Nikon reveals the 20 most incredible microscope pictures of the year

  • The Nikon Small World contest highlights the best microscope images taken each year.
  • This year, the contest received more than 2,000 entries from people in 90 countries.
  • The winning image of 2020, of a young zebrafish threaded with neon-orange lymphatic vessels, reveals the species could help researchers find treatments for brain diseases. 
  • Other winning images include a rainbow snail tongue, a curled-up chameleon embryo, and the intricate mesh of a
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Southwest Airlines Announces Plans to Add Service at O’Hare Next Year

Southwest Arlines plans to offer flights out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport next year, the airline announced Monday.



a large passenger jet flying through a cloudy blue sky: A Southwest Airlines jet makes its approach to Love Field Airport, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


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A Southwest Airlines jet makes its approach to Love Field Airport, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


The company, which has long operated out of Midway Airport, expects to add service to O’Hare Airport beginning in “the first half of 2021.” Details on schedules and fares are

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60% of Americans Won’t Travel to Visit Family for the Holidays This Year, New Survey Finds

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The majority of Americans say their holiday plans won’t be business as usual in 2020.

The ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is complicating plans for family gatherings and travel in the U.S. this winter. Sixty percent of respondents to Travelocity’s 2020 Holiday Outlook survey claim they won’t be traveling to see family and friends on Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays.

Of that group, 1 in 3 say they won’t

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Ovolo Hotels goes vegetarian with ‘Year of the Veg’ to honour sustainable living

As the world continues to shift towards sustainable living with plant-based diets and ethical eating, Ovolo Hotels is joining in on the action by going completely vegetarian! Launching ‘Year of the Veg’, all Ovolo hotels in Hong Kong and Australia will be cutting out all meats across all its bars, restaurants, and room service menus, replacing them with plant-based foods for an entire year starting this October.

We want

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Southwest Airlines plans to add service out of O’Hare next year

Southwest Airlines plans to begin flying out of O’Hare International Airport by the middle of next year, the airline announced Monday.



a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: Southwest Airlines flights at Chicago Midway International AirportWednesday, July 15, 2020.


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Southwest Airlines flights at Chicago Midway International AirportWednesday, July 15, 2020.

The Dallas-based airline has served Midway Airport since 1985 but has never operated flights from O’Hare.

Southwest, which has 4,800 Chicago-based employees, said expanding to O’Hare will not change its service at

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Is it safe to travel for the holidays this year?

The end of the year is sneaking up, and people are weighing travel plans to join friends and family for the holidays — all against the backdrop of a deadly pandemic.Gathering with others — probably the most universal holiday tradition — has never required so much meticulous forethought.Should you travel for the holidays in 2020? What precautions will make it safer? Who will be there and how careful have they … Read More

No winter vacation in schools this year – Newspaper

LAHORE: Punjab Minister for School Education Murad Raas announced on Saturday that there would be no winter vacation in schools of the province this year as there has already been academic loss due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He was addressing a press conference at the Quaid-i-Azam Academy for Educational Development.

Mr Raas said educational institutions reopened in phases from Sept 15 after six months or so and it was decided

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USA Today Readers Name Wyndham Rewards Best Hotel Loyalty Program for a Third Consecutive Year

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Wyndham Rewards, the world’s most generous rewards program spanning more than 30,000 hotels, vacation club resorts and vacation rentals globally, today announced it has once again been named the best hotel loyalty program in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards and that its Wyndham Rewards® Visa® Card has been named the best travel and hotel co-branded credit card.

This marks the

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Alwadi Hotel MGallery wins ‘Luxury Boutique Hotel of the Year Award’

Alwadi Hotel MGallery wins ‘Luxury Boutique Hotel of the Year Award’


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Alwadi Hotel MGallery wins 'Luxury Boutique Hotel of the Year Award'

The entrance of AlWadi Hotel MGallery located in Msheireb Downtown, Qatar.

Doha: AlWadi Hotel MGallery has been awarded ‘Luxury Boutique Hotel of the Year’ in the prestigious ‘CEO Today Corporate Travel Awards’. 

The UK-based CEO Today Magazine has a readership of more than 200,000 corporate leaders around the globe and their Corporate Travel Awards

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UK visitors banned from travelling to Australia until end of next year at earliest

Holidays and visits to see relatives Down Under look unlikely until the end of 2021.

Since March 17, only citizens and permanent residents have been allowed to enter Australia with a few exceptions, with arrivals expected to pay for a two week hotel quarantin.

