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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
Tags: Post, Science, News, History, Newfoundland, North America, Vikings, Fun with astrophysics, Anse aux Meadows Newfoundland


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...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Science, World news, Australia news, Star Trek, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, West Texas, Chris Boshuizen


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...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Life and style, Meditation, Mindfulness, Health & wellbeing, Coronavirus


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...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Plastic, Recycling, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Boyan Slat, Ocean Cleanup, Jenny, The Ocean Cleanup, Slat, Ocean Cleanup The Ocean Cleanup, Aria Bendix, Ocean Cleanup Jenny


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 ...
Tags: Health, Music, Science, Drugs, Society, Mental Health, Culture, Psychedelia, Coldplay, Electronic Music, Brian Eno, Experimental music, Hopkins, Austin Texas, Jon Hopkins, Ram Dass


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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