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Mummy’s older than we thought: new find rewrites the history books

Discovery of nobleman Khuwy shows that Egyptians were using advanced embalming methods 1,000 years before assumed date The ancient Egyptians were carrying out sophisticated mummifications of their dead 1,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to new evidence which could lead to a rewriting of the history books.The preserved body of a high-ranking nobleman called Khuwy, discovered in 2019, has been found to be far older than assumed and is, in fact, one of the oldest Egyptian mummie...
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Leos are most likely to get vaccinated, say Utah officials. Is it written in the stars?

Health authorities compared vaccination rates with Zodiac signs, but the results may require further investigationExciting news for people who believe in science enough to want mass vaccination, but not enough to think horoscopes are made up: Utah’s Salt Lake county health department says there’s a big difference in vaccination rates depending on your Zodiac sign.At least, that’s what officials found when they analysed anonymised data on 1.2million residents, providing a table of the least and m...
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How time of day affects learning ability, and how to use it to your advantage

You can access information whenever you want, but according to science, your ability to absorb and retain that information fluctuates throughout the day
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People who've had COVID-19 are facing memory problems months after contracting the disease, new study says: 'They can't think'

Registered nurse Janet Gilleran prepares to treat coronavirus patient Mike Mokler with Bamlanivimab, a monoclonal antibody, in the Respiratory Infection Clinic at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts on December 31, 2020. Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe/Getty Images A new study reveals that people who've had COVID-19 in the past may exhibit cognitive impairments months after an infection. Those impairments can include problems with memory, as well as slower processing speed....
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Good vibrations: tapping in to ASMR

ASMR, the euphoric tingling certain sounds provoke, has created online superstars with millions of followers. Is it just a weird fad, or could it help people with anxiety and depression?When I was five years old something strange happened. After a busy afternoon finger-painting and running around, we were gathered by our teacher on the classroom carpet to listen to a story. I can’t remember which book she read – only that she began to do so in a soft voice, pitched somewherejust above a whisper....
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Individuals who are fully vaccinated now might not be considered so in the future without a COVID-19 booster shot, CDC says

Booster shots are being offered to some adults in the US who got Pfizer's vaccine, called Comirnaty. Jens Schlueter/Getty Images As booster shots rollout, the definition of fully vaccinated might change, the CDC says. Currently, being fully vaccinated in the US means an individual has both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the J&J vaccine. About 6% of the total US population has so far received a booster dose, according to CDC data. The definition of fully vaccinate...
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Excavating the role of Africans in the creation of the modern world

Europe would have been a marginal player in world history without the continent’s natural resources and centuries of cheap African labour The post Excavating the role of Africans in the creation of the modern world appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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I knew that was going to happen… The truth about premonitions

Uncanny and creepy, premonitions that turn out to be authentic can feel profound. But is there science to explain them?Around seven years ago, Garrett, was in a local Pizza Hut with his friends, having a day so ordinary that it is cumbersome to describe. He was 16 – or thereabouts – and had been told by teachers to go around nearby businesses and ask for gift vouchers that the school could use as prizes in a raffle. There were five other teenagers with Garrett, and they’d just finished speaking ...
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Austrian chancellor says the unvaccinated could be forced to lockdown in their homes if COVID-19 cases worsen

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg in October 2021. Thierry Monasse/Getty Images Austria's chancellor on Friday warned of possible restrictions for people not vaccinated against COVID-19. Restrictions for unvaccinated people would begin if ICU capacity reaches 25%, he said, according to the Associated Press. If more than 600 people require treatment in the ICU, health authorities will require the unvaccinated to remain in their homes. People in Austria who are not vaccinated ag...
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A 193-million-year old nesting ground with more than 100 dinosaur eggs offers evidence they lived in herds

An artist's reconstruction of a Mussaurus patagonicus nest. Jorge Gonzalez Paleontologists found 100 eggs and 80 skeletons from a dinosaur called Mussaurus at a nesting ground in Patagonia. The fossils were grouped into clusters of adults and juveniles, suggesting Mussaurus lived in herds. The nesting ground is 193 million years old, making it the earliest evidence of dinosaur herds. A 193-million-year-old nesting ground containing more than 100 dinosaurs eggs is upending paleontologis...
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Pregnant women pass fewer coronavirus antibodies to unborn boys than girls - a clue as to why men are more vulnerable to severe COVID-19

