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The couple accused of escaping their isolation hotel in the Netherlands complains forced quarantine is 'worse than a prison'

People wait in front for quarantine and COVID-19 test appointments inside Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands in November 2021.REUTERS/Eva Plevier/File Photo The couple who escaped a COVID-19 lockdown in the Netherlands say their new forced quarantine is "worse than a prison."  Andrés Sanz and Carolina Pimenta were required to quarantine after Pimenta tested positive for COVID-19 after a trip to South Africa.  The couple managed to escape and made it all the way to a plane bound for Spain bef...
Tags: Science, News, Africa, Trends, Spain, Bbc, South Africa, Netherlands, The Netherlands, Schiphol Airport, Pimenta, Sanz, Breaking, REBECCA COHEN, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Covid-19: how worried should we be about Omicron? | podcast

Last week, a new variant of Covid-19 was detected by scientists in South Africa. Since then, additional cases have been reported beyond southern Africa, including Belgium, Canada, Israel, Australia and the UK. And with the WHO warning that the Omicron variant poses a very high global risk, scientists around the world are scrambling to uncover clues about its transmissibility and how effective the current coronavirus vaccines will be against it.To find out what we do know about Omicron and what i...
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WHO slams countries for putting travel bans on southern Africa, saying it 'attacks global solidarity'

A Doctors Without Borders nurse performs a COVID-19 test in Johannesburg, South Africa.Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images Countries put travel bans on southern African nations after the Omicron variant was first found there. A WHO official said "putting in place travel bans that target Africa attacks global solidarity." South Africa said it feels punished, instead of applauded for finding and reporting the variant. The World Health Organization criticized countries for putting travel bans on so...
Tags: Science, Africa, Trends, Bbc, South Africa, New York Times, News UK, Who, World Health Organization, Botswana, Africa South Africa, JOHANNESBURG South Africa, Europe Many, Asia North America, Matshidiso Moeti, Omicron

Moderna says it might release a modified COVID-19 vaccine for the Omicron variant by early 2022

A vial of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.Rick Bowmer/AP Photo Moderna's chief medical officer said the company could release an updated vaccine by early 2022. News of the vaccine modification comes as the new Omicron variant begins to spread globally. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson are also testing vaccine effectiveness at fighting the Omicron variant. Moderna said it might release an updated COVID-19 vaccine to combat the new Omicron variant by early 2022.  "We should know about the abilit...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Israel, US, Trends, Bbc, South Africa, Belgium, World Health Organization, Andrew Marr, Pfizer, North America, Anthony Fauci, Rick Bowmer, Burton

South Africa says it has been 'punished' rather than 'applauded' for detecting the new Omicron variant

A passenger looks at an electronic flight notice board displaying cancelled flights at Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, 2021, after several countries banned flights from South Africa following the discovery of a new coronavirus variant Omicron.Phill Magakoe/Getty Images South Africa said it is being punished for detecting the new coronavirus variant Omicron. The US, UK, and Europe have introduced travel restrictions on southern African countries. "Excellent science ...
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UK suspending flights from 6 African countries over new coronavirus variant fears: 'Our scientists are deeply concerned'

Britain's Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid.Andrew Matthews/Pool/Reuters A new coronavirus variant has been identified in Botswana and South Africa. Dubbed "B.1.1.529," it has many mutations, concerning scientists and the World Health Organization. The UK instituted travel restrictions on Thursday for six African countries following the news.  The United Kingdom has added six African countries to its "red" travel list and temporarily suspended flights over concerns about a new ...
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Unrest and protests are ripping across Europe as anger mounts over new COVID-19 winter restrictions

Demonstrators carry flags as they gather to protest against COVID-19 measures, in Zagreb, Croatia November 20, 2021.REUTERS/Antonio Bronic New coronavirus protests are have taken place across Europe as winter restrictions loom. Some countries are bringing in new restrictions, and many require vaccination or negative test proof. People gathered in cities like Vienna and Rome, with some protests turning violent. New coronavirus protests are taking place across Europe in response to winter restr...
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An Austrian province is preparing a COVID-19 lockdown for unvaccinated people only, saying the vaccinated shouldn't have to 'lose their freedom'

