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Queen Letizia ‘just beautiful’ in blue while crying for Covid victims – ‘couldn’t help it’

Queen Letizia joined her husband King Felipe VI as they attended the State tribute to the coronavirus victims this week. For the occasion, the queen chose a stunning blue dress.

Queen Letizia was looking more stylish than ever in the flattering dress, but the fashion choice was also carefully selected for this occasion.

There was indeed a hidden meaning behind the dress.

Butterflies have been a symbol of the pandemic along with rainbows, as they are a symbol of rebirth and new starts.

With her outfit choice, Queen Letizia wanted to give a message of hope to all of those people who are still suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


On this occasion, the Queen opted for classic makeup and a smokey eye.

She decided to keep her jewellery to a minimum, sporting only a pair of discreet earrings.

For the ceremony, Queen Letizia chose to have her hair tied in a messy but stylish bun.

But the most emotional moment came in the middle of the ceremony when the nurse Maria Diaz gave a speech in memory of his father.

“So elegant,” commented another.

Queen Letizia is well known for being a strong woman who rarely shows her emotions in public.

On this occasion, however, and as she was giving her condolences to the families after the ceremony, she couldn’t help but cry.

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Gut health: Try the ‘blue poop challenge’ to learn about your microbiome

“The wrong balance of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ gut microbes can contribute to weight gain, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, obesity and other health problems,” stated the scientists at ZOE. Dr Federica Amati – who is involved in an ongoing nutrition research project at ZOE – encourages you to take part in the ‘blue poop challenge’. This involves consuming edible blue dye – either in a muffin or shake – to measure your gut transit time.

“It’s such an exciting step in personalised nutrition,” said Dr Amati.

New research – published in the British Medical Journal – found that the blue dye method can teach us more about our intestinal health and microbiome population than through standard stool charts.

Stool charts simply analyses how regular a person is and the appearance of the faeces.

ZOE’s research suggests there’s a complex interplay between the foods we eat, dietary inflammation, and the gut microbiome.

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To learn about your gut microbiome, ZOE provides a free online analysis if you take part in the blue poop challenge.

How to take part in the blue poop challenge

The original experiment involves baking blue muffins with blue food dye, which can take up to an hour.

A more simple way is to try Indi’s Blue Body Shake, recommended by Dr Amati, who is Indi’s chief nutrition scientist.

“Indi’s take on the blue poop challenge is a fun and easy way to get us to pay attention to our gut health,” Dr Amati said.

From there, your personalised five-page report from the blue poop challenge will be sent to you via the email you provide.

Results will include the “good” and “bad” bacteria that are likely harbouring inside of your gut.

For example, you might be hosting “Eubacterium eligens”, which is associated with lower insulin secretion and higher polyunsaturated fat levels.

The online tool will then set you a health goal so that you can gain more good bacteria in your gut microbiome.

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Creating the Unique Movement of Blue Fire


  • One thing remained the same throughout all development, the focus on movement and player controller at the core of everything.
  • We slowly unraveled the DNA of Blue Fire and realized how this very fast, hard and precise 3D platforming worked in the interconnected adventure type of world we wanted to create
  • We’ve had a blast seeing players mix their favorite abilities and power ups to personalize Blue Fire’s experience, and are now eager to see the Xbox community bring our hero to life.

A small glowing character stands in the middle of a bridge, alone in the dark. As you move forward you begin to feel the ease and fluidness in the controls, you jump and move gracefully through both the air and the ground, performing jumps, double-jumps, dashes, and attacks that all blend with momentum and give both great satisfaction as well as a very fast and precise control over the small creature on screen.

As you reach the end of the bridge you discover a big platform and pile of rubble at its center. The rubble awakens and springs to life as it resembles the form of an antagonist. This pretty much describes the first playable demo of Blue Fire we developed!

Blue Fire

Now, two years later, we’re thrilled to be launching Blue Fire on Xbox! We’ve had a blast seeing players use the movement set we’ve created and mix their favorite abilities and power ups to personalize Blue Fire’s experience, and are now eager to see the Xbox community bring our hero to life.

