April 22 marks the annual Earth Day, a day which marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement, which began in 1970. This day brings to light the importance of being Eco-friendly and aims to bring the issue of plastic pollution to the attention of everyone around the world.As the day focuses on and celebrates the wonderful planet that is our home, the Earth in all its glory is brought to the forefront of people’s minds, but did you know all of these unusual, yet spectacular facts about planet Earth?1. All of the Earth’s rocks are recycled again and againThe ground that we walk on every day is recycled and will continue to keep being recycled, as the Earth's rock cycle transforms igneous rocks to sedimentary rocks to metamorphic rocks and this cycle continues again and again. Volcanoes spit the rocks out as magma, which then dry, harden and then after a very long time they either get sucked down again by plate tectonics or get pushed towards the … [Read more...] about Did you know these 15 unusual facts about the Earth?
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0 Have your say In Dark River, her third Yorkshire-based film, Clio Barnard explores sheep farming, sibling rivalry… and dreadful family secrets. Exclusive location report by Tony Earnshaw. There are sheep in the main ring at Skipton Auction Mart, which is precisely as it should be. But at this particular moment in time they are clustered round the monitor that can show writer/director Clio Barnard the sequence she has just shot. Gingerly, she clambers over the small flock of supporting artistes, considers the previous take and calls for another on the film that will become Dark River.July, 2016. On one of the hottest days of the summer, Barnard and her crew labour in stifling heat surrounded by the overwhelming odour of straw sodden with animal urine. The pungent pong adds to the authenticity of the location, as do the two-dozen locals, old men with walking sticks and flat caps aplenty, on benches observing the sale. Their weathered faces make for living set dressing. … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: Behind the scenes of the new Sean Bean film Dark River
According to the popular view of the Earth's formation, about one billion years ago, our planet's molten liquid inner core spontaneously began to crystallise, growing rapidly to the extent that it reaches today – around 760 miles in diameter. However, a new study published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters contradicts this theory, suggesting it is impossible. Researchers from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio argue that the standard narrative is overlooking a key detail of how crystals form, namely, that they require a huge drop in temperature that is unlikely to have happened inside the core. In fact, once this is taken into account, the team suggest that the Earth's inner core shouldn't exist at all. "Everyone, ourselves included, seemed to be missing this big problem, that metals don't start crystallising instantly unless something is there that lowers the energy barrier a lot," said author Steven Hauck, a professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary … [Read more...] about Formation of the Earth’s inner core is so baffling, scientists say it shouldn’t exist
Register for our free newsletter US president Donald Trump has called upon politicians to “summon the unity” needed to make good on long-standing promises to fix the nation’s crumbling infrastructure and fractured immigration systems in his State of the Union address. “To every citizen watching at home tonight, no matter where you have been, or where you come from, this is your time,” Mr Trump declared. Here, some of the claims from the speech are fact-checked by the Associated Press. Wage gains TRUMP: “After years and years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.” THE FACTS: They are not rising any faster than they have before. Average hourly pay rose 2.5% in 2017, slightly slower than the 2.9% recorded in 2016. Most economists say wages should increase at a faster rate as the unemployment rate drops. The unemployment rate stands at a 17-year low of 4.1%, but that has done little so far to spark rising wages. The … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s State of the Union address fact-checked: The reality behind the president’s statements
A look at some of the claims from Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. Wage gains TRUMP: “After years and years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.” THE FACTS: They are not rising any faster than they have before. Average hourly pay rose 2.5% in 2017, slightly slower than the 2.9% recorded in 2016. Most economists say wages should increase at a faster rate as the unemployment rate drops. The unemployment rate stands at a 17-year low of 4.1%, but that has done little so far to spark rising wages. The last time unemployment was this low, in the late 1990s, average hourly pay was rising at 4%. Diversity visas TRUMP: “The third pillar (of my immigration plan) ends the visa lottery — a programme that randomly hands out green cards without any regard to skill, merit or the safety of our people.” THE FACTS: That’s a highly misleading characterisation. The programme is not nearly that random and it does address … [Read more...] about Factcheck: Donald Trump’s claims in State of the Union address