Top 10 trickiest quiz questions revealed

Perhaps your dad brought out his most tedious history books to make his round on the weekly family Houseparty quiz? Or maybe you ended up answering ten questions on characters from Eastenders in 1996?

No matter how challenging these questions might have been, though, they’re not going to be as hard as these.

New research by TV channels Sky Nature, Sky Documentaries and Sky HISTORY has revealed the 10 trickiest quiz questions that leave Brits baffled.

As a nation we’re spending around three hours a week quizzing, with a third saying it’s become a part of their weekly routine during lockdown.

2,000 people were asked the questions they always get wrong, with this hardest one coming out as ‘what is the smallest country?’

Findings from the study also reveal that 90% of Brits wish their general knowledge was better and two thirds (60%) admit to being embarrassed by their lack of general knowledge.

Of those surveyed two in 10 (20%) admitted to cheating during a quiz. Londoners are the least honest quizzers with a quarter (26%) admitting to cheating, compared to just 16% of Scots.

Top 10 hardest quiz questions

With the results showing that people are keen to learn more, Sky has created a 100-question ‘National General Knowledge Test’ with questions that we should all know the answers to.

Test yourself by playing here if you think you’ve got what it takes.

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Volvo will limit top speed to 112MPH in all of its new cars

Volvo will place electronic speed limiters in all of its new cars to prevent drivers from going faster than 112mph, and parents will be able to limit top speeds even further for their teens

  • Every new Volvo sold will now have an electronic speed limiter 
  • The device will ensure cars never travel above 112mph to lessen accident risk
  • The device makes the Swedish manufacturer compliant with a new EU law that will require all cars sold in Europe to have limiters starting in 2022

Every new Volvo sold from now on will have a maximum speed of 112mph, or 180kph in Europe, as part of the company’s efforts to reduce auto fatalities.

Every new car will come equipped with an electronic speed limiter that will ensure drivers can’t go beyond 112mph, even when fully engaging the accelerator.

A company spokesperson confirmed there won’t be any way to override the limiter, even in case of emergencies.

All new Volvo models will now come with an electronic speed limiter that will ensure the cars never travel above 112mph to minimize the risk of accidents

‘We believe we have an obligation to continue our tradition of being a pioneer in the discussion around the rights and obligations of car makers to take action that ultimately save lives, even if it means losing potential customers,’ the company said in a prepared statement.

According to Volvo, there will only be two exemptions to the new limits: Cars produced for the police, and those manufactured for the German market, where some sections of the country’s freeway system have no speed limit.

The company is also introducing a new feature called Care Key, which will allow owners to create custom speed limitations below 112mph, intended primarily for parents with teenagers, according to a report in Autoblog. 

The electronic speed limiting feature will make Volvo compliant with legislation passed by the European Commission in 2019, which will require all new cars manufactured and sold in Europe to have a built-in speed limiting device starting in May 2022.

Volvo announced first its electronic speed limiter in 2019, shortly after the EC legislation was passed.

‘Volvo is not a car for those who are boy racers,’ Volve CEO Hakan Samuelsson said.

‘Our value is for people who want to protect what’s important further.

‘While a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it’s worth doing if we can even save one life. Speed kills, and there is no reason to go beyond 112mph.’  

The Swedish car manufacturer first announced the new feature in 2019, shortly after the European Commission passed legislation that will require all cars sold in Europe to come with a similar speed limiter starting in 2022

The company confirmed that it’s also working on a number of other unannounced safety features that ‘will be introduced in future cars.’ 

Volvo announced one possible new feature in 2019, a set of cameras and motion sensors in a car cabin to detect signs of driver intoxication. 

The proposed system would monitor the driver’s pupil dilation and track their response times, and could potentially take control away from a someone behaving in an intoxicated manner. 

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Top ISIS chief once tipped to rule terror group is giving up fanatics’ darkest secrets ‘singing like canary’ in prison – The Sun

A TOP ISIS chief described as a “treasure trove of intelligence” is reportedly “singing like a canary” after being captured.

Abdul Nasser Al-Qardash, who was one tipped to rule the terror group, is said to be giving up the fanatics’ darkest secrets.


Iraqi forces announced he had been arrested on Wednesday.

