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The 21 best science documentaries you should watch right now

By Simon Ings My Octopus TeacherNetflixMy Octopus Teacher (2020) Netflix By 2010, the bluff, affable documentary-maker Craig Foster had reached the end of his tether. He had been making documentaries for 20 years. Successfully, too: he co-directed The Great Dance: A Hunter’s Story (2000), a seminal and multi-award-winning study of the indigenous San people in…

Covid-19 news: True US death toll could be more than 720,000

By Michael Le Page , Clare Wilson , Jessica Hamzelou , Sam Wong , Graham Lawton , Adam Vaughan , Conrad Quilty-Harper and Layal Liverpool Lila Blanks holds the casket of her husband, Gregory Blanks, 50, who died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), ahead of his funeral in San Felipe, Texas.REUTERS/Callaghan O’HareLatest coronavirus news as…

Uber drivers are workers, rules UK Supreme Court

Technology 19 February 2021 By Matthew Sparkes Uber drivers listening to the ruling outside the UK’s Supreme Court in London on 19 FebruaryFrank Augstein/AP/ShutterstockThe highest court in the UK has ruled that Uber drivers can’t be considered self-employed, a result that could have wide-ranging effects on the larger gig economy. Here’s what you need to…