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As Europe enters a bleak winter of COVID restrictions, US unlikely to return to lockdowns

Police officers check the vaccination status of visitors during a patrol on a Christmas market in Vienna, Austria, on November 19, 2021.Lisa Leutner/AP Austria is bringing back a full-scale lockdown amid a COVID-19 spike. Case surges around Europe are bringing renewed restrictions, heralding a bleak winter. Austria-style lockdowns are unlikely in the US — even if infections continue to climb. Austrians earned an unenviable distinction Friday morning, when the country became Europe's first...
Tags: Europe, Science, Germany, Angela Merkel, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Analysis, Czech Republic, Austria, United States, Ireland, News UK, Belgium, Slovakia, Biden


NASA's Perseverance rover could find 'false fossils' on Mars, scientists warn

A rock core is visible inside the Perseverance rover's sample tube, on September 1, 2021.NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU NASA's Perseverance rover is searching for signs of ancient microbial life on Mars. NASA should watch out for deceptive "pseudofossils," scientists warn in a new paper. Some non-biological processes can make structures that look like fossils of microscopic organisms. When looking for signs of life on Mars, we need to look out for "false fossils" that may be abundant on the red...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Alien Life, University of Oxford, Mars, Fossils, University of Edinburgh, Michelle Starr, McMahon, Sean McMahon, NASA JPL Caltech, Contributor


AI can’t tell if you’re lying – anyone who says otherwise is selling something

Another day, another problematic AI study. Today’s snake oil special comes via Tel Aviv University where a team of researchers have unveiled a so-called “lie-detection system.” Let’s be really clear right up front: AI can’t do anything a person, given an equivalent amount of time to work on the problem, couldn’t do themselves. And no human can tell if any given human is lying. Full stop. The simple fact of the matter is that some of us can tell when some people are lying some of the time. Nobody...
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COVID-19 increases the risk of stillbirth for pregnant women — 65% of whom still aren't vaccinated

A pregnant woman wears a mask while waiting in line at a food pantry in Waltham, Massachusetts, on May 7, 2020.Charles Krupa/AP Photo COVID-19 increases the risk of stillbirth among pregnant women, a new CDC report found. Around 1.3% of babies born to women with COVID-19 were stillborn from March 2020 to September 2021. As of this month, 65% of US pregnant women aren't fully vaccinated. The data has been clear for some time: Pregnant women are at increased risk of developing severe COVID-...
Tags: Science, News, Mississippi, Cdc, Pregnancy, US, Trends, Delta, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Waltham Massachusetts, Charles Krupa, Stillbirth, Aria Bendix, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


UN-backed floating city built to withstand Category 5 hurricanes is headed to South Korea

A rendering of OCEANIX's floating city.Oceanix South Korea agreed to host a UN-backed floating city prototype on Thursday. The project's designers envision a flood-proof city that produces its own food and water. They expect to fully construct the prototype in Busan, a large port city, in 2025. More than two years ago, a group of builders, engineers, and architects crowded around a table at the United Nations to discuss an ambitious concept: a floating city that could withstand natura...
Tags: South Korea, Science, News, Trends, United Nations, Sea Level Rise, Un, Flooding, Busan, Typhoons, Natural Disasters, Bhutan, Floating Cities, Busan South Korea, UN Habitat, Typhoon Kong


CDC approves boosters for all vaccinated adults — and says it should be a priority for over-50s

Nicole Fahey, six months pregnant, received her Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot on November 3, 2021 in Los Angeles.Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images The CDC just endorsed booster shots for all adults. The agency approved an expert committee's verdict, that people under 50 may get boosted, but those over 50 really should.  This allows many fully vaccinated people in the US to get boosted before the holidays. Booster shots will become available to all vaccinated adults...
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CDC advisors endorse boosters for all vaccinated adults — and say it should be a priority for over-50s

