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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".

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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).

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.

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 gave people 83% protection from reinfection, compared with those who had never had the virus, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Covfefe

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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.

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.

'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".

Extraterrestrial life

Extraterrestrial life,[n 1] also called alien life (or, if it is a sentient or relatively complex individual, an "extraterrestrial" or "alien"), is life that occurs outside of Earth and that probably did not originate from Earth.

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: https://goo.gl/mQYmzeJoin our exclusive mailing list: http://bit.ly/2e0TQNJ 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

You can learn more about CuriosityStream at https://curiositystream.com/spacetime Check out the new Space Time Merch Store! https://pbsspacetime.com/ Support Space Time on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime Hook up an old antenna to your TV and scan between channels. The static buzz you

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.

Gatsby Wikipedia Fetcher

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.

gatsby-wikipedia-fetcher

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.

gatsby-wikipedia-fetcher

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.

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znSN7ZFIaOg&ab_channel=PBSTerra Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime 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.

From Yale e360

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.

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.

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".

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.

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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A New Platform Maps US Police Violence Against Protesters

"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.

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: 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! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime 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

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.

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.

Where you can see the ‘soul’ of the Earth

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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.

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: http://cyberpunk.net/buy Sources & further reading: https://sites.google.com/view/sources-mindupload 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

Alex Bellos discusses how the Incans used knots in string (Quipu) to record numbers. Check out Brilliant (get 20% off their premium service): https://brilliant.org/numberphile (sponsor) More links & stuff in full description below ↓↓↓ Check out the Language Lover's Puzzle Book) on Amazon: htt

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtp71NT0GNg& Why aren't plants black? :herb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BRP

I Visited the First Gravitational Wave Detector! LIGO | STELLAR

Thank you to Draper and its Hack the Moon initiative for supporting PBS Digital Studios | Learn more at https://wehackthemoon.com We’ve been waiting to verify the existence of Gravitational Waves for over 100 years and I actually got to go to LIGO to see exactly how they proved it! I know, this

Is Gravity An Illusion?

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Can We Create Artificial Gravity?

Thanks for watching! I actually had an early version of this ready last week. Which you can watch here on my second channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9B0x...I decided, with the help of my Patreon supporters, that it wasn't good enough. Have a few ideas for my next video. Space X is winning r

Gravity

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 most striking images of 2020

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

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.

gatsbyjs/gatsby

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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]

gatsby-source-drupal

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.

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.

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.

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”).

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.

Jamstack | JavaScript, APIs, and Markup

Share your JAMstack technology decisions and experiences. Take the survey by April 19 The Jamstack is not about specific technologies. It’s a new way of building websites and apps that delivers better performance, higher security, lower cost of scaling, and a better developer experience.

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. By Maggie Haberman and Michael S. Schmidt

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

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

Fülöpszállás község Bács-Kiskun megye Kiskőrösi járásában. A település népessége az évszázadok során többször is jelentősen lecsökkent és megváltozott.

Árokszállás

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

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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 "Bin Laden" and "Osama" redirect here. For other uses, see Bin Laden (disambiguation), Osama (disambiguation), and Osama bin Laden (disambiguation). Co-founder of al-Qaeda This is an Arabic name; the family name 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.

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.

Asynchronous video interviews: The tools you need to succeed

Since Covid-19 struck, hiring managers have had to think creatively about how to streamline their interview processes.

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.

Turkmenistan leader unveils giant gold dog statue

Turkmenistan's president has bestowed his favourite dog breed with the highest honour - a giant golden statue. Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov unveiled the 19ft (6m) statue of the Alabay dog in the capital Ashgabat on Tuesday.

Tigray crisis: Why there are fears of civil war in Ethiopia

The federal government in Ethiopia has vowed to continue a military offensive in the northern Tigray region despite international calls for restraint.

The Nigerians standing up to sex-work traffickers in Sicily

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ismail Einashe discovers how Nigerian women are standing up to traffickers in Italy. In the mountains of Sicily a Nigerian woman is leading a battle to help rescue women like herself from a life of forced sex work.

The flying car is here – and it could change the world

The original Blade Runner film took place in an imagined Los Angeles of 2019, a futuristic city where acid rain fell from skies crowded with “skimmers”: flying cars that zipped along aerial highways.

Elke Roex

Vous pouvez partager vos connaissances en l’améliorant (comment ?) selon les recommandations des projets correspondants. Elke Roex, née le 29 juin 1974 à Uccle est une femme politique belge flamande, membre du Sp.a.

Elke Roex

Elke Roex (born 29 June 1974) is a Belgian, Flemish politician and member of the Flemish Parliament for the Socialist Party – Different (Dutch: Socialistische Partij – Anders) (SP.A) since 2004 and a member of the City Council of Anderlecht.

Elke Roex

Elke Roex (Ukkel, 29 juni 1974) is een Belgische politica voor de sp.a in het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest. Elke Roex is opgegroeid in Anderlecht en woont er nu nog steeds.

France's Macron asks Muslim leaders to back 'republican values' charter

French President Emmanuel Macron has asked Muslim leaders to agree a "charter of republican values" as part of a broad clampdown on radical Islam. On Wednesday he gave the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) 15 days to work with the interior ministry.

New Sentinel satellites to check the pulse of Earth

Yet more Sentinel satellites are to be built for the EU's Copernicus Earth observation network.

Apple to pay $113m to settle iPhone 'batterygate'

Apple will pay $113m (£85m) to settle allegations that it slowed down older iPhones. Thirty-three US states claimed that Apple had done this to drive users into buying new devices.

Prince William 'tentatively welcomes' new inquiry into BBC interview

The Duke of Cambridge says a new investigation into how the BBC secured an interview with his mother in 1995 is "a step in the right direction". The BBC has promised to "get to the truth" about the events surrounding the Panorama interview with Princess Diana.

MeowTalk: Alexa developer’s app to translate cat’s miaow

An app that aims to translate your cat’s miaow has been developed by a former Amazon Alexa engineer. MeowTalk records the sound and then attempts to identify the meaning.

Boeing's 737 Max cleared to fly in the US after crashes

US safety regulators have cleared Boeing's 737 Max plane to fly again, lifting grounding orders put in place in March 2019 after two deadly crashes. The move marks a key milestone for the firm, which was thrust into crisis by the tragedies and investigations that blamed it for the accidents.

Princess Diana interview: BBC vows to 'get to truth' about Panorama interview

The BBC has promised to "get to the truth" about how it got an interview with Princess Diana as it announced the terms of its investigation. Lord Dyson has been appointed to lead the independent probe into the 1995 Panorama interview.

Covid vaccine: Pfizer says it's '94% effective in over 65s'

The coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech appears to protect 94% of adults over 65 years old. More data released from their ongoing phase three trial suggests it works equally well in people of all ages, races and ethnicities.

Covid: Second lockdown 'will deepen sex work crisis'

The second national lockdown is going to push sex workers "even deeper into crisis", according to a campaign group. The English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) has called for state support for workers in the coronavirus pandemic.

2011 London Marathon

The 2011 London Marathon took place on Sunday, 17 April 2011. The men's elite race saw Emmanuel Mutai win in a course record time to become the fourth-fastest ever over the distance. Runner-up Martin Lel sprinted to the line to beat Patrick Makau, completing a Kenyan sweep of the podium.

2012 London Marathon

The 2012 London Marathon was the 32nd running of the annual marathon race in London, England, which took place on Sunday, 22 April. Both of the elite races were won by Kenyan athletes, and Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede was the only non-Kenyan to reach the podium in either race.

Charles Darwin’s hunch about early life was probably right

Charles Darwin had some rather good ideas. His most famous is the theory of evolution by natural selection, which explains much of what we know about life on Earth. But he also pondered many other questions.

World's only known white giraffe fitted with tracker to deter poachers

The world's only known white giraffe has been fitted with a GPS tracking device to keep poachers at bay in north-east Kenya, conservationists say. The giraffe has a rare genetic condition called leucism, which causes the loss of skin pigmentation.

India tiger awaits mate after 'longest' 3,0000km journey

He has completed the longest walk by a tiger ever recorded in India and "settled" in a sanctuary, where he is the only big cat.

Vincent Reffet: French 'Jetman' dies in training accident

image copyrightEPAA French stuntman famous for airborne feats using jetpacks and carbon-fibre wing packs has been killed in a training accident in Dubai. Vincent Reffet was part of the company Jetman Dubai.

Capela dos Ossos

The Capela dos Ossos (English: Chapel of Bones) is one of the best known monuments in Évora, Portugal. It is a small interior chapel located next to the entrance of the Church of St. Francis. The Chapel gets its name because the interior walls are covered and decorated with human skulls and bones.

Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love

Bordoni's husband and Paris producer Ray Goetz convinced Porter to give Broadway another try with this show.

Boy Scouts of America: Almost 100,000 make sexual abuse compensation claims

Almost 100,000 alleged victims of sexual abuse within the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have come forward to claim compensation from the group. A lawyer for the plaintiffs called it the biggest-ever US sexual abuse case. The claims were filed ahead of a deadline on Monday evening.

Prof Sue Black carried human heads on flight as part of serial killer probe

Forensic scientist Prof Dame Sue Black has revealed how she once transported two human heads in designer bags on a plane from Italy to Scotland. Prof Black had been asked to assist Italian police who were investigating a serial killer in the mid-1990s.

Dresden Green Vault robbery: Thieves break into treasure museum

Burglars have broken into one of Europe's largest treasure collections - the Green Vault in the German city of Dresden - early on Monday, police say. The popular German daily Bild says the thieves are thought to have grabbed diamonds and other jewels worth millions of euros.

Taylor Swift master tapes sold by Scooter Braun to investment fund

US singer Taylor Swift has confirmed a report that music mogul Scooter Braun has sold the rights to her first six albums. US entertainment magazine Variety first reported on Monday that Braun had sold the rights - known as masters - to an investment fund.

Cognitive Load Theory: Explaining our fight for focus

It seems ages since we started referring to life in these “uncertain times”. For months now, our routines have been disrupted and we’ve been forced to adapt. Anecdotally, one major consequence is a state of mental fatigue.

The theremin: The strangest instrument ever invented?

The theremin sometimes seems like an instrument from Earth’s future or another world. Its music seems conjured from nothing, notes and tones teased and manipulated by hypnotic movements of hand and fingers through air. Meet the only musical instrument controlled entirely without physical contact.

Have rogue orcas really been attacking boats in the Atlantic?

“They always seem to go for the rudder, and I think that’s because it’s a mobile part of the vessel,” Ruth explains. “In some cases they can move the whole boat with it. We see, in some of the videos, the sailing boat turning almost 180 degrees.

Hiker alive and well after 'dying' for 45 minutes

image copyrightGetty ImagesA hiker who was rescued after getting lost overnight in a US national park has been brought back to life despite his heart stopping for 45 minutes.Michael Knapinski, aged 45, got lost in Mount Rainier national park in freezing conditions last weekend.

Briton Audrey Schoeman revived after six-hour cardiac arrest

Audrey Schoeman developed severe hypothermia when she was caught in a snowstorm while hiking in the Spanish Pyrenees with her husband in November. Doctors say it is the longest cardiac arrest ever recorded in Spain.

Radio France Internationale publishes obituaries of people still alive

image copyrightPA MediaA French radio station has apologised after publishing the obituaries of several prominent - and alive - people, including the Queen. Others on the list that went live prematurely on the website of Radio France Internationale included Clint Eastwood, Pele and Brigitte Bardot.

Moderna: Covid vaccine shows nearly 95% protection

The results come hot on the heels of similar results from Pfizer, and add to growing confidence that vaccines can help end the pandemic. Both companies used a highly innovative and experimental approach to designing their vaccines.

Trump's legal battles: How six cases may play out

As president of the United States, Donald Trump enjoyed unique protection from legal action, be it criminal or civil. Now, after losing the 2020 presidential election, Mr Trump will soon become a private citizen again.

Hampshire doctor claims Mars ownership using lasers

Phil Davies has been trying for more than a decade to highlight the "terrible plight" of the 43-year-old Outer Space Treaty. He now leads a global campaign to own part of the planet, in a bid to force the UN to update its rules.

Nasa SpaceX launch: Astronaut crew primed for 'routine' flight

Nasa and its private launch services provider SpaceX are getting ready to send four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The crew will ride to orbit in a Dragon capsule atop a Falcon-9 rocket.

Covid-19: Normal life back next winter, says vaccine creator

The impact of a new Covid vaccine will kick in significantly over summer and life should be back to normal by next winter, one of its creators has said.

Most statin problems caused by mysterious 'nocebo effect', study suggests

Most of the debilitating effects of statins are not caused by the drug, but by people believing it will make them sick, a UK study suggests. The phenomenon is known as the "nocebo effect" and may account for 90% of the ill health associated with the cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Anthony Judge

Anthony Judge, (Port Said, 21 January 1940) is mainly known for his career at the Union of International Associations (UIA), where he has been Director of Communications and Research, as well as Assistant Secretary-General.

Europe moves ahead with Ariel exoplanet mission

The Ariel space telescope, which will study the atmospheres of distant worlds, has the green light to proceed. European Space Agency (Esa) member states formally adopted the project on Thursday, signing off two years of feasibility studies.

Diversity: UPS relaxes rules on beards, braids and piercings

United Parcel Service (UPS) is relaxing its rules on employee appearance, lifting a long-standing ban on facial hair. The delivery giant said the changes also include eliminating gender-specific rules.

Voyage to study plastic 'island'

The second of two research ships bound for a huge "island" of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean leaves San Francisco today. Ocean currents have pushed the refuse together in an area estimated to be larger than the State of Texas.

Freak waves spotted from space

The shady phenomenon of freak waves as tall as 10 storey buildings has finally been proved, the European Space Agency (Esa) said on Wednesday. Sailors often whisper of monster waves when ships sink mysteriously but, until now, no one quite believed them.

Huge waves eroding British coast

Storm waves over 20m high are getting bigger, more frequent and eroding Britain's Atlantic coast, experts say. The waves rip huge boulders from cliff faces and sweep them up to 50m inland in exposed areas such as Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles.

Plastic particles found in bottled water

Tests on major brands of bottled water have found that nearly all of them contained tiny particles of plastic. In the largest investigation of its kind, 250 bottles bought in nine different countries were examined.

Friendly Floatees

Friendly Floatees[clarification needed] are plastic bath toys marketed by The First Years, Inc. and made famous by the work of Curtis Ebbesmeyer, an oceanographer who models ocean currents on the basis of flotsam movements.

The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up

A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides.

Thousands of rubber ducks to land on British shores after 15 year journey

The armada of 29,000 plastic yellow ducks, blue turtles and green frogs broke free from a cargo ship 15 years ago. Since then they have travelled 17,000 miles, floating over the site where the Titanic sank, landing in Hawaii and even spending years frozen in an Arctic ice pack.

Drifting rubber duckies chart oceans of plastic

Theirs is an epic tale of resilience and pluck, a seafarer's yarn of high-seas adventure that has seen them brave some of the world's wildest waters in their 11-year odyssey from the Pacific Ocean toward landfall in Europe.

Can the oceans be cleared of floating plastic rubbish?

Scientists are investigating ways of dealing with the millions of tonnes of floating plastic rubbish that is accumulating in our oceans. They are a quirk of ocean currents - a naturally created vortex known as a gyre - where floating rubbish tends to accumulate.

Path of tsunami debris mapped out

Almost a year after the Japanese Tohoku earthquake and mega-tsunami, the Pacific Ocean is still dealing with the consequences of the catastrophe. Most of it headed eastwards, according to modelling work by the Hawaii-based International Pacific Research Center.

Ducks' odyssey nears end

A consignment of thousands of rubber ducks is expected to wash up any day on the coast of New England - after more than a decade at sea.

The Latest News and Pictures from the World of Toys

AVON, Mass. -- July 14, 2003 -- It's a boat, it's a buoy, it's a... RUBBER DUCK?! Beachgoers in New England may be spotting more than shells on the shore this summer. Any day now, a flock of rubber ducks could waddle their way onto area beaches. The ducks have had a long journey.

