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Coronavirus: 'Widespread virus growth across the country' | BBC News

There is widespread growth of the epidemic across the country and the R number has risen to between 1.1 and 1.4, say the government's scientific advisers.
Officials are warning of "far worse things to come" as cases are thought to exceed 6,000 a day in England.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #UK
 

Coronavirus testing: Simple test gives results in 90 minutes | BBC News

A rapid test can accurately diagnose a coronavirus infection within 90 minutes without needing a specialist laboratory, say scientists.
The study by Imperial College London showed the "lab-on-a-chip" gave comparable results to current tests.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 
ScienceAlert:

- Vast DNA Analysis of Hundreds of Vikings Reveals They Weren't Who We Thought -






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- Vast DNA Analysis of Hundreds of Vikings Reveals They Weren't Who We Thought -






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Coronavirus: BioCloud device claims to detect airborne virus | BBC News

A Canadian company has developed a wall-mounted device it claims can detect the presence of coronavirus in the air, and send an alert.
Kontrol Energy hopes its BioCloud devices could be used in hospitals, transport systems and schools - but has no orders as yet.
One expert, who independently tested the system, said he believed it worked.
But another told the BBC it would need many more tests before he was convinced of its efficacy.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 
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Macrophages can help...
A novel form of immunological memory that was mostly ignored for a century extends the benefits of vaccines. It could be of help in ending the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
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Macrophages can help...
A novel form of immunological memory that was mostly ignored for a century extends the benefits of vaccines. It could be of help in ending the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

The Most (And Least) Risky Activities For Spreading Covid-19 | HuffPost UK Life

Nightclubs are the ultimate high-risk activity, followed by seeing a concert or play, according to this heat map.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

As states lift restaurant restrictions, CDC report links dining out to increased Covid-19 risk | CNBC

Dining out raises the risk of contracting Covid-19 more than other activities, such as shopping or going to a salon, according to a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Coronavirus: 'Waste and corruption on a cosmic scale': Plans for 10 million COVID-19 tests attacked | UK News | Sky News

Leaked documents reportedly show the government plans to carry out up to 10 million coronavirus tests a day by early next year, but critics say the proposals represent "waste/corruption on a cosmic scale".
The government's scientific advisory group earlier said mass testing could lead to a large number of false positive results.
Anthony Costello, a former World Health Organisation director and UCL professor, wrote on Twitter: "The PMs Moonshot nonsense (no science, feasibility, evidence) has been earmarked for £100bn, almost the entire NHS budget, w contracts for Astra, Serco and G4S.
"This is waste/corruption on a cosmic scale."
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #UK #politics #corruption
 

A New Theory Asks: Could a Mask Be a Crude ‘Vaccine’? | The New York Times

Scientists float a provocative — and unproven — idea: that masks expose the wearer to just enough of the virus to spark a protective immune response.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic

The New York Times: A New Theory Asks: Could a Mask Be a Crude ‘Vaccine’? (By Katherine J. Wu)

 

Coronavirus: Oxford University vaccine trial paused after participant falls ill | BBC News

Final clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, have been put on hold after a participant had a suspected adverse reaction in the UK.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Coronavirus: Five reasons why rise in cases is not all it seems | BBC News

Officials are clearly alarmed by the latest rise in coronavirus cases. Newly diagnosed cases have topped 2,000 for the past three days.
The average rate of new infections is now four times higher than it was in mid-July. But is the rise in cases quite as sharp as it looks? Here are five things to consider before hitting the panic button.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #uk
 

Researchers just learned something new and disturbing about the coronavirus – BGR

A new study details another asymptomatic manifestation of the coronavirus infection that may outlast COVID-19.
The virus continues to replicate in the gut even after it is cleared from a patient’s lungs.
The coronavirus might not cause additional symptoms, but researchers think the finding could help with future screening and treatment protocols.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Researchers just learned something new and disturbing about the coronavirus
 
ScienceAlert:

- High Blood Pressure And Diabetes Could Alter Brain Structure, Slowing Down Cognition -






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http://www.sciencealert.com/study-suggests-diabetes-and-high-blood-pressure-might-also-be-affecting-your-mind
 
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- High Blood Pressure And Diabetes Could Alter Brain Structure, Slowing Down Cognition -






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Coronavirus nanoscience: the tiny technologies tackling a global pandemic | The Conversation

