14 articles from SUNDAY 15.5.2022

Endurance shipwreck threatened by global heating, says Mensun Bound

Exclusive: Marine archaeologist warns of ocean acidification and melting ice, as well as robotic technology that could enable theftsAs a marine archaeologist, Mensun Bound headed the 2022 Antarctic expedition that discovered the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance, more than a century after the legendary ship became trapped in ice and sank.Now he is warning that its protection cannot be...

Hormonal changes during menopause are directly related to decline in cardiovascular health

Levels of bad cholesterol rise during menopause, and 10% of this increase is likely due to shifts in sex hormones. Women usually undergo menopause at the age of 48 to 52 years, leading to a decline in estrogen and increase in follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Menopause is thought to predispose women to heart disease since it typically develops 10 years later than in men, and risk rises after...

Taboo stops south Asian people in UK seeking help for dementia, says charity

Exclusive: Alzheimer’s Society says fear of embarrassment or misunderstanding stops thousands coming forwardThousands of south Asian people living with dementia in the UK are being denied access to help and support because stigma and taboo deter them from getting diagnosed, a charity has warned.People from south Asian communities are more likely to develop dementia than the general UK population...

Is the sibling relationship the most enduring of all?

Exploring shared childhood memories with your siblings will cast light on the person you are todayWhen I come across couples celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary I always wonder: “Who are these rare creatures who have managed to sustain a relationship for 60 years?” All those baked potatoes for dinner and trips to put the bins out. I’m amazed at the endurance of their love, but...

Blood moon: how to catch sight of dramatic eclipse in UK

Earth’s shadow will turn moon brick red just before dawn on Monday, while US will be treated to evening eclipseAstronomy enthusiasts will be setting their alarms for the small hours of Monday morning to catch a glimpse of a dramatic super blood moon.The Earth will come between the sun and the moon just before dawn in western Europe, making the moon appear brick red as it falls into the...

Why do people, like, say, ‘like’ so much?

Saying the word ‘like’ has long been seen as a sign of laziness and stupidity. But its use is actually richly nuanced, goes back to Shakespearean times, and is an indicator of, like, intelligenceI’m listening to BBC Radio 1, where they are interviewing the 26-year-old actor and singer Dove Cameron about her globally successful hit, Boyfriend. The DJ, Melvin Odoom, asks her, “Do you think...

‘We cannot live without love’: when Dr Love met Dr Loneliness

Stephanie and John Cacioppo were two neuroscientists specialising in love and loneliness. When they married, they put theory into practice. But when John died suddenly, would her science save her?Close your eyes for three seconds, Dr Stephanie Cacioppo instructs me early in our conversation. You might like to do the same at home, or on the train, or wherever you are. Now think of the person that...