A mother-of-two finds strength in her community This month marked the first time I've ever been to a queue-free post office, and been served by a man wearing gloves in the service station. "We've been told to use antibacterial gel every half hour too," he told me. Supermarkets are quieter than usual, but with no signs of panic buying – unless hand sanitiser counts. "I went to five shops and could
Eight of nine people who tested positive successfully treated and discharged from hospital The number of people tested for coronavirus in the UK has passed 3,000, according to official figures. Statistics from the Department of Health and Social Care show that 3,109 tests had been carried out in the UK as of 2pm on Sunday, an increase of 117 on the 2,992 reported on Saturday. Continue reading…
Diamond Princess evacuations begin as China announces death toll in country up to 1,665 Hundreds of American passengers left the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan on Sunday night, as local health authorities said a further 70 people onboard had tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total to 355. The removal of US citizens from the ship, moored at Yokohama, south of Tokyo, cam
Taxi driver with diabetes and hepatitis B is fifth fatality outside mainland China A taxi driver has died from the coronavirus in Taiwan, marking the first such death on the island and the fifth fatality outside mainland China from an epidemic that has curbed travel and disrupted global supply chains. The health minister, Chen Shih-chung, said during a news conference on Sunday that the deceased
The deadly COVID-19 virus has killed more than a thousand over the past month, and scientists across the world are racing to understand the novel pathogen. Now, researchers at the Montana-based National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases' Rocky Mountain Laboratories have released a gallery of stunning images of the virus that they took with a variety of scanning and transmission electro
Som första land i världen erbjuder Estland sedan 2019 sin befolkning gratis dna-tester för att få information om vilka som bär på gener som är riskgener för olika sjukdomar. Chefen för projektet vill också börja testa alla nyfödda.
For all the benefits in the expansion of the media landscape, we're still struggling with the spread of misinformation—and the damage is especially worrisome when it comes to information about science and health.
Residents of the small Alaskan town Kongiganak can no longer bury their dead. Their cemetery has become a marshy swamp , sucking graves into the once frozen ground. On the island of Sarichef near the Bering Strait, the village of Shishmaref is shrinking so fast locals are considering relocating it entirely. Global warming has shown that permafrost is not so permanent after all. And as it begins t
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek thinks we are not searching for aliens correctly. Instead of sending out and listening for signals, he proposes two new methods of looking for extraterrestrials. Spotting anomalies in planet temperature and atmosphere could yield clues of alien life, says the physicist. For noted theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek, finding aliens is a matter of figurin
Serious thought is given to publishing troubling images, of death or distress for example, but even then context is key On the morning after the Streatham terror attack, the Guardian's print edition carried a single-column photograph of the perpetrator, Sudesh Amman, at the bottom of the front page. The main image showed armed police at the incident. Later in the day, an online reader contacted m
Expert says technology deployed is based on outdated science and therefore is unreliable Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems that companies claim can "read" facial expressions is based on outdated science and risks being unreliable and discriminatory, one of the world's leading experts on the psychology of emotion has warned. Lisa Feldman Barrett, professor of psychology at Northeastern Universi
Bernie Sanders wasn't physically at a Las Vegas town hall on Thursday hosted by a Latino civil-rights group, but the enthusiasm for his campaign was still apparent. While three of his rivals—former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; and the businessman Tom Steyer—were there in person and got warm receptions, the largely Latino crowd broke out in chants
Chemists have described how computational algorithms paired with chemical DNA synthesis enable digital manufacturing of biological systems up to the size of entire microbial genomes. They have made insights related to the design, building and testing of a computer-generated bacterial genome and can discuss how algorithms simplify the synthesis of genomes to advance understanding of living systems.
Address your perfectionism, make a small starting step and break the cycle that is holding you back Clare Evans , a productivity coach and author of Time Management For Dummies, says the main reasons for procrastinating are fear, perfectionism and not knowing where to start, or feeling overwhelmed or unmotivated. If it is fear, whether unfounded or founded, Evans says to confront the worst-case s
Det är vanligt att lämna prover när man besöker sjukvården och allt fler beställer hem dna-tester för att hitta släktingar eller få svar på frågor relaterade till hälsan. Vad många kanske inte vet är att det finns sätt för både försäkringsbolag och arbetsgivare att få tag på känslig information ur dna-testerna.
I've argued before that campus speech is threatened from a dozen directions, citing scores of incidents that undermine the culture of free expression and dialogue needed to seek truth and learn. The academic Jeffrey Adam Sachs has staked out a contrasting position at the Niskanen Center. A small number of anecdotes "have been permitted to set the terms of public debate," he once wrote. He has als
Patients with chronic life-limiting illnesses often have medical orders with treatment limitations in place regarding medical interventions and intensive care unit admissions near the end of their lives. This observational study included about 1,800 patients with such orders who were hospitalized within six months of their death to examine how often care was consistent with those orders.
Medicinska gentester håller på att bli en storindustri. Fler och fler vill veta om de riskerar att drabbas av olika sjukdomar i framtiden. Och nu planerar företagen som säljer dna-analyser till privatkunder att också börja ge råd om mediciner som är lämpliga för att förebygga till exempel hjärtsjukdom.