The world-altering coronavirus behind the COVID-19 pandemic is thought to be just 60 nanometres to 120 nanometres in size. This is so mind bogglingly small that you could fit more than 400 of these virus particles into the width of a single hair on your head. In fact, coronaviruses are so small that we can’t see them with normal microscopes and require much fancier electron microscopes to study them. How can we battle a foe so minuscule that we cannot see it?
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic

https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-nanoscience-the-tiny-technologies-tackling-a-global-pandemic-145140?xtor=ES-208-[35550_News_NLB_Wk38_Tue_8_Sep]-20200908-
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ScienceAlert:

- 'Zombie' Fires Are Once Again Blazing Through The Arctic, Causing Record Burning -






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http://www.sciencealert.com/zombie-wildfires-are-blazing-through-the-arctic-causing-record-burning
 
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- 'Zombie' Fires Are Once Again Blazing Through The Arctic, Causing Record Burning -






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Wanted: your ideas for ESA’s future space missions








Do you have a compelling idea for a future space mission? Then we want to hear from you. ESA is issuing an open call for new mission concepts across its entire range of activities. Anyone is encouraged to submit in response, from research institutes and companies to ‘citizen scientist’ members of the public.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Wanted: your ideas for ESA’s future space missions








Do you have a compelling idea for a future space mission? Then we want to hear from you. ESA is issuing an open call for new mission concepts across its entire range of activities. Anyone is encouraged to submit in response, from research institutes and companies to ‘citizen scientist’ members of the public.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Coronavirus: Tests 'could be picking up dead virus' | BBC News

The main test used to diagnose coronavirus is so sensitive it could be picking up fragments of dead virus from old infections, scientists say.
Most people are infectious only for about a week, but could test positive weeks afterwards.
Researchers say this could be leading to an over-estimate of the current scale of the pandemic.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 
ScienceAlert:

- New High-Res Images of The Sun Show How Creepy Sunspots Look in Closeup -






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http://www.sciencealert.com/new-high-resolution-images-of-the-sun-show-how-unnerving-sunspots-look-in-closeup
 
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- New High-Res Images of The Sun Show How Creepy Sunspots Look in Closeup -






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Finally Confirmed! Vitamin D Nearly Abolishes ICU Risk in COVID-19 | Chris Masterjohn, PhD


#science #health #covid19
Finally Confirmed! Vitamin D Nearly Abolishes ICU Risk in COVID-19
 

Finally Confirmed! Vitamin D Nearly Abolishes ICU Risk in COVID-19 | Chris Masterjohn, PhD


#science #health #covid19
Finally Confirmed! Vitamin D Nearly Abolishes ICU Risk in COVID-19
 
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We overuse pesticides at our own peril...
Neonicotinoids pose broader risks to biodiversity and food webs than previously recognized. Serious efforts must be made to decrease the scale of their use.
 
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We overuse pesticides at our own peril...
Neonicotinoids pose broader risks to biodiversity and food webs than previously recognized. Serious efforts must be made to decrease the scale of their use.
 

Coronavirus: Plastic visors could increase risk of COVID-19 transmission, study finds | Science & Tech News | Sky News

Plastic visors and masks with valves could increase coronavirus transmission rates, according to new research.
The study by scientists at Florida Atlantic University has visualised how aerosol droplets spread around visors and pass through mask valves, showing these coverings don't perform as well as cloth ones and medical masks.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Website predicts areas that will become COVID-19 hotspots | Yahoo News

A new website that predicts COVID-19 ‘hotspots’ in England and Wales has suggested Cardiff, Leeds and Breckland could all see a major uptick in cases.
Imperial College London has used reported cases and deaths to estimate the probability of different regions becoming hotspots for the virus in the next three weeks and has published the results on an interactive website.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #ImperialCollege
 
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Vibration overcomes gravity on a levitating fluid
Strange floating
Volumes of fluid have previously been made to float above air by vibrating the air–fluid system vertically. It now emerges that an ‘antigravity’ effect enables objects to float upside down on the air–fluid interface.

Apffel et al. (2020) Floating under a levitating liquid: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2643-8
 
#science #sciencemanuelacasasoli
Vibration overcomes gravity on a levitating fluid
Strange floating
Volumes of fluid have previously been made to float above air by vibrating the air–fluid system vertically. It now emerges that an ‘antigravity’ effect enables objects to float upside down on the air–fluid interface.

