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‘Sophisticated’: ancient faeces shows humans enjoyed beer and blue cheese 2,700 years ago

Austrian Alps salt miners had a ‘balanced diet’, with an analysis of bronze and iron age excrement finding the earliest evidence of cheese ripening in EuropeIt’s no secret that beer and blue cheese go hand in hand – but a new study reveals how deep their roots run in Europe, where workers at a salt mine in Austria were gorging on both up to 2,700 years ago.Scientists made the discovery by analysing samples of human excrement found at the heart of the Hallstatt mine in the Austrian Alps. Continu...
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Climate study linking early Maori fires to Antarctic changes sparks controversy

Research tying Maori activity 700 years ago to Antarctic changes sparks debate in New Zealand over Indigenous inclusion in scienceDeep in the ice of a remote Antarctic peninsula, a group of researchers found evidence that fires started by early Māori wreaked changes in the atmosphere detectable 7,000km away. In New Zealand, the research sparked a heated controversy of its own – over Indigenous inclusion in scientific enterprise, and what scientists owe the people whose history becomes a subject ...
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Scientists may have discovered a way to make us forget bad memories

Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered a protein in the brain of mice that may act as a biomarker for malleable memories. In other words, they may be able to determine which memories we can erase and which we are, for whatever reason, stuck with. Up front: The researchers conditioned laboratory mice by simultaneously shocking them and making a clicking noise. The mice naturally associated the sound with the shock and, thus, developed a fear response. Because the mice remembered bein...
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Video from Blue Origin's spaceship shows William Shatner gazing at Earth: 'No description can equal this'

William Shatner gazes at Earth from the window of Blue Origin's New Shepard capsule, October 13, 2021. Blue Origin William Shatner flew to the edge of space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket on Wednesday. New video from the spaceship shows the 90-year-old "Star Trek" actor gazing in awe at Earth below. Shatner seemed to experienced the "overview effect" - a profound sense of awe, fragility, and humanity. New video from inside Blue Origin's spaceship shows 90-year-old acto...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Star Trek, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Rocket Launch, Blue Origin, Mother Earth, Bezos, James T Kirk, Shatner, New Shepard, Overview Effect


President of Brazil says it ‘makes no sense’ for him to be vaccinated

Jair Bolsonaro’s comments called ‘stupid and selfish’ in country where 600,000 people have died of CovidCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 600,000 of his citizens have lost their lives to a Covid-19 outbreak he once pooh-poohed as a “little flu”, but Brazil’s science-denying president, Jair Bolsonaro, has announced he will decline to be vaccinated, saying “it makes no sense” for him to do so.“With regard to the vaccine, I’ve decided not to have it any more,” th...
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We're One Step Closer To Uncovering Secrets Of Ancient 'Centaur' Comets

Comets are a frequent and gorgeous occurrence in outer space, and a study recently outlined plans for how scientists could watch them be created in real-time. As it's been proven time and time again, the mysteries of space are continually fascinating. Planets in our Solar System have many stories to tell, faraway galaxies hold countless other secrets, and there's a constant drive in the science community to uncover as many of these as possible. Thanks to constantly advancing technology, each...
Tags: Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, University Of Chicago, Mars, Jupiter, Neptune, Seligman, Darryl Seligman, Neptune Between


Ultrasound trial offers hope for brain cancer patients

New technique temporarily allows drugs to cross blood brain barrier to treat tumoursA technique has been developed that could revolutionise the treatment of brain cancers and neurodegenerative diseases by temporarily allowing drugs and other substances to cross the blood brain barrier – a structure that separates the brain’s blood vessels from the rest of its tissues.A trial in four women whose breast cancer had spread to the brain showed that magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS...
Tags: Health, Science, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Neuroscience, Society, Medical Research, Alzheimer's


William Shatner cried telling Jeff Bezos about his flight to space: 'I hope I never recover from this'

Jeff Bezos pins astronaut wings on William Shatner after the "Star Trek" star's spaceflight on October 13, 2021. Blue Origin William Shatner flew to the edge of space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket on Wednesday. Upon landing back on Earth, an emotional Shatner shared his reflections on the flight with Jeff Bezos. Shatner said looking at the blackness of space was like looking at death: "I hope I never recover from this." William Shatner poured his heart out on camera after...
Tags: Texas, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Star Trek, Mars, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Rocket Launch, Blue Origin, Mother Earth, Bezos, James T Kirk, Shatner


How my ivermectin research led to Twitter death threats | Dr Andrew Hill

I was sent images of coffins and hanged Nazi war criminals after finding medical fraud in clinical trialsThe story of online threats and abuse is very dark. In early 2021, my research team was analysing a new drug called ivermectin. In the first clinical trials, this drug seemed to prevent new infections and improve survival. When I first wrote about this, I started getting regular threats on Twitter, demanding that ivermectin should be approved worldwide and questioning the safety of vaccines.I...
Tags: Health, Twitter, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Gates Foundation, Andrew Hill, Coronavirus


