3rd Covid-19 Vaccine Candidate Announced

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On 23 November, the AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid-19 vaccine team reported 90% efficiency in a UK trial. A simultaneous trial in Brazil reported 62% efficiency. Researchers were surprised by the discrepancy, noting that the British procedure gave a half-dose, then a full dose a month later, while the Brazilian one gave two full doses a month apart. The AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine can be stored in a regular refrigerator for months at a time and will have a guaranteed cost between $3 and $4 USD.[AP] [By KEVIN WANG] 

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U.S. Rips Up 28-Year-Old Open Skies Treaty

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The U.S. formally withdrew from the Open Skies Treaty on 22 November, citing repeated Russian violations.  The 1992 treaty, signed between the US, Russia, Canada, and most of Europe, authorizes aerial surveillance over member airspace to prevent misunderstandings and reduce tensions. American President Donald Trump renounced the agreement in May 2020, accusing Russia of blocking reconnaissance flights over militarily active areas, such as the Kaliningrad exclave and the Russo-Georgian border. [CNN] [By KEVIN WANG]

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More Than 60 Imposter “Among Us” Apps

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InnerSloth’s recent game, Among Us, has quickly risen to fame, becoming a popular choice for both PC and mobile players. However, cybercriminals are now coding and distributing fake copies of the game. As claimed by app protection company Promon and its partner Wultra, more than 60 fake apps were circulating among users over various app stores and websites. Over 75% of these apps were adware, resulting in constant appearances of large ads on the interface. This being said, some malware was more malicious such as banking trojans, which collect confidential information from a user’s device. In order to safely play, it is recommended to download the official app [TechRadar] [By Iris Ma] 

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Soccer Legend Diego Maradona dead at 60

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Diego Maradona was an Argentinian soccer legend among the greatest players ever, leading his national team to a World Cup title in 1986. He died on November 25, 2020 at the age of 60 after dealing with struggles such as cocaine use and obesity. He was known as the master of attack, juggling the ball up the field from one foot to another. His soccer expertise was cherished by every single soccer fan in the world. Unfortunately, he was hospitalized back in 2000 and once again in 2004 for cocaine use; he once famously described cocaine as his “toughest rival.” Despite a gastric bypass in 2005 greatly trimming his weight, he was hospitalized once again in 2007 due to acute hepatitis which was blamed on his excessive drinking and eating habits. Despite his struggles, Maradona remained a global icon up until his death. He was later named as one of the two greatest players in soccer history by FIFA. [CBC][By Anirudh Goel]

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4 Men Arrested For Stabbing of NHL Player’s Son

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Police in Hamilton have arrested four men in relation to the stabbing and death of 20-year-old Brock Beck. The incident occurred at Binbrook, Ontario on July 26, and a 16-year-old boy was also harmed the night of the murder. This arrest happened shortly after former NHL player Barry Beck and his family pleaded for help online, offering a reward of $20,000 to any local citizens who provided information. Cam-Thai Khath and Petar Kunic now both face charges of second-degree murder and assault causing bodily harm. Thomas Vasque also faces a charge of second-degree murder. Police are further investigating a fourth person in custody and believe that the violent assault began as a case of road rage.[GlobalNews] [By Iris Ma] 

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28 quolls and 26 devils reintroduced to Australia’s mainland

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Over the past few million years, Australia has seen the unique evolution of animals in an isolated continent allowing for the rise of animals such as kangaroos, platypuses, koalas, and Tasmanian devils. The arrival of European settlers also introduced many invasive species threatening the local wildlife and leading to the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world. Australia was hit with one of the world’s most dangerous wildfires from 2019-2020. It led to threatening many of the continent’s iconic creatures with extinction as nearly 3 billion animals died. Devoted people and organizations, like Aussie Ark, work hard to save what’s left and repopulate the mainland with native species. Tasmanian devils last lived on the mainland 3000 years ago and quolls went extinct there back in 1963. Luckily, they held on on the island of Tasmania. This year, Aussie Ark with the collaboration of other organizations reintroduced 28 quolls and 26 devils to Australia’s mainland with many future plans to introduce lost species. Although the project is a large undertaking, it gives hope to repopulate Australia’s wildlife back to its beautiful state. [CBC][By Anirudh Goel]