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Liveblogging the pandemic: 'The heroes of our blog are the readers'

After almost 12 months of charting developments as Covid sweeps the world, I look forward to better news next yearJoin the million-plus people supporting independent Guardian journalismIn February this year, when I was offered the job of liveblogger and reporter on the Guardian’s foreign desk in Australia, my boss told me to read up about the new coronavirus. “It looks like you’ll probably be doing a bit of that,” she said.Nearly ten months after boarding the flight from Beirut, where I was livi...
Tags: Science, Australia, World news, Infectious Diseases, Sydney, Membership, Beirut, Coronavirus


Xiaomi Made Fun of Apple for Not Including Charger in Box, but Now Thinks It's a Great Idea

It’s a lesson many of us learn throughout life: First they laugh at you, then they copy you. That’s exactly what Xiaomi did when it made fun of Apple for deciding to stop shipping wall chargers with its iPhones earlier this year. In the greatest of twists, just two months later, Xiaomi now thinks nixing wall chargers…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Xiaomi, Lei Jun, Xiaomi Made Fun


Donald Trump signs Covid-19 relief and spending bill

Move comes after Republicans voiced anger over the delay, which resulted in millions of Americans losing unemployment aidSee all our coronavirus coverageDonald Trump has signed the Covid-19 relief and spending bill after days of delays, preventing a mid-pandemic government shutdown.The announcement on Sunday night after Republicans urged him to act following his refusal to sign the bill, a decision that meant millions of Americans lost unemployment aid. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, World news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Donald Trump, Trump, Coronavirus


South Africa hits 1 million coronavirus cases as new variant spreads rapidly

President Cyril Ramaphosa expected to announce new restrictions in attempt to slow the surgeSee all our coronavirus coverageSouth Africa’s Covid-19 surge has taken the country to more than 1 million confirmed cases as president Cyril Ramaphosa called an emergency meeting of the national coronavirus command council.The country’s new variant of the coronavirus, 501.V2, is more contagious and has quickly become dominant in many areas of the resurgence, according to experts.
Tags: Science, Africa, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Cyril Ramaphosa, Coronavirus


Tesla Owners Can Now Customize Their Car Horns With Sounds Like Fart or Goat

I now know when it is likely that I will have a heart attack. It will be when I’m walking, unsuspectingly, on the sidewalk and a Tesla happens to honk using the most terrifying sound I’ve heard in weeks: a bleating goat. Now, I’ve looked up videos of other goats bleating, and they do not scare me. In fact, they’re…Read more...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, Cars, Tesla, Goats, Farts


WHO chief warns that COVID-19 won't be the world's last pandemic as he tells countries to prepare for future emergencies

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference amid the COVID-19 outbreak at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that there will be more pandemics in the future during a video shared on the first International Day of Epidemic Preparedness on Sunday. Tedros said the world failed "to prepare" for the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the future ...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, United States, Who, World Health Organization, World Heath Organization, Johns Hopkins, Geneva Switzerland, Tedros, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Kelly McLaughlin, Coronavirus, Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, COVID-19, REUTERS World Health Organization


Sunday's Best Deals: Belei Skincare Sale, Killer Queen Black, 16GB DDR4 XPG RAM, Nintendo Switch Anker Powerbank, 1080p Webcam, Bathroom Organizers, and More

A 1080p webcam and a sale on Belei skincare products lead Sunday’s best deals.Read more...
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I'm a consultant in infectious diseases. 'Long Covid' is anything but a mild illness | Joanna Herman

Nine months on from the virus, I am seriously debilitated. This is how the new NHS clinics need to help thousands of usWith the excitement of the Covid vaccine’s arrival, it may be easy to forget and ignore those of us with “long Covid”, who are struggling to reclaim our previous, pre-viral lives and continue to live with debilitating symptoms. Even when the NHS has managed the herculean task of vaccinating the nation, Covid-19 and the new mutant variants of the virus will continue to circulate,...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, London, Biology, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Office For National Statistics, King 's College, Coronavirus, COVID, Long Covid, Joanna Herman


