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How it feels to go into space: ‘More beautiful and dazzling and frightening than I ever imagined’

Chris Boshuizen was one of four astronauts – including William Shatner – who flew into space with Blue Origin. Here he describes the wonder of the journeyIt was a balmy morning in the west Texas desert when Chris Boshuizen stepped into Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket capsule for a journey most of us will never experience.He waved a quick goodbye to the Amazon billionaire and took his seat next to William Shatner as the capsule door bolted shut. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Science, World news, Australia news, Star Trek, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, West Texas, Chris Boshuizen


Ivory poaching has led to evolution of tuskless elephants, study finds

Researchers say findings in Mozambique demonstrate impact of human interference in natureIvory poaching over decades has led to the evolution of tuskless elephants, researchers have found, proving that humans are “literally changing the anatomy” of wild animals.A previously rare genetic mutation causing tusklessness has become very common in some groups of African elephants after a period in which many were killed for their tusks, according to a study published in the journal Science. Continue r...
Tags: Science, Biology, Africa, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Evolution, Mozambique


Natural habitats of 30 cities around the world at risk due to ‘coastal hardening’, study suggests

Researchers estimate 1m sq km of seascape globally has been modified by coastal structures which bring in invasive species and damage habitatDownload the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefingArtificial structures have replaced more than half of the coastline of 30 cities around the world, according to new research suggesting coastal infrastructure will have a significant ecological impact if not well managed.“Coastal hardening” – replacing natural coastal habitats with seawalls, brea...
Tags: Science, Environment, Research, World news, Australia news, US news, Canada, Oceans, New Zealand, Adelaide, North America, Guardian Australia, UK Australia


Largest triceratops ever unearthed sold for €6.6m at Paris auction

US collector ‘falls in love’ with 8-metre-long dinosaur found in South Dakota and reassembled in ItalyAn 8-metre-long dinosaur skeleton has sold at auction for €6.6m (about £5.5m), more than four times its expected value, to a private collector in the US said to have fallen in love with the largest triceratops ever unearthed.The 66m-year-old skeleton, affectionately known as Big John, is 60% complete, and was unearthed in South Dakota, in the US, in 2014 and put together by specialists in Italy....
Tags: Science, US, World news, US news, South Dakota, Paris, Italy, Dinosaurs, Zoology, John, Fossils


South Korea launches its first homemade space rocket

President hails ‘excellent’ test, as rocket gets high enough, but fails to put dummy payload into orbitSouth Korea’s first domestically produced space rocket reached its desired altitude but failed to deliver a dummy payload into orbit in its first test launch.The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, still described the test as an “excellent accomplishment” that takes the country a step further in its pursuit of a space launch programme. Continue reading...
Tags: South Korea, Space, Science, World news, Asia Pacific, Korea, Moon Jae


Global heating ‘may lead to epidemic of kidney disease’

Deadly side-effect of heat stress is threat to rising numbers of workers in hot climates, doctors warn‘You shouldn’t work if your kidneys are failing – but people can’t afford not to’Read more in the Harmed by heat seriesChronic kidney disease linked to heat stress could become a major health epidemic for millions of workers around the world as global temperatures increase over the coming decades, doctors have warned.More research into the links between heat and CKDu – chronic kidney disease of ...
Tags: Science, Human Rights, Americas, Society, World news, Diabetes, Agriculture, Global development, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Global Health, High Blood Pressure, Cop26, Workers' rights


Solar storm confirms Vikings settled in North America exactly 1,000 years ago

Analysis of wood from timber-framed buildings in Newfoundland shows Norse-built settlement 471 years before ColumbusLong before Columbus crossed the Atlantic, eight timber-framed buildings covered in sod stood on a terrace above a peat bog and stream at the northern tip of Canada’s island of Newfoundland, evidence that the Vikings had reached the New World first.But precisely when the Vikings journeyed to establish the L’Anse aux Meadows settlement had remained unclear – until now. Continue read...
Tags: Science, Americas, World news, Canada, Atlantic, Newfoundland, Archaeology, North America, Columbus, Vikings, L'Anse aux Meadows


‘Case closed’: 99.9% of scientists agree climate emergency caused by humans

Trawl of 90,000 studies finds consensus, leading to call for Facebook and Twitter to curb disinformationThe scientific consensus that humans are altering the climate has passed 99.9%, according to research that strengthens the case for global action at the Cop26 summit in Glasgow.The degree of scientific certainty about the impact of greenhouse gases is now similar to the level of agreement on evolution and plate tectonics, the authors say, based on a survey of nearly 90,000 climate-related stu...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Climate Change, Environment, Research, World news, US news, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Higher Education, Glasgow, Climate Crisis, Climate science denial


Offshoot of Covid Delta variant on the rise in England

UK Health Security Agency monitoring AY.4.2 as daily cases at highest level since late JulyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA newly detected coronavirus variant is on the rise in England, with the virus believed to be an offshoot of Delta.According to a briefing from the UK Health Security Agency, released on Friday, “a Delta sublineage newly designated as AY.4.2 is noted to be expanding in England”, with the body adding that the variant is being monitored and assesse...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, UK Health Security Agency, Covid Delta


