Have vaccines saved lives? Yes, billions of them.

I had assumed that everyone understood that vaccines are a crucial tooklit of public health and that they have saved vast numbers of lives. Looks I was wrong. My claim that vaccines have saved billions of lives was met with a lot of opposition. Some people shared charts from developed countries to “disprove” my claim. […]
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Fossil hunter Richard Leakey who showed humans evolved in Africa dies at 77

Kenyan conservationist found oldest near complete human skeleton in 1984, dating from 1.5m years ago The celebrated Kenyan conservationist and fossil hunter Richard Leakey, whose groundbreaking discoveries helped prove that humankind evolved in Africa, has died aged 77.The president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, announced Leakey’s death with “deep sorrow”. Continue reading...
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Former FDA commissioner says schools should not mandate boosters for children

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb during a November 7 appearance on "Face the Nation."CBS News/Face the Nation Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he doesn't think schools should require children to get the booster shot. "I think this should be left up to the discretion of parents and their physicians," Gottlieb said. This week, the FDA is expected to expand booster shot eligibility to children between the ages of 12 and 15. Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Sund...
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Whistleblower sounds alarm over degenerative mystery illness causing hallucinations and fatigue, The Guardian reports

Medical imaging service in a hospital in Savoie, France. A technician monitors a brain MRI scan session.BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images A whistleblower spoke to The Guardian about a neurological condition in New Brunswick, Canada.  They said the illness spreads quickly and that cases could be higher than thought.  Symptoms include fatigue, hallucinations, muscle weakness, and weight loss. An anonymous Canadian whistleblower from Vitalité Health Network, one of New Brunswick's...
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Whistleblower sounds alarm over mystery, degenerative illness causing hallucinations and fatigue, the Guardian reports

Medical imaging service in a hospital in Savoie, France. A technician monitors a brain MRI scan session.BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images A whistleblower has spoken to The Guardian about a mystery neurological condition in New Brunswick, Canada.  They spoke of their concern over the illness, saying it spreads quickly, and cases may be higher than thought.  Symptoms include fatigue, hallucinations, muscle weakness, and weight loss. An anonymous Canadian whistleblower from Vitalité H...
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Super poo: the emerging science of stool transplants and designer gut bacteria

As more people turn to faecal transplants for their health benefits, researchers in Adelaide are harnessing the power of high-quality poo in new treatments that can simply be swallowedGood poo donors are so hard to find they’re sometimes called “unicorns”. These elusive, healthy creatures service a market for faecal transplants that is growing rapidly as evidence of its benefits mounts.Emerging science shows that a human’s microbiome – their constellation of gut microbes – has a far greater effe...
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More wonders of the ancient world were revealed in 2021, including the mummies of Egypt's pharaohs, sunken Crusader treasure, and a Roman crucifixion

Egypt Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, Insider Archaeologists revealed more wonders of the ancient world in 2021. They ranged from a lost city, a mummy with a golden tongue, and 2,400-year-old baskets of fruit. We document some of the best archaeological finds of the last 12 months.  In 2021 archaeologists discovered an array of lost treasures of the ancient world.Insider's coverage of the archaeological breakthroughs included Egyptian mummies with tongues of g...
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To the moon and beyond: what 2022 holds for space travel

From lunar missions to anti-asteroid defence systems, there are plenty of exciting scientific developments to look forward toThis year promises to be an important one for space exploration, with several major programmes reaching the launch pad over the next 12 months. The US is to return to the moon, undertaking a set of missions intended to establish a lunar colony there in a few years. China is expected to complete its Tiangong space station while Europe and Russia will attempt to land spacecr...
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We often fail to keep resolutions – but writing in a notebook brings great rewards

Scribbling down our thoughts is a great way to make sense of things – and very satisfyingIn 1989, when I was 16, I moved into a pub with my parents and my younger brother, Matty. It was highly exciting. I took to barwork as I liked the chat, and also enjoyed the opportunities offered for eavesdropping. I was curious about the adult world and up until then had learned most of what I knew from books. Now I had all these real lives to study. I should write some of this down, I thought, and would sc...
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Can you think yourself young?

Research shows that a positive attitude to ageing can lead to a longer, healthier life, while negative beliefs can have hugely detrimental effectsFor more than a decade, Paddy Jones has been wowing audiences across the world with her salsa dancing. She came to fame on the Spanish talent show Tú Sí Que Vales (You’re Worth It) in 2009 and has since found success in the UK, through Britain’s Got Talent; in Germany, on Das Supertalent; in Argentina, on the dancing show Bailando; and in Italy, where ...
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Can you capture the complex reality of the pandemic with numbers? Well, we tried… | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters

Throughout 2021, two leading lights of the Royal Statistical Society Covid-19 Task Force drew on data for a weekly Observer column, and found themselves in the middle of Covid culture warsIndividual experiences and suffering are, of course, at the heart of the pandemic. But one way to understand what has happened is through putting those experiences together – and statistics are those personal stories writ large. And this pandemic has brought unprecedented demand to explain all the numbers that ...
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Britain got it wrong on Covid: long lockdown did more harm than good, says scientist

A new book outlines the mistakes and missteps that made UK pandemic worseThere was a distinctive moment, at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, that neatly encapsulated the mistakes and confusion of Britain’s early efforts to tackle the disease, says Mark Woolhouse. At a No 10 briefing in March 2020, cabinet minister Michael Gove warned the virus did not discriminate. “Everyone is at risk,” he announced.And nothing could be further from the truth, argues Professor Woolhouse, an expert on infecti...
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New studies reinforce belief that Omicron is less likely to damage lungs

Six research groups’ findings all suggest variant multiplies more in throats and causes less serious diseaseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA growing body of evidence indicates that the Omicron Covid variant is more likely to infect the throat than the lungs, which scientists believe may explain why it appears to be more infectious but less deadly than other versions of the virus. Six studies – four published since Christmas Eve – have found that Omicron does not dama...
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From stand-in stars to tech titans: The Observer’s faces to watch in 2022

We look at who will be making headlines this year, in both a positive and negative lightToby Helm Continue reading...
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