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Coronavirus live news: rise in Italy and US deaths takes global confirmed toll past 40,000

Worldwide confirmed cases pass 800,000 as Spain and Russia report record single-day death tolls and Mexico wakes to state of emergencyUK coronavirus - latest updatesUS coronavirus - live updatesChina and Korea delay college exams to get lid on coronavirusNew study reveals increased risks from middle ageSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.24pm BST The US has more confirmed cases of coronavirus infection than China, according to official statistics given by both countries that in all likelihood...
Tags: Europe, Science, Mexico, China, Russia, India, Africa, US, Spain, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia


Coronavirus live news: EU leaders plan Europe-wide crisis management centre as India locks down

UN urges G20 to adopt ‘wartime plan’; US risks becoming centre of pandemic, WHO warns; Senate and White House reach stimulus dealWhy the US has struggled to tackle a growing crisisUK coronavirus updates – liveAustralia coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 10.35am GMT A crack down on travel and an imposition of social distancing measures are to be introduced in Iran in the next 24 hours, Patrick Wintour, the Guardian’s diplomatic editor, reports. The country’s President ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Senate, White House, China, India, Africa, US, Eu, Spain, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Iran


Coronavirus live news: US Senate leaders and White House reach stimulus deal as India locks down

UN urges G20 to adopt ‘wartime plan’; US risks becoming centre of the pandemic, WHO warns; EU urged to evacuate refugees from Greek camps. Follow the latest updates.Why the US has struggled to tackle a growing crisisAustralia coronavirus live blogCalifornia scrambles to avoid Covid-19’s worst-case scenarioNo 10 criticised after unclear lockdown advice confuses publicSee all our coronavirus coverageSupport the Guardian’s independent journalism. Make a contribution 6.34am GMT The Guardian’s Sa...
Tags: Europe, Science, White House, China, India, Africa, US, Eu, Spain, Barcelona, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific


WHO warns global spread of virus is accelerating – as it happened

This blog is now closed.Follow the latest coronavirus blog for live news and updates 12.16am GMT That’s it for this blog for today. We’ve launched a new one at the link below, where I’ll be keeping you p to date with the latest major developments for the next few hours. Related: Coronavirus live news: Britons placed under lockdown as Trump insists nation will 'reopen' soon 12.06am GMT In Panama, the Guardian’s Patrick Greenfield reports that authorities have announced 32 new Covid-19...
Tags: Europe, Science, Africa, UK News, World news, Australia news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Refugees, New Zealand, Who, Guardian, Panama


Australia's food supply relies on migrant workers, many of whom are facing coronavirus limbo | Victoria Stead

As borders close and social distancing increases, what are our responsibilities to the people who keep working?Amid coronavirus-induced stockpiling and empty supermarket shelves, politicians have been quick to assure us of the reliability of Australia’s food supply systems.Writing for the Guardian last week, agriculture minister David Littleproud slammed “ridiculous” panic-buying, saying: “It is important to understand that Australian farmers produce enough food for 75 million people: three time...
Tags: Science, Australia, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Guardian, Pacific Islands, David Littleproud, Coronavirus outbreak, Victoria Stead


Coronavirus: California declares state of emergency as China deaths pass 3,000 - latest updates

Germany labels outbreak a pandemic as cases spread across Europe as UK sees highest daily increase. Follow live newsAustralia warns millions could become infected ‘Do not kiss pets’: owner gives dog coronavirus UK infections: move to weekly updates criticisedShare your experiences 8.28am GMT Fresh figures are expected in an hour on the state of the virus in Iran, which has reported 92 deaths among its more than 2,900 cases.In the meantime, the Guardian’s Patrick Wintour tweets this graphic o...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, UK, Science, California, China, Germany, India, UK News, World news, Iran, Medical Research, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology


Coronavirus: global death toll passes 3,000 with more than 88,000 infected – live updates

South Korea reports almost 500 new cases and a second person dies in the US as UK ministers hold emergency meetingExpect widespread infection in UK ‘fairly soon’, warns health officialEscalation could cut global economic growth in half – OECDEpidemics expert Jonathan Quick: ‘Worst-case scenario is likely’Share your experiences 1.24pm GMT Nicky Bandini, the Guardian’s Italian football correspondent, has written about the knock-on effects in Serie A after five matches were postponed over the w...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, Japan, UK, Science, China, US, World news, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Italy, Juventus, Guardian, Boris Johnson, Atalanta, Johnson


Julian Assange Says Trump Offered Him a Pardon to Deny Russia Hacked Democrats in 2016

Lawyers for beleaguered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claim that Donald Trump offered him a pardon if he’d claim the 2016 hacks of Democratic Party email systems had nothing to do with Russia, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Elections, Science, Technology, Russia, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Hackers, Guardian, Espionage, Julian Assange, 2016 Election, Wikileaks, Donald Trump, Democratic Party, Guccifer 20, Julian Assange Says Trump


