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‘Sophisticated’: ancient faeces shows humans enjoyed beer and blue cheese 2,700 years ago

Austrian Alps salt miners had a ‘balanced diet’, with an analysis of bronze and iron age excrement finding the earliest evidence of cheese ripening in EuropeIt’s no secret that beer and blue cheese go hand in hand – but a new study reveals how deep their roots run in Europe, where workers at a salt mine in Austria were gorging on both up to 2,700 years ago.Scientists made the discovery by analysing samples of human excrement found at the heart of the Hallstatt mine in the Austrian Alps. Continu...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, World news, Austria, Anthropology, Alps, Hallstatt


New study of 2,600-year-old poop suggests Iron Age miners drank beer and ate blue cheese

An illustrated scene of the Hallstatt salt mountain in the early Iron Age. Reschreiter_Groebner/NHM Scientists analyzed the DNA in an ancient European salt miner's poop from some 2,600 years ago. They found the feces contained microbes consistent with the production of beer and blue cheese. Salt miners were previously thought to mostly eat gruel. The finding suggests they were more sophisticated. A new study of 2,600-year-old feces from an Iron Age salt miner suggested that workers at ...
Tags: Europe, Science, Trends, Austria, Italy, News UK, Slovenia, Prehistory, Unesco World Heritage, Frank Maixner, Hallstatt, Penicillium, Maixner, DNA analysis, Microbe, Brander


Covid-19 Diary : Thursday 5 August, 2021

Tuesday saw the world total of reported Covid cases pass through 200 million.  Here in the US we’re just over 36 million cases, and rising now at a new rate of 100k or greater every day. I created a new chart, comparing the seven day average new case count in the US for each day this year with the same day last year.  This helps us to answer a key question – are we winning or losing the battle with Covid?  Are we better off? As you can see, for all of June and most of July, the answer was triu...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Twitter, Europe, Florida, Usa, UK, Science, Sweden, Cdc, Mexico, France, Germany, Israel, US, Georgia


Covid-19 Diary : Sunday 1 August, 2021

We are now something like 18 months into this pandemic.  You would think that by this point, and after all the resources, people, and trillions of dollars spent, we would have at least some semblance of order and consistency in terms of what we do and how we respond to something that is sadly an everyday event – someone coming down with the virus.  In the US, this event has now been repeated almost 36 million times. But please read this article and note how even today, there is absolutely no c...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, Florida, Usa, UK, Science, Sweden, Cdc, France, Germany, Massachusetts, US, Georgia, Spain, Cyprus


Extreme weather is sweeping the world, with devastating floods and wildfires on 3 continents at once

Photos showing flooding in Germany, fire in the US, fire in Russia, and flooding in China. BERND LAUTER/AFP via Getty Images; USDA Forest Service via Getty Images; REUTERS/Roman Kutukov; Twitter/The Paper The past week has seen extreme weather strike around the world. China and Europe are fighting flooding while the US, Canada, and Russia have huge fires. Worsening extreme weather is a consequence of the climate crisis, experts say. See more stories on Insider's business page. Extreme ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Climate Change, Oregon, China, Germany, Russia, US, Trends, Getty Images, Austria, Canada, Ireland, New York Times, News UK


Extreme weather is sweeping the world, with devastating floods and wildfires on 4 continents at once

Photos showing flooding in Germany, fire in the US, fire in Russia, and flooding in China. BERND LAUTER/AFP via Getty Images; USDA Forest Service via Getty Images; REUTERS/Roman Kutukov; Twitter/The Paper The past week has seen extreme weather strike around the world. China and Europe are fighting flooding while the US, Canada, and Russia have huge fires. Worsening extreme weather is a consequence of the climate crisis, experts say. See more stories on Insider's business page. Extreme ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Climate Change, Oregon, China, Germany, Russia, US, Trends, Getty Images, Austria, Canada, Ireland, New York Times, News UK


DNA from 1,600-year-old Iranian sheep mummy brings history to life

A team of geneticists and archaeologists from Ireland, France, Iran, Germany, and Austria has sequenced the DNA from a 1,600-year-old sheep mummy from an ancient Iranian salt mine, Chehrābād. This remarkable specimen has revealed sheep husbandry practices of the ancient Near East, as well as underlining how natural mummification can affect DNA degradation.
Tags: Science, Austria, Near East, Ireland France Iran Germany, Chehr


