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Brilliant forward play from Hawkins
at 16:17 26 Sep 2020

And a lovely finish from Bishop as well.

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This is pretty sad
at 14:48 24 Sep 2020

Chad have requested a halt to the process of making Lake Chad a UNICESO world heritage site so they can exploit the oil. I do understand the economic reasoning but it also doesn't seem like a great idea given 45m people live off the resources provided by the lake.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/24/chad-halts-lake-world-heritage-sta

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Plastic face shields and C19
at 11:18 22 Sep 2020

This is quite an interesting study from Japan which has found that plastic face shields are practically useless at stopping the spread of C19:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/22/face-shields-ineffective-trapping-

Seems simple masks are the better way to go although usual caveats apply that it's new research and will need to be repeated and verified.

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The world really needs to have a word with China
at 15:14 18 Sep 2020

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-disease-outbreak-contagious-

So obviously not as bad as C19 but this is the bit that needs to be addressed:

"In December last year the Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported that 181 people working at a veterinary research facility near the factory had contacted the disease – but the full scale of the outbreak was not reported until now."

The mentality of not reporting outbreaks or playing them down needs to be addressed and done so quickly.

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Good for the goal difference
at 07:29 18 Sep 2020

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/sep/18/german-football-team-socially-d

You would have thought that given the current circumstances they could have let them off the 200 EUR fine.

Let's hope for a similar defensive attitude from Bristol on Saturday.

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It's life Jim but not as we know it
at 16:26 14 Sep 2020

Or at least it could be:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/sep/14/scientists-find-gas-linked-to-li

For those that want more detail:

https://ras.ac.uk/news-and-press/news/hints-life-venus

Obviously a lot more study required but the fact they have currently ruled out geographical and chemical causes does offer hope it's life-based production.

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Not bad from Murray
at 00:05 25 Aug 2020

He's just beaten the world number 7 (Zverev) in only his second match back since November and with a dodgy hip.

Impressive stuff given all that.

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The march towards Skynet continues
at 14:50 21 Aug 2020

Well, that's perhaps overstating it but interesting nonetheless:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/ai-pilot-dogfight

Not entirely fair that the AI doesn't have to contend with G-Forces.

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Wuhan has certainly moved on from where they were in Jan/Feb
at 17:10 18 Aug 2020

They do claim to have no domestically transmitted cases since May.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-53816511





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New Scientist article on Sweden's C19 approach
at 07:31 17 Aug 2020

A few on here have cited Sweden as evidence against the lockdowns across the world. This should be of interest to them and to others in general.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2251615-is-swedens-coronavirus-strategy-a-c

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Promising breakthrough in solar cells
at 09:40 15 Aug 2020

A UK company believes it can increase the power generation of a solar cell by 30% by adding a layer of crystal to the panel. It will also make them black which should make them less intrusive (although I think many people don't mind how they look).

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/aug/15/uk-firms-solar-power-breakthrou

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UK robot boat completes 22 day test
at 08:35 15 Aug 2020

Quite interesting and would seem to make sense for quite a lot of maritime applications:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-53787546

Newcy - any thoughts on a possible future career performing your job remotely from an onshore base? Obviously it's quite some way off.

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Interesting C19 testing concept
at 15:55 13 Aug 2020

So this is from the Guardian live blog and I can't find much else about it but sounds like an interesting approach. If it works then it would mean cheap tests done in seconds.

Sounds a bit too good to be true to be honest - if anyone has any other sources which outline the details of the process a bit more I'd be interested to read them.


A newly developed saliva test aims to determine in less than a second whether or not people are infected with Covid-19, Israel’s largest medical centre said.

Patients rinse their mouth with a saline wash and spit into a vial. This is then examined by a small spectral device that, in simple terms, shines light on the specimen and analyses the reaction to see if it is consistent with Covid-19. With machine learning, the system will become more accurate over time.

Prof Eli Schwartz of the Center for Geographic Medicine and Tropical Diseases at Sheba Medical Center, who is leading the trial, said it was easier to use than PCR swabs commonly used to detect Covid-19.

“So far we have very promising results in this new method which will be much more convenient and much cheaper,” he said.

The centre said in an initial clinical trial involving hundreds of patients, the new artificial intelligence-based device identified evidence of the virus in the body at a 95% success rate.

Prof Amos Panet, an expert in molecular virology at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, said he would like to see more data and comparisons with existing tests before making a final judgment.

The amount of virus present in saliva increases as patients get sicker, he said, and a big challenge is to detect in “people who are borderline”.

“It will be a game changer only if we see validation of this technology against the current technology,” he said.

Sheba, located just outside Tel Aviv, has partnered with the device’s developer, the Israeli firm Newsight Imaging, to bring the system to market.

The company said they were in the process of getting regulatory approval. Each test costs less than $0.25 (£0.19) and it expects the device will eventually cost less than $200.


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UK - Japan trade deal has Stilton based issues
at 09:11 11 Aug 2020

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/aug/11/love-of-stilton-drives-wedge-be

Surely this can't be the case? We were going to get the best trade deals:

Japan is reportedly reluctant to offer Britain better terms than it gave the EU, which has a combined population nearly seven times the size of Britain’s, in a free trade deal that went into effect early last year.

Blue cheese, whilst excellent, seems a bit of a silly thing to worry about given:

Britain exported £18m of blue cheese globally last year, the FT said, citing data from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, but just £102,000 of that went to Japan.

And this is just pathetic:

Truss is reportedly hoping to point to Japanese concessions over Stilton as proof that Britain has improved on the EU’s trade deal with Japan.

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Interesting 15 years for Ceres
at 23:00 10 Aug 2020

Started 2005 as the largest asteroid in the solar system but rather boring in general.

Promoted to dwarf planet in 2006 and now seen as a possible "water world" with a salty ocean beneath the surface.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/aug/10/planet-ceres-ocean-world-sea-wat

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A shocking graph highlighting C19 deaths in the US and Brazil
at 23:32 28 Jul 2020



I find this graph quite shocking for a couple of reasons:

1). It really does highlight what an awful job the US have done, they were roughly following the trajectory of other countries (although from a much higher level) and are now back on a steep upward trajectory due to poor decisions, policies and public attitudes.

2). Brazil have never gotten on top of the virus. They haven't even managed the usual declining trajectory that the US managed for a while, it's just plateaued at 1000+ deaths a day with no sign of changing.

I know we knew this stuff already but seeing it on that graph really lays it bare.

You can see the source data and change the inputs here:

https://ig.ft.com/coronavirus-chart/?areas=eur&areas=usa&areas=bra&areas=gbr&are

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Germany asking people to wear masks outdoors if within 1.5m
at 12:44 28 Jul 2020

"At a press conference on Tuesday, Mr Wieler asked people for the first time to wear a mask outdoors if they cannot maintain a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres (5ft).

Previously the guidance had been to wear masks indoors in public."


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53566880

They are concerned at a rise in cases across the country which is occuring rather than just in specific spike locations.

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