Extreme heat of Vesuvius eruption vaporized body fluids, exploded skulls

Enlarge / Italian scientists detected red and black mineral incrustations in victims’ skulls—the iron from human blood. (credit: P. Petrone et al.) The catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD wiped out several nearby towns and killed thousands of people. It has long been supposed that the vast majority died from asphyxiation, choking on […]

Could Water — and Women — Be Key to Ending Extreme Poverty?

Welcome to Number Crunching With OZY. In this occasional series, we ask businesspeople, experts, celebrities and thought leaders to discuss a single number that is most important to them. This time: Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of Charity: Water. Today, there are 1 billion fewer people living in extreme poverty than in 1980 — less […]

Extreme poverty is growing rarer

HANS ROSLING, a Swedish academic who died in 2017, became famous for telling people that the world was faring better than they believed. One of his favourite examples was the rapid decline in extreme poverty. Sadly, just as Rosling’s elegant charts and YouTube talks drilled that story into people’s minds, the facts began to change. […]

Americans are showing the least amount of ‘extreme pride’ in the US they’ve shown in nearly 20 years

REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk The percentage of people in the US who describe themselves as “extremely proud” to be American has hit a record low of 47%, according to recent Gallup polling. The decrease in extreme pride is most pronounced among Democrats, of whom only 32% feel extreme pride in being American. Extreme pride among Republicans, however, […]

England players go to extreme measures to ensure they don't miss Love Island in Russia

The England squad land in Russia for the World Cup this afternoon ahead of their first game against Tunisia on Monday. And, as a special request, they’ve asked to have English language TV channels in their hotel. Sky Sports have sorted it for them so they can get four English channels in their rooms. They […]