Job applications ‘filtered by university rank’

‘Fairer recruitment’ It pointed out that some of the best academic universities, such as Aberdeen, St Andrews and Lancaster, did not belong to the prestigious research-focused Russell Group. Young ‘pessimistic’ about social mobility Private school and Oxbridge ‘take top jobs’ The Russell Group is made up of 24 leading universities: Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Imperial College London, King’s College London, Leeds, Liverpool, London School of Economics and Political Science, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Queen Mary University of London, Queen’s University Belfast, Sheffield, Southampton, University College London, Warwick and York. Georgina Brazier, a graduate jobs expert at Milkround, said businesses were missing out on the chance to recruit some “fantastic grads from other universities”. She also urged …

Peter Rubin 09.19.2019 07:00 AM Facebook Email Earlier this week HBO Max shelled out $600 million for the privilege of streaming The Big Bang Theory.Photograph: Sonja Flemming/Getty Images Twitter The most surprising news to emerge this week from the world of streaming wasn't that NBCUniversal would be calling its forthcoming service Peacock. Or that Peacock would be rebooting Punky Brewster and Saved by the Bell. No, it was that HBO Max had shelled out $600 million for the privilege of streaming The Big Bang Theory when the platform launches next spring. Not that anyone should be surprised. Since summer began, streaming services have been jockeying for the exclusive rights to legacy shows, particularly long-running network sitcoms—and the TV turf wars …

Russian volcano explosion has caused rare purple sunsets all over the world

(Credit: Glenn Randall) EXTINCT VOLCANO COULD WAKE UP AND ERUPT AT ANY MOMENT: SCIENTISTS The level of aerosols that Raikoke’s eruption released into the air were 20 times thicker than normal, Kalnajs and his colleagues found. The final results will be published in a journal later this year. Although the volcano’s eruption was violent, sending ash and plume nearly 8 miles into the air, there is no long-term danger, given its remote location, Kalnajs pointed out. But if the volcano had been in an area with a significant population, it could have had a different outcome. “It’s really important when major eruptions happen that we get data quickly,” Kalnajs said. “We need to figure out if this is going to …

Everything You Need To Know About Natural Cycles, The Birth Control App

Natural Cycles Here’s What You Need To Know About Natural Cycles, The Birth Control App Recommended by Apple By Rebecca Strong Sept 12, 2019 If you’ve visited the Reproductive Health tab in your Apple Health recently, you may have noticed that the number-one recommendation is an app called Natural Cycles. It’s not the most-downloaded ovulation tracker (that would be Flo), nor is it necessarily the highest-rated one. However, the app has a bevy of glowing reviews, and Apple is making a deliberate effort to highlight it. But here’s what you need to know about Natural Cycles: The app has been scrutinized multiple times since its release in June 2013, not only for its link to unplanned pregnancies but also for …

Hubble snaps new portrait of Saturn

(CNN)When Saturn was approaching closest to Earth this year on June 20, the Hubble Space Telescope captured the view. And the hexagon is larger than it looks — four Earths could fit inside it. But Saturn’s appearance varies. Some features come and go, like a large storm by the north pole spotted by Hubble last year. This year, it’s nowhere to be seen. But a super “thunderhead,” as astronomers call them, is visible in the center of Saturn. Just like Earth, Saturn goes through its seasons as well. Hubble spotted Saturn during its summer. The planet’s vivid amber color is due to a smog-like haze occurring during its summer where solar ultraviolet radiation creates reactions in the atmosphere. And much …

A visiting scientist resigned from MIT after comments he made about Jeffrey Epstein

(CNN)A visiting scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has resigned over comments he made about Jeffrey Epstein, according to an email posted online. He defended his statements in a Sept. 14 blog post. “I want to respond to the misleading media coverage of messages I posted about Marvin Minsky’s association with Jeffrey Epstein. The coverage totally mischaracterized my statements,” Stallman wrote. “Headlines say that I defended Epstein. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve called him a “serial rapist”, and said he deserved to be imprisoned. But many people now believe I defended him — and other inaccurate claims — and feel a real hurt because of what they believe I said. I’m sorry for …

Friday the 13th sees 3 gigantic asteroids flying past Earth: NASA

An artist’s concept of an asteroid approaching Earth. (Erik Simonsen via Photographer’s Choice/Getty Images Plus) GET SET FOR ‘SPOOKY’ FRIDAY THE 13TH HARVEST MOON  Asteroid 2010 RM82 flew past the planet at 6:38 a.m. EDT, coming within 0.04655 astronomical units (approximately 4.3 million miles) from the planet’s center, CNEOS stated. 2010 RM82 is traveling nearly 33,000 mph and has an estimated diameter of approximately 128 feet. It is not expected to come close to Earth again until Feb. 12, 2027. The second asteroid designated as a NEO is 2013 CV83, which flew past Earth at 8:54 a.m. EDT at approximately 29,000 mph, the agency pointed out. 2013 CV83 came within 0.04134 astronomical units of the planet and had a diameter of approximately 328 feet. …

