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Yes, 'Alexa, Play the Queen's Christmas Day Message,' Is Going to Be a Thing

If you, like me, were addicted to Netflix’s The Crown and didn’t leave the comfort of your couch for many hours because you were binging it, you might also gasp in delight at this news. On Christmas day, you’ll be able to have your own The Crown moment with the real Queen Elizabeth II, courtesy of Alexa. Read more...
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Congress Finally Reaches Deal on How Many Pennies to Throw to Americans

Congressional leaders have reached a bipartisan deal on an almost $1 trillion covid-19 economic relief package Sunday afternoon that would establish a temporary $300 per week bump in unemployment benefits and send $600 stimulus checks to most Americans, the Associated Press reports. Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, Senate, Economics, House Of Representatives, Associated Press, Stimulus, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


UK Prime Minister: ‘We Cannot Continue With Christmas as Planned’

With only days left before Christmas, millions of people in the United Kingdom received disheartening, though not unsurprising, news on Saturday. They were under a strict lockdown again, and would in general not be allowed to mix with other households for the next two weeks. The reason was related to a new strain of…Read more...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, United Kingdom, Lockdown, Coronavirus, Covid 19


You Know the Pandemic's Getting Worse if Apple's Closing Its Stores En Masse Again

Besides the official reports from states, the federal government, and entities like Johns Hopkins, there’s always been another, unorthodox way to gauge the severity of the pandemic: Apple Store closures. The company was one of the first major retailers to close its stores during the pandemic and has been opening and…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Health, Science, Apple Store, Johns Hopkins, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Cases of new strain reported outside of UK – as it happened

This blog is now closed. We’ve launched a new blog at the link below: Coronavirus news – live 11.55pm GMT We’ve launched a new blog at the link below – head there for the latest: Related: Coronavirus live news: European countries ban UK travellers, Congress leaders agree $900bn aid deal 11.47pm GMT Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Science, Congress, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Asia Pacific, Coronavirus


Huzzah, Now ISPs Can't Charge Rental Fees for Your Own Dang Modem

If you’ve ever wondered why you still have to pay your internet provider rental fees for a modem even after you bought it, I have some good news: A new U.S. law is shutting that shit down from here on out.Read more...
Tags: TV, Science, Television, Isps, Isp, Frontier, Frontier Communications, Tech Policy, Thank Goodness, Television Viewer Protection Act


Coronavirus live updates: France and Germany ban travel from UK; Ireland bringing in restrictions

Ireland restricts travel from Britain as Italy, Belgium and Netherlands stop UK travel; Cases of new strain reported outside UK, says WHOBelgium, Italy and Netherlands ban flights from UK over new Covid strainNew restrictions in place for greater Sydney 7.28pm GMT El Salvador has banned travellers who have been to the UK or South Africa in the last 30 days.President Nayib Bukele announced the new decision on Twitter after linking a Reuters story on European countries closing their borders to...
Tags: UK, Science, France, Germany, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Britain, Asia Pacific, Ireland, South Africa, Italy, Netherlands, Sydney, El Salvador


People 75 and older and frontline essential workers should be next in line for coronavirus vaccines, US health officials say

A medical worker gives an elderly woman an influenza vaccine in Zoetermeer, Netherlands. Niels Wenstedt/BSR Agency/Getty Images The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended Sunday that frontline essential workers and people 75 and older should be next in line for coronavirus vaccines. Healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities have already started receiving their shots. The US should have enough shots to comple...
Tags: Science, News, Washington Post, Cdc, Massachusetts, New York City, US, Trends, Walgreens, Wyoming, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Pfizer, Long Island, Cvs, Copd


2nd COVID-19 vaccine authorized in U.S. is shipped out

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. — Initial shipments of the second COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the U.S. left a distribution center Sunday, a desperately needed boost as the nation works to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control. The trucks left the Memphis-area factory with the vaccine developed by Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health. The much-needed shots are expected to be given starting Monday, just three days after the Food and Drug Administration authorized their emergency rollou...
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Coronavirus live updates: Ireland bringing in restrictions on UK flights and ferries; Israel bans non-citizens from Britain

Ireland brings in restrictions as Italy, Belgium and Netherlands stop UK travel; Cases of new strain reported outside UK, says WHOBelgium, Italy and Netherlands ban flights from UK over new Covid strainNew restrictions in place for greater Sydney 5.21pm GMT The United States is said to be monitoring the new COVID-19 mutation in the UK. Reuters reports that multiple U.S. officials have added that it’s currently unclear if the mutation had made its way to America. U.S. COVID-19 vaccine program...
Tags: UK, Science, Israel, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Cnn, Britain, United States, Asia Pacific, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Sydney, Reuters