Duckies now call the ocean their bathtub

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Things That Float : Plastic Duckies

Plastic duckies, often referred to as "rubber duckies" in the press, have been floating in the ocean ever since 1992 when they were liberated from a container which was lost from a ship due to high seas. The process is closely monitored by Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer.

Boat made of plastic bottles sets sail across Pacific

A boat made of 12,000 plastic bottles has set sail on a voyage from San Francisco to Sydney to spread awareness about pollution in the world's oceans.Environmentalist and banking heir David De Rothschild and a crew set out on the appropriately named Plastiki catamaran.

Surfing For Change: Where is Away, Solving Plastic Pollution ft. Jack Johnson (2011)

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Study measures Atlantic plastic accumulation

US researchers, writing in Science, suggest the volume of plastic appeared to have peaked in recent years. One reason could be tighter marine pollution rules that prevent vessels dumping their waste at sea.

Gulf Stream 'is not slowing down'

The Gulf Stream does not appear to be slowing down, say US scientists who have used satellites to monitor tell-tale changes in the height of the sea. Confirming work by other scientists using different methodologies, they found dramatic short-term variability but no longer-term trend.

The great teddy bear shipwreck mystery

In 1903, 3,000 teddy bears were sent by ship from Germany to America only for them to disappear. Some claim the bears were the first ever made and would now be the most valuable in the world. So what happened to them?

Great Pacific garbage patch

The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex, is a gyre of marine debris particles in the north central Pacific Ocean. It is located roughly from 135°W to 155°W and 35°N to 42°N.

Plastic fibre a 'major pollutant'

Tiny pieces of plastic and man-made fibres are causing contamination of the world's oceans and beaches, the journal Science has reported. Even remote and apparently pristine layers of sand and mud are now composed partly of this microscopic rubbish, broken down from discarded waste.

Rubbish menaces Antarctic species

Around Antarctica, the total amount of debris is low, but the proportion of it due to humans is very high. The continent could be at particular risk from alien species floating in because of a double threat from global warming and a lack of alternative habitats for many of its species.

30,000 trainers floating in the Pacific ocean

Curtis Ebbesmeyer is an oceanographer who tracks currents in the sea by studying what gets washed up where. He's calculated the trainers moved more than 450 miles in a month - up to 18 miles a day.

Deep sea fish 'mystery migration' across Pacific Ocean

Deep sea fish species found in the north Pacific Ocean have mysteriously been caught in the southwest Atlantic, on the other side of the world. It is unclear how the animals, a giant rattail grenadier, pelagic eelpout and deep sea squid, travelled so far.

Trainers bonanza from cargo wreck

Thousands of sports shoes have been washed up on a Dutch island after a ship lost some of its containers in heavy weather. Residents of Terschelling island rushed to get the trainers, but were faced with having to search for shoes that matched in size and design.

Follow that microlight: Birds learn to migrate

And surveying the scene, it is easy to see why. We are in a playing field, in a small village in Austria, close to the Slovenian border.

Amazon charged with abusing EU competition rules

The European Commission has charged Amazon with abusing its dominant position in online retail to gain an unfair advantage over competitors. It said Amazon had used data on third-party sellers that use its marketplace to boost sales of its own-label goods.

Two-million-year-old skull of human 'cousin' unearthed

Australian researchers say the discovery of a two-million-year-old skull in South Africa throws more light on human evolution. The skull was a male Paranthropus robustus, a "cousin species" to Homo erectus - a species thought to be direct ancestors of modern humans.

Mother bear and cub shot after climbing onto Russian nuclear submarine

The Russian Navy has defended the shooting of a mother bear and its cub on a nuclear submarine following outrage among many social media users. The Navy says there was no other option after the animals climbed onto the vessel moored off the Vilyuchinsk base in the far-eastern Kamchatka region.

Parler 'free speech' app tops charts in wake of Trump defeat

Twitter alternative Parler has become the most-downloaded app in the United States as conservatives flock to the self-styled "free speech" app after the US election. It follows a clampdown on the spread of election misinformation by Twitter and Facebook in recent days.

The Indian diver who has saved more than 100 lives

For years, Shiva helped police find bodies in Hussain Sagar lake in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. And then one day, he stopped someone before they jumped, saving a life for the first time. BBC Telugu's Balla Satish reports.

Covid vaccine: First vaccine offers 90% protection

The first coronavirus vaccine can prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19, a preliminary analysis shows. The developers - Pfizer and BioNTech - described it as a "great day for science and humanity".

Why Germans love getting naked in public

After four years of living in Berlin, I’ve learned to embrace Germany’s anything-goes sprit and more casual approach to nudity than where I grew up in the Midwestern US.

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.

Amélie

Amélie (also known as Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain; French pronunciation: ​[lə fabylø destɛ̃ d‿ameli pulɛ̃]; English: The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain) is a 2001 French romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

'Mutant coronavirus' seen before on mink farms, say scientists

The coronavirus mutation causing concern in Denmark has arisen before in mink, scientists have revealed. The mutated virus has been detected retrospectively in mink at a farm in the Netherlands, but it did not spread to humans, said a leading Dutch expert.

Pigeon message found over a century after sent by German soldier

More than a century after it was dispatched by a German soldier, a message sent via carrier pigeon has been found by chance. In September, a couple out for a stroll in the eastern French Alsace region, came across a tiny aluminium capsule in a field.

The Multiplicative Power of Masks

We now know that masks have an outsized effect on slowing the spread of COVID-19. And yet, some people oppose wearing masks because they view this as a personal choice rather than a public health issue. This misses the big picture because masks protect the wearer and the people around them.

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Virgin Hyperloop pod transport tests first passenger journeys

Virgin Hyperloop has trialled its first ever journey with passengers, in the desert of Nevada. The futuristic transport concept involves pods inside vacuum tubes carrying passengers at high speeds.

From Like a Virgin to WAP: The truly provocative pop songs

Pop music and sex are locked in a timeless torrid clinch.

UK energy plant to use liquid air

Work is beginning on what is thought to be the world's first major plant to store energy in the form of liquid air. It will use surplus electricity from wind farms at night to compress air so hard that it becomes a liquid at -196 Celcius.

Back from the dead: Race to save Romania's 65 million-year-old fish

On a tiny stretch of the fast-flowing Valsan river in Romania lives one of the rarest fish in Europe, and quite possibly the world. The 65-million-year-old Asprete was first discovered by a biology student in 1956, and for decades it has teetered on the brink of extinction.

US election: Being with Trump the day he lost

Over the past four years, I have seen President Donald Trump on good days and bad days. But 7 November, the day he lost the election, was a day like no other.

Typhoon Goni: Philippines survivor tells of children swept away

Holding his youngest child in one arm, supporting his wife with the other, and his four older children clinging onto his back, Salvador Manrique tried to cross the rising floodwaters. They had known a super typhoon was coming and early on Sunday were woken by fierce winds and torrential rain.

UK fusion experiment used in hunt for clean energy

Mast Upgrade could clear some of the hurdles to delivering clean, limitless energy for the grid. Fusion differs from fission, the technology used by existing nuclear power plants, because it could release vast amounts of energy with little associated radioactivity.

Poor diet: Children 20cm shorter as a result, analysis says

Poor diets for school-age children may contribute to an average height gap of 20cm (7.9in) between the tallest and shortest nations, an analysis suggests. It reports that in 2019 the tallest 19-year-old boys lived in the Netherlands (183.8cm or 6ft) and the shortest lived in Timor Leste (160.

Enigmatic fast radio burst pinned on magnetised dead star

At last, we're making headway in deciphering some of the Universe's most enigmatic signals. Scientists have managed to trace a very short, very bright burst of radio waves to a type of highly magnetised dead star, known as a magnetar.

BBC correspondent: 'Long Covid has left me exhausted for seven months'

More than seven months on from contracting Covid-19, I look fairly normal. There are bags under my eyes but generally I look ok. It is one of the first things people say: "You look fine - you must be feeling better?" And there is a lesson there.

QAnon: What is it and where did it come from?

President Trump has spoken of how supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which has grown online in the US, appear to like him very much.

Coronavirus and mink: What are the implications?

Scientists say this latest twist in the pandemic is worrying but we don't yet know the full picture. Danish authorities have found genetic changes in the virus they say might undermine the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines currently in development.

Pohřeb Karla Kryla (1994)

Známý básník a písničkář Karel Kryl, který nečekaně zemřel 3. března v německém Pasově, byl včera pochován na Břevnovském hřbitově. Vzhledem k omezenému množství vydaných vstupenek pro příbuzné, přátele, novináře a politiky se mnoho lidí nedostalo dovnitř, přesto

Karel Kryl

Karel Kryl (12. dubna 1944 Kroměříž – 3. března 1994 Mnichov[1], někdy také mylně uváděn Pasov[2]) byl československý písničkář a básník, hlavní představitel československého protikomunistického protestsongu v letech 1963–1989.

US election: Bannon Twitter account banned amid clampdown

President Trump's former top advisor, Steve Bannon, has been suspended from Twitter over the "glorification of violence" amid the election aftermath. Mr Bannon said a re-elected Mr Trump should fire the top infectious disease expert and the FBI director, and called for violence against them.

Path-based strong component algorithm

In graph theory, the strongly connected components of a directed graph may be found using an algorithm that uses depth-first search in combination with two stacks, one to keep track of the vertices in the current component and the second to keep track of the current search path.

Time complexity

In computer science, the time complexity is the computational complexity that describes the amount of time it takes to run an algorithm.

Strongly connected component

In the mathematical theory of directed graphs, a graph is said to be strongly connected or diconnected if every vertex is reachable from every other vertex.

Directed graph

In mathematics, and more specifically in graph theory, a directed graph (or digraph) is a graph that is a set of vertices connected by edges, where the edges have a direction associated with them.

Cycle (graph theory)

In graph theory, a cycle is a path of edges and vertices wherein a vertex is reachable from itself. There are several different types of cycles, principally a closed walk and a simple cycle; also, e.g., an element of the cycle space of the graph.

Graph theory

In mathematics, graph theory is the study of graphs, which are mathematical structures used to model pairwise relations between objects. A graph in this context is made up of vertices (also called nodes or points) which are connected by edges (also called links or lines).

US election 2020: Donald Trump's speech fact-checked

President Trump spoke early on Friday about the US election count, making a number of accusations of fraud for which he did not provide evidence. We've fact-checked some of his claims.

US results: Trump sons attack Republicans for 'weak' backing

President Donald Trump's two sons have rebuked Republicans for failing to back the president as he struggles to win re-election. Mr Trump's eldest son Don Jr accused the party of being "weak". His brother Eric warned: "Our voters will never forget you if your [sic] sheep!"

Coronavirus: Denmark imposes lockdowns amid mink covid fears

Danish authorities have said a lockdown will be introduced in some areas over a coronavirus mutation found in mink that can spread to humans. The government has warned that the effectiveness of any future vaccine could be affected by the mutation.

Rome obelisk prepares for journey home

Italy has begun dismantling an ancient obelisk in preparation for its return to Ethiopia, following a 60-year dispute. The Axum obelisk, which stands in central Rome, was named after the northern Ethiopian city from where it was looted by invading Italian troops in 1937.

Italian cities to fine 'messy' tourists

Tourists in Florence and Venice have been banned from sitting anywhere they like after officials decided that visitors needed to behave with more decorum around their historical sites. From Saturday, Florence and Venice have started fining people who sit down on the steps in front of their churches.

Fulop History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the name Fulop were the ancient Britons that inhabited in the hills and Moors of Wales. This surname was derived from the personal name Philip. This name, which was usually Latinized as Philippus, was originally derived from the Greek name Philippos.

What does the Spanish term 'vacilar' really mean?

It has two more "traditional" meanings I can think of:To doubt, to be undecided, to fluctuate: Juan vaciló antes de elegir la camisa. La llama vacilaba entre el amarillo y el azul. Está completamente perdido: cada vez que llega a un cruce vacila.

Rita Panahi

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More than 100 beached whales saved off Sri Lanka

More than 100 whales stranded on a Sri Lankan beach have been guided to the sea in an overnight rescue operation. Three pilot whales and one dolphin died of their injuries following the mass beaching near the city of Panadura, south of the capital Colombo.

Earwax test could reveal stress levels

Your earwax could be a window into your mental health, researchers have suggested. This could open the door to better ways of diagnosing psychiatric conditions including depression, according to lead author Dr Andres Herane-Vives.

Pet parrot saves Australian man from house fire

An Australian man says he was able to survive a late-night house fire after his pet parrot roused him from bed. Anton Nguyen had been fast asleep when his two-storey house caught alight in Brisbane, Queensland, on Wednesday.

A68 iceberg on collision path with South Georgia

The world's biggest iceberg, known as A68a, is bearing down on the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia. The Antarctic ice giant is a similar size to the South Atlantic island, and there's a strong possibility the berg could now ground and anchor itself offshore of the wildlife haven.

Pavol Hudák (básnik)

Mgr. Pavol Hudák (* 7. október 1959, Vranov nad Topľou, † 18. január 2011, Poprad) bol slovenský básnik, novinár a publicista. Narodil sa 7. októbra 1959 v obci Vyšný Žipov (okres Vranov nad Topľou).

Pavol Hudák

básnik, novinár a publicista Radovan Brenkus Hudákova poézia je o videní šialenej hudby, o nepokojných, mučivých nociach, o zúfalom nočnom telefonovaní s neznámym hlasom, o hľadaní vody v dobách najväčšieho smädu i o spíjaní sa do temnôt, aby ničota pociťovaná na vl

Pavol Hudák navždy odišiel do básnického neba

POPRAD. Pavol Hudák skonal v utorok na následky náhlej srdcovej príhody vo svojom popradskom byte. Posledná rozlúčka bude v piatok o 14.00 v evanjelickom kostole v Poprade-Spišskej Sobote. Pavol Hudák bol básnik, novinár a publicista.

Básnik Pominuteľnosti

Pavol Hudák je prvým blízkym priateľom, ktorého som pochoval. Pochoval som už niekoľko členov rodiny, ale kamaráta doteraz žiadneho. Príde mi celkom príznačné, že je to práve on, kto sa na toto prvenstvo podujal.

Sean Connery: Harrison Ford pays tribute to 'dear friend'

Harrison Ford has paid tribute to his "dear friend" Sir Sean Connery, who died on Friday at the age of 90. The pair appeared together in Steven Spielberg's 1989 sequel Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, with Sir Sean playing Ford's father Henry Jones.

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Van Gogh: Artist experienced 'delirium from alcohol withdrawal'

The artist Vincent van Gogh is likely to have experienced two episodes of delirium caused by alcohol withdrawal, new research has shown. The post-Impressionist painter, known for works such as Sunflowers and The Starry Night, famously sliced off his left ear during an argument.

Indians asked to eat more sugar to tackle oversupply

The Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said it wants to bust myths about sugar and its health effects. On average, Indians eat around 19kg a year, which is well below the global average.

T-cell response 'lasts six months after Covid infection'

Scientists have found evidence of immune cells responding to Covid-19 six months after people were infected. In a study of 100 people with the virus, those with symptoms had a much higher T-cell reaction.

Several injured in Vienna shooting, police say

Several people have been injured in a shooting in central Vienna, police say. The interior minister described the incident as a "terror attack" and said that one attacker had died.

Gunmen storm Kabul University ahead of Iranian book fair

Gunmen have stormed Kabul University ahead of the opening of an Iranian book fair, wounding at least six people, government officials say. Interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said several gunmen had entered the campus, sending students fleeing.

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.

Whale sculpture catches crashed Dutch metro train

image copyrightGetty ImagesA train driver in the Netherlands has had a lucky escape thanks to a fortuitously placed art installation.A metro train in Spijkenisse, near the city of Rotterdam, crashed through a barrier at the end of the tracks shortly before midnight on Sunday.

Should astronauts abandon the space station?