However it has now been claimed that he was has been in custody for over a year after surrendering to the Syrian Democratic Forces in March 2019 – but only handed over to the Iraqis in recent days.

Security analyst Husham al-Hashimi told Rudaw TV that Qardash was originally arrested after the battle for the last ISIS stronghold of Baghouz, eastern Syria.

He said the reasons for the delay in handing him over were down to the diplomatic issues of transferring such a high-level operative from Syria to Iraq.

He added however that the former ISIS rising star has already been “singing like a canary” while in SDF custody.

Hashimi said: "Qardash was held in an SDF prison, under the supervision of the coalition forces – specifically the coalition's US forces.”

“The transfer of such a Daesh leader from Syria to Iraq entails a lot of protocol and diplomatic effort.”

According to Hashimi, an investigation into Qardash was continuous throughout his detention at Haqil al-Omar prison.

Iraqi intelligence officers frequently visited him at the prison to interrogate him, and the Iraqis were able to force Qardash to reveal a lot of information on Daesh.

Hashimi said: "He is a treasure trove of information for the Iraqi government – one that can clarify and identify a lot of key information for the Iraqi government on Daesh, including fund sources, intelligence, their operations in foreign countries, and their internal management.”

He added: “There will be many interrogation sessions with the Daesh leader [Qardash], to extract as much information from him as possible on Daesh's new strategy under the leadership of Abu Ibrahim al-Quraishi."

Hashimi also revealed there are between 3,500-4,000 active militants and 8,000-9,000 inactive Daesh militants still left in Iraq.

Al-Qardash was head of one of the terror group's top commanders and served under Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, who led one of the groups that preceded ISIS.

The extraordinary claim comes as it’s believed thousands of ISIS fanatics have escaped Syrian prisons in mass break-outs.

Unconfirmed reports state ISIS terrorists escaped from Ayed prison in Al Tabqah province west of Raqqa.

The prisoners are believed to have escaped in coordination with a group outside the prison.

The prison is under the control of YPG – who are widely regarded as one of the most effective forces in the fight against ISIS.

There are thousands of ISIS fighters in the prison providing a significant threat to the wider region if they escape.


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Zidane at Hampden: Top 10 Champions League final goals

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Perfect. One of the best in history. Biblical. Makes me cry.

Just a few of the thousands of comments scrawled by those reliving the footage of one of football’s greats scoring one of the most spectacular goals in Champions League final history.

Zinedine Zidane’s volley at Hampden arrowed high into the Bayer Leverkusen net in the 2002 Champions League final. In truth, the descriptions above barely do it justice.

On the 18th anniversary of that winner for Real Madrid, BBC Scotland looks back on 10 of the greatest final goals of the Champions League era. Tell us your favourites in the comments section below.

Zinedine Zidane – Real Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen (2002)

Where else to start?

The stage was beautifully set at Hampden Park. Bayer Leverkusen’s Lucio had cancelled out Real Madrid talisman Raul’s opener, leaving the scores level heading into the final minute of the first half.

With Vicente del Bosque and Klaus Toppmoller finalising their interval teamtalks in their heads, Roberto Carlos executed a one-two with Santiago Solari down the left and hooked a high cross towards Zidane, loitering on the edge of the box.

As the ball dropped towards the man widely considered the best in the world at the time, everything seemed to go in slow motion. Three Leverkusen players eventually recognised the danger, but by then it was too late. Zidane pirouetted and unleashed a ferocious volley past Hans-Jorg Butt and into the roof of the net.

“It’s definitely something that comes off once in a lifetime, and it happened to me on the day of the Champions League final,” French World Cup-winner Zidane said.

Dejan Savicevic – Milan v Barcelona (1994)

Eager to avenge their loss to Marseille in the previous year’s final, Milan raced into a two-goal lead against Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona thanks to a first-half double from Daniele Massaro.

The next goal looked set to be crucial and, after Miguel Angel Nadal made a mess of dealing with Demetrio Albertini’s long-ball two minutes into the second half, Dejan Savicevic settled the tie.

The Yugoslavia international latched on to the bouncing ball just outside the right-corner of the 18-yard box, spotted Andoni Zubizaretta slightly off his line, and side-footed a perfect lob over him and into the net.

