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October 23rd, 2017 by admin

Demand for 1966 PhD work, made freely available for the first time, crashes Cambridge’s repository website

Stephen Hawking’s 1966 doctoral thesis has broken the internet after becoming available to the general public for the first time.

Popular demand for the thesis, entitled Properties of Expanding Universes, was so great on Monday that it caused Cambridge University’s repository site to go down. The site was still inaccessible at 7.30pm on Monday.

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October 23rd, 2017 by admin

Production firm faces civil rights investigation as state’s top prosecutor issues subpoena for records on sexual harassment and discrimination complaints

The New York attorney general has opened a civil rights investigation into the Weinstein Company following dozens of sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

The state’s top prosecutor has issued a subpoena for records related to sexual harassment and discrimination complaints at the embattled film company, weeks after the movie mogul was fired from the firm he co-founded in the wake of a slew of sexual assault and harassment accusations.

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October 23rd, 2017 by admin

Jared O’Mara made derogatory online comments about celebrities including Jamie Cullum and Morrissey in 2002 and 2004

The Labour MP Jared O’Mara has resigned from the women and equalities’ committee after it was revealed he had posted a series of homophobic and sexist comments on online forums, around 15 years before he was elected.

O’Mara apologised for a series of derogatory comments about celebrities posted in 2004 earlier on Monday and later resigned from the committee after it emerged further homophobic posts had appeared under his pseudonym on a separate website two years earlier.

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October 23rd, 2017 by admin

8.38pm BST

A tweet. I fear it’s a bit of a mickey take though. I’m still injured Tom. Honest …

8.34pm BST

How the world XI might line up

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October 23rd, 2017 by admin

A new report suggests that young people are aware of their parents’ drinking – and it may well have an impact on their relationship with alcohol. So should you keep booze out of the family home?

When you’re drinking wine at home, don’t look as if you’re enjoying it – at least not if you have kids. How much you drink, how often you say: ‘Ah, that’s nice,’ while imbibing and whether you use alcohol as a reward or coping mechanism can all encourage adolescents to drink, according to a report last week from the Institute of Alcohol Studies.

In case you think it’s OK for teenagers to drink, the Department of Health advises children have an alcohol-free life until the age of 15 and only one drink a week until they are 18. In 2009, Prof Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer at the time, warned that “exposing children to drink-fuelled events” was one of the root causes of the UK’s drinking problem.

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October 23rd, 2017 by admin

Directed by Jamie Thraves, the Game of Thrones actor’s sketches about the travails of mid-range celebrity are full of likable self-mockery

Like Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm or Matt LeBlanc in Episodes, the Irish actor Aidan Gillen plays an actor called Aidan Gillen in this scrappy, low-fi meta-musing on fame and life as a jobbing actor. Gillen, who co-wrote the script with director Jamie Thraves, runs the risk here of looking like a raging narcissist by making a film all about himself. Instead he sketches the travails of mid-range celebrity with likable self-mockery. The film’s running gag is that his character is constantly being recognised as “that fella off the TV” by people who then won’t believe it’s really him. “Nah. The guy I’m thinking of is much younger looking than you.”

Pickups is Gillen’s third film with Thraves, after The Low Down and Treacle Jr, two authentic, tiny-budget London dramas. Since Treacle Jr in 2010, he has become stop-you-in-the-street famous playing Machiavellian brothel owner Petyr Baelish in Game of Thrones. This film, with its feel of an experimental side project, seems to be his attempt to process that.

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October 23rd, 2017 by admin

For its Season of Culture, the ancient capital has thrown open its rooftops to encourage residents to see beyond their blinkered boundaries. But the reality is a city where the divides are growing deeper

The rooftops of Jerusalem can be deceptive. From up here, the domes and towers of the hundreds of churches, mosques and synagogues glimmer on the skyline in what seems like peaceful coexistence; the neighbourhoods below come together in a unified sprawl.

But down below, it is a city defined by barriers. They may not be as tangible as the towering security wall that divides Israel and the Palestinian territories a few miles east, but they are just as divisive and inviolable. Living side by side in Jerusalem are communities who exist with no interaction with one another – kept apart by fear, nationalism and religion.

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October 23rd, 2017 by admin

A question from the tropics about string

Guzzlers, tudo bem?

Here’s a question from Brazil’s State School Maths Olympiad, one of the largest and most remarkable maths competitions in the world.

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October 23rd, 2017 by admin

Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole to star with Jodie Whittaker when she becomes 13th Doctor

Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole have been unveiled as Jodie Whittaker’s co-stars when she becomes the 13th person to take on the lead role in Doctor Who.

The trio will appear as the Doctor’s companions Graham, Yasmin and Ryan in the next 10-week series slated for autumn 2018.

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October 23rd, 2017 by admin

Most filming done in the wild – including armoured octopuses and hypnotic cuttlefish – but some crucial behaviour had to be captured in lab conditions

Footage of captive wildlife inserted into the BBC’s Blue Planet 2 series remains “totally true to nature”, according to the makers of the flagship show that reveals new insights into life in the oceans.

An octopus that armours itself with shells and rocks, fish that use sign language and tools and dazzling cuttlefish that appear to hypnotise their prey are among the new spectacles uncovered by the series, which starts later this week.

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