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The woman who co-created the AstraZeneca vaccine is now represented as a Barbie doll and wants to inspire kids to pursue science

John Cairns Professor Sarah Gilbert led the development of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. She is one of five women commemorated in doll form by Barbie maker Mattel, and hopes it inspires others. Women and people from minority backgrounds have typically been underrepresented in STEM roles. See more stories on Insider's business page. The vaccinologist who led the development of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has said that she hopes her being made into a Barbie doll will inspire more...
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Is the Viral “Red Dress” Music Video a Sociological Experiment? Performance Art? Or Something Else?

Before it set itself on fire, HBO’s Game of Thrones resonated deeply with contemporary morality, becoming the most meme-worthy of shows, for good or ill, online. Few scenes in the show’s run — perhaps not even the Red Wedding or the nauseating finale — elicited as much gut-level reaction as Cersei Lannister’s naked walk of shame in the Season 5 finale, a scene all the more resonant as it happened to be based on real events. In 1483, one of King Edward IV’s many mistresses, Jane Shore, wa...
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Vaccinologist Barbie: Prof Sarah Gilbert honoured with a doll

Co-creator of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab hopes it will inspire young girls to enter Stem careersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageProf Sarah Gilbert has had quite a year. The co-creator of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab has been made a dame, been given an emotional standing ovation at Wimbledon – and now a Barbie doll has been made in her honour.Gilbert, who led the development of the Covid vaccine at Oxford University, said she initially found the gesture “very strange” bu...
Tags: Gender, Science, Education, UK News, Medical Research, Higher Education, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Wimbledon, Immunology, Sarah Gilbert, Gilbert, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Study conducts systematic review of the pre- and asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 transmission

Researchers at Oxford University, UK, have conducted a systematic review of the available studies to address the role of presymptomatic and asymptomatic transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
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When Shapoorji Pallonji funded Mughal-e-Azam and Khojeste Mistree became a religious pop star

A new book, ‘The Tatas, Freddie Mercury & Other Bawas’ by Coomi Kapoor, offers a ringside view into the lives and contributions of some of India’s most well-known Parsis Shapoorji Pallonji Jr was Pallonji Sr’s sixth child. He was only 13 years old when he was moved enough by his father’s business struggles to decide he would help out… In 1900, Shapoorji dropped out of school after completing the fifth grade to help his father… The family’s early contracts were mostly military and PWD projects. ...
Tags: Books, England, Life, India, West, Oxford University, Mumbai, Bollywood, Bombay, Fort, Urdu, Asif, Parsi, Pune, Azam, K Asif


AstraZeneca sales of Covid vaccine triple to $1.2bn in first half of 2021

Not-for-profit pledge sees British firm’s sales revenue fall significantly short of US rival PfizerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAstraZeneca has reported a boost in sales of its Covid-19 vaccine, which tripled to $1.2bn (£900m) in the first half of this year – but remained significantly below the earnings of its US rival Pfizer. revealed it generated $894m from Covid-19 vaccine sales in the three months to the end of June, following $275m in the first three months...
Tags: Health, Business, US, World news, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Oxford University, Coronavirus, COVID


'Disinformation for Hire' is Becoming a Booming Industry

Sunday the BBC reported YouTube influencers were offered money to spread vaccine misinformation. But according to the New York Times, that's just the tip of the iceberg. "The scheme appears to be part of a secretive industry that security analysts and American officials say is exploding in scale: disinformation for hire: Private firms, straddling traditional marketing and the shadow world of geopolitical influence operations, are selling services once conducted principally by intelligence age...
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8 weeks between shots is the 'sweet spot' for giving Pfizer's two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, UK researchers say

A paramedic flushes a syringe before preparing a shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Leon Neal/Getty Images Giving two doses of Pfizer's shot eight weeks apart could best protect against the Delta variant. A study found that the eight-week delay boosted immune responses higher than waiting 21 days. It's a trade-off between needing two doses and optimizing the immune response, the researchers said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Giving the second dose of Pfizer...
Tags: UK, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Delta, Pfizer, Birmingham, Oxford University, Anthony Fauci, Newcastle University, University Of Liverpool, National Institute for Health Research, Nadhim Zahawi, Leon Neal Getty, COVID, Catherine Schuster Bruce


