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How bad will the Omicron Covid variant be in Britain? Three things will tell us | Devi Sridhar

A new variant identified in southern Africa is causing global panic – but its real impact will be shown by the data scientists are racing to establishProf Devi Sridhar is chair of global public health at the University of EdinburghCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOmicron, the name of the new Covid-19 variant that is sending worrying signals from southern Africa, sounds like something from Transformers. It has caused panic across the world, among governments, the public...
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A man on a lockdown stroll across English farmland discovered an 'extraordinary' Roman villa with epic Trojan War mosaic

Aerial view of the excavations of a large Roman mosaic in Rutland, England.Historic England Archive A man taking a lockdown walk on his father's farm stumbled across a rare Roman mosaic. The 828 square foot mosaic artwork depicts scenes from Homer's 'The Iliad,' the ancient Greek epic poem. Researchers said that the mosaic likely belonged to a wealthy Roman between the 3rd and 4th century AD. A Roman villa complex containing a rare mosaic depicting scenes from Homer's Ili...
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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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New HIV jabs taken two months apart hailed as huge step forward

Safe injectable antiretroviral drugs, approved by health bodies, ‘could lift burden of daily oral therapy’Thousands of people living with HIV in Britain are to be freed from the burden of taking daily pills, after health chiefs gave the green light for a revolutionary treatment by injection every two months.Draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) recommends offering the antiretroviral drugs cabotegravir and rilpivirine in England and Wales after trials pr...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Wales, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Doctors, Pharmaceuticals industry, Aids and HIV, Immunology, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Invoking the blitz spirit to tackle Covid and the climate | Letters

Bob Caldwell wonders what has happened to our trust in government since the second world war, while Dave Hunter is concerned that current generations are not making sacrifices for future onesMuch has been made of the resemblance between wartime Britain and the current pandemic. Having experienced both, I find the contrast in social reactions to the two situations very striking and puzzling. During the war, nobody denied its existence, nor disputed whether it represented an existential threat; no...
Tags: Health, Science, Environment, Society, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Second world war, Remembrance Day, Northamptonshire, Dave Hunter, Climate Crisis, Bob Caldwell, Mark Walford, Coronavirus, COVID, Bob Caldwell Badby

Covid live: ‘Plan B’ measures in England still possible, government advisor says; sharp rise in German infections

Sage advisor says ‘Plan B’ Covid measures still under consideration in England; Germany reports 23,543 new cases reported in past 24 hoursFor returned Australians, open borders bring new dilemmasNorthern Ireland health minister to sue Van Morrison over Covid remarksThose eligible for boosters to be invited a month earlier in EnglandExperts on their worst pandemic predictionsSee all our coronavirus coverageHere an update on the global pandemic situation from AFP:On Saturday, 6,306 new deaths and ...
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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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Daylight-saving time ends on November 7 - here's why we have it and why some lawmakers want to make it permanent

Sunset over the Arizona desert Shutterstock At 2 a.m. ET on November 7, Americans will "fall back" to end daylight-saving time. Common wisdom about daylight-saving time is that it originated with farming, but it really goes back to World War I. Most of the US, with the exception of Hawaii, Arizona, and many territories, recognizes daylight-saving time. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On November 7 at 2 a.m. ET, most US states will end over eight months of daylight...
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Mystery of the environmental triggers for cancer deepens

Study shows that our knowledge of why tumours form is still inadequateScientists will have to rethink how environmental triggers allow tumours to form and develop, one of Britain’s leading cancer experts warned last week. Michael Stratton, director of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, said recent results from an international cancer research study – which aimed to pinpoint environmental triggers involved in oeosophageal cancer – indicated current scientific understanding of tumour formation was ina...
Tags: Science, China, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Cancer Research, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Michael Stratton, Iran Turkey Kenya

Factory farms of disease: how industrial chicken production is breeding the next pandemic

At least eight types of bird flu, all of which can kill humans, are circulating around the world’s factory farms – and they could be worse than Covid-19One day last December, 101,000 chickens at a gigantic farm near the city of Astrakhan in southern Russia started to collapse and die. Tests by the state research centre showed that a relatively new strain of lethal avian flu known as H5N8 was circulating, and within days 900,000 birds at the Vladimirskaya plant were hurriedly slaughtered to prev...
Tags: Health, Food, Business, Science, Biology, China, Russia, Environment, Society, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Farming

‘The real problem is the repetition of mistakes’: Scientists react to Covid inquiry

Senior scientists say failure to prevent second wave was inexcusable given what was known about the virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe failure to prevent tens of thousands of deaths during Britain’s brutal second wave of Covid infections was a more serious error than the timing of the first lockdown, senior scientists have told the Guardian, after a damning report by MPs on the handling of the pandemic.The scientific advisory group for emergencies (Sage) warned ...
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Some countries are limiting teens to 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine, citing very rare heart complications which can follow a 2nd shot

