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Homemade cotton masks can prevent 99.9% of coronavirus droplets from spraying into the air

Daily Mail - Science & tech

More evidence has emerged that wearing masks can prevent an infected person from spreading the novel coronavirus to others. A new study found that homemade cotton face coverings stop 99.9 percent of contagious droplets from spraying into the air when someone coughs or speaks - and surgical masks prevented 100 percent of droplets. Tests showed a person standing six feet away from someone without a mask was up to 1,000 times greater risk of inhaling droplets than someone standing 1.5 feet away from a coughing person wearing a mask. What's more, even the homemade single-layer cotton mask reduced the number of infectious droplets by more than 1,000-fold. The team, from the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute in the UK, says the findings show the importance of wearing a face covering in public so that, if you are infected with COVID-19, you are not sickening others.


17 gifts for your friend who wants to rock that zero waste lifestyle

Mashable

It may seem counter-intuitive to gift someone interested in living a zero waste lifestyle more products, but reusable essentials are always worth the investment. Achieving zero waste is all about minimizing your carbon footprint by limiting the number of garbage you produce -- and believe it or not, you need a few things to help make this possible. From reusable water bottles, to cloth bags, and jars there are loads of items you can give someone hoping to limit their waster production. Is there anything better than a nice cold sip of water? Reusable water bottles are a must for anyone looking to cut back on their waste production.


Japan's advice in a missile strike: Don't forget a handkerchief

The Japan Times

Get indoors, keep away from windows and switch on the TV. That's the latest advice from the government on how to prepare for a ballistic missile strike. Japan has an early-warning system designed to issue alerts across the country from loudspeakers and mobile phones if a missile is thought to be heading its way. The J-Alert system has come under renewed focus since North Korea test-fired a volley of four ballistic missiles last month, three of which landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone. A ballistic missile would probably take about 10 minutes to fly the 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) from its launchpad in North Korea to the island of Okinawa, the government said in a document published Friday on its civil protection website.


Selling my fertility changed the law in Britain

BBC News

In the mid-1980s a fertility agency began offering infertile couples the chance to pay a woman to have a baby on their behalf. It was a controversial move that attracted intense media coverage and much criticism of those involved. In 1985, Kim Cotton became Britain's first surrogate mother. Through the agency, she was paid to become pregnant, carry the baby to term and hand over the infant to the couple. She never met or knew the identify of Baby Cotton's parents but such was the outcry that commercial surrogacy was outlawed within six months.


Philadelphia comedian dead at 32

FOX News

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines for Dec. 12 are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Comedian Chris Cotton is dead at the age of 32, Comedy Central announced on Wednesday. "We're devastated by the loss of Chris Cotton - a hilarious comedian, a beloved member of the Comedy Central family and a joy to be around," the network said in a statement on Twitter. Cotton was a Philadelphia native.