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Covid-19 Diary : Sunday 13 September, 2020

  An introductory request.  If you’re finding these twice-weekly Covid-19 diary entries helpful, can I ask you to reciprocate in a small measure.  As you might have seen on Friday, I’m holding the annual fundraising drive to secure the needed funds to be able to continue to devote my time sufficiently to keep writing this for you.  I have to make a choice twice every week at present – do I spend a day researching my latest diary entry, or do I go out and work somewhere for the day instead? Ther...
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Soon We Might Get to See Mars in 8K

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and broadcaster NHK are teaming up to develop a space camera capable of filming in 4K and 8K resolutions to capture Mars like it’s never been seen before. Meanwhile, 8K video remains prohibitively expensive back down here on Earth, so if you’re going to get some ridiculously…Read more...
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Silicon Valley’s Biggest Trump Supporter Wins TikTok

Oracle, one of President Donald Trump’s biggest supporters in Silicon Valley, beat out Microsoft for TikTok’s U.S. operations on Sunday, multiple media outlets reported. Nonetheless, after weeks of talking about a sale, it is not clear that the deal will involve one.Read more...
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Coronavirus live news: WHO reports record new global cases; Israel first country to reimpose national lockdown

WHO records more than 307,000 cases in 24 hours to Sunday; Victoria, Australia sees lowest case rise in nearly 3 months; Cases hit daily record in Czech Republic. Follow the latest updatesIsrael becomes first country to reimpose national lockdownOxford University resumes Covid-19 vaccine trialsTrump ally who tried to change Covid reports was ‘fighting deep state’Australian diplomats sent to Heathrow to help stranded citizensSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.24am BST French Polynesia has rec...
Tags: UK, Science, Israel, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Czech Republic, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Heathrow, Who, Victoria Australia, CGA, AlixPartners, Coronavirus outbreak


First US spring flight to Antarctica aims to keep out virus

The first U.S. flight into Antarctica following months of winter darkness arrived Monday with crews taking extra precautions to keep out the coronavirus. Antarctica is the only continent without the virus, and there is a global effort to make sure incoming scientists and workers don’t bring it with them. The U.S. Air Force flight left Monday from the gateway city of Christchurch carrying 106 passengers and crew, said Tony German, the U.S. Antarctic program's representative in New Zealand.
Tags: Science, US, Antarctica, Christchurch, U S Air Force, U S Antarctic


Pennyworth's Second Season Will Feature Bruce Wayne, Uh, Kind Of

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that every Batman prequel will feature Bruce Wayne eventually. But it usually doesn’t occur like this. Read more...
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Coronavirus live news: WHO reports record new global cases; Israel becomes first country to reimpose lockdown

WHO records more than 307,000 cases in 24 hours to Sunday; Victoria, Australia sees lowest case rise in nearly 3 months; Cases hit daily record in Czech Republic. Follow the latest updatesIsrael becomes first country to reimpose national lockdownOxford University resumes Covid-19 vaccine trialsTrump ally who tried to change Covid reports was ‘fighting deep state’Australian diplomats sent to Heathrow to help stranded citizensSee all our coronavirus coverage 12.27am BST Australia’s second most...
Tags: Science, Australia, Israel, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Czech Republic, Infectious Diseases, Heathrow, Who, Victoria, Benjamin Netanyahu, Reuters, Victoria Australia, Coronavirus outbreak


While the West Coast Burns, NOAA Welcomes a Climate Change Denier Onboard

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently hired David Legates, a climate change denier who’s previously maintained that the sun is to blame for global warming and that the ocean’s rising CO2 levels are fine because it means we get bigger crabs, for a top position at the agency. Meanwhile, millions…Read more...
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For Some Strange Reason, Orcas Are Ramming Into Boats in Northern Spain

Although the majority of orcas ignore boats at sea, there are a few in northern Spain that are apparently interested in ramming into them, setting off a string of questions and a bit of apprehension. Read more...
Tags: Science, Spain, Mysteries, Orcas, Northern Spain


Warner Bros. Is Refusing to Share Detailed Tenet Box Office Numbers

Warner Bros. continues to make interesting decisions around the release and distribution of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, this time breaking the generally agreed-upon norms of how box office profits are reported. Apparently, other studios in the business are not happy.
Tags: Christopher Nolan, Science, Box Office, Warner Bros, Tenet, Covid 19, Its Still Not Worth It


Coronavirus live news: record one-day rise in global infections, says WHO

More than 307,000 cases in 24 hours to Sunday; Israel imposes second national lockdown; Cases hit daily record in Czech Republic; Austria ‘experiencing start of second wave’74 people at an anti-lockdown protest in MelbourneOxford University resumes Covid-19 vaccine trialsTrump ally who tried to change Covid reports was ‘fighting deep state’Australian diplomats sent to Heathrow to help stranded citizens 10.11pm BST The British government’s plan to push people back into the office risks a retu...
Tags: UK, Science, India, Israel, UK News, Australia news, US news, Czech Republic, Austria, Heathrow, Brazil, World Health Organization WHO, Coronavirus outbreak, Ann Francke, COVID, MelbourneOxford University


