46 articles from SATURDAY 10.7.2021

Public Health England accused of misleading cancer patients on Covid jab

Blood Cancer UK calls on chief medical officer to correct statement that double vaccination is ‘highly effective in clinical risk groups’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEngland’s public health body has been accused of giving hundreds of thousands of cancer patients “misleading and dangerous” advice over the level of protection they can expect after receiving...

Coronavirus live: UK daily death toll rises to 34; police urge ticketless England fans not to travel to London

Met urges England fans not to gather in large numbers in capital for the Euro 2020 final on Sunday due to ‘ongoing public health crisis’Vaccinated NHS workers might be allowed to forgo self-isolation due to staff shortage fears.Fukushima to to bar Olympic spectators from events as Covid cases rise in Japan.Seoul heads for lockdown as infections surge in South KoreaUK health workers abused by...

Scientists observe a new type of topological defect in chiral magnets

Scientists used Lorentz transmission electron microscopy (LTEM) to visualize topological defects. They were able to do so by passing electrons and observing their deflections through a thin magnetic film. The topological defects were observed as contrasting pairs of bright and dark areas. Using this technique, the team imaged topological defects in a chiral magnetic thin film made of cobalt, zinc,...

What does the Chinese military want with your unborn baby’s genetic data?

The BGI group has used data from its popular prenatal test to help the People’s Liberation Army improve ‘population quality’ but they are far from the only ones normalizing eugenicsCould data harvested from millions of pregnant women pave the way for genetically enhanced super-soldiers? According to a recent Reuters investigation, BGI Group, the manufacturers of a popular prenatal test, is...

How hot is too hot for the human body?

Climate change is making extreme heat more common and more severe, as we’ve seen in the heat waves that have swept the western US for the past two weeks. Some climate models predict that swaths of the globe will become inhospitable to humans in the next century. But what makes a place unlivable isn’t as straightforward as a specific temperature, and even accounting for humidity...

Africa can’t be left to go it alone when it comes to Covid vaccines | Paul Farmer and Ishaan Desai

Europe and the US have won the scramble for vaccines – now they must help African nations produce their ownMore than 3bn doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have now been administered worldwide. But as the campaign forges ahead, one continent lags far behind the rest. Africa, home to 17% of the global population, accounts for less than 2% of the shots given to date.In the scramble for vaccines,...

The 'hijab effect': Feminist backlash to Muslim immigrants in Germany

Why do some Europeans discriminate against Muslim immigrants, and how can these instances of prejudice be reduced? Political scientist Nicholas Sambanis has spent the last few years looking into this question by conducting innovative studies at train stations across Germany involving willing participants, unknowing bystanders and, most recently, bags of lemons.

Shower scene: NSW police fine man hiding behind curtain as Covid crackdown expands

NSW police fine 67 people in south-west Sydney and expand Covid operation to Sutherland, Hurstville and MirandaBerejiklian warns of ‘prolonged lockdown’ after NSW records 50 new casesWhat went wrong: how Delta exposed the NSW approach to Covid‘Stuffed’: how Australia’s ‘unconscionable’ gamble on Covid vaccines backfiredDownload the free Guardian app; Get our morning email...

Richard Branson’s quest: to boldly go where no billionaire has gone before

Successful flight on Virgin Galactic craft would mark the next phase of space tourism race with Jeff BezosIt does not often rain in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Nevertheless, Sir Richard Branson is likely to feel nervous as he checks the weather forecast on Sunday morning: if there are blue skies ahead then the British entrepreneur is likely to become the richest person ever to venture into...

Common household products should carry asthma warnings, research concludes

New research conducted by Smartline, a research project funded by the European Regional Development Fund, finds evidence that a group of chemicals found in a wide range of products in people's homes increases the risk of asthma. Authors conclude that labelling should reflect this risk, and warn people to ventilate their homes while using them.