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Brunt Ice Shelf: Big iceberg calves near UK Antarctic base

Brunt Ice Shelf: Big iceberg calves near UK Antarctic base

Science
A big iceberg approaching the size of Greater London has broken away from the Antarctic, close to Britain's Halley research station. Surface instruments on the Brunt Ice Shelf confirmed the split early on Friday. There is currently no-one in the base, so there is no risk to human life.The British Antarctic Survey has been operating Halley in a reduced role since 2017 because of the imminent prospect of a calving.The berg has been measured to cover 1,270 sq km - nearly 490 square miles. Halley is positioned just over 20km from the line of rupture. BAS has an array of GPS devices on the Brunt. These relay information about ice movements back to the agency's HQ in Cambridge. Robots deployed at A68A mega-iceberg remnantsWest Antarctica's Getz glaciers flowing fasterPolar scientists wary of im...
Milne Ice Shelf: Satellites capture Arctic ice split

Milne Ice Shelf: Satellites capture Arctic ice split

Science
The Planet Earth-observation company has just released new imagery of the broken Milne Ice Shelf in the Arctic.Located on the northern margin of Canada's Ellesmere Island, the ice platform split on 30/31 July to form a free-floating bloc some 80 sq km (30 sq miles) in area.By 3 August, this berg, or "ice island", had itself ruptured in two, with both segments then seen to drift out into the Arctic Ocean. Ice shelves are the floating fronts of glaciers that have flowed off the land into the sea. Ellesmere Island was once bounded by extensive shelves that had melded into a single structure. Satellites record history of Antarctic melting Coronavirus severely restricts Antarctic science At the begin...
Watch: Manchester United's Ashley Young nutmegs, gets top shelf goal

Watch: Manchester United's Ashley Young nutmegs, gets top shelf goal

Sports
Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Defender Ashley Young opened the scoring in Manchester United's win against Fulham by scoring after a nutmeg on Saturday at Old Trafford. The strike sparked the Red Devils' 4-1 Premier League triumph in Manchester, England. United controlled the ball on Fulham's half during the sequence when Nemanja Matic sent a pass to the left side for Marcus Rashford. The forward received the ball and jetted to his left. He then fired a short pass to his left, finding Young flashing down the flank. Young tracked the ball down with his left boot, stopping its momentum before facing Fulham right back Denis Odoi. The Red Devils defender tapped the ball to his right as he faced up with his counterpart. He then quickly touched the ball through Odoi's legs with the outside of his right boot. ...
Why celebrity book clubs may have a shelf life

Why celebrity book clubs may have a shelf life

Entertainment
Celebrity book clubs are becoming increasingly popular, but is this a great thing for reading or just another vanity exercise? Old hands at the book club game are husband and wife team Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan and Oprah. Their clubs began on TV but the new breed has, from the off, been virtual - online and on apps. And the main players are almost exclusively female, including Emma Watson, Reese Witherspoon, Florence Welch, Zoella and Sarah Jessica Parker, as are the clubs' members. It would be easy to be cynical about this new trend but it has its merits, says Claire Armitstead, associate editor for culture at the Guardian. "These celebrities want to show they are intelligent people and not just celebrities, that's perhaps their motive for it."But what they bring is their brand. ...