People waiting at a mass COVID-19 testing site in Vienna, Austria. Vienna is not located in Upper Austria province. AP Photo/Ronald Zak An Austrian province plans to do a lockdown only for unvaccinated people from Monday. It means they can't leave their homes except for essential reasons, like buying food and exercising. Austria's chancellor said "there should be no lockdown for the vaccinated out of solidarity for the unvaccinated." A province in Austria is planning to impose a CO...
Tags: Science, Trends, Bbc, Austria, News UK, Upper Austria, Ronald Zak, Die Presse, Vienna Austria Vienna, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine, Sinead Baker, Alexander Schallenberg, Speed desk, Schallenberg, Thomas Stelzer

The physics behind the Astroworld tragedy: When crowds behave like a fluid, people can wind up powerless

Travis Scott performs during the Astroworld music festival at NRG Park in Houston, Texas, on November 5, 2021. Amy Harris/Invision/AP Astroworld was so densely packed that concertgoers couldn't move or execute independent choices. The crowd behaved like a fluid, with waves of pressure and release. Attributing crowd surges solely to "mass panic" places false blame on victims. There's a scientific explanation for last week's deadly crowd surge at the Astroworld music festival in...
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Indigenous communities demanded more action to combat climate change at largest protest in Glasgow history during COP26

An Indigenous climate activist attends a rally at the end of a protest organized by the Cop26 Coalition in Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 which is the host city of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit. AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali Around 100,000 individuals marched through Glasgow for a "Global Day of Action for Climate Justice." On Saturday, more than 250 protests were held across the world for systemic climate justice. The protest was Glasgow's largest since a march against the Iraq ...
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The air in New Delhi, the world's most polluted capital, got even worse after people ignored a ban to fill the air with Diwali fireworks

A road shrouded in smog in Noida, India, November 5, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis New Delhi is considered the world's most-polluted capital city. The toxicity of its air rose to dangerous levels this week, partly fuelled by fireworks. The festival of Diwali on Thursday prompted mass use of fireworks despite a ban. Air pollution levels in New Delhi, India's capital city, got even worse after people ignored a ban and held firework displays to mark the festival of Diwali.New Delhi ...
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Greta Thunberg says world leaders are only pretending to care about the climate crisis

Greta Thunberg in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 1, 2021, during the COP26 climate summit. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne Greta Thunberg said COP26 is 'people in power pretending to take our future seriously.' The climate activist was speaking near the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. Thunberg has repeatedly said that global action on the climate crisis is badly inadequate. Greta Thunberg accused world leaders at the COP26 summit in Scotland of only "pretending" to care about the...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, News, Scotland, China, Trends, Bbc, News UK, Brazil, Glasgow, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Glasgow Scotland, Thomas Colson, Thunberg

Israel's energy minister said she couldn't attend the start of COP26 because her wheelchair couldn't get in

Karine Elharrar in Jerusalem in April 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen Israel's energy minister was stuck outside the first day of COP26 as her wheelchair could not get in. Her office said she waited outside for two hours before going back to her hotel in another city. She tweeted that the situation was "sad" and said "hopefully the lessons learned will be learned." Israel's energy minister said she couldn't attend the first day of the COP26 climate conference because she could not ent...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Israel, Jerusalem, Trends, Bbc, News UK, Un, Edinburgh, Naftali Bennett, Reuters, Bennett, Times of Israel, George Eustice, Climate Crisis

The lines to get into the COP26 climate summit are so long that government officials are missing meetings, report says

Masses of people lining up upon arrival to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 1, 2021. Anna Johnson/Associated Press Entry to the UN climate summit is taking so long that officials are missing meetings, a BBC reporter said. Mishal Husain said she was surrounded by officials "all missing meetings they are supposed to be in by now." Another reporter said that country ambassadors were stuck in the rain for three hours. The lines to get to enter the United Nations' ...
Tags: Politics, Science, Scotland, Russia, Trends, Bbc, United Nations, News UK, Un, Mishal Husain, Glasgow Scotland, Paul Waugh, Cop26, Sinead Baker, Speed desk, Anna Johnson Associated Press Entry

'They are liars or they are stupid': Arnold Schwarzenegger attacks world leaders over climate policies, arguing that cutting emissions can also boost the economy

Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Austrian World Summit in Vienna on July 1. Lisa Leutner/AP Arnold Schwarzenegger says leaders who argue acting on climate will hurt the economy are lying. His comments come ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Scotland. He says he is driving an electric car and has reduced his meat consumption by 70% to 80%. Arnold Schwarzenegger said any world leaders warning that fighting the climate crisis would damage the economy were "liars" or "stupid.""All of these count...
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Moscow is going on its strictest lockdown yet as Russian COVID-19 deaths reach record highs

