Massive Machines Search for the Smallest Pieces of the Universe

One hundred meters beneath the borders of France and Switzerland, near the city of Geneva, there is a tunnel, 27 kilometers around, called the Large Hadron Collider. That is where scientists are working to answer one of life’s biggest riddles:  What is the universe made of? The physicists working at CERN – officially the European Organization for Nuclear Research – are looking for things like antimatter and dark matter and how the universe works. Penny Dixon reports from Geneva.
Videographer: Daniel Gillet

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WHO Experts Admit COVID-19 Can Spread Through Air

Experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) Tuesday acknowledged there is growing evidence the coronavirus can spread through the air and said they are preparing a brief on the subject.At the U.N. agency’s regular briefing in Geneva, WHO technical committee head Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said the WHO was contacted in April by a group of than 200 scientists who have called for the world body and others to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread in the air.Kerkhove said her committee is working with the group and are producing a scientific brief to summarize what they know about the nature of air-borne transmission of virus.WHO Under Fire Over COVID-19 Transmission Route Critics say agency moves too slowly to acknowledge airborne transmission, but science not settledThe WHO coordinator of infection prevention and control, Professor Benedetta Allegranzi, noted that while there is emerging evidence about the airborne nature of the virus, it is not definitive.  Both officials said that the evidence does suggest it takes a comprehensive prevention package to stop COVID transmission, including physical distancing and the wearing of masks, particularly inside.WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed the pandemic continues to accelerate and said it has not yet reached its peak. He noted that it took 12 weeks for the world to reach 400,000 COVID cases, and this past weekend there were more than 400,000 cases across the globe. 

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Russian Court Fines Coronavirus-Denying Rebel Monk

A Russian court on Tuesday fined a coronavirus-denying monk who has challenged Kremlin lockdown orders for spreading false information about the pandemic.The court in the Ural Mountains region ordered Father Sergiy to pay 90,000 rubles ($1,250). The 65-year-old monk, who has attracted nationwide attention by urging followers to disobey church leadership and ignore church closures during the pandemic, didn’t attend the court hearing.On Friday, a Russian Orthodox Church panel in Yekaterinburg ruled to defrock Father Sergiy for breaking monastic rules. He didn’t show up at the session and dismissed the verdict, urging his backers to come to defend the Sredneuralsk women’s monastery where he has holed up since last month.In Friday’s video posted by his supporters, Father Sergiy denounced President Vladimir Putin as a “traitor to the Motherland” serving a Satanic “world government” and dismissed Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill and other top clerics as “heretics” who must be “thrown out.”Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin wasn’t following developments regarding the rebel monk.  When contagion engulfed Russia, Father Sergiy declared the coronavirus non-existent and denounced government efforts to stem the outbreak as “Satan’s electronic camp.” The monk has described the vaccines being developed against COVID-19 as part of a global plot to control the masses via chips.He urged believers to disobey the closure of churches during the nationwide lockdown. Orthodox churches across Russia were closed on April 13 amid a quick rise in COVID-19 cases and were allowed to reopen in early June as authorities eased restrictions.The church banned the monk from ministry in April, but he has continued preaching and last month took charge of the monastery outside Yekaterinburg that he had founded years ago. Dozens of burly volunteers, including veterans of the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, helped enforce his rules, while the prioress and several nuns have left.The police visited the monastery last month a day after Father Sergiy took over, but found no violations of public order. Facing stiff resistance by his supporters, church officials have appeared indecisive, lacking the means to enforce their ruling and evict the rebellious monk by force. 

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Brazil Man May Be Cured of HIV

Doctors in Brazil say an experimental treatment given to a man known as the Sao Paulo Patient may have cured him of HIV.  
 
The man, who was subjected to intensive anti-retroviral drug therapy with the purpose of removing all traces of the AIDS virus from his body, shows no signs of the virus after more than a year since he stopped receiving the treatment.
 
In an interview with The Associated Press, the patient said he was “very moved, because it’s something that millions of people want. It’s a gift of life, a second chance to live.”
 
The only other two known cases of HIV cures have been through bone marrow transplants, which gave patients new immune systems that were better equipped to respond to the virus.  
 
Bone marrow transplants are prohibitively expensive, though, and they come with life-threatening side effects, leading experts to disregard them as a viable option.
 
