Whaling’s ‘uncomfortable’ scientific legacy – BBC News

June 26, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRichard Sabin: “We actively use this data for marine conservation purposes now” It’s a curious thing to see a group of early whale foetuses up close – to see beings so small that have the potential to become so big. But what really strikes you, especially in those initial developmental stages, is how familiar the forms look. How like an early human foetus, they appear. “This is something you see time …

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London fire: Tower victims ‘may never be identified’ – BBC News

June 16, 2017

… ensure swift action can be taken if residents in other tower blocks are at risk. “If there are other buildings which have that dangerous cladding then immediate action needs to be taken in a matter of weeks, or months – not in a couple of years,” he added. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The prime minister spoke to fire commissioner Dany Cotton as she surveyed the damage A political row also erupted, after the prime minister made a private visit to the scene, …

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Borough Market opens after London Bridge terror attack – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… night of 3rd June and afterwards has been awe-inspiring.” The reopening of the market comes as inquests into the deaths of the eight victims are held at Southwark Coroner’s Court. Image copyright Getty Images Borough Market, positioned at the south end of London Bridge, has existed in one form or another for about 1,000 years, making it one of the oldest markets in London. Originally a wholesale market, it now centres around artisan foods. It is one of the largest food markets …

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images This was Theresa May’s election – the Conservatives were some way off in the distance, if they were visible at all, at the start of the campaign. But was she the right kind of candidate to be placed front and centre like this? Katie Perrior, Mrs May’s former director of communications thinks not. Writing in the Times, she said: “If you run a presidential-style campaign with a woman who doesn’t like media interviews, then you have to …

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Is refusing terrorists funerals a deterrent? – BBC News

June 9, 2017

To understand why this is significant, it’s vital to know the importance of funeral prayers – known as janaza – to Muslims. Image caption Dr Asim Yusuf is among Muslim leaders who said they would not bury the London attackers Ahmed Patel, a campaigner against extremism, chose not to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law Mohammed Sidique Khan, one of the four suicide bombers who carried out the 7/7 London bombings in 2005. “I didn’t go to his …

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Election 2017: What CAN’T you do in a polling station? – BBC News

June 8, 2017

… Can you wear political clothing? People shouldn’t wear party political clothing. Voters dressed in party T-shirts will not be able to enter the polling station as it may be intimidating. Political figures in the wider sense may be fine, for instance a T-shirt of Che Guevara would be acceptable. The onus is on encouraging people to vote. Can I cover my face with a hoodie or something else? Image copyright Getty Images No. The only people permitted to wear a rosette are the candidates …

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Election 2017: 10 things we’ve learned over seven weeks – BBC News

June 5, 2017

… Breaking the party line? 5) There are more women running for office Image copyright Getty Images When Mrs May called this snap election, the Conservative Party was ahead in the polls by some way. But Labour has been closing the gap. However, senior elections and political analyst Peter Barnes warns there are still quite large differences between the pollsters’ figures. And as we learned in 2015, the polls can be wrong. Almost all of the pollsters have changed their methods since …

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Election 2017: What do leaders do in their spare time? – BBC News

June 4, 2017

… prospect of the Tories, Lib Dems and Greens having an impromptu Parliamentary debate out on a wind-swept hill somewhere. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Don’t be distracted by that grin – George is actually great at conversation too A university friend of Theresa May’s has said they both loved watching comedy sketch show The Goodies. And Mrs May recently revealed she watches both Sherlock and Midsomer Murders, but not Broadchurch or Line of Duty. If Plaid …

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Election 2017: Five key things about the Question Time special – BBC News

June 4, 2017

… get off lightly either, with the first question from the audience on why the British public should trust him to negotiate Brexit. Image copyright Getty Images Home Secretary Amber Rudd repeatedly accused Mr Corbyn of having a “magic money tree” during the seven-way debate on Wednesday, and Mrs May took up the baton, repeating the mantra on a number of occasions. “There isn’t a magic money tree that we can shake that suddenly provides for everything that people …

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Is Scotland on the cusp of a Tory resurgence? – BBC News

