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UK’s four nations will relax COVID restrictions to save Christmas

LONDON (Reuters) – The four nations of the United Kingdom have agreed to relax COVID-19 restrictions for Christmas to allow up to three households to meet at home for five days.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have taken differing approaches to handling the pandemic so far but the leaders of the devolved nations reached agreement with London on Tuesday on rules governing the festive period.

Three households will be able to form a “Christmas bubble”, allowing them to meet up at home, places of worship and in outdoor public places but not at indoor hospitality or entertainment venues from Dec. 23 until Dec. 27 under the plans.

“People want to be with their loved-ones and those close to them for what is the most important holiday of the year,” senior minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday.

Limits on travel will also be scrapped so that people can meet up,

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Live From Your Laptop, Montblanc and NTS Radio Champion the Future of Creativity



Benjamin Zephaniah et al. posing for a photo: Montblanc has partnered with NTS Radio to launch a broadcast dedicated to the art of writing


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Montblanc has partnered with NTS Radio to launch a broadcast dedicated to the art of writing

Founded in 2011 in Hackney by Femi Adeyemi, NTS is a London online radio station with a global outlook, championing new and innovative talent from around the world.

In a new and exciting partnership with luxury watch, leather and lifestyle house, Montblanc, the two are coming together for Freeflow: a broadcast dedicated to the art of writing, working with some of the leading voices in spoken word and poetry and a celebration of Montblanc’s latest campaign: ‘What Moves You, Makes You’.

Over the course of two hours starting on Tuesday 24 November 2020, from 6 till 8pm GMT, and 1 till 3pm EST, NTS Radio will broadcast spoken word performances from 16 writers from diverse backgrounds; including dub poet and playwright Benjamin Zephaniah, Barbican Young Poets alumna Victoria Adukwei Bulley and 21st

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Montblanc and NTS Radio Champion the Future of Creativity

Founded in 2011 in Hackney by Femi Adeyemi, NTS is a London online radio station with a global outlook, championing new and innovative talent from around the world.

In a new and exciting partnership with luxury watch, leather and lifestyle house, Montblanc, the two are coming together for Freeflow: a broadcast dedicated to the art of writing, working with some of the leading voices in spoken word and poetry and a celebration of Montblanc’s latest campaign: ‘What Moves You, Makes You’.

Over the course of two hours starting on Tuesday 24 November 2020, from 6 till 8pm GMT, and 1 till 3pm EST, NTS Radio will broadcast spoken word performances from 16 writers from diverse backgrounds; including dub poet and playwright Benjamin Zephaniah, Barbican Young Poets alumna Victoria Adukwei Bulley and 21st century renaissance man James Massiah. Also featuring on the programme will be contributions from introspective bedroom-rapper and lyricist

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Bizarre ‘super planet’ discovered for first time with radio observations

Researchers have discovered a bizarre “super-planet” for the first time using radio observations, according to a new study.

Known as BDR J1750+3809 or Elegast, the “super-planet” is actually a brown dwarf, a celestial object that is too cold and small to be a star. The discovery was made by researchers at the University of Hawaii, working in conjunction with tools from NASA and the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR) telescope in Europe.

“This work opens a whole new method to finding the coldest objects floating in the sun’s vicinity, which would otherwise be too faint to discover with the methods used for the past 25 years,” the study’s co-author, Michael Liu, said in a statement.

Artist’s impression of the discovery dubbed Elegast. The blue loops depict the magnetic field lines. (ASTRON/Danielle Futselaar)

Artist’s impression of the discovery dubbed Elegast. The blue loops depict the magnetic field lines. (ASTRON/Danielle Futselaar)

300 MILLION HABITABLE PLANETS EXIST, NASA SAYS

Brown dwarfs are generally harder to find using methods that astronomers normally use

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Arecibo observatory supporters ask White House to help save damaged radio telescope

The fate of astronomy in Puerto Rico is uncertain after two failed cables undermined the structural stability of Arecibo Observatory’s iconic radio telescope, but advocates hope to ensure the facility continues to lead the island toward the stars.



a group of people standing on top of a mountain: An image of Wilbert Ruperto-Hernández at the Arecibo Observatory.


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An image of Wilbert Ruperto-Hernández at the Arecibo Observatory.

Arecibo supporters have created a formal White House petition calling on the federal government to reassess the situation at the observatory in hopes of rescuing the damaged telescope. Such action would counter an announcement from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), which owns the observatory, that it will decommission the 1,000-foot-wide (305 meters) dish and the heavy platform suspended above it to hold scientific equipment.

