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Lead trapped in Arctic ice reveals economic impact of wars, plagues

Lead trapped in Arctic ice reveals economic impact of wars, plagues

Science
July 10 (UPI) -- Today, economists use a wide variety of sophisticated tools to measure economic output. But how does one measure economic activity that happened 1,000 years ago? One way is measure changes in lead pollution levels trapped in ancient ice. Using Arctic ice cores, an international team of researchers successfully retraced the economic ups and down of the last 1,500 years. The findings, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed the the economic impacts of wars and plagues. "We all were surprised at how similarly lead pollution varied across this half of the Arctic and how closely those variations coincided with known historical events," Joe McConnell, director of DRI's Ultra-Trace Ice Core Chemistry Laboratory at the Desert ...
The Rise of Skywalker: Star Wars Episode IX title revealed

The Rise of Skywalker: Star Wars Episode IX title revealed

Entertainment
The next Star Wars movie, episode IX, will be titled The Rise of Skywalker, it has been announced.The title was revealed at a Star Wars celebration event in Chicago, while a teaser trailer was posted on Twitter with the words: "Every generation has a legend."Director JJ Abrams said the movie is set some time after previous instalment The Last Jedi.The Rise of Skywalker is due to be released later this year.Despite his apparent death at the end of Episode VI, Return of the Jedi, Emperor Palpatine seems to be making a comeback.His sinister cackle is heard at the end of the trailer and Ian McDiarmid, who plays the character, strolled on stage to loud applause at the announcement. The two-minute trai...
Next Star Wars to use unseen footage of late Carrie Fisher

Next Star Wars to use unseen footage of late Carrie Fisher

Entertainment
The late Carrie Fisher will feature in the next Star Wars movie using unseen footage recorded before her death, writer and director JJ Abrams has said. Star Wars: Episode IX begins filming on Wednesday at Pinewood Studios and will include returning cast members Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Lupita Nyong'o among others.Withnail & I and Gosford Park actor Richard E Grant and British actress Naomi Ackie have joined the cast.The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Fisher in the ninth film, using unreleased footage from the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens to draw her character's story to an end.Fisher - who found international stardom as Princess Leia - died aged 60 in 2016 after finishing work on The Last Jedi, following a heart attack on a Los ...
Star Wars: Carrie Fisher and Richard E Grant among Episode IX cast

Star Wars: Carrie Fisher and Richard E Grant among Episode IX cast

Entertainment
The cast for the next Star Wars film has been revealed in a surprise announcement, with a mixture of veteran stars and new faces set to appear.The late actress Carrie Fisher will feature in Episode IX using previously unseen footage that was recorded for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.The star, who played Princess Leia in the film series, died suddenly in 2016.Billy Dee Williams, 81, will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian and Richard E Grant will join the cast."We desperately loved Carrie Fisher," director JJ Abrams said in a statement announcing the line-up. "Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us.""We have found a way to honour Carrie's legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using u...
Star Wars director strikes back at abuse of star

Star Wars director strikes back at abuse of star

Entertainment
Star Wars director Rian Johnson has hit back at the troll "manbabies" who have forced actress Kelly Marie Tran to quit Instagram after months of racist and sexist abuse over her role in The Last Jedi. The Vietnamese-American star - who became the first woman of colour to play a leading part in the iconic series - has deleted all of her posts on the photo-sharing social network.She has been targeted by what Johnson described as "unhealthy people" who took issue with her performance as Resistance fighter Rose Tico in the eighth instalment of the fantasy saga, which was released in December.Addressing the backlash on Twitter, Johnson said: "What we talk about when we talk about manbabies."He added: "On social media a few unhealthy people can cast a big shadow on the wall, but...