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Month: May 2024

Blue-green algae get a bad press – but we owe a debt of gratitude

Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, come in many forms and have generally got a bad press, mainly because five of the 2,000 identified species can produce some of the deadliest toxins known to science. At the same time, they are among…

Astronauts could run round ‘Wall of Death’ to keep fit on moon, say scientists

As humans prepare to return to the moon after an absence of more than half a century, researchers have hit on a radical approach to keeping astronauts fit as they potter around the ball of rock. To prevent lunar explorers…

Paul Auster, American author of The New York Trilogy, dies aged 77

Paul Auster, the author of 34 books including the acclaimed New York Trilogy, has died aged 77. The author died on Tuesday due to complications from lung cancer, his friend and fellow author Jacki Lyden confirmed to the Guardian. Auster…

Shardlake review – murderous monks ignite this magnificent CJ Sansom story

Really, we should wait until winter has come again. To be watching the dark Tudor adventures of Shardlake in bright warming sunlight under blue skies seems entirely wrong – and even more so with the news that CJ Sansom, the…

Rapidly rising levels of TFA ‘forever chemical’ alarm experts

Rapidly rising levels of TFA, a class of “forever chemical” thought to damage fertility and child development, are being found in drinking water, blood and rain, causing alarm among experts. TFA, or trifluoroacetic acid, is a type of per- and…

Steve Smith left out of T20 World Cup squad as Australia shift towards new era

Steve Smith has been left out of the men’s T20 squad World Cup for next month’s tournament in the Caribbean, signalling a shift towards a new era for Australian cricket. But selectors chose not to include youngster Jake Fraser-McGurk despite…