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First moon samples for more than 40 years brought back to Earth

First moon samples for more than 40 years brought back to Earth

Technology
A Chinese lunar spacecraft capsule has returned to Earth with the first fresh samples of rock and debris from the moon in more than 40 years.The newly-collected rocks are thought to be billions of years younger than those obtained earlier by the US and former Soviet Union, offering new insights into the history of the moon and other bodies in the solar system. They come from a part of the moon known as the Oceanus Procellarum, or Ocean of Storms, near a site called the Mons Rumker that was believed to have been volcanic in ancient times.As with the 382kg of lunar samples brought back by US astronauts from 1969 to 1972, they will be analysed for age and composition and are expected to be shared with other countries. Image: The Chinese lunar space...
Key points as Sunak pledges £1k for each furloughed employee brought back to work

Key points as Sunak pledges £1k for each furloughed employee brought back to work

Business
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a "plan for jobs" to stimulate Britain's battered economy.Here are the key points: EATING OUT DISCOUNTIn August, everyone in the country will be given an "eat out to help out" discount - 50% off at participating restaurants, cafes and pubs. It applies for a maximum discount of £10 per head and can be used from Mondays to WednesdaysBusinesses can claim the money back, with funds in their bank account within five working daysThe scheme, described as the first of its kind, is designed to help an industry employing 1.8 million people ...
Petrol and diesel car sales ban brought forward to 2035

Petrol and diesel car sales ban brought forward to 2035

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device A ban on selling new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars in the UK will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035 at the latest, under government plans.The change comes after experts said 2040 would be too late if the UK wants to achieve its target of emitting virtually zero carbon by 2050.Boris Johnson unveiled the policy as part of a launch event for a United Nations climate summit in November.He said 2020 would be a "defining year of climate action" for the planet.The summit, known as COP26, is being hosted in Glasgow. It is an annual UN-led gathering set up to assess progress on tackling climate change.Sir David Attenborough said at the launch event at London's Science Museum that he was looking forward to...
Mummy returns: Voice of 3,000-year-old Egyptian priest brought to life

Mummy returns: Voice of 3,000-year-old Egyptian priest brought to life

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Scientists have fulfilled a mummified Egyptian priest's wish for life after death - by replicating his voice with artificial vocal chords.Nesyamun's voice has been reproduced as a vowel-like sound that is reminiscent of a sheep's bleat.The priest lived during the politically volatile reign of pharaoh Ramses XI, between 1099 and 1069BC.As a priest in Thebes, Nesyamun would have needed a strong voice for his ritual duties, which involved singing.When Nesyamun died, his voice fell silent, but 3,000 years on, a team of researchers have brought it back to life.They have done so by producing a 3D-printed voice box based Nesyamun's vocal tract, which was scanned to establish its precise dimensions. By usin...
‘He brought twinkle to every scene’: Emmerdale actor dies

‘He brought twinkle to every scene’: Emmerdale actor dies

Entertainment
Emmerdale actor Freddie Jones has been described as one of the TV soap's "favourite human beings" following his death at 91.The father of fellow actor Toby Jones played Sandy Thomas in the ITV show for more than 12 years until 2018. He also appeared in Hollywood films such as Dune in 1984, The Elephant Man in 1980 and Firefox in 1982. Image: Freddie Jones' son was fellow actor Toby Jones His agent Lesley Duff said he died in the evening of 9 July after a short illness.Jones became an actor after a mid-life career change, having previously worked as a laboratory assistant while performing in amateur theatre on the side. Advertisement The makers of Emmer...