NHS counts cost of Christmas in lives and warns worst is yet to come
38 articles from SATURDAY 9.1.2021
More asymptomatic testing can be a vital tool to stop the spread of Covid | Susan Hopkins
As Covid death toll passes 1,300 a day, doctors and hospital leaders say services are on brink of collapseIn normal times, January is the month for counting the cost of Christmas. The credit card bills arrive. New year resolutions are made. The consequences of recent indulgence have to be faced.This year, however, the price of having celebrated Christmas with loved ones could be far steeper –...
Scientists discover slimy microbes that may help keep coral reefs healthy
Local authorities are being called on to expand their plans as well as to support people who need to self-isolate Coronavirus - latest coverageSee all our coronavirus coverageWe now know that around one in three people who have coronavirus never show any symptoms but that does not mean they are not infectious. We need to use everything at our disposal to find these individuals without symptoms and...
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A beginner's guide to DNA origami
Microbes living within the slimy biofilms of some coral species may help protect the coral against excess nitrogen levels, according to new research.
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Gene therapy strategy found effective in mouse model of hereditary disease TSC
Researchers, who have studied DNA origami for years, have compiled the first detailed tutorial on the technique.
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Engineering and biology researchers collaborate to aid coral reef restoration
Patients with a genetic disorder called tuberous sclerosis complex have noncancerous tumors growing in numerous organs, and their treatment options are limited. A gene therapy strategy effectively treated mice that express one of the mutated genes that cause the disease.
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Large study finds higher burden of acute brain dysfunction for COVID-19 ICU patients
Researchers tested how well staghorn coral skeletons withstand the forces of nature and humans in a new study. The findings will inform efforts to successfully transplant nursery-reared coral into the wild.
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Including unhealthy foods may diminish positive effects of an otherwise healthy diet
COVID-19 patients admitted to intensive care in the early months of the pandemic were subject to a significantly higher burden of delirium and coma than is typically found in patients with acute respiratory failure. A new study finds that choice of sedative medications and curbs on family visitation played a role in increasing acute brain dysfunction for these patients.
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2020 another grim year for Brazilian Amazon
Researchers have reported diminished benefits of a Mediterranean diet among those with high frequency of eating unhealthy foods.
Chaos on the roads as Spain sees heaviest snowfall in decades
Deforestation destroyed the equivalent of more than two football pitches each minute in the Brazilian Amazon in 2020, another devastating year for a resource seen as vital to curbing climate change, according to government data released Friday.
One Planet Summit kickstarts year of crucial environment talks
Heavy snow continued to fall across much of Spain on Friday, causing chaos on the roads, particularly in the centre of the country, with the capital Madrid seeing its heaviest snowfall in 50 years.
Mexican farmers find rare female statue in citrus grove
Global leaders will try to reignite international environmental diplomacy on Monday, with a biodiversity summit that launches a critical year for efforts to stem the devastating effects of global warming and species loss.
NIST publishes a beginner's guide to DNA origami
Farmers digging in a citrus grove near Mexico's Gulf coast have found a striking, six-foot-tall statue of a female figure who may represent an elite woman rather than a goddess, or some mixture of the two, experts said Friday.
Researchers take key step toward cleaner, more sustainable production of hydrogen
In a technique known as DNA origami, researchers fold long strands of DNA over and over again to construct a variety of tiny 3-D structures, including miniature biosensors and drug-delivery containers. Pioneered at the California Institute of Technology in 2006, DNA origami has attracted hundreds of new researchers over the past decade, eager to build receptacles and sensors that could detect and...
Researchers collaborate to aid coral reef restoration
Efficiently mass-producing hydrogen from water is closer to becoming a reality thanks to Oregon State University College of Engineering researchers and collaborators at Cornell University and the Argonne National Laboratory.
Unravelling the mystery that makes viruses infectious
Florida's threatened coral reefs have a more than $4 billion annual economic impact on the state's economy, and University of Central Florida researchers are zeroing in on one factor that could be limiting their survival—coral skeleton strength.
Child marriage is legal and persists across Canada
Researchers have for the first time identified the way viruses like the poliovirus and the common cold virus 'package up' their genetic code, allowing them to infect cells.
Users, not tech executives, should decide what constitutes free speech online
Canada is at the forefront of global efforts to end child marriage abroad. Yet this practice remains legal and persists across the country. In Canada, more than 3,600 marriage certificates were issued to children, usually girls, under the age of 18 between 2000 and 2018, according to a new study from researchers at McGill University. In recent years, an increasing number of child marriages have...
Seeding the Ocean: Inside a Michelin-Starred Chef’s Revolutionary Quest to Harvest Rice From the Sea
On January 7, following the violent white supremacist riots that breached the US Capitol, Twitter and Facebook both suspended President Donald Trump from their platforms. The next day, Twitter made its suspension permanent. Many praised the decision for preventing the president from doing more harm at a time when his adherents are taking cues from his false claims that the election was rigged....
COVID-19 infection vs. vaccination: Which is better for immunity?
There are very few things that Ángel León hasn’t done with the fruits of the sea. In 2008, as a young, unknown chef, he took a loin from one fish and attached it to the loin of another, using collagen to bind the two proteins together. He called them hybrids and served them to unsuspecting…
Which smartphone, laptop and tablet brands break down the most? We asked over 3,000 Canadians to find out
Both a COVID-19 infection and a vaccination are expected to train your immune system to protect you from getting sick with it in the future. But how are they different? Medical experts think vaccination is safer and better protection than a natural...
A CBC Marketplace survey that asked more than 3,200 Canadians about smartphone, laptop and tablet breakdowns and repairs revealed that an overwhelming majority of them are dealing with broken technology that is too difficult or too expensive to...