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The 39-year-old Indian billionaire who bet big on Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine

As one of the largest vaccine manufacturers in the world, Adar Poonawalla's bet on the AstraZeneca University of Oxford vaccine has paid off well. And the image of horses instead of a liquid vial has a lot to do with it.

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Janet Yellen supports a carbon tax, but what exactly does that mean?

The carbon tax is growing in popularity around the world and will soon be a hot topic in the US. Here's a refresher on what it is and which countries are already on board.

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Photos: Fire at India’s tallest garbage mountain makes Delhi’s air quality worse

The Ghazipur landfill in Delhi caught fire, which could not be controlled for over 24 hours. People who lived near the construction site complained of breathing problems due to the toxic air.

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Scientists say thousands of years ago West Africans migrated to east and southern Africa via Zambia

Africa is the cradle of humanity. Africa and its multitude of ethno-linguistic groups are therefore fundamental to learning more about humanity and our origins. A human genome refers to the complete set of genetic information found in a human cell.

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The Modi government is filling its coffers by depleting those of state-owned companies

State-owned companies, also known as public sector units (PSUs), repurchased $ 5.37 billion of shares between fiscal years 2016 and 2020.

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The countries that have already ordered enough vaccines for their entire population

With pre-orders for the Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines, some countries could vaccinate their entire populations twice.

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Trump’s latest anti-immigration policy will require some Africans to pay $15,000 bonds for visas

The move is likely seen as yet another Trump immigration policy that disproportionately affects Africans

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Trump is junking a treaty—and two planes—designed to stop nuclear war

Amid the foreign policy rubble that President Donald Trump will hand over to his successor are two scrapped planes that underpinned a treaty designed to reduce the chances of nuclear war. Since 2002, the United States, Russia, and 32 other countries have allowed each other's reconnaissance aircra...

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Nigeria is also losing control of its troubled northwest region

While all eyes were on Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, the northwest of the country has also exposed the risk of food insecurity

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The US oil industry is flailing despite a $10 billion pandemic lifeline

The U.S. oil and gas industry has received more than $ 10 billion in pandemic relief, but it is still struggling with low oil prices.

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AstraZeneca is developing what may be the most widely accessible Covid-19 vaccine

Unlike Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which need to be refrigerated, some countries may find it easier to successfully store and distribute AstraZenecas vaccine candidates.

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American oil and gas companies are asleep at the wheel on methane emissions

More than 60 companies, representing 30% of the world's oil and gas business, have signed an agreement to report and reduce methane emissions. Not a single one was American.

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Meet the company helping scientists study Covid-19 with your location data

Location data has helped researchers study home stay contracts, which states have implemented them best, and the places people go that are at greatest risk. Much of these notable, zippy studies include location data from the same source: a company called SafeGraph.

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A successful Ebola vaccine delivery shows how a Covid-19 vaccine would work in Africa

There have been growing concerns that the promising Covid-19 vaccine candidates developed by Pfizer and Moderna will lead to storage and logistics issues at very low temperatures that could hinder access to these vaccines in most parts of Africa and other developing regions, even in rural areas P...

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The troubling odds of spreading Covid-19 at your Thanksgiving gathering, by state

Whether you should attend this Thanksgiving Day or even gather together depends on a risk assessment. The American expert on infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have already advised against Thanksgiving travel. "Celebrating virtually or with t...

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Hoarding, stockpiling, panic buying: What’s normal behavior in an abnormal time?

The issue was first noticed when, at the beginning of the pandemic, people piled paper towels, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer in their shopping carts, causing some people to wonder if they or a loved one was showing signs of hoarding disorder. The hoarding disorder goes beyond stocking up in an...

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Why Huawei isn’t giving up on the UK

When the UK banned Huawei, it was a financial and symbolic loss to the company and by proxy for China in the trade war with the US. Now it is asking the UK for a second chance.

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America’s wildfires might make Covid-19 worse

Wildfire smoke increases the likelihood of more severe respiratory infections and doctors are concerned about the effects it will have on Covid-19 patients.

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What Africans really think about China’s role in Africa

First, there is no monopoly or duopoly of influence in Africa. Beyond the USA and China there is a mosaic of African and non-African actors

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These are the Americans choosing to take on more debt in the middle of a pandemic

National shifts to remote working and learning, as well as changes in consumer spending, are reflected in faster growth in housing-related debt than other types of credit during the pandemic. Auto loans and student loans rose $ 26 billion over the same period. Credit card balances, in particular,...

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A new book on WeWork reveals the confidence skill we really need

The failure of WeWork founder Adam Neumann was also the failure of investors who could not overcome his trust.

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The US timber industry has been crippled by double whammy of trade war and Covid-19

The forestry sector - landowners, logging companies, and sawmills - lost an estimated $ 1.1 billion in 2020. My work at the Department of Agriculture at the University of Tennessee has been shaped by nearly 10 years as a senior economist at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Researching int...

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Trump’s Treasury pulls the plug on pandemic relief loans

Secretary Steve Mnuchin's decision could harm investors, businesses and workers if the coronavirus spreads.

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Who is Ratan Tata’s trusted office companion?

"He was the stray puppy that got into my colleague's car in Goa and came all the way to Bombay House, so we named him Goa."

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Mukesh Ambani’s startup strategy: swoop in at the right time

At a time when heavyweights like Tiger Global and Softbank were bringing in billions, Mukesh Ambani didn't do much. Now that the madness is starting to fade, it has jumped into the game.

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China has begun its first prosecution of a coronavirus citizen journalist

Zhang Zhan, who went to Wuhan to document the coronavirus lockdown, has been accused of "leading disputes and causing problems".

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One Indian state is preserving its century-old trees with heritage tags

Heritage trees have great ecological value as they can withstand heavy clays and sterility, provide shade, pasture and roadsides, serve as windbreakers, stabilize the soil and are a food source for animals with long necks.

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People keep moving to fire-prone counties in the US

Among the counties with the highest fire risk, six were among the top 10% of population growth between 2013 and 2018.

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What’s going to happen to all those other Covid-19 vaccine candidates?

Pfizer and Moderna aren't the only companies developing Covid-19 vaccines. What happens to the other promising candidates?

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Scientists say this African island nation is slowly breaking up into smaller islands

Scientists tested new GPS data on precise surface movements in East Africa, Madagascar and several islands in the Indian Ocean using computer models

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