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Covid news: UK reports 51,342 new infections; vaccines protect against new variant – as it happened

Latest figures come amid concern over spread of Omicron variant; Pfizer says third jab increased antibodies by factor of 25Three Pfizer jabs likely to protect against Omicron, tests suggestFinnish PM apologises for staying out clubbing despite Covid exposureWhy is there a row in the UK about Boris Johnson and Christmas parties?Anger as Jair Bolsonaro to allow unvaccinated visitors into BrazilModerna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyGermany reported 69,601 cases of Cov...
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More than 50 earthquakes hit off the coast of Oregon this week. Scientists say they pose little threat.

Oregon State University's Marine Studies Building, under construction in a tsunami inundation zone, in Newport, Ore., July 22, 2019.Andrew Selsky/AP More than 50 earthquakes were reported off the Oregon coast in fewer than 24 hours on Tuesday. A swarm of earthquakes isn't inherently dangerous, experts say. The strongest earthquake registered a 5.8 magnitude, but posed no tsunami risk, the NWS said. A "swarm" of more than 50 earthquakes hit the waters off Oregon's coast in fewer th...
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Three doses of Pfizer vaccine likely to protect against Omicron infection, tests suggest

Initial findings indicate stark reduction in protection against new Covid variant from two vaccine dosesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThree doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine are likely to protect against infection with the Omicron variant but two doses may not, according to laboratory data that will increase pressure to speed up booster programmes.Tests using antibodies in blood samples have given some of the first insights into how far Omicron escapes immunity, ...
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UK Covid live: Met police will not investigate No 10 Christmas party allegations

Latest updates: Scotland Yard cites ‘absence of evidence’, as PM triggers plan B Covid restrictionsFull story: PM triggers plan B Covid measures in EnglandAllegra Stratton resigns after No 10 Christmas party videoJohnson ‘apologises unreservedly’ over Christmas party videoThree Pfizer jabs likely to protect against Omicron, tests suggestDowning Street sources are saying this morning that “no decisions have been made” on a move to plan B. But, frankly, an FT story carries more credibility in the ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Scotland, Conservatives, UK News, Infectious Diseases, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Westminster, Pfizer, Pmqs, Keir Starmer, Ben Riley Smith, Patrick Vallance, Sayeeda Warsi


Can galaxies without dark matter tell us how the universe ends?

Raise your hand if you live in a stable universe that’s rapidly expanding to support its own vastness. Not so fast Earthlings. We might have an end-game level crunch-time problem on our hands. Up front: Everyone’s heard of the Big Bang. And long-time Neural readers will certainly be familiar with the Big Rip. But it’s long past time we talked about the Big Crunch. This hypothetical event would be our universe’s final act. It would essentially be the exact opposite of the Big Bang. Our universe w...
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Three Pfizer jabs likely to protect against Omicron infection, tests suggest

Initial findings indicate stark reduction in protection against new variant from two vaccine dosesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThree doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine are likely to protect against infection with the Omicron variant but two doses may not, according to laboratory data that will increase pressure to speed up booster programmes.Tests using antibodies in blood samples have given some of the first insights into how far Omicron escapes immunity, showin...
Tags: Science, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus, Omicron Pfizer


UK Covid live: Boris Johnson announces plan B restrictions, including work from home and tighter mask rules

Latest updates: PM brings in stricter Covid restrictions to combat spread of Omicron variantFull story: PM triggers plan B Covid measures in EnglandAllegra Stratton resigns after No 10 Christmas party videoJohnson ‘apologises unreservedly’ over Christmas party videoThree Pfizer jabs likely to protect against Omicron, tests suggestDowning Street sources are saying this morning that “no decisions have been made” on a move to plan B. But, frankly, an FT story carries more credibility in the Westmin...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Scotland, Conservatives, UK News, Infectious Diseases, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Westminster, Pfizer, Pmqs, Keir Starmer, Ben Riley Smith, Patrick Vallance, Sayeeda Warsi


The metaverse could let Silicon Valley track your facial expressions, blood pressure, and your breathing rates — showing exactly why our internet laws need updating