Apffel et al. (2020) Floating under a levitating liquid: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2643-8
 

Coronavirus Antibodies Can Last at Least Four Months, Large Iceland Study Finds | Gizmodo

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Tuesday, looked at blood samples collected from over 30,000 people in Iceland, a bit under 10% percent of the small Nordic country’s total population. These included more than 4,000 people who had either tested positive for the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, or were suspected to have been exposed to someone with the virus. The samples were tested for several different types of antibodies tailored specifically to the virus.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Coronavirus: Cheap steroids save lives from severe Covid | BBC News

The latest study brings together all clinical trials involving steroids on coronavirus patients around the world.
It confirms dexamethasone works and that another steroid, hydrocortisone, is equally effective.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 
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- Satellite Images Before And After Australia's Bushfires Reveal a Devastating Contrast -






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http://www.sciencealert.com/satellite-images-compare-before-and-after-australia-s-horrific-bushfire-season
 
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- Satellite Images Before And After Australia's Bushfires Reveal a Devastating Contrast -






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Why UK coronavirus deaths are falling even as cases are rising | Free to read | Financial Times

Changing age profile of infections and improved care are among the factors driving a reduction in mortality rates

...the biggest single advance was the breakthrough that administering the steroid dexamethasone cuts mortality in hospitalised Covid patients.
My guess is that ending the rote practice of intubating patients with low oxygen levels might also have helped.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Is Success Luck or Hard Work?

In a competitive world, tiny advantages can make all the difference.


#Science #Veritasium #HumanBias #Success #Psychology #WinnersBias #SocialBias #Meritocracy
 

Étienne Klein, philosophe des sciences : « Si un chercheur honnête dit "je ne sais pas" à la télé, on ne va pas le réinviter » - Charlie Hebdo


#politique #science #société #médias #désinformation

Étienne Klein : Oui, et c’est ce qui m’a incité à publier ce livre. J’avais été agacé par ces gens qui disaient « je ne suis pas médecin, mais je pense que… ». On voyait des personnes affirmer leur incompétence, ce qui est honnête de leur part, mais, une fois cette incompétence assumée, elles donnaient des leçons. Et il y a eu ce fameux sondage du 5 avril selon lequel 80 % des personnes interrogées avaient un avis sur le traitement contre le Covid. À ma connaissance, c’est la première fois qu’on demande aux gens de décider si un médicament est bon ou mauvais, indépendamment des études qui ont été faites !
 

Étienne Klein, philosophe des sciences : « Si un chercheur honnête dit "je ne sais pas" à la télé, on ne va pas le réinviter » - Charlie Hebdo


#politique #science #société #médias #désinformation

Étienne Klein : Oui, et c’est ce qui m’a incité à publier ce livre. J’avais été agacé par ces gens qui disaient « je ne suis pas médecin, mais je pense que… ». On voyait des personnes affirmer leur incompétence, ce qui est honnête de leur part, mais, une fois cette incompétence assumée, elles donnaient des leçons. Et il y a eu ce fameux sondage du 5 avril selon lequel 80 % des personnes interrogées avaient un avis sur le traitement contre le Covid. À ma connaissance, c’est la première fois qu’on demande aux gens de décider si un médicament est bon ou mauvais, indépendamment des études qui ont été faites !
 

My face blindness is embarrassing – but it tells me a lot about other people | Life and style | The Guardian

I grew up thinking I just didn’t fit it. Now, I immediately tell people I can’t recognise faces – and their response is a good measure of kindness versus ego
#science #health #psychology #neurology
 

How the race for a Covid-19 vaccine is getting dirty | Society | The Guardian

Scientists worldwide are working against the clock to find a viable coronavirus vaccine – but are corners being cut for the sake of political gain and profit?
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Anti-maskers might want to check out what just happened when a woman with coronavirus visited a Starbucks | MarketWatch

Do masks really work? Ask the dozens of Starbucks customers who tested positive for COVID-19 in Seoul this month after a woman with coronavirus sat under one of the cafe’s air-conditioners.
According to a local news report, at least 56 coronavirus cases have been linked to that one customer. The kicker: The four masked workers avoided infection.
Preaching to the choir here, I know.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Anti-lockdown protesters calling coronavirus a 'hoax' gather in London | Metro News

Thousands of coronavirus-deniers have gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square to protest against lockdowns and vaccination programmes.
The ‘Unite for Freedom’ rally started at noon and called for an ‘end to Government lies’ and the ‘restoration of all freedoms.’
Pictures from the demonstration showed a sizeable crowd gathered in the square, holding signs warning that coronavirus is a ‘scam’ and a ‘hoax.’
Just like Berlin, London had its own Covid-19 suicide party in Trafalgar Square today. Banners were waved claiming that black is white, madness is sanity, and Covid-19 is fake. With such a large number of people, not only was the 'protest' an illegal meeting, it also significantly raises the chances of there being far fewer such 'protesters' in future.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #politics #MentalHealth
Anti-lockdown protesters calling coronavirus a ‘hoax’ gather in London
 
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