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Beyoncé rocks, but so did Woodstock | Brief letters

Roger Waters | Rock concerts | Use-by dates | Exercise | SmartphonesRegarding Jeremy Beecham’s thoughts on Roger Waters (Letters, 19 April), I think we can take it as read Waters would not encourage Madonna to support the Assad regime by playing Damascus.John WarburtonEdinburgh• You failed to mention the two most important filmed rock concerts (Homecoming review – Beyoncé documentary is a triumphant celebration, 19 April): Monterey Pop and Woodstock. To write about seminal filmed rock gigs witho...
Tags: Health, Music, Science, Technology, Beyonce, Film, Israel, Society, World news, Syria, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Middle East and North Africa, Madonna, Assad, Woodstock

Notre Dame fire: UK ready to share conservation expertise

Stonemasons, archaeologists and craftspeople standing by to go to Paris to aid restorationFrance will need an army of specialists to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral and the UK is on standby to send over architects and archaeologists, conservators and craftspeople.Stonemasons and carpenters, as well as authorities on stained glass and drying out saturated buildings, are ready to cross the Channel to share their expertise on conservation and salvage.
Tags: UK, Science, France, UK News, World news, Architecture, Paris, Archaeology, Craft, Notre Dame, Notre Dame Cathedral

Battle to save frogs from global killer disease

Amphibians are under attack from multiple pathogens, say expertsFrogs, salamanders, and toads across the world are now under attack from a widening range of interacting pathogens that threaten to devastate global amphibian populations.That is the stark warning of leading zoological experts who will gather this week in London in a bid to establish an emergency plan to save these endangered creatures. “The world’s amphibians are facing a new crisis, one that is caused by attacks by multiple pathog...
Tags: Science, London, Biology, Animals, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Fungi, Endangered Species, Amphibians, Zoological Society of London, Trent Garner

Housework could keep brain young, research suggests

Even light exertions can slow down ageing of the brain, activity-tracker data indicatesEven light activity such as household chores might help to keep the brain young, researchers say, adding to a growing body of evidence that, when it comes to exercise, every little bit helps.The findings mirror upcoming guidance from the UK chief medical officers, and existing US guidelines, which say light activity or very short bouts of exercise are beneficial to health – even if it is just a minute or two a...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, US, Society, World news, Mental Health, Dementia, Ageing

Spacewatch: Israel's private moon mission crash-lands

Beresheet spacecraft hit moon’s surface at 500km per hour and would have been destroyed on impactIsrael’s Beresheet lander has failed in its attempt to become the first privately funded mission to land on the moon. The 150kg spacecraft began its descent on 11 April but ran into difficulties about 14km above the lunar surface, when the main engine shut down unexpectedly. The spacecraft was still six minutes before the scheduled landing time. Telemetry signals received from the lander made it clea...
Tags: Space, Science, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Moon, The moon

Crusader armies were remarkably genetically diverse, study finds

DNA research adds to evidence soldiers heading east struck up relationships with localsCrusader armies were made up of people from remarkably genetically diverse backgrounds, hailing not just from western Europe but also much further east, according to a new study that gives unprecedented insight into the fighters’ lives.The Crusades to the Holy Land were spread over two centuries, with many Europeans heading east to fight, and others turning up to trade. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Religion, World news, Genetics, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Christianity, Lebanon

Most ancient type of molecule in universe detected in space

Helium hydride is thought to have played starring role in early universeThe most ancient type of molecule in our universe has been detected in space, scientists have revealed, backing up theories of how the early chemistry of the universe developed after the big bang.The positively charged molecule known as helium hydride is believed to have played a starring role in the early universe, forming when a helium atom shared its electrons with a hydrogen nucleus, or proton. Not only is it thought to ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, Chemistry, Physics, Particle physics