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg giving the metaverse keynoteFacebook With talk swirling about the metaverse comes the question of how to regulate it. Tech firms will gain even more data on users, giving algorithms and advertising partners valuable data.  A solution could be to restrict what the corporations could track about you, like your heart rate. The metaverse is supposedly coming, which means it may need the same thing (some say) as social media: regulation.That's especially pressing s...
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Covid live: UK reports 51,342 new infections; three Pfizer shots can ‘neutralise’ Omicron, lab tests show

Latest figures come amid concern over spread of Omicron variant; Pfizer says third jab increased antibodies by factor of 25Three Pfizer jabs likely to protect against Omicron, tests suggestWhy is there a row in the UK about Boris Johnson and Christmas parties?Anger as Jair Bolsonaro to allow unvaccinated visitors into BrazilUK races to deliver booster jabs before Omicron takes holdModerna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyGermany reported 69,601 cases of Covid-19 and 5...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, UK, Science, UK News, World news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Pfizer, Novavax, Robert Koch Institute, Jair Bolsonaro, Coronavirus, COVID


Allegra Stratton resigns after No 10 Christmas party video

Government spokesperson for climate summit seen in footage joking about party during lockdownPressure on Johnson over No 10 Christmas party – politics liveAllegra Stratton has stepped down as the government’s spokesperson for the Cop26 climate summit after footage emerged of her joking about a party at Downing Street during the peak of lockdown rules in December last year.In a statement sent to journalists and read out to TV crews in front of her home, Boris Johnson’s former press secretary said...
Tags: Politics, Science, Environment, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Downing Street, Allegra Stratton, Coronavirus, Cop26, liveAllegra Stratton


Anger as Jair Bolsonaro to allow unvaccinated visitors into Brazil

There are fears the decision will reserve the gains made by a successful vaccination campaignCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Brazilian government has been accused of seeking to turn the South American country into a paradise for unvaccinated tourists after it shunned calls – including from its own health regulator – to demand proof of vaccination from visitors.The decision – announced on Tuesday by the health minister, Marcelo Queiroga – sparked anger in a nation ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Science, Americas, World news, Infectious Diseases, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Jair Bolsonaro, Coronavirus, Marcelo Queiroga


Ammonites were jet set of the Mesozoic era, say scientists

Shelled creatures roamed oceans millions of years ago by jet propulsion, suggests innovative 3D imagingAnalysis of an extraordinary fossil discovered in a Gloucestershire gravel pit has given fresh insight into how an ancient sea creature swam through oceans and defended itself from predators millions of years ago.Innovative imaging techniques have allowed scientists to build up a 3D picture of the inner workings of the ammonite, best known by the shell-shaped fossils found on beaches and sea cl...
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Covid live: Omicron spreading in UK ‘much faster’ than other variants, PM says; three Pfizer shots can ‘neutralise’ Omicron, lab tests show

Boris Johnson says Omicron infecting people ‘much faster’ than previous iterations of virus; Pfizer says third jab increased antibodies by factor of 25Omicron can partially evade Covid vaccine protection, study findsUK races to deliver booster jabs before Omicron takes holdModerna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high immunity: studyUp to 6m eligible Britons may not have had a jab. Who are they?China shifts Africa approach from debt to vaccine diplomacyGermany reported 69,601 cases of Co...
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Pfizer says 3 of its shots work against Omicron, citing lab tests, but that 2 appear less effective

A man receives a booster shot with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Hartford, Connecticut.JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images Pfizer and BioNTech new data about how their vaccine works against the Omicron variant. They said that two doses produced fewer antibodies against Omicron than against other variants. But, they said, a third dose significantly improved the immune response — a hopeful sign. Pfizer and BioNTech said Wednesday that their vaccine against the coronavirus appeared effective again...
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Scientists found a 2nd type of Omicron that's harder to track since tests struggle to distinguish it from other variants