Monarch butterflies' marvel of nature under threat from all sides

The orange and black insect makes an astonishing 3,000-mile annual migration but the recent deaths of two conservationists in Mexico have highlighted the dangers facing the speciesThe annual migration of monarch butterflies from the US and Canada is one of the most resplendent sights in the natural world – a rippling orange and black wave containing millions of butterflies fluttering instinctively southward to escape the winter cold.The spectacle when they reach their destination in central Mexi...
Tags: Science, California, Mexico, US, Canada, Mexico City, Wwf, Guardian, North America, University Of Georgia, Homer Simpson, Rosario, MichoacAn, Gomez, Homero Aridjis, Sonia Altizer


Monarch butterflies: conservationist deaths highlight threats from all sides

The orange and black insect makes an astonishing 3,000-mile annual migration but the recent deaths of two conservationists in Mexico have highlighted the dangers facing the speciesThe annual migration of monarch butterflies from the US and Canada is one of the most resplendent sights in the natural world – a rippling orange and black wave containing millions of butterflies fluttering instinctively southward to escape the winter cold.The spectacle when they reach their destination in central Mexi...
Tags: Science, California, Mexico, US, Canada, Mexico City, Wwf, Guardian, North America, University Of Georgia, Homer Simpson, Rosario, MichoacAn, Gomez, Homero Aridjis, Sonia Altizer


Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Voice Analysis to China With Virtually No Security in Place: Report

Microsoft had “no security measures” on a program that had humans transcribe user voice recordings from its Skype video calling service and Cortana assistant, the Guardian reported on Friday, even when those workers were located in China.Read more...
Tags: Translation, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Privacy, China, Cortana, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Guardian, Skype, Voice Recognition, Microsoft Outsourced Skype Cortana Voice Analysis


Should We Be Calling Climate Change a 'Climate Crisis'?

How we talk about climate change is rapidly shifting as the ramifications of unchecked carbon pollution become ever clearer. The Guardian sped that shift along last week, when it updated its style guide to encourage reporters to refer to climate change as a “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” and using “global…Read more...
Tags: Science, Language, Guardian, Climate Crisis, Climate Communication, Climate Emergency


Guardian Issues New Style Guide: ‘Climate Change’ Is Now ‘Climate Emergency’

The Guardian has amended its official style guide addressing climate change in order to highlight what they say is the severity of the crisis, the British newspaper announced to readers Friday. In the piece, environmental editor Damian Carrington explained that going forward the paper would use “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” as a preferred term instead of “climate change” and “global heating” over “global warming.” Carrington also said the paper would take a less charitable view of tho...
Tags: Science, Jimmy Fallon, United States, Guardian, Katharine Viner, Carrington, Damian Carrington, Viner, Pete Buttigieg, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez


Australian leaders make last poll pitch, mourn former PM Hawke

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that Hawke "had a unique ability to speak to all Australians and will be greatly missed." Labor is on track to end six years of conservative rule although re-election prospects for Morrison have been lifted by tightening polls after early fears he would lose decisively. In contrasting campaigns, Shorten offered voters an egalitarian dream and reform agenda, saying "It's Time" for a change, while Morrison warned a change to Labor would risk the nation's long-h...
Tags: Science, Labor, Guardian, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Hawke


Guardian US's 11-minute climate strike: why we devoted our front page to climate change

As thousands of US students join a global strike to demand action on climate change, Guardian US is offering extensive live coverage of the strikes – and devoted our entire front page to climate change for 11 minutes earlier todayMake a contribution to support the Guardian’s independent journalism and our unique commitment to climate reporting The school climate strikes kicked off this morning in Australia and are traveling around the world for 24-hours. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty ...
Tags: Science, Australia, US, Thailand, Guardian, Un, US Capitol, UK Belgium Sweden France Spain, Isabel Infantes AFP Getty Images Today


Guardian US's 11-minute climate strike: why we devoted our front page to climate change

As thousands of US students join a global strike to demand action on climate change, Guardian US is offering extensive live coverage of the strikes – and devoted our entire front page to climate change to climate change for 11 minutes earlier today * Make a contribution to support the Guardian’s independent journalism and our unique commitment to climate reportingThe school climate strikes kicked off this morning in Australia and are traveling around the world for 24-hours. Photograph: Isabel ...
Tags: Science, Australia, US, Thailand, Guardian, Un, US Capitol, UK Belgium Sweden France Spain, Isabel Infantes AFP Getty


Guardian US's 11-minute climate strike: why we’re devoting our front page to climate change

As thousands of US students join a global strike to demand action on climate change, Guardian US will show its support by devoting our homepage to climate coverage for 11 minutes at 11amMake a contribution to support the Guardian’s independent journalism and our unique commitment to climate reporting The global climate strikes kicked of this morning in New Zealand and Australia and are traveling around the world. Today is the first time that significant numbers of Americans will participate in...
Tags: Science, Australia, US, Thailand, New Zealand, Guardian, Un, US Capitol, Phil Walter Getty, UK Belgium Sweden France Spain


Report: China's Social Credit System Has Blocked Tens of Millions of Plane and Train Tickets

China’s dystopian “social credit” system—which penalizes citizens found to have engaged in some type of misconduct by imposing a number of restrictions on their activities—has already resulted in tens of millions of rejected attempts to purchase plane or train tickets, the Guardian reported on Friday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, China, Surveillance, Guardian, Social Credit


