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James Lovelock: Gaia theory creator on coronavirus and turning 101

James Lovelock: Gaia theory creator on coronavirus and turning 101

Science
James Lovelock, one of Britain’s greatest scientists, is famous for developing the Gaia hypothesis, which sees the Earth as a self-regulating system.In his long and influential career, he also revealed the chemicals that were destroying the ozone layer.He’s just celebrated his 101st birthday and the BBC's chief environment correspondent Justin Rowlatt visited him at his home in Dorset.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Science & Environment
Coronavirus: New 90-minute tests for Covid-19 and flu ‘hugely beneficial’

Coronavirus: New 90-minute tests for Covid-19 and flu ‘hugely beneficial’

Health
New 90-minute tests that can detect coronavirus and flu will be rolled out in care homes and laboratories from next week.The "on-the-spot" swab and DNA tests will help distinguish between Covid-19 and other seasonal illnesses, the government said. The health secretary said this would be "hugely beneficial" over the winter.Currently, three quarters of test results are returned within 24 hours and a quarter can take up to two days.The announcement comes as the government pushed back a July target to regularly test care home staff and residents, saying the number of testing kits had become more limited. Almost half a million of the new rapid swab tests, called LamPORE, will be available from next week in adult care settings and laboratories, with millions mo...
Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan leaves hospital after recovering from coronavirus

Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan leaves hospital after recovering from coronavirus

Entertainment
Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan has left hospital after recovering from coronavirus.The 77-year-old had been treated in a Mumbai hospital for three weeks, but has now tested negative and will rest at home. His actor son, Abhishek Bachchan, is still in Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital with the virus. Image: Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, 77, (3rd right) and his son The younger Bachchan wrote on Twitter: "My father, thankfully, has tested negative on his latest COVID-19 test and has been discharged from the hospital. He will now be at home and rest."Thank you all for all your prayers and wishes for him." ...
Russia says it will roll out a coronavirus vaccine to citizens in October

Russia says it will roll out a coronavirus vaccine to citizens in October

World
Russia says it will roll out a coronavirus vaccine in October - but no details have been given about what would be the first such programme anywhere in the world.Foreign news agencies quoted Mikhail Murashko, the health minister for Russia, saying that research facility the Gamaleya Institute had completed clinical trials of the vaccine and paperwork is being prepared to register it. Doctors and teachers would be vaccinated first before wider injections are rolled out to other Russians in October, Mr Murashko added. Image: Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to minister of health Mikhail Murashko during a meeting on preventing the spread of coronavirus Reuters, citing anonymous sources, said Russia's first potential vaccine...
Coronavirus: Shielding ends for two million in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Coronavirus: Shielding ends for two million in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Health
More than two million people shielding against coronavirus in most of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland can now leave their home and return to work.Vulnerable people were advised in March to stay at home, or shield, to avoid contracting Covid-19. In Wales the advice stays in place until 16 August.But Macmillan Cancer Support said people in the shielded group do not feel safe enough to leave their homes.It comes after the PM applied the brakes to easing restrictions further.Meanwhile, Graham Medley, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), which advises the government, has said England could have to consider closing pubs in order to reopen schools in September.And businesses that have furloughed staff during the coronavirus pa...