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Ireland suspends AstraZeneca Covid vaccine over blood clot concerns
Suspension follows similar move in Ireland due to reports in Norway of blood clots despite no proof of a link Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Netherlands has joined Ireland in suspending use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine as a precautionary measure following further reports of blood clots in people who have received it, this time from Norway. Annou
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A New Study Suggests Students Can Be Just 3 Feet Apart Safely
The new study, published last week in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, suggests public schools may be able to reopen safely for in-person instruction as long as children maintain three feet of distance between them, and with other mitigation measures maintained, such as wearing masks.
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The Archbishop Who Fears for Joe Biden's Soul
Archbishop Joseph Naumann is anxious about President Joe Biden's soul. The two men are in some ways similar: cradle Catholics born in the 1940s who witnessed John F. Kennedy become America's first Catholic president. Both found a natural home in the Democratic Party—in Naumann's midwestern family, asking Catholics if they were Democrats was a redundancy. Naumann became a priest and Biden became a
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Ancient Christian ruins discovered in Egypt reveal 'nature of monastic life'
Archaeologists unearth monks' cells and churches with biblical inscriptions dating back to fourth century AD A French-Norwegian archaeological team has discovered new Christian ruins in Egypt's Western Desert, revealing monastic life in the region in the fifth century AD, the Egyptian antiquities ministry said. "The French-Norwegian mission discovered during its third excavation campaign at the s
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Coronavirus live news: AstraZeneca reports vaccine shortfall to EU; Sydney hotel quarantine worker tests positive
US administers 100m vaccine doses; Jordan patients die after hospital oxygen shortfall; Italy partial lockdown starts on Monday Australian PM and chief medical officer get second dose of vaccine Jordan health minister steps down after hospital oxygen failure deaths Lockdown ending could trigger anxiety for many, say UK charities Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage 2.24am
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The Space Station Just Released Its Largest Piece of Garbage Ever
Take Out The Trash NASA jettisoned a massive load of garbage into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS) last week. The trash is a whopping 2.9-ton cargo pallet of old batteries that was used to power the station, according to Spaceflight Now . The garbage is expected to orbit the Earth for two to four years before it enters the atmosphere. A Hunk, A Hunk Of Burnin' Batteries If you're
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What Happens When a Slogan Becomes the Curriculum
Last month, a public-school district that serves mostly elementary and middle-school students in Evanston, Illinois, held its third annual Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action—using a curriculum, created in collaboration with Black Lives Matter activists and the local teachers' union, that introduces children as young as 4 and 5 to some of America's most complex and controversial subjects.
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NASA Using Navajo Language to Name New Mars Discoveries
Welcome to Máaz NASA is honoring the Navajo Nation by naming new Mars discoveries using the Native American language. Working with the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President, NASA is naming landmarks and discoveries by the Perseverance rover using the Navajo language, CBS News reports . One of Percy's most recent focuses is a rock that the agency has dubbed "Máaz" after the Nava
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Planning A Spring Break? These 5 Tips Can Help Minimize Risk
The CDC still advises against nonessential travel, but many infectious disease experts say a trip to the beach or a family vacation can be done pretty safely if you do it right. (Image credit: Eva Marie Uzcatequi/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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Look after yourself: how your state of mind could affect your Covid jab
Psychological burdens from stress to loneliness to lack of sleep have been shown to affect immune responses to other vaccinations Sleep well. Take time out to relax. Connect with your friends and family. Such things would be advisable at any time – but might it be especially important in the coming months. According to a growing body of evidence, our psychological state can shape the immune syste
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Mom Allegedly Uses Deepfakes to Frame Daughter's Cheerleading Rivals
Who's Got Spirit? A Pennsylvania mother is in hot water after she allegedly deepfaked her teen daughter's cheerleading rivals committing lewd and compromising acts. The Bucks County District Attorney's office says that Raffaela Spone, 50, created a series of deepfaked videos and photos of three girls last year depicting them drinking, vaping, and naked, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer . Sp
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The universe is expanding faster than estimated, finds new study
A new estimate of the expansion rate of the universe puts it at 73.3 km/sec/Mpc. This is faster than the previous estimate of expansion in the early universe. The discrepancy may mean fundamental theories need rethinking. How fast is our universe is expanding? Scientists zeroed in on a new estimate of the local expansion rate and found that it doesn't square up with previously-predicted rates of
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The Queen Joins WFH Culture, Participates In Zoom Call About Mars
You're On Mute, Your Majesty. Turns out no one can escape the drudgery of video conferencing — not even if you're the Queen of England. Queen Elizabeth II took some time out of her busy schedule of corralling her corgis and overseeing the United Kingdom to join a Zoom call to discuss science, technology, and space travel, according to Harper's Bazaar . The call was a part of an event to help cele
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When Did Following Recipes Become a Personal Failure?
