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Why uncontrolled HIV may be behind the emergence of Omicron
Analysis: experts say weakened immune systems may give rise to new Covid variants – so HIV prevention could be key to stopping coronavirus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Where did Omicron come from? By all accounts it is a weird variant. Though highly mutated, it descended not from one of the other variants of concern, such as Alpha, Beta or Delta, but from coronavi
What Mark Meadows Is Learning the Hard Way
One of the emblematic phenomena of Donald Trump’s presidency was the weeks (or sometimes fortnights ) of chaos , when it seemed like the administration was struck by a new crisis every day, like watching a Wile E. Coyote supercut , except occasionally with real ordnance . Trump is out of the White House, and those weeks of utter turmoil left when he did, but former White House Chief of Staff Mark
Keanu Reeves Says He’d Be Cool With Fans Having Sex With Him in VR
The Other Blue Pill The Matrix is everywhere. Even in video games. Later this month, the fourth installment in Matrix series hits theaters. “The Matrix Resurrections” isn’t a reboot , and will seemingly bring back stars Keanu Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity. Before you see the movie in theaters, though, fans can play a surprise open-world game called “The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal E
Billionaire Playboy on Space Vacation Says He’s Giving Away Money to Mere Earthlings, From Orbit
Making It Rain Japanese billionaire fashion entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa became a real-life rocket man when he arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, where he’s spending twelve days as a space tourist. Maezawa is the first space station tourist in a decade, according to CNN , and in a strange ultra-capitalist twist, says he plans to give money to people back on the home planet du
Leaking Ship, Full of Hazardous Cargo, Sends Email With “SOS” in Subject Line
SOS In a strange digital twist on hazards at sea, sailors stuck aboard a damaged ship sent frantic emails for help, writing that an “urgent solution is needed before it’s too late” in a message with “SOS” in the subject line. “THE LIFE OF THE PEOPLE ARE IN REAL DANGER,” crew members wrote in an October email obtained by the Wall Street Journal , trying with no avail to get help from Sierra Leone,
The Cybertruck Will Have a Single Absolutely Enormous Windshield Wiper
Ultimate Wiper Tesla has had to make a rather awkward compromise when it comes to its upcoming and much-hyped Cybertruck — and we’re not talking about the truck’s overall controversial design language. As spotted in recently released drone footage of the company taking the truck out for a spin on a test track, the vehicle will feature one ginormous windshield wiper, an accommodation for a very ta
Parker Decides to Shut Down a Wash Plant | Gold Rush
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Will Omicron kill Christmas? How science stacks up in boosters v Covid variant battle
Analysis: UK faces grim winter if vaccines offer poor overall protection, but if the virus has weak powers to evade immunity, hospital cases can be contained Two competing forces will determine Omicron’s impact on the nation over the next few weeks. The power of booster jabs to give last-minute protection against Covid-19 will be pitted against the new variant’s ability to elude existing immunity
Scientists fear falling trust in Boris Johnson could harm bid to curb Omicron surge
Researchers say new rules may be needed to cut deaths, but there are concerns that ‘fed-up’ people will ignore government Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Ministers announced a huge expansion of the booster vaccine campaign on Saturday night, amid warnings that further restrictions will be needed imminently to prevent tens of thousands of deaths. With new Covid measur
Out of this world: did Earth’s water come from icy comets and grains of space dust?
New British research backs theory that parched planet’s water all came from extraterrestrial source It covers three quarters of the surface of the Earth and gives our planet its distinctive blue complexion when viewed from outer space. But the source of the liquid water that sustains our seas and which has nourished life on our world for eons is a subject of major scientific debate. Some research
From hippos to hamsters: how Covid is affecting creatures great and small
Scientists are racing to assess the spread of the virus in wild and domestic animals, and the threat it could pose to us A year ago humanity embarked on a project to vaccinate every person against Covid-19. But in recent months a shadow vaccination campaign has also been taking place. From giraffes to snow leopards, gorillas to sea lions, zoos around the world have been inoculating their animals
A Covid Christmas: top scientists on how they will navigate party season
Covid experts explain their personal approaches to festive gatherings in face of Omicron Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage As Omicron cases are on the increase and a new wave threatens to overshadow Christmas, the scientists working on Covid are also making calculations about which of their own festivities to go ahead with and which to scale back. Prof Jennifer Rohn, c
Omicron is sneaky. It could be fatal for us – or for our faith in government | Francois Balloux
The week ahead will be pivotal as we track the spread of the new variant and discover its potential legacy The emergence and rapid spread of the Omicron Sars-CoV-2 variant feels like a flashback to last year’s grim festive season when much of the world went into lockdown to avert the worst of the Alpha variant wave. But though the sense of eerie, impending doom feels familiar, the epidemiological
Hackers Are The Reason There’s Not Enough Cream Cheese Right Now
Hackers targeted one of the largest cream cheese manufacturers in the United States — and the results have been a schmear catastrophe. Bloomberg reported that Wisconsin’s Schreiber Foods was only down for a few days in October, but it was long enough that it royally screwed up the cream cheese supply chain, at a time of year when Americans are buying the delicious spread in droves. Cream cheese,
As Covid mutates, the vaccine makers are adapting too