Lars Ricken – Borussia Dortmund v Juventus (1997)

Borussia Dortmund went into the 1997 final as underdogs, but found themselves 2-0 up at half-time thanks to Karl-Heinz Riedle.

Alessandro del Piero came off the bench for Juventus at half-time and scored a stunning flick to get them back into the game – then Lars Ricken replaced Stephane Chapuisat in the 70th minute. Within 60 seconds, the young German had lifted a phenomenal 30-yard lob over Angelo Peruzzi to seal the win.

“I noticed that Peruzzi was often standing too far from his goal and I came on with that in my mind,” Ricken said. “Even the TV commentators were shouting to chip him.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Man United v Bayern Munich (1999)

This is without a doubt the least aesthetically pleasing goal on the list – but in terms of significance, it is up there with the most important.

Having trailed to Mario Basler’s early free-kick, Teddy Sheringham’s equaliser gave Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United hope of completing a remarkable Treble in extra time or after a penalty shootout.

But, with 93 minutes on the clock, David Beckham’s corner was met by a Sheringham flick-on, and fellow substitute Ole Gunnar Solskjaer instinctively stuck out a foot to turn the ball in.

Steve McManaman – Real Madrid v Valencia (2000)

Not only was Steve McManaman the first Englishman to score for Real Madrid in the Champions League, he was also the first to win the competition with a non-English side.

Led by Del Bosque, a star-studded Real faced Valencia in Paris hoping to earn a second title in three years.

Fernando Morientes gave them the lead with a header just before half-time, but it would be McManaman who scored the goal of the game. Roberto Carlos’ long throw was headed to the edge of the 18-yard box by Miroslav Dukic, but McManaman returned a scissor-kick volley towards goal which gave Valencia goalkeeper Santiago Canizares no chance.

“Your career is all about winning things,” McManaman said. “It is important for me to look back and say I won the Champions League and I scored in the final. That is something pretty special.”

Hernan Crespo – AC Milan v Liverpool (2005)

The 2005 Champions League final is remembered for Liverpool’s stunning penalty shootout victory after being three goals down, but AC Milan’s first-half performance was a joy to behold.

Brazilian playmaker Kaka was imperious, and set up a terrific goal for Hernan Crespo. On the stroke of half-time, Kaka’s feint after receiving the ball from Andrea Pirlo took him away from Steven Gerrard. But, rather than hold on to the ball, his next touch was a glorious nudge into the path of Crespo, who had peeled off the shoulder of the last man.

The Argentina striker held his nerve when keeper Jerzy Dudek charged out, dinking the ball over the Poland international to deliver what should have been a hammer blow to Liverpool’s Champions League hopes. I wonder what happened next..?

David Villa – Barcelona v Manchester United (2011)

There was no shortage of contenders for a Barcelona entry to this list. Samuel Eto’o and Juliano Belletti struck as Frank Rijkaard’s side overcame Arsenal in 2006, while Eto’o’s opener in Rome against Manchester United and Lionel Messi’s superb looping header in the same game also came close.

But it was the final goal at Wembley in 2011 that is most deserving of the adulation. A dominant display by Pep Guardiola’s men had them 2-1 up – Pedro and Messi striking either side of a well-worked Wayne Rooney goal.

Barcelona were in the driving seat, but an equaliser was not out of the question for Ferguson’s side until Messi slalomed towards the United box and was upended by Michael Carrick. United dallied on the ball, allowing Sergio Busquets to claim it and feed Spain striker David Villa, who curled a delicious effort past the outstretched Edwin van der Sar.

Didier Drogba – Chelsea v Bayern Munich (2012)

Chelsea’s run to the 2012 final was as turbulent as they come. A win in the final group-stage match against Valencia took them through to the knockout rounds, where a remarkable turnaround earned them a 5-4 win against Napoli. Victory over Benfica in the last eight set up a stunning, against-all-odds win over Barcelona in the semi-finals.

But in the final, their fortune looked like it was beginning to fade as Thomas Muller headed in after 83 minutes, after Petr Cech had kept Roberto di Matteo’s side in the tie.

However, five minutes later, Juan Mata’s corner was met by Didier Drogba. His header had no right to beat Manuel Neuer at his near post, but the power generated by the Ivorian was such that the German goalkeeper could not keep it out, despite getting a hand to it.

