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Stephen Hawking’s papers to be saved for the nation

Stephen Hawking’s papers to be saved for the nation

Science
Cambridge University LibraryProf Stephen Hawking's scientific papers and personal possessions are to be saved for the nation.The objects include childhood letters, scripts from his TV appearances and Prof Hawking's ground-breaking research into black holes.The 10,000-page archive will be kept in perpetuity at Cambridge University library.His office will be reconstructed in the Science Museum next year and selected highlights will go on display.Prof Hawking's son, Tim, said that the family was delighted that his body of work and memories of his life were being safeguarded for future generations."Our father would be really pleased," he said. "It was really important during his lifetime that science be opened up to the widest possible number of people and be democratized and not be the preser...
Biden, CDC director warn of virus rebound if nation lets up

Biden, CDC director warn of virus rebound if nation lets up

Health
WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden and a top health official warned Monday that too many Americans are declaring virus victory too quickly, appealing for mask requirements and other restrictions to be maintained or restored to stave off a “fourth surge” of COVID-19. The head of the CDC said she had a feeling of “impending doom” if people keep easing off.The double dose of warnings came even as Biden laid out hopeful new steps to expand coronavirus vaccinations, with all adults to become eligible over the next 5 weeks. Biden announced plans to expand the number of retail pharmacies that are administering vaccines, and investments to help Americans get to vaccination sites. But the optimism was tempered by stark warnings about the potential for another wave of cases.“This is deadly serious,” ...
Cuomo proposal would raise top tax rate for New York City to 14.7%, highest combined rate in nation

Cuomo proposal would raise top tax rate for New York City to 14.7%, highest combined rate in nation

Finance
Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty ImagesNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed raising taxes on the wealthy to a combined level of 14.7%, which would be the highest state-and-local tax rate in the nation.The tax increase would raise $ 1.5 billion for the state, Cuomo said Tuesday in an address unveiling his 2022 budget proposal.More from Personal Finance:IRS may have paid $ 57 million in error for Trump tax breakTeachers are next in line for the Covid vaccineStates have tried seizing unemployment benefits during the pandemicThe move would be part of a three-pronged approach — raising revenue, cutting expenses and borrowing — to cover the state's historic budget shortfall due to Covid-19, Cuomo said."New York cannot manage a $ 15 billion deficit," according to Cuomo, who said th...
COVID deaths in Italy hit record high as nation imposes 10pm curfew on New Year’s Eve

COVID deaths in Italy hit record high as nation imposes 10pm curfew on New Year’s Eve

World
Italy has unveiled tough new restrictions for Christmas after recording the highest number of daily coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.Figures show there were 993 COVID-related deaths and 23,225 new cases on Thursday. The previous record of 919 deaths came in March at the peak of the first wave. Italy was the first Western country to be hit by COVID-19 - and from 21 December to 6 January, people will only be allowed to move between the nation's 20 regions for work, medical reasons or emergencies.People are being urged not to invite any guests to their homes during the Christmas period, amid fears it could lead to a further spike in new infections. Midnight mass on Christmas Eve is also being banned.Live updates on coronavirus from UK and around world ...
Esper: Nation grieves over 9 service members killed in training

Esper: Nation grieves over 9 service members killed in training

Business
Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Monday the United States grieves the deaths of eight Marines and a Sailor who were killed over the weekend when their amphibious assault vehicle sank off the coast of California's San Clemente Island. "A grateful nation and the Department of Defense grieves the tragic loss of the Marines and Sailor lost in the amphibious assault vehicle accident off the coast of San Clemente Island," Esper said in a statement. "Our prayers and condolences are with the family and friends of these brave young men." Advertisement Only one body has been recovered and the other service members are presumed dead after an extensive 40-hour search was called off and became a recovery mission on Sunday after the vessel sank with 15 Marines and one Navy sailor on...