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Scientists are closely tracking a COVID-19 variant with a 'worrying' number of mutations. They don't yet know if it's more infectious.

A man receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Gaborone, Botswana, on October 12 2021Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua/Getty Images A variant with 'worrying' number of mutations has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong. Experts are concerned its mutations may help it to avoid antibodies produced by vaccines and treatments. It has been detected 82 times, as of Thursday. For now, it's being closely monitored.  Scientists and health officia...
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Scientists are closely tracking a coronavirus variant with a 'worrying' number of mutations. They don't yet know if it's more infectious.

A man receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Gaborone, Botswana, on October 12 2021Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua/Getty Images A variant with 'worrying' number of mutations has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong. Experts are concerned its mutations may help it to avoid antibodies produced by vaccines and treatments. It has been detected 82 times, as of Thursday. For now, it's being closely monitored.  Scientists and health officia...
Tags: Health, Asia, Hong Kong, Science, News, Africa, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Delta, World Health Organization, Test, Cambridge University, Imperial College London, Botswana, Variant


Mysterious Object Glimpsed Decades Ago Might Have Actually Been Planet Nine (slashdot)

It's one of the most intriguing questions about the Solar System from the last five years: Is there a large planet, lurking out in the cold dark reaches, on an orbit so wide it could take 20,000 years to complete? The answer has proven elusive, but a new study reveals what could be traces of the mysterious hypothetical object's existence. From a report: Astronomer Michael Rowan-Robinson of Imperial College London in the UK conducted an analysis of data collected by the Infrared Astronomical Sate...
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Mysterious Object Glimpsed Decades Ago Might Have Actually Been Planet Nine

It's one of the most intriguing questions about the Solar System from the last five years: Is there a large planet, lurking out in the cold dark reaches, on an orbit so wide it could take 20,000 years to complete? The answer has proven elusive, but a new study reveals what could be traces of the mysterious hypothetical object's existence. From a report: Astronomer Michael Rowan-Robinson of Imperial College London in the UK conducted an analysis of data collected by the Infrared Astronomical Sate...
Tags: UK, Tech, Earth, Mike Brown, Pluto, Imperial College London, Caltech, Konstantin Batygin, Michael Rowan Robinson, Rowan Robinson


Covid live news: catastrophic winter wave unlikely in UK, says scientist; Russia reports record 1,241 deaths

Prof Neil Ferguson , from Imperial College London, says UK in different situation to other countries in Europe; Russia records 39,256 coronavirus cases'; Thousands protest in Melbourne over compulsory vaccinationsSee all our coronavirus coverageCalifornia has become the latest US state to make Covid vaccine booster doses available for all adults, despite a call from federal health officials to limit their distribution to people most at risk. It follows similar moves by Colorado and New Mexico, ...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Colorado, Russia, US, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, New Mexico, Melbourne, Imperial College London, Neil Ferguson, Coronavirus, Centers for Disease Control California


Fully-vaccinated people can pass on the Delta variant at home, including to other vaccinated people, a study finds - but unvaccinated people are still at most risk

A man receives a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at an NHS COVID-19 vaccination centre. Hollie Adams/Getty Images Fully vaccinated people can catch and pass on the Delta variant at home, real-world data shows. Vaccines largely protect against severe COVID-19 but don't stop it spreading entirely, the study authors said. Experts urged people to get vaccinated, have boosters when eligible, and take extra precautions. Fully vaccinated people can catch and pass on the highly infectious Delta var...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, Trends, Healthcare, Delta, Clarke, Vaccine, Imperial College London, University of Reading, National Institute for Health Research, Simon Clarke, Peter Openshaw, Coronavirus, COVID


Study: Many English communities experienced a decline in life expectancy from 2010-2019

A substantial number of English communities experienced a decline in life expectancy from 2010-2019, Imperial College London researchers have found.
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Images from NASA's Perseverance rover reveal that mysterious floods dragged boulders across Mars

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover took this selfie on September 10, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars snapped photos of cliffs that show signs of ancient flash floods. The first study of Perseverance's data suggests that a flooding river dragged boulders for miles. The photos also pinpoint ancient river sediment in which the rover could search for fossilized life. In the dry Martian crater where NASA's Perseverance rover is searching for signs of long-g...
Tags: Science, News, France, Trends, Nasa, Earth, River, Alien Life, Mars, Imperial College London, Kodiak, Sanjeev Gupta, NASA JPL Caltech, Mangold, Jezero, Flash Flood


A Brilliant Demonstration of Magnets & the Promise of Levitating Trains (1975)

For a brief time in the 1980s, it seemed like trains powered by maglev — magnetic levitation — might just solve transportation problems everywhere, maybe even replacing air travel, thereby eliminating one of the most vexing sources of carbon emissions. Maglev trains don’t use fuel; they don’t require very much power by comparison with other sources of high speed travel; they don’t produce emissions; they’re quiet, require less maintenance than other trains, and can travel at speeds of 30...
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England urged to step up vaccinations to avoid winter Covid surge

