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Scientists want to call Pluto a planet again — along with 150 other nearby space rocks

A team of scientists in the US is calling for the return of Pluto‘s planetary status. For everyone who’s been clamoring for the little underdog to get its big label back, we have only this to say: be careful what you wish for. The former head of NASA, Jim Bridenstine, called for the reinstatement of Pluto‘s planetary status back in 2019, citing that “it’s the way I learned it, and I’m committed to it.” My favorite soundbyte of the day that probably won't make it to TV. It came from NASA Administ...
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I’m a UK Covid scientist. Here’s a sample of the abuse in my inbox

Messages may contain unhinged expletives, threatening tropes … or one of my interviews set to musicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage“You scaremongering ignorant fucking cunt, you and your retarded team made predictions that could have fucked this country for billions of pounds, fucked Christmas for a second time and cost thousands thier [sic] jobs only to have your most pessimistic ballshit [sic] now found to be just that. How fucks like you can sleep at night is beyon...
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UK government’s Covid advisers enduring ‘tidal waves of abuse’

Exclusive: Guardian survey shows level of intimidation, including death threats, against scientific and medical advisersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe “appalling” scale of abuse, intimidation and threatening behaviour directed at the UK government’s scientific and medical advisers has been laid bare in a Guardian survey of experts working on the pandemic.Dozens of UK advisers described incidents ranging from coordinated online attacks to death threats and acts of...
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Many people hospitalized in the Omicron surge are there for other reasons and have only mild COVID-19

Medics around a COVID-19 patient in the ICU of the Institute of Clinical Cardiology in Rome, Italy, on December 30, 2021.ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images Some patients counted in COVID hospitalization stats are there for other reasons. These "incidental" cases were found to be prominent in England and South Africa. Experts including Dr. Anthony Fauci have also pointed to the phenomenon in the US. A significant proportion of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in recent weeks were admitted f...
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German optimism over Omicron as Europe dampens new year revelry

Covid expert hopeful for ‘relatively normal’ winter 2022 but prevalence limits celebrations across continentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGermany’s leading coronavirus expert has expressed optimism that his country could expect a “relatively normal” winter in 2022 as Europe prepared to ring in the new year in muted fashion, with many countries limiting celebrations.As the highly transmissible Omicron variant fuels a record-breaking surge in Covid infections across t...
Tags: Europe, Science, Greece, France, Germany, Israel, Austria, Infectious Diseases, Netherlands, Belgium, New Year, Coronavirus, COVID, Omicron Variant


‘Tit for tat’: why hunt for Covid’s origins still mired in politics and controversy

Scientific consensus absent as impasse between China and west continue to hamper tracing effortCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRobert Garry, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane medical school in Louisiana, got a call from his university management telling him that agents from the FBI and CIA had requested a chat about his research into the origins of Covid-19.Garry agreed and on 30 July three agents flew down to Louisiana to talk to him in person. Con...
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Omicron might be milder because it has a less effective way of attacking lung cells, studies say

An annotated schematic of entry routes used by the coronavirus shows the difference between Omicron and Delta, according to a recent study.Georgina Brown/Joe Grove/Insider Two recent lab studies suggested a reason Omicron could be more mild than other variants. They said its way of attacking cells works badly in the lungs, where the virus does the most damage. But Omicron's method is more effective elsewhere, which could account for its infectiousness. The Omicron coronavirus variant migh...
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Omicron may be milder because it has a less effective way of attacking lung cells, studies say

An annotated schematic of entry routes used by the coronavirus shows the difference between Omicron and Delta, as per a recent study.Georgina Brown/Joe Grove/Insider Two recent lab studies suggested a reason why Omicron could be more mild than other variants. They said its way of attacking cells works badly in the lungs, where the virus does the most damage. Conversely, Omicron's method is more effective elsewhere, which could account for its infectiousness. The Omicron coronavirus varian...
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Germany buoyed by data from abroad amid Omicron spread

Covid expert hopeful about signs variant makes people less ill but warns restrictions still neededCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGermany’s leading coronavirus expert has expressed optimism that his country could expect a “relatively normal” winter in 2022, after data from other countries firmed up the impression that infections with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 could be milder than Delta.Christian Drosten, who heads up the institute of virology at Berlin’s Charité...
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Two years of coronavirus: how pandemic unfolded around the world

In December 2019 the WHO was told of a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China. These charts show how Covid-19 has spread across the world since thenSee all our coronavirus coverageTwo years ago today, as New Year’s Eve fireworks lit up skies across the world, news reached the World Health Organization (WHO) about an outbreak of “pneumonia” in Wuhan, China, the cause of which was unknown.There had been several cases in December and possibly as far back as November in the region. But the subse...
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