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    Whether it's a legendary footballer or a famed inventor, many of us are proud to be from the same town as a notable figure.  But who exactly is the most significant person to hail from your hometown? An incredible interactive map has been developed this week that reveals the birthplaces of the most 'notable people' around the world.  It suggests that Sean Connery is the most notable person to hail from Edinburgh, while Barack Obama tops the list in Honolulu, and Freddie Mercury in Zanzibar. Whether it's a legendary footballer or a famed inventor, many of us are proud to be from the same town as a notable figure. But who is the most important person to hail from your hometown? Most notable people in UK cities  London - Charlie Chaplin Cardiff - Roald Dahl Birmingham - Ozzy Osbourne Manchester - J.J. Thomson  Liverpool - John Lennon Sheffield - Joe Cocker Leeds - Mel B York - Judi Dench  Newcastle - Sting Middlesbrough - James Cook Edinburgh - Sean Connery Glasgow - Mark Knopfler  The map is the...
    More than 70 million of Americans are under heat alerts after Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver and California's Death Valley all posted record temperatures on Saturday, as dangerous and 'potentially deadly' heat sweeps across the American Southwest to the Gulf Coast. The National Weather Service in Phoenix reported a temperature of 114F (46C) on Saturday, tying the record high for the date set back in 1918. 'Extreme and deadly heat will continue through this weekend,' the National Weather Service in Phoenix said.  Las Vegas tied a record for the day set in 1956, with temperatures soaring to 109F (43 C) on Saturday. The National Weather Service (NWS) said there was a chance the high temperatures in both cities could rise even more over the next week.  Denver, Colorado, hit 100F (38C) on Saturday, tying a record set in 2013 for both the high temperature and the earliest calendar day to reach 100F (38C). High heat is expected to remain in the area until Tuesday, where conditions will drop to mid-80s Fahrenheit (26C).  Several states across the US have observed a surge...
    Early risers are in for a rare treat from tomorrow when five planets are set to align in a special way for the first time in 18 years. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will line up in order of their distance from the sun, as viewed from the northern hemisphere, and can be spotted in the pre-dawn sky all at once.  It is not uncommon to see two or three planets close together, but this is the first time five of them can be viewed from Britain in this particular alignment since December 2004. The 'planet parade' will make Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn visible with the nake eye in the southeastern pre-dawn sky. Spectacular show: Early risers are in for a rare treat from tomorrow when five planets visible to the naked eye align in a special way for the first time in 18 years. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will line up in order of their distance from the sun (pictured in the graphic above) WHEN DO THE FIVE PLANETS APPEAR ABOVE THE HORIZON?  Mercury will be...
    Intuitive astrologer Rose Smith revealed how the flower blood moon would effect your star sign An astrologer has revealed how the flower blood moon will effect your star sign - and given tips on surviving Mercury retrograde unscathed. Intuitive astrologer Rose Smith told FEMAIL the full moon on May 16, which is partnered with an eclipse, will bring in emotional energy for everyone. And even though we won't see the effect of the eclipse in Australia the power will be felt, she explained. These feelings could be magnified because of Mercury retrograde which runs through until June 4. Mercury retrograde is infamous for making people feel unaligned or 'derailing plans' with technological glitches, miscommunications and problems with travel more likely to occur. 'This full moon eclipse is in Scorpio – the zodiac sign associated with intense emotional depth and passion - so it's going to be an extremely emotional time for many people, and we need to make sure our brains are in gear before acting,' she said. 'Authority figures may grate your sense of freedom, to the point where...
    TIRED of paying extortionate rent prices, this couple decided to leave the land behind a buy a boat. When they started their journey Dottie Turnbull and Tristan Van, who are both in their early twenties, didn't know a thing about boating. 3Dottie and Tristan love their new life on the waterCredit: Mercury The pair were fed up of spending £1,750 of their hard earned cash on rent and bills for their one bed cottage every month. Buying their canal boat in September 2021, it's been a wild 6 months for the duo. They left their cottage and and family in Hertfordshire behind, and relocated to Cambridgeshire with no regrets. Read more on saving moneyTHE FUNK! I transformed my dull rooms into a funky office space & saved £500, here’s how SUPER SAVER I saved £5k in a year thanks to a post-it hack - you could do it quicker too "We moved for the lifestyle; the biggest benefit is the community. We have found people are so friendly and will do anything to help." The move has also meant...