At 6.50am GMT on the morning of 20 November 1998, I was crouching behind a rock in the bitter cold of the Kazakh Steppe clutching a mobile phone to my ear. The snow-dusted ground blended into the grey of the sky.

Robert Fisk, veteran UK journalist, dies aged 74

Veteran foreign correspondent Robert Fisk has died of a suspected stroke at the age of 74. The Irish Times reported that he was admitted to St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin after falling ill at his home on Friday, and died shortly afterwards.

Your pictures on the theme of 'urban living'

We asked our readers to send in their pictures on the theme of "urban living". Here are some of the pictures sent to us from around the world. The next theme is "Autumn Landscapes" and the deadline for entries is 10 November 2020.

Quebec stabbing: Two dead after attack by man 'in medieval clothes'

At least two people have been stabbed to death and five more wounded in the Canadian city of Quebec. Police told people to remain indoors after a man "dressed in medieval clothes" attacked "multiple victims" with a bladed weapon on Saturday night.

The biggest unknowns in a post-pandemic work world

It’s been nearly a year since the novel coronavirus began spreading around the world. While we’ve learned a lot about Covid-19 since January – and how to live and work in lockdown – there’s still much we don’t know about how the pandemic will change our societies.

The reason Zoom calls drain your energy

Your screen freezes. There’s a weird echo. A dozen heads stare at you. There are the work huddles, the one-on-one meetings and then, once you’re done for the day, the hangouts with friends and family.

The fight to save Cape Cod’s dolphins

It’s the heavy breath that’s so striking. A gulp of air, drawn by the dolphin calf’s collapsing lungs as it lies stranded on the sands of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. There’s something almost human about the desperate gasp from its blowhole, which makes the sound all the more harrowing.

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Tarjan's strongly connected components algorithm

Tarjan's algorithm is an algorithm in graph theory for finding the strongly connected components of a directed graph. It runs in linear time, matching the time bound for alternative methods including Kosaraju's algorithm and the path-based strong component algorithm.

Lyon attack: 'Orthodox priest wounded in shooting'

An Orthodox priest has been wounded in a shooting in the French city of Lyon, according to reports. Police sources told reporters that the suspect had fled the scene.

Essex firefighters rescue three men from tumble dryer

Three men had to be rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in a tumble dryer. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service were called to a derelict laundry in Bower Hill, Epping, on Friday after the men, thought to be in their late teens, crawled into an industrial-sized dryer.

Obituary: Sir Sean Connery

For many, Sean Connery was the definitive James Bond. Suave and cold-hearted, his 007 was every inch the Cold War dinosaur of the books. He strode across screen, licensed to kill. He moved like a panther, hungry and in search of prey. There was no contest.

Sean Connery: James Bond actor dies aged 90

Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90, his family has said. The Scottish actor was best known for his portrayal of James Bond, being the first to bring the role to the big screen and appearing in seven of the spy thrillers.

How solitude and isolation can affect your social skills

Neil Ansell became a hermit entirely by accident. Back in the 1980s, he was living in a squat in London with 20 other people. Then someone made him an offer he couldn’t refuse: a cottage in the Welsh mountains, with rent of just £100 ($130) per year.

Secrets of the 'uncrushable' beetle revealed

The diabolical ironclad beetle is one tough critter, as its name might suggest. Equipped with super-tough body armour, the insect can survive being stamped on or even run over by a car.

The problem with abolishing coins

Jack Stirling groans when he sees customers at his supermarket rooting around in their purses for spare change. “I totally enjoy it when people decide to ‘lighten’ their wallets by dumping a whole load of coins on the counter,” jests the 21-year-old, who works in a supermarket in Australia.

Indian doctor duped into buying 'Aladdin's lamp' for $41,600

Two men have been arrested in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh for allegedly duping a doctor into buying an "Aladdin's lamp" that they promised would bring him wealth and health.

Coronavirus: Slovakia holds national test but president calls for delay

Slovakia is to start testing everyone over the age of 10 for Covid-19 on Saturday, but the president has said she thinks the idea is "unfeasible". The operation to test four million people is to last over two weekends.

Barquillos: Spain's unique street food roulette

I flung the roulette wheel anticlockwise, sending the golden ticker spinning over dozens of white and yellow numbers from zero to 10. To the hypnotic sound of a heartbeat-fast tick, tick, tick, I watched with bated breath as the marker deliberated over my fate.

Coronavirus: Remote Marshall Islands records first cases

The Marshall Islands, one of the last few places in the world untouched by Covid-19, has recorded its first two positive case of the virus. The government of the remote Pacific archipelago said two workers at a US base had tested positive after arriving from Hawaii on Tuesday.

Viral photo sparks concerns about Indonesia's 'Jurassic Park'

image copyrightSave Komodo NowA photo of a Komodo dragon facing a truck has raised concerns about a "Jurassic Park" attraction being built on an Indonesian island.The multi-million dollar site is part of the government's plans to overhaul tourism in Komodo National Park.

Climate change: You've got cheap data, how about cheap power too?

You're probably reading this on your phone. If not, take it out your pocket and look at it. It's a smartphone, isn't it? Think how often you use it and all the useful things it helps you do. Now, think back. How long since you bought your first smartphone?

Covid: Belgium announces return to national lockdown

Belgium has announced a return to a national lockdown as the latest coronavirus figures show it has the highest infection rate in Europe. Non-essential shops and businesses offering personal services like hair salons have been ordered to close from Monday until the middle of December.

New York sinkhole: Man's horror over fall into rat-infested chasm

The family of a man who fell into a sinkhole brimming with rats in New York have spoken about how the incident left him traumatised and needing hospital treatment, local media report.

Yala National Park

Yala (යාල) National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka, bordering the Indian Ocean. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km (8.1 mi) northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world.

Walmart pulls guns from display over 'civil unrest' concerns

Walmart has removed gun and ammunition from display in thousands of its stores in the United States, citing concerns of "civil unrest". Customers will still be able to buy guns and ammunition on request. It is not yet known how long firearms will be removed from the sales floor.

Osiris-Rex: Nasa asteroid probe ready to return to Earth after leak

image copyrightReutersA Nasa probe sent to collect rock from an asteroid several hundred million kilometres from Earth is back on track after some technical concerns.

The boarding school ‘monster’ who always walked free

Reaching a phone box by the main road, they unfolded the piece of paper they had been given weeks earlier and dialled the number hastily scribbled on it. They hid behind a wall and waited for their saviour to arrive. When she did, she took them to the police station.

Dogs are humans' oldest companions, DNA shows

The analysis reveals that dog domestication can be traced back 11,000 years, to the end of the last Ice Age. This confirms that dogs were domesticated before any other known species.

Lily Allen: 'Women masturbating in a relationship isn't wrong'

Except Lily Allen isn't talking about being hungry or indeed toast. She's talking about masturbation - and why she thinks women are still judged for enjoying "self-love".

Deadly stabbing attack in Nice - French media

At least one person has died and several others have been wounded in a stabbing attack in Nice, French media report. Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said that one person had been arrested.

'Anonymous' Trump administration critic identifies himself

An anonymous Trump administration official who wrote a 2018 New York Times opinion article criticising the president has identified himself. Miles Taylor is a former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security.

Police officer raiding illegal cockfight gets killed by rooster

image copyrightGetty ImagesA Philippine police officer has been killed by a rooster during a raid on an illegal cockfight in the province of Northern Samar.

Great Barrier Reef: Scientists find reef taller than Empire State Building

An enormous coral reef has been found at the northern tip of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the first such discovery in 120 years, scientists say. At 500m (1,640ft) high, the reef is taller than New York's Empire State Building and the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The inventor inspired by wanting to keep his daughter safe

When Kim Kyeong Yeon's 13-year-old daughter fell and injured herself on an escalator, she set in train events that years later might prevent millions of people around the world from contracting Covid-19.

Argo: The true story behind Ben Affleck's Globe-winning film

Ben Affleck's film Argo tells the bizarre story of how in 1980 the CIA - with Canadian help - sprang a group of Americans from Iran after they escaped a US embassy overrun by protestors.

Nxivm leader Keith Raniere sentenced to 120 years in prison

The US leader of a sex cult has been sentenced to 120 years in prison. Nxivm founder Keith Raniere was convicted last year of racketeering, sex trafficking, child pornography possession and other crimes.

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Covid: Antibodies 'fall rapidly after infection'

Levels of protective antibodies in people wane "quite rapidly" after coronavirus infection, say researchers. Antibodies are a key part of our immune defences and stop the virus from getting inside the body's cells.

Belgium's ex-king meets daughter after paternity battle

Belgium's former King Albert has met his daughter Princess Delphine, following a legal battle over her status as his daughter. Albert admitted paternity in January after fighting the claim for more than a decade.

Water on the Moon could sustain a lunar base

Having dropped tantalising hints days ago about an "exciting new discovery about the Moon", the US space agency has revealed conclusive evidence of water on our only natural satellite. This "unambiguous detection of molecular water" will boost Nasa's hopes of establishing a lunar base.

Djab Wurrung tree: Anger over sacred Aboriginal tree bulldozed for highway

The bulldozing of a sacred tree for Aboriginal people to clear land for a highway has sparked anger in Australia. Protesters have long camped at the site in Victoria to defend culturally significant trees, including some where local Djab Wurrung women have traditionally gone to give birth.

Climate change: 'Dangerous and dirty' used cars sold to Africa

Millions of highly polluting used cars from rich countries are being "dumped" on developing nations, according to a UN report. Between 2015 and 2018, some 14 million older, poor quality vehicles were exported from Europe, Japan and the US.

Werkman ontdekt aandoenlijk briefje uit 1941 in Sint-Jacobskerk Antwerpen: "We hadden het niet plezierig in ons leven"

In de Sint-Jacobskerk in Antwerpen heeft een werkman een briefje uit 1941 met een aandoenlijke boodschap ontdekt. Het zat verstopt in een luciferdoosje dat in een sluitsteen was weggemoffeld.

Covid-19: How the Czech Republic's response went wrong

The Czech Republic was praised for its swift initial response to the coronavirus crisis, but seven months on it's now recording 15,000 new cases a day and has the second highest per capita death rate over seven days in the world. So what went wrong?

Pakistan's first metro line opens to passengers in Lahore

Pakistan's first metro line has begun commercial operations in the eastern city of Lahore. The 27km (17-mile) Orange Line, with more than two dozen stations, will drastically cut travel time across the notoriously congested city, reducing a two-and-a-half-hour bus journey to 45 minutes by metro.

Covid: Italy brings in sweeping new coronavirus measures

New measures to combat a surge in coronavirus cases have come into force in Italy with gyms, swimming pools, cinemas and theatres closed. Restaurants, bars and cafes must stop table service at 18:00 and offer only take-away until midnight. Contact sports are prohibited.

Unlocking the secrets of 'six-headed chief' burial

Archaeologists have used DNA analysis to uncover the secrets of a centuries old burial site nicknamed the "six-headed chief". The grave at Portmahomack in the Highlands contains a man with a fatal sword wound to his skull.

Osiris-Rex: Nasa probe risks losing asteroid sample after door jams

image copyrightReutersA Nasa probe sent to collect rock from an asteroid several hundred million kilometres from Earth has grabbed so much that samples are spilling out.

Is nuclear disarmament set to self-destruct?

Never has the future of nuclear arms control seemed so uncertain. At risk is not just the collapse of existing treaties, but a whole manner of interaction between Russia and the United States that has been crucial to maintaining stability over decades.

Nuclear weapons: Which countries have them and how many are there?

With recent tensions between the US and Iran, you might be hearing a fair bit about nuclear weapons. They are considered the most destructive weapons in the world - their explosions are so powerful, just one nuclear bomb could destroy an entire city.

Covid-19: US pulls plan to give early vaccine to Santa Claus

The US has cancelled plans to offer Santa Claus performers early access to a coronavirus vaccine in exchange for their help in promoting it publicly. Those who perform as Mrs Claus and elves would also have been eligible for the jabs.

France urges Arab nations to prevent boycotts over Macron's cartoons defence

France has urged Middle Eastern countries to end calls for a boycott of its goods in protest at President Emmanuel Macron's defence of the right to show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The French foreign ministry said the "baseless" calls for a boycott were being "pushed by a radical minority".

Why humans have evolved to drink milk

Dairy milk has competition. Alternative “milks” made from plants like soya or almonds are increasingly popular. These alternatives are often vegan-friendly and can be suitable for people who are allergic to milk, or intolerant of it.

British-bred Royal Enfield speeding ahead in Asia

British-bred Royal Enfield is expanding aggressively as it aims to tap into the world's biggest motorbike-buying market, in Asia. One of the world's oldest bike brands still in operation has been owned by India's Eicher Group since 1994 and has seen strong sales in its local market.

Joan Hocquard: Oldest person in Britain dies aged 112

The oldest person in Britain has died at the age of 112. Joan Hocquard shared her birthday, 29 March 1908, with the world's oldest man Bob Weighton, who died in Hampshire in May.

'Murder hornet': First nest found in US eradicated with vacuum hose

The first nest of Asian giant hornets found in the US has successfully been destroyed by scientists. The nest, in the state of Washington, was found by putting tracker devices on the hornets and it was sucked out of a tree using a vacuum hose.

Nuclear weapons treaty: Campaigners hail new era for nuclear disarmament

Campaigners have hailed a "new chapter" after a key step by the United Nations towards banning nuclear arms. Honduras has become the 50th country to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons so it will now come into force in 90 days time.

Black Lives Matter: New hidden slave trade sites in Wales revealed

Two sites linked to Wales' hidden slave trade have been revealed by a high-tech history project. It is part of the HistoryPoints venture to help the public learn more about places of importance around them.

Ethiopia River Nile dam: PM condemns 'aggressions' after Trump comment

Ethiopia's prime minister has said his country "will not cave in to aggressions of any kind" after President Donald Trump suggested Egypt could destroy a controversial Nile dam. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is at the centre of a long-running dispute involving Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.

How dams have reshaped our planet

By blocking the flow of a river, we dare to defy gravity’s pull on water from mountain to estuary – and influence the trajectory of geology itself.

The Indian doctor taking care of thousands of elephants

Kushal Konwar Sarma is affectionately known as the "elephant doctor" in India's wildlife community. He has spent 35 years of his life caring for elephants, saving the lives of thousands of them in the forests of India and Indonesia, writes BBC Hindi's Dilip Kumar Sharma.

US election 2020: How Trump has changed the world

The president of the United States is not just the leader of his country, he is probably the most powerful person on Earth. What he does changes life for all of us. Donald Trump is no exception. So how exactly has Mr Trump changed the world?

Coronavirus: North Korea warnings over 'yellow dust coming from China'

North Korea has warned its citizens to stay indoors over fears that "yellow dust" which blows in from China could bring coronavirus with it. The streets of the capital Pyongyang were reported to be virtually empty on Thursday following the warning.

Covid: Why is coronavirus such a threat?

We have faced viral threats before, including pandemics, yet the world does not shut down for every new infection or flu season. So what is it about this coronavirus? What are the quirks of its biology that pose a unique threat to our bodies and our lives?

Trump's Twitter hacked after Dutch researcher claims he guessed password – report

Donald Trump’s Twitter account was allegedly hacked last week, after a Dutch researcher correctly guessed the president’s password: “maga2020!”, Dutch media reported.

Norway funds satellite map of world's tropical forests

It's a high-resolution image map covering 64 countries that will be updated monthly. Anyone who wants to understand how trees are being managed will be able to download the necessary information for analysis - for free.

Poland abortion: Top court to rule on almost total ban

Poland's constitutional court is due to issue a ruling that could lead to an almost total ban on abortion. Poland's laws are already among the strictest in Europe, with abortion only allowed in cases of rape or incest, if the mother's health is at risk, or if the foetus is seriously compromised.

Sametová revoluce

Sametová revoluce (jinak také něžná revoluce[1][2][3]) je označení období politických změn v Československu mezi 17. listopadem a 29.

Marta Kubišová

Marta Kubišová (* 1. listopadu 1942 České Budějovice) je česká zpěvačka, trojnásobná vítězka čtenářské ankety časopisu Mladý svět Zlatý slavík.

