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New Scientist

New Scientist, first published on 22 November 1956, is a weekly English-language magazine that covers all aspects of science and technology. Based in London, it publishes editions in the UK, the United States, Australia. Since 1996 it has been available online. Sold in retail outlets and on subscription, the magazine covers news, features and commentary on science and their implications. New Scientist publishes speculative articles, ranging from the technical to the philosophical; the magazine was founded in 1956 by Tom Margerison, Max Raison and Nicholas Harrison as The New Scientist, with Issue 1 on 22 November 1956, priced one shilling. An article in the magazine's 10th anniversary issues provides anecdotes on the founding of the magazine; the British monthly science magazine Science Journal, published from 1965 until 1971, was merged with New Scientist to form New Scientist and Science Journal. In 1970, the Reed Group, which went on to become Reed Elsevier, acquired New Scientist when it merged with IPC Magazines.

Reed retained the magazine when it sold most of its consumer titles in a management buyout to what is now TI Media. In April 2017, New Scientist changed hands when RELX Group known as Reed Elsevier, sold the magazine to Kingston Acquisitions, a group set up by Sir Bernard Gray, Louise Rogers and Matthew O’Sullivan to acquire New Scientist. Kingston Acquisitions renamed itself New Scientist Ltd; the cover of New Scientist listed articles in plain text. Page numbering followed academic practice with sequential numbering for each quarterly volume. So, for example, the first page of an issue in March could be 649 instead of 1. Issues numbered issues separately. From the beginning of 1961 "The" was dropped from the title. From 1965, the front cover was illustrated; until the 1970s, colour was not used except for on the cover. Since its first issue, New Scientist has written about the applications of science, through its coverage of technology. For example, the first issue included an article "Where next from Calder Hall?" on the future of nuclear power in the UK, a topic that it has covered throughout its history.

In 1964 there was a regular "Science in British Industry" section with several items. Throughout most of its history, New Scientist has published cartoons as light relief and comment on the news, with contributions from regulars such as Mike Peyton and David Austin; the Grimbledon Down comic strip, by cartoonist Bill Tidy, appeared from 1970 to 1994. The Ariadne pages in New Scientist commented on the lighter side of science and technology and included contributions from David E. H. Jones, Daedalus; the fictitious inventor devised plausible but impractical and humorous inventions developed by the DREADCO corporation. Daedalus moved to Nature. Issues of New Scientist from issue 1 to the end of 1989 are free to read online. In the first half of 2013, the international circulation of New Scientist averaged 125,172. While this was a 4.3% reduction on the previous year's figure, it was a much smaller reduction in circulation than many mainstream magazines of similar or greater circulation. UK circulation fell by 3.2% in 2014, but stronger international sales increased the circulation to 129,585.

In the 21st century until May 2019 New Scientist contained the following sections: Leader, Technology, Features, CultureLab, The Last Word and Jobs & Careers. A Tom Gauld cartoon appears on the Letters page. A readers' letters section discusses recent articles and discussions take place on the website. Readers contribute observations on examples of pseudoscience to Feedback, offer questions and answers on scientific and technical topics to Last Word. New Scientist has produced a series of books compiled from contributions to Last Word. From issue 3228 of 4 May 2019 New Scientist introduced a new look, with a "slightly updated design, with... a fresher, brighter feel". A dedicated "Views" section was added between news reports and in-depth features, including readers' letters and reviews on science and society. Regular columnists were introduced, columns in the culture pages; the light-hearted "Back Pages" includes the long-standing Feedback and The Last Word, a Q&A section. There are 51 issues a year, with a New Year double issue.

The double issue in 2014 was the 3,000th edition of the magazine. Emily Wilson was appointed editor-in-chief in 2018. Current staff members are listed on page 5 of the magazine. Columnists as of 4 May 2019 included Annalee Newitz on novel tech. James Wong on food myths, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein's adventures in space-time and Graham Lawton on environment. Percy Cudlipp Nigel Calder Donald Gould Bernard Dixon Michael Kenward David Dickson Alun Anderson Jeremy Webb Roger Highfield Sumit Paul-Choudhury Emily Wilson The New Scientist website carries blogs and news articles. Users with free-of-charge registration have limited access to new content and can receive emailed New Scientist newsletters. Subscribers to the print edition have full access to all articles and the archive of past content that has so far been digitised. Online readership takes various forms. Overall global views of an online database of over 100,000 articles are 10.8m by 7m unique users according to Google Analytics, as of January 2019.

