UK starts world's first coronavirus "Human Challenge" study from 8th March. Volunteers between 18 and 30 years old are deliberately exposed to the Covid-19 environment. The aim of the "Human Challenge" experiment is to give doctors a greater understanding of how the virus works and support them respond to the pandemic by aiding vaccine and treatment development. Chirs Chiu, the leader of this experiment, answers questions that people are concern about: 1.How to ensure the safety of volunteers? 2.Would it be less effective to use the March virus? 3.How the result applies to all age groups? 4.Why is this experiment still necessary as the UK is moving very fast with the current vaccines? https://youtu.be/FxtUkxVDW4k
The case for a complete rethink of our public transportation system was highlighted in the aftermath of Covid-19. An investigation into reforming public transport will begin by the all-party parliamentary transport select committee on Wednesday. New Civil Engineer The HS2 was designed to offer the UK a state-of-the-art, high speed train line critical for the UK’s low carbon future. Its intent is to hold a large capacity of people to bring them across Britain’s 10 largest cities, serving over 25 stations. As the first major railway connecting the Midlands and the North for over a century, the high-speed railway presents a genuine opportunity to balance and reshape our economy. Boris Johnson approved the construction of HS2 between London, Manchester, Birmingh
The end of the lockdown approaching did not convince some foreign students to travel back. Seven out of ten interviewed told Westminster:World their decision to stay. Two of them have accepted to be featured on this article. Safety as the first priority Credit:Naima Tazergha "My father is not well and it is crucial to protect him from covid-19, and there is always a risk for me to catch the virus while travelling and submitting it to him." Charlotte is from Stockholm in Sweden. She moved to London this Autumn to study her first year of Interior Design at Regent's university. As the government reached to students to encourage them going back home between the 3rd and 9th of December, some don't even consider thinking about it. She is young but knows the risk- the one of c...
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Marcus Rashford has persuaded the government to invest a large amount of money into the Free School Meals (FSM) scheme. Photo credited by Halima Ahcene Djaballah UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson called Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford to donate more than £400m for low-income families from early Christmas. So what is the FSM scheme exactly? FSM is a deal for children to receive free school meal vouchers for out of term time. This is thought to help financially deprived households through these challenging times. As well as free meals, the vouchers also consist of health start, education and holiday clubs. How will this affect hard-hit families due to Coronavirus? Omar Farooq (29), a teacher of a school in North West London, told Westminster World how he fe
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You probably already heard about influencers and them earning cash by being active on social media. You perhaps also follow at least one of them. But did you ever wonder how they do it? And if you can be one as well? Then let's look at our explainer video to find out more! https://youtu.be/Dn05IOFAziU
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions, with 80% of people aged 11 to 30 being affected according to the NHS. Almost 8 in 10 teens have acne. Although it is considered a normal part of puberty, it’s not always easy. To understand acne, you need to learn your own skin. Do you know your skin type? Infographic: Natalia Reppas. Chances are you've experienced acne at some point in your life, if you are not currently experiencing it. How did that spot get there? Did I not wash my face enough? And more importantly, how do I cover it up? You're not alone. Bad skin can affect your confidence and make you feel less than your best. We are often left with spots that we have no explanation for in areas like our cheeks or forehead and we have no idea where they cam
Illustration: Veronica Sofia Nitu These past few weeks you’ve probably been overwhelmed by pretty scary images and reports about the ongoing pandemic, so I totally wouldn’t blame you if you never wanted to hear the word “coronavirus” again. But there is a lot of misinformation out there and it’s important to know how to spot it. I’m sure you’ve noticed that newspapers and media outlets have played a big part in how people have been reacting to what’s been going on in the world. False information has always been a big problem, but in this case it can literally mean the difference between life and death, so you need to be careful about what sources you trust. There have been a lot of claims about what you can do to keep yourself safe, and it’s useful to have a look at these mis
At one point in history, Jazz was considered so appalling that Serbian villagers used it to scare away bears, other stories say that a celebrated conductor had a heart attack on hearing the music. The genre itself became a huge discussion on whether it could be considered as proper music or not. In the 1924 issue of ‘The Etude,’ a popular magazine dedicated to music wrote that jazz “In its original form it has no place in musical education and deserves none.” However, no one can deny that the spontaneity of jazz that The Etude called ‘sloppy’ is the reason it remains, even today, a popular style of music. Image Credit: Kuheli Biswas So how and where did this interesting style of music start? Going back to the 19th Century, America as a new world full of opportunities attracted p
Vote ballot. (Image: El Paso County Vote Archives) This year’s election results bring to the light the very clear political divide amongst the generations, changing the British electoral map completely. On the morning hours of Friday 13 December, the general election results were revealed to the public with Boris Johnson and the Conservative party winning with 365 seats to Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party’s 203 seats. The Conservative party exceeded the number of seats needed for the majority, leaving the Labour party with a loss that was considered one of the most devastating losses since the 1935 election. Since the 2016 Brexit EU Referendum and the 2017 general election, there had been a spike in younger voters and their involvement in politics over the years. While th
Every year millions of Britons generate large amounts of waste during Christmas that goes unrecycled. From early December a Christmas season centered around the early festivities takes over the city of London. Celebrating the most wonderful time of the year in London is a dream, but the hangover of waste it generates is often a nightmare for the city. From hunting the crisp mince pies to shopping for the perfect Pinterest-inspired decorations, the future of the cute wrapping papers is hardly a matter of concern. About 9,000 tonnes of waste are created per year from unusable Christmas trees that end up in landfills. It can take decades to decompose and release 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane adding to the ever rising carbon footprint. The be
Scam calls targeting international students have become more rampant recently. A few weeks ago, a Chinese student named Amy was defrauded of tuition fees by an imposter who pretended to be an embassy staff. We've interviewed the action fraud and lawyers to discuss this issue and give students suggestions to prevent such cases from happening again. Jinglin has been finding out more.
The benefits of meditating are extensive. The popularity of meditation has increased significantly as more people are becoming aware of its health benefits. Meditation has often been linked to reducing stress and increasing concentration and awareness in oneself. According to science, meditation can increase self awareness and self esteem which links to fostering kindness, it also helps fight addiction and improve your tolerance to pain. There are more than 12 great benefits that come from meditating on a regular basis. Image by HigherMind The first is the most common reason people start meditating, to reduce stress. The stress hormone called cortisol is increased in us when we’re both mentally and physically stressed. Increased levels of cortisol can cause depression, anx
Clubhouse is an instant voice social software. Users can only create open voice chat rooms. However, it became popular in China overnight. Its invitation codes was changed hands like concert tickets in the Chinese online market. Why clubhouse has special meaning for Chinese enthusiasts https://youtu.be/ah6wF4yApOU
Photo credit: Mike Peel The University of Aberdeen recently made global headlines when it approved the repatriation of a bronze sculpture to Nigeria. The Head of an Oba (King in Yoruba and Bini) is currently on its way back home after the decision to return it was made as a result of the “immoral” way it was acquired. But what exactly is a Benin Bronze? And how did it end it end up in Aberdeen? https://youtu.be/EDesSNSPNZk
Airbnb set its sights on those working remotely during the epidemic and was successful.It also signalled a resurgence of digital nomads.So what is a digital nomad?And how do we become digital nomads?This video explains it to you. https://youtu.be/jn2q1BkkNGc
Scientists successfully establish a two-way dialogue with people during REM sleep. Dreamers can answer simple questions such as “What is two plus one?” It is believed that dreams are disorderly and illogical, so people can’t think and react rationally while sleeping. Based on previous studies, scientists already knew that one-way contact is attainable. People can receive external stimuli like light and sound. Two-way communication requires a sleeping person to understand information from outside and respond logically, which is much more complicated. Karen Konkoly, from Northwestern University, worked with her collaborators to experiment by asking people simple questions during lucid dreams (you can realise that you are dreaming) and published a study on February 18 in Current Biolog
https://youtu.be/r3J3_v5E5m0 Palm oil is found in 50% of all supermarket products, from food to cleaning items to cosmetics. This includes things like bread, chips, chocolate, dish soap, floor cleaners, lipstick and even ice cream. Though affordable and versatile, this shelf stable crop oil is not stable nor sustainable for the environment, including humans and animals. The environmental cost for harvesting crop oil includes deforestation, displacement and degradation of local wildlife populations and even allegations of sexual abuse and forced labour on plantations. Some countries have responded by placing bans on palm oil, but is that the right solution or is there something else that needs to be done?
Along with shoes and cloths, art toys are becoming a huge part of collectible resale movement. Bearbrick, a collectible toy designed by Japanese company – MediCom Toy Incorporated has become one of the most popular toys among younger group in recent years. But what exactly is the bearbrick and how many categories of it? If you are interested in it, you can have a look at the video, the answer are all in it! https://youtu.be/I-YrYKGJ65o
With International Women's day today and Government reporting on The Gender Pay Gap recently set back another six months, we take a closer look at the detrimental effect COVID-19 could be having on it. The past year has hit women hard, with warnings that COVID-19 could set women’s economic progress back half a century, from international institutions including the UN and the World Economic Forum. Charities such as The Fawcett Society believe the gender pay gap is increasing because women are more likely than men to lose work or be burdened with childcare in the crisis. A third of working mothers reported having lost work or hours due to a lack of childcare during the pandemic. And this rose to 44% when it came to Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) mothers. Caroline N
Manners maketh man. It's an old saying you may be familiar with and one way of being polite is using the word, please. But in its original meaning please suggests a power balance and was a way to appease someone of authority. With that in mind, is it the magic word? https://youtu.be/Z6tGl-CgyKM