Europe at risk from spread of tropical insect-borne diseases

Scientists warn of danger from dengue fever in hotter, wetter climate in northern latitudesInsect-borne diseases such as dengue fever, leishmaniasis and encephalitis are on the rise and are now threatening to spread into many areas of Europe, scientists have warned.Outbreaks of these illnesses are increasing because of climate change and the expansion of international travel and trade, the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases was told in Amsterdam on Saturday. Conti...
Tags: Europe, Science, Environment, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Amsterdam, Microbiology, Insects, European Congress of Clinical Microbiology

Woman stands in German council election aged 100

Lisel Heise runs for local grassroots group after realising her age ‘gives me the chance to say something’For most people, reaching 100 would be reason enough to put one’s feet up and take things easy, but Lisel Heise has other ideas.The German centenarian, a former sports teacher, has started a new chapter in her life by standing for election to the council in her home town of Kirchheimbolanden. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Germany, World news, Older people, Ageing

This newsletter was not written by a robot*

Bots are becoming an inevitable part of newsgathering. Two women are determined to prevent them becoming an inevitable part of warfare*although it’s a bit stilted in placesIn a week in which robot journalists won new customers and admirers in Britain, you’ll be reassured to note that the Guardian is still relying on human beings, for the Upside series at least.And very busy they were, investigating hopeful stories that all involved David-and-Goliath struggles, albeit in very different fields. Co...
Tags: Food, Astronomy, Space, Science, Media, UK News, World news, Newspapers, Work & careers, David, Britain, Ireland, Robots, Switzerland, The far right, Access to water

Powehi: black hole gets a name meaning 'the adorned fathomless dark creation'

Language professor in Hawaii comes up with name welcomed by scientists who captured first image of galactic phenomenonThe black hole that was depicted for the first time this week in in an image produced in a landmark experiment has been named by a language professor in Hawaii.University of Hawaii-Hilo Hawaiian professor Larry Kimura named the cosmic object Powehi, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, World news, US news, Hawaii, Black Holes, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Larry Kimura, Powehi, Hawaii University of Hawaii Hilo Hawaiian

‘We have not managed to land successfully’: Israel's moonshot fails

Spacecraft crashes in to lunar surface after engine and communications breakdownAn Israeli spacecraft has crashed into the lunar surface, ending the first privately funded attempt to land on the moon.About the size of a washing machine, the 585kg (1,290lb) robotic lander experienced an engine and communication failure in the last seconds of touchdown. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, The moon

Spending time in space causes subtle physiological changes, Nasa twins study finds

Investigation on impact of life in space on human body could inform potential missions to MarsWhen Nasa set out to study identical twin astronauts – one orbiting in space for nearly a year, the other left behind on Earth – the outcome was uncertain. Would Scott Kelly return to Earth younger than his brother, Mark, as depicted in the film Interstellar?The answer, outlined in the most comprehensive investigation on the impact of life in space on the human body, is that there were apparently no sub...
Tags: Space, Science, Biology, World news, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Human biology, Mars, Scott Kelly, Mark, Scott, MarsWhen Nasa, International Space Station Scientists

Baby with DNA from three people born in Greece

Experimental IVF, which involves extra egg from female donor, criticised by UK expertsA baby with DNA from three people has been born in Greece following a controversial fertility treatment.The baby boy, weighing 2.9kg (6lb), was born on Tuesday and both he and his mother, who is 32, are said to be in good health. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Science, Greece, Biology, World news, Genetics, Fertility problems

New species of ancient human discovered in Philippines cave

Homo luzonensis fossils found in Luzon island cave, dating back up to 67,00 yearsA new species of ancient human, thought to have been under 4ft tall and adapted to climbing trees, has been discovered in the Philippines, providing a twist in the story of human evolution.The specimen, named Homo luzonensis, was excavated from Callao cave on Luzon island in the northern Philippines and has been dated to 50,000-67,000 years ago – when our own ancestors and the Neanderthals were spreading across Euro...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, World news, Asia Pacific, Philippines, Anthropology, Evolution, Fossils, Neanderthals, Luzon, Luzon Island, Asia Continue, Callao

Black hole picture captured for first time in space ‘breakthrough’

