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Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg crash as Max Verstappen wins in Spain

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen became the youngest winner in F1 history as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashed out of the Spanish GP.

Hamilton and Rosberg came together on lap one as the world champion tried to pass his team-mate, leaving Red Bull and Ferrari to dispute the race.

Verstappen, 18, held off Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen after team-mate Daniel Ricciardo took a three-stop strategy.

He made his two-stop strategy work to seal a thrilling race near Barcelona.

Listen to Hamilton and Rosberg crash

Mercedes… what a mess

It was a stunning end to a remarkable race, which started with the unthinkable.

Hamilton, who had taken a stunning pole position on Saturday, made a decent start but Rosberg’s was very slightly better and the German was able to draft him down the straight and and pass around the outside into Turn One.

A determined Hamilton was much faster through the fast Turn Three, as a result of Rosberg being in the wrong engine mode, and was closing quickly.

Hamilton dived for the inside on the exit of the corner as Rosberg came right across the track to defend his position. Hamilton did not lift, went onto the grass and lost control, collecting Rosberg’s car as he spun back on to the track and taking both out.

Now what happens?

The race stewards looked into the incident after the race, but decided to take no further action.

“Did that just happen?”: Hamilton looks despairingly into the distance following the crash

However, the fallout will continue within the Mercedes team.

Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda called the incident “stupid” and blamed Hamilton for being “too aggressive”.

But Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said: “It is a very difficult situation, a very difficult incident to analyse.

“It is definitely not clear-cut so I wouldn’t want to blame any of them at that stage.

“Lewis had much more speed, Nico closed the door, Lewis was too wide on the inside and lost the car. It is definitely not a 100% pro one and zero the other.”

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the incident, the result of it plays into Rosberg’s hands. He retains a 43-point lead over Hamilton but the Briton now has one fewer race – 16 – to close it down.

Verstappen has beaten the previous youngest winner record – held by Sebastian Vettel – by three years

A dream debut

Verstappen – only 18 – had Raikkonen within a second of him for the last 22 laps but did not put a wheel wrong to take his first win on his debut for Red Bull, following his promotion from junior team Toro Rosso ahead of this race.

“To win in the first race is such an amazing feeling,” Verstappen said. “My dad helped me a lot to achieve this, this is amazing.”

But Ricciardo may feel hard done by after he led the first 28 laps of the race from Verstappen only for Red Bull to pull him on lap 38 and put him on a three-stop strategy, which was calculated to be the slower one before the race.

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That put Verstappen into the lead and demoted Ricciardo to third behind Verstappen and Raikkonen.

That became fourth within a few laps because Ferrari followed suit with Sebastian Vettel on the next lap and then made the German’s final stop before Red Bull to get him ahead of Ricciardo.

Ricciardo made his final stop on lap 43 – six laps after Vettel – and caught him with 10 laps to go.

Ricciardo made an aggressive but ultimately fruitless dive down the inside of Turn One on lap 59 with seven laps to go.

Max Verstappen’s father Jos drove in F1 during the 1990s – his highest ever finish being third for Benetton

The move incurred Vettel’s wrath as he had to take avoiding action before Ricciardo slid wide and off the track, allowing Vettel to edge back ahead.

“If I don’t avoid him he goes straight into my car,” Vettel screamed over the radio. “What are we doing, racing or ping-pong?”

Listen to Vettel’s angry radio rant

Ricciardo kept trying, but Vettel was able to hold him off until with two laps to go Ricciardo suddenly lost pace with a left rear puncture and dropped back.

But he had enough time to make a pit stop for fresh tyres and retain fourth ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas.

Spanish Grand Prix results

Spanish Grand Prix coverage details

“Well, that was quick!”: Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko, left, was the man who dropped Daniil Kvyat and put Max Verstappen in a Red Bull little more than a week ago
Vettel was furious with Ricciardo’s attempted pass towards the end of the race
Verstappen is the first ever Dutch winner of an F1 race
Hamilton still trails Rosberg by 43 points in the drivers’ title

Philippines: Duterte vows to bring back death penalty


Philippines presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte (12 April 2016)Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionMr Duterte made a series of controversial remarks during his election campaign.

