Jeff Bezos offers Nasa $2bn in exchange for moon mission contract
Billionaire lost out to Elon Musk ’s SpaceX in lunar bidContract is to build craft to take astronauts to the moonFresh off his trip to space, Jeff Bezos on Monday offered to cover up to $2bn in Nasa costs if the US space agency awards his company Blue Origin a contract to make a spacecraft designed to land astronauts back on the moon.Nasa in Aprilawarded SpaceX, owned by rival billionaire Elon Musk, a $2.9bn contract to build a spacecraft to bring astronauts to the lunar surface as early as 2024, rejecting bids from Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics. Blue Origin had partnered with Lockheed Martin, Northrop ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 27, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Reuters Tags: Nasa Jeff Bezos Space Technology Science US news World news Source Type: news

Life expectancy lower for white and mixed ethnic people than Black and Asian groups – study
Findings of Office for National Statistics analysis consistent with previous research say expertsPeople from white and mixed ethnic groups had lower life expectancy compared with Black and Asian groups in England and Wales between 2011 and 2014, according to analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Thestudy linked 2011 census and death registration data to produce estimates of life expectancy and cause of death by ethnic group.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Natalie Grover Science correspondent Tags: Life expectancy Health Science Society Office for National Statistics UK news Source Type: news

Did you solve it? Clueless sudoku
The solutions to today ’s puzzlesEarlier today I set you three ‘clueless’ Sudoku and an ‘almost clueless’ Killer Sudoku. For discussion and tips you can read theoriginal column here.For a printable page of all the puzzles click here. Scroll down for the solutions.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Alex Bellos Tags: Mathematics Education Life and style Science Source Type: news

‘Record-shattering’ heat becoming much more likely, says climate study
More heatwaves even worse than those seen recently in north-west of America forecast in research“Record-shattering” heatwaves, even worse than the one that recently hit north-west America, are set to become much more likely in future, according to research. The study is a stark new warning on the rapidly escalating risks the climate emergency poses to lives.The shockingtemperature extremes suffered in the Pacific north-west and in Australia 2019-2020 were “exactly what we are talking about”, said the scientists. But they said the world had yet to see anything close to the worst impacts possible, eve...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Damian Carrington Environment editor Tags: Climate change Extreme weather Environment World news Science US news Canada Americas Source Type: news

Has England reached a peak in Covid infections? | Graham Medley
The trajectory of the pandemic might look more like a range of hills rather than a single mountainWhile the government ’s decision to remove most lockdown measures in England was widely expected toresult in a large wave of infection and disease, the number of new cases of Covid-19 has been falling over the last five days. Many hope this could mean that we ’re past the peak. Yet the reality is more complicated. This is the first time an epidemic has taken place in a highly vaccinated population without control measures in place, so we are in uncharted territory. There is considerable uncertainty about what the n...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Graham Medley Tags: Coronavirus UK news Science Office for National Statistics Vaccines and immunisation Health Source Type: news

Stop calling people ‘toxic’. Here’s why | Hannah Baer
Believing others have fixed traits which don ’t change yields defensiveness, failure to listen, and failure to set boundariesOver the past few years I ’ve noticed a rise in the label “toxic” as a response to difficult or destructive behavior. Media outlets from Psychology Today to Harvard Business Review run articles on how to identify or avoid toxic people. Politicians like Mitch McConnell use the term to describe their adversaries. Even ac ademic psychologists have begun to take up the language.Related:It ’s time to rethink what loneliness is | Miriam KirmayerContinue reading... (Source: Gua...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Baer Tags: Psychology Science Psychiatry Health US news World news Society Source Type: news

Can you solve it? Clueless sudoku
Puzzles where less is moreSudoku is an extremely elegant puzzle, and this crucial to its appeal. The rules are simple to understand and the grid – with given numbers usually presented in a symmetric pattern – is striking. Yet perhaps Sudoku is not elegant enough. Perhaps the numbers on the starting grid are an unforgivable blemish, a needless sullying of the page.Or so argue a group of mathematicians, who have come up with a new puzzle genre: ‘clueless Sudoku’, which are Sudoku-style puzzles with a pristine starting grid. These puzzles literally don’t have a (numerical) clue.Continue reading.....
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Alex Bellos Tags: Mathematics Education Science Source Type: news

