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Coronavirus: ‘We’re in the experimental phase’

Coronavirus: ‘We’re in the experimental phase’

Science
While lockdown broke the links via which the coronavirus was transmitted, as it is relaxed we all become participants in a vast observational experiment, scientists say. Relaxing restrictions too quickly in this "experimental phase" could cause a "sizeable, second epidemic wave".Emerging from lockdown requires a "cautious, measured approach". And social distancing and working from home are likely to be features of our lives until a vaccine is available."We need to lift only measures that we consider to be safe and then monitor them very carefully," Dr Mike Tildesley, who was involved in the University of Warwick study, told BBC News. "In a sense, as we go through this phase of learning, we're guinea pigs."But as that phase progresses, we'll improve our un...
Sarah Wayne Callies: ‘Council’ message is ‘We’re going to be OK’

Sarah Wayne Callies: ‘Council’ message is ‘We’re going to be OK’

Entertainment
NEW YORK, March 24 (UPI) -- Sarah Wayne Callies said she was ready for an uplifting project after years of starring in tension-charged thrillers like Prison Break and The Walking Dead. NBC's new family drama, which is based on Bruce Feiler's book, Council of Dads, offered Callies the change she was looking for. "I've put a lot of violence into the world with the content I've created, and there was a time when our world felt so safe that that kind of exploration had so much merit and it still does," Callies recently told UPI during a press junket in New York. But the actress is now, personally, at a place where almost all she watches is standup comedy. Professionally, she wants to tell stories about decent, everyday people trying to do the right thing. "Things are bleak and they are scary...
Atlantic, Pacific oscillations were just illusions, climate scientists say

Atlantic, Pacific oscillations were just illusions, climate scientists say

Science
Jan. 3 (UPI) -- There is only one confirmed climate oscillation, the El Niño/Southern Oscillation, or ENSO, according to a new study. Analysis by a team of meteorologists suggest another pair of atmospheric patterns, the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, or AMO and PDO, aren't real. Scientists previously estimated that the AMO and PDO patterns, like ENSO, were defined by shifts in warming and cooling. But the latest research, published Friday in the journal Nature Communications, suggests these shifts in temperature -- mistaken as climate oscillations -- are best explained by human activities and natural variability. "Our analysis throws cold water (forgive the pun) on the idea, advanced by some climate change contrarians, that certain aspects of clim
Putin: Scientists killed in blast were working on ‘unparalleled’ weapon

Putin: Scientists killed in blast were working on ‘unparalleled’ weapon

World
Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Russian scientists killed in a nuclear explosion at a secret military testing site in August were working on "unparalleled" weapons, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "We're talking about the most advanced and unparalleled technical ideas and solutions, about weapons designed to ensure Russia's sovereignty and security for decades to come," Putin said during a ceremony at the Kremlin on Thursday honoring the victims of the mysterious accident. The Aug. 8 explosion of a liquid propulsion system in Nyonoksa killed five scientists and two defense ministry officials and led to international concern about a brief spike in radiation levels reported by the Russian meteorological agency Rosgidomet. Information about the incident will remain "strictly classified," Kremlin sp...
Frozen 2: We’ve been practising for this since we were kids

Frozen 2: We’ve been practising for this since we were kids

Entertainment
Six years after the release of the record-breaking, Oscar-winning, ear-worming Frozen, the wait is finally over for a sequel.Actors Josh Gad, who plays innocent snowman Olaf, and Jonathan Groff, who this time gets his own solo as Princess Anna's love interest Kristoff, told Sky News that in a way they have been preparing for their roles in the films since they were very young. Image: Frozen is back with a long-awaited sequel. Pic: ©2019 Disney "When I was a kid, I used to sit in my bedroom alone, essentially - the sound quality is really good because it's like the bed and the stuffed animals - and I would act out all of my favourite Disney movies alone in my bedroom," said Groff."And the crazy revelation for me was: that is what it i