New World Map Tries to Fix Distorted Views of Earth

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Covax delivers first Covid vaccines in ‘momentous occasion’

Doses land in Accra as part of scheme seeking to offset ‘vaccine nationalism’ Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovax has delivered its first Covid-19 doses in a milestone for the ambitious programme that seeks to offset “vaccine nationalism” by wealthy countries and ensure poor ones do not wait years to start inoculating people.An aircraft carrying 600,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine landed in Accra, the capital of Ghana, on Wednesday, where jabs will be administered to frontline health workers on Tuesday. Vaccine doses will arrive on Friday in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and will be given from Monday. Continue reading… …

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All people with learning disabilities will be invited for Covid vaccines, says care minister

Adults with less severe conditions will be invited for jabs, says Helen Whately, after advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and ImmunisationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAll adults on the learning disability register will be invited to get a coronavirus vaccine following advice from the Joint Committtee on Vaccination and Immunisation.Those with severe learning disabilities are already included in priority group six, while adults with less severe conditions are not prioritised but the JCVI said the health service should now invite all those on the GP learning disability register after analysis found they were at higher risk of death and serious illness. Continue reading… …

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Meet the key members of Biden’s Covid-19 response team.

Read more about the plans by top officials to move toward something resembling normalcy. …

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Can Zapping Our Brains Really Cure Depression?

New research suggests that stimulating neurons in the brain can address psychological issues with surprising speed and precision. …

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For Some Teens, It’s Been a Year of Anxiety and Trips to the E.R.

During the pandemic, suicidal thinking is up. And families find that hospitals can’t handle adolescents in crisis. …

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John Kerry, at U.N., Likens Climate Inaction to a Global ‘Suicide Pact’

John Kerry’s remarks stood in sharp contrast to the American stance under the previous administration, which tried to block even general mentions of global warming at the world body. …

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Studies Examine Variant Surging in California, and the News Isn’t Good

Two studies confirm that a new coronavirus mutant in California is more contagious, although the scale of its threat is unclear. …

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Climate crisis hitting ‘worst case scenarios’, warns Environment Agency

Sir James Bevan says extreme flooding in UK indicates urgent need for change if humanity is to surviveThe climate emergency is already hitting “worst case scenario” levels that if left unchecked will lead to the collapse of ecosystems, with dire consequences for humanity, according to the chief executive of the Environment Agency.Warning that this is not “science fiction”, Sir James Bevan said on Tuesday that in recent years several of the “reasonable worst case scenarios” had happened in the UK, with more extreme weather and flooding. And he urged politicians to take action to reduce emissions and adapt to the “inevitable” impacts of the climate emergency. Continue reading… …

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Hancock says ‘it’s on all of us’ to help ease Covid lockdown in England

Health secretary looks to personal responsibility to replace social distancing laws to get life back to normalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK health secretary, Matt Hancock, has said that everyone needs to play their part in order to meet the targets set for easing lockdown in England with the aim to move to “personal responsibility” rather than having social distancing laws “that get in the way of normal life”.Hancock said that while England’s chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, made it clear that people might still need to wear a mask this winter, the government wanted to “get rid of social distancing-type laws” that “dictate how all of us live our daily lives.” Continue reading… …

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How Meaningful Is Prediabetes for Older Adults?

A new study indicates that the condition might be less of a worry than once believed. …

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Researchers Halt Trial of Promising Sickle Cell Treatment

Two patients in a gene therapy study developed cancer years after treatment. It is not clear whether the therapy was responsible. …

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Hailed as Historic, Biden’s Interior Nominee Now Embodies Partisan Chasm

Representative Deb Haaland faces her confirmation hearing on Tuesday. No other cabinet nominee has divided the two main parties as sharply as she has. …

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Seismic Survey of Alaskan Arctic Refuge Won’t Move Forward

A missed deadline for flights to look for polar bears means the work to locate oil reserves the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is effectively killed. …

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Nasa releases video of Perseverance rover landing on Mars

Space agency also reveals audio recorded by Perseverance on surface of red planetNasa has unveiled a first-of-its-kind video of its car-sized rover Perseverance making its sensational landing on Mars, and released the first audio recorded on the surface of the red planet.The American space agency shared the footage on Monday, days after the spacecraft made its dramatic descent to the Martian surface. Continue reading… …

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Watch Video From NASA’s Perseverance Rover Landing on Mars

Since arriving safely on Thursday, the spacecraft has been steadily transmitting visual files and other data back to Earth. …

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Is England’s Covid roadmap the right way out of lockdown? The experts’ view

Boris Johnson has announced a phased lifting of restrictions. Scientists and health advisers give their verdictCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Continue reading… …

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Europe Wants to Diversify Its Pool of Astronauts

In its first hiring drive in over a decade, the continent’s space agency is looking to recruit disabled people and more women. …

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Scotland Covid vaccination drive linked to big drop in hospital admissions

Pfizer jab cuts risk of admission by up to 85% four weeks after first dose, while AstraZeneca jab cuts risk by 94%, study findsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne dose of vaccine against Covid-19 in Scotland has cut hospital admissions by more than 85%, according to the first data to be published on the impact of the UK programme.By the fourth week after receiving the initial dose, the Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines had reduced the risk of hospitalisation from Covid-19 by up to 85% and 94% respectively, according to a study by Scottish universities and Public Health Scotland. Continue reading… …

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Climate Threats Could Mean Big Jumps in Insurance Costs This Year

The federal government is revising rates for flood coverage on April 1. New data suggests premiums need to increase sharply for some homes. …

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People with extremist views less able to do complex mental tasks, research suggests

Cambridge University team say their findings could be used to spot people at risk from radicalisationOur brains hold clues for the ideologies we choose to live by, according to research, which has suggested that people who espouse extremist attitudes tend to perform poorly on complex mental tasks.Researchers from the University of Cambridge sought to evaluate whether cognitive disposition – differences in how information is perceived and processed – sculpt ideological world-views such as political, nationalistic and dogmatic beliefs, beyond the impact of traditional demographic factors like age, race and gender. Continue reading… …

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UK doctors pioneer use of ‘heart in a box’ transplant technique in children

Procedure previously deemed suitable only for adults saved the lives of six young patients last yearNHS doctors have pioneered the use of a “dead” heart transplant technique – previously deemed suitable only for adults – in children, saving the lives of six young patients last year.Surgeons typically use for transplants hearts donated by patients who are declared brain stem dead but whose hearts are still beating. Retrieving the hearts of patients who have suffered cardiac death (which are far more common than brain stem deaths) is considered too risky a prospect. Continue reading… …

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Seven Hundred Leagues Beneath Titan’s Methane Seas

Mars, Shmars; this voyager is looking forward to a submarine ride under the icebergs on Saturn’s strange moon. …

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Things To Do At Home

This week, celebrate the life of Malcolm X, brush up on your photography skills or bake marshmallow brownies. …

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Texas Crisis Exposes a Nation’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

Continent-spanning storms triggered blackouts in Oklahoma and Mississippi, halted one third of U.S. oil production and disrupted vaccinations in 20 states. …

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