Focus on the exciting potential of T-cell immunity is spurring the sector on to create a new generation of jabs The speed at which scientists worked to develop the first Covid jabs was unprecedented. Just nine months after the UK went into lockdown, 90-year-old Margaret Keenan officially became the first person in the world outside a trial to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. But the virus is
Why the January 6 Investigation Is Weirdly Static
It was almost a year ago that rioters forced their way into the United States Capitol, smashing windows, threatening the lives of Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress, and aiming to overturn the results of a democratic election in order to keep Donald Trump in power. In the intervening months, the Justice Department has filed charges against more than 680 people out of the “approxima
Now Is No Time to Raise Interest Rates
With year-to-year inflation now at 40-year highs , part of the debate is settled: Inflation is higher and longer-lasting than the Federal Reserve or the Biden administration expected. That they and so many other economists failed to anticipate the inflation we are seeing creates a worrying air of mystery. If we don’t understand why inflation is so high right now, wouldn’t it be prudent to begin h
Omicron outbreak: NSW Covid cases spike as Victoria records 13 deaths and Aactas listed as hotspot
From 1 January, fully vaccinated Queenslanders who are deemed close contacts will only have to quarantine for seven days Conspiracy, Covid and the Coalition: why are more of its MPs appealing to the alt-right? Download the free Guardian app ; get our morning email briefing New South Wales has recorded the highest number of daily Covid cases since early October while Victoria reported 13 Covid dea
Market-Speak Is the Love Language on Succession
This article contains spoilers through the eighth episode of Succession Season 3. Last month, as fears about inflation filled the American news, Elon Musk sent out a tweet . “Due to inflation,” his brief missive went, “420 has gone up by 69.” Musk being Musk, the note caused a flurry of speculation. What did it mean , this winking reference to sex and weed? What was the richest man on Earth tryin
Burning issue: how enzymes could end India’s problem with stubble
Bans failed to stop farmers torching fields each year but a new spray that turns stalks into fertiliser helps the soil and the air Every autumn, Anil Kalyan, from Kutail village in India’s northern state of Haryana, would join tens of thousands of other paddy farmers to set fire to the leftover stalks after the rice harvest to clear the field for planting wheat. But this year, Kalyan opted for ch
UK has Omicron Covid patients in hospital, government confirms
Top UK medical adviser says growing number of people going to emergency departments diagnosed with Omicron Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage People have been admitted to hospital with the Omicron variant in Britain, a government minister has confirmed, as a senior public health adviser said further curbs may be needed. The education secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, said he co
Body of evidence: meet the experts working in crime scene forensics
Phone signals, soil samples, tattoo ink, fly larvae… We all know that microscopic traces can play a crucial role in solving crimes. But who are the forensic experts who can read the clues? Before I started out in forensics 20 years ago, I served in the military. I was a communications engineer in the army, radios were my domain. After I left, someone suggested I turn to digital forensics. I was a
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Do we really want to live in a culture of endless blame when we’re all fallible? | Emma John
In a society riven by ‘gotchas’ and self-righteousness, let’s be more ready to recognise our own failings and less hasty to judge others’ There’s a communal prayer of penitence that is often used in Church of England services. In it, worshippers confess that they have sinned against their fellow humans “in thought, and word, and deed; through negligence, through weakness, through our own delibera
Climate cycles create California precipitation uncertainty
Over the past 40 years, winters in California have become drier. This is a problem for the region's agricultural operations, as farmers rely on winter precipitation to irrigate their crops. Determining if California will continue getting drier, or if the trend will reverse, has implications for its millions of residents.
Rare fossil reveals prehistoric Melbourne was once a paradise for tropical pig-nosed turtles
The pig-nosed turtle, an endangered freshwater turtle native to the Northern Territory and southern New Guinea, is unique in many respects. Unlike most freshwater turtles, it is almost completely adapted to life in water. It has paddle-like flippers similar to sea turtles, a snorkel-like "pig-nose" to help it breathe while staying submerged, and eggs that will only hatch when exposed to the waters
Daughter of US astronaut rockets into space aboard Blue Origin spacecraft
Laura Shepard Churchley, whose father, Alan Shepard, made history in 1961 as the first American to travel into space, was among the crew of six The eldest daughter of pioneering US astronaut Alan Shepard took a joyride to the edge of space aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket on Saturday, 60 years after her late father’s famed suborbital Nasa flight at the dawn of the Space Age. Laura Shepard Ch
I’m a long-distance dad so Covid was terrible – but it helped me let go of my guilt
I worried so much about not seeing my son, who lives in Canada, during Covid, but then I realised that he was fine – and being very well looked after Getting to Canada from the UK in August 2020 was a faff, as you might expect mid-pandemic. There was lots of stress – tests and isolation, rules, regulations and forms. I was doing the preparations at my mum’s. She could see I was getting upset and i
The Atlantic Daily: A Guide to Inflation
Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox. Inflation was bad; now it’s worse. Prices jumped again in November, new data reveal, moving the inflation rate to 6.8 percent—its highest since 1982 . The last time prices rose similarly to this,
Why consciousness is such a hot topic in cog sci and neuroscience?
