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BepiColombo spacecraft sends its first images of Mercury during flyby
European-Japanese probe swoops in to almost 200km above Sun's nearest planet, photographing its pock-marked features The European-Japanese BepiColombo spacecraft has sent back its first images of Mercury, as it swung by the solar system's innermost planet while on a mission to deliver two probes into orbit in 2025. The mission made the first of six flybys of Mercury at 11.34pm GMT on Friday, usin
Doctors, receptionists and practice teams quit after wave of hostility over GP appointments
Fears of mass exodus as abuse by patients skyrockets over blood tests, jabs and face-to-face consultations Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Senior doctors have warned that practice staff and GPs are quitting after an unprecedented and escalating wave of abuse from patients that has followed weeks of public pressure over face-to-face appointments. Practice managers, re
UK might not be over the worst, scientists warn, as Covid case numbers stay high
Inoculation programme must be stepped up before the onset of winter Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Britain is heading into winter with the number of Covid cases remaining at a worryingly high level. At the same time, the nation's vaccination programme appears to have stalled. That is the bleak view of leading epidemiologists who have warned that the worst effects of
Hyggesfritt skogsbruk vinner mark
Hyggesfritt skogsbruk är en av megatrenderna inom det globala skogsbruket. Det är hållbart, ekonomiskt fördelaktigt och ger rikare biodiversitet enligt förespråkare. Men forskare vid det svenska skogsbrukets forskningsinstitut är tveksamma till metoden. De vill inte överge kalhyggesbruket. – Svenskt skogsbruk är fantastiskt, och kalhyggen det bästa sättet att få fram virke till industrin, säger Ro
Where Is My Mother's Safety Net?
M y dad didn't believe my mom when she announced that she was leaving him. Desperate, after years spent begging him to accept treatment for a worsening mental illness, she threatened to move out if he didn't comply with his doctor's recommendations. "Where will you go?" he asked. A former stay-at-home parent of five grown children, all just beginning their careers around the country, my mom had n
Grimes Spotted Reading Karl Marx After Breaking Up With Elon Musk
Rebound Guy Just a week after breaking up with SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, acclaimed musician Claire "Grimes" Boucher has been spotted with a new guy. The lucky fellow? German economist Karl Marx, best known as one of the key thinkers behind communism during the mid-1800s. In shots published by Page Six , in fact, Grimes can be seen leafing through Marx's influential volume " The Communist Ma
Cake was my first love – it sees me through life's highs and lows
There should be no guilt with cake, only romance – in the making, the display, the history… and, of course, the eating The Great British Bake Off is back! Sales of baking utensils skyrocket when the amateur baking show is on. It appears we're all cake mad. But I've always been mad as a box of doughnuts for cake, long before the GBBO started. In fact, it's one of my loves – not one of my vices. Cak
The truth about artificial intelligence? It isn't that honest | John Naughton
Tests of natural language processing models show that the bigger they are, the bigger liars they are. Should we be worried? We are, as the critic George Steiner observed, "language animals". Perhaps that's why we are fascinated by other creatures that appear to have language – dolphins, whales, apes, birds and so on. In her fascinating book, Atlas of AI , Kate Crawford relates how, at the end of
Employers Have Been Offering the Wrong Office Amenities
Before you read any further, take a long, slow, deep breath. Congratulations! If you're sitting in a typical American home, office building, or school, about 3 percent of the air you breathed in recently came out of the lungs of the people in the room with you right now. Breathing in one another's air is kind of nasty when you think about it. We would never drink from the same cup of water that e
Universities Are Shunning Their Responsibility to Democracy
I was born in Canada , and my sense of national identity, like that of many Canadians, was formed in direct relation—perhaps in opposition—to the great colossus to the south. We were a country that aspired not to the lofty abstractions of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" but to the more prosaic benefits of "peace, order, and good government." I have always been proud of Canada's basi
Gene editing will just perpetuate disastrous factory farming | Letters
Instead of trying to cosh nature into submission, our farmers should be improving the health of the soil and the diversity of their crops and animals A quotation leapt to mind when reading " Gene editing 'would allow us to create hardier farm breeds ' (News): "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong" (HL Mencken). Application of magic bullet "solutions" has go
Now Explain What the Problem Is
Academics like me love to describe things as "problematic." But what do we mean? We're not saying that the thing in question is unsolvable or even difficult. We're saying—or implying—that it is objectionable in some way, that it rests uneasily with our prior moral or political commitments. For instance, when I described applying Ancient Greek free-speech ideals to social media as "problematic" in
The Power of Artistic Exile
The filmmaker and polymath Melvin Van Peebles died last week at the age of 89 at his home in New York. He is best known as the auteur behind the first hit blaxploitation film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971), but he was an artist of great breadth and versatility: sculptor; poet; painter; composer and, with Gil Scott-Heron, progenitor of rap and hip-hop; playwright; gifted novelist. I wou
The relationship sabotage scale: quantifying why we undermine ourselves in love
