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Dark skies to host Quadrantid meteor shower

Dark skies to host Quadrantid meteor shower

Science
Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The first major meteor shower of 2020, the Quadrantids, will flash across dark, moonless skies during the predawn hours on Saturday morning. The Quadrantids arrive each year during the first week of January. They often put on a great show, featuring up to 100 meteors per hour during the shower's peak, but last year in North America, the timing wasn't quite right. "The reason the peak is so short is due to the shower's thin stream of particles and the fact that the Earth crosses the stream at a perpendicular angle," according to NASA. Last year, viewers in Asia and Europe saw plenty of action, but the curvature of the Earth blocked much of the view for sky-watchers in North America. This year's timing is much better. And a bonus, the skies will be moon-free. The Quadranti...
Laura Whitmore replaces Caroline Flack as Love Island host

Laura Whitmore replaces Caroline Flack as Love Island host

Entertainment
Laura Whitmore is to step in as host of ITV2's winter edition of Love Island after Caroline Flack had to stand down after being charged with assault.The broadcaster will front the show when the contestants move into a new villa in South Africa in January.She previously replaced Flack as host of I'm A Celebrity... Get me Out Of Here's ITV2 spin-off in 2011, and has a weekly show on BBC Radio 5 Live.Flack was charged after police were called to an incident on 12 December.She was charged with assault by beating following an incident at her north London home. Police were called to the 40-year-old's home in Islington, where she lives with her partner, tennis player Lewis Burt...
Queer Eye host: ‘We’re ready to bring show to the UK’

Queer Eye host: ‘We’re ready to bring show to the UK’

Entertainment
By Gemma Peplow and Bethany Minelle, arts and entertainment reporters, in LA Queer Eye star Karamo Brown has said Brits don't need too much help when it comes to fashion - but the show's experts could help us when it comes to Brexit.As one of the US show's Fab Five makeover experts, along with Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France and Bobby Berk, Brown is known for his good advice and being able to solve a problem. Image: The series is a makeover show with 'heart'. Pic: Netflix The critically acclaimed reality TV show has become a huge hit since it rebooted in 2018, winning three Emmys that year and four in 2019, as well as fans across the world, and making global stars o...
Madrid to host COP25 after Peru bows out amid violent protests; Greta Thunberg asks for ride

Madrid to host COP25 after Peru bows out amid violent protests; Greta Thunberg asks for ride

World
Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The city of Madrid agreed Friday to host a U.N. climate change convention next month after Chile withdrew from hosting duties amid protests in the capital. U.N. Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said the convention, known as COP25, will take place in the Spanish capital Dec. 2-13. Madrid offered to hold the event Thursday, one day after Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said the capital of Santiago could no longer host. He also canceled plans to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit scheduled for December. "We understand perfectly the importance of APEC and [the climate change conference] for Chile and the world, but we have based our decision on common sense," he said in a statement. "A president needs to put its people above everything el...
Climate change: Spain offers to host COP25 in Madrid

Climate change: Spain offers to host COP25 in Madrid

Science
Just a day after the President of Chile said his country could no longer hold the world's annual climate conference, Spain has offered to host it in Madrid.The critical meeting, called COP25, was due to take place in Santiago for two weeks from 3 December.Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said his government needed "to prioritise re-establishing public order" after serious anti-government protests.Spain's offer will be considered by the UN's climate body next week.The Spanish government said it considered multilateral action on climate change to be a priority for the UN.The annual Conference of the Parties (COP) is usually an important moment for taking stock of where the world stands on climate change. For a quarter of a century, negotiators from almost