26 articles from SATURDAY 8.1.2022

Animation shows unfolding of James Webb telescope mirrors in real time – video

The final set of mirrors on the revolutionary James Webb Space Telescope were unfolded on 8 January.Animation based on real-time telemetry from the telescope showed a column of hexagonal mirrors unfolding and then latching into the main section of the telescope's mirrored surface.The telescope, built to give the world its first glimpse of the universe as it existed when the earliest galaxies...

End mass jabs and live with Covid, says ex-head of vaccine taskforce

Dr Clive Dix says we should treat the virus like fluCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid should now be treated as an endemic virus similar to flu, and ministers should end mass-vaccination after the booster campaign, the former chairman of the UK’s vaccine taskforce has said.With health chiefs and senior Tories also lobbying for a post-pandemic plan for a straining...

Goldfish who can drive: why scientists taught fish to navigate a watery tank on wheels

Israeli researchers say their fish – named after characters from Pride and Prejudice – reveal navigation is a universal abilityGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingIt might be an imaginary character straight out of a Dr Seuss book: The goldfish who could drive. But it’s real. Incredibly, Israeli researchers created a robotic car and report that they taught six fish – named...

Nasa engineers complete the unfolding of the James Webb space telescope

‘Time machine’ will allow astronomers to study the beginning of the universe shortly after the Big BangNasa engineers yesterday completed the final unfolding of the huge primary mirror of the agency’s James Webb space telescope. The manoeuvre was the final step of the $10bn observatory’s two-week deployment phase that began with its launch on Christmas Day.The telescope, which has already...

NASA’s Webb Telescope Reaches Major Milestone as Mirror Unfolds

Portal origin URL: NASA’s Webb Telescope Reaches Major Milestone as Mirror UnfoldsPortal origin nid: 476502Published: Saturday, January 8, 2022 - 12:16Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope team fully deployed its 21-foot, gold-coated primary mirror, successfully completing the final stage of all major spacecraft...

Omicron could be ‘first ray of light’ towards living with Covid

UK government scientist predicts possibility of less severe variant but warns ‘we’re not there yet’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe emergence of Omicron could be the “first ray of light” towards living with Covid as an endemic disease, according to a government scientific adviser.Dr Mike Tildesley, a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on...

It’s simple and takes 20 minutes… But learning to meditate could unlock your inner calm

Amid a hectic life, meditation can help make you happier and healthier“People talk about stress as something we have to learn to live with, particularly anxiety,” she says. “Actually we can do something about stress.” She believes we need to change our mindset around what she sees as one of the greatest causes of suffering today. There is no such thing as “good stress”, she says....

Strong earthquake shakes remote area in western China

A strong overnight earthquake shook a sparsely populated area in western China early Saturday and forced the suspension of high-speed rail service because of tunnel damage, authorities said. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Current marsh pollution has dramatic, negative effects on sea anemone's survival

Stationary marine organisms that don't ply the ocean, but spend their lives rooted in one spot, have evolved impressive ways to capture prey. The sea anemone Nematostella, for instance, burrows into salt marsh sediments and stays there for life. But it has specialized 'stinging cells' that hurl toxins into passing prey, immobilizing the morsel so the anemone can snatch it with its tentacles.