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A corporate Christmas party turned into the biggest Omicron 'super spreader event' outside South Africa, with up to 60 people infected

A student at Holtet high school in Oslo receives the first dose of Pfizer vaccine against covid-19 in the school's auditorium on September 7, 2021.Heiko Junge/Getty Images In Norway, a Christmas party turned into an Omicron "super spreader event," with up to 60 possible infections. The outbreak is the biggest outside South Africa, where researchers first detected the new coronavirus variant. At least one person who attended the party had recently returned from South Africa. A corporate Ch...
Tags: Science, Trends, South Africa, News UK, Delta, World Health Organization, Norway, Oslo, Reuters, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Omicron, COVID-19, UK Weekend, Alia Shoaib, Holtet, Heiko Junge Getty


The skeleton of a Roman 'vaporized' just steps from the sea as he fled the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD, found by archaeologists

Francesco Sirano, director of the excavations, near the skeleton of the last person who was trying to escape from Herculaneum during the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius.Marco Cantile/LightRocket via Getty Images Archaeologists discovered the skeleton of a Roman man who was fleeing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Scientists believe the man was possibly trying to get on a rescue ship. The skeleton was lying facing upwards, which suggests that he had turned to face the onrushing cloud....
Tags: Science, Trends, News UK, The Times, Times, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Ancient Rome, Ansa, Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Archaelogy, Sirano, UK Weekend, Alia Shoaib, Francesco Sirano


Omicron variant cases have been found in New York and LA, officials say

People in masks walk near Little Island park in New York City.Noam Galai/Getty Images Five Omicron coronavirus variant cases have been found in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday. One Omicron coronavirus variant case has also been found in LA. The Omicron variant has now been found in five US states. Omicron coronavirus variant cases have been detected in New York state and Los Angeles, officials in both regions said on Thursday. All five of the cases in New York state were found in th...
Tags: New York, Science, London, News, La, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Trends, South Africa, Hawaii, News UK, Bill De Blasio, LA Times, Kathy Hochul, Colorado Minnesota


New York has found 5 cases of the Omicron variant, governor says

People in masks walk near Little Island park in New York City.Noam Galai/Getty Images Five Omicron coronavirus variant cases have been found in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul said. She said the vaccination status of most of the people infected was not clear. The Omicron variant has now been found in five US states. Five cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been detected in New York state, Gov. Kathy Hochul said on Thursday.Hochul said at a briefing that the cases were "no cause for alar...
Tags: New York, Science, New York City, US, Trends, Brooklyn, South Africa, Hawaii, News UK, Bill De Blasio, Hochul, Kathy Hochul, Suffolk County Long Island, Little Island, Omicron, Coronavirus


Senior UK politician warns people to avoid 'snogging under the mistletoe' over the holidays as Omicron raises fears of uncontrolled spread

A couple kiss under the mistletoe at a Santa-themed event in Seattle, Washington in 2014. UK minister Thérèse Coffey this week warned against doing the same.Reuters/David Ryder People should avoid "snogging" strangers under the mistletoe, a top UK politician warned. The advice comes amid concerns over the spread of the Omicron variant in the UK and around the world. 32 Omicron cases have now been found in the UK. The variant has spread to 28 countries worldwide. People should probably avoid "...
Tags: UK, Science, Nbc, Trends, The Sun, News UK, Boris Johnson, World Health Organisation, Johnson, Santa, Financial Times, Reuters, Erin Schumaker, Coffey, Peston, Seattle Washington


Here are all the mutations in the Omicron variant and why they are scaring scientists

A healthcare worker collects a swab for a PCR test in Johannesburg, South Africa.REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham Omicron was named a "variant of concern" in part because of its peculiar set of mutations. It is not yet clear whether this variant spreads faster or causes more severe infections. Here are the mutations in the Omicron variant and why scientists are concerned.  It's not yet clear whether the Omicron coronavirus variant is more transmissible, deadlier, or can evade existing vaccines.But ...
Tags: Science, Trends, Austria, News UK, Delta, Hibbert, Barrett, FCS, JOHANNESBURG South Africa, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, NTD, Elling, Omicron, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Martin Hibbert, Coronavirus


The Omicron variant was in Europe earlier than previously thought, and it's not clear if the person had been to southern Africa, officials say