US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg is coming to Disrupt

The myriad emerging and longer-term transportation technologies promise to change how people and packages move about the world or within their own neighborhoods. They also present myriad regulatory and policy hurdles that lawmakers, advocates and even investors and industry executives are attempting to navigate. At the center — at least in the United States — sits Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. The small-town mayor in Indiana turned presidential candidate and now cabinet member unde...
Tags: US, Tech, Indiana, Harvard, United States, Seth Rogen, Andreessen Horowitz, Oxford University, Biden, U S Navy, Luis Von Ahn, Startup Battlefield, Buttigieg, Brian Armstrong, Brynn Putnam, Pete Buttigieg


Eating processed meat raises risk of heart disease by a fifth

Oxford University researchers urge people to reduce consumption by three-quarters or give it up Eating processed meat raises the risk of heart disease by a fifth, according to the largest ever analysis of research into the impact of meat consumption on cardiac health.Researchers at the University of Oxford are urging the public to cut their red and processed meat consumption by three-quarters, or to give it up entirely, to lower their risk of dying from coronary heart disease. Continue reading.....
Tags: Health, Meat, Food, Beef, UK News, Heart Disease, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Sausages


The Station: Aurora SPACs, a spin on the VanMoof X3 and a chat with Outdoorsy founders

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello and welcome to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from Point A to Point B. Before we jump into the deals, policy moves and micromobbin’ news, I wanted to share the latest founders interview, a new series we launched this spring over at Extra Crunch. Here’s the opener to...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, New York, France, New York City, Linkedin, Tech, Tesla, Eu, Canada, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Venture Capital, European Commission


Coronavirus live: riots hamper medical services in Covid ravaged South Africa; record cases in Indonesia and Vietnam

South Africa vaccine rollout disrupted by unrest; Indonesia reports 54,517 new cases; Vietnam has 2,934 new casesEU not adding UK to safe travel listDelta variant gains ground in US amid vaccine divide‘Safe and secure’ Olympics promised as Tokyo Covid cases soarWHO warns of ‘chaos’ if individuals mix Covid vaccinesBattle for oxygen as Myanmar faces worst Covid outbreakSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.05pm BST China has achieved another milestone in its massive vaccination rollout: administ...
Tags: UK, Indonesia, China, US, World news, South Africa, Myanmar, Tokyo, Oxford University, Vietnam, Reuters, Coronavirus, COVID, National Health Commission Globally


Actually, more COVID restrictions resulted in greater economic harm

At our recent forecast update conference, we reported that the COVID-19 recession slammed California’s economy leading to a 9% loss in jobs in 2020 versus a milder loss of 6.7% in the U.S. In a recent article of mine published in COVID Economics, I showed that California suffered more job losses because of its aggressive COVID-19 lockdown policies. As measured by the Oxford University index, California’s 2020 annual average daily stringency score was 60.4 versus 50.2 for the U.S. That stringency...
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This startup just created a fast, accurate COVID test that only needs saliva and links to an app

We’re entering a phase in the COVID-19 pandemic where transmission is going to go through the roof because of the Delta variant. But as vaccinations ramp up around the world, the main cost to society now will not be the health services being overwhelmed, but mass disruption to businesses as staff are forced to self isolate by track and trace systems. Thus, biosecurity in the workplace (or any other setting for that matter) is going to matter a lot. The paragraph you just read above is in fact a ...
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6 fully vaccinated people died of COVID-19 in the world's most vaccinated nation, health officials said. All had underlying health conditions.

A medical personnel holds a box of the first dose of the Chinese Covid-19 vaccine produced by Sinopharm at the Seychelles Hospital in Victoria, on January 10, 2021. RASSIN VANNIER/AFP/Getty Images Six fully-vaccinated people have died in Seychelles, Jude Gedeon, public health commissioner, said. Five had received Covishield, an India-made version of AstraZeneca's shot, and one had Sinopharm. All of those who died had underlying health conditions, Gedeon said. See more stories on Inside...
Tags: Science, News, China, India, Israel, US, Trends, Bloomberg, South Africa, Healthcare, Delta, World Health Organization, Astrazeneca, Victoria, Oxford University, Seychelles


Nodes & Links raises $11M to — maybe — save billions on the big projects the world needs now

