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Coronavirus vaccine strategy needs rethink after resistant variants emerge, say scientists
Oxford vaccine shown to have only limited effect against South African variant of coronavirus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Leading vaccine scientists are calling for a rethink of the goals of vaccination programmes, saying that herd immunity through vaccination is unlikely to be possible because of the emergence of variants like that in South Africa. The comments


Nya ledtrådar till hur Sars-CoV-2 tar sig in i våra celler
Det är fortfarande inte utrett exakt hur viruset Sars-CoV-2 tar sig in i celler. Men med hjälp av bioinformatisk analys och experiment har forskare kunnat bekräfta några potentiella bindningsställen hos virusreceptorer. Dessa är involverade i processer i cellen om är viktiga för upptag av olika substanser. Och därmed något som viruset kan utnyttja vid infektion. Sars-CoV-2 använder sig av sitt sp
Hearing acrobatics
The sense of hearing is, quite literally, a molecular tightrope act. Turns out, it involves acrobatics as well. New research shows that a dynamic and delicate connection between two pairs of diminutive protein filaments plays a central role in in hearing.The findings present a new understanding of the molecular underpinnings of hearing, as well as the sense of balance, which arises from similar pr
Hjärtstopp dödligare hos personer med covid-19
Dödligheten vid plötsligt hjärtstopp är högre hos personer med covid-19, visar en ny studie. Resultaten är en väckarklocka för både allmänhet och vårdgivare, menar de ansvariga bakom forskningen. Studien som publiceras i European Heart Journal är en registerbaserad observationsstudie. Den omfattar samtliga 3 026 fall av plötsligt hjärtstopp som rapporterades till Svenska Hjärt-lungräddningsregist
When Scientists Become Allergic To Their Research
It's not uncommon for researchers to develop allergies to the organisms they study. Often, those allergies are a minor inconvenience — dealing with rashes from coral, for instance, or working around a sensitivity to leeches. But sometimes, the consequences are more serious. One solution: more awareness.
Why aren't kids getting vaccinated?
While much of the world is engaged in a frantic scramble to get vaccinated against covid-19, there's one group noticeably absent from the queues of people at vaccine clinics: children. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is still approved for use only in those aged 16 years or older, and the Moderna vaccine is only for adults. Both are now in trials for younger age groups, and results are expected by the
UK Covid live: minister urges confidence in Oxford vaccine despite South African variant concern
Latest updates: Nadim Zahawi says people should keep faith in UK programme after study finds UK jab not as effective against South African variant Vaccine strategy needs rethink after new variants emerge, says expert Oxford vaccine gives less protection against South African variant 10.05am GMT NHS Providers, which represents hospitals and other NHS trusts, has urged the government to be careful
The latest antivax false claim: mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 are not vaccines, but "medical devices" or "gene therapy"
There's a new antivaccine talking point in town, and it's just as much disinformation as other antivaccine talking points. It's the claim that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are not really vaccines but "medical devices" or "gene therapy" and that they were falsely classified as vaccines in order to bypass safety testing. Here, we discuss why this claim is utter nonsense. The post first appeared on Scien
Bolivia probes deaths of 35 endangered condors
Bolivian environmental authorities on Sunday announced an investigation into the apparent poisoning of 35 Andean condors in a rural community, one of the most devastating such cases for the endangered species.
Heavy snowstorm pounds Germany, upends travel
A snowstorm and strong winds pounded northern and western Germany on Sunday, forcing trains to cancel trips and leading to hundreds of vehicle crashes. Police said 28 people were injured on icy roads.
140 are missing after glacier breaks in India's Himalayas
Indian rescue crews struggled to reach trapped victims Sunday after part of a glacier in the Himalayas broke off and released a torrent of water and debris that slammed into two hydroelectric plants. At least nine people were killed and 140 were missing in a disaster experts said appeared to point to global warming.
Can you solve it? Think of a number
A new twist on the all time classic maths trick "Think of a number" tricks are such a puzzle staple that the BBC even named a kids show after them. (To readers under the age of 40, Think of a Number was hosted by Zoe Ball's dad Johnny, and to many Britons, this one included, it was an indelible cultural highlight of growing up in the late 1970s/early 1980s.) The following puzzle is a brilliant ve
Samband vi tycker oss se Vi blir alla ibland offer för idén att vissa saker hänger samman trots att de inte gör det. Ett fenomen brukar kallas bekräftelsebias (bias: fördom, … Continued Inlägget dök först upp på Vetenskap och Folkbildning .
