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Quebec says it will tax those who remain unvaccinated against COVID-19 without a medical reason

The Premier of Quebec François Legault at a press conference on November 18, 2021 in Montreal, Canada.Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images 10% of Quebec's adult population is unvaccinated for COVID-19, Premier François Legault said.  The unvaccinated, however, make up half of all ICU beds in the province, Legault said.  He says they will be taxed a "significant" amount for the strain they put on the healthcare system. Quebec's Premier François Legault announced on Tuesday that the province...
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Alphabet to spin out quantum company after Google’s time crystal breakthrough

Alphabet’s reportedly planning to promote one of its Moonshot projects from venture to business in a bid to take advantage of its recent breakthroughs in the field of quantum computing. It was only a matter of time. Time crystals, that is. Up front: Last year’s big story in the physics world was Google and its partner’s breakthrough experiment in creating a new phase of matter inside a quantum computer called time crystals. As we reported last year, this is a big eureka moment because time cryst...
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A man who had a rare case of 'flurona' describes feeling like he had razor blades in his throat and 'wild' night sweats which cleared after 48 hours

Jamie Grayson.Courtesy of Jamie Grayson Co-infections of the flu and COVID-19 (colloquially dubbed "flurona") are unusual, but they will likely become more common this flu season. One man who had flu and COVID-19 at the same time in December said the worst of it lasted about 48 hours, and included terrible night sweats. Experts stress getting vaccinated for both the flu and COVID-19 will reduce your odds of getting co-infected.  When Jamie Grayson first started to feel sick in mid-December, h...
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How to Ride a Pterosaur, According to Science

From the BBC: “During the Late Cretaceous, winged prehistoric creatures called pterosaurs dominated the air. They were the first vertebrates to master flight. They were not dinosaurs but closely related. Some were tiny, but some were the biggest creatures ever to have flown. We ask a question you’ve all been wondering, could we ride one, and if so, how?” In the animation above, science producer Pierangelo Pirak explores some ideas Dr. Liz Martin-Silverstone, a palaeontologist with a keen...
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New research found COVID-19 vaccines saved more than 240,000 lives in the US and prevented more than 1 million hospitalizations

Jolanta Gawlik, left, gives Juliana Cepeda the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in New York.Mark Lennihan/AP Photo COVID-19 vaccines saved nearly 241,000 lives in the United States, according to a new research model.  Vaccinations also prevented more than 1 million hospitalizations in the first six months of the nation's inoculation program, the research said.  The research says that coronavirus vaccinations also staved off more than 14 million COVID-19 cases. COVID-19 vaccines saved nearly 241,00...
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Covid loses 90% of ability to infect within 20 minutes in air – study

Exclusive: Findings highlight importance of short-range Covid transmissionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCoronavirus loses 90% of its ability to infect us within 20 minutes of becoming airborne – with most of the loss occurring within the first five minutes, the world’s first simulations of how the virus survives in exhaled air suggest.The findings re-emphasise the importance of short-range Covid transmission, with physical distancing and mask-wearing likely to be th...
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Covid loses 90% of ability to infect within minutes in air – study

Exclusive: findings highlight importance of short-range Covid transmissionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCoronavirus loses 90% of its ability to infect us within 20 minutes of becoming airborne – with most of the loss occurring within the first five minutes, the world’s first simulations of how the virus survives in exhaled air suggest.The findings re-emphasise the importance of short-range Covid transmission, with physical distancing and mask-wearing likely to be th...
Tags: Science, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Coronavirus, COVID


COVID-19 hospitalizations have hit a new record high in the US as the Omicron wave sweeps the nation

A medical worker in full PPE reads a message on a computer screen while with a patient who has covid-19 in a negative pressure room in the ICU ward at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts on January 4, 2022.JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images The United States hit a new record high for COVID-19 hospitalizations on Monday.  More than 132,600 people were hospitalized with COVID as of Tuesday, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Roughly 30% of ICU beds...
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Top Republican says Biden's pandemic team has 'lost' Americans' trust

Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina).Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP Sen. Richard Burr said on Tuesday that Americans are losing patience as the omicron variant surges. "You ask the American people to trust you, but you've lost that trust," Burr told top federal health officials. The Biden White House has "squandered its opportunities" to manage the pandemic, he added. Sen. Richard Burr, the top Republican on the Senate's health committee, on Tuesday blasted President Joe Biden's pandemic...
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Scientists say ketamine could help people quit alcohol after 'encouraging' study

Use of ketamine could help treat people suffering from alcohol problems.D-Keine/Getty Images Ketamine infusions with psychological therapy could represent "hope" for alcohol misuse, scientists say. Ketamine and therapy cut the risk of relapse by 2.7 times at six months, the study authors said. It won't work for everyone and others might need "top ups", the scientists cautioned. An infusion of the widely-used anesthetic ketamine could represent "new hope" in the treatment of millions of pe...
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COVID-19 hospitalizations have hit a record high in the US as the Omicron wave sweeps the nation

A medical worker in full PPE reads a message on a computer screen while with a patient who has covid-19 in a negative pressure room in the ICU ward at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts on January 4, 2022.JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images The United States hit a new record high for COVID-19 hospitalizations on Monday.  More than 146,000 people were hospitalized with COVID as of Tuesday, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Roughly 30% of ICU beds...
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Omicron 'tidal wave' could infect half of all Europeans within the next 2 months, WHO official says