Developed over the course of five studies, the relationship sabotage scale is designed to give analytical rigour to a term more common in pop culture Do you feel constantly criticised by your partner? Do you sometimes check their social media profiles? Will you admit to them if you know you're wrong about something? If you strongly agree or disagree with some of these statements, you might find y
Rules and advice don't slow the spread of the virus – human behaviour does | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters
Surveys can help us understand how the pandemic is influenced by our choices Recent queues for fuel have shown the consequences of abrupt changes in behaviour. Almost as sudden were the changes around the first lockdown in March 2020, when close meetings between people plummeted by about three-quarters. We know this through the CoMix contact survey from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medi
The Atlantic Daily: Five Podcasts for the Weekend
Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox. Fall is here, and the air is getting crisp, which means it's the perfect time to snuggle up and press play on a new work of audio storytelling. I asked writers and editors from around our newsroom
Covid: scientists warn UK may have worst to come; Israel tightens vaccine passport rules – as it happened
Fears the indoor socialising will spread virus in UK ; Israel says people only eligible for green pass if they have received a booster jab . This live blog has closed – for the latest on the global Covid situation, please see our dedicated page UK might not be over the worst, scientists warn New Zealand widens Covid lockdown as Delta spreads UK to slash international travel 'red list' to just nin
Directly into the brain: A 3D multifunctional and flexible neural interface
Although measuring the electrical activity of neurons is useful in many disciplines, making durable neural interfacing brain chip implants with negligible adverse effects has proven challenging. Now, scientists have developed a flexible multifunctional neural interface that can not only register local brain activity in real time, but also deliver a steady flow of drugs through innovative microflui
Gene therapy can restore vision after stroke
Vision loss can be a side effect from stroke. Neurons don't regenerate, and stem cell therapy is costly, difficult, and chancy. Researchers have figured out a way to use gene therapy to recover lost vision after a stroke in a mouse model.
The End of Bias by Jessica Nordell review – how to remove your blinkers
This thoughtful case for mounting a lifelong challenge to our own assumptions focuses on unconscious bias – but leaves overt prejudice largely unexamined We often think of bias as a problem that other people have. It's harder to find someone willing to admit to it in themselves. That was what struck me reading American journalist Jessica Nordell's thoughtful book, The End of Bias, which I picked
Reading Between the Lines of the New Biden Impression on SNL
Saturday Night Live began its 47th season with a brand-new cast member staring down the camera lens, a pointed announcement that the show is looking to stay ahead of the curve. That actor was James Austin Johnson, a comedian who gained a Twitter following for his short, surreal impressions, most famously of Donald Trump, during which he rambled through the streets while delivering strange soliloq
Sir Antony Hewish obituary
Radio astronomer who won the Nobel prize for physics for his role in the discovery of pulsars In 1967, a team led by the radio astronomer Antony Hewish, who has died aged 97, discovered pulsars, rapidly pulsating radio sources that turned out to be due to rotating, magnetised neutron stars, the ultra-dense collapsed remnants of massive stars. This was one of the most exciting astronomical events o
With Bitcoin IRA, It's Easy to Use Crypto to Invest for the Future
It's the most basic financial advice there is, but it bears repeating: it's always a good idea to save up for retirement . If you were lucky enough to be an early adopter in Bitcoin, you already know that it presented a great opportunity to build up a decent nest egg. But using bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies to save up for retirement isn't exactly traditional financial planning. Not, that is,
The Music of Proteins Is Made Audible Through a Computer Program That Learns From Chopin
With the right computer program, proteins become pleasant music. There are many surprising analogies between proteins , the basic building blocks of life, and musical notation. These analogies can be used not only to help advance research, but also to make the complexity of proteins accessible to the public. We're computational biologists who believe that hearing the sound of life at the molecula
This Infrared Sauna Blanket Helps Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder
Thanks to Seasonal Affective Disorder, better known as SAD, winter can be a pretty trying time for most people. Psychology Today reports SAD affects 10-million Americans with another 10-to-20 percent of people suffering from a milder form of the disorder. Compound that with the limitations set by the pandemic, and winter can truly feel like a never-ending hell. However, one of the best ways to co
Jim Townsley obituary
My father, Jim Townsley, who has died aged 85, was a gentle, generous and thoughtful man who spent his working life as an industrial chemist. In retirement, his aptitude for listening, understanding and supporting the emotional needs of others found expression through voluntary work as a trained counsellor. Born in Ilford, east London, to Jim Sr, a post office worker, and Gertrude (nee Knight), a
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The Last Stop
Illustrations by Miki Lowe The poet Adam Zagajewski spent his life trying to make meaning of what he had lived through. When he was a child, his family was relocated within Poland after World War II; as a young man, he was exiled from the country altogether for writing protest poems against the country's authoritarian government. "I lost two homelands," he once said , "but I sought a third: a spa

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