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The robot shop worker controlled by a faraway human

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe remote-controlled shop assistant In a quiet aisle of a small supermarket in Tokyo, a robot dutifully goes about its work. Reaching down, it grabs yet another bottle of a flavoured drink that humans like, lifts it and places it on the shelf of a refrigerated unit. Then the next one. People …

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Long Covid: ‘Everything tasted like cardboard’

Image copyright Becky Nelson Image caption Becky Nelson has to take a “really deep inhale to the point I’m going to pass out” before she can smell anything It’s been a long day, your stomach’s rumbling and you’ve just tucked into your favourite Jamaican dish: you wait for that kick, but nothing, no taste whatsoever. That was the reality for …

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As Cold Weather Arrives, U.S. States See Record Increases In COVID-19

(Reuters) — Nine U.S. states have reported record increases in COVID-19 cases over the last seven days, mostly in the upper Midwest and West where chilly weather is forcing more activities indoors. On Saturday alone, four states — Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin — saw record increases in new cases and nationally nearly 49,000 new infections were reported, the highest for a …

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US-British Trio Win Nobel Medicine Prize For Hepatitis C Discovery

Americans Harvey Alter and Charles Rice together with Briton Michael Houghton won the Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday for the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus, the Nobel jury said. The three were honoured for their “decisive contribution to the fight against blood-borne hepatitis, a major global health problem that causes cirrhosis and liver cancer in people around the world,” …

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Mali Frees Over 100 Jihadists Seeking Hostage Swap

Insurgency-hit Mali has freed over 100 alleged or convicted jihadists to secure the release of a top politician and a French charity worker, sources close to the talks said Monday. This is a rare mass release of prisoners in the fragile West African country, which is struggling with an eight-year-old Islamist insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives. Soumaila Cisse, …

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Fears Grow For Civilians As Karabakh Fighting Rages

Clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces were raging on Monday over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region as fears grew for civilians after the two sides began shelling major cities. Separatist forces in Karabakh — an ethnic Armenian enclave that broke away from Azerbaijan in the 1990s — reported firefights along the frontline and the regional capital Stepanakert under heavy artillery fire. …

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In An Era Of Team Science, Are Nobels Out Of Step?

With the 2020 Nobel prizes this week comes a recurrent question: has the world’s most prestigious awards for physics, chemistry and medicine — first conferred in 1901 — lost touch with the way modern science is conducted? A century ago, landmark discoveries took place mostly in the mind or laboratory of a single individual. More recently, big breakthroughs in the …

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Asian Markets Rally On Trump Health, Stimulus Hope

Asian markets rallied Monday following reports suggesting Donald Trump’s health is improving after he tested positive for the coronavirus, with traders also cheered by signs that US lawmakers were edging towards agreement on a new stimulus package. World equities went into reverse Friday after the White House announced the president’s diagnosis, which fanned fresh uncertainty just a month before the …

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Japan Mourns Fashion Designer Kenzo Takada

Japanese fashion lovers, politicians and friends of Kenzo Takada paid tribute to the designer on Monday after he died in Paris aged 81 having contracted coronavirus. Junko Koshino, who went to fashion school with Takada in Tokyo, told local media she could not believe news of his death. “I won’t be able to see him even if I go to …

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