Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot reached a deal with the teachers union so students can go back to school on Wednesday

Mayor Lori Lightfoot appears on 'Meet the Press.'Meet the Press Students have been out of school in the Chicago Public Schools district for about a week.  The city's teacher's union refused to teach in person as COVID-19 cases spiked.  Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said a deal has been reached for in-person classes to resume on Wednesday. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she'd reached a deal with Chicago Teachers Union on Monday that would allow students to return to the c...
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“Mass formation” #1 – A concept invented by Freud in 1921

This concept has recently surfaced and I thought I’d have a quick look at its origin. There seems to be no standard book on this topic but this 1988 article has a discussion: GROUP FORMATION AND IDEOLOGY. TEXT AND CONTEXT by MAX HERNANDEZ – The International Journal of Psycho-Analysis; Jan 1, 1988; 69, Periodicals Archive […]
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Kyle A. Beattie paper – that vaccines increase covid deaths – IS WRONG

Someone’s shared this November 2021 pre-print: Worldwide Bayesian Causal Impact Analysis of Vaccine Administration on Deaths and Cases Associated with COVID-19: A BigData Analysis of 145 Countries Of the 128 countries studied: 89.84% of statistically significant countries showed an increase in total deaths per million associated with COVID-19 due directly to the causal impact of treatment […]
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The Biden administration is requiring insurance companies to cover costs for at-home COVID-19 tests starting on Saturday

A resident displays an at-home rapid COVID-19 test kit in Philadelphia, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021AP Photo/Matt Rourke Private insurers will now have to cover eight at-home COVID-19 tests a month per insured person. The tests don't require a doctor's order or prescription, the Department of Health and Human Services said. There is also no limit on covered tests if they're ordered by a doctor or medical professional.  Health insurance companies will have to cover up to eight at-home COV...
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Half of COVID-19 patients in NYC hospitals were admitted for something else — a sign of milder Omicron cases in vaccinated people

New York City had more than 5,000 COVID-19 hospital admissions as of January 3, official data show.Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty New York reported more than 11,500 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Friday — close to a record high. More than 40% of those patients, and half of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in New York City, were admitted for an unrelated issue. Doctors still caution that COVID-19 can worsen outcomes for all hospitalized patients.  New York is approaching a record high number of COVID-19 h...
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A 57-year-old man receives a pig heart in a groundbreaking transplant to save him from heart disease

In this photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, members of the surgical team perform the transplant of a pig heart into patient David Bennett in Baltimore on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.Mark Teske/University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP For the first time, a man has received a heart from a genetically altered pig, The New York Times reported.  The patient had a life-threatening heart condition that caused him to need a heart transplant.  The 57-year-old man received...
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Maryland doctors transplant pig’s heart into human patient in medical first

Patient is doing well three days after the highly experimental surgery, doctors say, though it’s too soon to know if it is a successIn a medical first, doctors in Maryland have transplanted a modified pig’s heart into a human patient in a last-ditch effort to save his life.Doctors at the University of Maryland medical center said Monday that the patient was doing well three days after the highly experimental surgery, though it is too soon to know if the operation has been a success. Continue rea...
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Other countries struck by Omicron kept their death tolls low. The US is looking different.

A person gets a COVID-19 vaccination on January 7, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.Mario Tama/Getty Images Countries where Omicron surged early have seen a relatively low burden of deaths so far. Lower population age or high vaccination coverage likely helped keep the death toll low.  But early data suggests that the situation may be different in the US, experts warn. It has been over four weeks since Omicron started hitting South Africa, Denmark, and the UK.In spite of the number of infectio...
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Charles and Ray Eames’ Powers of Ten Updated to Reflect Our Modern Understanding of the Universe

We’ve experienced some mindblowing technological advances in the years following designers Charles and Ray Eames’ 1977 film Powers of Ten: A Film Dealing with the Relative Size of Things in the Universe and the Effect of Adding Another Zero. Cryptocurrency… Segways… E-cigarettes… And y’know, all sorts of innovative strides in the fields of medicine, communications, and environmental sustainability. In the above video for the BBC, particle physicist Brian Cox pays tribute to the Eames’ ce...
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WHO envoy says the pandemic's end is 'in sight,' but things will be 'difficult' until at least the spring

A long line of cars is seen at the entrance to a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site in Barnett Park in Orlando.Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images World Health Organization special envoy said on Monday that the pandemic's end is "in sight." But envoy David Nabarro told Sky News that life will be "difficult" until at least the spring.  The world — and US — faces a surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the Omicron variant.  A special envoy on the World Health Organization&...
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Moderna is working on a booster for the fall that will target the Omicron variant, CEO Stéphane Bancel says

Vials of the Pfizer (left) and Moderna (right) COVID-19 vaccines.Hazem Bader/AFP via Getty Images Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said the company was working on a new booster for its coronavirus vaccine. The booster should be available this fall and will target the Omicron variant, he said. "We need to be careful to try to stay ahead of a virus and not behind the virus," he told CNBC. Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel on Monday said the company is working to develop a booster shot for its coronavirus ...
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Exclusive: Pfizer plans to start human studies of its Omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine before the end of January

A nurse prepares a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy's Hospital in London, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, as the U.K. health authorities rolled out a national mass vaccination program.AP Photo/Frank Augstein Pfizer expects to start human studies for an Omicron-tailored COVID-19 vaccine in late January.  Pfizer's chief scientist Mikael Dolsten told Insider the shot would be ready by late March.  But it's unclear if the new version would be needed or used. The current shot...
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California will allow some health workers with COVID-19 to continue working. One top nurse says it could put patients in 'grave danger.'

Two intensive care nurses put on personal protective equipment at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in California on September 2 2021.APU GOMES/AFP/Getty Images Health workers in California say new rules allowing them to work with COVID-19 are 'dangerous'.  Health professionals with COVID-19 who don't have symptoms can work without testing or isolation. The new rules came in effect Saturday and will last at least February 1, health officials said. Allowing some healt...
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Medieval warhorses no bigger than modern-day ponies, study finds

Contrary to mythical depictions of the iconic steeds as towering beasts, most in England were less than 14.2 hands highIn films and literature they are usually depicted as hulking, foot-stomping, snorting beasts but a new study has claimed that the medieval warhorse was typically a much slighter, daintier animal.A team of archaeologists and historians searching for the truth about the steeds that carried knights into battle has concluded that most were probably only the size of a modern-day pony...
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Will we ever reach herd immunity to Covid? | Erin Mordecai and Mallory Harris

Access to vaccines, masks and tests will help us make the awkward transition from pandemic to endemicIn May 2020, we and other scientists predicted that many regions of the world might never reach the herd immunity threshold for Covid-19 – the point at which enough people are immune to infection that transmission begins to slow down.This remains true today, even as vaccines have become accessible in wealthy nations and many people have built up immunity through vaccinations, boosters and previou...
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Huge ‘sea dragon’ named one of UK’s greatest fossil finds

Ichthyosaur about 10 metres long and dating back 180m years discovered at Rutland WaterA gigantic prehistoric “sea dragon” discovered in the Midlands has been described as one of the greatest finds in the history of British palaeontology.The ichthyosaur, which is about 180m years old with a skeleton measuring about 10 metres in length and a skull weighing about a tonne, is the largest and most complete fossil of its kind ever found in the UK. Joe Davis of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife ...
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