    A FAMILY of four have a combined height of 25 feet - and struggle to find the right fitting clothes. Mum-of-two Vikki Golesworthy, 56, says her family are so tall that they've had to make a string of modifications to their home including extra high door frames and extra tall mirrors. 5The Golesworthy family from Leicester are all over 6ftCredit: Mercury 5Vikki, Tom, Daniel and Amelie Golesworthy find their height a tall orderCredit: Mercury Vikki is the smallest in in her family at 6ft 2in, while husband Tom, 54, measures a massive 6ft 6in. Daughter Amelie, 19, towers above her pals is 6ft 3in, and son Daniel, 17, measures 6ft 4in. Whenever the family, from Leicester, go out and about onlookers stare at them amazed at their massive height. Vikki told The Sun: "It's mostly people gawping at us, and sometimes you can hear someone say 'oh my god they're so tall'. "We usually notice when people have walked past us on the street and they do a double take." Vikki revealed her family struggle to find clothes that fit,...
    Wendy Williams released a statement through her rep in the wake of her once popular talk show, The Wendy Williams Show, being canceled on Tuesday. Her spokesperson, Howard Bragman, explained that Wendy 'understands' the business decision and expressed her gratitude to her replacement, Sherri Shepherd, Deadline reported. It wasn't all bad news for Wendy Watchers, however. The 57-year-old star is leaving open the possibility of returning to television 'should her health get to a point where she can host again'. In her words: Wendy Williams expressed her gratitude to her replacement, Sherri Shepherd, and plotted a possible return to hosting in the wake of The Wendy Williams Show being canceled  'It's been a challenging time for Wendy as she deals with her health issues. She is incredibly grateful to Debmar-Mercury, to Sherri and everybody else who has supported the show through this time,' Bragman said in a statement.  'She, more than anyone, understands the reality of syndicated television — you can't go to the marketplace and sell a show that's the Maybe Wendy Show,' he added. RELATED ARTICLES Previous...
    Plantish, an Israeli foodtech startup, is on a mission to save the oceans one salmon filet at a time. The company unveiled its new plant-based whole-cute salmon filet on Thursday that mimics the texture, taste, appearance and structure of the real thing. The vegan dish is made with a mixture of legume proteins, algae oil and other binders that provides the food with Omega-3s, Omega-6s, B vitamins and protein, but without the mercury, hormones and microplastics found in ocean fish. Plantish has recently partnered with Michelin chef Jose Andres to serve the plant-based salmon filets at select restaurants later this year, with a launch into the grocery market in 2024. Scroll down for video  Plantish, an Israeli foodtech startup, is on a mission to save the oceans one salmon filet at a time. The company unveiled its new plant-based whole-cute salmon filet on Thursday that mimics the texture, taste, appearance and structure of the real thing Ofek Ron, co-founder and CEO of Plantish, explained: 'We exist to save the oceans and eliminate the need to consume marine animals by providing...
    Cannabis plants may absorb carcinogenic heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium from soils, experts have warned.  Researchers in Pennsylvania have conducted a 'meta-analysis' of previous studies to examine the ability of cannabis plants to absorb heavy metals.  They report that some cannabis strains have been bred specifically for 'phytoremediation' – growing plants to remove pollutants from soils.  But this risks heavy metals seeping into cannabis crops that are later harvested and smoked by humans, potentially causing cancer and neurological issues.  Heavy metal contaminants could be dangerous for people who ingest them, the researchers say, including cancer patients who use medical marijuana.  A new meta-analysis examines the ability of cannabis plants to absorb heavy metals and discusses the resulting health impacts on consumers (stock image) PHYTOREMEDIATION Phytoremediation is the use of plants to remove pollutants from soils, air or water.   Phytoremediation is a good way of targeting heavy metal accumulation in soils in hazardous environments, such as nuclear sites.   Heavy metal soil accumulation has been rapidly increased due to various natural processes and industrial activities.  Source: Front. Plant Sci/CPEO.org  The researchers, Penn State University,...
    A mum-of-14 has revealed how she makes sure her kids all chip in with the housework, even on Christmas day. Virginia Revoir, 42, and her husband Charles, 45, from Arizona, Texas, USA, run a tight schedule in their seven-bed house, where each child gets assigned their own chore. 5Virginia and Charles put their kids to work around the houseCredit: Mercury The stay-at-home mum and her partner, an electrical engineer, structure their daily family life by incorporating rewards after their kids have completed their chores for the day such as days or meals out. From tidying their room to cleaning the loft, Chaz, 21, Ryan, 20, Adrianna, 19, Kyle, 18; Kaylene, 17; Ivy, 16, Gabriel, 16, Ashley, 14, Caleb, 12, Joshua, 12; Juliet, nine, Jaxon, six, Shayla, three; and Serenity, nine months. All but the youngest two have chores but the eldest have the option to opt out by paying £18 ($25 USD). FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED Virginia said: “At Christmas, we give the kids time to enjoy their gifts and unwrap everything, before...
