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Man dies after Stockholm metro station blast

Man dies after Stockholm metro station blast

World
A man has died and a woman been injured after an explosion outside a metro station in Stockholm.Police spokesman Sven-Erik Olsson said witnesses saw the man, in his 60s, pick up an object off the ground "which promptly exploded".He died after being taken to hospital and a 45-year-old woman also suffered minor wounds to her face and both legs.The Expressen and Aftonbladet newspapers said the device was a hand grenade, but that has not been confirmed."It is too early to say," Mr Olsson said. "Technicians are still working on it."Nothing indicates that the (injured) couple were targeted."More from WorldMr Olsson added that it did not appear to have been an act of terrorism.The Varby Gard station, in the Huddinge residential district in southwest Stockholm, was closed off for investigation.Let...
John Young, US astronaut and pioneer, dies aged 87

John Young, US astronaut and pioneer, dies aged 87

Science
US astronaut John Young, who flew to the moon twice and commanded the first ever space shuttle mission, has died aged 87, Nasa said."Today, Nasa and the world have lost a pioneer," agency chief Robert Lightfoot said in a statement. Young was the only person to have flown missions on the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programmes.He also once famously smuggled a corned beef sandwich on to a space flight as a gift for a fellow astronaut.Young retired in 2004 after a 42-year career. Nasa said he died on Friday following complications from pneumonia.Skip Twitter post by @NASAWe're saddened by the loss of astronaut John Young, who was 87. Young flew twice to the Moon, walked on its surface & flew the first Space Shuttle mission. He went to space six times in the Gemini, Apollo & Space...
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...