Month: November 2020

Playing for high steaks. How two of the world’s greatest golfers got their teeth into the food they really wanted.

12 November 2020 By Paul Martin

As the world of sport resumes its greatest events after the Covid pandemic’s lockdowns, the most prestigious and quirky tournament in the Golfing World is currently underway – seven months later than usual: the US Masters at the Augusta National club in Georgia, USA. In golf, it seems, there’s a lot at steak! Great golfers […]

Later but warmer. Hot on the heels of Pfizer’s breakthrough in the battle against Covid-19, a German company says it can store its vaccine in a normal fridge.

12 November 2020 By Paul Martin

Franz-Werner Haas, CureVac CEO  Fol­low­ing Pfiz­er’s dra­mat­ic un­veil­ing of a 90%-plus ef­fec­tive­ness rate from its piv­otal Covid-19 vac­cine study ear­li­er this week, less af­flu­ent coun­tries and re­gions around the world have begun to won­der if they will be frozen out of the picture. The vac­cine has to be shipped in temperatures below -70 de­grees cel­sius and then used with­in […]

Two scientists of Turkish origin are heroes in the battle against Covid-19 via a vaccine. Immigrants seem to have injected new vigour into medicine and research.

10 November 2020 By Paul Martin

Immigrants to various European countries have often been the keenest members of their society to push their offspring towards medicine and science. This may help explain why the number of Asians in Britain who are filling up the country’s medical schools is far beyond their proportion in the population. And, likewise, the number of Asian-origin […]

A coup against a coup? Top film gurus argue over allegations of the suppression of a film about MI6’s role in the overthrow of an Iranian leader.

8 November 2020 By Paul Martin

Lord Puttnam has stepped into a row to back an independent film-maker who has accused Brian Lapping and Norma Percy, two top names in British investigative filmed journalism, of “blocking” his documentary —  about Britain’s role in a coup that overthrew the leader of Iran in 1953.  Lapping and Percy vehemently deny the allegation and have […]

After animals catch coronavirus from humans, Denmark is to cull all its farmed minks. It fears mutations passed from minks to humans may resist vaccines.

6 November 2020 By Paul Martin

Fears that the Coronavirus causing Covid-19 will mutate and prevent effective antibodies have led to Denmark deciding to cull all farmed mink in the country. Denmark is the world’s largest producer of farmed mink, of which there are 15 million animals located at over a thousand farms. Their fur is mainly used for women’s coats. […]