    Cosmic rays may be used to scan the sealed tomb of China's First Emperor — long  rumoured to contain deadly traps and an ancient map with liquid mercury rivers. Buried under a 249-feet-high pyramidal mound, the tomb lies within a necropolis in Xi'an's Lintong District, and is famously guarded by the Terracotta Army. Found in their thousands to the tomb's east, as if to protect Qin Shi Huang in death from the eastern states he conquered in life, each statue was once brightly painted. However, exposure to the dry Xi'an air before appropriate conservation techniques had been devised meant that most of the soldiers' colours faded after recovery. For this reason, Chinese officials have long been reluctant to allow the tomb itself to be unearthed until they can guarantee the preservation of any artefacts within. However, new proposals would see subatomic particle detectors placed beneath the 2,229-year-old tomb to map out the structure's layout in three-dimensions. Qin Shi Huang (259–210 BCE) succeeded in conquering and unifying the whole of China in 221 BCE, creating an empire that lasted for some two millennia. His...
    A MUM who takes her three-month-old baby to the spa every week claims it relaxes him and helps him sleep. Shanelle Cotton, 26, is a first-time mum and says that bringing her baby to the spa has been a huge help. 4Shanelle Cotton regularly takes baby son Romi to the spa to help him stay calmCredit: Mercury 4Romi enjoys hot stone treatments and massagesCredit: Mercury She and her baby Romi, who is three months old, regularly make the trip to Bridgnorth from their home in Birmingham, West Midlands. Shanelle, who runs her own business, says the spa has helped her meet other mums and pick up tips on calming Romi. "Going to the spa has been so beneficial for both of us," she said. "As a new mum, it's so helpful to have a reason to get out the house, and it means we have a bit more structure to our day. "For Romi, it's a really lovely atmosphere for him to be in, it's so calm. "He never used to want to have a bath at night, but...
    A PREMATURE baby is celebrating her first Thanksgiving at home after being born weighing the same as a soup can at 22 weeks and five days. When Eris unexpectedly entered the world, she weighed 1lb 1oz. 7North Carolina mom Cayce Lee gave welcomed her daughter, Eris, at 22 weeksCredit: Mercury 7Cayce Lee and her husband Dennis with their daughterCredit: Mercury 7Eris unexpectedly entered the world at 22 weeks and five days, weighing at 1lb 1ozCredit: Mercury She was placed straight into a plastic bag to keep her vital organs warm - preventing the risk of hypothermia - while mom Cayce Lee, 37, was under general anesthetic following the emergency c-section in October 2020. Lee, 37, and her husband Dennis, 35, prepared to say goodbye on more than one occasion during the 254 days in the neonatal intensive care unit. Lee, from Lewisville, North Carolina, said: “Last year, we didn't even know if Eris would make it to Christmas as she was so small and fragile. "Dennis and I spent Thanksgiving with her in the NICU, she actually got sick a...
    A piano once owned by British rock band Queen is to be sold at auction next month. The instrument is believed to have featured on Queen's 1984 album The Works, which includes the hit single Hammer To Fall. It is expected to fetch between £10,000 and £20,000. Used by Queen in both the recording studio and on tour, the Kawai EP 308 baby grand electric piano was bought from the band by new wave rockers The Alarm in 1985 following a chance meeting between lead singer Mike Peters and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Mike Peters, lead singer of The Alarm, sits in front of the EP 308 baby grand electric piano - formerly owned by Queen - which is to be sold at auction December 8 The piano (pictured) was used by Freddie Mercury in the recording of the 1984 album The Works, which includes the hit single Hammer To Fall Queen and The Alarm both performed at the 1984 Montreux Pop Festival in Switzerland. While drinking in a nearby hotel bar, Peters was approached by a member of Queen's crew,...
    A MUM was in a coma for 23 days and lost her legs - after mistaking serious symptoms of a blood infection for Covid. Cher Little started feeling ill with a headache and fever, but thought she must have picked up the virus. 5Cher Little ended up having part of both legs removed after getting illCredit: Mercury 5The mum of two suffered with a serious bloodstream infectionCredit: Mercury The 47-year-old started getting a rash on her skin before blisters popped up and her body and lips turned purple. Her worried family, from Connah's Quay, Wales, rusher her to hospital where she was given a 20 per cent chance of surviving the illness. The mum-of-two was diagnosed with Meningococcal Septicaemia, and now says she wishes she knew the signs. After being put into a coma the data analyst’s limbs turned black and medics were left with no choice but to amputate her legs from the knee down in February 2021. Cher said: “I feel very lucky to be alive and with my children Georgia, 23, Ryan, 19, and partner Mark Rowlands,...
    Fish farming has been commended as a more sustainable alternative to both wild-caught fishing and livestock agriculture. While overfishing and ensnarement of other marine life are not as prevalent in fish farming practices, this industry is still incredibly cruel and environmentally detrimental. Source: Animal Outlook / Youtube Environmental Impact 1. Wild-Caught fish are used to feed farmed fish Although many fish farms boast that their aquaculture practices do not risk overfishing natural populations of fish, this is only true for the type of fish they are farming. For example, many of the bigger fish humans eat such as salmon are carnivorous. Thus, to keep them alive long enough for slaughter, fish farmers feed them fish meal made from frequently overfished populations. Not only does this practice contradict the idea that fish farms are “good” because they don’t contribute to overfishing, but it also demonstrates how calorically inefficient fish farming is. Other studies have corroborated this caloric inefficiency by comparing aquaculture and land animal agriculture. Farmed fish convert protein and calories from feed into edible seafood at similar rates...
