6,685 articles mezi dny 1.10.2020 a 31.10.2020

UK coronavirus: Boris Johnson announces new lockdown in England from Thursday – live news

PM says unless action is taken now, capacity will be exceeded in hospitals and there will be thousands of deaths a day 10.52pm GMT At the risk of ruining everyone’s evening even further, this from the Telegraph’s Michael Deacon:Is it a bad time to mention that the original three-month lockdown was announced like this pic.twitter.com/3cTUbYsymL 10.45pm GMT The announcement of new nationwide...

Boris Johnson announces four-week national Covid lockdown in England

Restrictions in place from Thursday are needed to tackle coronavirus spread, PM saysCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA second national lockdown will be imposed across England on Thursday with all nonessential shops, restaurants, pubs and leisure facilities to close for at least four weeks, Boris Johnson has said.The prime minister dramatically escalated the country’s...

Born in the ice age, humankind now faces the age of fire – and Australia is on the frontline | Tom Griffiths

The bushfires and the plague are symptoms of something momentous unfolding on Earth – an acceleration of our impact on natureThis is part of a series of essays by Australian writers responding to the challenges of 2020What has been the most shocking event of 2020? Was it awakening on New Year’s Day to more news of terror in Australia’s southern forests, to the realisation that the future was...

The sole function of the clitoris is female orgasm. Is that why it’s ignored by medical science?

Medical textbooks are full of anatomical pictures of the penis, but the clitoris barely rates a mention. Many medical professionals are uncomfortable even talking about itProfessor Caroline de Costa is awaiting feedback. Several months ago the editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology requested an editorial from a world-renowned Melbourne urologist to address...

Add vitamin D to bread and milk to help fight Covid, urge scientists

Widespread deficiency shows that current government guidance on supplements is failingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists are calling for ministers to add vitamin D to common foods such as bread and milk to help the fight against Covid-19.Up to half the UK population has a vitamin D deficiency, and government guidance that people should take supplements is not...

US Congress hopeful Nancy Goroff: 'We need more scientists in public office'

The research scientist and Democratic candidate on the Green New Deal, the importance of facts and why Trump’s stance on masks is ‘unconscionable’Nancy Goroff will be the first female research scientist to serve in the US Congress if she is elected this November. The Democratic candidate is running for one of Long Island’s seats in the House of Representatives against incumbent Republican,...

Once in a blue moon: rare phenomenon expected in Saturday night sky

Blue moons – the second full moon in a month – occur only every few years, and the name is misleadingOn Saturday night, Democrats yearning for a blue wave on election day may choose to look to the skies for an omen: a blue moon.Blue moons, typically defined as the second full moon in one month, are rare, arriving every two to three years. According to Earthsky.org, the last was on 31 March...

In troubled times, a ritual walk can clear the mind and soothe the soul

A pilgrimage is healing because it encourages you to savour the momentCome autumn, as a way of defying the back-to-school doldrums brought on by a rapid shortening of the days, and to mark what feels like the true start of a year, I go on a pilgrimage. This year, more than ever, I crave the slow and steady rhythm of a walking pace, big skies, and cleansing wind and rain to shake off the cobwebs of...

Here's why we need more African archaeologists | Sada Mire

The form that archaeology has taken in Europe doesn’t apply everywhere. Better knowledge of local cultures is vitalCultural heritage is a basic human need. Yes – humans don’t only need food and shelter, culture is required for them to survive and thrive. Our cultural values glue us to one another and help us create security and a community. I believe that cultural and archaeological sites...

Coronavirus live news: US sets world record for daily cases as Europe passes 10m Covid infections

England lockdown expected early next week; US passes 9m infections; Melbourne records no new cases or deaths. Follow the latest:Belgium facing new lockdown as Germany takes in patientsEuropeans seek ways to ride out Covid winter‘An operational tsunami’: preparing for a winter surge See all our coronavirus coverage 11.44am GMT The first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has urged her...

Not finding life on Venus would be disappointing. But it’s good science at work.

Last month’s report that there may be phosphine gas in the Venusian clouds came with a stunning implication: extraterrestrial life. On Earth, phosphine is a chemical produced by some kinds of bacteria that live in oxygen-poor conditions. Its presence on Venus, announced by a team led by Cardiff University’s Jane Greaves, raised the possibility that there could be life in what has long...

New evidence our neighborhood in space is stuffed with hydrogen

Only the two Voyager spacecraft have ever been there, and it took than more than 30 years of supersonic travel. It lies well past the orbit of Pluto, through the rocky Kuiper belt, and on for four times that distance. This realm, marked only by an invisible magnetic boundary, is where Sun-dominated space ends: the closest reaches of interstellar space.

Experts see substantial danger to democratic stability around 2020 election

On the eve of the November 3 election, Bright Line Watch—the political science research project of faculty at the University of Rochester, the University of Chicago, and Dartmouth College—finds that experts are concerned about substantial risks to the legitimacy of the election, including potential problems in the casting and counting of votes, the Electoral College, and in the resolution of...

Without learning to think statistically, we'll never know when people are bending the truth | Paul Goodwin

Some simple checks can help separate an honest statistic from a falsehoodSchool spending hits record levels in England, claims a minister, while some schools close on Friday afternoons because of a lack of funds. China is the biggest environmental polluter in the world, Donald Trump once tweeted. But, per capita, Saudi Arabia emitted the largest tonnage of CO2 in 2018 and China was in 13th...

NSW reports four new coronavirus cases as Victoria police arrest anti-mask protesters

Victoria records another ‘donut day’ after case reclassified while NSW reports four new cases and Western Australia oneVictorian authorities have indicated that Melburnians could soon be returning to offices as the state recorded no new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday.However, there were four new coronavirus cases announced in New South Wales on Saturday, one of which was locally transmitted,...

Criss-crossing viruses give rise to peculiar hybrid variants

In new research appearing in the journal mBio, Arvind Varsani and his colleagues investigate a recently discovered class of viruses that have taken the characteristic versatility of the viral world to new heights.Referred to as cruciviruses, these minute forms reveal a fusion of components from both RNA and DNA viruses, proving that these previously distinct genomic domains can, under proper...