Starwatch: Venus catches the eye in the head of the Bull
24 articles from SUNDAY 5.7.2020
Worst year in a decade for forest fires in Quebec and COVID-19 is partly to blame, say firefighters
Venus is back in our sky before the sun rises, and will rise earlier as July progressesVenus has returned to the sky. Following its passage between Earth and the sun on 3 June, it can now be seen in the pre-dawn sky. The planet is bright and unmistakable lying in the eastern sky. It is currently located in the constellation of Taurus, the Bull, directly in the group of stars that marks its head....
Pink ice in Italy's Alps sparks algae probe
Since January, nearly 61,300 hectares of forest have been destroyed by fire in what's known as Quebec's "intensive zone. The average for this time of year is 33,600...
It is time we made masks compulsory | Letters
Scientists in Italy are investigating the mysterious appearance of pink glacial ice in the Alps, caused by algae that accelerate the effects of climate change.
DNA Linked to COVID-19 Was Inherited From Neanderthals, Study Finds
Countries where face mask use is widespread have seen fewer Covid-19 deaths, writes Prof David Smith, while Philip Rundall thinks shops should do more to encourage customers to wear themYour comment (Editorial, 2 July) that disparagement of face masks might have come at a cost is well illustrated by comparing different countries. In Hong Kong (population 7.45 million), a survey in March found that...
Met police urged to investigate Dominic Cummings' trip during Covid-19 lockdown
A stretch of DNA linked to COVID-19 was passed down from Neanderthals 60,000 years ago, according to a new study.Scientists don't yet know why this particular segment increases the risk of severe illness from the coronavirus. But the new findings, which were posted online Friday and have not yet been published in a scientific journal, show how some clues to modern health stem from ancient...
WHO underplaying risk of airborne spread of Covid-19, say scientists
Exclusive: ex-chief prosecutor’s lawyers say behaviour of Boris Johnson’s adviser warrants ‘thorough investigation’The Metropolitan police have been urged to launch an immediate investigation into Dominic Cummings’ trip from London to Durham at the height of the coronavirus outbreak by the former chief prosecutor for north-west England.Lawyers for Nazir Afzal have written to the Met...
Fears of widespread disorder unfounded as English pubs reopen
Open letter says there is emerging evidence of potential for aerosol transmissionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe potential for Covid-19 to spread through airborne transmission by lingering in the air is being underplayed by the World Health Organization, a group of scientists have said.In an open letter due to be published this week, 239 scientists from 32...
Crunch, crunch: Africa's locust outbreak is far from over
Relief as concerns about overwhelmed emergency services fail to materialiseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFears that emergency services would be overwhelmed after pubs and restaurants reopened in England have not materialised, according to initial reports.Ahead of pubs opening for the first time since 23 March, NHS England told hospitals and ambulance services that...
Satellite-carrying rocket 'lost' after New Zealand launch
The crunch of young locusts comes with nearly every step. The worst outbreak of the voracious insects in Kenya in 70 years is far from over, and their newest generation is now finding its wings for proper flight.
16 dead in Japan as heavy rain triggers floods, mudslides: media
A commercial rocket carrying seven satellites was "lost" after take-off Sunday from a New Zealand launch pad, the owner Rocket Lab said.
I've spent years taming the OCD monster. Coronavirus has ruined everything
At least 16 people are dead after torrential rain in Japan triggered massive floods and mudslides, local media said Sunday, as rescue workers sift through debris in search of a dozen missing.
If you’re over 75, catching covid-19 can be like playing Russian roulette
I’d come to think of myself as a sad wizard, burdened with rituals to prevent catastrophes. Then the pandemic made those threats realFor many of us, coronavirus has inspired a bit of a germ obsession. We wash our hands until they’re chapped. We see other people as potential vectors. We wipe down our groceries with Lysol, apparently having decided that, if it comes to it, we’d rather die of...
Former WHO director Anthony Costello: 'Opening pubs before schools says something about our priorities'
Are you hiding from covid-19? I am. The reason is simple: the high chance of death from the virus.
I was reminded of the risk last week by this report from the New York City health department and Columbia University which estimated that on average, between March and May, the chance of dying if you get infected by SARS-CoV-2 was 1.45%.
That’s higher than your lifetime chance...
What kind of face mask gives the best protection against Covid-19?
The paediatrician and member of Independent Sage on Matt Hancock, the likelihood of a vaccine and why 50,000 deaths were preventableAnthony Costello is a paediatrician and international expert on child health who has been an outspoken critic of the British government’s response to Covid-19. He is a member of Independent Sage, a group of experts set up to provide “robust, independent advice”...
Risks, R numbers and raw data: how to interpret coronavirus statistics
Your questions answered on what type of mask to wear to cut the risk of getting Covid-19Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageYes. Different types of mask offer different levels of protection. Surgical grade N95 respirators offer the highest level of protection against Covid-19 infection, followed by surgical grade masks. However, these masks are costly, in limited supply,...
‘It's a tsunami’: Covid-19 plunges Latin America back into poverty and violence
Covid-related facts and definitions are confusing, and as lockdown is eased, clarity is more important than ever Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWe’re finally over the first peak of the epidemic, but the numbers relating to the virus keep on spreading. Sometimes, however, things get lost in translation from the spreadsheet to the article, broadcast or tweet....
Rocket Lab: Latest mission from New Zealand lost in flight
Years of social progress have been reversed by the virus, amid accusations that politicians have been fatally ineptCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs coronavirus galloped through Latin America in late April, the mayor of Manaus was in despair. “The outlook is dismal,” Arthur Virgílio admitted as gravediggers in the Amazon’s largest city piled coffins into muddy...
'Biologically relevant' levels of a fertility hormone are detected in human hair samples
An Electron rocket launched from New Zealand's North Island fails in flight, destroying its...
Asthma and allergies more common in teens who stay up late
The prospect of a non-invasive test of ovarian reserve is a little closer following results from a study showing that measurement of a fertility hormone can be accurately taken from a sample of human hair.
New guidelines for children and adolescents with T2D
Teenagers who prefer to stay up late and wake later in the morning are more likely to suffer with asthma and allergies compared to those who sleep and wake earlier, according to a study published in ERJ Open Research.
Pet dogs may improve social-emotional development in young children
A team of paediatric specialists, including an expert from the University of Adelaide, has produced new guidelines regarding assessment and management of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in Australian and New Zealand children and adolescents.
The latest findings on the MOSAiC floe
Young children from dog-owning households have better social and emotional wellbeing than children from households who do not own a dog, suggests research published in the journal Pediatric Research.
Rocket Lab: Latest mission from New Zealand lost in flight
The New Siberian Islands were the birthplace of the MOSAiC floe: the sea ice in which the research vessel Polarstern is now drifting through the Arctic was formed off the coast of the archipelago, which separates the East Siberian Sea and the Laptev Sea to the north of Siberia, in December 2018.
An Electron rocket launched from New Zealand's North Island fails in flight, destroying its satellites.