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Coronavirus sceptics, conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers protest in London – The Guardian

Thousands gather in Trafalgar Square to hear calls for lockdown rules to be removed

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New method for removing synthetic estrogen from water bodies – News-Medical.net

Synthetic estrogens from pharmaceuticals contaminate rivers and threaten the health of humans and fish.

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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 21 2020
Synthetic estrogens from pharmaceuticals contaminate rivers and threaten the health of humans and fish. An effective and cost-efficient method for removing synthetic estrogen from bodies of water has been demonstrated in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Engineering Science.
The researchers compared non-modified and modified forms of bentonite, a natural, low-cost absorbent that can remove pharmaceutical micropollutants from water bodies.
One particular…

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Pope Francis pushes new boundaries and expresses support for same-sex civil unions – ABC News

Pope Francis says in a new documentary that there is a need to create a civil union law as he expresses support for those in same-sex relationships and their rights…

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Pope Francis has broken with tradition in a new documentary released this week by expressing support for same-sex civil unions, in some of the clearest language he has used in relation to the rights of LGBTQ people.
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  • While still an archbishop Pope Francis previously expressed support for civil unions rather than gay marriage
  • Soon after becoming Pope, he said it was not his place to judge gay people
  • Pope Francis made the most recent comments in a new documentary, Francesco, released this…

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Eliminating the Cold Chain with COVID-19 Molecular Transport Media – News-Medical.Net

In this interview, Rebekah Stibbs from EKF Diagnostics talks to News-Medical about eliminating the cold chain with COVID-19 molecular transport media.

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After collection from an individual, how are COVID-19 sample swabs transported to the laboratory?
Once a sample swab has been collected from the individual, it is placed into a transport tube containing a form of transport media;  alternatively, swabs can be transported dry.
The method of transportation chosen will have a significant impact on sample RNA integrity and stability. An individual’s sample is then transported to a test laboratory via the postal system or through a designated courier….

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