‘When disaster strikes, you have to help’: the volunteers in a global crisis
From Syrians helping in Germany ’s floods to Russian CrossFitters fighting fires, ordinary people helping to tackle the climate crisisWhen Anas Alakkad, a Saarland-based translator and paramedic from Damascus, saw pictures of the flooded German towns on his Facebook feed on Sunday night, he fired off messages to Syrian friends around Germany.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Philip Oltermann, Vincent Ni, Gabrielle Canon and Andrew Roth Tags: Climate change Flooding Environment Science Germany China Russia US news Syria Source Type: news

Starwatch: watch out for a man holding a snake
Now is the chance to find Ophiuchus, which some view as the 13th sign of the zodiacThis time of year offers the opportunity to track down the large but faint constellation of Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer – literally a man holding a snake. One of the original 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy in the second century, there is no definitive association between the constellation and a myth, but several have been suggested. It could be Apollo grappling with the serpent that guarded the oracle of Delph i; or Apollo’s son Asclepius, who witnessed one serpent heal another by feeding it herbs; or maybe Laocoön, w...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Stuart Clark Tags: Astronomy Science Space Source Type: news

Australia squandered its Covid advantage – and wealth is deciding who makes it home | Jennifer Mills
It would be easy enough to get home quickly if we had money to burnFollow our Covid live blog for the latest updatesRestrictions:NSW;Vic;Qld;SA;WA and NT;border restrictionsHotspots:NSW map;Vic list;Qld;WAVaccine rollout tracker;get our free news app;get our morning email briefing“But aren’t you a citizen?”That ’s the first thing most Italians ask when I tell them I can’t make it home.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 25, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Jennifer Mills Tags: Australian politics Coronavirus Australia news Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Dietary supplements causing severe liver injuries in Australians, with some requiring transplants, study shows
Researchers say cases linked to products claiming to promote muscle growth or weight loss are rising and more rigorous oversight is neededThe number of patients being admitted to hospital with severe liver injuries caused by herbal and dietary supplements claiming to promote muscle growth or weight loss is increasing, with some people harmed so severely they required a liver transplant.A study led by Dr Emily Nash from the Royal Prince Alfred hospital examined hospital records of 184 adults admitted to the AW Morrow Gastroenterology and Liver Centre with drug-induced liver injury between 2009 and 2020. She and her co-autho...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 25, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Davey Tags: Health Australia news Diets and dieting Medical research Food safety Source Type: news

Rumbling meteor lights up Norway, prompting search for meteorites
Hunt begins near Oslo for fragments after sightings of large space rock hurtling across night skyAn “unusually large meteor” briefly lit up southern Norway on Sunday, creating a spectacular sound and light display as it rumbled across the sky, and a part of it may have hit Earth, possibly not far from the capital, Oslo, experts said.Reports of sightings started arriving at around 1am, and the phenomenon was seen as far north as Trondheim. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 25, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Reuters Tags: Meteors Norway Space World news Europe Source Type: news

Meteor lights up night sky over Norway – video
An 'unusually large' meteor briefly lit up southern Norway on Sunday as it sped at up to 20km per second across the morning sky. Reports of sightings started at around 1am, with sightings of the phenomenon recorded as far north as Trondheim. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damageContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 25, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Meteors Norway Europe World news Source Type: news

Dinah Murray obituary
Champion of autistic people who explored the attention that they devote to a leading interestDinah Murray, who has died aged 75 of pancreatic cancer, was a key figure in autism studies, and an indefatigable advocate for autistic people for three decades. Her acute insight lay in the importance of attention and interests to an understanding of the condition.On the autistic spectrum herself andfascinated with language and the mind, in 1991 Murray read Uta Frith ’s book Autism: Explaining the Enigma. She had aeureka moment when it spoke of an autistic person ’s attention “going to their leading interest&rdqu...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 25, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Penny Warren Tags: Autism Society Psychology Science University of London Source Type: news

