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Rishi Sunak Is Safe For Now But “Chaos” Lurks Around The Corner

Rishi Sunak Is Safe For Now But “Chaos” Lurks Around The Corner

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak leaving Downing Street (Alamy) 4 min read5 hr MPs might be absent from Parliament during its three-week recess but questions over Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s position — and whether he will be able to hold out for an autumn general election — have not gone away. The days and weeks leading up to recess were a torrid time for the Prime Minister, who continues in his attempts to fight off fresh criticism of his operation on an almost weekly basis. The Frank Hester race row, and what one Downing Street insider recently admitted was a bungled No 10 response to the Tory donor’s racist remarks about opposition MP Diane Abbott, marked the latest. Tories had hoped that a second National Insurance cut in the Spring Budget might win them some favour, but in the end it appeared to fall flat with voters, fuelling further backbench restlessness.  For months Sunak allies have insisted the gap between the Conservatives and Labour – which continues to enjoy double-digit leads – would narrow, but in reality, the opposite has happened.  On Monday, a …

A weird upside-down world lurks beneath Antarctica’s ice

A weird upside-down world lurks beneath Antarctica’s ice

One of the least-explored places on Earth lies just off the coast of Antarctica. Some 1.5 million square kilometers (580,000 square miles) of ocean there — a vast area the size of Alaska — sits in perpetual darkness. It hides beneath 200 to 600 meters (650 to 2,000 feet) of floating ice. That makes it virtually inaccessible to humans. Still, in January 2020, a team of researchers made a rare attempt to explore it. They camped on the floating Thwaites Ice Shelf. There, they melted a narrow hole 600 meters (2,000 feet) through the ice. Then they lowered a long, skinny, remote-controlled submarine — called Icefin — to probe the dark waters below. And it turned up a startling discovery. As Britney Schmidt watched, the sub’s camera displayed glistening stars. They dangled like Christmas tree ornaments from the icy ceiling above. Dozens of these sparkling stars waved their arms like flower petals. Schmidt, at the time, was sitting inside a tent atop the ice. Staring at a computer screen, she watched live video being relayed …