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Weekend reading: Enough Bitcoin

What caught my eye this week. T he question of ‘enough’ is a perennial one in the circles this blog moves in. Seriously! We can barely check into a Personal Finance and Investing Blogger Cult Meeting before a heated debate breaks out over how much is enough given sustainable withdrawal rates, official inflation versus lifestyle inflation, ‘one more year’ syndrome – or even whose round it is. (The argument that buying a round of drinks will tack three months onto a future retirement date is an ...
Tags: Google, Topshop, UK, Putin, Russia, Marketing, US, Bbc, Bitcoin, New York Times, Oxford, Reddit, RPI, Philip Green, Brexit, Terry Smith


Stocks rise on Wall Street as S&P 500 hits record high

The S&P 500 rose to a record high Friday as investors continue to look forward to the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and relief for the global economy. The benchmark index rose 8.70 points, or 0.2%, led by gains in technology companies, and closed at an all-time high of 3,638.35. The Nasdaq also closed at a record helped by gains in Apple, Tesla, Zoom and other tech companies. Positive developments on the vaccine front have driven double-digit gains in the major indexes this month as investo...
Tags: Apple, Asia, Hong Kong, Business, News, Microsoft, Etsy, France, Germany, Tech, Tesla, Walmart, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Oxford


No 10 wanted union flag on Oxford coronavirus vaccine kits

Plan hatched by new ‘Union unit’ to counter rise in Scottish nationalismCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDowning Street tried to get doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine labelled with an image of the union jack, it has emerged, as scientists and statisticians raised more questions over the press release that proclaimed the trial’s success.The request for injection kits to bear the flag was driven by No 10’s newly formed “Union unit”, which is ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Scotland, Conservatives, UK News, Oxford, Health policy, Scottish Independence, ` Union, Scottish politics, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Oxford University AstraZeneca


UK coronavirus: R rate falls to between 0.9 and 1; Wales brings in new restrictions – as it happened

UK infection rate falls; Welsh first minister announces new restrictions after firebreak; MPs from tier 3 areas of England express concerns. This live blog has closed – please follow the global live blog for coronavirus updatesAreas in England may drop a tier before Christmas, says JenrickNo 10 reportedly wanted union flag on Oxford vaccine kitsDifferent age groups may get different Covid vaccinesWhat tier am I in? England’s post-lockdown rules 5.00pm GMT That’s all from me today. Thank you ...
Tags: UK, England, Wales, UK News, Iran, Oxford, Manchester, Salford, Fallowfield, Coronavirus


November linkfest

It’s Word of the Year season, and two British dictionaries are leading the pack. Collins picked lockdown – a word we threw around here in the US but never experienced the way they did in the UK and elsewhere. (A friend of mine is literally confined to her London apartment after spending a month in France: she can’t go outdoors at all.) And Oxford Languages, publisher of the Oxford dictionaries, chose a phenomenon instead of a single word: the impact of the COVID-19 on language. “What struck the...
Tags: Apple, Art, Fashion, UK, London, Writing, Steve Jobs, France, Advertising, US, San Francisco, Urban, Bloomberg, New York Times, Oxford, Linguistics


A UK government unit has reportedly demanded the British flag should be printed on Oxford vaccine doses

A dummy coronavirus vaccine placed in front of the British flag. Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The UK government's "Union Unit" has reportedly insisted Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine doses are labeled with the UK flag, the HuffPost reported Friday. People familiar with the matter said there were no plans for the UK flag to be printed on the vaccine doses, but didn't deny the request was made. The plan was reportedly strongly supported by the health secretary, Matt Hanco...
Tags: UK, US, Trends, Labour, Oxford, Astrazeneca, University of Oxford, Jack, HuffPost, Alok Sharma, Matt Hancock, Ged Killen, Kate Duffy, Pavlo Gonchar, Union Unit, Alok Sharma Manufacturers


Covid: When does England's lockdown actually end? And other questions

We answer some of your questions about the Oxford vaccine.
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UK coronavirus live: R number falls to between 0.9 and 1; Wales brings in new restrictions

Latest updates: UK infection rate falls; Welsh first minister announces new restrictions after firebreak; MPs from tier 3 areas of England express concernsAreas in England may drop a tier before Christmas, says JenrickNo 10 reportedly wanted union flag on Oxford vaccine kitsDifferent age groups may get different Covid vaccinesWhat tier am I in? England’s post-lockdown rulesCoronavirus – latest updates 2.19pm GMT There have been a further 1,105 cases of coronavirus in Wales, bringing the tota...
Tags: UK, England, Wales, UK News, Oxford, Public Health Wales, Coronavirus


Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine 'dose error' explained

Some trial volunteers were given shots half the planned strength, so how does that affect the results?
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Lemann Foundation hails "spirit of co-operation' during wide-scale Brazilian clinical trial of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine

