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The Mu coronavirus variant shares key similarities with Delta, but it doesn't pose a greater threat

Healthcare worker Elizabeth Cameros administers a COVID-19 test to traveler Wade Hopkins at Los Angeles International Airport on November 23, 2020. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Scientists are closely watching the Mu coronavirus variant. Mu has the potential to resist protection from vaccines or a prior infection. But Mu isn't becoming more prevalent - a sign that it's less concerning than Delta. See more stories on Insider's business page. Last month, ...
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How much protection COVID-19 vaccines give you against the Delta variant, according to the best available data

A nurse at the Royal Cornwall Hospital prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccine in Truro, United Kingdom. Hugh Hastings/Getty Images The Delta variant is the most common cause of new COVID-19 infections in the US, the UK, and elsewhere. Six studies suggest vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca work against Delta, to varying degrees. These studies cover both symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 infections. See more stories on Insider's business page. The highly-infectious Del...
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Australia Covid news live update: NSW records 1,599 cases and eight deaths; Victoria reports 450 infections, ACT 15 and South Australia one

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk reports five new cases and flags possible lockdownRestrictions: NSW; Vic; bordersNSW Covid vaccination rate by postcode – check your suburbVaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefing 3.31am BST ACT chief minister Andrew Barr has given an update on the 15 new cases recorded in the territory. Of the new cases, 14 are linked to known cases, with the other under early investigation. 11 of the cases are household contacts...
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Australia Covid news live update: NSW records 1,599 cases and eight deaths; Victoria reports 450 infections

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk reports five new cases and flags possible lockdownRestrictions: NSW; Vic; bordersNSW Covid vaccination rate by postcode – check your suburbVaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefing 2.29am BST Hazzard has also made multiple references to how this half an hour to an hour update he provides every day is stopping him from having enough time to work out other parts of the pandemic response.He says:Let me just explain th...
Tags: Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Queensland, Victoria, Annastacia Palaszczuk, McNulty, Vic, Hazzard, Coronavirus


Australia Covid news live update: Victoria records 450 new cases and Qld five; Berejiklian faces backlash over abandoned press conferences

Only 75 of Victoria’s new cases linked to known infections; Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says lockdown may be neededRestrictions: NSW; Vic; bordersNSW Covid vaccination rate by postcode – check your suburbVaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefing 1.27am BST We have a bush capital update for you all, from AAP:Greater outdoor freedoms could be on the cards as Canberra waits to see whether it will exit lockdown next Friday.ACT Chief Minister Andr...
Tags: Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Queensland, Victoria, Pfizer, Canberra, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Vic, Andrew Barr, Berejiklian, Coronavirus


Australia Covid news live update: Queensland reports five new cases; Berejiklian faces backlash over abandoned press conferences

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says ‘there is no lockdown today’ but fast action may be neededRestrictions: NSW; Vic; bordersNSW Covid vaccination rate by postcode – check your suburbVaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefing 12.12am BST Here’s the Queensland numbers, as mentioned earlier:Saturday 11 September – coronavirus cases in Queensland: 5 new locally acquired cases.3 new overseas acquired cases - detected on a marine vessel. #covid19 pic....
Tags: Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Queensland, New South Wales, Young, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Vic, Berejiklian, Jeannette Young, Coronavirus


Australia Covid news live update: Berejiklian faces backlash over abandoned press conferences; restrictions eased in parts of NSW

Brisbane university worker, who is a relative of schoolgirl with Covid-19, tests positiveRestrictions: NSW; Vic; bordersNSW Covid vaccination rate by postcode – check your suburbVaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefing 10.44pm BST Good morning. I’m Nino Bucci with your Covid news (and a side of non-Covid content) this Saturday. Continue reading...
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Vaccine mandates are proving successful in European countries. That may bode well for the US.