The insect apocalypse: ‘Our world will grind to a halt without them’
Insects have declined by 75% in the past 50 years – and the consequences may soon be catastrophic. Biologist Dave Goulson reveals the vital services they performI have been fascinated byinsects all my life. One of my earliest memories is of finding, at the age of five or six, some stripy yellow-and-black caterpillars feeding on weeds in the school playground. I put them in my empty lunchbox, and took them home. Eventually they transformed into handsome magenta and black moths. This seemed like magic to me – and still does. I was hooked.In pursuit of insects I have travelled the world, from the deserts of Patago...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 25, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Dave Goulson Tags: Insects Biodiversity Environment Bees Wildlife Biology Pesticides Food Conservation Science Butterflies Birds Source Type: news

Plans of four G20 states are threat to global climate pledge, warn scientists
‘Disastrous’ energy policies of China, Russia, Brazil and Australia could stoke 5C rise in temperatures if adopted by the rest of the worldA key group of leading G20 nations is committed to climate targets that would lead to disastrous global warming, scientists have warned. They say China, Russia, Brazil and Australia all have energy policies associated with 5C rises in atmospheric temperatures, a heating hike that would bring devastation to much of the planet.The analysis, by the peer-reviewed group Paris Equity Check, raises serious worries about the prospects of key climate agreements being achieved at theC...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 25, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Robin McKie, Toby Helm & Fiona Harvey Tags: Climate change Natural disasters Cop26: Glasgow climate change conference 2021 G20 China Russia Brazil Australia news Environment Green politics Americas Asia Pacific Europe Science World news Fossil fuels Joe Biden John Source Type: news

Space-sized egos, tiny tax bills … Billionaires should be jettisoned | Eva Wiseman
The new space race between the world ’s richest men proves one thing to the rest of us – the sooner they leave this planet the betterThe time has come to abolish billionaires. I mean, it ’s been coming for a while, but now the alarm is ringing.It started ringing when it first became clear that the existence of billionaires revealed a huge failure in our economic system. When it first became clear where wealth comes from, a combination of inheritance, corruption and exploitation. When the benefits of billionaires, who have often been believed to helpfully provide a trickle-down of cash to the rest of us or...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 25, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Eva Wiseman Tags: Life and style Space Science Jeff Bezos Source Type: news

Jeremy Farrar: ‘A September 2020 lockdown would have saved a lot of lives’
The Wellcome Trust director and Sage member on what politicians and scientists got right and wrong on Covid and why we need an immediate public inquiryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJeremy Farrar is the director of the Wellcome Trust, a former professor of tropical medicine at the University of Oxford and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage). He has just published his account of the Covid crisis –Spike: The Virus vthe People - in which he attacks the government for delaying a lockdown last autumn and describes the scientific and medical efforts that went ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 25, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Anthony Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Microbiology Medical research Science Politics books Chris Whitty Patrick Vallance Source Type: news

Billionaire space cowboys could become heroes by focusing on the climate crisis
Bezos, Musk and Branson have achieved much – but the biggest challenge facing humanity is not the stars, but our planetFor three of the world ’s most famous billionaires, space is indeed the final frontier – for their egos. Jeff Bezos, the planet’s richest man, launched intothe great beyond last week via his Blue Origin venture, days after Sir Richard Bransondid the same on a Virgin Galactic craft. Elon Musk, the sometime world ’s richest man, has yet to join his rivals in the heavens with his SpaceX business, but has bought a ticket to ride with Branson at some point.Space travel is the stuff...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 25, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Technology sector Space Jeff Bezos Amazon Elon Musk Tesla Richard Branson Virgin Atlantic Business Greenhouse gas emissions Environment NatWest Group Ofgem Energy industry Source Type: news

Under-30s reluctant to take Covid vaccine cite fertility and side-effect concerns
Fears over ‘experimental’ inoculation show that more needs to be done to counter harmful misinformationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSince the vaccine rollout began last year, the journey has been relatively smooth. The few bumps that the jab juggernaut has encountered, mostly hiccups in the supply chain, have been successfully navigated.Yet there are now concerns about the final stages, with under-30s showingmarkedly more reluctanceto get their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines than older people.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 24, 2021 Category: Science Authors: James Tapper & Alex Mistlin Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus Young people Health Infectious diseases Microbiology Science Society UK news Source Type: news

