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Coronavirus live news: Germany to start booster vaccines in September; Iran posts new record daily cases

Germany will also offer vaccines to children over 12 from September; Iran reports more than 37,000 cases of coronavirus in 24 hours for the first timeIbiza plans for foreign ‘detectives’ to infiltrate parties to catch rule breakersBoris Johnson hints amber travel watchlist plan may be ditchedHundreds arrested in Berlin at protest against Covid restrictionsMillions under strict lockdown in China after Covid outbreak 6.31pm BST Senegal has told employers that turning away workers who have not ...
Tags: Science, China, Germany, Berlin, Senegal, Iran, Rome, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Johnson, Lazio, Reuters, Coronavirus

We must include more women in physics — it’d benefit all of humanity

All around the world, there is an extreme gender imbalance in physics, in both academia and industry. Examples are all too easy to find. In Burkina Faso’s largest university, the University of Ouagadougou, 99% of physics students are men. In Germany, women comprise only 24% of physics PhD graduates — creeping up from 21% in 2017. No women graduated in physical sciences at the University of El Salvador between 2017 and 2020. Australia fares little better. Australian National University Professor ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Australia, Germany, Burkina Faso, National University, University of Ouagadougou, Lisa Kewley, Next Featured, University of El Salvador

Russian Inventions You Know

Today I want to talk about one of the extremely important and debatable topics about Russia – the achievements of its citizens in innovations that have changed the modern world. Image by Vlad Vasnetsov from Pixabay   Brain Drain  – Утечка мозгов On the one hand, Russia has long been known for its scientists (учёные), researchers (исследователи), and inventors (изобретатели). On the other hand, there is a sad fact called “intellectual (интеллектуальная) emigration (эмиграция)” or “brain drai...
Tags: Google, Europe, Usa, Science, France, China, Germany, Russia, Tetris, United States, Sergey Brin Сергей Брин, Linguistics, Moscow, Parachute, Thomas Edison, Soviet Union

New study reveals previously unseen star formation in milky way

A new survey of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, combines the capabilities of the Very Large Array and the Effelsberg telescope in Germany to provide astronomers with valuable new insights into how stars much more massive than the Sun are formed.
Tags: Science, Germany

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

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

Catastrophic floods could hit Europe far more often, study finds

Slow-moving storms such as recent deluge in Germany could become 14 times more frequent by 2100Catastrophic floods such as those that struck Europe recently could become much more frequent as a result of global heating, researchers say.High-resolution computer models suggest that slow-moving storms could become 14 times more common over land by the end of the century in a worst-case scenario. The slower a storm moves, the more rain it dumps on a small area and the greater the risk of serious flo...
Tags: Europe, Science, Climate Change, Germany, Environment, World news, Flooding

Ebola-Like Pig Illness Pops Up in Germany, Doesn't Pose a Threat to Humans

Health officials in Germany have reaffirmed that the virus behind African swine fever isn’t likely to endanger humans, even if they eat meat from infected animals. However, the reassurance comes in the wake of the virus recently being found on several pig farms within the country, a troubling development, since ASF…Read more...
Tags: Ebola, Science, Medicine, Germany, Environment, Assessment, Pandemics, Veterinary Medicine, Pig, Medical Specialties, Zoonoses, Animal Virology, Influenza A Virus Subtype H1n1, Classical Swine Fever, Asfarviridae, African Swine Fever Virus

Blood Red Sky Pits a Vampire Against Hijackers and Almost Lives Up to That Killer Concept

Blood Red Sky begins with a frame story—an aircraft makes a wobbly landing in Scotland as troops gather below—before introducing us to a mother and son preparing to travel from Germany to New York. She’s obviously gravely ill and hopes that a specialist in America can cure her. However, as anyone who’s seen the trailerRead more...
Tags: New York, Science, Scotland, Germany, Fiction, America, Netflix, Elias, Vampire, Dominic Purcell, Nadja, Only Lovers Left Alive, Fictional Characters, Peter Thorwarth, Alexander Scheer, Creative Works

Long-period oscillations of the Sun discovered

A team of solar physicists led by Laurent Gizon of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of Goettingen in Germany has reported the discovery of global oscillations of the Sun with very long periods, comparable to the 27-day solar rotation period. The oscillations manifest themselves at the solar surface as swirling motions with speeds on the order of 5 kilometers per hour.
Tags: Science, Germany, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research MPS, Laurent Gizon, University of Goettingen