A woman receives a COVID-19 vaccine in Wales, UK. Matthew Horwood/Getty Biden's new vaccine mandates aim to boost lagging vaccination rates in the US. France, Greece, and Italy have all had success with this approach. Their vaccination rates rose shortly after instating new vaccine requirements. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden unveiled a spate of new vaccine mandates on Thursday, amid an ongoing struggle to convince unvaccinated Americans to seek C...
Tags: Europe, Science, News, Greece, Wales, France, US, Trends, Mario Draghi, Joe Biden, Italy, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Associated Press, Pfizer


CDC: Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than people who got shots

While cases ticked up among the fully vaccinated as the Delta variant spread across the US, hospitalizations and deaths did not. CDC MMWR A new CDC study shows unvaccinated Americans were 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19. From April-June, unvaccinated people accounted for 95% of cases, 93% of hospitalizations, and 92% of deaths. From June-July, unvaccinated people accounted for 82% of cases, 86% of hospitalizations, and 84% of deaths. See more stories on Insider's business pag...
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The CDC says vaccine protection is tumbling for older Americans, though they still work very well for younger people

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald The CDC released new data Friday suggesting that elderly adults don't have the same protection against hospitalization as others. According to one study, vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization is only 75% among adults 75+, while it is 90% in under 75s. The reports, taken together, provide a compelling case for booster shots for older Americans. See more stories on Insider's business page. US heal...
Tags: Science, News, Washington Post, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Delta, Pfizer, Biden, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Johnson Johnson, US Food and Drug Administration, Demetrius Freeman, Sarah Oliver


Scientists discover mysterious ‘quantum pressure’ emanating from a black hole

Did you know Neural is taking the stage this fall? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of AI during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your online ticket now! Scientists from the University of Sussex recently stumbled upon a startling discovery: black holes emit quantum pressure. What’s quantum pressure? Nobody’s quite sure, but it’s very exciting! Up front: To put this discovery into perspective, the last time someone discovered a new mechanical facet of black holes...
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Denmark lifts all COVID-19 restrictions as Fauci says cases are 16 times too high to end the pandemic in US

Copenhagen, Denmark. Anne Sophie Kristiansen Denmark lifted all COVID-19 restrictions, making it one of the first EU countries to do so, the AP reported. The country boasts an 80% vaccination rate, which is the driving force behind this choice. Meanwhile, cases in the US are 16 times too high to end the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci said this week. See more stories on Insider's business page. After 548 days, Denmark has officially lifted all of its COVID-19 restrictions Friday, The Assoc...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, US, Trends, Eu, Joe Biden, Ap, Denmark, Associated Press, Anthony Fauci, Copenhagen Denmark, Fauci, Aarhus University, Breaking, REBECCA COHEN


Covid cases rising in Wales but more lockdowns ‘not inevitable’

Mark Drakeford, first minister, insists it is possible to avoid further lockdowns if people behave sensiblyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, has warned that Covid infections are rising sharply, with the current wave expected to peak at the end of this month. However, he said it was possible to avoid further lockdowns if people behaved sensibly.Drakeford said the Welsh cabinet would meet next week to discuss whether vaccination p...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Biology, Wales, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Mark Drakeford, Drakeford, Coronavirus


18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 7 charts

A woman gets a COVID-19 swab test at the Utah County Health Department in Salt Lake City on November 20, 2020. George Frey/Getty Images Seven charts show the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic over the last 18 months. September 11, 2021 officially marks a year and a half since the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Katelyn Jetelina is an assistant epidemiology professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. See more stories on Insider's business page. ...
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Biden challenges Republicans who want to sue over his new vaccine mandates to 'have at it'

President Joe Biden speaks at Brookland Middle School, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 in Washington. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta President Biden dared Republicans to "have at it" and sue over his new vaccine requirements. A new federal regulation will mandate vaccines or testing for employers with 100+ workers. Biden announcing the new requirement sparked backlash and threats of lawsuits from GOP figures. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden dared Republican gover...
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From coffee to microchips – how the supply chain crisis is disrupting UK plc

All you need to know about who is affected and why it’s the worst supply chain crisis since the 1970sFast food chains are running out of chicken. Hauliers’ wage bills are going through the roof. Crops are rotting in the fields. The scale of Britain’s supply chain meltdown is the worst since the 1970s, when the three-day week, power cuts and industrial disputes saw rubbish pile up in the streets.Fast forward four decades and the shortages in modern Britain stem from Covid-19 disrupting an intrica...
Tags: Coffee, Food, Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Science, Environment, International Trade, Economics, House Prices, Petrol Prices, European Union, UK News, Housing Market, Commodities