Nicole Fahey, six months pregnant, received her Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot on November 3, 2021 in Los Angeles.Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images An expert committee advising the CDC just endorsed booster shots for all adults. The committee said people under 50 may get boosted, but those over 50 really should.  If the CDC director agrees, this would allow many fully vaccinated people in the US to get boosted before the holidays. Booster shots are likely going to becom...
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‘Gas station in space’: new plan to make rocket fuel from junk in Earth’s orbit

Australian company joins global effort to recycle dangerous space debrisGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingAn Australian company is part of an international effort to recycle dangerous space junk into rocket fuel – in space.The orbit our planet depends on is getting clogged with debris from old spacecraft. Dead satellites and spent rocket parts are whizzing around at speeds of up to 28,000 kilometres an hour, posing a threat to communications satellites and the International Sp...
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Dr. Fauci says he doesn't understand parents who have not vaccinated their kids: 'What are you waiting for? Protect your children'

Dr. Anthony Fauci (left) directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 7 year old Kye'Vontay Jordan (right) was one of the first kids ages 5-11 to receive a COVID-19 shot in Washington DC.Tom Williams-CQ Roll Call via Getty Images / Children’s National Hospital Dr. Anthony Fauci doesn't think there's any reason to wait to vaccinate 5-11 year olds. "There have been clinical trials that are very, very clear to show that the vaccine is highly effective and very s...
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This is how your memory works, as clearly explained by a neuroscientist

In this video, Columbia University neuroscientist Daphna Shohamy explains the science of memory to a kid, a teen, a college student, a grad student, and an expert. Along the way, she describes how her research is reshaping our understanding of what we remember, how, and where. — Read the rest
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See photos of the 'worst weather storm of the century' that just slammed Canada, leading to flooded ports, highway rescue missions, and 300 stranded vehicles

REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier Canadian officials have declared this week's deadly storm as the "worst weather storm in a century." Extreme rainfall destroyed highways and shut down Canada's largest port, stalling the supply chain.  See photos of the storm's devastating aftermath — from sinking cars to helicopter rescues. British Columbia Transportation Minister Rob Fleming called the storm that wreaked havoc across the Pacific Northwest the "worst weather storm in a century." REUTER...
Tags: Transportation, Weather, Science, News, International, Trends, Features, Canada, Flooding, Storms, Vancouver, North America, Pacific Northwest, Columbia, Abbotsford, Trans Canada


First known Covid case was Wuhan market vendor, says scientist

Claim will reignite debate about origins of pandemic, a continuing source of tension between US and ChinaThe first known Covid-19 case was a vendor at the live-animal market in Wuhan, according to a scientist who has scrutinised public accounts of the earliest cases in China.The chronology is at odds with a timeline laid out in an influential World Health Organization (WHO) report, which suggested an accountant with no apparent link to the Hunan market was the first known case. Continue reading....
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‘Beaver moon’ partial lunar eclipse – in pictures

A partial lunar eclipse was visible for several hours – the longest one in 580 years, giving November’s Beaver Moon reddish hues and appearing across North America, parts of South America, Asia and Australia Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Australia, Americas, World news, Australia news, US news, Asia Pacific, The moon, North America, South America Asia


Austria becomes the first country in western Europe to reimpose a full COVID-19 lockdown, and says it plans to make vaccines compulsory

People waiting for a mass Covid-19 testing in Vienna, Austria.AP Photo/Ronald Zak Austria announced a full coronavirus lockdown that would end on December 13 for vaccinated people. The chancellor said the move "hurts" but not enough people had been convinced to get vaccinated. The whole population must be vaccinated by February 1, 2022, officials said, without giving specifics. Austria has announced a full coronavirus lockdown, becoming the first country in western Europe to do so this autumn...
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UK ministers were unprepared for impact of Covid, says watchdog

Report says detailed plans on shielding, job support schemes and school disruption were lackingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters were not “fully prepared” for the “wide-ranging impacts” that Covid-19 had on society, the economy and essential public services in the UK, and lacked detailed plans on shielding, job support schemes and school disruption, a report has found.Some lessons from “previous simulation exercises” that would have helped with Covid-19 prepar...
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