David Birchall

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Climate change is thawing deadly diseases. Maybe now we'll address it? | Mona Sarfaty

An anthrax outbreak in Russia came from a 75-year-old caribou carcass thawing out. It’s a warning sign of worse to come<p>Earlier this month, an outbreak of anthrax in northern Russia caused the death of a 12-year-old boy and his grandmother and put 90 people in the hospital. These deadly spores – …

'It is a miracle no-one was killed:' Plane crashes onto packed Italian beach as screaming families run for their lives

• <b>Shocking incident happened at a beach at Santa Severa, near Rome</b>• <b><br>Eyewitness speaks of how people screamed and scattered out of the way</b>• <b><br>Anger soon</b> …

Lion Kills American Woman in Johannesburg, South Africa

A lion attacked and killed an American woman on Monday as a tour guide drove her around a South African animal enclosure, police and park officials said.<p>“The lioness approached from the passenger side and bit the lady through the window,” said Scott Simpson, the assistant operations manager at Lion …

Africa

These are the Amazon trees that keep the planet cool

Within the botanical menagerie that makes up the Amazon rainforest, which is so important it’s frequently dubbed the “lungs of the planet,” scientists have pinpointed a small number of tree species that are doing the heaviest breathing as they help to slow global warming.<p>Their discovery—that 182 …

Ecology

Storm Prediction Center Severe Thunderstorm Watch 75

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Arctic sea ice extent hits record low for winter

The maximum ice extent marks the beginning of the melt season for Arctic sea ice<p><b>Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has fallen to the lowest recorded level for the winter season, according to US scientists.</b><p>The maximum this year was 14.5 million sq km, said the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the …

Judge Judy earns more than Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi combined with her new TV salary

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi earn an eye-watering £31million a year in salary combined but that figure has been trumped by a certain US TV star …

Cyclone Pam: massive storm bears down on Vanuatu, with 260,000 people in its path

The capital of Vanuatu went into lockdown as a “once-in-a-lifetime” storm bore down on the South Pacific island nation, threatening up to a quarter of a million people in its path.<p>Tropical cyclone Pam, a category five storm with predicted wind gusts of more than 280km/h at its core, was on track to …

Chile forest fire near Valparaiso sparks evacuations

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1152000/1152496_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524794528_2e36c6293bb95db9c879d63d6e655fd8<p><b>Chilean authorities have declared a state of emergency as a raging forest fire forced thousands of people to flee their homes.</b><p>The fire is threatening …

Sun unleashes first X-class solar flare of 2015

The sun unleashed its first superpowerful flare of the year on Wednesday, and the intense eruption was aimed directly at Earth, space weather experts …

Woman dragged under London Underground train at Clapham South

Passenger, 28, survives after falling between platform and Northern line service at Clapham South station in south London during rush-hour<p>A young woman was dragged under a London Underground train in a freak accident during the morning rush-hour.<p>The passenger, 28, fell between the platform and the …

England

Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson stabbed in head

Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson has been hospitalised after sustaining serious injuries in a knife fight with his brother Andrew on Wednesday. Mick’s injuries included a stab wound to the back of the head.<p>The fight took place at Mick’s home in Iowa, according to Billboard, and both siblings …

Terry Pratchett dies: Twitter pays tribute

Discworld author Terry Pratchett has died at the age of 66. Fans and authors pay tribute on the social media site<p>Fantasy novelist Sir Terry Pratchett, best known for his Discworld series, has died at the age of 66. His death has been met with an outpouring of grief from his many fans around the …

Watch NASA Fire Up the Biggest Rocket Booster Ever

NASA successfully fired up a huge new rocket booster at its Utah test facility on Wednesday, passing a major milestone for future deep-space missions.<p>…

Space Exploration

5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Looks Bullish, Morning and Evening Stars Shine

Starstruck<p>As the moon moves next to the red eye of Taurus, Mercury appears at sunrise.<p>This week, the moon barrels through the celestial bull and winks out a star, while the gods of love and war part ways.<p><b>Bullish moon.</b> After darkness sets in on Tuesday, February 24, look for the waxing crescent moon …

Astronomy

Planck Satellite Brings Early Universe into Focus (Kavli Hangout)

<i>Kelen Tuttle, writer and editor for the Kavli Foundation, contributed this article to</i> Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.<p>From its orbit …

Physics

TransAsia plane crashes in Taiwan river, killing at least 23 people

Dramatic footage shows regional airliner clipping taxi cab and bridge minutes after takeoff

Snowboarder pulled behind plane in world first

Jamie Barrow is no stranger to breaking records.<p>Last year Britain's fastest snowboarder broke two records in a day – riding a frozen lake in the Swiss ski resort of St Moritz at 50mph propelled by electric jet-engines, then being towed behind a car and hitting speeds of 70mph. But this week he took …

Royal Caribbean cruise cut short by illness

<b>(CNN) —</b> The trip wasn't so grand for many guests on board Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas.<p>The cruise line cut short a nine-day trip to Jamaica and elsewhere by one day after more than 200 people became ill with norovirus and a passenger experienced a medical emergency requiring medical …

'Half of UK people' will get cancer

<b>One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, analysis suggests.</b><p>Cancer Research UK said this estimate, using a new calculation method, replaced a forecast of more than one in three people developing the disease.<p>It said longer life expectancies meant more …

The 3 ways the universe will end… and how our destruction has already started!

Having a bit of a mid-week slump? Feeling like it’s all meaningless?<p>Here’s something to put it all in perspective.<p>Munich information designers …

Malawi floods leave grim legacy of death, destruction and devastation | David Smith

Photograph: Amos Gumulira/AFP/Getty Images<p>Flooding in Malawi’s most southern district, Nsanje. Official figures confirm a total of 176 people dead, with a further 153 …

Burglars jailed for Wimbledon lecturer attack

<b>Four burglars who took part in a violent raid which left a lecturer "unrecognisable" have been jailed.</b><p>Paul Kohler, 55, needed facial reconstruction surgery after the attack in Kings Road, Wimbledon, on 11 August.<p>Mariusz Tomaszewski, 32, and Pawel Honc, 24, received 19 years each after admitting …

What $4.5 Million Could Buy If Spent on Social Ads Instead of Super Bowl Spots

With NBC charging a record-setting $4.5 million for 30-second ads, it's no wonder brands are using digital media to either complement or replace a …

Advertising

The town that was turned into an ice-block: Russian streets turned into huge frozen block after water pipes burst during storm in sub-zero temperatures

• <b>Storm in Siberian town saw waterpipes burst and flood the streets</b>• <b><br>With temperatures around -40C, the water froze immediately</b>• <b><br>Pictures show cars and</b> …

Could a wormhole in our galaxy take us to another UNIVERSE?

Could a wormhole in our galaxy take us to another UNIVERSE? Interstellar-style 'space time tunnel' may exist in the Milky Way<p><b>If a wormhole exists, it</b> …

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What’s a safe distance between us and a supernova?

And how many potentially exploding stars are located within the unsafe distance?<p>A supernova is a star explosion – destructive on a scale almost …