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Science Says: A big space crash likely made Uranus lopsided

Science Says: A big space crash likely made Uranus lopsided

Technology
Uranus is a lopsided oddity, the only planet to spin on its side. Scientists now think they know how it got that way: It was pushed over by a rock at least twice as big as Earth. Detailed computer simulations show that an enormous rock crashed into the seventh planet from the sun, said Durham University astronomy researcher Jacob Kegerreis, who presented his analysis at a large earth and space science conference this month. Uranus is unique in the solar system. The massive planet tilts about 90 degrees on its side, as do its five largest moons. Its magnetic field is also lopsided and doesn't go out the poles like ours does, said NASA chief scientist Jim Green. It also is the only planet that doesn't have its interior heat escape from the core. It has rings like Saturn, albeit faint ones....
Murder of Scandinavian tourists being treated as a ‘terrorist act,' more arrests made

Murder of Scandinavian tourists being treated as a ‘terrorist act,' more arrests made

World
Three more men have been arrested for the murder of two Scandinavian women in Africa's Atlas Mountains, as authorities are now investigating the attack as a possible “terrorist” act. The bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Denmark and Norway, respectively, were discovered in the Atlas Mountains on Monday. Authorities arrested a man named Khayali Abderrahmane in Marrakesh on suspicion of murder. An anonymous source at the Moroccan Central Office of Judicial Research (BCIJ) told ABC News that three more suspects have now been arrested. The men, named by the BCIJ as Abdessamad Ejjoud, Younes Ouaziad and Rachid El Afati, had been on the run but were arrested after being identified by CCTV cameras. The source said that Abderrahmane, the main ...
Climate change: Warming made UK heatwave 30 times more likely

Climate change: Warming made UK heatwave 30 times more likely

Science
Climate change has significantly boosted the chances of having summer heatwaves in the UK.A Met Office study says that the record-breaking heat seen in 2018 was made about 30 times more likely because of emissions from human activity. Without warming the odds of a UK heatwave in any given year were less than half a percent. But a changing climate means this has risen to 12%, or about once every eight years. The blazing summer of 2018 was the joint warmest for the UK,It tied with 1976, 2003 and 2006 for being the highest since records began in 1910.The steep temperatures that sustained across most parts of the UK, peaked on July 27 when 35.6C was recorded at Felsham in Suffolk. Now researchers have analysed the observed data using...
'I've been made redundant five times'

'I've been made redundant five times'

Business
By James Graham & Daniele Palumbo & Kate McGough Radio 5live, Data Journalist, Breakfast TV Media playback is unsupported on your device John Brailsford lost his job at Carpetright, in Wigan, after the chain decided to close nearly a quarter of its 400 shops. It was his fifth redundancy in a 40-year retail career, which has meant he's often had to take a demotion to find another job.He's one of an estimated 40,000 people who have been affected this year by upheaval on the High Street, according to BBC 5 Live's Wake Up To Money, which has been tracking the raft of business failures and shop closures since January.'Update CV' "The first time it happened was an absolute disaster and I just learned to take a step back, fin...

Jo Whiley: Radio 2 backlash made it hard to walk out of my front door

Entertainment
Jo Whiley has said the social media backlash over her BBC Radio 2 show with Simon Mayo made "it hard to walk out my front door, let alone present a radio show" on some days.Whiley joined Mayo as a co-host on the drivetime show in May. But they came in for criticism and recently announced that they are to leave the slot."The last six months have been quite something," the DJ wrote on Instagram.She added: "But what doesn't kill you makes you stronger etc etc."The DJ will take on the station's new evening show in January."I couldn't have tried harder or cared more about the show Simon & I did together," Whiley wrote."Some of the stuff that's been said on social media has meant that some days it was hard to walk out of my front door, let alone present a radio show."It was announced on Mond...