they reached the peak at 17:00 local time (12:00 GMT).

Brexit: End to Gibraltar land border prompts joy and trepidation

The Spanish workers of La Línea de la Concepción are at the ready to celebrate the removal of the Gibraltar border controls. And they have reason to. This small coastal town bordering Gibraltar is one of the poorest in Spain.

WhatsApp and Facebook to share users' data outside Europe and UK

WhatsApp is forcing users to agree to sharing information with Facebook if they want to keep using the service. The company warns users in a pop-up notice that they "need to accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp" - or delete their accounts.

Wikipedia at 20: The encyclopedia in five articles

On 15 January 2001, two American entrepreneurs - Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger - launched an online encyclopedia. It was called Wikipedia. Despite much criticism early on about inaccuracies, it has gone on to be hugely successful.

EU must 'move at speed' on space broadband network

The European Commission says it wants its newly proposed satellite mega-constellation to be offering some sort of initial service in 2024.

Electric eels work together to zap prey

More than 200 years after the electric eel inspired the design of the first battery, it has been discovered that they can co-ordinate their "zaps". Researchers working in the Amazon filmed eels gathering in packs to herd prey, then stunning them with a synchronised electric shock.

Blood doping

Blood doping is the practice of boosting the number of red blood cells in the bloodstream in order to enhance athletic performance.

German sports doctor jailed over blood doping scandal

image copyrightGetty ImagesA German sports doctor has been jailed for nearly five years for masterminding a doping ring for athletes between 2012 and 2019.

India's Kumbh Mela festival begins amid Covid concerns

Thousands of pilgrims have gathered on the banks of India's Ganges river at the start of the Kumbh Mela, billed as the world's largest human gathering. One of the most auspicious events in Hinduism is taking place this year during the coronavirus pandemic.

NYC bendy bus left dangling from overpass in Bronx

At least eight people have been injured in New York City after a bus plunged from an overpass on to a road below. New York City Fire Department tweeted an image of the articulated bus dangling from the overpass in the Bronx district on Thursday evening.

North Korea unveils new submarine-launched missile

North Korea has unveiled a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile that state media described as "the world's most powerful weapon". Several of the missiles were displayed at a parade overseen by leader Kim Jong-un, reported state media.

Indonesia coronavirus: The vaccination drive targeting younger people

Indonesia is rolling out a mass free Covid-19 vaccination programme in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus and get its economy going again. But the country is taking a markedly different approach to others.

Twitter boss: Trump ban is 'right' but 'dangerous'

Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has said banning US President Donald Trump was the right thing to do. However, he expressed sadness at what he described as the "extraordinary and untenable circumstances" surrounding Mr Trump's permanent suspension.

Past Covid-19 infection may provide 'months of immunity'

Most people who have had Covid-19 are protected from catching it again for at least five months, a study led by Public Health England shows. Past infection was linked to around a 83% lower risk of getting the virus, compared with those who had never had Covid-19, scientists found.

The password guess worth $240m in bitcoin

We've all been there - brain fog makes us forget our password and after eight frantic attempts, we have just two left.

Belgian king's car hit during riots over death in police custody

Hundreds of people rioted in Brussels on Wednesday night over the death of a 23 year old in police custody at the weekend. Video from the scene shows King Philippe's car being hit by projectiles as it passed through the area.

Gurlitt's last Nazi-looted work returned to owners

When a trove of 1,500 artworks hoarded by the son of a Nazi-era art dealer was discovered in 2012, an investigation began to find out how many were looted from Jewish owners.

Trump impeached for 'inciting' US Capitol riot

The US House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump for "incitement of insurrection" at last week's Capitol riot. Ten Republicans sided with Democrats to impeach the president by 232-197.

He Created the Web. Now He’s Out to Remake the Digital World.

Tim Berners-Lee wants to put people in control of their personal data. He has technology and a start-up pursuing that goal. Can he succeed? Three decades ago, Tim Berners-Lee devised simple yet powerful standards for locating, linking and presenting multimedia documents online.

Lisa Montgomery: US executes only woman on federal death row

Lisa Montgomery - the only female inmate on federal death row in the US - has been executed for murder. She received a lethal injection at a prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, after a last-minute stay of execution was lifted by the US Supreme Court.

Een derde van de Belgen is van buitenlandse afkomst of heeft buitenlandse nationaliteit

Ongeveer een derde van iedereen die in België woont, is van buitenlandse herkomst of heeft de buitenlandse nationaliteit. Dat blijkt uit cijfers van Statbel, het statistische agentschap van de federale overheid, die voor het eerst de herkomst van de Belgische bevolking in kaart bracht.

Shincheonji: Korean sect leader found not guilty of breaking virus law

The leader of a South Korean religious sect has been found not guilty of breaking virus control laws. Lee Man-hee, who heads the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, was however found guilty of embezzlement and given a suspended sentence.

Husband on leash breached Quebec's Covid curfew

image copyrightGetty ImagesA couple in Canada have been fined for breaking Covid curfew rules after the woman was caught "walking" her husband on a leash, according to local media.

Covid: 2020 saw most excess deaths since World War Two

The Covid pandemic has caused excess deaths to rise to their highest level since World War Two. There were close to 697,000 deaths in England and Wales - nearly 91,000 more than the average in the previous five years.

Amazon and Facebook staff warned of threats to safety

Amazon and Facebook have warned staff about threats to their safety amid fears of a backlash against "big tech". Amazon Web Services (AWS) employees were told to "be vigilant" after the firm removed Parler from its web-hosting service.

James Webb will be the 'launch to watch in 2021'

If the standout rocket launch of 2020 was the flight that took US astronauts back into orbit from American soil, then the major rocket event of 2021 must surely be the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. The successor to the mighty Hubble observatory is due to go into orbit on 31 October.

Cling film artist 'overwhelmed' by Pershore reaction to murals

Large nature-themed murals have started to pop up in a Worcestershire town, painted on cling film. The impromptu works in Pershore have been created by a graffiti artist who goes by the name of Mr Sce.

China: Make-up wipes ad pulled over victim-blaming claims

A Chinese company has apologised and pulled an advertisement for make-up remover wipes after it sparked outrage for allegedly victim-blaming women. The ad by Purcotton, which has gone viral, shows a woman wiping away her make-up to scare off a male stalker.

Sir David Attenborough receives Covid-19 vaccine

Sir David Attenborough has become the latest well-known name to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, his representative has confirmed. The news about the 94-year-old natural historian comes a few days after it was revealed the Queen had been vaccinated.

Firms scrap political donations over capitol riots

Republicans in the US Congress are facing a backlash from businesses over last week’s violence in Washington. At least a dozen major US companies have said they would cut off campaign contributions to those who voted to challenge Joe Biden’s victory.


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The ancient symbol that spanned millennia

It is perhaps fitting that the ancient ouroboros marks the beginning – and end – of Never Ending Stories, a major exhibition currently showing at Germany’s Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg.

Loop (graph theory)

In graph theory, a loop (also called a self-loop or a "buckle") is an edge that connects a vertex to itself. A simple graph contains no loops. For an undirected graph, the degree of a vertex is equal to the number of adjacent vertices.

Six rangers killed in DR Congo's Virunga National Park

Six park rangers have been killed after an attack at the famous Virunga National Park in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Officials have blamed the attack on a militia group known as Mai-Mai, one of many that operate in the region.

Parler: Amazon to remove site from web hosting service

Amazon is removing "free speech" social network Parler from its web hosting service for violating rules. If Parler fails to find a new web hosting service by Sunday evening, the entire network will go offline.

A summer evening and other award winning photos

The winners of this year's International Photography Awards (IPA) have been announced. Open to professional, non-professional and student photographers around the world, the competition received more than 13,000 submissions across its 13 categories.

Orthorexia nervosa

Orthorexia nervosa /ˌɔːrθəˈrɛksiə nɜːrˈvoʊsə/ (also known as orthorexia) is a proposed eating disorder characterized by an excessive preoccupation with eating healthy food.[1][2][3] The term was introduced in 1997 by American physician Steven Bratman, M.D.

Greener planes of the future... or just pretty plans?

At an undisclosed location Airbus has spent months testing a radical looking plane. At 10ft (3m) wide, it is only small, but it could be the start of something very big in the aerospace industry. It looks like a flying wedge - known in the trade as a blended-wing design.

Can onboard rollercoasters save the cruise industry?

It has the world’s first roller coaster at sea, a micro-brewery, restaurants from celebrity chefs and sports figures, and, in a sign of the times, a massive medical facility.

Pompeo: US to lift restrictions on contacts with Taiwan

The US is lifting long-standing restrictions on contacts between American and Taiwanese officials, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.

'QAnon Shaman' Jake Angeli charged over pro-Trump riots

Jacob Anthony Chansley, known as Jake Angeli, is in custody on charges including violent entry and disorderly conduct. Mr Chansley, who calls himself the QAnon Shaman, is allegedly the man pictured with a painted face, fur hat and horns inside Congress on Wednesday.

Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 passenger plane feared to have crashed in Indonesia

image copyrightGetty ImagesA Boeing 737 passenger plane carrying 62 people is believed to have crashed into the sea shortly after take-off from Indonesia's capital Jakarta.The Sriwijaya Air disappeared from radars four minutes into its journey to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province.

Donald Trump’s Twitter endgame

It's hard to see that Donald Trump now has a future on Twitter. The president says he hates Big Tech. Yet he has loved using Twitter.

Sex workers say 'defunding Pornhub' puts their livelihoods at risk

Credit card giants Visa, Mastercard and Discover have blocked all payments to Pornhub, after the adult site was accused of being "infested" with child abuse and rape-related videos.

What is Elon Musk's Starship?

Elon Musk is planning to soon launch the prototype of a vehicle that could be a game-changer for space travel. Starship, as it's known, will be a fully reusable transport system capable of carrying up to 100 people to the Red Planet.

Twitter permanently suspends Trump's account

US President Donald Trump has been permanently suspended from Twitter "due to the risk of further incitement of violence", the company says. Twitter said the decision was made "after close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account".

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Facial recognition identifies people wearing masks

Japanese company NEC, which develops facial-recognition systems, has launched one that can identify people even when they are wearing masks. It hones in on parts of the face that are not covered up, such as the eyes, to verify their identity.

Why Socrates Hated Democracy

We’re used to thinking hugely well of democracy. But interestingly, one of the wisest people who ever lived, Socrates, had deep suspicions of it. For gifts and more from The School of Life, visit our online shop: our exclusive mailing list: Or visi

Boeing to pay $2.5bn over 737 Max conspiracy

Boeing has agreed to pay $2.5bn (£1.8bn) to settle US criminal charges that it hid information from safety officials about the design of its 737 Max planes.

Capitol riot: Democrats seek Trump's removal from office

US President Donald Trump's opponents in the two houses of Congress have called for him to be removed from office after the violent invasion of the Capitol by a mob of his supporters. Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said Mr Trump should be removed immediately.

Capitol riots: Questions mount over security failure

With the country still reeling from Wednesday's violence in Washington, serious questions are being asked about how such a massive security breach was able to happen at the heart of US government.

England’s sleepy ‘Scientology town’

It has been described as Britain’s strangest town and the real-life answer to Twin Peaks. But East Grinstead hardly exudes a sense of dreamlike Lynchian terror.

Why embracing change is the key to a good life

“Life is flux,” said the philosopher Heraclitus. The Greek philosopher pointed out in 500 BC that everything is constantly shifting, and becoming something other to what it was before.

Elon Musk becomes world's richest person worth $185bn

Elon Musk has become the world's richest person, as his net worth crossed $185bn (£136bn). The Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur was pushed into the top slot after Tesla's share price increased on Thursday.

Capitol riot: Five startling images from the siege

As Trump supporters surged past barricades and into the US Capitol,news agency photographers - who were there to document the vote certifying Joe Biden's election win - captured extraordinary scenes.

Elon Musk's six secrets to business success

Elon Musk has just become the richest person in the world, overtaking Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur's net worth has crossed $185bn (£136bn) after an increase in the share price of the electric car company.

Secrets of the Cosmic Microwave Background

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Trump allowed back onto Twitter

US President Donald Trump has been allowed to Tweet again, after being locked out of his account for 12 hours. Posting a more conciliatory message, he refrained from reiterating false claims of voter fraud.

Pro-Trump protesters storm the US Capitol building - in pictures

Protesters in support of US President Donald Trump swarmed the Capitol building, forcing officials to order lawmakers to shelter in place and halting debate in both the House and Senate. Congress was meeting to confirm President-elect Joe Biden's electoral college victory.

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GatsbyJS plugin with the ability to retrieve various bits of Wikipedia data and reuse them in your site. Wikipedia is the most successful collaborative knowledge base ever achieved on this planet.


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Nasa's Mars rover and the 'seven minutes of terror'

The US space agency (Nasa) has released an animation showing how its one-tonne Perseverance rover will land on Mars on 18 February. The robot is being sent to a crater called Jezero where it will search for evidence of past life. But to undertake this science, it must first touch down softly.

Julian Assange loses extradition bail bid

Julian Assange will remain in jail as he continues to fight against extradition to the USA. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said there were substantial grounds to believe he would abscond.

A tourist, in Afghanistan?

Afghanistan was once a firm fixture on the backpacker trail, but decades of war and violence have crossed it off the destination list for almost all tourists. Most governments advise against travel there. But American blogger Drew Binksy is one traveller bucking the trend.

Covid: WHO team investigating virus origins denied entry to China

image copyrightGetty ImagesA World Health Organization (WHO) team due to investigate the origins of Covid-19 in the city of Wuhan has been denied entry to China.Two members were already en route, with the WHO saying the problem was a lack of visa clearances.

Why the pandemic is causing spikes in break-ups and divorces

After seven years of marriage, 29-year-old Sophie Turner and her husband filed for divorce. They’d never discussed splitting up before the coronavirus crisis, but during the pandemic, their marriage soured.

Covid: LA ambulances told not to transport some patients to hospital

Ambulance workers in Los Angeles County, California, have been told not to transport hospital patients that have extremely low chances of survival. The directive comes as officials say the region could soon hit over 1,000 Covid-related deaths per day, and hospitals are overrun with patients.

US doctor forgives $650,000 in medical bills for cancer patients

image copyrightGetty ImagesA US oncologist has wiped out nearly $650,000 worth of debts for 200 cancer patients after realising that many of them were struggling to pay.Dr Omar Atiq closed his cancer treatment centre in Arkansas last year after nearly 30 years in business.

Jack Shepherd: Can a fugitive remain on the run forever?

Three days before Jack Shepherd was due to stand trial for manslaughter by gross negligence, police found he had disappeared. He was convicted in his absence of killing Charlotte Brown in a drunken speedboat crash and has spent the last six months on the run.

