Rare sight for amateur astronomers as five planets align
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in order of their distance from the sun from FridayAmateur astronomers are preparing for a heavenly treat from Friday as the five planets visible to the naked eye line up in order of their distance from the sun across the pre-dawn sky.For those who can face the early start, and have an unobstructed view of the horizon to the east and south-east, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, could all be visible before the faintest, Mercury, vanishes in the glare of sunrise.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 2, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Science Astronomy Planets Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Space UK news Source Type: news

‘What do I have to lose?’: desperate long Covid patients turn to ‘miracle cures’
Few of the 23 million Americans with lingering symptoms are getting answers – in this dangerous void, alternative providers and wellness companies have created a cottage industryRobert McCann, a 44-year-old political strategist from Lansing, Michigan, sleeps for 15 hours – and when he wakes up, he still finds it impossible to get out of bed. Sometimes he wakes up so confused that he’s unsure of what day it is.McCann tested positive for Covid in July of 2020. He had mild symptoms that resolved within about a week. But a few months later, pain, general confusion, and debilitating exhaustion returned and never fully lef...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 2, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Katie Thornton Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Science US news Source Type: news

The hidden science of bisexuality with Julia Shaw – podcast
Bisexuality is the largest sexual minority in the world – but according to psychologist Dr Julia Shaw, it’s the least well understood. She talks to Madeleine Finlay about her new book,Bi, which challenges us to think more deeply about who we are and how we love. She discusses the history of trying to define and measure bisexuality, sexual behaviour in the animal kingdom, and how we can improve health outcomes for bi people.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 2, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Presented and produced by Madeleine Finlay, additional production by Anand Jagatia, sound design by Tony Onuchukwu, the executive producer was Isabelle Roughol Tags: Science Sexuality Source Type: news

Australia needs to decolonise the mental health system and empower more Indigenous psychologists | Vanessa Edwige, Joanna Alexi, Belle Selkirk, Pat Dudgeon
For Aboriginal people, wellbeing is seen as holistic, with mental health inseparable from connections to family, culture and CountryAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have thrived in Australia for more than 60,000 years and are among the oldest continuing cultures worldwide. In this time, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander relational ways of being, knowing and doing kept families and communities well and ensured their continual survival for thousands of generations.Due to the devastating impacts of colonisation, and resultant social inequities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ’s health and well...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 2, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Vanessa Edwige, Joanna Alexi, Belle Selkirk, Pat Dudgeon Tags: Psychology Indigenous Australians Health Mental health Source Type: news

It ’s decided: decisive people no more accurate than self-doubters
Research finds only difference between so-called action-oriented and state-oriented people is confidenceIt ’s a trait best seen in the eager pub quizzer – a tendency to leap to an answer without a shadow of a doubt.Now researchers have suggested that while people who have little difficulty making decisions are more confident in their choices, they are no more accurate than those who feel more torn.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 1, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Science correspondent Tags: Psychology Neuroscience Source Type: news

Research may reveal why people can suddenly become frail in their 70s
Scientists discover ‘catastrophic’ change in blood cell composition, raising prospect of new therapies to slow ageing processA groundbreaking theory of ageing that explains why people can suddenly become frail after reaching their 70s has raised the prospect of new therapies for the decline and diseases of old age.Researchers in Cambridge discovered a process that drives a “catastrophic” change in the composition of blood in older age, increasing the risk of blood cancers and anaemia, and impairing the effectiveness of white blood cells to fight infection.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 1, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Ageing Medical research Science Health Cancer Genetics Biology Source Type: news

Two million people in UK living with long Covid, find studies
ONS figures show that one in five people with long Covid had the infection two years agoTwo million people in the UK are thought to be living with long Covid, data has revealed, the highest figure since official surveys began.While Covid can cause a period of acute illness, some people continue to experience symptoms, such as breathlessness, muscle aches and fatigue, for months or even years – a condition that has been labelled long Covid.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 1, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Science correspondent Tags: Long Covid Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science World news UK news Medical research Health Society Source Type: news

