St Fagans in Wales named museum of the year

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Other exhibits include an original 19th Century shop front The award, Britain’s biggest single art prize, was known as the Gulbenkian Prize at the time. Image copyright St Fagans Image caption Visitors can watch blacksmiths demonstrate traditional skills Founded in 1948, St Fagans is one of Wales’ most popular heritage attractions. Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director and chair of the judges, said it was “a truly democratic museum” that “lives and breathes the culture, history and identity of Wales”. “It was made by the people of Wales for people everywhere,” he continued. “I can’t think of a single person who wouldn’t enjoy visiting this incredible place.” Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or …

Electric cars ‘will not solve transport problem’

CREDS is an academic consortium of more than 80 academics across the UK. “Car use is a massive blind spot on government policy,” Prof Jillian Anable, one of the authors of the report, said. She added: “For many years ministers have adopted the principle of trying to meet demand by increasing road space. “They need to reduce demand instead.” What’s your diet’s carbon footprint? What is a climate emergency? How can I help? But what about people who depend on their cars? The authors say there will always be people who depend on cars, especially in the countryside or suburbs. But, they point out that many young people in cities are choosing not to buy cars. Instead they are using …

The True Origins Of The Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory

Russia’s foreign intelligence service, known as the SVR, first circulated a phony “bulletin” — disguised to read as a real intelligence report —about the alleged murder of the former DNC staffer on July 13, 2016, according to the U.S. federal prosecutor who was in charge of the Rich case. That was just three days after Rich, 27, was killed in what police believed was a botched robbery while walking home to his group house in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C., about 30 blocks north of the Capitol. Yet in a graphic example of how fake news infects the internet, those precise details popped up the same day on an obscure website, whatdoesitmean.com, that is a frequent vehicle for Russian …

In Response To Disney’s Casting News, Racists Attempt To Prove Mermaids Can’t Be Black Using “Science”

On Wednesday, Disney announced that Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle will be playing the starring role of Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of animated movie, The Little Mermaid. – It seems like good casting. With a lot of singing required, who better than a Grammy-nominated singer in the right age range to play the lead? – Of course, some (white) people aren’t happy. In fact, people who apparently consider themselves the “master race” have spent the past two days on social media throwing a tantrum because the newest portrayal of imaginary cartoon descendants of a man who banged a fish isn’t quite white enough for their tastes.  They’re so mad that some of them have now started to try and use “science” to …

Ancient city of Babylon heads list of new Unesco world heritage sites

UN also names national park in Iceland among sites protected for their value to humanity The ancient city of Babylon and an Icelandic national park replete with glaciers, ice caves and volcanoes are among the sites that have been added to Unescos world heritage list. More than 1,000 sites around the world some cultural, some natural, some both are protected by listing. Landmarks or areas are chosen for their value to humanity. On Friday, the World Heritage Committee announced the addition of the first of this years batch. More sites will be named over the weekend. Perhaps the most famous site to be added to the list is the city of Babylon in Iraq. The city was first mentioned in …

Europes Heat Wave Inspires Ever More Radical Climate Protests

BERLINEurope, in the last few hours, has gotten a respite from the Inferno. In Paris and Berlin the temperature is now in the balmy low 80s. But over the last week, temperatures have broken records across the Continent, soaring over 114 F (45.6 C) in France. And if the known death toll, six people, remains very low compared to the disastrous numbers during a heat wave in 2003 that killed climate change skeptic who withdrew from a global accord to begin addressing the challenge, but the problem is much bigger than his willful ignorance or the question of treaties. The activists want decisive measures, and they want them now. On Friday, when France had its hottest day ever at nearly …

Largest earthquake in decades hits southern California

No serious damage or injuries reported after 6.4 magnitude earthquake, the most powerful to strike region since 1994 The largest earthquake to hit southern California in decades rumbled across the region on Thursday morning, striking a remote part of the state with a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter scale. The earthquakes center was near the small city of Ridgecrest, near Death Valley national park and about 100 miles (160km) from Los Angeles. There were reports of people in Las Vegas and Los Angeles feeling the tremors. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries after the earthquake struck at 10.33am. A series of small aftershocks followed. It was the most powerful earthquake to strike the region since …

24-Year-Old Biochemist Wins Miss Virginia Title After Doing A Science Experiment As Her Talent