Mental health of high school students during social distancing, remote schooling during COVID-19

What The Study Did: High school students in Austria were surveyed about their well-being, sleep quality, eating and symptoms of depression and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tags: Science, Austria


Boost for mouse genetic analysis

To understand what role an individual gene plays, biologists have, for 100 years, been using a trick of nature: While in principle, the genome in all cells of an organism is the same, mutations arise in individual cells. These mutations differentiate a cell from its neighbors, forming a 'genetic mosaic.' Now, Simon Hippenmeyer, Professor at IST Austria, advanced genetic mosaic analysis, making almost all genes in the mouse genome accessible to single-cell genetic mosaic analysis.
Tags: Science, Austria


Ready, set, go - how stem cells synchronise to repair the spinal cord in axolotls

Few animals can regenerate their spinal cord after an injury. The axolotl can mobilise stem cells in its spinal cord to regrow the lost tissue. An international team of scientists from Argentinas National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Austria, and the Technische Universitaet Dresden in Germany investigated the early stages of this process. Their findings are now published on the online platform eLife.
Tags: Science, Germany, Austria, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology IMP, Technische Universitaet Dresden


There's more to genes than DNA: how Mum and Dad add something extra, just for you

Biologists at the Universities of Bath in the UK and Vienna in Austria have discovered 71 new 'imprinted' genes in the mouse genome, a finding that takes them a step closer to unravelling some of the mysteries of epigenetics - an area of science that describes how genes are switched on (and off) in different cells, at different stages in development and adulthood.
Tags: UK, Science, Austria, Vienna, Universities of Bath


NASA has led 7 asteroid-impact simulations. Only once did experts figure out how to stop the space rock from hitting Earth.

An artist's illustration of asteroids flying by Earth. Peter Carril/ESA In a recent simulation, a fictitious asteroid was approaching Earth but experts couldn't stop it. NASA has led seven such simulations, and the participants only fully stopped the asteroid once. It shows how challenging it would be to stop an Earth-bound space rock, even with ample warning. See more stories on Insider's business page. An international group of space experts have been bested by a hypothetica...
Tags: Europe, Space, Science, News, Dart, Virginia, India, New York City, Africa, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Czech Republic, Austria, Harvard University, Fema


Smashing the Covid curve

Researchers at the IST Austria led by Björn Hof reports that a small difference in epidemic mitigation levels can cause a discontinuous jump in infection numbers. The researchers show that limits in testing and contact tracing are responsible for this sudden change in the epidemic outcome. Testing followed up by contact tracing is extremely efficient in slowing down epidemics, however, once their limit is exceeded the epidemic accelerates resulting in a faster than exponential spread.
Tags: Science, Austria, Björn Hof


The rare clots people get after taking COVID-19 vaccines are different from other clots and require special treatment

A file photo shows a woman receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images Experts are learning more about the very rare clots some people get after taking COVID-19 vaccines. The clots - called vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia - differ from other types. The CDC advises different treatments, warning that treating VITT like other clots may be harmful. See more stories on Insider's business page. As scientists research the rare blood clots de...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Australia, Cdc, Germany, US, Trends, Austria, News UK, Astrazeneca, Norway, Melbourne, Wall Street Journal, New England, Bruce Campbell


Suicides fallen by 4% during the Covid-19 pandemic

In Austria, suicides have fallen by 4% since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, thereby consolidating the pre-2019 trend. An international study now shows that this pattern is similar to the global suicide trends during the initial phase of the coronavirus pandemic up until the end of October.
Tags: Science, Austria


Blood clots are not a typical vaccine side effect, despite questions raised by AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine

AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine. Dado Ruvic/Reuters There's no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines, or any others, cause blood clots. It's likely a coincidence that some AstraZeneca vaccine recipients have gotten blood clots. Some countries have stopped using the AstraZeneca vaccine anyway. See more stories on Insider's business page. Several European countries have paused their use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine due to a few reports of blood clots in those who got the shot...
Tags: Science, Washington Post, Trends, Austria, Astrazeneca, Denmark, The World Health Organization, Blood Clots, Daniel Salmon, Coronavirus, COVID, Covid-19 Vaccine, Mariangela Simao, Andrea Michelson, National Blood Clot Alliance


Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine: which countries have paused jab and why

Analysis: Germany, France, Spain and Italy head an expanding list of EU countries to have put its use on holdA host of European countries have put all vaccinations with this jab on hold, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Norway and Ireland. Some others such as Estonia and Austria have suspended vaccinations from particular batches of the vaccine. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Eu, UK News, Medical Research, Austria, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Health policy, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Estonia, Germany France Spain, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca, Germany France Spain Italy Denmark Norway


Sweden joins Germany, France, and 15 other countries in suspending AstraZeneca's vaccine over possible side effects

Pascal Soriot, executive director and CEO of AstraZeneca. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images 18 countries have suspended the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine while possible side effects are investigated. There is no evidence yet that the AstraZeneca vaccine causes blood clots. Germany, France, Italy, Spain and others have suspended the shot. Scroll down for the full list. See more stories on Insider's business page. Multiple countries have paused the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccin...
Tags: UK, Science, Sweden, Indonesia, France, Germany, US, Trends, Eu, Spain, European Union, Thailand, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Healthcare


Thailand's prime minister got an AstraZeneca COVID-19 shot in public, hoping to boost confidence after more than a dozen countries paused its use

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha receives an injection of the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, March 16, 2021. Thailand Government House/Handout via Reuters Thailand's prime minister became the first in the country to get the AstraZeneca vaccine Tuesday. The country was going to start using the jab on Friday, but ended up waiting. Numerous countries have paused their rollouts, but WHO has urged them to conti...
Tags: Politics, Science, Trends, Thailand, Austria, News UK, Who, Astrazeneca, Denmark, Al Jazeera, Reuters, World Health Organization WHO, Bangkok Thailand, Government House, European Medicines Agency, Prayuth Chan


Sweden joins Germany, France, and 12 other countries in suspending AstraZeneca's vaccine over possible side effects

Pascal Soriot, executive director and CEO of AstraZeneca. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images 15 countries have stopping using AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine while possible side effects are investigated. There is no evidence yet that AstraZeneca's vaccine causes blood clots. Germany, France, Italy, Spain and others have suspended the shot. Scroll down for the full list. See more stories on Insider's business page. Multiple countries have paused the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-...
Tags: UK, Science, Sweden, Indonesia, France, Germany, US, Trends, Eu, Spain, European Union, Thailand, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Healthcare


Sweden joins Germany, France, and 13 other countries in suspending AstraZeneca's vaccine over possible side effects

Pascal Soriot, executive director and CEO of AstraZeneca. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images 16 countries have stopping using AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine while possible side effects are investigated. There is no evidence yet that AstraZeneca's vaccine causes blood clots. Germany, France, Italy, Spain and others have suspended the shot. Scroll down for the full list. See more stories on Insider's business page. Multiple countries have paused the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-...
Tags: UK, Science, Sweden, Indonesia, France, Germany, US, Trends, Eu, Spain, European Union, Thailand, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Healthcare


Germany, France, and 9 other countries have all suspended AstraZeneca's vaccine over possible side effects

Getty Some countries have stopping using AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine while possible side effects are investigated. There is no evidence yet that AstraZeneca's vaccine causes blood clots. Germany, France, Italy and others have suspended the shot. Scroll down for the full list. See more stories on Insider's business page. Multiple countries have paused the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine as a precaution while investigators look into cases of blood clots among vaccin...
Tags: UK, Science, Indonesia, France, Germany, US, Trends, Eu, European Union, Thailand, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Healthcare, Netherlands, World Health Organization


Germany, France, and 10 other countries have all suspended AstraZeneca's vaccine over possible side effects

Getty Some countries have stopping using AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine while possible side effects are investigated. There is no evidence yet that AstraZeneca's vaccine causes blood clots. Germany, France, Italy, Spain and others have suspended the shot. Scroll down for the full list. See more stories on Insider's business page. Multiple countries have paused the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine as a precaution while investigators look into cases of blood clots among...
Tags: UK, Science, Indonesia, France, Germany, US, Trends, Eu, Spain, European Union, Thailand, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Healthcare, Netherlands


