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‘They threw me away so I would suffer as I died’: How rape is used as a weapon in Tigray conflict

‘They threw me away so I would suffer as I died’: How rape is used as a weapon in Tigray conflict

World
In the Ethiopian city of Adigrat, the general hospital may be the only thing that actually works in a community which now lacks all government-run services.The health facility's front door is firmly open and the wards are full. In fact, there are far more patients than beds, and we watched the staff treat gunshot wounds and shrapnel blasts and the after-effects of beatings in this war-ravaged corner of the Tigray region.The physical damage inflicted by this vicious conflict made a strong impression on our team but the trauma and distress was difficult to handle for there is so much pain in this dilapidated building.Warning: This article contains detailed descriptions of violent rape and other details some readers may find distressing Image: In t...
Elon Musk denies Tesla cars are used for spying in China

Elon Musk denies Tesla cars are used for spying in China

Technology
EPAElon Musk, the chief executive of the US electric carmaker Tesla, says his firm would be "shut down" if its vehicles were used for spying on China.His comments came in response to reports that China's military had banned Tesla cars from its facilities.The military had raised security concerns about the data collected by cameras installed in the cars.China is Tesla's largest market after the US, accounting for about a quarter of the firm's global sales in 2020.On Saturday, Mr Musk said if a business did engage in spying on a foreign government, "the negative effects for that company would be extremely bad"."There's a very strong incentive for us to be very confidential with any information," Mr Musk told an influential Chinese business forum via video link. "If Tesla used cars to spy in ...
Science behind Pfizer vaccine can be used to give people cancer jabs ‘within a couple of years’

Science behind Pfizer vaccine can be used to give people cancer jabs ‘within a couple of years’

Technology
The co-creator of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine has said the technology behind it could soon be used to fight cancer too.While the vaccine has been bankrolled by the American pharmaceutical giant, the science itself is the work of BioNTech, a German company founded by married couple and dedicated physicians Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci. Dr Tureci was working on a way to harness the body's immune system to tackle tumours when the pair learned last year of a mystery virus infecting people in China. Image: mRNA could be used to treat more than just COVID-19. Pic: NIAID Over breakfast, they decided to apply the technology they'd been researching for two decades to the new threat, dubbing the effort "Project Lightspeed."Both COVID-19 vaccine...
Swallowable pill cameras to be used to spot bowel cancer tumours

Swallowable pill cameras to be used to spot bowel cancer tumours

Technology
Tiny cameras that are small enough to be swallowed and can film tumours in the gut are being trialled in the fight against cancer.Called PillCams, they are encased in a capsule to make them easier to ingest, and it is hoped they can replace more invasive methods of screening. Around 11,000 patients across England will take part in the initial trial in more than 40 areas of the country.Professor Peter Johnson, the NHS clinical director for cancer, hopes the new technology will save lives. Image: Medics hope the new technology can save lives "Every year in England, we diagnose around 42,000 people with bowel cancer, that's more than 100 people a day," said Prof Johnson. ...
AI used to ‘predict the next coronavirus’

AI used to ‘predict the next coronavirus’

Science
A team of scientists has used artificial intelligence (AI) to work out where the next novel coronavirus could emerge. The researchers used a combination of fundamental biology and machine learning. Their computer algorithm predicted many more potential hosts of new virus strains than have previously been detected. The findings have been published in the journal Nature Communications. Coronavirus: This is not the last pandemicCoronavirus: A year of high-speed discoveryDr Marcus Blagrove, a virologist from the University of Liverpool, UK, who was involved in the study, explained: "We want to know where the next coronavirus might come from. "One way they're generated is through recombination between two existing coronaviruses - so two viruses infect the same cell and they recombine into a 'da...