Britain hits 50MILLION vaccines landmark


Britain has now dished out more than 50million Covid vaccines since the mammoth roll-out began in December, according to official figures. Department of Health bosses today posted another 250,000 jabs, meaning 34.6million people across the UK have had one and 15.5million – or 30 per cent of all adults – are fully inoculated.   Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the […]

Up to HALF of NHS doctors plan to work fewer hours, poll reveals


The NHS faces a mass exodus of doctors after the coronavirus pandemic, a survey warned today. Half said they plan to work fewer hours, almost one in three said they plan to retire early and a quarter are weighing up taking a career break. The British Medical Association survey of more than 5,500 medics also […]

Boris under pressure to fix foreign holidays FAST! Ministers urge PM to expand ‘green list’


Travel experts today insisted there is ‘no danger of an influx of disease’ into Britain after Boris Johnson warned that putting lots of countries on the travel ‘green list’ from May 17 could risk a jump in cases from abroad.     The Prime Minister has maintained Downing Street will be ‘cautious’ amid bitter Cabinet wrangling over […]

From a simple toothpick to a hi-tech water jet, what works best for a deep clean of your gnashers? 


Despite NHS guidance recommending we clean between our teeth daily, according to a recent YouGov poll, only 31 per cent of us do so.  But what is the best product to use and how do you do it properly?  ADRIAN MONTI asked Mayur Pandya, a dentist and chief clinical officer of Together Dental dentist chain, […]

Coronavirus: Indian variants on the rise in some parts of England


Indian Covid variants are on the rise in parts of England and now make up one in 10 cases in London, figures suggest. Data from the Sanger Institute, which analyses positive swabs for different variants, suggest the mutant strains spread widely during April. Nationally the three different variants — which are all genetically similar — […]

CDC investigates death of Michigan woman who died from blood clot 11 days after receiving J&J


The family of a Michigan woman says she died ‘as the result of complications after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.’ Anne VanGeest, 35, a mother-of-four from Easton Township, was given the one-shot immunization on April 8, reported WOOD TV. Five days later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. […]

Coronavirus: Student areas make up majority of worst-hit places in England’s second wave


Student areas in Nottingham, Manchester and Durham were the worst-hit places in England in the second wave of Covid with up to one in five people getting sick, MailOnline can reveal. Figures showing the areas hardest hit by coronavirus between September and April reveal that a staggering 18 per cent of the population was infected […]

Mathematical model predicting disease spread patterns — ScienceDaily


Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, health officials seized on contact tracing as the most effective way to anticipate the virus’s migration from the initial, densely populated hot spots and try to curb its spread. Months later, infections were nonetheless recorded in similar patterns in nearly every region of the country, both urban and rural. […]

CDC FINALLY warns that ‘airborne’ coronavirus can spread more than 6 feet


U.S. health officials have finally acknowledged that coronavirus is airborne and can travel more than six feet in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines updated Friday.  ‘COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other […]

Distinct cell-to-cell communication processes controlled differently — ScienceDaily


Cells talk to each other to coordinate nutrition, waste removal, energy use, and, in some cases, disease progression. The cells that line the surfaces of organs or specific tissues, called epithelial cells, appear to speak two different languages — one for either side of the cell, according to a new study by researchers based in […]

Driving behaviors harbor early signals of dementia — ScienceDaily


Using naturalistic driving data and machine learning techniques, researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed highly accurate algorithms for detecting mild cognitive impairment and dementia in older drivers. Naturalistic driving data refer to data captured through in-vehicle recording devices or other […]

Engineering T cells to attack cancer broadly — ScienceDaily


Through T cell engineering, researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center show that it’s possible to arrest tumor growth for a variety of cancers and squash the spread of cancer to other tissues. This research will be published in tomorrow’s print edition of Cancer Research. The paper builds on decades of research by study […]

Fiber-optic ultrasonic imaging probe for future nanoscale disease diagnostics — ScienceDaily


Scientists at the University of Nottingham have developed an ultrasonic imaging system, which can be deployed on the tip of a hair-thin optical fibre, and will be insertable into the human body to visualise cell abnormalities in 3D. The new technology produces microscopic and nanoscopic resolution images that will one day help clinicians to examine […]

