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A mink is seen at the farm of Henrik Nordgaard Hansen and Ann-Mona Kulsoe Larsen near Naestved, Denmark, November 6, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Denmark to cull 17M mink
Denmark, the world's largest producer of mink furs, plans to cull all mink in the country to contain a mutated form of novel coronavirus.
Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the decision had been made with a "heavy heart," but it was necessary based on the recommendation of health authorities.
"The virus has mutated in mink. The mutated virus has spread to humans," Frederiksen said.
The mutation, Frederiksen warned, has been found to undermine the body’s ability to form antibodies, which could threaten the efficacy of coronavirus vaccines that are currently underway.
There are between 15 million and 17 million mink in Denmark, according to authorities.
Outbreaks of coronavirus at the country's mink farms have persisted despite repeated efforts to cull infected animals since June.

"The transit of Venus", a photo taken by M. Kornmesser used in Extraterrestrial Civilization for Children, a book written by physicist Li Miao.[Photo provided to China Daily]

>300M habitable planets
Our galaxy is filled with potentially habitable planets -- at least 300 million of them, according to NASA.
The US space agency's Kepler Space Telescope spent nine years on a planet-hunting mission, successfully identifying thousands of exoplanets in our galaxy before running out of fuel in 2018.
Scientists around the world pored over Kepler's data for years -- and they think they've found the answer.
According to research released in The Astronomical Journal, there are roughly 300 million potentially habitable worlds in our galaxy.
That figure is a rough estimate on the conservative side, and "there could be many more," said NASA in a news release.
Some of these planets could be close enough to be considered "interstellar neighbors" -- the closest is around 20 light-years away.


>Coconuts accepted as tuition
A hospitality college in Bali, Indonesia, has begun accepting coconuts as tuition payment as students face economic hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
When students at the Venus One Tourism Academy pay their fees with coconuts, the college will use them to harvest virgin coconut oil, UPI reported.
Alternatively, students can pay using leaves from moringa and gotu kola plants, which can be converted into herbal soap and sold to raise money for the academy, Food & Wine added.
Bali is a major international tourist destination but in August, the Balinese government closed the island to non-Indonesian visitors until 2021, BBC News reported.


>Lockdown named word of the year
Lockdown, the noun that has come to define so many lives across the world in 2020, has been named word of the year by Collins Dictionary.
Lockdown is defined by Collins as “the imposition of stringent restrictions on travel, social interaction, and access to public spaces”, and its usage has boomed over the last year.
The 4.5bn-word Collins Corpus registered a 6,000 percent increase in its usage.
Other pandemic-related words, such as coronavirus, social distancing, self-isolate and furlough, were on the dictionary’s list of the top 10 words.
The abbreviation BLM, for Black Lives Matter, also made the shortlist.
Defined by Collins as “a movement that campaigns against racially motivated violence and oppression”, it registered a 581 percent increase in usage.

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