Fugitive on run for 17 years found living in cave by a drone

Chinese police have arrested a fugitive who'd been on the run for 17 years, after they used drones to spot his cave hideout. The 63-year old, named Song Jiang by the police, had been jailed for trafficking women and children but escaped from a prison camp in 2002.

Naked fugitive rescued from mangroves by Australian fishermen

Two fishermen have rescued a naked fugitive who they found clinging to trees over a crocodile-infested swamp in northern Australia. Kev Joiner and Cam Faust stumbled across the man in East Point near the city of Darwin on Sunday.

Why is Hong Kong so superstitious?

On a hot and humid day in Hong Kong, local finance worker Wai Li is visiting Wong Tai Sin, the city’s busiest temple, to use a fortune-telling practice known as kau cim.

Australian advert of man eating bat sandwich investigated

An advert that shows a man eating a bat sandwich is being investigated by Australia's advertising watchdog. The ad from outdoor equipment firm Boating Camping Fishing store (BCF) has been viewed more than 250,000 times on YouTube.

Republican Lauren Boebert vows to carry handgun to Congress

In a video released on Sunday, Republican Lauren Boebert is shown loading a handgun before walking around the city. But the city's police chief has said he plans to speak to Ms Boebert about the strict rules on carrying firearms.

Covid-19: New variant 'raises R number by up to 0.7'

The new variant of Covid-19 is "hugely" more transmissible than the virus's previous version, a study has found. It concludes the new variant increases the Reproduction or R number by between 0.4 and 0.7.

Hondje Thor redt het leven van 88-jarig baasje in Oppuurs

In Oppuurs heeft de hond Thor het leven van zijn 88-jarig baasje Maurice gered. Toen Maurice in een donkere steeg viel en bloedend op de grond lag, brak Thor uit zijn harnas en liep blaffend naar de buren.

Outcry as 'bean dad' forces hungry child to open tin can

image copyrightGetty ImagesA dad in the US who boasted about his parenting skills after telling his hungry nine-year-old daughter to open a tin of beans or go without food has caused outcry on social media.

Coronavirus: India approves vaccines from Bharat Biotech and Oxford/AstraZeneca

India has formally approved the emergency use of two coronavirus vaccines as it prepares for one of the world's biggest inoculation drives. The drugs regulatory authority gave the green light to the jabs developed by AstraZeneca with Oxford University and by Bharat Biotech.

How India's artisanal fountain pens are making their mark

New York-based novelist Amitav Ghosh recently ordered a fountain pen from an artisanal maker in India. Ghosh is willing to wait for his pen to arrive from the maker, located some 12,500km (7,767 miles) away, in the western city of Pune.

Brexit: Boris Johnson's claims about the benefits of leaving fact-checked

Boris Johnson was asked on the BBC's Andrew Marr show how "ordinary voters" in a place such as Leigh in Greater Manchester (which voted Conservative in the 2019 election) would benefit from Brexit. The prime minister gave several examples, which we will look at in turn.

Navigating with Quantum Entanglement

Check Out Weathered on PBS Terra Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! We often think of quantum mechanics as only affecting only the smallest scales of reality, with classic

US election: Trump tells Georgia election official to 'find' votes to overturn Biden win

US President Donald Trump has been recorded telling Georgia's top election official to "find" enough votes to overturn the election result. Mr Raffensperger is heard replying that Georgia's results are correct.

Japan developing wooden satellites to cut space junk

image copyrightSUMITOMO FORESTRY A Japanese company and Kyoto University have joined forces to develop what they hope will be the world's first satellites made out of wood by 2023.Sumitomo Forestry said it has started research on tree growth and the use of wood materials in space.

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The twin smokestacks of the Moss Landing Power Plant tower over Monterey Bay. Visible for miles along this picturesque stretch of the north Californian coast, the 500-foot-tall (150m) pillars crown what was once California's largest electric power station – a behemoth natural gas-fired generator.

Euromillions: Jackpot of more than £39m won by UK ticket-holder

One ticket matched all five regular numbers and two lucky stars in the draw on Friday night to win the £39,774,466.40 prize. The winning numbers were 16, 28, 32, 44 and 48 with the lucky stars 01 and 09.

Bitcoin value surges past $30,000 (£22,000) for first time

Bitcoin has passed $30,000 (£22,000) in value for the first time, continuing a recent sharp rise. The virtual cryptocurrency hit $30,823.30 at 13:13 GMT on Saturday, just weeks after soaring above $20,000 for the first time.

Plane crash deaths rise in 2020 despite Covid pandemic

More people died in commercial plane crashes in 2020, an industry group has said, despite the number of flights plummeting due to the pandemic. Dutch aviation consultancy To70 found that 299 people were killed in commercial crashes worldwide last year, rising from 257 in 2019.

Betrapt! Bart De Wever doet nieuwjaarsinterview in onderbroek: "Jaar begint met bijzonder gênant moment"

Goed nadenken over je outfit, en de manier waarop je jezelf in beeld brengt tijdens een videovergadering: we hebben het allemaal al doende geleerd in 2020. Antwerps burgemeester Bart De Wever (N-VA) zondigde even tegen die basisregels, vanmorgen tijdens een nieuwjaarsinterview bij Radio 2.

Was I wrong to fall for a cheating cat?

There's a well-known saying that goes, "You don't choose a cat, a cat chooses you." So what should you do, asks Anisa Subedar, when a persistent pussycat in the neighbourhood decides to adopt you?

The simple maths error that can lead to bankruptcy

As we head into 2021, Worklife is running our best, most insightful and most essential stories from 2020. Read our full list of the year’s top stories here. Fifteen years ago, the people of Italy experienced a strange kind of mass hysteria known as “53 fever”.

Bird charity warns of harm from new wind farm

The bird charity RSPB has criticised a government decision to permit an offshore wind farm expected to harm birds feeding in the North Sea. The giant Hornsea Three development lies 75 miles away from Flamborough Head, England’s biggest sea bird colony. on the eastern Yorkshire coast.

France: More than 2,500 attend illegal New Year rave

More than 2,500 people have attended an illegal rave in France, as the country continues to grapple with coronavirus. The event, held in a warehouse at Lieuron near Rennes in Brittany, began on Thursday and is still going on.

Welcome to the ANU Quantum Random Numbers Server

This website offers true random numbers to anyone on the internet. The random numbers are generated in real-time in our lab by measuring the quantum fluctuations of the vacuum. The vacuum is described very differently in the quantum mechanical context than in the classical context.

Computer Archeology

This web site is about digging up old, forgotten computer systems and cracking open the code that ran on them. Think of each program as a different "dig site". I am a nerdy Indiana Jones.

India's love affair with classic British motorbikes

Classic British motorbike maker BSA announced last month the brand was being revitalised under its Indian billionaire owner, continuing a growing trend. Another famous British bike brand - Norton - was taken over by an Indian firm earlier this year with equally ambitious growth plans.

The man who refused to freeze to death

To mark the end of a turbulent year, we are bringing back some of our favourite stories for BBC Future’s “Best of 2020” collection. Discover more of our picks here. Heimaey is the largest of the Westman Islands, an archipelago south of Iceland mostly inhabited by puffins.

Japan’s forgotten indigenous people

“This is our bear hut,” the short, vivacious woman shouted through a hand-held loudspeaker, her smile creasing her forehead with deep wrinkles. A blue hat was perched on her head and her short tunic, embroidered with pink geometric designs, was tied sharply at the waist.

How self-control can actually unleash your dark side

As we head into 2021, Worklife is running our best, most insightful and most essential stories from 2020. Read our full list of the year’s top stories here. A few years ago, 80 Parisians were given the chance to take part in the pilot of a new gameshow, called La Zone Xtrême.

The world's growing concrete coasts

It’s one of the most impressive feats in modern engineering, and crossing the world’s longest sea bridge – the 55km (34 miles) Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, which opened in October 2018 at a cost of $20bn (£15.9bn) – certainly has its benefits.

The day the pirates came

For Sudeep Choudhury, work on merchant ships promised adventure and a better life. But a voyage on an oil tanker in West Africa, in dangerous seas far from home, would turn the young graduate's life upside down.

The benefits of having many lovers

To mark the end of a turbulent year, we are bringing back some of our finest stories for BBC Future’s “Best of 2020” collection. Discover more of our picks here. “What does exclusivity mean to you?” asks Amy Hart, a contestant on UK reality TV show Love Island in 2019.

Which cooking oil is the healthiest?

Cooking oils are a kitchen staple. But there’s a lot of conflicting information regarding how healthy each of them are.

Adobe Flash Player is finally laid to rest

Adobe Flash Player, the browser plug-in that brought rich animations and interactivity to the early web, has officially reached the end of its life. Released in 1996, Flash was once one of the most popular ways for people to stream videos and play games online.

Woolly rhino from Ice Age unearthed in Russian Arctic

The remarkably preserved carcass of an Ice Age-era woolly rhino has been unearthed by locals in eastern Siberia, researchers have said. The rhino was revealed by the melting permafrost in the Abyisky region of Yakutia in north-eastern Russia.

Brexit: New era for UK as it completes separation from European Union

The UK stopped following EU rules at 23:00 GMT, as replacement arrangements for travel, trade, immigration and security co-operation came into force. Boris Johnson said the UK had "freedom in our hands" and the ability to do things "differently and better" now the long Brexit process was over.

Penn Station: New train hall returns beauty to New York station

For decades, New York City's Penn Station has been famous worldwide for giving its visitors a crowded, dank and generally unpleasant experience. But now a new design, unveiled on Wednesday, aims to rectify the loss caused when the station's original majestic concourse was demolished in 1963.

Hacked home cams used to livestream police raids in swatting attacks

Hackers have livestreamed police raids on innocent households after hijacking their victims' smart home devices and making a hoax call to the authorities, the FBI has warned. It said offenders had even spoken to responding officers via the hacked kit.

The Belgian 'hero' who invaded UK fishing waters

When Victor Depaepe decided to invade England, he knew it would mean a confrontation with the Royal Navy. The thought of backing down never crossed his mind - it was 1963 and Europe was otherwise at peace. But Victor was a man on a mission.

Seeking justice for Lion Sleeps Tonight composer

Zimbabwean music mogul Munya Chanetsa felt his hackles rise when he learnt about the royalties battles that have been fought over the song Mbube - also known as The Lion Sleeps Tonight.

Brexit deal mentions Netscape browser and Mozilla Mail

References to decades-old computer software are included in the new Brexit agreement, including a description of Netscape Communicator and Mozilla Mail as being "modern" services. Experts believe officials must have copied and pasted chunks of text from old legislation into the document.

Health to be on cyber-security's front line in 2021

Covid-19 catapulted the health sector to the forefront of cyber-security in 2020, but the next year is likely to see the dangers continue and evolve. Threats from nation states and criminals to the health system are a growing concern.

Coronavirus: Spain to keep registry of those who refuse Covid vaccine

Spain is to set up a registry of people who refuse to be vaccinated against coronavirus and share it with other European Union nations, the health minister has said. Salvador Illa said the list would not be made accessible to the public or to employers.

Atlantic discovery: 12 new species 'hiding in the deep'

Almost five years of studying the deep Atlantic in unprecedented detail has revealed 12 species new to science. The sea mosses, molluscs and corals had eluded discovery because the sea floor is so unexplored, scientists say.

Birmingham 'memory cop' Andy Pope spots 2,000 suspects

West Midlands Police PCSO Andy Pope says he can remember faces for years and has even been able to single out wanted people wearing face coverings. The 43-year-old was recognised by the force's chief constable in 2018 when he passed the 1,000 milestone and is now aiming to reach 2,500 by 2022.

Boy Scouts of America accuse Girl Scouts of starting 'war'

A recruitment drive by the Boy Scouts of America is proving "highly damaging" to the Girl Scouts, lawyers acting for the latter organisation say.The "infringement" meant many parents mistakenly signed their daughters up for Boy Scouts, thinking it was Girl Scouts, lawyers said.

Covid: Post-exposure antibody protection trialled

Ten people have been given antibodies as a form of emergency protection after being exposed to coronavirus, in the first trial of its kind. The experimental jab is being offered to people who have been in close contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case within the past eight days.

Christmas: The mail order pioneer who started a billion-pound industry

Lots of things about Christmas are different this year, including how and where the gifts you're unwrapping today were probably bought.

Nashville explosion: Camper van blows up in 'intentional act' on Christmas morning

A parked camper van exploded in the US city of Nashville, Tennessee, early on Christmas morning, injuring three people and knocking out communications systems across the state.Possible human remains were later found near the blast site, US media report.

Russian historian jailed for dismembering partner

image copyrightGetty ImagesA Russian historian who admitted shooting and dismembering his student partner in St Petersburg has been jailed for 12 and a half years. Oleg Sokolov, 63, an expert on the Napoleonic wars, pleaded guilty to the murder of Anastasia Yeshchenko, 24.

Australian expeditioner evacuated from Antarctica in five-day mission

An Australian expeditioner has been medically evacuated from Antarctica following a five-day mission involving ships, helicopters and planes. Australia, China and the US collaborated in efforts to bring the patient back home.

Italy seeks engineer to build new Colosseum floor

Italy's government is seeking bids from engineers to rebuild the floor of the Colosseum in Rome and return it to its former glory. The project will have a total budget of 18.5m euros (£16.7m; $22.5m), and the work is due to start next year.

Brexit: Boris Johnson hails free trade deal with EU

The EU and UK have reached a post-Brexit trade deal, ending months of disagreements over fishing rights and future business rules. The text of the agreement has yet to be released, but the PM claimed it was a "good deal for the whole of Europe".

The UK’s quest for affordable fusion by 2040

The science of nuclear fusion was proven in the early 1930s, after fusion of hydrogen isotopes was achieved in a laboratory. And we see fusion in action every day. The stars, including our Sun, are giant self-sustaining fusion reactors.

'Balloon boy hoax' parents pardoned in Colorado

In 2009 a US couple told the world their son had been carried away by a balloon. Rescue services scrambled to rescue him, but it was revealed to be a hoax and the pair were convicted. After 13 years, the couple have now been granted a pardon by the governor of Colorado.

Portugal outrage after Spanish hunters massacre 500 wild animals

Portuguese officials have expressed outrage at the massacre of more than 500 deer and wild boar in a hunting zone in the centre of the country. Environment Minister João Fernandes said the killing by 16 Spanish hunters was "vile" and an "environmental crime" that should be prosecuted.

SolarWinds: Hacked firm issues urgent security fix

Network tools specialist SolarWinds has updated its flagship Orion software, 11 days after revealing a major breach. On 13 December, it disclosed that Orion had been compromised. It was used as a means to penetrate US government networks and companies including Intel.