A pregnant woman wears a mask during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Charles Krupa/AP Photo Pregnant women carrying baby boys have fewer coronavirus antibodies than those carrying girls, a study found. Pregnant women also transferred fewer antibodies to male fetuses than females, the findings showed. The research offers a hint about how the male immune system responds to COVID-19. It's one of the pandemic's most persistent mysteries: Why are men and boys more vulnerable to ...
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Covid testing failures at UK lab ‘should have been flagged within days’

Senior scientists say problems at Immensa site show private firms should not be carrying out PCR testsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHealth officials should have known about major failings at a private Covid testing lab within days of the problem arising, rather than taking weeks to shut down operations at the site, senior scientists say.About 43,000 people, mostly in south-west England, are believed to have wrongly been told they did not have the virus by Immensa He...
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Vikings beat Columbus across the Atlantic by 470 years. Astrophysics and tree rings helped scientists nail down the timeline.

L'Anse aux Meadows was a North American landing point for the Vikings and is now part of Canada's National Park system. The indentations in the earth show evidence of rows of Viking houses. Gail Shotlander/Getty Images The Vikings inhabited Newfoundland 470 years before Columbus landed in North America, research found. Scientists previously dated a Viking settlement in Canada to the 11th century. But tree-ring dating and astrophysics revealed that Vikings were there in 1021. Histor...
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The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is 91% effective in 5- to 11-year-olds, new study results find

The Food and Drug Administration is considering authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds. ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP) (Photo by ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images A study found the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in kids. The study, a Pfizer trial, found 91% efficacy for the jab among more than 2,200 kids ages 5 to 11. The FDA is reviewing Pfizer's application to offer its two-dose vaccine to kids in that age group. The Pfizer-BioNTech ...
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The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is 91% effective in 5- to 11-year-olds, new study results show

The FDA is now considering authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds. ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP) (Photo by ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images Pfizer's vaccine was 91% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in 5- to 11-year-old kids. The new results come from Pfizer's trial, which enrolled more than 2,200 children in this age range. The FDA is reviewing Pfizer's application to offer its two-dose vaccine to younger children. The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vac...
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Age of Viking settlement revealed using trees and astrophysics

The Vikings reached North America long before Columbus' enslavement and brutalization of the Americas' Indigenous population, the Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, was discovered six decades ago. Though many of the settlement's structures have been recreated, as accurately as dig site evidence and historical research could allow, the settlement's date has been difficult to place exactly. — Read the rest
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How it feels to go into space: ‘More beautiful and dazzling and frightening than I ever imagined’

Chris Boshuizen was one of four astronauts – including William Shatner – who flew into space with Blue Origin. Here he describes the wonder of the journeyIt was a balmy morning in the west Texas desert when Chris Boshuizen stepped into Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket capsule for a journey most of us will never experience.He waved a quick goodbye to the Amazon billionaire and took his seat next to William Shatner as the capsule door bolted shut. Continue reading...
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How to retrain your frazzled brain and find your focus again

Are you finding it harder than ever to concentrate? Don’t panic: these simple exercises will help you get your attention backPicture your day before you started to read this article. What did you do? In every single moment – getting out of bed, turning on a tap, flicking the kettle switch – your brain was blasted with information. Each second, the eyes will give the brain the equivalent of 10m bits (binary digits) of data. The ears will take in an orchestra of sound waves. Then there’s our thoug...
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A half-mile plastic-trapping device in the Pacific caught 64,000 pounds of trash - including a fridge, mannequin, and toilet seats

Workers with The Ocean Cleanup empty plastic onto the deck of one of the organization's vessels. The Ocean Cleanup The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit organization, launched a device into the Pacific Ocean to remove plastic. The device brought back 64,000 pounds of trash in two-and-a-half months. The organization found a mannequin, refrigerator, and toilet seats among the debris. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, around 1,200 miles from shore, sits a giant vortex of trash known as the Gre...
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Countdown to ecstasy: how music is being used in healing psychedelic trips

Jon Hopkins timed his upcoming album to the length of a ketamine high, while apps are using AI music to tailor drug experiences. Welcome to a techno-chemical new frontierTwo hundred psychedelic enthusiasts have converged in Austin, Texas for a “ceremonial concert” on the autumn equinox. People sprawl on yoga mats around a circular stage as staffers pace the candlelit warehouse, jingling bells and spritzing essential oils. While psychedelic drugs are prohibited, some attenders seem in an altered ...
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Here’s one reason why SMEs aren’t meeting sustainability targets

According to the UN, we now have five times the number of recorded weather disasters than we had in 1970, from wildfires across Greece and Turkey to flash flooding in Indonesia, Germany, and Belgium. As Secretary General António Guterres said earlier this year, “we have reached a tipping point on the need for climate action.”  The EU has set ambitious targets with its new Green Deal, namely the goal to cut emissions by 55% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2030. But the solution is much more complex ...
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CDC advisors vote unanimously to give boosters to everyone with a J&J shot and some with Moderna. Here's how to know if you should get one.