A healthcare worker conducts a COVID-19 test on a traveller at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 28, 2021.Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images Scientists have spotted a version of Omicron that appears harder to track. BA.2, the new lineage, has been seen seven times across South Africa, Australia, and Canada. Its genetics mean that it is harder to tell apart from other virus variants via a PCR test. A new version of the Omicron coronavirus variant was designated on Tu...
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Omicron can partially evade Covid vaccine protection, study finds

Findings suggest boosting antibodies can compensate for jabs being less well matched than to earlier variantsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Omicron variant of coronavirus can partially evade the protection of vaccines and previous infection, according to one of the first laboratory studies into the matter.However, the findings suggest immune escape is “not complete”, which means that boosting antibodies can compensate for vaccines being less well matched to Omicr...
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A New York anime convention has become a focal point for health officials investigating how Omicron spreads

Anime NYC took place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City in late November 2021.KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images An anime convention could provide early data on how the Omicron virus variant spreads, the CDC said. An attendee of the November event was among the first people in the US to test positive for Omicron. At least 35,000 attendees have been contacted and asked to get tested, the CDC said. An anime convention held in New York in November could provide an early look i...
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No 10 faces Tory and public backlash over Christmas party video

Sajid Javid pulls out of interviews amid anger over footage of aides joking about party during lockdownPressure on Johnson over No 10 Christmas party – politics liveSajid Javid, the health secretary, pulled out of Wednesday morning’s broadcast interviews after a video emerged showing No 10 aides laughing about a Christmas party during Covid restrictions, as the government faced a furious Tory and public backlash against their behaviour.No ministers were available to be interviewed on the BBC, Sk...
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‘Dream come true’: Japanese billionaire blasts off for ISS

Yusaku Maezawa fulfils childhood ambition with 12-day trip to International Space StationA Japanese billionaire has fulfilled his childhood dream of travelling to space, as one of two passengers onboard a Russian rocket that blasted off towards the International Space Station.Yusaku Maezawa, the founder of Zozo, a successful online fashion business, and his production assistant, Yozo Hirano, on Wednesday became the first space tourists to travel to the ISS for more than a decade. Continue readin...
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Omicron Covid cases ‘doubling every two to three days’ in UK, says scientist

Prof Neil Ferguson says coronavirus variant likely to be dominant strain in the UK before ChristmasCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus appears to be doubling every two to three days, Prof Neil Ferguson has said, adding that it could be necessary to impose new lockdowns as a result.Ferguson, a member of the UK government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and head of the disease outbreak modelling group at I...
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A billionaire who just blasted into space shared footage of his training, which included lying upside down and spinning on a chair

Yusaku Maezawa during his space-suit check shortly before the launch to the International Space Station at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on December 8, 2021.REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa launched into space on Wednesday to visit the ISS for 12 days. He shared footage of his training, including videos of him in zero-gravity and playing badminton. One video showed him in a spinning chair, which he said "almost feels like torture." The Japanese billionaire Yu...
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Debunked: The cruel and racist logic of Omicron travel bans

Wealthy countries were quick to ban Southern African nations from entering their borders when the Omicron variant was identified, but did not do so to each other. The post Debunked: The cruel and racist logic of Omicron travel bans appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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Covid live: over-40s in England now eligible for booster after three months; South Korea surge sparks alarm

Millions of over-40s in England can book a top-up jab from today; South Korea PM Kim Boo-kyum says hospital capacity under strain as cases riseWHO 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 coverageGermany reported 69,601 cases of Covid-19 and 527 deaths in the past 24 hours, ac...
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Covid live news: booster scheme speeds up in England; South Korea surge sparks alarm

Millions of over-40s can book a top-up jab from today; ‘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 coverageGermany reported 69,601 cases of Covid-19 and 527 ...
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The inner lives of cats: what our feline friends really think about hugs, happiness and humans

They do what they want, all the time – and can teach us a lot about how to live in the present, be content and learn from our experienceI wanted to know the exact amount of time I spend ruminating on the inner lives of my cats, so I did what most people do in times of doubt, and consulted Google. According to my search history, in the two years since I became a cat owner I have Googled variations of “cat love me – how do I tell?” and “is my cat happy 17 times. I have also inadvertently subscribe...
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