29 articles from SATURDAY 14.11.2020

Covid: UK government requests guidance on vitamin D use

Call for recommendations from health bodies on how nutrient may prevent and treat virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVitamin D has moved a step closer to being used as a potential way to prevent and treat coronavirus after Matt Hancock asked government health advisers to produce new guidelines on its use.The health secretary told the National Institute for Health...

When rearranging a drawer is restful: the magic of ‘pottering’

How small tasks can benefit our state of mindFor Anna McGovern there is a satisfying, sensory pleasure to be had in rinsing milk bottles: “The very best thing about getting your milk delivered is ‘rinsing and returning’. Don’t cheat by putting your bottles in the dishwasher. Wash them, by hand. Put a small amount of water in the bottle, slosh the water around, put your hand over the top,...

Speedy work on Covid gives the vaccine industry a shot in the arm

Pfizer was first with the news, but biotech firms, governments, banks and NGOs are all involved in the search for a jab to prevent coronavirus infectionThe leading candidate to become the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine, developed by the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech, had its genesis in late January 2020. Uğur Şahin, chief executive of the Mainz-based biotech, read...

Scientists Destroyed a Nest of Murder Hornets. Here's What They Learned.

Asian giant hornets -- better known as murder hornets -- inspired menacing headlines throughout the summer amid warnings that the invasive insects could decimate American honeybee populations. Last month, after various sightings across the Pacific Northwest, officials in Washington state discovered and removed the first known murder hornet nest in the United States.As officials continue to seek...

Cutting universal credit will push millions of people into great hardship | Alistair Cromwell

The £20-a-week rise in UC has been a lifeline for many during the pandemic, but the government wants to end this in springAlistair Cromwell is the acting CEO of Citizens AdviceEvery day, advisers at Citizens Advice speak to people whose lives have been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic.A theatre worker who lost their job of 30 years; a family struggling to get by on 80% of what was a...

Egypt unveils ancient coffins, statues found in Saqqara

Egyptian antiquities officials on Saturday announced the discovery of at least 100 ancient coffins, some with mummies inside, and around 40 gilded statues in a vast Pharaonic necropolis south of Cairo. Colorful, sealed sarcophagi and statues that were buried more than 2,500 years ago were displayed in a makeshift exhibit at the feet of the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara. Archaeologists...

New museum in Nigeria raises hopes of resolution to Benin bronzes dispute

Artefacts held by British Museum and other western institutions were looted by British forces in 1897A new museum designed by Sir David Adjaye is to be built following the most extensive archaeological excavation ever undertaken in Benin City, Nigeria, raising hopes of a resolution to one of the world’s most controversial debates over looted museum artefacts.The kingdom of Benin, in what is now...

It’s not too late to cancel Thanksgiving

What’s your plan for Thanksgiving? Americans caught between the dire reality of an out-of-control pandemic and a desire to celebrate the national holiday with family may be tempted to believe that maybe they can manage the risks. I’ve been thinking through my own planned turkey day gathering, an outdoor event in a rural setting with perhaps 15 people, including several older people and a...

SpaceX delays Crew Dragon launch due to poor weather

Forecasts of gusty, onshore winds over Florida force reschedule to Sunday of first full mission carrying four astronautsNasa and SpaceX have announced a 24-hour weather delay of their planned launch of four astronauts into orbit for America’s first fully fledged human mission using a privately owned spacecraft.The liftoff time slipped from Saturday to Sunday evening due to forecasts of gusty,...

Additional heart imaging valuable for women with unexplained heart attacks

Combining diagnostic imaging methods can detect the underlying cause of heart attack in women who did not have blocked arteries.This international, diagnostic, prospective, observational study suggested that additional heart imaging is feasible and has the potential to guide medical therapy to prevent subsequent heart attacks.