Month: March 2020

Coronavirus: Worldwide genetics race to uncover who is most susceptible to Covid-19

Researchers across the world are working to uncover whether DNA variations among humans affect how susceptible individuals are to the novel coronavirus.Scientists are pooling genetic data from Covid-19 patients to determine whether differences in genetic coding affect how severely a patient suffers from the virus.Covid-19 is the official name for the pneumonia-like virus that is…

Coronavirus: Australian scientist gets magnets stuck in his nose after Covid-19 device mishap

An Australian astrophysicist bored by coronavirus isolation saw his attempted invention to stop people catching the disease go hilariously wrong when he landed in hospital with magnets stuck up his nose.Daniel Reardon, a research fellow at Swinburne University in Melbourne, was working to create a necklace-like device that would buzz when its wearer brought their…

Coronavirus: Australian scientist gets magnets stuck in his nose after Covid-19 device mishap

An Australian astrophysicist bored by coronavirus isolation saw his attempted invention to stop people catching the disease go hilariously wrong when he landed in hospital with magnets stuck up his nose.Daniel Reardon, a research fellow at Swinburne University in Melbourne, was working to create a necklace-like device that would buzz when its wearer brought their…

Hong Kong protests: Remand in jail for student, 17, who was caught with hammer, petrol bomb in his backpack

A 17-year-old student in Hong Kong was remanded in jail by a court on Tuesday after he admitted to carrying a petrol bomb and hammer near a crime scene during a protest four months ago.The defendant, Choi Tsz-kit, was arrested at around 5am on November 11, the day when radical protesters caused citywide traffic disruptions…

Coronavirus-hit London’s horrible history of plagues, death and disease

As London braces for more Covid-19 cases – the population confined to their homes, commerce ground to a halt, hospitals at the ready – it is somewhat comforting to know London has survived far worse pandemics before, with much less medical knowledge and equipment.I used my daily exercise outing under quarantine regulations to enjoy the…

Pacific islands, Antarctic bases: coronavirus-free living in some of Earth’s most isolated places

A coronavirus-free tropical island nestled in the northern Pacific may seem the perfect place to ride out a pandemic – but residents on Palau say life right now is far from idyllic.The microstate of 18,000 people is among a dwindling number of places on Earth that still report zero cases of Covid-19 as figures mount…

Coronavirus: Billionaire David Geffen blasted for his Instagram-perfect isolation on a luxury yacht

David Geffen’s picture-perfect self-seclusion is highlighting ugly divisions in the age of the coronavirus pandemic.“Isolated in the Grenadines avoiding the virus,” the billionaire, 77, said in an Instagram post. “I’m hoping everybody is staying safe.”The photos of his luxury confinement aboard the 138-metre Rising Sun, one of the world’s biggest private vessels, triggered an immediate…

Coronavirus: Billionaire David Geffen blasted for his Instagram-perfect isolation on a luxury yacht

David Geffen’s picture-perfect self-seclusion is highlighting ugly divisions in the age of the coronavirus pandemic.“Isolated in the Grenadines avoiding the virus,” the billionaire, 77, said in an Instagram post. “I’m hoping everybody is staying safe.”The photos of his luxury confinement aboard the 138-metre Rising Sun, one of the world’s biggest private vessels, triggered an immediate…

Samsung says chip factory worker tests positive for virus, output not affected

Samsung Electronics said on Tuesday that one of its chip factory workers in South Korea had tested positive for coronavirus, but its output has not been affected.This is the first time a Samsung chip factory employee has tested positive for the virus, although several confirmed cases at the tech giant’s smartphone factory in South Korea’s…