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UK drought: Why do the trees think it’s autumn already?

UK drought: Why do the trees think it’s autumn already?

Science
Getty ImagesFrom the crunch of leaves underfoot and the fiery foliage adorning the trees, you might be thinking autumn has come early.But experts say this hint of a change in the seasons isn't genuine. Instead it's the tell-tale sign of a "false autumn".They warn the heatwave and drought has pushed trees into survival mode, with leaves dropping off or changing colour as a result of stress.And some may end up dying as a result.Why we need to get used to wonky vegetablesWildlife under stress as dry spell shrinks riversSewage hits dozens of UK beaches after heavy rainGetty ImagesAuburn leaves and early leaf fall are both signs that trees are stressed and "shutting up shop", says Leigh Hunt, senior horticultural advisor at the Royal Horticultural Society."It's giving the appearance that we're...
Cruise deepfake creator warns people to ‘think twice’ over trick videos

Cruise deepfake creator warns people to ‘think twice’ over trick videos

Technology
The creator of a series of deepfake Tom Cruise videos says he wants to make people more aware of what they are watching - and that it might not be real.Viewed more than 11 million times, Chris Ume's videos appear to show Cruise playing golf, doing a magic trick, and falling over while telling a story about former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. A deepfake usually involves an image or video in which a person or object is visually or audibly manipulated to say and do something that is fabricated.Most people realised Ume's videos were fake - but the 31-year-old says the speed the technology is advancing could pose problems in future. Image: The real Tom Cruise? "I always try to make funny content, but at the same time, when people see t...
Survey: Half of U.S. adults think worst of pandemic is yet to come

Survey: Half of U.S. adults think worst of pandemic is yet to come

Health
Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Roughly half of adults in the United States believe the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is yet to come, according to the findings of a survey released Friday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Nearly 70% of the respondents indicated that they are worried that they or someone in their family will get sick from the disease, the data showed. Advertisement This is the highest percentage since the Kaiser Family Foundation began tracking the statistic in February, the organization said. The findings are from the Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll, a survey of 1,676 adults aged 18 years or older from across the country. The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the role of the United States in global health ...
Covid-19: What do scientists think of the PM’s plan?

Covid-19: What do scientists think of the PM’s plan?

Health
After dangling the possibility of a mini-lockdown to break coronavirus's chain of transmission, Boris Johnson has opted for a much softer strategy.The new Covid restrictions for England - which allow pubs and restaurants to remain open and households to continue mixing - have been met by scientists with responses ranging from praise to despair.Dame Anne Johnson, a professor of infectious disease epidemiology at University College London, said it was essential to act quickly to stop the growth in the epidemic. She is "pleased" to see the government acting now, and says the change in messaging may be enough to change the virus's course.But there are concerns that it won't- and if it doesn't in the next week or so, she says, decisio...