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Ben Stiller’s baked trophy… and 7 other Globe highlights

Ben Stiller’s baked trophy… and 7 other Globe highlights

Entertainment
ReutersAn awards ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler is up there with raindrops on roses as one of our absolute favourite things. But there was plenty more to enjoy about Sunday's Golden Globe Awards beyond the comedy duo's excellent bicoastal hosting.Nomadland and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm were the big winners of the night, while The Crown dominated the TV categories.Meanwhile, there were three significant surprises in the film categories - with Andra Day, Rosamund Pike and Jodie Foster all beating the favourites in their respective acting groups to claim victory.Mank was the most nominated film of the night and yet went home empty-handed, which may not bode well for its Oscar chances next month.But the biggest surprise was that the Golden Globes almost finished on time, running ...
Shakespeare’s Globe among venues to get slice of Culture Recovery Fund

Shakespeare’s Globe among venues to get slice of Culture Recovery Fund

Entertainment
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Scientists say a more contagious mutant coronavirus strain has been sweeping globe

Scientists say a more contagious mutant coronavirus strain has been sweeping globe

Technology
Scientists say they have identified a mutation in coronavirus which they believe means a more contagious strain has been sweeping Europe and the US - and could even reinfect those who already have antibodies.Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US detected 14 mutations in the COVID-19 virus spike proteins, one of which - known as Spike D614G - they said was of "urgent concern". Their research paper suggests the mutated strain of coronavirus that has become dominant across the world was first indentified in Europe and is different to those which spread early on in the pandemic. Image: A graphic shows the mutation, in blue, becoming the most dominant strain So urgent is the issue that the research paper describing their ...
Golden Globe Awards: Michelle Williams praised for women’s rights speech

Golden Globe Awards: Michelle Williams praised for women’s rights speech

Entertainment
Michelle Williams has been praised by fellow actors after giving an impassioned speech about women's rights at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards.The 39-year-old made the comments, which alluded to abortion, after picking up one of the acting awards."I wouldn't have been able to do this without employing a woman's right to choose," she said. "To choose when to have my children, and with whom."But she came in for criticism from anti-abortion commentators in the US.The four-time Oscar nominee won the Golden Globe for best actress in a limited series or TV movie for her role in drama series Fosse/Verdon."I am grateful to live in a moment in our society where choice exists, because as girls and women, things can happen to our bodies that are not our choice," she to...
Fungi communities around the globe mostly comprise a few common species

Fungi communities around the globe mostly comprise a few common species

Science
May 31 (UPI) -- New research shows microbial communities in soils around the globe are less diverse than previously suggested. In recent years, scientists have become increasingly interested in the role microbial communities in soil play in the ecological health of fields and forests. The unique microbial signatures of soil samples, researchers contend, can offer insights into the dynamics of different ecosystems. But new research suggests soil samples host vast microbial populations, with the majority of fungi found in samples all over the globe belonging to a few common species. "Scientists know that different fungi in soils are responsible for the way that forests and farmlands work," Eleonora Egidi, a postdoctoral fellow in the field of soil microbiology at the Hawkesbury Institute f...