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Pollution: ‘Forever chemicals’ in rainwater exceed safe levels

Pollution: ‘Forever chemicals’ in rainwater exceed safe levels

Science
Getty ImagesNew research shows that rainwater in most locations on Earth contains levels of chemicals that "greatly exceed" safety levels.These synthetic substances called PFAS are used in non-stick pans, fire-fighting foam and water-repellent clothes. Dubbed 'forever chemicals', they persist for years in the environment.Such is their prevalence now that scientists say there is no safe space on Earth to avoid them.The researchers from Stockholm University say it is "vitally important" that the use of these substances is rapidly restricted. More research needed on climate extinction threatThe race to replace persistent chemicals in our homesDriest July in England since 1935 - Met OfficeScientists fear PFAS may pose health risks including cancer, though research has so far been inconclusive....
‘It was spectacular. We felt safe’: 5,000 attend Barcelona gig after taking rapid COVID tests

‘It was spectacular. We felt safe’: 5,000 attend Barcelona gig after taking rapid COVID tests

Entertainment
Five thousand people attended a rock concert in Barcelona on Saturday after passing a same-day screening test for COVID-19.The music fans piled into the Palau Sant Jordi arena where indie rock band Love of Lesbian were playing after having received the all-clear from a coronavirus antigen test taken earlier in the day. Image: Some 5,000 fans at the show had to wear masks but social distancing was not required in the Palau Sant Jordi arena The show took place with special permission from Spain's health authorities in a pilot to examine whether the rapid testing system could effectively prevent COVID-19 outbreaks.In surreal scenes after a year of social distancing, people danced close to one another, but the sea of faces covered in ma...

Op-ed: Here are some safe money moves investors should make now

Finance
fstop123 | E+ | Getty ImagesDespite concern over rising bond yields, many investors see today as the best of times.The economy is growing and should get stronger as stimulus checks and child-care tax credits help millions of American families. More people are getting vaccinated daily, raising the prospect of a more open economy.  And, at least for now, inflation and interest rates remain low.Given this scenario, how should investors play the rest of the year?I believe that investors cannot actually time the market, no matter the economy's strength or the valuation of the stock market. Instead, through thick and thin, you stick to the same, solid diversified financial plan initially created to build financial independence.More from FA Playbook:Here's a look at other stories impacting t...
Lady Gaga’s dogs found safe after armed robbery

Lady Gaga’s dogs found safe after armed robbery

Entertainment
Getty ImagesLady Gaga's two stolen French bulldogs have been found safe and handed in to police, according to officials.The two dogs, stolen in an armed robbery, have been "reunited" with the singer's representatives, police said.Lady Gaga's dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was shot by two men who abducted the dogs in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on Wednesday.He is in hospital and his family said on Friday that he was expected to make a full recovery.Details of how the dogs were recovered are unclear. The Associated Press said a woman had brought them to the Olympic Community Police Station in LA and the singer's representatives had confirmed they were hers. The woman appeared to be "uninvolved and unassociated" with the robbery, a police spokesman said.Lady Gaga had offered $ 500,000 (£359,000) for t...
To keep backyard animals safe from cats, offer more meat and play

To keep backyard animals safe from cats, offer more meat and play

Science
Feb. 11 (UPI) -- All grains and no play makes Garfield a hangry boy -- and it turns out, hangry cats are a greater threat to local wildlife. To keep small birds, mammals and reptiles safe from local cats, new research suggests caretakers offer their feline friends a diet rich in meat proteins and plenty of playtime. Advertisement According to the new study, published Thursday in the journal Current Biology, play that mimics the act of hunting is especially helpful in quieting the predatory instincts of domestic cats. "While keeping cats indoors is the only sure-fire way to prevent hunting, some owners are worried about the welfare implications of restricting their cat's outdoor access," study co-author Robbie McDonald said in a news release. "Our study shows that -- using entirely non-in...