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'Golf courses crumbling into the sea' – Open venues could disappear, says new climate report

'Golf courses crumbling into the sea' – Open venues could disappear, says new climate report

Sports
Open Championship venues such as St Andrews and Royal Troon could be under water by the end of the century if sea levels rise even slightly as a result of climate change, according to a new report.The Climate Coalition says golf, football and cricket face an "unexpected threat", with cricket to be the "hardest hit".The report predicts "cancelled football matches, flooded cricket grounds and golf courses crumbling into the sea".It adds that rising winter temperatures mean the Scottish skiing industry could collapse within 50 years.The report says six of the UK's seven wettest years on record have occurred since 2000, with cricket's County Championship already losing thousands of overs every season."Climate change is already impacting our ability to play and watch the sports we love," said t...
Ancient tailed spider trapped in amber offers insights into origin of spiders

Ancient tailed spider trapped in amber offers insights into origin of spiders

Science
Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a new spider species, an arachnid with a tail, hiding in a piece of ancient amber.The amber fossil is roughly 100 million years old and could offer new insights into the origin and evolution of spiders during the Cretaceous period. Amber sourced from Myanmar has become a popular source of scientistic discoveries in recent years."Interest stepped up about ten years ago when it was discovered this amber was mid-Cretaceous," Paul Selden, a paleontologist at the University of Kansas, said in a news release. "Therefore, all the insects found in it were much older than first thought."Selden is the author of a paper describing the spider species, published this week in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution."It's [amber] been coming into China where de...
Putting the Dow Jones Industrial Average's 666-Point Plunge Into Perspective

Putting the Dow Jones Industrial Average's 666-Point Plunge Into Perspective

Finance
Move over Freddy Krueger, because you've got company. The nightmare came to Wall Street on Friday, with the iconic Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI) logging its worst day since Donald Trump took office. The Dow wound up falling 666 points, which registers as the sixth-worst point decline in the nearly 122-year history of the index.By day's end, according to data from BarChart.com, 91% of the companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange had declined, compared to a meager 8% that moved higher. If you want to point your finger, blame it predominantly on the "tech wreck" and simple profit-taking following a powerful rally to begin the year. Names like Apple  (which is a Dow component) and Alphabet , the parent of Google and YouTube, faile...
Mel Sykes, 47, squeezes age-defying curves into PVC leotard

Mel Sykes, 47, squeezes age-defying curves into PVC leotard

Entertainment
INSTAGRAMSEX SYMBOL: Mel Sykes shows off her gym-honed body The 47-year-old beauty took to Instagram to share an epic throwback snap.Posting to her 137,000 followers, Mel uploaded the cover of her sex-plicit cover shoot with Fabulous magazine.The snap, which fronted the mag in January 2013, is one of Mel's hottest ever.Slipping into a black latex leotard, the TV host oozed sex appeal as she posed up a storm for the camera.Celebs in latex Here's some of our favourite celebs rocking the fetish gear.Getty Images Iggy Azalea most sex-treme outfit ever in booty revealing latex number FABULOUSPVC QUEEN: Mel Sykes shows off her wild side in latexTurning herself into the ultimate pin-up, Mel opted for statement red lips and curled hair worn over her shoulder.Putting...
Roger Federer into Australian Open final after Hyeon Chung retires

Roger Federer into Australian Open final after Hyeon Chung retires

Sports
Australian Open: Men's finalVenue: Melbourne Park Dates Sunday, 28 January Time: 08:30 GMTCoverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website. Watch highlights on BBC Two. Roger Federer made it through to a record seventh Australian Open final when South Korean Hyeon Chung retired in the second set of their semi-final.The Swiss led 6-1 5-2 when 21-year-old Chung was forced to call it quits, two games after being treated for a blister on his left foot.Defending champion Federer, 36, goes on to face Croatian sixth seed Marin Cilic in Sunday's final.The world number two is seeking a sixth Australian and 20th Grand Slam title.Reaction to Federer's semi-finalGrand Slam winner? What next for Kyle Edmund?Federer was on course to take a two-set lead after just 62 minutes when t...