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Astronomers map asteroid’s 22m-year journey to Earth

Flight path of Kalahari’s six-tonne asteroid is first tracing of meteorite shedding rock to solar system originAstronomers have reconstructed the 22m-year-long voyage of an asteroid that hurtled through the solar system and exploded over Botswana, showering meteorites across the Kalahari desert.It is the first time scientists have traced showering space...

One dose of Pfizer or Oxford jab reduces Covid infection rate by 65% – study

Analysis of test results from more than 350,000 people finds older people just as protected as youngerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne shot of the Oxford/AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine reduces coronavirus infections by nearly two-thirds and protects older and more vulnerable people as much as younger, healthy individuals,...

Australia news live: NSW Health testing dock workers who boarded Covid ship; vaccine rollout reset

Fifteen Sydney waterfront workers waiting on coronavirus test results after boarding ship carrying infected sailors; national cabinet decision to offer all over-50s AstraZeneca vaccine from 17 May welcomed. Follow the latest updates liveScott Morrison claims future generations will ‘thank us’ despite no new emissions pledgeMalcolm Turnbull accuses resources...

What’s causing Australia’s mental health crisis? – with Lenore Taylor

In the wake of the pandemic, mental ill health is on the rise, putting more pressure on what some say is an already broken system. Editor-in-chief Lenore Taylor and associate editor Lucy Clark speak to Gabrielle Jackson about what’s causing Australia’s mental health crisis, and how to fix itCheck out the full Australia’s mental health crisis series...

Urgent need to find safe ways for patients to withdraw from antidepressants, survey finds

More than 4 million Australians received mental health-related prescriptions in 2018-19 some 70% of which were for antidepressants Despite millions of Australians taking antidepressants each day – using them at the second highest rate out of all OECD countries – there is little high quality evidence on safe and effective ways to stop treatment.The findings...

Scott Morrison refuses to budge on climate target as Biden pledges to halve US emissions by 2030

Australia increasingly isolated as prime minister sticks to 26-28% emissions cut by 2030 on 2005 levelsScott Morrison has confirmed Australia won’t increase its emissions reduction target at a virtual climate summit hosted by the US president, Joe Biden, but the prime minister says his message to allies and global peers will be Australia is “committed”...

The Gambia becomes second African state to end trachoma

Health workers spent years targeting agonising and blinding eye disease, which was rife in rural areasThe Gambia has become the second country in Africa to eliminate trachoma, one of the leading causes of blindness.The achievement, announced by the World Health Organization on Tuesday, came after decades of work on the disease, which has damaged the...

India hits global record of 315,000 new daily cases as Covid wave worsens

Hospitals pushed to brink after more than 1 million people infected in four daysCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIndia has registered a record-breaking single day rise in Covid cases as a severe shortages of beds and oxygen hit Delhi hospitals and migrant workers made an exodus from the capital.Its total of 314,835 new coronavirus...

Scientific paper claiming smokers less likely to acquire Covid retracted over tobacco industry links

Analysis of the paper identified several biases ‘which may give the false impression that smoking is protective in Covid-19’A scientific paper claiming current smokers are 23% less likely to be diagnosed with Covid-19 compared to non-smokers has been retracted by a medical journal, after it was discovered some of the paper’s authors had financial links...

Coronavirus live news: India hits global record of 314,835 new cases; US passes 200m vaccines

India adds 1m new cases in just four days; more than 80% of Americans over 65 will have had first dose by Thursday; Pfizer confirms fake vaccine shots being sold in Mexico‘The system has collapsed’: India’s descent into Covid hellIndia’s response to second wave is warning to other countriesUS hits goal of 200m vaccine doses within 100 days Inspection...

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