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Sir Tom Jones turns 80: Singer shares ‘tremendous’ memories

Sir Tom Jones turns 80: Singer shares ‘tremendous’ memories

Entertainment
As he celebrates his 80th birthday, Sir Tom Jones has said he will keep singing "as long as there's breath in my body".The Welsh legend, who was born on 7 June 1940, said he did not mind growing old because "the memories are tremendous".And he said lockdown reminded him of his own two-year isolation with tuberculosis from the age of 12."I sympathise with young people that can't go and play," he said. Sir Tom, who grew up in Pontypridd, enjoyed huge commercial success with hits including It's Not Unusual, What's New Pussycat? and Kiss. He became one of the world's biggest stars, with his live Las Vegas performances earning the admiration of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. ...
Arctic bird turns down immune system to conserve energy in winter

Arctic bird turns down immune system to conserve energy in winter

Science
April 28 (UPI) -- To survive the Arctic's frigid temperatures, animals must use their energy efficiently. According to a new study, one Arctic bird species, the Svalbard rock ptarmigan, utilizes a previously unknown energy-saving method. No bird lives closer to the North Pole than the the Svalbard rock ptarmigan. To better understand how the bird species survives the extreme conditions, researchers analyzed changes in the bird's immune system during the winter and late spring. "We have discovered that the birds reduce how much they spend on keeping their own immune defense system up and running during the five months of the year when it is dark around the clock, probably to save energy," Andreas Nord, researcher at Lund University in Sweden, said in a news release. "Instead, they use tho...

As people stay home, Earth turns wilder and cleaner

Technology
An unplanned grand experiment is changing Earth. As people across the globe stay home to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, the air has cleaned up, albeit temporarily. Smog stopped choking New Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world, and India’s getting views of sights not visible in decades. Nitrogen dioxide pollution in the northeastern United States is down 30%. Rome air pollution levels from mid-March to mid-April were down 49% from a year ago. Stars seems more visible at night. People are also noticing animals in places and at times they don't usually. Coyotes have meandered along downtown Chicago’s Michigan Avenue and near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. A puma roamed the streets of Santiago, Chile. Goats took over a tow
Coronavirus: NHS turns to big tech to tackle Covid-19 hot spots

Coronavirus: NHS turns to big tech to tackle Covid-19 hot spots

Technology
The NHS has confirmed it is teaming up with leading tech firms to ensure critical medical equipment is available to the facilities most in need during the coronavirus outbreak.It blogged the firms would create computer dashboard screens to show the spread of the virus and the healthcare system's ability to deal with it.These will draw on data gathered via 111 calls and Covid-19 test results.The first should be made available to government decision-makers next week.Four tech firms were named in the blog. Three are US-based: Microsoft, Google and Palantir. The fourth is Faculty AI, which is headquartered in London.Amazon was not referenced but the BBC has confirmed that it is also involved. The NHS intends to add details of the company's role later.Many of ...
Iran plane downing: Second day of protests turns up heat on leaders

Iran plane downing: Second day of protests turns up heat on leaders

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Iran's leaders have faced a second day of protests following their admission the military shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane, killing all 176 people on board, many of them Iranians.Protesters in Tehran and in several other cities chanted slogans against the leadership.Clashes with security forces and the firing of tear gas are reported.Iran admitted "unintentionally" hitting the plane after initially denying it, amid rising tensions with the US.The plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, was shot down near Tehran last Wednesday, shortly after Iran had launched missiles at two airbases housing US forces in Iraq.Those strikes were a response to the US killing of senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani ...