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    The Guardian view on Covid science: cooperation, not just competition | Coronavirus

    There are many people deserving of praise for selfless acts during the past 12 months. But one person whose act of scientific generosity ought to be remembered is Zhang Yongzhen. The scientist, who works out of the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre, was the first to map the whole genome sequence of Sars-CoV-2. He did so on 5 January 2020 and hoped to share it with researchers by uploading his work to the US National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). The professor knew he was dealing with a deadly virus – but he had no idea how dangerous. The pathogen has killed more than 1.7 million people and shut down…

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    Columbia legislator refuses to apologize for questioning schools superintendent online | Columbia

    COLUMBIA — A South Carolina legislator says she “will not be intimidated or silenced” by a demand that she publicly apologize for questioning the superintendent of downtown Columbia schools during an online discussion about the pandemic’s impact on education. Jamie Devine, chairman of the Richland One school board, accused Columbia Democratic Rep. Beth Bernstein of launching a “disrespectful and unnecessary” attack against Superintendent Craig Witherspoon during a Dec. 15 webinar she was invited to join. No school board member was on the call. “Since this unfortunate situation was done publicly, I expect a public apology,” he wrote in his Dec. 18 letter to her. Bernstein refused, saying she did no such…

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    2021 In Science History

    UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 06: Postage stamps commemorating the Apollo 15 voyage, 1971, depicting The … [+] shuttle’s moon landing and The Lunar Rover jeep’s lunar exploration. United States of America, 20th century. United States (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images) De Agostini via Getty Images As we brace ourselves for 2021, let’s take a look back at the last 100 years of science history. 100 Years Ago (1921) Chemical engineer Thomas Midgley, during his research for General Motors, discovered that adding chemical called tetraethyl lead to gasoline could improve fuel efficiency and prevent engine knocking. Tetraethyl lead became a common fuel additive for most of the 20th century, until regulators realized…

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    Readers Most Viewed Crime Stories of 2020

    SAN ANGELO, TX — We have complied a list of the most-read crime stories of 2020. The stories feature both local and out of town incidents. #1: The Hunt Continues for FBI’s Most Wanted Child Predator from West Texas Since 2019, the FBI searched for 24-year-old Jose Navarette in West Texas. Navarette was charged with multiple counts of sex acts with children. At the time the FBI claimed the suspect relocated to Texas after fleeing California. #2: WATCH: Brawl Breaks Out at Ross After closing for a limited time during the lockdown, the reopening of Ross in McAllen drew hundreds of shoppers. Tensions grew as shoppes waited in line and a brawl…

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  • Education

    China utilizes new, ‘sophisticated’ methods to revive patriotic education: report

    China is looking to new, modern methods in its campaign of patriotic education, according to reports. The focus on patriotic education has come back into sharp focus as China wrangles with how to handle Hong Kong after its controversial handling of the extradition bill that led to protests that lasted throughout 2019 and the national security law that revived the protests earlier in 2020.  Teenagers and young adults led the charge in the Hong Kong response, with around 40{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of the thousands of protesters arrested in 2019 registered as students. In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during an event to commemorate the 40th…

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    Fight against Covid boosts public interest in science

    The fight against coronavirus has arguably given science more prominence in the public imagination in 2020 than any year in living memory, with the possible exception of 1969 when man first landed on the moon. Although the circumstances could hardly be more different, scientists are hoping their role in the battle against Covid-19 will boost their image — increasing research funding and drawing more young people into scientific careers — as Nasa’s Apollo programme did half a century ago. “There is no question that the Covid response has enhanced the reputation of science,” said Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, molecular biologist and Nobel laureate, who has just completed a five-year term as…

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  • Jobs

    How have DMC met job and tax goals in first 5 years?

    At the same time, DMC Economic Development Agency Executive Director Lisa Clarke said meeting the first five-year DMC targets has put Rochester in a position of strength. “Being that close on many targets — on investment targets, on employment targets — was great because it really sets us up for success in the next five years, which might be a little bumpy in the first couple years,” she said. Much attention has been focused on the $963 million in private development and $98.5 million public spending, but job and tax generation targets also show how far the project has come. JOB GROWTH “The whole economic model for DMC is really…

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