Police hunt museum intruder
Police are hunting a man who took a late-night tour of a closed Sydney museum, posing for selfies with a dinosaur skull before making off with a cowboy hat and a picture. The intruder climbed up scaffolding into the Australian Museum at about 1am on Sunday last week and went on a leisurely wander through the empty building, local police said. “He was in there for about 40 minutes... He certainly enjoyed his night at the museum,” New South Wales Police Detective Chief Inspector Sean Heaney said on Friday. Security cameras caught the man taking photographs with displays, posing with his head inside the jaws of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull and searching cupboards. The man eventually left the museum with the hat and a picture from a wall, police said. The museum has been closed since last year for renovations and police believe that the refurbishment work made his entry easier.
Scientists eye disease dogs
Dogs’ ability to sniff out whether people are infected with COVID-19 is to be put to the test by researchers, in a bid to develop a fast, noninvasive means of detecting the disease. The government yesterday said that it had given ￡500,000 (US$605,175) toward the research, which is to be conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Durham University and a local charity, Medical Detection Dogs. Six dogs — labradors and cocker spaniels — are to be given samples of the odor of COVID-19 patients from London hospitals, and taught to distinguish their smell from that of people who are not infected. If successful, an individual dog could check up to 250 people per hour and be used in public spaces and at airports.
Space Force gets own flag
The Space Force — the newest branch of the armed services — now has its own flag. Department of Defense officials presented President Donald Trump with the space force flag during a short Oval Office event on Friday. The dark blue and white flag includes elements intended to evoke the vast recesses of outer space. The space force, which was officially established in December last year, is the first new military service since the Air Force was established in 1947. The 16,000 airmen and civilians that make up the space force technically remain part of the air force, which previously oversaw offensive operations in space. However, Trump has made clear that he sees the newest service as critical to the future of the nation’s defense. The military is building a “super-duper missile” that can travel “17 times faster than what we have right now,” Trump said at the event.
Trump spins trucker protest
Trump on Friday said that the sound of truck horns just south of the White House is a “sign of love” for him from truckers, but the truckers were actually honking their opposition to low shipping rates. “They’re protesting in favor of President Trump,” the president claimed in the Rose Garden. The blaring of truck horns wafted across the Ellipse and into the sun-splashed garden. The drivers who have lined Constitution Avenue with their big rigs did not travel to Washington for Trump: They are in the nation’s capital to protest low shipping rates that they say could force many of them out of business. An initial flurry of freight shipments stemming from the pandemic has subsided. As a result, many truckers have found themselves without freight to haul or with offers to deliver goods at rates they have said are unsustainable.
‘OBVIOUS DIFFERENCE’: The Wuhan Institute of Virology has been researching bat coronaviruses to trace the SARS pathogen, which is 80 percent similar to SARS-CoV-2 The Chinese virology institute in the city where COVID-19 first emerged has three live strains of bat coronavirus on-site, but none match the new contagion wreaking havoc around the world, its director has said. Scientists think COVID-19 — which first emerged in Wuhan and has killed more than 340,000 people worldwide — originated in bats and could have been transmitted to people via another mammal. However, the director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology told state broadcaster China Global Television Network that claims made by US President Donald Trump and others that the novel coronavirus could have escaped from the facility were
SPACE RACE: The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp mission aims to land a robotic rover and put a probe into orbit around the planet China is targeting a July launch for its ambitious Mars mission, which includes landing a remote-controlled robot on the surface of the Red Planet, the company in charge of the project has said. Beijing has invested billions of dollars in its space program in an effort to catch up with its rival, the US, and affirm its status as a major world power. The Mars mission is among a number of new space projects China is pursuing, including putting Chinese astronauts on the moon and having a space station by 2022. Beijing had been planning the Mars mission for some time this year,
India has moved additional troops along its northern border as it prepares for an extended conflict with China, after several rounds of talks failed to ease tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals. China has already placed about 5,000 soldiers and armored vehicles within its side of the disputed border in the Ladakh region, an Indian government official said, asking not to be identified, citing rules. India is adding a similar number of troops as well as artillery guns along the border to fend off the continuing incursions by the Chinese army, the official said. The standoff began on May 5, when troops clashed
China is poised to enshrine individuals’ rights to privacy and personal data for the first time, a symbolic first step as more of the country of 1.4 billion people becomes digitized — and more vulnerable to leaks and hacks. The legislation is part of China’s first civil code, a sweeping package of laws that is being deliberated during the annual meeting of China’s National People’s Congress, which began on Friday after a delay of more than two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a recent draft, an individual has a right to privacy and to have their personal information protected. Data