Philippines President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to reintroduce capital punishment and give security forces permission to shoot to kill.

The controversial policies are the latest in a series from the soon-to-be leader, including bans on alcohol and smoking and a curfew for children.

He has also promised to turn the presidential palace into a hospital.

Mr Duterte was nicknamed “The Punisher” for his record as the crime-crushing mayor of the southern town of Davao.

More than 1,000 criminals were killed by security forces in Davao during Mr Duterte’s stewardship.

Speaking at a press conference in the town, Mr Duterte, 71, said: “What I will do is to urge Congress to restore the death penalty by hanging.”

He said permission to shoot to kill would be given for organised crime figures and people resisting arrest.

Mr Duterte courted controversy throughout his election campaign, threatening to kill drug dealers and dump them in Manila Bay.

He vowed to give himself and members of the security forces immunity from prosecution after leaving office, saying: “Pardon given to Rodrigo Duterte for the crime of multiple murder, signed Rodrigo Duterte.”

Last month a video emerged showing the candidate joking about a Australian woman who was raped and murdered in Davao while he was mayor, saying she was so beautiful “the mayor should have been first”.

In 2015, Human Rights Watch described Mr Duterte as the “death squad mayor” for his strong-arm tactics in Davao.

The Moon’s Gravity Alters Rainfall on Earth

Earth rising from the moon

When the moon is high overhead at night, its gravity actually can reduce the amount of rainfall very slightly, new research reveals.

In an article for Geophysical Research Letters, University of Washington scientists Tsubasa Kohyama and John M. Wallace report that the moon causes the Earth’s atmosphere to bulge toward it. That causes the pressure, or weight of the atmosphere, on that side of the planet to go up, which in turn increases the temperature of air below.

Since warmer air can hold more moisture, the same parcels of air are now farther from their maximum moisture capacity, resulting in a slight dip in rainfall.

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The researchers studied 15 years of data collected by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite from 1998 to 2012. It proved that the rain is reduced by an amount that is measurable, though imperceptible to humans — a change of about 1 percent in the total rainfall variation.

“As far as I know, this is the first study to convincingly connect the tidal force of the moon with rainfall,” said Tsubasa Kohyama, a doctoral student in atmospheric sciences.

While the effect isn’t going to affect agriculture or alter weather forecasts, the knowledge is potentially beneficial to climate researchers, who can use it to test the physics behind their climate models.

The effect of the moon’s position on air pressure on Earth was first detected back in 1847, and researchers showed in 1932 that the moon could affect air temperature as well. A2014 study by the same University of Washington researchers confirmed that air pressure on Earth varies with the position of the moon.

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Wallace plans to conduct future studies to see whether certain types of rain storms, such as heavy downpours, are more susceptible to the moon’s position, and whether the moon has any effect on the frequency of storms.

North Korea Claims to Invent Hangover-Free Liquor

Barman pouring liquor

Scientists in North Korea have invented a “suave” liquor that doesn’t produce hangovers, state media reports.

Koryo Liquor, which was unveiled earlier this week in the English-language Pyongyang Times, contains up to 40% alcohol and is derived from ginseng (also known as insam) and glutinous rice.

Ginseng is notoriously bitter, and food products that include the root often contain added sugar to mitigate its harsh flavor.

After years of research, scientists from the Taedonggang Foodstuff Factory replaced the miracle liquor’s added sugar with scorched boiled rice, a move that they say also prevents hangovers after overindulgence.

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“In the process of boiling, the nutritive substances of the rice settle down to the bottom and the starch breaks up to become glucose at a high temperature,” the Times’ Jong Hwa Sun explains.

Taedonggang Foodstuff Factory also touts the beverage’s medicinal qualities, which are explained in nebulous detail.

“The scorched glutinous rice contains essential amino acids, inorganic substances and vitamins and helps quicken lipolysis,” Sun adds.

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Before hopping onto the next flight to Pyongyang, keep in mind that North Korea also claims to have developed a miracle drug capable of curing SARS, AIDS and Ebola in 1996 — a claim that has yet to be substantiated.