Whether you're taking up the oboe or finessing your Finnish, scientific research offers tips to aid learning If your aim for 2020 was to learn a new skill, you may be at the point of giving up. Whether you are mastering a new language or a musical instrument, or taking a career-changing course, initial enthusiasm can only take you so far, and any further progress can be disappointingly slow. From
From an emissions-reducing model jet that looks like something from a sci-fi movie to electric aircraft and sustainable fuel, the aviation industry is ramping up efforts to go green as consumer pressure grows.
The news of Fairway Market's second foray into bankruptcy, this time with the threat that stores could be liquidated to pay off the unsustainable debt hanging over the grocery chain, dismayed its legions of loyal Manhattan customers. Fairway's New York City stores draw an eclectic crowd of shoppers: local residents, professors and students at schools from the City University of New York to Columb
Washington becomes first US state to legalise practice as interest in green burials surges in UK It is viewed as a fitting end for a banana skin or a handful of spent coffee grounds. But now people are being urged to consider human composting and other environmentally friendly "deathcare" options. Speaking before a talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Seat
Psychological tests are important instruments used in courts to aid legal decisions that profoundly affect people's lives. They can help determine anything from parental fitness for child custody, to the sanity or insanity of a person at the time of a crime, to eligibility for capital punishment.
Can you divorce the rule of law from the virtue of justice? Immanuel Kant said the perfect constitution would work even among a nation of devils, provided they were intelligent devils. Professor James Stoner thinks the opposite is true. The right punishments don't lead people to behave well, we are also guided to make morally good decisions by our conscience—by our internal sense of justice. The
It's a problem unique to the 21st century: What happens to your digital self after you die? Social media pages and accounts often turn into memorials when someone dies, giving people a chance to still feel connected to those they've lost. But after we're gone, who owns the information on our pages? Who can access them? Faheem Hussain, a clinical assistant professor at Arizona State University (ASU
A wife-husband team will present both high-tech and low-tech solutions for improving water security at this year's American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Seattle on Sunday, Feb. 16. Northwestern University's Sera Young and Julius Lucks come from different ends of the science spectrum but meet in the middle to provide critical new information to approach this g
Scientific knowledge, whether about a human species or the planets, is powerful because it is provisional and cumulative For the past decade, scientists have thought that DNA sequences from Neanderthals were found only in non-African populations. Neanderthals, a human species that died out around 40,000 years ago, lived mainly in Europe and parts of Asia. As Homo sapiens migrated from Africa into
The waning crescent moon can be seen low in the pre-dawn sky passing the red planet and, from North America, blocking Mars from view Early morning skywatchers should look south-east tomorrow to see the waning crescent moon pass close to Mars . The red planet is by no means at its brightest but will still be visible as a moderately bright object in the morning sky for the next few months. And it w
Illustration: Paul Spella; Sal Alas / Westend61 / Getty Writing in The New York Times in June 2003, less than two years after the events of September 11 shattered the complacency with which many Americans conducted their lives, the British critic Michael Pye lamented an unlikely casualty of the new era: the ability to occupy ourselves with a superficial novel while sitting in an airport lounge or
The Things We Can't Face Caitlin Flanagan reflected in the December issue on what we don't talk about when we talk about abortion. I read Caitlin Flanagan's essay last night; then I read it again. I have never seen my inner tumult laid out in such eloquent prose before. The badge-wearers, sign-thrusters, and yell-louders on both sides of this fight lost me long ago, though I tip my hat to their s
It's easy to see, from the opening minutes of the new four-part Netflix show The Pharmacist , why its directors took one meeting with Dan Schneider and decided to structure a true-crime series around him. Schneider is an affable eccentric in a button-down shirt, an avenger who likens himself to Clark Griswold . He's the stuff documentary dreams are made of. ("Don't be an actor; you're a real guy,
A new, multiyear study published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest (PSPI), a journal of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), finds that only 40% of the psychological assessment tools used in courts have been favorably rated by experts. Even so, lawyers rarely challenge their conclusions, and when they do, only one third of those challenges are successful.
Comparing today's computers to their famous ancestors is a popular pastime. As we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing last year, the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) became a particularly juicy target. The analysis, of course, showed just how much more powerful the chips used in common smartphones are than the computers that got us to the moon. Not too shocking, but amazing nonethel
Today's photo story is the sixth in a year-long Sunday series, focusing on each of the 50 states in the United States of America. Vermont is one of America's smallest states by area, and is home to fewer than 625,000 residents. It is known for its picturesque mountains and valleys, ski slopes, spectacular fall colors, and its famous maple syrup. Gathered here are a few glimpses into the varied la
Disgust may not be a straightforward extension of the immune system's aversion to harmful substances, but rather "a psychological nebula, lacking definite boundaries, discrete internal structure, or a single center of gravity," says psychologist Nina Strohminger. Photograph by Star Stock / Flickr Nina Strohminger, perhaps not unlike many fans of raunchy comedies and horror flicks, is drawn to dis
DNA testing companies are starting to profit from selling our data on to big pharma. Perhaps they should be paying us The announcement by 23andMe, a company that sells home DNA testing kits, that it has sold the rights to a promising new anti-inflammatory drug to a Spanish pharmaceutical company is cause for celebration. The collected health data of 23andMe's millions of customers have potentially
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