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Falling rates of COVID in university areas could be hiding a wider outbreak in cities

Falling rates of COVID in university areas could be hiding a wider outbreak in cities

Technology
Falling rates of COVID-19 among students could be masking an underlying epidemic, research by Sky News has revealed.The Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said this week that Tier 3 restrictions were unnecessary because cases in the city were falling. Our analysis suggests that's true when looking at city-wide data. But in fact, the downward trend appears to be because of a sharp fall in cases in areas with a higher density of students. In other parts of the city, which are likely to have a greater proportion of elderly people at risk of more serious disease, cases are still rising.That will be a serious concern for hospitals that are increasingly stretched by the combination of COVID-19 and other winter illnesses. ...
Coronavirus: 14-day quarantine for Covid contacts could be reduced

Coronavirus: 14-day quarantine for Covid contacts could be reduced

Health
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Unmanned boats and drones could repair offshore wind farms and clean up the sea

Unmanned boats and drones could repair offshore wind farms and clean up the sea

Technology
Autonomous drones and unmanned boats could be used to maintain the UK's offshore wind farms in the next five years, experts have told Sky News.A team of scientists from the University of Bristol and French-based engineering and science firm Thales are testing technology that will eventually remove the need for humans to carry out the dangerous role. The process involves AI (artificial intelligence) boats carrying autonomous drones out to wind turbines at sea, before they take off and land on turbine blades and carry out repairs.Tom Richardson, from the University of Bristol who is leading the team, said: "The number of turbines we have is almost growing exponentially. Image: A drone is pictured being tested "There's a large number out...
Why US election could decide climate change battle

Why US election could decide climate change battle

Science
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‘No good epidemiological reasons to delay’ circuit break which could save thousands of lives, SAGE scientists say

‘No good epidemiological reasons to delay’ circuit break which could save thousands of lives, SAGE scientists say

Technology
A "short, sharp" two-week lockdown over the October half-term could prevent more than 7,000 deaths, according to a paper by two of the government's leading scientific advisers.The paper, which has not been peer-reviewed, suggests that a full lockdown, with stay-at-home orders and school closures, could reduce COVID-19 deaths from 19,900 to 12,100 over the rest of the year. It also suggests hospitalisations could be reduced from 132,400 to 66,500, assuming moderate growth in the infection rate.The findings have been used to support Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer's warning that without a "circuit breaker" lockdown Britain will "sleepwalk into a long and bleak winter". But the paper does not consider crucial factors which would determine the success of any restrictions, including the leve...