Anonymous donor saves couple stranded in Bahamas after vacation nightmare: ‘Hes my Christmas miracle’

“I was told this flight would cost over 20 thousand dollars,” Narcene Campbell told WPDE. “I know people are compassionate but who would really do that? I was in disbelief that it was finally happening but I was so grateful that it was.” (iStock) Amazingly, it appears that someone answered. An anonymous donor paid for the couple to be medically evacuated from Freeport in the Bahamas back to Wilmington, N.C., WPDE reports. Part of the condition for the payment, however, was that the donor’s name never be made public. CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE GIVES POSSIBLE CAUSE OF ACCIDENT IN MEXICO, APOLOGIZES TO GUESTS “I was told this flight would cost over $20,000,” Narcene Campbell told WPDE. “I know people are compassionate but …

Science made astonishing progress. It was also hijacked by those with an axe to grind | Laura Spinney

Attacks and scepticism are on the rise, even as leaps are made in fields such as gene editing, AI, and space, says science writer Laura Spinney The 2010s were the decade in which we were reminded that science is just a method, like the rhythm method. And just like the rhythm method, it can be more or less rigorously applied, sabotaged, overrated, underrated and ignored. If you dont treat it with respect, you may not get the optimal result, but thats not the methods fault. That may be where the similarities end, because when its done well, science is very effective, and this decade furnished its fair share of breakthroughs to make us gasp. Physicists detected phenomena that were predicted …

Dull sci-fi romance ‘Twice Upon a Time’ could use double the action

Twice Upon a TimeVincent (Gaspard Ulliel) and Louise (Freya Mavor) have broken up. Vincent, as is often the case with young men, isnt sure why their relationship came to an end. After four months of self-medicating in the depths of his post-breakup malaise, he is delivered a second chance. A strange wooden cube is delivered to his home that turns out to be a portal to an alternate dimension where Vincent and Louise are still dating, or at least, still seeing each other and having passionate sex between cigarettes. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindManiac Russian Doll Groundhog Day Twice Upon a TimeTwice Upon a TimeGroundhog Day Russian Doll ManiacEternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindThis isnt to say is terrible, …

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to acknowledge ‘bumpy’ year in Christmas message

(CNN)Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will acknowledge that the last 12 months have felt “quite bumpy” in her Christmas Day broadcast. Her husband, Prince Philip, was discharged from a London hospital after a four-night stay for an undisclosed condition on Tuesday morning. The Duke of Edinburgh had been admitted to King Edward VII’s hospital for “observation and treatment” on the advice of his doctor. Earlier this year, Philip was involved in a car crash near the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk. While the duke emerged unharmed, the other driver involved in the collision suffered cuts to her knee and a passenger sustained a broken wrist. In the wake of the accident, Philip, then-97, gave up his driving license. The duke was …