Dyson Built a New Ventilator to Treat Covid-19 Patients, but Was Told the UK No Longer Needs It

Dyson has been one of many manufacturers that have tried to help address the ventilator shortage in the UK during the covid-19 pandemic. The company, better known for its vacuums and hair dryers, created a prototype ventilator from scratch in under two weeks. Nonetheless, for now, the ventilator will not be used on…Read more...
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Coronavirus live news: Trump steps back from briefings as global deaths pass 200,000

Boris Johnson to return to work on Monday; Kim Jong-un’s train possibly spotted at North Korean resort; global infections near 2.9m. Follow the latest updatesTrump says briefings ‘not worth the effort’ after disinfectant debacleGlobal report: death toll passes 200,000Coronavirus latest: at a glanceAustralia coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.26am BST A special train possibly belonging to the North Korean ruler, Kim Jong-un, has been spotted at a resort town, accordi...
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Top Tories join calls to bar Cummings from scientific advisory group

Cross-party demand for transparency after chief adviser is revealed as attending meetings of SageBoris Johnson is facing cross-party calls to stop his chief adviser from attending meetings of the secret scientific group advising him on the coronavirus pandemic, as demands grow for the committee’s deliberations to be made public.The former Brexit secretary, David Davis, is among those calling for Dominic Cummings and Ben Warner, an adviser who ran the Tories’ private election computer model, to b...
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Recovered From Covid-19? WHO Says That’s No Guarantee You Can’t Get It Again

Over the past few weeks, one comforting idea that people recovered from covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, could think about was that they would probably not get it again. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) contradicted that assumption this week. Read more...
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Johnson faces lockdown dilemma as scientists warn over grim virus data

Number of cases still much too high to relax social restrictions soon, say leading scientistsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe number of new cases of Covid-19 being diagnosed is still much too high to allow any easing of the lockdown soon, leading scientists have warned, as the virus death toll in UK hospitals passed 20,000 on Saturday.The home secretary, Priti Patel, described the figure as a “terrible milestone” and a “deeply tragic and moving moment”. She said it...
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Chemical recycling could be the solution to plastic pollution

The world is drowning in plastic. About 60% of the more than 8,700 million metric tonnes of plastic ever made is no longer in use, instead sat mostly in landfill or released to the environment. That equals over 400kg of plastic waste for every one of the 7.6 billion people on the planet. One reason for this is that many plastics are not recyclable in our current system. And even those that are recyclable still go to landfill eventually. Plastics cannot be recycled infinitely, at least not using ...
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Tom Hanks' blood could be used to develop a vaccine for COVID-19

Our reality has felt like a dystopian sci-fi movie for a while now, but at least now there's a positive plot twist. First, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson both survived a bout with COVID-19. Now Hanks tells Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me! that he and his wife both have coronavirus antibodies in their systems, and have donated their blood to science in case the plasma can be used for good: We have not only been approached, we have said, ‘Do you want our blood? Can we give plasma?’ And, in fact, we will be g...
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Grab This $20 Surge Protector and Get the Wires out of the Way

APC 6-Outlet And 4 USB Surge Protector | $20 | Office DepotRead more...
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Reporting in Wuhan: 'I thought Sars wouldn't be repeated, this was worse'

The Guardian’s Beijing bureau chief reflects on four months of risk and emotion at the heart of the Covid-19 epidemicOn 6 January, I wrote a short memo to our newsdesk: “Something we probably want to keep an eye on are these severe viral pneumonia cases that have been racking up (now 44) in Wuhan – China has said that it is not Sars.”Since then, I have been reporting on coronavirus from Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and most recently Wuhan. I could not have known then how my life would soon be co...
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Ask an atheist: Does the universe have a purpose?

While bestselling author and skeptic Michael Shermer doesn't believe in God or any outside force that cares about us, he also doesn't think believe that the existence of one would give our lives meaning.Shermer argues that it is up to us to create purpose for ourselves in various ways, including through meaningful work, familial and romantic relationships, and a connection and respect for the wonder of nature."It doesn't matter what happens billions of years from now or whether there's a God or ...
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Africa's Covid-19 research must be tailored to its realities – by its own scientists | Monique Wasunna

Trust is essential in the pandemic and scientists here can set the priorities that make the most sense for our peopleCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageResearch to find a cure and effective treatment for Covid-19 is well under way, with hundreds of trials already announced. But very few involve African researchers, and this is a mistake.Although Africa has yet to feel the full force of the coronavirus, preventing severe cases is a higher priority than it is elsewh...
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Privacy worries prevent use of social media account for signing up for apps

People find it convenient to use Facebook or other social media accounts to sign up for most new apps and services, but they prefer to use their e-mail address or open a new account if they feel the information in the app is too sensitive, according to a team of researchers.
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Brett Crozier: US navy seeks to reinstate captain demoted over Covid-19

Pentagon suggests no decision imminent on the navy’s preliminary enquiry into the USS Theodore RooseveltThe US navy has recommended reinstating the fired captain of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, whose crew hailed him as their hero for risking his job to safeguard their lives from coronavirus, officials have said. Related: US Navy captain fired for raising coronavirus concerns tests positive himself Continue reading...
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Do privacy controls lead to more trust in Alexa? Not necessarily, research finds

Giving users of smart assistants the option to adjust settings for privacy or content delivery, or both, doesn't necessarily increase their trust in the platform, according to a team of Penn State researchers. In fact, for some users, it could have an unfavorable effect.
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Anxious about public speaking? Your smart speaker could help

A team of researchers at Penn State has developed a public-speaking tutor on the Amazon Alexa platform. The tutor enables users to engage in cognitive restructuring exercise -- a psychological technique that helps anxious individuals recognize and modify negative thinking behaviors. When users deployed the tutor in a recent study, their pre-speech anxiety was relieved, according to the researchers.
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Web of psychological cues may tempt people to reveal more online

While most people will say they are extremely concerned with their online privacy, previous experiments have shown that, in practice, users readily divulge privacy information online.
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