Katie Martin This article was published online on March 14, 2021. L ast spring , early in the pandemic, the host of a radio food program called to ask whether I thought the lockdown would catapult women back to the 1950s. That sure looked likely: Families were home demanding three meals a day, and most of that food was coming from their own kitchens. I started wondering whether the pandemic would
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UK scientists attack 'reckless' Tory cuts to international research
Projects tackling some of world's major problems – including the climate crisis – are set to be cancelled or cut back after budget cuts Hundreds of key research projects aimed at tackling some of the world's major problems – from antimicrobial resistance to the climate crisis – will have to be cancelled or cut back thanks to budget cuts imposed by the government. Last week, the UK Research and In
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WHO scientist who spoke out about Italy's handling of Covid crisis resigns
Francesco Zambon claims he was pressured to hide fact Italy had not updated pandemic plan since 2006 Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A World Health Organization scientist who spoke out about the UN body's withdrawal of a report on Italy's early handling of the coronavirus pandemic has resigned. Francesco Zambon, who is based at the WHO's office in Venice, confirmed h
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Neil Ferguson: 'One year ago, I first realised how serious coronavirus was. Then it got worse…'
Prof Neil Ferguson is '80% sure' British Covid cases will stay low until autumn, but warns of need for booster jabs Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Exactly one year ago, the epidemiologist Neil Ferguson first realised the full extent of the threat that Covid-19 posed to the UK. Calculations by his team at Imperial College London had already revealed that the National
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SpaceX Launches Falcon 9 Rocket For Record Ninth Time
Record-Breaking Launch SpaceX successfully launched their Falcon 9 rocket for a record ninth time in the early morning hours of Sunday. Using the booster, the company sent 60 more Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit on March 14 from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, according to Space.com . The rocket later returned to Earth and landed on the company's Of Cou
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When rest may be best for post-viral fatigue | Letters
Graded exercise therapy is not the right way to treat people with ME or long Covid, argue Dr Charles Shepherd and Rachel Harding Dr Alastair Miller, Professor Paul Garner and Professor Peter White are not correct when they state that graded exercise therapy (GET) is a safe and effective treatment for ME/chronic fatigue syndrome ( Letters , 11 March). Having reviewed all the published evidence fro
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What happened on HMS Terror? Divers plan return to Franklin wrecks
Scientists hope that ice will give up more clues to the fate of the 1845 Arctic expedition to find the Northwest Passage It remains one of the greatest mysteries of naval exploration. What doomed John Franklin's 1845 attempt to sail the Northwest Passage, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, in his ships Erebus and Terror? The expedition claimed the lives of all 129 men and has gripped the public's
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Covid death on Isle of Man deals a blow after tough lockdown
Manx government has run strict regime to keep island virus-free but isolation exemption for ferry workers causes anger Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage On Friday, the chief minister of the Isle of Man announced some bad news. A patient in the island's Noble's hospital had died from coronavirus, he said, the first Manx Covid death since 5 November. Howard Quayle said h
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England's Covid vaccine strategy will 'unravel' unless inequalities addressed, say experts
Data reveals huge disparities between vaccination take-up rates in richer and poorer areas England's Covid dilemma: how to ease lockdown without deepening social divisions See all our coronavirus coverage England's mass vaccination strategy will "unravel" unless discrepancies in uptake are tackled, experts said as data showed a 25 percentage point difference between vaccination rates in richer an
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Speedy Covid tests are very useful, but not conclusive | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters
Behind the numbers: why the devices being used in England's schools need another test to confirm positive cases Coronavirus latest updates Coronavirus – see all our coverage Last Monday, schools in England returned, with secondary school students having "lateral flow" tests (LFTs). These device kits operate like pregnancy tests – a liquid sample flows along a pad. Instead of expecting a baby, pos
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Stars Apparently Used to Be Way, Way, Way Bigger
Supermassive Black Holes Researchers have found evidence that suggests the supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies used to be really big stars. Like really, really big. Scientists at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA) in Taiwan surmise that large supernovas from supermassive stars might have created the
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England's Covid dilemma: how to ease lockdown without deepening social divisions
Inequalities in vaccine take-up rates highlight need for government to build trust in deprived communities Covid vaccine strategy will 'unravel' unless inequalities addressed See all our coronavirus coverage Stark variations in Covid vaccine uptake between richer and poorer areas of England, together with "stubbornly high" coronavirus rates in some deprived communities, pose serious questions abo
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New tool to dissect 'undruggable' proteins through the sugars they depend on
Researchers have developed a new tool to study 'undruggable' proteins through the sugars they depend on. Almost 85 percent of proteins, including those associated with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, inflammation, and certain cancers, are beyond the reach of current drugs. Now, with a new pencil/eraser tool, researchers can start to study how sugar molecules affect these proteins, insights that could le
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Cancer cells may evade chemotherapy by going dormant
Cancer cells can dodge chemotherapy by entering a state that bears similarity to certain kinds of senescence, a type of 'active hibernation' that enables them to weather the stress induced by aggressive treatments aimed at destroying them, according to a new study. These findings have implications for developing new drug combinations that could block senescence and make chemotherapy more effective
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Wait, How Do You Pronounce "NFT"?
