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Shatterhand: Next James Bond film’s working title revealed?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Daniel Craig and actress Lea Seydoux, who played Madeleine Swann in Spectre The next James Bond movie is to be filmed under the working title Shatterhand, according to a listing in industry magazine Production Weekly. The publication, which lists current and forthcoming film shoots, has an entry in its latest newsletter for “Bond 25 w/t Shatterhand”. It says shooting on the latest instalment of the spy saga will start at Pinewood Studios on 6 April. It is expected to be Daniel Craig’s final outing…

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Pop music’s growing gender gap revealed in the collaboration age

Image caption Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, Drake, George Ezra, Keala Settle, Jess Glynne, Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande had big hits last year Three times as many male as female pop stars appeared on last year’s biggest hit singles, BBC research has found. Ninety-one men or all-male groups were credited on the Official Chart Company’s top 100 most popular songs of 2018 – compared with 30 female acts. And despite the success of singers like Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande, the gender gap has grown over the past decade. Thirteen…

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The real ‘Jaws’: Great white shark’s genetic secrets revealed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The great white shark, one of the most fearsome predators in the world’s oceans in both fact and fiction, is a formidable creature — right down to its genes. A great white shark is seen in the waters near Guadalupe Island off the coast of Mexico in this 2012 handout photo obtained by Reuters February 18, 2019. Byron Dilkes/Danah Divers/Handout via REUTERS Scientists on Monday said they have decoded the genome of Earth’s largest predatory fish, detecting numerous genetic traits that help explain its remarkable evolutionary success,…

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Incredible ‘sea monster’ skull revealed in 3D

Image copyright Nigel Larkin Image caption The skull is nearly a metre long Some 200 million years ago in what is now Warwickshire, a dolphin-like reptile died and sank to the bottom of the sea. The creature’s burial preserved its skull in stunning detail – enabling scientists to digitally reconstruct it. The fossil, unveiled in the journal PeerJ, gives a unique insight into the life of an ichthyosaur. The ferocious creature would have fed upon fish, squid and likely others of its kind. Its bones were found in a farmer’s…

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Nasa’s New Horizons: ‘Snowman’ shape of distant Ultima Thule revealed

Image copyright NASA Image caption The ‘snowman’ rotates at a rate of about 15 hours The ice world known as Ultima Thule has finally been revealed. A new picture returned from Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft shows the little world to be two objects joined together – to give a look like a “snowman”. The US probe’s images acquired as it approached Ultima hinted at the possibility of a double body, but the first detailed picture from Tuesday’s close flyby confirms it. New Horizons encountered Ultima 6.5 billion km from Earth.…

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Rake attacker Stephen Leonard revealed as 1979 child killer

Image caption Lorraine Holt was murdered in 1979 and her father Jim Holt (right) has only one colour photograph of her A man who nearly decapitated a dementia sufferer in a row over garden tools is a child killer who was released from prison in 2017, the BBC can reveal. Stephen Chafer was 17 when he sexually assaulted and stabbed to death three-year-old Lorraine Holt in Derby. He was released in 2002, returned to prison in 2013 for arson – but then released again on licence in 2017. Now known…

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Andrew Clark: Boston builder revealed as £76m EuroMillions winner

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Clark found the winning ticket in his van after being urged to check by his partner A builder found the winning ticket for a £76m EuroMillions jackpot tucked in the visor of his van six weeks after the draw. Andrew Clark, 51, had a stockpile of lottery tickets in his Peugeot van. He discovered the winning ticket in the stash after being urged to check by his partner Trisha Fairhurst. Mr Clark, from Boston, Lincolnshire, said: “It almost feels like some magical Christmas story,…

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Egypt tomb: Saqqara ‘one of a kind’ discovery revealed

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Journalists were allowed into the newly-discovered tomb, which experts have called “exceptionally well-preserved” Archaeologists in Egypt have made an exciting tomb discovery – the final resting place of a high priest, untouched for 4,400 years. Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, described the find as “one of a kind in the last decades”. The tomb, found in the Saqqara pyramid complex near Cairo, is filled with colourful hieroglyphs and statues of pharaohs. Decorative scenes show the owner, a royal priest named…

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Motability charity boss to go after extra bonus revealed

Image copyright Getty Images The boss of Motability Operations is to step down by 2020 following criticism over his pay and a scathing review from the government’s spending watchdog. The report from the National Audit Office revealed Mike Betts was in line for an extra £1.86m bonus on top of already “generous” pay. The firm operates the Motability scheme which provides wheelchairs, cars and scooters to the disabled. Mr Bett’s level of pay was described as “obscene” by MP Frank Field. Mr Field, who chairs Parliament’s Work and Pensions Committee,…

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