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The Woody Allen abuse claim is decades old but unresolved. Could that be about to change?

The Woody Allen abuse claim is decades old but unresolved. Could that be about to change?

Entertainment
There are, of course, two versions of the complex story that still binds Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, decades after their break-up.Farrow's is that Allen sexually assaulted their adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was seven years old, with the little girl's description of alleged abuse captured on video. Allen, who has strenuously denied the claim for almost 30 years, says Dylan was "coached" by her mother, a woman scorned. In 1992, following a 13-year-relationship, the acrimonious break-up of a revered filmmaker and a Hollywood film star was headline gossip fodder. But it wasn't the claim about Dylan that made it such a scandal, rather Allen's affair with Soon-Yi Previn, another of Farrow's adopted children from a previous relationship, uncovered when the actress found explicit pictu...

Here’s how the workforce will change in the coming decades: MIT report

Finance
Elisabeth ReynoldsMITThe predictions were scary. Half of the jobs in industrialized countries could, one day, be taken over by robots. What would workers do? How would they earn a living?In 2018, a taskforce at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology set out to answer these questions. Over the next two years, more than 20 faculty members and 25 graduate students spread out across the globe, from Scandinavia to Germany, interviewing some 200 companies to try to get a better snapshot of the future of work.The more pressing threat, the researchers found, was not necessarily the one we'd imagined. Sure, robots and artificial intelligence were becoming more and more capable, but most companies expected the technology to create new and different jobs rather than to reduce their total positions...
FDA panel reviews 1st new Alzheimer’s drug in 2 decades

FDA panel reviews 1st new Alzheimer’s drug in 2 decades

Health
WASHINGTON -- Government health advisers sharply criticized a closely watched Alzheimer’s drug on Friday, concluding there wasn’t enough evidence that the experimental drug slowed the brain-destroying disease.The panel of outside experts for the Food and Drug Administration agreed that a pivotal study in patients failed to show “strong evidence” that the drug worked. The experts warned of multiple “red flags” with the data, which did not initially show any benefit until another analysis with later results.“Alzheimer's treatment is a huge, urgent, unmet need," said panelist Dr. Joel Perlmutter, of Washington University School of Medicine. "But if we approve something with data that is not strong we have the risk of delaying good, effective treatments.”He was one of eight panelists who voted...
US accuses Google of being a monopoly in largest antitrust lawsuit in two decades

US accuses Google of being a monopoly in largest antitrust lawsuit in two decades

Technology
The US Department of Justice has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google's parent company Alphabet for using "illegal means" to keep its monopoly power.The lawsuit is set to be the biggest in almost two decades and has drawn comparisons to a 1974 case against AT&T, which - after a six-year legal battle - was forced to divest its subsidiaries into individual companies. The last comparable antitrust lawsuit was filed against Microsoft in 1998, which Reuters said cleared the way for "the explosive growth of the internet" as the scrutiny the company received prevented it from thwarting the competition. Image: The lawsuit has bipartisan support in Washington DC Google has not responded to the charges, brought by the Department of Jus...
Covid-19: Infectious coronaviruses ‘circulating in bats for decades’

Covid-19: Infectious coronaviruses ‘circulating in bats for decades’

Science
Coronaviruses capable of infecting humans may have been circulating undetected in bats for decades.Research suggests one of the closest known ancestors of the virus that causes Covid-19 emerged in bats between 40 and 70 years ago.It has been poised for human crossover for some time, the scientists said.And this casts further doubt on conspiracy theories that the virus causing Covid-19 was bioengineered or escaped from a laboratory, they added.Prof David Robertson, of the University of Glasgow, worked on the study, published in the journal Nature Microbiology.He said that while Sars-CoV-2 (the pandemic coronavirus) is genetically very close to the nearest known bat viruses, they are separated in time by several decades."That sugge...