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      Cheaper private Covid jabs may prove to be as expensive, say experts

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 2 April - 14:32

    Exclusive: Multi-dose vials could push up charge per patient, while experts warn high cost could widen inequalities

    Cheaper private Covid jabs could end up being just as expensive as their pricier alternative because the vaccine must be given in groups of five, experts have warned.

    Boots and pharmacies that partner with the company Pharmadoctor are offering Pfizer/BioNTech jabs to those not eligible for a free vaccination through the NHS, with the former charging almost £100 a shot. The latter is also offering the latest Novavax jab, a protein-based vaccine, at a cost of about £50.

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      Why you probably look much older than you think | Arwa Mahdawi

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 2 April - 14:16

    A majority of people imagine they’re far fresher-faced than they actually are. So should we be battling our internalised ageism and embracing the ravages of time?

    Sit your old bones down, because I’ve got bad news: you probably look older than you think you do. Don’t shoot the messenger – blame science. A recent study published in the journal Psychology and Aging found that 59% of US adults aged 50 to 80 believe they look younger than other people their age. Women and people with higher incomes were slightly more likely to say they thought they looked fresher than their peers; and only 6% of adults in the bracket thought (or realised) they looked older than others their age. In short, most of us are delusional.

    While the survey only included people over 50, I reckon they would have got the same results if they polled anyone over 30. Our brains have inbuilt denial mechanisms that stop us confronting our own mortality. Many people’s biological age tends to differ from their “ subjective age ” (or how old they feel ). Mine certainly does: according to my passport I’m 40, but in my head I’m still a sprightly 29.

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      Inmates sue to watch solar eclipse after New York orders prison lockdown

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 2 April - 13:07

    Lawsuit argues lockdown violates inmates’ rights by preventing them from taking part in religiously significant event

    Inmates in New York are suing the state corrections department over the decision to lock down prisons during next Monday’s total solar eclipse .

    The suit filed Friday in federal court in upstate New York argues that the 8 April lockdown violates inmates’ constitutional rights to practice their faiths by preventing them from taking part in a religiously significant event.

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      Daily Telescope: A shiny cluster of stars in a nearby galaxy

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 2 April - 12:00

    This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a globular cluster called NGC 1651.

    Enlarge / This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a globular cluster called NGC 1651. (credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Girardi, F. Niederhofer)

    Welcome to the Daily Telescope . There is a little too much darkness in this world and not enough light, a little too much pseudoscience and not enough science. We'll let other publications offer you a daily horoscope. At Ars Technica, we're going to take a different route, finding inspiration from very real images of a universe that is filled with stars and wonder.

    Good morning. It's April 2, and today's photo comes from the venerable Hubble Space Telescope. It showcases a globular cluster, NGC 1651, in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

    This cluster of stars is about 120 light-years across. Like other such globular clusters, it is generally spherical, as the stars are bound to one another by gravity. Thus, there is a higher concentration of stars near the center of the cluster.

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      The new science of death: ‘There’s something happening in the brain that makes no sense’

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 2 April - 04:00 · 1 minute

    New research into the dying brain suggests the line between life and death may be less distinct than previously thought

    Patient One was 24 years old and pregnant with her third child when she was taken off life support. It was 2014. A couple of years earlier, she had been diagnosed with a disorder that caused an irregular heartbeat, and during her two previous pregnancies she had suffered seizures and faintings. Four weeks into her third pregnancy, she collapsed on the floor of her home. Her mother, who was with her, called 911. By the time an ambulance arrived, Patient One had been unconscious for more than 10 minutes. Paramedics found that her heart had stopped.

    After being driven to a hospital where she couldn’t be treated, Patient One was taken to the emergency department at the University of Michigan. There, medical staff had to shock her chest three times with a defibrillator before they could restart her heart. She was placed on an external ventilator and pacemaker, and transferred to the neurointensive care unit, where doctors monitored her brain activity. She was unresponsive to external stimuli, and had a massive swelling in her brain. After she lay in a deep coma for three days, her family decided it was best to take her off life support. It was at that point – after her oxygen was turned off and nurses pulled the breathing tube from her throat – that Patient One became one of the most intriguing scientific subjects in recent history.

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      Hypermobility: a blessing or a curse? – podcast

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 2 April - 04:00

    Being more flexible than the average person can have its advantages, from being great at games such as Limbo to feeling smug in yoga class.

    But researchers are coming to understand that being hypermobile can also be linked to pain in later life, anxiety, and even long Covid.

    Madeleine Finlay hears from the science correspondent Linda Geddes about her experience of hypermobility, and finds out what might be behind its link to mental and physical health

    Read Linda Geddes’ article on hypermobility here

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      Trash from the International Space Station may have hit a house in Florida

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 2 April - 00:24

    This cylindrical object, a few inches in size, fell through the roof of Alejandro Otero's home in Florida last month.

    Enlarge / This cylindrical object, a few inches in size, fell through the roof of Alejandro Otero's home in Florida last month. (credit: Alejandro Otero on X )

    A few weeks ago, something from the heavens came crashing through the roof of Alejandro Otero's home, and NASA is on the case.

    In all likelihood, this nearly two-pound object came from the International Space Station. Otero said it tore through the roof and both floors of his two-story house in Naples, Florida.

    Otero wasn't home at the time, but his son was there. A Nest home security camera captured the sound of the crash at 2:34 pm local time (19:34 UTC) on March 8. That's an important piece of information because it is a close match for the time—2:29 pm EST (19:29 UTC)—that US Space Command recorded the reentry of a piece of space debris from the space station. At that time, the object was on a path over the Gulf of Mexico, heading toward southwest Florida.

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      Keep winning tennis? You may see more images per second

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 1 April - 18:27

    Elite athletes and professional gamers may have higher than average visual temporal resolution, scientists say

    If you have wondered why your partner always beats you at tennis or one child always crushes the other at Fortnite, it seems there is more to it than pure physical ability.

    Some people are effectively able to see more “images per second” than others, research suggests, meaning they’re innately better at spotting or tracking fast-moving objects such as tennis balls.

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      Russia has a plan to “restore” its dominant position in the global launch market

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 1 April - 15:17 · 1 minute

    Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Roscosmos Space Corporation Chief Yuri Borisov peruse an exhibit while visiting the Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, October 26, 2023, in Korolev, Russia.

    Enlarge / Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Roscosmos Space Corporation Chief Yuri Borisov peruse an exhibit while visiting the Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, October 26, 2023, in Korolev, Russia. (credit: Contributor/Getty Images)

    It has been a terrible decade for the Russian launch industry, which once led the world. The country's long-running workhorse, the Proton rocket, ran into reliability issues and will soon be retired. Russia's next-generation rocket, Angara, is fully expendable and still flying dummy payloads on test flights a decade after its debut. And the ever-reliable Soyuz vehicle lost access to lucrative Western markets after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    Yet there has been a more fundamental, underlying disease pushing the once-vaunted Russian launch industry toward irrelevance. The country has largely relied on decades-old technology in a time of serious innovation within the launch industry. So what worked at the turn of the century to attract the launches of commercial satellites no longer does against the rising tide of competition from SpaceX, as well as other players in India and China.

    Through the first quarter of this year, Russia has launched a total of five rockets, all variants of the Soyuz vehicle. SpaceX alone has launched 32 rockets. China, too, has launched nearly three times as many boosters as Russia.

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