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World

First man to climb Everest 10 times dies at 72

Today at 05:17 AM, via CNN

Ang Rita Sherpa, the first man to climb Mount Everest 10 times, died of a lengthy illness on Monday, his family said, an event that fellow sherpas called a major loss to Nepal and the climbing community.

Sport

Two in custody in Tour de France doping probe

Today at 03:46 AM, via Eyewitness News

The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour which wrapped up on Sunday in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century.

Education

One-third of children in UK ‘have heard racist comments at school’

Today at 01:01 AM, via The Guardian

Survey suggests children are most likely to have experienced racism by age of 13

Almost a third of children have heard racist comments at school, according to research by an anti-bullying campaign that suggests they are most likely to have experienced racism by about the age of 13.

A poll of 1,000 six to 15-year-olds found that while, overall, about 32% children had heard someone be racist at...

Education

Woman fights sacking for objecting to son’s LGBTQ+ classes

Yesterday at 19:51 PM, via The Guardian

Kristie Higgs tells tribunal in Bristol she was defending ‘Bible truth’ against ‘harmful doctrines’

A woman sacked from her job as a school assistant after flagging up concerns about the teaching of LGBTQ+ rights has told a tribunal it was her Christian duty to speak out to defend the “Bible truth”.

Kristie Higgs, 44, was dismissed for gross misconduct by the state secondary school where she...

Education

Students locked down after illegal parties at UK universities

Yesterday at 18:24 PM, via The Guardian

St Andrews, Edinburgh and Manchester Metropolitan among institutions dealing with coronavirus outbreaks

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Students are in lockdown in their halls of residence and facing periods of self-isolation and disciplinary action as universities grapple with increasing Covid-19 cases just days into the new term.

At least seven universities across...

Entertainment

Emmy ratings fall again to record low, as streaming becomes the new normal

Yesterday at 20:01 PM, via CNN

What if you threw a party — one generally praised by critics, presented with no serious glitches in the midst of a pandemic — and relatively speaking, nobody showed up? That’s the puzzle facing the Television Academy, in the wake of another year of record-low ratings for the Emmy Awards.

Entertainment

‘Filthy Rich’ is the kind of trashy soap that could win loyal converts

Yesterday at 18:24 PM, via CNN

“Filthy Rich” is a bit of a Franken-soap, seemingly stitched together from pieces of other series. Yet it works, at least kind of, as a guilty pleasure, unabashedly embracing its trashiness with sly wit and reasonably clever twists. As kickoffs to the broadcast TV season go, Fox could have, and indeed has, done worse.

Science/Tech

Ren Zhiqiang – who called Chinese president a ‘clown’ – jailed for 18 years

Today at 06:37 AM, via The Guardian

Former real estate mogul was investigated after criticising Xi Jinping over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic

China has sentenced an influential former property executive and critic of President Xi Jinping to 18 years in prison for corruption.

Ren Zhiqiang, the former chairman of Huayuan, a state-owned real estate group, was also fined 4.2m yuan, Beijing No. 2 Intermediate Court said on...

Science/Tech

Country diary: the killer role of pollen in the hawkweed’s life cycle

Today at 06:30 AM, via The Guardian

Ketton Quarry, Rutland: Pliny the Elder believed that hawks sprinkled sap from hawkweeds into their eyes. But the plant’s true hawkish behaviour was only recently discovered

Old limestone quarries are fantastic places for nature, and here at Ketton the Wildlife Trust reserve fills the space left by stone extracted in the 1930s. Next door there is light industry, on what would have been the...

Science/Tech

What does it mean to be alive? Paul Nurse on defining ‘life’

Today at 06:00 AM, via The Guardian

Is it possible to define the biological, chemical and physical functions that separate cells, plants and even humans from inanimate objects? In his new book, Paul Nurse, Nobel prize winner and director of the Francis Crick Institute, addresses a question that has long plagued both philosophers and scientists – what does it really mean to be alive? Speaking to Madeleine Finlay, Paul delves...

Science/Tech

The Lancet reforms editorial policy after hydroxychloroquine Covid study retraction

Today at 05:34 AM, via The Guardian

New policy comes after serious quality control questions were raised about the data relied on by a study in the medical journal

One of the world’s leading medical journals, the Lancet, has reformed its editorial policies following a shocking case of apparent research misconduct involving the study of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19.

In May, the Lancet published a peer-reviewed...

Nature

Saving Cumbria’s plastic-lined river

16 September at 10:24 AM, via BBC News

The River Keekle was lined 20 years ago to protect it from pollution but the plastic became the problem.