Peter Lamont, Production Designer Behind Classics Like Aliens, Dies at 91

Peter Lamont, a veteran of the film industry, was one of the most respected and accomplished production designers and art directors around. Now, the Oscar-winner has passed away. Read more...
Tags: Science, James Bond, Titanic, Rip, Aliens, Peter Lamont, Set Design, Film Production


Sunday's Best Deals: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Razer Kraken Headsets, Anker Power Bank, Hand Sanitizer, Casserole Dish Holder, K-Beauty Brand Mamonde Products, and More

Discounted and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War a lead Sunday’s best deals.Read more...
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Incoming surgeon general says widespread coronavirus vaccination may not happen until 'mid-summer, early fall,' extending the timeline by months

Incoming US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. DNCC via Getty Images Vivek Murthy, President-elect Joe Biden's choice for the US surgeon general role, suggested on Sunday that current timelines for coronavirus vaccine distribution are optimistic.  Murthy said Americans should prepare for and expect widespread vaccination by "mid-summer, early fall." But health officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci have previously said widespread coronavirus vaccination could occur as early as April. Vaccine make...
Tags: Health, Science, Nbc, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Michigan, Pfizer, Vaccine, Biden, Meet The Press, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Trump, Mike Pence, Fauci


Coronavirus live updates: Ireland bringing in restrictions on UK flights and ferries as other European countries suspend travel

Ireland brings in restrictions as Italy, Belgium and Netherlands stop UK travel; Cases of new strain reported outside UK, says WHOBelgium, Italy and Netherlands ban flights from UK over new Covid strainNew restrictions in place for greater Sydney 4.23pm GMT A further 326 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 in the UK, as of Sunday. This now brings the country’s total to 67,501. As of this morning, there had been a further 35, 928 lab-confirmed positive cases bring...
Tags: UK, England, Science, London, Germany, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Asia Pacific, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Sydney, Italy Belgium, UK France


Coronavirus live updates: Ireland considering travel restrictions from Britain as other European countries suspend UK flights

Ireland, France and Germany consider bans as Italy, Belgium and Netherlands stop UK travelBelgium, Italy and Netherlands ban flights from UK over new Covid strainNew restrictions in place for greater Sydney 3.29pm GMT Restrictions on flights and ferries arriving into the Republic of Ireland from Britain are set to come into effect from midnight tonight, RTE News reports.The Irish Times is also reporting that two senior sources say an initial, temporary ban is one option that has been under c...
Tags: UK, Science, Germany, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Britain, Asia Pacific, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Republic Of Ireland, Sydney, Justin Welby, Canterbury


Coronavirus live updates: England's restrictions likely to stay 'for months'; Italy, Belgium, Netherlands suspending flights from UK

England’s new rules likely to remain until vaccine rollout is widespread; Italy to suspend flights; France and Germany also consider bans as Belgium and Netherlands stop UK travel New restrictions in place for greater SydneyUK PM announces ‘tier 4’ curbs and curtails Christmas mixing in England 2.27pm GMT A further 266 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 46,388, Britain’s National Hea...
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Photos show a tower of human skulls found buried beneath Mexico City. The Aztecs ritually sacrificed them, archaeologists say.

A new portion of the Aztecs' Huei Tzompantli skull tower discovered under Mexico City in March, 2020. Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH) Archaeologists discovered human skulls stacked in a tower buried in Mexico City. Aztecs used such towers, called tzompantli, to display skulls of people who were ritually sacrificed. Part of this tower, called Huei Tzompantli, was uncovered in 2015. The new discovery brings the total number of skulls in it — from men, women, and chil...
Tags: Photos, Science, News, Mexico, Trends, Mexico City, Anthropology, Archaeology, Mesoamerica, Bones, Aztecs, Barrera, INAH, Skulls, Aylin Woodward, Human Sacrifice


All about my father: chef Ravinder Bhogal on her distant dad

My father was exiled from my emotional life – and it was only when he was dying that I started to understand whyMy father was my first love. It wasn’t a romantic love, of course, but all the ache of love was in it. He was handsome, charming and dangerous. It was more than just a minor crush – it was a fatal, all-consuming yearning for his affection that engulfed me like a slow, devastating bushfire. Heartbreak was inevitable.Dad shared his birthday with Jesus. “Look! Everyone celebrates my birth...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Science, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Jesus, Dad, Heartbreak, Ravinder Bhogal