An empty shopping street during a coronavirus curfew in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.AP Photo/Peter Dejong Dutch officials said the Omicron variant was found in samples taken from people on Nov. 19 and 23. Previously, Europe's first-known Omicron case was someone who tested positive on Nov. 22. Officials said it was "not clear yet" if the people from these samples were in southern Africa. The Omicron variant was detected in Europe days earlier than was previously realized, according to new ...
Tags: Europe, Science, News, Africa, Trends, South Africa, Netherlands, News UK, Belgium, North America, Southern Africa, Europe Asia, Amsterdam The Netherlands, Peter Dejong, Omicron, Dutch National Institute for Public Health


A couple who visited South Africa were arrested for escaping their quarantine hotel in the Netherlands and trying to flee the country

Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam, seen on October 29, 2021.ARTHUR VAN DER KOOIJ/ANP/AFP via Getty Images The couple, a Portuguese woman and a Spanish man, were arrested on a flight departing for Spain. They had recently been in South Africa and were quarantining alongside people with the Omicron variant.  It is not known if the couple had tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID. Police in The Netherlands detained a couple who slipped out of their quarantine hotel after returning from...
Tags: Science, Germany, Trends, Spain, Getty Images, South Africa, Netherlands, Amsterdam, News UK, World Health Organization, Anthony Fauci, The Netherlands, Schiphol Airport, Het Parool, Omicron, Haarlemmermeer


Canada records North America's first 2 cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant

A Canadian flag seen at Calgary International Airport. Not directly related to the story.Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images Canadian health officials said Sunday they had found two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant. They were in two people in Ottawa who had recently traveled to Nigeria. The cases are the first reported in North America.   Canadian health officials have reported two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, marking the first in North America.The cases were in two p...
Tags: Japan, New York, Science, White House, Germany, Nigeria, Africa, US, Trends, Getty Images, Canada, New Jersey, News UK, North America, Anthony Fauci, Ottawa


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


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 ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, News, Australia, Africa, US, International, Trends, European Union, Bbc, South Africa, News UK, Zimbabwe, Who, World Health Organization


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...
Tags: UK, England, Science, International, Trends, Britain, News UK, Iliad, John Thomas, Leicestershire, Rutland, Achilles, Jim, University of Leicester, Irvine, Roman Empire


A rare manuscript featuring Albert Einstein's early calculations for his theory of relativity sold for $13 million

A manuscript showing early calculations of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity at Christie's auction house in Paris.Alain Jocard/Getty Images A rare manuscript with notes made by Albert Einstein was auctioned for more than $13 million. They contain the early calculations that eventually became Einstein's general theory of relativity. Auction house Christie's sold it in Paris to an unnamed buyer. Notes and calculations made by Albert Einstein sold for more than $13 m...
Tags: Science, Trends, Paris, News UK, Auction, Albert Einstein, Christie's, Einstein, Reuters, Christie, Michele Besso, Besso, UK Weekend, Alain Jocard Getty, Alia Shoaib, Vincent Belloy


EU member states agree to ban flights from southern Africa over new coronavirus variant 'Omicron' rapidly spreading there

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.Reuters A new coronavirus variant — B.1.1.529 — is rapidly spreading in southern Africa. It prompted the European Commission to recommend a flight ban from the region. Belgium announced Europe's first case of the new variant, which the WHO named Omicron, on Friday. European Union member states have agreed to ban flights from southern African countries, citing the new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there, Associated Press journalist...
Tags: Transportation, Hong Kong, Europe, Science, News, Germany, Africa, Trends, Eu, European Union, South Africa, News UK, European Commission, Belgium, Who, World Health Organization


EU asks member states to ban flights from southern Africa over new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.Reuters A new coronavirus variant — B.1.1.529 — is rapidly spreading in southern Africa. It prompted the European Commission to recommend a flight ban from the region. Belgium announced Europe's first case of the new variant on Friday. The European Union has asked member states to ban flights from southern African countries, citing the new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there."It is now important that all of us in Europe act very s...
Tags: Transportation, Hong Kong, Europe, Science, News, Germany, Africa, Trends, Eu, European Union, South Africa, News UK, European Commission, Belgium, Botswana, Alexandra Ma


Fauci says there is no indication the new coronavirus variant found in southern Africa is in the US

