China's Most Popular EV is No Longer a Tesla Wed, 14 Apr 2021 16:28:00 GMT A new EV made by General Motors and Chinese manufacturers underlines the virtues of Lilliputian size Match ID: 1 Score: 98.57 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 3 days qualifiers: 34.29 japan, 34.29 china, 30.00 india
15 Graphs You Need to See to Understand AI in 2021 Thu, 15 Apr 2021 17:50:00 GMT The 2021 AI Index provides insight into jobs, publications, diversity, and more Match ID: 2 Score: 95.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 2 days qualifiers: 40.00 china, 35.00 india, 20.00 singapore
Joe Biden and Japan’s prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, have presented a united front to counter an increasingly assertive China. The two leaders made statements at the US president’s first face-to-face White House summit since taking office. Biden said ‘we committed to working together to take on the challenges from China and on issues like the East China Sea’
Generation of super-resolved optical needle and multifocal array using graphene oxide metalenses Fri, 16 Apr 2021 00:00:00 EDT (Compuscript Ltd) Generation of super-resolved optical needle and multifocal array using graphene oxide metalensesIn a new publication from Opto-Electronic Advances; DOI https://doi.org/10.29026/oea.2021.200031, Researchers led by Professor Baohua Jia at Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria, Australia, Professor Cheng-Wei Qiu at National University of Singapore, Singapore and Professor Tian Lan at Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China considered the generation of super-resolved optical needle and multifocal array using graphene oxide metalenses. Match ID: 6 Score: 60.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 2 days qualifiers: 40.00 china, 20.00 singapore
Australia is in no hurry to open up its international borders, prime minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday. The country has managed to return to something close to normality in recent months.
Australia closed its borders to everyone except citizens and residents in March 2020, and has been allowing just a small number of international arrivals in recent months - mainly citizens returning from abroad. This measure, alongside swift lockdowns, successful contact tracing, and high rates of compliance with public health measures, has been credited with making Australia’s response to the pandemic highly successful.
The Labour Party has called for a thorough investigation into lobbying in the UK government, amid a series of high profile lobbying scandals linked to coronavirus contracts in recent months.
What’s the background?
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China and US pledge climate change commitment Sun, 18 Apr 2021 08:16:01 GMT The US and China announced actions to tackle climate change following meetings in Shanghai last week. Match ID: 8 Score: 40.00 source: www.bbc.co.uk age: 0 days qualifiers: 40.00 china
The US president has chosen to stand up to Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping with steady diplomacy
In one respect, the punitive measures imposed on Russia last week by the Biden administration are an attempt to clean up the mess left by Donald Trump. On issue after issue, such as Russian meddling in the 2016 and 2020 elections and cyber-attacks and hacks of US government agencies and businesses, the former president failed to take prompt retaliatory action or any action at all.
Trump cast doubt on Russia’s responsibility for these and other hostile acts, contradicting the findings of America’s intelligence agencies. He routinely declined to criticise Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, for his support for Syria’s murderous regime, the 2018 Salisbury poisonings and the persecution of the opposition activist Alexei Navalny.
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The head of the Olympic movement will visit Japan in May as the nation struggles to contain a surge in Covid-19 cases before the start of the Games, with Pfizer agreeing to supply extra vaccine doses to the country.
Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, will attend a torch relay ceremony in the western city of Hiroshima on 17 May and meet prime minister Yoshihide Suga the next day, Kyodo News agency said on Saturday, citing sources close to the matter.
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World’s biggest polluters release joint commitment to climate action following John Kerry visit to Shanghai
The US and China have “committed to cooperating” on the pressing issue of climate change, the two sides said in a joint statement on Saturday, following a visit to Shanghai by US climate envoy John Kerry.
“The United States and China are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands,” said the statement from Kerry and China’s special envoy for climate change, Xie Zhenhua.
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Inside the chemist made entirely out of felt Sat, 17 Apr 2021 23:02:08 GMT After wowing art lovers in the US and China, Lucy Sparrow's latest felt fantasy is her first UK show in five years. Match ID: 13 Score: 40.00 source: www.bbc.co.uk age: 0 days qualifiers: 40.00 china
Tesla could be in for a shock as far-eastern rivals use cheap money to gain traction among affluent western car buyers
Tesla boss Elon Musk is not known for admiring his competition, but when Chinese manufacturer Nio made its 100,000th electric car last week, he offered his congratulations.
It was a mark of respect from a chief executive who had been through “manufacturing hell” with his own company. Yet it is also a sign of the growing influence of China’s electric carmakers. They are hoping to stake out a spot among the heavyweights of the new industry and bring a significant new challenge to Tesla – and to the rest of the automotive industry as it scrambles to catch up.