Covid UK: Number of people hospitalised after first vaccine dose is ‘tiny’, says SAGE


Only tiny numbers of people are being hospitalised with coronavirus after their first vaccine dose has kicked in, NHS data has revealed. Numbers analysed by SAGE showed that around one per cent of people hospitalised with the virus in the second wave were three weeks post-vaccine, by which time they are expected to have protection.  […]

Covid India: Second wave ‘far more infectious and probably far more deadly’


India’s Covid second wave is being driven by a ‘far more infectious and probably far more deadly’ strain of virus that has pushed hospitals ‘beyond crisis point’ in just a matter of weeks, a top medic has warned. Dr Zarir Udwadia, a physician in hard-hit Mumbai and a government advisor, said India is now ‘in […]

Fully vaccinated Americans can go maskless outside – except in crowds


Fully vaccinated Americans can now safely go without masks outside, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday. ‘If you are fully vaccinated, things are much safer for you,’ said CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky during a Tuesday White House press briefing.  ‘There are many situations in which Americans do not need […]

Cloth face coverings can be as effective as surgical masks at protecting against COVID-19, study finds — ScienceDaily


Researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Surrey have found that well-fitting, three-layered cloth masks can be as effective at reducing the transmission of COVID-19 as surgical masks. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, 139 countries mandated the use of face coverings in public space such as supermarkets and public transports. The World Health […]

Covid US: Biden keeps mask ON despite CDC saying fully-vaccinated can go MASKLESS outside


President Joe Biden kept his face mask on Tuesday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said fully vaccinated Americans can now safely go without masks outside, saying he was doing so to make a point. Biden wore his face mask as he came out onto the North Lawn of the White House […]

An ‘accidental discovery’ confirms what simulations show — ScienceDaily


Analysis of data from a lightning mapper and a small, hand-held radiation detector has unexpectedly shed light on what a gamma-ray burst from lightning might look like — by observing neutrons generated from soil by very large cosmic-ray showers. The work took place at the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Cosmic Ray Observatory in Mexico. […]

Study finds green spaces linked to lower racial disparity in COVID infection rates, study finds — ScienceDaily


A higher ratio of green spaces at the county level is associated with a lower racial disparity in coronavirus infection rates, according to a new study. It is the first study to report the significant relationship between the supply of green spaces and reduced disparity in infectious disease rates. The research team included William Sullivan, […]

The truth about the theory that Covid is a winter disease


A summer third wave: it’s the nightmare scenario we all are hoping won’t happen when Britain opens up for business on June 21. But predictions of surging Covid-19 infection rates by the Government’s scientific advisers would suggest it was almost inevitable. According to a report last month from the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), […]

Force transmission between cells orchestrates collective cellular motion — ScienceDaily


How do the billions of cells communicate in order to perform tasks? The cells exert force on their environment through movement — and in doing so, they communicate. They work as a group in order to infiltrate their environment, perform wound healing and the like. They sense the stiffness or softness of their surroundings and […]

Pfizer finds more than 80 fake doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Mexico and Poland


Pfizer Inc has identified the first confirmed instances of counterfeit versions of its COVID-19 vaccine being used abroad. Fake doses of the two-shot inoculation, developed with German partner BioNTech SE, were found in Mexico and Poland, according to The Wall Street Journal. The vials in Mexico had fraudulent labeling while those found in Poland appeared […]

Augmented reality in retail and its impact on sales — ScienceDaily


Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that superimposes virtual objects onto a live view of physical environments, helping users visualize how these objects fit into their physical world. Researchers from City University of Hong Kong and Singapore Management University published a new paper in the Journal of Marketing that identifies four broad uses of AR […]

Heathrow told dedicate terminal to red list arrivals amid claims airport is Covid ‘breeding ground’


Ministers want Heathrow to dedicate a terminal to passengers arriving from ‘red list’ countries amid fears the airport has become a Covid ‘breeding ground’.  The Home Office is keen for Terminal 4 — which has been shut since last year — to process travellers from coronavirus hotspots with troublesome virus variants.  Officials are bracing for […]