California man 'kills fellow Covid patient with oxygen tank'

A 37-year-old man who allegedly used an oxygen tank to beat to death a fellow Covid patient in his California hospital bed last week has been charged with murder and hate crime.

Trump pardons Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Charles Kushner

US President Donald Trump has pardoned former campaign manager Paul Manafort, ex-adviser Roger Stone and the father of Mr Trump's son-in-law. Manafort was convicted in 2018 in an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

Twitter to wipe Trump's followers before Biden handover

Twitter has confirmed that the official US presidential accounts will be wiped of their millions of followers before being transferred to the Biden administration. Mr Biden's team "fought" the plan, but the social media giant said its decision was "unequivocal".

Greece’s disappearing whistled language

Hidden deep in the south-east corner of the Greek island of Evia, above a twisting maze of ravines that tumbles toward the Aegean Sea, the tiny village of Antia clings to the slopes of Mount Ochi.

The last speakers of ancient Sparta

As you enter the mountainous village of Pera Melana in Greece’s southern Peloponnese peninsula, you’re likely to hear the roar of scooters zooming down narrow roads and the chirps of birds stealing ripe fruit from trees.

The tiny forests designed by feng shui

Nestled within a narrow valley of the Meihuashan Nature Reserve in China’s south-eastern Fujian province, the ancient Hakka village of Guizhuping is sheltered from the cold north wind by a sacred forest.

Canada's little-known Emerald Isle

From almost anywhere, it’s a long journey to Fogo Island off the north-east coast of Newfoundland, itself an island off the east coast of Canada.

Sister Abhaya: Indian priest and nun jailed for murder of convent sister

image copyrightGetty ImagesA Catholic priest and nun have been sentenced to life in prison for the killing of another member of their convent in India nearly 30 years ago.

Brexit: How do voters now feel about it?

The UK's departure from the European Union single market at the end of December marks the final stage of the Brexit process, triggered by the majority vote to leave in the 2016 referendum. However, this does not mean that the debate about Brexit is over.

Trump pardons two convicted by Russia investigation

Donald Trump has issued pardons to 15 people including two figures convicted of lying to the FBI during an inquiry into the US president's campaign. Ex-campaign aide George Papadopoulos and attorney Alex van der Zwaan are among those who received the presidential clemency.

Elon Musk says Apple's boss snubbed takeover deal

Tesla founder Elon Musk says that Apple chief executive Tim Cook snubbed talks to buy the car company back in 2017. Mr Musk tweeted on Tuesday that he reached out to the Apple boss during his company's "darkest days".

Giant iceberg A68a shatters into large fragments

The giant iceberg that's been drifting through the South Atlantic looks to have experienced a major break-up. Tuesday's latest satellite imagery reveals major fissures in the tabular berg known as A68a, with huge blocks of ice starting to separate and move away from each other.

Thai man revives baby elephant with CPR after motorbike accident

A baby elephant struck by a motorbike while crossing a road in Thailand survived after it was revived by an off-duty rescue worker. Mana Srivate told Reuters news agency he had performed dozens of resuscitation attempts in his career - but never before on an elephant.

Covid: Wuhan scientist would 'welcome' visit probing lab leak theory

A Chinese scientist at the centre of unsubstantiated claims that the coronavirus leaked from her laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan has told the BBC she is open to "any kind of visit" to rule it out.

Grace Millane murder: Jesse Kempson guilty of attacking two more women

The man who murdered British backpacker Grace Millane has been convicted of sex attacks on two more women. Jesse Kempson, 28, can now be named after a court order banning his identification was lifted.

K2: 'Savage Mountain' beckons for unprecedented winter climb

Two European mountaineers embark this week on a bitterly cold, week-long trek to reach base camp on the world's second highest mountain, in a bid to achieve something that no human has ever done before.

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"If it Hadn't Been for the Prompt Work of the Medics": FSB Officer Inadvertently Confesses Murder Plot to Navalny

Bellingcat and its partners reported that Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) was implicated in the near-fatal nerve-agent poisoning of Alexey Navalny on 20 August 2020.

Russian agent 'tricked into detailing Navalny assassination bid'

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny duped a Russian FSB state agent into revealing details of an attack on him with the nerve agent Novichok, the investigative group Bellingcat reports. Mr Navalny reportedly impersonated a security official to call the agent.

Harrods mega-spender loses Supreme Court challenge

The Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by a woman who spent £16m in Harrods to overturn the UK's first Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO). Zamira Hajiyeva, wife of a jailed banker, may now lose her £12m London home - and a separate golf course - if she can't explain her riches.

Lockerbie bombing: Alleged bomb-maker charged on 32nd anniversary of attack

The US has announced charges against a Libyan suspected of making the bomb that blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. Abu Agila Mohammad Masud has been charged with terrorism-related crimes, Attorney General William Barr said on Monday, 32 years since the attack.

Al Jazeera journalists ‘hacked via NSO Group spyware’

Dozens of Al Jazeera journalists were allegedly hacked with the help of spyware developed by Israeli firm NSO Group, cyber-security researchers say.

Covid-19: Couple holds 10,000 people drive-thru wedding in Malaysia

The coronavirus pandemic has put paid to many couples' dreams of a large wedding. But one Malaysian duo has managed to dodge restrictions which would have limited the guest list to 20 and welcomed a reported 10,000 people to their nuptials, all in a Covid-secure manner.

Star of Bethlehem: The astronomical explanations

It might seem churlish to dissect such an enduring image of Christmas as the star of Bethlehem, but a quiet astronomical debate has been bubbling away for decades. Could some real cosmic event have drawn "three wise men" on a journey to find a newborn king?

Christmas star: Jupiter and Saturn set to align in the night sky

Jupiter and Saturn are set to cross paths in the night sky, appearing to the naked eye as a "double planet". The timing of this conjunction, as the celestial event is known, has caused some to suggest it may have been the source of a bright light in the sky 2,000 years ago.

Covid: Belgium and Netherlands ban flights from UK over variant

image copyrightGetty ImagesA number of European countries have or are considering banning travel from the UK to prevent the spread of a more infectious variant of coronavirus. Both the Netherlands and Belgium have suspended flights. Trains to Belgium have also been banned.

Cardinal Pell says his conservative views drove public against him

George Pell, the Australian cardinal whose conviction for child abuse was overturned this year, has said his conservative Christian views drove public opinion against him.

Boudicca revolt: Essex dig reveals 'evidence of Roman reprisals'

The destruction of a "clearly high status" Iron Age village "may represent reprisals after the Boudiccan revolt", an archaeologist has said. More than 17 roundhouses were discovered in a defensive enclosure at Cressing, near Braintree in Essex.

Why Do You Remember The Past But Not The Future?

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! The laws of physics don’t specify an arrow of time - they don’t distinguish the past from the future. The equations we use to describe how things evolve forward in time also perfectly describe thei

Where you can see the ‘soul’ of the Earth

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Noli turbare circulos meos!

According to Valerius Maximus, the phrase was uttered by the ancient Greek mathematician and astronomer Archimedes. When the Romans conquered the city of Syracuse after the siege of 214–212 BC, the Roman general Marcus Claudius Marcellus ordered to retrieve Archimedes.

How young workers are changing the rules of 'business speak'

If you’ve ever tried to explain a meme to your grandparent – or if you’re the puzzled grandparent – you know how big the cultural divide among generations can be.

Flash fiction

Flash fiction is a fictional work of extreme brevity[1] that still offers character and plot development.

The 'ghost' silhouettes popping up in a Scottish Borders village

It all began with a few sheep by the river. Since then horses, hippos, snakes and even a dragon have appeared. Something curious has been going on in the village of West Linton since the first coronavirus lockdown and it is continuing in the run-up to Christmas.

737 Max: Boeing 'inappropriately coached' pilots in test after crashes

US Senate investigators say that Boeing officials "inappropriately coached" test pilots during efforts to recertify the company's 737 Max aircraft. The planes were grounded in March 2019 following two deadly crashes.

Faith and fertility at Bethlehem's Milk Grotto

Usually the narrow, gently winding street to the side of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity would be bustling with souvenir sellers. They hail passing tourists in English, Spanish, Polish - trying to guess their nationality.

Covid: US approves Moderna as second vaccine

Moderna has been approved by the US government as the country's second Covid-19 vaccine, clearing the way for millions of doses to be released. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorised the US-made jab about a week after approving a Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine which is now being distributed.

US judge says parents owe son over trashed porn collection

image copyrightGetty ImagesA US judge in Michigan has ruled that a 42-year-old man can seek compensation from his parents for destroying his pornography collection.

The year 2020: A time when everything changed

My mum called it. Long before planes had been grounded. Long before hospitals became places to fear. Long before 2020 had become a byword for all that was wrong - the worst year ever. Back then, China and cruise-ships remained the epicentres of the outbreak.

Can You Upload Your Mind & Live Forever? feat. Cyberpunk 2077

Get your copy of Cyberpunk 2077 here: Sources & further reading: The desire to be free from the limits of the human experience is as old as our first stories. We exist in an endless universe, only bound by the laws of phy

Inca Knot Numbers - Numberphile

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Why are there giant concrete tunnels in the desert?

The Physics Girl team visited LIGO once again. This place is Dianna's obsession. If you liked this video check out these: I Visited the First Gravitational Wave Detector! LIGO | STELLAR Why aren't plants black? :herb:

I Visited the First Gravitational Wave Detector! LIGO | STELLAR

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Is Gravity An Illusion?

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Can We Create Artificial Gravity?

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Gravity, or gravitation, is a natural phenomenon by which all things with mass are brought toward (or gravitate toward) one another, including objects ranging from electrons and atoms, to planets, stars, and galaxies.

US cyber-attack: US energy department confirms it was hit by Sunburst hack

The US energy department is the latest agency to confirm it has been breached in what is being described as the worst-ever hack on the US government. The department is responsible for managing US nuclear weapons, but said the arsenal's security had not been compromised.

Rudy Giuliani’s Worst Month Ever

Hello, and welcome: It is time, once again, to check in on Rudy Giuliani, attorney to soon-to-be-former President Donald Trump, just to see how he is doing. From the outside, I would guess: not great. He has been airing unsubstantiated conspiracies to the press.

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: 'How the conflict made my uncle a refugee in Sudan'

image copyrightRex FeaturesA BBC reporter writes about a relative forced to flee Ethiopia's Tigray region following the outbreak of conflict between federal and regional troops. A businessman and farm-owner, my uncle has become a refugee in Sudan, along with tens of thousands of others.

South Korea: The life-changing exam that won't stop for a pandemic

On Thursday, nearly 500,000 students in South Korea will sit for the country's marathon university admission examinations. Already a stressful event, a third wave of the pandemic has left students with even bigger challenges.

The decline of the world’s dirtiest fuel

Turf is another term for peat, which is removed from the bogs that cover large parts of this area of Ireland. Travelling through this flat landscape, the view is often of huge expanses of brown, dead-looking land with mounds of milled peat, or stacks of rectangular sods of turf laid out to dry.

The new 'gold rush' for green lithium

Cornwall, 1864. A hot spring is discovered nearly 450m (1,485ft) below ground in the Wheal Clifford, a copper mine just outside the mining town of Redruth. Glass bottles are immersed to their necks in its bubbling waters, carefully sealed and sent off for testing.

Elon Musk's Starship prototype makes a big impact

US entrepreneur Elon Musk has launched the latest prototype of his Starship vehicle from Texas. Codenamed SN8, the uncrewed rocket lifted away from the Boca Chica R&D facility on what had been billed as a brief flight to 12.5km (41,000ft).

Iberian lynx returns to Spain from verge of extinction

An intense conservation campaign has brought the Iberian lynx back to the south of Spain from the verge of extinction barely 10 years ago, Guy Hedgecoe reports from Spain.

A palm oil alternative could help save rainforests

image copyrightGetty ImagesThere's an ugly truth to the beauty products we slap on our faces and an unsavoury truth to the foods we eat: many are made with palm oil, which is responsible for the rapid deforestation of some of the world's most biodiverse forests, destroying the habitat of already end

Ayoub El-Khazzani: Gunman jailed for life over 2015 France train attack

image copyrightGetty ImagesA French court has sentenced an Islamist militant to life in jail over an August 2015 plot to attack Americans on a high-speed train.Ayoub El-Khazzani, a Moroccan national, opened fire on board a train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris.

Atlantic City to auction off demolition of former Trump casino

The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City went bankrupt and shut in 2014. Now, the city is auctioning off the chance to dynamite it for charity.

Russia's Putin calls Navalny poisoning inquiry 'a trick'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed as "a trick" a joint media investigation that blamed Russian state agents for poisoning his arch-critic, Alexei Navalny. He accused Mr Navalny of receiving help from the US secret services.

'Love jihad': What a reported miscarriage says about India's anti-conversion law

Reports that a pregnant Hindu woman who was forcibly separated from her Muslim husband and may then have miscarried have highlighted controversies over a new anti-conversion law in India. Earlier this month, a video clip went viral in India.

The heartbreaking video and the death of a Kurdish-Iranian family

image copyrightFamily handoutA video clip of a Kurdish-Iranian girl who died with her family attempting to cross the English Channel last month highlights their drive for a better life. The clip shows a nine-year-old girl crying and laughing.

Mexico ambush: Mormon families waiting for justice a year on from massacre

A year ago, three Mormon women and six of their children were massacred on a lonely road in Mexico's Sonora desert. What has happened to the families left behind, and their search for justice? Kenny Miller speaks in a thick southern American drawl.

Jewellery thefts that shocked the world

The gang took two 17th Century crowns and an orb from a cathedral before making a dramatic escape by speedboat - and police do not yet have any suspects. We take a look at some of the world's other audacious jewellery thefts.

Coronavirus: How to be happier while working from home

Millions of people need a home office for the first time. Some have perched at kitchen tables or made do with a laptop on the sofa for months. But even if a vaccine comes soon, many people may never go back to the office full time.

US election 2020: Is Trump right about Dominion machines?

President Trump has criticised the use of an electronic voting system widely used by election authorities across the United States, saying it's lost him millions of votes.

Paris burglars seize jewels at luxury Peninsula hotel

An armed gang burst into one of the swankiest hotels in Paris on Wednesday night, seizing jewellery and clothing worth at least €350,000 (£300,000; $390,000), reports say. Two masked attackers took part in the raid on the historic Peninsula Hotel, a stone's throw from the Arc de Triomphe.

Trump Twitter ‘hack’: Police accept attacker's claim

image copyrightReuters/White House/BBCDutch prosecutors have found a hacker did successfully log in to Donald Trump's Twitter account by guessing his password - "MAGA2020!"But they will not be punishing Victor Gevers, who was acting "ethically".