Although the treatment the Sao Paulo Patient received appears to be a much better alternative, he represents only a single case that requires more research and experimentation.  
 
“These are exciting findings but they’re very preliminary,” said Dr. Monica Gandhi, an AIDS expert at the University of California, San Francisco. “This has happened to one person, and one person only.”
 
Gandhi noted the four others in the same experiment did not respond similarly to the treatment.
 
If the Sao Paulo Patient’s case can be shown to work on a broader spectrum, it would be a huge breakthrough, as people with HIV currently are forced to stay on a treatment plan for the rest of their lives.  
 
HIV is difficult to treat because it lies dormant for long periods of time, during which it cannot be eliminated by medicines or the body’s normal immune response. Patients must stay on drugs to keep the virus dormant and prevent it from becoming active again. 

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«СЕТАМ» заявляє про продаж 26 арештованих літаків вартістю у 2,5 млн грн через борги

Державна виконавча служба продає на електронних торгах на платформі «СЕТАМ» Міністерства юстиції України 26 арештованих літаків загальною стартовою вартістю 2 465 496 гривень.

Державне підприємство «СЕТАМ» повідомило, що повітряні судна PZL-104 «Вільга 35А», АН-2Т і реактивні Л-29 виставлені за борги авіапідприємства в розмірі 2,2 мільйона гривень, з яких 1,6 мільйона гривень – це борг по заробітній платі. Ціни стартують від 55 527 гривень.

«Кошти від продажу літаків допоможуть повністю розрахуватися за борги по заробітній платі перед 41 працівником. Решта грошей піде на погашення інших фінансових зобов’язань підприємства та його розвиток», – наголосив генеральний директор ДП «СЕТАМ» Олександр Мамро.

Аукціони відбудуться 8-9 липня 2020 року. Онлайн-аукціон OpenMarket (ДП «СЕТАМ» Міністерства юстиції України) працює на всій території України з 2014 року. Загальна сума продажу з початку роботи становила 12,3 млрд грн.

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Долар уперше після відставки Смолія офіційно коштує менш як 27 гривень

Національний банк України встановив на 8 липня офіційний курс 26 гривень 93 копійки за долар, це на 20 копійок менше за курс на 7 липня. Американська валюта коштує менш як 27 гривень уперше після оголошення про відставку ексголови НБУ Якова Смолія.

За даними Finance.ua, торги на українському міжбанківському валютному ринку завершилися на рівні 26 гривень 91,5–94 копійки за долар.

Як повідомили експерти сайту «Мінфін», регулятор двічі виходив на торги, викуповуючи надлишок пропозиції долара – по 26,95 і по 26,90 гривні за одиницю американської валюти.

У широкому коридорі 26,5–27 гривень за долар національна валюта перебувала понад два місяці – від кінця квітня до початку липня. Заява ексголови НБУ Якова Смолія про відставку через політичний тиск на нього спричинила зростання котирувань до 27 гривень 20 копійок за долар і навіть вище. Упродовж кількох торгових сесій ситуація стабілізувалася.

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Novavax Awarded $1.6 Billion to Develop US COVID-19 Vaccine

The U.S. government has awarded a $1.6 billion contract to Novavax, Inc. to develop a coronavirus vaccine.The award to the Maryland-based company is the largest to date from the government’s “Operation Warp Speed” initiative to fast-track the development of vaccines and other treatments for COVID-19.
 
Chief Executive Stanley Erck said the company aims to begin delivering 100 million doses of a vaccine in the fourth quarter of this year, an endeavor he said that “may be completed by January or February of next year.”Report: Britain Nears $625 mln Sanofi/GSK COVID-19 Vaccine DealClinical trials are due to start in September and Sanofi has said it expects to get approval by the first half of next year, sooner than previously anticipatedThe U.S. Health and Human Services Department and the Defense Department said in a joint statement that because the federal government funded the initiative, they “will own the 100 million doses of investigational vaccine expected to result from the demonstration projects.”The award was granted as the number of new infections are surging in the U.S., the world leader in infections and fatalities, prompting a growing number of states and cities to reimpose lockdown measures.The country’s preeminent infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned in an interview Monday the U.S. is still “knee-deep in the first wave of this” pandemic.Novavax’s stock price soared in premarket trading on the news it had received the government funding.WATCH: VOA Interview -Dr. Fauci optimistic about vaccine Sorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you can
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