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New York City is sending out free at-home COVID-19 tests and masks as new cases skyrocket in the city

People take coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests at pop-up testing site in New York City, U.S., December 7, 2021.Reuters/Brendan McDermid New York City is sending out 500,000 free at-home COVID-19 tests and 1 million masks. Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement on Thursday as new cases surge in the city. He said there will also be more city-run testing sites and extended hours at many existing sites.  New York City is sending out 500,000 free, rapid at-home COVID-19 tests and masks as ne...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, New York City, US, Trends, Testing, Healthcare, Bill De Blasio, De Blasio, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Brendan Mcdermid, Jake Epstein, Breaking, Coronavirus, Rochelle Walensky


Mutant bacteria spontaneously swarm into patterns resembling van Gogh painting

For years, scientists have studied the how the bacteria Myxococcus xanthus self-organizes into swarms through a fascinating kind of "social cooperation." Now, researchers from Rice University and the University of Washington have observed mutant forms of the bacteria banding together in an array of tiny circles that resembles Vincent van Gogh's 1889 painting "Starry Night," seen below. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Science, News, Biology, Van Gogh, University of Washington, Rice University, Vincent Van Gogh


WAKE UP SHEEPLE

You'd think that if it were flying past a big giant ball of fire that there would be fire noises. Obvious fake. WAKE UP SHEEPLE— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) December 16, 2021 [Author: Tam]
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No 10 parties raise questions about whether PM will follow Covid science

Analysis: After a steady stream of reports, how likely is it that Boris Johnson will take advice about imposing tougher restrictions?• Boris Johnson joined No 10 party during May 2020 lockdown, say sourcesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCast your minds back to 15 May 2020. Matt Hancock, the then health secretary before he quit for breaking restrictions by having an affair, was giving a press conference where he said people should be “staying at home as much as is poss...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Conservatives, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


The first true millipede: new species with more than 1,000 legs discovered in Western Australia

Researchers named the subterranean animal Eumillipes persephone after the Greek goddess of the underworld Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe first ever millipede with more than 1,000 legs been discovered in Western Australia.The species, which is the first “true” millipede, has 1,306 legs and was found up to 60 metres underground in a mining area in the Eastern Goldfields region of WA. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, Australia news, Wildlife, Western Australia, Insects, WA Continue, Eastern Goldfields


Full hospitals, mild cases: What an Omicron wave could look like in the US this winter

President Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci discuss the Omicron COVID-19 variant at the White House on November 29, 2021.Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images The Omicron variant could become dominant in the US this winter, some disease experts predict. An Omicron wave may bring mild cases, but lead to more hospitalizations, early data suggests. Holiday gatherings could fuel transmission, while unvaccinated people may strain hospital capacity. With Omicron cases doubling roughly every two days, US publi...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, News, Winter, Cdc, White House, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Chicago, United States, South Africa, Italy, Delta


Omicron spread about 70 times quicker than Delta in human bronchial samples, a lab study found

A healthcare worker conducts a COVID-19 test on a traveller in Johannesburg on November 28, 2021.Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images New data from a lab study could help explain why Omicron is spreading so quickly.  It replicated 70 times faster than Delta in the bronchus, tubes between the windpipe and lungs. It spread 10 times slower in lung samples, which may hint at lower severity. The Omicron virus variant spread 70 times quicker than Delta in lab samples of tissue from the human airway,...
Tags: Hong Kong, Science, Trends, News UK, Delta, World Health Organization, Johannesburg, Bangkok, University Of St Andrews, Variant, Afp, Edinburgh Scotland, European Medicines Agency, Jack Taylor, University of Hong Kong, Laboratory


France bans all non-essential travel from the UK as Omicron cases surge there

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson wearing a face mask.Reuters The UK is seeing record coronavirus cases as the Omicron variant grows there. France is responding by banning non-essential travellers from the UK from entering France. "Travel for British tourists will be forbidden," the office of France's prime minister told The Telegraph.  France on Saturday will ban all non-essential travel from the UK after the rapid growth of the Omicron coronavirus variant there.The French government sai...
Tags: UK, Science, News, France, Trends, News UK, Boris Johnson, Telegraph, Le Monde, Reuters, Travel Ban, Omicron, Coronavirus, Sinead Baker, Speed desk, Omicron Variant


The climate crisis and devastating drought in eastern Africa

For three consecutive rainy seasons, the eastern Horn of Africa has experienced poor rainfall. Confounded by Covid-19 and desert locust invasions, millions are now facing starvation across parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. Already, livestock and wildlife are dying of thirst and hunger in large numbers. And at the heart of it all is the worsening climate crisis.Madeleine Finlay asks climate researcher Chris Funk what’s causing these devastating weather patterns and speaks to Nairobi reporter ...
Tags: Science, Africa, Environment, Drought, Kenya, Somalia, Food Security, Extreme Weather, Nairobi, Horn of Africa, Kenya Ethiopia, Chris Funk, Climate Crisis, Madeleine Finlay, Peter Muiruri



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