Pražské jaro

Jako pražské jaro (slovensky: pražská jar) je označováno období politického uvolnění v Československu v roce 1968. Toto období začalo v roce 1967 na prosincovém plenárním zasedání ústředního výboru strany, 5.

Aberfan

The phrase is one of the most enduring and quoted of modern literature, an almost proverbial reference to the archaic and bygone.

Nasa's Osiris-Rex probe touches asteroid Bennu in sample bid

America's Osiris-Rex spacecraft has completed its audacious tag-and-go manoeuvre designed to grab surface rock from an asteroid. Radio signals from 330 million km away confirm the probe made contact with the 500m-wide object known as Bennu.

Materials on .org Reassignment

On 31 December 2002, the previous registry agreement for the operation of the .org top-level domain (TLD) expired. Beginning in April 2002 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) engaged in a process for the designation of a successor operator for .org.

The street food that powered the British Empire

The Kolkata egg roll speaks volumes about the real nature of the eastern Indian city that devours this tasty snack at every opportunity. You'll have heard the expression "we are what we eat", but the egg roll suggests it would be more accurate to say we eat what we are.

Asafoetida: The smelly spice India loves but never grew

Asafoetida, a smelly, acrid spice beloved by Indians, has been used to lace their food for centuries. But it was never cultivated in the region - until now.

Osiris-Rex: Nasa asteroid mission confident of success

That was Dante Lauretta's take after reviewing the first pictures to come down from Nasa's Osiris-Rex probe following its bid to grab a sample from asteroid Bennu on Tuesday. Dust and grit flew in all directions but that was good news, enthused the University of Arizona professor.

Coronavirus: Italians find new ways to eat out

It's eight o'clock inside a traditional restaurant in Via de' Coltelli in central Bologna. Customers arrive punctually to be seated at one of the six available tables. Faced with the resurgence of Covid-19 in Italy, this Bolognese osteria is doing something different.

Afghanistan: Many killed and wounded in visa stampede

At least 11 women have been killed and many more injured in a stampede in a stadium in Afghanistan where people were applying for visas, officials say. The incident happened after "thousands of people" gathered to request permits to Pakistan, a local spokesman said.

Purdue Pharma to plead guilty in $8bn opioid settlement

The maker of OxyContin painkillers has reached an $8.3bn (£6.3bn) settlement and agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges to resolve a probe of its role in fuelling America's opioid crisis. The settlement with the US Department of Justice resolves the most serious claims against Purdue Pharma.

Climate change: 'Cooling paint' could cut emissions from buildings

image copyrightGetty ImagesA new type of white paint has the potential to cool buildings and reduce the reliance on air conditioning, say researchers. In a study, the new product was able to reflect 95.5% of sunlight and reduce temperatures by 1.7C compared to the ambient air conditions.

Pope Francis indicates support for same-sex 'civil unions'

Pope Francis has said that he thinks same-sex couples should be allowed to have "civil unions". He made the comments, which are a significant departure from Vatican law and his predecessors, in a documentary directed by Evgeny Afineevsky.

Yemen war: Mud-brick Seiyun Palace 'at risk of collapse'

image copyrightAFPA 19th-Century sultan's palace in Yemen that is one of the world's largest mud-brick structures is at risk of collapse after years of neglect and rain damage.

Mysterious Berlin attack targets 70 museum artefacts

It is being described as one of the biggest attacks on art and antiquities in post-war German history, but it has taken more than two weeks to emerge. At least 70 artefacts were sprayed with an oily liquid on Berlin's Museum Island, a Unesco world heritage site that is home to five famous museums.

One-hit wonder

A one-hit wonder is any entity that achieves mainstream popularity, often for only one piece of work, and becomes known among the general public solely for that momentary success.

Trump maintains a Chinese bank account, says NYT

US President Donald Trump has admitted he has a Chinese bank account, according to a report by the New York Times. The account is controlled by Trump International Hotels Management and paid local taxes between 2013 and 2015.

Nuclear arms treaty: Hopes rise for breakthrough on US-Russia deal

There is hope that the last remaining nuclear arms pact between the US and Russia can be extended after Washington said it wanted to immediately finalise an agreement. The New Start treaty, signed in 2010, limits the number of long-range nuclear warheads that each side can possess.

Danish submarine killer Madsen 'caught in prison escape'

Danish submarine builder Peter Madsen, who murdered the Swedish journalist Kim Wall, has been caught after trying to escape from jail, reports say. Police say they have arrested a man near the jail but have so far refused to confirm his identity.

Fake naked photos of thousands of women shared online

image copyrightGetty ImagesFaked nude images of more than 100,000 women have been created from social media pictures and shared online, according to a new report Clothes are digitally removed from pictures of women by Artificial Technology (AI), and spread on the messaging app Telegram.

Nasa's Osiris-Rex probe aims for daring 'high five' with asteroid Bennu

An American spacecraft is about to attempt the audacious task of grabbing rock samples from an asteroid. The Osiris-Rex probe will lower itself on to the 500m-wide object known as Bennu to make a contact that lasts no more than a few seconds.

Google hit by antitrust charges in US over search

The US government has filed charges against Google, accusing the company of abusing its dominance to preserve a monopoly over internet searches and online advertising. The lawsuit marks the biggest challenge brought by US regulators against a major tech company in years.

Taliban conflict: Afghan fears rise as US ends its longest war

The Taliban are advancing while peace talks stall. What are the chances for peace once the last of US-led Nato forces leave? Lyse Doucet looks at a critical time for Afghanistan.

New name for a Canadian town called Asbestos

The small Canadian town of Asbestos that decided it needed a rebrand has done away with the name derived from its mining heritage. The Quebec town, home to some 7,000 people, voted for "Val-des-Sources" as its new moniker.

Why China developed a fresh taste for milk

China’s appetite for milk has exploded in recent years. The nation of nearly 1.4 billion people is now the world’s second largest consumer of dairy products, and imports are flying over the border, with dairies from New Zealand to Germany topping off the behemoth’s demands for milk.

It's the end of the world, and the BBC feels fine

Earlier this month we covered the revelation that Ted Turner, founder of the news channel CNN, ordered a sign-off video ready to air in case the apocalypse were nigh. His pick? Rather pedestrian footage of a US Army band playing Nearer My God to Thee.

In the Year 2525

"In the Year 2525" is a 1969 hit song by the American pop-rock duo of Zager and Evans. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks commencing July 12, 1969. It peaked at number one in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in August and September that year.

Conjoined twins return home after successful separation

Twin girls who were born joined at the head, and separated last year by a team at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, have returned home to Pakistan. Safa and Marwa Bibi underwent three major operations, spending more than 50 hours in theatre.

'The fake reporter wanted to know about our software'

As Johannes Siebers sat and nervously waited for the imposter to turn up, it could have been a scene from a spy movie. Johannes and his younger brother Michael were in a cafe in Munich, where they had arranged to meet a fake journalist.

Wild boar family killed by police in Rome children's playground

The mayor of Rome has ordered an investigation after a family of wild boar were shot and killed by police in a children's playground. But when police arrived on Friday, they shot the boar with tranquiliser darts and gave them lethal injections.

Coronavirus: Belgium facing 'tsunami' of new infections

Belgium could soon be overwhelmed by new coronavirus infections, the health minister has warned, amid soaring case numbers across the country. Frank Vandenbroucke said new cases were close to a "tsunami" where authorities "no longer control what is happening".

Hitchhiking

Hitchhiking (also known as thumbing or hitching) is a means of transportation that is gained by asking people, usually strangers, for a ride in their automobile or other vehicle. A ride is usually, but not always, free.

Battle of Waterloo

The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in Belgium, part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands at the time.

Battle of Waterloo reenactment

The Battle of Waterloo reenactment is an annual modern recreation of the 19th century Battle of Waterloo on the original battlefield in Waterloo, Belgium. It is held every June on the weekend nearest to the historic date of the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815).

Could cold water hold a clue to a dementia cure?

Cold water swimming may protect the brain from degenerative diseases like dementia, researchers from Cambridge University have discovered. In a world first, a "cold-shock" protein has been found in the blood of regular winter swimmers at London's Parliament Hill Lido.

Sir James Dyson to sell his Singapore penthouse

Sir James Dyson has agreed to sell his Singapore penthouse, just one year after buying it. Singapore’s Business Times reported that he accepted an offer for $62m Singapore dollars ($47m; £36m) from US-based billionaire Leo Koguan.

Shanghai zoo fatal bear attack: Visitors see worker being killed

image copyrightGetty ImagesA Chinese animal park has promised to improve safety after one of its workers was fatally attacked by bears in front of a tourist bus. The accident at the Shanghai Wildlife Park took place on Saturday in the zoo's "wild beast area".

How do pandemics end?

We are in the grip of a pandemic like none other in living memory. While people are pinning their hopes on a vaccine to wipe it out, the fact is most of the infections faced by our ancestors are still with us.

Conservation: Bridge of hope for world's rarest primate

Swinging through the treetops comes naturally for gibbons. But that's tricky if a landslide has torn a huge gap in the forest, making it difficult to roam far and wide, to find food or meet a date.

Large 2,000-year-old cat discovered in Peru's Nazca lines

The figure of a relaxing cat has been discovered in the Nazca desert in Peru. The Nazca lines, a Unesco World Heritage site, is home to designs on the ground - known as geoglyphs - created some 2,000 years ago.

Forced to undergo genital exams in colonial India

In 1868, police in the British-ruled Indian city of Calcutta (now Kolkata) sent a woman called Sukhimonee Raur to prison for evading a genital examination which had been made compulsory for "registered" sex workers.

US woman faces first federal execution since 1953

The US is to execute a female federal inmate for the first time in almost 70 years, the Justice Department said. Lisa Montgomery strangled a pregnant woman in Missouri before cutting out and kidnapping the baby in 2004.

Covid: Far-right protesters attack Slovak government office over virus measures

Protesters have attacked the offices of the Slovak government over measures to stem the spread of Covid-19. The crowd, made up of about 500 neo-Nazis and hardcore football fans, threw bottles and stones at the building in the capital Bratislava.

Meet Merck Mercuriadis, the man who has spent $1bn on old hits

Did you know that the Church of England is a co-owner of Beyoncé's Single Ladies, Rihanna's Umbrella and Justin Timberlake's SexyBack?

France teacher had received 'days of threats' before his brutal killing

The teacher who was beheaded in a street in France had received threats after showing controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils, French media report.

Banksy claims Nottingham hula-hooping girl artwork

The graffiti artist Banksy has confirmed a piece of art that appeared in Nottingham was created by him. The work, outside a beauty salon, shows a girl hula-hooping with a bicycle tyre. It went up on Tuesday, next to a bicycle that is missing its back wheel.

Stabbing attack reported near Paris

A man has been stabbed in a suburb west of the French capital Paris, media reports say, with the attacker shot dead by police.Reports suggest the victim in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine was beheaded but police have not confirmed this.

Covid: Remdesivir 'has little or no effect' on survival, says WHO

Anti-viral drug remdesivir has little to no effect on Covid patients' chances of survival, a study from the World Health Organization (WHO) has found. The WHO trial evaluated four potential medications for Covid-19, including remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine.

The grim fate that could be ‘worse than extinction’

What would totalitarian governments of the past have looked like if they were never defeated? The Nazis operated with 20th Century technology and it still took a world war to stop them.

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.

Fukushima: Japan 'to release contaminated water into sea'

Japan is to release treated radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, media reports say. It follows years of debate over how to dispose of the liquid, which includes water used to cool the power station hit by a massive tsunami in 2011.

Pieces of orbiting space junk set for very close pass

Two pieces of old space junk may come within 25m of each other, according to a Silicon Valley start-up which uses radars to track objects in orbit. LeoLabs has been monitoring the paths of a defunct Russian satellite and a discarded Chinese rocket segment.

Perestroika

Jump to navigation Jump to search For other uses, see Perestroika (disambiguation).

PMI-80

The PMI-80 was a single-board microcomputer produced by Tesla Piešťany, Czechoslovakia, since 1982. It was based on the MHB 8080A CPU (a Tesla clone of the Intel 8080), clocked at 1.111 MHz.

Boy, 12, discovers rare dinosaur skeleton

The amateur palaeontologist was out hiking with his father in a fossil-rich part of Alberta, Canada this July, when he saw bones protruding from a rock. On Thursday, the skeleton's excavation was completed.

PMD 85

The PMD 85 was an 8-bit personal computer produced from 1985 by the companies Tesla Piešťany and Bratislava in the former Czechoslovakia. They were deployed en masse in schools throughout Slovakia, while the IQ 151 performed a similar role in Czech part of the country.

ZX Spectrum

The ZX Spectrum (UK: /zɛd ɛks ˈspɛktrəm/) is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research. The Spectrum was among the first mainstream-audience home computers in the UK, similar in significance to the Commodore 64 in the US.

Rosetta: Battery will limit life of Philae comet lander

After a historic but awkward comet landing, the robot probe Philae is now stable and sending pictures - but there are concerns about its battery life. The lander bounced twice, initially about 1km back out into space, before settling in the shadow of a cliff, 1km from its intended target site.

Rosetta mission: Philae comet lander pictures its target

The Philae robot, soon to try to land on Comet 67P, has taken another dramatic image of its quarry. The picture is very similar to the one it acquired in mid-September - only this one is much closer, snapped from a distance of just 16km.

Philae: Lost comet lander is found

Europe's comet lander Philae has been found. The little robot is visible in new images downloaded from the Rosetta probe in orbit around the icy dirt-ball 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Philae comet landing 'all a blur'

An image has been released that shows the hairy moment that the Philae comet lander bounced back into space. The robot touched down on 4km-wide 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November, but not before rebounding twice.

Philae comet lander: The plucky robot is back

When Philae first sent back images of its landing location on Comet 67P, researchers could see it was in a dark ditch. The Sun was obscured by a high wall, limiting the amount of light that could reach the robot's solar panels.

Philae comet lander: Sleep well little probe

European Space Agency controllers will not give up on Philae. They will continue to listen for the little probe in the days ahead, hopeful that it will somehow become active again.

Philae comet lander wakes up, says European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (Esa) says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth. Philae, the first spacecraft to land on a comet, was dropped on to the surface of Comet 67P by its mothership, Rosetta, last November.

Philae comet lander sends more data before losing power

The Philae lander on the distant comet 67P has sent another stream of data back to Earth before losing power. The little probe delivered everything expected from it, just as its failing battery dropped it into standby mode.

Philae comet lander falls silent

The Philae comet lander has fallen silent, according to scientists working on the European Rosetta mission. The fridge-sized spacecraft, which landed on Comet 67P in November, last made contact on 9 July.

Philae (spacecraft)

Philae (/ˈfaɪliː/[6] or /ˈfiːleɪ/[7]) is a robotic European Space Agency lander that accompanied the Rosetta spacecraft[8][9] until it separated to land on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, ten years and eight months after departing Earth.

Egyptian Philae obelisk revealed anew

Fresh information is being obtained on the Philae obelisk, the stone monument that played such a key role in helping to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs. Today, the pink granite shaft stands on the UK National Trust's Kingston Lacy estate in Dorset, where it was brought from the Nile in the 1820s.

Controllers wait on Philae link

No new signals have been picked up from the Philae comet lander since a brief radio contact on Sunday. European Space Agency (Esa) controllers listened again on Tuesday night but heard nothing.

Controllers now banking on Philae wake-up call

The European Space Agency (Esa) says it will conduct no more dedicated searches for its lost comet lander. The Philae probe made its historic touchdown on the 4km-wide "icy dirtball" 67P in November, but rapidly went silent when its battery ran flat.

Comet robot Philae phones home again

Europe's comet lander has again been in touch with Earth. The Philae probe made three short contacts of about 10 seconds each at roughly 2130 GMT on Sunday.

Comet landing: Where next for Philae mission?

The big day has been and gone. Little Philae bounced to a stop on the surface of an ancient wanderer and fell into a slumber.

