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The race to create a coronavirus vaccine

In the global effort to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, governments are limited to using what are called "containment strategies" to stop the coronavirus that causes it from spreading...

Astronomers discover a planet where it rains molten iron

Wasp-76b is an exoplanet, a planet that orbits a star outside our Solar System. It lies around 640 light-years away, in the constellation of Pisces. Astronomers have discovered ext...

The 1918–19 Spanish flu pandemic: how does the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic compare?

The rapid spread of Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus Sars-CoV-2, is grabbing the headlines worldwide. Another pandemic gripped the world just over 100 years ago ...

UN refugee agency calls for urgent evacuation of people from Moria camp on Lesbos

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has called for the urgent evacuation of families and sick people from the Moria camp on the Greek Aegean island of Lesbos. The camp is housing refugee...

Swarms of locusts devastate vegetation in eastern Africa

Billions of desert locusts are swarming across Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in East Africa. They have reached Tanzania and Uganda, and are approaching South Sudan. Some of the swarm...

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