    Venus and Mars have been moving closer toward each other throughout July and will finally meet in the sky tonight for a planetary conjunction. According to NASA, the planets will appear only a finger’s width apart tonight, but will be at their closest during the early morning hours of Tuesday. During this planetary conjunction, Venus and Mars will be visible in the same field of view despite being tens of millions of miles apart in space. Mars will appear a half degree below Venus, with the pair only be about four degrees above the west-northwestern horizon as twilight ends at 9:44pm EDT, NASA said. Scroll down for video  Venus and Mars will appear only a finger’s width apart tonight, but will be at their closest during the early morning hours of Tuesday Venus and Mars typically orbit the sun on either side of Earth, but the two come together in July for a spectacular show that is out of this world. Venus, also known as the Evening Star, will sit slight north of the Red Planet and will outshine...
    PLANET Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun and one of Earth's closest neighbours. Mercury and Earth are both terrestrial planets with land and rock but they have far more differences than similarities and we've rounded some up below. 2Mercury is the smallest planet in our Solar SystemCredit: Getty - Contributor How many moons does Mercury have? Planet Mercury actually has no moons. The only other planet in our Solar System with no moons is Venus. Earth has one, Mars has two and Saturn could have a staggering 82 moons. 2Mercury has no moonsCredit: Handout How far is Mercury from the Sun? The average distance between Mercury and the Sun is 36 million miles. The distance does depend where Mercury is in its orbit. Mercury has an egg shaped orbit and can get as close as 29 million miles to the Sun. Its maximum distance away from the solar surface is 43 million miles. In comparison, Earth's average distance from the Sun is 93 million miles. Mercury completes a full orbit every 88 days. It can reach 430 degrees...
    Last month, Jupiter and Saturn treated skywatchers to a spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime "great conjunction," when they were closer in the night sky than they had been since medieval times. Now, as our solar system's two largest planets continue to drift apart, they will be joined by a third — Mercury — forming a rare three-planet conjunction.  A triple conjunction is traditionally defined as two planets meeting each other three times in a short timeframe but NASA has also used the term to refer to three planets meeting. A planetary trio is defined by planets within a circle with a diameter less than 5 degrees in width — which can be visualized as three fingers held together at an arm's length, according to EarthSky.  The last one occurred in October 2015. Jupiter and Saturn have been slowly drifting apart since their extremely rare meeting in December, but Mercury is just now coming into view, forming the planetary triangle.  "From Friday evening to Monday evening, the planet Mercury will appear to pass first by Saturn and then by Jupiter as it shifts away...
    Diana Taurasi (left) and Skylar Diggins-Smith. AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins-Smith haven't skipped a beat since last season. On Day 1 of WNBA spring training, the Phoenix Mercury's lethal backcourt duo put on a shooting masterclass. Watch as the WNBA GOAT and her four-time All-Star teammate drained 15 straight threes at their first practice in months. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. —Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) April 25, 2021 
    The Open Group, the global independent technology group for vendors that achieves a variety of business goals through technology standards, today announced the launch of the Mercury version of the OSDU data platform. Developed by The Open Group OSDU Forum, the OSDU data platform is an open source, standards-based, and technology-independent data platform for the energy industry. The platform stimulates innovation, industrializes data management and reduces time to market for new solutions. As a member of the OSDU Forum, Cognite is committed to ensuring that its industrial data platform, Cognite Data Fusion (CDF), is finally integrated with the OSDU data platform and aligned with the OSDU technical standard at its launch. Cognite has been involved in the development of the OSDU data platform from the beginning, leading the Mercury R3 testing workflow ensuring that OSDU data platform implementations are consistent and interoperable across different cloud providers and platforms. for interoperability. Both Cognite and the OSDU Forum are committed to an open standards-based ecosystem and reducing silos to enable secure access to trusted, underground data on a global scale, enabling better...
    A 32-YEAR-OLD woman has become a gran of four after marrying a man 35 years her senior. Michelle Micklewright met her husband Kenny, now 68, when she was 17 and he was 52 when she was a regular at a pub he owned in 2006. 9Michelle Micklewright met her husband Kenny, now 68, when she was 17Credit: Mercury The couple, from Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, married in 2015 and welcomed their own daughter, Tyana, into the world 13 years ago. Michelle is now a step-grandmother to Kenny's four grandchildren, Abigail, 12, Kenny Jr Jr, eight, Jax, six, and Kaci-Jane, two. Kenny has four children from a previous marriage. The pub landlady said: "I'm a nana and it's brilliant and I've got a good bond with the kids. 9Michelle has become a gran of four after marrying Kenny, who is 35 years her seniorCredit: Mercury 9The couple welcomed their own daughter, Tyana, into the world 13 years agoCredit: Mercury 9Michelle is now a step-grandmother to Kenny's four grandchildren, Abigail, 12, Kenny Jr Jr, eight, Jax, six, and Kaci-Jane, twoCredit: Mercury "Abigail knows...
