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What was the best year for music?

What was the best year for music?

Entertainment
From the swinging 60s to punk, acid house to Britpop, everyone has a favourite era in music. But is there a single year where rock and pop peaked? Maybe it came with The Beatles' mould-breaking sonic experiments of 1968, or the mid-80s purple patch where Prince, Madonna and Michael Jackson pushed each other to ever-greater heights.If you ask most people to choose a defining year in music, they'll almost certainly name one of their teenage years.In adolescence, our brains are more active, we have more time to listen to music and we're experiencing a lot of things for the first time - all of which makes songs from that period more memorable.When economist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz analysed Spotify data on people's listening habits, ...
UK using 1.2 billion tonnes of material a year

UK using 1.2 billion tonnes of material a year

Science
The UK is using 1.2 billion tonnes of materials a year – that’s the equivalent of 18.5 tonnes of material for every person in the country.The materials include food, timber products, metals, construction materials and fossil fuels.They are vital to the economy, but the figures show the UK is increasingly reliant on importing its materials, especially from China. Almost 80% come from abroad, the Office for National Statistics numbers show.The statistics matter because extracting materials from the environment uses a great deal of energy, typically generated by burning fossil fuels.Consumption increasingThe UK is signed up to international agreements to reduce its consumption of materials in an attempt to protect the natural world and combat climate change.
Less than half of women in their 40s screened for breast cancer each year

Less than half of women in their 40s screened for breast cancer each year

Health
March 23 (UPI) -- Private health insurers spend more than $ 2 billion a year to screen women in their 40s for breast cancer, though fewer than half those eligible undergo mammograms, a new study shows. In results published Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers noted that just over 41 percent of women between age 40 and 49 who had private insurance had a mammogram in 2017. The mean per person cost among these women was $ 353, according to researchers. "Breast cancer screening is associated with high costs," study co-author Natalia Kunst, a research fellow at the Yale School of Medicine and Public Health and a doctoral candidate in health decision science at the University of Oslo in Norway, told UPI. "These substantial costs are borne despite the fact that health outcomes associat...
Social distancing may be needed for ‘most of year’

Social distancing may be needed for ‘most of year’

Health
Social distancing would be needed for "at least half of the year" to stop intensive care units being overwhelmed, according to the government's scientific advisers.The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) recommended alternating between more and less strict measures for most of a year.Strict measures include school closures and social distancing for everyone.Less restrictive measures include isolating cases and households.It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that the UK could "turn the tide" on the coronavirus outbreak within 12 weeks.Schools in England, Scotland and Wales will close on Friday until further notice - except for vulnerable children and those with a parent identified as a key worker.More than 65,000 retire...
Scientists expect spring floods to be milder than last year

Scientists expect spring floods to be milder than last year

Technology
U.S. government scientists said today that this year's annual spring flooding season will not be as severe or prolonged as in 2019By CHRISTINA LARSON AP Science WriterMarch 19, 2020, 6:32 PM2 min readWASHINGTON -- Too often disasters come in threes. But the year of global pandemic and record wildfires in Australia will not also be a year of historic floods in the U.S., forecasters predict. Last year saw record floods in several regions of the country. But this year this annual spring flooding season will not be as severe or prolonged as in 2019, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. Major to moderate flooding is projected in 23 states, impacting 128 million people. The regions most likely to experience major flooding include parts of North Dakota...