A 12-year-old in Los Angeles received a COVID-19 vaccine in May 2021. Patrick Fallon/AFP/Getty Images Norway, Hong Kong, and the UK moved to give young people only a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Data suggests that a type of heart inflammation is slightly more common in adolescent males. Authorities in the US - where more children are badly ill - decided full vaccination outweighs the risk. See more stories on Insider's business page. Some countries are offering only one dose of CO...
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From coffee to microchips – how the supply chain crisis is disrupting UK plc

All you need to know about who is affected and why it’s the worst supply chain crisis since the 1970sFast food chains are running out of chicken. Hauliers’ wage bills are going through the roof. Crops are rotting in the fields. The scale of Britain’s supply chain meltdown is the worst since the 1970s, when the three-day week, power cuts and industrial disputes saw rubbish pile up in the streets.Fast forward four decades and the shortages in modern Britain stem from Covid-19 disrupting an intrica...
Tags: Coffee, Food, Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Science, Environment, International Trade, Economics, House Prices, Petrol Prices, European Union, UK News, Housing Market, Commodities

UN says use of leaded petrol is officially over, a landmark that will prevent more than 1.2 million premature deaths per year

FILE PHOTO: A worker holds a nozzle to pump petrol into a vehicle at a fuel station in Mumbai, India, May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo The United Nations Environment Programme says the era of leaded petrol is officially over. The milestone will prevent over 1.2 million premature deaths a year. Leaded petrol causes heart disease, strokes, cancer, and stunts brain development, UNEP says. See more stories on Insider's business pag...
Tags: Science, News, Environment, Trends, Britain, United Nations, Carbon Emissions, Un, Norway, Algeria, Greenhouse Gas, United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, Mumbai India, Netherlands France, Jake Epstein

UK scientists look at reducing boosters to save vaccine for rest of the world

JCVI considers lower third jab dosage to release stocks for poorer nationsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists in Britain are examining whether smaller doses of Covid vaccine could be used as part of booster programmes, amid hopes that the approach could also increase the supply of jabs across the world.The use of so-called “fractional doses” has been proposed as a way of ensuring that precious supplies can immunise as many people as possible in parts of the wor...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, JCVI, Coronavirus

UK regulator approves ‘first of its kind’ Covid antibody treatment

Sajid Javid says green light for Ronapreve – which was used to treat Donald Trump – is ‘fantastic news’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe antibody cocktail used to treat Donald Trump for Covid has been approved by the UK’s medicines regulator, becoming the first treatment in Britain using artificial antibodies to tackle the virus.The drug, developed by the US biotech company Regeneron, has received the backing of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agenc...
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Britain’s Covid experts Neil Ferguson Sage are under attack, but they are just doing their jobs

Those who attack Neil Ferguson and Sage’s pandemic predictions only expose their ignorance about science• Coronavirus – latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageIt feels like open season on Professor Neil Ferguson right now. Sections of the media and several columnists delight in castigating the epidemiologist, or “Professor Lockdown”, for being “doomster in chief”, constantly predicting catastrophe and then backpeddling when the worst numbers don’t materialise.Opponents of Covid restrict...
Tags: Health, Science, Media, UK News, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Ferguson, Boris Johnson, Imperial College London, Neil Ferguson, Coronavirus, GB News, Neil Ferguson Sage

Covid live: EU regulator finds no link between vaccines and menstrual disorders; UK 16-year-olds offered jabs

Europe drugs regulator says it has so far not found a causal link to menstrual issues; walk-in clinics open to older teens in Northern IrelandCovid: what we know now that we didn’t earlier in the pandemicSix EU states overtake UK vaccination rates as Britain’s rollout slows‘New wave of volatility’: Covid stirs up grievances in Latin America‘It’s a bit annoying’: Italy’s Covid pass restrictions kick inAnalysis: can China contain the spread of the Delta variant? 4.10pm BST A member of Boris Jo...
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Weekly Roundup, Friday 6 August 2021

A new Nissan Leaf for under $20k? See last item for details.   369 Supporters (unchanged from last week) Target :  400  Please Join Here   Good morning It has been an exciting week, albeit in a simultaneously fun and frustrating way – trying to arrange my new computer into the most convenient and productive setup.  Plus, I’ve been writing on the topic, putting together a “Buyers’ Guide” to a new laptop.  Many of us are slowly coming to realize that our computers won’t be...
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Coronavirus live news: thousands protest against German Covid measures; Fauci rules out new US lockdowns

Latest updates: UK reports 65 further deaths; US chief medical adviser says US won’t return to lockdowns despite rising Delta threatNHS in England urged to redistribute near-expiry vaccines as take-up slows among youngUber and Deliveroo discounts to lure young in England to get jabbedHerd immunity: could Covid be on the run in the UK?Florida records largest one-day case total since start of pandemicAustralian Sky News banned from YouTube for seven days over Covid disinformation 11.04pm BST Y...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Australia, US, UK News, World news, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Sydney, Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph, Fauci, Coronavirus, COVID

