What makes certain groups more vulnerable to COVID-19? Researchers look to animals to find clues in proteins involved in infection — ScienceDaily

What makes the elderly and people with underlying conditions more vulnerable to COVID-19? According to a new study led by McGill University researchers, clues can be found in the proteins involved in initiating infection, as the virus binds to host cells of different animals. Greater cellular oxidation with aging and sickness may explain why seniors and people with chronic illness get infected more often and more severely.

Over 60 million people have been infected and around 1.5 million have died from COVID-19. The virus is disrupting economies and food supply chains all over the world. Understanding why some animals get infected and others do not could be the key to unlocking new treatments and therapies. In a study published in Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal, researchers analyzed available protein sequences of the virus and host cell receptors across different spices to find out why.

“We know that the virus can

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Endurance International Group’s Marquee Event Cloudbazaar Goes Virtual

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Endurance International Group, the parent company of web presence brands like HostGator, Bluehost, ResellerClub will be hosting the 9th edition of its marquee event Cloudbazaar in association with .ORG on December 11 and 12, 2020, which will be held online for the first time.  This year’s event carries on the annual 9-year legacy of hosting some of the biggest names in the domains and hosting industry, and veterans of the web ecosystem, who come together to share ideas and learnings. As the model thought-leadership platform for the web professional (web developers, designers, IT service companies) community, the event is designed to help them advance, upskill and win at enabling businesses online.

This year’s event is themed, ‘Web Pros in a Post Pandemic World’. It will feature dedicated sessions to help attendees understand and take advantage of the latest trends and solutions

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COVID-19: Vitamin D to be delivered free to care homes and vulnerable groups | Science & Tech News, Reports

Free vitamin D deliveries will be offered to around 2.7 million vulnerable people by the government, officials have said.

Vitamin D is necessary for immune system health, leading experts to question whether it may help reduce the risk or severity of the coronavirus.

Care homes across England will be sent the supplement automatically for their residents, in plans revealed on Saturday.

People who are classed as extremely clinically vulnerable will be given the chance to opt into the scheme in order get a supply for their own homes.

The deliveries of a four-month supply of vitamin D will begin in January.

Everyone should take 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day between October and March, according to Public Health England, which stresses the importance of the elderly, those who do not go outdoors, or people with dark skin taking it.

Most people should be able to get regular vitamin D

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Amazon workers and activism groups are staging Black Friday protests around the world, while the company tries to placate workers with $300 holiday bonuses



Garment workers in Bangladesh join the "Make Amazon Pay" protests on Black Friday, 2020. Sommilito Garment Sramik Federation


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Garment workers in Bangladesh join the “Make Amazon Pay” protests on Black Friday, 2020. Sommilito Garment Sramik Federation

  • A coalition of Amazon workers, unions, and activism groups began protesting against Amazon on Black Friday.
  • The “Make Amazon Pay group” gave the company a list of demands that included raising workers’ pay, putting an end to union-busting, and taking climate action. 
  • Amazon workers in Germany have downed tools and garment workers in Bangladesh are protesting outside a supplier. In the UK, a trade union called for a parliamentary inquiry into “dehumanizing” working conditions.
  • Amazon on Thursday said it would offer workers $150 to $300 holiday bonuses this year, but UNI Global Union chief, Christy Hoffman, told Business Insider this doesn’t go far enough.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

As Amazon gears up for one of its biggest shopping days of the year, thousands of

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Apple Trashes Facebook After Groups Lament App Privacy Delay

Illustration for article titled Apple Defends Delay of iOS 14 Feature Limiting App Tracking, Blasts Facebook

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Earlier this year, human rights and privacy groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Human Rights Watch wrote to Apple, asking why it was delaying the introduction of a feature that would force apps to receive explicit opt-in from iPhone users before tracking them. Apple responded, according to Bloomberg, with a letter slamming Facebook.

Apple rolled out the privacy-enhancing feature in iOS 14 in September but hasn’t made it mandatory for developers to enable yet. The groups wrote in a letter to the tech giant stating the delay was ill-advised in the “critical weeks leading up to and following the 2020 U.S. elections, when people’s data can be used to target them with personalized political ads.”

In the letter, Apple’s global head of privacy, Jane Horvath, responded to the groups by trashing Facebook and its business model.