Dr. Anthony Fauci.Pool / Pool/ Getty Images A new coronavirus variant was detected in southern Africa. Experts are worried about its mutations. Fauci said that there is "no indication" the variant is currently in the US. He said there is concern over the speed of its spread and whether it would escape vaccine protection. Dr. Anthony Fauci said that there is "no indication" that the new coronavirus variant that was first found in southern Africa is currently in the US.He told CNN's "New Da...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, Science, Africa, US, Trends, European Union, Cnn, South Africa, News UK, Belgium, Anthony Fauci, Botswana, Fauci, South Africa Botswana, Coronavirus


Rise of a new coronavirus variant in Africa looks like the disaster scenario experts warned of if rich nations hoarded vaccines for themselves

A man receiving a coronavirus vaccination on a train in South Africa.REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo A new coronavirus variant was found in southern Africa. Experts worry it could be the worst so far. Scientists had warned that a dangerous new variant could emerge if there isn't global vaccine access. They said all countries need vaccines before wealthy ones get boosters. Rich nations didn't listen. As coronavirus vaccines were produced, approved, and rolled out, health experts said...
Tags: Hong Kong, Politics, UK, Science, Minnesota, Germany, Africa, Trends, Joe Biden, Analysis, South Africa, News UK, Who, World Health Organization, Rich, Botswana


Europe considers a flight ban on southern Africa over new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.Reuters A new coronavirus variant — B.1.1.529 — is rapidly spreading in southern Africa. It's prompting the European Commission to consider a flight ban from the region. The UK restricted travel to and from six southern African countries on Thursday. The European Union is considering an "emergency brake" flight ban on southern African countries, citing a new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there."The EU Commission will propose, in c...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, UK, Science, News, Africa, Trends, European Union, South Africa, News UK, European Commission, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Alexandra Ma, EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen


Putin says he took an experimental nasal COVID-19 vaccine

Russian President Vladimir Putin.Vladimir Smirnov\TASS via Getty Images Vladimir Putin said he took part in a trial for a nasal COVID-19 vaccine. He also received a booster shot of Russia's own Sputnik vaccine on Sunday. Putin said his immunity had been waning since he got his first vaccine shots. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he took an experimental nasal COVID-19 vaccine.Putin said on Wednesday that he had taken part in tests for the nasal form of the vaccine, Russian news agenc...
Tags: Politics, Science, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Trends, News UK, Reuters, TASS, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine, Sinead Baker, Speed desk, Vladimir Putin Vladimir Smirnov


7 doctors got COVID-19 days after going to an anti-vax conference in Florida

A protester holds an anti-vaccination sign in California. The protest is unrelated to the November 2021 conference.David McNew/Getty Images Seven doctors tested postive or got COVID-19 symptoms after attending an anti-vaccine conference. The event organizer told the Daily Beast that he didn't see the event as a superspreader. One of those infected bragged about using ivermectin while at the conference. Seven doctors who went to an anti-vaccine conference in Florida tested postive for COV...
Tags: Florida, Science, News, California, Trends, Earth, News UK, The Daily Beast, David McNew Getty, Anti-vaccination, Anti-vaxxers, Boros, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine, Sinead Baker, Littell


NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures photos of dark red storms raging in Jupiter's Northern hemisphere

A photo of Jupiter snapped by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on September 4, 2021.NASA, ESA, Amy Simon (NASA-GSFC), Michael H. Wong (UC Berkeley), Joseph DePasquale (STScI) NASA's Hubble Space Telescope snapped new photos of Jupiter's turbulent surface. The photos depict dark red cyclones in the gas giant's Northern hemisphere. Decades-old Hubble is set to be replaced by the James Webb Space Telescope next month. The latest photos of Jupiter, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Te...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Hubble, News UK, University Of California Berkeley, Jupiter, James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, University College London, Arrows, Wong, Jr


A Space Force general said US hypersonic missile capabilities are 'not as advanced' China and Russia's

Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapons Concept (HAWC) missile in seen in an artist's conception.Raytheon Missiles & Defense/Reuters The US has to catch up on Russia and China's hypersonic missile technology, a Space Force general said. Gen. David Thompson said the US has some "catching up" to do. "We're not as advanced as the Chinese or the Russians in terms of hypersonic programs," he said. A Space Force general said the US's hypersonic missile capabilities are "not as advanced" as...
Tags: Science, China, Politico, Russia, US, Trends, Canada, News UK, US Navy, David Thompson, HAWC, Halifax International Security Forum, Space Force, Sinead Baker, Hypersonic Missiles, Military & Defense


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...
Tags: Europe, Science, Milan, Trends, Bbc, Rome, Austria, Vienna, Italy, News UK, Croatia, The Netherlands, Reuters, Zagreb Croatia, Vienna Austria, Europe People


