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Angelina: Strong women ‘learn from men around them’

Angelina: Strong women ‘learn from men around them’

Entertainment
Angelina Jolie has championed the role men can play in shaping the personalities of young girls.The actress, who stars in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, also said female characters in films should not have to be portrayed as physically tough in order to be considered strong."I think that, so often, when a story's told which says 'this is a strong woman', she has to beat the man, or she has to be like the man, or she has to somehow not need the man," Jolie told journalists at the film's launch.Referring to her own character in the film and Princess Aurora, played by Elle Fanning, Jolie said: "We both very much need and love and learn from the men. "And so I think that's also an important message for young girls, to find their own p...
Giant planet around tiny star ‘should not exist’

Giant planet around tiny star ‘should not exist’

Science
Astronomers have discovered a giant planet that, they say, should not exist, according to current theories.The Jupiter-like world is unusually large compared with its host star, contradicting a widely held idea about the way planets form.The star, which lies 284 trillion km away, is an M-type red dwarf - the most common type in our galaxy.An international team of astronomers has reported its findings in the journal Science. "It's exciting because we've wondered for long a time whether giant planets like Jupiter and Saturn can form around such small stars," said Prof Peter Wheatley, from the University of Warwick, UK, who was not involved with the latest study."I think the general impression had been that these planets just didn't...
Stranded whales: Numbers on the rise around UK shores

Stranded whales: Numbers on the rise around UK shores

Science
The number of whales and dolphins washed up around the UK coastline has risen, according to new figures.In 2017 alone, 1,000 animals were stranded - more than in any year since records began.Scientists found a number of causes for the deaths, including infectious diseases, fishing and plastic. A total of 4,896 whales, dolphins and porpoises were reported between 2011 and 2017 - up 15% on the previous seven years.Rob Deaville of ZSL (Zoological Society of London), who led the report, said: "It's difficult to say conclusively what's driven this rise, but it's potentially associated with multiple causes, including increases in local reporting effort and seasonal variation in the population density of some species."Although in some r...
Fungi communities around the globe mostly comprise a few common species

Fungi communities around the globe mostly comprise a few common species

Science
May 31 (UPI) -- New research shows microbial communities in soils around the globe are less diverse than previously suggested. In recent years, scientists have become increasingly interested in the role microbial communities in soil play in the ecological health of fields and forests. The unique microbial signatures of soil samples, researchers contend, can offer insights into the dynamics of different ecosystems. But new research suggests soil samples host vast microbial populations, with the majority of fungi found in samples all over the globe belonging to a few common species. "Scientists know that different fungi in soils are responsible for the way that forests and farmlands work," Eleonora Egidi, a postdoctoral fellow in the field of soil microbiology at the Hawkesbury Institute f...
Manchester United transfer news: Romelu Lukaku will cost Inter Milan around £80million – reports

Manchester United transfer news: Romelu Lukaku will cost Inter Milan around £80million – reports

Sports
PAY UP New Inter boss Antonio Conte is believed to have made the Belgium striker his number one transfer target this summer Manchester United are prepared to let Romelu Lukaku leave if a club pays close to £80million for him, according to reports. New Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is believed to be eyeing a big-money move for the Belgium international this summer. Getty Romelu Lukaku struggled for form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Conte tried to re-sign Lukaku from Everton during his time as Chelsea boss in 2017, but the striker opted to join United in a £75million deal. The Times report that Inter are expected to make a formal approach for Lukaku, who has been in and out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team, next week. United are understo