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Daily cannabis and skunk users run higher psychosis risk

Presenting results of a large international study conducted in one in site Brazil and across 11 sites in Europe – including in Amsterdam, London and Paris – the researchers found that people who used cannabis daily were three times more likely to have an episode of psychosis than people who had never used it. Skunk contains more THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, than regular cannabis, and THC can induce psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions and paranoia. The study found the ...
Tags: Europe, Science, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brazil, Amsterdam London

The Lancet Psychiatry: Daily use and high potency cannabis linked to higher rates of psychosis

Daily cannabis use, especially of high potency cannabis, is strongly linked to the risk of developing psychosis, according to a case-control study from 11 sites across Europe, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. In cities where high potency cannabis is widely available, such as London and Amsterdam, a significant proportion of new cases of psychosis are associated with daily cannabis use and high potency cannabis.
Tags: Europe, Science, London, Amsterdam

Branson-backed OneWeb lands $1.25bn to provide global internet coverage from space

Sir Richard Branson-backedOneWeb has raised $1.25bn in new funding to help it develop a space-based worldwide internet system. SoftBank, Grupo Salinas, Qualcomm and the Government of Rwanda led the latest round, taking the  seven-year-old startup's total funds to $3.4bn. OneWeb, founded in 2012 in the US and now headquartered in London, hopes to bring internet connectivity to the most rural parts of the world by establishing a network of hundreds of satellites in space. The company’s recent ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, London, US, Earth, Richard Branson, Airbus, Richard, Branson, Rwanda, Greg Wyler, SoftBank Grupo Salinas Qualcomm

Failing to warn about teen cancer risk from vaping is 'unforgivable' - says surgeon

Failing to warn teenagers about cancer risks from vaping is “unforgivable”, a leading surgeon has said as he calls on ministers to introduce child-specific guidance on the dangers of e-cigarettes. Professor Kefah Mokbel, chief breast cancer surgeon at the London Breast Institute, said current Government advice is leading youngsters into believing e-cigarettes are safe. Public Health England states that e-cigarettes are estimated to be 95 per cent less harmful than tobacco. However, in his letter...
Tags: Science, London, US, Bloomberg, Public Health England, Daily Telegraph, Juul, Matt Hancock, Health and Education, Hazel Cheeseman, Mokbel, Kefah Mokbel, London Breast Institute, Amy Sellars, Latymer Upper School, Damien Hinds

America, the Moon, and National Memory

Three days after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963, the nation watched an elaborate state funeral unfold with great pomp, circumstance, and majesty in Washington, D.C. Americans, like most of the world, were in shock, and probably never gave a thought as to what it took to organize a major event like this on such short notice. Our British cousins, however, were incredulous.London had been planning Winston Churchill’s funeral since the 1950s (he would not die until two ...
Tags: Texas, Science, London, Obama, Congress, Washington, America, Beijing, United States, Winston Churchill, Dallas, John F Kennedy, Houston, Panama Canal, Apollo, Kennedy

Tens of thousands of young Canadians march for climate action

Tens of thousands young Canadians marched on Friday as part of global demonstrations calling for action to stem climate change. "When you have winds of change, demanded by young people like this, governments have a moral duty to listen and act on the environment," Montreal university student Cedric Remy, 21, told AFP. Classrooms in capitals from Bangkok to Berlin and Lagos to London emptied as organizers of the student strike called demonstrations in more than 100 countries.
Tags: Science, London, Berlin, Montreal, Bangkok, Lagos, Cedric Remy, AFP Classrooms

Hundreds of thousands join world youth climate demo

Hundreds of thousands of young people skipped school across the globe on Friday to march through the streets for an international day of student protests aimed at pushing world leaders into action on climate change. Classrooms in capitals from Bangkok to Berlin and Lagos to London emptied as organisers of the student strike called demos in more than 100 countries. In Stockholm, Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg who inspired the protests, warned that time was running out.
Tags: Science, London, Berlin, Bangkok, Stockholm, Lagos, Greta Thunberg

'No Planet B': Tens of thousands join global youth demo for climate

Tens of thousands of young people skipped school across the globe on Friday to march through the streets for an international day of student protests aimed at pushing world leaders into action on climate change. Classrooms in capitals from Bangkok to Berlin, Lagos to London emptied as as ambitious organisers of the student strike hoped to stage 1,000 demos in more than 100 countries. As youngsters hit the streets in cities across the globe, nations meeting at the UN environment assembly in the...
Tags: Science, London, Un, Bangkok, Nairobi, Berlin Lagos

UK's air-breathing rocket engine set for key tests

Important tests lie ahead for the engine concept that could take a plane from London to Sydney in about four hours.
Tags: UK, Science, London, Sydney

Climate strike: UK students join hundreds of thousands of pupils worldwide to demand action on global warming

Students across the UK are joining their peers around the world in walking out of their schools to demand politicians take urgent action on climate change. The global day of action against climate change was inspired by Greta Thunberg, a teenager who has protested outside Sweden’s parliament every Friday to urge leaders to take action and has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. In the UK, students gathered in Parliament Square in London with placards reading: “By the time we’re in charge i...
Tags: UK, Science, London, Sweden, Parliament Square, Greta Thunberg