I was studying cognitive neuroscience and most of the time talking about this with someone 'outside' the topic I hear the question about consciousness. "How does it work? Where is consciousness in the brain?" etc. It is interesting from one point, we have a lot of models of consciousness (some of them absurd), it is still an unanswered question. But, from the perspective of neuroscience all of th
What You Missed
The overlarge seas. Salt pressing the blue. Still, some sparrows. The sky. The tumbling relief of sky in the after-winter seasons. Words, their bright shattering. The wars, new and continuing, elsewhere and in the same places. Our village, its versing downward into a deeper rust. The church tower we spiraled together, a punch of cloud. I teach languages now. A lengthening list of curses and conju
Biome wall? Visit to exhibition about the future of the household in 2050
UCL and the Museum of the Home have recently collaborated to create an immersive exhibition with the goal of imagining how our households will change by 2050. There was a lot of really interesting ideas but one idea that stood out to me was a biome wall – “a living surface teeming with carefully curated selection of diverse bacteria designed to support the health and well-being of the inhabitants
Court Reform Is Dead! Long Live Court Reform!
Joe Biden’s Commission on the Supreme Court voted on the final version of its report last week. In five dense chapters, it lists the pros and cons of reforms such as adding justices, limiting their terms, reducing the Court’s power, and improving its inner workings. A couple of minor exceptions aside, the commission hewed to the task the president gave it, which was not to endorse anything but to
The Democrats Fighting to Protect the Coastal Elite
T he owners of million-dollar beach homes aren’t a particularly sympathetic political constituency. Conservatives deride them as (literal) coastal elites; progressives demand they fork over more in taxes. Both parties happily accept their campaign contributions, but few members of Congress shed tears for the plight of waterfront barons, and fewer still are willing to wage a public fight on their
California Won’t Just Let Outdoor Dining Be
If outdoor dining can flourish anywhere, surely it can do so in California—where the weather is temperate and a wildly diverse corps of chefs has year-round access to high-quality produce, seafood, and wine. Yet before the pandemic hit, the Golden State had long been outclassed in offering congenial surroundings for alfresco dining. Yes, I’m thinking of Paris and its famous sidewalk cafés. But ev
Happy Cakeday, r/Futurology! Today you're 10
Let's look back at some memorable moments and interesting insights from last year. Your top 10 posts: " President Biden will make entire 645k federal vehicle fleet US-made electric " by u/calmeagle11 " Kill the 5-Day Workweek – Reducing hours without reducing pay would reignite an essential but long-forgotten moral project: making American life less about work. " by u/_hiddenscout " 86% of people
2021 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #50
Listing of articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, December 5, 2021 through Sat, December 11, 2021 The following articles sparked above average interest during the week: If ocean levels are rising, why can't we see it? , Four hours from Hobart, this 'black box' will chronicle human kind's downfall , Climate change: How machine learning holds a key to c
Getting childhood obesity initiatives across the finish line
Too often, strategies proven in research studies to reduce pediatric obesity are never implemented in the 'real world.' Researchers describe a school-based program that gets these interventions across the finish line by inviting schools to tailor them to their own needs. Thanks to this flexible approach, 200 schools in South Carolina have signed on and seen improvements in both health and educatio
Study on genetic changes in neuroblastoma
When cells within a single tumor differ in terms of their genetic makeup, this is referred to as intratumor heterogeneity. Researchers have been able to reconstruct the process by which this genetic heterogeneity develops in neuroblastoma, a type of cancer which primarily affects young children. According to their findings, the genetic makeup of individual tumors shows marked spatial and temporal
This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through December 11)
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Deepmind Says Its New Language Model Can Beat Others 25 Times Its Size Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review “DeepMind’s main [new] result is an AI with a twist: it’s enhanced with an external memory in the form of a vast database containing passages of text, which it uses as a kind of cheat sheet when generating new sentences. Called RETRO (for ‘Retrieval-Enhanced T
Weekend reads: Hundreds of researchers in China sanctioned; phony finance research; results of the cancer research reproducibility project
Before we present this week’s Weekend Reads, a question: Do you enjoy our weekly roundup? If so, we could really use your help. Would you consider a tax-deductible donation to support Weekend Reads, and our daily work? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured: Paper on canine gastrointestinal illness dogged by lack of disclosures … Continue reading
It seems like nobody is embracing real innovation and would rather live in the 1970s or something from all these commercials you see.
I just keep waiting and waiting and waiting. I shouldn’t have made the mistake of watching old commercials on YouTube, because I compare this year’s commercials to those, but even if I hadn’t, I’d still notice. First, I’ll describe some of those ads from the ‘90s to show how technologically forward-thinking they were, how they advertised things that were ahead of their time, that I didn’t even kn
The Placebo LSD Study And It's Implications
I think we're going about several things wrong. If a placebo can produce hallucinations simply from the power of belief, then there's far ranging implications for all types of things. The school system for example should teach people to observe and not form opinions too early in an observation. We're not doing what's best for the kids in just teaching them facts, we need to be teaching them how t


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