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£25k Royal Society Science Book Prize receives record number of submissions

The Royal Society Science Book Prize has received the highest number in its 33-year-history, as the judging panel is revealed for the first time….

The Royal Society Science Book Prize has received the highest number in its 33-year-history as immunologist Professor Luke O’Neill is named chair of the judges. 

The £25,000 prize celebrates the best in popular science writing from around the world. A shortlist of six titles, from submissions published between 1st July 2020 and 30th September 2021, will be whittled down by the judges. 

Organisers revealed that a record number of entries – 267 – were received this year, the highest number in the award’s 33-year-history. This is an increase of 66% on last year’s submissions.

The judging panel has also been revealed. Immunologist, presenter and writer Professor Luke O’Neill (pictured) has been announced as the chair of judges for this year’s award. He will be joined by television presenter Ortis Deley, mathematician Dr Anastasia Kisil alongside author and creative writing lecturer Christy Lefteri and Clive Myrie, a writer and film-maker.

“Science communication has always been very important, to entertain, inform and inspire,” O’Neill said. “This has never been more relevant than this year, with scientists engaging with the public across all media on a daily basis because of Covid-19. A tremendously interesting number of books have been nominated this year, across a huge range of topics, making our job very enjoyable but also challenging. Science communication is clearly in very good hands.”

The shortlist will be announced in September with the winner announced at a ceremony in November. Each of the shortlisted authors will be awarded £2,500.

Last year the prize was won by Dr Camilla Pang for Explaining Humans (Penguin Books), which examined neurodiverse perspectives on everyday life. In 2019 Caroline Criado Perez won for her examination of gender bias in Invisible Women (Chatto & Windus). 

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Elvis Presley’s cousin on first seeing The King record in 1958 – ‘I couldn’t believe it’

Elvis Presley shot to fame in 1956 and moved his family into Graceland a year later. One member of his Memphis Mafia inner circle was his cousin Billy Smith, who was just a boy at the time. And now over 60 years later, he’s shared his memories of first seeing Elvis record in the studio back in 1958.

Appearing on the Memphis Mafia Kid YouTube channel with his son Danny, Billy said: “When I first went to hear Elvis record was in 1958.

“He was home on leave and had to do a session because he had to have so many songs in the can before he was overseas and all.”

From 1958-60, The King did his army service in West Germany, while his manager Colonel Tom Parker rolled out some pre-recorded singles to keep the star in the public eye while he was away.

Elvis Presley‘s cousin shared: “And I remember I was in the Studio B with him and all I could do was stand there and watch him.”

Billy continued: “He’d have a break…I’d go get him water…but I finally got to thinking, ‘He don’t like this much’.

“He didn’t say anything, but I just thought, ‘He’s probably not real crazy about me gawking.’

“So I finally got the hint enough for myself that I went on and watched him from a distance.”

Yet even from further away, Elvis’ cousin was amazed at the talent he was witnessing.

Billy said: “It was just something different. To put my finger on it, I can’t. But I feel like so many of Elvis’ fans know exactly what I’m talking about.

“It’s just that one little difference that made Elvis extra special.

“When Elvis picked a song to record, he usually looked at it and thought, ‘What can I do with it?’, especially during the movie days.

“I think he put his heart and soul into every song he recorded, good or bad.”

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‘She doesn’t want to act’ Linda Robson sets record straight over Pauline Quirke feud claim

“I’m sure Lesley would be well up for it,” Aidl commented.

Linda agreed, saying: “She would be. She looks amazing. Lesley is 73 now and she looks exactly the same as she did all of those years ago.”

Lesley Joseph starred as Dorien Green in Birds of a Feather alongside Linda who played Tracey Stubbs and Pauline as Sharon Theodopolopodos.

Linda’s comments come after it was recently reported that there will not be another series of Birds of a Feather.

Author: Michelle Marshall
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England squad's penalty record ahead of Germany as Jordan Pickford could take spot kick

England’s penalty shootout woes could be placed firmly in the past at Euro 2020 as several Three Lions stars have positive records from the spot. Gareth Southgate’s side have won their last two shootouts following over two decades of spot-kick pain and could be prepared to face another against Germany on Tuesday if their last-16 tie is a stalemate after extra-time. 

England defeated Spain on penalties in the quarter-final of Euro 1996 but had to wait 22 years before their next success. 

Defeats against Germany, Argentina, Portugal, France and Italy followed before they beat Colombia via penalties at the 2018 World Cup. Head coach Southgate had a crucial kick saved against Germany at Euro 1996 and will hope that his stars will fare better than he did from 12 yards. 

A victory over Switzerland in the Nations League third-place play-off further ridded England of their penalty heartache. They could win a third consecutive shootout at Euro 2020. 

