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 …

Gavin & Stacey set for a crackin’ Christmas

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJames Corden speaks to the BBC’s Colin Paterson about being back in Barry Island and why he decided it was time for a reunion Oh! What’s occurring? Christmas on Barry Island, that’s what. Ten years since we left the fab four – Gavin, Stacey, Nessa and Smithy – on the Welsh seafront, they’re back with a festive special that will have you cackling over your Christmas pudding and blubbing into your Babycham. Probably at the same time. “There was very much a feeling of the time to do it is when you don’t need to.” Image caption The fishing trip question just won’t go away… Joanna Page, who plays Stacey, proved particularly …