No bounce back for declines in positive emotion — ScienceDaily


Astronauts who spend extended time in space face stressors such as isolation, confinement, lack of privacy, altered light-dark cycles, monotony and separation from family. Interestingly, so do people who work at international research stations in Antarctica, where the extreme environment is characterized by numerous stressors that mirror those present during long-duration space exploration. To better […]

Epidural use at birth not linked to autism risk, study finds — ScienceDaily


Having an epidural during childbirth is not associated with a greater risk of autism in the child, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of Manitoba. The study, which will publish online April 19 in JAMA Pediatrics, helps resolve questions raised by an earlier, widely […]

Study explores flushing power to test risk of COVID-19 transmission — ScienceDaily


Flushing a toilet can generate large quantities of microbe-containing aerosols depending on the design, water pressure or flushing power of the toilet. A variety of pathogens are usually found in stagnant water as well as in urine, feces and vomit. When dispersed widely through aerosolization, these pathogens can cause Ebola, norovirus that results in violent […]

Tiny implantable tool for light-sheet imaging of brain activity — ScienceDaily


Tools that allow neuroscientists to record and quantify functional activity within the living brain are in great demand. Traditionally, researchers have used techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, but this method cannot record neural activity with high spatial resolution or in moving subjects. In recent years, a technology called optogenetics has shown considerable success […]

Dr MAI THI NGUYEN-KIM on the hidden chemistry that rules our lives and loves


As a chemist, sometimes I feel like the mother of an ugly child whose beauty only I can see ‘Chemistry’ is more than just a throwaway word when discussing relationships. In fact, it is key not only to what’s going on around us but also inside our bodies, as a compelling new book explains.  Written […]

How to make online arguments productive — ScienceDaily


The internet seems like the place to go to get into fights. Whether they’re with a family member or a complete stranger, these arguments have the potential to destroy important relationships and consume a lot of emotional energy. Researchers at the University of Washington worked with almost 260 people to understand these disagreements and to […]

Why stores should be checking CO2 levels to keep us safe


John Lewis boss Pippa Wicks was on the radio last week, reassuring the public.  As non-essential retailers threw open their doors for the first time this year, the department store, she said, had started quarantining products customers had touched for ‘a couple of days’ to allow for ‘decontamination’. While others didn’t claim to be going […]

Fit matters most when double masking to protect yourself from COVID-19 — ScienceDaily


A study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that wearing two face coverings can nearly double the effectiveness of filtering out SARS-CoV-2-sized particles, preventing them from reaching the wearer’s nose and mouth and causing COVID-19. The reason for the enhanced filtration isn’t so much adding layers of cloth, but eliminating any gaps or poor-fitting […]

Triangular-shaped spikes key to coronavirus transmission, finds new study — ScienceDaily


COVID-19 needs no introduction. Last year, the disease, which is caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, reached every continent across the globe. By the end of March 2021, there had been an estimated 128 million cases recorded with almost three million of these being fatal. As scientists’ race to develop vaccines and politicians coordinate their distribution, […]

How we can reduce food waste and promote healthy eating — ScienceDaily


Food waste and obesity are major problems in developed countries. They are both caused by an overabundance of food, but strategies to reduce one can inadvertently increase the other. A broader perspective can help identify ways to limit food waste while also promoting healthy nutrition, two University of Illinois researchers suggest. “You can reduce food […]

You’re close enough to catch Covid from someone else if you can smell their breath, expert says


Dr Julian Tang, a virologist, said if you can smell someone’s breath you are too close Britons should use the ‘garlic-breath distance’ measurement to work out whether they are at risk of catching coronavirus, an expert said today. Dr Julian Tang, a virologist at Leicester University, warned people were standing close enough for the virus […]

Fewer Britons are sticking to 10-day self-isolation following a positive test result, survey finds


Fewer Covid-infected Britons are sticking to the 10-day self-isolation rules than two months ago, an official survey suggests. The Office for National Statistics found 82 per cent of those questioned who tested positive said they followed the mandatory quarantine in the six days to March 13.  For comparison, the figure in early February — when […]

Is South Africa’s variant taking off in Britain? Cases of the mutant strain have rocketed by 20%


The South African coronavirus variant is persisting despite surge testing and tough travel quarantine measures, experts have warned.   Cases of the mutant strain have started picking up over recent weeks, even though targeted curbs aimed at flushing it out have been introduced in dozens of postcodes where it is spreading. Only 544 cases of the […]

