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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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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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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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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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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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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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South Korea launches its first homemade space rocket

President hails ‘excellent’ test, as rocket gets high enough, but fails to put dummy payload into orbitSouth Korea’s first domestically produced space rocket reached its desired altitude but failed to deliver a dummy payload into orbit in its first test launch.The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, still described the test as an “excellent accomplishment” that takes the country a step further in its pursuit of a space launch programme. Continue reading...
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Pfizer says its booster shot has 95.6% efficacy against COVID-19 amid the Delta variant

A health worker administers a dose of the Pfizer vaccine in Jerusalem. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images Pfizer said its booster shot is 95.6% effective against preventing COVID-19 amid the Delta variant. The results were from its first large trial, of more than 10,000 people aged 16 and older. Half of the participants got the third booster dose, and half got a placebo. Pfizer said on Monday that its coronavirus booster shot has 95.6% efficacy at preventing COVID-19 amid the Delta variant.Th...
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A healthcare CEO who has the same cancer as Colin Powell blamed unvaccinated people for risking their lives: 'Somebody is killing us'

Colin Powell. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Former Secretary of State Colin Powell had cancer before he died of COVID-19 complications. A healthcare CEO with the same cancer blamed unvaccinated people: "Somebody is killing us." Powell was fully vaccinated, his family said. But the cancer and treatment likely made him more vulnerable. A healthcare CEO who has the same cancer that Colin Powell had before his death blamed unvaccinated people for risking vulnerable people's lives.Dr. Marc Harr...
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Global heating ‘may lead to epidemic of kidney disease’

Deadly side-effect of heat stress is threat to rising numbers of workers in hot climates, doctors warn‘You shouldn’t work if your kidneys are failing – but people can’t afford not to’Read more in the Harmed by heat seriesChronic kidney disease linked to heat stress could become a major health epidemic for millions of workers around the world as global temperatures increase over the coming decades, doctors have warned.More research into the links between heat and CKDu – chronic kidney disease of ...
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Deep within the UK’s shocking Covid data, there may be reasons for optimism

Analysis: soaring cases in schools are adding to the pool of the immune – which could soon see some community infections fallCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt is hard to be upbeat about the latest numbers. The government’s Covid dashboard is awash with red and upward-pointing arrows. New cases have climbed 17% on the week. Hospital admissions are up 11% and deaths have increased by 21%. This is not where we wanted to be nearly two years into the pandemic – and 10 mon...
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