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‘Doctor Who’ Season 13 begins filming under strict COVID-19 safety measures

‘Doctor Who’ Season 13 begins filming under strict COVID-19 safety measures

Entertainment
Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The producers of long-running British sci-fi series Doctor Who announced filming has commenced on the 13th season of the show's 2005 revival. BBC America, which airs Doctor Who in the United States, said Jodie Whittaker is returning as the 13th incarnation of the Doctor for Season 13, which is being filmed "under strict industry and U.K. government guidelines to ensure the safety of all cast and crew." Advertisement "In this strangest of years, the Doctor Who production team have worked wonders to get the show back into production," showrunner Chris Chibnall said. "We're thrilled to be back making the show." Chibnall said the extra time required to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols led to the decision to do an eight-episode season instead of the usual 11 episodes. "But...
What wobbling rocks can tell us about nuclear safety

What wobbling rocks can tell us about nuclear safety

Science
We've all seen them; we've even taken pictures of ourselves pretending to hold them up or to push them over. These are the precariously balanced rocks on a hill or a coastal cliff. It's as if the gentlest nudge would send them tumbling.In truth, the disturbance needed to unsettle the blocks is quite significant, and that got husband and wife geologists Drs Dylan and Anna Rood wondering about how these great stones could be used to decipher earthquake history.Think about it: if a precariously balanced rock has held its position for 10,000 years without tipping over, it means the land around the stone hasn't experienced shaking above a certain level in all that time."The turn of phrase we're tryin...
FDA approved opioids for chronic pain despite lacking ‘critical’ safety data, analysis finds

FDA approved opioids for chronic pain despite lacking ‘critical’ safety data, analysis finds

Health
Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved nearly 50 new prescription opioid pain medications between 1997 and 2018, even though it lacked "critical" data on safety and effectiveness, an analysis published Monday by the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found. None of the 48 drugs granted agency approval during the more than 20-year period was evaluated in clinical trials that lasted longer than 12 weeks, and the trials often included narrowly defined groups of patients, researchers said. Advertisement And few included "systematic assessments" of risks associated with these medications, including addiction potential and non-medical use. "Our analysis provides a window through which to view the FDA's opioid regulation over the past 20 years," study co-author Dr. Cal...
NYC delays start of school year to do more virus safety prep

NYC delays start of school year to do more virus safety prep

Health
NEW YORK -- New York City postponed students' return to classrooms by more than a week to keep working on coronavirus safety precautions, announcing the delay Tuesday after teachers said they might OK a strike over the city's drive to open schools.The change came nine days before the nation's largest public school system was set to resume teaching students face-to-face.Now, instead of starting a mix of in-person and remote learning on Sept. 10, the city's more than 1 million public school students will start remote-only classes Sept. 16. In-school instruction will begin Sept. 21.“It is a revision that still allows us to keep things moving forward on a tight timeline, but with additional preparation time,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.That time is to be spent finishing virus-safety steps that
Coronavirus: Randox recalls up to 750,000 test kits over safety concerns

Coronavirus: Randox recalls up to 750,000 test kits over safety concerns

Health
Up to 750,000 unused coronavirus testing kits are being recalled due to safety concerns.The UK's medicines and healthcare products regulator (MHRA) asked Randox to recall the kits sent out to care homes and individuals.The government said it was a "precautionary measure" and the risk to safety was low.It comes weeks after the health secretary said Randox kits should not be used until further notice.In mid-July, Matt Hancock said the swabs in some kits were "not up to standard". Safety issue over Randox Covid test kits How do I get a coronavirus test? The Department for Health and Social Care said results from Randox tests were unaffected.A spokeswoman said: "We have high safety standards for all coronavirus tests. Following the pausing of Randox kits on 1...