Comet landing: UK team's data bonanza from Philae

UK Researchers received "rich" data from the Philae lander just before its power died. Scientists say they detected what might be complex carbon compounds on the surface of the comet the craft landed on two weeks ago.

Comet landing: Organic molecules detected by Philae

The Philae lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet, scientists have confirmed. Carbon-containing "organics" are the basis of life on Earth and may give clues to chemical ingredients delivered to our planet early in its history.

Comet lander: Future of Philae probe 'uncertain'

The Philae lander has attempted to drill into the surface of Comet 67P, amid fears that its battery may die within hours. The European Space Agency (Esa) says the instrument is being deployed to its maximum extent, despite the risk of toppling the lander.

Comet lander: First pictures of Philae 'bounce' released

Images of the Philae probe moments after its initial touchdown have been published by the European Space Agency. There was a nerve-wracking wait after the 100kg lander re-bounded 1km back into space following its first contact with Comet 67P.

Comet lander Philae renews contact

Europe's Philae comet lander has been back in touch with Earth - its first contact since Sunday night (GMT). The communication was relayed by its mothership Rosetta, which is in orbit around the 4km-wide icy dirt-ball known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

'Best candidates' for lost Philae comet lander

The European Space Agency (Esa) has released some pictures that may include its lost comet lander, Philae. Whether that really is the case is far from certain, however.

Philae comet lander eludes discovery

Efforts to find Europe's lost comet lander, Philae, have come up blank. The most recent imaging search by the overflying Rosetta "mothership" can find no trace of the probe.

Comet lander: Camera sees Philae's hairy landing

High-resolution pictures have now been released of the Philae probe in the act of landing on Comet 67P last Wednesday. They were acquired by the Narrow Angle Camera on the Rosetta satellite, which had dropped the little robot towards the surface of the "ice mountain".

Tomáš Fülöpp

Philae Lander awakening from slumber on comet 67P as Sun's rays finally reach into the hole it fell in? @Philae2014 http://t.co/8vLppEv9xa

Tomáš Fülöpp

Philae Lander sits in a shadow on comet 67P with an empty battery. How feasible is it be to recharge @Philae2014 using a laser from Earth?

'Super' material raises hope of energy revolution

Scientists have found the first material that displays a much sought-after property at room temperature. It is superconducting, which means electrical current flows through it with perfect efficiency - with no energy wasted as heat.

'Person in jetpack' spotted flying again near LA airport

There are reports of an unidentified person flying in a jetpack near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - the second such incident in two months. The FBI is investigating the incident, as well as a similar one in September.

Heineken fined for forcing pubs to stock too many of its beers

Heineken's pubs business has been fined £2m by the industry watchdog after forcing tenants to sell "unreasonable levels" of its own beers and ciders. The Pubs Code Adjudicator penalised Star Pubs and Bars after finding it "seriously and repeatedly" breached rules over nearly three years.

Boy sleeps in tent for months in memory of friends

Max Woosey, from Braunton, was inspired to sleep out every night in a tent left to him by his friend and neighbour Rick, who died in February. Rick, who was 74, told Max "promise me you'll have an adventure in here", before he died from cancer.

Netherlands backs euthanasia for terminally ill children under-12

The Dutch government has approved plans to allow euthanasia for terminally ill children aged between one and 12. On Tuesday, Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said the rule change would prevent some children from "suffering hopelessly and unbearably".

Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its corals since 1995

Australia's Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half of its corals since 1995 due to warmer seas driven by climate change, a study has found. Scientists found all types of corals had suffered a decline across the world's largest reef system.

Coronavirus: Berlin ad sticks middle finger to mask rule breakers

Berlin's tourism authority has launched an ad campaign featuring an elderly woman giving the middle finger to people who refuse to wear masks. Visit Berlin has said the campaign is to highlight the importance of protecting the health of the elderly.

The doorstep murder

Why did a regular family evening end in gunshots?The doorbell rings at 10 Crescent Road around 7pm. It’s a Sunday night in November and inside the grey, stone Victorian villa Veronica and Alistair Wilson are getting their young sons ready for bed.

New Shepard: Jeff Bezos' rocket tests Nasa Moon landing tech

image copyrightBlue OriginA rocket built by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' space company has tested technology designed to return humans to the Moon in 2024.The New Shepard rocket, developed by Blue Origin, can land vertically on the ground after returning from space.

BCG: Can a vaccine from 1921 save lives from Covid-19?

Scientists in the UK have begun testing the BCG vaccine, developed in 1921, to see if it can save lives from Covid. The vaccine was designed to stop tuberculosis, but there is some evidence it can protect against other infections as well.

What's behind the rise of QAnon in the UK?

A wide-ranging conspiracy theory about elite Satan-worshiping paedophiles has migrated from the US, inspiring a series of regular street protests. How did QAnon find a British audience? On a sunny day in late August, nearly 500 people gathered in central London.

Ikea to buy back used furniture in recycling push

Ikea, the world's biggest furniture business, is planning a second-hand furniture venture. The Swedish giant will next month launch a scheme to buy back your unwanted Billy bookcases, and certain other of its furniture items you no longer need or want.

Harry Potter first edition fetches £60,000 at auction

The rare copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone had been valued at £30,000. The book, one of only 500 hardback first editions printed, was sold by a retired British expat from Luxembourg.

Coronavirus: Czech schools and bars shut in partial lockdown

The Czech Republic is imposing a new three-week partial lockdown from midnight (22:00 GMT) to combat coronavirus, shutting schools, bars and clubs and restricting restaurants to deliveries and takeaways.

British WW2 Tallboy bomb detonates in Poland

The largest unexploded World War Two bomb ever found in Poland has detonated during the defusing process, a Polish Navy spokesman said. All divers were outside the danger zone of the bomb at the bottom of a Baltic Sea shipping canal, and there have been no reports of any injuries.

Project Artemis: UK signs up to Nasa's Moon exploration principles

The UK has signed up to the principles that will guide the American-led return to the Moon this decade. The US plans to put the first woman and the next man on the lunar surface in 2024, in a project called Artemis.

a galactic reimagining of Wikipedia

Wikipedia is humanity's richest source of public information. It is often viewed as an endless book, accessed mostly through Google searches. As a kid, I loved hopping from page to page on Wikipedia.

Singapore Airlines sells out meals on parked plane

Singapore diners have jumped at the opportunity to have lunch on a stationary Airbus A380 parked at the city's main airport. Despite a price tag of up to $496 (£380), the first two seating dates sold out within half an hour.

Peru opens Machu Picchu for single tourist stranded by Covid

Peru has opened the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu for a single Japanese tourist who had waited almost seven months to visit the world heritage site. Jesse Katayama was due to visit Machu Picchu in March but it closed because of coronavirus.

Covid reinfection: Man gets Covid twice and second hit 'more severe'

image copyrightGetty ImagesA man in the United States has caught Covid twice, with the second infection becoming far more dangerous than the first, doctors report. The 25-year-old needed hospital treatment after his lungs could not get enough oxygen into his body.

Polish divers tackle massive British WW2 bomb in Baltic

Polish military divers have begun a delicate operation to defuse a giant British World War Two bomb at the bottom of a Baltic Sea shipping canal. About 750 residents have been evacuated from the area, near the port city of Swinoujscie, and the operation is expected to take five days.

Covid: Why bats are not to blame, say scientists

Every now and then, Dr Mathieu Bourgarel seeks permission from the village elders to visit the sacred caves, bringing a gift to appease the spirits.

German ship completes historic Arctic expedition

The German Research Vessel Polarstern has sailed back into its home port after completing a remarkable expedition to the Arctic Ocean. The ship spent a year in the polar north, much of it with its engines turned off so it could simply drift in the sea-ice.

Facebook adds 'blackface' photos to banned posts

Facebook has updated its rules to tackle posts containing depictions of "blackface" and common anti-Semitic stereotypes. Its Community Standards now explicitly state such content should be removed if used to target or mock people.

Facebook bans Holocaust denial content

Facebook has explicitly banned Holocaust denial for the first time. The social network said its new policy prohibits "any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust".

‘Humans weren’t always here. We could disappear’: meet the collapsologists

Michel Rosell gathers up a mass of papers and divides them into two piles. On the left are bills: a single sheet. On the right is a sheaf of letters from friends and lovers. “If the pile of letters is growing faster than the pile of bills, you’re on the right track,” says Rosell.

North Korea's missile and nuclear programme

North Korea is widely believed to have missiles capable of striking long-range targets, including potentially the US mainland. It also claims to have developed a hydrogen bomb and to be able to mount it on a missile.

Are Europe's night trains back in fashion?

Snaking along a rocky coastline towards the wild mountains of Lapland, the 19-hour night train from Stockholm to the village of Abisko was fully booked for much of this summer.

Maps have ‘north’ at the top, but it could’ve been different

Why are almost all modern maps the same way up? Caroline Williams explores the intriguing history that led to this orientation – and discovers why it shapes how we see the world in more ways than we realise.Imagine looking at the Earth from space.

TEDx Brussels loses license due to censorship

The Bulletin reports that TEDx organisers forcibly removed Brussels-based artist Deborah De Robertis from the stage during her talk. De Robertis is known for her guerrilla performance art in which she mimics museum paintings.

Dilys Price: World's oldest female skydiver dies

Former teacher Dilys Price, from Cardiff, was scared of heights when she did her first jump in her fifties. But she went on to complete hundreds of parachute jumps all over the world, and set the Guinness World Record for the oldest female solo parachute jump.

The death of the Full Moon Party

The sun has dipped behind the bars and restaurants that run the length of Haad Rin beach. Soon the full moon will rise out of the sea, illuminating the soft, almost pure white sand.

Planet Mars is at its 'biggest and brightest'

Get out there and look up! Mars is at its biggest and brightest right now as the Red Planet lines up with Earth on the same side of the Sun.

Stark photo of elephant herd wins Royal Society of Biology competition

A harrowing image of a herd of elephants eating from a rubbish dump in Sri Lanka, by Tilaxan Tharmapalan, has won first prize in this year's Royal Society of Biology (RSB) photography competition.

Should your accelerator pedal curb your speeding?

Car makers and safety experts are arguing about the best technology to curb speeding on Europe’s roads. The EU is proposing kit that renders the accelerator pedal temporarily unresponsive when the speed limit is reached.

How a silence solved the weird maths inside black holes

On a crisp September day in 1964, Roger Penrose had a visit from an old friend. The British cosmologist Ivor Robinson was back in England from Dallas, Texas, where he lived and worked.

Nobel Peace Prize: UN World Food Programme wins for efforts to combat hunger

The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The agency was given the prize for its efforts to combat hunger and improve conditions for peace.

Hong Kong's last authentic junk in troubled waters

Hong Kong's last authentic junk boat is struggling to stay afloat due to a lack of overseas tourists. The Dukling normally takes foreign visitors on scenic trips around its bays but these have dried up due to travel restrictions.

Australian boss fined over Belgian backpacker's fruit-picking death

An Australian employer has been fined over the death of a Belgian backpacker who collapsed from heat stress while working on a farm picking fruit. Olivier Max Caramin, 27, died in a Queensland hospital in November 2017 after just three days on the job.

IBM to split into two as it reinvents itself

International Business Machines (IBM) has announced it will split into two public companies. The move is an attempt to shift its focus to higher-margin businesses like cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

The rats evicted from paradise

During World War Two, the US military stationed thousands of sailors on the Palmyra Atoll, a ring of pristine, coral-fringed islets in the Central Pacific Ocean. But the ships also brought a host of stowaways to the islands: black rats.

Can Peru’s beloved dish help save Machu Picchu?

I had ordered Peru’s beloved stir fry classic, lomo saltado, about eight times before I arrived in the small mountain town of Machu Picchu Pueblo to visit the great Citadel.

Stolen Mao Zedong scroll worth millions found cut in half

Thieves had stolen the scroll by Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong from an art collector's home in a burglary last month. They then sold it at a fraction of its value. It was apparently cut up as the 2.8m-long (9ft) scroll was deemed too long to display, said Hong Kong police.

Prince William and Sir David Attenborough join forces on 'Earthshot' prize

Prince William and Sir David Attenborough have joined forces to launch what they hope will become the "Nobel Prize for environmentalism". They say the search is on for 50 solutions to the world's gravest environmental problems by 2030.

Carole Packman murder: Appeal against killer's release rejected

image copyrightFamily handoutA murderer who refuses to reveal the whereabouts of his wife's body will be freed from prison despite a last-ditch appeal to keep him behind bars.

What would the world do without GPS?

When satellite navigation was jammed at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport last year, only the skill of the air traffic controllers prevented serious accidents.

T. rex dinosaur 'Stan' sold for world record price

The 67-million-year-old fossil went to an anonymous bidder in the sale organised by Christie's in New York. The guide price had been $6-8m, but this was rapidly surpassed as the online auction progressed.

It’s 2020 and you’re in the future

It’s finally the 2020s. After 20 years of not being able to refer to the decade we’re in, we’re all finally free—in the clear for the next 80 years until 2100, at which point I assume AGI will have figured out what to call the two decades between 2100 and 2120.

Mexican Tarahumara woman wins 50km race wearing sandals

María Lorena Ramírez defeated 500 other runners from 12 countries in the female category of the Ultra Trail Cerro Rojo in Puebla, in central Mexico. She ran without any professional gear, and her pair of sandals was reportedly made from recycled tyre rubber.

Toothless dinosaur with just two fingers discovered

image copyrightMW SkrepnickA new species of toothless dinosaur that had just two fingers on each arm has been discovered in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.Researchers from the University of Edinburgh found multiple skeletons of the species, named Oksoko avarsan.

Billionaires see fortunes rise by 27% during the pandemic

Billionaires have seen their fortunes hit record highs during the pandemic, with top executives from technology and industry earning the most. The world's richest saw their wealth climb 27.5% to $10.2trn (£7.9trn) from April to July this year, according to a report from Swiss bank UBS.

Cuties: Netflix faces Texas legal battle over film's 'lewd' dancing

Netflix is facing criminal proceedings in Texas over the allegedly "lewd" depiction of girls in a controversial French film on the platform. Netflix has faced criticism for the film and a poster showing pre-teen girls dancing in skimpy outfits.

Unexplained Wealth Orders: Suspected money launderer gives up £10m of property

Around £10m of property has been surrendered in a major victory against some of northern England's most dangerous criminals. The apartments and homes were given up to the National Crime Agency by a Leeds businessman who investigators suspect of being a major money-launderer.

Does bralet boom spell the end of high-rise boobs?

Ahh, that perfect ping at the end of the day. After hours of being prodded and pinched, the unclasping of your underwired bra is a relief like no other.

Scientists win historic Nobel chemistry prize for 'genetic scissors'

Two scientists have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing the tools to edit DNA. Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna are the first two women to share the prize, which honours their work on the technology of genome editing.

How ‘biophilic’ design can create a better workspace

When the pandemic padlocked international borders earlier this year, MaSovaida Morgan traded her itinerant life as a travel writer for a steady gig working remotely in Washington, DC for a tech company based in Silicon Valley.

The subtle ways language shapes us

Every Wednesday evening for the last year, I have been relearning Hindi, my third language after Bengali and English. Although it’s been wonderful to feel more connected to my culture, I’ve been surprised and somewhat disappointed to discover the gendered structure of my mother tongue.

The Indian megacity digging a million wells

The school is housed in a nondescript two-storey building in a densely populated district of south-east Bangalore. Pillars painted in the orange, white and green of the Indian national flag add a dash of colour below the tall tower blocks that crowd around Renuka High School.

US election 2020: The defining moment of the Trump presidency

What four years ago would potentially have been regarded as the defining moment of the Trump presidency?

The quest to make a global vaccine in 12 months

Vaccines by themselves do not save lives, but rather the immunisation process does. This highlights a challenge the world is facing right now.

US tech giants accused of 'monopoly power'

The recommendation follows a 16-month congressional investigation into Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple. But Republicans involved in the effort did not agree with the recommendations.

