July 14 (Reuters) – Each week, Reuters journalists produce dozens of multimedia reports and human interest stories from around the world.
Below are some stories from this week selected by our editors, along with explanatory context and background to help you understand the world’s headlines. For a full news and events schedule, please see our editorial calendar on Reuters Connect https://www.Reutersconnect.com/planning.
The Webb Space Telescope opens the door to unimaginable discoveries
GREENBELT, Maryland, July 13 (Reuters) – The first batch of images from the mighty James Webb Space Telescope has opened a new chapter in cosmic exploration, but astronomers say the observatory’s most important discoveries may well be ones they haven’t even imagined yet. (SPACE EXPLORATION/TELESCOPE (PIX, TV), 751 words)
Surf scientists hunt microplastics on Spanish beaches
BARCELONA – Mounted on paddle boards or kayaks with special trawl nets attached, scientists and volunteers comb the waters just off Barcelona’s beaches to collect unsightly seaweed mixed with tiny bits of plastic. (CLIMATE-PLASTIC/SPAIN-SURF (PIX, TV), 367 words)
Madrid zoo animals chew popsicles to ease heatwave
MADRID — With temperatures topping 40 degrees Celsius (104F) amid a scorching heat wave in Spain, Madrid Zoo’s biggest celebrity, Bing Xing the giant panda, enjoyed popsicles on Wednesday at the watermelon provided by the keepers to keep him and other animals cool. (EUROPE-METEO/SPAIN-ZOO (PIX, TV), 143 words)
Cuban sea turtles can’t escape climate change, even on these remote beaches
GUANAHACABIBES PENINSULA, Cuba – On Cuba’s vast Guanahacabibes Peninsula, park ranger Roberto Varela watches a green sea turtle come ashore and a ritual as old as dinosaurs unfolds. (CUBA-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES (TV, PIX), 631 words)
Chinese scientists are developing robot fish that gobble up microplastics
BEIJING — Robot fish that “eat” microplastics could one day help clean up the world’s polluted oceans, according to a team of Chinese scientists from Sichuan University in southwest China. (CHINA-PLASTIC/FISH ROBOT (PIX, TV), 252 words)
‘We miss home’: rebuilding lives a year after Europe’s deadly floods
BAD NEUENAHR, Germany – Standing in what was once his home, Erich Braun-von der Heiden stretches out his arm and points to an attic where waters reached last year as catastrophic flooding ravaged communities in the west of Germany. (EUROPE-WEATHER/ANNIVERSARY OF GERMANY FLOODS (PIX, TV), 615 words)
Primatologist Jane Goodall gets a Barbie doll in her likeness
LONDON — British primatologist Jane Goodall has a Barbie in her likeness, fulfilling a long-held wish to have her own doll to inspire young girls. (MATTEL-BARBIE/JANE GOODALL (TV, PIX), 399 words)
In Congo, elderly people make clean fuel pellets to stay active
BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo – Sixty-two-year-old Bavon Mubake, recently retired from a government job, has found a new calling making fuel pellets, earning him money while helping conserve valuable eastern Congo forests. (CONGO-COMBUSTIBLE PELLETS/ (TV, PIX), 390 words)
TIMELINE-Twitter sues Musk as he seeks to end $44 billion Twitter lawsuit
FACTBOX-Now that UK’s Boris Johnson has stepped down, who could replace him?
EXPLAINER-What is the BA.5 variant and why does it seem to re-infect so many people with COVID-19?
EXPLAINER-Why the fall of the euro below parity against the dollar is important
TIMELINE-How the Sri Lankan protests unfolded
(Compiled by Aurora Ellis and Patrick Enright)