Google launches DeepMind 2, a pharmaceutical hullabaloo

Alphabet (the umbrella corp that owns Google and DeepMind) just launched Isomorphic Labs (IL). According to the new company’s blog, it’s “reimagining the entire drug discovery process from first principles with an AI-first approach.” In other words: The CEO of DeepMind, Demis Hassabis, is going to run a drug-discovery spinoff. Up front: This seems like a really good thing. DeepMind’s AlphaFold 2 has supposedly revolutionized how researchers study protein structures. And Hassabis is obviously pre...
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Daylight-saving time ends on November 7 - here's why we have it and why some lawmakers want to make it permanent

Sunset over the Arizona desert Shutterstock At 2 a.m. ET on November 7, Americans will "fall back" to end daylight-saving time. Common wisdom about daylight-saving time is that it originated with farming, but it really goes back to World War I. Most of the US, with the exception of Hawaii, Arizona, and many territories, recognizes daylight-saving time. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On November 7 at 2 a.m. ET, most US states will end over eight months of daylight...
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See some of the first 5- to 11-year-old kids get their COVID-19 vaccines

Benjamin Hayes, age 5, at Children's National Hospital in Washington, DC. Children’s National Hospital The CDC signed off on a low dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for young kids. Five- to 11-year-olds can now get vaccinated through their pediatricians. Vaccinations kicked off in Washington, DC, where some young kids got their first shots as soon as the authorization went through. Kids ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to get Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. Gilberto Talley, age 1...
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Sherri Tenpenny, leading 'disinformation dozen' anti-vaxxer, described having COVID-19 symptoms and getting on planes

Dr Sherri Tenpenny on Instagram Live on October 7, 2021. Instagram/Dr Sherri Tenpenny Dr Sherri Tenpenny, a well-known anti-vaxxer, said she's been traveling with COVID-19 symptoms. She described symptoms consistent with COVID-19 such as fatigue and trouble breathing. Tenpenny did not respond to Insider's requests for clarifications about whether she was diagnosed. One of the leading proponents of COVID-19 misinformation and conspiracy theories described traveling, and seemingly b...
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Pfizer Covid pill ‘can cut hospitalisations and deaths by nearly 90%’

Experimental antiviral pill taken at home is highly effective at preventing deaths, trial suggestsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA major study of Pfizer’s experimental antiviral pill, paxlovid, has found that the drug can cut hospitalisations and deaths from Covid by nearly 90%, the company said.The encouraging results from the US firm, which are described in a press release but not yet peer-reviewed, suggest that oral pills that can be taken at home are poised to ta...
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Mysterious patches of glass scattered across the Chilean desert are likely the products of an ancient exploding comet

Clusters of glass slabs scattered across the top of a small mound at the Puquio de Nuñez site in northern Chile. Schultz et al., Geology, 2021 Scientists found strange patches of black and green glass in the Chilean desert. A new study attributes the glass to an exploding comet or comet-like object roughly 12,000 years ago. The ancient explosion was probably more massive than any meteor blast witnessed during our lifetimes. At first glance, the Atacama Desert in northern Chile looks like a...
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'An extraordinary effect': Pfizer says its COVID-19 pill reduced the risk of hospitalization and death by 89% in high-risk patients

Crystal Cox/Insider Pfizer's experimental COVID-19 pill decreased the risk of hospitalization and death, a new study found. "Our ability to stop living in fear is now within reach," Pfizer's chief scientist Mikael Dolsten told Insider. The New York drugmaker plans to apply for emergency authorization as soon as possible. Pfizer's experimental coronavirus pill slashed the risk of hospitalization and death by 89% among high-risk people recently infected with COVID-19, the New Yo...
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The air in New Delhi, the world's most polluted capital, got even worse after people ignored a ban to fill the air with Diwali fireworks

A road shrouded in smog in Noida, India, November 5, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis New Delhi is considered the world's most-polluted capital city. The toxicity of its air rose to dangerous levels this week, partly fuelled by fireworks. The festival of Diwali on Thursday prompted mass use of fireworks despite a ban. Air pollution levels in New Delhi, India's capital city, got even worse after people ignored a ban and held firework displays to mark the festival of Diwali.New Delhi ...
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Pfizer Covid pills highly effective at preventing deaths, trial suggests

Antiviral pill taken at home can cut rate of hospital admission and death by nearly 90%, says drugmakerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePfizer has said that its experimental antiviral pill for Covid-19 cut rates of hospital admission and death by nearly 90%, as the drugmaker joins the race to bring the first easy-to-use medication against the coronavirus to the US market.Currently all Covid treatments used in the US require an IV or injection. Competitor Merck’s Covid ...
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The longest lunar eclipse this century will happen in 2 weeks. Here's how to see it.

The moon enters the maximum eclipse in Glastonbury, England, on September 28, 2015. Matt Cardy/Getty Images A near-total lunar eclipse will occur on November 19, with prime visibility in North America. It will last 3 hours and 28 minutes - the longest partial lunar eclipse this century, NASA predicts. Here's how to see the rare event, when up to 97% of the moon will look red. The longest lunar eclipse of this century comes in two weeks.During the early hours of November 19, Earth will...
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Welsh study shows impact of Covid on 10- and 11-year-olds

Children ate less healthily, took less exercise and had more emotional problems, say researchersChildren in the UK ate fewer vegetables, took less exercise and experienced worsening emotional difficulties following the Covid outbreak, according to a research study.A biennial survey conducted by investigators at Cardiff University found that primary school-age children reported a sharp increase in “elevated or clinically significant emotional difficulties” in early 2021, compared with the same su...
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