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Five things you need to know
The highest temperature ever recorded in Australia has been equalled. Onslow, in Western Australia, reported a high of 50.7ºC on Thursday.
NEW Western Australian maximum temperature record and equal National temperature record*! Onslow reached an unprecedented - 50.7°C which is a WA record and equals Australia's hottest day set 62 years ago in Oodnadatta SA. *Data not official until quality controlled. pic.twitter.com/VfAg0SPuez— Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia (@BOM_WA) January 13, 2022
President Joe Biden has been accused of making a "profoundly unpresidential" speech. Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican Party in the Senate, said Biden's harangue about overhauling the American political system was "beneath his office."
A Chinese spy has infiltrated the British Parliament, intelligence officials in the country have said. Christine Ching Kui Lee, said to be working for the Chinese Communist Party, had supposedly claimed to be striving to "increase diversity."
Chinese agent infiltrates UK Parliament, says MI5 https://t.co/APDwMHM5AD— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) January 13, 2022
Astronomers have discovered a "potato-shaped" planet. WASP-103b is about 1,500 light years away from Earth.
A planet has been discovered, dubbed WASP-103b, and one of the latest non-globe planets recorded. Due to its proximity to its home star - less than 20,000 miles - tidal stresses pull it into the shape of a potato. https://t.co/QTcAuyiftB— Inverse (@inversedotcom) January 12, 2022
Scientists in Poland have announced the discovery of a gene that supposedly doubles the risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19. The researchers said the gene was the fourth-most important factor in determining the severity of COVID-19 illness, after age, weight and sex.