Endurance shipwreck threatened by global heating, says marine archaeologist
Exclusive: Mensun Bound 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 guaranteed due to the combined threats of global heating and underwater robotic technology that could enable thefts from the historic site.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 15, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Dalya Alberge Tags: Antarctica World news Exploration Climate crisis Science Environment Source Type: news

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 due to being at higher risk of other illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, that increase the risk of dementia.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 15, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Gregory Health editor Tags: Alzheimer's Dementia Health Society UK news Science Source Type: news

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 mostly I’m touched by their ability to peer through varifocals and see the bride or groom of their youth, to understand what shaped them because they witnessed it all. Similarly, stories of friends who met over government-issue milk...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 15, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Catherine Carr Tags: Life and style Family Psychology Science Health & wellbeing Source Type: news

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 Earth ’s shadow. The effect is caused by the Earth’s atmosphere bending some of the sun’s light towards it.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 15, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Emily Dugan Tags: The moon Astronomy Science Space UK news World news Source Type: news

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 singerDove Cameronabout her globally successful hit, Boyfriend. The DJ, Melvin Odoom, asks her, “Do you think that your acting career has helped you with, kind of, like, your music career?”“For me they’re, like, the same energy,” replies Cameron. “Which is, like, when people are, like, ‘You have to choose,’ I’m like, ‘They...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 15, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Sam Wolfson Tags: Language Life and style Source Type: news

Two people diagnosed with monkeypox in London, health officials say
One person in infectious disease unit and the other is isolating, as UKHSA says no link to earlier confirmed caseTwo more people have been diagnosed with monkeypox in London, health officials said.The pair live in the same household and are not linked to theprevious confirmed case in England that was announced on 7 May, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 14, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Harry Taylor and agencies Tags: Infectious diseases UK news London Health Source Type: news

Disease-resistant pigs and oily plants – why UK scientists seek to alter food genes
Experts welcome planned laws on the use of genetic technology, but say growing global crises demand urgent actionOn 24 July 2019, Boris Johnson stood outside 10 Downing Street and delivered his first speech as prime minister. Among the many pledges he made was a promise that he was going “to liberate the UK’s extraordinary bioscience sector from anti-genetic modification rules”. Such a move would allow the nation to “develop the blight-resistant crops that will feed the world”, he added.Almost three years later, Johnson ’s government has eventually got round to outlining, inlast week ’s Queen’s speech, how ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 14, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Robin McKie Science Editor Tags: GM Genetics Agriculture Food Farming Science Environment Boris Johnson Biology Politics UK news Source Type: news

Meet the former Nazi rocket scientist who all too accurately saw the future | John Naughton
As well as serving in the SS and a second act as a Nasa engineer, Wernher von Braun wrote a Martian sci-fi novel with a prescient twist …I recently read (and greatly enjoyed)V2, Robert Harris ’s absorbing second world war thriller about British attempts to locate and destroy the base in the Netherlands from which Hitler’s “Retaliation Weapon 2” – those devastating rocket-powered bombs aimed at London – were launched. Harris is famous for the meticulous research that underpins his plots andV2 is no exception. For me, a particularly interesting aspect of the novel was his portrayal ofWernher von Braun, the Germ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 14, 2022 Category: Science Authors: John Naughton Tags: Space Science fiction books Nasa Second world war Robert Harris Nazism Culture Source Type: news

The secret to saving your relationship: eight lessons from a couples therapist
Over three decades, Susanna Abse has worked with every kind of couple. She shares what she ’s learned on how to stay the distance – and why fighting is goodSusanna Abse is the marriage counsellor ’s marriage counsellor – 30 years in practice giving her peerless insights into the challenges couples face without making any dent in her curiosity and originality. This serene, witty 65-year-old is exacting but non-judgmental; I imagine you’d feel able to say absolutely anything in front of her, unless it was bullshit. You would trust her with your marriage, but you’d want to take your A-game.Abse can ’t begin toes...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 14, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Zoe Williams Tags: Marriage Relationships Sex Family Health & wellbeing Life and style Psychology Source Type: news