Bitcoin hits all-time high rising above $20,000

Bitcoin has hit a new all-time high breaking through $20,000 (£14,800). The volatile virtual currency has gained more than 170% this year amid stock market turmoil.

Covid and vitamin D: 'Not enough evidence' for treatment

There is not enough evidence that vitamin D supplements protect people against Covid-19, an expert panel says. Made up of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Public Health England and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, it said more research was needed.

Google ad practices under fire in new lawsuit

Ten US states, led by Texas, are suing Google, accusing it of taking illegal steps to preserve its monopoly over the online advertising market. The criticised moves include striking a deal with Facebook to manipulate online advertising auctions, the states said.

In pictures: The beauty of toilets

The dream for photographer Elena Heatherwick was to work for non-governmental organisations (NGOs), documenting lives and seeing the pictures she had made being used to effect change. But commissions like this did not come overnight.

Inside the homes of remarkable artists and writers

If our homes reflect our characters, then the home of an artist is likely to be particularly intriguing.

Pacific castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga 'mulled suicide'

In an interview to CNN Mexico, Jose Salvador Alvarenga said fear was what stopped him from suicide. The man, who was found in the Marshall Islands, also said he kept his faith that he would get out of the situation.

Cocaine 'ghost boat' washes up in Marshall Islands

Police in the Marshall Islands have found their biggest drug haul ever, in an abandoned boat washed ashore on a small atoll. It's thought the vessel might have drifted across the Pacific Ocean from Latin America, spending possibly months out at sea.

The Eye of Providence: The symbol with a secret meaning?

Conspiracy theories thrive on cryptic symbols and covert visual signs.

Jacques Jordaens: Baroque masterpiece found in Brussels town hall

image copyrightRMFAB/KIK-IRPAA painting that hung for some 60 years in a Brussels town hall has been authenticated as the oldest known version of one of Flemish master Jacques Jordaens' most famous works.

EU reveals plan to regulate Big Tech

Big tech firms face yearly checks on how they are tackling illegal and harmful content under new rules unveiled by the European Commission.

Lockerbie bombing: New suspect soon to be charged - US media

The US is due to unseal charges against a Libyan man suspected of making the bomb that blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie in 1988, US media say. They say US prosecutors will soon press for the extradition of Abu Agila Mohammad to stand trial in the US.

Plane in US sprinkles 100 gallons of holy water

Rev Matthew Barzare of St Anne Church in the rural community of Cow Island took up the suggestion of a parishioner to spray 100 gallons (454 litres) of holy water from a plane. His parish is spread over a wide area so Rev Barzare decided a crop dusting plane would be a quick solution.

Pornhub sued by 40 Girls Do Porn sex trafficking victims

Pornhub has been sued by 40 women who say it profited from a sex-trafficking operation by a content partner. The women were all victims of Girls Do Porn, whose owners have been charged with offences by US officials.

Kenya's black market baby trade: A mother's choice

Last month, BBC Africa Eye exposed a thriving black-market trade in babies in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

US labels Switzerland a currency manipulator

The US has labelled Switzerland and Vietnam "currency manipulators", accusing the countries of intervening to limit the rise of their currencies against the dollar.

China's Chang'e-5 mission returns Moon samples

China's Chang'e-5 mission has returned to Earth with the cargo of rock and "soil" it picked up off the Moon. It's more than 40 years since the American Apollo and Soviet Luna missions brought their samples home.

Covid: WHO to investigate virus origins in China's Wuhan

A team of 10 international scientists will travel to the Chinese city of Wuhan next month to investigate the origins of Covid-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

Earth Photo winners announced

The winning series, photographed by Jonk, includes a coffee shop and theatre in Abkhazia, a hotel in Portugal and a swimming pool in Italy. The work was chosen from more than 2,600 submissions.

Waldemar Haffkine: The vaccine pioneer the world forgot

Working in Paris and India at the turn of the last century, Waldemar Mordecai Haffkine created the world's first vaccines for cholera and plague. Then an accidental mass poisoning derailed his life.

Paris mayor mocks 'absurd' fine for hiring too many women

image copyrightGetty Images"Too feminist" - Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo's mocking response after being told she had broken the law by naming too many women to senior posts.

Gay conversion therapy: Hundreds of religious leaders call for ban

More than 370 religious leaders from around the world are calling for a ban on conversion therapy - the attempt to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. The signatories to the declaration represent all the world's major faiths and many are known LGBT advocates.

The world's fastest-growing source of food

Emerald-green waters and bobbing catamarans welcome one on the way to Pamban Island, also known as Rameshwaram, a sacred pilgrimage site in the state of Tamil Nadu.


Blazing fast site generator for React Go beyond static sites: build blogs, ecommerce sites, full-blown apps, and more with Gatsby. Gatsby is a modern framework for blazing fast websites.

Decoupled Drupal: Getting Started with Gatsby and JSON:API

And there we have our site title. Take a look back to src/components/layout.js. You’ll see this exact query (with a little formatting) as the query prop of the <StaticQuery> component at the top. This is the approach we’ll use to build our queries when we start pulling in data from Drupal.

Decoupled Drupal 8 + GatsbyJS: a quickstart guide

If you're not familiar with GatsbyJS, then you owe it to yourself to check it out. It's an up and coming static site generator with React and GraphQL baked in, and it prides itself on being really easy to integrate with common CMS'es like Drupal.

The trend of web performance and the rise of static-site generators, with Gatsby.js, GraphQL and React.js tutorial.

The trend of web performance and the rise of static-site generators, with Gatsby.js, GraphQL and React.js tutorial.

The modern way to build the web

Gatsby is a React-based open source framework for creating websites and apps. Build anything you can imagine with over 2000 plugins and performance, scalability, and security built-in by default.

Comparison of Gatsby vs Drupal

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Gatsby and Drupal : Match made in heaven?

Gatsby is a popular static site generator that can communicate with any backend. The front-end landscape has exploded in the last three years. Today you have various libraries/front end frameworks like React, Angular, VueJS. You have tightly coupled full stack frameworks NEXT, NUXT etc.

The last speakers of ancient Sparta

As you enter the mountainous village of Pera Melana in Greece’s southern Peloponnese peninsula, you’re likely to hear the roar of scooters zooming down narrow roads and the chirps of birds stealing ripe fruit from trees.

Covid vaccine: Rumours thrive amid trickle of pandemic facts

With a number of potential vaccines for Covid-19 now imminent, there are increasing concerns that misinformation online could turn some people against being immunized.

Climate change threatens 'most Alps glaciers'

Up to 92% of glaciers in the Alps could be lost by the end of the century due to climate change, say researchers. The mountain range's 4,000 glaciers include popular skiing resorts such as Zermatt in Switzerland and Tignes in France.

Rose Island: Netflix adapts the story of 'prince of anarchists' Giorgio Rosa

In the late 1960s, an Italian engineer built his own island in the Adriatic sea, which housed a restaurant, bar, souvenir shop and even a post office. It is an extraordinary story, which has gone largely untold for decades.

Future of Humanity Institute | University of Oxford

The Future of Humanity Institute is a multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Oxford.  It enables a select set of leading intellects to bring the tools of mathematics, philosophy, and science to bear on big-picture questions about humanity and its prospects.

The veteran spy plane too valuable to replace

Nearly twice as wide as it is long, the Lockheed U-2 spy plane is one of the most distinctive aircraft in the United States Air Force – and the hardest aircraft to fly, earning itself the nickname “The Dragon Lady”.

Covid vaccines: Will drug companies make bumper profits?

At the start of the pandemic, we were warned: it takes years to develop a vaccine, so don't expect too much too soon. Now, after only 10 months, the injections have begun and the firms behind the front-runners are household names.

Okinawa: The island of almost-eternal youth

On Japan’s Okinawa Island, nicknamed the “island of longevity”, locals refuse to die. Females here live longer than women anywhere else on Earth and residents suffer from low levels of heart disease, cancer and dementia.

Cookies crumbling as Google phases them out

Google is to restrict the number of advertising cookies on websites accessed via its Chrome browser, in response to calls for greater privacy controls. Cookies are small text files that are used to track users across the web.

Jack Ma's Ant Group set for record $34bn stock market listing

Chinese financial technology giant Ant Group looks set to make the world's largest stock market debut. Ant, backed by Jack Ma, billionaire founder of e-commerce platform Alibaba, is to sell shares worth about $34.4bn (£26.5bn) on the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock markets.

We Had the Vaccine the Whole Time

In August 1957, Dr. Joseph Ballinger gave a nurse at a New York hospital the first H2N2-vaccine shot to be administered in the city. You may be surprised to learn that of the trio of long-awaited coronavirus vaccines, the most promising, Moderna’s mRNA-1273, which reported a 94.

Why some Chinese believe a name change could improve luck

One afternoon in April, Mandy Pang’s worst fears came true. She was summoned onto a Zoom with her boss on short notice. Due to the economic downturn from the pandemic, she was being made redundant at her marketing job.  

Hayabusa-2: Pieces of an asteroid found inside space capsule

Scientists have been greeted by the sight of jet black chunks of rock and soil from an asteroid after opening a capsule that returned from deep space a week ago.

Apple forces apps to display what they do with data

Apps on all of Apple's app stores will now have to show much more detail about what data they collect and what it is used for. From 14 December developers must show what information they gather, listed in terms of what is taken to track users and what is linked directly to them.

South Korea balloons: Seoul to ban people sending cross-border messages

South Korea is to ban the sending of anti-Pyongyang leaflets into North Korea, ending a propaganda exercise that has taken place for decades. Activists would tie the leaflets to balloons and float them over the border for North Korean residents to find.

Google outage: YouTube, Docs and Gmail knocked offline

Google applications including YouTube, email and Docs have suffered a rare service outage, with users unable to access many of the company's services. The outage started shortly before noon UK time, lasting more than half an hour before services were restored.

Pornhub removes all user-uploaded videos amid legality row

Adult video site Pornhub has removed the majority of videos by suspending all unverified uploads, amid a row over illegal content. Mastercard, one of the world's biggest payment providers, pulled support for the site last week over the scandal.

'New variant' of coronavirus identified in England

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said at least 60 different local authorities had recorded Covid infections caused by the new variant. He said the World Health Organization had been notified and UK scientists were doing detailed studies.

Cleveland Indians baseball team to change name: US media

The Cleveland Indians baseball team plan to change their name after decades of criticism, US media report. In use since 1915, opponents have long said the name is racist and offensive to Native Americans.

New Zealand sex worker wins six-figure sum in sexual harassment case

image copyrightGetty ImagesA New Zealand sex worker will receive a six-figure payout after filing a sexual harassment case against a business owner.The sum is part of a settlement to compensate the woman for "emotional harm and lost earnings", said the human rights body that represented her.

US treasury and commerce departments targeted in cyber-attack

US federal agencies have been hacked in a way that may have let a foreign power monitor government communications. The treasury and commerce departments have both been attacked.

How modern mathematics emerged from a lost Islamic library

The House of Wisdom sounds a bit like make believe: no trace remains of this ancient library, destroyed in the 13th Century, so we cannot be sure exactly where it was located or what it looked like.

A new way to travel across the US

Ryan Gardill used to love backpacking. Getting into the outdoors and covering ground was one of the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, native’s favourite things to do.

Electoral College: The people who ultimately pick the US president

The US presidential election was five weeks ago, but the votes that officially anoint the next president are just about to be cast. When Americans go to the polls in presidential elections, they are not directly voting for president.

Drupal 8 successes and failures

Thoughts about Drupal 8, Drupal 7, Backdrop, the Drupal Community, DrupalCon's meteoric price increases, DrupalCamps, and the future of the framework/CMS/enterprise experience engine that is Drupal have been bubbling up in the back of my mind for, well, years now.

Did breaking backwards compatibility kill Drupal?

First of all, Drupal is not dead. But I would argue it's not in healthy place relative to competing projects as it was in its heyday, in the early 2010s.

Zodiac Killer: Code-breakers solve San Francisco killer's cipher

Code-breakers have cracked a 340-character cipher 51 years after it was purportedly sent to the San Francisco Chronicle by the so-called Zodiac Killer, the FBI has confirmed.

Climate change: 700-year history of wind recorded in island mud

Scientists have reconstructed a 700-year history of how westerly winds have blown around the Southern Hemisphere. It's a remarkable record that's written in the muds at the bottom of a small lake on the remote Marion Island in the sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean.

Austria court overturns primary school headscarf ban

Austria's constitutional court has struck down a law prohibiting primary school children from wearing specific religious head coverings. It said the law was aimed at the Islamic headscarf and breached rights on religious freedom.

Aztec skull tower: Archaeologists unearth new sections in Mexico City

Archaeologists have excavated more sections of an extraordinary Aztec tower of human skulls under the centre of Mexico City. Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said a further 119 skulls had been uncovered.

US Supreme Court rejects Trump-backed bid to overturn election

The US Supreme Court has rejected an unprecedented attempt to throw out election results in four battleground states that was backed by President Donald Trump. The lawsuit, filed this week by the state of Texas, sought to invalidate results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Latin America politics: UK's 1960s covert activity revealed

British intelligence engaged in a far more active programme of covert activity in Latin America in the 1960s than previously understood, it has been claimed. While the work of US intelligence in the region has been widely publicised, the UK role is much less known.

Covid: Trials to test combination of Oxford and Sputnik vaccines

UK and Russian scientists are teaming up to trial a combination of the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines to see if protection against Covid-19 can be improved. Mixing two similar vaccines could lead to a better immune response in people.

Pop Mart: China's mystery toymaker becomes multi-billionaire

Pop Mart, founded by Wang Ning, has grown rapidly to become a company worth around $7bn (£5.3bn). The firm sells collectible figures for about $8 each in packaging that doesn't allow buyers to see what's inside.

Mia Khalifa: Porn contracts 'prey on vulnerable girls'

Former top porn actress Mia Khalifa has called out pornography companies that "prey on callow young women". The 26-year-old says the corporations "trap women legally in to contracts when they're vulnerable".

‘I was raped at 14, and the video ended up on a porn site’

Last year Rose Kalemba wrote a blog post explaining how hard it had been - when she was raped as a 14-year-old girl - to get a video of the attack removed from a popular porn website. Dozens of people then contacted her to say that they were facing the same problem today.

Pornhub: Mastercard severs links with pornography site

Mastercard says it is ending the use of its cards on the pornography platform Pornhub after a review confirmed the presence of unlawful content. Pornhub, which has denied the claims, called Mastercard's actions "exceptionally disappointing".

Google fined £91m over ad-tracking cookies

Google has been fined 100 million euros (£91m) in France for breaking the country's rules on online advertising trackers known as cookies. It is the largest fine ever issued by the French data privacy watchdog CNIL.