Report: China's Social Credit System Has Blocked Tens of Millions of Rejected Plane and Train Tickets

China’s dystopian “social credit” system—which penalizes citizens found to have engaged in some type of misconduct by imposing a number of restrictions on their activities—has already resulted in tens of millions of rejected attempts to purchase plane or train tickets, the Guardian reported on Friday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, China, Surveillance, Guardian, Social Credit


Study Says Over 400 Organ Transplant Studies Using Chinese Data Should Be Retracted Over Ethical Concerns

A new study published in BMJ Open has called for over 400 scientific papers on the subject of organ transplantation to be retracted because they did not comply with international ethical standards designed to ensure the organ donors freely consented, the Guardian reported this week.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Prison, Medicine, China, Ethics, Guardian, Medical Ethics, Organ Transplants


Internal Google Docs Warn Not to Gift Contractors Shirts in Case They Start Thinking They're Employees: Report

Internal Google documents obtained by the Guardian warn full-time Google staff to treat temps, vendors, and contractors (TVCs)—which comprise just short of half of the company’s 170,000 workers around the globe—much differently than they treat fellow full-timers.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Labor, Guardian, Contractors, Dont Be Evil, Internal Google, Tvcs, Internal Google Docs Warn Not


A Paper Straw Factory Is Opening Up in Britain Before a Planned UK Single-Use Plastics Ban

The first paper straw factory in the “last several decades” in Britain is planning to launch in Wales as fast-food chains prepare for a planned ban on single-use plastic products throughout the UK, the Guardian reported, with some chains already preparing their own plans to phase out plastic in favor of paper.Read more...
Tags: UK, Science, Technology, Wales, Environment, European Union, Britain, Pollution, Conservation, Fast Food, Plastic, Guardian


USDA Administrators Advise Staff to Avoid 'Climate Change' and Other Accurate Terms

According to emails obtained by The Guardian, staff at the USDA have been informed that they should change their language when referring to climate change. Specifically, the staff at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) were told to avoid using the phrase “climate change,” and were instructed to alter…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Usda, Language, Guardian, Emails, Trump, Bianca Moebius Clune, Weather Extremes


How Did the Romans Make Concrete That Lasts Longer Than Modern Concrete? The Mystery Finally Solved

An explosion in recent years of so-called “ruin porn” photography has sparked an inevitable backlash for its supposed fetishization of urban decay and economic devastation. Documenting, as theorist Brian McHale , the “ruin in the wake of the deindustrialization of North American ‘Rust Belt’ cities” like Detroit, “ruin porn” shows us a world that only a few decades ago, thrived in a post-war economic boom that seemed like it might go on forever. Our morbid fascination with images from th...
Tags: Google, Science, College, History, Rome, Architecture, Davis, Guardian, Pliny the Elder, Jackson, Detroit, University Of California, Pliny, Facebook Twitter, University of Utah, Josh Jones


Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 February, 2017

A tunnel boring machine, automating pretty much the entire ‘make a tunnel’ process. See article below. Good morning My ‘new era of transportation’ series took another detour this week.  What was supposed to be a couple of sentences on the shifting balance of ‘should you/shouldn’t you own a car’ ended up with almost 5,000 words of commentary and a complete full article, then a couple of reader responses caused me to add another section and push well through the 5,000 word total.  The final piece...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, Spacex, Science, Yahoo, Australia, Mexico, China, Miscellaneous, US, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla, Barcelona


There's No Security Backdoor in WhatsApp, Despite Reports

This morning, the Guardian published a with an alarming headline: “WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages.” If true, this would have massive implications for the security and privacy of WhatsApp’s one-billion-plus users. Fortunately, there’s no backdoor in WhatsApp, and according to Alec…Read more...
Tags: Science, Whatsapp, Guardian, ALEC, Backdoors


Your dog is pro-social and gives food to friends

Compared to the rest of the animal kingdom, the human capacity for cooperation is something quite special. Cooperating with one another requires a certain amount of pro-social behavior. This means helping others without any direct personal benefit. Now a new study has found pro-social behaviour in dogs toward humans. Source: Dogs give friends food: Familiarity promotes prosocial behavior — ScienceDaily It is remarkable isn’t it that as time passes we find animals who we can prove have attributes...
Tags: Social, Home, Food, Sweet, Dog, Science, Dogs, Funny, Opinion, Parent, Animals, Study, Time, Old, Intel, Lp


Climate Hope City: how Minecraft can tell the story of climate change

As part of our Keep it in the Ground campaign, the Guardian has commissioned a Minecraft map exhibiting a city filled with real-world climate initiativesOn the rooftops, there are endless luscious gardens, so that the skyline of the city looks almost like the tree tops of a vast rain forest. Beneath them, lining the roads, are multi-storey farms, producing fruit and vegetables for the local populace. There are strange sail-shaped constructions that suck CO2 out of the air, and along the canals, ...
Tags: Games, Science, Technology, Climate Change, Environment, Pc, Culture, Architecture, Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Game culture, Guardian, Minecraft, Alan Rusbridger, Fossil fuel divestment, Climate Hope City



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