Jeff Bezos ’s vision of life among the stars won’t mend a broken world
The Amazon founder returned to Earth last week with a pledge to help save the planet, but technology alone is not the answerSoJeff Bezos made it safely back to the universe that most of us lesser mortals inhabit. He graciously thanked his Amazon employees and customers (that ’s you and me, folks) who made the realisation of his childhoodStar Trek dreams possible. “I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customerbecause you guys paid for this, ” he said. “Seriously, for every Amazon customer out there and every employee thank you from the bottom of my heart very much. It’s very a...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 24, 2021 Category: Science Authors: John Naughton Tags: Jeff Bezos Technology Richard Branson Business Space Science Elon Musk Source Type: news

Tennessee radio host doubted and mocked vaccines – now he has Covid
Phil Valentine ’s family urges listeners to get the shotHost sang ‘Vaxman’ Beatles parody and touted choiceTennessee hospital grapples with Delta and vaccine hesitancyA conservative radio host in Tennessee who urged listeners not to get vaccinated against Covid-19 has changed track and called on listeners to get the shot, after contracting the virus and ending up in hospital in “very serious condition”.Related:Fox News backs Covid vaccination – a pity no one told Tucker CarlsonContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 24, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Martin Pengelly in New York Tags: Coronavirus Tennessee World news US news Science Infectious diseases Vaccines and immunisation US healthcare US politics US press and publishing Media Source Type: news

Atagi changes vaccine advice for Sydney – as it happened
Deputy chief medical officer Michael Kidd says NSW will get additional 50,000 vaccines from national stockpile. This blog is now closed‘Imprisoned’: south-west Sydney on harsher lockdown and the fight to stop CovidFacebook forced to limit misinformation spread via WhatsApp amid Sydney lockdownNSW restrictions;NSW hotspots;border restrictionsVaccine rollout tracker;get our free news app;get our morning email briefing8.35amBSTAnd this is where we are going to leave the blog for today. It ’s been breathless. Again.8.26amBSTThe New South Wales premier,Gladys Berejiklian, has issued a statement on today &rsquo...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 24, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ben Smee (now) and Josh Taylor (earlier) Tags: Australia news Australian politics Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

‘Be interested, be curious, hear what’s not said’: how I learned to really listen to people | Annalisa Barbieri
Being a good listener isn ’t just about shutting up and not interrupting – it’s about really taking in what someone is telling youWhen I was a young girl, a fabulous woman called Pam who lived opposite us would come to do my mum ’s hair once a week. Pam was a retired hairdresser and beautician who had been taught partly by Vivien Leigh’s mother.I knew this because I listened as she and my mother talked. My mum would sit under the stand hairdryer with wads of cotton wool curling out from under her hairnet to protect her ears from the heat, and Pam would talk and talk: about Margaret Thatcher (m...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 24, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Annalisa Barbieri Tags: Family Relationships Friendship Health & wellbeing Psychology Science Life and style Source Type: news

Covid Australia live news update: NSW reports 163 new coronavirus cases, Victoria 12 and South Australia one
Brad Hazzard urges states to reconsider refusal of additional Pfizer doses for NSW. Follow live‘Imprisoned’: south-west Sydney on harsher lockdown and the fight to stop CovidFacebook forced to limit misinformation spread via WhatsApp amid Sydney lockdownNSW restrictions;NSW hotspots;border restrictionsVaccine rollout tracker;get our free news app;get our morning email briefing3.04amBSTOf the 12 new cases today, five are linked to the AAMI Park outbreak, one is a social contact of one case, and four are household contacts.A further three are linked to Ms Frankie ’s, one being a patron, and two household co...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 24, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Josh Taylor Tags: Australia news Australian politics Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

