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Record number of new gravitational waves offers game-changing window into universe

Scientists say 35 novel discoveries included a pair of massive black holes 145 times as heavy as the sun orbiting each other Download the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefingAstronomers have detected a record number of gravitational waves, in a discovery they say will shed light on the evolution of the universe, and the life and death of stars.An international team of scientists have made 35 new observations of gravitational waves, which brings the total number of detections since ...
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Kansas' Democratic governor said it was 'too late' for Biden to issue a vaccine mandate, siding with Republicans against it

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly joined Republicans in opposition of the president's vaccination mandate. John Hanna/AP The Democratic governor of Kansas issued a statement opposing President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for businesses. Gov. Laura Kelly joined Republicans in opposition of the mandate, saying it's "too late to impose a federal standard" after states have "been leading the fight against COVID-19." Biden's vaccine mandate requires businesses with over 100 employees to m...
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Covid live: ‘Plan B’ measures in England still possible, government advisor says; sharp rise in German infections

Sage advisor says ‘Plan B’ Covid measures still under consideration in England; Germany reports 23,543 new cases reported in past 24 hoursFor returned Australians, open borders bring new dilemmasNorthern Ireland health minister to sue Van Morrison over Covid remarksThose eligible for boosters to be invited a month earlier in EnglandExperts on their worst pandemic predictionsSee all our coronavirus coverageHere an update on the global pandemic situation from AFP:On Saturday, 6,306 new deaths and ...
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Astonishing images of Roman slave quarters in Pompeii frozen in time for almost 2,000 years by volcanic eruption

A "slaves room" at a Roman villa, containing beds, amphorae, ceramic pitchers and a chamber pot is discovered in a dig near the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, destroyed in 79 AD in volcanic eruption, Italy, 2021 Pompeii Archeological Park/Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism/Handout via REUTERS Archaeologists at Pompeii's archaeological park have uncovered a bedroom that housed slaves. The room contains beds, a chest, and a chamber pot. The director of the park sa...
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A California aquarium vaccinated 8 sea otters against COVID-19 because they might be susceptible to the virus

A wild otter feeds on fish at Marina bay reservoir in Singapore on October 3, 2016. ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images The Monterey Bay Aquarium in California has vaccinated eight sea otters against the coronavirus. The zoo chose to vaccinate its otters because of a belief that they're susceptible to the virus. Sea otters find food on the sea floor, so lethargy and poor breathing from COVID-19 would make it hard to survive. An aquarium in California has vaccinated eight sea otters sin...
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Jobs at risk without boost in research investment, peak body warns after Scott Morrison praises scientists

Australia currently spends just 1.8% of GDP on research and development, lagging OECD averageGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingAustralia risks losing jobs to other countries if it fails to lift its below-average spending on research and development, a peak science body has warned, amid Scott Morrison’s vow to promote “technology not taxes” on climate policy.Australia invests just 1.8% of its economic output in research and development, well behind the OECD average of 2.5%. Con...
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Can history teach us anything about the future of war – and peace?

A decade on from psychologist Steven Pinker’s declaration that violence is declining, historians show no sign of agreeing a truceTen years ago, the psychologist Steven Pinker published The Better Angels of Our Nature, in which he argued that violence in almost all its forms – including war – was declining. The book was ecstatically received in many quarters, but then came the backlash, which shows no signs of abating. In September, 17 historians published a riposte to Pinker, suitably entitled T...
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9 out of 10 children breathe air that can harm them, warns WHO. Meet the bereaved mother who went to COP 26 to demand change.

Left, Ella Kissi-Debrah, the first person to have air pollution listed as a cause of death. Right, Extinction Rebellion campaigner. Ella Kissi-Debrah Foundation/Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Half a million babies die each year due to air pollution, and 93% of children breathe in toxic air. Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, whose child died from air pollution, is urging the government to do more. "People talk about us working to reach net-zero by 2050. The stuff I'm asking f...
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We can be confident there have been far more than 5 million global Covid deaths | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters

Estimating ‘excess’ fatalities, a more robust analysis method, puts the pandemic’s grim toll between 10m and 19m people• Coronavirus – latest updates•See all our coronavirus coverage On 1 November, news organisations reported the global Covid-19 death toll had exceeded 5 million. But, as these articles highlight, this figure is likely to be a massive underestimate.Johns Hopkins University collates official daily statistics on Covid deaths, but there is no unified global definition: Belgium’s hig...
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Will the magic of psychedelics transform psychiatry?

Psychedelics have come a long way since their hallucinogenic hippy heyday. Research shows that they could alleviate PTSD, depression and addiction. So will we all soon be treated with magic mushrooms and MDMA?Imagine a medicine that could help people process disturbing memories, sparking behavioural changes rather than merely burying and suppressing symptoms and trauma. For the millions suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, such remedies for their daily struggles c...
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Covid live news: ‘Get booster to save Christmas,’ UK health secretary urges; sharp rise in German infections

Three million more in England to be invited to get booster next week; Germany reports 23,543 new cases reported in past 24 hoursFor returned Australians, open borders bring new dilemmasThose eligible for boosters to be invited a month earlier in EnglandExperts on their worst pandemic predictionsRelief and reunions in sight as US finally lifts Covid travel restrictionsSee all our coronavirus coverageThe chief executive of NHS Providers has described how he believes the Covid pandemic will soon be...
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Covid live news: ‘Get booster to save Christmas,’ UK health secretary urges; Sydney social distancing curbs to ease

Three million more in England to be invited to get booster next week; relaxation in NSW will lift limits on house guests and outdoor gatheringsFor returned Australians, open borders bring new dilemmasThose eligible for boosters to be invited a month earlier in EnglandExperts on their worst pandemic predictionsRelief and reunions in sight as US finally lifts Covid travel restrictionsSee all our coronavirus coverageThree million more people in England will be invited to have their coronavirus boos...
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