Learn English with the News – Nobel prize in medicine awarded to trio for work on hepatitis C

The Nobel prize is about to be awarded to multiple scientists regarding the research about Hepatitis C. But the nomination certainly has its controversy, as one of the lead scientists believes that the praise and compliments should be extended to all the researchers involved in the process.

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The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

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“Two Americans and a British scientist have been awarded the Nobel prize in medicine for their groundbreaking work on blood-borne hepatitis, a health problem that causes cirrhosis and liver cancer around the world. Harvey J Alter at the US National Institutes of Health in Maryland, Charles M Rice from Rockefeller University in New York, and Michael Houghton, a British virologist at the University of Alberta in Canada, were honoured for their joint discovery of the hepatitis C virus, a major cause of liver inflammation. The award may prove controversial as Houghton recently turned down a major prize because it excluded two co-workers at the pharmaceutical firm Chiron who helped him identify the virus. In 2013, he refused the Canada Gairdner International Award sometimes known as the “baby Nobel” because it did not recognise the work of his former colleagues George Quo and Qui-Lim Choo. After reluctantly accepting the prestigious Lasker award in 2000, Houghton said his co-workers did not get the recognition they deserved. David Pendlebury, a citation analyst at Clarivate, a scientific data firm, said he was surprised the Nobel committee made the award knowing it would be problematic.  The difficulty, he said, threw into high relief the perennial issue of the Nobel’s rule of three, where no more than three researchers can be named for discoveries that have often been team efforts. The award, announced on Monday by the Nobel assembly in Stockholm, is worth £870,000, which will be shared among the winners. The scientists’ work transformed the understanding and treatment of hepatitis C. The virus infects more than 70 million people, with 400,000 dying each year from related conditions such as cirrhosis and liver cancer, according to the World Health Organization. In the 1940s, scientists knew there were two main types of infectious hepatitis. The first, transmitted by the hepatitis A virus, spread via contaminated food and water and tended to have little long-term impact on people. The second, spread by blood and body fluids, was more insidious. Patients could be silently infected for years before serious complications emerged. Researchers discovered hepatitis B in the 1960s, but it quickly became clear that it was not the only cause of the blood-borne infections. While studying hepatitis spread by blood transfusions, Alter found that some patients were being infected by an unknown agent. He later showed that blood from the patients could transmit the disease to chimpanzees. The next breakthrough came from Houghton and his colleagues. Through a new and untested strategy, they used human antibodies from patients to help identify the virus and sequenced the genetic code of what became hepatitis C. The final step in the effort came from Rice, then at Washington University in St Louis, who demonstrated that the virus alone could cause hepatitis, explaining the remaining infections spread by blood transfusions. The advent of sensitive tests for hepatitis C and antiviral drugs that can treat the infection soon followed.”

Learn English with the News – California Highway Becomes First US State Road Made From Recycled Plastic

While sticking to the norm is a pretty typical M.O. for construction companies, one in California has decided to make a road completely from recycled plastic. Could this be a step towards a greener construction industry, and future with better waste disposal?

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Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

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California Highway Becomes First US State Road Made From Recycled Plastic | Definitions Quiz

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California Highway Becomes First US State Road Made From Recycled Plastic | Fill In The Blank

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California Highway Becomes First US State Road Made From Recycled Plastic | True or False

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“It may look like just ordinary paved road, but it’s actually being hailed as the first mile of recycled plastic highway on a state road anywhere in the U.S. Using more than 150,000 single-use plastic bottles, sustainable landscaping company TechniSoil partnered with state transit officials to create the one-mile road with three lanes in July 2020. According to CalTrans (California Department of Transportation), which already has slated the material for use throughout the state, the eco-friendly road formula has been shown to be 2-3 times more durable than traditional asphalt pavement. Not only is the formula more durable, Technisoil officials say the procedure generates 90% less greenhouse gas emissions than the process currently used by Caltrans. The company says that they have already begun working on launching additional plastic road projects across California. “This process is better for the environment because it keeps plastic bottles out of landfills and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuels.” The state government has faith in this new system and believes it is an innovative step towards the future. Given that it has stronger features than normal asphalt, it looks like it’s here to stay.”

Learn English with the News – Facebook Threatens to Stop Australians From Sharing News

Facebook has had its share of bad publicity in recent years, and once again they’re making headlines with recent comments directed at Australia and New Zealand. 

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Facebook threatens Australians | Definitions Quiz

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Facebook threatens Australians | Fill In The Blank

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Facebooks threatens Australians | True or False

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“Facebook will block Australians from sharing news if a landmark plan to make digital platforms pay for news content becomes law, the digital giant has warned. Sharing personal content between family and friends will not be affected and neither will the sharing of news by Facebook users outside of Australia, the social network said. The mandatory news code has been backed by all the major news companies including News Corp Australia, Nine Entertainment and Guardian Australia, as a way to offset the damage caused by the loss of advertising revenue to Facebook and Google. “Assuming this draft code becomes law, we will reluctantly stop allowing publishers and people in Australia from sharing local and international news on Facebook and Instagram,” the managing director of Facebook Australia & New Zealand Will Easton said in a blog post on Tuesday. “This is not our first choice – it is our last. But it is the only way to protect against an outcome that defies logic and will hurt, not help, the long-term vibrancy of Australia’s news and media sector.” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the government would continue with the legislation and did not respond to “coercion or heavy-handed threats”. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair Rod Sims said Facebook’s threat was ill-timed and misconceived. “The draft media bargaining code aims to ensure Australian news businesses, including independent, community and regional media, can get a seat at the table for fair negotiations with Facebook and Google,” Sims said. “Facebook already pays for some media content. The code aims to bring fairness and transparency to Facebook and Google’s relationships with Australian news media businesses”. “We note that according to the University of Canberra’s 2020 Digital News Report, 39% of Australians use Facebook for general news, and 49% use Facebook for news about COVID-19. “As the ACCC and the Government work to finalise the draft legislation, we hope all parties will engage in constructive discussions.”  Tuesday’s statement marked the company’s first comment since Google also took an aggressive approach to the looming legislation, although the search giant has stopped short of saying it would block search functions in Australia.”