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Scotland’s first female astronomer royal looks to open the universe to all

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“I’m always shocked that it’s 2021 and we’re still having ‘first female’ stories,” says Prof Catherine Heymans. Nevertheless, it is an unavoidable fact that, after her appointment two weeks ago, the renowned astrophys...

Introducing ‘their worship’, the world’s first non-binary mayor

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When Owen Hurcum, a part-time archaeology master’s student at Bangor University, climbed to the stage to accept their position as the newly appointed mayor of Bangor, they felt “hugely humbled” to represent their comm...

Raiders of the Lost Ark at 40: Indiana Jones’s first adventure remains his greatest

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It took almost no time – certainly not the 40 years since it was released – for Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark to become the new standard of adventure films, surpassing the crude matinee serials that inspi...

The highest scoring game in Euros history? The opener at the first finals

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The opening matches of major tournaments are often cagey affairs. With neither side willing to risk too much so early on, entertainment is sacrificed for the sake of a solid if unspectacular start. The last four openi...

I’m my high school’s first Black male valedictorian. I won’t be the last

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Ahmed Muhammad recently became the first Black male valedictorian in the 106-year history of Oakland Technical high school in Oakland, California, graduating at the top of his class with a 4.73 grade point average (GP...

Number of people on England’s NHS waiting list tops 5m for first time

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The number of people waiting for hospital treatment in England has exceeded 5 million for the first time, highlighting the growing problem of long waits for NHS care. NHS England’s latest set of monthly performance fi...

Anita Neil: Britain’s first Black female Olympian – who was forced to quit in her prime

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Anita Neil was just a toddler when she discovered two things: who her father was, and that she could run fast. Really fast. “I was introduced to my father when I was three,” Neil tells me over Zoom from her home in We...

Biden calls for democracies to stand together as he marks first overseas trip as president – video

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Joe Biden marked his first overseas trip as US president, telling a crowd of US troops and their families at RAF Mildenhall the “the US is back and democracies of the world are standing together to tackle the toughest...

Colorado records first litter of gray wolf pups since 1940s

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Colorado has its first litter of gray wolf pups since the 1940s, state wildlife officials said on Wednesday. A state biologist and district wildlife manager both spotted the litter of at least three wolf pups over the...

From rule of six to 6,500 police: Cornwall hosts first Covid-era G7

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Everybody from the most junior official to the president of the United States will have to follow the rules. Take daily Covid tests, wear masks at appropriate times and respect everything from one-way systems around v...

El Salvador becomes first country to adopt bitcoin as legal tender

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El Salvador has become the first country in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender after its congress approved President Nayib Bukele’s proposal to embrace the cryptocurrency in a bid to promote “financial inclusi...

AOC brands Kamala Harris’s comments to Guatemalan migrants “disappointing”

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Good morning. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has condemned Kamala Harris for telling undocumented migrants from Guatemala not to come to the US – calling her comments “disappointing”. In her first foreign trip as vice-pres...

Nasa spacecraft captures first closeups of Jupiter’s largest moon in decades

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Nasa’s Juno spacecraft has provided the first closeups of Jupiter’s largest moon in two decades. Juno zoomed past icy Ganymede on Monday, passing within 645 miles (1,038km). The last time a spacecraft came that close ...

San Francisco may be first major US city to hit herd immunity, experts say

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San Francisco may have become the first major American city to hit herd immunity to the coronavirus, experts say. San Francisco is still recording a small number of coronavirus cases, about 13.7 per day, said Dr Georg...

DUP’s Paul Givan named as Northern Ireland first minister

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Edwin Poots, the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) leader, has named his party colleague Paul Givan as the next first minister of Northern Ireland. Poots made the widely expected announcement in the Great Hall at Stormo...

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