Neuralink has a monkey play Pong with its MIND – and it is appealing for HUMAN volunteers next 

Elon Musk‘s Neuralink has shown off its latest brain implant by making a monkey play Pong with its mind, and the firm hopes to test on human volunteers next. The brain computer interface was implanted in a nine year old macaque monkey called Pager, who was first taught to play video games with a joystick. … Read more

Boris Johnson pays tribute to the army of church volunteers in vaccine rollout

Boris Johnson pays tribute to the army of church volunteers who have helped Britain’s remarkable vaccination effort in his Easter message Boris Johnson thanks ‘millions of Good Samaritans’ in Britain’s vaccination effort The PM expresses sympathy for Christians who can’t celebrate Easter as normal He noted that churches across the UK are opening their doors … Read more

Emma Willis and husband Matt reveal they have become coronavirus vaccine volunteers

Emma Willis and her husband Matt have revealed they are now both qualified coronavirus vaccine volunteers. The couple signed up to St John’s Ambulance’ vaccination volunteer programme, finishing their training on Sunday. The Voice UK presenter, 45, and the Busted singer, 37, both took to Instagram to share snaps of themselves in their medical gear … Read more

Queen and Camilla thank NHS volunteers in first public appearance since Prince Philip left hospital

The Queen has hailed the ‘wonderful’ work of the army of volunteers who stepped forward during the pandemic, telling them they have been a ‘great, great help over this difficult year’. The 94-year-old monarch, who has been patron of the Royal Voluntary Service for almost 70 years, held a video call with the Duchess of … Read more

Fully trained vaccine volunteers are turned away from giving jabs

Christine Livingston, who retired from the NHS in 2014, completed ten hours of online learning with St John Ambulance in February Volunteers with medical backgrounds who have completed hours of training to give Covid-19 vaccinations are being turned away from the job, it has emerged. St John Ambulance has trained 30,000 volunteers across three roles since … Read more

Moderna begins testing three versions of its COVID-19 vaccine booster in volunteers

Moderna Inc has begun clinical trials of a booster shot of its coronavirus vaccine to see if it provides better protection against the highly contagious variant from South Africa.  On Wednesday, the first volunteers – who were part of the original clinical trials last year – were given one of three doses. In a press … Read more

Volunteers in Chinese biosphere generated enough food, water, and oxygen to last a record 200 days

Chinese students generated enough oxygen, water and food in a self-contained habitat to last a full year without help from the outside world. Two groups lived in the sealed environment Yuegong-1, or Lunar Palace 1, for a total of 370 days, but one group was able to survive without the need of outside materials – … Read more

Volunteers will be invited to packed football matches and nightclubs for trial

Ministers are planning to invite thousands of volunteers to football matches, plays and concerts to see if they can be held safely.  Scientific trials will be held at packed venues including nightclubs and conference centres to work out what testing regimes and safety measures are needed.  A lucky couple will even be able to hold … Read more

Countess of Wessex volunteers at a Covid-19 vaccination centre

Sophie Wessex has begun volunteering at a vaccination centre during lockdown to assist the Covid-19 jab rollout across the country. The Countess of Wessex, 56, who is the Grand President of St John Ambulance and a care volunteer for the charity, joined helpers at a centre in south-west London on Thursday after completing her training. … Read more