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Historic seventh for GB cross-country skier Musgrave

Historic seventh for GB cross-country skier Musgrave

Sports
XXIII Olympic Winter GamesVenue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 FebruaryCoverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage timesAndrew Musgrave produced the best performance by a Briton in an Olympic cross country event as he finished seventh in the men's skiathlon at the Pyeongchang Games.The 27-year-old, who held the previous best which was 29th in the sprint at Sochi 2014, moved into second with 5km remaining of the gruelling 30km race.However, the Scot was caught by the pack on the final circuit.Norway's Simen Hegstad Kruger clinched gold as his country completed a 1-2-3.Musgrave will also compete in his favoured event, the 15km freestyle, on Friday followed by the team sprint competition with childhood friend Andrew Young.S...
Scientists identify historic correlation between ocean circulation and rainfall

Scientists identify historic correlation between ocean circulation and rainfall

Science
Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Climate scientists have discovered a link between Atlantic Ocean currents and rainfall patterns in the Western Hemisphere. Evidence of the correlation extends from the present back several thousand years."The mechanisms that seem to be driving this correlation [in the past] are the same that are at play in modern data as well," Kaustubh Thirumalai, postdoctoral researcher at Brown University, said in a news release. "The Atlantic Ocean surface circulation, and however that changes, has implications for how the rainfall changes on continents."Thirumalai, lead author of the new Nature Communications study, conducted the research while earning his PhD at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics.The Atlantic Ocean surface circulation moves warm water from the tropics t...
Lubaina Himid in historic Turner Prize win

Lubaina Himid in historic Turner Prize win

Entertainment
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceLubaina Himid has become the oldest winner of the Turner Prize, and the first black woman to pick up the art award.The 63-year-old Zanzibar-born, Preston-based artist won the £25,000 prize for work addressing racial politics and the legacy of slavery.The judges praised her "uncompromising tackling of issues including colonial history and how racism persists today".She was named the winner at a ceremony in Hull, currently UK City of Culture.Who is Lubaina Himid?Described in February by The Daily Telegraph as "the under-appreciated hero of black British art", Himid made her name in the 1980s as one of the leaders of the British black arts movement - both painting and curating exhibitions of similarly overlooked artists.But she's now got the recogni
Huge asteroid zooms past Earth in historic fly-by

Huge asteroid zooms past Earth in historic fly-by

Technology
The biggest asteroid in more than a century has whizzed past Earth at a safe - but unusually close - distance.Asteroid Florence and its two orbiting moons passed 4.4 million miles from the planet, its closest encounter since 1890.It measures in at almost three miles wide - the size of 30 Egyptian pyramids stuck together - and experts predict that this was the closest the asteroid will be to Earth until 2500.Astronomers at the Arecibo observatory in Puerto Rico have released a video of the fly-by, and NASA is using radar images to study the asteroid's real size.Named after Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, the asteroid was discovered in 1981.Although collisions with Earth are rare, an asteroid the size of a car hits the Earth's atmosphere about once a year. However, it bu...
EU-Ukraine complete historic association agreement

EU-Ukraine complete historic association agreement

Business
Sept. 1 (UPI) -- An association between the European Union and Ukraine, a country central to EU energy security, has entered into force, top officials at the EU said Friday."Determination is a virtue," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement. "Today, in spite of all the challenges, we have made it."Political upheaval that saw Kiev move closer to the European Union in late 2013 left a weakened Ukrainian economy in shambles. Russian energy company Gazprom cut natural gas supplies to Ukraine briefly in mid-2014 in response to unsettled debt.Similar rows in 2006 and 2009 left downstream consumers in Europe without gas supplies for part of the winter season. Europe gets about a quarter of its gas needs met by Russia, though most of that runs through Soviet-era gas ...