Covid UK: 90% over-80s still have antibodies six weeks after a single vaccine dose, study shows


Nine out of 10 people over 80 still had strong signs of coronavirus immunity six weeks after their first vaccine dose, a study has found. And both AstraZeneca and Pfizer‘s jabs work equally well at forcing the body to make antibodies that can fight off the disease. University of Birmingham research adds to evidence that the […]

People want to improve mental health by exercising, but stress and anxiety get in the way — ScienceDaily


New research from McMaster University suggests the pandemic has created a paradox where mental health has become both a motivator for and a barrier to physical activity. People want to be active to improve their mental health but find it difficult to exercise due to stress and anxiety, say the researchers who surveyed more than […]

Covid UK: Daily deaths HALVE in a week to 13 while cases rise 29%


Daily Covid cases have jumped by nearly a third in a week, official figures revealed today in the first sign that England’s four-day Easter weekend may have fuelled a spike in transmission. Department of Health bosses posted another 3,568 positive tests across the UK – the highest daily toll since April 1. Deaths have halved […]

Experts are worried that using the Body Mass Index is not a fat lot of good 


During a year of grim statistics, it was one of the grimmest. Launching its £10 million anti-obesity strategy last summer, Public Health England (PHE) warned that being severely obese could increase the chance of death in those who caught Covid-19 by up to 90 per cent. Shedding excess pounds, PHE advised, was one of most […]

US health officials monitor 27 people for Ebola amid fears they contracted it in West Africa


Four people in Oregon and 23 in Washington are being monitored for the Ebola virus after returning to the US from West Africa, the Oregon Health Authority said on Thursday. The individuals had returned from Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where small outbreaks of Ebola have been recorded.  The state health authority said […]

Britain’s Covid cases drop by 13% in a week to 4,654 while deaths rise slightly to 23


Britain’s daily Covid cases have dropped 13 per cent in a week with 4,654 more infections today, official figures have revealed.  Deaths have risen slightly to 23 — up from 17 last Monday. But the Department of Health’s official fatality toll relies on registrations, meaning day-to-day counts can fluctuate.  Experts would be baffled by any […]

Why washing your weekly shopping probably does nothing to protect you from Covid


Be honest. Are you still washing your grocery shopping? Along with bulk-buying loo roll, it always seemed like Covid overkill to me. But I know a fair few people (even doctors) who, back in the early days of the pandemic, did do it, ‘just to be on the safe side’. My mum’s shielding neighbours took […]

‘Out-dated’ social distancing measures will not protect you from Covid-19


Floor tiles, signs and posters urge us to ‘KEEP A SOCIAL DISTANCE’, while arcane one-way systems stop us from passing one another. Sinks have been taped up, just in case we get too close while carrying out all-important hand-washing, as have some of the urinals in the men’s loo, presumably to mitigate the Covid risk of […]

Fresh blow for AstraZeneca as vaccine is linked to another dangerous blood condition in Europe


Another potentially dangerous blood condition has been spotted in a handful of patients given the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, the EU’s drug watchdog has announced.  The European Medicines Authority said five cases of capillary leak syndrome had been reported in vaccinated patients on the continent. The rare condition sees blood leak from tiny vessels into muscles […]

Toward a reliable oral treatment for sickle cell disease — ScienceDaily


For the millions of people worldwide who have sickle cell disease, there are only a few treatment options, which include risky bone marrow transplants, gene therapy or other treatments that address a subset of symptoms. Today, researchers will describe the discovery of a small molecule with the potential to address the root cause of sickle […]

Under-40s could be asked to take an alternative Covid vaccine over AstraZeneca blood clots fears


AstraZeneca‘s Covid vaccine may also be restricted for under-40s when Britain’s immunisation drive moves down to younger age groups, it was claimed today.  Medical watchdogs will assess data on the jab’s links to extremely rare blood clots in ‘scrupulous detail’ in order to paint a clearer picture on the exact risk-benefit ratio. They have already […]

Opening party for one rural Illinois bar led to 46 COVID-19 cases


Opening party for one rural Illinois bar led to 46 COVID-19 cases, the hospitalization of a nursing home resident and the closure of a school that kept 650 children out of class A bar in rural Illinois held an opening party indoors, where attendees often didn’t wear masks or practice social distancing Within two weeks, […]