Denis Mizne, CEO of the Lemann Foundation, today hailed the “spirit of co-operation” during the wide-scale Brazilian clinical trials that helped deliver the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, following the news that it is up to 90% per cent effective after passing phase-3 global trials.
Tags: Health, Oxford, Lemann Foundation, Denis Mizne


Expert sees "nothing sinister" amid questions over Oxford vaccine trial data

AstraZeneca and Oxford University acknowledged a manufacturing error that raised questions about preliminary results of their...
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Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine 'dose error' explained

Some trial volunteers were given shots half the planned strength, so how does that affect the results?
Tags: UK, News, Oxford


Here is how seriously to take high-profile criticisms of AstraZeneca's vaccine trial

Kate Bingham, a UK government official, after being vaccinated in London in October 2020. She did not take the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images Oxford University and AstraZeneca announced on Monday that their vaccine works — but the story soon got messy. AstraZeneca's Mene Pangalos said a group of study participants received a lower dose by accident, prompting a wave of criticism from experts. There are legitimate reasons to criticise the vaccine, ...
Tags: UK, London, Trends, South Africa, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Oxford University, UK Brazil, Moderna, Mene Pangalos, Kate Bingham, Kirsty O Connor, Oxford AstraZeneca, Catherine Schuster Bruce, Getty Images Oxford University


AstraZeneca says it will likely do another study of COVID-19 vaccine after accidental lower dose shows higher efficacy

AstraZeneca’s CEO told Bloomberg that the pharmaceutical company will likely conduct another global trial of the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine trial, following the disclosure that the more effective dosage in the existing Phase 3 clinical trial was actually administered by accident. AstraZeneca and its partner the University of Oxford reported interim results that showed 62% efficacy for a full two-dose regimen, and a 90% efficacy rate for a half-dose followed by a full dose – which t...
Tags: Health, TC, Tech, Bloomberg, Ceo, Medical Research, United States, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccine, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Biotech, Vaccines


Covid: Can we have a pub lunch on Boxing Day? And other questions

We answer some of your questions about the Oxford vaccine.
Tags: UK, News, Oxford


AstraZeneca and Oxford defend Covid vaccine trials after questions raised in the U.S

“We believe that this product will never be licensed in the U.S.,” one group of critical U.S.-based analysts wrote this week.
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AstraZeneca facing questions about vaccine after admitting to testing error

Manufacturing glitch casts shadow on results of study after British drug group and Oxford university said lower dose of inoculation...
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India plans immediate production of Oxford vaccine to combat Covid-19

The Serum Institute of India is aiming to have 100 million doses ready by December for an inoculation drive and the country will be given first priority for delivery of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine. Article on Yahoo UK With British–Swedish multinational pharmaceutical, AstraZeneca reporting that its Covid-19 vaccine is 70% effective without any serious side effects, the announcement came like a shot in the arm for most Indians. In the western city of Pune, Cyrus Poonawalla, founder of the Se...
Tags: Medicine, Life, India, Narendra Modi, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Gates Foundation, Gavi Alliance, Moderna, Serum Institute of India, Cyrus Poonawalla, SII, Serum Institute of India SII, Serum Institute of India the world, AstraZeneca Oxford


MIT breakthrough in deep learning could help reduce errors

MIT researchers claim that deep learning neural networks need better uncertainty analysis to reduce errors. "Deep evidential regression" reduces uncertainty after only one pass on a network, greatly reducing time and memory. This could help mitigate problems in medical diagnoses, autonomous driving, and much more. We've all seen the movies: a mad genius creates breakthrough artificial intelligence only to have it turn on them—and humanity. Midway through the film, the robots are taking over. B...
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6 crucial questions about AstraZeneca's vaccine

Welcome to Business Insider's daily healthcare newsletter, your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Hello,Happy day-before-Thanksgiving! It's seeming like a pretty good time to log off and relax. For those looking for some holiday specific content, I was reminiscing this morning on some of my classic early BI stories. They include such gems as: how to have a (nutritionally) ...
Tags: Cdc, Trends, Getty Images, Healthcare, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Business Insider, Cb Insights, Soweto South Africa, Moderna, Andrew Dunn, Jenner Institute


His Dark Materials Season 2 Episode 2 Recap

His Dark Materials Season 2 Episode 2 Recap In the previous episode of HBO’s His Dark Materials, Will and Lyra met in another world, and Father MacPhail and Mrs. Coulter conspired to kill Cardinal Sturrock. In His Dark Materials Season 2 Episode 2, Will took Lyra to his Oxford, and as the acting Cardinal, MacPhail made moves against the witches. Dark Matter Lyra’s motivation for going to Will’s Oxford was to learn about Dust. She discovered quickly that their Oxfords were different after a...
Tags: Hbo, TV, Movies, Oxford, TV News, Recap, Will, TV Recap, Malone, Coulter, MacPhail, Lyra, Mrs Coulter, ComingSoon, Asriel, His Dark Materials