A lot has changed since the start of development — I wouldn’t even know where to start — but one thing remained the same: the focus on movement and player controller at the core of everything. We always envisioned Blue Fire as a game that would have a unique twist and original innovative ideas along with many familiar elements. And very early on, we knew that our uniqueness would come primarily through the combination of our movement with our world structure and level design.

Blue Fire

But shaping this uniqueness was not something that came easy or that we were able to define from the start. It was rather a long exploration, a lot of thinking, brainstorming and testing.

For quite a while we worked only on the controller, making it feel really good, super fast and precise. We tested a lot of abilities and powers, including double jump, spin attack, dash and double dash, aerial hits and more. There was even a time when we made the main character slide on ledges as if it was skating lol. When we were comfortable with how it was feeling we started trying different situations, distances and mechanics that could work with it and were engaging.

Blue Fire

As we advanced, we slowly unraveled the DNA of Blue Fire and realized how this very fast, hard and precise 3D platforming worked in the interconnected adventure type of world we wanted to create. Through testing and iteration, we learned the ins and outs of this platforming formula and further developed and polished our controller.

We didn’t have any exact references of games that had the type of 3D controller and world structure we were making and could only look at specific snippets of other games, mainly 2D hardcore platformers, metroidvania games and 3D platformers. In a way I guess we mixed these genres, but uncovering what that blend would even look like was quite a task and there were many things we had to discover on our own.

Blue Fire

We faced many challenges and were very careful about which battles we chose to fight and the ones we decided to pass on. The ability to improve the player controller throughout the game rather than the player inventory or actual stats was hard to balance with the nonlinear experience we wanted to deliver. In the end, we had to sacrifice a bit of the non linearity for a pretty straightforward progression in the first third of the game, while adding a lot of side content and quests further in, to not lose the non linear adventure feel.

We also had so many optional platforming upgrades that we had to balance the level design in the late game in a way that it wouldn’t be too easy for players that had them all and at the same time wouldn’t be too hard for players that didn’t. We eventually found a good balance by making sure that players would run into a good amount of upgrades early on, rewarding exploration and side questing and discreetly guiding them towards secret areas.

Blue Fire

Another way in which we delivered on this was creating optional yet very rewarding challenges named “Voids” that were extremely difficult in terms of platforming. This balanced the difficulty for very good players that had collected many power ups, so everyone could have a tough challenge at any time – since it was part of the core of the game.

We learned a lot about our formula during development and even more upon launching the game and seeing player’s feedback. We’re now really looking forward to applying that experience and knowledge and starting to work on our next project!

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A Dark World Awaits – Travel through the perished world of Penumbra to explore unique areas filled with diverse enemies, sharp 3D platforming challenges, quests, collectibles, and more.

Embark on an extraordinary journey through the desolated kingdom of Penumbra and discover the hidden secrets of this long-forgotten land. Explore mystical temples, encounter survivors and take on strange quests to collect valuable items. Along your adventure, slash your way through daunting adversaries, roam across mysterious and abandoned regions, leap through deadly traps and ultimately master the art of movement.

From vaccination rates to voting rights, blue and red states are hurtling in opposite directions at staggering speed, even as Biden calls for greater national unity

From vaccination rates to voting rights, from immigration policy to racial equity, blue and red states are hurtling in antithetical directions at staggering speed, even amid President Joe Biden’s persistent calls for greater national unity and his attempts to foster more bipartisan agreement in Washington. Across all of these issues, and more, Republican-controlled states are pursuing policies that amount to a wholesale effort to counter Biden’s direction at the national level — even as they look to block some of his key initiatives with lawsuits.
In some ways, the red state recoil from Biden’s agenda echoes the “resistance” that exploded in Democratic-controlled states to Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency; in other ways, today’s actions in red states may constitute even greater evidence of the country pulling apart. Especially striking is that, as during last year’s lockdowns and mask mandates, the separation between red and blue America is occurring not only at the level of government policy, but also in individual behavior, with all studies showing Republicans are being vaccinated against the coronavirus at a much lower rate than Democrats.
Taken together, these centrifugal pressures call into question not only the ability of any president to unify the nation, but also his or her ability even to chart a common course for more than roughly half of the country — either red or blue America. This divergence, across a wide range of issues and personal choices, is rooted in the continuing political re-sorting that has divided the parties more sharply than ever along demographic and geographic lines and produced two political coalitions holding inimical views on the fundamental social and economic changes remaking America. And that destabilizing process shows no signs of slowing, much less reversing, even after Trump — who fomented division as a central component of his political strategy — has left the White House.
“This is the long arc of history,” says Lynn Vavreck, a political scientist at UCLA and one of the founders of the NationScape polling project studying American attitudes. “There are these moments that exacerbate things, like Trump running for that nomination in 2016: If he hadn’t run, the sorting would probably be taking a little longer. But it was always marching in that direction. You try to just ask yourself what stops it, or what reverses it, or what slows it? … I can’t come up with a good answer to that question.”