Fears grow in England over rise of new Covid Delta variant

UK Health Security Agency monitoring AY.4.2 as daily cases at highest level since late JulyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA newly detected coronavirus variant is on the rise in England, with the virus believed to be an offshoot of the Delta variant.According to a briefing from the UK Health Security Agency, released on Friday, “a Delta sublineage newly designated as AY.4.2 is noted to be expanding in England”, with the body adding that the variant is being monitored...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, UK Health Security Agency, Covid Delta


US ‘very concerned’ despite China denials over hypersonic missile

Disarmament ambassador casts doubt on ability to defend against technology after reports of test The United States is “very concerned” about China’s development of hypersonic technology, US disarmament ambassador Robert Wood has said, after reports that Beijing had recently launched a hypersonic missile with a nuclear capacity.“We are very concerned by what China has been doing on the hypersonic front,” Robert Wood told reporters in Geneva. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, China, US, World news, US news, Beijing, United States, Asia Pacific, Weapons technology, Financial Times, Robert Wood, Geneva Continue


Sharp-eyed diver finds Crusader’s ancient sword on Israeli seabed

Metre-long relic, encrusted with marine organisms, is believed to be about 900 years oldA sword believed to have belonged to a Crusader who sailed to the Holy Land almost a millennium ago has been recovered from the Mediterranean seabed thanks to an eagle-eyed amateur diver, the Israel Antiquities Authority has said.Though encrusted with marine organisms, the metre-long blade, hilt and handle were distinctive enough to notice after undercurrents apparently shifted sands that had concealed it. Co...
Tags: Science, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Sharp, Archaeology, Mediterranean, Israel Antiquities Authority


Valneva Covid vaccine could be as effective as Oxford jab, study suggests

Vaccine produced by French company uses inactivated Sars-CoV-2 virus and can be stored in fridgeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA coronavirus jab based on traditional vaccine technology might be as effective as the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, data suggests, offering new hope for global vaccination efforts.Vaccines currently approved for use in the UK deliver instructions for producing the coronavirus “spike” protein to cells in order, which triggers an immune response...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, France, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Oxford, Vaccines and immunisation, Valneva, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


China denies report claiming it launched hypersonic missile

Beijing says FT report was inaccurate and that exercise was merely a test of reusable technologyChina has denied a report that claimed it had recently launched a hypersonic missile, saying its launch of a new spacecraft was merely a test to see whether the vehicle could be reused.The Financial Times reported on Saturday that Beijing had launched a nuclear-capable missile in August that circled the Earth at low orbit before narrowly missing its target. Citing multiple sources, the FT claimed the ...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, China, World news, US news, Earth, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Weapons technology, Financial Times


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


Polygenic screening of embryos is here, but is it ethical?

The first child born using the technique arrived last year. But can it really help reduce diseases in a new generation, or is it ‘techno-eugenics’?The birth of the first IVF baby, Louise Brown, in 1978 provoked a media frenzy. In comparison, a little girl named Aurea born by IVF in May 2020 went almost unnoticed. Yet she represents a significant first in assisted reproduction too, for the embryo from which she grew was selected from others based on polygenic screening before implantation, to opt...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, California, World news, Genetics, Medical Research, Ethics, Louise Brown, Aurea, Center for Genetics and Society CGS


The US has a silent pig pandemic on its doorstep once again

As America readies to protect its pork industry, the Dominican Republic has been accused of using an outbreak of African Swine Fever to wipe out smaller producersA pandemic is silently sweeping across the globe – and it is not Covid-19. Since African Swine Fever (ASF) was confirmed in the Americas more than two months ago, the deadly pig disease is now on six continents and on the doorstep of the US.Samples taken in the Dominican Republic tested positive for ASF in July and in neighbouring Haiti...
Tags: Food, Science, Environment, Americas, US, America, World news, Infectious Diseases, Farming, Haiti, Dominican Republic, ASF, African Swine Fever


Figures of Babylon: oldest drawing of a ghost found in British Museum vault

A 3,500-year-old image tablet of a ‘miserable male ghost’ gives up its secretIts outlines are faint, only discernible at an angle, but the world’s oldest drawing of a ghost has been discovered in the darkened vaults of the British Museum.A lonely bearded spirit being led into the afterlife and eternal bliss by a lover has been identified on an ancient Babylonian clay tablet created about 3,500 years ago. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, UK News, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Archaeology, British Museum


Nasa’s Lucy rockets into the sky with diamonds to explore asteroids

Spacecraft with name inspired by a skeleton and the Beatles, and with lab-grown gems, starts 12-year questA Nasa spacecraft named Lucy has rocketed into the sky with diamonds on a 12-year quest to explore eight asteroids.Seven of the mysterious space rocks are among swarms of asteroids sharing Jupiter’s orbit, thought to be the pristine leftovers of planetary formation. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Florida, Science, The Beatles, World news, US news, Nasa, Asteroids, Jupiter, Ringo Starr, Lucy