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This Week in Apps: A surprising report on App Tracking, Apple event predictions, Instagram for kids Sat, 17 Apr 2021 14:00:22 +0000 Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android […] Match ID: 15 Score: 40.00 source: feedproxy.google.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 40.00 china
Business continuity planning is a necessity for your fund and portfolio Fri, 16 Apr 2021 21:18:26 +0000 A business continuity plan does not have to be complicated or long, but it needs to tell you or your senior team how to keep big things moving forward and what's needed to get things done. Match ID: 18 Score: 40.00 source: feedproxy.google.com age: 1 day qualifiers: 40.00 china
Why Has China Targeted Minorities in Xinjiang? Fri, 16 Apr 2021 20:00:00 +0000 The staff writer Raffi Khatchadourian explains how Xi Jinping’s government used an obsession with “stability” to justify a genocide against ethnic Uyghurs and Kazhaks. Match ID: 19 Score: 40.00 source: www.newyorker.com age: 1 day qualifiers: 40.00 china
China dominates supply of the elusive metals, which are vital to modern technology, but finding new sources is becoming a global priority
There are an estimated 1.4bn cars on the world’s roads today. Around 78m new cars are sold every year. To head off the worst effects of climate change, every single one will need to go electric eventually.
Whether it rolls off a production line in Fremont, California, or comes together in a vast megafactory in Qinghai, China, a colossal amount of human effort must go into building the components and obtaining their base minerals. In each car, for instance, there is roughly a kilogram of magnet providing the motion needed to fire engines and electrify windows. Roughly 30% of this material is made up of rare earth material known as neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr).
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The Painted-Steel Whimsy of Yayoi Kusama Fri, 16 Apr 2021 10:00:00 +0000 Works by the nonagenarian Japanese artist grace the grounds and interiors of the New York Botanical Garden through Oct. 31. Match ID: 23 Score: 40.00 source: www.newyorker.com age: 1 day qualifiers: 40.00 japan
Bairstow knock not enough for Sunrisers Hyderabad Sat, 17 Apr 2021 18:15:51 GMT Mumbai Indians eke out a 13-run Indian Premier League win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, who lose their way after Jonny Bairstow's sparkling 43. Match ID: 30 Score: 35.00 source: www.bbc.co.uk age: 0 days qualifiers: 35.00 india
What does it take to create a startup ecosystem? Sat, 17 Apr 2021 18:00:58 +0000 Say it louder for the people in the back: As tech grows bigger by the minute and venture capital adds dollar signs by the day, a startup hub’s success is not an either/or situation. The next Silicon Valley is a tired narrative, when in reality startups look, innovate and create differently all over the world. […] Match ID: 31 Score: 35.00 source: feedproxy.google.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 35.00 india
Four were members of Indianapolis’ Sikh community – a grandmother, a mother, an aunt, a father who was picking up his first paycheck
A gunman killed eight people Thursday night at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The eight victims who died were identified by police as Matthew R Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jaswinder Kaur, 64; Jaswinder Singh, 68; Amarjit Sekhon, 48; Karli Smith, 19; and John Weisert, 74.
Four were members of Indianapolis’ Sikh community, dealing another blow to the Asian American community, as their deaths come one month after six people of Asian descent were killed in an Atlanta-area shooting spree, and amid continuing attacks and harassment against Asian Americans during the Covid-19 pandemic. Police chief Randal Taylor said that a “significant” number of employees at that FedEx facility are members of the Sikh community. It remains unclear whether Sikhs were targeted, authorities reportedly said.
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Allegations made against workers at Mitie, a company contracted by the Home Office to deport people from UK
Home Office contractors who deport people from the UK have used the racist term “cotton pickers” to describe their black colleagues, a court has heard.
The Home Office uses the contractor Mitie to deport people to destinations including Jamaica, Pakistan, India, Nigeria and Ghana along with European countries and other locations. The escorts are only allowed to do this work if they have received accreditation from the Home Office.
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The global death toll from the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 rose above 3 million on Saturday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, as the case tally climbed above 140 million. The U.S. leads the world in cases and deaths by wide margins, with 31.6 million cases and 566,238 deaths. The U.S. added at least 78,932 new cases and 940 new deaths on Friday, according to a New York Times tracker. The U.S. has averaged 70,117 cases a day in the past week, up 8% from the average two weeks ago.
Outside of the U.S., India has replaced Brazil as the country with the second highest number of cases at 14.5 million, and is fourth globally by deaths at 175,649. Brazil is third by cases at 13.8 million and second with a death toll of 368,749. Mexico is third by deaths at 211,693 and 14th highest by cases at 2.3 million. The U.K. has 4.4 million cases and 127,472 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world.
