News in 5 Minutes: Nasa makes its research available online, @scotgov warns of economic cost of Brexit and the funniest joke of the Fringe

Maxine Blane

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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (23 August) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes Nasa making its research available online, the Scottish Government’s warnings of the economic costs of Brexit, and the funniest joke of the Fringe. 

News: Nasa makes its publicly funded research available online

Nasa has made all of its publicly funded reasearch avaiable online for free

Nasa has launched a new online resource, Pubspace, where all of its publicly funded research is available to view for free. The public will have access to peer-reviewed papers based on Nasa-funded research, and Nasa requires any articles that come from its funded research to be made available on Pubspace within a year of being published. So far over 850 articles relating to everything from tsunamis on mars to fitness in space have been made available to read.

German government tells citizens to stockpile food and water for civil defence

A new document from the German interior ministry advises citzens to stockpile food and water for civil defence. It recommends that households should store enough food to last 10 days, and keep a five day supply of water allocating two litres per person per day. Opposition MPs have been critical of the recommendations. The parliamentary leader of the Die Linke party said: “You can completely unsettle people with yet another round of proposals, such as hoarding supplies”.

Turkey backtracks over wedding bombing, says perpetrator ‘may not have been child’

After the suicide bombing of a wedding in Gazantiep, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke out, claiming that the perpetrator had been a child between 12 and 14 years old. However, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has contradicted the earlier statement, saying that authorities did not know if this was the case. 54 people were killed in the attack, and more than half of those who died were under the age of eighteen.

Politics: Scottish Government warns of potential economic cost of leaving the EU

Analysis published by Scottish Government suggests that Brexit could lower Scottish GDP

Analysis published by the Scottish Government suggests that should Britain leave the EU, Scottish GDP could be between £1.7bn and £11.2bn lower by 2030. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the paper demonstrates the potential economic cost to Scotland of leaving the EU “in the starkest possible terms”. The report projected that Scottish tax revenue would be between £1.7bn and £3.7bn lower.

Ruth Davidson says Scottish Government should use Brexit to expand Scotland’s international enterprise

Speaking in Edinburgh, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MP has called upon the Scottish Government to use Brexit negotiations to boost Scotland’s international position. She urged the government to adopt a new position that doesn’t treat independence as the priority. In her speech she backed the creation of a a new sustainable energy innovation centre and pressed for the roll-out of superfast broadband to be accelerated.

Sport: Oban through to final of Camanachd cup after beating Lochaber 4-2

Oban Camanachd will face Newtonmore in the final of the Camanachd cup

After beating Lochaber 4-2 at Taynuilt, Oban Camanachd will face Newtonmore in the final of the Camanachd cup. The final will take place in Fort William on 17 September.

Culture: Design by Zag and others to appear at Foundry exhibition in Glasgow

The Foundry exhibition will take place at the Old Hairdressers in Glasgow

Glasgow design duo Design by Zag (Alice Rooney and Kat Loudon) and other will be taking part in a design exhibition at Glasgow’s Old Hairdresser’s on 24 August. The Foundry exhibition will feature printing and sign painting and runs from 6pm.

Weather: Clouds scheduled to continue but sun could put in an appearance

Rumours that the sun may put in an appearance over the next two days in forecast

The cloudy weather and light rain are set to make themselves at home for the remainder of the day, but the forecast is hinting that the sun could break through at points tomorrow and Thursday.

And another thing: Masai Graham wins best one-liner at this year’s Edinburgh festival fringe

Over 7,200 jokes were considered by judges before a public vote decided the winner

Masai Graham’s joke about organ donation has won the accolade of this year’s best one-liner at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Graham's joke was considered by judges alongside 7,200 others before the funniest joke of the fringe was decided by a public vote. The comedian from West Bromich’s one-liner “My dad has suggested that I register for a donor card. He’s a man after my own heart.” joins previous winners Tim Vine, Zoe Lyons, and Stewart Francis.

Pictures courtesy of Francisco SchmidtBilly BrownFirst Minister of Scotlandufopilot, Instagram/Design by Zageunicecruz.ikalawaMarc Kjerland

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