University bans hamburgers ‘to help environment’

And it will try to increase the number of students studying climate change. Scientists say beef is more damaging to the environment as cows produce more methane and require more land and water than other livestock. The college’s new head, Prof Frances Corner, said: “The growing global call for organisations to take seriously their responsibilities for halting climate change is impossible to ignore. Related Topics New Cross Sustainability Food Plastic pollution Meat Climate change Goldsmiths, University of London Plastic Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Greta Thunberg writes essay for 1975 album

Giant Greta mural painted in Bristol Oil and gas industry’s message to Greta The new track will not be a single in its own right – but will feature as the opening song on the band’s album. This is in keeping with the band’s previous records, all three of which have opened with an ambient instrumental track entitled The 1975. Thunberg’s track will also take that title – but this will be the first album opener from the band to feature speech on top of the music. Related Topics Music Climate change Greta Thunberg Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

PM pledges new northern high-speed rail route

Businesses back ‘Northern Crossrail’ plan HS3 for northern England ‘will happen’ HS2 cost ‘not worth it to create some jobs’ An audience of about 100 people gathered at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester to listen to Mr Johnson’s speech. The prime minister set out the four “ingredients” for the success of the UK as liveability, connectivity, culture, and power and responsibility. He said this meant areas having great public services, enough affordable homes, safe streets, fast broadband, and more responsibility and accountability for local areas. He added: “We are going to give greater powers to council leaders and communities. “We are going to level up the powers offered to mayors so more people can benefit from the kind …

Behind the Proms’ celestial opening number

The 1969 moon landings are a running theme in this year’s Proms season, with highlights including a Sci-Fi prom featuring scores from films such as Gravity and Alien: Covenant. Elsewhere, Public Service Broadcasting will debut an orchestral arrangement of their 2015 album The Race for Space, which features archive film recordings and vintage electronic instruments. The BBC Proms are going to outer space Apollo Moon landing: 13 minutes that defined a century 11 stellar songs inspired by space BBC Proms Di Castri’s work was inspired by three pieces of writing – Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi’s haunting Alla Luna, in which a man sees his grief reflected in the moon’s face; Sappho’s The Moon, in which the ancient Greek poet writes …

Who are the smokers that haven’t quit?

Smoking rates also differ considerably around the country. Only 8.6% of those in East Devon smoke, for example, compared with 21.8% in Dundee. Why are these groups more at risk? In recent years, the UK has introduced policies that appear to have helped many smokers quit and deterred others from starting. The smoking ban was introduced in 2007, alongside a raising of the minimum purchasing age to 18. Taxes on a £10 pack of 20 cigarettes have increased to over 80% of the retail price, while the packaging and display of tobacco products have become increasingly restricted and advertising banned. Wales is targeting a 16% smoking rate by 2020, while the Scottish government aims to create a “tobacco-free” generation by …

Five women shaking up the science world

Image copyright NovoNordisk Image caption Dr Nicola Beer As senior head of department for Discovery Biology & Pharmacology at the Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford, she is both head of department and scientist. “It’s about setting the strategic direction, helping people mature their ideas, deliver, also support them in their career,” she says. She believes with fewer women in leadership roles, women have an obligation to support each other, as mentors, by passing on knowledge, or by simply being “generous and opening the door”. “That is something I think we should be doing across the board whether it’s women, whether it’s younger people, whether it’s people in their career journey. We have an obligation to pave the way of how …

Electric cars: Our experts answer your questions

Phil: How much does it cost to put an electric charging point in your home? Sarah: What happens to electric car batteries at the end of their life? Are they sent to landfill to pollute in a different way? Tom: Under European Union law it is illegal for vehicle batteries to be incinerated or sent to landfill. However, the UK currently has no specialist facilities which can commercially separate the metals in the battery for reuse. The numbers of used lithium-ion electric car batteries produced in Britain are still relatively low. Any old batteries can be exported to a European country which does have specialist recycling facilities. The batteries are then incinerated at high temperatures and roughly 50% of each …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Alcohol v cannabis: Which one is worse?

Report End of Instagram post by snoopdogg Image Copyright snoopdogg snoopdogg It’s thought Snoop posted the photo to try to show that alcohol is worse for you than cannabis. They both can affect the body and mind differently depending on the person. But is one worse than the other? How does cannabis affect you? Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in the UK and research shows 10% of regular cannabis users become addicted to it, according to the NHS. Nikki Thorne from Addaction, a service helping young people who’ve misused drugs and alcohol, believes the “mental impact” of cannabis is the most dangerous part. “We increasingly encounter young people, who’ve started using cannabis to self-medicate when they are …

Sonic boom caused by RAF Typhoons

Image copyright Alamy Image caption The Typhoon jet (top of picture) flew at supersonic speed to reach the passenger plane “The RAF can confirm Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft were launched this morning from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft,” a statement said. Image copyright PA Image caption Typhoons can travel at twice the speed of sound When an aircraft approaches the speed of sound (768mph or 1,236km/h), the air in front of the nose of the plane builds up a pressure front because it has “nowhere to escape”, said Dr Jim Wild of Lancaster University. A sonic boom happens when that air “escapes”, creating a ripple effect which can be heard on the ground as a loud thunderclap. …

‘Friendly’ bacteria could help save frogs

Image copyright Nicola Devine More stories you might like: Killer frog disease wipes out 90 species Nature’s emergency in five graphics British bluebells ‘have genetic advantage’ There is growing evidence that skin bacteria may protect amphibians from chytrid fungus, another deadly frog disease which is common around the world. Cocktails of so-called friendly bacteria are being developed that might help protect frog species. “Our work suggests that given enough effort and research, similar probiotic therapies may be effective against ranavirus,” said Dr Xavier Harrison also from the University of Exeter. The research is published in the journal, Frontiers in Microbiology. Follow Helen on Twitter.

Listeria deaths prompt NHS food review

“Staff, patients and families deserve so much better – our NHS should be at the forefront of supporting people to make healthy choices. “I have instructed the NHS to conduct a root and branch review of hospital food.” Listeria patient ‘lucky to be alive’ Patients die in sandwich listeria outbreak The latest announcement from PHE takes the number of confirmed cases from six to nine. The first case showed symptoms on April 25 and sandwiches and salads were withdrawn on May 25, as soon as a link with the cases was suspected. Last week PHE confirmed two patients from Manchester Royal Infirmary and one at Aintree Hospital had died. The Good Food Chain – which supplied 43 NHS trusts across …

‘I always feared Id go mad, and when I had my son I did’

Image copyright Jen Wight The first time she went into hospital she was there for nine months. I would go and visit her in the psychiatric ward at Homerton Hospital, but a combination of the very strong medication she was on and the illness itself had completely taken her personality away. My beautiful, kind, loving, creative sister was gone. So on 15 March 1993, three years to the day since Jo had been sectioned, I spent the whole day in bed crying at my student house in Brighton, waiting for it to happen to me. I was 18, as Jo had been, and I felt so sad. The funny thing is, I’m a rational person – I was doing a …