The game went to penalties, and the rest is history…

Mario Mandzukic – Juventus v Real Madrid (2017)

Had Juventus gone on to win this game, rather than suffering a 4-1 defeat, this may have gone down as the greatest.

Already trailing Real Madrid to a Cristiano Ronaldo effort, Leonardo Bonucci switched the ball from right to left, where Alex Sandro volleyed into the box. Without the ball touching the ground, Gonzalo Higuain took a touch and played it to Mario Mandzukic.

With his back to goal, the Croat chested it down and arced a stunning overhead kick over Keylor Navas.

Gareth Bale – Real Madrid v Liverpool (2018)

Now, this one may just go down as one of the greatest goals of all time. Gareth Bale had already scored a decisive goal in one Champions League final four years earlier, but was left on the bench as Real Madrid faced Liverpool in Kiev.

The Welshman came on for Isco with the score at 1-1, after Sadio Mane had cancelled out Karim Benzema’s bizarre opener. Less than three minutes later, Bale found himself unmarked in the box.

Marcelo’s cross was behind him, so he shifted and flung himself into the air, connecting with an outrageous left-footed bicycle-kick, which would ultimately win Real their third consecutive title.

“I wanted to come on and make an impact and that’s what I did,” Bale said.


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What are China's top exports?

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China's trade has been one of the hot topics across the globe in the last 12 months. Export growth is a major component propelling China's fast economic expansion. Chinese exports surged by 3.5 percent year-on-year to US $200.28 billion in April 2020.

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Of Chinese exports, the United States accounts for 16.8 percent of the global total. The other countries are Hong Kong (11.2. percent), Japan (5.7 percent), South Korea (4.4 percent), Vietnam (3.9 percent), Germany (3.2 percent), India (3.0 percent), Netherlands (3 percent), United Kingdom (2.5 percent), Taiwan (2.2 percent), Singapore (also 2.2 percent) and Malaysia (2.1 percent).

As one of the world's superpowers, especially in international trade, what are China's top exports?

WHO IS CHINA'S BIGGEST TRADING PARTNER?

China's biggest exports in 2019

(According to data from World's Top Exports, which categorize the highest dollar value in Chinese global shipments during 2019))

1. Phone system devices

Phone system devices, including smartphones, are China's leading export bringing in $224.6 billion.

2. Computers, optical readers

It comes as no surprise that one of the Asian country's leading exports are computers and related electronics. The value of these products comes in at $148.5 billion.

3. Integrated circuits/ microassemblies

Electronic integrated circuits and microassemblies make up the third-most traded product category on the market and third-most exported product from China.

Last year, China shipped $102 billion worth of integrated circuits/ microassemblies.

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4. Processed petroleum oils

2019 saw China export $38.3 billion of processed petroleum oils.

This includes petroleum naphtha, gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt base, heating oil, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas, jet fuel and fuel oils.

5. Solar power diodes/semi-conductors

In line with the growth in renewable energies, the demand for tech components for solar power was high last year, with China exporting  $34.5 billion of diodes and semi-conductors.

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Obama’s top brass contradict public statements about ‘collusion’ under oath

Newly released House Intelligence Committee transcripts show just how different a picture some top Obama-era officials painted of the Trump-Russia investigation under oath versus the loaded allegations they made over years in public statements.

James Clapper

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who has emerged as a staunch Trump critic and paid-CNN contributor since leaving his government role, told the committee during a July 2017 interview that he “never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting [or] conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election.”

“That’s not to say that there weren’t concerns about the evidence we were seeing, anecdotal evidence…[redacted],” Clapper continued, “But I do not recall any instance when I had direct evidence of the content of these meetings. It’s just the frequency and prevalence of them was of concern.”

Just two months prior to his sworn testimony, the former DNI said in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that his “dashboard warning light was clearly on,” regarding potential communications between Russians and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.

“I have to say that, without specifically affirming or confirming these conversations — since, even though they’re in the public realm, they’re still classified — just from a theoretical standpoint, I will tell you that my dashboard warning light was clearly on and I think that was the case with all of us in the intelligence community, very concerned about the nature of these approaches to the Russians,” Clapper told host Chuck Todd at the time.

