Oil drilling caused killer earthquake in boomtime California, scientists suspect

Long Beach quake of 1933 in which up to 120 people died is among several possibly linked with early extraction methods Several damaging Los Angeles-area earthquakes of the 1920s and 1930s, including the deadliest ever in southern California, may have been brought on by oil production during the regions drilling boom of that era, US government scientists have reported. The findings of a possible link between oil extraction and seismic events in the LA basin do not apply to modern industry practices but suggest the natural rate of quake occurrences in the region may be lower than previously calculated, the…

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Tuck Everlasting author Natalie Babbitt dies at 84

The award-winning author and illustrator, who was suffering from lung cancer, is remembered as a remarkable woman The author of the beloved childrens novel Tuck Everlasting has died in the United States after battling lung cancer. Natalie Babbitt was 84 years old. Babbitt was an author and illustrator. Her husband, Samuel Fisher Babbitt, said she died at home in Hamden, Connecticut, on Monday. He said she had been recently diagnosed with lung cancer. He described her as a remarkable and loving and wonderful woman who left her mark in the world with her writing. Babbitt wrote and illustrated dozens of…

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses review Janet McTeer brings fire and ice to Broadway

The tale of love and revenge takes an intellectually provocative approach to the 1782 French novel but doesnt always serve the rather more salacious script When the poet Charles Baudelaire read Les Liaisons Dangereuses, he wrote that Pierre Choderlos de Laclos 1782 novel burns as only ice can burn. The fire is rather more lukewarm in Josie Rourkes revival of Christopher Hamptons adaptation, which

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The reality of being black in todays Britain | David Olusoga

David Olusoga grew up amid racism in Britain in the 70s and 80s. Now, in a groundbreaking new book and TV series, he argues that the story of black Britons, from Afro-Roman times to the present, is key to showing the depth of their Britishness. And, while we exult in black Britons success in culture, fashion and sport, discrimination still blights their lives When I was a child, growing up on a council estate in the northeast of England, I imbibed enough of the background racial tensions of the late 1970s and 1980s to feel profoundly unwelcome in Britain. My…

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How the Big Bang changed the City of London forever – BBC News

Media captionThirty years ago today the City changed forever after radical new rules were introduced. “I was used to the hustle and bustle, the crowd on the floor,” says Alasdair Haynes. “And on the Monday there was no one there. There was a complete hush, it was extraordinary,” says Mr Haynes who used to work on the floor of the London Stock Exchange, and is now chief executive of the trading venue Aquis Exchange. The Monday he’s referring to was 30 years ago. It was the day of the Big Bang – when, in one fell swoop, the City of…

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Prehistoric humans may have hunted cave lions to extinction, fossils indicate

Researchers believe they have found evidence that humans were skinning cave lions 16,000 years ago, and could have played a part in their extinction Cave lions might have been hunted to extinction by humans, according to researchers who say they have found evidence that the creatures were skinned for their pelts 16,000 years ago. Larger than an African lion, but thought to lack a mane, cave lions were hunted by Neanderthals, with some evidence that Homo sapiens occasionally also killed the animals, alongside other more commonly-hunted carnivores. But now a team of researchers from Spain say they have found evidence…

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Guy Takes Fake Book Covers Onto Subway To See How People React

Some people have been known to lie about reading certain books in order to make themselves look smart. But nobody pretends to read certain books to make themselves look deranged or perverted. Nobody but comedian Scott Rogowsky that is. Not only that but he did it on the New York subway, one of the busiest subway systems in the world. In full view of other passengers, the brave comedian pretended to be engrossed by such questionably-named publications as Ass Eating Made Simple, Mein Kampf: for Kids!, How to Hold a Fart In, Slut-Shaming Your Baby, A Beginner’s Guide To Taxidermy…

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