Single Pfizer or AstraZeneca dose produces strong antibody response

Scientists say AstraZeneca vaccine has greater effect when it comes to cellular response

A single dose of either the Oxford/AstraZeneca or the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine generates a big protective antibody response against the coronavirus in people 80 and over, researchers have found.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 9:41am

Flying giant pterosaurs had longer neck than a giraffe, say experts

Intact remains, discovered in Morocco, may help engineers create stronger lightweight structures

Pterosaurs, one of the first and largest vertebrates to learn to fly, have often been seen as the cool cousins of the infamous Tyrannosaurus rex.

Now scientists have discovered the 100m-year-old secret to the success of the flying pterosaur: a neck longer than a giraffe.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 10:00am

Capitol attack: blistering internal report reveals widespread failures by police

Inspector general report describes old and faulty equipment, inadequate training and intelligence that had few set standards

A blistering internal report by the US Capitol police describes a multitude of missteps that left the force unprepared for the 6 January insurrection – riot shields that shattered upon impact, expired weapons that couldn’t be used, inadequate training and an intelligence division that had few set standards.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 8:48am

All Nato troops expected to leave Afghanistan before 11 September

Alliance members unlikely to oppose US decision despite UK disquiet over possible Taliban takeover

All 7,000 Nato troops – including about 750 from the UK – are expected to leave Afghanistan alongside US forces before 11 September, ending two decades of military intervention in the country.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 9:03am

Irish-born DUP peer refuses to take Home Office test for British passport

Willie Hay accuses Home Office of discriminating against him and 40,000 other people born across border

A Democratic Unionist peer has said he has been forced to hold an Irish passport because of discrimination by the Home Office.

Willie Hay, Lord Hay of Ballyore, told MPs he would not submit to a Life in the UK citizenship test and neither should 40,000 other people like him who were born across the border but have lived their entire lives in Northern Ireland.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 8:52am

Revealed: the huge British property empire of Sheikh Mohammed

Holdings of more than 40,000 hectares in London, Scotland and Newmarket make Dubai ruler one of UK’s biggest landowners

The controversial ruler of Dubai has acquired a land and property empire in Britain that appears to exceed 40,000 hectares (100,000 acres), making him one of the country’s largest landowners, according to a Guardian analysis.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 9:00am

Bernie Madoff, financier behind largest Ponzi scheme in history, dies in prison

Madoff died aged 82 in Butner, North Carolina, apparently from natural causes

Bernie Madoff, the financier who pleaded guilty to orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history, has died in a federal prison, a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

Madoff died at the Federal medical center in Butner, North Carolina, apparently from natural causes, the person said.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 9:44am