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Melanie Sykes, 47, sends temperatures soaring in teeny bikini

Melanie Sykes, 47, sends temperatures soaring in teeny bikini

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Gaining sex symbol status following her famous Boddingtons advert in 1997, 21 years on, Melanie Sykes is still every inch the stunning star.The Blind Date voiceover presenter always manages to wow on the official Melanie Sykes Instagram page.Whether it’s laid-bare gym selfies, or sultry swimwear snaps, Mel never fails to impress.And her latest bikini pic sent fans into a frenzy. INSTAGRAM/ MELANIE SYKES TEENY BIKINI: Melanie Sykes puts on eye-popping display INSTAGRAM/ MELANIE SYKES GYM BUNNY: Melanie Sykes shows off natural beauty “Amazing abs” Instagram user Enjoying the summer...
Rising temperatures enabled peatland formation at the end of the last ice age

Rising temperatures enabled peatland formation at the end of the last ice age

Science
April 16 (UPI) -- New research suggests periods of global warming during the last ice age encouraged the formation of peatlands.Researchers began by designing a computer model to simulate local climate patterns during the last 26,000 years. The last ice age reached its glacial maximum between 26,000 and 22,000 years ago, after which glaciers began to retreat.Scientists also created a timeline of peatland formation using radiocarbon dating peat samples collected in North America, northern Europe and Patagonia. When they compared their timeline with their model's simulations, they found higher local summer temperatures, not increased rainfall, accurately predicted peatland formation."This work helps explain the genesis of one of the world's most important ecosystem types and its potentially ...
Temperatures to keep rising in Pacific Northwest, new climate models confirm

Temperatures to keep rising in Pacific Northwest, new climate models confirm

Science
Feb. 23 (UPI) -- No region will be immune to climate change, and new research suggests the Pacific Northwest is no exception.To better predict how climate change will impact the northwest corner of the United States, scientists at Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service localized the predictions of 30 "general circulation" climate models.General circulation models produce outputs at scales too large to be applied to small-scale systems, like a regional watershed. But scientists were able to localize the large-scale predictions using a process called "downscaling."During the downscaling process, researchers populated the combined models with weather and atmospheric data collected at research stations throughout the Northwest.Though the predictions feature variability depending o...
Higher temperatures linked to EU asylum figures

Higher temperatures linked to EU asylum figures

Science
Sharp increases in the numbers of those seeking asylum in the European Union have been linked to higher temperatures in agricultural regions of the world. Researchers found that when temperatures deviated from 20C in food growing areas of 103 countries, more people sought refuge abroad.Around 660,000 extra applicants would be expected each year by 2100, the authors say, if current temperature trends continue.The study appears in Science journal. Between 2000 and 2014, around 350,000 people applied for asylum in the European Union every year. The majority came from countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq. In this study, researchers examine these numbers and assess the role of what they call "weather shocks" in pushing people to seek asylum. The authors find that the numbers increase if the t...
Mosquitoes transmit dengue virus more frequently when temperatures rise

Mosquitoes transmit dengue virus more frequently when temperatures rise

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Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Mosquitoes are more likely to transmit dengue virus on warmer days, according to new research published Friday in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology.The findings suggest health officials should consider weather forecasts when working to prevent and respond to outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease."If the outdoor temperature is high for a sustained period, dengue prevention strategies should be a priority," Xiao-Guang Chen, a scientist at the Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China, said in a news release.In the summer of 2014, Guangzhou experienced a significant outbreak of dengue fever. The outbreak coincided with several months of hot weather, with an average high of 86 degrees Fahrenheit.Scientists suspected the weather might have something to do with the ou...