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2021 was Earth’s fifth-hottest year, say scientists

PARIS: The last seven years have been the hottest on record globally “by a clear margin”, the European Union‘s climate monitoring service reported Monday, as it raised the alarm over sharp increases in record concentrations of methane in the atmosphere. Countries around the world have been blasted by a relentless …

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Omicron can be more lethal for children than Delta: Experts

NEW DELHI: Amid the rise of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, health experts on Saturday warned that this variant may lead children to witness more problems as compared to the Delta variant. According to experts, the Omicron variant can be more lethal for children as this variant primarily affects …

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Gravitational action of sun and moon influences behaviour of animals and plants, study shows

BRASILIA: The rhythms of activity in all biological organisms, both plants and animals, are closely linked to the gravitational tides created by the orbital mechanics of the Sun-Earth-Moon system. This truth has been somewhat neglected by scientific research but is foregrounded in a study by an international team of researchers. …

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RNA-based therapy can protect from many Covid variants: Study

WASHINGTON: An RNA molecule that stimulates the body’s early antiviral defence system may provide protection against a range of SARS-CoV-2 variants, including Delta, according to a study conducted in mice. Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a single stranded molecule essential in various biological roles and expression of genes. Researchers at Yale …

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Why are so many vaccinated people getting Covid-19 lately?

Why are so many vaccinated people getting Covid-19 lately? A couple of factors are at play, starting with the emergence of the highly contagious Omicron variant. Omicron is more likely to infect people, even if it doesn’t make them very sick, and its surge coincided with the holiday travel season …

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Explainer: T-cells stands on guard against Omicron as antibodies fail

NEW DELHI: Amid rising cases of Covid-19 and its new variant, Omicron, across the globe, experts have warned that the new and supposedly more contagious variant is likely to replace Delta soon as the dominant global variant, with the virus being fitter and having a reproductive advantage. While Delta is …

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Unique stem cell trajectory in lungs damaged by Covid-19, pulmonary fibrosis: Study

CALIFRONIA: A research has found that severe lung injuries can trigger lung stem cells to undergo abnormal differentiation. The study has been published in the ‘Nature Cell Biology Journal’. UCSF researchers Jaymin Kathiriya, PhD, Chaoqun Wang, PhD, Drs. Kathiriya and Wang, supervised by Hal Chapman, MD, and Tien Peng, MD, …

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Pandemic prognosis: Where does Covid go from here?

GENEVA: Two years in, as the now Omicron-fuelled Covid crisis rages, there is still hope the pandemic could begin fading in 2022 — though experts say gaping vaccine inequalities must be addressed. It may seem like a far-off reality, as countries impose fresh restrictions to address the fast-spreading new variant …

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NASA telescope set for launch on million-mile voyage

KOUROU: The world’s most powerful space telescope is set to blast off on Saturday to its outpost 1.5 million kilometres (930,000 miles) from Earth, after several delays caused by technical hitches. The James Webb Space Telescope, some three decades and billions of dollars in the making, will leave Earth enclosed …

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Omicron can evade Covid vaccine protection, antibody therapies: Study

WASHINGTON: Omicron can evade the immune protection conferred by Covid-19 vaccines and natural infection, according to a peer-reviewed study which also suggests that the new variant of coronavirus is completely resistant to antibody therapies in use today. The study, published in the journal Nature on Thursday, also highlights the need …