    (CNN)The solar system's largest and smallest planets will be in alignment this Friday.In the morning, Mercury and Jupiter will be in conjunction and appear just above the horizon, according to NASA. A conjunction is when two objects appear close together in the sky, but they can actually be millions of miles apart, according to Thomas Beatty, assistant astronomer at Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona in Tucson. It's similar to a merry-go-round, he said, with certain animals aligning as they circle around the center of the ride.To the naked eye, the planets will look like two bright stars, Beatty said. Read MoreThe best time to view the conjunction is in the early morning hours, but it might be difficult to see in the Northern Hemisphere, according to EarthSky. The views will be much better in the Southern Hemisphere due to Earth's angle in the sky. Asteroid Apophis flyby An asteroid will make a flyby between Friday and Saturday, according to EarthSky. Apophis, an asteroid that spans over 1,312 feet, will be closest to the Earth -- over 10 million...
    US must call an audible and focus on first shots of vaccine, protest disrupts vaccinations at Dodger stadium: Todays key COVID updates U.S. condemns harsh tactics as thousands detained at Navalny protests in Russia Mercury Is Retrograde, and With Venus in Aquarius, Here’s What You Need To Know To Handle the Transit Best This week kicks off February, a month that begins with Mercury retrograde and five planets in Aquarius, the sign of the water-bearer. After last week’s full moon in Leo, the moon is now waning, providing us a time to review where we’ve been and release what’s no longer serving us. This dovetails perfectly with this Mercury retrograde transit's meaning with Venus in Aquarius. To review, Mercury, the planet of communication, went retrograde on January 30th at 26° of Aquarius and will stay retrograde in Aquarius until February 20th. So, for the next three weeks, this transit asks us to go back in time to learn more about the current moment. © Photo: Getty Images/Westend61 venus in aquarius We reinvent ourselves to reinvest in ourselves, and our...
    The "Christmas star," a rare celestial event that occurs when Jupiter and Saturn, the two largest planets in the Solar System, form what looks like a double planet, was one of the highlights of 2020. True to form, 2021 promises to top that. This weekend, Mercury will join the two gas giants in what is being dubbed a "triple conjunction," as the three planets will be within a couple of degrees from one another in the night sky. Photo credit: NASA CHRISTMAS STAR IS COMING: JUPITER AND SATURN ARE ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING NOT SEEN FOR NEARLY 800 YEARS "From Friday evening to Monday evening, the planet Mercury will appear to pass first by Saturn and then by Jupiter as it shifts away from the horizon, visible each evening low in the west-southwest and setting before evening twilight ends," NASA wrote on its website. According to Forbes, the three planets will be in the same two degrees of the sky in the Capricorn constellation. EarthSky.org notes skywatchers may need binoculars to catch some of the planets, but the event can be seen...
    IT’S a piste of cake for this group of squirrels — who go nuts for the snow. Photographer Vadim Trunov, 36, built miniature skis and snowboards for the red rodents — and got them to climb on them with the promise of hazelnuts. 6These amazing pics were taken by a photographer who built miniature skis and snowboards for the red rodentsCredit: Mercury Press 6Snapper Vadim got the furry creatures to climb on the skis with the promise of hazelnutsCredit: Mercury Press Vadim snapped them in Voronezh, Russia, then edited out the supports. He said: “I often go to the forest to feed them. They know me. They’re like cartoon characters.” “I’ve been taking pictures of squirrels for a long time, and I’ve studied all their habits. “I made the skis and snowboards with an electric saw from a wooden board and painted them, before heading to a forest not far from my country home. “I fixed the ski poles in the snow so that they would not move. I then placed hazelnuts all around the skis and the squirrels ran...
    A MOTHER has been left with crippling back pain and memory loss after the contraceptive coil pierced her womb. Trudy Truesdale said she had problems with the coil “from the start” and became anaemic due to the amount of blood she was losing because of the contraceptive device. 5Trudy Truesdale suffered with severe bleeding and pain due to the contraceptive coil Credit: Mercury Press 5The mother-of-three had the coil removed two weeks ago Credit: Mercury Press The 40-year-old said she was unable to pick her baby up due to the excruciating pain the coil had left her in. Trudy, who lives in Rogland Soland, Norway first had the coil fitted in December 2019 after the birth of her third child. The mother-of-three claims she immediately began suffering with severe pain, bleeding, anaemia, chronic back pain, and memory loss which lasted until she had the coil removed two weeks ago. Trudy said she was bleeding heavily, was in a lot of pain and her weight started to drop. The business owner said: "I became anaemic because I was losing so much...
