Wednesday, 27 May, 2020

Stormzy’s Merky Books will publish Malorie Blackman’s autobiography

October 17, 2019 Elizabeth Morris

The author Malorie Blackman has announced she’s writing her autobiography, to be published by Stormzy’s Merky Books imprint. Merky Books is part of Penguin Random House, which has already published the writer’s Noughts and Crosses series. Stormzy is known to Read more…

Leonardo da Vinci feud: The ‘earlier’ Mona Lisa mystery

Elizabeth Morris

A painting of the Mona Lisa hangs above a fireplace in a London flat in the 1960s. Is this picture not only by Leonardo da Vinci, but also an earlier version of the world famous portrait that hangs in the Read more…

The real (and fake) sex lives of Bella Thorne

Elizabeth Morris

Earlier this week, former Disney-star-turned-porn-director Bella Thorne announced that she would be working with the pornography-sharing site, Pornhub, to keep it free of “revenge porn”. This is the story behind that announcement. Bella Thorne starts crying. One of her dogs, Read more…

Lana Del Rey wins song of the decade at the Q Awards

Elizabeth Morris

Lana Del Rey’s haunting ballad Video Games has been named song of the decade at the Q Awards in London. “I’m so honoured. This is unreal,” said the star, who accepted the prize via video link. Released in 2011, Video Read more…

Dior apologises for using China map without Taiwan

Elizabeth Morris

Christian Dior has become the latest foreign brand to apologise to China after it used a map that Beijing sees as misrepresenting its territory. The French luxury brand was criticised on Chinese social media after an employee reportedly used a Read more…

UK’s controversial ‘porn blocker’ plan dropped

Elizabeth Morris

The government has dropped a plan to use strict age verification checks to stop under-18s viewing porn online. It said the policy, which was initially set to launch in April 2018, would “not be commencing” after repeated delays, and fears Read more…

Global investors taking risks for higher returns, says IMF

Elizabeth Morris

The International Monetary Fund has warned that risks to global financial stability remain high. In its latest economic assessments, the IMF says lower interest rates are encouraging financial risk-taking. It also says leading economies should be prepared for co-ordinated use Read more…

Tesla gets the go-ahead to build cars in China

Elizabeth Morris

Tesla has been given the green light to start manufacturing its cars in China. The electric carmaker, which is run by billionaire Elon Musk, is building a $2bn (£1.5bn) factory in the eastern city of Shanghai. Tesla plans to build Read more…

Satellites to monitor whale strandings from space

October 18, 2019 Elizabeth Morris

Scientists developing techniques to count great whales from space say the largest ever recorded mass stranding event was probably underestimated. The carcasses of 343 sei whales were spotted on remote beaches in Patagonia, Chile, in 2015 – but this survey Read more…

Nasa unveils new spacesuit for next Moon landing

October 17, 2019 Elizabeth Morris

The US space agency has unveiled the prototype for a new spacesuit that could be worn by the next astronauts on the Moon. Nasa chief Jim Bridenstine shared a close-up look at the next-generation suits for the agency’s Artemis programme. Read more…