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A spacecraft has been launched from California this morning carrying with it humanity’s greatest hopes of being able to protect our planet from a cataclysmic asteroid impact. Fortunately the DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) mission is only a test, and if anything goes wrong before it intercepts its target next September, then Earth won’t suffer
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President Joe Biden remains “healthy” and fit enough for the presidency but is showing some signs of ageing, his doctor said on Friday. Biden – the oldest president in American history – underwent a detailed five-hour medical the day before his 79th birthday, which included a battery of blood, physical, gastrointestinal, dental, vision, and neurological
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Frozen vials apparently containing the deadly virus smallpox have been discovered in a freezer at a US facility that conducts vaccine research. Federal health authorities confirmed the vials “were incidentally discovered by a laboratory worker” who was cleaning out the freezer in Pennsylvania. “CDC, its administration partners, and law enforcement are investigating the matter and
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One person is dead, several people are missing and thousands have been evacuated following severe flooding in the northwest of the US and parts of Canada. A storm has brought days of rain to western Washington and British Colombia causing flood damage described by officials as “severe”. The storms, which started on Sunday, wrecked roads,
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Workers at Amazon’s warehouses in California were left “terrified” and “powerless” as the company concealed COVID-19 outbreaks from them, according to the state’s attorney general. The company has been ordered to pay a $500,000 (£370,000) fine to the State of California for failing to adequately notify its staff and health agencies of case numbers. Officials
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