As Europe enters a bleak winter of COVID restrictions, US unlikely to return to lockdowns

Police officers check the vaccination status of visitors during a patrol on a Christmas market in Vienna, Austria, on November 19, 2021.Lisa Leutner/AP Austria is bringing back a full-scale lockdown amid a COVID-19 spike. Case surges around Europe are bringing renewed restrictions, heralding a bleak winter. Austria-style lockdowns are unlikely in the US — even if infections continue to climb. Austrians earned an unenviable distinction Friday morning, when the country became Europe's first...
Tags: Europe, Science, Germany, Angela Merkel, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Analysis, Czech Republic, Austria, United States, Ireland, News UK, Belgium, Slovakia, Biden


Austria becomes the first country in western Europe to reimpose a full COVID-19 lockdown, and says it plans to make vaccines compulsory

People waiting for a mass Covid-19 testing in Vienna, Austria.AP Photo/Ronald Zak Austria announced a full coronavirus lockdown that would end on December 13 for vaccinated people. The chancellor said the move "hurts" but not enough people had been convinced to get vaccinated. The whole population must be vaccinated by February 1, 2022, officials said, without giving specifics. Austria has announced a full coronavirus lockdown, becoming the first country in western Europe to do so this autumn...
Tags: Europe, Science, News, Trends, Austria, News UK, Reuters, Vienna Austria, Europe Reuters, Coronavirus, Sinead Baker, Alexander Schallenberg, Speed desk, Ronald Zak Austria, Monday Die Presse


A man had severe, day-long migraines for 12 years and nothing worked. His doctors say they vanished after they prescribed leafy greens and cutting out red meat.

A file photo showing salmon served with kale.The Washington Post / Contributor A scientific paper described a man plagued by migraines that abruptly went away. The 60-year-old stopped having debilitating headaches after swapping diets, it said. He has been migraine-free for seven years. Doctors have a theory for why. A 60-year-old man who suffered 12 years of severe migraines stopped experiencing them within three months of switching to a diet rich in leafy greens. The patient, who had severe...
Tags: Food, New York, Science, Diet, Trends, News UK, Greens, Migraine, Migraine Research Foundation, American Migraine Foundation, Marianne Guenot, Washington Post Contributor, David M Dunaief


Space debris from a Russian missile test could disrupt Elon Musk's Starlink project to beam the internet from orbit

An illustration of SpaceX's Starlink network of satellites.Getty Images Russia sent thousands of bits of space debris flying with an anti-satellite missile test. It will likely cross paths with SpaceX's fleet of Starlink satellites, an expert told Insider. Starlink gear could get hit before it's possible for it to dodge the new space junk. Elon Musk's Starlink satellites are likely to cross paths with the debris released when Russia destroyed a satellite in a missile test this...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, News, Russia, Trends, Earth, News UK, Satellite, European Space Agency, Space Junk, US State Department, McDowell, Jonathan McDowell, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics


Authorities in India are planning a new lockdown not to combat COVID-19, but air pollution

India Gate in New Delhi, India, amid smog seen on November 15, 2021.Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images Pollution levels in New Delhi, India, have been dangerously high these past two weeks. Schools were told to shut for a week from Monday and construction work was banned for three days. The New Delhi government plans to impose compulsory WFH and a weekend lockdown. Authorities in India plan to enforce a new lockdown to combat air pollution in New Delhi, the world's most polluted cap...
Tags: UK, Science, Supreme Court, India, Narendra Modi, Trends, Air Pollution, Pollution, News UK, Associated Press, Delhi, New Delhi, Reuters, New Delhi India, Times of India, NDTV


Austria imposed a COVID-19 lockdown for unvaccinated people only

A patient gets a coronavirus vaccine in Vienna, Austria. AP Photo/Lisa Leutner, File Unvaccinated people in Austria can only leave home for essential reasons from Monday. The chancellor said the goal is to slow the virus, help the health service, and encourage more vaccinations. Police are in charge of checking people's vaccination status, and can carry out spot checks. Austria started a lockdown for only unvaccinated people on Monday.People who aren't vaccinated are only able to g...
Tags: Science, Trends, Austria, Netherlands, News UK, Denmark, Reuters, Vienna Austria, BBC Europe, Die Presse, ORF Radio, Lockdown, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine, Sinead Baker, Alexander Schallenberg


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



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