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Vampire bats ‘socially distance’ when they are sick, says study | World News

October 27, 2020

Vampire bats “socially distance” when they are sick, a new study suggests.Dozens of bats were captured from a hollow tree in Belize; some were injected with a substance that mimics the symptoms of a bacterial infection, while the other half got saline injections and were put in a control group. Researchers tagged them with sensors […]

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Coronavirus: Herd immunity hopes dashed as study shows COVID-19 antibodies fall rapidly after recovery | Science & Tech News

October 27, 2020

Hopes that the population will become immune to COVID-19 have been dashed by new research showing antibodies fall rapidly after recovering from the disease. So-called herd immunity has been proposed by some scientists as a better alternative to lockdowns in tackling the coronavirus pandemic. It would require around 50-60% of the population to have protection […]

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Moon: ‘Water traps’ on surface may be more common than previously thought, say researchers | Science & Tech News

October 26, 2020

Water could be more common on the moon than previously thought in what would provide “everything that NASA needs” for future lunar missions. Natural supplies of water there would allow astronauts to hydrate themselves and help to provide fuel for other space projects. Researchers have suggested that in some cases tiny patches of ice might […]

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New invention will help astronauts jump in zero gravity to maintain bone density in space | UK News

October 26, 2020

Astronauts can lose as much as 10% of bone density during six months in space according to NASA, because there’s no gravity for their body to push against. To offset the effect, they exercise for two hours a day, at least six days a week. But a London engineer says a machine he invented could […]

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Coronavirus: People told to self-isolate stopped from claiming £500 grant by ‘flaw in contract tracing app’ | UK News

October 23, 2020

People told to isolate by the contact-tracing app are not able to claim government financial support, Sky News has learned, raising fears that low-paid workers will be forced to choose between health and hardship. A leading poverty charity said the situation was “ridiculous” and Labour accused the government of putting families at risk of destitution. […]

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Coronavirus: Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine ‘behaves as desired’, analysis finds | UK News

October 22, 2020

The COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca has been shown to work as planned by new analysis. A method to check the inoculation contains all the correct parts was developed by a team at Bristol University, providing greater evidence that the vaccine works. Even though the research has not yet been peer […]

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Facebook launches its own dating app in the UK to rival Tinder and Hinge | World News

October 22, 2020

Facebook has launched its own dating feature to rival existing apps such as Tinder. Facebook Dating will appear on the social network’s mobile app and website for users in the UK and Europe from Wednesday. It will allow people to explore potential romantic relationships with users who are interested in the same groups and events […]

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Tesla shares soar as company delivers record number of cars | Business News

October 21, 2020

Shares in Tesla have risen after the electric car maker reported its fifth consecutive quarterly profit. The California-headquartered company has overcome disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to post a 39.2% increase in third-quarter revenues to $8.77bn (£6.68bn) from a year ago. Tesla said it was on track to deliver half a million vehicles in […]

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Coronavirus: Untrained staff take on contact-tracing jobs as Test and Trace struggles to cope with rise in cases | Science & Tech News

October 21, 2020

The sharp rise in coronavirus cases is stretching the capacity of the Test and Trace service, forcing untrained staff to take on contact-tracing jobs, according to a leaked internal email seen by Sky News.. The measures taken to strengthen the service have raised disquiet inside Test and Trace, as staff from outsourcing firms will now […]

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Near-indestructible beetle is so tough it can survive being run over by a car | Science & Tech News

October 21, 2020

The key to making stronger buildings and planes could lie in the anatomy of a crush-resistant insect that can survive being run over by a car, scientists have found. To understand the secret behind the impressive strength of the inch-long diabolical ironclad beetle, researchers tested how much squishing it could take – and discovered it […]

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