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The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness rose above 139 million on Friday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, as the death toll climbed above 2.98 million. The U.S. leads the world in cases and deaths by wide margins, with 31.5 million cases, or about 23% of the global total, while the 565,289 death toll makes up about 19% of the global toll. The U.S. added at least 74,312 new cases and 909 new deaths on Thursday, according to a New York Times tracker. The U.S. has averaged 70,514 cases a day in the past week, up 8% from the average two weeks ago. Pfizer Inc. Chief Executive Albert Bourla said it is likely that people who receive Covid-19 vaccines will need booster shots within a year afterward, and then annual vaccinations, to maintain protection against the virus as it evolves, the Wall Street Journal reported. "The variants will play a key role. It is extremely important to suppress the pool of people that can be susceptible to the virus," Bourla said during a virtual event hosted by CVS Health Corp. that aired Thursday but was recorded April 1.
Outside of the U.S., India has replaced Brazil as the country with the second highest number of cases at 14.3 million, and is fourth globally by deaths at 174,308. Brazil is third by cases at 13.7 million and second with a death toll of 365,444. Mexico is third by deaths at 211,213 and 14th highest by cases at 2.3 million. The U.K. has 4.4 million cases and 127,438 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world.
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At least eight people have been shot and killed at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. The suspected gunman killed himself, police have said. Multiple other people were injured and taken to local hospitals, a police spokesperson, Genae Cook, said at an early morning news conference on Friday
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The FBI Takes a Drastic Step to Fight China’s Hacking Spree Wed, 14 Apr 2021 21:41:11 +0000 The agency's approach to protecting vulnerable victims of the recent Hafnium attack manages to be at once controversial and refreshingly restrained. Match ID: 42 Score: 34.29 source: www.wired.com age: 3 days qualifiers: 34.29 china
In January, we learned about a Chinese espionage campaign that exploited four zero-days in Microsoft Exchange. One of the characteristics of the campaign, in the later days when the Chinese probably realized that the vulnerabilities would soon be fixed, was to install a web shell in compromised networks that would give them subsequent remote access. Even if the vulnerabilities were patched, the shell would remain until the network operators removed it.
Now, months later, many of those shells are still in place. And they’re being used by criminal hackers as well...
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US envoy John Kerry woos China over climate Tue, 13 Apr 2021 23:41:35 GMT US envoy John Kerry will hold talks in Shanghai ahead of a climate summit hosted by President Biden. Match ID: 45 Score: 28.57 source: www.bbc.co.uk age: 4 days qualifiers: 28.57 china
A new drought monitoring approach: Vector Projection Analysis (VPA) Thu, 15 Apr 2021 00:00:00 EDT (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST)) South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has proposed a satellite-aided drought monitoring method that can adequately represent the complex drought conditions into a single integrated drought index. Match ID: 46 Score: 25.71 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 3 days qualifiers: 25.71 south korea
ITER Celebrates Milestone, Still at Least a Decade Away From Fusing Atoms Mon, 24 Aug 2020 15:00:00 GMT Machine assembly has commenced, but this gigantic nuclear fusion experiment costing tens of billions of dollars is nowhere near starting up Match ID: 49 Score: 20.71 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 236 days qualifiers: 5.71 japan, 5.71 china, 5.00 india, 4.29 south korea
Rwanda study raises fears erosion of efficacy may have begun, with children at greatest risk
Resistance to malaria drugs in Africa may be starting to take hold, according to a study that maps changes similar to those seen a decade ago when drug resistance spread in south-east Asia.
In Cambodia and neighbouring countries, the artemisinin drug compounds widely used against malaria are no longer always effective. The falciparum malaria parasites have developed genetic mutations that allow them to evade the drugs. There has been great concern that drug resistance could spread to Africa, which has the highest burden of cases of this type of malaria – and the highest toll of child deaths from it.
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Ex-CNN reporter and founder of the news site Rappler on life under the relentless social media assault of the Duterte regime
As terrible as the events were that played out on Capitol Hill on 6 January, Maria Ressa admits to feeling “a small amount of relief” about them. An ex-CNN bureau chief, and now the founder of her own news organisation, Rappler, she had spent the past two years sounding a warning about what she’d seen happen in her native country, the Philippines.
There, a Facebook-fuelled tsunami of lies had assisted an authoritarian into power. And she had seen where that had led: to opponents of the state being killed in their homes or turning up dead in ditches. As a Filipino American with a foot in both countries – she calls herself “the first of the CNN hybrids” – she was perfectly positioned to warn America about what happens when a populist president is allowed to spread out-of-control lies across a vast, unregulated tech platform. “A lie told a million times becomes a fact,” she repeated again and again.
