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Baby loss certificates introduced in England to ‘provide comfort’ for parents grieving after a miscarriage | UK News

Baby loss certificates introduced in England to ‘provide comfort’ for parents grieving after a miscarriage | UK News

Parents in England who have lost a baby early in a pregnancy can now receive a certificate to recognise their loss. Those who experience a loss within the first 24 weeks of a pregnancy can receive the document as part of the government’s new baby loss certificate scheme. The government says the scheme has been introduced to formally recognise the devastating impact of losing a child so early on during pregnancy. Babies stillborn before 24 weeks do not need to be officially registered, and campaigners say this has left some parents feeling ignored. The new certificates, which are not compulsory, will be official but not legal documents. The certificates will be available from today for either parent living in England at the time to access after any miscarriage or other type of pre-24 week baby loss that has occurred since September 2018, with the government planning to expand eligibility in the near future. The NHS defines miscarriage as the loss of a pregnancy during the first 23 weeks. On a visit to a family bereavement …

Nature may provide the best hurricane shoreline protection

Nature may provide the best hurricane shoreline protection

On Cedar Key, researchers from the University of Florida have brought in sand, put in marsh plants and used artificial reefs to encourage the growth of oyster beds offshore. Octavio Jones for NPR hide caption toggle caption Octavio Jones for NPR On Cedar Key, researchers from the University of Florida have brought in sand, put in marsh plants and used artificial reefs to encourage the growth of oyster beds offshore. Octavio Jones for NPR CEDAR KEY, Fla. — When Hurricane Idalia slammed into Florida’s Gulf Coast in August, one of the hardest hit areas was Cedar Key. A nearly 7-foot storm surge battered the small fishing community, flooding a third of the buildings on the island. In a new report, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Idalia caused an estimated $3.6 billion in damage, most of it in Florida’s Big Bend region. But on Cedar Key, when the water receded, scientists found some good news amid all the damage. Nature-based “living shoreline” projects built to protect roads, buildings and other structures were relatively undamaged. …

Wild Animals Should Be Paid for the Benefits They Provide Humanity

Wild Animals Should Be Paid for the Benefits They Provide Humanity

We need to understand the value of nature if we want to protect it—and that should include paying ecosystems for keeping us alive, argues Ian Redmond, head of conservation for not-for-profit streaming platform Ecoflix and cofounder of Rebalance Earth, a company that aims to build a sustainable, resilient, and equitable economy. He’s trying to change the damaging equation where “if the minerals under the ground are worth more than the trees and the animals above the ground, then traditionally, the trees and the animals have to go.” Pricing nature’s benefits would help protect it, he suggests. Wildlife tourism shows that people are prepared to pay up to $1,500 simply to spend an hour in the company of an elephant in Rwanda, he points out—so tourists already know how valuable nature is. But what about local people? Filmmakers should share the profits of their wildlife films with those who protect or depend on the ecosystems they film. “The irony is that people who live in the developing world, where many of these documentaries are made, don’t …

Your unique smell can provide clues about how healthy you are

Your unique smell can provide clues about how healthy you are

Hundreds of chemicals stream from our bodies into the air every second. These chemicals release into the air easily as they have high vapour pressures, meaning they boil and turn into gases at room temperature. They give clues about who we are, and how healthy we are. Since ancient Greek times, we’ve known that we smell differently when we are unwell. While we rely on blood analysis today, ancient Greek physicians used smell to diagnose maladies. If they took a whiff of your breath and described it as fetor hepaticus (meaning bad liver), it meant you could be headed for liver failure. If a person’s whiff was sweet or fruity, physicians thought this meant that sugars in the digestive system were not being broken down, and that person had probably diabetes. Science has since shown the ancient Greeks were right – liver failure and diabetes and many other diseases including infectious diseases give your breath a distinctive smell. In 1971, Nobel Laureate chemist Linus Pauling counted 250 different gaseous chemicals in breath. These gaseous chemicals …

Sports Leagues Promise the White House They Will Provide More Opportunities for People to Exercise

Sports Leagues Promise the White House They Will Provide More Opportunities for People to Exercise

At the conference, President Joe Biden announced a national strategy to meet an ambitious goal to end hunger and reduce diseases related to diet by 2030. The challenge calls on parties with a stake in the outcome to make “bold commitments” toward meeting the goal, according to the White House. Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, said it is “simply unacceptable” that obesity and Type 2 diabetes are among the leading causes of death in the United States. Photos You Should See Among commitments being announced by the sports leagues: The NFL will expand PLAY60, its national health and wellness program to encourage young people to devote at least 60 minutes a day to physical activity. The NFL will also integrate the importance of nutrition into its messaging for the program. The NBA and the WNBA will continue to develop programs and events that promote a healthy diet and physical activity to young people, including at the All-Star Game in Indianapolis later this month. Emhoff said he’ll be attending the game. The …