Presidential approval gap expands

The most common way to measure the daunting distance between red and blue America is through voting behavior and attitudes in public opinion polls. Polling has shown that the gap between voters from the two parties in their approval ratings for a newly elected president has steadily widened over recent decades. For Biden, despite all his efforts to govern as a unifying figure, that gap has reached a mountainous height: an ABC/Washington Post poll released on Saturday found that his approval rating among Democrats (at 94%) was 86 points above his rating among Republicans (8%).
These results came even as the nonpartisan Pew Research Center last week released its “validated voters” study, one of the most respected efforts to quantify how the key groups in the electorate voted in last November’s presidential election. Although the study found some shifts from the 2016 election (with Trump, for instance, improving among Hispanics and Biden gaining some ground among White men both with and without college degrees), mostly it recorded extraordinary stability in the lines of division between the parties over both elections. Other studies of the electorate’s behavior, from the media exit polls to the Cooperative Election Study sponsored by a consortium of academic researchers, have also concluded that continuity far exceeded change when comparing 2020 with 2016.
“To the extent we see differences between 2016 and 2020 we are talking about very marginal ones,” says Tufts University political scientist Brian Schaffner, a co-director of the Cooperative Election Study.
This stability may seem surprising after all the emotional and even unprecedented events of the Trump presidency, capped by a once-in-a-century pandemic that disrupted every aspect of daily life. But political scientists like Vavreck and Alan Abramowitz of Emory University say the continuity between the two elections reflects the intractability of the differences between voters in the two partisan coalitions. Reinforcing that picture is the striking finding that Biden’s current approval rating, both overall and among the electorate’s major groups, hasn’t really changed much from his vote among them last fall, even though Americans are expressing much more optimism about the country’s direction as society reopens and the economy recovers.
“I don’t think we are going to see an election anymore where a president wins with 52 or 53% of the vote and then has a 62% approval rating,” says Republican pollster Glen Bolger.
While some analysts have asserted that political polarization is driven primarily by leaders like Trump who encourage it, Abramowitz argues that today it is grounded in a much more intractable dynamic: As the electorate has sorted between the parties on lines of race, education, generation, religion and geography, the rank and file of each coalition now holds more ideologically consistent views on the core questions facing America — and those views are more consistently hostile to the perspective on the other side.
In an upcoming paper he shared with CNN, Abramowitz notes that long-term survey data shows that compared with the 1970s, voters in each party now hold much more negative views of the other party and its presidential nominee. That hostility, he argues, is rooted in these fundamentally clashing worldviews.
“One of the most important reasons why Democrats and Republicans intensely dislike each other is that they intensely disagree on a wide range of issues including the size and scope of the welfare state, abortion, gay and transgender rights, race relations, climate change, gun control and immigration,” Abramowitz writes. “As long as the parties remain on the opposite sides of almost all of the major issues facing the country, feelings of mistrust and animosity are unlikely to diminish even if Donald Trump ceases to play a major role in the political process.”