England’s squad for the tournament includes players who have excellent penalty records during their international careers. 

Harry Kane is the most prolific having scored 10 of his 12 penalties for the Three Lions. The captain was successful with all four of the penalties he attempted at the World Cup, including in the shootout against Colombia. 

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The Liverpool captain had attempts saved during the Colombia shootout and against Romania earlier this month. 

But no other member of the Euro 2020 squad has taken one during a match. 

Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier, Jadon Sancho and Jordan Pickford have scored their only England penalties during shootouts. 

If a Euro 2020 match were to go to penalties, it is unclear if Southgate will choose to go in order of his best takers, or if he will opt to build up to the likes of Kane and Rashford. 

The Tottenham forward was first to take in the World Cup tie with Colombia three years ago. 

Rashford scored next before Henderson, Trippier and Dier had attempts. Henderson was the only England player to miss. 

The order in the Nations League shootout was slightly warped, with Kane and Rashford not involved. 

Each of Maguire, Ross Barkley, Sancho, Sterling, Pickford and Dier scored. 

Pickford then saved Josip Drmic’s attempt and the Daily Mail reports that the Everton goalkeeper, who is a clean and powerful striker of a ball, would take a penalty if needed against Germany or at another stage in the tournament. 

“We’ve obviously won our last two penalty shootouts,” Southgate told ITV on Sunday.

“So we have a process that works for us through that preparation and we’ve followed that same process.

“There’s a little bit more focus on it this week but we don’t start it this week as that would be too late, and also we didn’t want to make a bigger thing of it than it is.

“We created a process that works for us, we think the players understand that and we’ll be well prepared if it comes to that moment.”

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EU trade sees RECORD drop due to Brexit transition and 'practical difficulties' – data

Trade figures have shown a record drop in exports and imports to and from the European Union from December 2020 through to January 2021, with the cause partially blamed on the Brexit transition period. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown the record plunge in trade, but the ultimate cause may be more complicated.

From December 2020 through to January 2021, the EU’s exports from the UK declined by a staggering 40 percent.

Imports were not far behind, decreasing by 28.8 percent in the same time frame.

Trade outside of the EU also saw a drop, but by significantly less at 12.7 percent for imports.

And exports from non-EU countries actually gained 1.7 percent, despite the difficulties thrown up by the coronavirus pandemic.

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In November and December, the ONS reported seeing “increasing imports and exports of goods…These increases were consistent with potential stockpiling of goods from the EU in preparation for the end of the EU exit transition period.”

These increases were also seen in the lead to the two previous Brexit deadlines in 2019.

While the transition period may have seen trade decrease, the start of lockdown at the start of January could also have contributed.

The reason behind the decrease could be blamed on several factors, but the Brexit transition period has been partially to blame say experts.

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Samuel Tombs, the chief UK economist at the consultancy Pantheon Macroeconomics said: “Brexit is best seen as a slow puncture, rather than a sudden blowout, with the costs gradually accumulating in the form of lower investment and immigration than otherwise would have been the case.”

Suren Thiru, the head of economics at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “The practical difficulties faced by businesses on the ground go well beyond just teething problems and with disruption to UK-EU trade flows persisting, trade is likely to be a drag on UK economic growth in the first quarter of 2021.”

There have been several reports into the disruption to trade at the start of the year.

However one unknown remains as to whether the decline will continue, or start to pick up once the ‘Brexit hangover’ has eased.

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The ONS said its own ‘Business insights and impact on the UK economy’ data which suggests these “teething problems” have already begun to ease, with figures showing signs of trade starting to increase.

The ONS writes: “BICS data report that, of currently trading businesses that have reported challenges at the end of February 2021, the largest proportion of businesses’ reported main cause of challenge was the end of the EU transition period.

“This has risen from mid-December 2020. In contrast, those reporting the coronavirus as their main challenge fell over the same period.”

While the EU has seen a huge decline, imports and exports between China and the UK have soared.

Professor Dr Stefan Stein, Founding President and Professor for International Business Management at GISMA Business School told Express.co.uk: “If imports and exports are taken together, China has become the EU’s largest trading partner and has overtaken the USA in 2020.

“The USA under Trump, the trade and other conflicts have done more harm than good.

“It will take the new administration quite some time to fix the damage, while China develops from an even more powerful position.”

And Brexit has played a big impact when it comes to the UK. Professor Stein said: “In the concert of the big players, the United Kingdom has minimised itself with its self-imposed Brexit. Success stories look different.

“One noticeable consequence of Brexit is the decline in investment and the shortage of workers.

“While the UK and the EU are in a sausage war over the control of meat products, China is the economic nation that has come through this global economic crisis best.

“In the economic upswing that is now following, China’s starting position is particularly good.