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Peter Thomas, Baron Thomas of Gwydir

Peter John Mitchell Thomas, Baron Thomas of Gwydir, was a British Conservative politician. He was the first Welshman to become Chairman of the Conservative Party, serving from 1970 to 1972, the first Conservative to serve as Secretary of State for Wales, holding that office from 1970 to 1974. Thomas was born in Llanrwst, he was educated at the village school, Epworth College in Rhyl, before reading law at Jesus College, Oxford. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1939, on the outbreak of the Second World War, he was shot down while serving as a bomber pilot in 1941, spent four years in prisoner-of-war camps in Germany, moving from Stalag Luft VI to Stalag Luft III and at Stalag XI-B. He continued his legal studies while imprisoned, was an amateur actor, he became a barrister after the war, was called to the Bar in 1947 at Middle Temple. He practised on the Wales and Chester circuit, took silk in 1965, he became deputy chairman of Cheshire quarter sessions in 1966, of Denbighshire quarter sessions in 1968, serving in both offices until 1970.

He was a Crown Court recorder from 1974 to 1988, sat as an arbitrator on the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. He was bilingual in Welsh and English, took an active part in the Gorsedd, attending Eisteddfodau under the bardic name Pedr Conwy, he married Tessa Dean in 1947. She was the daughter of actor and film and theatrical producer Basil Dean and his wife, Lady Mercy Greville, his wife died in 1985, he outlived both of their two sons. He was survived by his two daughters upon his death in February 2008 at the age of 87. Thomas was elected to Parliament as MP for Conway in 1951, winning a narrow majority in the marginal seat over the Labour incumbent, he turned down the position of Under-Secretary of State for Wales at the Home Office to concentrate on his legal career, but served as Parliamentary private secretary to Sir Harry Hylton-Foster from 1954 to 1959. He was a member of the Council of Europe from 1957 to 1959, sponsored the private members bill that became the Eisteddfod Act 1959.

He served as Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Labour 1959–61, taking charge of the measures that abolished the requirements for employees to be paid in cash and the maximum wage for professional footballer. He moved to become Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office in 1961, travelling to Moscow with Lord Home in 1963 to sign the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, he was promoted to Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in 1963, was sworn of the Privy Council in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 1964, but left office when his party lost the 1964 general election. In opposition, he was a spokesman on foreign affairs and law from 1965–66. Although he had held his Conway seat since 1951, he narrowly lost to Labour at the 1966 general election, but returned as MP for Hendon South at the general election in June 1970, a position which he held until retiring in 1987. During the whole of Edward Heath's premiership he held the position of Secretary of State for Wales, he was Secretary of State during a period of violent activism by proponents of the Welsh language, including bombings and a campaign by the Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg to remove English road signs.

In February 1971, paralleling plans to reorganise local government in England, Thomas announced the plans to replace the existing 181 local councils with 7 new county councils counties and 36 district councils. An extra county council was added for Cardiff. Thomas served as Chairman of the Conservative Party between 1970 and 1972. Thomas remained Welsh spokesman after the Conservative Party lost the general election in February 1974, but left the front bench when Margaret Thatcher became party leader in February 1975, he became active on backbench committees, was president of the Conservative Friends of Israel. He retired from the House of Commons at the 1987 general election, was raised to the peerage for life in the Dissolution Honours that year, gazetted as Baron Thomas of Gwydir, of Llanrwst in the County of Gwynedd. 1920–1951: Mr Peter Thomas 1951–1964: Mr Peter Thomas 1964–1965: The Rt Hon Peter Thomas 1965–1966: The Rt Hon Peter Thomas 1966–1970: The Rt Hon Peter Thomas 1970–1987: The Rt Hon Peter Thomas 1987: The Rt Hon Peter Thomas 1987–2008: The Rt Hon The Lord Thomas of Gwydir Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Peter Thomas

Zizan Razak

Mohammad Razizan Abdul Razak is a Malaysian comedian, television personality, rapper and businessman. He has been a contestant in several reality television shows. Zizan was born in Terengganu, he is the youngest of two siblings. He was runner-up in the first season of a competition for comedians. In it he was known as "Zizan Raja Lawak", he was a participant in Maharaja Lawak, a second series of competitions for the finalists of each season of Raja Lawak. In the show, he was paired with Johan Raja Lawak, they were known as "Jozan". They came first in the series. Zizan won the reality show Super Spontan Superstar twice. Zizan was asked to say sorry for something he said in the comedy Hantu Bonceng in September 2011, it was said to insult Islam. Dewan Pemuda PAS Malaysia condemned, they referred to Zizan saying "Ashaduanna Muhammadar...syaitan", which means "I bear witness that Muhammad is... the devil". Ustaz Azhar Idrus, an Islamic leader in Terengganu asked Zizan to repent to Allah. Zizan Razak on IMDb