One month later, Clapper stated that the Russia investigation had surpassed that of Watergate, referencing the break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters in 1972 that led to the resignation of former President Richard Nixon.

“I think if you compare the two that Watergate pales, really, in my view, compared to what we’re confronting now,” Clapper told reporters during a trip to Australia.

In December of 2017, Clapper said on CNN that Vladimir Putin is a “great case officer,” continuing, “he knows how to handle an asset, and that’s what he’s doing with the president.”

As recently as 2019, the former intelligence community head alleged “it was a possibility” that the commander in chief was a “Russian asset,” “whether witting or unwitting” during a February CNN appearance.

Andrew McCabe

Andrew McCabe, former deputy director of the FBI and current CNN contributor, became a very public foe of the president after he was fired in March 2018. In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” on February 17, 2019, McCabe recalled a meeting with President Trump in the early days of the administration, saying, “I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency, and won the election for the presidency, and who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage and that was something that troubled me greatly.”

Prior to his days as a cable news pundit, however, the FBI official told the House Intelligence Committee that investigators had not been able to verify claims made in the Steele dossier, the unverified reporting that claimed the president was compromised by Russia, ultimately forming the basis for investigations of the matter.

“What is the most damning or important piece of evidence in the dossier that you now know is true?” McCabe was asked during his December 2017 interview.

“Well, as I tried to explain before, there is a lot of information in the Steele reporting. We have not been able to prove the accuracy of all the information,” he answered.

Pressed further to confirm that he did not know if Christopher Steele’s dossier was true, McCabe said, “That’s correct.”

Ben Rhodes

Ben Rhodes, an Obama-era deputy national security adviser and fellow Trump critic, tweeted in July 2019 after Robert Mueller’s public testimony to Congress, “Russia attacked our democracy. Trump campaign sought its help, had many contacts with Russians, lied about it and obstructed the investigation into it. Several senior Trump associates were convicted of crimes. Trump would have been indicted if he wasn’t President. Not complicated.”

When asked under oath by House investigators if he had any evidence of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, Rhodes said he did not.

“I wouldn’t have received any information on any criminal or counterintelligence investigations into what the Trump campaign was doing, so I would not have seen that information,” Rhodes told investigators.

Pressed again on the topic, he continued, “I saw indications of potential coordination, but I did not see, you know, the specific evidence of the actions of the Trump campaign.”

Samantha Power

Samantha Power, former US ambassador to the United Nations, has publicly accused Trump of catering to Russian President Vladimir Putin to compensate him for interfering in the 2016 election.

“Every day @realDonaldTrump finds new ways to compensate Vladimir Putin for his election interference. And every day Putin gains additional incentive to interfere again on Trump’s behalf in 2020,” she wrote on Twitter in November of last year.

But when speaking under oath to House investigators, she sang a different tune.

Asked whether she had seen evidence of Russian interference, she said, “I am not in possession of anything—I am not in possession and didn’t read or absorb information that came from out of the intelligence community.”

Susan Rice

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice told ABC’s “This Week” in July 2018 that questioning if President Trump was compromised by the Russians was “legitimate” because Putin was benefitting by the commander in chief’s policy decisions.

“What his motivations are I think is a legitimate question … the policies that this president has pursued globally have served Vladimir Putin’s interests,” she said at the time.

Less than a year earlier, however, Rice told House investigators that she hadn’t seen evidence proving then-candidate Trump coordinated or colluded with Russia to take the 2016 election.

“I don’t recall intelligence that I would consider evidence to that effect that I saw prior…to my departure,” she said when being questioned by former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC).

Sally Yates

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, another former Obama-era official who was fired 10 days into the Trump administration after she obstructed the president’s travel ban, told the Senate Judiciary Committee under oath in May 2017 that she could not say if she had evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, saying doing so would require her to reveal classified information.

When pushed by now-Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) about what intel she was aware of that wasn’t included in previous reports, Yates said, “You asked me whether I was aware of any evidence of collusion, and I declined to answer because answering would reveal classified information.”

“I believe that that’s the same answer that Director Comey gave to this committee when he was asked this question as well. And he made clear, and I’d like to make clear, that just because I say I can’t answer it, you should not draw from that an assumption that that means that the answer is yes,” she continued.

