Ben Jennings on the Tory leadership race – cartoon
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Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 12, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Ben Jennings Tags: Conservatives Nasa Politics Space Astronomy Source Type: news

How problems can arise out of the blue | Brief letters
Off message | Hangry for revolution | Drifting into muesli | Big lies | On timeAs a psychotherapist, I often work with couples, one of whom has received a message out of the blue from an old flame (Old friends more grateful to receive a message than we expect, study finds, 11 July. Their reasons for entering therapy often centre around the message, jealousy on one half, doubts on the other, or a yearning to recapture past youthful feelings. Trust me, a message out of the blue is definitely not a good idea for some.Pete LavenderWoodthorpe, Nottinghamshire• So a new study finds a clear link between hunger and anger (Report...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 12, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Psychology Friendship Breakfast Boris Johnson Life and style The sun Source Type: news

Nasa publishes flurry of images from James Webb space telescope
Scientists ‘thrilled and relieved’ to get first images from most powerful space-based observatory ever builtAstronomers have hailed the beginning of a new era of space observation after Nasa unveiled a flurry of full-colour images from the James Webb space telescope, the largest and most powerful space-based observatory ever built.The pictures from the sun-orbiting instrument brought delight – and no end of relief – for researchers who have waited decades for the project to come to fruition and embark on its mission to transform our view of the cosmos.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 12, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: James Webb space telescope Nasa Astronomy Science Source Type: news

Origin site of oldest Martian meteorite ‘Black Beauty’ named after WA mining town
Researchers used AI to pinpoint the meteorite ’s crater on Mars’ southern hemisphere, naming it Karratha, a city close to the Pilbara regionFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet ourfree news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcastArtificial intelligence has helped pinpoint the exact origin site of the oldest Martian meteorite, in a discovery researchers say provides clues about the planet ’s early history.The meteorite, commonly known as “Black Beauty” and officially called Northwest Africa 7034, contains the oldest known Martian igneous material, which is approximately 4.5bn ye...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 12, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Donna Lu Tags: Space Australia news World news Mars Astronomy Science Meteorology Source Type: news

James Webb image reignites calls to rename telescope amid links to LGBT abuses
Academics have long petitioned Nasa to rename the space telescope, given historical accusations linking Webb to anti-LGBT policiesTherelease of the first images from the James Webb space telescope, the most powerful ever launched into space, has renewed calls from astronomers for Nasa to rename the instrument amid allegations Webb was complicit in historical persecution of LGBTQ+ people.The $10bn telescope is named in tribute to James Webb, an American official who was the second administrator of Nasa. Webb led the space agency during many of the Apollo missions in the 1960s and also served as the US undersecretary of stat...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 12, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Donna Lu Tags: James Webb space telescope Astronomy Science LGBT rights Source Type: news

Cavers find pristine mineshaft frozen in time for 200 years
Experts describe cobalt mine at Alderley Edge as ‘time capsule’ thanks to lack of oxygenA pristine 200-year-old mineshaft that had been undisturbed since it was abandoned by miners during the Napoleonic wars has been discovered by cavers in Cheshire, revealing an almost unique “time capsule” of their underground life.The cobalt mine, atAlderley Edge, was sealed by the miners when the shaft was abandoned, at a date that can be pinpointed fairly accurately thanks to one man who used candle soot to write his initials “WS” and the date 20 August 1810 on the rock wall.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 12, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Esther Addley Tags: Heritage Archaeology The National Trust UK news Culture Science Source Type: news

Why have Australian honeybees been put into lockdown? Podcast
The varroa mite, a deadly honeybee parasite, has finally found its way into Australia.Varroa destructoraffects every other major beekeeping area in the world, damaging honeybees and transmitting viruses across hives. Now, in a fight to contain the mite, the state of New South Wales has destroyed 1,533 infected hives and implemented a statewide standstill on bee movement. Madeleine Finlay speaks to Dr Cooper Schouten, a beekeper and researcher, about why the mite poses such a threat to honeybees, what it means to put bees into lockdown, and what impacts this biosecurity breech could have.Archive: 7News Australia, WSPA 7News...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 12, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Presented and produced by Madeleine Finlay with additional production by Anand Jagatia, sound design by Rudi Zygadlo, and the executive producer was Lorna Stewart Tags: Science Environment Bees Insects Wildlife Australia news Source Type: news

