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Mobile data shows which European countries took lockdown seriously

A substantial part of humanity is slowly emerging from weeks of lockdown. What we have experienced is truly rare: a real global threat, menacing to all wherever we lived. But how did humanity respond to this pandemic? Did people consistently stay at home as most governments asked them to? And if they didn’t, where did …

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‘Pharming’ for a vaccine: the answer to coronavirus may be in tobacco plants

We don’t know how long it will take to find a vaccine for COVID-19, but we do know this: if and when we find one, there will be unprecedented demand for the molecules that go into it. Several different types of vaccine are currently being researched. These include those that use inactivated forms of the …

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SpaceX astronaut launch: here’s the rocket science it must get right.

Two NASA astronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, will make history by travelling to the International Space Station in a privately funded spacecraft, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule. It will also be the first time astronauts have launched from US soil in nine years. The astronauts will take off lying on their …

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Dead Sea Scrolls – How we accidentally discovered missing text – In Manchester

The 2,000-year-old scrolls were found in the Qumran caves next to the Dead Sea in the 1940s. They weren’t the only discoveries, though. Archaeological artefacts like pottery and linen were also taken from the caves, and some are now in collections around the world. My research collaborators Dennis Mizzi, Marcello Fidanzio and I put together …

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New projects broaden the search for alien signals from space

Estimating the chance of getting a message from life beyond Earth, say within the next decade, isn’t easy. Even the best experts are reluctant to offer precise odds. “Anybody who gave you a figure would be talking about religion, not science,” says Jill Tarter, the astronomer who has spent most of her life pursuing the …

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More than 2 million US adults with heart disease have used marijuana

Over two million U.S. adults with cardiovascular disease have smoked marijuana, and the substance may carry increased cardiovascular risks, new research indicates. The study informs questions about the health impacts of policy changes on marijuana. Marijuana use remains illegal federally, but is legal medically in 33 states and the District of Columbia and recreationally in …

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Burglar Steals VAN GOGH in Dutch Museum During Coronavirus Lockdown

The security footage shows a thief smashed the doors of Singer Laren museum using a sledgehammer to steal the Vincent van Gogh painting “Lentetuin” or “Spring Garden” worth €2.97 million. The museum is currently shut down due to coronavirus pandemic. The footage originated on Dutch TV in the hopes of catching the unidentified suspect. Some clips of …

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Covid19 – Coronavirus Cases Ireland & Globally

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Crucial Decisions Most People Fail to Make When It Comes to Estate Planning

Whats the best way to put this? We’re all going to go at some point, and while you may not want to think about it, never mind, talk about it, you’re not immune. So what then? You might think your estate will get miraculously sorted out, and that squabbling relatives are just the stuff of …

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