During that same hearing, Yates went on to say that she had warned the White House about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Flynn pleaded guilty in late 2017 to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with Kislyak. However, his lawyers now say they believe this document supports their case to reverse his plea, citing investigative misconduct.

In her testimony, Yates alleged that Flynn “essentially could be blackmailed” by Russia because the country knew that he had lied about the nature of his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.

“To state the obvious, you don’t want your national security advisor compromised with the Russians,” she told the Senate panel.

Attorney General William Barr decided to drop the prosecution of Flynn after recently released FBI documents revealed that agents openly questioned if their “goal” was to “get him to lie.”

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Top Yale doc says Trump’s handling of coronavirus pandemic is ‘close to genocide’ – The Sun

A YALE professor has shockingly claimed President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak is “close to genocide.”

Gregg Gonsalves, an epidemiologist, tweeted on Wednesday that the number of people who have died from the coronavirus in the US nearly equates to “genocide by default.”

“How many people will die this summer, before Election Day?” he tweeted.

“What proportion of the deaths will be among African-Americans, Latinos, other people of color? This is getting awfully close to genocide by default.”

Gonsalves said: “What else do you call mass death by public policy? #COVID19 #coronavirus.”

“So, what does it mean to let thousands die by negligence, omission, failure to act, in a legal sense under international law?” he tweeted.

“I am being serious here: what is happening in the US is purposeful, considered negligence, omission, failure to act by our leaders. Can they be held responsible under international law?”

Gonsalves' tweets sparked outrage from a few Twitter users, one of whom said the Yale professor's remarks were "pathetic and irresponsible in the extreme. You should be ashamed."

Another user said: "You sir are speaking like an anti-American. How dare you a in-person of color suggest such lunacy and fear in our communities."

"Are you not concerned about any death? Or would you rather be the catalyst (sic) of sustainable anger energy. People like you make me laugh."

"You win the most asinine comment of the day award. And, [by the way], no one is forcing anyone to leave their home. It is about personal choice – something you apparently do not understand. Perhaps you would be happier in China?" another social media user wrote.

As of Wednesday, 1,245,900 positive cases of coronavirus have been reported, with more than 73,000 deaths.

Minorities, particularly black people, are dying in disproportionate numbers from the virus in the US.

People of color have been especially exposed to the virus because they are more likely to hold jobs that are deemed essential amid the outbreak.

And as states start to reopen, minorities are likely to be among those whose workplaces open first.

For example, in New York City — the epicenter of the country’s outbreak — black people make up just under 25 percent of the population, but more than 40 percent of public transit workers.

President Donald Trump suggested in recent weeks the death toll in the US would be around 60,000.

But on Sunday, Trump said 100,000 people could die in the US.

“Look, we’re going to lose anywhere from 75,000, 80,000 to 100,000 people,” Trump said.

“That’s a horrible thing. We shouldn’t lose one person out of this. This should have been stopped in China.”

Trump had reportedly been warned about the impact of the coronavirus in January and February of this year, and implemented travel restrictions on those coming from China on January 31.

It temporarily barred entry by foreign nationals who had traveled in China within the previous 14 days, with exceptions for the immediate family of US citizens and permanent residents.

By that point, nearly 40 countries had already imposed travel restrictions on China, and most major airlines had suspended flights to China after several major international carriers stopped because of the outbreak.

The State Department had already told Americans not to travel to China because of the outbreak.

On March 10, Trump said: “Just stay calm. It will go away.”

The coronavirus was declared a global pandemic on March 11 — which is when he declared a national emergency and announced the European travel ban.

Trump has blamed China for the outbreak, and on Tuesday said he would soon reveal the origins of the coronavirus, which he suspects came from a Wuhan laboratory.

"We will be reporting very definitively over a period of time," the president told reporters while in Arizona.

"We want them [China] to be transparent. We want to find out what happened so it never happens again."

On Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was "a significant amount of evidence that [the virus] came from that laboratory in Wuhan.”

