Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Daily: July 16

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Katie Anderson
Sunglasses at the ready...
Friday could easily be the hottest day of the year according to the Met Office; forecasts predict temperatures will rocket to above 30C throughout the South East. With conditions hotter than Nice, Barcelona and Rome. it is certainly a reason to celebrate. Unfortunately, like all good things it must come to an end; weekend storms are predicted due to the influx of hot humid air moving up from Spain. Helen Roberts, a Met Office forecaster, warns it may be ‘close and uncomfortable’, yet unlikely to signal the Met Heat Wave Alert which occurs after 2 days of temperatures between 28-32C. One thing’s for certain: it’s an excuse to don summery attire!

Four-legged flying fossil
A group of scientists from Bohai University, China, made an exciting new discovery after unearthing the skeleton of a four-winged dinosaur. The fossil found in the Lianing region of China is larger than the modern eagle, sizing up at 132cm long with impressively extended tail feathers. Experts suggest the unusual plumage was used by the creature for balance and landings during its life in the Cretaceous period. Scientists hope the find will help them to understand the transition between dinosaurs and birds, as well as offer clues to the origin of flight.

The reason people are marvelling at Thor
Marvel comics have announced their radical decision to recast their hard hammer hitting Norse superhero, Thor, as a woman. By replacing the bearded male lead with a caped blonde they hope to appeal to a more diverse audience; by attracting women and children to reading comics they aim to increase popularity and recognition. Jason Aaron, the writer of Thor, stated “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor." The first edition was published in 1962, and since then Thor along with other Marvel characters such as Iron Man and Captain America have become well loved figures worldwide.

Jellyfish swarm hits Cornwall
A young scuba diva was shocked this week when he encountered a dense ‘bloom’ of titanic jellyfish along the Cornwall coast. Luckily, however, these 35kg barrel jelly fish pose little threat to us because their sting is too weak to harm humans. Nevertheless, the Marine Conservation Society has said to have received similar reports across the majority of the South and East coasts. The hot weather is the reason for these creatures venturing closer to our shorelines: they begin to reproduce rapidly due to the vast population of plankton on which they can feed.

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