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Coronavirus: This is not the last pandemic

Coronavirus: This is not the last pandemic

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Media playback is unsupported on your device We have created "a perfect storm" for diseases from wildlife to spill over into humans and spread quickly around the world, scientists warn. Human encroachment on the natural world speeds up that process. This outlook comes from global health experts who study how and where new diseases emerge. As part of that effort, they have now developed a pattern-recognition system to predict which wildlife diseases pose most risk to humans. This approach is led by scientists at the University of Liverpool, UK, but it is part of a global effort to develop ways to prepare better for future outbreaks.'We dodged five bullets' "In the last 20 years, we've...
Formula 1: Williams up for sale after £13m loss last year

Formula 1: Williams up for sale after £13m loss last year

Sports
The Williams Formula 1 team and wider company group are up for sale after posting a £13m loss last year.The momentous decision marks a major change in direction for a company whose founder Sir Frank Williams had previously always insisted on retaining control.Deputy team principal Claire Williams said: "Frank has always ensured he puts the team, business and our people first, and that's what we're doing now." She said the aim was to secure the team's future through internal investment.Sir Frank, 78, is no longer involved in the day-to-day running of the team.Claire Williams said: "Frank is always aware of and up to speed with every decision the board takes and is supportive. Money, less money
Americans got $48 billion in unemployment benefits last month. It could have been double

Americans got $48 billion in unemployment benefits last month. It could have been double

Finance
A store in Arlington, Virginia, remained temporarily closed on May 14, 2020. Another 3 million people filed initial unemployment claims last week on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Department of Labor.Olvier Douliery-AFP/Getty ImagesStates paid a record $ 48 billion in unemployment benefits last month as the coronavirus pandemic caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs.But the payout could have been much larger — about double — were it not for administrative delays among states, according to an analysis from researchers at the Brookings Institution."A lot of money is going out," said Jay Shambaugh, director of the Hamilton Project, an economic initiative within the left-leaning think tank, and one of the authors of the report. "But it's nowhere near how much
‘Crazy beast’ lived among last of dinosaurs

‘Crazy beast’ lived among last of dinosaurs

Science
A cat-sized mammal dubbed "crazy beast" lived on Madagascar among some of the last dinosaurs to walk the Earth, scientists have revealed.The 66-million-year-old fossil is described in the journal Nature.Its discovery challenges previous assumptions that mammals would have had to be very small - the size of mice - to survive alongside dinosaurs. Researchers say this individual animal weighed 3kg (6.6lbs) and had not reached its full adult size.Scientists think that the badger-like creature, known as Adalatherium, would have burrowed - helping it to evade predatory dinosaurs. This could explain how it evolved to such a size. Before mammals took over the Earth, they probably had to run and hide from the much larger dinosaurs that ru...
Feathery find: One of the last dino raptors lived in New Mexico

Feathery find: One of the last dino raptors lived in New Mexico

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March 26 (UPI) -- Paleontologists have identified a new feathered dinosaur species, one of the last raptors to emerge before the dinosaurs were snuffed out. Researchers recovered the 67-million-year-old remains from a cretaceous rock deposit in New Mexico's San Juan Basin. Though the fossil was originally discovered in 2008, the excavation and examination process took more than decade. Scientists described the new species, Dineobellator notohesperus, in a paper published this week in the journal Scientific Reports. The species name translates as "Navajo warrior from the Southwest," a salute to the indigenous tribes that occupied the land where one of the world's last raptors once lived. Like it's infamous Asian relatives, members of the genus Velociraptor, Dineobellator notohesperus is ...