South Korea hospitals under intense pressure amid record 7,175 Covid cases in a day

Rise in infections attributed to young people who have yet to be fully vaccinated and older citizens who have not received boostersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSouth Korea has reported a record daily total of 7,175 new Covid cases as officials urged people to complete their vaccinations.The prime minister, Kim Boo-kyum, warned that hospitals were coming under intense pressure amid a rise in serious cases, days after the government announced a return to stricter res...
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Covid live news: South Korea surge sparks hospital alarm; ‘stealth’ Omicron variant found

South Korea daily cases top 7,000 for first time; ‘stealth’ version of Omicron ‘cannot be detected by routine tests’; Boris Johnson staff filmed joking about No 10 partyWHO Europe: jab young children to cut Covid risk at ChristmasModerna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyUp to 6m eligible Britons may not have had a jab. Who are they?Podcast: How fast is the Omicron variant spreading?See all our coronavirus coverageThe Romanian government will ease some Covid restrictio...
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Don’t Look Up review – slapstick apocalypse according to DiCaprio and Lawrence

Adam McKay’s laboured satire challenges political indifference to looming comet catastrophe but misses out on the comedyHaving long complained that movies aren’t engaging with the most vital issue of our time – the climate crisis – it’s perhaps churlish of me not to be glad when one comes along that does exactly that. But Adam McKay’s laboured, self-conscious and unrelaxed satire Don’t Look Up is like a 145-minute Saturday Night Live sketch with neither the brilliant comedy of Succession, which ...
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Omicron may challenge vaccine protection more than other variants, early lab data suggests, but the shots could still protect against severe disease

A health staff member prepares a COVID-19 test at the Histopath Diagnostic Specialists pre-departure area at Sydney International Airport on November 28, 2021.James D. Morgan/Getty Images Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine may yield substantially fewer antibodies against the Omicron variant. One study found the vaccine showed a 40-fold reduction in antibody levels in a study awaiting peer review. Breakthrough infections still appear to be mild. The Omicron variant substantially reduced antibody le...
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Neuralink and Tesla have an AI problem that Elon’s money can’t solve

Elon Musk’s problems are bigger and more important than yours. While most of us are consumed with our day-to-day activities, Musk has been anointed by a higher power to save us all from ourselves. He’s here to ensure we eliminate car accidents, make traffic a thing of the past, solve autism (his words, not mine), connect human brains to machines, fill the night sky with satellites so everyone can have internet access, and colonize Mars. He doesn’t exactly know how we’re going to accomplish all t...
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Omicron could become the dominant variant worldwide, experts say, but they still don't know how harmful it is

A women gets tested for COVID-19.Hauke-Christian Dittrich/picture alliance/Getty Images The Omicron variant could become dominant worldwide within weeks, one expert has said. Others, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, have been more cautious about making predictions with the information available.  Even if Omicron does become dominant, it's not clear yet if it's more harmful than Delta. Experts have said the new Omicron variant could soon become the most common COVID-19 variant worldwide — ...
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Fauci says Omicron variant is 'almost certainly' not more severe than Delta

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.Photo by Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci said the Omicron variant is "almost certainly" not more severe than the Delta variant, AFP reported. Though it will likely take weeks to understand Omircon fully, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told AFP that the new variant could even be milder than its predecessors. "There is some suggestion that it might ...
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Scientists find ‘stealth’ version of Omicron that may be harder to track

Variant lacks feature that allows probable cases to be distinguished among positive PCR testsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists say they have identified a “stealth” version of Omicron which cannot be distinguished from other variants using the PCR tests that public health officials deploy to gain a quick picture of its spread around the world.The stealth variant has many mutations in common with standard Omicron, but it lacks a particular genetic change that a...
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These miners are using guns, drones, and fireworks to keep birds from landing on a toxic lake

A former copper mine in Montana has been flooding with toxic groundwater since the 1980s. The water is so toxic that any birds that land on the lake get cooked from the inside out. Now, a group of specialists use guns, fireworks, and high-tech tools to shoo birds off the surface and save their lives. If migrating birds land on Montana's Berkeley Pit for just a few hours, they die. Now, miners use a rifle, drones, and lasers to scare them away. Read the original article on Business Insider ...
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Elon Musk's Neuralink wants to embed microchips in people's skulls and get robots to perform brain surgery