‘Trust the science’ is the mantra of the Covid crisis – but what about human fallibility? | Margaret Simons
Science is the only method we have of understanding the world, making predictions, and rationally adapting our own behaviourFollow our Covid live blog for the latest updatesRestrictions:NSW;Vic;Qld;SA;WA and NT;border restrictionsHotspots:NSW map;Vic list;Qld;WAVaccine rollout tracker;get our free news app;get our morning email briefingAnyone else nostalgic for a time when we didn ’t know the names of the nation’s chief health officers? Or when it would have been slightly ludicrous to declare, as a friend of mine did the other day, that they had a “favourite epidemiologist” among the bevy who are re...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 23, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Margaret Simons Tags: Coronavirus Australia news Infectious diseases Science New South Wales politics Victorian politics Source Type: news

‘Trust the science’ is the mantra of the Covid crisis – but what about human fallibility?
Science is the only method we have of understanding the world, making predictions, and rationally adapting our own behaviourFollow our Covid live blog for the latest updatesRestrictions:NSW;Vic;Qld;SA;WA and NT;border restrictionsHotspots:NSW map;Vic list;Qld;WAVaccine rollout tracker;get our free news app;get our morning email briefingAnyone else nostalgic for a time when we didn ’t know the names of the nation’s chief health officers? Or when it would have been slightly ludicrous to declare, as a friend of mine did the other day, that they had a “favourite epidemiologist” among the bevy who are re...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 23, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Margaret Simons Tags: Coronavirus Australia news Infectious diseases Science New South Wales politics Victorian politics Source Type: news

PHE upgrade Delta variant ’s risk level due to reinfection risk
Risk of reinfection with Delta may be 46% greater than with the Alpha variant, national testing data findsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePublic Health England has upgraded its risk assessment of the Delta variant after national testing data revealed it is more likely to cause reinfections than the Alpha variant, which was first identified in Kent.The health agency ’s analysis found the risk of reinfection with Delta may be 46% greater than with the Alpha variant, with the highest risk seen six months after a first infection – when second cases caused by Delta were 2.37 times m...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 23, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Coronavirus Health Infectious diseases Science UK news Source Type: news

UK Covid live news: more than 800,000 people had coronavirus last week, ONS estimates – as it happened
Cases increased in all four nations, says Office for National StatisticsONS estimates more than 800,000 people in UK had Covid last weekONS estimates for rates of Covid in England, by region and age groupBMA calls for ‘urgent rethink’ of government’s Covid strategyEustice: 10,000 food industry staff benefit from isolation rule change‘Pingdemic’ effect: how different sectors in England have been hitPfizer vaccine second dose has ‘sweet spot’ after eight weeks – scientists5.19pmBSTRelated:Coronavirus live: Indonesia reports record daily deaths; Philippines bans children from go...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 23, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Sparrow Tags: Coronavirus Politics UK news Boris Johnson House of Commons NHS George Eustice Vaccines and immunisation Food security Police & drink industry Business Office for National Statistics Health Science Infectious diseases Sco Source Type: news

Spacewatch: UAE ’s Hope Mars mission hits first anniversary
Hope ’s scientific mission is to study atmosphere and climate of Mars and is remarkable successIt is one year since the United Arab Emirates launched theHope spacemission from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Kagoshima prefecture, in south-west Japan, to begin its journey to Mars.By 9 February 2021, Hope had crossed 493m km of space and performed the Mars Orbit Insertion (MOI) manoeuvre. On 23 March, Hope manoeuvred into its final operating orbit, a highly elliptical path that carried it from 20,000km to 43,000km in altitude above Mars, and, after a period of commissioning the instruments, science operations began on ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 23, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Stuart Clark Tags: Mars United Arab Emirates Space Middle East and North Africa Science World news Source Type: news

