TimeLine Layout

July, 2020

  • 23 July

    About-face: politicians switch from vilifying burqas to mandating masks

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    Nilufar Ahmed, University of Bristol People in the UK will be soon be required by law to wear masks in shops to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This follows the introduction of mandatory face coverings on public transport in June. There is evidence that supports the public health benefits of wearing face coverings in public. But the UK government and …

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  • 22 July

    Why it’s so critical to continuously monitor and manage plant diseases

    Hands-on monitoring is key to fighting many plant diseases. Edwin Remsberg/VWPics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

    Hands-on monitoring is key to fighting many plant diseases. Edwin Remsberg/VWPics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Bernard Slippers, University of Pretoria; Jolanda Roux, University of Pretoria, and Marinda Visser, University of Pretoria Most of us understand the critical importance of monitoring the spread of diseases. And it is as important for plant diseases as it is for humans. Plant disease …

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  • 22 July

    Hajj 2020: coronavirus pandemic frustrates Saudi vision for expanded religious tourism

    Muslim pilgrims circle round the Kaaba in Mecca in 2019. The numbers will be dramatically reduced in 2020. EPA

    Muslim pilgrims circle round the Kaaba in Mecca in 2019. The numbers will be dramatically reduced in 2020. EPA Seán McLoughlin, University of Leeds Saudi Arabia has finally clarified that due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic only very limited numbers of local pilgrims will be allowed to perform Hajj in 2020. During the past decade, the kingdom has typically welcomed …

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  • 22 July

    Sending international students home would sap US influence and hurt the economy

    Some colleges may have to scramble to make plans to keep international students enrolled. Boston Globe/Getty Images

    Some colleges may have to scramble to make plans to keep international students enrolled. Boston Globe/Getty Images David L. Di Maria, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on July 8 to explain a policy rule issued on July 6. The Trump administration announced on July 14 that the policy rule had been rescinded. U.S. …

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  • 21 July

    Why protesters are fed up with Sudan’s tricky transition

    A Sudanese demonstrator at a protest in the capital Khartoum. Ashraf Shazily/AFP via Getty Images

    A Sudanese demonstrator at a protest in the capital Khartoum. Ashraf Shazily/AFP via Getty Images David E Kiwuwa, University of Nottingham In the last few days, tens of thousands of people have, once again, taken to the streets of Sudan’s major cities to demand “freedom, peace and justice”, the rallying cry for the protesters who ousted Omar al-Bashir in 2019. …

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  • 20 July

    Oxford immunologist on coronavirus vaccine: our early results look highly promising

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    Numstocker/Shutterstock Rebecca Ashfield, University of Oxford A vaccine against COVID-19 is urgently needed if we’re to stop the virus spreading and prevent potentially millions of further deaths. We’re now one step closer to that goal. Today, we published early results from our clinical trial of the vaccine ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (also known as AZD1222), designed by the University of Oxford and …

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  • 20 July

    UAE Mars mission: extraordinary feat shows how space exploration can benefit small nations

    Rocket carrying the Hope probe. MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES HAND/EPA

    Rocket carrying the Hope probe. MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES HAND/EPA Ine Steenmans, UCL and Neil Morisetti, UCL The United Arab Emirates (UAE) successfully launched its Mars mission dubbed “Al Amal”, or “Hope”, from the Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan on July 20. This is the first space mission by the UAE, and the first Arab mission to Mars – making …

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  • 17 July

    Avicenna (ibn Sina) the Great Persian Philosopher & Physician

    Avicenna (ibn Sina) the Great Persian Philosopher & Physician

    Avicenna, was a Persian polymath, who wrote almost 450 treatises on a wide range of subjects, of which around 240 have survived. In particular, 150 of his surviving treatises concentrate on philosophy and 40 of them concentrate on medicine

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  • 17 July

    KAUST Research: New research into 6G aims to bridge the digital divide

    By the end of 2018, there were nearly 4 billion people without internet connectivity in the world. Almost 75 percent of the unconnected population is located in 20 countries and is concentrated in rural, low-income and low-literacy areas. Acknowledging its paramount importance, the United Nations now recognizes internet connectivity as an important and basic human need and includes “universal and …

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  • 17 July

    Smell loss: the invisible disease with a devastating impact

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    pathdoc/Shutterstock Carl Philpott, University of East Anglia Losing your sense of smell or having it “disturbed” is not as rare as you might think: one in 20 people experience it at some point in their lives. It can happen as a result of chronic sinusitis, damage caused by cold viruses, or even a head injury. It is sometimes also a …

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