Elon Musk.Win McNamee/Getty Images Neuralink is one of Elon Musk's strange and futuristic portfolio of companies. Neuralink developing neural interface technology — a.k.a. putting microchips into people's brains. The technology could help study and treat neurological disorders.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Elon Musk is known for his high-profile companies like Tesla and SpaceX, but the billionaire also has a handful of unusual ventures. One them, he says, h...
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Scientists find ‘stealth’ version of Omicron not identifiable with PCR test

Researchers fear new Covid variant could spread unnoticed because rough means of flagging up cases does not workCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have identified a “stealth” version of the Omicron variant which cannot be detected with the routine tests that public health officials are using to track its spread around the world.The stealth variant has many mutations in common with standard Omicron, but it lacks a particular genetic change that allows lab-based...
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*NEOVILLE* Skyscraper Tile Placement/Grid Logic Game

What’s your preferred environment? Do you feel most at one with nature when surrounded by EARTH, FOREST, STONE, or WATERFALL? It’s up to you to build the organically accoutered city of your dreams in NEOVILLE, a city building logic game for 2-4 players, ages 10+, in about 45 minutes! Each player begins the game with three […]
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‘Disastrous’ plastic use in farming threatens food safety – UN

Food and Agriculture Organization says most plastics are burned, buried or lost after useThe “disastrous” way in which plastic is used in farming across the world is threatening food safety and potentially human health, according to a report from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.It says soils contain more microplastic pollution than the oceans and that there is “irrefutable” evidence of the need for better management of the millions of tonnes of plastics used in the food and farming sy...
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COVID cases in South Africa spiked 400% in a week in the wake of Omicron being found there

A nurse performs a COVID test in Johannesburg, South Africa on May 13, 2020.Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images South Africa estimates Omicron has been in the country about at least a month.  Cases have risen at a rate "not seen since the pandemic started," per its president. Omicron appears to be dominating new infections in most provinces, he said. South Africa is reporting a sharp surge in COVID-19 cases as the Omicron variant spreads through the country, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a s...
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WHO Europe chief says vaccine mandates should be an 'absolute last resort' in the fight against COVID-19

A "No Vaccine Passports" protest sticker on a vaccine center billboard outside Wembley Stadium, London.Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images Hans Kluge said vaccine mandates should be an "absolute last resort" in the coronavirus fight. He said mandates can be effective in prompting vaccine uptake, but could also harm "public trust." Germany and Austria have already started imposing restrictions on unvaccinated people only. The World Health Organization's Europe regional director said coronav...
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68 ICU nurses tested positive for COVID-19 after going to their hospital Christmas party

The Malaga Regional University Hospital, in Malaga, Spain.REUTERS/Jon Nazca Hospital staff in Spain held a Christmas party, and 68 ICU nurses later tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 173 people attended. Authorities said they are still confirming the source of infection. Everyone had presented a negative antigen test or had a booster COVID-19 shot, Reuters reported. At least 68 ICU nurses at a Spanish hospital tested positive for COVID-19 after they went to their hospital's Christma...
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Japanese fashion tycoon to blast off for ISS as Russia revives space tourism

Yusaku Maezawa to become first space tourist sent to space station by Russia in more than a decadeThe Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has said he can barely contain his excitement on the eve of blasting off to the International Space Station in a prelude to a more ambitious trip around the moon with Elon Musk’s SpaceX planned in 2023.The 46-year-old fashion magnate and art collector has been training at a space centre outside Moscow before becoming the first space tourist to travel to the IS...
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Michele Brown was vaccinated - but had a suppressed immune system. Would better health advice have saved her?

The mother-of-two carefully shielded until the government said it was safe to see friends and family. She had no idea how her existing conditions could affect herThe feeling of relief was immense as 58-year-old Michele Brown returned home from the vaccine centre. Her husband, Terry, 61, had taken time off from his job as a supervisor at a heavy machinery factory to drive her to her second Covid-19 vaccination at a Gateshead community centre. In the car, Michele told her partner of 40 years that ...
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Covid-19: How fast is the Omicron variant spreading? podcast

Over 40 countries have now confirmed the presence of Omicron. And, in the UK, scientists have been increasingly expressing their concern about the new variant. Some have speculated there could be more than 1,000 cases here already, and that it could become the dominant variant within weeks.To get an update on what we know about the Omicron variant, and how quickly it might be spreading, Madeleine Finlay speaks to Nicola Davis, the Guardian’s science correspondentArchive: 7News Australia, CBS, BB...
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