Directors of Synchronic Ask You to Please Not Go See Their Movie

Not all films getting released in theaters in these times are doing so with the enthusiastic support of their creators. Read more...
Tags: Science, Anthony Mackie, Movie Theaters, James Dornan, Synchronic, Covid 19


Covid tests sent to Italy and Germany as UK labs are overwhelmed

Leaked documents reveal backlog of 185,000 swabs and tests sent abroad for processingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government’s coronavirus testing programme is dealing with a backlog of 185,000 swabs, with tests being sent to Italy and Germany as local labs are overwhelmed.Not even a week after the government was forced to apologise for continuing delays to Covid testing, the Department of Health and Social Care insisted on Sunday that the capacity of the NHS t...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Science, Germany, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Italy, Microbiology, Department of Health and Social Care, Coronavirus outbreak


Nia DaCosta's Candyman Has Been Delayed Until 2021

Candyman, the horror remake helmed by Nia DaCosta and produced by Jordan Peele, was set for a release October 16th. In yet another covid delay, it’s being pushed back to an as-of-yet unknown date in 2021. Read more...
Tags: Science, Candyman, Jordan Peele, Yahya Abdul Mateen II, Nia DaCosta


When the Otters Vanished, Everything Else Started to Crumble

In 1970, Jim Estes made his first trek up to Alaska's Aleutian Islands. He was greeted by an ocean filled with furry faces.Everywhere the young biologist looked, there were sea otters -- lollygagging on kelp beds, shelling sea urchins, exchanging their signature squeals. Back then, crowds of these charismatic creatures shrouded the sprawling archipelago, congregating in "rafts and bunches, as many as 500 at once," said Estes, an ecologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. "There w...
Tags: Science, Maine, Alaska, New York Times, Griffin, University of California Davis, Duke University, Boyd, ESTES, Aleutian Islands, University of California Santa Cruz, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Jim Estes, Science Without, Doug Rasher, Anjali Boyd


Groups turn to hotels to shelter fire evacuees amid virus

Fearing one disaster will feed another, relief groups are putting some people who fled their homes during West Coast wildfires into hotels to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, stringing up shower curtains to separate people in group shelters and delivering box lunches instead of setting up buffets. Large disaster response organizations like the American Red Cross are still operating some traditional shelters in gyms and churches, where they require masks, clean and disinfect often and try t...
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A top disease expert is warning of 'another 12 to 14 months of a really hard road ahead of us,' and says the US has no national plan to stop it

Dr. Michael Osterholm on Sunday said the US doesn't have a national plan to stop the spread of COVID in the fall and winter. Meet The Press/NBC News Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, warned of a potential spike in cases of novel coronavirus this fall and said the US has "another 12 to 14 months of a really hard road ahead." Osterholm, who made the comments Sunday on NBC News' "Meet The Press," said w...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, US, Trends, Food And Drug Administration, Meet The Press, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Chuck Todd, Harvard Medical School, University of Minnesota, Fauci, Bob Woodward, Johns Hopkins University


Coronavirus live news: UK reports 3,330 new cases as European outbreaks worsen

Cases hit daily record in Czech Republic; Austria ‘experiencing start of second wave’; 74 people at an anti-lockdown protest in MelbourneOxford University resumes Covid-19 vaccine trialsTrump ally who tried to change Covid reports was ‘fighting deep state’Australian diplomats sent to Heathrow to help stranded citizens 5.17pm BST South Africa’s finance minister, Tito Mboweni, warned Sunday the economy could shrink by more than the 7% forecast by policymakers and the central bank for 2020, ad...
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Researchers developed new life expectancy calculator — you’ll die Tuesday, jk just look it up

Would knowing the date of your death influence your actions? It did for Tiberius Caesar. Convinced by the court astrologer Thrasyllus that he had many years of life ahead of him, the paranoid old emperor chose to postpone the murder of his heir Caligula. But by believing Thrasyllus’s prediction and letting his guard down, Tiberius inadvertently gave Caligula enough time to poison him first. The rest, as they say, is history – which Thrasyllus had altered by deliberately overestimating his employ...
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A scientist won $1.8 million to study how parasitic worms suppress our immune systems with venom to live inside us undetected

A Steinernema carpocapsae nematode — what the worms look like as they spit venom into a host. Adler Dillman/UCR Nearly a quarter of the world's population is infected with parasitic worms called nematodes. Some of these parasites can cause blindness or death. But our bodies' immune systems often have no idea they been invaded because the nematodes release a venom that cloaks their presence. The NIH recently awarded parasitologist Adler Dillman $1.8 million to figure out how these worms go ...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Biology, Animals, Nigeria, US, Trends, Ibd, National Institutes of Health, Parasites, Worms, Nih, Diseases, University of California Riverside, Crohn


Black scientists call out racism in the field and counter it

University of Washington ecologist Christopher Schell is studying how coronavirus shutdowns have affected wildlife in Seattle and other cities. “I wear the nerdiest glasses I have and often a jacket that has my college logo, so that people don’t mistake me for what they think is a thug or hooligan,” said Schell, who is African American. Tanisha Williams, a botanist at Bucknell University, knows exactly which plants she's looking for.
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A supercomputer found a promising theory about why COVID-19 cases go downhill fast. It even explains the bizarre range of symptoms.