A network of eight radio telescopes around the world helped to record the imageAstronomers have captured the first image of a black hole, heralding a revolution in our understanding of the universe’s most enigmatic objects.The picture shows a halo of dust and gas, tracing the outline of a colossal black hole, at the heart of the Messier 87 galaxy, 55 million light years from Earth. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, Black Holes

'Hovercraft effect' may explain deadly speed of volcanic gas clouds

Superheated gases and rock fragments can reach speeds of up to 400mph by travelling on cushion of air, say scientistsCrouched figures, a child with its mother, a dog writhing on its back – the harrowing plaster casts of the dead of Pompeii reveal that when the end came in AD79, it was as swift as it was final.Caught in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, many died when buildings collapsed under heavy ash and pumice. But for those still alive, another catastrophe was about to hit as deadly currents o...
Tags: Science, World news, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Geology, Volcanoes, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius

The rise of the killer robots – and the two women fighting back

Jody Williams and Mary Wareham were leading lights in the campaign to ban landmines. Now they have autonomous weapons in their sights It sounds like something from the outer reaches of science fiction: battlefield robots waging constant war, algorithms that determine who to kill, face-recognition fighting machines that can ID a target and take it out before you have time to say “Geneva conventions”.This is no film script, however, but an ominous picture of future warfare that is moving ever clos...
Tags: Europe, Science, Technology, Germany, Neuroscience, UK News, World news, Military, US military, Robots, Computing, Mary Wareham, Artificial intelligence (AI, Drones (military, Jody Williams

Japanese spacecraft 'bombs' asteroid in scientific mission

Scientists hope samples from Hayabusa 2 will provide clues about origins of life on earthA Japanese spacecraft has “bombed” a speeding asteroid 187m (300m km) from earth in an attempt to retrieve material that could offer scientists new clues about the origins of life on earth.The Hayabusa 2 probe released the device – called a small carry-on impact – on Friday as it hovered 500 metres above the asteroid Ryugu, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa). Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Japan, Science, World news, Asia Pacific, Ryugu, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Jaxa Continue

Cats can recognise their own names, say scientists

Researchers claim domestic cats can pick out their name in string of wordsTibbles and Tiger might not let you know it, but they appear to recognise when their name is being called, research into human-cat relationships has claimed.The researchers said previous studies had shown that other animals, including dogs, dolphins and parrots could show some understanding of human vocalisations, but it was unclear whether felines could too. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Cats, Animals, Pets, World news, Animal behaviour, Language

How hermit crabs shake off competitors for shells

House hunters are deterred from evicting incumbents by strong vibrations from inside Hermit crabs shake in their shells to ward off competitors who have designs on their homes, scientists have found.Field tests conducted on a beach in Costa Rica showed Pacific hermit crabs are swiftly deterred from ousting an incumbent when they sense strong vibrations coming from inside. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, World news, Wildlife, Animal behaviour, Pacific, Costa Rica, Invertebrates

'A terrible thing': India's destruction of satellite threatens ISS, says Nasa

Head of space agency says shooting down of low-orbiting satellite has created 400 pieces of orbital debrisThe head of Nasa has branded India’s destruction of one of its satellites a “terrible thing” that had created 400 pieces of orbital debris and led to new dangers for astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).Jim Bridenstine was addressing employees five days after India shot down a low-orbiting satellite in a missile test to prove it was among the world’s advanced space powers....
Tags: Space, Science, India, World news, Nasa, South and Central Asia, Iss, International Space Station ISS, Jim Bridenstine

Space debris from India shooting down satellite could threaten ISS, says Nasa

Head of space agency says shooting down low-orbiting satellite was a ‘terrible, terrible thing’The head of Nasa has branded India’s destruction of one of its satellites a “terrible thing” that had created 400 pieces of orbital debris and led to new dangers for astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).Jim Bridenstine was addressing employees five days after India shot down a low-orbiting satellite in a missile test to prove it was among the world’s advanced space powers. Continue r...
Tags: Space, Science, India, World news, Nasa, South and Central Asia, Iss, International Space Station ISS, Jim Bridenstine