    Fish farming has been commended as a more sustainable alternative to both wild-caught fishing and livestock agriculture. While overfishing and ensnarement of other marine life are not as prevalent in fish farming practices, this industry is still incredibly cruel and environmentally detrimental. Source: Animal Outlook / Youtube Environmental Impact 1. Wild-Caught fish are used to feed farmed fish Although many fish farms boast that their aquaculture practices do not risk overfishing natural populations of fish, this is only true for the type of fish they are farming. For example, many of the bigger fish humans eat such as salmon are carnivorous. Thus, to keep them alive long enough for slaughter, fish farmers feed them fish meal made from frequently overfished populations. Not only does this practice contradict the idea that fish farms are “good” because they don’t contribute to overfishing, but it also demonstrates how calorically inefficient fish farming is. Other studies have corroborated this caloric inefficiency by comparing aquaculture and land animal agriculture. Farmed fish convert protein and calories from feed into edible seafood at similar rates...
    Two military 'Doomsday planes' were seen flying along both US coasts on the morning President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced they had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. One Boeing E-6B Mercury was spotted along the East Coast near Washington, DC while the other was observed above Oregon.  These planes typically carry instructions from the National Command Authority to fleets of ballistic missile submarines.  Social media was abuzz with theories, with many speculating that it was a warning to enemies of America not to attack while Trump is ill and that the US is still strong. Early Friday morning, two military planes, E-6B Mercuries, were spotted flying over Washington, DC and Oregon. Pictured: An E-6B Mercury on taking off from Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma The flyovers occurred minutes before President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced they had tested positive for the coronavirus. Pictured: President Donald Trump holds a mask as he speaks during a news conference at the White House, July 21 The US Navy has 16 Mercury planes,...
    The long-range three gave Skylar Diggins-Smith her second 30-piece in a three-game span and enabled the Mercury to secure the 100-95 win in overtime. Phoenix Mercury/Twitter Phoenix Mercury point guard Skylar Diggins-Smith hit an ice-cold buzzer beater from half court to force overtime against the Connecticut Sun Wednesday night. The 45-footer gave Diggins-Smith her second 30-point performance in a three-game span and enabled the Mercury to secure the 100-95 win in overtime. Thanks to Diggins-Smith's shot, Phoenix is still in contention for a double-bye in the WNBA playoffs, which would allow them to avoid single-elimation games. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Skylar Diggins-Smith has ice in her veins. The prolific point guard drained a mind-boggling buzzer-beater from the WNBA logo to send her Phoenix Mercury squad into overtime against the Connecticut Sun.—Phoenix Mercury (x) (@PhoenixMercury) September 10, 2020Here's another look at the shot — this time from the baseline:—Phoenix Mercury (x) (@PhoenixMercury) September 10, 2020The 45-foot shot came after Connecticut star DeWanna Bonner knocked down a clutch three of her own to give the Sun a...
    HERE’S one way of getting your house squeaky clean. A group of gerbils mop, vacuum and paint. 10A gerbil takes on the role of car-pet cleaner in a series of adorable photosCredit: Mercury Press 10Another of the small animals gets some painting done while listening to the radioCredit: Mercury Press 10Another gerbil perfectly poses while pouring out a cup of teaCredit: Mercury Press They are even seen pouring tea, working at a desk and with a wheelbarrow. Snapper Bailey Thompson spends hours with her nine gerbils on miniature sets. The 26-year-old then puts the results on social media. Bailey, of Ontario, Canada, said: “I’ll tell them what I want to do, show them the scene and sit there with my camera and wait until they’re in a good position. “They never pause to pose, they’re constantly moving, so I use a flash to freeze the frame. 10One gerbil takes care of the garden work by pushing around a wheelbarrowCredit: Mercury Press Most read in News‘VILE CREEP’'Sicko, 25, climbed in window to sexually assault his 96-year-old neighbor'‘GOOD BOY’Cops unleash K9 dog...
    Covid vaccine trial: News anchor receives first shot in US Phase 3 How the Hamptons got even bougier in summer 2020 Finally, bigger audiences are beginning to notice the WNBA and the Sparks Nneka Ogwumike wasn’t scheduled to talk to reporters after practice Monday, but when the Sparks forward unexpectedly stepped in front of a webcam in Bradenton, Fla., she had plenty of reasons to do it. © (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press) Nneka Ogwumike (Associated Press) After a global pandemic that threatened to cancel the season, the WNBA delivered its most-watched opening weekend in years. The Sparks’ win against the Phoenix Mercury averaged 540,000 viewers on ABC. The WNBA's bright orange hoodie, worn by athletes from LeBron James to tennis star Naomi Osaka to All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas, took over social media. Seeing the success, Ogwumike had a simple thought: “It’s about time.” “We’ve been saying that 'The W' is here,” Ogwumike said, “and hopefully now people are certainly realizing it." After the Sparks' 99-76 win over the Mercury was the most-watched WNBA opener since 2012, with...