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The Vital Wisdom of Wesley Brown’s “Tragic Magic” Thu, 15 Apr 2021 20:02:00 +0000 The 1978 novel, championed by Toni Morrison, is a vibrant riff on Blackness, manhood, and jazz. Match ID: 54 Score: 15.00 source: www.newyorker.com age: 2 days qualifiers: 15.00 vietnam
10 Exciting Engineering Milestones to Look for in 2021 Thu, 07 Jan 2021 20:00:00 GMT Expect advances in Mars missions, wearable brain scanners, and quantum communications Match ID: 56 Score: 15.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 100 days qualifiers: 5.71 china, 5.00 india, 4.29 south korea
A Theory of (Almost) Everything Thu, 08 Apr 2021 18:30:00 GMT A new book analyzes the seven grand transitions that have formed the modern world Match ID: 58 Score: 11.43 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 9 days qualifiers: 5.71 japan, 5.71 china
Spotting Mystery Methane Leaks From Space Tue, 27 Oct 2020 15:00:00 GMT A fleet of microsatellites will identify emitters of the gas, which is responsible for a quarter of global warming Match ID: 59 Score: 11.43 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 172 days qualifiers: 5.71 japan, 5.71 china
Japan on Track to Introduce Flying Taxi Services in 2023 Fri, 04 Sep 2020 16:00:00 GMT SkyDrive’s success in conducting a piloted eVTOL test indicates short-hop flights are close to commercial reality Match ID: 60 Score: 11.43 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 225 days qualifiers: 5.71 japan, 5.71 china
China to Launch Space Mining Bot Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:00:00 GMT Chinese company sets out first steps towards extracting space resources Match ID: 63 Score: 10.71 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 213 days qualifiers: 5.71 china, 5.00 india
Spacety Has Big Plans for Small Satellites Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:00:00 GMT Spacety was one of China’s first private space companies and has so far been involved in 10 space launches Match ID: 65 Score: 10.71 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 423 days qualifiers: 5.71 china, 5.00 india
Employees were demanding unpaid wages and a pay rise at a Chinese-backed power plant, officials and police said
At least five people were killed and dozens injured in Bangladesh after police opened fire on a crowd of workers protesting to demand unpaid wages and a pay rise at a Chinese-backed power plant, officials and police said.
Police opened fire after about 2,000 of the protesters began hurling bricks and stones at officers at the construction site of the coal-fired plant in the south-eastern city of Chittagong, local police official Azizul Islam told Reuters.
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Video Friday: Robotic Eyeball Camera Fri, 09 Apr 2021 14:56:00 GMT Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Match ID: 67 Score: 8.57 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 8 days qualifiers: 5.71 china, 2.86 taiwan
His Blue LEDs Changed How We Light Our World Thu, 08 Apr 2021 19:22:00 GMT Nearly 30 years ago, Isamu Akasaki dazzled journalists with a bright pen light Match ID: 72 Score: 5.71 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 9 days qualifiers: 5.71 japan
The cost of speaking up against China Tue, 30 Mar 2021 23:08:52 GMT Uyghurs abroad describe a pattern of harassment and intimidation they say is designed to silence them. Match ID: 73 Score: 5.71 source: www.bbc.co.uk age: 18 days qualifiers: 5.71 china
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has started training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, USA. Set to launch for her second mission in spring 2022, Samantha is already getting reacquainted with International Space Station systems in a series of refresher courses.
Samantha was last on the International Space Station in 2014 for her Futura mission. She spent 200 days in space, conducting European and international scientific experiments and Space Station operations.
In the coming months, her schedule will intensify as she trains for the specific experiments and tasks she will perform in space during her second mission.
As a collaborative, international effort between the United States, Europe, Canada, Russia and Japan, Space Station training takes place across the globe. Samantha will be training between Johnson Space Center in the USA, the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Russia and the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany.
Samantha and her fellow Class of 2009 astronauts will soon welcome new colleagues. For the first time in over a decade, the European Space Agency is seeking new astronauts and applications are open from 31 March to 28 May 2021. A six-stage selection process will start thereafter. This is expected to be completed in October 2022.
Ready to make #YourWayToSpace? Check out the dedicated website with all the information relating to ESA’s 2021–22 astronaut selection.
Most importantly, get ready to apply. Perhaps you will find yourself where Samantha is today.