Early humans may have survived the harsh winters by hibernating

Seasonal damage in bone fossils in Spain suggests Neanderthals and their predecessors followed the same strategy as cave bearsBears do it. Bats do it. Even European hedgehogs do it. And now it turns out that early human beings may also have been at it. They hibernated, according to fossil experts.Evidence from bones found at one of the world’s most important fossil sites suggests that our hominid predecessors may have dealt with extreme cold hundreds of thousands of years ago by sleeping through...
Tags: Europe, Science, Spain, Anthropology, Evolution, Neanderthals


Coronavirus live updates: England's restrictions likely to stay 'for months'; Sydney introduces new rules

UK health secretary says new rules likely to remain until vaccine rollout is widespread; Scotland announces travel ban with rest of UK; France death toll surpasses 60,000New restrictions in place for greater SydneyUK PM announces ‘tier 4’ curbs and curtails Christmas mixing in England 10.28am GMT Rumours which have been swirling around on social media that a new variant of Covid-19 is more transmissible among children have not been helpful, according to a senior health expert and advisor to ...
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Coronavirus live update: England's tier 4 restrictions likely to stay 'for months'; new rules for greater Sydney

Matt Hancock, health secretary, says new rules likely to remain until vaccine rollout is widespread; Scotland announces travel ban with rest of UK; France death toll surpasses 60,000New restrictions in place for greater SydneyUK PM announces ‘tier 4’ curbs and curtails Christmas mixing in England 9.02am GMT Tight new Covid-19 restrictions which came into effect last night for millions of people in England are likely to remain until a vaccine is rolled out in a widespread way, Britain’s healt...
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We need even tougher curbs to fight this new coronavirus strain

The virus is likely to have spread more widely than the south-east of England, so the lockdown is likely to expandCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhile the country has obsessed over the Christmas restrictions over the last few weeks the real story lay elsewhere, it transpires. A new strain of the coronavirus emerged a couple of months ago, probably somewhere in the north-east corner of Kent, but went unnoticed for weeks. New viruses emerge all the time, but they usual...
Tags: England, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Kent, Essex London, Coronavirus


Study sheds new light on how the brain distinguishes speech from noise

For the first time, researchers have provided physiological evidence that a pervasive neuromodulation system - a group of neurons that regulate the functioning of more specialized neurons - strongly influences sound processing in an important auditory region of the brain. The neuromodulator, acetylcholine, may even help the main auditory brain circuitry distinguish speech from noise.
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Medical oddity reveals unheard-of 'immunity gene' mutations and new way to screen them

Researchers baffled by an infant's rare encephalitis case unusual in children found unheard-of mutations and a new way to examine the 'immunity gene.'
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Protecting against atherosclerosis at the molecular level

Researchers from the University of Tsukuba identified a novel mechanism by which CREB3L3 protects against atherosclerosis. By studying the absence or overexpression of the protein in mice prone to develop atherosclerosis, the researchers demonstrated that the absence of CREB3L3 exacerbates the formation of atherosclerosis, whereby the overexpression protects against atherosclerosis. At the molecular level, CREB3L3 exhibited its protective effects by inhibiting SREBP. This study could help develo...
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A community-level intervention reduces alcohol-related crashes

New research from the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation shows that a community-level alcohol intervention in California resulted in a 17% reduction in alcohol-involved crashes among drivers aged 15-30.
Tags: Science, California, Prevention Research Center, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation


Study resolves the position of fleas on the tree of life

A study of more than 1,400 protein-coding genes of fleas has resolved one of the longest standing mysteries in the evolution of insects, reordering their placement in the tree of life and pinpointing who their closest relatives are.
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COVID-19: avoiding hospital caused heart disease death rise

Lower rates of hospital attendance for urgent heart problems during the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic may have contributed to avoidable deaths in England, finds a new study led by UCL researchers.
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Socioeconomic background linked to survival after having a cardiac arrest in hospital

Hospital in-patients from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are less likely to receive prompt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) after their hearts stop beating and less likely to survive than patients from higher socioeconomic backgrounds. These are the findings of a new study in over 24,000 patients in Sweden, published in the European Heart Journal.
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Getting into shape pre-surgery to aid recovery for older patients - study

Older adults about to undergo elective surgery should undertake a sustained programme of targeted exercise beforehand to counteract the muscle-wasting effects of bedrest, new research suggests.
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