“The coffers of the Chinese are full, we will see investment activity increase in the UK and Europe and elsewhere on this planet where others cannot even follow due to the consequences of the crisis and lack of own strategy.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo ties Ali Daei record with 109th Portugal goal vs France at Euro 2020

Cristiano Ronaldo has drawn level with Iran’s Ali Daei for the most international goals in the history of world football. Ronaldo scored his 109th goal for Portugal on Wednesday night, the 36-year-old netting a brace of penalties in his country’s final Euro 2020 group stage match against France in Budapest, Hungary.

After Danilo had been caught by Hugo Lloris’ attempt to punch the ball clear at a free-kick, Ronaldo stepped up to send the Tottenham goalkeeper the wrong way from 12 yards and make it 1-0 on half-an-hour.

His former Real Madrid team-mate Karim Benzema scored twice, including a spot-kick of his own, either side of half-time to put the world champions in front at the Puskas Arena.

But Ronaldo was given the chance to drawl Portugal level again on the hour mark following a Jules Kounde handball inside the area.

And he did just that, finding the back of the net for his 109th goal for Portugal and his 755th career strike for club and country.

That saw him move level with Iranian icon Daei, who managed his incredible 109-goal return return between 1993 and 2006 inside just 149 appearances for his nation.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, is on five goals in three games alone at Euro 2020 after his double against France. 

His brace moves him comfortably clear of Patrik Schick, Emil Forsberg, Romelu Lukaku, Gini Wijnaldum and Robert Lewandowski, who are all tied on three goals.

Ronaldo scored twice in a 3-0 defeat of Hungary and again in a 4-2 defeat to Germany.

Thanks to his France double, Juventus centre-forward Ronaldo is now the European all-time top goalscorer at major tournaments with 21 goals, surpassing Germany legend Miroslav Klose.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid attacker has scored at more World Cups and European Championships than the entire country of Poland since he was born, such is his prolific record.

Ronaldo’s 109 goals have come in 177 caps, having made his debut for his country in August 2003 aged 18.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will hope to add to his record in the knockout stages of the Euros with Portugal going through third in Group F.

That sets them up against Belgium, while France will play Switzerland and Germany will take on England.

Ronaldo’s tally of five goals in the group stages is the second most ever scored by a single player at this stage of the tournament.

Michel Platini’s tally of seven, in 1984, was the only time in the history of the Euros that one player has scored more in the groups.

Ronaldo already broke records earlier at Euro 2020 in the win over Hungary as he became the first player ever to score at five different European Championships.

His 10th and 11th Euros goals against the Hungarians made him the all-time leading scorer in the competition’s history, although he has since extended that tally to 14.

At club level, meanwhile, Ronaldo could again be on the move this summer with it rumoured United could look to re-sign him. Barcelona and PSG are other clubs linked.

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World record shattered on Day 1 of US Olympic Track and Field trials

A 31-year-old world record was crushed Friday night as the first American track and field Olympians learned they were headed to Tokyo.

EUGENE, Ore — The record was older than he is.

When Ryan Crouser broke it, “it felt like it was a huge weight lifted.”

The 28-year-old who built a training ring at his home in Arkansas to stay on point during the coronavirus pandemic shattered a shot put world record Friday night that was set 2 1/2 years before he was born.

On Day 1 of U.S. Olympic Trials, he heaved the massive medal sphere 76 feet, 8 1/4 inches (23.37 meters) to put his name in the record book and punch his ticket for Tokyo, where he’ll have a chance to defend his Olympic title next month.

Just like he always imagined.

“There were so many times that I was throwing a six-pound shot out behind the middle school, throwing by myself, and let it go and put my hands over my head and be like, ‘Oh, new world record!’” Crouser said. “I knew it’s been a possibility or potential to do it since 2017.”

Virtually everyone in this tightly knit group of throwers knew the record of 75-10 1/4 (23.12) held by Randy Barnes since May 20, 1990, was in jeopardy. Earlier this year, Crouser topped Barnes’ indoor record. Earlier on Friday, during qualifying, Crouser heaved 75-2 1/2 (22.92) to set the American Olympic trials record.

Crouser was feeling so good in the preliminary round that he thought a world record was possible right then and there. What kept him from going for it was his shoes. Though he had brought a pair of new Nikes to Eugene for the trials, he opted for a more broken-in pair because the shot put ring at newly remodeled Hayward Field was “fast.”

“But they take your shoes if you break the world record,” Crouser said of World Athletics, which tests all shoes involved in a record. “I thought, ‘I don’t know, if I throw a world record in prelims, I won’t have shoes for the final. I’ll have to throw in the (new) Nikes.’”

So, the record held — but only for a few more hours.

