Anyone who has ever chucked a tennis ball in the general vicinity of a border collie knows that some animals take play very seriously—the intense stare, the tremble of anticipation, the apparent joy with every bounce, all in pursuit of inedible prey that tastes like the backyard. Dogs are far from the only animals that devote considerable time and energy to play. Juvenile wasps wrestle with hive mates, otters toss rocks between their paws, and human children around the world go to great lengths to avoid make-believe lava on the living-room floor. When a dog chases a ball or a child adjudicates relationship disputes in doll-land, something important and meaningful is clearly happening in their minds, says Laura Schulz, a cognitive scientist at MIT. “Play has a lot of peculiar and fascinating properties,” she says. “It’s totally fundamental to learning and human intelligence.” Scientists take play seriously too. For decades, psychologists, evolutionary biologists, and animal … [Read more...] about So What’s the Point of Playtime?
The Queen's property empire and the Duke of Westminster are lobbying for an overhaul of listed building rules that would allow them to install heat pumps in swathes of historic properties across London. The Crown Estate and the Duke’s property business Grosvenor Group are pushing for new regulations so it is easier to make green energy upgrades to premises with protected status. As well as the pumps - an alternative to gas boilers which use electricity to draw heat from the ground or air - reform would also pave the way for the installation of double glazing and insulation. At present, these upgrades require listed building consent, which can take eight weeks to complete using a process that varies hugely between different councils and can cost thousands of pounds in consultancy fees. Grosvenor and the Crown Estate own swathes of London around St James, Soho and Regent Street. If existing rules are overhauled, then they will be able to make changes that will affect the … [Read more...] about Royal request could bring heat pumps to London’s historic buildings
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will attend a church service in Queen Elizabeth II 's honor as part of the Platinum Jubilee—and Prince Andrew is also likely to attend, it has been reported. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had already confirmed they would be at the celebrations, which take place from June 2 to June 5, but it was not previously known which event they would be present for. However, Meghan and Harry are now planning to make an appearance at a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's Reign, at Westminster Abbey, on Friday, June 3, The Daily Telegraph reported. Prince Andrew will also likely make an appearance at the same event, echoing his controversial attendance at a memorial service for Prince Philip in March. There has not yet been an official announcement and it is not currently clear whether the Sussexes will bring their children Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor to the service itself, though they will come to Britain. Members of the royal … [Read more...] about Meghan and Harry will reportedly attend Queen’s Jubilee cathedral service
Princess Beatrice , the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson most known for her outlandish choice of hat for the royal wedding in 2011, seems now to be following the fashion lead of cousin-in-law Kate Middleton . Beatrice, tenth in line to the British throne, was present at a Buckingham Palace garden party on Wednesday presided over by Kate and Prince William , who acted as hosts in place of Queen Elizabeth II . The princess and her sister Eugenie are both granddaughters of the queen and have in recent years been undertaking increased charity work—though both do not officially undertake duties on behalf of the queen and are not considered "working royals." To the garden party on Wednesday, Beatrice wore a check patterned midi dress in pale pink and black from Self-Portrait, with a white belt and black accessories. The brand is closely associated with Kate who has been patronizing the designers often over the course of her married life. Most recently … [Read more...] about How Kate Middleton’s fashion inspired Queen’s granddaughter at garden party
Live Updates As Russia's invasion continues for a 57th day, President Joe Biden announced an additional $800 million in security assistance to Ukraine and established a new program to streamline Ukrainians seeking to enter the U.S. Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin has failed to achieve his "grand ambitions" as Ukraine continues to fight. Putin reportedly canceled an assault on the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, where hundreds of civilians were sheltering, over concerns of Russian casualties. Ukraine is calling for "urgent" humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians who remain in the besieged Mariupol, describing the situation as "desperate." While 79 people were able to evacuate Mariupol to Zaporizhia Thursday, Ukraine Deputy Prime Minister said "everything is going very slowly." Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has asked foreign allies for more weapons as Ukrainian forces continue to defend their cities against Russian bombardment. … [Read more...] about Ukraine War: Pentagon details Phoenix Ghost drones sent to Ukraine
The closure of the Abbott Nutrition facility in Michigan has had a devastating impact on the supply of baby formula across the U.S. The shortage, exacerbated by product recalls and supply chain issues, has led to hospitalizations in Atlanta and Memphis. As the situation remains dire for many families across the country, Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert has blamed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for closing down the Michigan plant. The Claim On May 19, 2022, Boebert alleged the FDA was responsible for the baby formula shortage because it "unfairly closed" the Abbott Nutrition plant in Sturgis, Michigan. Boebert claimed the closure of the plant was "based on charges proven untrue." The Facts The closure of the Abbott facility in Sturgis, Michigan, was one of the most significant factors precipitating in the shortages of baby formula supply in the U.S. The factory closed in February after the FDA issued a warning to consumers not to … [Read more...] about Fact Check: Did FDA shut down Abbott’s baby formula factory?
Liverpool train ahead of Champions League Final Sign up for our news briefing, including a daily special Russia-Ukraine edition SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Ray Mcdonald, 33, and his friends received their tickets on Tuesday night ahead of the final in Paris this Saturday, May 28, and initially thought they were genuine. However, upon further examination of the tickets, which cost £1,000 each, the group realised the PDFs were in fact fake. Related articles Urgent warning about holiday scam on Facebook after family were stung OAPs targeted by serial burglar who scammed his way into their homes After trying to contact the ticket tout, who Ray said he has bought tickets from six times this season, … [Read more...] about Champions League final tickets scam leaves Liverpool fans £19k out of pocket
Carlo Ancelotti previews Champions League final v Liverpool Sign up HERE for the latest MUFC breaking news and transfer updates SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Liverpool have only scored more than one goal in 90 minutes of a cup final on one occasion under Jurgen Klopp . And that is a record they will surely need to change against Real Madrid in the Champions League final this Saturday if Thiago Alcantara is absent in Paris. Related articles Liverpool have three youngsters who could make 23-man CL final squad Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gives 'surprising' Thiago injury update The Reds have contested 10 finals under Klopp if you include the two Community Shield defeats under him. They've … [Read more...] about Liverpool pattern under Jurgen Klopp may need to change vs Real Madrid if Thiago injured
Russian state TV hosts claim West is giving Ukraine nothing Sign up for FREE now and never miss the top politics stories again SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Google said in a recent threat analysis update on cyber attacks motivated by the war that a group known as Coldriver were behind the leaks. One of the company’s cybersecurity chiefs said that former MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove, Baroness Gisela Stuart, and historian Robert Tombs had been targeted. Related articles Macron panic as France discovers devastating Russian hacking operation Putin hacker fears as Britain hit by huge surge in cyber warfare Entitled ‘Very English Coop [sic] d’Etat’, the website reportedly insinuates that the … [Read more...] about Russian hackers lay bare covert lobbying efforts to influence Brexit in ‘significant’ leak
Russian foreign minister issues warning to EU Sign up for our news briefing, including a daily special Russia-Ukraine edition SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info France's cybersecurity agency ANSSI has announced "several French entities" had been breached by hackers and linked the attacks to a Russian hacking group. This group is believed to be behind some of the most devastating cyberattacks over recent years. Related articles Russia's cyber 'atomic bomb' threat to US exposed MASSIVE US cyberattack to DESTROY Joe Biden The latest "intrusion campaign" compromised the French software firm Centreon to install two pieces of malware into its clients' networks. It is believed the intrusion campaign … [Read more...] about What is Putin up to? Macron panic as France discovers devastating Russian hacking plot