In Trump’s final days, a rush of federal executions

As President Donald Trump's days in the White House wane, his administration is racing through a string of federal executions.

Humpback whale snapped during New York City harbour visit

image copyrightReutersA humpback whale has been snapped in front of the Statue of Liberty and other New York landmarks as it paid a visit to the city's harbour.Pictures of the marine mammal were captured by photographer Bjoern Kils, 41, who runs a local boat company.

Going undercover in the schools that chain boys

When I meet Ahmed, he is shackled in a room all alone. There are marks on his body from the beatings he has been given. He doesn't know how old he is, but he's probably about 10.

Human-made objects to outweigh living things

Scientists say the weight of human-made objects will likely exceed that of living things by the end of the year. In other words, the combined weight of all the plastic, bricks, concrete and other things we've made in the world will outweigh all animals and plants on the planet for the first time.

Rio Tinto ordered to rebuild ancient Aboriginal caves

Mining giant Rio Tinto must rebuild a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal cave system it blew up in May, an Australian parliamentary inquiry has said. The Juukan Gorge caves in Western Australia were destroyed as part of an iron ore exploration project.

Artemis: Nasa picks astronauts for new Moon missions

Nasa has announced 18 astronauts who will travel to the Moon under the agency's Artemis programme. They include individuals who have already travelled to the International Space Station, as well as new recruits who have never flown in space.

Facebook facing US legal action over competition

US federal regulators and more than 45 state prosecutors have sued Facebook, accusing the social media company of taking illegal actions to buy up rivals and stifle competition. The lawsuits are one of the most significant legal actions the US government has taken against the firm.

'Havana syndrome' likely caused by directed microwaves - US report

Mystery illness suffered by US diplomats in Cuba was most likely caused by directed microwave radiation, a US government report has found. The report by the National Academies of Sciences does not attribute blame for the directed energy waves.

Euro-Russian Mars rover mission takes shape

image copyrightTASA key milestone has been reached in the preparations for the joint European and Russian mission to Mars, scheduled for launch from Earth in 2022.

Japan to fund AI matchmaking to boost birth rate

Japan plans to boost its tumbling birth rate by funding artificial intelligence matchmaking schemes to help residents find love. From next year it will subsidise local governments already running or starting projects that use AI to pair people up.

Mt Everest grows by nearly a metre to new height

The world's highest mountain Mount Everest is 0.86m higher than had been previously officially calculated, Nepal and China have jointly announced. Until now the countries differed over whether to add the snow cap on top. The new height is 8,848.86m (29,032 ft).

Steve Thompson in group of ex-rugby union internationals to sue for brain damage

Rugby World Cup winner Steve Thompson and seven other former players claim the sport has left them with permanent brain damage - and are in the process of starting a claim against the game's authorities for negligence.

John Lennon: I was there the day he died

Forty years ago, on 8 December 1980, the former Beatle John Lennon was shot dead as he returned to his home at the Dakota apartment building in New York. The BBC's Tom Brook was the first British journalist to report live from the scene.

Ikea scraps traditional catalogue after 70 years

Furniture giant Ikea has announced it will stop printing its traditional catalogue, one of the world's biggest annual publications, after 70 years. The company said "fewer people" were reading the printed catalogue as customers moved to digital alternatives to shop and look for inspirations.

Coronavirus Italy: Man walks 450km after lockdown row with wife

An Italian man stepped outside to cool off after quarrelling with his wife - and ended up walking 450km (280 miles). Italians have nicknamed him "Forrest Gump" on social media, after the slow-witted hero of a 1994 movie, played by Tom Hanks, who runs thousands of miles across the United States.

Bob Dylan sells rights to all his songs to Universal Music Group

US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has sold the rights to his entire back catalogue to Universal Music Group (UMG). The deal is one of the biggest acquisitions in Universal's history and means the company will collect all future income from the songs.

JSON:API module

The JSON:API module is a fully compliant implementation of the JSON:API Specification. The API that the JSON:API module makes available is centered around the Drupal's entity types and bundles. Every bundle receives its own,

Kon-Tiki expedition

The Kon-Tiki expedition was a 1947 journey by raft across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands, led by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl. The raft was named Kon-Tiki after the Inca sun god, Viracocha, for whom "Kon-Tiki" was said to be an old name.


Tiwanaku (Spanish: Tiahuanaco or Tiahuanacu) is a Pre-Columbian archaeological site in western Bolivia near Lake Titicaca and one of the largest sites in South America.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: 'Machine-gun with AI' used to kill Iran scientist

image copyrightReutersA satellite-controlled machine-gun with "artificial intelligence" was used to kill Iran's top nuclear scientist, a Revolutionary Guards commander says.Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was shot dead in a convoy outside Tehran on 27 November.

Australia shark attack: Surfer survives mauling that was like 'being hit by a truck'

A surfer in Australia who was attacked by a great white shark has described the experience as like being "hit by a truck".The 29-year-old was surfing in waters around Kangaroo Island off the Adelaide coast, when he was attacked on Sunday.

Gatsby for Drupal Sites:

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GitHub Explore

Each promoted or created by a famous company repository is popular at the beginning. Also it is possible to have a number of them which are in trend right now (publications, marketing, events). It doesn't mean that those repositories are useful.

Decoupling Drupal is Easier Than You Think

The Mediacurrent team has been championing “Decoupled Drupal” for a number of years and believe that this approach is a good fit for many organizations.

From Static to Real-time: Introducing Incremental Builds in Gatsby Cloud

Today I’m thrilled to announce the release of Incremental Builds on Gatsby Cloud. In January we announced Gatsby Builds, bringing you up to 60x faster builds for Gatsby sites compared to other solutions.

Six Reasons I Chose Gatsby

Spoiler alert: I'm a big fan of Gatsby. I've worked with it multiple times and I'm continually impressed with its power and flexibility. For those who aren't familiar, Gatsby is an open-source static site generator incorporating React and GraphQL.

React (web framework)

React (also known as React.js or ReactJS) is a JavaScript library[3] for building user interfaces. It is maintained by Facebook and a community of individual developers and companies.[4][5][6]


Source plugin for pulling data (including images) into Gatsby from Drupal sites. Pulls data from Drupal 8 sites with the Drupal JSONAPI module installed.

Sourcing from Drupal

Why use Drupal + Gatsby together? Using Drupal as a headless CMS with Gatsby is a great way to get an enterprise-quality CMS for free, paired with a great modern development experience and all the benefits of the JAMstack, like performance, scalability, and security.

Gatsby Live Preview

This project is quickly evolving to support live preview capabilities in Gatsby of Drupal content creation and editing. Once that flag is turned on the gatsby plugin is now listening for changes at a specific url. In your gatsby cloud instance you'll need to copy the preview URL.

React vs Angular vs Vue.js — What Is the Best Choice in 2021?

JavaScript frameworks are developing at an extremely fast pace, meaning that today we have frequently updated versions of Angular, React.js and another player on this market - Vue.js. Let’s have a look at the demand represented in Google Trends for the last 5 years.

What is GatsbyJS?

Here’s five blazing-fast questions and answers with Front End Developer, Grayson Hicks, about everyone’s favorite front-end tool right now. Gatsby is a React-based, GraphQL powered, static site generator.

Headless Drupal: Building blazing-fast websites with React/GatsbyJS + Drupal

Gatsby v1 launched in July with the new ability to pull data from anywhere using "source" plugins. In this session we'll discuss building blazing fast static websites using React & Gatsby and Drupal as a headless CMS.

The forgotten fighter plane which won the Battle of Britain

On 7 September 1940, southern England suffered what was then the biggest air raid the world had ever seen. Over the previous three months, the aircraft of Germany’s Luftwaffe had tried to break the resistance of Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF).

Roald Dahl family sorry for author's anti-Semitic remarks

Roald Dahl's family has apologised for anti-Semitic comments made by the best-selling author, who died in 1990. In a discreet part of the website, his family and the Roald Dahl Story Company "deeply apologise for the lasting and understandable hurt caused".

The Crown: Netflix has 'no plans' for fiction warning

Netflix says it will not warn viewers of The Crown some scenes are fiction. Responding to calls for a warning from Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, the streaming giant said the series has always been billed as a drama.

Hayabusa-2: Capsule with asteroid samples in 'perfect' shape

A capsule containing the first significant quantities of rock from an asteroid is in "perfect" shape, according to scientists.The container with material from a space rock called Ryugu parachuted down near Woomera in South Australia on Saturday evening (GMT).

Securing Gatsby with Auth0

TL;DR: In this article, you'll learn how to secure a basic Gatsby static site with Auth0. The finished code for this tutorial is at the gatsby-auth0 repository. I have a confession. Despite my public love of Angular, I have recently also fallen in love with the static site generator GatsbyJS.

Fire tears through New York Middle Collegiate Church

The blaze began early in the morning on Saturday at an empty building next to Middle Collegiate Church. Nobody was killed but four firefighters suffered minor injuries. The authorities have launched an investigation.

Rocks from an asteroid set for delivery to Earth

The Hayabusa-2 probe will release its precious sample cache, which is expected to parachute down to a safe landing in the Australian outback. It grabbed the cosmic treasure trove last year from Ryugu, an asteroid regarded as a particularly primitive relic from the early Solar System.

Jerrold Post: The man who analysed the minds of world leaders

He was a psychological profiler for the CIA, examining the minds of world leaders such as Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong-il. But in his later years turned his attention closer to home, penning a book on the mindset of US President Donald Trump.

Will a vaccine give us our old lives back?

Vaccines are widely considered to be one of the greatest medical achievements of the modern world. Every year they stop an estimated two to three million deaths, preventing more than 20 life-threatening diseases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Gaia 'discovery machine' updates star catalogue

It's been described as the "ultimate book of the heavens" - a catalogue of stars in our Milky Way Galaxy assembled by Europe's Gaia Space Telescope. On Thursday, scientists gave an update on how its survey is progressing.

World's biggest iceberg captured by RAF cameras

An RAF aircraft has obtained images of the world's biggest iceberg as it drifts through the South Atlantic. The A400m transporter flew low over the 4,200-sq-km block, known as A68a, to observe its increasingly ragged state.

Faroe Islands: Inside the under-sea tunnel network

The Faroe Islands are set to open an under-sea roundabout following more than three years of construction. The underwater tunnels connect the islands of Streymoy and Eysturoy in a network some 6.8 miles (11km) long. The network is scheduled to open on 19 December.

Trump pardons: US justice department unveils bribery inquiry

The US justice department is looking into claims that lobbyists have tried to use bribes to secure a presidential pardon, unsealed court papers show. They say that in August investigators began investigating a "secret lobbying scheme" possibly involving attempts to contact White House officials.

US House passes federal cannabis decriminalisation bill

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to decriminalise cannabis at the national level for the first time. It calls for removing cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances and erasing certain federal convictions.

China becomes second nation to plant flag on the Moon

China has planted its flag on the Moon, more than 50 years after the US first planted the Stars and Stripes there. The pictures from China's National Space Administration show the five-starred Red Flag holding still on the windless lunar surface.

Trump and pardons: How many people could be granted clemency?

After Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, lobbyists are now hoping for a blitz of similar moves before the 45th US president leaves the White House on 20 January.

French Thalys train attacker 'tried to kill me three times'

One of three Americans hailed as heroes for overcoming a gunman on a train travelling to Paris has told a French court his main aim was to survive.

Germany to wipe Nazi traces from phonetic alphabet

image copyrightAlamy"D" for "Dora", "N" for "North Pole", "Z" for "Zeppelin": Nazi-era German phonetic alphabet terms which replaced Jewish names are to be replaced in turn by town or city names.

'The rare condition slowly paralysing my arms and legs'

Xavier Alford is a filmmaker who is used to telling other peoples' stories. Now he has turned the camera on himself to explore the incredibly rare condition he has which is slowly paralysing his arms and legs.

Denmark set to end all new oil and gas exploration

Denmark will end all new oil and gas exploration in the North Sea, as part of a wider plan to stop extracting fossil fuels by 2050. Its government also agreed to cancel its latest licensing round on Thursday, which gives firms permission to search for and produce oil and gas.

Norway excavates a Viking longship fit for a king

Pyramids, castles, palaces: symbols of power and status have taken many forms down the ages, and for the Vikings what really counted was the longship. This month Norwegian archaeologists hope to complete their excavation of a rare, buried longship at Gjellestad, an ancient site south-east of Oslo.

Nasa to pay company $1 to collect rocks from moon

Nasa is paying a company $1 (74p) to collect rocks from the moon after it was accepted as a winning bidder. On Thursday Lunar Outpost was awarded a contract to collect samples for the US space agency.

Announcing new Gatsby Company

Together with my co-founder, Sam Bhagwat, I’m thrilled to announce the formation of Gatsby Inc. Based on the open source project Gatsby I founded, Gatsby the company will make feature-rich and blazing-fast websites easier to build and run.

Three Ex-US presidents pledge to film themselves getting Covid vaccine

Former US presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton have volunteered to have their Covid-19 vaccinations be publicly televised. The trio of two Democrats and one Republican said they would get the jab once it has been approved by regulators and recommended by US health officials.

DeepMind co-founder: Gaming inspired AI breakthrough

Gaming inspired Demis Hassabis, the co-founder of DeepMind, to use artificial intelligence for a recent scientific breakthrough. Predicting how a protein folds into a unique three-dimensional shape has puzzled scientists for half a century.

Antarctic place names recognise 'modern explorers'

Antarctica is getting 28 new place names to recognise British individuals who've made a major contribution to advancing science in the polar regions.

Coronavirus: Hackers targeted Covid vaccine supply 'cold chain'

The international vaccine supply chain has been targeted by cyber-espionage, according to IBM. The company says it tracked a campaign aimed at the delivery "cold chain" used to keep vaccines at the right temperature during transportation.

Iran nuclear crisis: Law aims to boost enrichment and block inspectors

Iran has moved to stop UN inspections of its nuclear sites and step up uranium enrichment under a new law approved by its parliament. The bill would require the government to resume enriching uranium to 20% - well above the 3.

For fast and secure sites | Jamstack

Comprehensive guide for building Jamstack sites and home of the global Jamstack community. The Jamstack architecture has many benefits, whether you’re building a large e-commerce site, SaaS application or personal blog.

Headless content management system

The term “headless” comes from the concept of chopping the “head” (the front end, i.e. the website) off the “body” (the back end, i.e. the content repository).

Trump Has Discussed With Advisers Pardons for His 3 Eldest Children and Giuliani

Rudolph W. Giuliani, who is promoting baseless claims of widespread election fraud, talked about a pardon with President Trump as recently as last week.

AWS Panorama adds employee monitoring power to workplace cameras

Amazon plans to sell companies a way to detect when staff are not wearing face masks or socially distancing. Beyond the pandemic, the system could also be used to track compliance of other workplace rules or to monitor the public - for example, to check the number of customers queuing in a store.