New proposal for the management of low back pain with a proprioceptive approach — ScienceDaily


Ever since the early humans learned to walk upright, they have suffered, as an unfortunate consequence of their erect posture, from low back pain. Modern understanding on this matter dictates that low back pain, in particular, is caused due to a postural instability resulting from poor “proprioception,” which is a term for the perception of […]

Research confirms value of measuring carbon dioxide to estimate infection risk — ScienceDaily


Tracking carbon dioxide levels indoors is an inexpensive and powerful way to monitor the risk of people getting COVID-19, according to new research from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and the University of Colorado Boulder. In any given indoor environment, when excess CO2 levels double, the risk of transmission also roughly […]

For girls, learning science outside linked to better grades, knowledge — ScienceDaily


In a new study, North Carolina State University researchers found that an outdoor science program was linked to higher average science grades and an increase in a measure of science knowledge for a group of fifth grade girls in North Carolina. The findings, published in the International Journal of Science Education, indicates outdoor education could […]

How can remote workers best manage work-home conflict? Remote work expert offers best practices based on more than 20 years of research — ScienceDaily


What are the secrets to maintaining a productive home office? Run a white-noise machine to mask household clatter, make sure your noisy neighbors know your work schedule, and resist the temptation to check work-related technology after logging off at the end of the workday. These are some of the tips that Timothy D. Golden, a […]

Former FDA chief warns of a ‘coming tsunami of death’ from chronic diseases


A ‘tsunami of deaths’ is about to crash over the U.S. in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and already-rising rates of chronic disease among Americans, a former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official is warning.  Dr Robert Califf, a former FDA commissioner, predicted that the U.S. will see a surge in chronic illnesses like […]

Sign-language exposure impacts infants as young as 5 months old — ScienceDaily


While it isn’t surprising that infants and children love to look at people’s movements and faces, recent research from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf studies exactly where they look when they see someone using sign language. The research uses eye-tracking technology that offers a non-invasive and powerful tool to study […]

Light shed on the coordination of neural stem cell activation — ScienceDaily


In all adult vertebrates, neural stem cells can be recruited to produce new neurons in the brain. However, little is known about these so-called “activation” processes. Scientists at the Institut Pasteur, CNRS, and Tel Aviv University working in collaboration with the École Polytechnique and INRAE have successfully performed 3D visualization and spatial and temporal distribution […]

The best meal prep containers


(CNN) —   Americans are eating more meals at home and are facing new meal prep challenges. According to Supermarket News, 55% of shoppers polled in a study called “Covid-19: Reinventing How America Eats” said they’re eating at home more frequently because of the pandemic. As we head into a new year, we spoke to […]

School reopening: Here’s why it’s so hard


Unlike other countries, the US leaves school control at the local level, and the challenges to providing in-person instruction are not the same everywhere, making it nearly impossible to create effective federal and even state-level guidance as the pandemic wears on. Some buildings don’t have enough space to spread students out, while others don’t have […]

As one Virginia school district prepares to reopen, educators and families balance Covid precautions and normal instruction


Half of the class will be there physically, with the other half watching from home. This week, public schools in the county will open their classroom doors for the first time in almost a year. It’s a hybrid model — students in each grade will be in the school just two days a week. Fairfax […]

Best work-from-home products we tested


(CNN) —   CNN Underscored is constantly testing products — be it coffee makers or headphones — to find the absolute best in each respective category. Our testing process is rigorous, consisting of hours of research (consulting experts, reading editorial reviews and perusing user ratings) to find the top products in each category. Once we […]

NASA spacewalk: Watch astronauts Kate Rubins, Victor Glover outside the space station


The spacewalk will assist with a continuation of upgrades for the space station orbiting Earth. The activity is expected to last about six-and-a-half hours, and you can watch it live on NASA’s website and the NASA TV channel. Both NASA crew members are veteran spacewalkers at this point. Glover has already conducted two spacewalks since […]

Remember when Jane Fonda revolutionized exercise in a leotard and leg warmers?


Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN Remember when Jane Fonda became the queen of 1980s at-home exercise? Released in 1982, “Jane Fonda’s Workout” is one of the bestselling VHS tapes of all time. Following on the heels of her New York Times bestseller of the previous year, “Jane Fonda’s Workout Book,” the home video helped galvanize […]

Opinion: Potato Head is getting with the times. So should Congress


Hasbro has announced it is dropping the gendered honorific “Mr.” from the brand name of its popular Potato Head toy. The move, a seemingly innocuous one that follows in the inclusive footsteps of other brands like Mattel and Target, has sparked the fury of the internet mob once again exposing its ugly underbelly of anti-LGBTQ […]

NASA’s Mars rover had a secret message in its parachute. Meet the man behind it


The footage gave the world a glimpse of an often entirely invisible process, including the deployment of the parachute to slow down the spacecraft after entering the atmosphere. The 70.5-foot supersonic parachute was an extraordinary engineering challenge, said Ian Clark, systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Clark, who has been at […]

Iceberg bigger than New York City broke off Antarctica


The BAS’s Halley Research Station, located on the Brunt Ice Shelf, is closed for the Antarctic winter and its 12-person staff left earlier this month. Scientists have been expecting a large iceberg to break away for years because of vast cracks that have formed in the 150-meter-thick floating ice shelf, according to the BAS. A […]

Satellite images reveal extent of damage caused by Biden administration’s first military action


What he likely heard was the sound of seven 500-pound bombs slamming into a compound near the border. The compound, according to the Pentagon, was used by two Iranian-affiliated Iraqi militias, Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid Al-Shuhada. Before-and-after satellite images released by Maxar Technologies, a space technology company, show vividly just how much destruction those […]

Best yoga mats of 2021


(CNN) —   Not all yoga mats are created equally. Key things to keep in mind when mat shopping are grip, thickness, material and size — not to mention your preferred workout. If you’re an advanced yogi who prefers feeling rooted to the floor, for example, you’re going to want a thinner mat. Recovering from […]

Best coffee grinders of 2021


(CNN) —   You may agree with film director David Lynch’s proverbial maxim that “even a bad cup of coffee is better than no coffee at all.” But if you can brew up a truly great cup o’ joe right in the comfort of your own kitchen? Well, who would say no to that? One […]

These stocks are set to benefit from a post-Covid travel rebound


Airbnb, for example, issued an upbeat outlook in its first quarterly earnings report since going public in December. “Travel is coming back and we are laser-focused on preparing for the travel rebound,” said Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky in the company’s earnings release Thursday. Airbnb’s stock has soared nearly 200% since its IPO, and although it’s […]

New study finds Netflix needs more Latinx shows and movies


The Netflix (NFLX) diversity audit was conducted last year by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, an entertainment industry diversity think tank, which unveiled its findings on Friday. Researchers examined 126 Netflix original movies and 180 original scripted series posted on the platform from January 2018 through December 2019. The demographic analysis revealed just 4.5% of […]

Best Smart Plugs of 2021


(CNN) —   For those who want to enter the smart home realm without actually investing in smart devices, a smart plug — which adds a touch of automation to lamps, coffee machines and other everyday devices — is the way to go. Essentially, a smart plug is a moveable outlet paired with connectivity to […]

Covid-19 vaccine rollout in Israel and the UK has been strong. Here’s what it’s like to live there


“A strong scent of marijuana drifts down the tight alleys of Jaffa’s flea market,” writes Kiley from Jaffa. “Drinking or dining in is out under Covid regulations. But ‘deliveries’ to clients in plastic chairs, using beer crates for tables on the uneven streets, mean beer and laughter flow with the easy joy of a summer […]

The week in 43 photos


Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of Tiger Woods’ rollover crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday, February 23. The golf icon sustained serious leg injuries in the accident. Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock Members of Congress observe a moment of silence on the steps of the US Capitol on Tuesday, February 23. More than […]

Mexico border: Increasing number of unaccompanied children arriving at southern border setting off alarm bells for feds


On Thursday, a senior Health and Human Services Department official briefed Capitol Hill staff about the capacity challenges facing the department, which is charged with the care of migrant children, according to a congressional aide. Jallyn Sualog, acting director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, shared concern over the uptick in children and limited space, […]

Top New York state health official grilled on the handling of Covid-19 nursing home deaths


