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UK goes record week without using any coal power

UK goes record week without using any coal power

Technology
By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter The UK has gone seven days without burning any coal to generate electricity - the longest stretch without the fossil fuel since the Industrial Revolution.According to the National Grid, as of 1pm today the UK had been producing energy for 167 hours without coal power plants supplying any at all. Instead, the majority of the country's power has come from combined cycle gas turbines, with renewable, nuclear, and solar power also contributing significantly to meeting the demand.The breakdown is: The UK has gone a week without burning coal to generate electricity - the longest stretch since the Industrial Revolution. Power instead came from:🔥 Gas 45%⚛ Nuclear 21%🌬 Wind 11%🚛 Imports 10%🌲 Biomass
Libya warlord accused of using child soldiers

Libya warlord accused of using child soldiers

World
By Alex Crawford, special correspondent in Tripoli The UN-backed Libyan government is under siege from rebels led by General Khalifa Heftar.As the rebels fight to take Libya's capital, Sky News special correspondent Alex Crawford meets men and others believed to be youths who are being detained. They are accused of fighting against forces that back the internationally-recognised administration.The prisoners came walking out in single file, most with no shoes on their feet, some with their head bowed. These are some of the men, their captors claim, who were preparing to fight to take over the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Image: Some of those detained claimed to be child soldiers "You can talk to whoever you wa...
Chronic pain given as top reason for using medical marijuana

Chronic pain given as top reason for using medical marijuana

Health
Chronic pain is the most common reason people give when they enroll in state-approved medical marijuana programs. That's followed by stiffness from multiple sclerosis and chemotherapy-related nausea, according to an analysis of 15 states published Monday in the journal Health Affairs. The study didn't measure whether marijuana actually helped anyone with their problems, but the patients' reasons match up with what's known about the science of marijuana and its chemical components. "The majority of patients for whom we have data are using cannabis for reasons where the science is the strongest," said lead author Kevin Boehnke of University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. California became the first state to allow medical use of marijuana in 1996. More than 30 states now allow marijuana for doze...
Bees can count using only four brain cells

Bees can count using only four brain cells

Science
Dec. 21 (UPI) -- New research reveals how bees count using minimal brain power. To better understand bees' mathematic abilities, scientists designed a simple brain model on the computer, featuring just four nerve cells. Simulations showed the simple brain was capable of counting small quantities by closely studying one item at a time. Previous studies suggest bees count the same way. Meanwhile, humans look at the whole group of items and count them together. In lab experiments, bees can count upwards of five and can be trained to select the smaller or larger of two values. Bees can even choose the value of zero, when trained to select the lesser of two quantities. The latest research suggests bees don't need to understand complex math to achieve these feats of quantitative comparison. By...