The government had difficulty contacting hundreds of thousands of clinically vulnerable people who were told to shield at the start of the pandemic, a watchdog has discovered. A lack of contingency planning meant officials scrambled to develop a system to find those who might need support while they were unable to leave the house, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). Michael Matheson, the SNP transport secretary, confirmed on Tuesday that all arrivals from outside the UK and Ireland, with very limited exceptions, will have to quarantine under state supervision in hotels from next week.

AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine is being tweaked to fight the South Africa variant: Developers of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine expect to have a modified jab to cope with the South Africa coronavirus variant by autumn, the vaccine’s lead researcher said Sunday. Health officials in Britain are trying to contain the spread of the variant first identified in South Africa amid concerns that it is more contagious or resistant to existing vaccines. Read more..

Remote sensing technology has become an increasingly common tool used to measure plant productivity without the need for costly and time consuming field based measurements. However, the equipment typically used to remotely measure vegetation has remained prohibitively expensive. Here, researchers used a low cost drone and camera to create a photomosaic of a tallgrass ecosystem.

Almost two decades, the United States has denied justice to the hundreds of men the government has kept detained at Guantanamo Bay indefinitely, without charge or trial, said Daphne Eviatar, director of the Security with Human Rights Program at Amnesty International USA. Men remain there today. It is long past time to close it down..

There are a surprising number of selfies on LinkedIn. You may be sitting at your desk wearing your business finery, but the fact that you took your own photograph and uploaded it to LinkedIn is obvious. Portraits are greatly improved when someone else does the shooting.

The average consumers won’t pay much attention to the specs though. What they’ll likely care about is what I cared about: Does the Quest 2 deliver a unique experience that sets it apart, not only from its VR peers, but from PC and console gaming? In a number of areas, the answer is a resounding yes. In others, it’s clear that even the best VR experience to date has plenty of work to do before it can supplant a PC and console gaming platform..