34 articles from SUNDAY 1.3.2020

Coronavirus: Washington state nursing home placed on lockdown

Kirkland facility reports symptoms in residents and staffPence defends Trump Jr claim Democrats want ‘millions’ to dieA nursing home in Washington state was placed on lockdown after a resident and a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus and more than 50 others showed respiratory symptoms, according to state health officials. Related: Coronavirus outbreak: US confirms cases in...

Starwatch: Regulus, the brightest star of Leo the Lion

Watch out later this week as the moon, approaching full, passes the blue-white quadruple star system in the constellation LeoThis coming weekend, keep an eye out for the moon as it passes Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation of Leo, the Lion. Regulus marks the full stop at the bottom of the backwards question mark of stars, also known as the sickle, that makes up the Lion’s head and...

AI can help find more places to store captured CO2 underground

Scientists dream of storing captured CO2 emissions underground, but it can be tricky to find pockets for storing those emissions -- Earth's seismic "hum" makes it difficult to spot the low-frequency waves that would best help map the subterranean landscape. That might not be a challenge in the future thanks to AI. MIT scientists have developed a machine learning system that uses...

Northeast to ride weather roller coaster for first week of meteorological spring

Spring will feel like it is in full bloom for the first few days of March, but how long with the mild conditions last in the Northeast?With the start of March, comes the hope for a transition into milder conditions, as well as the start of meteorological spring.The first few days of March are forecast to bring a glimpse of warmer weather.The majority of the cold from the final week of February...

From Big Bang to Big Chill, physicist Brian Greene contemplates the beginning (and end) of everything

You might think it's depressing to contemplate the view that the universe is likely to end in everlasting darkness — but that's not how physicist Brian Greene rolls. "I am quite upbeat about the end of everything," he insists. Greene lays out what scientists have learned about the grand sweep of cosmic evolution, and its implications for phenomena ranging from the origin of...

Coronavirus will show us what this government is really made of | John Harris

The challenges of a potential pandemic will test Johnson’s leadership skills like nothing before it – and the early signs aren’t greatGive or take the prime minister’s recent 12-day withdrawal from public life, since his party’s victory at the election the government has largely been trading in performance, rhetoric and intrigue. Running through a great deal of what has happened has been...

Coronavirus: Pence defends Trump Jr claim Democrats want 'millions' to die

Vice-President is leading White House taskforce on outbreakRepublicans are only ‘pushing back’, Pence claimsRobert Reich: Trump’s cuts have made the danger far worseWhen Donald Trump Jr said Democrats hope coronavirus “kills millions of people” in the US because they want to bring his father down, he was merely “pushing back” at politicisation of the viral outbreak by Trump...

Local elections could be delayed by coronavirus outbreak

Government lawyers look at postponing 7 May polls if outbreak continues to spreadCoronavirus outbreak - live updatesGovernment lawyers are assessing the possibility of delaying the local authority, mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections in May if the coronavirus outbreak continues to escalate, the Guardian can disclose.Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said on Sunday the government...

Freeman Dyson obituary

Brilliant theoretical physicist and mathematician whose far-fetched ideas for the future verged on the bizarreThe physicist Freeman Dyson, who has died aged 96, became famous within science for mathematical solutions so advanced that they could only be applied to complex problems of atomic theory and popular with the public for ideas so far-fetched they seemed beyond lunacy.As a young...

Matt Hancock: shutting down UK cities 'may become necessary'

Health secretary says options from closing schools, banning large gatherings and isolating cities being considered Coronavirus outbreak – latest updatesThe UK government is considering all options from closing schools to isolating entire cities if the outbreak of the coronavirus continues to escalate, Matt Hancock has said.The health secretary confirmed on Sunday that ministers would this week...

Becoming a grandmother at 47 led me, as a therapist, to rethink my response to change

Facing ageing and a new role was deeply uncomfortable – but robustness and hope helped me adaptI was 47, shaking and with tears streaming down my face as I held a perfect baby girl in my arms. My body was zinging with oxytocin, the bonding hormone, in response to her smell and touch, those little breaths – it felt as if she was my newborn baby. She wasn’t. She was my first grandchild. My...

What is coronavirus and what should I do if I have symptoms?

What are the symptoms caused by the virus from Wuhan in China, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor?How to protect yourself from infectionCoronavirus – latest updatesIt is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shopped in the...

Faced with the coronavirus, Boris Johnson must stop playing the invisible man | Andrew Rawnsley

People want reliable information and reassurance that their government has got a grip: the prime minister must be seen to leadThe coronavirus crisis has sparked a worldwide race against time to try to understand its nature, contain its spread and develop a vaccine. Only in a few remote corners of the planet do people appear to be nonchalantly confident that it can’t get to them. One of those...

Coronavirus: US, Australia and Thailand report first deaths

China reports 573 new cases with further travel bans and large gatherings restrictedCoronavirus - live updatesThe US, Australia and Thailand have reported their first deaths from coronavirus as two frontline doctors in China died and more countries put in place bans on large gatherings and travel restrictions.A 35-year-old male retail worker in Thailand died from Covid-19, according to the...