Monthly Archives: August 2015

Oliver Sacks dies in New York aged 82

Dr Sacks received a CBE from the Queen in October 2008

BBC News :British neurologist Oliver Sacks has died at the age of 82, it has been confirmed. The acclaimed author, whose book Awakenings inspired an Oscar nominated film of the same name, reportedly died of cancer at his home in New York. In February he wrote about his illness – and being “face to face with dying”. His publicist Jacqui ...

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William Ash: The cooler king

William Ash

BBC News : World War Two threw up many extraordinary characters. But even among this exalted company William Ash – the model for the character played by Steve McQueen in The Great Escape – stands out, writes the author of a new biography, Patrick Bishop. Ash was an American who, while his country was still reluctant to enter the war, ...

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Instagram images no longer all square

It's no longer hip to be square, according to Instagram

BBC News : Facebook-owned image-sharing platform Instagram is allowing its 300 million users to post landscape and portrait videos and pictures for the first time. Until now, images shared via the site could only be uploaded in a square format. Disney, maker of the new Star Wars film, has already taken advantage of yesterday’s change to upload a landscape-orientated teaser ...

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New Horizons: Pluto probe’s next target chosen

An artist's impression of New Horizons flying past 2014 MU69 in 2019

BBC News : Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft has a new target to aim for following its historic flyby of Pluto. It is called 2014 MU69, and was one of two comet-like objects that were under consideration by scientists working on the mission. The US space agency will now carry out a review of the plan before officially approving the mission’s ...

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Production approved for Maersk Oil’s Culzean gas field

Maersk Oil Culzean gas

BBC News : Production on the largest new oil and gas field to have been discovered in the North Sea for a decade has been approved by the UK Oil & Gas Authority. The Culzean gas field is expected to produce enough gas to meet 5% of the UK’s needs when it reaches peak production. It holds reserves equivalent to ...

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