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Meteorite crashes through roof of Canada woman’s home and on to bed

‘I’ve never been so scared in my life,’ says Ruth Hamilton after meteorite shower above a western Canadian regionA woman in Canada awoke in shock earlier this week when a rock crashed through the ceiling of her home and landed on her bed, narrowly missing her but spraying grit and other debris on her face, as her dog barked frantically.Police were called and the culprit was initially suspected to be a construction site nearby where work must have sent the fist-sized projectile onto the woman’s p...
Tags: Science, Americas, World news, Canada, Meteors, Ruth Hamilton


President of Brazil says it ‘makes no sense’ for him to be vaccinated

Jair Bolsonaro’s comments called ‘stupid and selfish’ in country where 600,000 people have died of CovidCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 600,000 of his citizens have lost their lives to a Covid-19 outbreak he once pooh-poohed as a “little flu”, but Brazil’s science-denying president, Jair Bolsonaro, has announced he will decline to be vaccinated, saying “it makes no sense” for him to do so.“With regard to the vaccine, I’ve decided not to have it any more,” th...
Tags: Science, Americas, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Coronavirus


Homegrown Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news


Local Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news


The Earth is less bright than it used to be because there are fewer clouds in the air, a study found

Earth as seen from space, This view shows Hurricane Florence over the east coast of the US in 2018. NASA A study found that the Earth has lost some of its shine over time, a study found. They think it is because there are fewer clouds to bounce back the light. The phenomenon may have implications for the climate, though that requires more study. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Earth is bouncing back less light into space because its cloud coverage isn't what it use...
Tags: Cloud, Science, Climate Change, California, Americas, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Cnn, News UK, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, Florence, University Of California, Goode


Prosecutors in Mexico seeking arrest warrants for more than 30 scientists

Scientific community is outraged, saying charges of organised crime are an attempt by Mexico’s president to silence themMexico’s scientific community has reacted with outrage after the country’s chief prosecutor requested arrest warrants for 31 scientists, researchers and academics on accusations of organised crime, money laundering and embezzlement – charges that could land them alongside drug cartel kingpins in one of the country’s most notorious lockups.A judge at the maximum security Altipla...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Americas, Guzman, Joaquin, Altiplano, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador


Newly discovered fossil footprints show humans were in North America thousands of years earlier than we thought

Some of the fossil footprints discovered in White Sands National Park. Courtesy of Sally Reynolds et al. Anthropologists found 60 fossilized human footprints in New Mexico that date back 23,000 years. The finding reveals humans occupied North America thousands of years earlier than we thought - and thrived on the continent during the last ice age. See more stories on Insider's business page. A new discovery offers definitive evidence that humans were in North America far earlier than ...
Tags: Japan, England, Science, News, Russia, Americas, Trends, Canada, Atlantic, Chile, Alaska, Anthropology, Arctic, Archaeology, Siberia, South America


The Historical Land Practices Behind California’s Fires

The skies of the Bay Area turned orange in September 02020, as the smoke from the complex of wildfires throughout the Bay overwhelmed the sky. Image courtesy of Long Now Speaker and photographer Christopher Michel. Here at Long Now’s offices in San Francisco, we are in the midst of California’s fire season. The fire season is an ever-expanding span of time typically judged to peak between August and October, though the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has warned for yea...
Tags: Asia, Science, Climate Change, California, Environment, Future, Americas, San Francisco, History, Bay Area, Bay, Nps, Northern California, Thomas, U S Forest Service, Jordan Thomas


Oxygen firms accused of intimidating Mexican hospitals during pandemic

Hospitals received letters threatening large fines after they installed their own onsite O2 plants in response to shortagesIn March 2020, Benjamin Espinoza Zavala saw an entire floor of his small hospital in Guanajuato, central Mexico, converted into Covid-19 wards. The hospital’s need for oxygen soared.Deliveries from CryoInfra, part of the Grupo Infra group, occasionally slowed to once every couple of days, and he had to buy in extra to cover the sudden gaps in supply. Prices increased. Conti...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Americas, World news, Hospitals, Global development, Healthcare Industry, Investigative journalism, Guanajuato, Coronavirus, Benjamin Espinoza Zavala, Grupo Infra


