Coronavirus: University teaching to move online from 9 December

Universities in Northern Ireland are to move all teaching online by 9 December to allow students to return home for Christmas.

Students have also been advised to take a Covid-19 test before they return to their family home.

testing is being offered to students
at Queen’s and Ulster Universities.

The Christmas guidance for students in Northern Ireland was published by the executive on Friday.

Many students were already learning remotely as many degree courses were being taught online, although thousands remain on campus.

Face-to-face teaching has continued in some subjects where it is regarded as necessary.

A small number of those courses may be able to continue to hold classes on campus after 9 December.

But students have been told that if they remain on campus after 9 December they may be in a situation where they have to self-isolate over Christmas.

Rapid Covid-19 testing is available for students

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Boston University Weekly COVID-19 Report: November 25 to December 1 | The Brink

Extra COVID-19 tests urged for everyone as cases surge from Thanksgiving

Now that Boston University is publishing its COVID-19 testing data on a public-facing dashboard, Gloria Waters, BU vice president and associate provost for research, and Judy Platt, director of BU Student Health Services, are providing a weekly update on the overall health of the BU community.

“We knew this was going to happen—we expected this,” Judy Platt says. 

Boston University’s Clinical Testing Lab is detecting a fresh uptick in coronavirus cases linked to Thanksgiving travel. Between November 25 and December 1, 46 students tested positive for coronavirus, as well as 28 faculty and staff. On December 1 alone, 26 members of the BU community received positive test results.

“It’s so critical now, during this surge, for people to be as forthcoming as possible,” Platt says. “When the call comes in from contact tracing, we need people

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Mass. set to launch first phase of rapid coronavirus testing in schools in December

“This is a voluntary initiative, with test kits provided to schools at no cost and designed to help schools continue to provide in-person instruction,” Riley said. “Schools chosen for Phase One need to meet six criteria including the ability to complete DPH reporting requirements and ensure staff who administer the tests are trained.”

Riley said Wednesday that “schools must also obtain parent/guardian consent prior to administering tests to students. The Abbott BinaxNOW test is a rapid antigen test. Rapid antigen tests perform best when the person is tested in the early stages of infection, which is when the viral load is generally highest.”

Under current federal guidelines, Riley continued, the Abbott test is not to be used for “broad-scale asymptomatic in schools, and students, parents and staff should be aware that antigen test results are not considered at this time diagnostic. Results are probable and confirmation of a person’s COVID-19

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Page-Turning Science Books for December: Medieval Science, Neanderthals, and a Handbook for Humankind

This article appeared in the December 2020 issue of Discover magazine. Subscribe to support our science journalism.

The Light Ages: The Surprising Story of Medieval Science Medieval Science by Seb Falk


When I think “medieval science,” not much comes to mind — just a big, empty space between ancient Greek thinkers like Plato and Renaissance-era scientists like da Vinci or Galileo. But the Dark Ages may not have been as devoid of progress as its name implies; historian Falk argues it was actually an era brimming with scientific inquiry.

Falk gives us an insider’s look at medieval science through the life of a single 14th-century Benedictine monk: John Westwyk. By following notes from Westwyk and his contemporaries — a sketched diagram of a sundial, musings scribbled in a manuscript’s margins — Falk is able to reconstruct the monk’s story. He takes readers from the meadows of Westwick to the halls

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Nintendo Switch Getting First Fire Emblem Game, Previously Japan-Only, In December

The first-ever Fire Emblem game turns 30 this year, and Nintendo is celebrating its anniversary by officially localizing it for Switch. The company announced that it is bringing the series’ previously Famicom-only debut entry, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, to Nintendo Switch in English on December 4.

In addition to full English text, Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light will feature a few new amenities, including a rewind feature that lets you skip back to a previous turn, as well as the ability to fast-forward through animations. Nintendo has also added a save state function to the game. You can watch the announcement trailer for Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light below.

As the first game in the series, Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light established the framework that future Fire Emblem games would follow. The game features more than 50

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