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3D-printed suicide capsules are now legal in Switzerland

Dutch designer Alexander Bannink explains how the "Sarco" euthanasia pod works as a woman experiences sitting in the device by wearing virtual reality glasses, on April 14, 2018 at the Amsterdam Funeral Expo.Jan Hennop/AFP via Getty Images Sarco capsules flood their interior with nitrogen and reduce oxygen to help an individual pass away. Compared to other methods, Sarco provides a peaceful death without using controlled substances. Dr. Philip Nitschke estimates the Sarco capsule should be re...
Tags: Science, Technology, News, Suicide, International, Trends, Prototypes, Colombia, 3d Printing, Netherlands, Innovation, Switzerland, Terminal, Euthanasia, Dutch, Prototype


3D-printed suicide pods are now legal in Switzerland

Dutch designer Alexander Bannink explains how the "Sarco" euthanasia pod works as a woman experiences sitting in the device by wearing virtual reality glasses, on April 14, 2018 at the Amsterdam Funeral Expo.Jan Hennop/AFP via Getty Images Sarco capsules flood their interior with nitrogen and reduce oxygen to help an individual pass away. Compared to other methods, Sarco provides a peaceful death without using controlled substances, according to Swiss Info. Dr. Philip Nitschke estimates the S...
Tags: Science, Technology, News, Suicide, International, Trends, Prototypes, Colombia, 3d Printing, Netherlands, Innovation, Switzerland, Terminal, Euthanasia, Dutch, Prototype


Covid not over and next pandemic could be more lethal, says Oxford jab creator

Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert says this will not be the last time a virus threatens our lives and our livelihoodsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic that has so far killed more than 5 million people worldwide is far from over and the next one could be even more lethal, the creator of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has said.As fears grow over the threat posed by the highly mutated Omicron variant, detected in more than 30 countries, Prof Dame Sarah Gilbe...
Tags: Science, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca, Dame Sarah Gilbert


No 10 put all their eggs in vaccine basket in effort to save Christmas

Analysis: changes to cabinet and public mood from last year make further restrictions less likely The date ringed in red in Westminster is 18 December – not the date for Christmas parties but the time by which people should start to know how different their festive plans may look.For this government it is quite an inauspicious date, just a day before soaring cases forced Boris Johnson to finally put the brakes on Christmas mixing plans last year and tell most families they would be spending cele...
Tags: Politics, Science, UK News, Boris Johnson, Westminster, Coronavirus


New dinosaur discovered with a bizarre 'club like' tail featuring seven pairs of bladed spikes to fight off predators

A model of the Stegouros, a newly identified armored dinosaur that inhabited the Chilean Patagonia, is displayed during a press conference in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.(AP Photo/Esteban Felix) Fossils revealing a new type of dinosaur have been discovered in Southern Chile.  The creature features a tail that resembles a 'war club' and would have been used as a weapon. The study explaining the find says the Stegourus is "unlike any dinosaur." Fossils in Chile have reveale...
Tags: Science, Trends, Ap, Chile, News UK, Patagonia, Dinosaur, Fossil, SANTIAGO Chile, University of Chile, Macalester College, Southern Chile, Alex Vargas, Kristi Curry Rogers, UK Weekend, Bethany Dawson


Fauci pushed back on Sen. Ron Johnson's claims that he 'overhyped' the AIDS crisis and COVID-19

Dr. Anthony Fauci during a December 5, 2021, appearance on CNN's "State of the Union."CNN/State of the Union Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday called comments made by GOP Sen. Ron Johnson "preposterous."  During a podcast that aired Wednesday on World AIDS Day, Johnson said Fauci "overhyped" the AIDS epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic. I don't have any clue what he's talking about," Fauci said during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union."  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime direc...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Gop, Wisconsin, Fox News, Johnson, Anthony Fauci, Ron Johnson, Hiv/aids, Jake Tapper, Jake


Most people flee the suburbs, but nowhere land is the perfect backdrop for my novels

Suburbia is neither glamorous nor picturesque. But this is precisely what makes it rich terrain for my booksIt’s early December and in my corner of southeast London the Christmas illuminations are going up. Garden gnomes may have fallen out of fashion, but their seasonal equivalent, inflatable Santas, are very much in evidence. There are some pockets of tasteful conformity, where entire streets observe a “house style”, but mostly it’s a delightful free-for-all. If levels of outdoor decoration re...
Tags: Psychology, Garden, Books, Science, London, Life and style, Cities, Culture, Health & wellbeing, New Zealand, Surrey, Norwood, PG Wodehouse, Bromley, Croydon, Suburbia


At least 14 people have died and 56 are injured after a volcano erupted suddenly in Java, Indonesia, authorities said

Damaged houses are covered with volcanic ash at Sumberwuluh village, following the eruption of Mount Semeru volcano in Lumajang regency, East Java province, Indonesia, December 5, 2021.REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan Mount Semeru, the largest volcano on the Indonesian island of Java, erupted on December 4.  On December 5, authorities confirm that 14 people have died and 56 have been injured.  Neighboring towns have been impacted by volcanic ash, and almost 1,000 people have been displaced. The erupti...
Tags: Science, Indonesia, Trends, News UK, Natural Disaster, Volcano, Malang, Mount Semeru, UK Weekend, Bethany Dawson, Lumajang, LUMAJANG Indonesia, Sumberwuluh, Willy Kurniawan Mount Semeru, Martijn Peters, Candipuro


