Take your pick – anecdotes like that plus a potential cure for Alzheimer’s, or Gwyneth Paltrow? The day that the ceremony attracts an audience of 100 million and is broadcast live across the globe, as Milner hopes, may be a way off, but an hour-long show of highlights goes out on Fox later this month (it’s no coincidence that Rupert Murdoch happened to be in the audience), a fact that presumably helped persuade Pharrell Williams to turn up with a science rap (“to me / science is the continuous journey / to understanding / all that is”) and then perform his new song, Freedom. That and – I’m guessing here – a sackload of money. … [Read more...] about The Breakthrough prize brings the stars out…
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In a statement, Chakrabarti called How to Be Both a “tender, brilliant and witty novel of grief, love, sexuality and shape-shifting identity”. She added: “The way she has the ancient and the modern, the high art and the references to classical art, but also the contemporary nature of the story, and the universal themes of grief, loss and gender … it’s all so effortless … there’s also really contemporary stuff like pornography, technology and surveillance.” … [Read more...] about Ali Smith wins Baileys prize with How to Be Both
How can medications that treat inflammatory diseases also be used to combat Covid-19? Many patients with severe Covid-19 can be affected by the so-called "cytokine storm syndrome." A cytokine storm is also an inflammatory reaction which occurs when the body's immune system goes awry and releases an excess of cytokines that not only attack invaders but also start to set upon healthy cells, causing damage to body tissues and organs. Covid-19 is not the only disease that can turn our immune systems against ourselves. Another immune disorder which may cause serious complications and could be fatal is "autoimmune disease," a type of inflammatory disease that can wreak mayhem in the daily life of 5-10% of the global population. … [Read more...] about Inhibiting Inflammatory Responses, Three Scientists Awarded 2020 Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science
The TV version bears many hallmarks of a script that was originally written for live performance — such as the way Nicholas Woodeson as the prosecuting barrister addresses his remarks directly to the camera, making us feel that we, the viewers, are the jury. … [Read more...] about This drama truly was a winner: CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews Quiz, the story of the ‘coughing major’ was who convicted of cheating on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Heavy prison sentences are a very real threat for those who stay in the city, if Beijing’s approach to controlling dissent on the mainland is any guide. The new security law applies to activities outside as well as inside Hong Kong, and allows defendants to be tried in party-controlled mainland courts. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong activist Nathan Law: ‘I don’t know when I’ll go back’