AstraZeneca's vaccine is expected to work on new COVID-19 strains, says CEO

AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine. Dado Ruvic/Reuters AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot says his company's COVID-19 vaccine "should remain effective" against mutated virus strains, reports The Sunday Times.  "But we can't be sure, so we're going to test that," Soriot told the newspaper. A new virus strain discovered in the UK may be up to 70% more transmissible, according to Reuters. At least 7 people in Japan tested positive for the new variant, reports The Associated Press.  Visit Business ...
Tags: Japan, UK, Science, London, News, Trends, South Africa, NHS, Astrazeneca, Associated Press, Pfizer, Vaccine, University of Oxford, Pascal Soriot, Oxford University, Reuters


The breakthrough medicines that could change the course of Covid

Dexamethasone demonstrates power of large-scale, randomised trials in finding effective medicinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt remains one of the most dramatically successful outcomes in the battle against Covid-19. A cheap treatment for inflammation was found to save lives of seriously ill patients while a trio of much-touted therapies were shown to have no effect.It is now estimated that the discovery of the effectiveness of the drug dexamethasone has saved aro...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus, Martin Landray


Scientists call for UK lockdown after rapid spread of Covid-19 variant

Stricter measures needed as cases of mutated virus, linked to UK travellers, are reported across globeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCases of the new variant Covid-19 virus were confirmed in several European countries on Saturday, including Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. All were linked to people who had arrived from the UK.Meanwhile, Japan has announced it is banning all new entries of foreign nationals from Monday following the discovery of the variant in traveller...
Tags: UK, Science, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Switzerland, Spain Sweden, Coronavirus, UK Meanwhile Japan


Scientists call for nationwide lockdown after rapid spread of Covid-19 variant

Stricter measures needed as cases of mutated virus, linked to UK travellers, are reported across globeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCases of the new variant Covid-19 virus were confirmed in several European countries on Saturday, including Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. All were linked to people who had arrived from the UK.Meanwhile, Japan has announced it is banning all new entries of foreign nationals from Monday following the discovery of the variant in traveller...
Tags: UK, Science, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Switzerland, Spain Sweden, Coronavirus, UK Meanwhile Japan


The breakthough medicines that could change the course of Covid

Dexamethasone demonstrates power of large-scale, randomised trials in finding effective medicinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt remains one of the most dramatically successful outcomes in the battle against Covid-19. A cheap treatment for inflammation was found to save lives of seriously ill patients while a trio of much-touted therapies were shown to have no effect.It is now estimated that the discovery of the effectiveness of the drug dexamethasone has saved aro...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus, Martin Landray


NTU Singapore study suggests link between word choices and extraverts

A study by a team of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) psychologists has found a link between extraverts and their word choices.
Tags: Science, Singapore, NTU


Do toddlers learning to spoon-feed seek different information from caregivers' hands & faces?

When toddlers begin to use a spoon to eat by themselves, what kind of interactions facilitate this behavior? To find out, an international research collaboration led by Kobe University's Professor NONAKA Tetsushi and the University of Minnesota's Professor Thomas A. Stoffregen investigated the interactions between toddlers and their caregivers during mealtimes at a daycare center in Japan.
Tags: Science, University of Minnesota, Kobe University, NONAKA Tetsushi, Thomas A Stoffregen


Discovery boosts theory that life on Earth arose from RNA-DNA mix

Chemists at Scripps Research have made a discovery that supports a surprising new view of how life originated on our planet. In a study published in the chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie, they demonstrated that a simple compound called diamidophosphate (DAP), which was plausibly present on Earth before life arose, could have chemically knitted together tiny DNA building blocks called deoxynucleosides into strands of primordial DNA.
Tags: Science, Earth, Angewandte Chemie, Scripps Research



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