Australian Federal Budget has announced this week, that international travel will ‘remain low’ until the end of the year, or whenever a vaccine is widely available,

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London Film Festival is easier than ever to watch this year

While the coronavirus pandemic has led to some film festivals cancelling, some going entirely virtual, and some attempting to crack on as normal, the 64th London Film Festival is going with a hybrid model – so is both physical and virtual this year.



Stanley Tucci, Colin Firth that are standing in the grass: Supernova, starring Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth, is one of the London Film Festival movies to watch out for. Pic: StudioCanal


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Supernova, starring Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth, is one of the London Film Festival movies to watch out for. Pic: StudioCanal

It means movie fans

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US Travel Industry Ad Budgets Plummet in Historically Bad Year

We previously estimated 19.3% growth for travel digital ad spending, a relatively healthy figure in line with trends across nearly all verticals. No industry had digital ad spending grow at below double-digit rates at any point over the past three years.

Travel will now account for just 2.4% of digital ad spending, and its dramatic decline has had a cascading effect on the digital ad world. Earlier this year, we

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Travel to Australia not possible until ‘late next year’



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Australia is unlikely to open its borders for international travel until the end of 2021, the country’s government has confirmed.

The rule applies both ways, meaning Australians will be largely unable to travel overseas, while tourists will be unable to enter Australia.

Josh Frydenberg, the Treasurer, confirmed the decision to wait until a vaccine is available after handing down the Federal Budget, reports News.com.au.

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The Budget Assumes a COVID-19 Vaccine Becomes Available Next Year, But Is This Feasible?

The Australian federal budget, unveiled on Tuesday, bases several assumptions on Australians having access to a COVID-19 vaccine in 2021.

This timeline is possible, according to researchers on the frontline of vaccine development. A survey published in early October asked 28 US and Canadian experts when they thought a COVID-19 vaccine would be available.

They weren’t optimistic a vaccine would be available before mid-2021, but on average thought September or

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Down 70% From Last Year, Business Travel Demand Won’t Bounce Back In 2021, And Maybe Not For Years

Even if a vaccine for Covid-19 becomes widely available – and widely used – around the

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Chicago has spent at least $222 million in overtime so far in 2020, already over budget for the year

The weekend after a Kentucky grand jury declined to charge any police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered a fleet of city vehicles to prepare for another possible round of civil unrest and looting.



a group of people crossing a street at night: A few protesters cross Michigan Avenue as city trucks with snowplows block access to Chicago Police Department headquarters, following the announcement of charges in the Breonna Taylor case Sept. 23, 2020.


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A few protesters cross Michigan Avenue as city trucks with snowplows block access to Chicago Police Department headquarters, following the announcement of charges

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Australian Treasurer Says Budget Assumes Virus Vaccine Next Year

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a row of computer equipment on a table: Glass vials move along a conveyor at the Gerresheimer AG medical glassware factory in Buende, Germany, on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Gerresheimer has built up capacity and most of its factories are operating around the clock as the company holds talks with pharma companies, working on a coronavirus vaccine.


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Glass vials move along a conveyor at the Gerresheimer AG medical glassware factory in Buende, Germany, on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Gerresheimer has built up capacity and most of its factories are operating around the clock as the company holds talks with pharma companies, working on a coronavirus vaccine.

Australia’s budget forecasts will assume a coronavirus vaccine will be developed in the next year, Treasurer Josh

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Ventana Wilderness annual film festival goes virtual this year

MONTEREY — The annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival — a key outreach event for the Ventana Wilderness Alliance — kicks off this week with a virtual showcase of 14 short films exploring everything from Native American rights and the healing ability of nature to conservation successes and climate change battles.



a person standing in front of a forest: Ohlone elder Ann Marie Sayers is featured in "In the Land of My Ancestors,"  one of the short films being shown during the Ventana Wilderness Alliance's Wild & Scenic Film Festival (Courtesy VWA) Film by Rucha Chitnis


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Ohlone elder Ann Marie Sayers is featured in “In the Land of My Ancestors,” 

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Future Accommodation Model: one year on

Supporting Service personnel to love where they live

It’s now been a year since the launch of the Future Accommodation Model (FAM) pilot. So far, FAM has given over 1,000 personnel across three pilot sites (HMNB Clyde, Aldershot Garrison & RAF Wittering) financial support and more choice over where, how and with whom they live.

FAM allows eligible Service personnel at pilot sites to choose a variety of

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China Domestic Travel Gets Holiday Boost, Fewer Travelling This Year | World News

By Yew Lun Tian and Muyu Xu

BEIJING (Reuters) – China estimated that 13 million railway passenger trips were made on Thursday at the start of the Golden Week holiday, the highest for a single day since the coronavirus outbreak began in February, according to state media.

Although this figure signals pent-up demand for travel now that the virus situation within China is largely under control, it is still lower

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