Russian President Vladimir Putin Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images Russia has been in a COVID-19 lockdown for nine days as case numbers rise in the country. Only essential businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, are allowed to stay open. Vladimir Putin has scheduled a week of paid leave to help curb the spread of the virus. After ordering a one-week lockdown over a week ago, Russia remains locked down after nine days, the BBC reported on Thursday.Only essential businesses are allowed...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, Vladimir Putin, Russia, International, Trends, Bbc, Moscow, Reuters, Lockdown, Breaking, REBECCA COHEN, Coronavirus, Vladimir Putin Mikhail Svetlov Getty, Speed desk

Earth’s demise could rid galaxy of meaning, warns Brian Cox ahead of Cop26

Unique events that led to civilisation mean its demise could ‘eliminate meaning in galaxy for ever’Humans might be the only intelligent beings in our galaxy, so destroying our civilisation could be a galactic disaster, Prof Brian Cox has warned leaders in the run-up to Cop26.Speaking at the launch of his new BBC Two series Universe, the physicist and presenter said that having spoken to the scientists around the world advising the show, he thought that humans and sentient life on Earth “might be...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Television, UK News, Earth, Bbc, Physics, Brian Cox, Climate Crisis, Cop26

'COVID toe,' a painful condition that looks like frostbite, could be a side effect of the body's desperation to beat the virus, study says

An example of "COVID toe" seen on April 3, 2020. Dr. Amy Paller/Northwestern University via AP Lesions on the toes that make them look frostbitten have been reported after COVID-19. A study of so-called COVID toe found it could come from the immune system overreacting The findings add to a growing body of evidence that suggests COVID-19 caused the lesions. See more stories on Insider's business page. A study into the phenomenon called "COVID toe," skin lesions that appear after catch...
Tags: Science, Trends, Bbc, New York Times, Paris, News UK, American Academy of Dermatology, British Skin Foundation, British Journal of Dermatology, Yeji Jesse Lee, Coronavirus, COVID, Marianne Guenot, Amy Paller Northwestern University, AP Lesions, Saint Louis Hospital Paris France

Some people hear sounds when viewing the northern lights. An expert explains why that's possible.

The northern lights (aurora borealis) in Iceland. Ingólfur Bjargmundsson/Getty Images Some people, including Arctic explorers, have reported hearing sounds when viewing the northern lights. An expert explains what could cause those rustling noises: One theory suggests they come from electrically charged particles crackling in Earth's atmosphere. See more stories on Insider's business page. It's a question that has puzzled observers for centuries: Do the fantastic green and crim...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Earth, Bbc, Canada, Alaska, Norway, Northern Lights, Iceland, Aurora Borealis, Shetland Islands, Reuters, Denali National Park, Lapland Finland, Longyearbyen

Pinker’s progress: the celebrity scientist at the centre of the culture wars

How the Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker became one of the world’s most contentious thinkersOn a recent afternoon, Steven Pinker, the cognitive psychologist and bestselling author of upbeat books about human progress, was sitting in his summer home on Cape Cod, thinking about Bill Gates. Pinker was gearing up to record a radio series on critical thinking for the BBC, and he wanted the world’s fourth richest man to join him for an episode on the climate emergency. “People tend to approach chall...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Science, Bbc, Harvard, Linguistics, Manhattan, Bill, Steven Pinker, Greta, Pinker, Politics books, Bill Gates Pinker

Coronavirus live: Strictly pair test positive for Covid; 70 million Americans still unvaccinated

Tom Fletcher from McFly and Amy Dowden are self-isolating; States including Idaho and Kansas report throwing away thousands of expired dosesFears for 1 million UK furloughed staff with Sunak set to end schemeNew York City’s vaccine mandate for school staff blocked by judge‘We feel we’re not going to get really sick’: why the pandemic hasn’t dissuaded ocean cruisersDutch protesters march through The Hague against ‘corona pass’ 5.52pm BST Strictly Come Dancing contestant Tom Fletcher and his p...
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Twins conjoined at the head were separated after a rare 12-hour surgery, meaning they can see each other for the first time

Israeli twins look at one another after having undergone a rare separation surgery at Soroka Medical Centre in Beersheva, Israel. Soroka Medical Centre/Handout/REUTERS A pair of one-year-old twins who were joined at the head have been separated. The operation, which took place in Israel last Thursday, over took 12 hours. The surgery was one of 20 ever done in the world, a hospital surgeon said. See more stories on Insider's business page. A pair of one-year-old Israeli twins girls, who...
Tags: UK, Science, Medicine, Israel, US, Trends, Bbc, News UK, Surgery, Twins, Infant, MRT, Jerusalem Post, Pediatrics, Marianne Guenot, Soroka Medical Centre

A nation's healthcare system at 'risk of collapse.' Afghan doctors and health minister describe the looming catastrophe.