William Shatner in tears after historic space flight: ‘I’m so filled with emotion’

Star Trek actor, 90, says ‘I hope I never recover from this’ after becoming oldest human in space on Jeff Bezos rocket New ShepardThe Star Trek actor William Shatner declared himself “overwhelmed” at becoming the oldest human in space, at the age of 90, during a brief but successful second crewed flight on Wednesday of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship from the west Texas desert.The Canadian, who for four decades played Captain James Kirk, the fearless commander of the USS Enterprise, broke ...
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What will happen after the sun dies? ‘Serendipitous’ discovery gives clues

A distant gas giant found orbiting a white dwarf star suggests outer planets in our solar system might survive the sun’s demiseGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingA Jupiter-sized planet has been found orbiting a white dwarf star in the Milky Way, providing clues as to what will happen in our solar system when the sun eventually dies.An international team of astronomers observed the phenomenon, which forms when a star runs out of nuclear fuel to burn, and dies. Continue reading.....
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Scientists abused and threatened for discussing Covid, global survey finds

Poll of 321 scientists found 15% received death threats after speaking publicly on the pandemicHow my ivermectin research led to Twitter death threatsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists around the world have received threats of death and sexual assault after speaking to the media about Covid-19, a survey has revealed.Of 321 scientists asked by Nature magazine, 15% said they had received death threats and 22% had been threatened with physical or sexual violence ...
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A drugmaker backed by the company that owns Marlboro cigarettes plans to launch the world's first plant-based COVID-19 vaccine

A nurse is inoculated with the Pfizer/BioNTEch coronavirus vaccine in Toronto, Canada, December 14, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio A Japanese drugmaker plans to submit data for a plant-based COVID-19 vaccine to Canadian regulators. The vaccine is made using a relative of the tobacco plant. Medicago, which is making the vaccine, is part-owned by tobacco giant Philip Morris International. The world's first plant-based COVID-19 vaccine could reach Canada's drug regulator by the end of th...
Tags: Health, Japan, UK, Science, News, Trends, Canada, Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Vaccine, Quebec, Financial Times, Marlboro, Transparency Market Research, Toronto Canada


China is preparing to test thousands of blood samples in Wuhan to uncover the origins of COVID-19

A cinema in Wuhan is disinfected as the area moved to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic on July 20, 2020. Getty Images China is preparing to test thousands of blood samples in Wuhan to uncover the origins of COVID-19. Up to 200,000 samples spanning 2019 are kept in the Wuhan Blood Center, CNN reported. Wuhan is thought to have been the location of the first COVID-19 infections in humans. China is preparing to test thousands of blood samples in Wuhan to uncover the origins of COVID-19, C...
Tags: Science, News, China, US, Trends, Cnn, Who, World Health Organization, Columbia University, Wuhan, Hubei Province, Wuhan China, Jake Epstein, Getty Images China, Yanzhong Huang, Coronavirus


Jeff Bezos chauffeured William Shatner and the rest of the Blue Origin flight crew to the site of Wednesday's rocket launch

Blue Origin founder and ex-Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Blue Origin Jeff Bezos drove William Shatner and the rest of the crew to the Blue Origin launch site for Wednesday's spaceflight. Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk in "Star Trek," can be seen in the backseat. The flight is Bezos's spaceflight company's second with passengers. Actor William Shatner and the rest of the Blue Origin flight crew had a special driver to the site of Wednesday's rocket launch.Blue Origin fou...
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Jeff Bezos' rocket company just flew TV star William Shatner to the edge of space - watch the video

William Shatner (left) purchased a seat on Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket (right). Blue Origin "Star Trek" actor William Shatner is to fly to the edge of space on a Blue Origin rocket. The Jeff-Bezos-founded company is due to launch Shatner and three others at 9 a.m. CDT (10 a.m. ET) Wednesday. Watch Blue Origin's livestream of the 11-minute spaceflight below. Update: William Shatner and three other passengers flew to the edge of space aboard the New Shepard rocket and landed saf...
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Solving the mystery of the boom that rocked New Hampshire on Sunday morning

On Sunday morning, residents of New Hampshire and parts of Massachusetts were rocked by a massive boom that shook homes in the region and understandably freaked people the hell out. Early theories that it was a supersonic aircraft or earthquake were quickly proven wrong. — Read the rest
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New study of 2,600-year-old poop suggests Iron Age miners drank beer and ate blue cheese

An illustrated scene of the Hallstatt salt mountain in the early Iron Age. Reschreiter_Groebner/NHM Scientists analyzed the DNA in an ancient European salt miner's poop from some 2,600 years ago. They found the feces contained microbes consistent with the production of beer and blue cheese. Salt miners were previously thought to mostly eat gruel. The finding suggests they were more sophisticated. A new study of 2,600-year-old feces from an Iron Age salt miner suggested that workers at ...
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William Shatner completes flight on Bezos rocket to become oldest person in space

