There's a reason why it's called the race that stops a nation. Millions of Australians will be watching race seven at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday afternoon for the running of the Melbourne Cup. But do you know what a $10 each way bet is or are scratching your head as to why you can't see Australia's favourite mare Winx or last year's Cup winner Rekindling in the form guide? Here are the answers to the commonly asked questions that every racing novice needs to know before the big race. Flemington Racecourse will be flurry of fascinators, dresses and suits on Tuesday for the 2018 Melbourne Cup What time is the Melbourne Cup? The 3,200 metre race for three-year-olds and over is held at 3pm on the first Tuesday of November. The big race is all over in under three-and-a-half minutes. The race headlines a 10 race program at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday with the on track action getting underway at 10.50am. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next From frightening … [Read more...] about What time is the Melbourne Cup and how do I place a bet? All the key information you need to know ahead of the race that stops a nation
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The long, hot summer of 1976 lingers long in the memory, as do the more recent heatwaves of 1990 and 2006, and the fine, warm summer we enjoyed last year. But in terms of extremes, the top of the charts is 2003, when the Holy Grail of temperature records was finally broken. This happened on 10 August, when the mercury finally rose above 100F. This level had sometimes been claimed, but never officially reached, in the UK since official records began in 1875. The highest figure that day was 101.3F (38.5C), measured at a weather station at Brogdale near Faversham, Kent. But the moment when the record was actually broken occurred a few hours earlier, when the thermometer at London's Heathrow Airport registered 0.2 degrees over the 100F mark. The previous record, a mere 98.8F (37.1C), had stood for 13 years, since 1990. The reason behind the record temperatures was, paradoxically, a cold front to the west of Britain, which, according to the Met Office, pulled exceptionally warm air … [Read more...] about Weatherwatch: The hottest day
Physicist Steven Desch has come up with a novel solution to the problems that now beset the Arctic. He and a team of colleagues from Arizona State University want to replenish the region’s shrinking sea ice – by building 10 million wind-powered pumps over the Arctic ice cap. In winter, these would be used to pump water to the surface of the ice where it would freeze, thickening the cap. The pumps could add an extra metre of sea ice to the Arctic’s current layer, Desch argues. The current cap rarely exceeds 2-3 metres in thickness and is being eroded constantly as the planet succumbs to climate change. “Thicker ice would mean longer-lasting ice. In turn, that would mean the danger of all sea ice disappearing from the Arctic in summer would be reduced significantly,” Desch told the Observer. Desch and his team have put forward the scheme in a paper that has just been published in Earth’s Future, the journal of the American Geophysical Union, and have … [Read more...] about Could a £400bn plan to refreeze the Arctic before the ice melts really work?