Fler svenskar dras med magproblem
Mellan år 1988 och 2011 fick flera tusen Östhammarbor mellan 21 och 93 år svara på frågor om magbesvär vid fyra separata tillfällen. Under perioden tvådubblades oddsen att drabbas av sura uppstötningar, reflux, medan oddsen för att lida av PDS – ett tillstånd där man fort känner sig mätt eller upplever obehagliga fyllnadskänslor efter en måltid – tredubblades.
Balloon test flight plan under fire over solar geoengineering fears
Swedish environmental groups warn test flight could be first step towards the adoption of a potentially "dangerous, unpredictable, and unmanageable" technology A proposed scientific balloon flight in northern Sweden has attracted opposition from environmental groups over fears it could lead to the use of solar geoengineering to cool the Earth and combat the climate crisis by mimicking the effect
Operation Cytokine Storm
Exceptional times call for exceptional men. In Israel, men of science boldly step forward to face the coronavirus, armed with miracle cures. Pandemic, like a good war, is always good for business.
Starwatch: Cygnus, Aquila and Pegasus take flight in the pre-dawn sky
A trio of winged constellations can be seen in the east but there are other creatures to spot, including Delphinus and Vulpecula This week, there are a trio of flying creatures to watch out for in the pre-dawn sky. The chart shows the view looking east from London at about 6am this week. Highest in the sky is Cygnus, the swan. This large constellation falls into the 'once seen, never forgotten' c
Cannabis reduces blood pressure in older adults, according to Ben-Gurion University researchers
"Older adults are the fastest growing group of medical cannabis users, yet evidence on cardiovascular safety for this population is scarce," says Dr. Ran Abuhasira of the BGU Faculty of Health Sciences, one of Israel's leading medical faculties, and the BGU-Soroka Cannabis Clinical Research Institute. "This study is part of our ongoing effort to provide clinical research on the actual physiologica
Rapid, reliable on-site drug detection using wearable sensor
Researchers in South Korea have successfully developed a wearable sensor that can detect illegal drugs in sweat by using nanomaterials technology that amplify the optical signal of narcotics to a flexible, body-worn material.The technology enables fast and highly sensitive drug detection: the sweat patch is attached to the skin for a certain period of time and then irradiated with light for testin
Citizen scientists are filling research gaps created by the pandemic
The rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020 disrupted field research and environmental monitoring efforts worldwide. Travel restrictions and social distancing forced scientists to cancel studies or pause their work for months. These limits measurably reduced the accuracy of weather forecasts and created data gaps on issues ranging from bird migration to civil rights in U.S. public schools . Our work rel
Get Tax Breaks on Your Crypto Investments With a Bitcoin IRA
Early on, financial experts were pretty skeptical about the long term viability of Bitcoin . In fact, most thought cryptocurrencies were just a fad. But now it's patently clear that those experts were dead wrong. Cryptocurrencies have never been stronger than they are right now, and it looks like 2021 is going to be another great year. In fact, cryptocurrencies are so strong, more and more invest
We're more like primitive fishes than once believed, new research shows
Lungs and limbs have been thought of as key innovations that came with the vertebrate transition from water to land. But in fact, the genetic basis of air-breathing and limb movement was already established in our fish ancestor 50 million years earlier, according to a recent genome mapping of primitive fish. The new study changes our understanding of a key milestone in our own evolutionary history
What are the limits of free speech?
The free speech debate typically happens at either end of a spectrum — people believe they should be able to say whatever they want, or they believe that certain things (e.g. hate speech) should be censored. Who is right, and who gets to decide? While they acknowledge that speech is a powerful weapon that can cause infinite good and infinite harm, former ACLU president Nadine Strossen, sociologis
A Super Bowl Ad That the Biden Presidency Made Possible
1. Here is what happens in the ad that General Motors will air during the Super Bowl: Standing in a garage inspired half by the storage unit in True Detective and half by the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia conspiracy meme , Will Ferrell announces that the United States has not adopted electric cars as quickly as Norway. He punches a globe. He fetches his friends Kenan Thompson and Awkwafina (h
SNL Is Breaking With Its Old Patterns
Saturday Night Live wants you to know that it's still fun. "Trust me when I say this: It has only been good here at SNL ," the host, Schitt's Creek 's Dan Levy, said in his monologue, without a hint of irony. Given the state of the world , that's a dangerous statement to make: The show has been through a turbulent year of struggling to find humor in definitively not-good times , Dan Levy. Are you
Superb Owl Sunday V
A special Sunday event: our fifth annual photographic essay celebrating these magnificent birds of prey. These nocturnal hunters hail from Europe, Asia, North America, and South America, and are captured here in photos from recent years. If you have some time today before the big game (or are skipping the event entirely), I invite you to take a look; as always, it was a hoot to put this together.
