The world really DID become a lot quieter during lockdown, researchers reveal

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During the early stages of coronavirus lockdowns around the world, people marvelled at how quiet the streets were, and the return of sounds like birdsong. 

Now science has confirmed that things really did change. 

During the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, people’s exposure to environmental noise dropped by almost half, according to University of Michigan researchers. 

The researchers used data

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Around the World, Most Approve of Scientists and Their Work: Poll

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(CN) — The world’s citizens largely view scientists in a positive light and show especially high approval of environmental science, space exploration and vaccination studies, according to Pew Research Center’s first international survey on attitudes toward scientists and their research.

“As the global landscape for scientific research continues to shift, these findings showcase the generally positive views that publics around the world hold for scientists and their

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Riley HR in 9th leads Braves past Dodgers 5-1 in NLCS opener

“I didn’t feel my legs when I was running around the bases, so it was a good feeling,” said the 23-year-old Riley, left off the postseason roster last year.

And the Braves weren’t done.

Ronald Acuña Jr. followed with a double and scored on a single by Marcell Ozuna that chased Treinen. Ozzie Albies added a two-run homer off Jake McGee.

“It’s what these guys do. I’ve said we’re like

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RPT-Soccer-Difficult to beat Bolivia at home, says Argentina coach

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Oct 13 (Reuters) – Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni described Bolivia as “one of the best teams in the world” when they play at the punishing altitude of La Paz.

Bolivia were thrashed 5-0 in Brazil on Friday but they rested some players in anticipation of facing Argentina on Tuesday in another South American World Cup qualifier and Scaloni said his

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Americans Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson win Nobel Prize in economics

Two American professors have been awarded the Nobel Prize for economic sciences for their work on how auctions function, a field that affects everything from high-end art prices to consumers’ electricity bills.

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Paul R. Milgrom and Robert B. Wilson were honored “for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats,” Secretary General Göran Hansson of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said during

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Engineer builds the world’s first plasma-based Star Wars’ lightsaber

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A popular YouTuber has created the first functioning lightsaber, using propane gas burning at around 4,000°C to create a retractable plasma beam.

Canadian James Hobson, known as ‘the Hacksmith’, has a following of ten million subscribers and works on turning popular science fiction items into reality.  

Inspired by a love of Star Wars, he has previously made various lightsabers, but wanted to produce

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The Walking Dead: World Beyond Season 1 Episode 2: “The Blaze of Gory” Review

With its second episode, The Walking Dead: World Beyond ticked up, delivering an initial leg of the teens’ journey that was far more interesting than the premiere’s heavy focus on the safe, walled-up world they were leaving behind. A world that would be wiped out by the end of said premiere.Also, instead of focusing almost solely on the Bennett sisters, as the first episode did, “The Blaze of Gory” helped
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The Wristwatch at 100 – The New York Times

Oh, how times have changed!

When wristwatches — or “wristlets” as they were then known — came into vogue in the second half of the 19th century, they were delicate, bejeweled and wildly inaccurate status symbols for well-to-do women who rarely needed to know the time. The only masculine choice was a pocket watch.

Beginning around 1920, however, soldiers returning from World War I popularized the style of wearing a

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With Disney+ in the spotlight, Disney revamps its business around streaming

Emboldened by the success of Disney+, Walt Disney Co. is reorganizing its massive entertainment and media operations to focus on creating content for its streaming services in a major effort to accelerate its direct-to-consumer strategy, the company said Monday.

Disney on Monday announced a major restructuring of its content business to focus on streaming. (Reed Saxon / Associated Press)

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Disney on Monday announced a major restructuring of its content business to focus on streaming. (Reed Saxon / Associated Press)

Under the new corporate structure,

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Was Columbus’ Voyage to the “New World” Driven by Islamophobia?

Tucked inside historian Alan Mikhail’s new biography of Sultan Selim, the ambitious early-16th-century ruler of the Ottoman Empire, is a riveting series of chapters about Christopher Columbus. Mikhail’s ambition in writing God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World was to restore the place of the Ottoman Empire in the global history of the early modern period. To that end, the Columbus

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The Ultimate Guide To Starting A Side Hustle Part 4: Automation And Systems

A side hustle is defined as doing something on the side – which means that you’ll be juggling your other life responsibilities. So one of the best things you can do for yourself and your business is to automate, define systems and standard operations that can easily run without your constant attention. Any task that you repeat should be automated so that you can free up your time and attention.

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The Boys season 3 release date, cast, trailer and everything else we know

Trying to sleuth out the details around The Boys season 3 on Amazon Prime Video? So are we. And apparently, the rest of the world is eager for more, too. Although the popular series only just returned on September 4 and the latest season concluded on Friday, October 9, and saw the series grow its audience tremendously.

The Boys first premiered back in the summer of 2019, and the hype

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The Tectonic Shift In Global Trade


The global economy has undergone a fundamental shift in recent years. The rules-based, free and open international trade regime that dominated the latter half of the 20th century and first decade and a half of the 21st century has cracked and broken, giving way to a new era of trade populism.

Of course, this fundamental shift is not complete. It is ongoing. And it is primarily a political shift,

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Black hole seen eating star, causing ‘disruption event’ visible in telescopes around the world

Scientists have watched a rare blast of light from a star as it was eaten by a black hole.

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The unusual “tidal disruption event” was visible in telescopes across the world. It appeared as a bright flare of energy, the closest of its kind ever recorded, at just 215 million light-years away.

Such events happen when a star gets too near to a black hole,

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Facebook bans posts that deny or distort the Holocaust | US & Canada

Facebook is banning posts that deny or distort the Holocaust and will start directing people to authoritative sources if they search for information about the Nazi killings, in the latest move restricting controversial content.

Company CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new policy Monday, the latest attempt by the social media giant to take action against conspiracy theories and misinformation ahead of the United States presidential election on November 3.


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Manila orders karaoke silence for students’ sake.

Manila’s mayor, the former actor Francisco Domagoso, banned the daytime use of “karaokes, videokes and other sound producing devices” beginning Thursday, after complaints from irate parents home-schooling their children amid the pandemic.

Mr. Domagoso said his office had received multiple calls from parents who said their children could not concentrate with the noise.

“I pity our parents and students who are trying to go through online schooling while being disturbed

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2020 Watch: Is It Too Late for Trump to Turn Things Around? | Florida News

By STEVE PEOPLES, AP National Political Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:

Days to general election: 22

Days to next scheduled presidential debate: 10

President Donald Trump returns to the campaign trail this week after an 11-day absence in what is likely his last opportunity to reset his beleaguered presidential reelection bid. With Election Day

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Eerie abandoned streets around the world

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Fashion retail giant H&M to close 250 of its stores around the world as the pandemic sends shoppers online

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Fashion giant H&M said it is closing 250 of its stores globally next year as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to accelerate a major switch to online shopping. 

H&M, which is the world’s second biggest clothing retailer, said that around a quarter of its 5,000 stores are able to renegotiate or exit contracts next year, allowing it to shut around five per cent

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