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Here's What You Need to Know About China's Mars Rover Mon, 29 Mar 2021 11:00:00 GMT Tianwen-1 is expected to attempt a difficult Martian landing in May; if it survives, expect to hear much more Match ID: 75 Score: 5.71 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 19 days qualifiers: 5.71 china
Russia’s Failure to Throttle Twitter Isn’t a Sign of Weakness Wed, 17 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000 Widely cast as an indication of frailty, the Kremlin’s bungled crackdown shows the lengths it will go to to control the Russian internet. Match ID: 76 Score: 5.71 source: www.wired.com age: 31 days qualifiers: 5.71 china
Don't Believe the Hype About Hypersonic Missiles Fri, 05 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT Hypersonic tech represents merely evolutionary change that isn't worth the price Match ID: 77 Score: 5.71 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 71 days qualifiers: 5.71 china
China Launches Beidou, Its Own Version of GPS Wed, 12 Aug 2020 16:00:00 GMT China places the final Beidou navigation system satellite into orbit Match ID: 81 Score: 5.71 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 248 days qualifiers: 5.71 china
Plasma Jets May One Day Propel Aircraft Fri, 15 May 2020 14:29:00 GMT Plasma thrusters could help jet planes fly without fossil fuels Match ID: 83 Score: 5.71 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 337 days qualifiers: 5.71 china
Here’s Where and How We Think China Will Land on Mars Wed, 25 Mar 2020 16:13:00 GMT China’s 2020 HX-1 Mars mission will draw on previous lunar explorations and human spaceflights Match ID: 84 Score: 5.71 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 388 days qualifiers: 5.71 china
3 bright, flavorful menus for spring brunches at home Sat, 17 Apr 2021 09:00:15 EDT These sweet and savory brunch recipes are just the thing for a laid-back weekend morning (or afternoon). Match ID: 0 Score: 50.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 30.00 food, 20.00 recipes
M&S and Aldi are at loggerheads over a cake. What’s at stake and what’s behind Britain’s love affair with the confection?
Colin the Caterpillar first darkened M&S’s shelves in the autumn of 1990, mere weeks before Margaret Thatcher stood down as prime minister. It’s too simple to put the timing down to coincidence. The symbolism was obvious. Here was an anthropomorphic chocolate sponge log ready to hold the nation’s hand through the coming decade. The lady wasn’t for turning; the new guy wasn’t for turning into a butterfly. In a confusing and fast-changing Britain, Colin has been a continuity figure.
The stubbornly larval national icon has been at the centre of a row this week. On Thursday it was reported that M&S had lodged a legal complaint against its discount rival, Aldi, whose “Cuthbert the Caterpillar”, it claims, besmirches Colin’s good name. It’s sad to see Colin dragged through the mud like this, but he has always been a quietly provocative figure.
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When the world seems a little too scary, reach for the chocolate boxes
I was in need of comfort this week. I’d been binge-watching The Terror on BBC iPlayer: the dramatic retelling of the Franklin expedition to discover the Northwest Passage that set sail on two ships (one called HMS Terror) in 1845 with 129 men on board. Every man perished in circumstances that have never fully been explained. It is brilliant but brutal (don’t watch with children), leaving me in a state of confusion.
Dark 70% chocolate wasn’t going to do anything for me so I reached into my testing box for some Soma dark milk. A reader told me, some time ago, about Soma Old School, which they described as like a fabulous Flake (it’s not currently made, so don’t go looking for it). Soma is a chocolatier based in Toronto (lucky you if you live there, as you also have Courage My Love, the best vintage shop in the world). I tried two of Soma’s 55% milk bars: the Creole Gardens (Haiti) and Vanua (Fiji) – both £10.95 (65g) from Cocoa Runners. Super creamy, there wasn’t much to pick between them, so if you covet a really fine dark milk treat do look at their beautiful bars.
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(Revenge) Ladbroke Grove meets the NFL as the London rap star eyes the US market on a basketball-inspired album of nonstop bangers
West London rapper AJ Tracey’s ambitious second studio album doesn’t just nod to the pandemic; it references a 1997 NBA game when a visibly unwell Michael Jordan overcame food poisoning to help the Chicago Bulls to victory. Tracey is also digging deep to triumph over the odds, the title implies, with a US audience in his sights on this “sophomore” album.
What follows is a three-pointer taken with poise and verve. Despite the many basketball references – tracks like Draft Pick, Kukoč and Eurostep – plus the presence of US guests such as T-Pain and Kehlani, Tracey’s output remains reassuringly hyperlocal, not diluting his flows but rather taking plenty of familiar UK specifics international. West Ten, his terrific garage-revival hit with Mabel, is most obviously sited in Ladbroke Grove, but granular references to Tracey’s “opps”, upmarket restaurants and Vimto also litter these confident, irresistibly rhythmic verses.