A woman gets her Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine at a Safeway in San Rafael, California on October 1, 2021. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Advisors to the CDC voted Thursday to recommend booster shots for everyone who's had Johnson & Johnson's vaccine. The committee also recommended Moderna boosters for adults 65 and up, and said other vulnerable adults may want to get a boost too, depending on their circumstances. The CDC director will make the final call, allowing boosts to hit arm...
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Ivory poaching has led to evolution of tuskless elephants, study finds

Researchers say findings in Mozambique demonstrate impact of human interference in natureIvory poaching over decades has led to the evolution of tuskless elephants, researchers have found, proving that humans are “literally changing the anatomy” of wild animals.A previously rare genetic mutation causing tusklessness has become very common in some groups of African elephants after a period in which many were killed for their tusks, according to a study published in the journal Science. Continue r...
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Female African elephants evolved toward being tuskless over just a few decades as poachers sought ivory

A tusked African elephant in South Africa's Kruger National Park. Getty During the civil war in Mozambique, armies hunted African elephants to near extinction to collect ivory tusks. A study shows that the proportion of tuskless animals born during and after the war rose dramatically. The research suggests elephants quickly evolved to increase their chances of survival. Shane Campbell-Staton, an evolutionary biologist at Princeton University, spent most of his career researching lizard...
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China brought the first moon rocks back to Earth in 45 years. They hint at mysterious volcanic eruptions.

Lunar samples from the Chang'e-5 mission at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, October 15, 2021. Jin Liwang/Xinhua/Getty Images China's Chang'e-5 mission brought rocks from the moon to Earth for the first time in 45 years. The rock samples are the remnants of ancient lava flows and date back 2 billion years. That's nearly 1 billion years later than scientists thought the moon could have had volcanic eruptions. Volcanoes on...
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Researchers have found why some people are fans of ultra-rich individuals like Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk, but not billionaires in general

A mobile billboard calling for higher taxes on the ultra-wealthy with an image of billionaire Jeff Bezos, near the US Capitol on May 17. Drew Angerer/Getty Images People tend to have negative views of massive wealth inequality and billionaires as a class. But a focus on individual billionaires leads people to change their minds, researchers found. The findings help explain why the world's richest people have fans who rush to defend them. America's top-five richest men now have twic...
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Natural habitats of 30 cities around the world at risk due to ‘coastal hardening’, study suggests

Researchers estimate 1m sq km of seascape globally has been modified by coastal structures which bring in invasive species and damage habitatDownload the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefingArtificial structures have replaced more than half of the coastline of 30 cities around the world, according to new research suggesting coastal infrastructure will have a significant ecological impact if not well managed.“Coastal hardening” – replacing natural coastal habitats with seawalls, brea...
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Largest triceratops ever unearthed sold for €6.6m at Paris auction

US collector ‘falls in love’ with 8-metre-long dinosaur found in South Dakota and reassembled in ItalyAn 8-metre-long dinosaur skeleton has sold at auction for €6.6m (about £5.5m), more than four times its expected value, to a private collector in the US said to have fallen in love with the largest triceratops ever unearthed.The 66m-year-old skeleton, affectionately known as Big John, is 60% complete, and was unearthed in South Dakota, in the US, in 2014 and put together by specialists in Italy....
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There's an ideal window to get your flu shot for the best protection: late October or the first week of November

A man walks past an ad for free flu shots outside a CVS drugstore in New York on August 19, 2020. Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images The CDC recommends getting a flu shot in September or October. But getting vaccinated in late October or the first week of November could maximize your protection. That's because flu shots get less effective each month, and flu cases usually peak from December to March. Pharmacies start advertising flu shots as soon as they become available in August. The Ce...
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UK Covid: over 50,000 cases reported for first time since July as Johnson rejects calls to move to ‘plan B’ – live

Latest updates: infections in UK at highest level since July but prime minister says ‘we are within the parameters of what the predictions were’‘Covid is still around’: why Leicester shoppers are still wearing masksEngland: minister denies there is ‘plan C’ to ban Christmas mixingTory MPs appear to heed Javid call to set example by wearing masksWho can get a Covid booster jab in England?Global Covid updates – liveJeremy Hunt made his comments earlier (see 11.12am) during a Commons urgent questio...
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