The administration’s decision to delay the release of data on Covid-19 deaths in long-term care facilities — the subject of a federal investigation — has become a political crisis for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. State lawmakers accuse Cuomo of a cover-up and said they are considering repealing the governor’s emergency powers. Zucker, appearing virtually before a […]

Bonbowl review – CNN Underscored


(CNN) —   If the Instant Pot had a cousin and that cousin were, let’s say, less complicated and less capable but incredibly reliable and eager to help, you might have the Bonbowl. The Bonbowl is essentially a semi-portable (you need to plug it in, but it’s small in size) induction plate with a removable […]

Best cold brew coffee makers of 2021


(CNN) —   There’s something revitalizing about an icy glass of caffeinated brew. For many, iced coffee is the coffee of choice, regardless of season or weather. There are several ways to make a delicious iced coffee, from simply chilling leftover hot coffee or making double-strength hot and pouring it over ice, to adding freshly […]

Trump plots future — and revenge — from sunny Florida links


He typically spends mornings on his nearby golf course, making and taking calls from a golf cart that doubles as his mobile, and self-driven, office. The multiple trips to the links in the last few weeks have served to accomplish a long-promised goal, says someone who spent time with him recently: Donald Trump claims he […]

An educator in Mexico is inspiring children to protect nature


Not Maritza Morales Casanova. Morales Casanova grew up in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. An area of rich and vibrant biodiversity, it’s home to more than 7,300 animal species and over 2,300 plant varieties, some of which are found only here and nowhere else. However, the Yucatán ecosystem is threatened by land clearance for farming. Having witnessed […]

Paramount+: Here’s everything you need to know about ViacomCBS’ new streaming service


On Wednesday, consumers and the rest of the streaming world discovered what’s at that mountaintop. In a three-hour event from the Paramount lot on Wednesday, ViacomCBS (VIACA) provided the first details for the company’s nascent streaming plans for Paramount+, which launches March 4. Paramount+ is a rebranding of the company’s current service, CBS All Access. […]

New Mars image from rover landing site shows the red planet in high definition


The rover’s Mastcam-Z instrument, a pair of zoomable color cameras, returned 142 images of its landing site on February 21. The teams at NASA stitched them together to create the instrument’s first 360-degree panorama. This is the first high-definition look at Jezero Crater, the site of a 3.9 billion-year-old dry lake bed where the rover […]

Mars Perseverance rover’s parachute has inspiring hidden message


In the video, the colorful orange-and-white parachute can be seen above the rover as it helped to slow the descent of the spacecraft. “You might notice the pattern that’s on the parachute here,” said Allen Chen, the entry, descent and landing lead for the rover, on Monday. “Distinct patterns are useful in helping us determine […]

Tech that doubles as decor


(CNN) —   There are so many ways tech can improve your life around your house, but sometimes you don’t want the look of a device to distract from the aesthetic of your home. We’re here to help you compromise: As tech evolves, so do options for technology to keep your home magazine-worthy. You don’t […]

Housing market concerns begin to emerge


Home Depot (HD) reported earnings and sales that topped Wall Street’s forecasts Tuesday. Lowe’s (LOW) also reported better-than-expected earnings and sales on Wednesday morning, and CEO Marvin Ellison said in a statement that sales were lifted thanks to “broad-based demand driven by the continued consumer focus on the home.” Still, rising interest rates could eventually […]

CNN exclusive: A solar panel in space is collecting energy that could one day be beamed to anywhere on Earth


The panel — known as a Photovoltaic Radiofrequency Antenna Module (PRAM) — was first launched in May 2020, attached to the Pentagon’s X-37B unmanned drone, to harness light from the sun to covert to electricity. The drone is looping Earth every 90 minutes. The panel is designed to make best use of the light in […]

Oshkosh Defense: New USPS delivery vehicle unveiled. It’s a pretty radical change


The squat, box-like van (OK, let’s just call them what they are–ugly) have a steering wheel on the right to make it easier for drivers to reach out and put mail in curbside mail boxes. They have few creature comforts, such as air conditioning. They are designed to be rugged, not flashy. They have lived […]