'Surprise' orangutan born at Chester Zoo after negative pregnancy tests

image copyrightChester ZooA Bornean orangutan has been born "by surprise" at a zoo, months after its mother's pregnancy tests all came back negative.Chester Zoo keeper Chris Yarwood said the ape's "wonderful" arrival had come after multiple tests on its mother Leia failed to spot the pregnancy.

Calls for 'virginity repair' surgery to be banned

Campaigners are urging the government to outlaw "virginity repair" surgery. Many Muslim women risk being outcast, or in extreme cases killed, if their spouses or families discover they have had sex before marriage.

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.

Covid can be airborne, US CDC guidelines now say

Coronavirus can be spread by tiny particles suspended in the air, sometimes for hours, says the US Centres for Disease Control. Its updated guidance says this airborne route of transmission is still uncommon - bigger droplets from coughs, sneezes and talking are still the main source.

Trump Covid post deleted by Facebook and hidden by Twitter

Facebook has deleted a post in which President Trump had claimed Covid-19 was "less lethal" than the flu. Mr Trump is at the White House after three days of hospital treatment having tested positive for the virus.

Cellmate: Male chastity gadget hack could lock users in

image copyrightPen Test PartnersA security flaw in a hi-tech chastity belt for men made it possible for hackers to remotely lock all the devices in use simultaneously.

Black hole breakthroughs win Nobel physics prize

Three scientists have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for work to understand black holes. Sir Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez were announced as this year's winners at a news conference in Stockholm.

Anti-virus creator John McAfee arrested over tax evasion charges

image copyrightReutersAnti-virus software entrepreneur John McAfee has been arrested in Spain and faces extradition to the US where he has been charged with tax evasion.

The robot shop worker controlled by a faraway human

In a quiet aisle of a small supermarket in Tokyo, a robot dutifully goes about its work. Reaching down, it grabs yet another bottle of a flavoured drink that humans like, lifts it and places it on the shelf of a refrigerated unit. Then the next one. People come and go.

Flawless 102-carat diamond a 'bargain' at $16m

The gemstone went to an unnamed telephone bidder. The auction was held online by Sotheby's in Hong Kong due to the pandemic. The diamond was taken from a 271-carat stone which was discovered at a Canadian mine in 2018.

Nobel Prize for Medicine goes to Hepatitis C discovery

Three scientists who discovered the virus Hepatitis C have won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology. The winners are British scientist Michael Houghton and US researchers Harvey Alter and Charles Rice.

You Won’t Believe My Morning

You won’t believe my morning. I went out on my daily excursion to sit on the front step of my building for ten minutes holding my breath when people walked by. Normally, I spend the time diddling around my phone, but I forgot to bring my phone this morning, so I just looked around.

The Big and the Small

I’ll tell you about it in a minute. First, let’s have a little fun. Come with me. I have visitors in the fun room from time to time, but after a few minutes, they’re usually pretty funned out and leave me to my crises. But one day, something unexpected happened.

The tiny Swiss town that inspired Nietzsche

Groundhog Day is my favourite movie. By a mile. I must have watched it dozens of times. Groundhog Day is my favourite movie. By a mile. I must have watched it dozens of times. Groundhog Day is my favourite movie. By a…

Can nuclear war be morally justified?

In the early 1980s, the Harvard law professor Roger Fisher proposed a new, gruesome way that nations might deal with the decision to launch nuclear attacks. It involved a butcher’s knife and the president of the United States.

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How feeling bad changes the brain

In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel A Handmaid’s Tale, the many wrongs that befall Offred strike a chilling chord among most readers. When she is struck with a cattle prod we can almost feel her pain, and recoil at the terrible injustice of her imprisonment.

What makes people stop caring?

“If I look at the mass I will never act. If I look at the one, I will." These are the words of a woman whose acts of charity and kindness earned her sainthood – Mother Teresa. They exemplify one of the most baffling aspects of the human response to the plight of others.

The surprising downsides of empathy

On CBeebies, the BBC service for little children, there’s a programme called Treasure Champs, which aims to teach young viewers about their feelings, and how to manage them.

Nasa Wallops launch: Astronauts to test new $23m toilet at space station

Nasa is to launch a new zero-gravity toilet for testing at the International Space Station (ISS) before its probable use in a future mission to the Moon. The $23m (£17.8m) toilet, which sucks waste from the body, will be sent to the station on a cargo ship.

'Thieving' cat Pixel's glove and toy hoard

Kate Baker, 35, from Andover, Hampshire, said she had seen a "surge" in the amount of gloves and toys being brought to her as gifts by two-year-old Pixel. In a plea on social media, she said her cat's habit had got so bad her brother had bought it a "plunder" box.

New Caledonia referendum: South Pacific territory rejects independence from France

People in the French overseas territory of New Caledonia have narrowly rejected independence from France in a referendum. The archipelago voted to remain French with 53.26% of votes, according to final results reported by AFP news agency. Turnout - at 85.6% - was high.

The return of Europe’s largest beasts

I stumble past long grass, whipping mosquitoes away from my legs, as I enter a clearing. “The deer have been eating all the young trees here, so they haven’t managed to grow,” my guide tells me, gesturing to the shrubbery in front of us.

The Catch

Minutes earlier, three of them had tried to wrench open the apartment door. But it was too swollen by the heat of the fire. They are crying at a window, 15m (49 feet) up, choking on thick black smoke billowing behind them. To their left, flames rage from a carpet draped over a balcony railing.

Skyhook (structure)

A skyhook is a proposed momentum exchange tether that aims to reduce the cost of placing payloads into low Earth orbit. A heavy orbiting station is connected to a cable which extends down towards the upper atmosphere.

Trump flown to hospital after Covid-19 diagnosis

US President Donald Trump has been flown to hospital for treatment after testing positive for coronavirus. Mr Trump tweeted "going well, I think!" after his arrival. US media say his symptoms include a low-grade fever.

Vlaamse Toezichtcommissie geeft vernietigend advies over AWS (update)

De Vlaamse Toezichtcommissie voor de verwerking van persoonsgegevens klinkt ongemeen hard in een pas gepubliceerd rapport over het gebruik van Amazon Web Services voor bepaalde overheidstoepassingen.

Russian editor dies after setting herself on fire - local media

image copyrightIrina Slavina/FacebookA Russian news editor has died after setting herself on fire in front of an interior ministry office in the city of Nizhniy Novgorod, local media report. Irina Slavina earlier wrote on Facebook: "I ask you to blame the Russian Federation for my death.

France's Macron vows to fight 'Islamist separatism'

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced plans for tougher laws to tackle what he called "Islamist separatism" and defend secular values. In a keenly awaited speech, Mr Macron said a minority of France's estimated six million Muslims were in danger of forming a "counter-society".

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Covid: Donald Trump and Melania test positive

US President Donald Trump has said he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus and are now self-isolating. The president has "mild symptoms" of coronavirus, White House officials say.

What wobbling rocks can tell us about nuclear safety

We've all seen them; we've even taken pictures of ourselves pretending to hold them up or to push them over. These are the precariously balanced rocks on a hill or a coastal cliff. It's as if the gentlest nudge would send them tumbling.

Nasa releases plan for Moon return by 2024

The US space agency (Nasa) has formally outlined its $28bn (£22bn) plan to return to the Moon by 2024. As part of a programme called Artemis, Nasa will send a man and a woman to the lunar surface in the first landing with humans since 1972.

Delphine Boël: Belgium ex-king's love child wins royal titles

image copyrightEPAThe love child of former Belgian King Albert II has won a court battle to grant her the same rights and titles as her father's children by his marriage.Under the ruling, artist Delphine Boël, 52, will be granted the title of Princess of Belgium.

US election 2020: The night American democracy hit rock bottom

When the first televised debates were held in 1960, the world watched two young candidates, John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon, respectfully engage in an intelligent and elevated discussion. Mostly we remember those inaugural encounters for Nixon's flop-sweat and clumsily applied make-up.

Covid: Vaccine will 'not return life to normal in spring'

Even an effective coronavirus vaccine will not return life to normal in spring, a group of leading scientists has warned. But a report, from researchers brought together by the Royal Society, said we needed to be "realistic" about what a vaccine could achieve and when.

Coronavirus risks ‘greatest surge in child marriages in 25 years’

The coronavirus pandemic could lead to a spike in child marriages globally, reversing 25 years of progress on ending the practice, a charity has warned. Save the Children said Covid-19 had put 2.5 million more girls at risk of early marriage by 2025.

Nxivm: Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman jailed in 'sex cult' case

US heiress Clare Bronfman has been sentenced to six years and nine months in prison for her role in the Nxivm sex trafficking group.

Social Summit +5

“Social and economic welfare are not separate concepts. Without economic prosperity, no country can provide for all the social needs of its citizens.

France announces 'gradual' ban on wild animals in circuses

image copyrightGetty ImagesFrance has said it will gradually ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses as part of sweeping new animal welfare measures.On Tuesday, Ecology Minister Barbara Pompili said, "Our attitude to wild animals has changed.

Goodfellas at 30: The making of one of film’s greatest shots

Thirty years ago, Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas was released and set a new benchmark for innovative storytelling and filmmaking.

Egg freezing 10-year limit should be scrapped, says ethics body

The 10-year limit for storing eggs frozen for social reasons could be scrapped to give people concerned about declining fertility more time and options, says a UK ethics body. Nuffield Council on Bioethics says consumers also need more data on costs and success rates to inform choices.

Coronavirus: Delirium 'key symptom' in frail older people

Doctors and carers should look out for signs of confusion or strange behaviour in frail older people because it could be an early warning sign of Covid-19, research suggests.

Presidential debate: How the world's media reacted

US voters have endured the first of three presidential debates between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The event has also prompted a huge reaction from world audiences who tuned in for the chaotic event.

Ai Weiwei: 'Too late' to curb China's global influence

The leading Chinese dissident, the artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei, says China's influence has become so great that it can't now be effectively stopped. "The West should really have worried about China decades ago.

Russian cleaner sweeps to power in surprise village vote

image copyrightPovalikhino councilFor the past four years, Marina Udgodskaya has scrubbed and mopped the offices of the local administration building in Povalikhino in rural Russia.

Ascension Island considered as location for asylum centre

The government considered building an asylum processing centre on Ascension Island, a UK territory in the Atlantic. Home Secretary Priti Patel asked officials to look at asylum policies which had been successful in other countries, the BBC has been told.

Lincolnshire Wildlife Park: Swearing parrots removed from view

Five parrots at a wildlife park have been removed from public display after they started swearing at visitors.The African grey parrots were adopted by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Park in Friskney in August and placed in quarantine together.

Buried lakes of liquid water discovered on Mars

Three new underground lakes have been detected near the south pole of Mars. Scientists also confirmed the existence of a fourth lake - the presence of which was hinted at in 2018.

WHO to probe 'sexual exploitation' by aid workers in DR Congo

image copyrightThomson Reuters FoundationThe World Health Organization (WHO) has pledged to investigate allegations that aid workers tackling the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo sexually abused and exploited women.

The cat who hitched a lift on a worldwide tour

When former Edinburgh Rugby player Dean Nicholson packed his job in to travel the world, he hoped it would be a life-changing experience. But what the 31-year-old didn't realise is that it would be a tiny four-legged friend that would change him forever.

Estonia ferry disaster: TV crew uncovers new evidence

Estonia, Sweden and Finland will examine new evidence that may shed light on the cause of one of Europe's worst peacetime shipping disasters.The MS Estonia ferry sank as it was crossing from Tallinn to Stockholm in September 1994, killing 852 people.

Amazon One: Palm scanner launched for 'secure' payments

image copyrightAmazonAmazon has announced a new payment system for real-world shops which uses a simple wave of the hand.Its new Amazon One scanner registers an image of the user's palm, letting them pay by hovering their hand in mid-air "for about a second or so", it says.

Home - Kilian Jornet Foundation

“I have been climbing mountains and crossing glaciers my whole life, and I could observe how the effects of the climate change have been devastating.

Romanian mayor wins election two weeks after Covid-related death

Ion Aliman won a third term as mayor of Deveselu, a village in southern Romania, securing 64% of the vote. Officials said his name was already printed on ballots and could not be removed after he died in the capital, Bucharest, on 15 September.

US man faces jail in Thailand over hotel review

He was sued by the resort under the country's strict anti-defamation laws. Wesley Barnes, who works in Thailand, had posted several reviews on different platforms allegedly accusing the resort of "modern day slavery".

Trump taxes are 'national security' issue, Nancy Pelosi says

The top-ranked Democrat in Washington has called President Donald Trump's alleged tax avoidance a question of "national security".

Sir David Attenborough warns world leaders over extinction crisis

Sir David Attenborough has called on world leaders to do more to protect nature. He made his plea as 65 heads of state and government, including the UK's, signed a global pledge to reverse losses in the natural world by 2030.

Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee OM KBE FRS FREng FRSA FBCS (born 8 June 1955),[1] also known as TimBL, is an English engineer and computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web.

The ancient trade holding back the Sahara Desert

In the Malian bush, a scattering of acacia trees grow through the wild grass and shrubs that spread for miles across the semi-arid scrub. Herders graze cattle nearby and local people fetch firewood.

Sealand: A peculiar ‘nation’ off England’s coast

This story starts with an email that I will never forget. On a late spring morning in mid-May, Prince Michael of Sealand, leader of a micronation called the Principality of Sealand, messaged me with five clear-cut words: “You can speak to me”.

The British town with a third ‘nationality’

Here’s a quick geography quiz. Picture a town with attractions including the salmon-stocked River Tweed and Scotsgate, part of a boundary of carefully preserved defensive walls. Nearby, there is a museum dedicated to the history of The King’s Own Scottish Borderers infantry regiment.

Why not all screen time is the same for children

Before my toddler could even talk she knew which phone belonged to me, and which belonged to her dad. They looked almost identical but she screamed if anyone except me touched my mobile. Even if she saw me pass it to someone so I could show them a picture, it would result in a spectacular meltdown.

The woman who quit smoking and built a global hypnotherapy firm

The BBC's weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to US hypnotist Grace Smith. Grace Smith says she was able to give up alcohol, but that quitting smoking seemed impossible.

Sir David Attenborough: Naturalist gives Prince George a fossil at royal screening

Sir David Attenborough has attended a private viewing of his new documentary at Kensington Palace, hosted by the Duke of Cambridge. During his visit, the naturalist gave Prince George a fossilised giant tooth from an extinct shark.

Sir David Attenborough spent lockdown 'listening to birds'

Sir David Attenborough has revealed he spent much of lockdown sitting in his garden and "listening to birds". Forced to abandon his travels, the famous naturalist said lockdown offered "a vision of what life can be like when you've got more time to sit and stare".

Donald Trump 'paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016' - New York Times

image copyrightGetty ImagesThe New York Times alleges that Donald Trump paid just $750 (£587) in federal income tax in 2016, the year he won the US presidency.

Roe v Wade: Trump says Supreme Court ruling on abortion 'possible'

President Donald Trump has said it is "certainly possible" that his Supreme Court pick will be involved in a ruling revisiting the landmark 1973 decision that legalised abortion in the US. Mr Trump said he did not discuss abortion rights with Amy Coney Barrett before choosing her for the top court.

Nuclear power: Are we too anxious about the risks of radiation?

This week, Boris Johnson restated the UK government's commitment to nuclear power. But of six sites identified for replacements for the country's ageing nuclear reactors, three have now been abandoned, two are waiting approval and just one is under construction.

Sri Lanka returns 'hazardous waste' to UK

Sri Lanka says it is sending 21 containers of recycled waste back to the UK after they were found to contain hazardous material. Customs officials said hospital waste, plastic and polythene was discovered in the majority of the 263 containers imported in 2017 by a private firm.

Armenia and Azerbaijan fight over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh

One of the world's oldest conflicts, a territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, has re-erupted with the heaviest clashes in years. At least 23 people were reported to have been killed on Sunday as the two ex-Soviet republics battled over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The case for crying in public

When Theresa May announced in Downing Street that she would be standing down as British Prime Minister, it was her visible struggle to hold back tears that most captured the world’s headlines.