Ryanair and Aer Lingus cut routes from Belfast

The BBC has seen emails sent from Ryanair to customers cancelling flights to Manchester in which it said “Ryanair regrets that following a commercial review” certain flights will cease operation from 6 November. When it announced its winter schedule, the carrier said these routes would continue to be operated. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Aer Lingus is cutting routes from Belfast City airport to Malaga and Faro Meanwhile, Aer Lingus said it will no longer operate services from Belfast City to Faro and Malaga during summer 2020 following a “commercial review”. “Aer Lingus remains committed to Belfast City and continues to operate a high frequency daily service between Belfast City and London Heathrow.” The airport said it is disappointed …

Search on for ‘monkey’ in Texas town after reports of primate swinging through trees, attacking residents: reports

Police in Santa Fe, which is south of Houston, said they’ve been fielding reports of a primate on the run since Monday. The department said it received at least two reports of sightings officials believe to be credible. Residents on social media have also claimed, without evidence, a loose primate tried to attack them, their dogs and at least one child. POLICE SEARCH FOR TINY MONKEY STOLEN FROM PALM BEACH ZOO Chimpanzee nests hold less fecal and skin bacteria than human beds, a study released Tuesday said. (Reuters) Bayou Animal Services, the town-run animal control agency in Santa Fe, said it enlisted a drone from the League City Police Department to help search tree tops for the primate. The agency …

Adaptation isnt enough. Weve got to throw everything at the climate crisis | Fiona Harvey

Jonathan Franzen preaches the gospel of adaptation. But without cutting emissions, it wont work, says Guardian environment journalist Fiona Harvey When were faced with threats of inundation, our reaction has traditionally been to build walls. Sea-level rises, storms and floods have been held back with solid barriers, seawalls and dykes. We have used walls to keep out people, too: the fact that this has failed throughout the ages has not stopped its recent According to the UN, climate-related disasters are already taking place at the rate of one a week, though only a few of them such as number of people facing water shortages set to leap from 3.6 billion today to 5 billion by 2050. At least $1tn a …

Sam Gyimah: I am an outcast in the Tory party

The former minister and rising star of Theresa Mays government reveals why he has joined the Liberal Democrats Sam Gyimah, the softly-spoken former Tory minister, admitted he was still adjusting. It was just a few hours before the unassuming MP for East Surrey was unveiled as the Liberal Democrats latest recruit at the partys Bournemouth conference. But it all felt very new. I think Ill probably spend the next few days saying, Sam Gyimah, Liberal Democrat MP, and get used to that first, he said. There is a huge emotional side to it. Ive been involved in the Conservative party for two decades. Ive fought for the party. I have an unusual background Im not your typical Tory recruit. Ive …

‘CBD lubricant is a bestseller’: cannabis oil products are booming but does the science stack up?

Its been hailed as a wonder ingredient, added to everything from ice-cream to hummus. But is CBD more than just a wellness trend? Last month, Lisa Jenkins went for a walk alone around her local park for an hour, the first time she had done so unaided for 13 months. Jenkins was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. Now 46, she struggles with vertigo and dizziness, as well as muscle spasms and poor mobility. An Access to Work grant means that she can get a taxi to and from her job in advertising, but for the last three months she hasnt needed one. The difference? She believes, a few drops of grassy-tasting oil under the tongue each …

The world has a third pole and it’s melting quickly

An IPCC report says two-thirds of glaciers on the largest ice sheet after the Arctic and Antarctic are set to disappear in 80 years Many moons ago in Tibet, the Second Buddha transformed a fierce nyen (a malevolent mountain demon) into a neri (the holiest protective warrior god) called Khawa Karpo, who took up residence in the sacred mountain bearing his name. Khawa Karpo is the tallest of the Meili mountain range, piercing the sky at 6,740 metres (22,112ft) above sea level. Local Tibetan communities believe that conquering Khawa Karpo is an act of sacrilege and would cause the deity to abandon his mountain home. Nevertheless, there have been several failed attempts by outsiders the best known by an international …

Towering, balloonlike features found near Milky Way galaxy’s center

Radio image of the central portions of the Milky Way galaxy. The plane of the galaxy is marked by a series of bright features, exploded stars and regions where new stars are being born, and runs horizontally through the image. (Oxford, SARAO) Heywood and his colleagues used the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) MeerKAT telescope to map out broad regions in the center of the galaxy — even conducting observations at wavelengths near 23 centimeters. Upon examining the very similar features of the twin bubbles, researchers believe they’ve found evidence that they were formed from a violent eruption that quickly punched through the interstellar medium in opposite directions. “The shape and symmetry of what we have observed strongly suggests …

‘Storm Area 51’ creator leaves alien-themed festival in shakeup over safety concerns, fear of ‘Fyre Fest 2.0’

Sign for Little A’Le’Inn and flying saucer hanging from tow truck, Rachel, Nevada, near Area 51. (Getty Images) The Internet joke that went viral has spurred two rural Nevada counties to draft an emergency declaration, with local law enforcement planning to team resources with the state and neighboring counties ahead of Sept. 20-22 events. Roberts visited the town of Rachel over the weekend and told FOX5 at the time that the Facebook event he created never was expected to snowball into something this big. At the time, he said he was still looking to be involved in the Alienstock event. “I’ve never been more stressed in my life, but I’ve also never been this happy,” he told FOX5 on Sunday. “It’s insane, …