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National coronavirus testing centre only conducting 1,500 tests a day

National coronavirus testing centre only conducting 1,500 tests a day

Technology
The national coronavirus testing centre is still only conducting 1,500 tests a day, more than two weeks after it was declared open, Sky News has learned.The figures come as leaked emails show how the government pursued a "command and control" testing strategy, rejecting offers of help from smaller laboratories as it scrambled to find equipment for its centralised "megalabs". The National Biosample Centre, in Milton Keynes, has been repurposed for swab testing for coronavirus on a mass scale - up to 25,000 tests a day as some estimates suggested - using machines requisitioned from laboratories across the country. Image: An NHS workers is swabbed at a drive-in test facility on the outskirts of Manchester The centre, which will be joined...
Coronavirus: ExCeL Centre planned as NHS field hospital

Coronavirus: ExCeL Centre planned as NHS field hospital

Health
The NHS will treat coronavirus patients in a makeshift field hospital in the ExCeL Centre in East London. The exhibition space, which has been used in the past for Crufts and Comic Con, will eventually hold up to 4,000 patients.Dubbed the Nightingale Hospital, the temporary base will be staffed by NHS medics with the help of the military.It will initially provide about 500 beds equipped with ventilators and oxygen.Car firms to convert factories to make ventilatorsThe Ministry of Defence said a team of military planners had visited the centre along with NHS England staff at the weekend.Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told the BBC the military was also seeking out other possible locations to treat patients who cannot be accommodated in normal NHS facilities.S...
Centre of the Milky Way ‘recently’ exploded

Centre of the Milky Way ‘recently’ exploded

Technology
The black hole at the centre of the Milky Way recently exploded according to new research, shooting expanding beams of energy into deep space like a nuclear lighthouse,New research has discovered that the event, known as a Seyfert flare, created two cones of ionising radiation which sliced through the galaxy and even impacted cosmic bodies outside of it. Occurring just 3.5 million years ago - practically last week on a cosmic scale - the flare was so powerful that it hit the Magellanic Stream, a trail of gas extending between the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, nearby dwarf galaxies. Image: Our sun is one of many stars which make up the Milky Way According to Australian and American researchers, the explosion was too huge to have b...
Milky Way’s centre exploded 3.5 million years ago

Milky Way’s centre exploded 3.5 million years ago

Science
A cataclysmic energy flare ripped through our galaxy, the Milky Way, about 3.5 million years ago, a team of astronomers say.They say the so-called Sifter flare started near the super massive black hole in the centre of the galaxy.The impact was felt 200,000 light-years away.The discovery that the Milky Way's centre was more dynamic than previously thought can lead to a complete reinterpretation of its evolution.Milky Way galaxy is warped and twisted, not flat"These results dramatically change our understanding of the Milky Way," says co-author Magma Guglielmo from the University of Sydney."We always thought about our Galaxy as an inactive galaxy, with a not so bright centre," she added. The flare created two enormous "ionisation ...
Plea for probe into alleged funds misappropriation by Indiabulls; HC asks Centre, RBI to reply

Plea for probe into alleged funds misappropriation by Indiabulls; HC asks Centre, RBI to reply

Finance
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Friday decided to examine the allegations, in a PIL by an NGO, of financial irregularities, siphoning of funds and other violations against the promoters of Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd (IBHFL). A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notice to the central government, the Reserve Bank of India and Indiabulls seeking their stand on the petition filed by an NGO. The court also issued notice to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), National Housing Bank (NHB), the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), Registrar of Companies (ROC) and Sameer Gehlaut, the founder and chairman of Indiabulls group and asked them to file their replies by December 13-- the next date of hearing. The bench decided to issue notice in t...