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What is it and how does it behave? - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The new coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, in December has infected tens of thousands of people in China and beyond and triggered alarm around the world. ( here ) Here is what we know about the disease it causes and how it spreads:. A man wearing a face mask crosses a road in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Hubei province, China February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer. * Like other coronaviruses, ... Full story

Washington pledges $1 billion for coronavirus vaccine as pandemic risks grow

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will seek $2.5 billion from Congress to fight the coronavirus epidemic and U.S. and South Korean militaries are considering scaling back joint training as the virus spreads in Europe and the Middle East. A man wearing a face mask rides a bicycle in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Hubei province, China February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer. Countries around the ... Full story

Gui Minhai: Chinese court sentences Swedish bookseller to 10 years jail

Image caption Mr Gui has been in and out of Chinese detention for years. A Chinese court has sentenced Swedish bookseller Gui Minhai to 10 years in jail for "illegally providing intelligence overseas". Mr Gui has been in and out of Chinese detention since 2015, when he went missing during a holiday in Thailand. The ex-Hong Kong based publisher was taken into custody in 2018 on his way to Beijing. Mr Gui, 56, is known to have published books on ... Full story

Mastercard says coronavirus to hit first-quarter revenue

FILE PHOTO: Mastercard Inc. credit cards are displayed in this picture illustration taken December 8, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Illustration/File Photo. (Reuters) - Mastercard Inc ( MA.N ) said on Monday its net revenue in the first quarter will take a hit of between 2% and 3% over its previous forecast if the coronavirus outbreak persists through the quarter. The company’s shares were down nearly 3% in extended trading. The company now ... Full story

Marine veteran holds plank for over 8 hours, setting Guinness World Record

Age is nothing but a number for George Hood. The 62-year-old recently broke the Guinness World Record for the longest time holding a plank position, the organization announced on its website. Hood, a marine veteran, held the plank for an astonishing 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds. "It's official and I'm so very proud of this one. Grateful for a TeamHood crew and support from around the world," he wrote on Instagram . Hood previously held ... Full story

This Startup Is Building Infrastructure For The First Factory In Space

Artist's impression of Archinaut One. NASA/Made In Space. In the quest to build bigger things in space, one Colorado-based company is readying for an epic construction demonstration mission. Blue Canyon Technologies will provide the spacecraft vehicle infrastructure supporting a “factory” that will 3D-print solar arrays in space. The mission is called Archinaut One and its lead developer is Made In Space (which has a working 3D-printer on the ... Full story

How to watch the Democratic debate in South Carolina

CBS News poll: Biden leads in South Carolina with Sanders, Steyer on his heels. Seven Democratic candidates for president have qualified for Tuesday's debate in Charleston, South Carolina , to be hosted by CBS News. It's the last opportunity candidates will have to make their pitch on a national stage before Saturday's critical South Carolina primary — and the last one before voters in 16 states and territories go to the polls on Super Tuesday, ... Full story

EU set to agree UK trade talks mandate

Ministers from the EU will meet later to approve their mandate for post-Brexit trade talks with the UK. The document approved by the EU General Affairs Council on Tuesday morning will be the basis for future negotiations, to be carried out by Michel Barnier. It will say that a trade deal should be based on EU rules in some areas as "a reference point". Meanwhile, UK ministers will also meet at No 10 to discuss the government's opening stance ... Full story

Today's Cartoon: Incremental Disruption

By Jon Adams, with cartooncollections.com . Christian entrepreneurs are searching for relief from the grind of company-building—while some faith leaders preach the gospel of crushing it . Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology. Check back here for more laughs throughout the week. And if that's still not enough, you can find all of WIRED's cartoons in one place, right here . Plus, sign up for the ... Full story

Environment Agency chief: Avoid building new homes on flood plains

Image caption Floodwater swamps Severn Stoke in Worcestershire at the weekend. The head of the Environment Agency is to warn against building new homes on flood plains, amid flooding in parts of the UK following heavy rain. In a speech later, Sir James Bevan will say new housing should only be allowed if they are resilient to flooding. It comes as Storms Ciara and Dennis caused widespread flooding. River levels are set to reach their ... Full story

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