ALMA finds Ingredient of Life around Infant Sun-like Stars

ALMA has observed stars like the Sun at a very early stage in their formation and found traces of methyl isocyanate — a chemical building block of life. This is the first ever detection of this prebiotic molecule towards solar-type protostars, the sort from which our Solar System evolved. The discovery could help astronomers understand … Read more

Sunscreen products must live up to their claims

Consumers heading off on holiday this summer need to feel confident that the sunscreen they use lives up to the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) claimed, but a Which? test found one sunscreen failed to do so. Which? assessed a total of 14 sunscreen products from high-street brands and found that one sunscreen – Avon’s Sun+Multi Protection Moisturising … Read more

Sun exposure at work could lead to one skin cancer death a week

Working in the sun could lead to one death and around five new cases of melanoma skin cancer a week, according to research published in the British Journal of Cancer. Construction workers had the highest number of deaths (44% of deaths), followed by agriculture workers (23% of deaths). Public administration and defence workers – including the police and … Read more

Astronomers Gain New Insight into Magnetic Field of Sun and its Kin

Astronomers have used data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to make a discovery that may have profound implications for understanding how the magnetic field in the Sun and stars like it are generated. Researchers have discovered that four old red dwarf stars with masses less than half that of the Sun are emitting X-rays at … Read more

Top tips for staying safe in the sun this summer

While many of us enjoy the glorious weather and like to have fun in the sun, it’s vital to remember the importance of staying safe. Warm weather can cause problems for older people, young children and those with chronic conditions. Therefore St Helens Council’s Public Health team is advising residents to follow these top tips … Read more