“Too

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New study presents highly-active ozygenated groups in carbon materials for oxygen reduction to hydrogen peroxide

New study presents highly-active ozygenated groups in carbon materials for oxygen reduction to H2O2
Figure 1. The performance characterizations of ORHP. Credit: Professor Jong-Beom Baek, UNIST

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) has found many applications in the modern industry, including acting as a green oxidant in disinfectants, bleaching agents, sanitizing agents, chemical synthesis, and even as a potential energy carrier. A new catalyst, which enables on-site generation of H2O2 has been developed. It has gained much attention in both academia and industry as a quick, simple and inexpensive method to produce H2O2, which is in constant demand.


A research team, led by Professor Jong-Beom Baek in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST has developed a carbon-based high-efficiency electrochemical catalyst for use to produce H2O2. Because it is carbon-based, it is inexpensive and requires no complicated process, and thus allows for on-site production of H2O2.

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Nurses, hospitals and doctor groups urge public in open letter to ‘celebrate responsibly’ during the holidays to stop Covid-19

As Covid-19 cases rise across the country, leading U.S. medical and health organizations called on the American public to celebrate safely this holiday season.



a group of people walking down the street: People wait in a line stretching around a block outside a CityMD urgent care clinic offering COVID-19 testing in Brooklyn on Nov. 18, 2020.


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People wait in a line stretching around a block outside a CityMD urgent care clinic offering COVID-19 testing in Brooklyn on Nov. 18, 2020.

The American Medical Association (AMA), American Hospital Association (AHA), and the American Nurses Association (ANA) issued an open letter Thursday urging Americans to scale back on traditional gatherings to stop the spread of Covid-19.

“With Thanksgiving and the holiday season fast approaching and a deadly Covid-19 pandemic surging, we — the physicians, nurses, hospital and health system leaders and public health professionals on the front lines of this pandemic — strongly urge everyone throughout our country to celebrate responsibly, in a scaled-back fashion that limits the virus’s spread, to help reduce the risk of infecting friends, family and

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Jeff Bezos announces nearly $800 million in grants to 16 groups fighting climate change

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced Monday that he will give $791 million in grants as part of his Bezos Earth Fund to 16 organizations that are working to protect the environment.



Jeff Bezos standing in front of a television screen: Jeff Bezos has pledged $10 billion to support organizations and scientists working to protect the environment.


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Jeff Bezos has pledged $10 billion to support organizations and scientists working to protect the environment.

The fund is part of the CEO’s $10 billion pledge to support scientists, activists, NGOs and organizations working to protect the environment.

“I’ve spent the past several months learning from a group of incredibly smart people who’ve made it their life’s work to fight climate change and its impact on communities around the world,” Bezos wrote in an Instagram post on Monday announcing the news. “I’m inspired by what they’re doing, and excited to help them scale.”

The full list of grantees are a mix of big name NGOs, labs, reforestation and climate justice groups.

They include: The

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Tech groups’ services could face bans if they breach rules, EU industry chief says

FILE PHOTO: European Union Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton talks to journalists during an online news conference at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium September 3, 2020. Francisco Seco/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Technology companies’ services could be banned from the European market if they do not heed EU regulation, Europe’s industry chief Thierry Breton told German weekly Welt am Sonntag, as the European Commission finalises rules on internet companies.

Breton will announce new draft rules known as the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act together with European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Dec. 2.

The rules will set out a list of do’s and don’ts for gatekeepers – online companies with market power – forcing them to share data with rivals and regulators and not to promote their services and products unfairly.

The new draft rules come as critics of U.S. tech giants, which include

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Mhome Group’s New Prefabrication Technology Steals the Show at the 19th China Housing Expo

BEIJING, Nov. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mhome Group (000667.SZ), a leading Chinese real estate developer headquartered in Wuhan, was the centre of attention at the recent 19th China International Exposition of Housing Industry & Products and Equipment of Building Industrialization (“China Housing Expo”), as it unveiled its latest prefabricated construction products and services, which included a groundbreaking new Composite Shear Wall Technology system and smart factory.

As the first smart housing developer in the industry to realize prefabricated homes, Mhome Group’s ongoing achievements contribute to the industry’s progress towards high-quality, eco-friendly construction developments.

China’s construction industry is facing rising labor costs, inefficient practices, adverse environmental effects and poor interdepartmental coordination. As a result, prefabricated buildings are growing in popularity and green construction are the main focus for future developments. Smart housing manufacturing supports sustainable practices and promotes positive development in the construction industry,” said He Fei, CEO

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