Inadequate protection for women and girls seeking refuge in Germany

Germany is not meeting its legal obligations to protect refugee women and girls from discrimination, according to a "shadow report" by Göttingen University, the association Pro Asyl and several refugee councils. Based on current research and a survey of 65 women's counselling centres, psychosocial counselling centres and institutions working with refugees, the study finds that Germany does not adequately protect refugee women and girls and does not meet the requirements of the Istanbul Conventio...
Tags: Science, Germany, Istanbul, Göttingen University the association Pro Asyl

African swine fever: No risk to consumers

African swine fever (ASF), first detected in Germany in domestic pigs on 15 July 2021, does not pose a health hazard to humans. "The ASF pathogen cannot be transferred to humans", explains Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel, President of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). "No risk to health is posed by direct contact with diseased animals or from eating food made from infected domestic pigs or wild boar."
Tags: Science, Germany, ASF, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Andreas Hensel

Climate change to bring more intense storms across Europe

Investigating how climate affects intense rainstorms across Europe, climate experts have shown there will be a significant future increase in the occurrence of slow-moving intense rainstorms. The scientists estimate that these slow-moving storms may be 14 times more frequent across land by the end of the century. It is these slow-moving storms that have the potential for very high precipitation accumulations, with devastating impacts, as we saw in Germany and Belgium.
Tags: Europe, Science, Germany

The 'hijab effect': Feminist backlash to Muslim immigrants in Germany

Why do some Europeans discriminate against Muslim immigrants, and how can it be reduced? The School of Arts & Sciences' Nicholas Sambanis conducted innovative studies at train stations across Germany involving willing participants, unknowing bystanders and, most recently, bags of lemons. His newest study finds evidence of significant discrimination against Muslim women, but it is eliminated when they show they share progressive gender attitudes.
Tags: Science, Germany, Nicholas Sambanis

U.S. Regulators Want Elevator Company to Issue Recall After 2-Year-Old's Death

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has filed an administrative complaint against Germany-based elevator company thyssenkrupp Access Corp., alleging serious defects that have resulted in the death of one child and serious injury to two others over the past decade. According to the CPSC, thyssenkrupp has…Read more...
Tags: Science, Germany, CPSC, U S Consumer Product Safety Commission, U S Regulators Want Elevator Company, thyssenkrupp Access Corp

Scientists show the importance of contact with nature in the city during the lockdown

The measures taken during the COVID-19 pandemic limited the access of citizens to natural objects. It is still unexplored, what consequences this had for the residents and what conclusions should be drawn for more effective urban planning. RUDN University scientists with colleagues from Australia and Germany studied how the restrictions associated with COVID-19 affected the use of blue and green infrastructure by citizens in Moscow (Russia) and Perth (Australia), and what consequences this had f...
Tags: Science, Australia, Germany, Moscow Russia, Perth Australia, RUDN University

More and more older people suffer a traumatic brain injury due to falls

About 270,000 people suffer a traumatic brain injury in Germany every year. The over-65s are increasingly affected. This is the result of a study conducted by researchers from the BG Kliniken chain of hospitals under the direction of the Neurological Clinic of the Ruhr Universität Bochum (RUB) of the BG University Hospital Bergmannsheil. Falls are often the cause. The researchers advise more preventative measures, such as removing tripping hazards in the home or training the use of walking aids.
Tags: Science, Germany, Ruhr Universität Bochum RUB, BG Kliniken, BG University Hospital Bergmannsheil Falls

Neanderthal artists? Our ancestors decorated bones over 50,000 years ago

Since the discovery of the first fossil remains, the image of the Neanderthal has been one of a primitive hominin. People have known for a long time that Neanderthals were able to fashion tools and weapons. But could they also make jewellery or even art? Researchers from Göttingen University and the Lower Saxony State Office for Heritage analysed a new find from the Unicorn Cave in the Harz Mountains in Germany and conclude that Neanderthals had remarkable cognitive abilities.
Tags: Science, Germany, Harz mountains, Göttingen University, Unicorn Cave, Lower Saxony State Office for Heritage

3 species of human ancestors may have mixed and mingled in one Siberian cave 45,000 years ago - altering our evolution

The Denisova cave in Russia's Anui River Valley. Dr. Richard G. Roberts Denisova cave in Siberia was home to three types of human ancestors starting 300,000 years ago. Our Neanderthal and Denisovan relatives may have overlapped with modern humans there, a study says. The cave might have sat along a migration route between Europe and Asia. See more stories on Insider's business page. Denisova Cave, high in the mountains of Siberia, was a happening place for our ancestors 300,000 yea...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, News, Germany, Russia, Trends, Anthropology, Siberia, Fossils, Neanderthals, Denisova Cave, Denisova, Max Planck Institute, Denisovans, Zavala