Chinese astronauts arrive at space station for longest mission

The Shenzhou-13 vessel docked at its space station to kick off a record-setting six-month stayThree astronauts successfully docked with China’s new space station, state media said, on what is set to be Beijing’s longest crewed mission to date and the latest landmark in its drive to become a major space power.The three blasted off shortly after midnight on Saturday (1600 GMT) from the Jiuquan launch centre in northwestern China’s Gobi desert, state-run news agency Xinhua said, with the team expec...
Tags: Space, Science, China, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Xinhua, Gobi, Shenzhou


‘Sensational’: skeleton buried in Vesuvius eruption found at Herculaneum

Archaeologists find remains of fugitive during first dig at site near Pompeii in almost three decadesThe partially mutilated remains of a man buried by the AD79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius at Herculaneum, the ancient Roman town close to Pompeii, have been discovered in what Italy’s culture minister described as a “sensational” find.Archaeologists said the man, believed to have been aged between 40 and 45, was killed just steps away from the sea as he tried to flee the eruption. Continue reading.....
Tags: Europe, Science, World news, Italy, Volcanoes, Archaeology, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum


Meteorite crashes through roof of Canada woman’s home and on to bed

‘I’ve never been so scared in my life,’ says Ruth Hamilton after meteorite shower above a western Canadian regionA woman in Canada awoke in shock earlier this week when a rock crashed through the ceiling of her home and landed on her bed, narrowly missing her but spraying grit and other debris on her face, as her dog barked frantically.Police were called and the culprit was initially suspected to be a construction site nearby where work must have sent the fist-sized projectile onto the woman’s p...
Tags: Science, Americas, World news, Canada, Meteors, Ruth Hamilton


‘Sophisticated’: ancient faeces shows humans enjoyed beer and blue cheese 2,700 years ago

Austrian Alps salt miners had a ‘balanced diet’, with an analysis of bronze and iron age excrement finding the earliest evidence of cheese ripening in EuropeIt’s no secret that beer and blue cheese go hand in hand – but a new study reveals how deep their roots run in Europe, where workers at a salt mine in Austria were gorging on both up to 2,700 years ago.Scientists made the discovery by analysing samples of human excrement found at the heart of the Hallstatt mine in the Austrian Alps. Continu...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, World news, Austria, Anthropology, Alps, Hallstatt


Scientists abused and threatened for discussing Covid, global survey finds

Poll of 321 scientists found 15% received death threats after speaking publicly on the pandemicHow my ivermectin research led to Twitter death threatsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists around the world have received threats of death and sexual assault after speaking to the media about Covid-19, a survey has revealed.Of 321 scientists asked by Nature magazine, 15% said they had received death threats and 22% had been threatened with physical or sexual violence ...
Tags: Health, Twitter, Science, World news, Nature, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Homegrown Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news


Local Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news


Capsule of 1765 air reveals ancient histories hidden under Antarctic ice

Polar Zero exhibition in Glasgow features sculpture encasing air extracted from start of Industrial RevolutionAn ampoule of Antarctic air from the year 1765 forms the centrepiece of a new exhibition that reveals the hidden histories contained in polar ice to visitors attending the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow.The artist Wayne Binitie has spent the past five years undertaking an extraordinary collaboration with scientists of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), who drill, analyse and preser...
Tags: Science, Biology, Scotland, Environment, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Anthropology, Antarctica, Evolution, Glasgow, Exhibitions, Antarctic, Climate Crisis, Antarctic Survey BAS


Covid by numbers: 10 key lessons separating fact from fiction

To make sense of coronavirus data, the Observer asked David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters of the Royal Statistical Society Covid taskforce to write a column. That column has now inspired a book. Here are some of its insightsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGenomic sequencing has identified more than 1,000 different seeds of Sars-CoV-2 introduced in early 2020. Instead of one central outbreak, reverberating outwards like an explosion, we now know there were many eru...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, Spain, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Liverpool, Microbiology, Atletico Madrid, Anfield, Madrid, Focus, David Spiegelhalter, France Italy, Anthony Masters


Study finds Covid-19 pandemic worsened mental health around the world

Estimated 76m extra cases of anxiety and 53m extra cases of depression during pandemic, say researchersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCases of anxiety and depression around the world increased dramatically in 2020, researchers have found, with an estimated 76m extra cases of anxiety and 53m extra cases of major depressive disorder than would have been expected had Covid not struck.The study is the latest to suggest the pandemic has taken a serious toll on mental heal...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, Coronavirus, COVID


Could the global Covid death toll be millions higher than thought?

A data journalist and economics student have joined forces to measure the real pandemic death toll – and the results are startlingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage For the past 18 months, hunkered down in his Tel-Aviv apartment, Ariel Karlinsky has scoured the web for data that could help him calculate the true death toll of Covid-19. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Tel Aviv, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus, Ariel Karlinsky



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