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Appeal to identify ‘La Botaniste’ who slipped from history

Appeal to identify ‘La Botaniste’ who slipped from history

Science
RHSWhen sorting through books gathering dust in the attic, it's common to find mementos of the past such as a poem, a pressed-flower, or a letter.But when staff at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) went through hundreds of old plant books, they stumbled on a collection of botanical treasures the likes of which they'd never seen before.Tucked inside a copy of The English Flora from 1830 were poems, doodles, plant specimens and a cartoon.Judging by the contents, the owner was a keen plants woman. But her name, Isabella A Allen, appears to have slipped from history.She may be the early 19th Century botanical illustrator about which little is known. Or she could be among the legions of uncelebrated 19th Century women with a passionate interest in plants.Either way, the RHS is hoping to tra...
Watch: Joe Musgrove throws first no-hitter in San Diego Padres history

Watch: Joe Musgrove throws first no-hitter in San Diego Padres history

Sports
April 9 (UPI) -- Right-hander Joe Musgrove has tossed the first no-hitter in the 53-year history of the San Diego Padres. The 28-year-old Musgrove accomplished the historic feat during the Padres' 3-0 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night at Globe Life Field. Advertisement Musgrove struck out 10 and walked none in the outing, allowing only one Rangers player, Joey Gallo, to reach base on a hit by pitch in the fourth inning. He threw 112 pitches -- with 77 of those being strikes -- and induced 13 swings-and-misses. Entering Friday night's matchup against the Rangers, the Padres were the only remaining MLB team without a no-hitter. Musgrove, a native of San Diego County, snapped the club's streak of regular-season games without a no-hitter at 8,206. Musgrove, who previously played for ...
History made, a good day for Brits, and the snubs: The Oscar nominations key talking points

History made, a good day for Brits, and the snubs: The Oscar nominations key talking points

Entertainment
Hollywood is getting ready for the biggest night of the year in what will be a decidedly different Academy Awards ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The nominees for the 2021 Oscars have now been revealed, with Netflix's Mank - starring Gary Oldman as social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J Mankiewicz - leading the way with 10 nods. But it's not just about the numbers, with several big talking points arising from this year's shortlists. Image: Nomadland director Chloe Zhao is one of two women shortlisted for the best director award Women make historyIt's a rather incredible statistic, but before the 2021 nominations were announced, only five women had ever been shortlisted for best director before. That's ever, in the his...
Grammys 2021: Beyoncé and Taylor Swift make history

Grammys 2021: Beyoncé and Taylor Swift make history

Entertainment
Getty ImagesBeyoncé has set a new record at the Grammy Awards with her 28th win.The star is now the most-awarded woman in Grammys history, overtaking bluegrass singer Alison Krauss."I am so honoured, I'm so excited," she said while accepting her record-breaking trophy, for best R&B performance.Taylor Swift also made history at Sunday's ceremony, by becoming the first female artist ever to win album of the year three times.The star was rewarded for her lockdown album Folklore - after previously winning with Fearless in 2010 and the pop opus 1989 in 2016.Only three other artists have ever won the album of the year prize three times: Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.Grammy Awards - Main winnersAlbum of the year: Taylor Swift - FolkloreRecord of the year: Billie Eilish - Everyth...
Study: Older adults with history of head injuries show decreased cognitive function

Study: Older adults with history of head injuries show decreased cognitive function

Health
March 11 (UPI) -- Adults who suffer head injuries in their 50s or younger produce lower-than-expected scores on cognitive tests at age 70, a study published Thursday by the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology found. Although head injuries do not appear to contribute to Alzheimer's disease-related brain damage, they may make people more vulnerable to dementia symptoms, the researchers said. Advertisement Seventy-year-olds who had experienced a serious head injury 15 or more years earlier on average scored 46 on 93-point cognitive tests for attention and quick thinking, lower than the 48 for those without a history of head injuries, the data showed. They also had 1% smaller brain volumes and differences in brain structure, which may explain the subtle cognitive differences compar...