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Hawking's final science study released

Hawking's final science study released

Science
Stephen Hawking's final scientific paper has been released, and it deals with one of the central topics in the physicist's 56-year-long career.The work was completed in the days before Hawking's death in March.It tackles the question of whether black holes preserve information on the stuff that falls into them.Some researchers had believed this information was destroyed, but others said that this violated the laws of quantum mechanics.These laws propose that everything in our world can be broken down into information, for example, a string of 1s and 0s. In addition, this information should never disappear, not even if it gets sucked into a black hole.But Hawking, building on the work of Albert Einstein, showed that black holes ha...
Seafloor mapping XPRIZE final will be in the Mediterranean, off Greek coast

Seafloor mapping XPRIZE final will be in the Mediterranean, off Greek coast

Science
The final of the ocean XPRIZE, which will see fleets of robots compete to map the largest area of seafloor inside 24 hours, will take place in deep waters off the coast of Greece. Teams will be invited in turn to showcase their technologies, starting in early November. They will have to chart at least 250 sq km at depths down to 4,000m, and image 10 items of interest. The group that comes out on top will win $ 4m. Second place earns $ 1m. The Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE was launched in 2015 to find systems and approaches that could finally map the world's ocean basins to an acceptable precision. Currently, less than 15% of their bathymetry (depth) has been measured in a meaningfully accurate way. It is one of those truisms that ...
‘Why I filmed a man take his final breath'

‘Why I filmed a man take his final breath'

Entertainment
The old man lies in the hospital bed, drawing his last, rattling breath as he fades away from life. The film camera, positioned just next to him, keeps rolling. We see the nurses move him to another room before they gently clean his body. "Nobody wants to die but it's a natural thing, we are biologically determined to die," says documentary maker Steven Eastwood.His film, Island, lays bare the dying process by filming four people with terminal illnesses. "Death is seen as a shameful thing - we think we're a progressive society, but we repress and deny death," Steven says. "We're no better than the Victorians."He was a quiet onlooker during the last year of his subjects'...
Tour de France leader Thomas faces final challenge

Tour de France leader Thomas faces final challenge

Sports
Tour de France, stage 20Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website from 13:00 BST. Updates on BBC Radio 5 live from 15:00 BSTBritain's Geraint Thomas can effectively secure victory in the 2018 Tour de France on Saturday.The Welshman goes into the penultimate stage, a 31km individual time trial, leading Dutchman Tom Dumoulin by two minutes and five seconds.Tour convention dictates that the wearer of the yellow jersey is never attacked on the race's final stage. So if Thomas is still leading after Saturday he will just have to cross the line in Paris on Sunday to win.The 32-year-old would be the third Briton to win the Tour de France, after fellow Team Sky riders Sir Bradley Wiggin...
Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen targeted by Paris Saint-Germain as he enters final year of contract

Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen targeted by Paris Saint-Germain as he enters final year of contract

Sports
VERTON-GONE? Belgian a key figure in Spurs' backline but could be let go if he does not agree a new deal Paris Saint-Germain will target Jan Vertonghen this summer as the Tottenham centre-back mulls over signing a new deal with his current club. The Belgian, 31, has less than a year remaining on his current contract at White Hart Lane and could follow compatriot Toby Alderweireld in holding the club to ransom. Vertonghen joined Spurs from Ajax in 2012 and has made 242 appearances for the club The Times report key man Vertonghen has been offered a new deal but that French champions PSG are ready to pounce if he gets cold feet. Spurs are still yet to sign a player this summer and with just over two weeks left until the Premier League transfer w...