Moves to block Biden policies

This year’s sharp turn to the right in red states has provided immediate evidence to support that prediction. Red states have erupted in what looks like a spasm of resistance to the left-leaning tilt in national policy that Democrats are executing through their unified control of Washington.
As I’ve written, Republican-controlled states this year are advancing aggressively conservative initiatives across a panoramic array of issues. Among other things, red states are moving to loosen restrictions on gun owners and tighten (or even potentially eliminate) access to legal abortion; toughen penalties on public protesters; block transgender teens from competing in school sports; bar local governments from reducing their police budgets; and ban school curriculums that look to examine racism in American history.
Most of these policies steer in precisely the opposite direction that Biden is trying to set at the national level. Nine red states, for instance, have passed laws limiting or entirely blocking the ability of local law enforcement officials to enforce federal gun laws. But nowhere is this red state attempt to counter the President’s national direction more tangible than on immigration. As Biden has moved to reverse many of Trump’s hardline immigration policies, Republican attorneys general led by Texas’ Ken Paxton have already sued to block several of the new administration’s immigration initiatives.
Even more provocatively, Republican governors from states including Florida, Arkansas, Ohio and Tennessee have deployed National Guard troops or other law enforcement from their states to Texas’ border with Mexico in response to requests from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, even though the federal government retains sole enforcement power there and National Guard members cannot apprehend undocumented migrants.
“This is definitely red states saying we want the kind of restrictive policies that Biden is dismantling,” says Doris Meissner, a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute and former commissioner of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service for President Bill Clinton.
Meissner says it’s possible to interpret these deployments as the mirror image of the “sanctuary” policies that Democratic-controlled cities and the state of California instituted to limit their cooperation with Trump’s immigration enforcement agenda. But Republicans have taken their resistance to a new level, she notes, in also seeking to counter Biden’s plan by mobilizing private resources from politically sympathetic supporters.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, like Abbott a potential 2024 GOP presidential contender, announced last week that a conservative billionaire was funding the deployment of the South Dakota Guard to the Texas border. Abbott has already set up a website to solicit public donations to continue building the wall along the Texas border that Trump pursued but Biden has abandoned.

Emergence of 2-tier systems

As on immigration, red states are directly confronting Biden on voting rights. Republican-controlled states from Florida, Georgia and Arkansas to Iowa, Montana and Arizona this year have approved a torrent of measures making it more difficult to vote, almost all of them with virtually every state legislative Republican voting yes and nearly every Democrat voting no. Democrats have responded both by advancing legislation to establish a nationwide floor of voting rights — such as guaranteed early voting and on-demand absentee balloting — and with a Justice Department lawsuit against the Georgia law.
But after a GOP filibuster recently blocked the Democrats’ federal voting rights legislation, it’s uncertain whether the Democratic Senate majority will revise the chamber’s rules to enable them to pass a modified version of it. And the six Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices raised huge obstacles to the legal efforts to block the red state offensive on voting with their ruling last week weakening the Voting Rights Act.
Those twin barriers to national action raise the prospect that the months ahead will see the continued emergence of a two-tier system of American voting, with access becoming increasingly curtailed in red states even as blue states from Virginia to Washington take steps to expand it.
A two-tier system is exactly what’s already apparent in utilization of the coronavirus vaccine. All of the 20 states (plus the District of Columbia) where the highest shares of adults have received at least one shot were won last fall by Biden; 20 of the 21 states where the lowest percentage have obtained at least one shot were won by Trump (Georgia, the sole exception, is controlled by a Republican state government). The latest surveys — including polls from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation and the new ABC/Washington Post poll — find an enormous gulf between the share of Democrats (86% in the ABC/WP) and Republicans (45%) who say they have received at least one dose of the vaccine so far. Stunningly, almost all of the remaining Republicans say they do not expect to get vaccinated at any point.
A new study released last week by researchers at UCLA underscores how head-spinning these contrasts are. The paper, from a team of researchers led by anthropology professor Daniel Fessler and graduate student Theodore Samore, notes that studies typically have found that individuals who express socially conservative views typically display more, not less, concern than social liberals about threats like a virus outbreak. But that pattern shattered for the coronavirus outbreak: While the small number of Democrats who identified as social conservatives showed heightened sensitivity to the threat — measured by their willingness to take steps such as wearing masks and washing hands — socially conservative Republicans were less willing to engage in any of those behaviors.
The researchers, Samore said, found that rejection of those safety precautions was linked most closely with distrust of scientists, distrust of the mainstream media (and lack of exposure to it) and attitudes of economic conservatism (which may have translated into greater priority on reopening the economy than combating the virus). All of those, of course, are attitudes now common in the modern Republican coalition.
“What we think is going on here is a clash between people’s inclinations … and their political beliefs about trusting science or exposure to different media sources,” says Samore.
Fessler says these tendencies are reinforced by the social and political sorting that has diminished Americans’ exposure to neighbors of contrasting political views.
“You might be a liberal 20-something, and you might feel not particularly threatened, but if everyone around is saying, ‘I got vaxxed,’ you can get tipping point effects” that encourage you to do so as well, he says; the opposite, he adds, works in reducing appetite for the vaccine among conservatives.

