26 articles from SATURDAY 24.7.2021

Under-30s reluctant to take Covid vaccine cite fertility and side-effect concerns

Fears over ‘experimental’ inoculation show that more needs to be done to counter harmful misinformationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSince the vaccine rollout began last year, the journey has been relatively smooth. The few bumps that the jab juggernaut has encountered, mostly hiccups in the supply chain, have been successfully navigated.Yet there are now...

Jeff Bezos’s vision of life among the stars won’t mend a broken world

The Amazon founder returned to Earth last week with a pledge to help save the planet, but technology alone is not the answerSo Jeff Bezos made it safely back to the universe that most of us lesser mortals inhabit. He graciously thanked his Amazon employees and customers (that’s you and me, folks) who made the realisation of his childhood Star Trek dreams possible. “I want to thank every Amazon...

Tennessee radio host doubted and mocked vaccines – now he has Covid

Phil Valentine’s family urges listeners to get the shotHost sang ‘Vaxman’ Beatles parody and touted choiceTennessee hospital grapples with Delta and vaccine hesitancyA conservative radio host in Tennessee who urged listeners not to get vaccinated against Covid-19 has changed track and called on listeners to get the shot, after contracting the virus and ending up in hospital in “very...

Image: Hubble views a faraway galaxy through a cosmic lens

The center of this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is framed by the tell-tale arcs that result from strong gravitational lensing, a striking astronomical phenomenon which can warp, magnify, or even duplicate the appearance of distant galaxies.

Artificial intelligence helps improve NASA's eyes on the Sun

A group of researchers is using artificial intelligence techniques to calibrate some of NASA's images of the Sun, helping improve the data that scientists use for solar research. The new technique was published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics on April 13, 2021.

‘Be interested, be curious, hear what’s not said’: how I learned to really listen to people | Annalisa Barbieri

Being a good listener isn’t just about shutting up and not interrupting – it’s about really taking in what someone is telling youWhen I was a young girl, a fabulous woman called Pam who lived opposite us would come to do my mum’s hair once a week. Pam was a retired hairdresser and beautician who had been taught partly by Vivien Leigh’s mother.I knew this because I listened as she and my...

Tweezers of sound can pick objects up without physical contact

Tokyo, Japan - Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have developed a new technology which allows non-contact manipulation of small objects using sound waves. They used a hemispherical array of ultrasound transducers to generate a 3D acoustic fields which stably trapped and lifted a small polystyrene ball from a reflective surface. Although their technique employs a method similar to...

Covid Australia live news update: NSW reports 163 new coronavirus cases and Victoria 12

Brad Hazzard urges states to reconsider refusal of additional Pfizer doses for NSW. Follow live‘Imprisoned’: south-west Sydney on harsher lockdown and the fight to stop CovidFacebook forced to limit misinformation spread via WhatsApp amid Sydney lockdownNSW restrictions; NSW hotspots; border restrictionsVaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefing 2.23am BST...