Pfizer vaccine second dose has ‘sweet spot’ after eight weeks, UK scientists say
Longer schedule led to more Covid antibodies and higher proportion of helper T-cells, supporting immune memory – researchersSee all our coronavirus coverageAn eight-week gap between the first and second doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is a “sweet spot” when it comes to generating strong immune response while protecting the UK population against the Delta variant of coronavirus, scientists have said.In a study funded by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), researchers have found that when compared with a four-week gap, a 10-week interval between the doses produces higher antibody ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 23, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: Coronavirus Pfizer Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Businesses that had no downturn from Covid crisis received $12.5bn jobkeeper windfall
Payments described as ‘waste of public money’ represent almost 14% of the $90bn programFollow our Covid live blog for the latest updatesRestrictions:NSW;Vic;Qld;SA;WA and NT;border restrictionsHotspots:NSW map;Vic list;Qld;WAVaccine rollout tracker;get our free news app;get our morning email briefingBusinesses that did not suffer any downturn in revenue as a result of the Covid crisis received a $12.5bn windfall from the government ’s jobkeeper scheme, new figures show.The payments, which the opposition has called “the biggest waste of public money in living memory”, represent almost 14% of th...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 23, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ben Butler Tags: Australian politics Australia news Business Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Coronavirus live: more than half of all European adults fully vaccinated – as it happened
More than200 million Europeans fully vaccinated but programme still behind summer target;more Olympic athletes confirmed to have Covid‘It’s too late’: US doctor says dying patients asking for Covid vaccineItaly set to impose ‘green pass’ restrictions on unvaccinated peopleStark silence in Tokyo speaks volumes about Olympic fearsChina refuses further inquiry into Covid-19 origins in Wuhan labTax raids target Indian paper that criticised government over Covid12.15amBST11.47pmBSTThousands of people poured into the grounds of the Latitude music festival in easternEngland on Thursday, one of the bi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Lucy Campbell (now); Mattha Busby, Miranda Bryant and Martin Farrer (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus Japan US news UK news Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Limited number of critical workers to be allowed to avoid self-isolation
Policy will only apply to named staff in approved workplaces who are fully vaccinatedWorkers from 16 key services including health, transport and energy will not have to isolate after being pinged by the NHS Covid app, as it was revealed that more than 600,000 people in England and Wales were sent self-isolation alerts last week.The raft of changes, after days of frantic talks with industry leaders, came amid open Conservative revolt over the so-called “pingdemic” with theformer health secretary Jeremy Hunt warning the government that it was facing a crisis of public trust in the system.Continue reading... (Sou...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Richard Partington, Jessica Elgot and Sarah Butler Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Economic policy Politics Business UK news Source Type: news

Coronavirus live: more than half of all European adults fully vaccinated; more Olympic athletes test positive in Tokyo
More than200 million Europeans fully vaccinated but programme still behind summer target;more Olympic athletes confirmed to have Covid‘It’s too late’: US doctor says dying patients asking for Covid vaccineItaly set to impose ‘green pass’ restrictions on unvaccinated peopleStark silence in Tokyo speaks volumes about Olympic fearsChina refuses further inquiry into Covid-19 origins in Wuhan labTax raids target Indian paper that criticised government over Covid9.27pmBSTAdvisers to theUS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday will consider evidence suggesting that a booster dose of ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Lucy Campbell (now); Mattha Busby, Miranda Bryant and Martin Farrer (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus Japan US news UK news Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

US in ‘another pivotal moment’ as Delta variant drives surge in Covid cases
Hospitals are filling up, especially in areas with low vaccinationsCDC offers no change in guidance on mask wearingThe US is “at another pivotal moment in this pandemic” as rising Covid-19 cases show no signs of abating, driven by the Delta variant, and some hospitals are filling up, especially in areas with low vaccination rates, government officials warned on Thursday.The US government did not change its guidance on mask wearing,despite debates going on in the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about whether those who have been vaccinated should once again be officially advis...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Joanna Walters in New York Tags: US news Coronavirus Science Vaccines and immunisation Biden administration Source Type: news

Sulphur-crested cockatoos learn to open wheelie bins in Sydney – video
Sulphur-crested cockatoos are learning to pry open bins, with researchers finding the new skill has caught on in 44 Sydney suburbs in just two years. With help from the public, Australian and German ecologists have documented cockatoos learning the bin-diving behaviour through social interactions. The research, published in the journalScience, also found differences in the cockatoos ’ bin-opening technique between different suburbs, arising from 'local subcultures'.Video courtesy of the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour, Australian Museum Research Institute and Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Cont...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Birds Animals Australia news Science Zoology Animal behaviour Sydney Wildlife New South Wales Source Type: news

