Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reaches space eight months after first flight
26 articles from SUNDAY 17.1.2021
NASA test of mega Moon rocket engines cut short
LauncherOne rocket carries very small satellites First demonstration launch failed in May last yearRichard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reached space on Sunday, eight months after the first demonstration flight of its air-launched rocket system failed, the company said. Related: Virgin Orbit looks into cause of LauncherOne test failure Continue...
Nations failing to fund climate adaptation: UN
NASA conducted a test firing of the engines for its giant Space Launch System (SLS) lunar rocket on Saturday but they shut down earlier than planned, the space agency said.
Beetle keeps rivals off scent of food buried for offspring
The world is falling short of promises made under the Paris climate deal to help the most vulnerable nations deal with the increasingly devastating impacts of climate change, according to the United Nations.
Egypt unveils ancient funerary temple south of Cairo
Some beetles go to great—and disgusting—lengths for their children.
Scientists reveal mechanism that causes irritable bowel syndrome
Egypt's former antiquities minister and noted archaeologist Zahi Hawass on Sunday revealed details of an ancient funerary temple in a vast necropolis south of Cairo.
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One small alcoholic drink a day is linked to an increased risk of atrial fibrillation
Researchers have identified the biological mechanism that explains why some people experience abdominal pain when they eat certain foods. The finding paves the way for more efficient treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and other food intolerances. The study was carried out in mice and humans.
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Rapid blood test identifies COVID-19 patients at high risk of severe disease
A study of nearly 108,000 people has found that people who regularly drink a modest amount of alcohol are at increased risk of atrial fibrillation, a condition where the heart beats in an abnormal rhythm. The study found that, compared to drinking no alcohol at all, just one alcoholic drink a day was linked to a 16% increased risk of atrial fibrillation over an average follow-up time of nearly 14...
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COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil has overwhelmed its health systems, analysis shows
Scientists have shown that a relatively simple and rapid blood test can predict which patients with COVID-19 are at highest risk of severe complications or death. The blood test measures levels of mitochondrial DNA, which normally resides inside the energy factories of cells. Mitochondrial DNA spilling out of cells and into the bloodstream is a sign that a particular type of violent cell death is...
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'We are worried': Indians hopeful but anxious as vaccination drive begins
An analysis of the first 250,000 patients admitted to hospital with coronavirus reveals a high mortality and inequities in the quality of healthcare across regions.
Finding meaning in the life of a loved one who dies is part of grief
India launches bid to vaccinate 300m people amid fears over efficacy of domestically produced vaccineEmerging from Holy Family hospital in New Delhi, Ram Verma, a sanitation worker, breathed a deep sigh of relief. As one of the first in India to receive a coronavirus vaccine on Saturday – marking the start of the world’s largest vaccination programmes – he had been feeling a little...
More than 50 sarcophagi uncovered at Egypt's Saqqara necropolis
We’ve all lost so much through the pandemic, but by making sense of it we can look forwardDeath came early into David Kessler’s life. He was just 13 when his mother died, and her loss prompted his decision to forge a career working in palliative care. He went on to collaborate with psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, a central figure in the field, who devised the five stages of grief. In...
Rebecca Sawtell obituary
Wooden sarcophagi discovered at site south of Cairo along with funerary temple of Queen Naert Egypt has announced the discovery of a new trove of treasures at the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo, including an ancient funerary temple.The tourism and antiquities ministry said the “major discoveries” made by a team of archaeologists headed by the Egyptologist Zahi Hawass also included more than...
Sabre-toothed tiger cub fossils may reveal family secrets
My mother, Rebecca Sawtell, who has died aged 57 of toxic epidermal necrolysis, devoted her working life as a clinical psychologist to helping children who had been abused and had nowhere else to turn. Exceptionally empathetic, she seemed to possess a superhuman level of emotional intelligence, which was often shown in the way children would open up to her about their ordeals when no one else had...
First fruits of vaccine rollout 'should be seen in weeks'
An apparent family of sabre-toothed cats with an unusual genetic quirk is providing Canadian researchers new hints about how the predators lived tens of thousands of years...
Statistics explained: how to make sense of ‘excess’ deaths | David Spiegelhalter
Experts agree that the impact of the jab will vary regionally and among different groupsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAnalysts are involved in an urgent effort to gauge the impact of Britain’s mass Covid-19 vaccine campaign and to pinpoint dates when lockdown measures can be eased.More than 3 million people – most of them elderly or vulnerable individuals or...
Changing diets -- not less physical activity -- may best explain childhood obesity crisis
In the first of a new series, the leading Cambridge professor measures Covid-19’s impactHow many people have died because of the pandemic? How does this vary across countries? These are two of the most common questions I get asked and yet they are remarkably difficult to answer.We could start by looking at the number of Covid deaths listed on a website and compare countries by Covid deaths per...
Scientists shed light on how and why some people report "hearing the dead"
Variation in consumption of market-acquired foods outside of the traditional diet -- but not in total calories burned daily -- is reliably related to indigenous Amazonian children's body fat, according to a Baylor University study that offers insight into the global obesity epidemic.
Students returning home may have caused 9,400 secondary COVID-19 infections across UK
Spiritualist mediums might be more prone to immersive mental activities and unusual auditory experiences early in life, according to new research.
A student infected with COVID-19 returning home from university for Christmas would, on average, have infected just less than one other household member with the virus, according to a new model devised by mathematicians at Cardiff University and published in Health Systems.