Doggerland: Lost ‘Atlantis’ of the North Sea gives up its ancient secrets

The land mass that linked Britain to continental Europe was rich in early human life until it floodedThe idea of a “lost Atlantis” under the North Sea connecting Britain by land to continental Europe had been imagined by HG Wells in the late 19th century, with evidence of human inhabitation of the forgotten world following in 1931 when the trawler Colinda dredged up a lump of peat containing a spear point.But it is only now, after a decade of pioneering research and the extraordinary finds of an...
Tags: Europe, Science, Climate Change, UK News, Culture, Britain, Museums, Netherlands, Anthropology, Belgium, Archaeology, Exhibitions, Scandinavia, North Sea, Neanderthals, Hg Wells

Is Covid-19 on the run in the UK?

A fall in case numbers last month raised hopes that Britain may be reaching herd immunity, but experts warn against complacency, given uncertainty about new variants and autumn’s return to schoolCoronavirus – latest updatesUK can expect thousands of Covid deaths every year, warn scientistsJohn Edmunds has been at the centre of the unravelling of the Covid-19 pandemic since cases first appeared in January 2020. A member of Sage, the government’s scientific advisory group, and a professor of epide...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, World news, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Focus, London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine, Coronavirus, COVID

Weekly Roundup, Friday 30 July 2021

The new London Mount tourist attraction looks nothing like its publicity pictures. See article, below. 369 Supporters (unchanged from last week) Target :  400  Please Join Here Good morning I’d like to start with a shout-out to the passing of a man who was one of the most creative and inventive pioneers of direct marketing in the US.  You probably don’t know his name, but you surely will remember some of the dozens of products he not only sold, but also personally design...
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UK Celebrates Covid 'Freedom Day' as Boris Johnson is Forced to Self-Isolate

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after coming into close contact with his Health Minister Sajid Javid, who tested positive for covid-19. Ironically, Britain has dropped all covid-19 restrictions today, meaning anyone in the UK can go to bars, restaurants, and clubs without any social distancing or…Read more...
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Ready to tackle MIT's recommended reading list for summer 2021?

As we enter the heart of summer, many of us will find ourselves with added time for relaxation and deep reading. The following titles represent a selection of recent offerings from MIT faculty and staff. Happy reading!Novel, Biography, and Memoir"The Planet After Geoengineering" (Actar, 2021)By Rania Ghosn, associate professor of architectureThis graphic novel makes climate engineering and its controversies visible in five stories assembled from the deep underground to outer space. Each "geo-sto...
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At most, just 7% of the human genome is unique to our species. We share most genes with Neanderthals, Denisovans, and other ancestors.

An employee of the Natural History Museum in London looks at model of a Neanderthal male in his twenties, which is on display at the museum's "Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story" exhibition, September 2014. Will Oliver/PA Images/Getty Just 1.5% to 7% of the human genome is unique to our species, a new study suggests. Neanderthals, Denisovans, and other ancestors share most of the same genes found in modern humans. Genes unique to humans are involved in brain development, wh...
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Book Review: The Secret Lives of Garden Bees

This week is Bees’ Needs Week, an annual event coordinated by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and involving charities, businesses, conservation groups and academic institutions to raise awareness of bees and other pollinators. So what better time to remind you about this book? I had no idea there were so many different kinds of bees! The Secret Life of Garden Bees by Jean Vernon (published by White Owl) really opened my eyes to the vast variety of these endearing and invalu...
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What If... We Looked at New Marvel Disney+ Pops From Funko?

In the vast multiverse of maddening possibilities—where Lokis can be beloved character actor Richard E. Grant or Literally Just a Computer Generated Alligator, where Peggy Carter can be Captain Britain, the Black Panther can guard the galaxy, or Peter Parker can just get a very nice cape—some things are always…Read more...
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‘Sponge on a string’ test will help pinpoint gullet cancer

UK trials begin for test that detects risk of oesophageal diseaseTrials of a new weapon in the battle against cancer are to be launched across Britain next month. The cytosponge – a sponge on a string – is to be used to pinpoint individuals at risk of developing oesophageal cancer.The aim is to tackle one of Britain’s most pernicious illnesses. Oesophageal cancer is often diagnosed late in its development when it is difficult to treat. It is the sixth most common cause of cancer deaths in the UK...
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Eradicating polio is finally within reach. Why is the UK taking its foot off the pedal? | Anne Wafula Strike

Instead of cutting the aid budget – including 95% from the plan to stamp out the disease – Britain should take a global leadDespite the Covid pandemic, there have been just two recorded cases of wild polio in 2021 – in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the two remaining hiding places for the disease. But eradication is not guaranteed. Polio is virulent and spreads quickly. Even one case poses a threat to unvaccinated children everywhere, which is why a new strategy launched last week by the Global Polio...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, World news, Afghanistan, Britain, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Pakistan, Aid, Global development, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Polio, Anne Wafula Strike

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