Speak plainly, said November to the maples, say what you mean now, now that summer's lush declensions lie like the lies they were at your feet. Haven't we praised you? Haven't we summer after summer put our faith in augmentation. But look at these leaving of not-enough-light: It's time for sterner counsel now. It's time, we know you're good at this, we've seen the way your branched articulations
Hundreds get Covid vaccine at East London mosque's pop-up clinic
Mosque serving largest Muslim community in UK seeks to reassure those hesitant about the shot Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Hundreds of people were vaccinated at the weekend at a pop-up clinic set up by the East London mosque to encourage Muslims to be inoculated amid widespread concerns about the jab . The mosque, which serves the biggest Muslim community in the U
Tom Stoppard's Double Life
This article was published online on February 7, 2021. I n a short book about biography, Hermione Lee, literary life-writer par excellence, offered two metaphors for the art at which she excels. One was an autopsy. The other was a portrait. "Whereas autopsy suggests clinical investigation and, even, violation," she wrote, "portrait suggests empathy, bringing to life, capturing the character." She
Artificial Island in the North Sea Will Harvest Wind Energy at a Huge Scale
Wind is to the North Sea as sun is to the Sahara. And just as the latter is a tantalizing location to generate solar power , so the former is for making electricity from wind. Of course, it comes with a special set of engineering challenges. You have to assemble, lift, and anchor ( or float ) giant wind turbines in the middle of a notoriously rough sea—then you have to figure out how to transport
Make your own maple syrup without harming the trees
Maple syrup ready for pancakes and waffles. (LadyDragonFlyCC via Wiki/) This story was originally featured on Outdoor Life . There are windows of opportunity in nature, and one of my annual favorites is "sugaring time." In late winter, tree sap begins to flow, and from the right trees, this sap can be collected and concentrated into a very special (and very delicious) caloric resource—sweet tree
Readers reply: how do spacecraft manoeuvre in the vacuum of space?
The long-running series in which readers answer other readers' questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical concepts How do spacecraft manoeuvre in space? Surely, in a vacuum, reaction force will not work? Rolf Ericsson Please post new questions to . Continue reading…
The Breathtaking Ingenuity of Incarcerated Artists
Image above: Dean Gillispie's Spiz's Dinette , 1998 This article was published online on February 7, 2021. S piz's Dinette , a toaster-size trailer with a propane tank no bigger than your thumb, was painstakingly crafted during Dean Gillispie's years of incarceration at an Ohio prison. Gillispie constructed the silver trailer by spreading cigarette-pack foil across notebook cardboard, and used pi
Freedom and fairness: Covid vaccine passport plans cause global unease
Schemes are in development from Sweden to China, but there are fears around transmission and social unrest Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage It is the question being asked with increasing urgency around the world, at least in countries where the vaccine is already available: how much freedom to live life as it was before the pandemic should be granted to those who have
What do you think about "The Great Reset"?
If you haven't heard of it, it's a vague agenda spit balled by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The general idea is to use the pandemic and the problems around it to reshape our behavior to something more manageable from the top down, by further merging governments with corporations. The agenda is lead by a man named Klaus Schwab that talks like a Bond Villain and dresses like Darth Vader. He says
Perhaps Artificial Intelligence is Simply the Next Step of Evolution
I've been thinking about AI. singularity, and companies such as Neuralink who's goal is to merge humans with AI. However, that would likely lead to more components of the brain getting replaced, and, eventually, the brain itself. This would categorize us as an entire new species, and gives a huge evolutionary advantage. Our intelligence would truly be unlimited, which unlocks tons of possibilitie
Study shows Oxford Covid vaccine has less protection against South African variant
Researchers say vaccines' focus must shift to protecting people from hospitalisation and death Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will not stop people becoming ill if they contract the South African variant of Covid-19, researchers have confirmed, warning that vaccines' focus needs to shift from population immunity to protecting individual
Impeachment Is Working—Just Not as the Framers Expected
In 2020, President Donald Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine to blackmail its president into fabricating dirt on Joe Biden. The House of Representatives impeached Trump for this act. The Senate acquitted him. In 2021, Trump incited a mob of his supporters to attack the Congress, in hopes of overturning his defeat in the presidential election. This act of incitement immediately followed Trum
The Hole Where Donald Trump Was
Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post / Getty A former president who once shared every trivial peeve, any unformed thought, is suddenly sharing nothing at all. That can be pretty disorienting for anyone who's sunk mental energy into the man now living in silent exile. A loose collection of consultants, fact-checkers, academics, and voters who couldn't look away for professional or personal reasons

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