Netflix's Trailer for Maya and the Three Reveals a Land of Mesoamerican Myth

Let’s be clear: Jorge R. Gutiérrez’s Maya and the Three is set in a mythical land inspired by Mexican and Mesoamerican culture. The Book of Life director has drawn from Incan, Aztec, and Mayan mythology, as well as a smattering of Caribbean culture, to create an epic fantasy TV series for Netflix, and you can see it…Read more...
Tags: Science, Americas, Netflix, Kate, Rosie Perez, Caribbean, Mesoamerica, Maya, Rita Moreno, Latifah, Gutierrez, Castillo, Zoe, Alfred Molina, Danny Trejo, Continents


‘Hidden pandemic’: Peruvian children in crisis as carers die

With 93,000 children in Peru losing a parent to Covid, many face depression, anxiety and povertyWhen Covid-19 began shutting down Nilda López’s vital organs, doctors decided that the best chance of saving her and her unborn baby was to put her into a coma.Six months pregnant, López feared she would not wake up, or that if she did, her baby would not be there. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Education, Children, Americas, Life and style, Society, World news, Poverty, Mental Health, Disability, Infectious Diseases, Social exclusion, Global development, Peru, Child Labour


Earth’s solid metal inner core is growing more on one side than the other

More than 5,000 kilometres beneath us, Earth's solid metal inner core wasn't discovered until 1936. Almost a century later, we're still struggling to answer basic questions about when and how it first formed.These aren't easy puzzles to solve. We can't directly sample the inner core, so the key to unravelling its mysteries lies in collaboration between seismologists, who indirectly sample it with seismic waves, geodynamicists, who create models of its dynamics, and mineral physicists, who study ...
Tags: Asia, Science, Indonesia, Americas, Earth, Physics, Geology, Innovation, Universe, Brazil, Planets, Jupiter, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Banda Sea


Tunnel Discovered With Aztec Carvings Will Be Reburied After Project Loses Funding

In October 2019, Mexican archaeologists found intriguing reliefs carved around a sluice gate of a 2.5-mile-long, 400-year-old tunnel under the outskirts of Mexico City. But now, the bureau that orchestrated the dig says the archaeologists will need to cover up the amazing finds, as it lacks the funds to properly…Read more...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Environment, Americas, Construction, Tunnel, Civil Engineering, Crossings, Instituto Nacional De Antropologia E Historia, Earthworks, Raul Garcia Chavez


Deadly coral disease sweeping Caribbean linked to wastewater from ships

Researchers find ‘significant relationship’ between stony coral tissue loss disease and nearby shippingA virulent and fast-moving coral disease that has swept through the Caribbean could be linked to waste or ballast water from ships, according to research.The deadly infection, known as stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD), was first identified in Florida in 2014, and has since moved through the region, causing great concern among scientists. Continue reading...
Tags: Florida, Science, Environment, Americas, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Coral, Bahamas, Caribbean


Brazilians take to streets to demand removal of Jair Bolsonaro

Calls for president’s impeachment intensify amid claims government sort to illegally profit from Covid jabsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHuge crowds of protesters have returned to the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities to demand the removal of a president they blame for more than half a million coronavirus deaths.Tens of thousands of demonstrators hit the streets of Rio de Janeiro on Saturday morning as calls for Jair Bolsonaro’s impeachment intensified after allega...
Tags: Science, Americas, World news, Infectious Diseases, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Jair Bolsonaro, Coronavirus


Lights, dogs, action! Patagonia project to keep pumas from preying on sheep

A trial using maremma sheepdogs and Foxlights is offering a new way to protect livestock and diffuse conflict with ranchers over the big catsArriving at a fencepost protruding like a needle from the grassland, conservation adviser Nicolás Lagos assembles an LED device that will sit atop the pillar and at nightfall emanate an eerie multicoloured display across the frosted Patagonian valley below. The lights emit random 360-degree patterns visible from a mile away. Known as Foxlights they emulate ...
Tags: Travel, Food, Science, Biology, Environment, Americas, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Farming, Chile, Patagonia, IUCN red list of endangered species, Biodiversity, Wildlife Holidays, Green travel


