Facebook is testing a video dating app called Sparked that cycles users through four-minute dates

Facebook is testing a video speed dating app that lets potential matches meet for four minutes to see ‘if sparks fly.’ Called Sparked, the service is described as ‘video dating with kind people’ and promises no swiping, no DMs and is free to use, but requires a Facebook profile to create an account, as first … Read more

French army is testing Boston Dynamics’ robot dog

The French army is the latest buyer of Boston Dynamics’ robot dog Spot, which it’s using for training in combat scenarios.  Images have been shared by France‘s military school, the Saint-Cyr, of Spot with soldiers during military exercises.   The military school said Spot, and the ‘robotisation of the battlefield’, is helping ‘raising students’ awareness of … Read more

Government’s mass testing programme risks ‘wasting a huge amount of money’, scientific adviser says

England’s Covid testing blitz began today, with everyone in the country now able to get swabbed twice a week in the aim of getting life back to normal. Boots and local pharmacies are now offering tests that adults can go in and pick up for free, even if they don’t have any symptoms of the … Read more

Grant Shapps orders firms to slash cost of foreign travel testing

Grant Shapps has ordered ‘profiteering’ private testing companies to slash the cost of laboratory-based PCR checks to make international travel more affordable as he said people can now ‘start to think’ about booking a summer holiday abroad.  The Transport Secretary today set out more details of the Government’s new traffic light scheme which will see … Read more

Travellers are set to get free Covid testing kits and more countries will join our ‘green list’

Travel restrictions to dozens of holiday destinations are set to be watered down in time for the summer holidays. A review at the end of June could mean quarantine and testing requirements are slashed for a number of popular locations. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will today confirm a ‘traffic light’ system to allow foreign travel to … Read more

U.S. Army starts clinical testing trial for its OWN COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. Army has launched clinical testing for its ‘next-generation’ COVID-19 vaccine that’s designed to protect against the pandemic virus, its variants and other coronaviruses.  In early tests, the shot appears to prompt high levels of antibodies that should block the older ‘wild-type’ coronavirus, three major variants and even SARS-CoV-1, the similar pathogen that triggered … Read more

Tory MPs urge PM to ditch ‘costly’ holiday testing plans

Holidaymakers target countries with high vaccine levels like Israel, US and Malta as ministers look to ‘prioritise trips to nations where at least 50% of adults have had a jab’ while Tory MPs urge PM to ditch ‘costly’ testing plans Travel firms see bookings spike for trips to countries with high vaccination rate US, Malta … Read more

The Masked Singer: Nick Cannon makes surprise return as Bulldog after testing positive for COVID-19

Nick Cannon after testing positive for COVID-19 made a surprise return to The Masked Singer on Wednesday after competing as Bulldog on the hit Fox show. The 40-year-old host sang the 1983 New Edition song Candy Girl after dedicating his performance to fill-in guest host Niecy Nash, 51. Niecy shocked panelists Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, … Read more

Two firms supplying kits for Government’s mass Covid testing drive are in for huge payday 

Two firms supplying kits for Government’s mass Covid testing drive are in for huge payday Disruptive Nanotechnology Ltd is sole distributor for Covid test invite scheme  Multi-billion-pound scheme behind Government’s mass testing drive will see the company, based in Northamptonshire, receive ‘a few pence’ for every test sold The firm, run by former shoe retailer … Read more

Mass testing ‘will be a disaster’, academic warns 

Regular Covid testing will result in a ‘public health disaster’ with thousands forced needlessly to self-isolate, an academic has warned. Officials hope the multi-billion-pound scheme, under which everyone in England will be invited to take two free tests a week, will help to ease the country out of lockdown safely. The Prime Minister insisted it … Read more