    A coalition of 20 states, several cities, and a county are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over changes that undermine certain clean air standards. The states sued over changes to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule, which regulates pollution from power plants. MATS was the first-ever national policy to reduce hazardous pollutants such as mercury, arsenic, and lead, which are known to cause neurological damage and forms of cancer and lung disease. In April, the EPA announced changes to the MATS rule, concluding that it is not “appropriate and necessary” to regulate mercury and other pollutants to protect public health. The “appropriate and necessary” regulation is a legal justification to force power plants to limit mercury output since savings to consumers on healthcare costs would exceed compliance costs. Without this legal justification, companies can easily challenge MATS in court and prevent similar regulations in the future. While the EPA’s changes do not undo MATS, it severely weakens it. “It’s absurd that in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, President Trump is putting the interests of the coal lobby and polluters ahead of...
    THIS Sunday is a great day for stargazing as you should be able to spot five planets and a crescent Moon. Venus will be easy to spot and Mars will be visible as a curved line. 2In this image Mars is the reddish star, Saturn is a small dot in the middle and the bright star on the right is JupiterCredit: Getty Images - Getty The rare celestial event will occur around two hours before sunrise. It will feature Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn and, of course, the Moon. All the planets should be bright enough to see with the naked eye. However, you might find it easier to see Mercury with some binoculars or a telescope. 2July is a good time to spot some of our Solar System's planets with the naked eyeCredit: Getty - Contributor The planets will look like very bright stars. There are many sky scanning apps that you can point at the stars and they can tell you exactly what you're looking at. Look towards the southwestern sky and you should be able to...
    Scientists unearthed remains of Danish and Italians from the Middle Ages in a first-ever analysis into the differences between noble families and common folk. The team took samples from 69 individuals buried during the 17th to 18th century in search of trace elements and heavy metals in the bones that reveal details of the person's diet during their life. Noble families were found to have more lead in the bones, due to drinking wine that contained lead salts, and mercury, which was an expensive treatment for leprosy and syphilis. Less strontium and barium were also spotted in the bones from nobles compared to the bones of the less fortunate, which means they injected more animal meat.   Scientists unearthed remains of Danish and Italians from the Middle Ages in a first-ever analysis into the differences between noble families and common folk. The team took samples from 69 individuals buried during the 17th to 18th The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Southern Denmark, which collected 84 samples from femoral bones of the deceased. The team used remains...
    Deforestation is threatening the Amazon rainforest both from above and below ground.  A new study from researchers at the University of Leeds has found that gold mining in the Amazon leeches nutrients from the soil and pollutes the surrounding area with mercury. According to the team, sites of former gold mines saw some of the lowest forest recovery rates ever recorded in rainforest terrain, and some former sites remained unable to grow new trees for up to four years after the mines closed. A study of former gold mining sites in the Amazon rain forest found lowered amounts of nitrogen in the soil and higher concentrations of mercury from mining equipment runoff, which prevented new plants and trees from growing for years 'This study shows that tropical forests are strongly impacted by mining activities, and have very little capacity to re-establish themselves following mining,' University of Leeds's Michelle Kalamandeen told the university's news blog. For the study, the team focused on an area called the Guiana Shield, where some 90% of the total deforestation in the Amazon has taken...
    Kate and a few of her friends recreated a classic Queen music video to celebrate Pride month. Kate Beckinsale and a group of friends ended Pride Month with a bang by recreating the 1984 Queen music video for “I Want to Break Free.” On Monday, Kate took to Instagram to share a few outtakes from their socially-distant video. The clips included shots of the actress channeling Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in drag as a housewife who has had enough. The first clip showed Kate pretending to vacuum the floor while in character. She rocked a shiny black mini skirt with a high hemline. However, she only exposed a hint of skin, thanks to the black thigh-high stockings that she also wore. Kate completed her outfit with a sleeveless pink turtleneck blouse and a black bra. She even wore one of the straps slightly pulled down, just like Freddie does in the “I Want to Break Free” music video. The Serendipity star further nailed her Freddie portrayal by rocking a pair of large pink statement earrings, a black bouffant bob wig,...