Even before the fourth of his six tries on a mild, sunshiny evening had plunked into the dirt, Crouser was lifting his arms to celebrate. When the shot landed, far beyond where any other mark had been made, a collective gasp came from the quarter-filled stands.

About a half-minute passed while officials checked the distance. When the mark came up on the board, confirming that he had broken one of the longest-standing records in the books, he was mobbed by his competitors near the ring.

“Finally timed that one up,” said Crouser, who grew up in Oregon, went to college at Texas and now serves as a volunteer coach at Arkansas.. “I think I was celebrating on that one almost before it left my hand.”

Among those congratulating him were world champion Joe Kovacs, who finished second, and Payton Otterdahl, who earned the third spot.

“There are three or four guys capable of doing that,” Kovacs said. “In Tokyo, there are going to be some fireworks. Every year, we’re talking about the records being broken and I think there’s more to come.”

Several minutes after his record, Crouser was proudly posing on the field. The picture: Him standing next to the scoreboard with both thumbs raised and the words “World Record” highlighted in green on the board next to his new record.

Shot putters fashion themselves as part-time physics gurus. They spend hours analyzing their throws from multiple angles, all in the hopes of eking out a few more centimeters.

About the dynamics of his best-ever throw, Crouser said: “I stayed big with my chest and relaxed and let the entry happen. I didn’t force it. And once I did that well, I knew the throw was going to be good, so I didn’t do anything to mess it up from there.”

Crouser, who finished second to Kovacs at world championships in Doha in 2019, didn’t miss a day of training in 2020, even with the coronavirus pandemic shutting things down across the globe. He built a homemade shot-put ring that he constructed out of two sheets of plywood and screws from Home Depot.

The opening day of trials also featured strong first-round performances from world 800-meter champion Donavan Brazier and sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, who chose orange as the hair color of the day and turned in the fastest 100-meter time (10.84 seconds). High jumper Vashti Cunningham — the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham — easily qualified for the final and discus thrower Valarie Allman set a meet record with her throw of 229- 8 (70.01) in qualifying.

In the night’s other final, Woody Kincaid sprinted the final stretch to hold off Grant Fisher and win the 10,000 meters. Both run for the Bowerman Track Club. Kincaid finished in 27:53.62. Joe Klecker was third.

All received second billing to Crouser.

He’s hard to miss at a track meet. The 320-pounder takes down about 5,000 calories a day to keep weight on his 6-7 frame. His diet consists of two big breakfast burritos in the morning, a pound of ground beef for lunch and three of the four portions from a meal delivery service at night.

So, what does a newly minted world-record holder do for dinner? Well, options figured to be limited at the late hour he would get out of the track.

“I’ll probably go for a big, old double-double hamburger somewhere,” he said.

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Canary Islands prices plunge with holidays reaching record lows – where to stay for £180

Due to the current travel restrictions in the UK, the price of holidays and flights have dropped dramatically. Holidays in Gran Canaria, in Spain, have reported a fall of 25 percent and Tenerife is now 23 percent cheaper than last year.

After Portugal was moved back to the amber list, holiday prices in the country dropped by 64 percent.

At the moment, holidaymakers can go to Portugal for as little as £180 per person, according to the comparison website TravelSupermarket.

Travellers will spend the price difference in PCR test both to go there and to come back, as at least three Covid-19 tests are required when coming back from an amber list country.

Currently, travel agencies in the UK are also selling holidays to the Canary Islands for only £180.

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Gran Canaria is now 25 percent cheaper than last year and Tenerife 23 pecent. In Lanzarote prices have dropped 15 percent and in the small islands of Fuerteventura 12 percent.

But where to go in the Canary Islands?

Tenerife

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands.

The island will offer an incredibly varied landscape, beautiful beaches and El Teide, the highest mountain in Spain.

Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is where travellers will find the most beautiful beaches.

Get lost in the 150 kilometers of coastline around the island, which is also a UNESCO biosphere reserve due to the unique combination of beaches and volcanic landscape.

Lanzarote

The island was also declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Due to its mild climate, excellent wine is grown in the barren volcanic landscape.

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria has the perfect mix of sandy beaches and volcanic landscape.

In addition to the volcanic craters and reservoirs, Gran Canaria also has a very green side with amazing inland forests.

But what are Europe’s cheapest holiday destinations right now?

Holidaymakers can book flights and a four star hotel in Mallorca for a little as £187 per person.

A holiday in Crete, staying in a four star hotel for five nights would be only £219 – including a direct flight from London.

The Amalfi coast in Italy is now accessible to everyone. Flights and a four star hotel in June would cost £256 only.

Travellers can also stay seven nights in a three star hotel in Corfu, for only £212 – with direct flights from London included.

Are you travelling abroad this summer? Join the debate in the comments section here

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