Is the Covid pandemic finally nearing its end? | Aris Katzourakis
The virus ’s behaviour in highly vaccinated countries may offer clues to our future with the diseaseAris Katzourakis is a professor in viral evolution at Oxford UniversityMore than two years on from the realisation that we are dealing with a novel pandemic, we are still nervously wondering what comes next. In the UK, Covid infection ratesappear to have fallen to theirlowest level since the summer of 2021, as has the number of deaths the virus is causing, but we know that new variants are still likely to emerge. So when will the end of this pandemic come, and what might it look like?This is a very difficult question, beca...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 1, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Aris Katzourakis Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Microbiology Medical research World news Source Type: news

Covid in the UK: cases, deaths and vaccinations – the latest numbers
The latest updates on coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalisations, using the best available national dataCoronavirus has hit the UK hard for more than two years, with the country recording millions of cases and tens of thousands of deaths linked to the disease.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 1, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Anna Leach and Ashley Kirk Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases UK news Health Vaccines and immunisation Science Society World news Source Type: news

I thought having a baby might turn me into an ‘elite sleeper’. I was wrong | Arwa Mahdawi
Scientists have found 3% of the population need less shut-eye than the rest of us. Could I train myself to be one of them?I don ’t want to boast or anything, but I have always considered myself something of an elite sleeper. I love sleeping more than just about anything. Given the opportunity, I will sleep for marathon stretches and can snooze through even the most extreme situations. On one very choppy ferry crossing on t he notoriouslyrough route to the Isles of Scilly, for example, my travelling companion spent the entire three-hour ride throwing up in the bathroom while I dozed happily on a plastic chair.Unfortunatel...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 1, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Arwa Mahdawi Tags: Sleep Parents and parenting Health Dementia Medical research Family & wellbeing Life and style Science Source Type: news

II thought having a baby might turn me into an ‘elite sleeper’. I was wrong | Arwa Mahdawi
Scientists have found 3% of the population need less shut-eye than the rest of us. Could I train myself to be one of them?I don ’t want to boast or anything, but I have always considered myself something of an elite sleeper. I love sleeping more than just about anything. Given the opportunity, I will sleep for marathon stretches and can snooze through even the most extreme situations. On one very choppy ferry crossing on t he notoriouslyrough route to the Isles of Scilly, for example, my travelling companion spent the entire three-hour ride throwing up in the bathroom while I dozed happily on a plastic chair.Unfortunatel...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 1, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Arwa Mahdawi Tags: Sleep Parents and parenting Health Dementia Medical research Family & wellbeing Life and style Science Source Type: news

Shanghai reopens after two months of Covid lockdown – in pictures
Restrictions have eased and more than 22 million people are allowed to move around the city againStreets fill up as Shanghai Covid restrictions easeContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 1, 2022 Category: Science Tags: China Coronavirus Asia Pacific Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

Shanghai ’s subway and shops reopen and streets fill up after two-month lockdown
Residents in areas deemed low-risk for Covid are allowed to move around the city freely againShanghai has eased a range of Covid-19 restrictions in a step towards returning to normal after a two-month lockdownthat confined residents of the megacity to their homes and battered China ’s economy.The commercial hub of 25 million people was closed down in sections from late March, when the Omicron virus variant fuelled China ’s worst outbreak since Covid first took hold in 2020.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 1, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Chi Hui Lin and agencies Tags: China Coronavirus Asia Pacific Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

Three jabs best for preventing Covid infections, global analysis finds
Number of doses, not vaccine combinations, key to boosting immunity, according to largest study of its kindThree doses of the same Covid-19 vaccine or a combination of jabs work equally well in preventing infections, according to the largest study of its kind.While the effectiveness of individual coronavirus vaccines is well known, the evidence around combinations of jabs has been less clear, especially for particular groups such as older people and those who are immunocompromised.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 31, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Gregory Health editor Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation UK news Health Science Society World news Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Shanghai ’s full Covid lockdown ends after two months
City of 25 million people emerges from prolonged isolation under ruthlessly enforced restrictionsSee all our coronavirus coverageShanghai has lifted a painful two-month lockdown, to the relief of the city ’s 25 million residents, with authorities dismantling fences around housing compounds and ripping police tape off public squares and buildings.Most residents have spent the past two months under a ruthlessly enforced lockdown that has caused income losses, stress and despair for millions struggling to access food or emergency healthcare.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 31, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Helen Davidson and Vincent Ni Tags: China Coronavirus Asia Pacific Science Infectious diseases World news Chinese economy Business Source Type: news