Third Florida-based cruise ship has a COVID-19 outbreak as state cases hit a new record

A different Carnival Cruise ship earlier this year. An undisclosed number of passengers and crew aboard the Carnival Freedom cruise caught the virus so the ship was denied entry to Bonaire and Aruba, Carnival said in a statement.RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images A COVID-19 outbreak took place on a South Florida-based cruise ship for the third time this week. An undisclosed number of passengers and crew aboard the Carnival Freedom cruise caught the virus. The number of coronavirus cases in Florida h...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, Science, Trends, Cruise, Miami, Associated Press, Carnival, Aruba, Royal Caribbean, Bonaire, South Florida, U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ashley Peterson, Carnival Cruise

French coast: the early explorers who sparked British fears of a Francophone Australia

Nicolas Baudin’s voyage at the height of the Napoleonic wars gave us dozens of French place names, and left with kangaroos for the Empress Josephine Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingFrom La Perouse in Sydney to Victoria’s French Island and South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, hints of early French exploration dot the country’s coastline.In fact, French familiarity with our region was such that they were the first to print a near-complete chart of Australia’s coast in 1811, b...
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Choppers on Mars and RNA jabs: the best scientific advances of 2021

Some of Australia’s most prominent researchers nominate the most surprising, important and inspiring scientific developments of the past 12 monthsWith all of the worrying news emerging from the fields of health and science this year, some of the incredible advances that occurred may have been overlooked. But there have been many weird and wonderful feats in the world of research.Life-saving tests, treatments and vaccines were developed and rolled-out – including those led by Australian doctors –...
Tags: Science, Australia, Australia news, Nasa, Earth, Antarctica, World Health Organization, Mars, Antarctic, south west Queensland, Apophis, Wais, Coronavirus

Booster shots protect against symptomatic Omicron infection for about 10 weeks, study finds — which could mean more doses for some in 2022

Protection against Omicron symptoms lasts about 10 weeks.Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images Booster protection against symptomatic COVID-19 caused by Omicron lasts about 10 weeks, data shows. It may mean fourth doses in 2022 — depending on whether protection holds against severe COVID-19. Immunocompromised Americans can already get an extra shot. Booster protection against symptomatic illness caused by the Omicron variant drops by up to 25% within 10 weeks, new real-world data has found – though i...
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Astronomers on tenterhooks as $10bn James Webb telescope set for lift off

Nasa’s flagship mission counts down to launch at 1220 GMT on Christmas Day from Kourou, French GuianaFinal checks and fuelling are under way for the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, a flagship mission for Nasa that aims to observe worlds beyond the solar system and the first stars and galaxies that lit up the cosmos.If all goes to plan, the $10bn (£7.4bn) observatory will become the largest and most powerful telescope ever sent into space when it blasts off at 12.20pm UK time on Christm...
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SpaceX sent Tide detergent to astronauts on the ISS so they can figure out how to do laundry for long-haul trips to Mars

Proctor and Gamble makes Tide detergent.Joe Raedle/Getty Images Astronauts on the ISS received a shipment of items onboard a SpaceX spacecraft on Wednesday. The shipment included specially-developed laundry detergent made by Tide. Currently, astronauts can't launder their clothes, they wear sets of clothes a few times then replace them. SpaceX ferried a festive shipment of items up to astronauts on the International Space Station on Wednesday including Christmas presents, roast turkey, an...
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K-pop star Suga tests positive for Covid after BTS return from US

Band’s management says singer self-isolating at home and is not showing any symptomsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSuga, songwriter and rapper for the K-pop sensation BTS, has tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from concerts in the US, the group’s management has said.The 24-year-old, whose real name is Min Yoon-gi, was confirmed to have contracted the virus on Friday during his self quarantine after returning home to South Korea on Thursday, accordin...
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Trump's surgeon general suggests the former president only decided to publicly back vaccines because Biden praised him first

Jerome Adams was the surgeon general under former President Donald Trump.Alex Brandon/AP Trump endorsed coronavirus vaccines this week, saying it's protecting people and not killing anyone. Jerome Adams, his surgeon general, suggested he waited to say this until Biden praised him. "You can't deny that that is when he changed his tune and came out and supported vaccinations," he said. Former President Donald Trump's surgeon general implied that Trump waited to express public suppor...
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Nasa’s X-ray boom arm for black hole studies extends in orbit

Mission is step closer to exploring most energetic and exotic celestial objects in universeNasa’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) has successfully extended its 4-metre boom arm to assume its operational configuration.Launched on 9 December atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, IXPE is a space observatory designed to study X-rays from black holes, neutron stars and other exotic celestial objects. Continue reading...
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