How to be more efficient: stop ‘precrastinating’

Putting off important jobs until the last moment, procrastination, is a well-known behaviour, but ‘precrastination’ can be just as dangerous.

The grim truth behind the Pied Piper

(This year, we published many inspiring and amazing stories that made us fall in love with the world – and this is one our favourites. Click here for the full list).

What the future of conferences could look like

In mid-March, the 2020 PROMAX Europe conference was due to take place in Madrid, right as Spain locked down its entire country. As virus cases climbed, the annual entertainment-marketing conference - with its 500 attendees, 300 hotel rooms and £400,000 ($524,000) cost - was put on hold.

Couleur Café

Couleur Café Festival is an annual urban contemporary music festival taking place around the end of June or early July in the city of Brussels, Belgium, organised since 1990.

Cesária Évora

Cesária Évora (Portuguese pronunciation: [sɨˈzaɾiɐ ˈɛvuɾɐ]; 27 August 1941 – 17 December 2011) was a Cape Verdean popular singer. Nicknamed the "Barefoot Diva" for performing without shoes,[1] she was also known as the "Queen of Morna".[2]

Breonna Taylor: Why it's hard to charge US police over shootings

Three officers were involved in the police raid that ended with Breonna Taylor shot dead in her home in Kentucky. Only one of them has been charged, but not in relation to her death. Why are so few police officers charged after fatal shootings in the US?

Coronavirus: Age and climate seen as behind Africa's low cases

image copyrightReutersYounger, less dense populations and hot, humid climates are being cited as key reasons why Africa has been spared a surge in coronavirus cases.As Europe and the Americas battle high case numbers, infections have been declining in many African countries.

Are we living at the 'hinge of history'?

What is the best word to describe our present moment? You might be tempted to reach for “unprecedented”, or perhaps “extraordinary”. But here’s another adjective for our times that you may not have heard before: “hingey”.

'When I couldn't move my legs, I knew my life would change forever'

How one pro racer survived a crash at the world's most extreme mountain biking competition. When Paul Basagoitia is getting ready to drop into a race, he visualises the whole course in his mind from start to finish: each 360 turn, each vertical cliff drop, each flip over a gaping, 60-foot canyon.

The birthplace of a new ocean

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The German medical students who want to learn about abortion

Abortion has been available throughout Germany since the 1970s but the number of doctors carrying out the procedure is now in decline. Jessica Bateman meets students and young doctors who want to fill the gap.The woman at the family planning clinic looked at Teresa Bauer and her friend sternly.

Magawa the mine-detecting rat wins PDSA Gold Medal

An African giant pouched rat has been awarded a prestigious gold medal for his work detecting land mines. Magawa has sniffed out 39 landmines and 28 unexploded munitions in his career.

Hilary Swank on Netflix's sci-fi Away and the ultimate work-life dilemma

You are commanding the first manned (and womanned) mission to Mars. You are on the Moon waiting to blast off, when a family emergency back on Earth presents a dilemma. Do you go home, or do you boldly go on?

Amazon unveils flying Ring security drone and Luna games service

image copyrightAmazonAmazon's smart home security division Ring has unveiled a flying camera that launches if sensors detect a potential home break-in.It is designed to activate only when residents are out, works indoors, and is limited to one floor of a building.

Self-lubricating condom designed to reduce infections

Scientists say they have found a way to make self-lubricating latex condoms that become slippery on contact. It is thanks to a special, durable coating that should last throughout intercourse, says the team, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Vietnam police seize more than 320,000 used condoms

Vietnamese police have seized more than 320,000 used condoms that were to be illegally resold to unsuspecting customers, local media report. Footage showed dozens of bags that together weighed 360kg (794lbs) in a warehouse that was recently raided in the southern Binh Duong province.

Pregnant woman rescues husband from shark attack in Florida

Police said Andrew Charles Eddy, 30, was snorkelling on Sombrero Reef but was bitten by the shark almost immediately after entering the water. His wife, Margot Dukes-Eddy, saw the shark's dorsal fin and her husband's blood filling the water, and dived in "without hesitation", officials said.

France street harassment: Strasbourg woman attacked 'for wearing skirt'

image copyrightAFPFrench police have opened an investigation after a woman in Strasbourg said she was attacked in broad daylight for wearing a skirt.The student, identified only as Elisabeth, 22, said she was punched in the face "by three individuals who complained about me wearing a skirt".

M87*: History-making supermassive black hole seen to do a shimmy

When scientists presented the first ever picture of a black hole last year, it was hailed as an extraordinary breakthrough. Well, now they've reassessed some of the image data that was acquired in the years running up to that historic snapshot.

Climate change: China aims for 'carbon neutrality by 2060'

China will aim to hit peak emissions before 2030 and for carbon neutrality by 2060, President Xi Jinping has announced. Mr Xi outlined the steps when speaking via videolink to the UN General Assembly in New York.

Australia’s forgotten other ‘Great Reef’

“Imagine flying through an old-growth forest,” said Mick Baron, owner of Eaglehawk Dive Centre in south-eastern Tasmania, when I asked the scuba-diving veteran what it was like to swim among the majestic giant kelp forests that once fringed Australia’s island state.

US election: Trump won't commit to peaceful transfer of power

US President Donald Trump has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses November's election. Mr Trump also said he believed the election result could end up in the US Supreme Court, as he again cast doubt on postal voting.

Does BlackRock have the world's toughest rules on romance?

New rules over office romances are being rolled out at the investment giant BlackRock. They will now extend to cover dalliances outside the office in a bid to clamp down on conflicts of interest.

20 km of Brussels

The 20 km of Brussels (French: 20 km de Bruxelles, Dutch: 20 km door Brussel) is a 20.1 km running race that has been held each year in Brussels since 1980, usually in May.

Six African heritage sites under threat from climate change

image copyrightGetty ImagesFrom rock art in southern Africa to pyramids along the River Nile, humans have been leaving their mark across the continent for millennia.

Uncle Ben's rice changes name to more 'equitable' brand

Uncle Ben's Rice will change its name to Ben's Original and remove the image of a smiling, grey-haired black man from its packaging. The change follows through on a pledge its owner Mars Food made in June to review the brand amid global protests over police brutality and racism.

Obituary: Juliette Gréco dies aged 93

In 2009, the teenage actress Carey Mulligan lay in a suburban bedroom; listening to music and fantasising of escape. The film was An Education. Her character yearned for freedom and a life of high culture and romantic love.

Juliette Gréco: Doyenne of French singers dies at 93

image copyrightPhilippe Bataillon\INAA true icon of the French chanson, Juliette Gréco, has died aged 93 after a fabled career that spanned eight decades.Born in 1927, Gréco was imprisoned by the Nazis during World War Two, but afterwards began performing in cellar clubs and cafes.

Expo 2000

Expo 2000 was a World's Fair held in Hanover, Germany from Thursday 1 June to Tuesday 31 October 2000. It was located on the Hanover fairground (Messegelände Hannover), which is the largest exhibition ground in the world.

China 'coercing' thousands of Tibetans into mass labour camps - report

China is coercing hundreds of thousands of people in Tibet into military-style training centres that experts say are akin to labour camps, a study has said.

Musk: $25,000 Tesla ready "in about three years"

Tesla founder Elon Musk has announced technology that he says will make Tesla batteries cheaper and more powerful.At a live presentation that Mr Musk labelled 'Battery Day' he also teased the possibility of a $25,000 (£19,600), fully-autonomous Tesla "in about three years time".

Australia whale stranding: 470 animals now beached in Tasmania record

image copyrightBILAL RASHID/REUTERSThe Australian state of Tasmania has recorded its largest-ever stranding of whales, after more were found beached during a large rescue effort.Since Monday, an estimated 470 pilot whales have been discovered stranded on Tasmania's west coast.

Internet: Old TV caused village broadband outages for 18 months

The mystery of why an entire village lost its broadband every morning at 7am was solved when engineers discovered an old television was to blame. An unnamed householder in Aberhosan, Powys, was unaware the old set would emit a signal which would interfere with the entire village's broadband.

John Lennon killer says sorry for 'despicable act'

Mark Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon, has apologised to the late Beatle's widow, Yoko Ono, 40 years after his death. Chapman shot Lennon four times outside his New York Manhattan apartment as Ono looked on, in 1980.

FinCEN: Why gold in your phone could be funding drug gangs

International investigators concluded that the Dubai-based trader Kaloti was buying gold from criminal networks. The US Treasury was urged by law enforcement six years ago to warn the world that it was a "primary money laundering concern".

Emil Venkov, sculptor of Fremont’s Vladimir Lenin statue, dies in Slovakia

Emil Venkov, the Bulgarian sculptor who created the statue of Vladimir Lenin that presides over Fremont, died on June 9 at the age of 79, according to his son Ivan.

Statue of Lenin (Seattle)

The Statue of Lenin in Seattle is a 16 ft (5 m) bronze sculpture of Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, by Bulgarian sculptor Emil Venkov. It was completed and put on display in Communist Czechoslovakia in 1988, the year before the Velvet Revolution of 1989.

Five Lenin statues in unexpected places

The smashing of a statue of Lenin in Kiev by protesters leaves the city without a monument to the leader of the 1917 Revolution - but there are plenty left elsewhere. Here are five.

Humpback whale finds escape from Australian crocodile river

image copyrightPArks Australiaimage captionThe humpback whale seen after returning to the seaA humpback whale that took a wrong turn into a crocodile-infested river in Australia has safely returned to sea.

Airbus looks to the future with hydrogen planes

Aerospace giant Airbus has unveiled plans for what it hailed as the first commercial zero-emission aircraft. The company said its hydrogen-fuelled passenger planes could be in service by 2035.

Botswana: Mystery elephant deaths caused by cyanobacteria

Toxins made by microscopic algae in water caused the previously unexplained deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana, wildlife officials say. Botswana is home to a third of Africa's declining elephant population.

FinCEN Files: Roman Abramovich had secret stakes in rival players

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich held secret investments in footballers not owned by his club, an investigation has discovered. The players included the Peruvian winger Andre Carrillo, who turned out against Chelsea in Champions League matches in 2014.

Gore-Tex: Inventor of waterproof fabric Robert Gore dies aged 83

Robert W Gore, who invented Gore-Tex technology while working for his father's company in Maryland, US, has died aged 83. Introduced in 1976, the fabric has protected countless walkers, runners and outdoor enthusiasts from wet weather, but is also found in numerous products.

Spain triathlete gives up medal to rival who went wrong way

British athlete James Teagle was on course to win third place in the competition in Spain last weekend when he made a mistake metres from the finish. Diego Méntrida overtook him but noticed the error and stopped to allow Teagle to cross first.

Egypt tomb: Sarcophagi buried for 2,500 years unearthed in Saqqara

image copyrightEPAA total of 27 sarcophagi buried more than 2,500 years ago have been unearthed by archaeologists in an ancient Egyptian necropolis.They were found inside a newly-discovered well at a sacred site in Saqqara, south of the capital, Cairo.

Climate change: Earthquake 'hack' reveals scale of ocean warming

Scientists have found a clever new way of measuring ocean warming, using sound waves from undersea earthquakes. The researchers say the "hack" works because sound travels faster in warmer water.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: US Supreme Court judge dies of cancer, aged 87

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an iconic champion of women's rights, has died of cancer at the age of 87, the court has said. Ginsburg died on Friday of metastatic pancreatic cancer at her home in Washington, DC, surrounded by her family, the statement said.

Brexit: Amal Clooney quits government envoy role over law break plan

Amal Clooney has quit her role as the UK's envoy on press freedom "in dismay" at the government's willingness to break international law over Brexit. The human rights lawyer said it was "lamentable" for Boris Johnson to be contemplating overriding the Brexit agreement he signed last year.

How photographers track down stolen pictures

Sean Heavey recognised his photo the moment he saw it on Stranger Things. When he watched a documentary about the making of the series, he became certain.

Stolen books worth £2.5m found under floor of Romanian house

About 200 "irreplaceable" books worth more than £2.5m ($3.2m), which were stolen from a warehouse in London, have been found buried under the floor of a house in rural Romania, police say. The works include first editions of Galileo and Isaac Newton.

Police launch homicide inquiry after German hospital hack

image copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionThe woman was transferred to another hospital during the cyber-attackGerman police have launched a homicide investigation after a woman died during a cyber-attack on a hospital.

WhereIsMyName: Afghan women campaign for the right to reveal their name

A woman from western Afghanistan - we will call her Rabia - was suffering from severe fever, so she went to see a doctor. The doctor's diagnosis was Covid-19. Rabia returned home, suffering from pain and fever, and gave her prescription to her husband to buy the medicine for her.

Afghan mothers' names to be included on children's ID cards

Afghan mothers will have their names printed on their children's national identity cards, after a campaign to challenge taboos around women's names. President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday signed into law an amendment long sought by women's rights campaigners.

Sudan floods: Nile water level threatens ancient pyramids

image copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionThe pyramids at the site are more than 2,300 years oldThe authorities in Sudan are trying to protect the country's ancient pyramids from flooding as heavy rains have caused the nearby River Nile to reach record-breaking levels.

Spider-like toxins found in Australia's stinging trees

Toxins produced by Australia's stinging trees bear a strong resemblance to those of spiders and scorpions, scientists have found.The findings, published in the Science Advances journal, come from University of Queensland researchers.

Why you should read this out loud

For much of history, reading was a fairly noisy activity. On clay tablets written in ancient Iraq and Syria some 4,000 years ago, the commonly used words for “to read” literally meant “to cry out” or “to listen”. “I am sending a very urgent message,” says one letter from this period.

The fine line between art and pornography

At the time the Black Lives Matter campaign in the UK was drawing the national spotlight to the statues of slave traders, another activist was highlighting the way women are represented in civic statuary.

Alligator on gas snaps up Ig Nobel prize

Have you heard the one about the alligator that performed the party trick of breathing in helium so it could talk in a funny voice? It's not that hilarious but then you'd be careful never to smile at a crocodilian.

'For me whale meat is my childhood, my memories'

As coronavirus devastates the travel industry, whalers in Norway are reaping the rewards of a national staycation. Frode runs Ost & Sant, a deli selling traditional food in the heart of Oslo. In an average year the place is heaving with foreign visitors. But 2020 has been a little different.

The rise of the Swedish cyborgs

Darkness had fallen over Stockholm as a group of eight people entered Swahili Bobs, a tattoo parlour in the dark alleys of Sodermalm. By day there were tech entrepreneurs, students, web designers and IT consultants - but that night they were going to be transformed into cyborgs.

The Cold War spy technology which we all use

Moscow, 4 August, 1945. The European chapter of World War Two was over, and the US and the USSR were pondering their future relationship.

Coronavirus: WHO says weekly cases in Europe eclipse March peak

image copyrightEPAimage captionThe Czech Republic announced a record number of daily casesNew weekly coronavirus cases in Europe have exceeded the numbers reported when the pandemic first peaked in March, the World Health Organization has said.

Will the Star Wars universe survive?

When Disney first acquired Lucasfilm – and thus, the rights to Star Wars – in 2012, many people envisioned the franchise following in the footsteps of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's phenomenal success.

Colombia: Indigenous protesters topple conquistador's statue

image copyrightEPAimage captionThe equestrian figure of the conquistador was beheaded by crowdsIndigenous protesters in Colombia have toppled a statue of Spanish conquistador Sebastián de Belalcázar in the south-western city of Popayán.

Plug-in hybrids are a 'wolf in sheep's clothing'

Carbon dioxide emissions from plug-in hybrid cars are as much as two-and-a-half times higher than official tests suggest, according to new research.

Plastic pollution: Washed clothing's synthetic mountain of 'fluff'

When you add it up, the total amount of synthetic microfibres going into the wider environment as we wash our clothes is an astonishing number. US scientists estimate it to be 5.6 million tonnes since we first started wearing those polyester and nylon garments in a big way in the 1950s.

How Covid-19 can damage the brain

For Julie Helms, it started with a handful of patients admitted to her intensive care unit at Strasbourg University Hospital in northeast France in early March 2020. Within days, every single patient in the ICU had Covid-19 – and it was not just their breathing difficulties that alarmed her.