Baby girl born from record-setting 27-year-old embryo

When Molly Gibson was born in October of this year, it was 27 years in the making. The new-born baby's embryo was frozen in October 1992, and stayed that way until February 2020, when Tina and Ben Gibson of Tennessee adopted the embryo.

Vaccine rumours debunked: Microchips, 'altered DNA' and more

News of a vaccine which prevented 90% of people from getting Covid-19 in clinical trials led to a surge of anti-vaccine rumours on social media.

South Africa's lottery probed as 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 drawn and 20 win

An unusual sequence of numbers drawn in South Africa's national lottery has sparked accusations of fraud after 20 people won a share of the jackpot. Tuesday's PowerBall lottery saw the numbers five, six, seven, eight and nine drawn, while the PowerBall itself was, you have guessed it, 10.

Nike's diversity advert causing a backlash in Japan

Nike is facing a backlash in Japan over an advert which highlights racial discrimination in the country. The video shows the "real life experience" of three young soccer players from mixed heritage.

Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine judged safe for use in UK

The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for mass vaccination. Britain's medicines regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe to be rolled out.

Puerto Rico: Iconic Arecibo Observatory telescope collapses

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) said the telescope's 900-ton instrument platform fell onto a reflector dish some 450ft (137m) below. It came just weeks after officials announced that the telescope would be dismantled amid safety fears, following damage to its support system.

Open Graph protocol

The enables any web page to become a rich object in a social graph. For instance, this is used on Facebook to allow any web page to have the same functionality as any other object on Facebook.

Trier: Two killed by car in pedestrian zone in Germany

At least two people have been killed and several others injured after being hit by a car in a pedestrian area of the western German city of Trier, officials say. Police say the driver, a 51-year-old from the region, has been arrested.

China's Chang'e-5 Moon mission probe touches down

China has successfully put another probe on the Moon. Its robotic Chang'e-5 mission touched down a short while ago with the aim of collecting samples of rock and dust to bring back to Earth.

Buckingham Palace: Catering assistant stole medals and photos

Adamo Canto, 37, pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates' Court to three counts of theft between 11 November 2019 and 7 August 2020. Police found a "significant quantity" of stolen items at his quarters at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace.

Grünten statue: Mystery over missing phallic landmark

German police have launched an investigation into the disappearance of a peculiar phallic-shaped sculpture from a mountainside in Bavaria, local media say. The two-metre tall (6.5ft) wooden statue was apparently chopped down over the weekend, the Allgaeuer Zeitung newspaper reported.

Coronavirus: WHO head calls herd immunity approach 'immoral'

The head of the World Health Organization has ruled out a herd immunity response to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a large portion of a community becomes immune to a disease through vaccinations or through the mass spread of a disease.

Covid-19: Lung damage 'identified' in study

Covid-19 could be causing lung abnormalities still detectable more than three months after patients are infected, researchers suggest. It uses a gas called Xenon during MRI scans to create images of lung damage.

France Islam: Muslims face state pressure to embrace values

France's Muslim Council is due to meet President Emmanuel Macron this week, to confirm the text of a new "charter of Republican values" for imams in the country to sign.

One of biology's biggest mysteries 'largely solved' by AI

One of biology's biggest mysteries has been solved using artificial intelligence, experts have announced. Predicting how a protein folds into a unique three-dimensional shape has puzzled scientists for half a century.

'World's loneliest elephant' arrives for new life in Cambodia

An overweight elephant, once dubbed the world's loneliest, has arrived in Cambodia after being rescued from a life of misery in a Pakistani zoo. Among those who welcomed Kaavan was the pop star Cher, who paid for a legal team to fight for his release.

Missing Florida sailor found clinging to capsized vessel

A sailor who was reported missing at sea over the weekend has been recovered after he was spotted clinging to his capsized vessel off the Florida coast. Stuart Bee, 62, set sail on Friday afternoon from Cape Marina at Port Canaveral on his 10m (32ft)-long boat.

Brazil's Amazon: Deforestation 'surges to 12-year high'

Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has surged to its highest level since 2008, the country's space agency (Inpe) reports. The rainforest lost 11,088km2 of its vegetation between August 2019 and July 2020, marking an increase of 9.5% from previous 12 months, Inpe's data shows.

Euler's identity

Euler's identity is named after the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler. It is considered to be an example of mathematical beauty, perhaps a supreme example as it shows a profound connection between the most fundamental numbers in mathematics.

Benford's law

Benford's law, also called the Newcomb–Benford law, the law of anomalous numbers, or the first-digit law, is an observation about the frequency distribution of leading digits in many real-life sets of numerical data.

A 70-year-old photographic mystery

Today, the idea of taking a photograph and never seeing the result is hard to comprehend, as we shoot away with our digital cameras or smartphones, instantly sharing photos we take.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: Iran buries assassinated nuclear scientist

Iran has held a funeral for its top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was assassinated on Friday in an attack that it has blamed on Israel. Defence Minister Amir Hatami vowed in a speech to avenge Fakhrizadeh's death and continue his path "vigorously".

Nemonte Nenquimo: The indigenous leader named 'environmental hero'

An indigenous leader from the Ecuadorean Amazon is one of the winners of the Goldman environmental prize, which recognises grassroots activism. Nemonte Nenquimo was chosen for her success in protecting 500,000 acres of rainforest from oil extraction.

British mercenaries investigated over Sri Lanka war crimes

British mercenaries who were involved in the Sri Lankan civil war are being investigated for war crimes by the Metropolitan Police.

The tech allowing thousands of students to sit exams at home

The phones began ringing off the hook at Piero Tintori's company Better Examinations back in April. His tech business allows tens of thousands of students to remotely sit exams at the same time, with each needing just a laptop, a webcam and an internet connection.

The hand of God

The hand of God is the name given to the goal scored by Argentine footballer Diego Armando Maradona in the quarter-final match between Argentina and England at the 1986 World Cup on 22 June 1986 at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.

Coandă effect

The Coandă effect (/ˈkwɑːndə/ or /ˈkwæ-/) is the tendency of a fluid jet to stay attached to a convex surface.

Durham van traveller Esther Dingley missing in Pyrenees

Esther Dingley, 37, last spoke to her partner Dan Colegate via Whatsapp last Sunday, when she was atop Pic de Sauvegarde on the France Spain border. She had been due to end her solo trek on Wednesday but has not been seen.

Utah monolith: Has the mysterious metal object disappeared?

Utah's Bureau of Land Management said it had seen credible reports the object had been removed "by an unknown party". Social media images apparently from the site show a pile of rocks and a small piece of metal left behind.

Ship of Theseus

In the metaphysics of identity, the ship of Theseus is a thought experiment that raises the question of whether an object that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object.

Why France may ban discrimination against accents

Imagine a well-known Westminster MP - a party leader - caught in a press scrum and being asked a question which is delivered in a thick Scottish accent. He looks at the journalist in mocking incomprehension, and says: "Sorry I didn't understand a word of that.

Streaming payments 'threaten the future of music,' says Elbow's Guy Garvey

Elbow frontman Guy Garvey says the way artists are paid for audio streams is "threatening the future of music". The musician was giving evidence to a DCMS Committee inquiry into the streaming music market.

The Kraken: What is it and why has Trump's ex-lawyer released it?

The Kraken is a gigantic sea monster from Scandinavian folklore that rises up from the ocean to devour its enemies. It's also become an internet meme representing a sprawling, unsubstantiated set of claims that purport to outline the case for widespread fraud in the US presidential election.

Kaavan, the world's loneliest elephant, is finally going free

For decades, the world's loneliest elephant has entertained crowds from his small, barren patch of land in a Pakistani zoo. The visitors would call for more as he saluted them, prompted by handlers who poked him with nailed bull hooks to make him perform for the money which lined their pockets.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: Iran vows to avenge scientist's assassination

Iran has vowed to avenge the killing of its most senior nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was assassinated near Tehran on Friday. Fakhrizadeh died in hospital after an attack in Absard, in Damavand county.

Ecocide: Should killing nature be a crime?

In December 2019, at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Vanuatu’s ambassador to the European Union made a radical suggestion: make the destruction of the environment a crime. Vanuatu is a small island state in the South Pacific, a nation severely threatened by rising sea levels.

From The Conversation

It sounds like science fiction: giant solar power stations floating in space that beam down enormous amounts of energy to Earth. And for a long time, the concept – first developed by the Russian scientist, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, in the 1920s – was mainly an inspiration for writers.

Italian serenaded by husband outside hospital dies

The image of 81-year-old Stefano Bozzini playing the accordion from an Italian street below his wife's hospital window stole hearts around the world. Carla Sacchi was allowed out of the hospital near Piacenza a few days ago but has now died at her home.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's top nuclear scientist, assassinated near Tehran

Iran's most senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has been assassinated near the capital Tehran, the country's defence ministry has confirmed. Fakhrizadeh died in hospital after an attack in Absard, in Damavand county.

Maradona: Anger over funeral home photos with legend's open coffin

Three workers hired to help with the funeral and burial of Diego Maradona have been condemned for taking photos next to his open coffin. In two pictures, the men can be seen posing next to the open casket at the parlour, smiling with their thumbs up.

The psychology behind 'revenge bedtime procrastination'

Emma Rao spent almost three years on China’s notorious ‘996 schedule’: working from nine in the morning to nine in the evening, six days a week. Rao, who is originally from Nanjing, moved to financial hub Shanghai about five years ago to work for a multinational pharmaceutical company.

Utah monolith: Internet sleuths got there, but its origins are still a mystery

It took just 48 hours for the first person to get there. When officials in Utah on Monday revealed they had found a shimmering, metal structure deep in the Red Rock desert, they refused to say exactly where.

Diego Maradona: Argentina football icon's off-pitch politics

He was widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, but Diego Maradona was also influential beyond the realm of football.

From The MIT Press Reader

Have you ever had trouble thinking of someone’s name? Perhaps you can even see the face of the person in your mind’s eye, and you would immediately recognise the name if a friend suggested it to you. Although this happens frequently with names, it’s the same for any word.

Is the era of the Hollywood blockbuster over?

In 2020, the billion-dollar blockbuster has been defeated by Covid-19 more convincingly than by any on-screen villain. Most of the year's proposed blockbusters - films with a budget of more than £100 million - are on hold.

'Please forgive me!': US tourist returns block of stolen Roman marble

The fragment was delivered to Italy's National Roman Museum, with "To Sam, love Jess, Rome 2017" inscribed on it. In an accompanying note, the pilfering traveller begged forgiveness for having been "inconsiderate and disrespectful".

Sri Lanka digs trench to keep elephants away from rubbish dump

A trench is being dug around a rubbish dump in Sri Lanka to deter elephants from scavenging for food among mounds of plastic waste.Elephants regularly swarm to the landfill site near a wildlife sanctuary in the eastern town of Ampara.

Halima Aden quits runway modelling over religious views

American model Halima Aden says she is quitting runway modelling as it compromises her religious beliefs. The 23-year-old has appeared on the cover of British Vogue, Vogue Arabia and Allure.


Fülöppite forms a homologous series with other members of the plagionite group. The structures of these minerals differ by the thickness of a galena sheet which occurs in all of them. Fülöppite has the thinnest such sheet.[4]


Fülöpszállás község Bács-Kiskun megye Kiskőrösi járásában. A település népessége az évszázadok során többször is jelentősen lecsökkent és megváltozott.


Pinkafőtől 4 km-re nyugatra a régi magyar határ mellett fekszik. A régészeti leletek tanúsága szerint területén már a kőkorszakban is éltek emberek. Később a bronz, majd a vaskorban is folyamatosan lakott volt. A Wechsel-hegység lábánál a római korban is állt település.

Why the 'paradox mindset' is the key to success

As we head into 2021, Worklife is running our best, most insightful and most essential stories from 2020. Read our full list of the year’s top stories here. Working life often involves the push and pull of various contradictory demands.

Coronavirus: Bill Gates ‘microchip’ conspiracy theory and other vaccine claims fact-checked

Speculation about a future coronavirus vaccine is ramping up and social-media posts from anti-vaccination campaigners are gaining more traction online. We've been debunking a few recent claims.

Europe migrant crisis: Rescuers find owners of wedding rings lost at sea

When a migrant rescue team found two wedding rings in a backpack floating in the Mediterranean, they feared the owners were dead. Covered in tiny sea creatures, the bag was on a half-sunken boat that had capsized weeks before, killing five people.

California cave depicts hallucinogenic plant, study finds

Cave art in California created by indigenous Americans about 400 years ago depicts a hallucinogenic plant, according to new research. Pinwheel Cave in southern California gets its name from a red, wheel-shaped drawing on its ceiling.

Trump pardons ex-National Security Adviser Flynn

US President Donald Trump has pardoned his former top security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. The president said the widely expected act of clemency was his "Great Honor".

World Wide Fund for Nature

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961, working in the field of the wilderness preservation, and the reduction of human impact on the environment.

WWF vows to 'do more' after human rights abuse reports

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has vowed to "do more" after an internal investigation prompted by human rights abuse reports. The probe comes after a series of articles published last year by BuzzFeed News.

Diego Maradona: Argentina legend dies aged 60

Football legend Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time, has died at the age of 60. The former Argentina attacking midfielder and manager suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home.

WWF Admits “Sorrow” Over Human Rights Abuses

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Le WWF s’engage à mieux respecter les droits des populations riveraines des aires protégées

Pour ne rien manquer de l’actualité africaine, inscrivez-vous à la newsletter du « Monde Afrique » depuis ce lien. Chaque samedi à 6 heures, retrouvez une semaine d’actualité et de débats traitée par la rédaction du « Monde Afrique ».

Report clears WWF of complicity in violent abuses by conservation rangers

A long-awaited report into allegations that conservation rangers supported by the World Wildlife Fund committed violent abuses in several countries, including murder, has cleared the organisation’s staff of complicity but criticised it for serious shortcomings in oversight.

'Bin Laden' blames US for global warming

A new message said to be from al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has blamed global warming on the US and other big industrial nations.The audio tape, broadcast on al-Jazeera TV, urges a boycott of the US dollar "to free humankind from slavery".

Osama Bin Laden 'alive and well'

A top Taleban commander has said in a television interview that Osama Bin Laden and Afghanistan's former Taleban leader Mullah Omar are alive and well. "I am in contact with Mullah Omar and take directions from him," Mullah Akhtar Usmani told Pakistan's privately-run Geo television.

Osama Bin Laden, al-Qaeda leader, dead - Barack Obama

Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has been killed by US forces in Pakistan, President Barack Obama has said. Bin Laden was shot dead at a compound near Islamabad, in a ground operation based on US intelligence, the first lead for which emerged last August.

