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Nanotech breakthrough means reliable COVID-19 test results in minutes

iStock/wildpixel(MARYLAND) — Nanoparticles — tiny materials that can be programmed to do various functions — were once the stuff of science fiction, but now real-life science is seeing them pressed into service in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.  Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have found a way to use plasmonic gold nanoparticles to detect the COVID-19 …

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AMC theater chain lays out plan for reopening

iStock/Nattakorn ManeeratThe AMC theater chain laid out an ambitious plan on Tuesday to have almost all of its theaters open sometime in July.  The plan includes partnering with companies like Clorox to create theatre environments as safe and clean as possible, educating theatergoers on how to keep safe, and looking into high tech sanitation techniques, including the use of electrostatic …

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‘Days of Our Lives’ star Judi Evans almost had her legs amputated due to COVID-19

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — It’s been a rough month for Days of Our Lives star Judi Evans, who contracted COVID-19 while in the hospital recovering from a serious horseback riding accident. Howie Tiger Simon, a rep for the 55-year-old actress gave an update on her condition in a Facebook post on Monday, reporting she experienced “mild” coronavirus symptoms — like fever, …

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Distillery accidentally sells gin bottles containing hand sanitizer

Jeremy Poland/iStock(MELBOURNE) — It seems workers at a gin distillery in Australia might have been hitting the sauce themselves after it was discovered that they accidentally shipped gin bottles filled with hand sanitizer instead of alcohol. The the Apollo Bay Distillery outside Melbourne posted a product safety recall on its Facebook page Monday, warning people that the bottles, which contain 1.45 percent …

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Virologists debunk conspiracy theory that COVID-19 was man-made

iStock/da-kuk(NEW YORK) — The theory about COVID-19 being developed in a Chinese lab has been debunked by virologists, with officials taking aim at a recent allegation made by researchers from Britain and Norway. The British/Norway team at St. George’s, University of London is one of many labs in the race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.  The team recently wrote a report claiming that the RNA …

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Elton John’s writing his new musical over Zoom

ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(LONDON) — For a while now, we’ve been hearing that Elton John is writing a musical based on the life of Tammy Faye Bakker, wife of 1980s televangelist Jim Bakker, who prior to her death in 2007 became a gay icon, embracing AIDS patients and supporting LGBTQ causes.  Now, his collaborator on the project confirms that the two are …

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Poll shows “quarantunes” have helped people cope during quarantine

iStock/vladans(NEW YORK) — Fans weren’t able to attend live concerts while in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, so they turned to the next best thing: recorded music. People reports that, in a survey of 2,000 Americans, 81% say music has helped them cope during the pandemic, and those surveyed say they’ve been listening to music for an extra 38 minutes …

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‘Riverdale,’ ‘The Flash’ and more set to resume production after COVID-19 shutdown

Katie Yu/The CW(VANCOUVER) — Things may be looking up for the new seasons of some of your favorite TV series.  Deadline reports shows that tape in Vancouver — including Riverdale, The Flash, The Good Doctor and most of the CW’s primetime lineup — have the go-ahead to resume production, according to the British Columbia government’s new COVID-19 production-restart plans.  However, …

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2020 MTV Movie & TV Awards postponed “indefinitely”

MTV(LOS ANGELES) — Bad news for those looking forward to the MTV Movie & TV Awards, chances of the award show taking place this year are now slim to none due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show — formerly known as the MTV Movie Awards — was originally set to air later this month. Variety reports that, shortly after announcements came …

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New data suggest COVID-19 was present in China as early as the fall

iStock/AsiaVision(NEW YORK) — With over seven million people infected and 405,000 people dead due to COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, researchers are trying to determine exactly when the first coronavirus infection happened.  Satellite data suggests that the pandemic may have taken hold a lot earlier than previously thought. A new Harvard Medical School study employed the same …

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