High heat: Spain clocks prelim record of 47.2 C (116.96 F)
42 articles from SATURDAY 14.8.2021
7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Haiti; at least 227 killed
Spain set a new provisional heat record of 47.2 degrees Celsius (116.96 Fahrenheit) on Saturday as Southern Europe sweltered under a relentless summer sun. Italy put 16 cities on red alert for health risks and Portugal warned 75% of its regions that they faced a "significantly increased risk" of wildfires.
What’s it like living with a phenomenal memory and can it be learned?
At least 227 people were killed and hundreds were injured and missing after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday, and Prime Minister Ariel Henry said he was rushing aid to areas where towns were destroyed and hospitals overwhelmed with incoming patients.
‘No concept of how awful it was’: the forgotten world of pre-vaccine childhood in Australia
Both nature and nurture contribute to incredible recall skills and for those who have them there are benefits and drawbacks“17 April 2001?” I ask Krystyna Glowacki, 24, over Zoom.“That was a Tuesday,” she shoots back after less than half a beat. It was. Continue...
Will we reach herd immunity for the new coronavirus? | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters
Until relatively recently, lethal infectious diseases stalked the lives of Australian children – including my father, Tom Keneally. Vaccines have saved millions It’s 1940, and a five-year-old boy lies in an oxygen tent. He struggles for breath and hallucinates that his leaden toy soldiers are alive and marching around the room, monstering him with their bayonets.He has diphtheria, a disease...
How to take the lead in dog walking – and earn unconditional love in return
It appears unlikely, but we should try to get as close as possibleThe Office for National Statistics Covid infection survey estimates that, either through vaccination or infection, an extraordinary 94% of adults now have antibodies to Sars-CoV-2.So why are cases increasing and why does vaccine star Prof Sir Andrew Pollard say herd immunity for Covid-19 is “mythical”? Continue...
How do we slow down fast fashion?
Enhance your pooch’s wellbeing and your own by making daily walks an interactive, quality experiencePepper meets Mr Binks for the first time and bottom-sniffs the diminutive pooch by way of greeting. As ever, I look away. But Mr Binks’s owner, dog behaviourist Anna Webb, says: “Ah, that’s nice, they’re introducing themselves.”Pepper, my miniature schnauzer, trots off ahead down the...
‘The soundtrack to my life was burping and farting’: how disgusting is your partner?
The clothes we wear can have a huge impact on the climate, even more so than the aviation industry.
Forest Service maxed out as wildfires break across US West
Living and working in the same space has given many couples an unwanted insight into each other’s dirtiest habits. But should we really find them so gross?“Over lockdown, the soundtrack to my life was email notifications pinging – and people burping and farting,” says Emma, describing the unwavering “bodily expulsions” from her husband and their three children as a constant “21-gun...
At least 40 killed in severe northern Turkey floods
The U.S. Forest Service said Friday it's operating in crisis mode, fully deploying firefighters and maxing out its support system as wildfires continue to break out across the U.S. West, threatening thousands of homes and entire towns.
Global sizzling: July was hottest month on record, NOAA says
The death toll from severe floods and mudslides in coastal Turkey has climbed to at least 40, the country's emergency and disaster agency said Saturday.
Boeing astronaut capsule grounded for months by valve issue
Earth sizzled in July and became the hottest month in 142 years of recordkeeping, U.S. weather officials announced.
Crop insurance and unintended consequences
Boeing's astronaut capsule is grounded for months and possibly even until next year because of a vexing valve problem.
Men, Conservative Party supporters and Brexit-backers more likely to support the use of nuclear weapons, study shows
A new study suggests that crop insurance serves as a disincentive for farmers to adopt climate change mitigation measures on their croplands.
Metasurfaces control polarized light at will
Men, Conservative Party supporters and those who wanted Britain to leave the EU, are more likely to want to retain Britain's nuclear deterrent, a study shows.
Is it cheaper to be bigger? Lessons from the extreme weapons of giraffe weevil warriors
For years, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have engineered metasurfaces to manipulate light based on its polarization state. That research has contributed to advances in polarization technology—but metasurface technology has proven more powerful than even the researchers themselves realized.
Sensor spies hideouts for virus replication inside cell membranes
Nepalese craftsman, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, holds the record as the world's shortest adult, at 54.6 cm (1 ft 9 ½ inches). The tallest human is Sultan Kösen, a Turkish farmer, almost five times taller at 2.52 meters (8 feet 3 ¼ inches). In nature, size differences among males of a single species are not uncommon, but in a new paper, a team from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI),...
While some types of RNA viruses cloak themselves to hide inside a cell and create copies of themselves, a "detective enzyme" might be attuned to their whereabouts. A slight variation in their genomic code gives some people's cells the capacity to produce this sensor.