How a 'twisting' method could help us build artificial muscles for robotic prostheses

Synthetic muscles could potentially cope with a high power output, even on a small scale. Gorodenkoff / Getty Images Artificial muscles can be made by twisting synthetic strands in a similar way to a DNA helix. A team "supercoiled" threads coated in a hydrogel into helices, according to The Conversation. These small, synthetic muscle fibers could, one day, power miniature devices in prosthetic limbs. See more stories on Insider's business page. The DNA double helix is one of the most e...
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Elon Musk's SpaceX calls out Amazon in latest spat over Starlink: 'Despite its theatrics, Amazon does not identify a single fact, figure, or scintilla of data that SpaceX omitted from its application'

Jeff Bezos (left) and Elon Musk. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts SpaceX responded on Thursday to Amazon's latest jab over its plans to expand Starlink. The previous day, Amazon took aim at Elon Musk, saying the CEO believes "rules are for other people." The letter is one of five heated exchanges between the two companies over the satellite system. See more stories on Insider's business page. In the latest in a series of spats between Elon Musk's and Jeff Bezos' companies, SpaceX cal...
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SpaceX is launching its first civilians on Wednesday. Photos reveal how they trained for the 3-day spaceflight.

The Crew-2 members on a parabolic flight that simulates zero gravity. Left to right: Chris Sembroski, Hayley Arceneaux, Jared Isaacman, and Sian Proctor. Inspiration4/John Kraus SpaceX is launching its first spaceship full of civilians into orbit on Wednesday. The crew of this Inspiration4 mission completed an intense four-month training program with SpaceX. They climbed Mount Rainier, did a 30-hour simulation inside the Crew Dragon spaceship, and took a zero-gravity plane ride. See more s...
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The Australian island state of Tasmania, with zero COVID-19 cases, is mandating masks for big outdoor events

Fans arrive for the 2021 AFL First Elimination Final match between the Western Bulldogs and the Essendon Bombers at University of Tasmania Stadium on August 29, 2021 in Launceston, Australia. Grant Viney/AFL Photos via Getty Images Tasmania, an Australian state with zero current COVID-19 cases, has introduced a new mask mandate. People at indoor or outdoor events of more than 1,000 people will need a mask from September 18. Officials said it was a "common sense" way to stop an infected per...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Australia, Masks, US, Trends, Public Health, Healthcare, New South Wales, Sydney, Tasmania, AFL, Western Bulldogs, Department Of Health, Johns Hopkins University


Scientists’ egos are key barrier to progress, says Covid vaccine pioneer

Prof Katalin Karikó of BioNTech says she endured decades of scepticism over her work on mRNA vaccines Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists would make swifter progress in solving the world’s problems if they learned to put their egos aside and collaborate better, according to the leading researcher behind the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine.Prof Katalin Karikó, the senior vice-president for RNA protein replacement therapies at BioNTech in Germany, endured decades o...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Germany, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Moderna, BioNtech, Coronavirus, Katalin Karikó


‘Maybe the guy’s a masochist’: how Anthony Fauci became a superstar

The US diseases expert has been spoofed by Brad Pitt and lauded as the ‘sexiest man alive’. Now the pop culture phenomenon is the focus of a documentaryBeer and bobbleheads. Candles, colouring books, cupcakes and cushions. Dolls, doughnuts, hoodies, mugs and socks. T-shirts and yard signs that declare “Dr Fauci is my hero” and “In Fauci we trust”.Anthony Fauci, an 80-year-old scientist, doctor and public servant, has become an unlikely cult hero for millions of people during the Covid pandemic. ...
Tags: Science, Film, US, US news, Culture, Infectious Diseases, Brad Pitt, Anthony Fauci, Fauci, Documentary films, Coronavirus


Apple Fires Program Manager Who Accused Bosses of Harassment, Intimidation

Not two weeks ago, Ashley Gjøvik filed a complaint with the U.S. labor board charging her employer, Apple, with unlawful retaliation. She’d become too vocal, she said, about her experiences with sexism and concerns about safety in the workplace. The company wanted her stopped.Read more...
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