• Jodrell Bank Observatory becomes world heritage site
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    The Guardian

    Jodrell Bank Observatory becomes world heritage site

    Unesco recognises Cheshire home of Lovell telescope for contribution to astronomical research. Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, which has been at the forefront of astronomical research for decades, has been added to the Unesco world heritage list. The observatory, which is owned by the University of Manchester, joins historic sites such as Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal on the list. It opened in 1945 and is the home of the Lovell telescope, the world’s third largest steerable radio telescope, which weighs 3,200 tonnes. The heritage minister Rebecca Pow said she was delighted the observatory had become the UK’s 32nd world heritage site. She said the coveted listing would “make sure that this remarkable site will continue to inspire young scientists and astronomers all over the world”. Pow added: “The research completed here has transformed our understanding of the universe and it is right that this is recognised.” The site tracked US and Russian crafts during the space race and pioneered radio astronomy using radio waves instead of visible light to understand the universe. The observatory has featured in BBC’s Stargazing Live series, Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Doctor Who. Teresa Anderson, the director of the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, said: “This is wonderful news and a great day in the history of Jodrell Bank. It honours the pioneering work of Sir Bernard Lovell and the early scientists here, together with the world-leading research that continues to this day. “Receiving this recognition will help us tell their story and the story of the communities connected to the site both across the UK and worldwide.”

  • The first image of a black hole was brought to you by Katie Bouman — and Twitter is making sure no one forgets it
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    Paulina Cachero

    The first image of a black hole was brought to you by Katie Bouman — and Twitter is making sure no one forgets it

    “Congratulations to Katie Bouman to whom we owe the first photograph of a black hole ever. Not seeing her name circulate nearly enough in the press,” one Twitter user wrote.

  • Scientists discovered second ever case of 'semi-identical' twins, born from one egg and two sperm
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    Yahoo News UK

    Scientists discovered second ever case of 'semi-identical' twins, born from one egg and two sperm

    Scientists say they have discovered the second known case of 'semi-identical' twins, born from one egg and two sperm, who were born four years ago in Brisbane.

  • Bad news: beer before wine won't 'make you fine'
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    Francesca Specter

    Bad news: beer before wine won't 'make you fine'

    This hangover prevention "trick" isn't all that useful.

  • Scientists may have found a way to reverse memory loss in Alzheimer's patients
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    Ellen Manning

    Scientists may have found a way to reverse memory loss in Alzheimer's patients

    Research published in the journal Brain suggests that scientists can use 'epigenetics' to reverse the memory loss suffered by Alzheimer's patients.