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From: St Osmunds
After a difficult year for Britain, with so much news coverage devoted to Brexit, it was a nice relief to see some positive news in the form of the birth of Baby Sussex (who's now known as Archie). He is the son of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, and was born at 5:26 on the 6th May in London's Portland Hospital. His full name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten - Windsor. The couple shared the news on Instagram with an image of Queen Elizabeth and Megan's mother Doria Ragland, meeting their newest great - grandson. BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said there was a "strong indication" that Archie won't be brought up as a formal 'royal'. Harry and Meghan Markle have made it very clear  that they plan to break tradition and raise their son away from the spotlight, so as to give him the most ‘normal’ upbringing possible, possibly even in South Africa, where Harry's uncle, the Earl of Spencer, lives.  
From: Barnes
A startling discovery of yet another dead grey whale on San Francisco Bay’s Ocean Beach was made May 6th, 2019. This is the ninth grey whale to wash up dead on these shores since March 2019. This particular whale is thought to have been killed by an impact with a ship, however, also showed signs of malnutrition. Examinations carried out by the The Marine Mammal Center show that four of the other whales were killed by an impact with ships, three by malnutrition and one by causes yet determined. It was also noted that it is usual for 1-3 whales to be found dead in this area during the entire migration season which puts the current count at three times the normal rate. Grey whales normally migrate through the San Francisco area twice yearly in Decembers/January and again in April/May. The whales are travelling from their feeding ground in Alaska to their breeding ground in Baja, California which is 11 000 miles away. Scientists are speculating that the grey whales  are having trouble finding food in Alaska and as a result do not have enough nourishment to make the long journey to Baja. Scientists have also observed the whales feeding in San Francisco waters,  giving birth in the open ocean prior to arriving at their breeding ground and as a result arriving later in Baja, all of which are highly unusual activity for these mammals. It appears that the death of the whales were caused by human activity either by direct impact with ships  or indirectly by climate change. Although grey whale populations are currently stable, marine scientists are fearful that this might not be the case for long.  
From: St Osmunds
Whilst most of us have been busy taking closeup selfies, scientists have been busy taking images of something 500 million trillion miles away; a black hole. This incredible phenomenon has been described by scientists as "a monster" because of its massive diameter of about 40 billion km (three times that of the Earth) and was photographed by a network of eight telescopes across the world. Profesor Heino Falcke, from Radboud University in the Netherlands, told BBC News that the black hole was found in a galaxy called M87. "What we see is larger than the size of our entire Solar System," he said. "It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun and it is one of the heaviest black holes that we think exists. It is an absolute monster, the heavyweight champion of black holes in the Universe." Surrounding the perfectly circular black hole is, in the words of Professor Falcke, "a ring of fire." The mesmerising halo was formed by superheated gas, falling into the hole. The white - hot flames are one million times brighter than all the stars in our galaxy combined, scientists told BBC News. A team of 200 scientists is now imaging another enormous black hole at the centre of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. Despite how it sounds, this is harder than getting an image from a distant galaxy 55 million light-years away. This is because, for some unknown reason, the "ring of fire" around the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way is smaller and dimmer; therefore harder to picture and harder to reach. I think I'll stick to taking selfies!
From: St Osmunds
Every year we celebrate an International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This day, which falls on the 11th February, is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and that their contribution needs to be celebrated. Here are a few women from the present and the past who have well and truly left their mark in the world of science. Alice Ball Long ago, there was no cure for leprosy, a disease that attacks the body and can leave victims terribly disfigured. Because there was no treatment and people believed leprosy was very contagious, sufferers used to isolated in leper colonies with nothing to do but wait for death-or for a cure to be found. In search of that cure, was an incredibly talented Hawaiian chemist who was studying the properties of the oil extracted from the chaulmoogra tree. This oil had been used in many Chinese herbal cures and a couple of times on lepers which the results would always differ. Alice's question was why didn't it always work every time. Alice teamed up with a surgeon from a hospital to try and find the answer to that question. She developed a way to separate the active elements of the chaulmoogra oil and created a new extract that could be injected directly into the patients bloodstream-with incredible results. Unfortunately, Alice died before she was able to publish her findings so the University of Hawaii did it for her-without giving her any credit. Many years later, her contribution was recognised and now Hawaii even celebrate Alice Ball Day on February 29 every four years. Caroline Herschel Though she was only 1.2 metres tall, she made up for her small stature with her contribution to our understanding of space and the world beyond. Born in Germany, 1750, she was 22 the year she left to join her brother William, in the English city of Bath to train as a singer, but it was soon astronomy that took the focus of their lives. She worked as a assistant to William, recording his observations and helping him produce more accurate lenses to search the endless sky. Between them they were able to record around 2,500 new nebulae and star clusters. She then became an independent astronomer and was the first woman to discover a comet. In recognition of her work she was employed by King George III in 1787 as William's assistant making her become the first woman ever to be paid for scientific work. In total she discovered 14 new nebulas, eight comets and added 561 new stars to Flamsteeds Atlas. Caroline's contribution has been honoured many times, including a gold medal from the Royal Astronomical Society in 1838. She also has a comet, an asteroid, a crater on the moon and a space telescope named after her. Jane Goodall Attitudes towards wildlife and animal conservation has changed dramatically in recent years thanks to the research and dedication of scientists in the are of biology and zoology such as Chimpanzee lover, Jane Goodall. From childhood Jane yearned for a life among African wildlife away from the war-stricken England she was born into. As she was unable to afford going to university, Jane settled to the job of a secretary. When 23, she had saved up enough money to go to Kenya where she met renowned anthropologist and palaeontologist Dr Louis S B Leakey. Leakey impressed and amazed with Jane's enthusiasm and knowledge, embarked alongside her on an investigation of wild chimpanzees in Gombe at a time where the concept of a young woman cohabiting with wild and unknown African animals was preposterous.