Information niches

The latest Kaiser poll dramatically underlines Fessler’s observation. Kaiser found that while two-thirds of Democrats say they live in households where everyone has been vaccinated, that’s true for less than 40% of Republicans; nearly that many Republicans, in fact, say they live in households where no one has been vaccinated.
Fessler says these diverging attitudes on the value of vaccines, despite all the evidence of their effectiveness and safety, encapsulates a much larger problem: the development of information “niches” that allow falsehoods to take root for a large audience. The key “challenge facing democracies in the 21st century,” he argues, is that “while the internet promised the democratization of knowledge — the idea anyone can learn anything, and the connection of people regardless of geography and personal characteristics — instead the perverse result has been that it’s possible to occupy one’s own little niche in the information environment.”
Because “there are lots of other people occupying that” same space, he adds, no matter how implausible the ideas being presented in those circles, “our evolved psychology tells us this must be reality because everyone I am interacting with thinks the way that I do.”
That dynamic likely helps explain why such a staggeringly large percentage of Republicans accept Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was stolen, even though courts uniformly have dismissed his “evidence.” It also helps explain why an ominously large share of Republican voters (especially those who most rely on far-right media sources) even accept the byzantine QAnon conspiracy theory.
Divergent information flows are not the only reason that red and blue America are pulling apart; the preference for contrasting information sources, in fact, may be more symptom than cause of the underlying demographic, generational and geographic separation of the parties. Taken together, all of these factors produced an Independence Day weekend when foundational questions of American unity and commitment to democracy seemed more fraught than at any time since the Civil War.
The Declaration of Independence that Americans celebrated over the weekend begins with the confident assertion that it is “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.” Today, it is unclear what set of principles, if any, America’s fractious 50 states might agree on across the widening red-blue divide.

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Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks, 24, dies in accident

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets and Latvian Hockey Federation said Monday that 24-year-old goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks has died.

He died from an apparent head injury in a fall after medical personnel arrived, the team said in a statement. It was not immediately clear what caused the fall or where he was at the time. Multiple messages left with team and national federation personnel were not immediately returned.

The Blue Jackets called it a “tragic accident.” Commissioner Gary Bettman offered condolences in a statement.

Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen tweeted: “Life is so precious and can be so fragile. Hug your loved ones today. RIP Matiss, you will be dearly missed.”

“We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Matiss Kivlenieks, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his mother, Astrida, his family and friends during this devastating time,” Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson said. “Kivi was an outstanding young man who greeted every day and everyone with a smile and the impact he had during his four years with our organization will not be forgotten.”

Bettman said Kivlenieks’ “love for life and passion for the game will be deeply missed by all those who have been fortunate to have him as a teammate and a friend.”

Kivlenieks most recently represented Latvia this spring at the world hockey championship in which he played four games. He played two games for the Blue Jackets and eight for the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters this past season.

A native of Riga, Latvia, Kivlenieks signed with the Blue Jackets as a free agent in May 2017 and played eight teams for the club. The Latvian Hockey Federation called Kivlenieks’ death “a great loss not only for Latvian hockey but for the entire Latvian nation.”

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Holly Willoughby: This Morning host sparks frenzy as she models paper-thin blue dress

She went on to add: “[It was] one line. I had a few scenes, but one line and I couldn’t get it out but I had a really good day.”

Back in March 2021, This Morning presenting duo Phillip and Holly welcomed Midsomer Murders stars Neil Dudgeon and Nick Hendrix onto the show.

During their chat, Holly admitted that she was a huge fan of the show and has seen “every episode”.

It was then Neil said: “We’ve all had a big talk about who we want to appear and we’ve decided we want Holly Willoughby to appear in an episode of Midsomer Murders very soon.

“I’ve been speaking to people upstairs and they’ve been speaking to your people.”