The Netherlands becomes the 7th country to suspend AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, pending an investigation into blood clots

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. BSR Agency / Contributor The Netherlands said it would stop using AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine for at least two weeks. It said the decision was based on six new reports of blood clots in Denmark and Norway. Seven countries have now halted the shot. There is no evidence it causes blood clots. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Netherlands has paused the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine as a precaution while investigators look...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Trends, Eu, Austria, Ireland, Healthcare, Netherlands, Who, Astrazeneca, Denmark, Norway, Pfizer, The Netherlands, European Medicines Agency


These 8 countries have all suspended AstraZeneca's vaccine over possible side effects - while others have banned a specific batch of shots

Getty Some countries have stopping using AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine while possible side effects are investigated. This follows several cases of blood clots among vaccinated people. There is no evidence yet that AstraZeneca's vaccine caused the clots. See more stories on Insider's business page. Multiple countries have paused the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine as a precaution while investigators look into cases of blood clots among vaccinated people.Austrian auth...
Tags: UK, Science, Indonesia, US, Trends, Eu, European Union, Thailand, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Healthcare, Netherlands, Astrazeneca, Denmark, Latvia


This map of Europe is good for only one thing

Topology is a relatively young branch of mathematics, with various branches of its own.It has applications in biology, computer science, string theory, and yes, also cartography.This topologist's map of Europe is not a true reflection of area or size, only of the relationships between countries. Rubber-sheet geometry Here's an ology you might not have heard of, despite its deceptively familiar-sounding name: topology. And if you have, well done you. But even then, you've probably never conside...
Tags: Europe, Maps, Science, France, Germany, Russia, Cyprus, Ukraine, Austria, Italy, Innovation, Serbia, Crimea, Switzerland, Belgium, Vatican


These 5 countries have all suspended AstraZeneca's vaccine over possible side effects - while 6 others have banned a specific batch of shots

Getty Some countries have stopping using AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine while possible side effects are investigated. This follows several cases of blood clots among vaccinated people. There is no evidence yet that AstraZeneca's vaccine caused the clots. See more stories on Insider's business page. Several countries have paused the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine as a precaution while investigators look into cases of blood clots among vaccinated people.Austrian autho...
Tags: UK, Science, US, Trends, Eu, European Union, Thailand, Austria, Italy, Healthcare, Astrazeneca, Denmark, Latvia, Norway, Getty, Oxford University


Russia demanded an apology from the EU drug regulator after its top official compared getting the Sputnik V vaccine to playing 'Russian roulette'

A vial of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Moscow. A European Medicines Agency official said taking Russia's vaccine is "comparable to Russian roulette." She made the remark while urging countries to wait for the EMA's approval before authorizing it. Sputnik V's official Twitter account called the comments "inappropriate" and demanded an apology. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Russia has demanded an apology from a top European Medicines Agency off...
Tags: Politics, Science, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, Trends, Eu, Austria, Hungary, Italy, News UK, European Commission, Moscow, Pfizer, State Department, Slovakia


Coronavirus live: modified vaccines for variants to be fast-tracked; Moscow expects EU to approve Sputnik V jab

UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore and Switzerland regulators to back rollout of modified vaccines without new approval; Moscow could provide vaccines for 50 million Europeans from JuneVaccines tweaked for Covid variants ‘will be fast-tracked safely’Decline in UK Covid rates slowing with possible increase in some areasInterpol: fake vaccines seized in China and South Africa ‘tip of iceberg’Covid deaths high in countries with more overweight people, says reportBiden accuses governors of ‘Neandertha...
Tags: UK, Science, France, China, Israel, Eu, World news, Medical Research, Austria, Egypt, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Switzerland, Moscow, Denmark, Vaccines and immunisation


EU tells six countries to lift Covid border restrictions

Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary and Sweden put on notice over curbs to free movementCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBrussels has put six EU member states on notice that their tight Covid border restrictions, including exit and entry bans, should be lifted over fears of a wider breakdown in the bloc’s free movement of people and goods.Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary and Sweden have been given 10 days to respond to the European commission’s conce...
Tags: Europe, Science, Sweden, Germany, Eu, European Union, World news, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Infectious Diseases, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Coronavirus, Belgium Denmark Finland Germany Hungary



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