June 3, 2017

… independence. We meant it.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nicola Sturgeon has said opposition to “indyref2” will be “democratically unsustainable” if the SNP wins a majority of Scottish seats The SNP would rather talk about social policies, where it believes it is more in tune with Scottish public opinion. Labour and the Lib Dems find themselves squeezed out of the constitutional argument since the Tories have cast themselves as the most staunch …

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What happened to Robert the smoking robot? – BBC News

June 1, 2017

“I won.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Robert was popular with children and could also – apparently – direct traffic The only remaining evidence for his existence are a selection of photographs and Robert himself disappeared from view after World War Two. Mr Lawson’s son David, an 84-year-old retired farmer, remembers “wires and gears, a maze of chains and electronics” inside the robot’s 10ft-tall frame. He said his father …

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General election 2017: Sturgeon to unveil SNP manifesto – BBC News

May 31, 2017

… austerity. “And if the SNP win this election in Scotland, it will strengthen the country’s hand when it comes to opposing cuts, defending our place in Europe and on choosing our future as a nation.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Theresa May says the focus should be on securing the best possible Brexit deal The SNP will seek to protect the triple lock on pensions, stop cuts to the winter fuel allowance and deliver extra investment for the NHS, for social …

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Why the UK election isn’t exciting Americans – BBC News

May 30, 2017

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May at a campaign event in Wales It’s not even accurate to call it a forgettable election. Most Americans, I feel confident in saying, aren’t aware it’s even taking place. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeremy Corbyn arrives for a campaign speech Many of the American revolutionaries, foremost amongst them the voguish Alexander Hamilton, were arch-monarchists. Their gripe with King George was that he …

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Election 2017: What if I can’t afford to pay the rent? – BBC News

… introduce five-year leases to give tenants more security. Labour promises Image copyright Getty Images Rent rises to be inflation-linked Cap for upfront deposits Rent-to-own model, giving tenants ownership after 30 years Tenants get first refusal to buy property when landlord sells New loans to help first-time renters under 30 with a deposit Reverse cuts to housing benefit Liberal Democrat manifesto Image copyright Getty Images Likely to promise reintroduction of housing …

May 28, 2017
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USA 1967: When American soccer’s Summer of Love ended in tears – BBC News

Their positive reaction to the football – a sport most viewers actually knew little about – prompted a group of US businessmen to get together to draw up plans to establish a professional football, or soccer, league in the country. Image copyright Keystone/Getty Images Image caption The Beatles led the so-called British Invasion of the US in the 1960s Back then Mr Rothenberg was a lawyer for sports entrepreneur Jack Kent Cooke, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball …

May 27, 2017
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Could you last a whole gig without using your phone? – BBC News

But many concertgoers find the practice irrating, and now some performers are starting to object too. “No mobile phones, cameras or recording devices will be allowed at Chris Rock’s Total Blackout Tour,” read a message posted on ticketing websites when the comedian’s new UK dates went on sale this month. Image copyright Yondr Image caption Audience members keep the locked pouches with them throughout the evening Rock’s use of Yondr at his upcoming UK …

May 21, 2017
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Liverpool star David Fairclough’s shirt sells for 10,000 – BBC News

… again!” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption David Fairclough made 154 appearances for the Reds between 1975 and 1983 David Fairclough was born in Liverpool in 1957 He made 154 appearances for the Reds between 1975 and 1983 He scored on his debut for Liverpool in a UEFA Cup tie against Dresden in 1975 He scored 55 goals during his Anfield career, including 37 from 92 starts and 18 in 62 substitute appearances He also had spells with Norwich City, Oldham Athletic and …

May 17, 2017
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GCSEs: A revision guide for anxious parents – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Stress, anxiety and late-night cramming can all affect appetite, but parents can help to ensure children maintain a well-balanced diet and aren’t missing meals. Exams generally start at either 09:00 or 13:30 – allowing plenty of time for breakfast and lunch. Nutritional therapist Kerry Torrens recommends making breakfast the most important meal of the day, filling up on energy-giving oats and eggs, which contain a nutrient called choline – …

May 17, 2017
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