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In an exchange of emails for Observer Food Monthly’s 20th anniversary, the broadcaster and writer explains how Twitter helped her through lockdown and what she eats on a night off
What were you doing 20 years ago this month? I’m afraid I have only a rather muddled memory of that time. My husband, John Diamond, who’d had his cancer diagnosed in March 1997, had died in March 2001, and consequently all I can remember of this time 20 years ago, is feeling dazed, and mainlining bagels and cream cheese from Panzer’s. I know I’d been filming (and this must have been for the second series of Nigella Bites) as I had – ridiculous as it now seems – just a week off in the middle of it, and my one acute memory is feeling painfully aware that the herbs we had back of shot when John had died were still alive and flourishing when I resumed. I suspect most of April, once the series had been finished, was spent taking the children, who were then four and six, to school then going back under the duvet until it was time to collect them.
What were you mostly cooking then? I dare say none of us is impervious to fads and fashion, but my cooking seems to change mostly according to where I am in my life, and at that time I remember rolling endless meatballs – or rather, getting my children to do so, their small hands perfectly suited to the job. The pasta machine, a basic hand-cranked model, was often clamped to the kitchen table, too. My kids used to love turning the handle. Makes me feel I should reclaim it from the back of the cupboard and bring it into play again, even if I have to turn the handle myself!
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What I learned in my year as a restaurant critic stuck at home
Won’t somebody think of the poor restaurant critics? Won’t anyone consider the plight of these hard-working, committed professionals, robbed this past year of their vital place in society? Week after week pre-pandemic, we pulled up to a thickly clothed table, ordered potentially nice things to eat at somebody else’s expense, and then returned to our desks to write sharply honed accounts of the great risks we had taken, carefully larded and barded with the most elegant of knob gags. Can’t at least a few of you take to your doorsteps to bang a pan? No? Oh.
I’ll level with you. Throughout the pandemic, I’ve attempted to check my privilege, really I have
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UK officials are exploring restrictions on product after minister described it as ‘unbearably barbaric’
The head of France’s foie gras producers’ association has said she is “shocked and outraged” that the British government is considering banning imports of the product.
And she has invited MPs to visit French farms producing foie gras to see the force feeding of ducks and geese and judge for themselves whether it is “cruel and torturous”, as animal rights campaigners claim.
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BrandProject expands beyond the studio model with a new $43M fund Fri, 16 Apr 2021 17:12:38 +0000 BrandProject — a firm that’s backed successful direct-to-consumer commerce startups like Freshly (acquired by Nestlé), Persona (also acquired by Nestlé) and Chef’s Plate (acquired by Hello Fresh) — is announcing that it has raised $43 million for what it says is its first traditional venture fund. Founded by Andrew Black, who previously co-founded Virgin Mobile […] Match ID: 11 Score: 30.00 source: feedproxy.google.com age: 1 day qualifiers: 30.00 food
Peas please! Shelling, snow and snap are at their peak Fri, 16 Apr 2021 10:00:08 EDT With the welcoming of fresh pea season, here's what you need to know about how to make the most of the bounty. Match ID: 14 Score: 30.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 1 day qualifiers: 30.00 food
Pelmeni and Beyond at Dacha 46 Fri, 16 Apr 2021 10:00:00 +0000 The married chefs Trina and Jessica Quinn deftly cut through misconceptions about Eastern European food with menus that span centuries, across countries and cultures. Match ID: 15 Score: 30.00 source: www.newyorker.com age: 1 day qualifiers: 30.00 food
Shares of Merck & Co. were up 0.1% in premarket trading on Thursday after the drug company said the oral antiviral COVID-19 treatment it is developing with Ridgeback Biotherapeutics did not help hospitalized patients in a mid-stage clinical trial. The companies now plan to test molnupiravir in non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients in a Phase 3 trial, with plans to file for emergency authorization in the second half of the year. They are also planning to see if the experimental therapy works for post-exposure prophylaxis. In a separate news release, Merck said it is discontinuing MK-7110 as a treatment for patients hospitalized with COVID-19, saying that the Food and Drug Administration's request for additional clinical information would push the launch into 2022. "Merck is now focusing its efforts on advancing molnupiravir, which, as an oral medicine for outpatient use, represents a promising potential new approach, and on accelerating production of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine," Dr. Roy Baynes, chief medical officer for Merck Research Laboratories, said in the release. Merck's stock has gained 6.6% since the start of the year, while the broader S&P 500 is up 9.8%.
