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Stephen Hawking personal effects fetch £1.8m at auction

Image copyright Christie’s Image caption A copy of Prof Hawking’s best-selling book, signed with a thumbprint, was among the items up for sale Personal effects of Stephen Hawking, including a signed copy of his 1965 PhD thesis, have raised more than £1.8m at auction. A total of 22 items owned by the Cambridge physicist, who died in March, were auctioned by Christie’s. The copy of his thesis titled Properties of Expanding Universes – one of only five – was sold for £584,750 An early wheelchair raised £296,750 for charity and…

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Ed Farmer inquest: Student died from ‘toxic effects’ of alcohol

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEd Farmer death: CCTV shows student after “initiation-style” event A university student died from the “toxic effects” of consuming excessive alcohol on an “initiation-style” bar crawl, a coroner has ruled. Newcastle University’s Ed Farmer died in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest in December 2016. The 20-year-old, from Leicester, had been on a night out organised by members of the Agricultural Society. Mr Farmer’s family criticised the university over its stance towards initiation events. Coroner Karen Dilks said there had been a…

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Teenagers who smoke and drink suffer ill effects by age of 17

Image copyright Getty Images Teenagers who smoke and drink alcohol are causing visible damage to their arteries by the age of 17, a study has revealed. Tests showed stiffening of the arteries had begun by this relatively young age. These physical changes have been linked with an increased risk of heart and blood vessel problems, such as stroke and heart attack, in later life. But the study also found that the arteries of teenagers who stopped smoking or drinking returned to normal. The researchers studied data between 2004 and 2008…

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Europe heatwave: Side effects felt by zoo animals, sprout farmers and more

Europe could break an all-time temperature record in the next few days. And parts of southern Spain and Portugal are forecast to go above 47C (116.6F), surpassing national records. But if you couldn’t tell from the thermometers, there are giveaways everywhere – from a melting mountain in Sweden to a rumoured Brussels sprout shortage. Here are just some of the developments – some weird, some disturbing – that the heatwave has sparked across the Continent… 1. A melting mountain Image copyright AFP Image caption Gunhild Ninis Rosqvist taking measurements from…

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Shona McCallin: Olympic gold medallist on effects of ‘brutal’ concussion

Shona McCallin on her struggle with concussion 2018 Hockey Women’s World Cup Dates: 21 July-5 August Venue: Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London Coverage: Reports on England and Ireland matches on the BBC Sport website. “There have been times where I’ve been looking down a dark tunnel and there is no light at the end.” Like most elite athletes, Olympic gold medal-winning hockey player Shona McCallin has had her fair share of injuries. But concussion, she says, is “far and away the worst”. Playing for…

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Trump immigration: The effects of a raid on one tiny town

Image caption Carmen’s daughter was one of the dozens of undocumented migrants arrested: “We can’t live in peace anymore” President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policy at the southern border has made global headlines. But thousands of miles away, workplace raids in small towns a long way from Mexico are also having a profound impact on these communities. That morning, Carmen woke up at around 5:00, as she did most days, to prepare what her 20-year-old daughter would eat at work. She had made her some quesadillas, chicken, eggs, rice and…

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UK weather: What are the effects of a heatwave?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK is still far off the 1976 heatwave, which saw temperatures of 32C and over for 15 consecutive days The heatwave which has left much of Britain sweltering is set to continue for another two weeks, forecasters say. Although we are yet to see a repeat of 1976 – one of the most prolonged heatwaves in living memory – temperatures are forecast to hit 30C again later in the week with “very warm sunshine” for a fortnight. For the UK, used to more…

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Atlanta officials reveal worsening effects of cyber attack

(Reuters) – The Atlanta cyber attack has had a more serious impact on the city’s ability to deliver basic services than previously understood, a city official said at a public meeting on Wednesday, as she proposed an additional $9.5 million to help pay for recovery costs. FILE PHOTO: A view of Atlanta’s City Hall, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. March 31, 2018. REUTERS/Laila Kearney/File Photo Atlanta’s administration has disclosed little about the financial impact or scope of the March 22 ransomware hack, but information released at the budget briefings confirms concerns…

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