“This might seem like a disaster, but I think we can transform it into an opportunity to make the Arecibo Observatory a better institution,” Wilbert Ruperto-Hernández, a student at the University of Puerto Rico

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Faint ‘super-planet’ discovered by radio telescope for the 1st time



a star filled sky: An artist's impression of the new brown dwarf BDR J1750+3809, or "Elegast." This faint, cold celestial body was detected using radio telescope observations for the first time.


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An artist’s impression of the new brown dwarf BDR J1750+3809, or “Elegast.” This faint, cold celestial body was detected using radio telescope observations for the first time.

Scientists have discovered a cold, faint “super-planet” that has remained elusive to traditional infrared survey methods. 

Observations from the Low-Frequency Array, or LOFAR radio telescope, revealed a brown dwarf, which researchers have designated BDR J1750+3809 and nicknamed Elegast. Brown dwarfs are sometimes referred to as failed stars or super-planets because they are too small to be considered stars, yet too big to be considered planets.

Generally, brown dwarfs are discovered by infrared sky surveys. Elegast, however, represents the first substellar object to be detected using a radio telescope, according to a statement from the University of Hawai’i. 

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Related: Brown dwarfs: Strange failed stars of the universe explained (infographic)

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Cuban exile radio figure Perez Roura dead at 92

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Armando Perez Roura speaks to participants in a march to mark the anniversary of the downing of the Brothers to the Rescue planes, on February 24, 2015, on Calle Ocho.

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Armando Pérez Roura, a powerful and controversial voice on Miami’s Cuban radio stations for decades, died early Monday at Mercy Hospital from a heart attack. He was 92.

Thousands of Cuban exiles followed his long career through radio stations like Radio Mambí and La Poderosa.

“Armando was working from home until three weeks ago with his usual enthusiasm. He was the perfect professional, committed to radio. He loved Cuba above all things. He was a true patriot,” said Jorge Rodriguez, a friend and owner of La Poderosa 670 AM.

After he fled Cuba in the 1960s, Pérez Roura became one of the top media personalities in Miami and a bastion of the hard line against

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NY Theater Artists Release New Podcast For Audio Plays, FAST RADIO BURST!

NY Theater Artists Release New Podcast For Audio Plays, FAST RADIO BURST!

Invested in finding new ways to create theater during COVID-19 lockdown, playwright Jonathan O’Neill (University of Edinburgh) has formed “Fast Radio Burst!,” a podcast for contemporary audio plays presented in classic form. Including series and one-off episodes, “Fast Radio Burst!” combines a love for the traditional medium of old radio drama and popular science to beam stories “from across the universe” straight to its listeners.

The debut release of “Fast Radio Burst!” is O’Neill’s 10-episode audio play “Testing Dunleavy-Grove.”

Amy Grove’s influencer empire has fallen. Forced to move back to her hometown, she discovers it holds every hallmark of a happy life: a best friend, an old flame, a new suitor and a Harvest Festival to boot. Great Pines is perfect – or, it should be. So why does it feel so artificial? As she stares down the horrors of her love life, Amy must decide what’s real and what’s

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Musical Theatre Radio To Premier A DAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE A New Musical Comedy

Musical Theatre Radio To Premier A DAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE A New Musical Comedy

Musical Theatre Radio (MTR), the free streaming radio station dedicated to musical theatre, will premier the timeless, yet timely, “A Day at the White House”, a new musical comedy, with the complete Act-I broadcast on Sunday Nov. 22 at 2 PM (EST) and Act-II on Sunday Nov. 29 at 2 PM (EST). MTR can be found here: https://www.musicaltheatreradio.com

“A Day at the White House” was written by Vin Morreale, Jr. (book & lyrics) and Eric B. Sirota (music).

Imagine the mayhem when the classic comedians of the early 20th Century together on one stage, each with their unique brands of comedy stylings: The “Sparx Brothers” Go to Washington.

Thrown against the backdrop of the ultimate slapstick zaniness – the American political establishment.

After a close national vote is deadlocked in Florida, Crenshaw Sparx is appointed President of the United States, surrounded by all the clowns, comedians and con artists that

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Music Theatre Of CT Presents IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY

Music Theatre Of CT Presents IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY

Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage will continue its 34th Season with It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, just in time for the holiday season. From the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling, and then adapted for the stage by Joe Landry, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play will run two weekends both in the theatre and via live stream from December 11th-20th with performances on Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm and Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm.

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast and stars four actors who perform the voices of dozens of characters while creating foley sound effects. As in the movie, everyman George Bailey must learn that “no man is a failure who has friends” (and a little divine intervention), when he must face off against local robber baron (and

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