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Time passes faster at the top of skyscrapers according to new study

Scientists find time passes nanoseconds faster at the top of skyscrapers than on the ground

  • Researchers in Japan climbed the Tokyo Skytree to measure the passage of time
  • They found that time passed four nanoseconds faster at the top of the tower
  • The Skytree is the world’s tallest building, measuring 2,080 feet tall
  • Previous research had shown time passes faster in orbit and in the upper atmosphere but this project is the first to show the phenomenon in skyscrapers 

A new study from the University of Tokyo has shown that time actually passes at a different speed at the top of skyscrapers and other tall buildings.

A team, led by quantum electronics professor Hidetoshi Katori, climbed to the top of the Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest building at 2,080 feet, and found that time passed more than four nanoseconds faster than at ground level.    

Past research has shown that time passes more quickly in the upper atmosphere where GPS satellites orbit Earth, but this marks the first time the effect has been measured in skyscrapers or other spaces that are open to the public.

A team of researchers from the University of Tokyo found that time passes faster at the top of skyscrapers and other tall buildings than it does at ground level, up to four nanoseconds faster

According to a report in Asahi Shimbun, the difference is explained by Einstein’s theory of relativity, which established that time is connected to the strength of gravity at the point where it’s measured.

This phenomenon affects the relative motion of electrons orbiting the nucleus of an atom, which emit electromagnetic radiation when they change energy levels that scientists use to measure the time.

These emissions vary at different strengths of gravity, and can be measured by devices called atomic lattice clocks, which use a super cooled vacuum chamber to track the electromagnetic radiation without any background interference.

These devices typically fill entire laboratories, but Katori and his team were able to design a custom unit around the size of a large refrigerator and transport it to the top of the Skytree.

Once at the top of the tower, the team ran into a few other unexpected challenges, including vibrations from nearby train traffic that disrupted their measurements.

The team climbed to the top of the Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest building at 2,080 feet, where they used an atomic lattice clock to measure electromagnetic radiation that is a common tool for quantifying the passage of time

They also had difficulty getting their clock to properly cool because of the heating system in the skyscraper.

After a few modifications, which included installing a vibration dampener on the clock, the team was able to begin taking readings.

For Katori, the results are less interesting for what they tell us about time than what they could mean for predicting future natural disasters.

He believes in the future an ultra sensitive atomic lattice clock could be used to detect earthquakes of volcanic activity by taking similar measurements of electromagnetic radiation.

WHAT IS EINSTEIN’S GENERAL THEORY OF RELATIVITY?

Albert Einstein (pictured) published his General Theory of Relativity in 1915

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum was independent of the motion of all observers – known as the theory of special relativity.

This groundbreaking work introduced a new framework for all of physics, and proposed new concepts of space and time.

He then spent 10 years trying to include acceleration in the theory, finally publishing his theory of general relativity in 1915.

This determined that massive objects cause a distortion in space-time, which is felt as gravity.

At its simplest, it can be thought of as a giant rubber sheet with a bowling ball in the centre.

Pictured is the original historical documents related to Einstein’s prediction of the existence of gravitational waves, shown at the Hebrew university in Jerusalem

As the ball warps the sheet, a planet bends the fabric of space-time, creating the force that we feel as gravity.

Any object that comes near to the body falls towards it because of the effect.

Einstein predicted that if two massive bodies came together it would create such a huge ripple in space time that it should be detectable on Earth.

It was most recently demonstrated in the hit film film Interstellar.

In a segment that saw the crew visit a planet which fell within the gravitational grasp of a huge black hole, the event caused time to slow down massively.

Crew members on the planet barely aged while those on the ship were decades older on their return.

 

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Giants mailbag: Top offensive challenge facing Jason Garrett

You ask, we answer. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s biggest pro sports teams and getting our beat writers to answer them in a series of regularly published mailbags. In today’s installment: the Giants.

We all know that the Giants’ O-line has been a horror for many years now. … How much of the Giants’ O-line problems were due to poor coaching (including stubbornly keeping Ereck Flowers as a tackle)? And with [Jason] Garrett as the new OC in tandem with his trusted O-line coach [Marc Colombo] who have a track record of developing stout offensive lines, is it reasonable or wishful thinking that we will see improved performance from the unit? — Bob Donnelly

Two valid questions. I put the blame on the failures of Ereck Flowers mostly on Flowers. He did not work hard enough to fix his glaring technique issues despite getting excellent coaching early in his career. Have you considered the front office (i.e. former GM Jerry Reese) did not want Flowers moved inside to guard because it would make his selection with the No. 9-overall pick look bad? One of the real disappointments of the Pat Shurmur regime was that it became evident he did not put together a strong staff. I do not think offensive line coach Hal Hunter was a good fit with Flowers.