Snake used as face mask on bus

image copyrightPA Mediaimage captionOne passenger thought the snake was a "funky mask" before she saw it moveA man boarded a bus using a snake as a face covering.The commuter and his reptilian mask, which was wrapped around his neck and mouth, were seen on a bus from Swinton to Manchester on Monday.

A bizarre journey beyond Earth’s borders

There's a well-known saying from Ralph Waldo Emerson that goes: ‘It's not the destination, it's the journey’.

What the voice inside your head says about you

What were you thinking about a second ago? Or, to cut to the chase, how were you thinking about it? It’s a deceptively tricky question to answer. Maybe you were internally speaking the words you were reading, seeing a related image in your mind’s eye, or having an emotional response.

Four-in-one pill prevents third of heart problems

The polypill contains blood-thinning aspirin, a cholesterol-lowering statin and two drugs to lower blood pressure. The researchers - in Iran and the UK - said the pill had a huge impact but cost just pennies a day.

What is 'blobology' and how is it transforming biology?

Spectacularly detailed videos from an advanced microscope are sparking a biology "revolution", scientists say. The technique was once termed "blobology" because its images were so indistinct.

Can you cool a house without air conditioning?

At first sight, the view could be mistaken for the rolling hummocks of Hobbiton, right down to the perfectly circular doors opening out of the lush green hillside.

The best time of year to make a life decision?

Many of us make big decisions in January. But there are some compelling reasons to wait until warmer months – depending on the choice in front of you. When we’re trying to make a big decision, many of us think (and over-think) about the choice itself.

How well do you think about risk and uncertainty?

No one can guarantee what the future will bring – but we can try to make an intelligent gamble on the available options.

The simple rule that can help you predict the future

What makes something endure for centuries? To find out, we must start with a principle called the "Lindy Effect", explains Tom Chatfield.

The benefits of not being perfect

You sit in a job interview, nervously sweating through every question thrown at you, and then comes the hardest one of all: “What is your worst quality?” Being a perfectionist is regularly thought of as a good answer – you might hope your fastidiousness will help you secure the role.

Why ‘flight shame’ is making people swap planes for trains

The flight shame movement is about feeling accountable for your carbon footprint - but it is also about rediscovering the joy of slow travel, writes Jocelyn Timperley.* This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2019” collection. Discover more of our picks.

What if the aliens we are looking for are AI?

Whether every observatory would agree to host a Seti sensor is a matter for debate. The technology might, however, reveal some other surprising astronomical discovery. We now know that pulsars are rapidly rotating neutron stars.

DR Congo: Is it one of the most dangerous places to fly?

While flying is one of the safest ways to travel, in some countries with inadequate regulation and difficult terrain, it can be deadly. Two recent crashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo have raised concerns about air safety there.

Sham news sites make big bucks from fake views

Forbes and Business Insider are both well-known news sites. So is forbesbusinessinsider.com a new spin-off? No. It has nothing to do with either Forbes or Business Insider.

What eating a big meal does to your body

Eating plays a big part in our lives at this time of year. With this in mind, we are bringing back a story that we thought you might enjoy. It was originally published on 28 November 2019.

Art of Feeling: Why we should celebrate anger

There is an art to anger. From a furious Christ pummelling merchants in a 14th-Century fresco by Giotto to a window-smashing spree in Beyoncé’s 2016 music video Hold Up, cultural history is punctuated with punchy images that are more than a little hot under the collar.

What’s left of New York’s Dutch past?

When his children were at preschool in Hackensack, New Jersey, building restorer and historian Tim Adriance taught them a simple nursery rhyme.

One man’s 10-year experiment to record every moment

A Spanish scientist records all his activities so he can learn how to live more effectively. But what do you gain from forensically tracking every part of your day?In February 2010, Morris Villarroel started a 10-year experiment.

US meteorite adds to origins mystery

In January 2018, a falling meteorite created a bright fireball that arced over the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan, followed by loud sonic booms. The visitor not only dropped a slew of meteorites over the snow-covered ground, it also provided information about its extra-terrestrial source.

Viewpoint: Are Indian unicorns like Paytm and Zomato too powerful?

India is home to one of the world's highest proportion of "unicorns"- unlisted companies with a valuation of more than $1bn (£778m). Technology policy researcher Smriti Parsheera discusses the highs and lows of India's unicorn growth story and it's intersection with India's e-commerce policies.

The origin of the world’s first travel blog

Outside Havana’s Hotel Nacional, the city is jubilant as this Spanish-founded port is in the midst of celebrating its 500th anniversary. Vintage Bel-Airs and Buick convertibles ply the roads, painted in gumdrop colours.

How game theory can help to give your love life a boost

How do you go about finding “the one” – or, at least, the “next one” – in today’s dating world? And once you’ve met someone interesting, how do you decide whether you should commit to a monogamous partnership… or keep your options open?

Striking photojournalism from around the world in 2019

A selection of the best photographs taken by news agency photographers around the world this year.

The best space images of 2019

With some blockbuster space missions under way, 2019 saw some amazing images beamed back to Earth from around the Solar System. Meanwhile, some of our most powerful telescopes were trained on the Universe's most fascinating targets. Here are a few of the best.

Gadhimai: Nepal's animal sacrifice festival goes ahead despite 'ban'

Less than five years ago, animal charities heralded the end of animal sacrifice at a religious festival dubbed "the world's bloodiest". But on Tuesday, the Gadhimai festival began with the killing of a goat, rat, chicken, pig and pigeon.

Are your friends bad for your health?

At the start of a new year, lots of people will resolve to make a healthy lifestyle change. Many find resolutions like cutting back on unhealthy snacks or taking part in a weekend fitness class easier when friends and family are making the same changes.

Israel's borders explained in maps

More than 70 years after Israel declared statehood, its borders are yet to be entirely settled. Wars, treaties and occupation mean the shape of the Jewish state has changed over time, and in parts is still undefined.Here is a series of maps explaining why.

Boeing's 'culture of concealment' to blame for 737 crashes

Two fatal crashes of Boeing 737 Max aircraft were partly due to the plane-maker's unwillingness to share technical details, a congressional investigation has found. The US report is highly critical of both Boeing and the regulator, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).

West Coast fires: How we outran a California wildfire

Across the American west, wildfires are burning at a historic speed and scale, engulfing almost five million acres of land across three US states - California, Oregon and Washington - since early August.

Bear from Ice Age found 'completely preserved' in Russian Arctic

image copyrightNorth-Eastern Federal Universityimage captionThe Ice Age-era bear was found on the Lyakhovsky Islands in north-east RussiaThe immaculately preserved remains of an Ice Age-era bear have been unearthed by reindeer herders in the Russian Arctic, researchers have said.

The double-edged sword of the shorter workweek

Time for the greater good? One challenge is that simply freeing up time away from work won’t automatically result in more community engagement.

How 'smart' email could change the way we talk

But if we subcontract the work of composing our sentences to a machine, Geffen argues that it could have some profound implications for the way our brains work.

Maids Moreton: Ben Field thought he would 'get away with it'

As Ben Field sat in the back of a police van after his arrest, he said: "I think I will get away with most of it." He had seduced two lonely neighbours - murdering one and defrauding the other - but now faces life in prison.

Could music festivals be good for your health?

Millions of people around the world go to music festivals each year. At one time, they were seen as encouraging heavy drinking and drug-taking while providing poor facilities and bad food. But now organisers are more focused on festival-goers' wellbeing.

Photographer Quintin Lake completes British coast walk

image copyrightQuintin Lakeimage captionQuintin Lake took hundreds of photographs during his trek - this one shows the Sound of Mull at dawnA photographer has said completing a five-year hike around the British coastline was "enriching for the soul".

How much water should you drink a day?

As many countries urge populations to stay at home, many of us are paying more attention to our diets and how the food we eat can support our health. To help sort out the fact from the fiction, BBC Future is updating some of our most popular nutrition stories from our archive.

How to tell if you’re close to burning out

With offices closed in nations around the world, many of us are grappling with how to stay productive and on task as we work from home. To help provide insight on how to manage this, BBC Worklife is updating some of our most popular productivity stories from our archive.

Do apostrophes still matter?

A man who led the war on improper use of apostrophes now admits defeat, saying his grammar vigilante campaign has been brought to an end by a culture of carelessness. So what now? The battle is over, bad grammar (as in the sign above) has won.

In Guatemala, the Maya world untouched for centuries

There is no path through the jungle. Every step requires navigation: winding around a tree; stepping over a root; ducking under a branch. In front of me, a man swings a machete, trying to cut an easier path. “Don’t touch anything,” my guide, José María Anavisca, warns me.

The surprising benefits of talking to strangers

Imagine you die. You wake up in a world only made up of people you remember. “All your old lovers.

When changing a light bulb is a really big deal

"There is something you can't replace with an LED," says Eileen Peters. But she's not talking about the ambience in her home.

Malaysian man 'finds' monkey selfies on lost phone

image copyrightZackrydz Rodziimage captionA screenshot of the video Mr Zackrydz says he found on his phoneA Malaysian man says he found monkey selfies and videos on his missing phone a day after retrieving it in the jungle behind his house.

Gene editing to produce 'super dad' livestock

Scientists have produced gene-edited animals they say could serve as "super dads" or "surrogate sires". The pigs, goats, cattle and mice make sperm carrying the genetic material of donor animals.

First day at school: Mum's before-and-after photos of daughter go viral

Before-and-after photos of a five-year-old's first day back at school have been shared thousands of times online after her mother posted the "really funny" images on Facebook. Lucie, from East Renfrewshire, "likes to be clean" and looked immaculate before she left home, mother Jill said.

Fat rat saved from manhole by German animal rescue

In the German town of Bensheim, rescue workers got an unusual call - a chubby rat needed help after getting stuck halfway out of a sewer manhole. Volunteer firefighters reacted to a call on Sunday afternoon, the local fire department said, and noted the "animal rescue, small animal" code.

London Eye at 20: The wheel that changed the capital's skyline

On the last day of 1999, thousands of revellers gathered on the banks of the River Thames in London to wait for the spectacular firework display heralding the new millennium.

Japan ninja student gets top marks for writing essay in invisible ink

Eimi Haga followed the ninja technique of "aburidashi", spending hours soaking and crushing soybeans to make the ink. The words appeared when her professor heated the paper over his gas stove.

Could relatives of measles virus jump from animals to us?

We've seen recent spikes in measles infections. Some European countries, including the UK, lost their measles-free status and many developing countries, especially parts of Africa, Asia and Oceania are seeing frequent outbreaks.

Smoking 'damages eyes as well as lungs'

Millions of people in the UK are putting their sight at risk by continuing to smoke, warn specialists. Despite the clear connection, only one in five people recognise that smoking can lead to blindness, a poll for the Association of Optometrists (AOP) finds.

Can drinking red wine ever be good for us?

We’ve been led to believe that an occasional glass of wine might be better than abstaining from alcohol altogether, but that might not be the case.Even though alcohol kills millions of people every year, humans have been imbibing for millennia.

Climate change hope for hydrogen fuel

Hydrogen fuel is a relatively green alternative to alternatives that produce greenhouse gases. The natural gas supply at Keele University is being blended with 20% hydrogen in a trial that's of national significance.

Barcelona's car-free smart city experiment

In the centre of bustling and busy Barcelona there is unusual quiet: just the babble of children playing in a small playground and the sound of the birds. There is virtually no traffic and the space where cars would have parked is given over to play areas, trees and even a running track.

Thailand's disappeared Karen activist Billy and the burned village

An oil barrel discovered at the bottom of a reservoir in a nature reserve in Thailand in April 2019 has cast a light on a story some would rather stayed hidden. It is a tale of powerful men and the lengths they will allegedly go to keep their crimes covered up.

Climate change is causing birds to shrink, study suggests

As the climate warms, birds are shrinking and their wingspans are growing, according to a new study. Researchers analysed 70,716 specimens from 52 North American migratory bird species collected over 40 years.

Pakistan’s centuries-old ‘zero-waste’ movement

As I circled to find a parking spot, I was awestruck by the stately mansion in the upscale neighbourhood of Karachi.

Unst: A real life Treasure Island

From the northern tip of Unst, Shetland – the UK’s most northerly inhabited island – a dramatic view comes into sight. Encircled by gannets, the tiny isle of Muckle Flugga rises sheer out of the North Sea.

This dad took his son to Mongolia just to get him off his phone

How do you get a teen to put down their phone and talk to you? Jamie Clarke went all the way to Mongolia to find out. Riding through a remote valley in Mongolia on the back of his motorbike, adventurer Jamie Clarke let the hum of the engine and the wind echo in his mind while his thoughts wandered.

Letter from Africa: Gambia's code of the road

In our series of letters from African journalists, Sierra Leonean-Gambian writer Ade Daramy, who moved to live in The Gambia earlier this year, fastens his seat belt. On moving to a new country, there many things to consider - learning the language always helps you get around.

Belching in a good way: How livestock could learn from Orkney sheep

The northernmost Orkney island, North Ronaldsay, is home to just 50 people and 2,000 sheep.

The 'psychedelics coach' with drug-fuelled career advice

Paul Austin and Matt Gillespie are trying to retrace their steps along a path shrouded by redwood trees.

Audiobooks: The rise and rise of the books you don’t read

Back in 1878, shortly after he had invented the phonograph, Thomas Edison hit upon an idea. Leaning over his new machine one day he recited the words: “Mary had a little lamb. Its fleece was white as snow.

The 106-year history of the dreaded economy airline seat

As millions of travellers take to the skies each year, economy seats continue to shrink. Trace the dreaded airplane seat from its wicker inception to its carbon fibre future.

The 'sorcerer' keeping Mali's marionette tradition alive

The people behind Mali's marionette tradition, which has been used to pass on the folklore and culture of a community, are struggling to survive as the recent insecurity has stopped the vital income that came from visitors, as Clair MacDougall reports from Bamako.

Are authentic accents important in film and TV?

At the ripe old age of 100, Dr Dolittle has been reincarnated in the form of Robert Downey Jr. In the latest screen version of the children’s literature classic, Dolittle, released in the US today, he is also Welsh… or at least Wales-adjacent.

What the earliest life on Earth looked like

When complex life emerged on the ancient Earth, it looked like nothing we would recognise today.At the south-eastern tip of Newfoundland, rugged cliffs rise imposingly above the sea.

Fake drugs: How bad is Africa’s counterfeit medicine problem?

The proliferation of fake medicines in Africa is a public health crisis that can no longer be ignored, according to a UK charity. There's a meeting of seven African countries, in Togo, this week, to combat the problem.

The business behind Michelin stars

Michelin is probably best known as the company that bestows stars on restaurants to signify their excellence. Gordon Ramsay, awarding the Michelin stars for UK & Ireland 2019, described the event last week as the "Oscars of the restaurant industry".

Acclaimed scientist gets brain surgery for alcohol addiction

Microbiologist Frank Plummer has been on the frontlines of the battle against of some of the world's most alarming epidemics, from HIV to Ebola - but his illustrious career masked a growing reliance on alcohol.

Human impact on nature 'dates back millions of years'

The impact of humans on nature has been far greater and longer-lasting than we could ever imagine, according to scientists. Early human ancestors living millions of years ago may have triggered extinctions, even before our species evolved, a study suggests.

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This article originally appeared on The Conversation, and is republished under a Creative Commons licence. Do you pick up any old notebook and pen when you need them, or do you have a thing for Moleskines or Montblancs?

How corporate diversity initiatives trap workers of colour

Amid the unsettling reality of the Covid-19 pandemic, another major epidemic has had global citizens reeling: racism.

Europe’s most misunderstood capital?

Golden flames danced their way around the bar along a narrow trail of whisky.

From The Conversation

Do certain smells make you feel uncomfortable, even nauseous? Is your nose so good that you can detect even the subtlest aromas in your favourite wine? Perhaps certain smells evoke negative or positive feelings? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might just be a “super smeller”.