Nasa delays SpaceX launch to ISS over ‘medical issue’ with astronaut

It is the first such delay by Nasa since 1990 when the mission commander of Space Shuttle Atlantis fell illNasa has announced a rare health-related delay in its SpaceX rocket launch of four astronauts to the international space station, the second postponement of the mission in a week, citing an unspecified medical issue with one of the crew.The space agency on Monday described it as a “minor medical issue” that was “not a medical emergency and not related to Covid-19”, but it declined to elabor...
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Elon Musk said he'd donate $6 billion if the UN could prove it would help the hunger crisis. Here are all the other humanitarian disasters he's tried to fix, and how it's going so far.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk doesn't shy away from a crisis. He's actively working to solve existential problems like climate change and traffic gridlock. He's also tried to solve immediate issues like ventilator shortages to varying degrees of success. Elon Musk has courted controversy and made headlines for all the wrong reasons in the past, but he's also had some remarkable success in developing worl...
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There's no Delta-specific booster coming to save you - what we have is good enough

Nurse Alix Zacharski receives a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot in Miami, Florida on October 5, 2021. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky The technology behind Pfizer and Moderna's vaccines makes it easy to tweak shots to target coronavirus variants. Current booster shots aren't specific to Delta, because the original vaccines are still effective against the variant. If spread of COVID-19 gets under control through vaccinations, there may never be a need to change them. When the Delta variant ruine...
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The lines to get into the COP26 climate summit are so long that government officials are missing meetings, report says

Masses of people lining up upon arrival to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 1, 2021. Anna Johnson/Associated Press Entry to the UN climate summit is taking so long that officials are missing meetings, a BBC reporter said. Mishal Husain said she was surrounded by officials "all missing meetings they are supposed to be in by now." Another reporter said that country ambassadors were stuck in the rain for three hours. The lines to get to enter the United Nations' ...
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‘We are protected by prayers’: the sects hampering southern Africa’s vaccine rollout

With millions of followers, the stance of some Apostolic church leaders threatens to undermine fight against CovidHymnal melodies reverberate around the hillside in Kuwadzana, a Harare suburb. On a blisteringly hot Saturday, members of the Apostolic church, dressed in white, hum and sing together.Songs, long prayers and a little Bible reading punctuate the outdoor service. It’s a spectacle for passersby. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Africa, Religion, World news, Infectious Diseases, Christianity, Global development, Zimbabwe, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Harare, Kuwadzana, Coronavirus

Panic, lockdown and a rush to vaccinate in Tonga as first Covid case recorded

Pacific country has made it through nearly two years of the pandemic Covid-free, but a repatriation flight from New Zealand has led to the country’s first caseEarly on Monday morning, the normally quiet capital of the Pacific country of Tonga, Nuku’alofa city, was packed with cars.There were long queues outside vaccination centres, as well as banks, Western Union outlets and shops as people rushed to prepare for the tiny nation’s first proper lockdown. Continue reading...
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