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More snow forecast as parts of Europe battle worst snowfall in decades

Parts of Europe have been hit by the worst snowfall in decades, with dozens dead in the last month alone. In Austria, thousands were trapped on a ski resort overnight, while several others escaped an avalanche without injury. More snow is forecast over the weekend, although it is not expected to be as heavy as previously seen. Source link

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Snow brings parts of Europe to standstill

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHeavy snow continues to hit parts of Europe Heavy snowfalls brought chaos to parts of Germany and Sweden on Friday, leaving roads blocked, trains halted and schools shut. The Red Cross helped drivers stuck on a motorway in the southern German state of Bavaria and a nine-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree. The front of a Swiss hotel was hit by an avalanche and a winter storm made roads impassable in Sweden and Norway. Austrian rescuers had to battle through…

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Storm Deirdre: Wind, snow and rain hit parts of UK

Image copyright PA High winds, snow and freezing rain have hit parts of the UK as Storm Deirdre swept in, bringing travel disruption and power cuts. The Met Office said up to 50cm of snow fell in the Scottish highlands and wind gusts reached 70mph on the Welsh coast. Multiple crashes because of icy conditions were reported by police overnight on Saturday and hundreds of homes lost power in Scotland and Wales. The Met Office said the freezing rain had mostly cleared, but ice was likely. It warned that melting…

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Radical experimental plane with no moving parts wows scientists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some 115 years after the first powered flight, scientists have developed a radical new approach toward flying in the form of a small, lightweight and virtually noiseless airplane that gets airborne with no moving parts like propellers or turbine blades. An experimental aircraft created by engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology called V2 (Version 2 EAD Airframe) that uses electro-aerodynamic propulsion and is solid-state, with no moving parts, is shown at the duPont Athletic Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts in this undated handout image obtained by Reuters…

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Rhino horn: Alarm as China eases 25-year ban on rhino and tiger parts

Image copyright CARL DE SOUZA Image caption Rhino horn is highly prized in traditional Chinese medicine Animal conservationists are alarmed over China’s decision to partially reverse a ban on the trade of tiger bones and rhino horn. Rhinos and tigers are both endangered in the wild and China prohibited their trade in 1993. But on Monday it said parts from captive animals would be authorised for scientific, medical and cultural use. Experts worry this will increase demand for the animals and jeopardise efforts to protect them. Rhino and tiger parts…

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Rothera wharf ‘kit of parts’ heading to Antarctica

Image copyright BAS Image caption The current wharf at Rothera is too small for the new BAS ship to moor An international team of builders is preparing to ship an entire kit of parts from the UK to create a new wharf in the Antarctic. The work is part of the £100m upgrade of the Rothera research station to accommodate its new vessel, the RSS Sir David Attenborough. Almost 4,000 tonnes of equipment and materials will be shipped 6,835 miles (11,000km) next month. Project manager Martha McGowan described it as…

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Mexico couple found with body parts could have killed 20

Police in Mexico are investigating a couple arrested for transporting body parts in a pram in connection with at least 10 murders. At a hearing following his arrest, the man reportedly confessed to killing 20 women in a suburb of Mexico City. Investigators have found body parts in the couple’s flat and at another nearby property. They were kept in buckets filled with cement and in a fridge. Prosecutors say the couple sold the body parts but it is not clear to whom. Femicides – murders of women – are…

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NHS waste backlog: Criminal probe over body parts ‘pile up’

Image copyright Getty Images A criminal investigation has been launched after a backlog of medical waste including body parts was allowed to build up at six UK disposal sites. It emerged on Thursday that the waste from hospitals had not been disposed of in a timely fashion by contractor Healthcare Environmental Services. The Environment Agency said the firm was in breach of permits. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is monitoring two sites where enforcement notices have been issued. The UK government’s department of health said there was no risk to…

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Human body parts ‘pile up’ in NHS waste backlog

Image copyright Getty Images Hundreds of tonnes of human body parts and medical waste is piling up after a disposal company working for the NHS has struggled to incinerate it. The government confirmed the waste had not been properly disposed of by Healthcare Environmental Services. A spokeswoman said there was no risk to the public, but the waste material had not been incinerated in a timely fashion. The anatomical waste is stored on sites in secure and refrigerated containers. The contractor removes the waste from a significant number, but not…

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