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Watch: Virginia school finds student’s lost wallet after 70 years

Watch: Virginia school finds student’s lost wallet after 70 years

Business
March 24 (UPI) -- Officials at a Virginia school where a wallet was found during a remodeling project are returning the item to the woman who lost it as a student nearly 70 years earlier. Poquoson City Public Schools officials said a contractor working on the renovation project at Poquoson Middle School was going through the rubble of the building's demolished gym when he found a wallet in some duct work. Advertisement The wallet's contents included 85 cents, some Santa Claus stamps from 1951, a 1951 calendar and a pair of photos. Information found in the wallet identified the owner as Ester French, 85, who moved to Connecticut in 1957. School officials were able to contact French through a relative who still lives in the area, and the woman said she remembered losing her wallet during th...
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...
10 years into Syrian revolution, no peace in sight

10 years into Syrian revolution, no peace in sight

World
BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 12 (UPI) -- Ten years after the start of a revolution, Syria is in ruins and in danger of collapse. While President Bashar al-Assad has survived the war and remains in power, there is no solution in sight to restore peace and end the population's suffering. Syria's descent started with small peaceful protests on Jan. 26, 2011, influenced by waves of "Arab Spring" uprisings that toppled then-President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Advertisement Months later, it was the turn of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi, who was captured, beaten and killed by fighters in his home city of Sirte that October. In Syria, protesters quickly grew in number. The major protests that broke out on March 15, marking the start of the revolution,...
Kentucky firm plans orbital mini space station in two years

Kentucky firm plans orbital mini space station in two years

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., March 1 (UPI) -- A Kentucky space firm that conducts science experiments on the International Space Station has plans to launch its own miniature, automated orbital research platform in about two years. Lexington-based Space Tango already has small research containers, or CubeLabs, on the space station. Bustling business and growing need for such experiments in microgravity led the company to plan its own space station, founder and CEO Twyman Clements said. Advertisement "As we the scale of our business grows across a number of uses, having a dedicated spacecraft for manufacturing is the way to go," Clements said in an interview Friday. He declined to say how much the company would spend on the project or how much each spacecraft might cost. Founded in 2014 by Clements, an...
Primark bets on last year’s fashion for April reopening

Primark bets on last year’s fashion for April reopening

Business
Getty ImagesPrimark owner Associated British Foods says it hopes to offload millions of pounds worth of clothing stock when its shops reopen in England on 12 April.The High Street giant does not offer online sales and says it expects to have lost £1.1bn in sales due to the latest lockdown closures.It plans to sell more than £400m of last year's stock to help plug the gap.Primark said its 153 stores would reopen in England on 12 April, and in Scotland on 26 April.Unlike rivals, the retailer had no online operation to shift stock when stores were closed during lockdowns.But Primark is not set up to sell online, and has said the costs involved in distribution and sales online would mean price rises for customers. Primark's £1.1bn sales drop contrasts with online only fashion retailers such a...