Matt Hancock tells Britons they can expect 'a happy and free great British summer' THIS YEAR

The Health Secretary said he was confident that a high percentage of the UK population would have had their jab within the next six months, enabling a roll-back of restrictions in place since the new year.
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Grade II-listed farmhouse owned by founder of the police Sir Robert Peel is for sale for £1.5million
Tamhorn Park Farmhouse in Fisherwick, Staffordshire, which was owned by former British Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, is currently on the market with Fine & Country for £1.5million.
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Moxie review: Amy Poehler offers us the blueprint for a revolution
The film frames a teenage girl’s feminist awakening as both an act of personal empowerment and an initiation into a wider conversation
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Our Plants Have A 'Bedtime Alarm Clock'. No, Seriously
Plants are a lot smarter than we once thought. While a bedtime alarm is there to wake humans up in the morning – for plants it may be a matter of life or death, new research suggests.Scientists studied the arabidopsis flower – a member of the mustard family – and found that it has an inbuilt biological time-keeper to survive the night.Plants use sunlight to make their own sugars from photosynthesis during the day and store them to provide energy during the dark hours.A metabolic signal adjusts their circadian clock in the evening, ensuring enough energy is conserved to survive overnight.Dr Mike Haydon, who worked on the study at the University of York, said: “We think this metabolic signal is acting rather like setting an alarm clock before bedtime to ensure the plant’s survival.“Plants must co-ordinate photosynthetic metabolism with the daily environment and adapt rhythmic physiology and development to match carbon availability.”The research, published in the PNAS journal, involves a set of genes known to be regulated by the chemical compound superoxide, a molecule associated with metabolic activity.Professor Ian Graham, from the University of York, added: “Distinguishing the effects of light and sugars in photosynthetic cells is challenging.“Our data suggest a new role for superoxide as a rhythmic sugar-related signal, which acts in the evening and affects circadian gene expression and growth.”Forget sleep trackers. Reading this study, we want some superoxides, too.Related...The Full Moon Really Could Be Messing With Your SleepThese Pictures Of Spring Blossom Are The Weekend Vibe We NeedIs Your Sleep Tracker Ruining Your Sleep? What To Do About 'Orthosomnia'5 Super Simple Food Swaps Worth Trying For The Planet – And You
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Israel's high court says non-Orthodox converts are Jews
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New this week: 'Coming 2 America,' Camilo and a dragon movie
This week’s new entertainment releases include Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall back in Queens for “Coming 2 America,” the sequel to the 1988 film, which is now coming straight to your living room Friday on Amazon Prime Video
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British Horseracing Authority announces interim suspension on Gordon Elliott runners in Britain
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Rishi Sunak ‘will extend VAT cuts for pubs’ to keep pint prices low
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Scientists can predict from your microbiome if you live a long and healthy life 
US researchers have identified distinct signatures in the gut microbiome that are associated with either healthy or unhealthy ageing trajectories.
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Creativity emerges in quieter, digital Milan Fashion Week
Fashion is off the hamster wheel, taking a deep breath that is allowing some freshness to seep into the once relentless cycle
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Katie Price’s son Junior, 15, reveals disgusting death threats as trolls also target his brother Harvey
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Workers ‘not ready’ to return to ‘busy offices’ as lockdown set to ease
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Ant Middleton is AXED by Channel 4 and will no longer present SAS: Who Dares Wins
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Teacher interrupted tribute to Breonna Taylor to blame police shooting victim for her own death
Susan McCoy spoke over a tribute to Taylor to wrongly claim she had been in the company of a criminal at the time of her death
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Elliott not allowed to race in Britain amid investigation over dead horse photo
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‘We don’t want to wait on study’: Biden adviser vows to start acting ‘now’ on systemic racism
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Student's lottery numbers come up in £182 Euromillions draw but she forgot to buy weekly ticket
Rachel Kennedy from Hertfordshire said she was 'going crazy' with excitement when all her numbers came in on Friday's draw. until she rang to claim her winnings.
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Corrie pays touching tribute to late star Johnny Briggs who played Mike Baldwin
Coronation Street fans were touched as the soap paid tribute to Johnny Briggs, who played Mike Baldwin and died aged 85 on Sunday
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Dani Dyer 'upset' and felt her body failed her when she had emergency C-section
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‘Human skull’ found in woodland by couple investigating paranormal activity
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Slovakia signs deal to acquire 2 million doses of Sputnik V
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Mum's fury as nursery shortens daughter's name 'because it's too hard to say'
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Security camera footage shows woman wrestling with gun-wielding robbers who burst into her home
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Liverpool dealt another blow as Bayern close in on second defensive target
The Bundesliga champions have already beaten Jurgen Klopp's side to Dayot Upamecano, and have now reportedly lodged a bid for long-time Reds target Kalidou Koulibaly
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