Nodes & Links is a scheduling platform for large-scale infrastructure projects which works out when the nuts and bolts for the bridge (for example) should be delivered, and in what order. Unsurprisingly, complex infrastructure projects often get this wrong. The company has now raised an $11 million Series A funding round led by urban sustainability-focused fund 2150, alongside Zigg Capital and Westerly Winds, with participation from existing investors Entrepreneur First, ADV and Seedcamp. Launch...
Tags: TC, Europe, Time, US, Articles, Tech, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Construction, Oxford University, Christian Hernandez, Greg Lawton, Nodes & Links, Balfour Beatty Costain, Oracle Primavera


A Delta variant surge in South Africa prompts the government to impose a curfew, close schools, and ban alcohol sales. This 'devastating wave' could be worse than anything in 2020, the president warns.

A man carries home groceries during a nationwide lockdown in an attempt to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) near Durban, South Africa REUTERS South Africa has tightened coronavirus restrictions to stop the spread of the contagious Delta variant. Alcohol sales and gatherings are banned, and a curfew is in place. It's one of the first countries to re-enter a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of Delta. See more stories on Insider's business page. South Africa has tighte...
Tags: Health, News, US, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Delta, Johannesburg, Oxford University, Gauteng, Cyril Ramaphosa, Ramaphosa, Pulliam, Lockdown, Coronavirus, Juliet Pulliam


How much protection you get from one dose of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Moderna vaccines, according to the best available data

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. Getty Millions of people worldwide have had one shot of two-dose COVID-19 vaccines. Pfizer and Moderna's vaccines are likely 80% effective against symptomatic COVID-19 after one dose. A single AstraZeneca shot is probably at least 70% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19. See more stories on Insider's business page. More than 179 million Americans and more than 44 million Britons have received their first dose of a two-shot COVID-19 vaccine.Th...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, India, Israel, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Data, South Africa, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Brazil, Astrazeneca, Evans


Coronavirus live news: Hong Kong to ban flights from ‘high risk’ UK; Portugal to quarantine unvaccinated Britons

Hong Kong to ban flights from the UK from Thursday; Small study suggests third Oxford/AstraZeneca dose after six months could act as booster; British travellers to Portugal face 14-day quarantineVaccine inequality: rich countries cut deaths as poorer fall behindBritons will need negative Covid test or both jabs to travel to BalearicsThird shot of AstraZeneca vaccine could work as booster – studyVaccination mandatory for aged care workers in AustraliaSouth Africa tightens Covid rules as ‘devastat...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, World news, Britain, Oxford, Portugal, Astrazeneca, Oxford University, Andrew Pollard, PA Media, Coronavirus, Oxford Vaccine Group, Oxford AstraZeneca, BalearicsThird, AustraliaSouth Africa


Third shot of AstraZeneca vaccine could work as booster – study

Oxford University researchers say existing vaccine could work with no need for tweaksCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA third shot of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine could be an effective booster jab without the need for tweaks, research suggests.An Oxford University study found that giving people a third dose more than six months after their second led to a substantial rise in antibodies and increased the body’s T-cell ability to fight coronavirus, including its varian...
Tags: Science, Biology, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Astrazeneca, Oxford University, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


The Latest: UK health secretary quits in wake of scandal

By The Associated Press LONDON — U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has resigned after breaking social distancing rules with an aide he was allegedly having an affair with. The tabloid Sun newspaper had run images appearing to show the married Hancock and senior aide Gina Coladangelo kissing in an office at the Department of Health. Hancock said in his letter of resignation to Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the government owes “it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be h...
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The Oxford vaccine: the trials and tribulations of a world-saving jab

Amid bemusement from scientists at the deluge of often undeserved criticism, the Guardian pieces together the story behind the vaccine’s successes and failuresCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn January 2020, when most of the world slept soundly in ignorance of the pandemic coming its way, a group of scientists at Oxford University got to work on a vaccine to save the planet. They wanted it to be highly effective, cheap, and easy to use in even the poorest countries.Pr...
Tags: Health, Science, Media, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Coronavirus, Sarah Gilbert Prof Andrew Pollard, Anglo Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca


Leaked pictures show UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock having an affair with close friend he hired as aide