Prof Neil Ferguson calls for booster rollout and teenagers’ second jabs to be accelerated to ease NHS pressureCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe distribution of Covid boosters for the most vulnerable people and second shots of vaccine for teenagers should be accelerated to help prevent a winter surge of coronavirus overburdening the NHS, a senior scientist has said.Prof Neil Ferguson, the head of the influential disease modelling group at Imperial College London, sai...
Tags: Health, England, Science, UK News, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Imperial College London, Neil Ferguson, Coronavirus


Covid live: 22% drop in positive tests in England in one week; daily deaths in Russia at record-equalling high

England reports lowest number of people testing positive since week to 30 June; Russia reports 820 Covid-linked deathsEngland’s Covid travel rules spark outrage around the worldFDA approves Pfizer booster shots for Americans ages 65 and olderNew Zealanders could get Covid jab with fast-food fixSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.50pm BST Prof Neil Ferguson, whose modelling was instrumental to the UK going into lockdown in March 2020, said there had not been a “rapid increase” in Covid cases s...
Tags: UK, England, Russia, World news, NHS, Delta, Pfizer, University of Oxford, John Bell, Sarah, Imperial College London, Neil Ferguson, Coronavirus, Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies SAGE


AstraZeneca Invests in Imperial's Self-Amplifying RNA Technology With Eye on Future Drugs

By Alistair SmoutLONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca Plc on Thursday struck a deal with the firm behind Imperial College London's experimental COVID-19...
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Covid-19: New allergic reactions to hair dye reported

Scientists at Imperial College London are now researching a link between Covid-19 and new allergies.
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Period changes after COVID-19 vaccines were reported 27,000 times in 9 months, but experts say you should still get a shot

A person is given a COVID-19 vaccine by UK NHS staff during the first day of the Cornwall Pride LGBTQ+ festival on August 27, 2021 in Newquay, England. Hugh Hastings/Getty Images The UK's medicines regulatory agency got 27,199 reports of menstrual-cycle changes after COVID-19 shots. An OB-GYN said pandemic-related stress could have caused some of these changes. People trying to get pregnant should get vaccinated or risk getting "seriously ill," another doctor said. See more stories on ...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, Trends, NHS, Healthcare, Vaccine, Period, British Medical Journal, University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London, OB GYN, Maybin, Royal College of Obstetricians, MHRA


COVID-19 vaccine's impact on menstrual cycles needs to be investigated after 30,000 women report changes, says top scientist

A late period can be caused by many things besides pregnancy including changes in birth control. Carol Yepes/ Getty Images 30,000 women have reported their periods being altered after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Research is needed to understand why this is happening, according to a paper in the British Medical Journal. Periods can be heavier or delayed because of an immune response and poses no danger to one's body, say experts. See more stories on Insider's business page. Since...
Tags: UK, Science, Trends, British Medical Journal, Imperial College London, COVID-19, Covid-19 Vaccine, UK Weekend, Carol Yepes Getty, Bethany Dawson, Victoria Male, US the National Institute of Health, Telegraph Caroline Criado Perez


COVID-19 vaccines impact on menstrual cycles needs to be investigated after 30,000 women report changes, says top scientist

A late period can be caused by many things besides pregnancy including changes in birth control. Carol Yepes/ Getty Images 30,000 women have reported their periods being altered after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Research is needed to understand why this is happening, according to a paper in the British Medical Journal. Periods can be heavier or delayed because of an immune response and poses no danger to one's body, say experts. See more stories on Insider's business page. Since...
Tags: UK, Science, Trends, British Medical Journal, Imperial College London, COVID-19, Covid-19 Vaccine, UK Weekend, Carol Yepes Getty, Bethany Dawson, Victoria Male, US the National Institute of Health, Telegraph Caroline Criado Perez


COVID-19 vaccines impact on menstrual cycles to be investigated after 30,000 women report changes

A late period can be caused by many things besides pregnancy including changes in birth control. Carol Yepes/ Getty Images 30,000 women have reported their periods being altered after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Whilst all data shows that it is safe to take the jab, research has begun to understand why this is happening. This is being applauded by academics, activists, and doctors alike. See more stories on Insider's business page. Since the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, thousands...
Tags: UK, Science, Trends, British Medical Journal, Imperial College London, COVID-19, Covid-19 Vaccine, UK Weekend, Carol Yepes Getty, Bethany Dawson, Victoria Male, US the National Institute of Health, Telegraph Caroline Criado Perez


Reproductive specialist highlights the need to investigate menstrual changes after covid-19 vaccination

Some women say their periods change after getting a covid-19 vaccination. In The BMJ today, Dr Victoria Male, a reproductive specialist at Imperial College London, says a link between menstrual changes after covid-19 vaccination is plausible and should be investigated.
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UK and Canadian researchers filter municipal wastewater through willow trees