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Nigella Lawson Wants to Talk to People Wed, 14 Apr 2021 19:27:19 +0000 The writer and TV star on privacy, performance, and cooking for one. Match ID: 18 Score: 25.71 source: www.newyorker.com age: 3 days qualifiers: 25.71 food
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How Many Homes Could You Power With Free Doughnuts? Tue, 13 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Should you get a COVID vaccine? Yes, it will protect you AND protect others to help us move past this pandemic so we can get back to a more normal life. But wait! If you get vaccinated, you can also get a doughnut! At least that's the deal that Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is offering. Once you get your vaccine, you get a doughnut. Oh, it's not just one doughnut—it's one doughnut every day. That's a lot of doughnuts.
OK, so how about some physics estimations to go along with your tasty doughnut?
Let's say that all the Americans that have a COVID vaccine get (and eat) one doughnut a day. Of course eating food gives you energy to do stuff—that's how food works. So, suppose that all these humans eat their doughnut and then use the extra energy to peddle a stationary bike. All of these bikes are then connected to generators so that they feed into the power grid. What kind of power output would this produce?
The first thing we need is the number of doughnuts a day. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 63 million Americans have been fully vaccinated so far (as of April 7 2021). Oh, don't worry too much about the numbers—I'm going to do all my calculations in python so that you can change the values if that makes you happy. I'm also going to assume that all these people get their doughnut—every day.
Next, I need to know the amount of energy per doughnut. According to Krispy Kreme's site, a plain glazed doughnut is 190 Calories. But what the heck is a Calorie? Well, [the original calorie was created to describe changes in thermal energy for different substance](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calories. Then, later people used it to measure the amount of chemical energy your body can get from eating food. However, there is a problem. For some reason, all food labels list stuff in Calories—but these are really kilocalories. So, that doughnut has 190,000 calories. I guess it just sounds like it's too big of a number for people to consider eating.
There is another unit of energy—the joule. Since this is the preferred unit of energy for physicists, I'm going to use it. To convert between units, 1 calorie is equal to 4.184 joules. But what does this have to do with your everyday life? Let's consider something you might do without too much effort. Suppose you have a textbook on the floor and you pick it up to put it on a table. Since you are exerting a force on the book over some distance, you have to change the gravitational potential energy of that book. The change in gravitational potential energy is equal to the mass of the book (about 1 kilogram) multiplied by the local gravitational field (g = 9.8 N/kg) and then multiplied by the change in height (about 1 meter). This will give a change in energy of about 10 joules. So that gives you a rough feeling for the amount of energy in a joule.
But what about power? Power is the rate of energy change. It tells you how fast you use energy. As an equation, it looks like this:
In this expression, if ΔE is the change in energy in units of joules and Δt is the time interval in seconds then the power will be in units of watts.
We are almost ready to calculate the vaccine doughnut power. We just need one more estimation—the efficiency. When a human eats a doughnut, only some of the chemical energy goes all the way into useful energy. Also, with a stationary bike generator some of the energy the human uses to push the pedals also goes into heating up some of the moving parts. In the end, only a percentage of the energy goes into electrical energy. This percentage is the efficiency. I'm just going to make a rough guess that the process of doughnut eating to electrical energy is 25 percent efficient.
That's it. I just need to take the number of doughnuts per day and convert that energy to joules and then divide by the length of a day (in seconds). Oh, and multiply by the efficiency. Here's what I get. Note: this is actual python code. You can see my calculations and even change them if you like.
You can see that for each human, it's just a measly 2 watts of power. That's around the power output for a smart phone (power values vary based on use). However, once you include all the vaccinated people we get up to 144 Megawatts. In 2019, the average household power was about 1200 watts. That means that you could use all these doughnuts to run 120 thousand homes. Oh, AND you get vaccinated—that's a win.
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ESA-sponsored medical doctor Nick Smith snapped this photo of the storage containers at Concordia research station in Antarctica shortly before sunset, 8 April 2021. The dark blue line at the horizon is the shadow of the Earth.
The containers store food, recycling and the scientific samples of blood, saliva, and stool that Nick routinely takes. The units on the right are part of the summer camp, during which researchers sleep in tents.
Science for the benefit of space exploration does not only happen off planet. While some studies require the weightless isolation of the International Space Station, Antarctica also provides the right conditions for investigating the consequences of spaceflight, and it is a little easier to access than space.
Part of the 17th crew to spend an entire year at one of the most remote bases in the world, Nick and 11 other crew members have taken up the adventurous challenge in the backdrop of a pandemic to continue important research that is furthering space exploration.
Located at the mountain plateau called Dome C, Concordia is a collaboration between the French Polar Institute and the Italian Antarctic programme, and is one of only three bases that is inhabited all year long.
As well as offering around nine months of complete isolation, Concordia’s location at 3233 m altitude means the crew experience chronic hypobaric hypoxia – lack of oxygen in the brain.
