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The proliferation of fake news about the COVID-19 pandemic has been labelled a dangerous “infodemic“. Fake news spreads faster and more easily today through the internet, social media and instant messaging.   These messages may contain useless, incorrect or even harmful information and advice, which can hamper the public health response and add to social
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The Abel Prize for mathematics was on Wednesday awarded to Israeli-American Hillel Furstenberg and Russian-born Gregory Margulis, both probability experts, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters said.   The pair were honoured “for pioneering the use of methods from probability and dynamics in group theory, number theory and combinatorics,” the Academy said in a
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In 1896, Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius explored whether Earth’s temperatures were influenced by the presence of heat-absorbing gases in the atmosphere. He calculated that if carbon dioxide concentrations doubled, global temperatures would rise by 5°C – even more at the poles.   Just over a century later, the world is on track to fulfilling Arrhenius’
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Eagle-eyed conspiracy theorists were quick to spot a white object falling into the mouth of Popocatepetl, near Mexico City. The sighting was made on webcams which constantly monitor the 5,426 metre tall volcano, colloquially named El Popo. In the video, which was originally uploaded to YouTube by Esmeralda Martinez, a white object looks as if
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The coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has infected more than 135,000 people after it escaped from China last December. The disease (COVID-19) has since killed nearly 5,000 people and spread to more than 120 countries. {%=o.title%} The pace at which coronavirus spreads and crosses borders has forced the World Health Organization (WHO) to officially brand COVID-19 a pandemic.