First images from Nasa ’s James Webb space telescope reveal ancient galaxies
The pictures show elements of the universe as they were 13bn years ago, reshaping our understanding of the cosmosNasa has released an image of far-flung galaxies as they were 13bn years ago, the first glimpse from the most powerful telescope ever launched into space that promises to reshape our understanding of the dawn of the universe itself.The small slice of the universe, called SMACS 0723,has been captured in sharp detailby the James Webb space telescope (JWST), showing the light from many different twinkling galaxies, among the oldest in the universe. Joe Biden, who unveiled the image at a White House event, called th...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 11, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Oliver Milman and Ian Sample Tags: James Webb space telescope Nasa US news Science Astronomy Source Type: news

Mysterious glow of a ‘milky sea’ caught on camera for first time
Bioluminescence phenomenon has long eluded scientific inquiry owing to its remote and infrequent natureWaking at 10pm, a sailor looked out from the deck of the superyacht Ganesha to see that the ocean had turned white. “There is no moon, the sea is apparently full of plankton, but the bow wave is black. It gives the impression of sailing on snow,” they wrote.For centuries, mariners have described navigating unearthly night-time waters, lit up by a mysterious glow, but such “milky seas” have long eluded scientific inquiry owing to their remote, transient and infrequent nature.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 11, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Linda Geddes Science correspondent Tags: Marine life Oceans Wildlife Environment Science Source Type: news

Did you solve it? The Fields medals for beginners
The answers to today ’s puzzlesEarlier today I set you three problems, inspired by the 2022 Fields medals. The prizes – which every four years go to up to four mathematicians under 40 – are the most famous award in mathematics.Maryna Viazovska, from Ukraine, won for her groundbreaking work onhow to pack spheres in 24 dimensions. The first puzzle was about how to pack beers in three dimensions.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 11, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Alex Bellos Tags: Mathematics Education Science Source Type: news

Sunlight may trigger hormone that makes men hungrier, study suggests
Scientists find ghrelin levels rose in men ’s blood after sun exposure, but oestrogen appears to block increase in womenSummer sunshine can leave us feeling hot, sweaty and a bit burnt – but it may also make men hungrier, by triggering the release of an appetite-boosting hormone from fat stores in their skin, data suggests.The study, which was published in the journalNature Metabolism, adds to growing evidence that the effects of sun exposure may be more complex than first thought.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 11, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Linda Geddes Science correspondent Tags: Biology Science Israel Middle East and north Africa World news Source Type: news

Efforts to curb UK monkeypox outbreak inadequate, warn experts
Whistleblower claims serious flaws in support given by official helpline, as virus continues to spreadMonkeypox is continuing to spread in the UK, with current efforts insufficient to curb the outbreak, experts have warned as a whistleblower claimed there were serious flaws in the support given to those who think they have been exposed.According to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA),there have been 1,552confirmed cases of monkeypox in the UK related to the outbreak as of 7 July.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 11, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Science correspondent Tags: Monkeypox Infectious diseases Microbiology Sexual health UK news Science Society Source Type: news

Adding salt to food at table can cut years off your life, study finds
Research involving 500,000 Britons reveals link to earlier death for those who always season their mealsAdding salt to meals at the table is linked to an earlier death, according to a study of 500,000 middle-aged Britons.Researchers found that always adding salt to food knocks more than two years off life expectancy for men and one-and-a-half years for women. This does not include seasoning during the cooking process.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 11, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Health Society UK news Source Type: news

Old friends more grateful to receive a message than we expect, study finds
Research suggests our fears of contacting a former acquaintance out of the blue are unfoundedIt has happened to us all: sitting on the sofa, toying with the idea of sending an old friend an unexpected text, but worrying that a message out of the blue may seem weird, intrusive or just plain unwelcome.However, research suggests such fears are unfounded, with those on the receiving end often far more grateful than the sender may expect.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 11, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Science correspondent Tags: Friendship Psychology Science Mental health Society Life and style Source Type: news

Weather tracker: heatwave to sweep northwards across Europe
Parts of France and Germany likely to experience temperatures above 40C this week, while highs in Iberia could touch 47CEurope is once again entering a period of significant heatwave conditions this week, with the possibility of some record-breaking temperatures.Sweltering heat has already been affecting Iberia over the past few days, with temperatures 4-5C above the seasonal norm, leading to highs above 40C (104F). Through the rest of this week, the heat is likely to build even more intensely to about 7C above average, with maximum temperatures touching 46-47C in Seville, for instance.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 11, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Brendan Jones (MetDesk) Tags: Europe Environment World news Spain France UK weather Germany Italy India Source Type: news