Vegans are more likely to suffer broken bones, study finds

The study found that vegans were 43% more likely to suffer fractures than meat eaters.Similar results were observed for vegetarians and fish eaters, though to a lesser extent.It's possible to be healthy on a vegan diet, though it takes some strategic planning to compensate for the nutrients that a plant-based diet can't easily provide. Non-meat diets may help you maintain healthy cholesterol, body weight, and blood-sugar levels. But these diets, particularly veganism, may also boost your risk o...
Tags: Health, Food, Diet, Medical Research, Innovation, Oxford, Vegan, Bmc, Vegetarian, Bones


‘His Dark Materials’ Emerges From “The Cave” With an Exciting New Drive

His Dark Materials continues its upward momentum with “The Cave,” an episode that really hones into the science-fantasy elements of the show in reinvigorating new way. The show is more Jules Verne-inspired quest than dour Game of Thrones knock-off now, and it’s exciting to see how this more confident His Dark Materials is beginning to take shape. A Different Oxford His Dark Materials is proving that it cast its two leads right, as Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson show off their sparkling dynami...
Tags: Television, Movies, Fantasy, Oxford, Charles, Boreal, Ruth Wilson, Botanic Gardens, Wilson, Mary, Roger, Kirby, Jules Verne, MacPhail, Jack Thorne, Lyra


UK coronavirus live: Johnson criticised for missing four-nation Christmas talks; 1 in 10 pupils missing school over Covid

Latest updates: No 10 unable to say whether agreement could be reached today; more than 870,000 children not in school last ThursdayHancock wants to use NHS testing system to fight flu after Covid‘Test to release’ scheme will cut England travel quarantine to five daysEngland Covid system to be based on data released within daysVaccine results bring ending Covid a step closer, says Oxford scientistGlobal coronavirus updates - live 3.24pm GMT Scotland has recorded 771 further coronavirus case...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Liverpool, Oxford, Office For National Statistics, Johnson, Katie Razzall, Mark Drakeford, Matt Hancock


6 crucial unanswered questions about AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine results

A lower initial dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, would mean double the number of vaccine doses available, once regulators approve it. VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images For the third consecutive Monday, a drugmaker said its coronavirus vaccine candidate was successful in late-stage studies. AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford said their two-dose shot was effective at preventing COVID-19, according to preliminary results.  AstraZeneca's news follows similar announcements of suc...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, US, Trends, Getty Images, Analysis, Healthcare, Oxford, Brazil, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, University of Oxford, Biotech, Afp, Pollard


Scientists are puzzling over one crucial number as they evaluate the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

Oxford-AstraZeneca's vaccine could be given at half-dose initially. VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine candidate is 70% effective, on average, according to a press release published on Monday. The vaccine is given as two shots. Efficacy increased to 90% in a smaller group of volunteers who received a half dose in the first shot, then a full dose in the second shot. Experts including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Inf...
Tags: UK, US, Trends, Britain, South Africa, Oxford, Cambridge, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, University of Oxford, Pascal Soriot, Anthony Fauci, Sarah Gilbert, Gilbert, Fauci, Pollard


UK coronavirus live: Gove to chair further four-nation Christmas talks; 1 in 10 pupils missing school over Covid

Latest updates: No 10 unable to say whether agreement could be reached today; more than 870,000 children not in school last ThursdayHancock wants to use NHS testing system to fight flu after Covid‘Test to release’ scheme will cut England travel quarantine to five daysEngland Covid system to be based on data released within daysVaccine results bring ending Covid a step closer, says Oxford scientistGlobal coronavirus updates - live 2.04pm GMT Around one in 10 children were absent from state s...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Oxford, Michael Gove, Office For National Statistics, Downing Street, Gove, Cabinet Office, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


Covid: Can we form our Christmas bubble early? And other questions

We answer some of your questions about the Oxford vaccine.
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Can transplant patients have the Covid vaccine? And other questions

We answer some of your questions about the Oxford vaccine.
Tags: News, Oxford


UK coronavirus live: Hancock keen to end 'work when ill' culture and urges people to get tested

Latest updates: health secretary questioned by MPs; Covid now accounts for more than 20% of deaths in England and Wales; Christmas statement held up‘Test to release’ scheme will cut England travel quarantine to five daysEngland Covid system to be based on data released within daysVaccine results bring ending Covid a step closer, says Oxford scientistGlobal coronavirus updates - live 12.24pm GMT Here is the full quote from Matt Hancock, the health secretary, when he told the committee earlie...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, UK News, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Office For National Statistics, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, COVID