Ford will provide free adapters to access Tesla’s Supercharger network

Ford will provide free adapters to access Tesla’s Supercharger network

Ford announced that it will provide free adapters for Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning owners to access Tesla’s Supercharger network. Ford was the first to sign a deal with Tesla to adopt its charge connector, now known as NACS, in its future electric vehicles. It sent the ball rolling, and now virtually all automakers in North America have adopted it – making it the new standard charge connector in North America. The bulk of the deal was for Ford to incorporate the NACS connector in its upcoming vehicles starting in 2025, but in the meantime, automakers, like Ford, said that it would offer CCS to NACS adapters to existing EV owners in North America to access the Supercharger network. Today, Ford CEO Jim Farley announced that the automaker will provide those adapters for free: It’s not clear what would make those owners “eligible”, but we have the impression that it should be made widely available. Farley said it is coming “soon”, but a press representative told Electrek that “eligible owners can reserve a complimentary adapter …

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette provide evidence for evolutionary theories of partner selection

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette provide evidence for evolutionary theories of partner selection

A recent study reported that more relationships were established in The Bachelorette, when women were choosing partners, providing evidence for evolutionary theories of partner selection that suggest committed relationships are more likely to emerge when women control the selection process. This research was published in Frontiers in Psychology. Human sexuality is a crucial aspect of human survival and its implications extend beyond mere biological necessity, reaching domains such as science, art, literature, and entertainment. Television in particular has capitalized on this fascination, creating TV shows such as The Bachelor and The Bachelorette that center their content around human mating behavior. In these series, a single male or female protagonist is presented with a range of potential mates, and over the course of the season, the protagonist engages with these candidate partners in the form of dates, gradually eliminating contestants until a final marriage proposal is made to the last remaining candidate. It is certainly possible that there are scripted elements in these types of shows (posing a methodological limitation), however, they still lend themselves as …

Manchester United say Qatari bidder failed to provide financial guarantees | Manchester United

Manchester United say Qatari bidder failed to provide financial guarantees | Manchester United

The Qatari bidder for Manchester United, Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani, dropped out of the race to buy the club after failing to prove he had sufficient finance for the deal, according to a document submitted to American authorities. In filings made to the US Securities and Exchange Commission to confirm Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s acquisition of 27.69% of the club, Jassim (referred to as “Bidder A”) is described as having failed to respond to requests to show where his money was coming from. It was also revealed that ­­Ratcliffe issued a Christmas Day deadline for ­acceptance of his final offer, threatening to walk away if there was no progress. As part of the Schedule 14D‑9 ­filing, which articulates a business’s response to a takeover offer, United said Bidder A failed repeatedly to submit the “customary financing commitment letters”. After a series of revised and improved bids over the spring of 2023 came without the letters attached, the board of directors at United eventually told Jassim that they would “require sufficient evidence of the financing and cus­tomary …

John Deere and Starlink partner to provide satellite internet for rural farmers

John Deere and Starlink partner to provide satellite internet for rural farmers

After over 180 years in operation, John Deere has adapted its mechanical farm equipment into a modern fleet of high-tech vehicles including driverless tractors, automated seed planters, and herbicide sprayers capable of distinguishing between crops and weeds. Then there’s the catalog of software tools enabling remote field monitoring to assess soil health, seed growth, and many other critical agricultural factors. [Related: John Deere agrees to let farmers fix their own equipment, but there’s a catch.] But all those cutting-edge agricultural tools require stable internet connections for over-the-air updates, data-sharing, diagnostics, self-repair solutions, and machine-to-machine communications, among many other needs. This is particularly a problem for rural regions that chronically lack reliable internet infrastructure—Deere estimates approximately 30 percent of farm acreage in the US does not possess reliable Wi-Fi access.  To remedy this (and pursue a major revenue goal) John Deere has publicly announced a partnership deal with SpaceX’s Starlink subsidiary to begin offering satellite internet subscriptions in certain farming regions later this year. As reported on January 15 by The Wall Street Journal, Deere currently …

West Virginia Senate OKs Bill to Allow Veterans, Retired Police to Provide Armed Security in Schools

West Virginia Senate OKs Bill to Allow Veterans, Retired Police to Provide Armed Security in Schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — County education boards in West Virginia could contract with military veterans and retired law enforcement officers to provide armed security at K-12 public schools under a bill passed Friday by the Republican-controlled state Senate. Republican Sen. Eric Tarr of Putnam County said the bill was brought to him by retired military officers concerned about school shootings happening across the country. Tarr, who chairs Senate Finance, said retired officers told him that “we need people in our schools who are trained to run at a gun at an instant when it’s necessary to protect our children.” The bill passed unanimously with support from the 34-member body’s three Democrats. Two Republicans were absent and didn’t vote. The legislation will now be considered by the House of Delegates. Political Cartoons The West Virginia Senate passed a similar bill last year, but it failed to advance in the House. A House committee passed a different bill last year that would allow K-12 teachers, administrators and support personnel with concealed carry permits to carry guns in …