Covid jab uptake slows among young people in England, PHE says
Scientists say efforts to increase vaccinations by tactics seen as coercive are less useful than good communication via role modelsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageClearer information and messages from role models are needed to boost Covid vaccination uptake among young people, experts have said, as figures showed that fewer than 60% of 18- to 25-year-olds had received their first jab in England.Adults over the age of 18 have been eligible for vaccination against Covid-19 in England since 18 June. But according to the latestdata from Public Health England (PHE), uptake of the vaccine in you...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Science correspondent Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Young people Coronavirus Psychology Society Immunology Health Medical research UK news Science Source Type: news

New device could help visually impaired avoid obstacles, research suggests
Chest-mounted video camera and vibrating wristbands developed by US team reduce collisions by 37% in small studyVibrating wristbands could help visually impaired people to avoid collisions when out and about, a study indicates.According to the NHS, about 360,000 people in the UK alone are registered as blind or partially sighted, with long canes and guide dogs among the methods used to help individuals avoid obstacles.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Science correspondent Tags: Blindness and visual impairment Disability Technology Science Source Type: news

AI firm DeepMind puts database of the building blocks of life online
AlphaFold program ’s prediction of nearly 20,000 human protein structures now free for researchersLast year the artificial intelligence group DeepMind cracked a mystery that has flummoxed scientists for decades: stripping bare the structure of proteins, the building blocks of life. Now, having amassed adatabase of nearly all human protein structures, the company is making the resource available online free for researchers to use.The key to understanding our basic biological machinery is its architecture. The chains of amino acids that comprise proteins twist and turn to make the most confounding of 3D shapes. It is t...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Natalie Grover Science correspondent Tags: DeepMind Artificial intelligence (AI) Medical research Microbiology Science UK news Technology Source Type: news

For all our sakes, let ’s hope Jeff Bezos’s space trip is just a midlife crisis | Gaby Hinsliff
The flight by the Amazon boss could mark the unchecked commercial exploitation of the ultimate virgin environmentOne very small step for mankind, one giant ego trip for Jeff Bezos. The world ’s richest man ejaculated himself into space this week, in what was not quite the first suborbital tourist flight – Richard Branson beat him up there – but definitely the fastest. “Everybody who’s been up into space, they say that it changes them,” Bezossaid earnestly, of a trip that lasted roughly the time it takes to hard boil an egg.If you say so, Jeff. But it looked very much like the intergalact...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Gaby Hinsliff Tags: Jeff Bezos Space US news Richard Branson Science Source Type: news

UK scientists back Covid boosters as study finds post-jab falls in antibodies
Exclusive:Waning antibody levels are possible warning sign of lower protection in months after vaccinationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have backed proposals for Covid boosters in the autumn after blood tests on hundreds of people revealed that protective antibodies can wane substantially within weeks of second vaccine shots being given.Falls in antibodies after vaccination are expected and do not necessarily mean people are more vulnerable to disease, but the researchers are concerned that if the declines persist the effectiveness of the vaccines may diminish.Continue reading...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus Health Infectious diseases Medical research Science UK news UCL (University College London) University of Oxford Source Type: news

It ’s time to rethink what loneliness is | Miriam Kirmayer
Research suggests that chronic loneliness may be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. But do we know what loneliness actually is?As a clinical psychologist who specializes in friendships and social connection, I am deeply concerned about the feelings of loneliness that so many of us are experiencing.Three in five American adultsreport feeling lonely and 18% (roughly 46 million people)report that they have just one person or nobody that they can trust or turn to for help in their personal lives. These worrisome numbers are echoed across studies and across borders.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Miriam Kirmayer Tags: Psychology Loneliness Science Neuroscience Source Type: news

Witnessing England ’s response to Covid at first hand has profoundly shocked me | William Hanage
On a visit to the UK from the US, I have seen how incoherent government policy is allowing Delta to run rampantWilliam Hanage is a Harvard epidemiology professorEngland ended all pandemic restrictions on Monday. Nightclubs reopened, along with other large events and gatherings – with masks, testing and other mitigation measures “encouraged” (which is another way of saying “optional”). This is against a background ofskyrocketing case rates due to the Delta variant.In January, at the height of the second wave, the daily totalhit 60,000 cases, but at the current rate of increase that will be ecli...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: William Hanage Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Vaccines and immunisation Science Society Health Medical research Boris Johnson England Politics UK news Source Type: news