    ACTRESS Kate Beckinsale sports a wig and fake moustache to recreate Freddie Mercury’s iconic I Want To Break Free video for Pride. The Underworld star looked like the splitting image of legend Queen wearing a pink top, leather skirt, stockings and platforms. 5Actress Kate Beckinsale treated her 4.3million fans to a spoof video in which she wore a fake moustache and posed as Freddie MercuryCredit: Instagram 5The screen queen sang along with Queen’s 1984 hit I Want To Break FreeCredit: Collect The actress had hoover in hand, while lip synching to the 1984 track. The hilarious video which almost 20,000 likes was captioned: “Happy Pride❤…from our social distancing asses to yours ❤ #queen #iwanttobreakfree.” Kate has been spending lockdown in Los Angeles with her new boyfriend, musician Goody Grace, 23. 5Kate captioned the clip 'Happy Pride'Credit: Instagram 5The gorgeous actress has been in lockdown in LA with her new boyfriend Goody GraceCredit: EPA 5They were spotted holding hands tightly last monthCredit: AFP or licensors Most read in Celebrity'i'm here!'Sister Wives' Meri says she has the ‘opportunity to be loved’ after...
    TEST your sleuthing skills to spot these well-hidden creatures, from obscure owls to lurking lizards. The pic gallery shows that these secretive animals across the globe are truly the masters of disguise. 23Trying to become invisible about the leaf litter is a cautious Common Pauraque, found in Central and South AmericaCredit: Caters News Agency 23In the UK, obscured from view is a small owlCredit: Mercury Press 23Adjust your glasses to spot this well-hidden Macqueens Bustard in AsiaCredit: Caters News Agency 23Hidden in plain sight on a branch is a great grey owlCredit: Caters News Agency 23In Cheshire, UK, Luna the gecko has blended perfectly into a branchCredit: Mercury Press 23Another great grey owl uses its incredible camouflage ability while huntingCredit: Caters News Agency 23A stunning snow leopard plays hide and seek with a photographer in IndiaCredit: Bobby-Jo 23Another clever owl is taking cover in a hollowed-out treeCredit: Caters News Agency 23Look very carefully, and you might find a leopard on tree trunk in the Masai Mara, Kenya Credit: Caters News Agency 23Avoiding detection - an owl takes refuge by blending into the barkCredit:...
    When the Mercury Cafe reopened after the COVID-19 shutdown the first weekend in June, amid Black Lives Matter protests against police violence, tear gas was floating through the neighborhood around 2199 California Street. “We're all so supportive of the protests,” Mercury Cafe owner Marilyn Megenity says. “I was just so glad it was happening.” That same weekend, the restaurant and venue brought back regular sets from the Gabe Gravagno Trio and classical guitarist Grisha Nisnevich, with limited audience size. For now, the Mercury is open Friday through Sunday nights as well as for Sunday brunch. While live music is coming back to the Mercury, its popular swing and blues dance nights aren’t happening yet because people aren’t allowed to dance together. Related Stories Live Music Slowly Returns to Denver Denver Restaurants and Bars Reopening for In-House Dining Oriental Theater Hosts Live Music Again “We want to be able to pay the sound engineer and pay the musicians,” Megenity says. “It's all tricky. We've been doing one or two Black Lives Matter benefits a week with comedians. That's great, and they have...
    Toxic man-made mercury pollution has been discovered in the deepest part of the ocean, in the Marianas Trench — more than six miles below the surface.  Researchers from China and the US used submarine robots to identify mercury in the fish and crustaceans living in the deepest part of the western Pacific Ocean. Mercury enters the atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels, mining and manufacturing. It can then be transported into the oceans via rainfall. The liquid metal — which was once used in thermometers before being banned — is highly toxic and can be ingested via polluted seafood. One of the research teams, from the US, sampled fish and crustaceans from both the Marianas trench off of the Philippines and the Kermadec trench near New Zealand, which reaches around 6.2 miles below the water's surface. Pictured, snailfish in the Kermadec trench 'This is a surprise. Previous research had concluded methyl-mercury was mostly produced in the top few hundred metres of the ocean,' said paper author and environmental scientist Ruoyu Sun of China's Tianjin University. 'This would have limited mercury bio-accumulation...
    The Arctic is thought to have recorded its hottest ever temperature of 100.4F (38C) in Siberia, an astonishing 32F (18C) above the normal level for this time of year. The mercury shot up to the unprecedented level in Verkhoyansk, 3,000 miles east of Moscow, as the region endures a summer heatwave. Scientists had predicted the Arctic wouldn't reach these levels until 2100, meaning it is warming 80 years faster than previously thought. If the record is confirmed it will represent a new high. The current record for hottest temperature in the Arctic is held by Prospect Creek, Alaska, which recorded 100F (38C) in 1915. Surface air temperature anomalies in May are mapped above, with red representing higher temperatures than normal and blue lower temperatures than normal This graph reveals that there has been a marked increase in the number of air temperature anomalies over recent years Weatherman for CBS, Jeff Beradelli, said on Twitter yesterday: 'Likely the hottest temperature ever recorded in the Arctic happened today. 'What's happening in Siberia this year is nothing short of...
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