Health Secretary Matt Hancock leaves 10 Downing Street with aide Gina Coladangelo after the daily press briefing on May 01, 2020 in London, England Dan Kitwood / Getty Images UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock had an affair with an aide he hired on a £15,000 contract, The Sun reported. Hancock was pictured embracing Gina Coladangelo, a close friend from university who he hired. A Labour spokesperson said when "jobs are being offered to close friends who are in a personal relationship with a ...
Tags: Politics, UK, News, Trends, Labour, Transport, Oxford University, Sunday Times, Grant Shapps, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Thomas Colson, Catherine Haddon, COVID, Brexit Insider, Gina Coladangelo


Leaked pictures show UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock having affair with close friend he hired as aide

Health Secretary Matt Hancock leaves 10 Downing Street with aide Gina Coladangelo after the daily press briefing on May 01, 2020 in London, England Dan Kitwood / Getty Images UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock had an affair with an aide he hired on a £15,000 contract, The Sun reported. Hancock was pictured embracing Gina Coladangelo, a close friend from university who he hired. A Labour spokesperson said when "jobs are being offered to close friends who are in a personal relationship with a ...
Tags: Politics, UK, News, Trends, Labour, Transport, Oxford University, Sunday Times, Grant Shapps, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Thomas Colson, Catherine Haddon, COVID, Brexit Insider, Gina Coladangelo


Here's how steeplechase - the wackiest event in track and field - came to get its name and water jumps

Shaun Botterill/Getty The second week of the Olympics are underway in Rio, meaning swimming and gymnastics have given way to track and field ("athletics" to most non-Americans). And while most track and field events are fairly straightforward - run this distance as fast as you can; throw this object as far as you can - one event in particular stands out for its sheer weirdness. This would be the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The casual fan of the Olympics may, understandably, wonder what's...
Tags: Sports, Trends, Beijing, Oxford University, Rio 2016, IAAF, Rio, Rio Olympics, Kai Pfaffenbach Reuters, Shaun Botterill Getty, Track And Field, United Kingdom Runners, Emmett Knowlton Tyler Lauletta


The 29 best romance novels to read this summer

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon; Alyssa Powell/Insider Romance novels make for . We rounded up some of the best ones, from modern bestsellers to rom-coms and YA books. We also included some of the best romance books of all time if classics are more your speed. I'll admit: I'm a relatively new romance book convert. I used to alternate between devouring dark, creepy thrillers and gutting, emotional contemporary fiction -...
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Scholars on LinkedIn Are Being Blocked in China 'Without Telling Them Why'

Affected users say social-networking site owned by Microsoft is obstructing them over 'prohibited content' without further explanation. From a report: Eyck Freymann, an Oxford University doctoral student, was surprised to get a notice from LinkedIn this month telling him his account had been blocked in China. The "Experience" section of his profile, which detailed his career history, contained "prohibited" content, he was informed. The social-networking site owned by Microsoft didn't explain mor...
Tags: Microsoft, China, Jerusalem, Linkedin, Tech, Beijing, Tokyo, Oxford University, Tiananmen Square, Eyck Freymann, Freymann


AstraZeneca vaccine price pledge omits some poor countries, contract shows

Exclusive: firm could charge more in places such as Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka once Covid pandemic is overCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAstraZeneca can charge a higher price for its Covid-19 vaccine in dozens of poor countries once the pharmaceutical company decides the pandemic has ended, according to a copy of its contract with Oxford University seen by the Guardian.The British-Swedish drug firm has promised to provide the vaccine at a not-for-profit price to the deve...
Tags: Business, World news, Zimbabwe, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxford University, Sri Lanka, Coronavirus, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines UAEM


Previous Covid infection may not offer long-term protection, study finds

Research found marked differences in immune response of medical staff six months after contracting virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePrevious infection with coronavirus does not necessarily protect against Covid in the longer term, especially when caused by new variants of concern, a study on healthcare workers suggests.Researchers at Oxford University found marked differences in the immune responses of medical staff who contracted Covid, with some appearing far be...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxford University, Coronavirus, COVID


New drug cuts deaths among patients with no Covid antibodies

Oxford University trial reports cocktail of manmade antibodies reduces fatalities by a fifthCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA new drug has been found to cut Covid deaths by a fifth among the sickest patients in hospital and may change official practice so that every patient with coronavirus will have an antibody test before they are admitted.The Recovery trial based at Oxford University has found a third drug that can help Covid patients recover in hospital – but this...
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