During the Antarctic winter, the crew of up to 15 people also endure four months of complete darkness: the sun disappears from May and is not seen again until late August.
Temperatures can drop to –80°C in the winter, with a yearly average of –50°C. The temperature at the time of this image was -65°C, with wind chill at about -80°C. To put this cold into perspective, it was so cold that the camera battery died within ten minutes.
As a station set in Earth’s harshest space, Concordia is an ideal stand-in for studying the human psychological and physiological effects of extreme cold, isolation and darkness. For the rest of the year, Nick is poking and prodding the crew for samples to study changes in mood, immune systems, blood cells, and gut health.
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A Theory of (Almost) Everything Thu, 08 Apr 2021 18:30:00 GMT A new book analyzes the seven grand transitions that have formed the modern world Match ID: 22 Score: 4.29 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 9 days qualifiers: 4.29 food
For food writer Suzy Pope, summer brings with it walks to the beach and picnics in the park – but whatever the occasion, a sip of cider makes it all the sweeter
As the weather turns balmy and folk meander to open spaces for some much-needed vitamin D, my mind leaves the warming hum of a smoky whisky behind and craves something cold and dripping with condensation. Every summer, I start drinking cider – and I’m not alone. What is it about the zingy, apple-based drink that sends the saliva glands into overdrive as soon as the sun comes out?
Before I was a food and drink writer, I was a student. I didn’t think about the terroir of grape-growing, the nose of whisky or what wine to pair with raw tilapia. On sunny days, I just thought about the most enjoyable way to quench my thirst. Now, the clank of a metal bottle opener and the hiss of a cold Thatchers Cider opening is enough to bring me back to the Meadows in Edinburgh, for a post-lecture picnic with friends. Stretched out on the grass as the rays warm my skin, the air is filled with the smoky smell of barbecue.
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Today's Cyberattacks Foreshadow Wars to Come Wed, 24 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT SolarWinds, the Florida water treatment hack, even Texas's grid outage: These are what threats to a nation's cybersecurity look like Match ID: 24 Score: 4.29 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 24 days qualifiers: 4.29 food
ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer is preparing for his mission to the International Space Station, scheduled for launch in late 2021. This mission is known as Cosmic Kiss.
In this video log from his current training base at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, USA, Matthias shows a space food tasting session and shares how astronauts maintain their fitness for a safe return to Earth.
Astronauts exercise for two hours a day, six days a week while on the International Space Station to combat muscle and bone loss caused by an extended stay in microgravity. Diet also plays an important role in maintaining physical and mental wellbeing.
Due to the current situation with COVID-19, all personnel are required to adhere to special safety precautions while training. These include wearing a mask – as seen in the clip.
Matthias will continue his training for Cosmic Kiss at partner agencies around the world over the next weeks and months. Stay tuned for further footage of his training and experiences.
German Astronauten-Vlog/ Matthias Maurer: Weltraumnahrung und Fitness
ESA-Astronaut Matthias Maurer bereitet sich auf seine Mission zur Internationalen Raumstation vor, die Ende 2021 starten soll. Diese Mission trägt den Namen "Cosmic Kiss".
In diesem Video-Log von seiner aktuellen Trainingsbasis im Johnson Space Center der NASA in Houston, Texas, USA, zeigt Matthias eine Verkostung von Weltraumnahrung und erzählt, wie Astronauten ihre Fitness für eine sichere Rückkehr zur Erde aufrechterhalten.
Astronauten trainieren während ihres Aufenthalts auf der Internationalen Raumstation an sechs Tagen in der Woche täglich zwei Stunden, um dem Muskel- und Knochenschwund entgegenzuwirken, der durch den langen Aufenthalt in der Schwerelosigkeit verursacht wird. Auch die Ernährung spielt eine wichtige Rolle bei der Erhaltung des körperlichen und geistigen Wohlbefindens.
Aufgrund der aktuellen Situation mit COVID-19 müssen alle Mitarbeiter beim Training besondere Sicherheitsvorkehrungen beachten. Dazu gehört auch das Tragen einer Maske - wie im Video zu sehen.
Matthias wird in den nächsten Wochen und Monaten sein Training für seine Cosmic Kiss-Mission bei Partneragenturen auf der ganzen Welt fortsetzen. Bleibt dran - Wir werden mit weiterem Filmmaterial über sein Training und seine Erfahrungen berichten.
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Hanford Has a Radioactive Capsule Problem Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:00:00 GMT Researchers still don’t have a way to neutralize the former nuclear-weapons complex’s 1,936 capsules of radioactive cesium and strontium Match ID: 26 Score: 4.29 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 214 days qualifiers: 4.29 food