Claudia da Costa Leite, a radiology professor at University of Sao Paulo, examines lung scans on July 29, 2020. Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images Tennessee researchers used a supercomputer to analyze lung fluid from coronavirus patients. They found that patients with severe cases may produce too much bradykinin, a chemical that regulates blood pressure. This could set off a chain reaction that leads to COVID-19's bizarre range of symptoms — including cardiac, gastrointestinal, and neurologic...
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How to make your own luck and turn a mistake into the best thing ever

Seeing meaning in the unexpected can help turn mistakes into opportunities, says researcher Dr Christian BuschDr Christian Busch has had a lucky life. He narrowly escaped a catastrophic car accident at the age of 18. The car was wrecked but he walked away without a scratch. It was just the wake-up call he needed. “I turned my life around. Before that I’d been a reckless teenager who lived in the moment, having fun. The accident instilled a sense of urgency to try to find meaning.”Luck continued ...
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Coronavirus live news: European outbreaks worsen; Australia sees anti-lockdown protests

Cases hit daily record in Czech Republic; Austria ‘experiencing start of second wave’; 74 people at an anti-lockdown protest in MelbourneOxford University resumes Covid-19 vaccine trialsTrump ally who tried to change Covid reports was ‘fighting deep state’Australian diplomats sent to Heathrow to help stranded citizens 11.01am BST India has reported 94,372 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, taking total cases past 4.7 million.The daily increase was down on the record global spike i...
Tags: Asia, Science, Indonesia, Australia, India, UK News, Australia news, US news, Czech Republic, Austria, Heathrow, Brazil, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, MelbourneOxford University


‘We’ve learned how we need to act’: Spain braces for second wave of Covid

Despite a big rise in infections, particularly among younger people, there is no sense of panic on the streets around MadridCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn hour or so before lunch on Thursday, Ángela Falcón stepped out of the church of Our Lady of the Assumption and on to the hot and busy streets of Parla.“I’m scared and I very seldom come out but when I do, I stop by the church to pray,” said the 71-year-old. Continue reading...
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Scientists baffled by orcas ramming sailing boats near Spain and Portugal

From the Strait of Gibraltar to Galicia, orcas have been harassing yachts, damaging vessels and injuring crewFull story: ‘I’ve never seen or heard of attacks’ – scientists baffled by orcas harassing boatsScientists have been left baffled by incidents of orcas ramming sailing boats along the Spanish and Portuguese coasts.In the last two months, from southern to northern Spain, sailors have sent distress calls after worrying encounters. Two boats lost part of their rudders, at least one crew membe...
Tags: Science, Environment, Spain, Wildlife, Marine Life, Animal behaviour, Galicia, Portugal, Gibraltar, Whales, Sailing, Strait of Gibraltar


Killer whales launch ‘orchestrated’ attacks on sailing boats

From the Strait of Gibraltar to Galicia, orcas have been harassing yachts, damaging vessels and injuring crewScientists have been left baffled by incidents of orcas ramming sailing boats along the Spanish and Portuguese coasts.In the last two months, from southern to northern Spain, sailors have sent distress calls after worrying encounters. Two boats lost part of their rudders, at least one crew member suffered bruising from the impact of the ramming, and several boats sustained serious damage....
Tags: Science, Environment, Spain, Wildlife, Marine Life, Animal behaviour, Galicia, Portugal, Gibraltar, Whales, Sailing, Strait of Gibraltar


I was infected with coronavirus in March, six months on I’m still unwell

Charlie Russell, 27, is one of an estimated 600,000 people with post-Covid illness, a condition that may give an insight into MECoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt’s day 182 after being infected by Covid-19, and Charlie Russell is not doing the things that other 27-year-olds are doing.He’s not running 5km three times a week like he used to. He’s not going to the pub. He’s not working. And he’s not getting better. Continue reading...
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When methane-eating microbes eat ammonia instead

As a side effect of their metabolism, microorganisms living on methane can also convert ammonia. In the process, they produce nitric oxide (NO), a central molecule in the global nitrogen cycle. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen (DE), and Radboud University, Nijmegen (NL), now discovered the enzyme that produces NO, closing an important gap in our understanding of how methanotrophs deal with rising environmental ammonia concentrations.
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