Grand jury votes not to indict officers in Rochester death of Daniel Prude


“Daniel Prude was in the throes of a mental health crisis and what he needed was compassion, care, and help from trained professionals. Tragically, he received none of those things,” James said in a statement. “We concluded that there was sufficient evidence surrounding Mr. Prude’s death to warrant presenting the case to a grand jury, […]

Best Target Home under $100


(CNN) —   Oh, Target home section, let us count the ways we love you. Truly, there’s nowhere we’d rather be than walking amidst the farmhouse-inspired throw blankets, rugs and faux florals from Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, soaking up serene furnishings from Threshold Designed With Studio McGee, taking in Casaluna’s gorgeous textiles and linens, […]

The Best Tote Bags of 2021


(CNN) —   Don’t underestimate the impact a good tote bag can have on your day. Whether you’re heading to work with your laptop in tow or going on a grocery run with all your everyday essentials looped under your arm, you want to make sure you pick one that properly suits your needs. But […]

White House works to inject stateliness into a virtual visit from Justin Trudeau


In-person visits from foreign leaders are still off-limits as the novel coronavirus continues to rage. So Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will beam into the West Wing from Ottawa, his bearded visage positioned next to Biden on a large screen as each man does his best to replicate the traditional choreography of a White House […]

Daft Punk, French dance duo, are splitting up after 28 years, publicist confirms


Kathryn Frazier told CNN that reports the pair were retiring were true but gave no reason for the split. The Grammy Award-winning act are known for using computerized vocals and wearing robot headgear in public and in all of their music videos. They started the week by sharing a typically enigmatic video, titled “Epilogue.” In […]

NASA shares first video, new images from Mars Perseverance rover


Cameras on “Percy,” as the rover is affectionately called at mission control, show for the first time the perspective of a spacecraft landing on Mars. The video begins 230 seconds after the rover entered the Martian atmosphere, with the inflation of the rover’s parachute 7 miles above the Martian surface, and ends with the rover […]

This 29-year-old cancer survivor is set to be the youngest American ever in space


“I remember laughing,” Arceneaux told CNN Business. “And then, I just said — ‘Yes! Yes, like, put my name down.’” Arceneaux will be one of four crew members on Inspiration 4, the first spaceflight to take a group composed entirely of civilians — not professional astronauts — on a multi-day journey to orbit the Earth. […]

AirPods Max vs. AirPods Pro: Which AirPods are for you?


(CNN) —   Apple’s AirPods have gone from a single pair of industry-leading earbuds to an entire product family in just a few short years. There have never been more options when it comes to getting a high quality pair of Apple headphones in or around your ears — to the point where you might […]

Sheet Pan Dinners – CNN Underscored


(CNN) —   If you are tired of spending so much time in the kitchen, then keep reading. Many home cooks dream of a day where there is very little prep time, a healthy meal on the table and only one pan to wash when it’s all said and done. Enter: Sheet pan dinners. To […]

Proclamation Duo sale: Take $20 off the pan set


(CNN) —   Proclamation Goods Co. is making a name for itself with high-quality, made-in-the-USA pots and pans — and if you need to upgrade your cookware after almost a year of lockdown-spurred heavy use, now’s the time to do it. Now, our readers can take $20 off their purchase of the Proclamation Duo, a […]

Benjamin Netanyahu, long a supporter of LGBTQ rights, courts homophobes and racists in bid to cling to power


For the traditional Israeli supporter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the electoral meal he now offers includes medieval aspak — dishes bitter with racism and homophobia. But for the Likud, under Netanyahu, this seems to be a meal its members are prepared to consume out of political desperation. In the past the party, and its […]

Netherlands: Plane’s engine catches fire, dropping debris that injures two people in a Dutch town


Pieces of metal fell on the town of Meerssen after a Boeing 747 cargo plane experienced an engine fire shortly after taking off from Maastricht, according to the Veiligheidsregio (the Dutch regional safety inspector) and Maastricht Aachen Airport (MAA). The plane was bound for New York. “The plane took off from Maastricht Aachen Airport and […]

Best standing desks of 2021


(CNN) —   For many professionals and students alike, the “new normal” has meant trading in their cushy office space or classroom for a work-from-home space — one that may or may not have existed pre-pandemic. Carving out a comfortable workstation has perhaps required swapping your stiff dining room chair for an ergonomic office chair […]