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15-minute coronavirus test promises to ease the COVID-19 pandemic stress on health system

A 15-minute coronavirus test promises to ease the strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare systems across Europe, this comes as world leaders look for solutions to combat the disease.

Using easy to collect samples, the tests detect the IgM and IgG antibodies response to the coronavirus, to identify if patients have contracted COVID-19 within minutes of testing.

Are we in the midst of a sixth major extinction that could cause a collapse of the natural ecosystems?

Alarming declines in the number of insects, vertebrates and plant species around the world have raised fears that we are in the midst of a sixth major extinction that could cause a collapse of the natural ecosystems we rely upon to survive.

After Horizon 2020, the new R&D budget proposes a modest increase to 100B Euro

up from 80 Billion for the period 2014-2020. So this is about a 3%-4% annual increase only proposed, which is marginally higher than the rate fo inflation for most years in some of tghe EU countries.

Many scientists think this is less than ambitious; though the EU has other issues to deal with - such as the potential loss of the UK contribution.