‘Gamechanging’ £10m environmental DNA project to map life in world’s rivers

eBioAtlas programme aims to identify fish, birds, amphibians and land animals in freshwater systems from the Ganges to the MekongConcealed by the turbid, swirling waters of the Amazon, the Mekong and the Congo, the biodiversity of the world’s great rivers has largely remained a mystery to scientists. But now a multimillion-pound project aims to describe and identify the web of life in major freshwater ecosystems around the world with “gamechanging” DNA technology.The International Union for Cons...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Science, Biology, Animals, Africa, Environment, Americas, World news, Fish, Genetics, Wildlife, Conservation, Trees and forests, Peru, Amazon Rainforest


Indigenous mortality following Spanish colonization did not always lead to forest regrowth

New research led by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History shows that disruptions to Indigenous land management following Iberian colonization did not always result in widespread forest regrowth in the Americas and Asia-Pacific, as has been recently argued.
Tags: Science, Americas, Asia Pacific


Satellites Capture Images of Huge Dust Storm Heading to the Americas

Well, here we go again. A bounty of Saharan dust has made its way out to sea and is currently moving through the central Atlantic Ocean. If it continues its westerly trek, it could interrupt a possible tropical storm forming off the coast of Nicaragua.Read more...
Tags: Weather, Science, Environment, Americas, Storm, Nicaragua, Dust, Earth Sciences, Atlantic Ocean, Sahara, Saharan Air Layer, Hazards, Dust Storm, Physical Geography, Weather Hazards, Disaster Accident


Urban crime plummets during lockdowns in cities around world

Impact on offences such as burglary and assault is revealed in 27 cities, but figures steadily rise as rules easeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUrban crime ranging from vehicle theft and burglary to robbery and assault fell substantially during Covid lockdowns as stay-at-home orders around the world cleared the streets and ensured more houses were occupied in the daytime.An analysis of crime reports from 27 cities in Europe, Asia and the Americas found overall urban ...
Tags: Science, Crime, Americas, UK News, World news, Europe Asia, Coronavirus


Terrawatch: a saltmine and a sinking city in Brazil

More than 6,000 buildings in Maceió condemned and research suggests more subsidence to comeIt was early 2018 when residents of the Brazilian city of Maceió first spotted cracks appearing in buildings and roads. Heavy rainfall in mid February, followed by a small earthquake at the beginning of March, appeared to trigger the fractures. The situation in the neighbourhood of Pinheiro was so serious that 6,356 buildings were placed under demolition orders and 25,000 residents had to be moved out.Rece...
Tags: Science, Americas, World news, Brazil, Potsdam, Pinheiro, Maceio, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Mahdi Motagh


Mexican Authorities Raid Construction Site Near Famous Archaeological Ruins

Hundreds of Mexican National Guard and police have raided and seized an apparently illegal building project that caused “irreparable damage” to protected areas near the country’s historic Teotihuacán ruins.Read more...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Americas, Countries, Teotihuacan, Mexican National Guard, Law Crime, Mexico City Metropolitan Area, Archaeoastronomy, Teotihuacan Municipality, Instituto Nacional De Antropologia E Historia


Peru has world’s worst per capita Covid toll after death data revised

Updated figures give country a per capita death toll of 500 per 100,000 people – double that of BrazilCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeru has almost tripled its official Covid-19 death toll to 180,764, following a government review, making it the country with the worst death rate per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University data.Peru has been among the hardest hit Latin America countries during the pandemic, with its hospitals overcrowded with patients and deman...
Tags: Science, Americas, World news, Infectious Diseases, Peru, Latin America, Johns Hopkins University, Coronavirus


DNA study sets out to establish true origins of Christopher Columbus

Was the explorer from Italy, Spain, Portugal or elsewhere? Researchers hope to find out once and for allSpanish researchers have launched a new attempt to finally settle the dispute over the true origins of Christopher Columbus after various theories have claimed the explorer hailed from Portugal or Spain, rather than Italy as most scholars agree.“There is no doubt on our part [about his Italian origin], but we can provide objective data that can ... close a series of existing theories,” said Jo...
Tags: Europe, Science, Americas, Spain, World news, Italy, Anthropology, Portugal, Academics, Christopher Columbus, Italy Spain Portugal, José Antonio Lorente, University of Granada Continue


J&J jab linked to more blood clots; double vaccine production, says UN – as it happened