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How bomb detectors discovered a hidden pod of singing blue whales

Pygmy blue whales are some of the largest animals on Earth. Rippling their 80-foot-long bodies through the deep ocean, they are only 20 feet shorter than their relative the Antarctic blue whale. They’re also the loudest creature on the planet—their low-frequency bellows can outroar jet engines

Yet, despite being the heftiest and noisiest being on the planet, blue whales are difficult to spot, due partly to their reclusive nature, but mostly to the detrimental effects of human activity.

Commercial whaling in the twentieth century brought these gentle giants to the precipice of extinction. Researchers estimate that less than one percent of the global population of blue whales, including Antarctic and pygmy, survived worldwide, and less than 0.15 percent in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Shockingly, researchers at the University of New South Wales have detected a new population of pygmy blue whales swimming around in the Indian ocean. The study, published this month in Nature, analyzed almost 20 years of audio recordings from underwater bomb detectors to distinguish and locate the pod. Previously, scientists believed only five populations of blue whales inhabited these waters: one Antarctic and four pygmy.  

Tuning in via deep sea microphones

Little is known about why whales sing. So far, it appears only males belt out a warble. Therefore, researchers hypothesize singing is a way for them to attract a mate and produce offspring. Regardless of the purpose of their soulful howls, whale songs are a cost-effective way to study cetaceans. 

“Acoustics are the easiest way to study whale populations because visual observations are super costly,” Emannuelle Leroy, a former postdoctoral fellow at the University of New South Wales and lead author of the study says. To see a whale, you need a ship, she says. But to hear a tune, you only need to listen.

Leroy and her team obtained the deep sea audiotapes from the International Data Centre of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. The organization, which was established in 1997, places undersea microphones in offshore waters to monitor for nuclear testing. 

[Related: Sperm whales have a surprisingly deep—and useful—culture.]

These hydrophones are not only sensitive enough to pick up exploding bombs, but also the intricacies of ocean life like seismic activity and whale sounds, which are made accessible to scientists. 

The particular hydrophones studied by Leroy and her colleagues were placed at six different locations in the Indian Ocean in 2001. She ran the 20 years of recordings through an automatic detector to pick up each instance of the suspected population’s chorus, coined by the team as the “Chagos song”. 

Each whale species, from the humpback to the ultra-rare Omura, has a signature sound. For example, humpbacks whistle a mellifluous call, like the type you would hear on a relaxing playlist, Leroy says. 

“Humpback whales also change their song. They have a new hit every year to attract females, but the blue whale songs are super simple compared to that,” Leroy says. “They have this single song or vocalization that is composed in two to four parts, so it’s forming a pattern that is quite simple. And that is repeated again and again and again with a regular interval during hours.” 

Even for whales of the same species, different crews have different tunes. Leroy had to determine whether Chagos was unique enough from other pygmy blue whale songs in the area to constitute a new herd. 

After comparing the Chagos tune to other pygmy blue whale recordings and other whale species, Leroy says she firmly believes the signature melody belongs to a new population of pygmy blue whales. 

The Chagos song was picked up at five of the six hydrophone locations between 2002 and 2018. These pings provided enough information that the authors determined the pygmy pod migrates clockwise, moving East to West between June and January. Their habitat ranges from the central Indian Ocean near Sri Lanka to the Northeastern corner by Western Australia. 

Understanding the undersea composers 

While the study of bioacoustics can pinpoint and discover a new population of blue whales, there are some drawbacks. For example, microphones can’t count the number of whales in a herd. That’s because hydrophones can distinguish two or three unique songs, but anything more starts to become indiscernible. 

“If there are like four, five, or six whales singing at the same time, you can’t see anything. It starts to be like whale soup,” Leroy says. “However, we know there are a very large number of songs so we can say it’s a whole group. Yet, we have no idea if it’s 10 whales or a hundred.” 

[Related: Carcasses are the best clues we have for these mysterious whales.]

The next steps to discovering these hidden whales would be to set sail and try to observe the new population in real life. But, Leroy says there’s no future plans yet due to the high cost. 

