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Covid-19 news: Leicester faces prolonged lockdown after local outbreak

By Clare Wilson , Jessica Hamzelou , Adam Vaughan , Conrad Quilty-Harper and Layal Liverpool Lockdown in Leicester in the UK could be extended for two weeks after a new outbreak.BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty ImagesLatest coronavirus news as of 5 pm on 29 June Leicester mayor frustrated with government’s handling of outbreak Following a recent…

UK citizens’ assembly shows big support for green covid-19 recovery

By Adam Vaughan People in the UK want to put climate action at the heart of the economic recoveryGuy Bell/ShutterstockAround four-fifths of a citizens’ assembly on climate change in the UK wants the government’s coronavirus economic recovery measures to also help the country meet its target of slashing carbon emissions to net zero. Further economic…

Genetically modified goats can produce cancer drugs in their milk

By Alice Klein Goats’ mammary glands can produce large amounts of proteinsE+/Getty ImagesGoats can be genetically modified to produce a common cancer drug in their milk, which could slash its production costs. Many of the new blockbuster drugs that are used as cancer treatments are more expensive than older medicines, because they are complex proteins…

Forerunner to the Great Wall of China mapped in detail for first time

By Michael Marshall Little remains of the Northern Line wall in MongoliaShelach-LaviA medieval forerunner to the Great Wall of China was thought to have been designed to defend against the Mongol armies of Genghis Khan, but the first major study of this wall suggests it was built before he was born. The Great Wall of…

Covid-19 news: Health experts say UK contact tracing not robust enough

By Conrad Quilty-Harper and Layal Liverpool Furniture store Ikea in Belfast opened for the first time since the lockdown began today.Liam McBurney/PA Wire/PA ImagesLatest coronavirus news as of 5 pm on 1 June Restrictions eased in England despite warnings from public health directors The NHS Test and Trace programme is not robust enough to support…

The sun may have formed because a small galaxy passed by the Milky Way

By Leah Crane Hubble Space Telescope image of the Sagittarius dwarf galaxyNASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURAA small galaxy called Sagittarius has been shaping the Milky Way for billions of years. Every time it has passed close to our galaxy, it has caused huge bursts of star formation that may even be responsible…

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