Al-Qaeda posts fresh warning from al-Zawahiri to US

Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's number two, has warned that Osama Bin Laden will continue to "terrify" the US from beyond the grave. The statement was posted on Jihadist websites.

Archbishop 'uncomfortable' over Bin Laden unarmed death

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams says the US killing of unarmed al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has left "a very uncomfortable feeling". Bin Laden died in a raid on a Pakistani hideout, and the US initially said he was armed but later corrected that.

Armed US 'Bin Laden hunter' is held in Pakistan

An American man who claimed to be on a mission to hunt down Osama Bin Laden has been arrested in northern Pakistan, police say. They said that Gary Brooks Faulkner, 52, was detained in the mountains of Chitral district north of Peshawar.

BA apologises for Bin Laden 'boarding pass' gaffe

British Airways has apologised after a photograph in a staff magazine showed a frequent flyer boarding pass in the name of Osama Bin Laden. The image appeared on the front page of LHR News and was meant to promote the benefits of online check-in.

Bin Laden '9/11 video' broadcast

Arabic TV channel Al-Jazeera has broadcast what it says is unseen footage of Osama Bin Laden meeting some of the 9/11 hijackers. The channel said it showed al-Qaeda leaders "preparing for the attacks and practising their execution".

Bin Laden 'aide' Sulaiman Abu Ghaith pleads not guilty

The man described as a spokesman for Osama Bin Laden has pleaded not guilty in New York to charges he helped plot the 9/11 attacks on the US. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, 47, was turned over to US officials in Jordan within the last week after being deported from Turkey, authorities have said.

Bin Laden 'likes hugs not kisses'

Australia's "Jihad Jack", convicted of receiving funds from al-Qaeda, says Osama Bin Laden does not like being kissed but is happy to be hugged. Joseph "Jack" Thomas, who met Bin Laden three times in Afghanistan, discussed the al-Qaeda leader's preferences in an interview broadcast after his trial.

Bin Laden 'to issue 9/11 video'

Osama Bin Laden is said to be preparing to release a video message to the American people to coincide with the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The announcement was made on an Islamist website, where al-Qaeda's media arm frequently posts messages.

Bin Laden among latest Wikileaks Afghan revelations

New details, including reports on Osama Bin Laden dating from 2006, have emerged from 90,000 US military files leaked to the Wikileaks website. Several files track Bin Laden, although the US has said it had received no reliable information on him "in years".

Bin Laden and The IT Crowd: Anatomy of a Twitter hoax

Rumours circulating on Twitter that Osama Bin Laden was a fan of The IT Crowd sitcom were an elaborate new media hoax. Here comedian Graham Linehan explains how he organised the ruse.

Bin Laden book No Easy Day 'contradicts official account'

It has purchased an advance copy of an unauthorised account of the raid, No Easy Day, by a former Navy Seal. The book says Bin Laden was shot dead as soon as he looked out of his bedroom as Seals rushed up the stairs, AP says.

Bin Laden daughter 'in Saudi embassy in Iran'

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says he has been informed that Osama Bin Laden's daughter Iman is currently staying in Tehran. Saudi Arabian diplomats told Mr Manoucher that the girl was at the Saudi Arabian embassy.

Bin Laden death: 'CIA doctor' accused of treason

Dr Shakil Afridi is accused of running a CIA-sponsored fake vaccine programme in Abbottabad, where Bin Laden was killed, to try to get DNA samples. He was arrested shortly after the 2 May US raid that killed the al-Qaeda chief.

Bin Laden death: Images could pose 'US security risk'

President Barack Obama has said publishing photos of the dead Osama Bin Laden threatens US national security. The al-Qaeda leader was killed by US special forces in northern Pakistan on Monday. His body was buried at sea.

Bin Laden death: Security fears for US Navy Seal team

The US is to tighten security around the elite military unit that killed Osama Bin Laden, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said. Mr Gates revealed that the US Navy Seal team had expressed concerns over their safety and that of their families.

Bin Laden death: What did Pakistan know?

The death of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden near Islamabad has important implications for relations between Pakistan and the US. Pakistan has been the epicentre of the battle against al-Qaeda in its global jihad.

Bin Laden family charged and sentenced in Pakistan

Osama Bin Laden's three widows and two eldest daughters have been charged and sentenced for living in Pakistan illegally, their lawyer has confirmed. They have received a jail term of 45 days in prison and been fined 10,000 rupees ($114; £71) each.

Bin Laden film attacked for 'perpetuating torture myth'

That is according to three US senators who outlined their objections to Zero Dark Thirty in a letter to the head of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-tipped drama, their letter claims, is "perpetuating the myth that torture is effective".

Bin Laden killing: German unease over US reaction

I have to say that my reaction to the death of Osama Bin Laden was unequivocal and loud, though in the interests of impartiality, I shall decline to describe it further.

Bin Laden niece in glamour shots

The niece of Osama Bin Laden has posed for provocative photographs for an American magazine. Wafah Dufour, an aspiring musician and model, is the daughter of the al-Qaeda leader's half-brother Yeslam.

Bin Laden raid: China denies inspecting US helicopter

China has denied a report that Pakistan gave it access to the wreckage of a US "stealth" helicopter used in the covert raid to kill Osama Bin Laden in May. Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate also denied the reports.

Bin Laden video threatens America

Arabic TV station al-Jazeera has aired a videotape in which Osama Bin Laden threatens fresh attacks on the US. The leader of the al-Qaeda network says the reasons behind the events of 11 September 2001 still exist.

Bin Laden wives and children deported to Saudi Arabia

The three widows and children of Osama Bin Laden have been deported to Saudi Arabia from the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, officials say. It follows a year in Pakistani custody since the death of the al-Qaeda leader.

Bin Laden's Tora Bora escape, just months after 9/11

Only a few months after 9/11, American troops located Osama Bin Laden in the Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan - so how was he able to evade them?

Bin Laden: Al-Qaeda leader was unarmed when shot - US

Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was unarmed when he was killed by US troops on Sunday after resisting capture, the White House has said. The CIA said it did not tell Pakistan about the raid in advance over fears it would jeopardise the mission.

Bin Laden: How he haunted the US psyche

The death of Osama Bin Laden prompted jubilation across the US. The emotion was a reflection that not only was he the man behind the 9/11 attacks but also a shadowy figure who for 10 years had haunted the national psyche. His face became one of the most recognisable in the world.

Profile: Seal Team Six

The men who rescued two hostages from captivity in Somalia were part of the same elite special forces unit that killed Osama Bin Laden. Who are they? The Bin Laden raid was years in the planning but took just 40 minutes to execute.

Bin Laden: US now in control of al-Qaeda image

An old, frail-looking man sits slouched on a floor, a television remote control in his hand. He strokes his grey beard and rocks gently as he watches himself on the screen.

Chris Hedges Speaks on Osama bin Laden's Death

BLANKChris Hedges, speaking at a Truthdig fundraising event in Los Angeles on Sunday evening, made these remarks about Osama bin Laden’s death.

CIA 'knows Bin Laden whereabouts'

The head of the US Central Intelligence Agency has said he has an "excellent idea" where Osama Bin Laden is hiding. But CIA director Porter Goss did not say when the world's most wanted man would be caught, nor his location. He told Time magazine there were "weak links" in the US-led war on terror.

CIA's 'fake vaccine drive' to get Bin Laden family DNA

The CIA ran a fake vaccine programme in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad to try to get a DNA sample from the family of Osama Bin Laden, media reports say. The Guardian newspaper says CIA agents recruited a Pakistani doctor there to organise the vaccination drive.

Dead or alive? US indecision over killing Bin Laden

After 9/11, President George W Bush made an apparently simple statement about Osama Bin Laden: "Wanted - Dead or Alive." But the question whether to kill him or capture him was a subject of controversy in Washington for long periods during the 15-year hunt for the al-Qaeda leader.

BBC News - Death of Bin Laden

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BBC NEWS | Middle East | Excerpts: Bin Laden video

Arabic TV station al-Jazeera has broadcast excerpts of a videotape of Osama Bin Laden addressing the American people.

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Full text: 'Bin Laden tape'

An audiotape purported to be from Osama Bin Laden has been broadcast by the pan-Arab al-Arabiya and al-Jazeera satellite channels. In the tape the voice offers conditional reconciliation with Europe.

Have we been told the truth about Bin Laden's death?

I have been investigating al-Qaeda and Bin Laden for the BBC for nearly two decades - a quest which has taken me from the caves of Tora Bora to the high-walled Pakistani compound where he met his bloody end. So is there any truth in this latest theory?

Iconic Extrajudicial Execution of Jesus through Osama by US?

Extensive media coverage is to be expected following the execution of "Osama bin Laden" -- supplemented by socio-political analysis of every kind.

Iran president makes 9/11 claims after UN walkout

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said he believes - as an engineer - the World Trade Center towers could not have been brought down by aircraft.

Is Osama Bin Laden dead or alive?

Osama Bin Laden died eight years ago during the battle for Tora Bora in Afghanistan, either from a US bomb or from a serious kidney disease. Or so the conspiracy theory goes.

Is Osama Bin Laden dead or alive?

Osama Bin Laden died eight years ago during the battle for Tora Bora in Afghanistan, either from a US bomb or from a serious kidney disease. Or so the conspiracy theory goes.

Joe Biden adjusts account of decision to kill Bin Laden

US Vice-President Joe Biden has said he supported carrying out the operation that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, a change from previous accounts.

Kathryn Bigelow Osama Bin Laden film faces US probe

US officials are investigating if potentially classified information about the killing of Osama Bin Laden was given to a film-maker. Representative Peter King, a New York Republican, said he was "pleased" that the Pentagon and the CIA had responded to a request he made in August.

Lawyer for doctor in Bin Laden case quits over security

The lawyer for a doctor accused of helping the US find Osama Bin Laden has told the BBC that he has quit the case after receiving frequent death threats. Lawyer Samiullah Afridi also cited US pressure on Pakistan for the release of Dr Shakil Afridi as another reason for his decision.

Leon Panetta concern over Bin Laden 'informer' Shikal Afridi

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said he is "very concerned" about a Pakistani doctor arrested for providing intelligence for the US raid that killed Osama Bin Laden last year. Dr Shikal Afridi is accused of running a CIA-run programme in Abbottabad where Bin Laden was killed.

Libya: Gaddafi blames Osama Bin Laden for protests

Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has told state TV that Osama Bin Laden and his followers are to blame for the protests racking his country.

Marketable Tales of the Exploits of Osama bin Laden

Regrets are now being expressed by the western media -- notably The New York Times as newspaper of record -- concerning their role in misrepresenting the threat of Iraq and its weapons of mass destruction [more | ].

Massive claim for US terror attacks

Relatives of victims of the 11 September attacks have filed a trillion-dollar lawsuit against various parties, accusing them of financing Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda terror network and Afghanistan's former Taleban regime.

Memories of Abbottabad, Bin Laden's hideout

The world will remember the Pakistani city of Abbottabad as the place where Osama Bin Laden was finally tracked down, but for the BBC's Mishal Husain it holds many happy memories, from long before al-Qaeda and its leader first emerged.

Obama's Bin Laden coup risks becoming PR defeat

Last weekend, as the operation to strike Osama bin Laden's lair was first postponed, then greenlighted and then finally carried out, President Barack Obama and his administration appeared to have ice running through their veins.

Osama bin Laden

Jump to navigation Jump to search Saudi Arabian terrorist and co-founder of al-Qaeda "bin Laden" and "Osama" redirect here. For the elephant, see Osama bin Laden (elephant). For other uses, see Bin Laden (disambiguation) and Osama (disambiguation). In this Arabic name, the surname is bin Laden.

Osama Bin Laden 'death film' goes viral

Online spammers using fake videos and photos of Osama Bin Laden's death have seen their phishing scam go viral. Since the al-Qaeda leader was shot and killed by American special forces there's been speculation about exactly how he died.

Osama Bin Laden compound demolished in Pakistan

Pakistan has demolished the compound where US forces killed Osama Bin Laden in the north-western city of Abbottabad. Work began late on Saturday. Bulldozers and pneumatic machinery could be heard as the demolition continued.

Osama Bin Laden death: World a 'safer place' - Obama

US President Barack Obama has hailed the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden as a "good day for America," saying the world is now a safer and a better place. Bin Laden was killed in a raid by US special forces on a compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.

Osama Bin Laden's Abbottabad house 'was al-Qaeda hub'

Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was in active control of the terror network from his compound in northern Pakistan, US intelligence services now believe. Reversing assessments that Bin Laden lived a nomadic existence, the US now says his Abbottabad house was a command and control centre.

Osama Bin Laden's family tree

As Osama Bin Laden spent years on the run, it appears he kept his family close to him. Although separated and divorced from two wives, three others were living with him in the Abbotabad compound where he died.

Osama Bin Laden: Al-Qaeda releases posthumous message

In the message, he praises the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and speaks of a "rare historic opportunity" for Muslims to rise up. The 12-minute audio message appeared on a video posted on Islamist websites, and has been translated by the US monitoring group SITE intelligence.

Osama Bin Laden: Legality of killing questioned

After receiving news that a team of US Navy Seals had shot dead Osama Bin Laden at a compound in northern Pakistan, President Barack Obama announced that justice had been done.

Osama Bin Laden: The long hunt for the al-Qaeda leader

The United States sought to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden for more than 15 years before tracking him down to a compound in north-western Pakistan, not far from a large town and the country's military academy.

Osama Bin Laden: The night he came for dinner

What happens when your surprise dinner guest turns out to be the world's most wanted man? A year on from the death of Osama Bin Laden, two men tell how they came to host the then leader of al-Qaeda.

Osama Bin Laden: What happened to his body?

US officials say Osama Bin Laden's body was treated with respect and buried at sea, but some Muslims argue there was no good reason for not burying it on land. Islamic tradition requires the dead to be buried as soon as possible, unless an autopsy is required.

Osama Bin Laden: Why Geronimo?

The code name for the operation to capture Osama Bin Laden is thought to have been Geronimo. Why was it named after one of the best-known Native Americans? Geronimo. The Apache warrior's name conjures up an image of the American Wild West, the world over.

Pakistan 'lost' Bin Laden trail

Pakistani forces had their best chance of capturing Osama Bin Laden last year, but they lost the trail, President Pervez Musharraf has told the BBC. Gen Musharraf said the intelligence services had their strongest indication about the al-Qaeda leader's whereabouts eight to 10 months ago.

Pakistan jails doctor who helped CIA find Bin Laden

Shakil Afridi was charged with treason and tried under the tribal justice system for running a fake vaccination programme to gather information. The US state department said there was "no basis" for the charges, but declined to make a specific comment on the doctor's sentence.