From pollutant to product: the companies making stuff from CO2

Vodka, jet fuel, protein… according to a new clutch of carbon-to-value startups, these are just some of the things that can be manufactured from thin airIn a warehouse laboratory in Berkeley, California, Nicholas Flanders stands in front of a shiny metal box about the size of a washing machine. Inside is a stack of metal plates that resemble a club sandwich – only the filling is a black polymer membrane coated with proprietary metal catalyst. “We call the membrane the black leaf,” he says.Flande...
Tags: Science, Technology, Environment, Chemistry, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Flanders, Climate Crisis, Carbon capture and storage (CCS, Berkeley California Nicholas Flanders


Two hippos test positive for Covid at Antwerp zoo

Staff at zoo in Belgium investigating cause of infections, which could be first reported cases in speciesTwo hippos have tested positive for Covid-19 at Antwerp zoo in Belgium in what could be the first reported cases in the species, staff said.Imani, aged 14, and 41-year-old Hermien have no symptoms apart from runny noses, but the zoo said the pair had been put into quarantine as a precaution. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Zoos, World news, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Microbiology, Belgium, Antwerp, Imani, Coronavirus, Hermien


The discovery of a 2000-year-old dagger was a vital clue to revealing a forgotten battle between the Roman Empire's legions and tribal warriors

A dagger found from 15 BC in Oberhalbstein (Graubünden, Switzerland), before and after restorationsArchäologischen Dienst Graubünden Volunteer archaeologist and dental student Lucas Schmid discovered the silver and brass dagger in 2019.  The discovery with a metal detector led to an excavation of a Roman battlefield.  Further work continues in the Oberhalbstein region of Graubünden, Switzerland. In Switzerland, a volunteer archaeologist using a metal detector uncovered a 2000-year-old dagger...
Tags: Science, Trends, News UK, Switzerland, Smithsonian, Archeology, Roman Empire, University of Basel, Schmid, Graubunden Switzerland, ADG, Graubünden, UK Weekend, Oberhalbstein Graubünden Switzerland, Dienst Graubünden Volunteer, Lucas Schmid


Dealing with uncertainty about the Omicron variant | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters

Caution is sensible when so much is unknownThe race is on to understand the new variant identified by scientists in South Africa and Botswana, dubbed Omicron (the next Greek letter was “nu”, but this could have been mistaken for “new”). Fears include greater spread, worse disease or reduced effectiveness of treatments and vaccines.Increased transmission can arise from two factors. First, there is an intrinsic advantage, with a heightened “basic reproduction number” R0; in a susceptible populatio...
Tags: Science, Africa, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Botswana, David Spiegelhalter, Anthony Masters, Coronavirus


Hot news from two billion years ago: plankton actually moved mountains

Our planet’s geology shaped life on Earth. But now scientists reveal it worked the other way around tooThe mighty forces that created our planet’s mountains in ancient days got some unexpected help, scientists have discovered. Their research shows some of Earth’s greatest ranges got a boost from primitive lifeforms whose remains lubricated movements of rock slabs and allowed them to pile up to form mountains.If it had not been for life on Earth, the surface of our planet would have been flatter ...
Tags: Mountains, Science, Environment, UK News, Aberdeen, Earth, Fish, Marine Life, Geology, Glasgow


Scott Morrison repeats that Australians have ‘had a gutful of governments in their lives’; Peter Cundall dies at 94 – As it happened

Gardening legend Peter Cundall dies aged 94 as PM repeats that Australians have had a ‘gutful of governments in their lives’. This blog is now closed‘Provisional approval’: Australian children aged five to 11 set to receive Pfizer Covid vaccine from mid-JanuaryAnalysis: Labor warms up election campaign attacks on ScoMo while the PM does a hot lap of BathurstAs Sydney comes back to life, scars of lockdown linger in the westGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingHunt is asked whether...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Northern Territory, Doherty, Australian Capital Territory (ACT


Omicron: what do we know about the new Covid variant?

Scientists are racing to establish the variant’s transmissibility, effect on immune system and chance of hospitalisation or deathThree major issues will determine the magnitude of the impact of the new Omicron variant of the Covid virus will have on the nation and the rest of the planet. What is the transmissibility of this new Covid variant? How good is it at evading the antibodies and T-cells that make up a person’s immune defences? What are the chances it will trigger severe illness that coul...
Tags: Science, Biology, UK News, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Edinburgh University Continue, Coronavirus


Live news update: Scott Morrison repeats that Australians have ‘had a gutful of governments in their lives’; Peter Cundall dies at 94

Gardening legend Peter Cundall dies aged 94; PM repeats that Australians have had a ‘gutful of governments in their lives’; Labor rules out governing with Greens; flash flood warnings for Queensland; Victoria and NSW won’t close border due to Omicron; Omicron cases continue to climb in Sydney as NSW records 286 locally acquired Covid-19 cases, one death; Victoria records 980 cases, seven deaths – follow all the day’s news live‘Provisional approval’: Australian children aged five to 11 set to rec...
Tags: Health, Science, Labor, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Greens, Northern Territory


Australia live news update: Scott Morrison and Dominic Perrottet press conference; Victoria and NSW won’t close border over Omicron Covid variant

Scott Morrison and Dominic Perrottet give press conference; Labor rules out governing with Greens; flash flood warnings for Queensland; Victoria and NSW won’t close border due to Omicron; Daniel Andrews press conference; Omicron cases continue to climb in Sydney as NSW records 286 locally acquired Covid-19 cases, one death; Victoria records 980 cases, seven deaths – follow all the day’s news live‘Provisional approval’: Australian children aged five to 11 set to receive Pfizer Covid vaccine from ...
Tags: Health, Science, Labor, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Daniel Andrews



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