24-year-old biochemist Camille Schrier was crowned the new Miss Virginia recently, after showcasing her talents onstage in the form of a science experiment. Virginia beauty pageant contestant Camille Schrier showed a rather unusual talent for these kinds of shows Image credits: “Elephant Toothpaste” reaction. Rick Myers / Miss Virginia Ms. Schrier said that it was the recent overhaul to the competition, which now places greater value on true talents and social impact over appearance, that encouraged her to enter the pageant circuit again. “The evolution of the Miss America competition, which reflects greater inclusiveness, and an opportunity to make a difference and win scholarships inspired me to step forward this year and compete,” she told  Image credits: She won not …

US may dump over 1.5 tons of rat poison on Farallon Islands to halt invasive rodents

Crews may drop 1.5 tons of rat poison on the Farallon Islands to stop an invasive house mice species from wreaking havoc on the native ecosystem. (iStock, File) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKES HAVE EVERYONE ASKING THE BIG QUESTION – WHEN WILL THE BIG ONE COME? “House mice are impacting the native ecosystem of the islands, including several native species and wilderness,” the FWS wrote in an Environmental Impact Statement back in March. “Eradicating invasive mice is expected to benefit native seabirds, amphibians, terrestrial invertebrates, and plants and will help restore natural ecosystem processes on the islands. Eradicating house mice would eliminate the last remaining invasive mammal species on the Refuge, enhancing the recovery of this sensitive ecosystem.”

New species of fly named after ‘Game of Thrones’ villain

Paramonovius nightking is a bee fly named after Game of Thrones’ Night King because it reigns in winter and has a crown of spine-like hairs. The name was chosen by Game of Thrones fan Xuankun Li, a PhD student at the Australian National Insect Collection in Canberra. (Credit: CSIRO) PEOPLE ARE FREAKING OUT OVER THIS SUSHI SPIDER FOUND IN SYDNEY Lessard added that the name came from Xuankun Li, a Ph.D. student at CSIRO and a huge fan of the HBO show, “proving that inspiration for new species names can come from anywhere.” Paramonovius nightking is an apt name for the fly. It only appears in the winter in a small portion of Western Australia and has a crown of …

Researchers Discover A New Property Of Light

An international team of researchers have discovered a new property of light called “self-torque”. First, let’s take a step back. Over the last few decades, physicists have discovered that it is possible to twist the wavefront of a light beam, giving it angular momentum. This looks a bit like a spiral staircase, with the beam wrapping around an empty middle. When such a beam is targeted at something, you see a bright donut. These beams are said to have orbital angular momentum (OAM), a property not dependent on polarization (which instead is about the geometry of the electromagnetic oscillations.) As reported in the latest issue of the journal Science, researchers have discovered that it’s possible for an OAM light beam to exhibit …

Forensic firm paid ransom after cyber-attack

The agency, which is investigating the attack, said: “As there is an ongoing criminal investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment.” Eurofins previously said the attack was “well-resourced” but three weeks later said its operations were “returning to normal”. Cyber-attack hits police forensic work It said it would also not comment on whether a ransom had been paid or not. It added it was “collaborating with law enforcement” in the UK and elsewhere. The ransomware attack hit the company, which accounts for over half of forensic science provision in the UK, on the first weekend in June. Ransomware is a computer virus that prevents users from accessing their system or personal files. Messages sent by the perpetrators demand a payment …

Here’s why we call the open-mouth smooch a ‘French kiss’

(CNN)Every great love story culminates with a kiss. The term “French kiss” entered the English vernacular in 1923, Sheril Kirshenbaum writes in her book “The Science of Kissing.” No one really knows the exact reason why we use the term, but it was likely adopted by Americans who traveled to France and kissed French women, who were more comfortable with a bit of tongue action, says Kirshenbaum. Naturally, the term “French kiss” developed. Still, it took a while for the term — and even the practice — to catch on in the United States. It wasn’t until after World War II that Americans felt comfortable enough to French kiss each other, says Kirshenbaum. She credits American servicemen who served in …

Cold case rapist caught minutes before take-off

“The overwhelming expectation is that will remain in that situation for the foreseeable future.” More stories across Yorkshire The victim recalled lying face-down on a bed being raped, but had no idea where she was or who she was with. The woman said after the ordeal that “she felt like a piece of meat being used”. Although she made a statement to police the crime remained undetected for almost two decades until police reviewed DNA samples and narrowed down a list of men they wanted to interview. Officers wanted to trace Aslam and only after his arrest on the plane was his DNA sample confirmed as a match. The prosecution said it could not say that Aslam was involved in …