Eruption of the Laacher See volcano redated

The eruption of the Laacher See volcano in the Eifel in Germany is one of Central Europe's largest eruptions over the past 100,000 years. Technical advances in combination with tree remains buried in the course of the eruption now enabled an international research team to accurately date the event. Accordingly, the eruption of the Laacher See volcano occurred 13,077 years ago and thus 126 years earlier than previously assumed.
Tags: Science, Germany, Central Europe, Eifel

Reducing plastic waste will require fundamental change in culture

Plastic waste is considered one of the biggest environmental problems of our time. IASS researchers surveyed consumers in Germany about their use of plastic packaging. Their research reveals that fundamental changes in infrastructures and lifestyles, as well as cultural and economic transformation processes, are needed to make zero-waste shopping the norm.
Tags: Science, Germany

Is global plastic pollution nearing an irreversible tipping point?

Current rates of plastic emissions globally may trigger effects that we will not be able to reverse, argues a new study by researchers from Sweden, Norway and Germany published on July 2 in Science. According to the authors, plastic pollution is a global threat, and actions to drastically reduce emissions of plastic to the environment are 'the rational policy response.'
Tags: Science, Germany, Sweden Norway

5,000-year-old bacteria is the oldest strain of plague ever seen. Scientists found it in the ancient bones of a Stone Age man.

The partial skull of a man buried in Riņņukalns, Latvia, who died of the plague around 5,000 years ago. Dominik Göldner/BGAEU, Berlin A strain of bacteria that causes the plague infected a hunter-gatherer 5,000 years ago. It's the oldest strain of plague ever found, a new study says. The ancient strain evolved for four more millennia before causing the Black Death, or bubonic plague. See more stories on Insider's business page. Five thousand years ago, a rodent bit a Stone Age ...
Tags: Europe, Science, News, Germany, Berlin, Trends, Anthropology, Latvia, Infectious Disease, Eurasia, NIAID, Yersinia, Kiel University, Bubonic plague, Paleoanthropology, Aylin Woodward

5,000-year-old hunter-gatherer is earliest person to die with the plague

Remains of man found in Latvia had DNA fragments and proteins of bacterium that causes plagueA hunter-gather who lived more than 5,000 years ago is the earliest known person to have died with the plague, researchers have revealed.Stone-age communities in western Europe experienced a huge population decline about 5,500 years ago, an event that is thought to have subsequently enabled a huge migration of people from the east. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, Germany, World news, Genetics, Archaeology, Latvia

Video shows a Nashville crowd booing after Jill Biden called out low COVID-19 vaccination rates in Tennessee

Jill Biden speaking at the Ole Smoky distillery in Nashville, Tennessee, during a visit to promote COVID-19 vaccinations. TOM BRENNER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images A crowd in Nashville booed after Jill Biden criticized Tennessee's low vaccination rates. "Well, you're booing yourselves," Biden said in response, drawing laughs. Tennessee has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the US, thanks in part to politics and weak healthcare. See more stories on Insider's business page. A ...
Tags: Politics, Science, Germany, US, Trends, Cnn, Getty Images, David, Gop, Tennessee, Healthcare, News UK, Nashville, Biden, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Nashville Tennessee

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

Dragonflies: Species losses and gains in Germany

Over the past 35 years, there have been large shifts in the distributions of many dragonfly species in Germany. Those of standing water habitats have declined, probably due to loss of habitat. Running-water species and warm-adapted species have benefited from improved water quality and warmer temperatures. This was found by a team of researchers led by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv). The study highlights the importance of citizen science and natural history societ...
Tags: Science, Germany

'First empirical evidence of an identity-related societal cleavage'

International survey by Cluster of Excellence reveals division of European societies into two entrenched camps of substantial size. In Germany, one third hold opposing positions on national belonging, threat, disadvantage. 'Politics should not take one side: positions should be traced back to their respective functional core, compromises sought, polarization stopped.' Most comprehensive survey on identity conflicts in Europe to date.
Tags: Europe, Science, Germany, Cluster of Excellence

Growing feeling of safety among the population in Germany

With increasing vaccination rates and decreasing numbers of infections in Germany, the population's feeling of safety is also rising. As the results of the 37th edition of the BfR-Corona-Monitor, a regular survey conducted by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), show, the majority of the population in Germany thinks it can control its risk of an infection well.
Tags: Science, Germany, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment

Electrohydraulic arachno-bot a fascinating lightweight

Goodbye, bulky components and connectors: A team of scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany and at the University of Boulder in Colorado in the US has now found a new way to exploit the principles of spiders' joints to create lightweight robots.
Tags: Science, Colorado, Germany, US, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Boulder

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