Pakistan library named 'Bin Laden' in Islamic school

An Islamic seminary for women in Pakistan's capital Islamabad has renamed its library after Osama Bin Laden, the former al-Qaeda chief. The Jamia Hafsa Madrassa is linked to the Red Mosque, known for its alleged links with militants.

Peter King queries Bin Laden film White House access

A senior Republican has called for an inquiry into reports the White House fed secrets about the killing of Osama Bin Laden to Hollywood film-makers.

Probe into 'Bin Laden death' leak

President Jacques Chirac has ordered an inquiry into the leak of a French secret service memo claiming that Osama Bin Laden had died. Mr Chirac told reporters he was surprised the memo had been leaked, and refused to comment on the claim itself.

Seymour Hersh: US version of Bin Laden raid is 'full of lies'

The charges are explosive - and cut against a heroic narrative that defined, in part, arguably the greatest foreign policy success of President Barack Obama's first term in office.

Should photos of Bin Laden's corpse be released?

President Barack Obama has announced he will not release photos that show Osama Bin Laden with a bullet hole in his head, but a heated debate in the US about whether they should be publicly shown goes on.

Spanish MP's photo used for Osama Bin Laden poster

A Spanish politician has said he was shocked to find out the FBI had used his photo for a digitally-altered image showing how Osama Bin Laden might look.Gaspar Llamazares said he would no longer feel safe travelling to the US after his hair and parts of his face appeared on a most-wanted poster.

The al-Qaeda job application form

Fed up with your current job? Feel you're not properly challenged? Bored of the 9-5 routine? Al-Qaeda has a job vacancy for you.

The Bin Laden danger in all countries

It might have been wiser for President Obama not to have announced the death of Osama Bin Laden so triumphantly but to have let the news leak out from “official sources” in the Pentagon, or from the Pakistan government, or even from Al Qaeda itself.

The Bin Laden family on the run

The Bin Laden letters released on Thursday provide an insight into the workings of the mind of the slain al-Qaeda chief, but they reveal precious little about his family life during the years in hiding in Pakistan.

The Cost of Bin Laden: $3 Trillion Over 15 Years

As we mark Osama bin Laden's death, what's striking is how much he cost our nation--and how little we've gained from our fight against him. The most expensive public enemy in American history died Sunday from two bullets.

The Magic of Bin Laden

Most people hate and fear Osama Bin Laden. He is accused of being a mass murderer and an enemy of free people. That being said, the man is an amazing magician. He is undeniably, the most talented of all of the illusionists of today and for that matter, any day. Don't believe me? Read on.

The school that says Osama Bin Laden was a hero

A hardline cleric in Pakistan is teaching the ideas of Osama Bin Laden in religious schools for about 5,000 children.

Timeline: The search for Bin Laden

Since the 11 September 2001 attacks, a number of video tapes, audio recordings, faxes and other statements have been attributed to Osama Bin Laden. But although the US has hunted the al-Qaeda leader using satellite tracking systems and sophisticated spying systems, Bin Laden remains at large.

US probes Afghanistan special forces helicopter crash

The US military is trying to confirm whether insurgent fire brought down a helicopter in Afghanistan with the loss of 38 people, most of them Americans. The dead included Navy Seals, Afghan commandos, US Air Force personnel, a dog handler, the Chinook crew and a civilian interpreter.

Bin Laden 'focused on US to the end', papers show

In his final years, Osama Bin Laden urged his followers to remain focused on attacking the US, newly released documents show. US officials have published a trove of files found at his Pakistan hideout the night the al-Qaeda chief was killed.

Osama Bin Laden killing: US Navy Seals row over shooting

Ex-Navy Seal Robert O'Neill, 38, has told the Washington Post in an interview that he fired the fatal shot. This contradicts the account of Matt Bissonnette, another former Seal involved in the raid, in a 2012 book.

US special forces Afghan helicopter downed 'by Taliban'

Thirty US troops, said to be mostly special forces, have been killed, reportedly when a Taliban rocket downed their helicopter in east Afghanistan. Seven Afghan commandos and a civilian interpreter were also on the Chinook, officials say.

Viewpoint: What is Osama Bin Laden's place in history?

The death of Osama Bin Laden has dominated headlines across the world, but how will history remember him? Historian Michael Burleigh gives his view.

Was 'Bin Laden doctor' Shakil Afridi an unsuspecting pawn?

The Pakistani doctor who allegedly used a fake hepatitis B vaccination campaign to obtain DNA samples of Osama Bin Laden's family in Abbottabad a year ago may have become an unsuspecting pawn in the intelligence war between the United States and Pakistan.

What was in Osama Bin Laden's tape collection?

After the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Osama Bin Laden was forced to flee the city of Kandahar, where he had been based since 1997. Several compounds were hastily vacated, including one, opposite the Taliban foreign ministry, where al-Qaeda bigwigs met.

What was life like in the Bin Laden compound?

As media access to the site has widened, more neighbours have divulged details about their interactions with the mysterious inhabitants of the fortified "mansion" in their midst.

What was on Osama Bin Laden's bookshelf?

Osama Bin Laden was a fan of 9/11 conspiracy theories, according to a newly released list of English language books found in his Pakistan hideout. The list was among documents belonging to the former al-Qaeda chief published by the US government this week.

Will Osama Bin Laden continue to haunt the US?

The death of Osama Bin Laden is a key moment in the history of the radical Islamist movement he spearheaded. But could he prove as dangerous dead as he was alive? Osama Bin Laden predicted he would never be captured alive - and that countless others would follow in his footsteps once he was gone.

Zarqawi 'shows Bin Laden loyalty'

A statement has appeared on an internet website used by a militant Islamic group in Iraq, declaring allegiance to al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. The group, Tawhid and Jihad, is led by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Thailand's 'largest ketamine bust' turns out to be cleaning agent

Thailand's claim to have seized almost $1bn worth of the drug ketamine has turned out to be a "misunderstanding", its justice minister has said. Instead, lab tests found the substance was trisodium phosphate - a compound commonly used as a cleaning agent.

Elon Musk becomes world's second richest person

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has topped Microsoft founder Bill Gates to become the world's second richest man after a meteoric rise in his personal fortune. Mr Musk's net worth jumped by $7.2bn (£5.4bn) to $128bn after shares in his car firm Tesla surged.

Period poverty: Scotland first in world to make period products free

Scotland has become the first country in the world to make period products free for all. MSPs unanimously approved the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill on Tuesday.

Google Scholar's Ghost Authors

Geoffrey Nunberg's August 31 essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education criticizing Google's Book Search (GBS), which he subtitled “A Disaster for Scholars,” emphasized that disturbing errors are endemic.

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Aliases of Anthony Judge Identified by Google Search

As indicated in the FAQ item relating to author in the menu for the site of Laetus in Praesens, the author of the documents on this site is Anthony Judge, unless otherwise specifically indicated in the text of the document itself (as when the document is co-authored with named others).

US military drops 'mother of all bombs on IS' in Afghanistan

The US military has dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat on an Islamic State group tunnel complex in Afghanistan, the Pentagon says. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), known as "the mother of all bombs", was first tested in 2003, but had not been used before.

New aircraft spy opportunities amid aerospace woes

Michael Cervenka traces his interest in engineering back to his grandfather's influence. That interest literally took off. He is now the boss of Bristol-based Vertical Aerospace, and has progressed to electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) machines.

Charles Darwin: Notepads worth millions lost for 20 years

Cambridge University Library has announced that two notebooks written by Charles Darwin, worth many millions of pounds, have been missing for 20 years. One of them contains the 19th Century scientist's famous Tree of Life sketch, exploring the evolutionary relationship between species.

Metal monolith found by helicopter crew in Utah desert

Wildlife officials spotted the "unusual" object while counting sheep during a flyover in a remote south-eastern area of the US state. They said the structure had been planted in the ground between red rock.

Chinese spacecraft sets off on Moon sample quest

China has launched a mission to try to retrieve rock samples from the Moon. Its robotic Chang'e-5 spacecraft departed the Wenchang launch complex on a Long March 5 rocket early on Tuesday morning local time, and if successful should return to Earth in mid-December.

Zeno's paradoxes

Zeno's paradoxes are a set of philosophical problems generally thought to have been devised by Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea (c.

Candle problem

The candle problem or candle task, also known as Duncker's candle problem, is a cognitive performance test, measuring the influence of functional fixedness on a participant's problem solving capabilities.

Apple's security chief charged with bribery

Apple's head of global security has been charged with bribery. Thomas Moyer is accused of offering bribes in the form of iPads worth $70,000 in order to obtain concealed firearms licenses.

The largest dam-removal in US history

To mark the end of a turbulent year, we are bringing back some of our finest stories for BBC Future’s “Best of 2020” collection. Discover more of our picks here. “My great uncle and my grandma and my great grandparents and, I'm sure, their great grandparents: they were all fishermen.

The enduring allure of erotic masterpiece Black Narcissus

18th November 2020 What began as a 1930s novel about troubled nuns in the Himalayas led, a few years on, to a film classic. Now as a new TV version begins, Neil Armstrong explores the story’s dark power. “The Sisters left Darjeeling in the last week of October.

Covid-19: China pushes for QR code based global travel system

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for a "global mechanism" that would use QR codes to open up international travel. The codes will be used to help establish a traveller's health status.

Patrick Quinn: Ice Bucket Challenge activist dies aged 37

Patrick Quinn, one of the men who helped drive the wildly popular Ice Bucket Challenge fundraising campaign, has died aged 37. Quinn, a New Yorker, was diagnosed with the incurable neurological disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2013.

Covid-19: Oxford University vaccine is highly effective

The coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford is highly effective at stopping people developing Covid-19 symptoms, a large trial shows. Interim data suggests 70% protection, but the researchers say the figure may be as high as 90% by tweaking the dose.

Weber–Fechner law

The Weber–Fechner law refers to two related hypotheses in the field of psychophysics, known as Weber's law and Fechner's law. Both laws relate to human perception, more specifically the relation between the actual change in a physical stimulus and the perceived change.

How bike-friendly ‘slow streets' are changing cities

Moving around Bogotá can be a bit of a Jekyll-or-Hyde experience. On one hand, the city is infamous for having the world’s worst traffic.

Van life: Durham couple's six years on the road (and counting)

The idea of packing up your possessions to live life on the open road has its appeal, but the practicalities put a lot of people off actually doing it.

China seeks to retrieve first Moon rocks since 1970s

China is to make the first attempt to retrieve rocks from the Moon since the 1970s. It is hoped the unmanned Chang'e-5 probe, to be launched on Tuesday, will bring back samples to help understand the Moon's origin and formation.

The scarred landscapes created by humanity’s material thirst

When we dig to extract a precious metal, a carboniferous fuel, or an ancient ore, we remove a chapter of another time. Such materials are, in the words of the writer Astra Taylor, the “past condensed”, telling of epic eras of magmatic fury, tropical forests or hydrothermal steam.

Gandhi's broken pocket watch sells for £12k at auction

The silver plated Swiss watch was given to the owner's grandfather by Gandhi in 1944 "as a thank-you for his devotion". Estimated to fetch up to £10,000, it beat that price at East Bristol Auctions on Friday.

Pompeii: Dig uncovers remains of rich man and slave killed by Vesuvius

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of two men who died in the volcanic eruption that destroyed the ancient Roman city of Pompeii nearly 2,000 years ago. One was probably a man of high status, and the other his slave, officials at the Pompeii archaeological park said.

Dutch journalist gatecrashes EU defence video conference

Daniel Verlaan of RTL Nieuws joined the meeting after the Dutch defence minister accidentally posted some of the login details on Twitter. The visibly surprised technology reporter started waving once he realised he'd been let in.

Encyclopedia of World Problems Has a Big One of Its Own

Chronicle of Woes From Alien Abductions to Dandruff Finds Itself Short on Funds

Trump Twitter ‘hack’: Dutch police question researcher

Dutch police have questioned a security researcher who said he successfully logged into the US president's Twitter account by guessing his password. Last month, well-known cyber investigator Victor Gevers said he had gained access to Donald Trump's Twitter account with the password 'MAGA2020!'.

The Caribbean islands poisoned by a carcinogenic pesticide

"First we were enslaved. Then we were poisoned." That's how many on Martinique see the history of their French Caribbean island that, to tourists, means sun, rum, and palm-fringed beaches. Slavery was abolished in 1848.

Parrots found stuffed in plastic bottles in Indonesia

Dozens of smuggled parrots stuffed in plastic bottles have been found on a ship docked in Indonesia's eastern region of Papua. Police said the crew discovered 64 live parrots and 10 dead birds after hearing noises coming from inside a large box.

Wheatfield with Crows

Wheatfield with Crows is a July 1890 painting by Vincent van Gogh. It has been cited by several critics as one of his greatest works.[1][2] It is commonly stated that this was van Gogh's final painting.

Pope Francis: Vatican investigates Brazilian model Instagram photo like

The Vatican has said it is investigating after the Pope's official Instagram account "liked" a photo of a scantily clad Brazilian model. It is unclear when the account "liked" the image of Natalia Garibotto, who was dressed up in a school uniform outfit.

Tiger King star Jeff Lowe sued over 'inhumane treatment' of animals

Jeff Lowe, who appeared in Tiger King and took over the zoo featured in the Netflix hit, has been accused by the US government of cruelty to animals there.

Berlin police hold 'cannibal' after bones found in park

Police have arrested a man suspected of sexually-motivated murder and cannibalism after a victim's bones were found in a park in northern Berlin. Forensic experts determined that the bones were the remains of a 44-year-old man who went missing two months ago.

Global map of bees created in conservation first

Scientists have mapped the distribution of all 20,000 bee species on earth. Bees are facing pressure on their population numbers from habitat loss and the use of pesticides.

In pictures: Connecting the world's redheads

Over the past seven years, Scottish photographer Kieran Dodds has been taking pictures of people from around the world with ginger hair. Kieran himself is "pale and ginger", what he calls a cliché of Scottish national identity, but he wants to use the hair colour to illustrate a global phenomenon.

The burning scar: Inside the destruction of Asia’s last rainforests

A Korean palm oil giant has been buying up swathes of Asia's largest remaining rainforests. A visual investigation published today suggests fires have been deliberately set on the land. Petrus Kinggo walks through the thick lowland rainforest in the Boven Digoel Regency.

The young Norwegians taking their own country to court over oil

Despite Norway's green credentials, its infamous state wealth is due to its huge oil exports. This week, Norwegian youths are challenging what they describe as a double standard, in court. In the Barents Sea in June, the sun is still shining at 2am.

Asynchronous video interviews: The tools you need to succeed

Since Covid-19 struck, hiring managers have had to think creatively abou