The rise of non-fungible tokens (NFT) into the mainstream has launched a host of important questions. How do NFTs impact the intellectual property rights of artists and creators? What are their long-term applications for works of art? What does it mean to actually "own" something? But there's perhaps an even bigger question that has yet to be answered: How the hell do you pronounce NFT, anyway? I
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Queensland Covid hotspots: list of Brisbane and regional Qld coronavirus case locations
Here are the current coronavirus hotspots and case locations in Queensland and what to do if you've visited them Download the free Guardian app Queensland authorities have released a list of hotspots where Covid-positive people have visited while infectious. Any individuals who have been in the below locations during the relevant times are asked to immediately home quarantine (until 25 March – 14
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Cowbell
We come across a ridge and hear a cowbell in the cove beyond, a tinkle sweetening the air with vague rubato as the breeze erases tones and then the notes resume like echoes from the past or from a cave inside the cliff, a still, calm voice in dialect and keeping its own company, both out of time and long as time, both here and from a higher sphere, as if the voice of history were intimate as memo
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Futuristic VR Sex Is Now a Reality Thanks to This Ridiculously Affordable Gear
Online adult content has been plentiful and popular for decades, but events of the last 12 months or so have brought it to new heights of relevance. And by some divine coincidence, this development has coincided with big innovations in technology that have taken the form to new heights. Specifically, virtual reality sex is no longer the stuff of science fiction. And now anyone can explore VR sex
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Covid hotspots NSW: list of Sydney and regional coronavirus case locations
Here are the current coronavirus hotspots in New South Wales and what to do if you've visited them QLD hotspots list Download the free Guardian app New South Wales health authorities have updated a list of hotspots Covid-positive people have visited while infectious. Here's an overview and what to do if you've visited them. More detailed information is available at the NSW Health website . Anyone
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The Atlantic Daily: The Art We Turned to This Year
Art has always helped us make sense of the world around us—even, especially, when that world is changing rapidly. Below, I asked 10 writers and editors from around our newsroom to share the shows, books, and movies that helped them through this enormously challenging year. In the days that come, I'll be enjoying their picks, and I hope you can too. TELEVISION AND MOVIES DARIA Until this year, my
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CogSci as a Double Major?
Hello! I am currently a freshman at CMU majoring in ECE (electrical and computer engineering) with a focus on software (it's essentially CompSci + computer hardware). I am considering a double major in cognitive science, since I've always been interested in psychology, neuroscience, and computer science. However, I'm not sure if it makes sense to double major in ECE and Cog Sci. I'm also not sure
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Evidence of Ancient Earth's Magma Oceans Found in Greenland Rocks
Our planet's history is written in its rocks. You can traverse eons by brushing your fingers over the layers of a cliff wall. But beyond a certain point, the record goes blank. Though the Earth is roughly 4.5 billion years old, the oldest-known rocks date back to only around 4 billion years ago. The relentless motions of Earth's tectonic plates have recycled its surface. Still, chemical clues can
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Intervening early for infant brain health
In the world of neurodevelopment, one thing is clear: the earlier the intervention the better. Neuroscientists are increasingly identifying factors that can negatively impact, or improve, cognition early in life. At the CNS annual meeting, researchers are presenting new work on two early interventions: one on the potential use of engineered gut microbes for antibiotic-exposed infants and another o
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How to think smarter about failure
What does it mean to be a failure? Failing is typically seen as moving in the opposite direction of a specific goal, when in reality, most achievements in history were made possible by a series of non-successes. "The very concepts of success and failure are words that never really meant anything," says astronomer Michelle Thaller. She and others argue that successes and failures are inextricable
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Best birthday gifts for gamers: Win at gift-giving, every time
Gifts beyond games and consoles. (Harry Grout via Unsplash/) Gamers are particular. And that makes sense, when you consider how they use their gear. You can't just grab the top-selling item and assume that it's a good fit. When you're talking about controllers and keyboards, for example, gamers are going to spend hours and hours with them, as their only link to the game. That's a major decision,
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The AudioWow Fits an Entire Recording Studio Into the Size of a Matchbox
Scientists have developed microphones so sensitive, they're able to eavesdrop on a particle . And yet, the microphone you use for your daily audio needs probably hasn't changed much in decades. The AudioWow moves the microphone forward, packing not just a microphone but a whole recording studio into a matchbox-sized package. A Sound Card Where You Need It The AudioWow is more than a microphone, a
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