Star Trek actor, 90, made a real-life leap into the stars, as Amazon owner Bezos aims to dominate space tourism industryThe Star Trek actor William Shatner has become the oldest human in space, at the age of 90, during a brief but successful second crewed flight on Wednesday of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship from the west Texas desert.The Canadian, who for four decades played Captain James Kirk, the fearless commander of the USS Enterprise, was invited by the private space company’s found...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Texas, Science, Technology, Television, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Bezos, James Kirk


WHO director says we need a vaccine for 'misguided nationalism' to stop rich nations getting the lion's share of vaccines

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO. NETFLIX © 2021 In a new Netflix documentary, the director general of the WHO says "we don't have vaccines for misguided nationalism." The gap between COVID-19 vaccine availability in rich and poor countries is only growing wider. COVID-19 should be a wakeup call, he says, for us "to behave as a global community." When Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, visited China in January of 2020,...
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Merck is set to make billions off a COVID-19 pill that could change the pandemic. Here's why some countries will pay more than others.

Molnupiravir is an experimental oral antiviral developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics that could treat COVID-19. Merck Merck's COVID-19 pill holds tremendous promise in fighting the pandemic. Industry analysts expect Merck to make billions off the not-yet-authorized drug. Some countries will be paying $12 per pill, while the US agreed to pay $712 per treatment course. Merck is walking a tightrope with its COVID-19 pill, expecting to reap billions in revenue while still makin...
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Fully vaccinated people who previously had COVID-19 should be last in line for booster shots, experts say

A health worker administers a dose of the Pfizer vaccine in the Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Hanina, on August 29, 2021. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images Fully vaccinated people with a past COVID-19 infection may be last to get booster shots. COVID-19 infection can trigger the immune response in a similar way to booster shots. Therefore, these people have already had "three exposures," one expert said. Fully vaccinated people who previously had COVID-19 could be the last in line for boo...
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6 analog astronauts are camping out in the Israeli desert for a month to simulate life on Mars

Analog astronauts from a European and Israeli team walk in spacesuits during a training mission at the Ramon Crater in Israel's southern Negev desert on October 10, 2021. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images In Israel, six analog astronauts are living and working in a small structure to simulate life on Mars. The month-long mission aims to help scientists learn how to avoid mistakes that would endanger real astronauts. Scientists are monitoring the group for signs of poor mental and physical hea...
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Strict COVID-19 policies in Democratic-led states worked, new research found. Republican-led states saw more illness.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York issued a mask mandate, social-distancing rules, and gathering limits in 2020. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Democratic-led states had stricter COVID-19 responses and better health outcomes, a new study found. States with stricter COVID-19 rules saw 8% fewer cases, on average, than models would've predicted. The study's researchers said the results showed politics shouldn't influence public-health policy. After nearly two years of politically charged b...
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Ground control to Captain Kirk! William Shatner is off to the final frontier, for real

At the age of 90, the Star Trek star is set to board Jeff Bezos’s space ship today. It’s just the latest chapter in a long relationship between the sci-fi smash and real-life space odysseysWilliam Shatner to blast off on Bezos rocket to become oldest person in space‘Risk is our business!” So declared William Shatner in the 1968 Star Trek episode Return to Tomorrow. His character, Cpt James T Kirk, in a speech worthy of his real-life inspiration President John F Kennedy, led his crew through an i...
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Watch live as Jeff Bezos' rocket company launches TV star William Shatner to the edge of space today

William Shatner (left) purchased a seat on Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket (right). Blue Origin "Star Trek" actor William Shatner is to fly to the edge of space on a Blue Origin rocket. The Jeff-Bezos-founded company is due to launch Shatner and three others at 9 a.m. CDT (10 a.m. ET) Wednesday. Watch Blue Origin's livestream of the 11-minute spaceflight below. Five decades after debuting as the cosmos-exploring commander Captain James T. Kirk in "Star Trek," actor William Shatner...
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The US says it's reopening its land borders with Canada and Mexico to fully vaccinated people next month

A sign saying the US border is closed at the US-Canada border in Lansdowne, Ontario. LARS HAGBERG/AFP via Getty Images The US plans to open its land borders for nonessential travel to fully vaccinated people next month. The exact date for the change is unclear. The rules will be announced later Wednesday, per the AP. The routes have been closed for nonessential travel for 19 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The US next month plans to reopen its land borders for nonessential travel ...
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The US is reopening its land borders with Canada and Mexico to fully vaccinated people next month

A sign saying that the US border is closed at the US-Canada border in Lansdowne, Ontario. LARS HAGBERG/AFP via Getty Images The US will reopen its land borders for nonessential travel to fully vaccinated people in November. The exact date of the change is unclear. The rules will be announced later Wednesday, per the AP. The routes had been closed for nonessential travel for 19 months due to the pandemic. The US is reopening its land borders for nonessential travel with Canada and Mexico to...
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Local Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
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Homegrown Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
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