People gather to check on missing relatives a day after a twin suicide bombs attack, which killed scores of people including 13 US troops outside Kabul airport, at a hospital run by Italian NGO Emergency in Kabul on August 27, 2021 Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP Insider investigated the state of healthcare in Afghanistan under the Taliban. One midwife said she cannot get to work and says she is "devastated." Afghanistan is fast running out of medical supplies, said the World Health Organizat...
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4,700 coronavirus cases have been traced to an outdoor music festival in southwest England. Officials say the mental-health benefits outweighed the risk.

Festival-goers at Boardmasters Festival 2021 in Newquay, England. Hugh R Hastings/Getty Images 4,700 coronavirus cases have been tied to a five-day surf-and-music festival in Cornwall, England. Authorities said they'd been "expecting" the cases and had "no regrets" letting the festival go on. None of the cases were life-threatening, the local council said. See more stories on Insider's business page. A festival in southwest England has been tied to 4,700 new coronavirus cases, but...
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Italy logged a temperature of 119.8 degrees Fahrenheit in what could be Europe's hottest day ever

A man cools down in Messina, Sicily, on August 11, 2021. GIOVANNI ISOLINO/AFP via Getty Images Italy recorded a temperature of 48.8 degrees Celsius (119.8 Fahrenheit) on Sicily Wednesday. If verified by the United Nations, it will be Europe's highest-ever temperature. Italy is battling a heatwave and wildfires. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Italian island of Sicily recorded a temperature 48.8 degrees Celsius (119.8 Fahrenheit), in what could be Europe's hotte...
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28 prehistoric viruses unknown to science were found in a glacial ice cores. They are thought to be around 15,000 years old.

Yao Tandong, left, and Lonnie Thompson, right, process an ice core drilled from the Guliya Ice Cap in the Tibetan Plateau in 2015. Image courtesy Lonnie Thompson, The Ohio State University Scientists revived viruses trapped in the ice caps in the Tibetan mountains 15,000 years ago. Twenty-eight of these ancient viruses were unknown to science. They are unlikely to be dangerous to humans, and probably affected plants. See more stories on Insider's business page. Scientists have been ab...
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People worried that cases would spike when England ended restrictions on July 19. The opposite happened.

People queue to get in to the Egg London nightclub in the early hours of July 19, 2021 in London, England. Rob Pinney/Getty Images Almost all restrictions were lifted in England on July 19. A large drop in COVID-19 cases followed. Experts suggest that warm weather, school closures, and the end of Euro 2020 might explain the drop. But as students return to school and cold weather hits, cases might rise again, say experts. See more stories on Insider's business page. When the UK's ...
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The vacation outbreaks among vaccinated people on Cape Cod is proof that vaccines work, CDC director says

Commercial Street in Provincetown, Cape Cod. Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images A COVID-19 outbreak in Provincetown prompted the CDC to update its mask guidance for vaccinated people. But that does not mean that vaccines don't work, CDC director Rochelle Walensky told the BBC. There were few hospitalizations and no deaths among vaccinated people who were infected, she said. See more stories on Insider's business page. An outbreak of COVID-19 cases among vaccinated people...
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Wuhan ordered its entire population of 11 million to get tested for COVID-19 after it found 3 local cases

A resident is tested for COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, on August 3, 2021. STR/AFP via Getty Images Wuhan recorded a handful of locally-transmitted coronavirus cases on Monday. It is testing its entire population of 11 million in response, officials said. The city had not recorded any locally-transmitted cases since May 2020. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Chinese city of Wuhan has ordered its entire population of 11 million people to take coronavirus tests after finding t...
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How 'rain drones' in Dubai use electric shocks against clouds to trigger rain to battle extreme temperatures

Cloud seeding can increase low annual rainfall. Getty Images Dubai has launched a project to cope with high temperatures. The project is based on Dubai creating its own rain. To do this, drones that discharge electrical charges are used. See more stories on Insider's business page. Fighting the heat isn't always easy but in places like the United Arab Emirates where temperatures can easily reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit at certain times of the year.In the UAE - specifically in Dubai ...
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