It is not wishful thinking to expect Garrett and Colombo will get the best out of whatever offensive linemen they get to work with. From what I hear, Colombo is an excellent teacher and a very spirited coach. He did an outstanding job with the Cowboys, and there is every reason to believe he will do a good job with the Giants. Of course, he is not a miracle worker; he needs good players.

What are the chances of re-signing Markus Golden? If not, what other pass-rushers can the Giants add since it looks like they’ll address offensive line in the first round of the draft? — Noah

First of all, we do not know for certain the Giants will address offensive line in the first round. We do know they will take an offensive lineman high in the draft, but it is not set in stone that selection will come in the first round.

The Giants are not the only team to pass up Golden in free agency. There are 31 other teams that took a look at Golden’s body of work — and yes, his 10 sacks for the Giants last season — and determined what he is asking for is not commensurate with what he is worth. The player does not set the market, the market sets the market. Golden proved in 2019 that he could stay healthy and that his surgically repaired knee could hold up through the rigors of a season. But he also missed plenty of practice time as the Giants navigated through the knee issue. Golden will land somewhere, but I do not think this Giants coaching regime is particularly keen on him. This new group values versatility, and Golden is not the most versatile player. Plus, the Giants signed Kyler Fackrell in free agency, and he in many ways is a duplicate of Golden.

Paul, based upon what you saw last year, do you think the Giants made the right move in last year’s draft by using the sixth-overall pick to take Daniel Jones? — Greg

I cannot tell a lie: I was surprised when the Giants took Daniel Jones at No. 6. I knew they liked him and I figured he would be on the board at No. 17 for the Giants. I was wrong about that. At least one other team — the Broncos — would have taken Jones before the Giants got to him at No. 17. Looking back at what Jones was able to do as a rookie, I think it was an excellent pick. Am I sold on Jones being a franchise quarterback? No, not yet. But he really did put together a more-than-respectable rookie year. He was thrown onto the field much more quickly than anyone anticipated. His only glaring problem was ball security — not holding on to the ball and losing it on fumbles. His rate of interceptions (12 in 459 pass attempts) was completely acceptable. It is hard to find quarterbacks, and at this point, I would say Jones has plenty of upside.

Does the current Giants regime think highly enough about Daniel Jones long term that they would pass on Tua Tagovailoa if he is still sitting there when it is the Giants’ turn to draft at No. 4? — Pete Ghobrial

Short answer: Yes.

Longer answer: Yes, the Giants think enough about Jones’ long-term potential that they would pass on Tagovailoa in this year’s draft. The best-case scenario for the Giants is they trade down with the Dolphins or Chargers if one of those teams is hot for Tua.

As a longtime season-ticket holder, what are the Giants’ plans for ticket prices this year and when will the bill have to be paid? — Lawrence Traino

We have reported the Giants are delaying payment deadlines amid the coronavirus outbreak. And I believe the Giants will not be raising ticket prices for the 2020 season. That is just about the only good thing about a bad season: Ownership knows it is difficult to justify raising ticket prices coming off a lousy year. I am fairly certain most fans would rather have a really good team and pay a few more bucks than what has gone down the past few years.

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'Top Gun Maverick' Pushed Back From June to Christmas, 'A Quiet Place Part II' Set for September

“Spongebob” movie also moves to July 31

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Paramount has shuffled its release slate, pushing “Top Gun Maverick” to a Christmas release date and setting “A Quiet Place Part II” for a September release after being delayed from March.

The Tom Cruise sequel “Top Gun Maverick” was meant to open on June 24, 2020, and it will now open Dec. 23 in wide release. John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place Part II” will open Sept. 4 after it was pulled from its release date late last month.

“The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run,” movie has also been delayed to July 31 after it was originally set on May 22.

Finally, “The Tomorrow War,” from director Chris McKay and starring Chris Pratt, was removed from its release date after being set for the Christmas release that is now held by “Top Gun.”

More to come…

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