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A student talks to a school staff before taking a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test in the school hall before returning to school at Loreto Grammar School in Altrincham, Britain, March 5, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]


>UK universities to continue online lessons

Many of the top universities in Britain have refused to bring back full face-to-face teaching in the autumn, despite government advice that they can lift all COVID-19 restrictions.

According to The Sunday Times, 20 of the leading 24 Russell Group universities said a proportion of undergraduate teaching will continue to be held online.

Meanwhile, two-thirds of the 65 universities polled by the Times Higher Education magazine confirmed that most lectures would remain online for the coming academic year, but that they planned as much in-person teaching as possible.

They said the decisions were driven by the risk of coronavirus spreading in large lecture classrooms, as well as the educational benefits of blended learning.

The decision has dismayed college students who coped with severe disruption last year.

Students in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool have launched petitions calling for a full return to "normality in terms of teaching" and demanding fee refunds.

Claire Marchant, chief executive of the universities admissions service Ucas, said that online teaching might mean that universities could enroll more students.




>Sunken city in deepest pool

Dubai, home of the tallest skyscraper, now hosts the world's deepest swimming pool too.

Deep Dive Dubai plunges over 60m, beating former Guinness World Record holder Deep Spot in Poland by 15m.

Below its surface lies an entire underwater world. Designed to resemble a sunken city, explorers can suit up in diving gear to play underwater pool, foosball or chess, or they can explore the depths of the expansive, multi-themed facility.

Deep Dive Dubai is filled with 14 million liters of water - an amount equivalent to nearly six Olympic-sized swimming pools. "

The pool is now available by invitation only and is expected to open to the public later this month.


The Apple Inc logo is seen hanging at the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York, on Oct 16, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]


>Photos in iCloud will be checked

Apple Inc on Monday said that iPhone users' entire photo libraries will be checked for known child abuse images if they are stored in the online iCloud service.

The disclosure came in a series of media briefings in which Apple is seeking to dispel alarm over its announcement last week that it will scan users' phones, tablets and computers for millions of illegal pictures.

While Google, Microsoft and other technology platforms check uploaded photos or emailed attachments against a database of identifiers provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and other clearing houses, security experts faulted Apple's plan as more invasive.




>Cats see their humans as parents

Cats have a rotten reputation as a cold and distant domesticated animal - at least compared to their main competitor, known as "man's best friend (dogs) ".

But Oregon State University researchers concluded that cats really do actually love their humans - or at the very least, see them as parents or caregivers - after conducting a study on kittens, modeled after previous research on dogs and babies.

64% of the kittens demonstrated a "secure attachment style" to their caregiver, meaning the cat seemed distraught when they left the room but "displayed a reduced stress response" upon their return.