Regardless, the discovery of a new population is exciting—it doesn’t matter if there are a dozen whales or hundreds, this finding still means whale numbers are growing. Yet, oil spills, garbage, noise pollution, boats, and overfishing all threaten these shy whales, keeping the colossal crooners classified as endangered. 

“Finding a new population of blue whales means we will be able to protect them,” Leroy says. “We will know in this area we have to be careful about the noise we make and the human activities done.” 

Grace Wade

Author: Sara Kiley Watson
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Camilla makes faux pas with matching mask as she steps out in new blue coat at Royal Ascot

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was seen at the racecourse with her husband Prince Charles. The royals arrived by car rather than carriage as Queen Elizabeth II was not present. Camilla wore a stylish coat and appeared to hold her face mask instead of putting it on.

Camilla has often worn blue ensembles for royal engagements but it seems to be the first time she has stepped out in that particular number.

The coat had long sleeves and hidden latches which held it closed.

Camilla’s garment cut off at the knee and she appeared to be wearing a light blue skirt underneath.

She matched the coat to a blue striped face mask which she held in front of her face.


The royal opted to keep her legs bare and wore a pair of cream pumps with a notable black toe cap.

Camilla has worn the heels on many occasions and they are thought to be by designer Chanel.

She held a light grey leather clutch bag in her left hand.

In line with the Royal Ascot dress code, Camilla styled her look with a hat.

Camilla also wore a three string pearl necklace which is a piece of jewellery she is rarely seen without.

She sported the Four Strand Pearl Chokers with Diamond Clasps.

The chain is held up with four rows of pearls and has a central diamond clasp which is surrounded by three rows of diamonds.

The Duchess of Cornwall also had on her £100,000 diamond engagement ring.

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Princess Anne ‘stylish’ but ‘classic’ in navy blue embroidered outfit for Royal Ascot 2021

Princess Anne arrived at the racecourse this afternoon to mark this year’s Royal Ascot. Members of the Royal Family turned up in cars this year rather than their usual carriages due to Queen Elizabeth II not being present for today’s event.

Royal Ascot 2021 kicked off today after last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic.

The five-day event has formed part of the second phase of the Government’s Event Research programme, with a capacity of 12,000 guests on each of the days.

Unlike usual, the royals turned up in cars this year with members including Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Zara and Mike Tindall as well as Princess Anne.

For the first day of the event, Princess Anne opted for a navy outfit.

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Princess Anne added a pair of drop pearl earrings to the look, with a matching two-strand pearl necklace.

The royal often favours pearls and has added them to her looks for many events.

Her mother, Queen Elizabeth II also wears the jewellery nearly everyday, with them becoming part of her royal uniform.

The prestigious horse racing event has a very specific dress code and in line with tradition, female guests wear stunning hats or headpieces.

One person said: “Yay Princess Anne is here, she looks quite stylish.”

Another wrote: “Classic look from Princess Royal, she likes her dark colours.”

“So far I am loving the royals outfits, they don’t mess around,” said a third on Instagram.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall also arrived alongside her husband Prince Charles.

The Duchess arrived wearing a pale blue summer coat with different tones of blue striped down it.

The royal added a matching mask to the look along with a pale blue hat.

One fan said on Twitter: “Camilla looking very summery!”

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Brigitte Macron changes from black trousers to stunning blue dress for G7 Summit photo

Global leaders took photographs with Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds this afternoon, with the beach and the English Channel behind them. This tradition takes place before the start of the G7 Summit, and Brigitte changed clothes for the occasion.

Elongating her legs further, Brigitte paired the blue ensemble with shiny black high heels.

The First Lady’s stilettos were much higher than Carrie’s low block sandal heels.

Brigitte matched her shoes with a black quilted clutch bag.

As for jewellery, Brigitte kept her look simple without wearing earrings or a necklace, but she donned two large silver rings.

The blue ensemble was Brigitte’s second outfit of the day.

This morning, the French First Lady stepped off the plane in Cornwall wearing a long Chanel tweed jacket in chic black and white.

She paired the jacket with a black chiffon shirt and slim black cigarette pants.

The outfit was quintessentially French, especially as Chanel is France’s most iconic fashion house.

However, Brigitte’s matching coat and dress still subtly alluded to her country as their hue represented the blue on France’s tricolour flag.

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