Enzyme in babies ’ blood linked to risk of sudden infant death syndrome
Scientists find babies who died from Sids had lower levels of BChE on average, but say link ‘needs more investigation’Scientists may have come a step closer to uncovering the causes for sudden infant death syndrome in a study that has been hailed as a significant advance by the British scientist whose work underpinned the Back to Sleep campaign of the 1990s.The study is the first to identify a biochemical marker in the blood that is linked to the risk of Sids, sometimes called cot death, when an apparently healthy infant dies during their sleep. Although the test is not accurate enough to be used in newborn screening, ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 13, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Sudden infant death syndrome Health Biology Science Source Type: news

‘Phage therapy’ successes boost fight against drug-resistant infections
Two US patients recover from intractable infections, giving hope for treatments beyond antibioticsTwo US patients have recovered from intractable infections after being treated with a pioneering therapy involving genetically engineered bacteria-killing viruses.The cases raise hopes that so-called phage therapy could be used more widely to combat the global crisis of drug-resistant infections. One of the patients, Jarrod Johnson, a 26-year-old man with cystic fibrosis, was approaching death after suffering a chronic lung infection that resisted treatment by antibiotics for six years. After being given the phage therapy, his...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 13, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Medical research Antibiotics Society Science UK news US news World news Colorado Source Type: news

South Africa ’s April floods made twice as likely by climate crisis, scientists say
Brutal heatwave in India and Pakistan also certain to have been exacerbated by global heating, scientists sayThe massive and deadly floods that struck South Africa in April were made twice as likely and more intense by global heating, scientists have calculated. The research demonstrates that the climate emergency is resulting in devastation.Catastrophicfloods and landslides hit the South African provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape on 11 April following exceptionally heavy rainfall.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 13, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Damian Carrington Environment editor Tags: Climate crisis Extreme weather South Africa Flooding Environment World news Climate science Source Type: news

HRT products could be sent to UK from mainland Europe next week
Regulator expected to consent to import of hormone replacement pills and patches from FranceExtra supplies of hormone replacement therapy products could be shipped to the UK from France and Poland as soon as next week, a major manufacturer has said after crisis meetings were held to addressthe nationwide shortage.Tina Backhouse, the general UK manager at Theramex, which makes about a dozen HRT drugs, including Bijuva pills and Femseven patches, said the company needed special permission to bring in products from France that were not licensed in the UK. Theramex ’s products are mainly made in Germany, and some are only li...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 13, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Julia Kollewe Tags: Menopause Pharmaceuticals industry Women's health Drugs Business Life and style Science Society UK news & wellbeing Source Type: news

HRT products could be shipped to UK from Europe next week
Regulator expected to consent to import of hormone replacement pills and patches from FranceExtra supplies of hormone replacement therapy products could be shipped to the UK from France and Poland as soon as next week, a major manufacturer has said after crisis meetings were held to addressthe nationwide shortage.Tina Backhouse, the general UK manager at Theramex, which makes about a dozen HRT drugs, including Bijuva pills and Femseven patches, said the company needed special permission to bring in products from France that were not licensed in the UK. Theramex ’s products are mainly made in Germany, and some are only li...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 13, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Julia Kollewe Tags: Menopause Pharmaceuticals industry Women's health Drugs Business Life and style Science Society UK news & wellbeing Source Type: news

Cress seeds grown in moon dust raise hopes for lunar crops
Thale cress seeds survived but grew more slowly than those planted in volcanic ash, developing stunted rootsThe prospect of growing crops on the moon has edged a little closer after researchers nurtured plants – some more successfully than others – in lunar soil for the first time.Scientists planted thale cress seeds in moon dust brought back by three Apollo missions and watched them sprout and grow into fully fledged plants, raising the potential for astronauts to farm off-world crops.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 12, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Science The moon Space Plants UK news World news Source Type: news