MRNA vaccines appear to neutralise Indian variant; CDC says there is ‘plausible causal association’ between vaccine and dangerous clottingNorway ends use of AstraZeneca vaccine and delays decision on J&JCovid pandemic was preventable, says WHO-commissioned reportSpain aims to receive British tourists without Covid tests from 20 MayScores more bodies of suspected Covid victims found in Indian riversChina has used pandemic to boost global image, report says 12.48am BST This blog is closing dow...
Tags: Science, Cdc, India, Americas, UK News, World news, US news, Brazil, Un, Astrazeneca, mRNA, Coronavirus, Journal of Medical Ethics


Coronavirus live: US experts see link between J&J jab and blood clots; Mexico reports 3,090 new cases and 267 more deaths

MRNA vaccines appear to neutralise Indian variant; CDC says there is ‘plausible causal association’ between vaccine and dangerous clottingNorway ends use of AstraZeneca vaccine and delays decision on J&JCovid pandemic was preventable, says WHO-commissioned reportSpain aims to receive British tourists without Covid tests from 20 MayScores more bodies of suspected Covid victims found in Indian riversChina has used pandemic to boost global image, report says 10.24pm BST Australians will have an...
Tags: Science, Australia, Cdc, Mexico, India, Americas, US, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Brazil, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Biden, Therapeutic Goods Administration


Coronavirus live: US experts see link between J&J jab and blood clots; some vaccines could ‘neutralise’ Indian variant, says EMA

CDC says there is ‘plausible causal association’ between vaccine and dangerous clotting; European medicines watchdog says there is ‘promising evidence’ the vaccines work against variant first encountered in IndiaCovid pandemic was preventable, says WHO-commissioned reportSpain aims to receive British tourists without Covid tests from 20 MayScores more bodies of suspected Covid victims found in Indian riversChina has used pandemic to boost global image, report says Australia: fresh outbreak blame...
Tags: UK, Science, Australia, Cdc, Russia, India, Americas, US, UK News, World news, US news, Moscow, Brazil, Reuters, Sergei Lavrov, Antonio Guterres


Coronavirus live news: jabs like Pfizer and Moderna appear able to ‘neutralise’ Indian variant, says EMA

European medicines watchdog says there is ‘promising evidence’ the vaccines work against variant first encountered in IndiaCovid pandemic was preventable, says WHO-commissioned reportChina has used pandemic to boost global image, report says UK prime minister announces independent inquiry into Covid handlingSpike in India variant poses threat to UK reopening, scientists sayAustralia: fresh outbreak blamed on hotel quarantine leak 4.22pm BST Germany will let travellers who have been vaccinate...
Tags: UK, Science, Germany, Angela Merkel, India, Americas, UK News, World news, US news, Ap, Brazil, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Slovakia, Moderna, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: India variant found in 44 countries – WHO; Norway ‘will not resume AstraZeneca rollout’

Another record rise in India deaths; samples show UK most affected by B.1.617 strain outside India; reports say Norway will not use Oxford jab any moreChina has used pandemic to boost global image, report says UK prime minister announces independent inquiry into Covid handlingSpike in India variant poses threat to UK reopening, scientists sayAustralia: fresh outbreak blamed on hotel quarantine leakUK coronavirus updates - live 1.21pm BST Poland will bring forward the reopening of cinemas and...
Tags: UK, Science, China, India, Americas, UK News, World news, US news, Oxford, Poland, Brazil, Astrazeneca, Norway, Brussels, Reuters, International Federation of Journalists IFJ


Coronavirus live news: India variant found in 44 countries – WHO; Taiwan faces new outbreak

Another record rise in India deaths; samples show UK is most affected by B.1.617 strain outside India; Taiwan outbreak ‘could lead to tighter curbs’Spike in India variant poses threat to UK reopening, scientists sayAustralia: fresh outbreak blamed on hotel quarantine leakExplainer: the deadly ‘black fungus’ seen in Covid patients in IndiaSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.09am BST The dramatic rise in UK cases of the India variant could undermine the country’s roadmap for reopening, scientis...
Tags: UK, Science, India, Americas, Bloomberg, UK News, World news, US news, Taiwan, Brazil, University College London, TAIEX, Coronavirus, COVID, Christina Pagel, Independent Sage



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