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Heinz Wolff, Great Egg Race presenter and scientist, dies

Heinz Wolff, Great Egg Race presenter and scientist, dies

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceRenowned scientist and TV presenter Heinz Wolff has died, aged 89.The German-born inventor and professor, famed for hosting BBC Two's long-running science show The Great Egg Race, died of heart failure on 15 December, his family said.A former advisor to the European Space Agency, he became emeritus professor at London's Brunel University, working on projects linked to ageing populations. His son Laurence paid tribute to his humour, curiosity, and enthusiasm.Speaking to BBC News, Laurence Wolff said his father had "touched so many people through his ingenuity in terms of his inventing... and his great belief in educating about science and technology".He had a "natural sense of fun and he knew that was also a way of engaging people... People would ...
Ikea US relaunches furniture recall after child dies

Ikea US relaunches furniture recall after child dies

Business
Ikea has re-launched a recall of millions of chests and dressers in the US and Canada following the death of an eighth child.It said items in its Malm range and other chests and dressers pose a "serious tip-over and entrapment hazard" if not secured to a wall,Ikea first recalled the furniture in 2016 after four children had died. It has no plans for a UK recall, stating that the chest of drawers "meet all mandatory stability requirements". Josef Dudek, a 2-year-old boy in California, died when he became trapped beneath a three-drawer Malm chest after he had been put down for a nap by his father.Since 2011, four other young children have been killed in connection with the Malm range.A further three children have died as a result of other Ikea chests and dressers tipping over, with the earl...
Paul Weitz: Skylab and shuttle astronaut dies aged 85

Paul Weitz: Skylab and shuttle astronaut dies aged 85

Science
US astronaut Paul Weitz, who helped save a Nasa space station after it was damaged during launch, has died aged 85.Mr Weitz, who died at a retirement home in Flagstaff, Arizona, also served as the first commander of the space shuttle Challenger.He was a naval aviator before joining Nasa in 1966.He was the pilot on the first mission to Skylab, the US space station which orbited Earth from 1973 to 1979.The orbiting laboratory had been launched without crew on 14 May 1973. But a shield to protect the station from collisions with small meteorites had torn loose during lift-off. The shield also protected Skylab against extremes of temperature, and without it, the station began to overheat.Mr Weitz and his fellow crew members Pete Conrad and Joseph Kerwin were supposed to launch on 15 May. But N...
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dies aged 91

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dies aged 91

Entertainment
Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner has died at the age of 91.In a statement, Playboy Enterprises said Mr Hefner died peacefully at his home from natural causes.It read: "Hugh M Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognisable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones."Video:Playboy Hugh Hefner lived 'exceptional' lifeHefner, known as the "Hef", built Playboy into a brand that heavily influenced the sexual culture of the second half of the 20th century.The first issue of the magazine featured nude photographs of Marilyn Monroe and sold more than 50,000 copies.By the 1970s, the magazine had more than seven...
Patient at center of Utah nurse's high-profile arrest dies

Patient at center of Utah nurse's high-profile arrest dies

Health
A hospital patient who a Utah nurse said she was protecting when she refused to allow police to draw his blood has died. William Gray, a commercial truck driver and reserve police officer, died late Monday of the injuries he suffered when a fiery July 26 crash left him with burns over nearly half his body, University of Utah Health spokeswoman Suzanne Winchester said. Gray was unconscious at the Salt Lake City hospital when police detective Jeff Payne asked to draw his blood hours after the crash. Nurse Alex Wubbels refused because hospital policy required a warrant or patient consent. Payne handcuffed her and dragged her outside. Gray was hauling a load of sand in northern Utah when a pickup truck speeding away from police crossed the center line and hit his truck head-on, causing an exp...