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EU turns up the heat on AstraZeneca – and warns company must honour its vaccine contract

EU turns up the heat on AstraZeneca – and warns company must honour its vaccine contract

World
EU leaders have told AstraZeneca that it must "catch up" on vaccine deliveries in Europe before it is allowed to export jabs to other countries. Frustration is growing in Brussels over a massive shortfall in the number of jabs that EU countries are receiving - with the continent's vaccination programme lagging behind the UK. At a news conference, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the trading bloc is determined to get its "fair share" of vaccines. She added: "Companies have to honour their contract to the European Union before they export to other regions in the world. This is of course the case with AstraZeneca."I think it is clear that the company has to catch up and honour the contract it has with the EU member states before it can engage again in exporting vaccines...
New wearable device converts body heat into electricity

New wearable device converts body heat into electricity

Science
Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Scientists at the University of Colorado have developed a new wearable device that uses thermoelectric generators to turn the body's thermal energy into electricity. Because the device, which is flexible enough to be worn as a ring or bracelet, can turn the human body into a power source, it could eliminate the need for an external battery in a variety of wearable electronics. Advertisement Researchers described the new device in a paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. "In the future, we want to be able to power your wearable electronics without having to include a battery," senior study author Jianliang Xiao, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Colorado, said in a press release. The device's thermonuclear generators can produce a sin...
How will we heat homes in zero carbon Britain?

How will we heat homes in zero carbon Britain?

Science
Getty ImagesWhen it comes to winter warming, you can't beat gas central heating. It's been keeping us cosy for more than half a century.But when your beloved boiler packs up, be prepared for a change - because gas heating can't play a part in zero carbon Britain.At some date in the future, you will need to install clean heating. And be warned - it won't always be cheap, or convenient.What's more, we'll have to radically improve insulation, too, because some of the new-style kit can't heat the UK's cold, draughty houses.There are two main contenders for the £28bn market to heat our homes - hydrogen and heat pumps.Hydrogen - is that the future of heating?Hydrogen is the most talked-about candidate to replace the gas boiler. Hydrogen can be extracted from water using electrolysis, in a proces...
Climate change: 2020 in a dead heat for world’s warmest year

Climate change: 2020 in a dead heat for world’s warmest year

Science
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NBA Finals: LeBron, Los Angeles Lakers beat Miami Heat for 2-0 series lead

NBA Finals: LeBron, Los Angeles Lakers beat Miami Heat for 2-0 series lead

Sports
Oct. 2 (UPI) -- LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the short-handed Miami Heat 124-114 on Friday night to grab a 2-0 series lead in the NBA Finals. James came close to a triple-double with 33 points, nine assists and nine rebounds and Anthony Davis sank 14 of his first 15 shots en route to 32 points to move the Lakers halfway to their first championship since 2010. Advertisement The Lakers -- wearing the Kobe Bryant-inspired "Black Mamba" uniforms -- shot 51% from the field and took a season-high 47 3-pointers to counter the Heat's zone defense. Los Angeles improved to 4-0 in the postseason when wearing the all-black uniforms, one of the many tributes to the Lakers legend who died in a January helicopter crash. "This is what it's all about," James said. "We're thinking about the...