People wait in front of a pharmacy open on Sunday to get a COVID-19 test, in Paris, France, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.AP Photo/Francois Mori More than half of all Europeans could soon contract the Omicron coronavirus variant, a WHO official said. Omicron "represents a new west to east tidal wave sweeping across the region," said Dr. Hans Kluge. Projections show that "more than 50% of the population in the region will be infected with Omicron in the next 6 to 8 weeks," he said. More than half of th...
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Why pig-to-human heart transplant is for now only a last resort

Analysis: As doctors monitor world’s first human recipient of pig heart, safety and ethical concerns remainThe world’s first transplant of a genetically altered pig heart into an ailing human is a landmark for medical science, but the operation, and the approach more broadly, raise substantial safety and ethical concerns.Surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center spent eight hours on Friday evening transplanting the heart from the pig into 57-year-old David Bennett, who had been in ho...
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Scientists say a previous infection from the common cold could help protect against COVID-19 — but don't ditch getting a vaccine

Common colds may only offer one form of protection against COVID-19. Experts urged people to get vaccinated.AP Photo/David Zalubowski Immunity from other coronaviruses, like a cold, can offer some protection against COVID-19, a study found. The T cell immune response recognizes parts of the virus that are similar, the study authors said. Experts said the best way to prevent COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. Scientists say a previous infection from a common cold could offer some protection agains...
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Covid loses 90% of ability to infect within five minutes in air – study

Exclusive: findings highlight importance of short-range Covid transmissionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCoronavirus loses 90% of its ability to infect us within five minutes of becoming airborne, the world’s first simulations of how the virus survives in exhaled air suggest.The findings re-emphasise the importance of short-range Covid transmission, with physical distancing and mask-wearing likely to be the most effective means of preventing infection. Ventilation, t...
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The CDC is considering telling people to upgrade from cloth face coverings to N95 or KN95 masks in light of Omicron, report says

A medical assistant wears an N95 mask and a face shield in Puyallup, Washington.AP Photo/Ted S. Warren The CDC is thinking of beefing up its mask guidance in light of the Omicron variant, The Washington Post reported. It's considering asking people to wear N95 or KN95 masks, the report said. N95 and KN95 masks give better protection than cloth masks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering recommending that people upgrade their masks to N95 or KN95 models to help fig...
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Meet Mr Trash Wheel – and the other new devices that eat river plastic

From ‘bubble barriers’ to floating drones, a host of new projects aim to stop plastic pollution before it ever reaches the oceanThe Great Bubble Barrier is just that – a wall of bubbles. It gurgles across the water in a diagonal screen, pushing plastic to one side while allowing fish and other wildlife to pass unharmed.The technology, created by a Dutch firm and already being used in Amsterdam, is being trialled in the Douro River in Porto, Portugal, as part of the EU-supported Maelstrom (marine...
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Meet Mr Trash Wheel – and the other ingenious tools that eat river plastic

From ‘bubble barriers’ to floating drones, a host of new projects aim to stop plastic pollution before it ever reaches the oceanThe Great Bubble Barrier is just that – a wall of bubbles. It gurgles across the water in a diagonal screen, pushing plastic to one side while allowing fish and other wildlife to pass unharmed.The technology, created by a Dutch firm and already being used in Amsterdam, is being trialled in the Douro River in Porto, Portugal, as part of the EU-supported Maelstrom (marine...
Tags: Europe, Science, Technology, Environment, Eu, European Union, World news, Ces, Pollution, Wildlife, Marine Life, Oceans, Ethical and green living, Amsterdam, Recycling, Waste


Roman town’s remains found below Northamptonshire field on HS2 route

Findings surpass experts’ expectations after buildings, wells, coins and wide road discoveredA wealthy Roman trading town, whose inhabitants adorned themselves with jewellery and ate from fine pottery, has been discovered half a metre below the surface of a remote field in Northamptonshire.A 10-metre-wide Roman road, domestic and industrial buildings, more than 300 coins and at least four wells have been unearthed at the site, where 80 archaeologists have been working for the past 12 months. Con...
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‘Don’t plan it, just go!’: how to be spontaneous – and grab some unexpected fun

The pandemic has left our best-laid plans in disarray, but we can still have spur-of-the-moment adventuresBack in the wild old days, my best buddy and I used to call going out “looking for trouble”. We weren’t hoping for a punch-up or a little light robbery, but a spontaneous adventure involving music, strangers or just the city at night. All that spur-of-the-moment fun has taken quite a beating since the pandemic began, for many millions of us. First came the lockdowns, social distancing and cl...
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Will Covid-19 become less dangerous as it evolves?

Analysis: experts warn that viral evolution is not a one-way street and a continuing fall in virulence cannot be taken for grantedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe pandemic has been awash with slogans, but in recent weeks, two have been repeated with increasing frequency: “Variants will evolve to be milder” and “Covid will become endemic”. Yet experts warn that neither of these things can be taken for granted.Those stating that viruses become less deadly over time o...
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