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Omicron latest: South Africa won the world time, how to use it?

Science & technologyCovid-19Omicron latest: South Africa won the world time, how to use it?Our stories on the new covid variant and its implicationsIF THERE IS one lesson the covid-19 pandemic has taught the world, it is that acting early pays off. So when news emerged on November 25th in South Africa of a worrying new variant of the SARS-CoV-2...

What to do about covid-19’s threatening new variant

Science & technologyOmicron and onWhat to do about covid-19’s threatening new variantSouth Africa’s scientists have bought the world time on Omicron. It should use itBACK IN 2019 it took a month for the warning to go up about a new respiratory disease in Wuhan; and another month for America to suspend flights from China. By then large amounts of...

Countries are scrambling to stop a new covid variant

Science & technologyMutant strainA new Covid-19 variant has emergedHow big a threat is Omicron?If there is one lesson the covid-19 pandemic has taught the world, it is that acting early pays off. Wait a week for better data on which to base a decision and you can find yourself down a path of no return, with cases rising steeply. So when news emerged...

A new Covid-19 variant has emerged

Science & technologyMutant strainA new Covid-19 variant has emergedHow big a threat is Omicron?If there is one lesson the covid-19 pandemic has taught the world, it is that acting early pays off. Wait a week for better data on which to base a decision and you can find yourself down a path of no return, with cases rising steeply. So when news emerged...

A new look at the cosmos

Science & technologyThe James Webb Space TelescopeA new eye on the heavensA long-delayed telescope will soon soar into the heavensIT IS A majestic beast. Its primary mirror, a tessellation of golden hexagons, resembles a honeycomb sitting on a pile of silver-paper wrappers. But the mirror is six and a half metres across and the wrappers, each as...

How an upset gut microbiome is tied to autism

Science & technologyAutismCan an upset gut microbiome cause autism?The latest evidence suggests notTHE GUT microbiome’s effect on health is so big that it is sometimes referred to as a forgotten organ. The trillions of critters in the lower alimentary canal have an influence that seems to reach all over the body—helping regulate weight, for example....

How a powerful new telescope will reveal distant secrets

Science & technologyThe James Webb Space TelescopeA new eye on the heavensA long-delayed telescope will soon soar into the heavensIT IS A majestic beast. Its primary mirror, a tessellation of golden hexagons, resembles a honeycomb sitting on a pile of silver-paper wrappers. But the mirror is six and a half metres across and the wrappers, each as...

A new eye on the heavens

Science & technologyThe James Webb Space TelescopeA new eye on the heavensA long-delayed telescope will soon soar into the heavensIT IS A majestic beast. Its primary mirror, a tessellation of golden hexagons, resembles a honeycomb sitting on a pile of silver-paper wrappers. But the mirror is six and a half metres across and the wrappers, each as...

SARS-CoV-2 could be lurking in animal hidey-holes

Science & technologyCovid reservoirsAnimal hidey-holes for SARS-CoV-2Many animals besides humans look as if they can catch the virus, tooIN THE FIELD of epidemiology, a “spillover” is a virus that has made the leap from one host species to another. The spillovers of most concern to people are those from other animals to Homo sapiens. These may then...

Sars-CoV-2 could be lurking in animal hidey-holes

Science & technologyCovid reservoirsAnimal hidey-holes for SARS-CoV-2Many animals besides humans look as if they can catch the virus, tooIN THE FIELD of epidemiology, a “spillover” is a virus that has made the leap from one host species to another. The spillovers of most concern to people are those from other animals to Homo sapiens. These may then...

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