In the UK, infiltration by willow trees could be the answer to a growing waste problem, producing clean water, renewable biofuels and ‘green’ chemicals. In Canada, Canada, six trillion liters of municipal wastewater are partially treated and released into the environment each year, while another 150 billion liters of untreated sewage are discharged straight into pristine surface waters. Now, researchers have found a way to stem that flow: by filtering the waste through the roots of willow trees....
Tags: UK, Research, Canada, Wastewater, Imperial College London, Quebec Canada, Universite de Montreal, Canada Canada, Willow Trees, Saint Roch de l Achigan


Anti-vaxxers are targeting pregnant women with misinformation that can lead to tragedy, experts warn

A pregnant mother receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a maternity clinic in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Ajith Perera/Xinhua via Getty Images) A battle is being waged for the hearts and minds of pregnant women to get vaccinated. Pro-vaccine campaigners have been called "baby killers." COVID-19 can be dangerous for pregnant people and their babies, data shows. See more stories on Insider's business page. Testimonies of deaths from COVID-19 after not having a vaccine are...
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Study finds link between COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and vaccine passports

A new study from Imperial College London has found a link between COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and a perceived lack of free will over vaccine passports.
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The World's First 3D-Printed Steel Bridge

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Popular Mechanics, written by Laura Rider: After four long years of planning, the world's first 3D-printed steel bridge debuted in Amsterdam last month. If it stands up to the elements, the bridge could be a blueprint for fixing our own structurally deficient infrastructure in the U.S. -- and we sorely need the help. Dutch Company MX3D built the almost 40-foot-long bridge for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the city's Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal. It r...
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Number of adults with hypertension has doubled in the last thirty years

The number of adults aged 30–79 years with hypertension has increased from 650 million to 1.28 billion in the last thirty years, according to the first comprehensive global analysis of trends in hypertension prevalence, detection, treatment and control, led by Imperial College London and WHO, and published today in The Lancet.
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Delta Variant Renders Herd Immunity From Covid 'Mythical'

AmiMoJo writes: Reaching herd immunity is "not a possibility" with the current Delta variant, the head of the Oxford Vaccine Group has said. Giving evidence to MPs on Tuesday, Prof Sir Andrew Pollard said the fact that vaccines did not stop the spread of Covid meant reaching the threshold for overall immunity in the population was "mythical." "The problem with this virus is [it is] not measles. If 95% of people were vaccinated against measles, the virus cannot transmit in the population," he tol...
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Being double-vaccinated gives 50-60% protection from the Delta variant, study finds

Getty An English study has found that having two vaccines against COVID-19 protects against the Delta variant by 50-60%. This is slightly lower than once thought, but the scientists leading the study say this is due to the random sample. This study affirms that the vaccine - any approved vaccine - significantly protects from COVID-19. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A new study has found that fully vaccinated people have their risk of infection from the COVID-19 Delta va...
Tags: UK, Science, Trends, UK News, NHS, Delta, Pfizer, Vaccine, Imperial College London, Reuters, Imperial, Paul Elliot, COVID-19, COVID, UK Weekend, Bethany Dawson


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


The Latest: Denver ready to discipline unvaccinated police

By The Associated Press DENVER — Denver’s top public safety leader says he is prepared to discipline police officers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters who don’t follow the mandate that all city employees get vaccinated against COVID-19, The Denver Post reports Saturday. A public health order issued by the city health department Monday requires all city employees to receive their second vaccine dose by Sept. 15. It’s unclear how many of the Denver’s police officers or emergency responders have...
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The Latest: COVID-19 hospitalizations increase in Arizona

By The Associated Press PHOENIX — Arizona on Saturday reported more than 2,000 additional COVID-19 cases for the fourth straight day as the number of virus-related hospitalizations continued to rise. The U.S. state’s coronavirus dashboard reported 2,653 additional cases and 34 deaths, increasing the pandemic totals to 943,415 cases and 18,376 deaths. There were 1,358 COVID-19 patients occupying inpatient beds as of Friday, up from 866 two weeks earlier on July 23, according to the dashboard. The...
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The 5 most common COVID-19 symptoms based on your vaccination status, in one chart

A woman receives the COVID-19 vaccine in Wales. Matthew Horwood/Getty COVID-19 symptoms look somewhat different for vaccinated people who get breakthrough cases and unvaccinated people, a study found. Unvaccinated people are more likely to report a fever and persistent cough. They're also more likely to get severely sick and reported more symptoms in total. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Delta variant is challenging vaccines more than any coronavirus strain so far...
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Double vaccinated three times less likely to test positive for COVID-19 than unvaccinated, says study

In new research, scientists at Imperial College London report that double vaccinated individuals could be three times less likely than unvaccinated people to test positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection.
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