Coronavirus live: UK business secretary ‘very concerned’ about food shortages; two more Tokyo athletes test positive
Kwasi Kwarteng could not confirm if food supply chain workers would be exempt from isolation rules; now 87 positive cases,say Games officialsStark silence in Tokyo speaks volumes about Olympic fears‘Never thought this would happen in France’: day one of vaccine passFiji records its highest number of weekly deaths from CovidSee all our coronavirus coverage7.59amBSTMore from theUK, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has elaborated slightly on the plans for a fully-vaccinated critical workers exemption list, saying it will be “very narrow”.He told BBC Breakfast: “The list, I think, will be quite n...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Miranda Bryant (now) and Martin Farrer (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus Japan US news UK news Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Deadly coral disease sweeping Caribbean linked to wastewater from ships
Researchers find ‘significant relationship’ between stony coral tissue loss disease and nearby shippingA virulent and fast-moving coral disease that has swept through the Caribbean could be linked to waste or ballast water from ships, according to research.The deadly infection, known as stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD), was first identified in Florida in 2014, and has since moved through the region, causing great concern among scientists.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Jewel Fraser in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad Tags: Coral Marine life Environment Caribbean World news Conservation Oceans Bahamas Wildlife Americas Science Source Type: news

After Covid, the climate crisis will be the next thing the right says we ‘just have to live with’ | Aditya Chakrabortty
The politics of this new, extreme individualism will make collective responses to social crises impossibleSoon, a few of the more shameless newspaper commentators will urge the rest of us to “learn to live” with climate breakdown. Soon, a couple of especially sharp-elbowed cabinet ministers will sigh to the Spectator that, yes, carbon emissions should ideally be slashed – but we must make a trade-off between “lives and livelihoods”. Soon, a little platoon of Tory backbenchers will respond to TV pictures of another devastating flash flood or deadly heatwave by complaining about “fearmonge...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Aditya Chakrabortty Tags: Climate change Environment Science Coronavirus Infectious diseases Boris Johnson World news Politics Conservatives UK news Source Type: news

Australia PM says sorry for vaccine failures amid bleak outlook for Sydney lockdown
Scott Morrison apologises for missing vaccine targets as New South Wales reports record cases during fourth week of stay-at-home orderSee all our coronavirus coverageAustralia ’s prime minister has apologised for failures in the disastrous coronavirus vaccine rollout as cases in the states of New South Wales and Victoria grew further despite millions living in lockdown.One day after notablyrefusing to apologise for a rollout that has fully vaccinated just 12% of the population since February, Scott Morrison said on Thursday: “I’m certainly sorry we haven’t been able to achieve the marks we had hoped...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Elias Visontay in Sydney Tags: Australia news Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

How does the human body cope with extreme heat? (part two) – podcast
We learned in our previous episode about the very real consequences that extreme heat has on human health and wellbeing, but there is little research into what actually happens to our bodies when exposed to extreme heat apart from in the world of sports science. In the second part of our discussion, as fears mount that the Tokyo Olympics will be the hottest on record and the world gears up for Cop26, Shivani Dave speaks to Mike Tipton, a professor of human and applied physiologyContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Presented and produced by Shivani Dave Tags: Sport Climate change Science Olympic Games Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 World news Source Type: news

How to photograph the July full moon on your phone or camera, and the best settings to use
Guardian Australia picture editor Carly Earl explains the dos and don ’ts of taking pictures of the July 2021 full moon, which is also known as the buck or thunder moon.When a full moon rises, many people will pull out their mobile phones to try and get an Instagram-worthy photograph, but unfortunately the moon is really challenging to get a great photo of.Two reasons: it is very far away and unless you have a telephoto lens (which makes the moon appear closer than it is) it will always appear as a very small glowing dot in the frame.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Carly Earl Tags: Photography The moon Space Science Astronomy Source Type: news