Archaeologists discover 'exceptional' site at Lake Titicaca

Underwater haul of Tiwanaku ceremonial relics is unprecedented, say academicsAn ancient ceremonial site described as exceptional has been discovered in the Andes by marine archaeologists, who recovered ritual offerings and the remains of slaughtered animals from a reef in the middle of Lake Titicaca.The remarkable haul points to a history of highly charged ceremonies in which the elite of the region’s Tiwanaku state boated out to the reef and sacrificed young llamas, seemingly decorated for deat...
Tags: Science, Americas, World news, History, Higher Education, Anthropology, Peru, Archaeology, Bolivia, Lake Titicaca, Andes, Tiwanaku

Dogs can smell when seizures are about to begin, scientists find

Scent linked to epileptic seizures could mean dogs can be trained to warn ownersDogs can detect a telltale scent linked to epileptic seizures, scientists have discovered, raising the possibility that they could be trained to reliably warn owners when a seizure is imminent.The findings may also help explain anecdotal reports that dogs are able to sense when their owner is about to have a seizure. Knowing when a seizure is going to occur could allow people with epilepsy to have greater control and...
Tags: Health, Science, Dogs, Animals, Society, UK News, World news, Epilepsy

Cull invasive mammals to save island species, experts urge

Move ‘would save 10% of all endangered birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles’Nearly 10% of the world’s bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile species currently on the brink of extinction could be saved by killing invasive mammals such as cats and rats on 169 islands, according to a new study.Islands comprise just 5.3% of the Earth’s landmass yet have experienced 75% of known bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile extinctions since 1500. More than a third of species currently classified as “criticall...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, World news, Earth, Wildlife, Conservation, Endangered Species, Extinct wildlife

Modi's space weapon announcement struggles for lift-off

India’s PM makes televised address about missile test during election campaignIndia’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, has announced the successful test of the country’s first space weapon, an anti-satellite missile, in a surprise televised address in the middle of the election campaign.The dramatic nature of the announcement – during a caretaker period when governments are restricted in what they promote – drew criticism alongside praise for India’s space scientists. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, India, Narendra Modi, World news, South and Central Asia, Modi

Spike in tweets about 'embarrassment' under Trump, study finds

Scientists analysed millions of US Twitter posts to find 45% rise in references in 13 monthsDonald Trump was, the researchers concede, an easy target. Having cringed themselves when he was on the campaign trail, they felt compelled to test their hypothesis: that the election of the 45th president of the US had prompted an upturn in national embarrassment.The scientists, with no official records of the nation’s mood to pore over, turned to Twitter for an answer. After analysing tens of millions o...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Internet, US, World news, US news, US politics, Donald Trump, Trump, US Twitter

Australian researchers find huge lakes beneath largest east Antarctic glacier

Scientists say research will help predict how glaciers’ melting will affect oceans Australian researchers have discovered huge underwater lakes beneath the largest glacier in east Antarctica.The lakes were detected by scientists setting off small explosives 2m below the surface of the Totten glacier and listening to the reflected sound. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Australia news, Oceans, Antarctica, Glaciers, Polar regions, Totten

Natural History Museum to start dinosaur dig in US

Project Mission Jurassic will excavate land in Wyoming where brachiosaurus and diplodocus have been unearthedThe Natural History Museum is embarking on its first major overseas dig since the 1980s in the hope of unearthing new Jurassic-era dinosaurs.The project, entitled Mission Jurassic, which will excavate a square mile of land in Wyoming, US, will involve a team from the Natural History Museum working alongside scientists from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the Naturalis Biodiversi...
Tags: Science, Biology, US, UK News, World news, US news, Wyoming, Dinosaurs, Zoology, Natural History Museum, Fossils, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Children 's Museum of Indianapolis, Wyoming US, Project Mission Jurassic, Leiden Netherlands Continue

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