The Materials Show Preps for Major Debut in Europe in May

The show will take place in London, adding to the schedule of materials events in Portland and Boston.
Tags: Europe, Science, London, Portland

The Materials Show Set to Debut in Europe in May

The show will take place in London, adding to the schedule of materials events in Portland and Boston.
Tags: Europe, Science, London, Portland

Iran's oil tanker fleet being squeezed as sanctions bite

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is running short of options to replace its aging fleet of tankers and keep oil exports flowing because renewed U.S. sanctions are making potential sellers and flag registries wary of doing business with Tehran, Western and Iranian sources said. Since U.S. President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions in November, exploratory talks with South Korea for up to 10 new supertankers have stalled and Panama has also removed at least 21 Iranian tankers from its registry forci...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Science, London, Washington, Iran, Tehran, Donald Trump, Panama, China India, DUBAI Reuters Iran, Tehran Western

Exclusive: Portugal's EDP could create Latam JV with China Three Gorges if takeover bid fails - sources

LONDON/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Portugal's Energia de Portugal EDP could propose a joint venture with China Three Gorges (CTG) allowing CTG to expand its foothold in Brazil and Latin America if the Chinese power giant's bid to take over EDP fails, people familiar with the matter said. CTG, EDP's main shareholder with a 23 percent stake, is among Chinese state-backed companies that have been increasing their investments in European countries such as Portugal, Greece and Cyprus over the past few yea...
Tags: Science, London, Cyprus, Portugal, Brazil, Latin America, Ctg, EDP, China Three Gorges, China Three Gorges CTG, SAO PAULO Reuters Portugal, Energia de Portugal EDP, CTG EDP, Portugal Greece

Iran hunts for more ships to keep its oil flowing

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is discreetly scouring the globe for second-hand oil tankers to replace its ageing fleet and keep crucial crude exports flowing as U.S. sanctions start to bite, Iranian and Western sources said. Since U.S. President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions in November, exploratory talks with South Korea for up to 10 new supertankers have stalled, Panama has removed at least 21 Iranian tankers from its registry and Tehran is now looking for extra vessels in places such as V...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Science, London, Washington, Iran, Vietnam, Tehran, Donald Trump, Panama, China India, DUBAI Reuters Iran

A tale of two cities: Is air pollution improving in Paris and London?

For the first time, a joint air pollution study across two mega-cities -- London and Paris -- measures the impact of policies designed to reduce air pollution from urban traffic over the last 12 years.
Tags: Science, London, Paris

Increasing human lifespan could turn people into walking zombies, warns expert

Increasing human lifespan risks turning huge numbers of people into walking zombies because experts are not close to solving the problem of dementia and brain cell loss, a leading scientist has warned. Labs across the world are trying to tackle the causes of ageing, and have recently made important breakthroughs in understanding why cells grow old and die, and how to stop the process. Likewise improvements in treating diseases like cancer, and advances in vaccination and nutrition, mean populati...
Tags: Science, London, Britain, Jeanne Calment, King 's College London, The Francis Crick Institute, Mauro Giacca, Cardiovascular Sciences, Prof Giacca

The 'London Patient' goes into HIV remission: Here's what that means for HIV treatment

When it was first named in 1983, HIV was thought to be a death sentence. Today, however, people with HIV live close to normal lives, which can be just as long as anyone else — if they receive the proper treatment. Researchers quickly began developing treatments for HIV and AIDS as the scope of the epidemic became more apparent.
Tags: Science, London

Exclusive: EDP readies sale of electricity generation assets in Portugal - sources

LONDON/LISBON (Reuters) - EDP-Energia de Portugal is working on a plan to sell some of its electricity generation assets in Portugal, three sources close to the matter said, in an effort to free up cash to drive its renewable energy expansion. EDP, which was approached last year by China Three Gorges (CTG) with a 9 billion euro takeover proposal, owns conventional generation assets in Portugal and Spain that are worth around 1.7 billion euros ($1.9 billion). It is currently looking to divest p...
Tags: Science, London, Spain, Portugal, EDP, China Three Gorges CTG, LISBON Reuters EDP Energia

Fierce, realistic, intimidating – the VR T-Rex experience changing the way we learn about dinosaurs

Queuing in a low-lit room, I was startled by the sharp yelp from the hipster in front of me. He ducked in a sort of fancy basketball-style dodge, whispered “Oh, God!” and then straightened up and somewhat sheepishly shook himself out. Normally in museums, cries of alarm are about as welcome as a loud conversation in a library. The audience around the cordoned-off area laughed and I pitied him, slightly, as I stepped up for my turn at the American Museum of Natural History’s new virtual reality T...
Tags: New York, Science, London, Vienna, Britain, Paris, Rex, American Museum of Natural History, Imperial War Museum, Mark Norell, American Museum of Natural History Credit, Barnum Brown, Hell Creek Montana

Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 March 2019

An Avro Lancaster and a Boeing B-17. See item below. Good morningHappy International Women’s Day.I’ve been struggling this week to write a review on what, in the opinion of many main stream media reviewers, have now become the very best set of noise cancelling headphones out there.  As longer time readers know, I’ve been reviewing noise cancelling headphones pretty much right since Day One, way back in 2001.During that time, I’ve reviewed the original Bose Quiet Comfort, and then just about ever...
Tags: Travel, Google, UK, Science, London, China, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, David, Canada, Britain, New Zealand, Sony, New Orleans, Las Vegas

Hunt for alien life given £25m boost by Government

The UK Space Agency had committed £25 million to hunt for Earth-like planets which may hold alien life.  Chris Skidmore, the Science Minister, will on Friday announce that the government was backing a project to launch a space observatory to look for rocky exoplanets orbiting at the perfect distance from their own sun to give life a fighting chance. The mission, called Plato, which stands for Planetary Transits and Oscillations of Stars, will use 26 small telescopes and cameras which act like th...
Tags: UK, Science, London, Earth, Canada, Britain, Hawaii, European Space Agency, Oxford University, Open University, PAUL, UK Space Agency, Hydro Quebec, Skidmore, Chris Skidmore, PLATO Science Management Consortium

UK queen posts Instagram image on Science Museum tour

Britain's Queen Elizabeth entered the world of hi-tech communications on Thursday with a visit to the new "Top Secret" exhibition at London's Science Museum. The 92-year-old monarch saw a World War Two enigma code machine and the original NeXT computer used by Tim Berners-Lee to design the World Wide Web in 1989. Elizabeth first toured the Science Museum in 1938 and, during her last visit in 2014, opened the Information Age gallery by sending her first Tweet.
Tags: UK, Science, London, Britain, Queen Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Tim Berners Lee, Science Museum

World's second man cleared of AIDS virus invigorates quest for cure

Known as the "London Patient", the man had HIV and a type of blood cancer called Hodgkin's lymphoma. The transplant cleared the man's cancer and his HIV, but the resistant genes may not be the sole cause of his HIV remission. Since the pandemic began in the 1980s, more than 70 million people have been infected with HIV and about 35 million have died, most in Africa.
Tags: Science, London, Hodgkin

Dinosaurs were thriving before deadly asteroid strike wiped them out 66 million years ago, study suggests

Dinosaurs were thriving before the deadly asteroid strike that wiped them out 66 million years ago, according to a new study. "Dinosaurs were likely not doomed to extinction until the end of the Cretaceous, when the asteroid hit, declaring the end of their reign and leaving the planet to animals like mammals, lizards and a minor group of surviving dinosaurs, birds," said Alessandro Chiarenza, lead researcher and PhD student at Imperial College London. "The results of our study suggest that din...
Tags: Science, London, Imperial College, Alessandro Chiarenza

Two-thirds of pregnant women under 25 in London have a mental health problem

New research suggests two-thirds (67 percent) of pregnant women in London aged between 16 and 24 years have mental health problems including depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, according to new research funded by the National Institute for Health Research. Anxiety disorders, in particular social phobia, are especially high.
Tags: Science, London, National Institute for Health Research Anxiety

New hepatitis C cases down by almost 70 percent in HIV-positive men in London

New cases of hepatitis C amongst HIV-positive men in London have fallen by nearly 70 percent in recent years. The new analysis of data from three clinics in London found 256 men were diagnosed between 2013-2018. New infections peaked at 17 for every 1,000 people studied in 2015 and fell to six by 2018.
Tags: Science, London

U.S. AIDS activists welcome London 'cure' but warn against complacency

Doctors in Britain said on Monday that the HIV-positive man had been cleared after he received a bone marrow transplant from an HIV-resistant donor. Ravindra Gupta, who co-led a team of doctors treating the man, described his patient as "functionally cured" and "in remission," but cautioned: "It's too early to say he's cured." Medical experts hailed the announcement as confirmation that it is possible to cure HIV, a virtual death sentence before advances in treatment made it manageable. More...
Tags: Science, London, Britain, Ravindra Gupta

An HIV patient may have been cured of the disease for only the second time in history

The fight to beat HIV has been going on for a long, long time. The disease, which can be treated but not yet reliably beaten, often wins, but news out of London suggests that researchers may beginning to turn the tide. In what would only be the second time in medical history, an HIV patient appears to have been cured of the disease thanks to a bone marrow stem cell transplant.The man, who has been HIV positive since at least 2003, now appears to have had the virus driven from his system by a ver...
Tags: Science, London, Berlin, Hodgkin, Timothy Ray Brown, Ravindra Gupta

What the 'London patient' means for HIV/AIDS research

The "London Patient" is only the second person known to have shaken off the HIV virus during a 40-year AIDS epidemic that has infected 70 million people and killed half of them. Experts universally hailed the case, even as they cautioned that the procedure that resulted in the likely cure -- a bone marrow transplant to treat blood cancer -- is too dangerous and costly to be applied as a general treatment for HIV, which can today easily be managed, though not cured, with pills. "Whilst this typ...
Tags: Science, London, Cardiff University, Andrew Freedman

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